*‘THEORIES ARE GREAT’ – Las Vegas Sheriff: Gunman Planned to Survive
Authorities in Las Vegas say the gunman who killed 58 people Sunday at a country-music festival may have intended to survive and escape. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo even speculated that Stephen Paddock, who died in the hotel room from where he carried out the attack, had help. “Do you think this was all accomplished on his own?” Lombardo asked reporters, noting the arsenal of weapons found in the wake of the shooting. “You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point.” Meanwhile, the FBI issued a veiled rebuke of some of Lombardo’s comments just moments later. “Theories are great and everyone can have a theory,” saidAaron Rouse, who runs the bureau’s Las Vegas division. “But I need to deal with facts. The sheriff needs to deal with facts.”
*Reports: Vegas Shooter Also Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza
The Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a country-music festival this week may have considered a similar attack on Lollapalooza in Chicago just two months before, in early August, according to multiple reports. A law enforcement official told USA Today that Stephen Paddock booked two rooms in a hotel that overlooked the main stage of the massive outdoor venue in Grant Park. About 400,000 people attend the festival every year. This year President Obama’s daughter Malia was among the festival attendees, USA Today reported. According to a TMZ report, Paddock never checked in to the hotel. The Las Vegas Review-Journal also reports that bullets from Paddock appeared to hit McCarran International Airport’s jet-fuel tanks adjacent to the Route 91 venue. According to unnamed sources, the bullets left holes in the tanks—located just 1,100 feet from the concert site—but did not cause a fire or explosion. The Daily Beast first reported earlier this week that Paddock may have originally targeted other concerts, including another Las Vegas music festival that included Lorde and Chance the Rapper.
*YIKES! – Sales surge for bump stocks used by Vegas gunman:
Bump stocks that give semi-automatic weapons automatic firing power are flying off the shelves ever since it emerged that madman Stephen Paddock used them during his Las Vegas shooting spree, a report said. The Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville rarely sold bump stocks before Sunday’s massacre but has been fielding calls from interested customers since the attack and claim their suppliers are out of stock, ABC Australia reported. “Anybody that wants to get them is probably just worried that they’re going to be banned,” store owner Kellie Weeks told the outlet. When Weeks called several of her distributors seeking more supplies, they told her they were out of stock, the outlet said.
*Puerto Rico Warns of ‘Total Shutdown’ If Congress Doesn’t Send Money
Puerto Rico’s treasury secretary warned Wednesday that the island territory will have a “total shutdown” of hurricane-recovery efforts if Congress doesn’t provide billions of dollars in emergency funds by the end of the month. Treasury SecretaryRaul Maldonado said $1.6 billion the Puerto Rican government had available before Hurricane Maria hit two weeks ago is rapidly dwindling amid recovery work. “I don’t have any collections, and we are spending a lot of money providing direct assistance for the emergency,” Maldonado was cited as saying by Bloomberg News. While President Trump has repeatedly complained about the island’s $74 billion debt, Puerto Rican authorities are reportedly more worried about how they will get funds for fuel, pay for recovery workers, and food aid for residents.
*Republicans Open to Banning ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Massacre:
Top congressional Republicans, who have for decades resisted any legislative limits on guns, signaled on Wednesday that they would be open to banning the firearm accessory that the Las Vegas gunman used to transform his rifles to mimic automatic weapon fire. For a generation, Republicans in Congress — often joined by conservative Democrats — have bottled up gun legislation, even as the carnage of mass shootings grew ever more gruesome and the weaponry ever more deadly. A decade ago, they blocked efforts to limit the size of magazines after the massacre at Virginia Tech. Five years later, Republican leaders thwarted bipartisan legislation to expand background checks of gun purchasers after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Last year, in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, they blocked legislation to stop gun sales to buyers on terrorism watch lists.
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*Negotiator in Iran Nuclear Deal Reportedly Imprisoned
A Canadian-Iranian accountant who help Iranian negotiators strike a landmark nuclear deal with world powers has reportedly been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of espionage. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency did not identify the defendant by name when announcing the news Wednesday, but Iranian lawmakers had previously identified him as Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani. He worked as an adviser to Iran’s central bank and is the only member of the Iranian team of negotiators known to be facing criminal charges, the Associated Press reported. His arrest would make him the latest in a handful of dual nationals to be arrested in Iran since the 2015 deal was reached. The United Nations has previously warned that the spate of arrests marks an “emerging pattern” since the nuclear agreement. Esfahani’s arrest was first reported in late August, and he was reportedly granted bail at one point before an appeals court upheld his conviction and sentenced him to five years.
