Trump Denies Disrespecting Soldier’s Loved Ones
President Trump rejected claims that he was insensitive to the family of fallen American soldier Sgt. La David Johnson during a condolence call. According to Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was with Johnson's family during the call, the president told Johnson’s widow, “you know that this could happen when you signed up for it ... but it still hurts,” and referred to Johnson as “your guy,” rather than by name. Trump ignited controversy on Monday when he claimed previous presidents did not call families of slain soldiers. Read the story from The AP.
Gold Medalist Says #MeToo
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar for years. The gold medalist says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old. Maroney says she came forward with the accusations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal because she wants people to know that the problem extends beyond Hollywood. Read the story from NPR.
The Nielsen Company, which measures TV viewership, says it will start reporting on how many people watch programs produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. Shows streamed on mobile devices will not be included in the count. Read the story from The AP.
Spain says it will suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule on Saturday, after the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, refused to abandon the defiant region’s push for independence. Catalonia, which includes the city of Barcelona, voted overwhelmingly on Oct. 1 to secede from Spain. Read the story from The Guardian.
With the Hindu festival of lights underway, India’s supreme court has banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi during this year’s Diwali celebrations, in an effort to combat pollution. Read the story from NPR.