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Korea Tests Long-Range Missiles During Final Presidential Debate
North Korea launched a missile capable of reaching U.S. military bases as far away as Guam on Wednesday night as Americans were fixated on the final presidential debate. The trigger-happy nation fired off the rocket from from the northwestern city of Kusong — though analysis by South Korean and US officials suggest that it exploded shortly after take-off at around 6 p.m. ET. Several hours later, the US Strategic Command reported that it had detected a failed attempt by North Korea to launch an intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile, which can travel up to 2,500 miles — reaching parts of Japan and Guam. NY Post
TV Reporter: Bill Clinton Sexually Assaulted Me In 1980
A former Arkansas TV reporter accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in 1980 inside the station’s newsroom, Breitbart News reported on Wednesday. Leslie Millwee claimed the assaults took place at what was then KLMN-TV in Fort Smith, Ark. “He followed me into an editing room,” Millwee told Breitbart. “It was very small. There was a chair. I was sitting in a chair. He came up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts. And I was just stunned. I froze. I asked him to stop. He laughed. That happened on three occasions.” Clinton allegedly refused to take “no” for an answer in the second case she described. NY Post
To Be In Newtown, Bucks County, Friday Night
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has scheduled a campaign appearance in Bucks County on Friday night. A Trump rally is scheduled for 7:30 at the Newtown Athletic Club Sports Training Center, 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown. Doors will open at 4:30. Tickets are available on Trump's website. The visit is part of a campaign swing through the battleground states of Ohio on Thursday, North Carolina on Friday, and then Pennsylvania with a stop in Johnstown before moving east to Bucks County. On Saturday, he will head to Virginia and then return to Ohio. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine are set to visit Philadelphia on Saturday, at a time and location to be determined. Philadelphia Inquirer
Christie To Appear In Court Over Misconduct Complaint
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appear before a judge to answer for a citizen's complaint that he failed to put a stop to the closure of lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013. Documents filed in New Jersey Superior Court Monday and publicized Wednesday show Christie'sattorney agreed the Republican governor would appear Nov. 23 in Hackensack at a first appearance. Christie has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged in what federal prosecutors say was a political payback scheme. Two of Christie's former aides are on trial in the matter. The complaint was brought by former Teaneck firefighter William Brennan. It alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to re-open the access lanes. Fox News
Cancer Hormone Therapy Tied To Higher Dementia Risk
Men who take hormone therapy for prostate cancer may have a higher risk of dementia than patients who receive different treatment for these malignancies, a U.S. study suggests. Prostate cancer cells need testosterone to grow and spread. Researchers focused on a common treatment known as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), which works by depriving tumor cells of testosterone. Side effects can include sexual dysfunction, weight gain and fatigue. "Multiple studies now suggest that androgen deprivation therapy may be associated with cognitive changes, including dementia, and the current study certainly supports this," said lead study author Dr. Kevin Nead of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Fox News
Makes History: Delivers Speech Entirely In Spanish During Spanish-Language
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine made campaign history Sunday morning as the first presidential ticket candidate to deliver a speech entirely in Spanish during a Spanish-language church service. "Yo soy catolico," Clinton's running mate said to the congregation at Pneuma Church in Miami, Florida. He introduced himself, discussing his time in Honduras as a missionary, and noting Clinton's faith as a Methodist. The Virginia senator encouraged parishioners to vote, emphasizing the responsibility to participate politically in accordance with Christian values, and reminded them of the October 18 registration deadline. CNN
The Presidential Election Can't Be Hacked
The Obama administration is accusing Russia of hacking US political organizations. States are reporting attempts -- in one case successful -- to breach voter registration databases. And the final days of the campaign are dominated by talk of whether the race is "rigged." The public is understandably concerned about the integrity of next month's election. But election officials and cyber experts say it's virtually impossible for Moscow or some other outside group to influence the election outcome. Hackers could create mischief -- some say "chaos" -- but the election system is resilient enough to withstand shocks. The key concern, experts feel, is public perception: Sowing distrust is easily achieved even without successful hacks. CNN
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Rejects WikiLeaks: 'Today It Is The Democrats. Tomorrow It Could Be Us'
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio broke from many in his party when he said Wednesday that Republicans shouldn't discuss the Hillary Clinton campaign emails published by WikiLeaks, a number of which have created bad optics and real headaches for the Democratic ticket. Rubio told CNN that "as our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process, and I will not indulge it." His remarks were first reported by ABC News.
