Monday’s Mini-Report, 10.10.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Haiti “is facing a surge in cholera cases in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, doctors warned as the death toll on the devastated island climbed past 1,000. U.S. Marines delivered badly-needed food aid Sunday, after Haiti’s government said more than 1.5 million people had been affected by the storm and 350,000 of those were in need of immediate assistance. Ninety percent of crops have been destroyed in worst-hit areas of the country according to U.N. World Food Program officer for Haiti, Lorene Didier.”

* North Carolina: “Rivers are rising to record crests in North Carolina after more than 17 inches of rain fell during Hurricane Matthew. Water rose over a levee on the Lumber River in Robeson County and hydrologists are concerned about the levees and cities on the Tar, Neuse and Black rivers as billions of gallons of water drain east to the Atlantic.”

* Yemen: “A U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen came under attack Sunday night in the Red Sea, with two missiles fired at it in the same region where an Emirati-leased vessel was badly damaged by rocket fire last week.”

* It would’ve been tough to match the first one: “Viewership of Sunday night’s presidential debate fell sharply, with 66.5 million viewers tuning in – a more than a 21 percent drop from the 84 million who watched the first showdown between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the end of September.”

* Turkey: “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up after refusing to surrender to police during an operation in the outskirts of the capital Ankara Saturday, a senior official said. No one else was killed or hurt.”

* Mylan NV “agreed to pay $465 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the government for its EpiPen products, the latest move by the embattled pharmaceuticals firm to quell the furor over its pricing practices.”

* President Obama on Friday signed a bill “that gives sexual-assault victims a basic set of rights under federal law. Under the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act, survivors are now guaranteed access to their rape kits, and states are required to preserve the kits for the entire applicable statute of limitations.”

* On a related note, also from late last week: “Today, President Obama granted commutations to another 102 individuals who have demonstrated that they are deserving of a second chance at freedom. The vast majority of today’s grants were for individuals serving unduly harsh sentences for drug-related crimes under outdated sentencing laws. With today’s grants, the President has commuted 774 sentences, more than the previous 11 Presidents combined. With a total of 590 commutations this year, President Obama has now commuted the sentences of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our Nation’s history.”

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Monday's Mini-Report, 10.10.16