Top News Stories for Today – October 14, 2016
US to create database of police use of violence
The Justice Department is working on collecting statistics on how frequently police officers use force, and how often civilians die in encounters with police. “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a written statement released Thursday.
The move comes after numerous high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police over the last two years. FBI Director James Comey said at a House hearing last month that without comprehensive records “we’re driven entirely by anecdote, and that’s a very bad place to be.” The Washington Post, The New York Times The Week
Samsung’s Galaxy Note losses expected $5 billion plus
Samsung believes it will lose more than $5 billion after attempting to salvage, and then scrapping, its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which has a disastrous tendency to burst into flames. The South Korean company said Friday that the recall and discontinuation of the product would cost it around $3 billion for the current and subsequent quarters.
This comes after Samsung already reduced its operating profit by $2.3 billion for the previous quarter. Samsung is expected to push its alternative smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, to make up for the recall of 1.9 million Note 7 phones and their faulty replacement phones in the US CNN Money, ABC News, The Week
Battle for Mosul will be disaster for civilians
More than 62,000 civilians are believed to have fled Mosul in recent weeks as Iraqi forces prepare for a final assault to retake the city from the Islamic State terror group. And there are growing indications they may be among the last to safely escape.
Despite talk by US and Iraqi officials about setting up safe routes and government-controlled screening centers to handle the flow of fleeing civilians, aid groups say they are seeing few indications Iraq is serious about making adequate preparations.
Instead, they say Iraqi military planners seem intent on locking down Mosul in an effort to make sure no one — IS fighter or innocent civilian — is able to leave. VOA
Thailand’s King dies at age 88
The death of the world’s longest reigning monarch, Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 88, is a stunning blow for the kingdom of 67 million people, most of whom have known no other sovereign. His son and heir apparent, the country’s Crown Prince, has said he wants to mourn the loss of his father before ascending to the throne.
The king had been in poor health for a long time, primarily spending his last years in a Bangkok hospital. He died Thursday evening. Bhumibol, also known as Rama IX, came to the throne as an 18-year-old in 1946 after the mysterious shooting death of his 20-year-old brother, King Ananda Mahidol.
US Presidential election
Clinton leads Trump by 7 points in new Fox News poll: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 7 points in a four-way race, 45 percent to 38 percent, according to the latest Fox News national poll, which was conducted after the second presidential debate. Head-to-head, Clinton’s lead widened to 8 points, 49 percent to 41 percent. Clinton is also ahead in some new swing state polls, claiming leads in North Carolina in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey (45 percent to 41 percent) and in New Hampshire in a MassINC Polling Group/WBUR-FM poll (45 percent to 39 percent). In Ohio, the Marist poll found Clinton and Trump virtually tied, with Trump claiming 42 percent and Clinton getting 41 percent. Politico, NBC News, The Week
Several big donors are urging GOP to dump Trump: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus reiterated this week that the RNC is squarely and enthusiastically behind GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but large-money donors are urging the RNC to disavow Trump to save the GOP from long-lasting damage, The New York Times reports, and the Republican financial apparatus “is wheezing painfully in the final weeks of the race.” Priebus is reportedly adrift and sleeping poorly after the release of the video where Trump lewdly boasts about groping women, and is said to fear that years of hard organization work is being undone. “At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters,” says David Humphreys, a Missouri seven-figure GOP donor. Other millionaires are shifting their giving to Libertarian Gary Johnson. The New York Times, The Week
Michelle Obama says remarks about women ‘cruel, frightening’: First lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that remarks about women and their bodies emerging from one of the presidential candidates were “cruel, frightening, and it hurts.” Obama did not mention the name Donald Trump during a rousing and highly emotional campaign speech for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. But she was clearly referring to fresh allegations from four women who say Trump groped and forced kisses on them. VOA
Obama says Republicans deserve no credit for disavowing Trump: President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that Republicans who are disavowing Donald Trump deserve no credit for their sudden change of heart after having “stood by silently” for so long. He accused Republicans of filling a “swamp of crazy” by allowing unfounded and hate-filled rhetoric to go unchallenged within the party for years. The president said that it was GOP complacency that led the party to nominate a candidate who he said brags and jokes about sexually assaulting women. VOA
Clinton says US would ‘ring China with missile defense’: Hillary Clinton privately said the US would “ring China with missile defense” if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton’s remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman’s personal account. The emails include a document excerpting Clinton’s private speech transcripts, which she has refused to release. VOA
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