Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Quote of the day: "In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact." -Les Brown

The White House: The Department of Agriculture granted Puerto Rico the right to use food stamps to purchase hot meals the waiver will last through November including the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Trump administration first denied the waiver but has now been approved. Nearly 40% of the population in Puerto Rico are on food stamps through the Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico program which previously denied the purchase of fast food.

Politics: The House of Reps passed a bill 237-189 banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy making it a crime to attempt or perform an abortion with the possibility of a fine or 5 years in prison. The bill allows for abortions to be conducted in special cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.

Business: Search engine Yahoo released a statement saying all 3 billion of Yahoo's account users as of 2013 were affected by the company's hack, the company originally believed only 1 billion accounts were jeopardized. Yahoo reported that hackers were able to obtain names, birth dates, phone numbers, and passwords.

U.S.: Marilou Danely, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, was met by federal authorities Tuesday at LAX after arriving from the Philippines. Danely was taken by federal authorities for questioning about Paddock who killed himself in Mandalay Bay hotel room after killing 59 people and injuring 515 others.

World: The World Health Organization and other organizations will meet in France to commit to reducing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030. Cholera is responsible for the deaths of an estimated 95,000 people and affects 2.9 million more every year around the world, the Global Task Force on Chorale Control will focus on protecting communities, prevent transmissions of cholera and help control outbreaks.  

Science/Tech/Health: The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three American professors for their discovery of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein. The three physicist Rainer Weiss of MIT, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish from Caltech; reported in February 2016 that they had recorded gravitational waves emanating from two black holes colliding into one black hole.

Sports: The NBA announced Tuesday the 2018 NBA All-Star game will be played without the East Conference and West Conference in Los Angeles, but instead teams will be selected by two captains.  The NBA said, "teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference."


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