News Roundup

Above: Hurricane Matthew as it approaches Florida. Gif by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

By Jullian Aiden Bravo


U.S. Suspends Contact With Russia Over Syrian Conflict:
After a failed ceasefire attempt in Syria, the U.S. State Department announced Oct. 3 that bilateral contact with Russia has been suspended. The halt in communications is in response to Syrian and Russian aggression during the week-long cessation of hostilities in Syria. The U.S. accuses the two countries of attacking civilian populated areas, targeting buildings such as hospitals and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians.

“The United States spared no effort in negotiating and attempting to implement an arrangement with Russia aimed at reducing violence,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press statement. “Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments - including its obligations under international humanitarian law.”

This could have a detrimental effect on the city of Aleppo, which may face “total destruction” in the rebel-held eastern region in just two months, according to U.N. envoy Staffen de Mistura.
- Source: The U.S. Department of State, BBC News

Photo credit: Pmurt2011

Photo credit: Pmurt2011


Trump Foundation Ordered to Stop Fundraising:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to stop soliciting funds after it was found violating New York state law. The Trump Foundation is not properly permitted to solicit finds as it did not register with the Charities Bureau, thus allowing it to avoid rigorous annual audits such financial reports and statements that the state of New York requires for large charities. The Trump foundation was also ordered to supply the state with the legal paperwork needed to register as a charity and any financial audit reports that should have been provided in the past years.
- Sources: The Washington Post, The New York Attorney General’s Office


Sgt. Steve Owen. Photo by NBC Los Angeles

Sgt. Steve Owen. Photo by NBC Los Angeles

L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in The Line of Duty:
Sergeant Steve Owen, a 29-year veteran for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed Oct. 5 while responding to a residential burglary call in Lancaster. The gunman fled the scene, injuring Owen’s partner in the process. A manhunt soon followed, which ended with the suspect’s surrender at a family’s backyard pool. The suspect, whose identity was not released, was struck in the chest by gunfire during the incident, according to authorities. Sergeant Owen is the first Sheriff’s deputy to be killed in over a decade.
- Source: The Los Angeles Times


Hurricane Matthew Storms The Bahamas:
The death toll in Haiti has risen to an estimate of 100 deaths as Hurricane Matthew, a category four storm, made its way through the Bahamas. The status of civilians in Haiti is grim. Many of their houses are destroyed and one town is reported to be completely wiped-out. A Category 4 storm can have winds between 130-256 mph and can deal serious damage to well-built homes. The winds in Hurricane Matthew were up to 140 mph. The state of Florida was also affected by the storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents to leave their evacuation zones saying, “the storm will kill you. Time is running out.”
- Sources: The Washington Post, BBC News, The Associated Press (AP), The New York Times


‘Fontana Killer Clown’ Suspect Arrested:
In August, kids in an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina, reported seeing clowns trying to lure them into the woods. Since then, reports of clown sightings have surfaced throughout the U.S. Most reports are complete hoaxes while some are credible. On Oct. 4, two California teens were arrested for posting clown threats on social media. One of the teens, a 14-year old student, identified himself as the “Fontana Killer Clown.” He was arrested on suspicion of criminal threats. The boy wanted to scare people to gain followers on his social media page, according to Fontana Police. The second teen, a 19-year old boy from Glendora, was also arrested on suspicion of criminal threats. He is accused of making threats against local high school students through social media, according to Glendora police.
- Sources: CNN, KTLA