October 11, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Tensions continue to mount in the Catalonia region of Spain. On Tuesday, Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont addressed his region's Parliament and appeared to have declared independence in the wake of an October 1 referendum where the majority of voters opted for secession. But The New York Times reports that Puigdemont's speech "took a confusing new turn" when he also said there should be more "dialogue" with Spanish leaders in Madrid. The Times reports that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took a "tentative step toward seizing administrative control of Catalonia," but first asked Puigdemont to clarify whether he had actually declared independence.
  • The Walt Disney Company, Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama have joined the chorus of repulsion over the long list of reported assaults or sexual harassment perpetrated by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Meanwhile, more actresses, including Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, came forward Wednesday, echoing what a long list of women had already said: that Weinstein was a power-wielding pervert. ABC News reports that at least 17 accusers have thus far shared their stories about Weinstein's behavior. Meanwhile, the New York Times reporter who broke the Weinstein scandal told ABC this morning that more accounts will follow "for weeks to come, if not longer."
  • A Canyon County Sheriff's deputy was injured October 9 during an attempted escape at the Canyon County Jail in Caldwell. KTVB reports that the deputy suffered a head jury and has been treated and released from a local hospital. Officials say two inmates attempted to break out of the main building of the jail, but were unable to cross the secure perimeter before being caught.
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  • For the first time since the 1980s, the United States will not compete in the international World Cup tournament next year. The U.S. suffered a stunning 2-to-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night.

    "It was a perfect storm kind of a night, where everything that could have possibly went wrong did," said American captain Michael Bradley.

    ESPN's Jeff Carlisle writes, "Let's be clear. It's the most embarrassing defeat in U.S. soccer history and one that will be impossible for this group of players and coaches to live down."
  • New evidence presented at a recent volcanology conference indicates that forces that drive rare, violent eruptions from so-called supervolcanoes can occur much more rapidly than previously thought. The New York Times reports that that an eruption of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park (about 631,000 years ago) was sparked when new magma moved into the system only decades before the eruption. Previous estimates assumed that the geological process took millennia to occur.

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