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Person of the Day

Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal with a teen is the worst ever

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Anthony Weiner, you could be going to jail for this one. (Talk Radio News Service/Flickr)

Even after #WeinerGateIII broke up his marriage, news emerged that ex-congressman Anthony Weiner was allegedly sexting a 15-year-old girl.

He and the girl -- a North Carolina high school sophomore -- began the text and video exchanges, along with Skype chats, in January 2016, and they went on for several months.

Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin -- a top adviser to Hillary Clinton -- called it quits when he was found to have had sexted graphic photos of himself to a woman that he took while their sleeping young son was lying next to him.

According to a Daily Mail report, Weiner also asked the teen to wear risqué “schoolgirl” outfits and touch herself.

Weiner released a non-statement apologizing for his poor choice in online chatting partners and called it a "hoax":

"I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.”

Weiner also released an email from the girl where she recanted the story:

“Our online chats were never inappropriate. I wanted to publish my story. He was the best candidate to pin the story to. The story needed a hoax to ride on.”

But the girl said she wrote this up at his request and never actually sent this email clearing him.

If this story checks out, this is could be way worse than embarrassing: Weiner could get prosecuted for sex crimes with a minor and go to jail. He's being investigated now.

Quote of the Day

Trump wants to take stop-and-frisk national, but it has YUGE problems

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There are huge problems with stop-and-frisk. YUGE. (joshkehn/Flickr)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came out in support of New York's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. He wants to establish the practice on a national level. And he said so at a town hall in Cleveland, Ohio, geared towards getting him more support in the African-American community.

Here are his exact words:

"I would do stop and frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York. It worked incredibly well. And you have to be proactive, and you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically."

Just a reminder: Stop-and-frisk is a policing strategy in which officers stop and question -- and, yes, physically frisk -- pedestrians who appear suspicious. But it was declared unconstitutional in 2013, because in practice it discriminates against the minority community. A study has shown that stop-and-frisk, in fact, has negative psychological effects on the subject of the practice.

Still, Trump claims the policy was successful in New York:

"New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do."

But New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned against this practice, called him out on it:

"Donald Trump talks about stop-and-frisk like he knows the facts. He has had no experience with policing, no experience with public safety. He should really be careful because if we reinstituted stop-and-frisk all over this country, you'd see a lot more tension between police and communities."

Trump's actually been a fan of the policy for a while.

Trump backtracked on his statement and said he was actually referring to Chicago when he said "New York City was incredible, the way it worked":

"Now Chicago is out of control. I was referring to Chicago with stop and frisk."

The policy was even more widely used in Chicago – over 4 times more in the summer of 2014 as compared to 2011 when it was its peak in New York.

Image of the Day

Here are some powerful images coming out of the Charlotte protests

After the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, a black man who was apparently unarmed, protests broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While violent demonstrations spilled onto the streets, here are some the images coming out from the city, including one of Henry Lee, 51, who silently refused to leave his chair, drawing a comparison to civil rights protester and leader Rosa Parks.

He was dubbed the "calmest man in Charlotte" by the photographer:

Another powerful image is of a woman kneeling and facing the police.

Then there's this one.

Here are some other images from the protests and riots that went on for the second night too.

The intense demonstrations on September 21st also saw a man get critically wounded by a gunshot and 44 people arrested. Sadly, he died in the hospital.

Number of the Day

Is yours one of the 500 million Yahoo accounts that just got hacked?

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Lock it down, Yahoo. (clasesdeperiodismo/Flickr)

Yahoo believes a state-sponsored hacker accessed at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014.

500. Million.

This is the largest ever security breach in terms of the number of user accounts -- at any company.

The information stolen includes names, emails, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and even security questions and answers.


Luckily, though, the hackers didn't get any credit card information.


News of the hack came out in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was trying to sell user data on 200 million accounts on the dark Web.

Yahoo has asked users to change their passwords if they haven't done so since 2014. They also say they themselves just learned of the scope of the hack within the last two days, and claim they did have measures to detect such breaches. Apparently those didn't work?

The FBI has been made aware of the hack and is working to identify the culprit.

If you haven't changed your Yahoo account password yet, GO DO IT RIGHT NOW.


Place of the Day

Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte, North Carolina

What a week in America.

Soon after the shocking police shooting death in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of a man named Terence Crutcher, the nation's attention shifted to Charlotte, North Carolina, where a black man was mistaken by police there for a wanted man and shot dead.

The police said they were searching for a man to serve a warrant to when they saw Scott walking from his truck holding a gun in his hand. When he didn't pay heed to multiple warnings to put down the weapon, a black officer shot him. His family and other witnesses claim there was no gun found on Scott's body and that he was, in fact, reading a book.

Protests, mostly peaceful, broke out across the city asking for accountability.

A prayer vigil in his honor on Sept. 21 turned violent with police turning up in riot gear and the Governor Pat McCrory declaring a state of emergency and asking the National Guard and the Highway Patrol to step in.

Protesters turned violent with Molotov cocktails being thrown at police officials.

Charlotte's Police Chief Kerr Putney also said the video of the shooting will only be shown to Scott's immediate family, despite calls to make it public.

Meanwhile, one man was killed while an additional eight civilians and four police officers have been injured and 44 people have been arrested during protests and some rioting there.

The protests are still going on.

