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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.

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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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  • Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today. What to know now: 1. Syrian attack: The White House is warning Syria that there will be a “heavy price” if a chemical weapons attack is carried out in that country. The “United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” according to a statement from the administration. The White House noted that the preparations intelligence sources discovered “are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack. As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.'  2. CBO score on health care: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 22 million fewer people will have health care coverage in the next decade if the Senate health care bill passes and is signed into law. According to the CBO, 15 million people would be uninsured by 2018. The other 7 million would lose coverage by 2026. The 22 million number is compared to the estimated coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. 3. Supreme Court travel ban ruling: The Supreme Court ended its session on Monday saying it would hear arguments in the fall over President Trump’s travel ban, but, in the meantime, allow parts of the executive order to go into effect. The court ruled that people from the six countries named in the executive order -- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- could be barred from entering the country if they have no “bona fide” relationship with anyone in the United States.  4. Another Cosby hearing: A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in California to set a trial date for a lawsuit that accuses Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting a teenager at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Judy Huth said Cosby assaulted her in one of the bedrooms of the mansion when she was 15. A Pennsylvania jury failed to come to a verdict two weeks ago in Cosby’s criminal trial on charges he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004. Authorities there say they will retry that case.  5. Baylor being investigated: Baylor University officials have confirmed that the NCAA is conducting an investigation into reports of sexual assaults at the country’s largest Baptist-sponsored university. The school’s football coach, Art Briles, was fired, and the school’s president, Ken Starr, resigned in the wake of the scandal that has seen several women file suit against the school, saying it mishandled claims of rape against football players and other students.  And one more Three journalists at CNN have resigned after the network retracted a story that linked a friend of President Donald Trump’s to a Russian bank. According to the network, the story, which connected Trump campaign team executive Anthony Scaramucci to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.” Thomas Frank, who wrote the story; Eric Lichtblau, an editor; and Lex Haris, who oversaw a new investigative unit at CNN, all resigned after the story was retracted. In case you missed it
  • The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would listen to arguments surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban during its October sitting. >> Read more trending news
  • Police say the body of a woman was found Monday inside a family bathroom at an Oklahoma Walmart. At this time, police are not sure how long the woman was in the bathroom at the Sand Springs store. >> Read more trending news According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out-of-order sign on the door that remained there through the weekend. On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman.  Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death.
  • Actor Alec Baldwin’s career has seen a huge boost since he began portraying President Donald J. Trump last year on “Saturday Night Live,” and it appears that “SNL” fans are not the only ones who are watching.  Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, took to her Instagram page on Saturday, prior to “SNL’s” season finale, to post a short video of the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Carmen, talking with her father about the upcoming show. >> Read more trending news “Carmen, what day does Daddy play Donald Trump?” Hilaria Baldwin asks from behind the camera.  “Sa-doo-day,” Carmen responds.  “Then we go like this with our hands,” Alec Baldwin says in his Trump voice, hands waving in front of him. “And we say, ‘Saturday. Saturday. Saturday. OK everybody, it’s Saturday.’” Carmen, her eyes and face scrunched up to match Baldwin’s, watches her father’s face and, waving her own little hands, repeats each thing he says in a gravelly voice. She giggles in his arms at the end as Baldwin dissolves into laughter.  More than 220,000 people have viewed the video since it was posted Saturday. Most of those who commented on it were blown away by the cuteness.  “Oh my Lord, I’m laughing out loud,” one viewer said. “It’s 12 am….woke my baby…lol.” “This gave me life,” another said. 

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