LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Protester Shot in Charlotte Riots:
A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina as protests continued over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte on Tuesday, with one person shot late Wednesday and reported in critical condition. Authorities stressed that the victim was not shot by police officers. The victim was initially reported dead but authorities later said he was on life support. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said late Wednesday that he was declaring a state of emergency over the unrest and sending in National Guard troops. The Daily Beast’s Ryan Jason saw the shooting from several yards away on Wednesday. A civilian shot toward a crowd, injuring an apparent protester who was bleeding on the scene. Officials claimed Tuesday that the police shooting was prompted by Scott holding a gun, but his family members maintained that he was reading a book when the altercation happened.

*Flagged Two Times in 2014, Ahmad Rahami Passed Scrutiny: 
When Ahmad Khan Rahami returned in March 2014 from a nearly yearlong trip to Pakistan, he was flagged by customs officials, who pulled him out for a secondary screening. Still concerned about his travel, they notified the National Targeting Center, a federal agency that assesses potential threats, two law enforcement officials said. It was one of thousands of such notifications every year, and a report on Mr. Rahami was passed along to the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies. Five months later, when Mr. Rahami’s father told the police after a domestic dispute that he was concerned about his son having terrorist sympathies, federal agents again examined his travel history. And again, despite Mr. Rahami’s now having been flagged twice for scrutiny, the concerns were not found to warrant a deeper inquiry, one of the law enforcement officials said. Ahmad Rahami was not interviewed by federal agents. But now, the travel history of Mr. Rahami, who is accused of carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey last weekend, has become a focus of investigators, a subject made all the more urgent by details contained in a notebook that suggests he drew inspiration largely from the Islamic State.

*Assad Blames U.S. for Syrian Truce Collapse:

President Bashar al-Assad said Americans are responsible for the collapse of the short-lived Syrian truce, adding that “terrorists” attacked a United Nations aid convoy in Aleppo, notSyrians or Russians. In an Associated Press interview, Assad said the U.S. accusation that either country was responsible was “just lies.” Twenty people died in the attack. During the interview, Assad claimed U.S. airstrikes on Syrian troops were carried out on purpose, despite the U.S. contention that the attack was accidental. “When you have many external factors that you don’t control, it’s going to drag on and no one in this world can tell you when” the war will end, Assad said. He added that if the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar would quit backing insurgents, Syrian refugees who have fled the war-ravaged nation could return “within a few months.”

*In Wells Fargo’s Bogus Accounts, Echoes of Foreclosure Abuses:
John Stumpf, the chairman and chief executive of Wells Fargo, won a dubious achievement award from one of his interrogators during Tuesday’s scorching hearings on Capitol Hill. The bank’s yearslong practice of opening bogus accounts for customers and charging fees to do so, said Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, had united the Senate Banking Committee on a major topic for the first time in a decade. “And not in a good way,” he added. But this was not the first time problematic and pervasive activities at Wells Fargo succeeded in uniting a disparate group. After observing years of abusive mortgage loan servicing practices at the bank, an increasing number of judges hearing foreclosure cases after the financial crisis grew to understand that banks could not always be trusted in their pleadings. This was a major shift: For decades, the nation’s courts had been largely pro-bank when hearing foreclosure cases, accepting what big financial institutions produced in documentation and amounts owed by borrowers. “Wells didn’t intentionally educate judges. They didn’t raise their hand and say, ‘Judge, we’re sorry,’” said O. Max Gardner III, a prominent foreclosure defense lawyer who teaches consumer counsel how to represent troubled borrowers. “It was people really digging in and having the resources and the time to ask the right questions about what they were doing with the money.” Those practices included levying improper fees and incorrectly foreclosing on homes.

*Report: Yahoo to Announce Massive Data Breach:
Yahoo may have been hacked in a “massive data breach,” the tech news outlet Recode reported early Thursday. The site said several sources confirmed several hundred million users’ accounts were exposed in the incident. Yahoo dealt with a breach that affected 200 million user accounts earlier this summer. “It’s as bad as that,” a source is reported to have told Recode. “Worse, really.” The company will allegedly announce details of the breach later this week, as its $4.8 billion deal with Verizon is finalized.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Several polls have found that about 9 out of 10 Americans believe that global poverty has worsened or stayed the same over the last 20 years. Fortunately, the one point Americans agree on is dead wrong. As world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly this week, all the evidence suggests that we are at an inflection point for the ages. The number of people living in extreme poverty ($1.90 per person per day) has tumbled by half in two decades, and the number of small children dying has dropped by a similar proportion — that’s six million lives a year saved by vaccines, breast-feeding promotion, pneumonia medicine and diarrhea treatments.

