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Tropical Storm Nate kills 22 in Central America, heads for US – Reuters

Friday, October 06, 2017

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico’s Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend. In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country’s vice…

Las Vegas killer fired at airport fuel tank – CNN

Friday, October 06, 2017

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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded Nobel Peace Prize – Washington Post

Friday, October 06, 2017

BRUSSELS — The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a recognition of its efforts to avoid nuclear conflict at a time of greater danger than at any other period in recent memory. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that it was honoring the group in part because of its efforts to foster an international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved in…

After Vegas Shooting, Country Music’s NRA Ties Show Signs of Fraying – RollingStone.com

Friday, October 06, 2017

For the past decade, the National Rifle Association has had a close, codependent relationship with the country music industry, from partnering with artists such as Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice for cross-promotional campaigns to throwing annual celebrity skeet shoots hosted by Blake Shelton. “It’s no secret,” the Director of NRA Country said in 2015. “If you poll our members, they love country music.” Related Evil Doesn’t Kill People –…

Ben McAdoo turns the music off on Giants – New York Post

Friday, October 06, 2017

Mark down Oct. 5, 2017, as the day the music died. The volume was turned off by Don McLean, er, Ben McAdoo, with his team an out-of-tune 0-4 and on the way to falling completely off the charts. The second-year head coach, so embracing to the needs and desires of the millennials filling his roster, decided the best playlist was the sound of silence. When drills began at the start…

After Vegas Shooting, Country Music’s NRA Ties Show Signs of Fraying – RollingStone.com

Friday, October 06, 2017

For the past decade, the National Rifle Association has had a close, codependent relationship with the country music industry, from partnering with artists such as Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice for cross-promotional campaigns to throwing annual celebrity skeet shoots hosted by Blake Shelton. “It’s no secret,” the Director of NRA Country said in 2015. “If you poll our members, they love country music.” Related Evil Doesn’t Kill People –…

Las Vegas Shooting: NRA Supports New Rules on ‘Bump Stock’ Devices – New York Times

Friday, October 06, 2017

Washington appears to be moving closer to new gun rules. On Capitol Hill, support appeared to grow for a ban on the bump stock devices, either through regulation or legislation, as Republicans — who for decades have rejected any form of gun restrictions — began increasingly to speak out. Several leading Republicans, including Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, have raised serious questions about the devices….

Facebook Messenger gets an Apple Music bot for full song streaming – The Verge

Friday, October 06, 2017

Facebook today announced a new Apple Music integration for Messenger that allows you to stream full songs, a first for the social network’s messaging service. Prior to this partnership, you could build collaborative Spotify playlists inside Messenger group chats and Facebook’s digital AI assistant M would also recommend songs via Spotify based the content of your conversations. Yet you could not stream full songs, until today. Now, you can only…

After Vegas Shooting, Country Music’s NRA Ties Show Signs of Fraying – RollingStone.com

Friday, October 06, 2017

For the past decade, the National Rifle Association has had a close, codependent relationship with the country music industry, from partnering with artists such as Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice for cross-promotional campaigns to throwing annual celebrity skeet shoots hosted by Blake Shelton. “It’s no secret,” the Director of NRA Country said in 2015. “If you poll our members, they love country music.” Related Evil Doesn’t Kill People –…

Las Vegas gunman rented rooms near other music festivals prior to attack – The Guardian

Friday, October 06, 2017

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and perhaps Boston’s Fenway Park – before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans. Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing…

NRA says it backs regulations on bump stocks; top House Republicans open to legislation – Washington Post

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The National Rifle Association has joined an effort to restrict a device that was used to accelerate gunfire in the Las Vegas massacre, after the White House and top Republicans signaled a willingness to debate the issue in response to the tragedy. “In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. . . . The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function…

Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest – Washington Post

Thursday, October 05, 2017

President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on an emerging White House strategy for Iran said Thursday. The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against…

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein – New York Times

Thursday, October 05, 2017

During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly…

GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to resign – The Hill

Thursday, October 05, 2017

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Not your imagination: This hurricane season has been much worse than usual – USA TODAY

Thursday, October 05, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Rapidly intensifying storms typically only occur about twice each hurricane season, but 2017 saw four of these monsters. USA TODAY A satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Maria on Sept. 19, 2017 over the island of Dominica.(Photo: Jose Romero, AFP/Getty Images) The already-catastrophic 2017 hurricane season shows no signs of letting up, with Tropical Storm Nate threatening to blast into…

Networks Need to Stop Shaking Down Music Composers (Guest Column) – Variety

Thursday, October 05, 2017

This week, the Production Music Association will hold its annual conference in Los Angeles. Production music represents a significant yet often overlooked segment of the music industry. The PMA conference will bring together hundreds of songwriters and composers to talk about making music for television and film. These brilliant creators make the music that brings motion pictures and your favorite television shows to life. However, their livelihood is currently is being threatened…

After Vegas Shooting, Country Music’s NRA Ties Show Signs of Fraying – RollingStone.com

Thursday, October 05, 2017

For the past decade, the National Rifle Association has had a close, codependent relationship with the country music industry, from partnering with artists such as Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice for cross-promotional campaigns to throwing annual celebrity skeet shoots hosted by Blake Shelton. “It’s no secret,” the Director of NRA Country said in 2015. “If you poll our members, they love country music.” Related Evil Doesn’t Kill People –…

Did Las Vegas gunman target other music festivals? – PBS NewsHour

Thursday, October 05, 2017

A woman looks at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting next to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson – RC1DC22A0F70 LAS VEGAS — In the days and months before he mowed down concertgoers from his high-rise hotel suite, gunman Stephen Paddock rented rooms overlooking two other music festivals…

What Happens When Music Vanishes From Schools? Enter Donick Cary’s MUSACK Charity – Billboard

Thursday, October 05, 2017

“When you’re a teenager, music can feel like your only outlet,” says Hollywood executive Donick Cary, speaking while he prepares for his MUSACK organization’s seventh annual Rock n’ Roll Carnival on Oct. 7. And that’s a reality that is close to Cary’s heart. In 2008, the writer/producer, who has worked on television shows such as The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation and Silicon Valley throughout his career, launched MUSACK as a charity focused on providing musical instruments, scholarships and support to underprivileged students….