Top News Stories For Today – Nov 14, 2017
New sexual accusation against Roy Moore
The latest accuser of Alabama Republican Roy Moore says the Senate candidate assaulted her when he gave her a ride home one night in the late 1970s. Beverly Young Nelson cried at a news conference in New York with attorney Gloria Allred.
Nelson says she was a 16-year-old high school student working at a restaurant where Moore was a regular. She says Moore groped her, touched her breasts and locked the door to keep her inside his car. She said he squeezed her neck while trying to push her head toward his crotch and that he tried to pull her shirt off. Moore called the allegations a “witch hunt” in a statement shortly before the news conference. Click on Detroit
Sessions considering probes of GOP concerns
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, The Washington Post reports.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has called for a second special counsel to investigate Democrats’ actions during last year’s election campaign. Brian Fallon, who was press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, called the news part of a Trump administration “fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe” into Russian election meddling and possible collusion by Trump associates. The Washington Post
WikiLeaks and Trump Jr. connection during campaign
The WikiLeaks Twitter account repeatedly messaged Donald Trump Jr. with political advice, The Atlantic reported. Trump Jr. did not always respond, but The Atlantic reports he did email senior officials in the Trump campaign in September 2016 to announce that WikiLeaks had contacted him, and at one point tweeted a link WikiLeaks sent to him.
Trump Jr. stopped replying to the messages in October 2016. However, weeks before the election, WikiLeaks suggested that the Trump campaign send them now-President Trump’s tax returns to “improve the perception of our impartiality,” and early on election day, told Trump Jr. if his father lost, he should refuse to concede the election and instead challenge the media and “other types of rigging that occurred.” The Atlantic, The Week
N Koreans fired 40 shots at defector
Four North Korean soldiers fired 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first shooting at the jointly controlled area of the heavily fortified border. The soldier is being treated at a South Korean hospital after a five-hour operation for the gunshot wounds he suffered during his escape across the Joint Security Area. His personal details and motive for defection are unknown and his exact medical condition is unclear.
On Monday, he first drove a military jeep before he left the vehicle after one of its wheels fell into a ditch. He then fled across the JSA, with fellow soldiers chasing and firing at him. The solider was found beneath a pile of leaves on the southern side of the JSA and South Korean troops crawled there to recover him. A UN Command helicopter later transported him to the Ajou medical center. The North’s official media hasn’t reported about the case, but it previously accused of Seoul of kidnapping or enticing its citizens to defect. About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly travel via China, since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. VOA
Half of all US adults have high blood pressure
More than a dozen medical groups have agreed to change the guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure in adults, based on the findings of a major study conducted two years ago. For decades, the upper threshold for high blood pressure has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom number of 90; the new guidelines, announced Monday at the American Heart Association’s conference in California, drop the numbers to 130 over 80.
That means an additional 30 million Americans now have the condition, and it affects half of all adults in the United States. The study found that when people tried to keep their top number at 120, it lowered their risk of having heart problems. The Associated Press, The Week
Russian interference in Catalonia referendum
Spain’s defense and foreign ministers said they had evidence that state and private-sector Russian groups, as well as groups in Venezuela, used Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sites to massively publicize the separatist cause and swing public opinion behind it in the run-up to the Oct. 1 referendum. Catalonia’s separatist leaders have denied that Russian interference helped them in the vote.
Asked if Madrid was certain of the accusations, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, also at the meeting, said: “Yes, we have proof.” Dastis said Spain had detected false accounts on social media, half of which were traced back to Russia and another 30 percent to Venezuela, created to amplify the benefits of the separatist cause by re-publishing messages and posts. VOA
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