These are the headlines you Need 2 Know for Tuesday, October 8th, 2019:
- SYRIA WITHDRAWAL: CONGRESS CONDEMNS: In a rare show of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans joined in blasting President Trump’s abrupt move to pull troops out of northern Syria. Even some of the president’s closest allies came out against the move: Sen. Lindsey Graham called the decision “shortsighted and irresponsible”; Sen. Marco Rubio said it was a “grave mistake” and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConell said it will “only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.” NBC News
- SYRIA WITHDRAWAL: TRUMP PIVOTS: President Trump defended the decision, which leaves the Kurds unprotected, by saying he would help keep Turkey in check, tweeting: “...if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” He also said it’s time for “others in the region...to protect their own territory.” U.S. News & World Report
- SERIAL KILLER: The FBI says Samuel Little is now considered the most prolific serial killer in this country’s history. The 79-year-old is already behind bars for killing three people, and has confessed to killing 90 more. The FBI says it has now been able to verify 50 of those murders and wants the public’s help in their investigation of the unverified deaths. NBC News
- NBA CHINA FALLOUT: The decision by the NBA to apologize to China after the general manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters has exploded into a raging controversy, with politicians and fans furious at the league for appearing to side with an autocratic regime over its own representatives. The Chinese Basketball Association cancelled two NBA exhibition games and Chinese state television won’t air NBA preseason games. NY Times
- R.I.P. ITUNES The latest update to the Mac operating system does not include iTunes and splits TV, music, and podcasts into separate apps, much the way the iPhone does. That means that the revolutionary software program that changed the music industry is officially dead. Here are some of the other big updates to the new macOS, dubbed Catalina: CNBC
- E-CIGS: CANCER LINK: A new study found that exposure to the vapor from e-cigarettes with nicotine has caused lung cancer in some mice. Researchers say out of 40 mice exposed to the vapor for a period of 54 weeks, 22.5 percent developed lung cancer. The study is the first to show a link between vaping nicotine and cancer. CNBC
- E-CIGS: RETAIL: Walgreens and Kroger says they will stop selling e-cigarettes, following in the footsteps of retail giant Walmart. The announcement comes after the CDC reported that well over a dozen people have died and more than 1,000 have been sickened by a lung illnesses believed to be related to vaping. USA Today
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