LBN- Special Report- Friday

*U.S. Adds 156,000 Jobs in September:

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September, according to a Department of Labor report released Friday—the last one before Election Day. The unemployment ticked up to 5 percent, which economists attributed to more Americans re-entering the job search. Average wages also grew, rising 0.2 percent for the month, adding 2.6 percent to paychecks in the past year. According to revised figures, 167,000 jobs were added in August and 252,000 were added in July.

*Trump: Illegal Immigrants Flown to U.S. to Vote:
Donald Trump alleged on Friday that the federal government has been enabling illegal immigrants to enter the country to vote in the November election. “They are letting people pour into this country so they can go and vote,” Trump said. A border patrol officer present at a roundtable discussion at Trump Tower on Friday told the Republican nominee that agents have been advised against deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records, according to a pool report. Art Del Cueto, national vice president for the National Border Patrol Council told trump it was “so they can vote.”

*Hurricane Matthew’s 100mph Winds Lash the Florida Coast:
Hurricane Matthew dropped to Category 3 strength overnight, but still managed to bring sustained winds of about 120 miles per hour to Florida’s central Atlantic coast. Some 600,000 residents were reported without power early Friday morning, Gov. Rick Scott announced at a press conference. The deadly storm’s eyewall had approached within five miles of the coastline. Meteorologists were meticulously tracking Matthew’s path, as coastal residents waited to see if and when it would make landfall as it comes up the coast at about 13 miles per hour. The brunt of the storm was likely past Orlando but was still whipping intense rain and harsh winds at the city. Cape Canaveral was getting hit by 100 miles per hour gusts at about 6 a.m. ET. “We are just bracing and the winds are picking up,” Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry told CNN early Friday morning. “A great number of our residents have taken heed to our warnings and we are certainly concerned about those that have not.”

*Lobbyist Advised Trump, Promoted Russian Pipeline:

The lobbyist who helped shape Donald Trump‘s first major foreign policy speech in April was at the same time promoting a natural-gas pipeline under the Russian government—one of Vladimir Putin‘s priorities. Politico reports that Richard Burt, a former Reagan administration official, got $365,000 to lobby for the natural-gas pipeline, which is owned by a firm operated by the Russian government. The pipeline is opposed by the Obama administration, as well as the Polish government. Burt was also working on Trump’s policy speech, given on April 27, that encouraged an “easing of tensions” with Russia. “Common sense says this cycle of hostility must end,” he said at the time. “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”

*Nat Turner’s Skull to Be Returned to Descendants:
A skull thought to have belonged to slave revolt leader Nat Turner will be returned to two of Turner’s descendants on Friday. The skull will be presented at a private National Civil Rights Hall of Fame luncheon in Gary, Indiana, by the city’s former mayor, Richard Hatcher. The artifact came into Hatcher’s possession in 2002, when a local activist gifted the skull for use in the proposed National Civil Rights museum in Gary. The history surrounding the skull is unclear and it is only presumed to belong to Turner. Southampton County Clerk Rick Francis says he would be happy to aid in proper authentication of the skull: “I’ve got some DNA from a gentleman I am confident is a descendant of Nat Turner and we have some artifacts, particularly the rope that will serve for further study if DNA can be taken off of that,” Francis told the Chicago Tribune. The history surrounding the skull is unclear and it is only presumed to belong to Turner.

*Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Gets Nobel Peace Prize:
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the country’s long-running—and ongoing—conflict with rebels in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The Nobel committeeannounced the prize Friday in Oslo. In a statement, the committee said Santos had won the prize for “his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.” The statement also said, “The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.” Earlier this week, voters in Colombia rejected the latest attempt at a peace deal between their government and FARC. Santos had spent four years negotiating the deal.

*Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Hits 572 in Haiti:
The International Red Cross appealed for help for Haiti early Friday as receding floodwaters began to reveal the scale of devastation left after Hurricane Matthew rampaged through at Category 4 strength. Officials put the death toll at 572 from the storm on Friday, but said they expected that figure to rise asemergency personnel and UN disaster-response teams began to reach its most isolated areas, including its southwest peninsula, where some 283 bodies were discovered Thursday in just one area. The aid agency estimated 1 million Haitians were affected by the impoverished island nation’s first major hurricane since 2007, and more than 50,000 are in immediate need of food, water, shelter, and medical care after 140 mph winds and rain flattened tens of thousands of homes and did widespread damage to crops, water-treatment facilities, and wells. The catastrophe led the Haitian government to postpone its presidential election, which was scheduled for this weekend. Local medics are now raising concerns over a possible cholera outbreak on the island.

*Sheriff: Los Angeles Sergeant’s Death Was an ‘Execution’:
The gunman who murdered a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant this week carried out a “calculated execution,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday. Officials said the man wounded Sgt. Steve Owen and then stood over him and shot him four more times with a stolen weapon. McDonnell said the suspect, whom police identified as Trenton Trevon Lovell, searched Owen’s body for a firearm after killing him, “with the intent to use it to murder” another deputy who arrived at the scene. Lovell, 27, had been arrested 11 times before allegedly committing the attack, said McDonnell. Lovell led officials on a chase—during which he reportedly tried to steal Owen’s police vehicle, rammed another deputy, then took two teenagers hostage in a nearby home—before eventually surrendering.

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*WH Plotted With Team Hillary on Emails:

Emails disclosed by the Republican National Committee indicated that White House officials were in contact with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in early 2015 about the potential for fallout from the disclosure of her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State. The White House communications director reportedly requested to see if it was possible for Secretary of State John Kerry to avoid media questions about the server. The communication likely does not raise any legal concerns because the White House is allowed to engage in some political activity.


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