Monday, December 11, 2017

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Quote of the day: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -Michael Jordan 

Top Story- U.S.: Monday morning a man identified as Akayed Ullah, 27 years old from Bangladeshi detonated an "improvised low-tech explosive device" inside a New York City Port Authority Bus terminal during rush hour. The homemade pipe bomb went off injuring three people with minor injuries, the attacker who was also injured and taken into custody. Ullah claimed the attack in the name of ISIS telling authorities he was angry over the killing of Muslims around the world. 

The White House: President Trump signs new directive aimed at sending U.S. astronauts back to the moon for the first time since 1972, "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery" he said. Also, a group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct demand that Congress opens an investigation.

Politics: A Federal Court in Seattle blocks president Trump's ban on transgenders from serving the U.S. military while the case moves forward. The Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender people to enlist in the military as of January 1st. One judge says the ban likely violates constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. 

Business: The Department of Transportation released data of baggage fees from July to September of this year airlines collected a record-high $1.2 billion. Airlines also made $720 million from reservation change and cancellation fees during the third quarter. 

World: Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial withdrawal of Russian troops in Syria ending the Syrian civil war that has left over half a million dead,"The fact that we defeated ISIS, one of the main terrorist groups, here is Syria is extremely important for Syria, Russia, and the entire world" he said. Syrian leader Bashar Assad will continue to lead the country till until next scheduled Presidential elections in 2021. 

Science/Tech/Health: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have reached an agreement on Monday to coordinate their efforts to 'police' the internet once net neutrality rules have been repealed. Thursday the FCC is expected to vote to overturn an Obama-era rule that prohibits Internet service providers from blocking and slowing online content. Several tech leaders have sent letters to Congress leaders seeking cancellation of the FCC's vote. 

Entertainment: Video of East Tennessee sixth grade boy Keaton Jones went viral on social media as he talked about how he was being bullied in school gained over 18 million views and attention from celebrities in support of Keaton. A GoFoundMe account was set for the boy raising more than 57,000 has been suspended as suspicions grow about his mother's motives. Kimberly Jones the mother of Keaton has sparked controversy on social media as pictures of them holding Confederate flags surged.  

Sports: Ball brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo sign a 1 year deal with professional Lithuanian basketball club 'Prienu Vytautas'. LiAngelo, 19, withdrew from UCLA after the basketball team suspended him indefinitely following the shoplifting incident in China. On the other hand, LiAngelo, 16, was junior in high school but has dropped out. Their company brand Big Baller Brand tweeted, "They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off.


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