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October 27, 2016

Civilians are caught in the crossfire as Iraqi troops move closer to Mosul and face their own fears of ISIS. The Obama administration delayed trans workers' protections for years after a landmark civil rights decision. And Facebook keeps promoting fake news and experts say it could get worse. 

 

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

Someone destroyed Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer.

A sledgehammer, a construction hat, a vest, and “some sort of a pick” were recovered at the scene. An investigation is ongoing, a Los Angeles police spokesperson said. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told BuzzFeed News that it was working with the police on the felony and “intends to prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

Trump’s star has been messed with several times since he announced his presidential bid. In July, an LA artist built a barbed-wire wall around Trump’s star to mock his plans for a wall between the US and Mexico.

The star was dedicated to Trump in 2007 after the success of his show The Apprentice and at the height of his public feud with Rosie O'Donnell.

Here’s video of the man destroying the star at around 5:45 a.m. local time. deadline.com

And a little extra.

Trump bashed Hillary Clinton for going to an Adele concert after critics slammed him for taking time off the campaign trail to attend the opening of his new hotel.

While there have been few true surprises in Clinton’s emails released by WikiLeaks, the peek behind the closed doors of the Clinton world offers clues to how her presidency would approach labor policy.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh called for people to take up arms if Trump loses the presidential election.

Some die-hard Trump supporters say they have mixed feelings about watching — let alone paying for — Trump TV.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Civilians are caught in the crossfire as Iraqi troops approach Mosul and face their own fears of ISIS. 

Iraqi forces are moving ever closer to Mosul and are facing resistance along the way. As they free civilians from ISIS control, soldiers fear the militants will deploy their previously used strategy of hiding among civilians to attack forces with suicide bombs, BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports.

If the Mosul offensive is successful, the way the city is won by the Iraqi military and its allies — how many people are harmed, how many homes are destroyed, and how residents are treated along the way — will be critical to determining the success of the government that takes ISIS’s place. Activists have warned of a humanitarian crisis.

A woman tries to get away from the fighting as Iraqi forces enter Topzawa, on the outskirts of Mosul.

A woman tries to get away from the fighting as Iraqi forces enter Topzawa, on the outskirts of Mosul. Warzer Jaff for BuzzFeed News

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

The Obama administration delayed trans workers’ protections for years after a landmark civil rights decision.

Years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided that existing nondiscrimination laws included transgender people — a decision that ultimately proved critical to the way transgender people are treated in the US.

But the Labor Department’s compliance office waited for years to implement a similar position. During that time, a trillion dollars in federal contracts were signed without a transgender nondiscrimination requirement.

All along, however — based on 1,400 pages of documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News for the first time — labor officials and the White House were actively aware of the situation.

The question: Would Labor's compliance office follow the new ruling and also protect transgender workers from discrimination? The answer wouldn't come for more than two years.

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

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What at time to be alive. CBS / youtube.com

 
 

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