Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of October 2, 2017)
Sonali Kamboj / October 7, 2017
A stunned U.S. began the week with the news of the deadliest mass shooting in its history, when a 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting crowds gathered at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. 58 lives were lost and hundreds were wounded in the span of 10 minutes, before Paddock shot himself in his Mandalay Bay hotel suite.
Following the massacre, the NRA called for a federal review of bump stocks, a device designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles.
In Catalonia, hundreds of people were injured in clashes with the police over the Catalan independence referendum. The vote was declared illegal by Spain’s top court, ballot boxes were seized and people were prevented from entering polling booths.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. Las Vegas gunman left behind trail of carnage and clues but no clear answers – The Washington Post, Mark Berman, Matt Zapotosky
Top line: “Police say they have looked into more than 1,000 leads. Authorities have delved into Paddock’s gun purchases, computers and travel plans, spoken to his relatives and traced his actions leading up to the shooting. What they lack, however, are answers explaining why a 64-year-old avid gambler meticulously planned and carried out out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.”
Magazine to follow: Las Vegas Shooting
2. Family and friends pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims The Guardian, Jamiles Lartey, Yongchang Chin and Guardian staff
Top line: “A registered nurse from Tennessee. An off-duty Las Vegas police officer. A 35-year-old Californian middle school teacher. Details of the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas began to emerge on Tuesday, 24 hours after at least 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the most deadly mass shooting in modern United States history.”
Magazine to follow: Las Vegas Shooting
Top line: “Catalan emergency officials say 761 people have been injured as police used force to try to block voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum. The Spanish government had pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court. Police officers prevented some people from voting, and seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.”
Topic to follow: Catalonia
4. NRA backs regulation of bump stocks, as some Republicans support a ban – NPR, Arnie Seipel, Scott Detrow
Top line: “The National Rifle Association says it is open to new regulations on bump stocks, devices possessed by the mass shooter in Las Vegas that can be used to fire rifles similarly to automatic weapons. This comes as top Republicans in Congress appear open to the idea of a federal law banning the devices.”
Topic to follow: Gun control
5. President Trump plans to ‘decertify’ Iran nuclear deal next week – CNN, Elise Labott, Kevin Liptak and Zachary Cohen
Top line: “Trump will spell out a broader strategy for confronting Iran, including its ballistic missile program and support for terror networks in the Middle East, as he unveils his decision on the Iran deal, according to one senior US official. The official didn’t specify what precise steps he may take. Under the new Iran strategy the current deal will stay in place, with efforts being made within the framework of the existing agreement to try and strengthen inspections and plan for what happens when it expires, a senior US official told CNN on Thursday.”
Topic to follow: Iran
6. Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate – The New York Times, Robert Pear
Top line: “More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration. Under the new regulations, hundreds of thousands of women could lose birth control benefits they now receive at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.”
Topic to follow: Birth control
7. The 2017 Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, and literature – Quartz, Quartz Staff
Topic to follow: Nobel Prize
8. Tillerson: I never considered leaving post of top diplomat – AP News, Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper
Top line: “Thrust into the spotlight under uncomfortable circumstances, the normally camera-shy Tillerson sought to rebut a widely disseminated NBC News story that claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk the former oil man out of resigning over the summer, and that Tillerson had questioned Trump’s intelligence. The explosive claims followed several instances in which Trump and Tillerson’s policy pronouncements have appeared to clash. “There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave,” Tillerson told reporters in an unusually personal address from the State Department’s staid 7th-floor Treaty Room outside of his office.”
Magazine to follow: The Trump Administration
9. Niger ambush, deaths highlight U.S. Africa military mission creep – Reuters, David Lewis, Joe Bavier
Top line: “Four U.S. soldiers died in the firefight, killed in a country where most Americans were unaware that their army is deployed but where Washington has steadily grown its presence. One soldier’s body was only recovered two days later.”
Topic to follow: U.S. military
10. Tom Petty, Rock icon who led the Heartbreakers, dead at 66 – Rolling Stone, Kory Grow, Andy Greene
Top line: “Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, died Monday. He was 66. Petty’s death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.”
Topic to follow: Tom Petty
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