*Afghans Sign Peace Deal With Terror Boss:
Afghan officials signed a peace deal Thursday with terrorist and warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, following long negotiations. The agreement with the “butcher of Kabul” potentially clears the way for a peace deal with the Taliban, who have been at war in the area for 15 years. The deal gives full political rights to Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i-Islami party and will require Afghan officials to request that it be removed from the United Nations’ list of terrorist organizations. Hekmatyar, who has been in exile from Afghanistan for 20 years, will be protected by the government upon his return, despite accusations that he was responsible for war crimes and mass killings. He was nearly killed in an American drone strike after the U.S.-led coalition toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban regime in 2001. He is believed to have been hiding out across the border in Pakistan since then. “It proves peace is possible,” said Franz-Michael Mellbin, the EU’s special representative for Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani made several campaign promises that he would bring peace and security to the country, and the agreement with Hekmatyar is seen by many as a victory, as it is evidence Ghani’s administration is capable of making compromises in hopes of eventually brokering a similar deal with the Taliban. Critics, however, panned the deal as paving the way for a divisive figure to carve himself a role in Afghanistan’s polarized political landscape. Human Rights Watch called the deal “an affront to victims of grave abuses.”

*WHO READS LBN? Actor Zachary Quinto:

*Hillary Clinton Appears on ‘Between Two Ferns’:
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sat down with Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns,” his talk-show satire on the website Funny or Die. On the day Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia, the pair discussed everything from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to her wardrobe for the first presidential debate and the extremely unlikely possibility that Clinton gets pregnant while serving as president. The former secretary of State laughed off questions about whether she should “be more racist” given how well it’s working for Donald Trump, and whether she would move to Canada or lead a civil war if Trump wins the White House. Galifianakis abruptly interrupted the interview to play a short Trump advertisement, to Clinton’s dismay. President Obama famously sat down with the comedian in 2014 to pitch the Affordable Care Act.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “You are never too old to be what you might have been.” —–

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Oscar-winning director Terry George is in talks to helm a feature about Robert Evans, the legendary Paramount Pictures chief who starred in the documentary “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” The new movie — a decadent romp through Hollywood’s heyday — is based on the recollections of Evans’ former assistant-turned-producer Jennifer Howard Kessler, a redheaded muse of Helmut Newton.

*LBN-CURRENTLY READING: Neil Gallagher: I am reading Michael Levine’s book, “How to Survive A Flood In Your Own Life” ( We all have floods: death, divorce, disease, desertions (betrayals), despair, depression, destitution (broke). Levine shows how to ride the floods rather than be drowned by them. Not just “stay afloat” but stay on top of the rising waters of the threats and problems and move vigorously forward to new adventures and outstanding success.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Do immigrants take jobs from Americans and lower their wages by working for less? The answer, according to a report published on Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, is no, immigrants do not take American jobs — but with some caveats. The question is at the heart of the furious debate over immigration that has divided the country and polarized the presidential race. Many American workers, struggling to recover from the recession, have said they feel squeezed out by immigrants.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Gus Wenner — the 26-year-old son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner — will take the reins of the magazine for its 50th anniversary next year, a source said. Jann, 70, has been busy grooming his son to take over, previously placing him at the head of the music mag’s online operations in 2013. Gus is head of digital operations for Wenner Media, which includes Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, and recently helped create a Wenner gaming site, Glixel.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, last year said they would give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable causes. Now they are putting a large chunk of that money to work. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the limited liability company into which Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan put their Facebook shares, on Wednesday said it would invest at least $3 billion over the next decade toward preventing, curing or managing all diseases by the end of the century.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Deborah S. Jin, a much-honored physicist who created and explored matter that exists only at a sliver of a degree above absolute zero — or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit — died on Sept. 15 in Boulder, Colo. She was 47. The cause was cancer, said JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where Dr. Jin worked for 20 years. (JILA was once an acronym for Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics; the organization dropped the longer name in 1995.)


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Mia Farrow has once again suffered a mother’s worst nightmare — as her son Thaddeus, 27, was found dead inside his car by police in Danbury, Conn. A cause of death has yet to be announced, with authorities only saying that he was found with a “life-threatening injury” and there was “no criminal aspect” to the death. It was a tragic end for Thaddeus, who was born with polio and adopted by Mia after she found him being abused in a Calcutta, India, orphanage. Sadly, Mia has suffered this heartbreak before, having buried two more of her 14 troubled children.   ***The Los Angeles Police Department is not investigating Brad Pitt for child abuse, nor has any allegation been made against the actor, Sgt. Barry Montgomery told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday morning.  Multiple outlets were reporting Pitt allegedly was recently verbally and physically abusive toward at least one of his children, and that is among the reasons why Angelina Jolie is seeking a divorce. Police say those reports are not accurate.

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