Thirteen passengers were killed and 31 injured today when a tour bus collided with a big rig on a California freeway. The bus, driven by an owner of a Los Angeles tour operator, was on its way back to the city from a casino excursion when it crashed near Palm Springs on Interstate 10, the state Highway Patrol reported. The impact shredded the front of the bus and back of the truck. Some of the injured are reportedly in critical condition, and authorities are investigating the cause.
The Presidential Daily Brief
Was it his Waterloo? Donald Trump laid out his policy priorities Saturday in the battlefield town of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But he also promised to sue the two dozen women who’ve accused him of unwanted advances or groping. While Trump says he’s never met them, his latest accuser — porn actress Jessica Drake — has a photo of herself and Trump that he’s calling a courtesy fan shot. The mogul’s shocked fellow Republicans by refusing to accept election results, and polls show Hillary Clinton carrying most swing states, virtually guaranteeing her the presidency.
They’re the best of teams and the worst of teams. The Chicago Cubs have the longest championship drought in Major League Baseball: 108 years. The Cleveland Indians are second, waiting 68 years. And yet the Cubs’ 5-0 humiliation of L.A. Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw last night won them the National League pennant and tickets to Cleveland for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. Chicago hasn’t even played in the Fall Classic since 1945, when Wrigley Field evicted a pet goat, earning its owner’s curse — so fans are already feeling lucky.
Call it the red ink wedding. At a time of stagnant growth potential for wireless service, provider A&T’s betting on content, reaching an epic deal Saturday to acquire Time Warner, owner of coveted ”Game of Thrones”-producing HBO network along with CNN and its Warner Bros. film and television studios. To finance the biggest distribution/content marriage since Comcast bought NBC Universal in 2011, debt-laden AT&T must go deeper in hock, leaving some analysts questioning the deal, which must be cleared by skeptical antitrust authorities and is already opposed by Donald Trump.
It’s come to this. A report from inside Mosul says ISIS has executed 284 men and boys as a coalition of Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga and local Sunni forces closes in on the prized city. The extremists also staged attacks Friday in Kirkuk, 100 miles to the southeast, while a roadside bomb killed an American soldier — the fourth to die fighting ISIS. The U.N. warns that the militants have brought 550 families to the city to use as human shields, tamping down talk of a quick victory.
They broke the internet. Denial-of-service attacks gridlocked web traffic Friday, temporarily blocking access to multiple providers including Twitter and Netflix. It started at 7:10 a.m. EDT, shortly after a security researcher from attack target Dyn, a key internet infrastructure firm that connects users, warned other experts about just such a threat. Access problems occurred worldwide, but focused on the eastern U.S. Dyn reported fending off the sophisticated assault by 6:17 p.m., noting the flood of activity emanated from malware-infected devices like webcams and DVRs, and while state actors are suspected, a lone hacker could be responsible.
Calif. Guardsmen Have to Repay Enlistment Bonuses, How to Confront ‘Poll Watchers,’ and the Smartphone on Your Back
Know This: Nearly 10,000 California National Guard troops have been ordered to repay thousands of dollars in re-enlistment bonuses the Pentagon says the state overpayed to meet wartime recruitment quotas. A train derailment in Cameroon has killed at least 70 people. And a mysterious explosion killed a man in a Japanese park.
Listen to This: As the Nov. 8 draws nigh, get tips from an election law expert on interacting with self-deputized poll watchers Donald Trump has encouraged to monitor minority precincts.
Read This: Tristan Harris, a former Google product philosopher, is on a crusade to end the threat of WMDs — wireless mobile devices, which he believes need to be treated like any other life-altering addiction. “In short, we’ve lost control of our relationships with technology because technology has become better at controlling us.”
It’s your turn. Neither diamonds nor the Donald are a girl’s best friend, but soon-to-be Citizen Trump’s lasting legacy may be as the irritant that fostered equality. OZY Editor-in-Chief Carlos Watson explores how Hillary Clinton’s all-but-inevitable ascendancy to world’s most powerful person — eclipsing Britain’s Theresa May and Germany’s Angela Merkel — will advance the gender agenda, if not as fast as one might expect. We also look at Taiwan’s female president, and pay tribute to the man who grabbed women such that they’ll never be the same.
Hear it roar. In just four years, the world’s largest island has melted enough to cover New York State with 23 feet of water. Feedback loops — like what happens when meltwater on the ice sheet’s surface absorbs more sunlight — are accelerating and may be unstoppable. One closely studied section, the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream, would raise global sea levels three feet if flushed into the ocean. Meanwhile, the melt is uncovering local mining and foreign investment opportunities, with one Greenlander noting, “Climate change does a lot of marketing for us.”
Isn’t this funny? New research shows that laughter isn’t just good medicine; it can also peg your level in the social hierarchy. When you’re meeting new people or hanging out with a group of friends, a restrained and low-pitched chuckle reveals you’re submitting to others’ authority. At the same time, dominant members of a group express their higher status through more aggressive chortles. Researchers tested the theory with a group of frat brothers and found that scientists, and even random listeners, could identify the alpha dog just by his howls.
It was something they ate. An outbreak of E. coli and other health issues forced store closures and a stock slide, and damaged Chipotle’s image as a healthier, more ethical fast food alternative. The chain’s fresh-never-frozen philosophy makes it tougher to fight bacteria, so it adopted safety measures involving off-site prep — drawing unpalatable comparisons to Taco Bell. But even with so much going against it, a major hedge funder snapped up 10 percent of the company, boosting the odds it can slow-cook its way back to financial health.
They’re green … but is it with envy? In a local version of the climate-change battles we may soon see on the national stage, Washington State’s far left has united against a revenue-neutral carbon tax bill, one that was written to rally support from business and conservative communities. After two left-wing groups competed to put their measure on the ballot, the side that lost is now determined to sink Initiative 732 — even if it means taking a chance that this heated exchange will do nothing to stop rising temperatures.
They’re ready to take the stage. Many behind-the-scenes, indie-pop writers struggle with underappreciated musical careers. The problem isn’t their talent but rather an industry that sees “writer” and “artist” as mutually exclusive. Crafting hit songs used to be the province of older white men, but the profession is diversifying to include growing numbers of young, ambitious scribes eager to fly solo. Take people like Amanda Warner, who writes for stars such as Sean Paul and Lady Gaga while recording personal projects on DIY labels and YouTube, hoping for a spotlight of her own.