Top news stories for today – August 14, 2016
Imam fatally shot in New York
An imam in Queens, New York, was fatally shot in the head Saturday as he was walking from afternoon prayers at Ozone Park’s Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque. His assistant, who was with him, was shot in the chest and has been taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Police say they believe the suspect is a lone gunman, who was described as “tall and dark-skinned, carrying a large handgun, and wearing a dark blue shirt and short pants.” It is unknown if the suspect spoke to the two men before he began shooting. Witnesses say they believe the incident to be a hate crime motivated by Islamophobia. NY Daily News, NBC New York, The Week
Hackers dump info on Democrats, Republicans
The hackers 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 also includes the names of major Democratic donors along with their Social Security numbers, plus several internal Democratic memos.
Allegedly associated with Russian intelligence, the hackers have promised this data is just a fragment of a much larger collection soon to be published at Wikileaks. But complicating the narrative that they are specifically targeting Democrats is the discovery that leaked emails from hundreds of Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former presidential campaign staff of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), were also shared. The Hill, Politico, The Week
Protesters demand Marcos not honor with state burial
Hundreds of protesters braved heavy rain in the Philippine’s capital Sunday, denouncing President Rodrigo Duterte‘s plan to honor the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a state burial in a heroes cemetery.
Protests were also held in other parts of the country, but Duterte is standing firm on his decision to move Marcos’ body from his hometown to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila next month. Senator Risa Hontiveros, who joined the protest, said “Marcos went down in history as an unrepentant enemy of our heroes,” and said Duterte should not commit what she called “this atrocious mistake.” Also among the protesters were victims of torture and imprisonment during Marcos time in power.
Marcos, who was elected president in 1965, declared martial law in 1972, and was later accused of massive human rights violations and plunder of the country’s wealth for personal gain. He was ousted in a “people power” revolt in 1986, and lived in exile in Hawaii with his family until he died in 1989. His remains were later returned to his hometown and have been displayed in a glass coffin. VOA
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt handily won his first-round heat of the 100-meter sprint at the Rio Games on Saturday, jogging past his rivals with a time of 10.07. Bolt’s next step is the 100-meter semifinal Sunday afternoon, followed by the final Sunday night. If he wins as expected, this will be Bolt’s third consecutive gold in his signature event. Bolt holds the world and Olympic records in the 100-meter race: 9.58 and 9.63 seconds, respectively. Yahoo Sports
Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold in what looks like being his final Games, as Britain took silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. The American legend bowed out with 28 medals from five Olympics after making his debut in 2000. That is 10 more than the next best. Gymnast Larisa Latynina, who competed for the Soviet Union between 1956 and 1964, won 18, nine of them gold. BBC
Sixteen years on from winning gold in the 50m freestyle at Sydney 2000, Anthony Ervin has reclaimed his title, becoming the Olympics’ oldest swimming champion at 35. His “swimmer’s burnout” period in between saw him pursue a love of rock music, battle personal demons and even sell his first gold medal to charity. But he started to train again in 2011, making the London Olympics in 2012, and already had a gold medal from the 4x100m freestyle event at Rio by the time he lined up on Friday night. On his latest gold, he said: “I’m keeping it for now. Who knows what the future holds?” BBC
Argentine President Mauricio Macri has asked Brazilian and Argentine fans at the Rio Olympics to cease their hostile chants and name-calling. Mr Macri said the two countries should not let their bitter football rivalry spill over into the Olympic Games. Brazilian fans have been loudly supporting any athlete competing against their southern neighbor. Argentine fans have often responded with disrespectful chants against the Brazilians. BBC
US Presidential election
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
Changes in four states that could boost Clinton: Ohio and Florida are the key battlegrounds. A handful of other states – including New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado and Iowa – count as smaller prizes in the quest to the reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes. Now, however, a lot of polls have shown Clinton within striking distance in Georgia, Arizona, Texas, and Arizona that were out of reach of her recent predecessors. BBC
Clinton tax returns show huge loss from presidential run: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton released her tax returns Friday, with a poke in the eye to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has thus far declined to release his tax returns. In 2014, when neither Clinton was running for president, the couple earned a cool $28.3 million in combined income. In 2015, that number dropped by more than half, as they together reported $10.7 million. The big losses were speaking fees, as Bill’s dropped from $9.7 million to $5.3 million.and Hillary’s speaking fees went from $10.5 million to $1.5 million. USA Today
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