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7 things to know now: WikiLeaks internet cut; Olympian's daughter killed; Randy Travis
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7 things to know now: WikiLeaks internet cut; Olympian's daughter killed; Randy Travis

7 things to know now: WikiLeaks internet cut; Olympian's daughter killed; Randy Travis
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the secrecy-spilling group in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Assange said that WikiLeaks plans to start a series of publications this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

7 things to know now: WikiLeaks internet cut; Olympian's daughter killed; Randy Travis

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. New WikiLeaks: A new batch of hacked emails released from WikiLeaks is reported to include, among other revelations, transcripts of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speeches to the financial firm Goldman Sachs. The latest dump of dispatches also includes emails detailing Clinton campaign concerns over how the LGBT community would react to a statement from Clinton about former first lady Nancy Reagan. The emails are said to have been hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's email account. Update: WikiLeaks says founder Julian Assange’s internet connection was cut Monday morning by a "state party." Assange lives in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He has been there for more than four years.

>>WikiLeaks: Assange's internet link 'severed,' but he's not dead

2. GOP office fire bombed: A Republican Party office in Hillsborough, N.C., was fire bombed early Sunday. Officials say the fire was ignited when a bottle filled with flammable liquid was thrown through the window. A slogan that read “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted on a nearby wall. No arrests have been made. The incident came after a week that saw several women accuse GOP candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

3. Rolling Stone trial: Trial is set to begin Monday in a defamation suit filed against Rolling Stone magazine by a former dean at the University of Virginia. The suit claims Rolling Stone defamed associate dean Nicole Eramo, saying she persuaded a sexual assault survivor they article identified as “Jackie” not to report the incident. The magazine later apologized and retracted the article called “A Rape on Campus.”

4. Mosul offensive: The offensive to retake Iraq’s second largest city – Mosul – has begun, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi. The city was taken by ISIS forces in 2014. Al Abadi's said Monday, "The bell of liberty has been rung and operations to liberate Mosul have started. Very soon we will be among you to raise the Iraqi flag."

5. Tyson Gay’s daughter: The daughter of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was killed Sunday after she was caught in an exchange of gunfire between two cars. Trinity Gay, 15, was pronounced dead after the 4 a.m. shooting at a Lexington, Kentucky, restaurant parking lot. Two people were detained for questioning, according to authorities.

And one more

Country music star Randy Travis surprised the audience at Sunday's Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony by leading a sing-along of the gospel classic “Amazing Grace.” Many in the crowd, there to honor Travis, Charlie Daniels and record producer Fred Foster, were brought to tears by Travis’ version of the song. The country singer suffered a near fatal stroke following a viral infection three years ago.

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  • He had been found incompetent to stand trial three times, but Joshua Goldberg may now be ready to face the federal terror-related charge he’s accused of. The Orange Park man was indicted in September 2015. Court documents claim Goldberg sent information on how to make a bomb to a person he believed was going to plant the bomb at a September 11th memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri. Goldberg’s instructions even included how to inflict the most damage with the device- like dipping shrapnel in rat poison- according to the indictment. The person speaking with Goldberg was actually a confidential informant.  Prosecutors say Goldberg admitted to giving the instructions, but he believed the person he was speaking with wasn’t going to follow through. The indictment says Goldberg planned to tell law enforcement if the device was actually planted, making himself a hero.  Goldberg was first ruled incompetent to stands trial in December 2015, then again in June and December 2016. He has been undergoing treatment at Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC for autism spectrum disorder and major depressive disorder. During a status hearing Wednesday, a competency report was presented in which doctors who have been treating Goldberg say he is now competent to stand trial.  A competency hearing must still be held where a judge will make a formal determination. Goldberg’s attorney, Paul Shorstein, tells WOKV News that he is unsure at this time whether he will dispute the doctor’s report. He plans to know more by the competency hearing.  The US Attorney’s Office confirms another status conference has been set for April 7th, at which time they will set a date for the competency hearing.  This is a developing story that will be updated in to the afternoon.
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  • Officers opened fire on a woman on U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning after she nearly ran over multiple U.S. Capitol Police officers while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said. >> Read more trending stories No injuries were reported. Officers spotted a woman driving erratically around 9 a.m. on Independence Avenue and attempted to stop her car, Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. The unidentified woman made a U-turn and fled. She stopped the sedan near the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, where authorities apparently fired shots at the woman. Malecki declined to say where the bullets landed or how many shots were fired. The incident did not appear to be related to terrorism. “This appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,” Malecki said.
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