Top news stories for today – August 13, 2016
Fox News names 2 co-presidents
On Friday, Fox News announced that Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy will serve as the network’s new co-presidents. The two company veterans will report to 21st Century Fox owner and Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, who took over leadership of the network after former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned July 21 following allegations of sexual assault.
Abernethy, who was Fox Television Stations’ CEO, will head up advertising, finance, sales, and distribution, while Shine, who was the station’s senior executive vice president, will oversee programming, news, and editorial content. The network also announced Friday that its chief financial office, Mark Kranz, will be stepping down. Politico, The New York Times
The U.S. women’s soccer team was eliminated in the Olympic quarterfinals, falling to Sweden in penalty shootouts on Friday. The U.S. women won the gold medal in London in 2012, and the 2016 team had been led by returning superstars, such as Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd. The U.S. women have historically struggled to beat the Swedes, winning every game in the 2015 women’s World Cup except a 0-0 tie against Sweden. Sweden’s Coach Pia Sundhage has some insight into the U.S. women’s teams dynamics; she spent five years as their coach. AFP, The New York Times
Shahin Nasirinia represented Iran as a weightlifter at two Olympics, but at the Rio Summer Games he is helping coach the United States’ weightlifting team. “I am happy with it. I love this sport. I love this job and I put my heart, everything into it,” Nasirinia told VOA. VOA
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling won his nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal with victory in the 100m butterfly as Michael Phelps was one of three men to finish joint second. Schooling, 21, won in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds. The Singaporean was always in control and won by 0.75 seconds from the trio of Phelps, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh. BBC
1 in 4 people in Puerto Rico will have Zika by January
The Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus in Puerto Rico on Friday. Some 1,914 new Zika cases have been reported in the American territory in the past week alone, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he expects fully one in four of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people to be infected with the virus by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, new research from Italy finds that Zika, which can cause birth defects including microcephaly, can remain in an infected man’s sperm for as long as six months, even with treatment, suggesting the risk of sexual transmission is greater than previously believed. CBS News, Reuters
US drone kills an IS leader in Afghanistan
The U.S. Department of Defense says an airstrike has killed prominent Islamic State leader Hafiz Sayed Khan in Afghanistan. The Pentagon announced Friday that the strike was made July 26 in Achin district of Nangarhar province and resulted in Kahn’s death.
In a statement, Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge said, “Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, and the actions of his network terrorized Afghans, especially in Nangarhar.”The Pentagon says Islamic State uses Nangarhar province to train, equip, disseminate and control fighter pipelines, providing the militants with a continuous supply of fighters. Trowbridge said Khan’s death will disrupt Islamic State operations in Afghanistan and the region. VOA
US Presidential election
New polls show Clinton thumping Trump in key swing states: The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Friday delivered more bad news for Donald Trump. Surveys of the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia each revealed Hillary Clinton well ahead of Trump, with some of her winning margins even cracking double digits. “These are supposed to be battleground states, but right now, they don’t look that way,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. In Colorado, Clinton leads by 14 points, 46 percent to 32 percent, and in Virginia, she leads by 13 points, 46 percent to 33 percent. She’s ahead in North Carolina by 9 points and in Florida by 5 points. NBC News
Clinton, Kaine release 2015 tax returns, putting pressure on Trump: Hillary Clinton released her 2015 taxes on Friday, showing she and her husband paid an effective federal income tax rate of 34 percent and donated nearly 10 percent of their gross income to charity. Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, released a decade of tax returns, showing he and his wife paid an effective rate of 20 percent in 2015, and donated 7.5 percent of their gross income to charity. The release is clearly intended to pressure Republican Donald Trump to release his own tax returns; he has so far refused to do so, claiming he needs an audit to be completed first. Some have speculated Trump has paid as little as zero percent in income taxes for years. The Wall Street Journal , The New York Times
Hacker dumps personal info for Democratic representatives and donors, plus top Republicans: The hacker(s) who previously breached Democratic National Committee records released Friday evening a cache of personal contact information, including private email addresses and cell numbers, for nearly all of the 186 Democrats in the House of Representatives. The leak from Guccifer 2.0 also includes the names of major Democratic donors along with their Social Security numbers, plus several internal Democratic memos. The hacker has promised this data is just a fragment of a much larger collection soon to be published at Wikileaks. But complicating the narrative that Guccifer 2.0 and the DCLeaks site where he publicized the DNC hacks are specifically targeting Democrats is the discovery that DCLeaks also shared leaked emails from hundreds of Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and former presidential campaign staff of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The Hill, Politico
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