LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*Al-Qaeda Leader Threatens U.S. Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary:
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in a new video released ahead of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, calling the attacks “blessed” and promising more such attacks to come. “We mark in these days the passage of nearly 15 years since the blessed invasions in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania,” Zawahiri says, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group. He also warns that “as long as your crimes continue, then the events of Sept. 11 will be repeated a thousand times, Allah permitting.” Zawahiri also seemed to lightly insult the Islamic State in the video, saying “real soldiers … do not impose themselves on you as rulers without your acceptance and consultation.” Analysts have said the video is likely an attempt by the group to remind the world they exist as the world recalls the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

*U.S., Russia Reach Syria Ceasefire Deal:
The United States and Russia have reached a deal to negotiate a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, officials from both countries announced in Switzerland on Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and his counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed on a plan to reduce violence in the country to end the five-year-old war. An initial “pause” in fighting between all sides, specifically around Aleppo, would give space for humanitarian aid. A broader ceasefire would then take place, during which time the U.S. and Russia would coordinate airstrikes against terrorist targets inside Syria.

*Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Wouldn’t Be Prosecuted Even if She Shot Someone: 
Donald J. Trump, in escalating attacks against Hillary Clinton, suggested on Friday that his opponent was so immune to prosecution that she could shoot someone in front of thousands of witnesses and not be prosecuted. “She is being so protected,” Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, said to a crowd of more than 10,000 at an evening rally here. “She could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the middle of the heart, and she wouldn’t be prosecuted. O.K.? That’s what’s happening.”

*A Big Blast in North Korea, and Big Questions on U.S. Policy: 
North Korea’s latest test of an atomic weapon leaves the United States with an uncomfortable choice: Stick with a policy of incremental sanctions that has clearly failed to stop the country’s nuclear advances, or pick among alternatives that range from the highly risky to the repugnant. A hard embargo, in which Washington and its allies block all shipping into and out of North Korea and seek to paralyze its finances, risks confrontations that allies in Asia fear could quickly escalate into war. But restarting talks on the North’s terms would reward the defiance of its young leader, Kim Jong-un, with no guarantee that he will dismantle the nuclear program irrevocably.

*LOVE & WAR — Woman in Foiled Attack Engaged to Priest Killer:

One of the three women arrested in relation to the foiled terror plot at Paris’ Gare de Lyon was reportedly engaged to two militants who carried out other attacks in France this year. The woman, whom officials identified as Sarah H., was engaged to Adel Kermiche, who slit the throat of an elderly French priest in July in Normandy. She was also betrothed to Larossi Abballa, who killed police officers in Magnanville the month before. Both men were killed by police after their respective attacks.


*John Hinckley to Leave Mental Hospital After 35 Years:
John Hinckley, the man who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981, wasset to leave a Washington mental hospital on Saturday after spending more than 35 years there for his crime. His release comes after a federal judge rule in July that 61-year-old Hinckley is no longer a danger and can live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. The judge said Hinckley has shown “no signs of psychotic symptoms” for several years. In order to keep his freedom, he will be required to work or volunteer at least three days a week and continue to undergo therapy. He’s also been barred from speaking to the press, though he will be allowed to vote in the upcoming election.

*WTF? Wells Fargo Offers Regrets, but Doesn’t Admit Misconduct: 
Wells Fargo was flowing with regrets on Friday, taking out ads in nearly a dozen newspapers saying the bank took “full responsibility” for creating sham bank accounts without its customers’ permission.The bank’s chief executive officer, John Stumpf, even called one prominent Democrat in Congress to express his willingness to assume personal responsibility for the mess. The bank fired at least 5,300 employees and refunded millions of dollars to customers. But with its banking regulators, Wells Fargo was not as contrite. The bank agreed to pay $185 million in fines and hire an independent consultant to review its sales practices, but it was able to settle the investigation into the questionable accounts without officially admitting to any of the suspected misconduct.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 33 members of the United Nations staff read LBN daily?

