Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Terrifying: “Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday, with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along southwestern Mexico and ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding.”
* Iraq: “Friday morning, the Pentagon released the name of the first American serviceman to die in battle in the latest round of U.S. military involvement in Iraq: Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, age 39, killed during a raid by Kurdish and American commandos on an Islamic State prison near the town of Hawija that reportedly freed 70 hostages who were soon to be summarily executed.”
* Another school shooting: “One person was fatally shot and two others were wounded in a dispute over a dice game on the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville late Thursday, police said.”
* The resignation won’t negate the criminal charges: “New Mexico’s embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who in late August was indicted on dozens of criminal charges, has resigned, an email attributed to a top staffer in her office says.”
* ISIS: “FBI Director James Comey said Friday that federal authorities have an estimated 900 active investigations pending against suspected Islamic State-inspired operatives across the country.”
* Bad news for Chris Christie, Part I: “The New Jersey Senate voted on Thursday to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a gun control bill, the first time state lawmakers had mustered enough votes in more than 50 attempts at undoing one of his vetoes.”
* Bad news for Chris Christie, Part II: “The health care worker who sharply criticized being quarantined at a New Jersey hospital last year because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie and the state health department illegally held her against her will.”
* FCC: “Federal regulators took new steps on Thursday to slash the cost of calls in prison, which they said can run as high as $14 a minute. The move by the Federal Communications Commission was described as a ‘huge step forward’ by one reform group and denounced as ‘wrong-headed’ by a phone service provider that vowed to lead an industry challenge.”
* The Corey Jones case: “The South Florida musician who was shot and killed by a police officer after his car broke down Sunday on the highway never fired his weapon at the officer, prosecutors have told the man’s family.”
* And don’t forget to watch Rachel’s interview with Hillary Clinton tonight. I’ll have a post on this in just a bit.
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