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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool' in angry morning tweets

  • U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 people crashes into Pacific off Japan

  • Trump sides with Roy Moore, lauds this 'very special time' for women

  • Former Serb warlord Ratko Mladic found guilty of genocide

  • The Partridge Family's David Cassidy dies at 67

President Trump continued his feud with LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player, on Wednesday following Ball's downplaying of the president's role in getting his son, LiAngelo Ball, and two other student athletes, released from shoplifting charges in China. "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence — IT WAS ME," Trump tweeted, adding that "LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King." The president said "shoplifting is NOT a little thing," alleging incorrectly that LiAngelo could have spent 5 to 10 years in jail; Chinese law dictates the crime's maximum term would have been one to two years. "Ungrateful fool!" Trump finished.

Source: Donald J. Trump, The Washington Post

A U.S. Navy transporter carrying 11 people crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan on Wednesday. Search and rescue is underway for survivors, the Japan-based Seventh Fleet said in a statement. As of Wednesday morning, eight people had been rescued and were in "good condition," The Washington Post reports. The crash happened while the plane was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, and the cause remains unclear. This is the latest in a series of accidents for the Seventh Fleet. In June, seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald hit a container ship. And in August, 10 people were killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker. Both incidents were considered avoidable and blamed on crew negligence.

Source: U.S. 7th Fleet, The Washington Post

On Tuesday, President Trump finally spoke about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate sexual conduct when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. "You have to listen to" Moore's denials, Trump told reporters, adding: "We don't need a liberal person [to win the seat]." Moore is the Republican candidate in the race, and Trump added that the allegations occurred over 40 years ago, "so, you know." Asked about the growing wave of sexual assault allegations across industries, Trump said: "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and ... I think it's very, very good for women and I'm very happy."

Source: Toronto Star, NBC News

An international tribunal at The Hague on Wednesday found Ratko Mladic, the former Serb warlord known as "the Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Judge Alphons Orie read the verdict after a trial that lasted four years, saying Mladic's crimes while commanding forces that carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars "rank among the most heinous known to humankind." Mladic, 74, had been too ill to attend the trial, and he was removed from the courtroom before the verdict was read after shouting insults at the judge. Nearly 600 witnesses testified during the trial, including people who had been held in concentration camps during a military campaign against Bosnian Muslims.

Source: The Washington Post

The Partridge Family star and former teen heartthrob David Cassidy died from organ failure Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 67. Cassidy's family confirmed his death to People magazine. He was hospitalized last week with liver and kidney failure, and had been in the intensive care unit. Cassidy hit it big starring in The Partridge Family, alongside his stepmother, Shirley Jones. A singer, he toured the world in his early 20s, but decided to quit and focus on songwriting and recording. Cassidy publicly shared his struggles with alcohol, and in February announced he had dementia.

Source: People
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