Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of October 9, 2017)
Sonali Kamboj / October 14, 2017
Large expanses of Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa were left completely devastated this week by wildfires that raged across Northern California’s wine country, claiming the lives of 36 people and razing thousands of structures to the ground.
The firefighters continued to battle blazes around the state in the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in California’s history, which has reportedly burned more than 221,000 acres of land and displaced about 90,000 people from their homes. Per reports, the wildfires emitted a year’s worth of car pollution in less than a week, prompting health advisories, canceled outdoor events, and closed schools for days.
The White House remained at the center of the news as President Donald Trump accused Iran of non-compliance over the nuclear deal and threatened to leave the agreement altogether if it was not amended. The administration also scrapped health care subsidies and announced Kirstjen Nielsen as its nominee for secretary of Homeland Security.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. California fires: Almost 6,000 buildings destroyed, 36 people killed – CNN, Madison Park, Steve Almasy and Jason Hanna
Top line: “Thirty-six people have been killed since the wildfires began Sunday night, making this outbreak one of the deadliest in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Since Sunday, the deadly fires have consumed thousands of homes and forced evacuations in Northern California’s wine country and produced unhealthy air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though progress has been made on the big fires, much more work is ahead.”
Topic to follow: Wildfires
2. Trump sets new conditions for U.S. to stay in Iran nuclear deal, tossing issue to Congress – The Washington Post, Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip
Top line: “President Trump on Friday officially disavowed the international nuclear deal with Iran, undermining but not terminating an agreement he called weak and poorly constructed. The administration asked Congress to attach new caveats that could either alter the pact or lead to its rupture. Sounding frustrated and angry, Trump also threatened to unilaterally withdraw from the seven-nation accord if his concerns are not met.”
Topic to follow: Iran
3. Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare – The New York Times, Robert Pear, Maggie Haberman and Reed Abelson
Top line: “President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers. The twin hits to the Affordable Care Act could unravel President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, sending insurance premiums soaring and insurance companies fleeing from the health law’s online marketplaces.”
Topic to follow: Health care
4. In Harvey Weinstein saga, young lives forever altered – AP News, Jake Coyle
Top line: “Like variations of a scene shot over and over again, there have been common hallmarks in the disturbing allegations leveled against Weinstein in the past week by some 30 women: A bathrobe. A request for a massage. A suggestion that it’s simply the way things work in the movie business. Another tragic repetition has been in the women who say Weinstein preyed upon them. Overwhelmingly, they constitute young actresses making their first steps into the movies — vulnerable Hollywood hopefuls looking for a part, a movie, their big break.”
Topic to follow: Harvey Weinstein
5. U.S. quits UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational and cultural agency. Israel immediately follows suit – Los Angeles Times, Ann M. Simmons
Top line: “Citing what it described as “anti-Israel bias” and a need for “fundamental reform,” the United States announced Thursday that it would withdraw from the United Nations agency that works to protect cultural and natural heritage sites across the globe. Israel has apparently followed suit, with media reporting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the Foreign Ministry to begin the process of pulling out of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO.”
Topic to follow: UNESCO
6. Caitlan Coleman and Family Released by Taliban in Pakistan – NBC News, Courtney Kube, Wajahat S. Khan, F. Brinley Bruton and Hans Nichols
Top line: “Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from Pennsylvania, and Canadian Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by militants while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012. Coleman was pregnant when she was captured, and the couple had three children while being held hostage. The family were held by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group that supports the Taliban, when the Pakistani military mounted what it called “an intelligence-based operation.”’
Topic to follow: Afghanistan
7. Trump calls Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen ‘ready to lead’ – Politico, Kelsey Tamborrino
Top line: ‘”At this crucial time, we need the Senate to confirm a secretary of Homeland Security, one who is ready to lead on Day One,” Trump said. “Kirstjen has my full faith and confidence, and she also has the complete confidence of the law enforcement officers, dedicated professionals and senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security.”’
Magazine to follow: Trump Administration
8. Boy Scouts will admit girls to Cub Scouts, create new program for older girls – ABC News, Emily Shapiro
Top line: ‘”The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children,” the press release reads.”
Topic to follow: Boy Scouts of America
9. Trump Hints At A Limit On Federal Aid To Puerto Rico; San Juan Mayor Responds – NPR, Bill Chappell
Top line: ‘”We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders” in Puerto Rico “forever,” President Trump said Thursday, hinting at a possible limit on federal aid to the island territory where 3.4 million Americans have struggled to recover from two destructive hurricanes. Trump’s comments are his latest remarks on Puerto Rico to offer a mix of criticism and support — and to draw what seems to be a direct response from local politicians in the U.S. territory.”
Topic to follow: Puerto Rico
10. Social Security benefits to get another small boost in 2018 – USA Today, Nathan Bomey
Top line: “Social Security recipients will get a 2% increase in benefits in 2018, an amount slightly lower than what was projected this summer but up sharply from the past two years. The boost is the highest since a 3.6% bump in 2012. The average person will get about $25 more a month. The average monthly Social Security payment is $1,258, or about $15,000 a year.”
Topic to follow: Social Security
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