"Further, I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks: Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us," he told ABC. The Florida senator -- engaged in a tough reelection fight against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy -- said that he "will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of WikiLeaks." CNS News
Wouldn't Mind Losing The Election If Republicans Would Pass Gun Control,
If Democrats win a majority in the House of Representatives, "What's the agenda?" PBS's Charlie Rose asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday. "Trickle-down economics versus middle-class economics, to increase the purchasing power of middle income families, consumer confidence, to inject demand into the economy, create jobs, bigger paychecks," Pelosi responded. "The two other things that I frankly -- I tell you this, you're my friend. You -- I think we trust what I say to you. I'd rather lose the election if they said today we'll pass a gun violence protection bill and immigration bill. CNS News
Government Sees 1 Million More People On Obamacare Exchanges In 2017
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department estimates that 1 million more people will sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 compared with 2016, a department official told reporters on Wednesday. President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, created online exchanges where consumers can shop for individual health insurance and receive income-based subsidies. The exchanges opened in 2014 with insurance for sale by major companies including Aetna Inc and Anthem Inc. But enrollment has been about half of what was initially expected and some large insurers this year have said they were losing too much money on the exchanges because of that and the fact that enrollees are older and sicker than expected. Aetna and UnitedHealth Group have largely pulled out of the exchanges for 2017. Reuters
Syria Among Topics In Presidential Debate
The world outside the U.S. figured prominently in the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here's a brief look at the countries there were up for discussion: Hillary Clinton says she's "encouraged" by the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul. Donald Trump says it's only an issue because the Obama administration — and Clinton while at the State Department — pulled troops from Iraq in the first place. U.S. troops left Iraq at the demand of the Iraqi government at the time after Baghdad refused to sign a status of forces agreement to keep them there. Clinton outlined her military plan to take out the Islamic State group. She said coalition forces should push the fight into the group's Syrian headquarters in Raqqa after Mosul is retaken. Tampa Tribune
Star's Co-Defendants Face Sentences In Drug-Rape Case
The two Louisiana co-defendants in the drug and rape case that brought down one-time NFL star Darren Sharper were set for formal sentencing Thursday in federal court in New Orleans. Erik Nunez, a former restaurant worker, and Brandon Licciardi (lih-CHAR-dee), a former suburban sheriff's deputy, pleaded guilty to state and federal charges earlier this year. The case arose from revelations that Sharper drugged and raped women in four states. Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison after pleading guilty. Like Sharper, Licciardi and Nunez pleaded guilty to state and federal charges in the case. Their plea agreements with state and federal prosecutors call for Licciardi to serve 17 years; with Nunez serving 10 years. Both men face formal sentencing in state court next week. Tampa Tribune
Trump Jr. Says The Presidency Would Be A 'Step Down' For Dad
Moving into the White House would be a "step down" for his father, Donald Trump Jr. told a Fox News reporter after the third presidential debate Wednesday. Trump Jr. made the remark while explaining why he thought his father won the final debate. "He hasn't spent his whole life to be up on a debate stage like a career politician," Trump Jr. said. "He's spent his life creating jobs, building things, doing things that would benefit American workers in this country. He's done that for his whole career. So you know what? He's learning. He's learning as he goes. If he was doing this his whole life he'd be the greatest politician in the history of the world." USA Today
Says Putin Ready To Welcome Any U.S. Candidate Keen To Mend Ties
The Kremlin said on Wednesday it was ready to welcome any U.S. presidential candidate who wanted to improve relations after Donald Trump said he might visit Russia if he wins next month's election. "I want to remind you of President Putin's words that he is ready to welcome any candidates who stand for improving relations and dialogue between our countries," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Moscow is ready to react positively to any attempt for dialogue." Reuters
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Warren Goes After Trump On Twitter Again
Sen. Elizabeth Warren launched a new tweet-storm against Republican nominee Donald Trump Wednesday morning, hours before the final presidential debate of 2016.
