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Top news stories for today – September 9, 2016


N Korea conducts a nuclear explosion test

N. Korea summons diplomats' children homeHours after an artificial earthquake was detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site Friday morning, North Korea announced it was successful in conducting an explosion test of its nuclear warheads. It was North Korea’s fifth nuclear test overall, and first since January.

The United States Geological Survey reported a 5.3 magnitude quake occurred around 9:30 a.m. local time, not far from Punggye-ri, the site of previous nuclear tests. South Korean President Park Geun-hye released a statement saying the test shows the “fanatic recklessness of the Kim Jong Un government as it clings to a nuclear development,” and China’s Foreign Ministry declared that Pyongyang carried out the test with “disregard” for international objections. North Korea is celebrating the 68th anniversary of the start of the communist regime by Kim Il Sung. The Associated Press, The Week



At least 3 dead after train derails in Spain

At least 3 dead after train derails in SpainA train from Vigo, Spain, to Oporto, Portugal, derailed Friday morning in Spain’s northwestern Galicia province, Spanish officials say, and at least three people are dead.

The train was carrying 63 passengers, a driver, and another crew member, and Spanish media reports that the driver is among the three fatalities; dozens of people were injured. It is not clear what caused Friday’s crash, but ADIF, the administrator of Spain’s state-run RENFE railroad, says it has opened an investigation. Reuters, CNN, The Week



Wells Fargo fined $185 million banking practices

Wells Fargo fined $185 million banking practicesWells Fargo was fined $185 million Thursday for illegal banking practices, including issuing credit cards without customer consent and piling late fees onto accounts customers didn’t know they had.

The bank, which serves approximately 40 million customers, has fired 5,300 employees for creating over 2 million fake accounts. “Wells Fargo employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts to hit sales targets and receive bonuses,” said Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The $185 million fine is the CFBP’s largest since it was founded in 2011. CNN Money, The New York Times, The Week



Serena Williams knocked out of US Open

Serena Williams knocked out of US OpenKarolina Pliskova defeated Serena Williams during the US Open semifinals Thursday, 6-2, 7-6, becoming the fourth person to beat Williams and her sister, Venus, in the same Grand Slam.

This is the second straight year that Williams lost in the U.S. Open semis. Pliskova, 24, of the Czech Republic, had never before made it to a Grand Slam semifinal, and with her defeat, Williams lost the No. 1 ranking she held for a record-tying 186 straight weeks. ESPN, The Week

US Presidential election

Trump doubles down on claim he opposed the Iraq invasion: During a speech at a Cleveland charter school Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump once again insisted he had opposed invading Iraq. “Had I been in Congress at the time I would have cast a vote in opposition,” Trump said, in an effort to contradict reports from the “terribly dishonest” media that have directly quoted Trump saying he was in favor of the invasion at the time. Echoing his statements from the Commander-in-Chief Forum on Wednesday, Trump said that he has “been a critic” of foreign invasions “for years” and that these sorts of “interventions” were much more the “hallmark of trigger-happy Hillary [Clinton].” Trump was scheduled to speak about education, which he addressed at the end of his remarks. Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post

Trump, Clinton attack each other on National Security: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton unleashed some of their harshest criticisms about each other to date on Thursday, a day after a televised forum on national security put each under a strong spotlight. Appearing at a school in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump said Clinton’s performance Wednesday night provided more evidence that she was unfit to be commander in chief. Trump said Clinton continued to refuse to take responsibility for her “failed” Middle East policies as secretary of state.

Clinton told a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, that Trump’s comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “far more” of a leader than President Barack Obama “shocked her.” “That is not just unpatriotic, it’s not just insulting to the office and to the man who holds the office. It is scary, it is dangerous,” she said. VOA

Americans Largely Support Free Trade: Both major candidates for U.S. president are critical of free trade agreements, but a new survey shows a majority of voters still support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and similar agreements. That is the somewhat surprising conclusion of a survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, published Thursday. Around 2,000 people participated in the survey. Of those, approximately two-thirds said international trade is good for the U.S. economy, consumers, the standard of living and American companies. Only a third, however, say international trade is good for American jobs. VOA

Paul Ryan is tired of Trump questions: House Speaker Paul Ryan, peppered with questions about Donald Trump on Thursday, continued the tenuous balancing act of supporting Trump while not necessarily agreeing with what he says. Ryan, asked about Trump calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a better leader than President Obama, said he had read a snippet of Trump’s comments, made Wednesday night at a candidate forum. ”Let me say this about Vladimir Putin: Vladimir Putin is an aggressor that does not share our interests,” he said. “Vladimir Putin is violating the sovereignty of a neighboring country.” Ryan went on to criticize Putin for cyberattacks on the US political system. USA Today

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