North Korea: Sanctions and Insults

The Trump administration has authorized tighter sanctions against North Korea. The executive order aims to cut off financing for North Korea’s weapons programs by preventing individuals and companies from trading with the country. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, responded by threatening the U.S. and calling President Trump “mentally deranged.” Read the story from The AP.


Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Puerto Rico’s Electricity

The U.S. territory was battered by the strongest storm to hit in decades. The category 4 hurricane crippled water and electrical systems, leaving the entire island without power. Read the story from The Guardian.


Aaron Hernandez had Severe CTE

The former New England Patriots football player committed suicide at the age of 27, while serving a life sentence for murder. Researchers found he suffered from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a debilitating brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. Read the story from The AP.


SEC Hack

The Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed on Wednesday that cybercriminals hacked into a computer system storing nonpublic, corporate disclosures in 2016. The hackers may have used the stolen insider information to make illegal stock trades. Read the story from The AP.


Facebook to Release Russia Ads to Congress

As part of the ongoing Russia investigation, the social media company has agreed to give Congress more than 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency during the 2016 presidential campaign. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also announced new rules aimed at making political advertising on Facebook more transparent. Read the story from NPR.