LBN- Special Report- Friday

*Donald Trump Says He Will Accept Election Outcome (‘if I Win’): 
Donald J. Trump insisted on Thursday that he would not cede the right to contest the outcome of the presidential election, even as Democrats and Republicans expressed concern that his position threatened to upend America’s tradition of peaceful power transfers. But in a small gesture of civility, he suggested that he would not dispute the result if the outcome of the race was clear. Mr. Trump’s reluctance to pledge absolutely that he would honor the election outcome follows a rocky performance in the third and last presidential debate and comes as the candidates set off for the frenzied final stretch of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 8 election. On Thursday, Mr. Trump continued to rally his supporters with conspiracy theories about how the race was rigged against him, but he did make clear that there was one result that he would not challenge under any circumstance. “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” Mr. Trump said to cheers at a rally in Delaware, Ohio.

*COUNTER-OFFENSE – ISIS Launches Deadly Attack on Kirkuk:

Islamic State militants launched an attack on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday morning, killing at least six police officers and 16 civilians. According to BBC News, 12 ISIS fighters were killed during the battle, which was mostly focused on government buildings. Kirkuk is located 105 miles southeast of Mosul, the ISIS stronghold currently under siege by pro-government forces, and is in territory claimed by both the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces. According to officials, the jihadis attacked three separate police buildings with suicide bombings, and also stormed a local power plant, killing several employees. The BBC reports that local authorities believe the attackers entered the city by posing as displaced villagers.

*Cubs 1 Win Away From First World Series Appearance Since 1945:

With an 8-4 victory in Thursday evening’s Game 5 in LosAngeles, the Chicago Cubs took a 3-2 National League Championship Series lead, putting themselves one win away from advancing to their first World Series since 1945. Jon Lester threw seven strong innings for the Cubs, with shortstop Addison Russell hitting the tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning. The teams move back to Chicago for Game 6, in which Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will face off against baseball’s earned-run average leader Kyle Hendricks. Should the Cubs win that game Saturday evening, they will move on to face the Cleveland Indians. Seventy-one years ago, the Cubs lost the World Series in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.

*WHO READS LBN? Iconic singer Lady Gaga:

*South Africa to Withdraw From War-Crimes Court:

South Africa has formally begun the process of exiting from theInternational Criminal Court, telling member states that it does not want to be responsible for arrest warrants leading to “regime change.” The withdrawal stems from criticism the South African government has taken for refusing to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the African Union summit in Johannesburg last year. Bashir is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes against rebels and minority groups in Sudan’s tumultuous Darfur region. “The Republic of South Africa has found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts at times are incompatible with the interpretation given by the International Criminal Court,” a withdrawal document, signed by South Africa’s foreign minister, declared.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***British American Tobacco said on Friday that it had made a nonbinding offer to buy theremaining 57.8 percent of Reynolds American that it does not already own in a cash-and-share deal worth $47 billion. The deal would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco business based on net sales and combine companies, with brands that include Camel, Lucky Strike, Newport and Pall Mall. Besides a strong share of the market in the United States, the new company would have a significant presence in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America, British American Tobacco said.   ***The scandal at Wells Fargo over the creation of unauthorized accounts shook its customers’ faith in the bank, but it took an even sharper toll on the company’s workers. A number of them say they faced a stark choice: Create new accounts by any means possible, or risk being fired for falling short of their sales goals. Several former Wells Fargo employees gave The New York Times firsthand accounts, by email or by phone interview, of how that pressure affected them, and of the ethical shortcuts they say they saw colleagues take. The following are excerpts. Some people asked to be identified only by their first name and last initial, to protect their future employment prospects. Wells Fargo responded by saying it did not have “specific comments on the team members involved” but wanted to reiterate that the bank had “made fundamental changes to help ensure team members are not being pressured to sell products, customers are receiving the right solutions for their financial needs, our customer-focused culture is upheld at all times and that customer satisfaction is high.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Even Jay Z is sick of wildman rapper Kanye West — according to music insiders — after West seemingly ranted at a recent concert that Jay hasn’t been a good friend in the aftermath of West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, being robbed in Paris. At Wednesday’s gig at Seattle’s KeyArena, Kanye said, in what fans presumed to be a dig at Jay Z: “Don’t call me after the robbery and say, ‘How you feelin’?’ You wanna know how I’m feelin’? Come by the house . . . Bring the kids by the house like we brothers . . . Our kids ain’t never even played together.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Anderson Cooper at Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas.   ***Patti LaBelle, Tamron Hall and Carla Hall with chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson at the Cecil in NYC.   ***Miami billionaire Jorge Pérez celebrating his birthday at Fi’lia in his SLS Brickell Hotel.   ***Padma Lakshmi at a J. Jill dinner at Avra Madison in NYC.   *** Model Devon Windsor at Smartwater and Bandier’s one-off “Beyoncé dance class”. DESIGNER Adam Selman dancing at the Henry Street Settlement’s Cinematheque gala.   ***A giant turn out last night the “Art of Wellness” event at Alchemie Spa on Main Street in Santa Monica. ***Actor Colin Farrell at the Starbucks in the Beverly Glen Center.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.

