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Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall on Florida Coast
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Fla., as the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle, a Category 4 hurricane packing maximum-sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. The big picture: The storm will end up ranking in the top 3 hurricanes of all time to make landfall anywhere in the U.S., in terms of its minimum central air pressure at landfall. It’s pictures and videos like these that really show how damaging and frightening these storms can be. – Axios / Daily Mail
Son of owner in limo crash arrested on homicide charges
A son of the owner of the limousine that crashed Saturday in New York, killing 20 people, was arrested on negligent homicide charges yesterday. Why it matters: State Police said Nauman Hussain’s limousine failed an inspection last month and should not have been on the road when it crashed at the intersection. Hussain, 28, was also aware that the driver he hired to drive the limousine, Scott T. Lisinicchia, was not properly licensed for that assignment. – Albany Times Union
FBI director says bureau is investigating 5,000 terrorism cases across the world
Yesterday FBI Director Christopher Wray said that agents are conducting over 5000 terror investigations around the world. Big picture: He said the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever. The news came as authorities arrested a man in New York who they say constructed a 200-pound bomb which he intended to detonate on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Election Day next month. – ABC
U.S. raises pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist
U.S. President Donald Trump increased pressure on Saudi Arabia yesterday to provide information on what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi saying he wanted to get the bottom of what he called “a very serious situation.” The story is dominating world headlines with Lindsey Graham warning there will be ‘hell to pay’ if Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi. Here’s why it’s such a big deal. – Fox / Vox
Pope Causes Commotion
Pope Francis caused some commotion yesterday when he compared abortion to hiring a “hitman to solve a problem” during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Why it matters: this isn’t the first time Francis has spoken out against abortion. In June, he compared having an abortion to avoid birth defects to the Nazi-era idea of trying to create a pure race. – CNN
China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist
Regional authorities in China revised a local law to encourage the existence of “re-education centers” for its persecuted Uighur ethnic minority. The new law formally encourages officials to set up “re-education institutions … to carry out the educational transformation of those affected by extremism.” Rights groups say detainees must swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticize or renounce their faith. – Business Insider / BBC
Stocks Are Tumbling Around the World
A sharp selloff in U.S. stocks spilled over into Asian and European markets, with technology stocks from the U.S. to China falling the hardest, as investors refocused on slowing global growth, rising bond yields and increasing trade tensions. Notable: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 831.83 points, the third-largest one-day point drop in history. Previous large one-day drops include several days during the financial crisis, and the first trading day after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Jeff Bezos lost $9.1 Billion yesterday. U.S. stock futures point to continued selloff on Wall Street today. – Yahoo Finance / Market Watch / Bloomberg
Colin Kaepernick files to trademark image of his face, hair
Colin Kaepernick’s company Inked Flash has filed for the trademark to a black and white image of his face and hair. The filing, which showed up on the website for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday but was filed last Friday, says the intent is to use the image on everything from shampoo and hairspray to jewelry and lampshades to “providing classes, workshops, seminars and camps in the field of self-empowerment and awareness to properly interact with law enforcement.” – ESPN
Snapchat launches first slate of original shows
In an effort to find new avenues for growth, Snap yesterday announced a slate of self-produced programming.The dozen shows, which will be part of a new program called Snap Originals, include a mix of scripted series and reality shows that will premiere over the next several months on the Snapchat Discover tab. Why it matters: the shows could promote more conversation within the app while drawing new viewers into Snapchat. – The Verge
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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Newsletter Cover Photo: Statues of the two symbolic beasts of finance, the bear and the bull, in front of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
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