FIJI & TAIWAN BOTH CELEBRATE THEIR NATIONAL DAYS TODAY.
OCTOBER 16th MARKS THE 225th ANNIVERSARY OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
*Saying they are overwhelmed and cannot handle any more, Bavaria has temporarily closed its borders to refugees from the Middle Eastern countries fleeing from terrorists.
*While the World Health Organization says the crisis is not over yet, no new cases of the Ebola virus have been reported this past week, the very first time since this has happened since the 2014 outbreak began.
*Russia says it is willing to extend its airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL forces into Iraq if asked.
*North Korea held a massive military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party.
THE 2015 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ARE...
*Literature: Author Svetlana Alexievich
*Chemistry: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar in the field of DNA repair.
*Physics: Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for their discovery of neutrino oscillations.
*Physiology/Medicine: Satoshi Omura, Tu Youyou, and William C. Campbell for developing treatment against roundworm infections.
*As of this posting, there has been no announcement if there is/will be a prize winner in the field of Economics this year.
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*ISIS/ISIL forces have reportedly destroyed a Roman arch in Palmyra, believed to have been over 2000 years old.
*Iraq suffered a series of car bombing attacks this past week, which left 57 known dead.
*A Boko Haram attack on a Damaturu, Nigeria mosque left 15 dead.
*Film producer Larry Brezner (Throw Momma From The Train, Good Morning Vietnam!) is no longer with us.
*Former boxer and actor Frank Albanese (The Sopranos, Goodfellas) has passed away.
*Singer Billy Joe Royal ("Down in the Boondocks", "Cherry Hill Park") is no longer with us.
*Actor/producer Kevin Corcoran (Pete's Dragon, Old Yeller, Sons of Anarchy) has passed away.
*2010 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Richard F. Heck is no longer with us.
*Author Henning Mankell (Inspector Kurt Wallander mysteries) has passed away.
*Noted Creole/Cajun Chef Paul (Gene Autry) Prudhomme is no longer with us.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy has officially withdrawn from wanting to be the replacement for Speaker of the House (because of negative pressure from Tea Party Republicans?). Current Speaker John Boehner has since said he is willing to stay if a replacement is not found before his impending retirement deadline, but will retire as soon as a new Speaker is in place.
*Despite the fact the Republican Party currently controls Congress, Boehner has gone on record saying the (lack of) gun control is the Democrats fault.
*As the debate over gun control regulations resumes since the unfortunate shooting in Oregon, TWO MORE college shootings have been reported! One at Northern Arizona University, and another at Texas Southern University.
*A Home Depot customer with a legal concealed handgun decided to help store employees stop a suspected shoplifter on her own.
*General Mills has voluntarily recalled almost 2 million boxes of Cheerios because they are not gluten free.
*Some truckers pensions face possible cuts under a new law.
*A mother in Texas has won her case to get a school textbook revised to include the fact that slavery unfortunately existed, despite the book's current edition's attempt to gloss over that sad, historical fact.
*About this time in 2016, euthanasia will be legal in California.
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