"He was like an octopus”

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October 13, 2016

Four more women came forward with new accounts of Donald Trump making inappropriate sexual advances toward them. The US Air Force is investigating a network crash at a key center for its drone and targeted killing operations. And Nobel-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo has died at the age of 90.

 

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

Four more women came forward Wednesday saying Donald Trump touched them inappropriately, decades apart.

Two women told the New York Times that the Republican presidential nominee groped or kissed them. One woman, Jessica Leeds, said Trump groped her breasts and reached under her skirt as they sat beside each other on a flight in the 1980s.

“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

The Palm Beach Post reported that another woman said Trump groped her during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2003. And People magazine published a first-person account by writer Natasha Stoynoff about how Trump allegedly physically attacked her during a 2005 interview.

When asked by moderator Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate if he had ever groped or kissed women without consent, Trump said: “No, I have not.” These are the women who say that’s a lie.

Trump’s campaign called the Times article “fiction” and “to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous." Evan Vucci / AP

And a little extra

A fifth Miss Teen USA pageant contestant came forward to say that, like four others who had spoken to BuzzFeed News, she, too, recalled Trump entering the group dressing room while teenagers were changing during the 1997 pageant.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to the sexual assault allegations by saying it "sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women."

Targeting black voters, a new pro-Clinton super PAC ad analyzes Trump’s rhetoric. Inside the final weeks of Clinton’s cautious — and surprisingly risky — campaign. Trump ran a fancy Puerto Rican golf club into the ground, costing taxpayers tens of millions. But he made a profit.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Marriage equality in Australia and an LGBT crackdown in Indonesia.

In Australia: The country’s opposition Labor party announced Tuesday it would block a plebiscite (a big, national vote) on legalizing marriage equality. That decision means same-sex marriage will probably be delayed in Australia for years to come. But LGBT Aussies are actually pretty OK with that. Here’s why.

In Indonesia: The drive to criminalize homosexuality is part of a larger campaign to make the Indonesian state more Islamic, progressives say. The country's largest Muslim organization — once a voice for pluralism — stunned liberals when it endorsed the anti-LGBT campaign. BuzzFeed News’ J. Lester Feder reports from Central Java province.

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

The breakup of one of Silicon Valley's hottest venture capital firms.

Venture capitalists Joe Lonsdale and Brian Koo set out to conquer Asia and claim a prize that has eluded the American tech elite for decades. Now, they’ll be lucky to open a Korean restaurant in Palo Alto.

The demise of their venture capital firm, Formation 8, was officially attributed to different investing styles. But the full story, told by BuzzFeed News’ William Alden, reveals much more.

Ben King / BuzzFeed News

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

“I want to have an empire,” Robinson said. Gretchen Robinette for BuzzFeed News

 
 

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