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October 11, 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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Trump on North Korea: only one thing will work (Politico)

President Donald Trump on Saturday lamented decades of "failed" foreign policy with North Korea, saying "only one thing" will work.

New York City: ‘Islamic State attack plot’ is revealed (BBC)

.. One man in the US and two others in Pakistan and the Philippines are under arrest and face charges of plotting the attacks which they hoped to carry out in the name of the Islamic State group. One of the suspects allegedly said he wanted to create "the next 9/11".

‘This changes everything’: New timeline about Las Vegas shooting raises questions (Time)


The revised timeline given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre raises questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out the gunman before he could kill and wound so many people.

Breaking: Trump-Pence administration unleashes sweeping LGTB license to discriminate (Human Rights Campaign)

Today, HRC strongly condemned the Trump-Pence administration’s decision to carry out a sweeping “license to discriminate” that puts millions of LGBTQ Americans at risk of discrimination, as well as release a new regulation that could deny millions of Americans access to critical contraceptive care previously guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Trump guts requirement that employer health plans pay for birth control (NPR)

The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection.

Ken Starr predicts indictments in Russia probe (The Hill)

Ken Starr, the former independent counsel in the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals during Bill Clinton’s presidency, predicted Saturday that there would likely be indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia's election meddling.

3 horrendous mass shootings far worse than Vegas (AlterNet)

Several mass shootings from the past have killed many more.

Las Vegas: An Asteroid Did Not Fall From The Sky (SD Rostra – guest commentary by Casey Gwinn, Esq.)

…The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study is the most significant research done in 30 years on the predictive nature of childhood trauma on adult illness, disease, criminality, and victimization. It has not been mentioned in any TV coverage or print news story in the hundreds of hours of coverage. The media and the investigators are not even discussing the ACEs of Paddock’s life.

Goodbye, middle class: 51% of workers make less than $30,000 a year (Washington Blog)

You can find the report that the Social Security Administration just released right here.  The following are some of the numbers that really stood out


Japanese Court Orders Payments To Plaintiffs Over Fukushima Disaster (NPR)

It's the largest ruling of its kind over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, totaling nearly $4.5 million.

Catalonia nears possible defense proclamation despite defense warnings (Reuters)

Catalan police tightened their protective ring around the region’s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have pledged a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures.

North Korea 'hackers steal US-South Korea war plans' (BBC)

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

A Spanish Mosque's Ties To Terror (NPR)

in both of Spain's deadly attacks, the 2004 Madrid train bombings and an ISIS attack in Barcelona last month, the suspects had ties to one specific mosque in the Mediterranean coast.

How extensive damage in Mexico City's earthquake could have been averted (CS Monitor)

Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City's monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in the United States…  The suspect building technique called flat slab – in which floors are supported only by concrete columns – caused 61 percent of the building collapses in last month's earthquake…

 Report: Iran tried 30+ times to buy illegal nuclear technology in 2016 (Jerusalem Post)

German report says: Iran spreading atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction.