LBN – Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner’s rise to become one of the world’s most famous men began with a heartbreak that tore his life apart. The glamour magazine’s owner – who died yesterday at age 91 – became known as a serial ladies’ man during a career that lasted 64 years. But it was the betrayal a young Hefner suffered at the hands of his first wife that marked his formative years and one that he went on to describe as “the most devastating moment” of his life. He married Mildred Williams in 1949 in the belief the pair had ‘saved themselves’ for one another. The couple had met at college in the mid 40s. Little did Chicago-born Hefner know that his beloved Milly had slept with another man while her beau served in the US military during the Second World War. Explaining his heartbreak, he said: “I think the relationship was probably held together by two years of foreplay. “That wasn’t unusual for our time. In fact, most of my immediate friends didn’t have sex until they married. Milly and I had it just before. “I had literally saved myself for my wife, but after we had sex she told me that she’d had an affair. That was the most devastating moment in my life.
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*Trump Waives the Jones Act to Help Puerto Rico

After much controversy, President Trump on Thursday morning finally authorized that a century-old shipping law be waived in order to expedite the delivery of critical supplies to Puerto Rico. The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between U.S. ports must be carried on ships built, owned, and operated by Americans. Trump initially expressed hesitance to waive the rule, “We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don’t want the Jones Act lifted.” On Thursday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter: “At [Puerto Rican governor] @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately.”

*Beijing: All North Korean Companies and Joint Ventures in China Will Be Closed

The Chinese government announced Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China will be closed in compliance with the most recent sanctions against Pyongyang. All North Korean-owned companies have 120 days from the sanctions’ Sept. 11 adoption date to shut down. Nonprofit and non-commercial infrastructure projects approved by the U.N. Security Council will be exempted. The new sanctions, the harshest imposed yet, also ban textile exports and further restricts North Korea’s oil supply. The latest round of sanctions followed the Kim Jong Un regime’s nuclear power test this month, its sixth and most powerful to date.

*GDP Jumped to 3.1% for Second Quarter:

The U.S. economic output grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent this spring, the highest growth since 2015, according to new Commerce Department figures for the second quarter. However, growth is expected to slow dramatically after the string of fierce hurricanes that slammed Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, with economists predicting that storm damage could cause Gross Domestic Product to fall by as much as 1.2 percentage points for the third quarter.

*Rep. Steve Scalise Returns to Capitol Hill

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was at “imminent risk of death” after being shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice in June, is returning to the Capitol on Thursday. The Louisiana congressman is expected to speak on the House floor and participate in morning votes. His office said that while he will be back to work, he will also be “completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.”

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*‘IT: Chapter 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

“IT” has become a bona-fide phenomenon since its debut on September 8th, 2017, breaking all box office expectations and shattering records left and right. For New Line and Warner Bros., it’s surely been nothing but celebration. Today the two studios have announced the release date for the sequel to IT as September 6th, 2019, where it will debut in regular theaters and IMAX screens (for those who like to be even more terrified). The movie has revived a sluggish summer box office, and continues to put up big numbers as it becomes the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie in the U.S. ever.