Warren responded to Trump's recent claims that the election is rigged against him, telling the nominee that he is losing fair and square. In one particularly colorful tweet, Warren told Trump to put on his "big-boy pants." The senator also said voter fraud "only seems to plague places where lots of people might vote for" Democrats. MSNBC
'Wall' Of Taco, Food Trucks Line Up Against Trump In Las Vegas
A "wall" of taco and food trucks lined up in front of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas in a clear message to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ahead of the third and final debate. "We are here to support out families and friends fighting for immigration reform, and we are here supporting the cause," said Latin-fusion truck owner Ernesto Saavedra, 40. "We have to keep going, and we can't give up on dreams in the U.S." MSNBC
Calls For Criminal Probe Into Visits By ‘Voter Fraud Operative’ To Obama
Sen. Ted Cruz called for a “serious criminal investigation” into multiple visits to the White House by Democratic consultant Robert Creamer after undercover videos showed he was involved in hiring protesters to disrupt Donald Trump events. “Voter fraud operative: 45 meetings w/ Obama—this merits a serious criminal investigation (not a James Comey ‘friends and family’ cover-up),” the Texas Republican tweeted Wednesday, referring to Mr. Comey, FBI director. Mr. Cruz’s comment came after the Daily Caller reported that White that Mr. Creamer has paid 342 visits to the White House, including 47 with Mr. Obama, since 2009.Washington Times
Refuses To Say Whether He Will Accept Results Of Nov. 8 Election
A contentious debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Wednesday night involving abortion, guns and the Supreme Court turned upside down when Trump said he might not accept the results of the Nov. 8 election. The third and final debate between Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton began calmly enough, as moderator Chris Wallace asked them about their views on the future of the Supreme Court, which is deadlocked 4-4 between conservative and liberal justices. Then Wallace asked both candidates whether they would back the election results. "I will tell you at the time," Trump said, reversing his claim in a previous debate to support the outcome. "I will keep you in suspense." USA Today
Question Ends Up A Russian Question In Clinton, Trump Debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton just completed a lengthy foray into immigration that went around the bend and ended up in Russia. Trump, who has praised Russian president Vladmir Putin on numerous occasions, was put on the spot by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News on his seeming admiration for the strongman. Clinton pivoted from the domestic immigration question to raise the issue of Russian’s involvement in the hacking of Democrats’ emails in an attempt, she said, to influence the outcome of the U.S. election. “Finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear he will not have the help of Putin in this election. That he rejects Russian espionage of this election which he actually encouraged?” Clinton said. Putin, Trump said, “has no respect for this person,” pointing at his opponent. “That’s because he’d rather have a puppet,” Clinton said. Atlanta Journal
Clinton Scolds Senate For Holding Up Supreme Court Nominee
Hillary Clinton scolded members of the U.S. Senate for holding up the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat held by the late Antonin Scalia. The Democratic presidential nominee said the Senate has not fulfilled its constitutional duty of “advise and consent” on nominations to the high court by refusing to hold hearings or votes on Garland, whom Obama nominated in March. “I would hope the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them,” Clinton said. “That’s the way the Constitution fundamentally should operate: the president nominates and then the Senate advises and consents or not, but they go forward with the process.” Atlanta Journal
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Emails: Hillary Clinton Campaign Had ‘Discreet Conversations’ With Google
Hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta detailed the need for “discreet conversations” with companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. WikiLeaks’ document dump of Mr. Podesta’s private conversations show just how integral Silicon Valley is to the Democrat presidential hopeful’s ambitions. An Oct. 26, 2014, email by Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook includes a “digital priorities and status” attachment written by Teddy Goff, President Obama’s former digital director for his re-election campaign, on the matter. “Working relationships with Google, Facebook, Apple, and other technology companies were important to us in 2012 and should be even more important to you in 2016, given their still-ascendent positions in the culture,” Mr. Goff said. “These partnerships can bring a range of benefits to a campaign, from access to talent and prospective donors to early knowledge of beta products and invitations to participate in pilot programs. Washington Times
At An All-Time High In The U.S.
Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States continue to rise, and total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have reached the highest ever, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data, released today, shows that in 2015, there were more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia reported, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and nearly 24,000 cases of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease. CBS
To Sign $13.5B In Deals With China
A Chinese senior diplomat says Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte did not discuss whether China would allow Filipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal, an outcome likely to disappoint the Southeast Asian country. Scarborough Shoal is the fishing ground China seized in 2012 that is the crux of the China-Philippines territorial dispute. An international tribunal found the Philippines and China both retained traditional fishing rights in the area. Houston Chronicle
To Urge Young Adults To Sign Up For Health Care
Seeking a successful health-care sign-up period despite troubling new challenges to his namesake law, President Barack Obama wants to make sure people start enrolling on Nov. 1. That's when the window opens for choosing 2017 health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Obama planned to make that pitch during an appearance Thursday at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. The White House said he'll also tout improvements to the U.S. health care system under the 5-year-old law. But Obama will be attempting a difficult sales job. Premiums are rising by double digits in many parts of the country and some major insurers have pulled out of the program, leaving consumers with fewer choices next year. Houston Hronicle
Goods Market Hampered By Terror Threats, US Election
The terror threat in Europe, a strong dollar and uncertainty over the U.S. presidential elections have eroded the confidence of the globe's big-spenders, holding luxury purchases flat in 2016, according to a study released Thursday. Spending on luxury apparel, accessories and other personal items is expected to hold steady at 249 billion euros ($273 billion) this year, a study by Bain Consultancy for the Altagamma association of Italian high-end luxury producers. Add in spending on luxury cars, yachts, jets, cruises, hotels, fine art, design and food, and the market tops a stunning 1 trillion euros. As political events and monetary policy exert greater influence on luxury spending patterns, brands have turned their focus to wooing buyers in their home countries rather than counting on tourist arrivals to buoy sales, said Bain partner Claudia D'Arpizio. Charlotte Observer
Warns "Overwhelming" Response To Any North Korea Use Of Nuclear Weapons
Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming” U.S. response. He was speaking at start of talks between the top U.S. and South Korea diplomats and defense officials on their response to the growing threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The meeting comes weeks after the North’s most powerful nuclear test explosion to date, and days after its failed test launch of a ballistic missile. On the agenda is how to strengthen the so-called “extended deterrence” provided by U.S. nuclear forces in defending South Korea. Seoul is looking to allay calls from conservatives at home who want South Korea to develop its own nuclear arsenal. CBS
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Chrysler Recalls 224K Jeeps; Air Bags May Not Work
Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 224,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain 2016 and 2017 Wranglers. The company says in government documents that wiring to a sensor can come loose, cutting off signals to an air bag computer. If that happens, the seat belt pretensioners won't work and the air bags won't deploy. The company says no one has been hurt because the air bags didn't inflate and no customers have complained. The problem was discovered during company crash tests. Fiat Chrysler found that during a crash, the left headlight would rotate, pulling the wiring loose. ABC
Proposed As Latest Weapon To Fight Zika Virus In Miami
One Miami city official has an unusual proposal to combat the spread of the Zika virus. City Commissioner Kristin Rosen Gonzalez has proposed using bats, which eat mosquitoes, including the species known to spread the virus. "Some people are laughing and they are not taking it seriously. But bats, depending on the species, eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes in one day, and they avoid humans," Gonzalez told ABC News today. She has sponsored a resolution that proposes placing bat houses in the city to curb the mosquito population. The first outbreak of locally transmitted Zika virus was reported in Miami in July. In the months since, city officials have continued to battle the ongoing outbreak, which has infected dozens in the Miami-area. Larvacide, insecticide and door-to-door inspections have all been used to try and reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus. ABC
Work 25% More Than Europeans, Study Finds
Americans are addicted to their jobs. U.S. workers not only put in more hours than workers do almost anywhere else. They’re also increasingly retiring later and taking fewer vacation days. A new study tries to measure precisely how much more Americans work than Europeans do overall. The answer: The average person in Europe works 19 percent less than the average person in the U.S. That’s about 258 fewer hours per year, or about an hour less each weekday. Another way to look at it: U.S. workers put in almost 25 percent more hours than Europeans. Bloomberg
Not Happy With Trump's Debate Abortion Answer
Some conservatives are irritated by Donald Trump's failure to explicitly say during the presidential debate that he wants Roe v. Wade overturned. That's the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortions, something that conservatives have fought for four decades. Trump promised to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, saying that its end would occur "automatically." But when pressed by the debate moderator, he did not give a straight answer about whether he personally wants it overturned. SF Gate
