Weekend, November 3-5, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller


The White House: Over the weekend President Trump visited Hawaii, before kicking off his 12-day trip throughout Asia. Trump held a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on trade and tensions with North Korea. Trump called North Korea "a threat to the civilized world" and vowed to stand with its allies leaving all options open, the president also called on Japanese automakers to build their cars in the U.S. rather than to ship them. 

Politics: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is recovering from five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs when he was attacked by his neighbor while mowing his lawn Friday. Rene Boucher was soon arrested and charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, he was then released Saturday after posing bond. The motive has still not be identified although some speculate its political. 

Business: Saturday mobile carriers T-Mobile and Sprint call off merger plans after both "companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms" for the deal. T-Mobile CEO John Legere said, "The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders.”

U.S.: Sunday morning mass shooting at First Baptist Church has left 26 people dead and 20 others injured, when 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelly opened fire in the Sutherland Spring church in Texas. The shooter was then shot by a local resident when exiting the church, the shooter then fled the scene where he was later found dead in his car. Kelly served in the U.S. Air Force from 2010 until his discharge in 2014, the FBI and ATF have searched his house and continue to look for causes behind the shooting.

World: Over the weekend in Saudi Arabia an anti-corruption committee lead by Prince Mohammad, conducted a corruption sweep arresting 11 princes including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and four ministers. Also, Saudi Arabia intercepted a long-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen's border by Houthi rebels, the missile was destroyed over the capital of Riyadh on Saturday. 

Science/Tech/Health: In Australia, gonorrhea cases surged 63% over the past 5 years according to a new study. The reason for the infection increase has not yet be determined but seen to increase among major cities, "which saw a 99% increase between 2012 and 2016, while remote areas saw a decline, the report shows. For example, among women, there was a 126% increase in major cities compared with a 43% rise among all Australian women."

Entertainment: NBC will cancel the taping of Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show" for a week due to the passing of Gloria Fallon, who passed away Saturday. Fallon released a statement saying he had lost his mother calling her his "biggest fan". 

Sports: Shalane Flanagan becomes the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years in 2:26:53. The last time an American took the women's title was in 1977 when Miki Gorman won the NYC Marathon back-to-back. Shalane said, "It's a moment I'm trying to soak up and savor... This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl."


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