News and Headlines. 10/9/2017

Politics, Americas Bias and Hate, In The News, Commentary/Opinion, Technology, Stock Market, World News. All in News and Headlines today, scroll down for all the latests News and Headlines.

Americas Bias and Hate:

“California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.” More here.> New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — “A statue of Christopher Columbus was covered up Monday just as the first Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles got underway.” More here.> Christopher Columbus Statue Surrounded By Fence On LA’s First Indigenous Peoples Day

“Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday any player who disrespects the flag will not play.

Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.” More here.> Jerry Jones gives Cowboys players ultimatum: Stand for anthem or sit for game

“Jemele Hill, an ESPN anchor who called for fans to boycott the NFL, has been suspended for two weeks by the network.

Hill, who called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter last month violated the company’s social media guidelines for a second time by calling on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn’t stand up during the national anthem.” More here.> ESPN’s Jemele Hill suspended from network for two weeks


“A long-running lawsuit filed against Google by a prominent architect has just gotten much broader.

Last week, the Superior Court of California granted a motion adding racketeering charges to the civil case being pursued against Google by Eli Attia, an expert in high-rise construction. Attia claims Google stole his idea for an innovative building design method – and now he wants to prove that it does the same thing frequently.” More here.> Famed Architect’s Lawsuit Against Google Just Got Much More Serious

“As congressional investigations deepen, an anonymous source at the company tells Reuters that ads were purchased in order to meddle in the 2016 election

Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, a person briefed on the company’s investigation told Reuters on Monday.” More here.> Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars on Google ads, source claims

“Walmart is rolling out a new in-store return process for online purchases that aims to leverage its mobile app alongside its massive brick-and-mortar footprint.

The Mobile Express lane will allow shoppers to bypass the wait line at the in-store customer service desk to return items bought from” More here.> Walmart revamps return process for online purchases

“Food that levitate into your mouth could help make technology like virtual reality more multisensory.

Whether it’s floating clocks or hovering smartphone chargers, levitation is hot right now. That’s why we’re totally hyped at the prospect of some fascinating research coming out of the Sussex Computer Human interaction (SCHI) Lab at the U.K.’s University of Sussex, where engineers have figured out how to make a levitating food-delivery system, in which tasty grub floats straight into your mouth. No knife and fork required!” More here.> PUT THE CUTLERY DOWN: FOOD COULD SOON LEVITATE STRAIGHT INTO YOUR MOUTH

“If you’re in New York or LA beginning October 19, you may want to check out the Google pop-up store.

Start the countdown, friends, because in 10 days, you’ll be able to walk into a storefront hosted by Google. Reprising its successful pop-up concept from last year, Google is once again hosting two pop-up stores to sell its new Made by Google products. Slated to open on both the east and west coasts of the United States, these transient stores just may be a reason to mark your calendars.” More here.> GOOGLE IS OPENING POP-UP STORES IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES

In The News:

PA man’s drug rehab center was a hub for heroin and fentanyl, feds say

‘Knowingly exposing others to HIV no longer will be a felony in California starting in 2018, according to a bill California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.” More here.> Knowingly exposing others to HIV won’t be a felony in California anymore: ‘Absolutely crazy’

MIAMI BEACH — “A female driver was shot and fatally wounded by a Miami Beach police officer Sunday evening after she allegedly ran over another officer.

CBS Miami reports it was about 6:15 p.m. when the driver of a black BMW struck two or three vehicles as she drove from Ocean Drive to Washington Avenue on 12th Street. She was confronted by police officers near Washington and 12th who surrounded her car.“More here.> Woman in BMW shot dead after allegedly striking Miami Beach officer, cars

RICHARDSON, Texas – ” Authorities were searching Monday for a 3-year-old suburban Dallas girl who went missing over the weekend when her father allegedly made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Wesley Mathews, 37, ordered Sherin Mathews to stand next to a tree behind the fence at their Richardson home at around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit. The tree is across an alley from the home.

Mathews went outside about 15 minutes later to check on her, but Sherin was gone. The child, who has a developmental disability, was wearing leggings, a pink long-sleeved shirt and pink flip-flops.” More here.> Police: Texas girl, 3, missing after late-night punishmen

“Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of dousing a 19-year-old former high school cheerleader with a flammable liquid, setting her ablaze and leaving her to die along a north Mississippi back road.

Quinton Tellis, 29, has been charged with the murder of Jessica Chambers on Dec. 6, 2014, and faces life in prison without parole if convicted. Tellis has pleaded not guilty.” More here.> Murder trial begins in gruesome burning death of former Mississippi cheerleader Jessica Chambers

“A Michigan man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl has now been given joint custody of her child, according to the victim’s lawyer.

