Top News Stories for Today – Aug 24, 2017
Trump delivers subdued VA speech
President Trump delivered a subdued, on-script speech on Wednesday at the American Legion’s national convention in Reno, Nevada, causing some people to marvel at the president’s ability to abruptly change gears after his freewheeling rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona. On Tuesday, Trump had forcefully defended his condemnations of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while viciously attacking the media and questioning the patriotism of journalists.
In Reno, Trump applauded “incredible progress” on VA reform and called for a “new unity,” telling Americans that “we are one people with one home and one great flag.” “I have whiplash,” said CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “It’s which president will show up today?” CBS News, The Week
Massachusetts buyer wins $759 M Powerball jackpot
Powerball officials say a sole ticket-buyer in Massachusetts has won the massive $758.7 million jackpot, the second-largest Powerball win in US history, after correctly picking all six numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing — 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and Powerball 04. The lucky Bay Stater snapped a streak of 20 jackpot-less Powerball draws.
There were also some lesser winners — two tickets sold in Florida matched the first five numbers, earning $1 million apiece, while four people won $200,000 and 24 players won $50,000. Powerball tickets — sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands — cost $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot were about 1 in 292.2 million. The winner can take a lump sum of about $480.5 million or opt for 30 payments over 29 years. USA Today, CBS News
WH preparing rules for military’s transgender ban
A memo reported by the Wall Street Journal, and later confirmed by officials who spoke to the New York Times and Reuters, would give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis six months to implement the plan set in motion by a series of Trump tweets in late July. VOA
62% of Americans see Trump as divider
Nearly two-thirds of American voters believe President Donald Trump is doing more to divide the country than he is to unite it, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University Poll reported 62 percent of the voters it surveyed felt that Trump is increasing divisions in the country; 31 percent said they felt the opposite.
The poll reflected public sentiment following violent clashes this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white-supremacist groups and protesters who opposed them. Trump spoke out several times about the issues and groups involved in Charlottesville, shifting his position from day to day. VOA
Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8
After the disastrous recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phone last year, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the next phone in its Note lineup, the Galaxy Note 8. The successor to the discontinued and sometimes flammable phone features a sizable infinity screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally; two 12-megapixel color cameras; fingerprint, facial, and iris scanning capabilities; an updated S Pen stylus that can now translate full sentences; and an impressive 64 gigabytes of built-in storage.
Samsung also made a point of independently verifying that the Note 8 battery meets safety standards, a key step to winning back consumer trust as the Note 7 battery was prone to overheating. The Galaxy Note 8 is available for presale Aug. 25, and it hits stores Sept. 15. Wired, Time, The Week
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