Presidential Debate: Yes, Bigly Is A Word, According To The Dictionary
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton battled it out in the final presidential debate on Wednesday night and as usual, the GOP nominee made waves, this time for using a word that is now sweeping the nation: “Bigly.” “We’re going to speed up the process, bigly,” Trump said when referring to immigration. We Think. It caused mass confusion on Twitter as voters wondered if he said “bigly” or “big league.” The “bigly” versus “big league” debate is old, but if he said “bigly,” we now have confirmation that it’s an actual word. SF Gate
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Arabia Says Many Nations Will Join OPEC Output Cuts
Many nations are willing to join OPEC in cutting production to secure a continued improvement in oil prices, said Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy and Industry Khalid Al-Falih. The minister didn’t name any countries in his speech at the Oil & Money conference in London Wednesday, saying only that negotiations will continue until the scheduled Nov. 30 meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna. So far, only Russia has said it’s considering an output freeze or a reduction, while other non-OPEC producers that cooperated with past supply curbs, including Mexico and Norway, said they won’t cut. Bloomberg
Not Willing To Spend On Florida Race, Aiding Rubio
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is getting help from an unlikely quarter as he campaigns for re-election: the Democratic Party. The party's Senate committee this week abandoned Rubio's Democratic rival, Rep. Patrick Murphy, yanking advertising off the expensive airwaves of the Sunshine State and sending the money to competitive races in smaller states where fundraising dollars go farther. The decision leaves Murphy, who's raised only about one-third as much as Rubio in recent months, largely on his own. And it has prompted a round of second-guessing from Democrats who argue that Rubio is beatable, and that the party should not be helping him win a second term that could provide a perch for another presidential bid. Las Vegas Sun
GOP Can’t Stonewall A Clinton Supreme Court Pick
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Republicans "can't just simply stonewall" nominees to the Supreme Court even if the president making the choice is Democrat Hillary Clinton. Sen. Chuck Grassley made the comments to Iowa radio reporters on Tuesday. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona had vowed on Monday that Republicans would unite against any nominee Clinton puts forward if she becomes president. An aide later clarified that McCain will examine the record of a candidate and vote based on the individual's qualifications. Grassley said the Senate has a responsibility to consider whoever the next president nominates. Las Vegas Sun
Digestive Byproduct Raises Risks For Some Heart Patients
People with peripheral artery disease -- a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere -- who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests. That's because of a digestive byproduct produced by gut bacteria that breaks down eggs, red meat and other meat products found in the traditional Western diet, the researchers said. The byproduct is called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), and the study found that people with peripheral artery disease who also high levels of TMAO had a nearly three times higher risk of dying within five years, compared with those with the lowest levels. UPI
Indicts 2 Citizens For Joining IS In Mosul
An Israeli court indicted a couple Thursday for joining the extremist Islamic State group with their three young children. According to the charge sheet, Wissam, 41, and Sabrine Zbeidat, 30, of the Arab city of Sakhnin traveled to Turkey while on a family vacation in Romania in 2015. From there, they slipped across the border into neighboring Syria. The indictment detailed that IS militants collected the family's Israeli passports and brought the new recruits to the Iraqi city of Mosul, an IS stronghold. The indictment says Wissam Zbeidat underwent military and ideological training and was injured while fighting in the ranks of IS against the Iraqi army. A fifth of Israeli citizens are Arab. IS in Israel does not have widespread support, but the Shin Bet intelligence agency estimates that 50 Arab citizens of Israel have traveled to Syria or Iraq to join the group in recent years. Charlotte Observer
Special Forces Join Mosul Offensive Against IS
Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. The addition of the elite troops, also known as counterterrorism forces, marked a significant intensification of the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. As they advanced, attack helicopters fired on the militants and heavy gunfire echoed across the plains. Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi said the elite Counterterrorism Forces advanced on the town of Bartella with the aid of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery on the fourth day of a massive operation to retake Iraq's second-largest city. "God willing, we will take this town today," he said. Kansas City Star
Urges Pregnant Women To Get Zika Tested If They Visited Any Part Of Miami-Dade
The federal health agency’s warning stressed Zika testing for all pregnant women who have lived in, traveled to, or had unprotected sex with someone who lived in or traveled to any area of Miami-Dade since Aug. 1, or to any part of the 4.5-square-mile zone in Miami Beach since July 14. The CDC also created two new categories for warning the public about geographic areas where Zika is spreading: Zones shaded in red indicate active transmission of the virus, and those in yellow urge caution because local spread has been identified but might not be as intense. Miami Herald
Levels In Hair May Affect IVF Success In Women
Levels of a specific hormone measured in hair may alter the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization, scientists in England suggest. According to researchers at the University of Nottingham, elevated levels of cortisol, often referred to as the "stress hormone," may make IVF conception more difficult. In a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, high concentrations of cortisol measured in hair were associated with almost a third less chance of conceiving. UPI
