News Roundup: 9/15/2017
1. Terrorist Attack in London Underground:
An improvised bomb detonated on an eastbound District Line train in London's subway system at 8:20 a.m. The Islamic State is now taking credit for the attack that hospitalized 29 people, none of which had life-threatening injuries. Prime Minister Theresa May has increased the national security threat level to "critical," and called the attack "cowardly."
Sources: New York Times
2. Mar-a-Lago Visitor Log Partially Released Despite Court Order for Full List:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the names of 22 visitors to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Despite court orders to make a full list of visitors public, the DHS only released the names those involved in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit in February. The orders were for the DHS to release records from January 20 to March 8.
"The government does not believe that they need to release any further Mar-a-Lago visitor records," said Citizens for Responsibility in Ethics in Washington, one of the watchdog groups that filed the lawsuit for the public disclosure, "We vehemently disagree. The government seriously misrepresented their intentions to both us and the court."
Source: NBC News
3. UCLA Pharmacy Closed Following Inspection:
Last year, a state pharmacy inspector found over 1,000 IV bags of medications at a Westside Facility that made drugs for patients at UCLA medical centers had been manufactured expired and potentially dangerous ingredients. There are a known 350 bags of the suspect medication that were delivered within the UCLA Health System, but it is uncertain if anyone who received the IV bags was harmed. Days after the investigation, UCLA closed their pharmacy.
Since then an investigation by the pharmacy board has been underway, and filed an accusation, seeking disciplinary sanctions against the former pharmacist-in-charge, Richard Graul, and the off-campus facility, UCLA Medical Center Pharmaceutical Technology in July of this year. The accusation is still pending at this time.
Source: Los Angeles Times
4. Trump's Military Option in North Korea:
H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, and Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, both spoke of Donald Trump's military options to stop North Korea during a White House briefing on the United Nations General Assembly.
"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless. And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil," Haley said. "So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to (Defense Secretary James) Mattis because I think he has plenty of options."
5. Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Papayas:
Recent salmonella outbreaks were linked to Maradol papayas from Mexico, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The papayas have caused 235 people to fall ill in 26 states, with 78 hospitalized and 2 dead.
States included among the 26 are Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The states most heavily affected are California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Texas.