Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Debrief

Baseball. Lets Go Mets.
The National League playoffs will see the Chicago Cubs in New York tomorrow after the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The Kansas City Royals open the American League playoff series with the Toronto Blue Jays today and Saturday.

World Food Day
Secretary of State John Kerry helps commemorate World Food Day, a U.N. call for action against hunger, at the official celebration in Milan today. The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization was founded 70 years ago today.

  Dietary supplement use sends thousands to the ER each year   CBS - October 16, 2015
Bad reactions to dietary supplements are sending tens of thousands of Americans to the ER every year, a new study shows. More than 23,000 visits to emergency rooms occur annually due to complications from taking dietary supplements such as herbal or complementary nutritional products, vitamins, and minerals, according to scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who coauthored the study. About 2,154 of the visits resulted in hospitalizations, the scientists reported.

Million Man March.
Twenty years ago today ... the Million Man March was a gathering en masse of African-American men in Washington, DC. Whether there were actually a million people at the Million Man March on the Mall 20 years ago today is not clear. Called by Louis Farrakhan, it was held on and around the National Mall. The National African American Leadership Summit, a leading group of civil rights activists and the Nation of Islam working with scores of civil rights organizations including many local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (but not the national NAACP) formed the Million Man March Organizing Committee.

  CNBC agrees to Trump demand for two-hour debate   CNBC - October 16, 2015
CNBC has agreed to limit its Republican primary debate later this month to two hours, acquiescing to the demands of Donald Trump and other GOP campaigns, CNN has confirmed.

Candidates release fund-raising figures.
Establishment-backed candidates in both the Republican and Democratic presidential contests are flagging in the money-raising race, filings show. On the G.O.P. side, Ben Carson raised the most, $20 million, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, far ahead of the $11.4 million by former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $12 million, and Donald J. Trump $4 million. Among Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at $30 million, barely out-raised Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, with $26 million.

NBC Online Poll: Dem Voters Unified; Candidates Show Fissures   NBC - October 16, 2015
Tuesday's Democratic debate showed that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have some stark policy differences that separate them, including different approaches to gun control, college tuition, foreign policy, and regulating Wall Street. The latest NBC News online poll conducted by SurveyMonkey found that Democratic voters are vastly unified on most of these issues - but the general electorate is split. The issues ...

Joe Biden. I think he's watching to see if it's worth his time and effort. The man is clearly tired.
Is Joe Biden close to a decision on running for president?   CBS - October 16, 2015

Benghazi committee takes testimony.
Despite Capitol Hill's weeklong recess, a top aide to Hillary Clinton will be questioned today by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Republicans said.

E.U. action plan on refugees.
European Union leaders, ending their summit meeting in Brussels today, agreed to support a plan that offers Turkey up to $3.4 billion, action on visa-free travel for its citizens and other sweeteners to gain its cooperation on the migration crisis. Officials said the aim was to prevent more than two million Syrian refugees in Turkey from trying to reach northern or Western Europe. Separately, Hungary may decide today whether to close its new border wall with Croatia to stem the flow of migrants.

The Greek Parliament votes today on the new government's first austerity bill, which contains tax increases and stricter pension rules as agreed under its new bailout program.

U.N. meets on Jerusalem violence.
The U.N. Security Council meets today over the recent violence between Israel and the Palestinians, diplomats said. An estimated 30 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed during two weeks of bloodshed, the most serious unrest in years.

Palestinians set fire to Joseph's Tomb Jewish holy site   BBC - October 16, 2015
Palestinians have torched a Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Nablus, amid soaring tensions with Israel.

California - From Wildfires to Flash Floods.
Violent storms and flash floods cause chaos in California as 5ft-deep mud engulfs cars and traps people inside homes north of LA   Daily Mail - October 16, 2015
Floods have swept mud and rocks across Interstate 5 in California, trapping hundreds of vehicles and motorists. Firefighters spotted rescuing people who had clambered on top of their cars in bid to escape fast-flowing water. People stuck in their homes as heavy downpours and series of lightning strikes hit towns north of Los Angeles. Up to 1.5ins of rain fell in just hours as violent storm makes it way east; there are no reports of injuries or deaths.

Nevada shuts down fantasy sports sites.
Regulators in Nevada, the only U.S. state with legal sports betting, ordered fantasy sports websites to stop operating immediately there until they obtain state gambling licenses. Federal and state investigators are looking into whether employees of the unregulated industry, armed with inside information, exploited paying customers.

A computer crash at a web-hosting company on Thursday that took down popular websites including Netflix and Expedia was an internal problem and not the result of an attack by hackers, the company said.

10 cars you can keep for 10 years   CBS - October 16, 2015
Let's say you like to buy a new car and keep it well past the last loan payment. You'll be happy to know a new study by auto research site has identified which models most original owners keep 10 years before selling. (One man who held onto his Dodge Charger for 46 years recently learned it could be worth more than $1 million as it's one of only 503 made of the model.)

Randy Quaid.
Randy Quaid and wife released from custody in US   BBC - October 16, 2015
Quaid, 65, and his wife, Evi, were taken into custody last Friday night by Vermont police while trying to enter the US from Canada. They fled to Canada in 2010 after being charged with vandalism and squatting in a Santa Barbara property.

Lamar Odom.
Friends and family say they watched the former N.B.A. basketball star's struggles mostly from a distance. He remained in a coma today in a Las Vegas hospital.