9/11 Memorial: 15th Anniversary
“The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.”
*Layoffs Hit Apple Car Project:
Apple’s nascent project to develop a self-driving car has hit a roadblock. The New York Times reports “Apple has shuttered parts of its self-driving car project and laid off dozens of employees,” according to three people familiar with the program nicknamed Project Titan. Apple spun the job cuts internally as a “reboot” of its effort to make a self-driving electric vehicle to challenge efforts by Tesla, Google, and forthcoming projects from Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler.
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Dustin Hoffman and Willem Dafoeeating a late lunch at Santina in NYC.   ***NBA star Russell Westbrook at Lure Fishbar in NYC.   ***Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore and Karen King singing at Cha Cha’s cafe to kick off the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy in NYC.   ***Laurie Tischspeaking at a New York Women’s Foundation lunch at Le Cirque in NYC hosted by Jean Shafiroff.   ***Paul McCartneyand Robert Downey Jr. separately at Babette’s in East Hampton.   ***Rudy Giuliani at Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton.   ***Karina Smirnoff at Sushi Roxx.   ***Gil Garcetti, former LA District Attorney (O.J. Simpson) and LA Mayor’s father, now a professional photographer, Dick Zimmerman (Michael Jackson’s portrait painter and photographer [cover of Thriller album]), producer Christine Peters ( ‘How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days and Sumner Redstone’s former partner at Paramount), all glad-handing and enjoying the crowds that showed up for Garcetti’s group show at West LA College Culver City with 14 other artists including Ed RuschaLucas Reiner (Carl’s son), Chris Morgan (Henry’s son) and curated by Art Maven and Critic Molly Barnes (Board of Museum MOCCA) and by Beverly Hills PR veteran Edward Lozzi.***Prominent L.A. Employment Attorney, Rob Hudock having lunch at R&D on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. 

*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Sam Iacobellis, an engineer whose development and lightning delivery of 100 B-1 supersonic stealth bombers to President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s was credited with speeding the collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Saturday in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was 87. The cause was complications of a stroke, his son, who is also named Sam, said.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Kiss rocker Gene Simmons’ son is starting a band. We ran into the ­6-foot-7 rock scion Nick Simmons at a Cinema Society screening of Meg Ryan’s indie movie “Ithaca,” who told us he’s in town taking representation meetings. “We just picked a name,” he said. “It’s brand-new. I found a bunch of good guys. You’ll see something soon. It’s eclectic. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘rock.’ I always loved blues, and it has some blues roots. Whatever the hell Beck is, it’s probably like that.”

*LBN SPOTLIGHT: “We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.” —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Kirell: For three decades, Nick Cave has been an icon of doom and gloom; a wordsmith in the dark, twisting narratives of death, murder, lust, and human suffering. But what does he do when his own emotional trauma becomes the subject of his music? Make a black-and-white, 3D documentary to screen on one night only, coinciding with the release of his new album Skeleton Tree, of course. The film, One More Time With Feeling, is a brutally unvarnished portrait of Cave following the death of his 15-year-old son Arthur, who accidentally fell off a cliff last summer in Brighton, England. Instead of doing an album-release press tour explaining the pain to gaggles of music journalists, Cave and director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) set out to describe the unimaginable anguish in a two-hour film.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney: Fifteen years ago this Sunday, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the deadliest attack on the U.S. homeland in our history. A decade and a half later, we remain at war with Islamic terrorists. Winning this war will require an effort of greater scale and commitment than anything we have seen since World War II, calling on every element of our national power.  Defeating our enemies has been made significantly more difficult by the policies of Barack Obama. No American president has done more to weaken the U.S., hobble our defenses or aid our adversaries.  President Obama has been more dedicated to reducing America’s power than to defeating our enemies. He has enhanced the abilities, reach and finances of our adversaries, including the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, at the expense of our allies and our own national security. He has overseen a decline of our own military capabilities as our adversaries’ strength has grown.

*WHO READS LBN? Comedian Joey Garza:
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 2: Being Scrupulous –


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