Word of the Day

The Tulsa police officer who shot Terence Crutcher was charged with manslaughter

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Tulsa police are under scrutiny after the killing of Terence Crutcher. (David Schuttler/Flickr)

Officer Betty Shelby, who fatally shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

While Shelby's attorney claimed Crutcher didn't follow her commands, police videos show him with his hands raised and walking to his car and leaning against it when a shot was fired.

The attorney said Shelby only fired after Crutcher reached through his car window. But Crutcher's attorney showed pictures of the window being completely rolled up during the trial.

The district attorney said a warrant has been issued for Shelby and also remarked that Tulsa remains peaceful even after the shooting, unlike Charlotte, North Carolina, which tensions erupted after another police killing of another unarmed black man there.

The mayor too, released a statement after the charges were filed asking people to show peaceful support for the Crutcher family:

"Whether through peaceful demonstrations, prayer vigils or countless statements of support to the Crutcher family and the entire community, we are in this together as one Tulsa. We continue to pray together, mourn together and we will get through this together."

Video of the Day

Hillary Clinton #reallynotreally regretted doing ‘Between Two Ferns’

Hillary Clinton sat down with actor Zach Galifiankis for everyone's favorite web series "Between Two Ferns" and answered some very funny questions about things like her typing speed and what Donald Trump might wear to the first presidential debate.

Halfway through, Clinton finally said:

"I really regret doing this."

The video got some hilarious reactions on Twitter.

ICYMI, the two ferns have seen some pretty famous people, including President Barack Obama and Brad Pitt (of erstwhile #Brangelina) too.

Tweet of the Day

Joss Whedon got the Avengers together to get you to vote

Joss Whedon and stars from The Avengers assembled to send a very important message to voters asking them to register so they could vote. Actors like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle -- along with other A-listers like Leslie Odom Jr., Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci, to name a few -- got together for the star-studded video.

Whedon's launched a super PAC "Save the Day" and their missions is to get people to vote, hence the video, which also kinda sorta supports Hillary Clinton. Whedon insists it's about getting people to participate in the democratic process:

“It’s about targeting people who either aren’t going to vote or have been anesthetized out of voting — fighting the sort of apathy and cynicism that says, ‘It doesn’t matter if I vote.’”

The video did get people talking.

Whedon had a final say.

During the 2012 elections, Whedon asked people to not vote for Mitt Romney.

Controversy of the Day

So this happened: Trump grinned when Don King used the N-word

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Don King. (Wikimedia Commons)

Don King is a longtime boxing promoter -- and Donald Trump supporter. And he slipped and used the N-word while introducing Donald Trump at an event on September 21st.

King was recalling something he had told Michael Jackson at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastor Leadership Conference held at Cleveland, Ohio. All the time, Trump was sitting right behind him -- and grinning.

Let's not forget King is 85.

He later explained what had happened:

“I slipped and used the ‘N-word,’ as if I were talking directly to Michael Jackson. I was speaking to Michael Jackson, but I was speaking in the vernacular we’d use on the street, and I slipped.”

King's rival and fellow boxing promoter Bob Arum, another 85-year-old, is supporting Hillary Clinton, and instantly tweeted out about the incident.

The rest of King's speech was also all over the place where he spoke about a rigged system and how Trump would bring in equality.

"The system is corrupt, the system is rigged, the system is sexist, the system is racist."

And then he asked white women to vote for Trump because ...?

“When the system was created, they did not give her, the white woman did not have her rights and she still does not have her rights. Donald ... when I see them try to ridiculize him, or when they try to ostracize ... I want you to understand that every white woman should vote for Donald Trump ... to knock out the system.”

Trump followed King's speech. He praised the boxing promoter.

"Ah, there's only one Don King. He's a phenomenal person."

King had been considered to speak at the Republican National Convention in July and had endorsed Trump last year.

King has shown support for Republicans and Democrats alike, coming out in support of George W. Bush in 2004 and Bill Clinton and later Barack Obama. He does seem to pick winners, so ...

Issue of the Day

The UN started those aid convoys to Syria back up again

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Syrian children in a refugee camp in 2012. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

The United Nations has resumed aid delivery to Syria, sending trucks loaded with food, daily necessities, and medical supplies for 35,000 people. This comes as a relief for all the people in rebel-held parts of the country who were worried after an aid convoy got bombed on September 19th and the UN pushed pause on all aid to the war-torn country.

The attack on the convoy strained the ceasefire agreement between Russia and USA with both countries blaming the other for the bombing. UN humanitarian workers have called it the worst attack on a cross-border convoy.

With the failing ceasefire, fighting has resumed in Aleppo with airstrikes triggering major blazes in parts of the city. The strikes were on rebel-held parts of the city, so people are pointing fingers at President Bashar al-Assad who in turn pointed a finger at the US for killing 60 of his soldiers in airstrikes.

While the two powers continue to duke it out, millions of people in the country are at risk from the ongoing civil war. Syrian refugees and the refugee crisis has been at the center of the UN General Assembly too, where President Obama recently shared the letter of a six-year-old boy who wants his family to take in Omran Daqneesh, the little Syrian boy who was recorded sitting in an ambulance with a stunned look on his face.

This also comes on the heels of Donald Trump Jr.'s Skittles tweet, in which he compared refugees to the candies.

To help children in Syria through the UN, click here.

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Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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