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  1. Aaron Hernandez posthumously diagnosed with 'severe' CTE

    09.21 / 20:51 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in his prison cell while serving a life sentence, has been posthumously diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease CTE. Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, announced in a news conference Thursday that Hernandez's was "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron's age." Hernandez was 27 when he died in April. Baez has filed a lawsuit against the Patriots and the NFL on behalf of…
  2. Facebook to give Congress political ads bought by Russians

    09.21 / 20:51 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Facebook will give Congress copies of the more than 3,000 ads purchased through Russian accounts during the 2016 election, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch announced Thursday in a blog post. "We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help," Stretch wrote. Though Facebook gave the ads to Special…
  3. Tom Hanks tried to pawn his David S. Pumpkins role off onto Chris Hemsworth

    09.21 / 19:53 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    If Tom Hanks had gotten his way last fall, the world would've been a very different place. Former Saturday Night Live castmember Bobby Moynihan has revealed that Hanks didn't really want to play the now iconic role of David S. Pumpkins, and tried to talk his way out of wearing the pumpkin suit. "He thought it was very bizarre and was like, 'Hey, I think Chris Hemsworth [the following week's host] would make a great David Pumpkins,'" Moynihan recalled. Hanks, who obviously ended up playing…
  4. A new draft of the Republican health-care bill would reportedly let Alaska and Hawaii keep ObamaCare

    09.21 / 18:54 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Republicans have just days left to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with only 50 votes and no Democrats. With two no votes already — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — "undecided" Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) could cast the decisive vote against it. As a result, one Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal Review on Thursday that the bill's sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), are potentially considering "buying" Mur…
  5. As many as 276 more children could've been born if Flint's water weren't contaminated, study claims

    09.21 / 17:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A new study in the wake of the Flint, Michigan, water contamination crisis uncovered unsettling trends in fertility rates and fetal deaths during the time period the city was grappling with high levels of lead in its water supply. The working paper by West Virginia University's Daniel Grossman and University of Kansas' David Slusky concluded that "between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had Flint not enacted the switch in water." Fetal deaths, when pregnancies last longer…
  6. Trump to sign executive order allowing the Treasury Department to target companies, individuals that trade with North Ko

    09.21 / 17:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump announced a new executive order on Thursday that will allow the Treasury Department to target companies and individuals that trade with North Korea, CNN reports. "It is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal rogue regime," Trump said during a press conference with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. The order will allow Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "discretion to target any foreign bank knowingly facilitating specific transactions tied to trade…
  7. The trailer for the new Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs is here, and it is oh-so delightfully kooky

    09.21 / 16:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Director Wes Anderson returns in 2018 with Isle of Dogs, his first film since 2014's Grand Budapest Hotel, and the highly-anticipated trailer has just landed. Isle of Dogs marks Anderson's return to stop-motion animation — his first since 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox — and the voice roles are stacked: Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono, and Edward Norton are just some of the names on the bill. 3.23.18 #Is…
  8. North Korea compares Trump's U.N. speech to the 'sound of a dog barking'

    09.21 / 16:00 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    North Korea's top diplomat didn't seem fazed by President Trump's vow to "totally destroy" the country if it threatens the U.S or its allies. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters Wednesday evening, the day after Trump bluntly called out North Korea's nuclear activity in his debut address before the United Nations General Assembly, that Trump's speech was like the "sound of a dog barking." "There is a saying that goes: 'Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on,'" Ri said,…
  9. This 8-year-old boy keeps rescuing stranded swimmers

    09.21 / 14:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A British boy is being hailed as a hero after rescuing five beachgoers in the span of just two days. Steffan Williams, 8, was kayaking in the sea, close to a treacherous stretch of coastline where the tide can trap unknowing tourists, when he spotted an elderly woman and two teens trapped on a rock. Grabbing his rubber dinghy, he towed them to shore. A day later, Steffan noticed two more teens stranded on the very same rock, frantically waving to get his attention, and notified the local…
  10. As Mosul recovers from ISIS rule, a book festival blossoms

    09.21 / 14:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Mosul is coming back to life. Two months after Iraqi forces drove ISIS from the city following a brutal occupation, its residents have staged an impromptu book festival at the gutted Mosul University library. Once home to 3 million books, the building's interior was reduced to ashes by the militants. But volunteers managed to recover 36,000 volumes from the ruins — including a number of ancient manuscripts. They set them, along with books donated from around the world, on outdoor shelves f…
  11. Spicer says he never 'knowingly' lied while press secretary

