Top News Stories For Today – Oct 5, 2017
Las Vegas massacre
Marilou Danley, the live-in girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, said Wednesday she had no idea he was planning Sunday’s massacre. “He never said anything to me, or took any action I was aware of, that I ever understood to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen,” Danley said in a statement.
Paddock purchased a “cheap” plane ticket for Danley so she could visit family in the Philippines last month, she said, and then wired her money. She said she feared the ticket was Paddock’s “way of breaking up with me,” adding, “It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.” Los Angeles Times, The Week
Trump Tillerson controversy
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted to defuse rumors that he is unhappy in the Trump administration on Wednesday, after reports surfaced that he called President Trump a “moron” in a private Pentagon meeting over the summer. “My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was on the day I accepted his offer,” he said, dismissing the “moron” rumor as “petty nonsense.”
NBC News reported Tillerson threatened to quit over the summer after Trump gave a campaign-style speech to the Boy Scouts, and tensions flared again last weekend when Trump tweeted that Tillerson should stop trying to use diplomacy on North Korea. A State Department spokeswoman denied Tillerson ever called the president a “moron.” Fox News, The Week
Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature
British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ishiguro has previously won the Man Booker Prize for his 1989 novel Remains of the Day, which was also turned into a film starring Anthony Hopkins. Most recently, Ishiguro authored The Buried Giant in 2015; he has written eight novels in total. The Nobel committee cited Ishiguro’s “great emotional force” which has “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro graduated from the University of Kent with a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and gained his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980. The Nobel Prize, Wikipedia
Hurricane season is in full swing, and another storm looms in the Caribbean. Tropical Depression 16 is just off the Nicaragua-Honduras border and is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate before making landfall on Nicaragua’s east coast later this morning.
Then, the storm is expected to pass over Honduras before hitting open water again. Forecasters think it could rapidly intensify into a Category 1 hurricane before hitting Sunday morning near Panama City Beach, Florida. CNN
A lot of Cambodia’s opposition MPs flee abroad
Almost half of Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers have left the country or are in jail, including most of its leadership, as proceedings to dissolve the party move forward. It was no longer possible to “save democracy” from inside Cambodia, said Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Mu Sochua — who fled on Tuesday saying she’d been tipped off her arrest was imminent.
Those abroad include deputy party president Eng Chhay Eang, spokesman Yim Sovann, deputy public affairs head Kem Monovithya, spokesman Yem Ponhearith and president of the party’s youth wing, Hing Soksan. VOA
Iraqi army enter ISIS held Hawija
The Iraqi army and members of the Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have entered the town of Hawija in an operation to oust Islamic State from its last stronghold in northern Iraq. The town of Hawija is located in the Sunni-majority district of Al-Hawija, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad. It was seized by IS after the Iraqi army collapsed in mid-2014.
Commanders on the ground said Wednesday’s advances could be the final push before ISIS militants are completely ousted. It is unknown how many IS fighters are in Hawija but Abu Xalid, a commander of Popular Mobilization Force estimates there are 500 local and foreign fighters in the town. VOA
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