Monday January 15 2018

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Quote of the day: "If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." -MLK

The White House: Donald Trump spent his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at West Palm Beach, where he went golfing the Trump International Golf Club. Trump in the morning told reports "I'm not a racist' in the spark of his comment of Haiti and some African countries and Central American countries 'shithole countries'. The president denied using those words, two Republicans have come out in support saying they didn't hear the POTUS use that language. 

Politics: House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee want Republican chairman, Devin Nunes, to release the transcript of Fusion GPS Co-founder Glenn Simpson. The firm Fusion GPS was hired to seek dirt on then-candidate Trump and other GOP candidates by during 2016 primary but was later paid by the DNC to continue their research. Fusion GPS says it has found evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump organization. 

Business: Ford Motors will increase its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric cars in its model lineup according to Chairman Bill Ford. Automakers GM, Toyota, and Volkswagen are few of the manufactures who have outlined their plans to expand into electric vehicles meeting customer demands and stay competitive. 

U.S.: A couple in Southern California has been arrested after police they had kept their 13 children captive at home some shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks." A 17-year old girl managed to escape calling local authorities that her 12 siblings were being held by their parents. The children held in captivity ranged from 2 years old to 29, police said "the victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty. The couple David Turpin 57, and Louise Turpin are being held on torture and child endangerment charges. 

World: The U.S. and Canada will host North Korea at Vancouver summit to seek a diplomatic end to North Korea's nuclear program. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are co-hosting foreign ministers from 20 countries to discuss ways to promote a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis. 

Science/Tech/Health: In a study published by the 'PNAS' journal, reveals that human parasites such as fleas and body lice for the primarily spreading plague of bacteria during the Second Pandemic, a series of outbreaks from the 1300's through the 1800's. Including the Black Death, that killed an estimated 25 million lives between 1347-1351. Researchers created a mathematical model for how people would have died if rates were the cause but those number could not fit death rates recorded throughout Europe. 

Entertainment: Singer Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, dies at the age of 46 in London, England. The singer was in London for a recording session, the main cause of her death has not yet been revealed. The Cranberries gained global fame during the 1990's due to their top hits such as "Linger", "Zombie" and "Dreams". 

Sports: Olympian Simone Biles publicly revealed she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar in a Twitter post. Simone said, “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that l have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.” Nassar will be sentenced this week on seven counts of sexual assault charges in Michigan court and may face life prison.


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