    09.21 / 14:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer swears he never "knowingly" lied to the American people during his tenure in the Trump administration. In an interview Thursday with Good Morning America, Spicer acknowledged that he "made mistakes, there's no question." But when asked if he'd ever lied at the podium, he responded: "I don't think so." Spicer proceeded to try to explain away every seeming untruth. He conceded that he "could have probably had more facts at hand and been more…
  12. Undocumented immigrant parents arrested after taking baby to hospital for emergency surgery

    09.21 / 14:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    An undocumented mother and father living in North Brownsville, Texas, were told by their local hospital that their 2-month-old son needed emergency stomach surgery that required them to travel to the only capable nearby facility, Driscoll Children's Hospital, in Corpus Christi, Texas. In order to get to Corpus Christi, Oscar and Irma Sanchez would have had to pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint but even before they decided to go, a Border Patrol agent showed up at the hospital, likely…
  13. Equifax has been sending customers to a phishing website

    09.21 / 13:55 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The personal information of 143 million Americans might have been compromised in a massive cybersecurity breach at the credit-reporting service Equifax reported earlier this month, and in the intervening days, the company has been heavily criticized for its response to the crisis. The story, though, gets much worse: Equifax has reportedly been linking customers looking to determine if their information was compromised to a phishing website, Fortune reports. The real website can be found…
  14. Sean Spicer 'documented everything.' Robert Mueller wants to talk to him.

    09.21 / 12:56 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    As the Russia probe continues to expand, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has informed the Trump administration that he is interested in speaking to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Of particular interest could be "notebook after notebook" that Spicer filled while working for the Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign, and in the White House, Axios reports. Spicer, for his part, was not feeling too generous about discussing the topic with reporters, Axios' Mike…
  15. Lindsey Graham admits his health-care bill has 'imperfections,' urges colleagues to vote for it anyway

    09.21 / 11:57 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the co-sponsor of the Republican health-care bill, was overheard on his cell phone at Reagan National Airport calling on colleagues to vote for the legislation despite "all its imperfections," The Associated Press reports. AP learned that Fox News host Sean Hannity was on the other end of the line. "We're going to vote," Graham added to Hannity in an interview. "Everybody will be held accountable." Graham is not the only one to think that Republicans are…
  16. SEC says 2016 hack could have enabled illegal stock trading

    09.21 / 10:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Late Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission said that it discovered last month that a 2016 hack of its computer filing system for publicly traded companies "may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading." The "software vulnerability in the test filing component of the commission's EDGAR system" has been patched, and while the "intrusion" was discovered last year, the SEC said, it only learned about the possible use of pilfered information to trade stocks for…
  17. Sen. Jeff Flake tells Stephen Colbert why he's voting for Graham-Cassidy despite his bipartisan reputation

    09.21 / 09:03 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Senate Republicans are planning to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, and they can only lose two Republican senators to squeak it through with the vice president's tie-breaking vote. One of the Republicans who says he's a yes on Graham-Cassidy, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), came on Stephen Colbert's Late Show Wednesday night and explained his thinking. "Why not wait to know what you're voting on before you affect one-sixth of the American economy?" Colbert asked. "Let me…
  18. Stephen Colbert shakes his head at undead TrumpCare, ties it to Trump's made-up African nation

    09.21 / 09:03 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Stephen Colbert's Late Show kicked off Wednesday night with an homage to the late horror director George A. Romero and the zombie genre he spawned, plus a dig at Zombie TrumpCare. Yes, Republicans are trying once again to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Colbert said. "This is beyond beating a dead horse. This is getting damn close to beastiality." And they have until Sept. 30 to do it, minus three Jewish holidays, because that's when their filibuster-proof powers vanish for the fiscal year,…
  19. Truck with supplies for Rohingya refugees drives off the road in Bangladesh, killing 9 aid workers

    09.21 / 08:06 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    An aid truck hired by the International Committee of the Red Cross to deliver aid to Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh drove off a road and into a ditch Thursday morning, killing at least nine aid workers and injuring 10 others. More than 420,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from their home in Myanmar since Aug. 25, when an attack by Rohingya insurgents sparked a harsh crackdown on the minority group in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. The Bangladeshi workers killed and injured…
  20. Harvard withdraws Chelsea Manning's fellowship invitation, saying it never meant to 'honor' her

    09.15 / 05:46 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Early Friday morning, after the CIA director abruptly pulled out of a speech and a former CIA head quit in protest on Thursday, Harvard's Kennedy School announced that it has rescinded its invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow at the school's Institute of Politics. Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf made the announcement, explaining that when he invited Manning and some nine others to be visiting fellows on Wednesday, the point was to pick people "who have significantly…