*CRISES! Chicago Has Deadliest Weekend of the Year:
This past weekend was the deadliest in Chicago since the beginning of the year, with 17 people fatally shot and 42 wounded between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. This weekend’s violence brings the total number of homicides this year to 638, an increase of 217 from this time a year ago. Seven of the 17 people killed were under the age of 20, according to the Tribune, including a middle-school honors student and 17-year-old twin boys.
*Now ISIS hides bombs inside teddy bears and toy trucks:
In the war-ravaged town of Mosul, a teddy bear or truck is a rare treasure to a child. But these innocent-looking toys are actually the trigger for sinister booby traps that detonate as soon as they are touched. The ploy marks a sickening new low for Islamic State, who currently hold Iraq’s second largest city, as they can only be intended to target children. Adults would walk straight past them. These and other cunningly disguised improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been put on display at a training centre for locally-trained bomb disposal experts as 40,000 soldiers, state-sanctioned militia members and other fighters prepare to encircle Mosul to cut off IS forces from outside help.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The total value of American imports and exports fell by more than $200 billion last year. Through the first nine months of 2016, trade fell by an additional $470 billion. It is the first time since World War II that trade with other nations has declined during a period of economic growth. ***General Electric said on Monday that it would combine its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes, looking to increase its scale to battle the effects of a prolonged slump in oil prices that has eaten into results and prompted job cuts across the petroleum sector. The new company, which G.E. referred to as the “new” Baker Hughes, would be one of the world’s largest providers of equipment, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. In 2015, the businesses had $32 billion in revenue, and operations in more than 120 countries. It also would be better able to compete with Schlumberger and other oil services companies.
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Is butter, along with other sources of saturated fats, back on the table, as many have recently claimed? It is. Just not in the quantities the meat, dairy and fast-food industries might have you ingest. Unless you have a medical condition that dictates otherwise, there’s no reason to cut anything – not butter, ice cream or Porterhouse steak — completely from your diet as long as you mainly eat plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits and whole grains), lean animal protein and fish and don’t go overboard on foods rich in saturated fats that can cause harm in excess. That’s the conclusion of the best available evidence reviewed for maximizing the health of body and brain and enjoying a long life.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Chelsea Clinton stumping at Hudson Terrace in NYC. ***Barbara Cook, 89, and Kristin Chenoweth making surprise guest appearances at Kelli O’Hara’s Carnegie Hall solo debut concert, with Dan Lipton, her musical director and pianist for the past 10 years. ***Princess Firyal of Jordan and Mercedes Bass at Nello in NYC. ***Attorney Brad Gerstman at a kickoff bash for the Viennese Opera Ball, hosted by Silvia Frieser and Laine Siklos. ***Usher singing “Happy Birthday” to Ben Vereen at a surprise party at the Friars Club in NYC.
Billy Bush’s “locker room talk” with Donald Trump continues to haunt him. NBC fired him over the leaked tape, and sources say his wife is even more angry than his former bosses.“Billy Bush’s wife, Sydney Davis, was furious about the tape. Not just because of what was said, but because he was stupid enough to put himself in that position. It wasn’t just the . . . vile talk, it’s because he insisted the woman hug him and Trump. It was creepy. She was so furious that she refused to speak with him for a while — and she’s still furious. They are having marriage problems. He didn’t apologize to her for the embarrassment he caused in his statement. And she hasn’t released a statement at all,” an NBC insider told us. Bush and Davis have been married for 18 years and have three daughters.
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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Yoga Releasing Strength with Nancy Goodstein
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***James Galanos, a fashion designer who spent decades dressing America’s social elite, most notably Nancy Reagan, died on Sunday at his home in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 92. His death was confirmed by Rosina Rucci, the sister of Mr. Galanos’s friend and fellow designer Ralph Rucci. ***Dr. W. Dudley Johnson, who pioneered and popularized lifesaving cardiac bypass surgery and was considered a healer of last resort for heart patients around the world, died on Oct. 24 in Milwaukee. He was 86. The cause was complications of a stroke, his daughter Susan Comen said. ***Sophia Cranshaw, a Peabody Award and Emmy Award-winning producer of social-issues campaigns for Viacom’s MTV, died last Monday from breast cancer. She was 45 years old.
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