Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Quote of the day: "The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." -Ray Kroc

U.S.: Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed and two others injured during an ambush in Niger while on patrol with Nigerien troops who lost five soldiers. U.S. Africa Command spokesman said, "We can confirm the reports that a joint U.S. Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger." The U.S. in 2013 set up a military base in Niger to help fight extremist organizations in West Africa including ISIS, Boko Haram, and Al Qaeda. 

The White House: President Trump and the First Lady along with other congressional officials traveled to Las Vegas to meet the victims of Sunday nights mass shooting and state officials. Trump after visiting University Medical Center said, "We met patients that were absolutely terribly wounded. And the doctors, the nurses, all of the people at the hospital have done a job that’s indescribable. It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they’ve done.”

Politics: Congressional Democrats propose new legislation to ban "bump stock" which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds per minutes. Republican members of the House and Senate are open to considering legislation on bump stocks. 

Business: Wells Fargo under fire for charging mortgage borrowers extra fees for missing deadlines to lock in promised interests rates, delays that were caused by the bank between September 2013 through February 2017. Wells Fargo has said it would reach out to all 100,000 home borrowers that were charged extra fees and has promised to refund them.

World: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro met with Russian President Putin in Moscow Wednesday in seek of political and diplomatic support, as Venezuela faces tough sanctions from the U.S. due to Maduro's economic turmoil and civil unrest in Venezuela. Maduro said, "I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela's defense capacity and sovereignty." 

Science/Tech/Health: Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing new methods in visualising biomolecules such as those in the Zika virus. The award has been awarded to three scientists Jacques Dubochest of Switzerland, Jochim Frank of the U.S., and Richard Henderson of England for developing cryo-electron microscopy that "both simplifies and improves the image of biomolecules."

Entertainment: 'Glee' actor Mark Salling pleads guilty to 2 counts of child pornography and may face 4 to 7 years in prison. Salling was arrested in 2015 after a tip-off that he was in possession of pictures of child pornography and child erotica, more than 50,000 pictures were found on his computer. 

Sports: Minnesota Lynx wins WNBA championship over the Los Angeles Sparks 85-76 in game 5. 


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