Need 2 Know: Saudi Officials Deny Involvement in Journalist’s Capture, USA Gymnastics Pres. Resigns

October 17, 2018

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • Saudi Update: Turkish officials have said they believe a squad of Saudi operatives drugged, beat, and killed missing and presumed-dead journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of a top Saudi diplomat. Officials reportedly have an audio recording that supports this claim. In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, President Trump compared the latest to the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying, “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent.” The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on his visit to Saudi Arabia, said the kingdom’s leaders “strongly denied” any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance and are conducting “a serious and credible investigation.” Read more here.

  • A Polio-Like Illness? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed 62 cases of a polio-like condition this year across 22 U.S. states. The majority of cases have been found in children, with the average age being 4 years old. The illness, called “acute flaccid myelitis” or “AFM,” affects the nervous system and the symptoms are being compared to those of the poliovirus. So far, none of the infected individuals have died from AFM, but the condition can lead to paralysis and, in some cases, death. Read more here.

  • USA Gymnastics: The interim president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, former California congresswoman Mary Bono, has resigned after just four days after taking on the positions. Bono, a former attorney, came under intense criticism for her former law firm’s ties to Larry Nassar, who sexually abused gymnasts. In her resignation letter, Bono said: “My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization.” Olympic gymnasts like Aly Raisman and Simone Biles took to Twitter to criticize USAG’s choice of Bono. Read more here.

  • HLN Gets Chopped: CNN’s sister network announced on Tuesday that it will cut back on almost all of its live programming – axing all shows except “Morning Express” with Robin Meade and “On the Story.” The network is struggling to keep up with its more high-profile competitors. Read more here.

  • Facebook + TV: The social network is developing camera-equipped hardware that will connect to your TV. The device, which uses the same core technology as Facebook’s Portal video chat device, will sit atop TVs and allow users to make video calls and stream video. Facebook plans to announce this project in the spring of 2019, according to a source. Read more on Cheddar.

  • Sports:

  • MLB: The Los Angeles Dodgers tied the NLCS 2-2, beating the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday in a 13-inning game that lasted over five hours. Read more here.

  • NBA: NBA 2018-19 officially started on Tuesday night. Both the Celtics and Warriors, season favorites, had wins on opening night. Read more here.

  • Gaga Gets Engaged: The “A Star is Born” actress, confirmed her engagement to talent agent Christian Carino. The singer referred to Carino as her fiancé for the first time at the Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night. The couple has been dating for over a year, and Gaga has been wearing an engagement ring for several months.

  • Pippa's Baby Boy: Pippa Middleton has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was born on Monday, weighing 8 lb, 9 oz, a spokesperson for Pippa and her husband James Matthews said. The baby is the first cousin to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Read more here.

  • Mega, Mega Millions: There was no winner in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery drawing, bringing Friday’s jackpot to a whopping $868 million. Read more here.

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