Published 6:55 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018
Domestic terrorism reared its ugly head Wednesday as a series of potentially dangerous packages focused the nation’s attention on security threats.
The story dominating the headlines today: Suspicious packages sent to CNN NY offices, Clintons, Obamas.
We will take a look at other stories you might have missed – an intensifying stock market sell-off, the midterm elections and the Kavanaugh effect and Megyn Kelly’s apology – but nothing drew more attention than the mail-based terror plot.
'The devices have been what appear to be pipe bombs'
Law enforcement officials were on a feverish hunt for more suspicious packages following the discovery of deliveries containing explosive devices that were sent to high-profile critics of President Trump. The targets: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and CNN’s Manhattan offices. The packages were identified during routine mail screening procedures and taken to the FBI lab for examination. It appeared to be the biggest threat of a mail-based terror plot since the 2001 Anthrax attacks that killed five people in the weeks after 9/11. Trump slammed "this egregious conduct," calling it "abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans." He promised to "get to the bottom of this" and punish the perpetrators. Here's what we know now:
• Suspicious packages sent to CNN NY offices, Clintons, Obamas
• Trump vows to 'get to the bottom' of threats
• CNN evacuates while live on air
• Dangerous deliveries prompt nationwide security response
• Clinton, Trump family members join politicians in praising Secret Service
Stock market gains for 2018 erased
The stock market sell-off on Wall Street intensified Wednesday, knocking the Dow down more than 600 points and wiping out the gains for the year for the blue-chip average and the broad Standard & Poor's 500 index. The latest swoon signaled to many Wall Street pros that the decline was entering a new, more dangerous phase. What's going on? Traders are concerned about future growth amid rising inflation, interest rates and uncertainty over trade. Worried? Advisors say don't panic and avoid making these investment mistakes when stocks are volatile.
The ‘Kavanaugh effect’ is real. And it might be bad news for the GOP
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found six in 10 likely voters said the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh — who testified before Congress on allegations of sexual assault — influenced which party they would choose this election. Of the likely voters, 35 percent said the confirmation made them more likely to vote Democrat, while 27 percent said it made them more likely to vote Republican. Another 37 percent said it wouldn't change their vote.
Yesterday, Megyn Kelly defended blackface. Today, she’s apologizing
“I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry,” said the NBC host at the top of her Wednesday morning show following remarks the day before defending blackface. On Tuesday, Kelly said the use of blackface was OK so long as it was for Halloween and it was respectful. One day later, Kelly said her comments were wrong. “The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense,” said Kelly. “I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that.”
The simple fix NASA and your IT department share
The Hubble space telescope was knocked into safe mode earlier this month because a gyroscope used to help locate and pinpoint targets stopped working. So, what’s the fix? Just like you might do with a buggy computer or router, NASA quickly flipped off a backup gyroscope then turned it back on. The move helped regulate rotation speeds on the gyroscope, and NASA said Hubble is close to working back to normal.
Here’s what else is happening in the news:
- The caravan of Central American migrants continues its journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border
- Someone holds the winning ticket for that $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot
- The Red Sox take Game 1 of The World Series. Bonus: we all get free tacos!
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