*Whoops! Joe Jonas had porn sent to his parents’ house:

Joe Jonas can’t stop talking about his sex life. The Disney star turned DNCE singer recently revealed he lost his virginity to Ashley Greene at 20, and now, he’s coming clean about all the the pornography he watched as a teenager. “We had to be careful with the certain things we wrote and said we couldn’t be too sexual or romantic in certain ways,” the 27-year-old, who starred in Disney’s “Camp Rock,” told Notion magazine. “I would use my address to log into the websites, and I did this for seven days straight,” Jonas recalled. “A month later — and by the way, my dad was a pastor at the time — for a week or two straight there was a postcard with a naked woman on it saying ‘Come join us again Joe’ or ‘We really miss you’ or ‘You naughty boy, come visit us again.’”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Yes, this — ahem — growing trend in male cosmetic surgery is exactly what you think it is. Men looking to make their testicles appear larger as well as decrease sweating and wrinkling in the area are shelling out between $1,500 and $3,000 for botulism toxin injections done directly into the skin of the scrotum. As with all Botox, effects last for three to six months.

*MY REVIEW: “Reading LBN in Europe gives me an extraordinary insight into America and my relationship with America.” —— Reginald V., an LBN reader from London, England.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Hillary Clinton, who has been in politics all her adult life, seems to have learned something from Michelle Obama, who has never run for public office. Clinton gave three masterful answers in the debateWednesday night that were totally different from her normal clichés. They were about Donald Trump’s alleged assaults on women, his refusal to respect the democraticprocess and the contrast between his years of “Celebrity Apprentice” experience and her own governing experience. Clinton’s answers were given in a slow and understated manner, but they were marked by moral passion, clarity and quiet contempt. They were not spoken from the point of view of a politician. They were spoken from the point of view of a parent, which is the point of view Michelle Obama frequently uses. The politician asks: What can I offer to win votes? The parent asks: What world are my children going out into when they leave the house? The politician is focused on individual interest, but the parent is interested in the shared social, economic and moral environment.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by MEREDITH ISAKSEN: I was 21 weeks pregnant when a doctor told my husband and me that our second little boy was missing half his heart. It had stopped growing correctly around five weeks gestation, but the abnormality was not detectable until the 20-week anatomy scan. It was very unlikely that our baby would survive delivery, and if he did, he would ultimately need a heart transplant. In the days that followed, after the poking and prodding, after the meetings with pediatric cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and geneticists, my husband and I decided to terminate our pregnancy. I was 22 weeks pregnant when they wheeled me into the operating room, two weeks shy of viability in the state of California. For us, the decision was about compassion for our unborn baby, who would face overwhelming and horribly painful obstacles. Compassion for our 2-year-old son, who would contend with hours upon hours in a hospital, missing out on invaluable time spent with his parents, and the death of a very real sibling. It was about compassion for our marriage. Perhaps most important, it was about our belief that parenthood sometimes means we sacrifice our own dreams so our children don’t have to suffer.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Emilio Estevez  has finally found a buyer for his Malibu estate on Point Dume. After three years on and off the fickle Malibu market, with prices ranging from $6.4 million to $10 million, the home was last listed for $6.5 million. We haven’t pinned down exactly what the buyer paid for this property, which features a micro-vineyard.

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