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*Radiohead, Nina Simone Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame
The list of 2018 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was released late Wednesday, with Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine getting their first nominations for the honor in their first year of eligibility. Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Eurythmics,Judas Priest, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dire Straits, andMoody Blues were also nominated for the first time. Repeat nominees include Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, MC5, the Zombies, the Meters, the Cars, Link Wray, Bon Jovi, Rufus with Chaka Khan, and J. Geils Band, while the previously nominated Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, and Bad Brains, among others, were absent from the list this time around. Voting begins on the Rock Hall’s website Thursday; fans will have to wait until December to find out who the 2018 inductees are.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Netflix is raising its subscription prices, again. The cost of the video streaming giant’s most popular U.S. plan is going up by $1 to $10.99, it was announced Thursday. The aim is to cover sky-high content costs.
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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure. The study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, included 1,621 middle-aged men with normal blood pressure who were followed for an average of 25 years. During that time, 251 developed hypertension. Compared to those who reported one sauna session a week or less, those who took two to three sessions were 24 percent less likely to have hypertension, and four to seven visits a week reduced the risk by 46 percent. The study controlled for body mass index, alcohol consumption, resting heart rate, smoking, family history of hypertension and other variables.
*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, known for his spare, elliptical prose style and his inventive subversion of literary genres, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment. From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health. From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. The F.B.I. counted a total of 268 “justifiable homicides” by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony. Yet that same year, there were 489 “unintentional firearms deaths” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children. From a national-security standpoint, the Amendment’s suggestion that a “well-regulated militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State,” is quaint. The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, N.D., not farmhouses in Lexington, Mass.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dan Chiasson: Joni Mitchell’s gift was so enormous that it remade the social space around her. As David Yaffe’s new biography, “Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell” (Sarah Crichton Books), suggests, it is no small burden to possess something as valuable as Mitchell’s talent, and it meant that this girl from the Canadian prairie would be in the world, whether she liked it or not. All she needed was her lyrics, preternaturally analytic, wry, and shrewd; her chords, largely self-invented, a kind of calligraphy of the moods; and her voice, which modulates from patter to rue to rhapsody in a single phrase. In concert, she sometimes trained her attention on a single listener in the front row, casting the stranger as the vivid “you” of a song who in real life may have been Sam Shepard, James Taylor, or Leonard Cohen. The best pop music is often preening and shamanic. Mitchell’s is almost always about what two articulate adults mean, or once meant, to each other.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: The American Libel should be regarded as one of the great libels of history. That America today oppresses minorities and women is as far from the truth as was Jews using Christian blood for matzo. Indeed, no country in the world is so accepting of minorities as fellow citizens as America. A third-generation German of Turkish descent is still regarded by most Germans as Turkish. But a first-generation Turkish — or Nigerian or Chinese — immigrant to America is regarded simply as one more American. American Jews should be the first to denounce the American Libel. No country in history has ever been as welcoming, accepting and honoring of Jews as America. American Jews are a living refutation of the American Libel.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has hired a team of high-powered lawyers ahead of “bombshell” stories that are set to drop in the New York Times and New Yorker. The stories are centered on sexual harassment allegations from women who spoke to reporters on the record, according to Variety. The 65-year-old Miramax Films and Weinstein Company co-founder hired attorneys David Boies, Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder to rebut the claims. ***Dolly Parton always has one, well two, things to rely on. “When all else fails, do a boob joke,” Parton told Fox News with a laugh. It’s a mantra the country legend, known for her ample assets, lives by. The 71-year-old said she was forced to fall back on a “boob joke” at the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. ***Marilyn Manson has done drugs most people haven’t heard of, but even he draws the line somewhere. “Bath salts would be at the top of my list [of drugs to avoid],” Manson, 48, told Rolling Stone. “I don’t want my flesh to fall off.” Still, he’s been quite open about having used just about every other drug. “I’ve smoked human bones and taken acid,” he said. “I don’t want to do either again, because all your demons appear when you smoke bones or take acid. The older you get, the more demons chase you around and you have nightmares.”