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September 20, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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Big holdup for borrowers claiming for-profit college fraud (AP)

Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Basically the entire healthcare system hates the new Obamacare repeal bill (Huffington Post)

Groups representing doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies and more are lined up against the GOP bill… The following are excerpts from statements issued by virtually every major organization representing the interests of the health care system and its patients.

Mueller just obtained a search warrant that could change the whole nature of the Russia investigation (Business Insider)

Mueller reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the "inauthentic" accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.  The warrant was first disclosed by the Wall Street Journal on Friday night… Legal experts say the revelation has enormous implications for the trajectory of Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference, and whether Moscow had any help from President Donald Trump's campaign team…. Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent… now an associate dean at Yale Law School, explained that to obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. 

Judge rules Justice Dept. can’t keep grant money from uncooperative sanctuary cities (Washington Post)

A federal judge on Friday blocked the Justice Department from withholding grant funds from places that do not provide immigration authorities access to local jails or give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are to be released — dealing a major blow to the Trump administration’s vowed crackdown on sanctuary cities.

Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if it continues on nuclear path (USA Today)

In a stark address to the United Nations that raised the specter of nuclear warfare, President Trump threatened Tuesday to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies in East Asia. 

Woman fired for having a period at work. Now the ACLU is taking on her case. (National Memo)

This summer, the ACLU announced it is taking on the case of Alisha Coleman, a woman who was fired for bleeding onto her office chair while menstruating at work. The case effectively brings the ACLU into a broader movement known as “menstruation activism”…


Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City, collapsing buildings and sending thousands fleeing into streets (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers...

For first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on island of Barbuda (USA Today)

Barbuda has been left completely devastated by Hurricane Irma. An estimated 95% of Barbuda’s structures are damaged, and the entire island of around 1,800 people has been evacuated.

‘We will kill you all’--Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage (Reuters)

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-wracked northwest Myanmar are pleading with authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.

4 American women attacked with acid in France (Reuters)

Four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille by a woman who has been arrested, the Marseille prosecutor's office said.

Parsons Green tube attack: arrested man named as Yahyah Farroukh (Guardian)

Suspect, 21, thought to be from Syria and had reportedly lived with other arrested man at Sunbury foster carers’ home

Syrian army and allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor (Reuters)

Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State, a Syrian military source said. The army pushed into the city this month with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, breaking an Islamic State siege of an enclave there that had lasted three years.

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