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I Hope US Won’t Forsake Us At UN
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he hopes US President Barack Obama will not support a Security Council resolution against Israel during his remaining months in office. He issued his statement in response to a Channel 2 story about possible US actions against settlements. Just a few hours earlier, Palestinian Authority UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour urged the UN Security Council to issue a resolution against settlement activity. Jerusalem Post
Coalition Does Not Support Shi'ite Militia In Iraq
The US-led coalition does not support the Shi'ite component of the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) and had not seen them as a part of formations being supported by the coalition in retaking Mosul, a US military official told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. "As far as the Shi'ite PMF, the coalition only supports those elements that are under the direct command and control of the Iraqi security forces, and the Shi'ite PMF are not," Major General Gary Volesky, the commander of US-led coalition ground forces in the fight against Islamic State militants, said. "So we don't support them." Jerusalem Post
Battle: Islamic State Group's Leaders Fleeing City, US Says
There are signs that leaders from self-styled Islamic State (IS) have fled Mosul as Iraqi forces close in on the city, the US military says. "Make no doubt the Iraqi security forces have the momentum," Gen Gary Volesky said. The Iraqi army has been moving towards Mosul from the south, while their Kurdish allies have been approaching from the east. There are thought to be up to 5,000 IS fighters still in the city. BBC
Conflict: UN-Brokered Three-Day Ceasefire Begins
The truce went into effect a minute before midnight local time, just hours after clashes were reported. Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's forces - supported by a Saudi-led coalition - have been fighting Houthi rebels, who control Sanaa. The UN hopes the break in fighting might lead to a resumption of peace talks between the two sides. The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, said in a statement it would respect the three-day truce provided its foes in Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi movement also complied. BBC
White Male Facebook Board Member's Trump Support Provides 'Diversity'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook board member Peter Thiel’s support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a post that invoked the importance of “diversity” for the social media company. “We care deeply about diversity. That’s easy to say when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It’s a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post visible only to Facebook employees, a photograph of which was shared on Hacker News on Tuesday. Guardian
Exploding Phone Issue Extends Past Note 7, Lawsuit Says
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is not the company’s only smartphone prone to dangerous explosions, according to a new lawsuit that says a Galaxy S6 Active shot out flames 5in high and left one user with “melted flesh”. The complaint, which alleges that Samsung has known for years that its technology was hazardous, comes amid an embarrassing and expansive recall of 1.9m Galaxy Note 7 devices after it was revealed that the lithium ion battery was causing combustions. Guardian
Taunts US With Biggest Military Offensive Since The Cold War
Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it aims to effectively end the war in Syria on the eve of the US election, Nato officials warned last night. The Kremlin is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet to reinforce a final assault on the city of Aleppo in a fortnight, according to Western intelligence. The final bombardment is designed to shore up the Assad regime by wiping out rebels – paving the way for a Russian exit from the civil war. Telegraph
Using Mosul Civilians As Human Shields, Pentagon Says, As US Braces For
Militants Using Chemical Weapons
Jihadists were trapping Mosul's civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, as US President Barack Obama warned of "significant" potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses. With the battle for Mosul raging, US officials said they expected to militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) to use crude chemical weapons, although they added that the group's technical ability to develop such weapons was highly limited. Authorities and aid agencies were bracing for a massive flow of civilians fleeing the northern Iraqi city as the fight to seize the last remaining IS stronghold in the country progresses. Telegraph
Turbulent Middle East, UN Envoy Warns Against ‘Sleep-Walking Into Another
The absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a time when the region as a whole needs moderate forces” to stand up to rising radicalization. “Allow me to also be abundantly clear to those who build tunnels, fire rockets, smuggle military materiel, profit from the black market or seek to create confrontation: their actions are dangerous and irresponsible,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Council via videoconference. UN News
Relief Wing And Partners Ready To Rush In Aid Once Pause In Yemen Fighting
Following a month that saw civilians continuing to bear the brunt of the conflict in Yemen, a 72-hour halt to fighting set to take effect later today is welcome, but not nearly enough time, according to a senior United Nations relief official, who appealed for more predictable access to be able deliver aid to hard-to-reach communities caught up in the crisis. “By having just access for 72 hours you interrupt your planning by diverting attention somewhere else. But if we can have those areas open at all times and we can plan differently and we can supply better,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, speaking to UN Radio by phone from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. UN News
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