Christopher Mirasolo was granted shared time with the 8-year-old daughter of the woman that he attacked nine years ago as a preteen last week, attorney Rebecca Kiessling said.” More here.> Michigan man accused of raping 12-year-old given joint custody of the child

“Vietnam Veterans of America is calling on Facebook and Twitter to work with the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs to fight counterfeit veterans’ advocacy pages on Facebook spreading fake news.

In the wake of a report from The Washington Post bringing attention to a new study showing that Russian-linked propaganda has been targeting American veterans and the military community through Facebook and Twitter, Vietnam Veterans of America wants social media giants to collaborate with the federal government to crack down.” More here.> Veterans’ Organization Calls On Facebook, Twitter To Fight Fake News With DOD And VA

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — “More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, destroying at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sending an estimated 20,000 people on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames.” More here.> Wind-whipped wildfires sweep into California wine country

“An Arizona car dealership has spent the past week trying to get in touch with a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran after he was recognized as a hero for seizing a truck to save critically injured victims during the Las Vegas shooting.

The B5 Motors dealership in Gilbert, Arizona, took to Facebook on Wednesday to ask the public for help to track down former Marine, Taylor Winston.” More here.> Car dealership offers free truck to veteran Taylor Winston who rescued Las Vegas victims


Sen. Dianne Feinstein Running for Reelection

“The Senate is taking up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after five months of pregnancy — the point when overwhelming medical evidence shows babies in the womb can feel the agonizing pain of a late-term abortion.” More here.> Most Americans agree: It’s time to put an end to late-term abortions

“Senators Mitch Mcconnell, Dean Heller and Deb Fischer better watch out, because Steve Bannon has his eye on them.

In an attempt to knock off some current GOP senators, Bannon — President Trump’s former Chief Strategist — is backing the primary challengers of almost every Republican senator who runs for reelection in 2018.” More here.> Bannon working with Blackwater founder in backing GOP challengers

“Democrats are facing mounting calls from critics to return or donate to charity millions in campaign contributions from Harvey Weinstein after the New York Times’ bombshell report detailing sexual harassment allegations by numerous women against the Oscar-winning movie mogul spanning three decades.” More here.> Democrats look to distance themselves from Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Hollywood establishment, slow to react to the initial sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, began speaking out against him more forcefully Monday after the powerful studio boss was fired by his own company.” More here.> Hollywood condemnation of Weinstein grows louder


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday he would sign a proposed rule on Tuesday to begin withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change.” More here.> EPA chief to sign rule on Clean Power Plan exit on Tuesday

World News:

MOSCOW (Reuters) – “Any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned over the weekend that “only one thing will work” in dealing with Pyongyang, hinting that military action was on his mind.


“Lavrov underlined the inadmissibility of any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, to which the USA’s military preparations lead, and called for contradictions to be resolved by diplomatic means only,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.” More here.> Moscow says escalation of tension on Korea peninsula unacceptable

MOSCOW (Reuters) – “Russia and China called for restraint on North Korea on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump warned over the weekend that “only one thing will work” in dealing with Pyongyang, hinting that military action was on his mind.

When asked what Russia made of Trump’s comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters:


“Moscow has called and continues to call on the parties involved in the conflict and on those who have anything to do with this issue to exercise restraint and to avoid any steps that would only worsen the situation.” More here.> Russia, China call for restraint after Trump comment on North Kore

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – “The U.S. ambassador to Turkey said on Monday the duration of a suspension in visa services in Turkey would depend on talks between the two governments regarding the detention of Turkish staff at the U.S. embassy.

In a written statement, Ambassador John Bass said the length of the suspension would also depend on “the Turkish government’s commitment to protecting our facilities and personnel here in Turkey”, noting it was not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.” More here.> U.S. envoy to Turkey says duration of visa services suspension depends on talks

Stock Market:

“Investors looking for a way to indirectly support women and men in the military may soon have a new option they can enlist in their portfolios.

A new exchange-traded fund, slated to begin trading before the end of the year, is dedicated to only holding companies that are seen as supportive to veterans and their families. According to a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the InsightShares Military Veterans ETF will only hold companies “determined to be military friendly,” a term the filing uses as a registered trademark.” More here.> New ETF to only hold companies determined to be supportive to veterans

Third-quarter earnings seen as ‘an easy beat,’ could set up more stock market records

Commentary / Opinion:

Banning guns invariably leads to an increase in the murder rate.

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