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October 11, 2016

Samsung is stopping all sales and production of the Galaxy Note7 and telling owners to "power down" after replacements caught fire. Donald Trump suggested more damning videos might be coming. And singer Kesha is trying to stop producer Dr. Luke from releasing her personal medical records.

 

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

Buckle up, America. There’s four weeks left until the election.

Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he can’t and won’t defend Donald Trump, and that House Republicans should do what's right for them in the remaining weeks of the election.

Ryan clarified that he wasn’t unendorsing the party’s nominee, but several House members were furious and argued they should be supporting Trump and working to get a Republican in the White House.

Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said “it’s absolutely false” that he was considering leaving the ticket after he canceled a campaign event following Trump’s derogatory remarks about women. Pence called Trump a “fighter” and a “winner.”

Meanwhile...

Trump seems unfazed and has a message for America: Brace yourself, because more damning recordings might be coming. “If they want to release more tapes saying inappropriate things, we’ll continue to talk about Bill and Hillary Clinton doing inappropriate things,” he said.

Frustrated Latino Republicans are calling for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to resign. Clinton’s campaign staffers knew she was wrong about her DOMA claim. Pro athletes are calling out Trump for his “locker room talk.” Trump doesn’t get why saying #TheAfricanAmericans is a problem. If you need a laugh, watch this video of Clinton and Trump singing “The Time of My Life.”

 

Samsung is stopping all sales and production of the Galaxy Note7 and telling owners to "power down" after replacements caught fire.

Amid a global recall of the Galaxy Note7, Samsung has halted sales and told all owners to turn off their phones and return them after reports that replacement devices have caught fire. The company also said it’s permanently ending production of the smartphone for the sake of consumer safety.

US phone carriers AT&T and T-Mobile stopped selling the phone and declined to issue replacement Note7s for previously sold phones, the Wall Street Journal reported. Both carriers are instead offering refunds or different devices in exchange for returned Note7s.

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WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

The crisis in Yemen.

An airstrike on a funeral home in Yemen Saturday killed at least 140 people and injured 600 others, escalating an already horrific conflict even further.

Yemen has been reeling since 2015, when a group of rebels known as the Houthis took control of the country’s capital, Sana. In response, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states banded together to retaliate with a punishing bombing campaign that has been going on for over a year and a half, killing thousands of civilians.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the latest strike as “a heartless attack and outrageous violation of international humanitarian law" and demanded an investigation.

Mohammed Huwais / AFP / Getty Images

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

The US Department of Justice has opened an investigation into prison conditions in Alabama.

The DOJ investigation comes weeks after inmates there joined a nationwide prisoner strike in protest at forced labor and living conditions.

The prisoners even have the support of some prison guards. "We see it as a moral issue,” said Andy Potter, chief of staff of the Michigan Corrections Organization, which represents 10,000 corrections staffers. “The officers basically understand the prisoners’ plight.”

The department declined to comment on what prompted the statewide probe.

BuzzFeed News has identified prisons in six states where strike actions have been confirmed.  BuzzFeed News

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • #RBSfiles: Labour MP John Mann has called on the Serious Fraud Office to open “an urgent investigation” into Royal Bank of Scotland after a BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight investigation revealed healthy businesses were stripped for assets by the bank.

  • Syrian refugees helped police arrest a suspected bombmaker in Germany after a two-day long manhunt.

  • US education: The vast majority of America’s 32 tribal colleges have stopped their students from borrowing money from the federal government.

  • LGBT rights: Australia’s Labor party has officially decided to block the same-sex marriage vote, arguing the national vote would be a waste of money, and is instead calling for a free vote in parliament.

  • Facebook has launched Workplace, a paid chat system for employees to communicate with each other.

  • Kesha has asked for a protective order over her medical records after her former producer Dr. Luke refused to agree to keep them confidential.

  • Art therapy: French-Senegalese artist Delphine Diallo worked with five survivors of sexual abuse at a safe house in Senegal to produce a moving series of artworks.

Diallo said she chose to combine photography with collage because she hoped the women would find the process “healing.” Delphine Diallo

 
 

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