7 things to know now: Debate night; WikiLeaks without the net; new Macs on the way; Social Security


Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now: 

1. Debate night: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet tonight in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate before the Nov. 8 General Election. Chris Wallace of Fox news is the moderator for the debate set for 9 p.m. (ET) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, and Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith who was killed in the raid in Benghazi, will be Trump’s guests. Clinton invited Mark Cuban and Meg Whitman to attend the debate.

2. Internet cut: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet access “temporarily” restricted by the government of Ecuador. Ecuador's Foreign Ministry published a statement on Tuesday saying it "exercised its right" to "temporarily restrict access to some of (WikiLeaks') private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom." The move came hours after WikiLeaks published information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speeches to the financial giant Goldman Sachs. Assange is in the Ecuador embassy building in London and has been since he sought asylum there following charges of sexual assault.

3. Updated Macs: According to reports, Apple plans to unveil an updated Mac line-up next week. The company will show off new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop and a thinner MacBook Pro laptop, among other products, according to Bloomberg.

4. Social Security Cola: Social Security recipients will get a raise next year, but it may be tough to find it in their checks. The typical retiree's monthly check will increase by $3.92 in 2017 – or 0.3 percent. The increase is the smallest cost-of-living adjustment ever put into place for the government program. More than 66 million people get the checks. The average retiree's monthly benefit is $1,305.30.

5. Phone exchange booths: Samsung is manning exchange booths in airports around the world to get passengers carrying its Galaxy Note 7 to swap their phone for another device. The phones have been shown to catch fire without warning. Customers are being helped by Samsung employees at the exchange points to transfer their information to the new phones. 

And one more

Chuck Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday, said he will release an album next year, his first in 38 years. The album will be called “Chuck,” and is expected to have new, original material from Berry. So far, no news about the date the album will be released.

In case you missed it

More than 5 million people have seen this elephant “rescue” the man who once rescued her.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?
4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

Questions remain in the aftermath of an ambush attack on a group including U.S. Army soldiers in Niger that left four American service members dead on Oct. 4. Defense Department officials said Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29 and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, were killed in an attack during an advise-and-assist...
Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?
Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

According to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women under 60 years old are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the same age group. In fact, data from 2015 showed black women had a 39 percent higher breast cancer death rate. New research from Emory University, the American Cancer Society...
Clark County Municipal Court cases
Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Jay L. J. Boysel, 21, of 1709 Lexington Ave., turn and stop signal, follow too close, dismissed. Laura Jane Brown, 61, of 1819 Morgan St., domestic violence, dismissed - prosecutor request. Garry D. Bunten, 60, of 560 W. Euclid Ave., resisting arrest amended to disorderly conduct, guilty, fine and costs due Nov. 22...
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree

A new program at Northern Michigan University gives students a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the business and science of marijuana. >> Read more trending news  The four-year degree program, formally called Medical Plant Chemistry, is in its inception this semester. About a dozen students are currently enrolled in the program...
Former Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license accused of asking student to touch his genitals
Former Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license accused of asking student to touch his genitals

A former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately. Edgewater High School football coach and art recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid...
More Stories