5 things to know for October 9: Impeachment, Turkey, power outages, Ecuador, STDs

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: (AFP-OUT) President Donald Trump's motorcade arrives at the White House on May 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
White House letter to Pelosi says Trump won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' impeachment process
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    1. Impeachment investigation

    If the House of Representatives wants to impeach President Trump, it won’t get the White House’s help. The White House sent a blistering letter to House leaders saying the Trump administration won’t cooperate in the impeachment inquiry, calling the whole thing an illegitimate and unconstitutional effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election. Earlier in the day, the State Department had blocked Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, from testifying before Congress about the Ukraine controversy. Sondland is now being subpoenaed.

    Twenty-two years ago today Hong Kong was handed over to China by the British. Protesters marked the anniversary by trying to smash their way into Hong Kong’s government headquarters. Young, masked protesters used metal bars and trolleys as battering rams to try to break the doors of headquarters as riot police watched from the inside. Hong Kong has been in political crisis for weeks after mass demonstrations started over a controversial extradition bill. The city’s chief executive has pulled the bill, but the protests have continued. Click here to keep up with the latest on today’s unrest.

    US President Donald Trump speaks during a signing of a US-Japanese trade agreement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House October 7, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Poll: Majority support impeachment inquiry of Trump
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    2. Immigration 

    Turkey said its military will cross the border into northern Syria “shortly.” That comes from a tweet sent out early this morning from Turkey’s communications director. After President Trump this week agreed to move US troops out of that part of northern Syria, Turkey basically has a green light to attack Kurdish forces, which Turkey considers a threat. Critics on both the political left and right say Trump’s decision to abandon the Kurds, who were instrumental in the fight against ISIS, is a betrayal.

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    Is Turkey about to massacre Kurds at its border?
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    3. Israel

    Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off the power early this morning in parts of Northern California in an effort to prevent starting a wildfire. Almost 500,000 customers are in the dark right now. Another 300,000 will lose power later in the day. The electricity could be off for days. Forecasters warn that many parts of Northern California are under extreme fire weather danger, with windy and dry conditions forecast for the region. PG&E equipment started the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, a state investigation found, after a power line touched nearby trees. So, the extreme measure of shutting off the power is being used to try to prevent future blazes.

    A map from PG&E shows the areas where power may be cut.
    Power outages will affect dozens of California counties
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    4. Colombia

    Violent protests have raged for days in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. It’s so bad that the country’s President says he’s moving the government out of town. President Lenin Moreno announced earlier in the week that government business will be conducted in the southern city of Guayaquil. People have been protesting his plan to end state fuel subsidies. It’s unleashed the wrath of labor and transport unions, which have called for a nationwide strike. More than 50 members of the country’s military were held hostage by protesters before they were rescued.

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    5. WeWork

    STDs are on the rise in the US. Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have all risen for the fifth consecutive year, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Possible factors driving this rise include a surge in people getting tested and cases being diagnosed and reported. There’s also a decline in people using condoms. The number of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea cases is also growing. Alaska has the highest number of chlamydia cases, while Mississippi has the highest rates of gonorrhea. Nevada has the highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis.

    Three STDs reach all-time highs in US, CDC report says
    01:42 - Source: CNN


    Nobel history

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to a trio of scientists for their work on the development of lithium ion batteries. One of the winners, American John B. Goodenough, is the oldest person to ever be awarded the prize.

    A portrait of Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel


    Room with a view

    Goodyear has listed its famous blimp on Airbnb – but only for three nights.

    The Village people

    A tour of the world’s 50 best bars of 2019 would take you to 26 cities across 21 countries. But the top pick might take you back in time.

    Big Apple bummer

    Alec Baldwin may be a native New Yorker, but even he got pulled in by this classic NYC scam.

    Stefani finale

    Judging the NBC singing contest and performing her Las Vegas show were just too much. So, Gwen Stefani is leaving “The Voice” behind – for now. 

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    Gwen Stefani brings bullied boy onstage during concert
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    Victoria’s Secret is cancelling its fashion show 


    “The easiest thing to do in the face of uncertainty is to put investment projects on hold. And that’s what we’re seeing in the United States and all around the world.”

    Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed, who was elected Montgomery, Alabama’s first black mayor. Here’s why it matters.

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    Montgomery, Alabama, elects its first black mayor
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    The average price of regular gas, per gallon, in California. That’s the highest level in more than five years.

    378796 09: A pipeline carries oil September 20, 2000 at the Federal Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility known as Big Hill near Beaumont, Texas. It is one of four crude oil storage sites run by the U.S. government that could be tapped to ease the oil crisis. The Big Hill facility has 14 underground solution-mined storage caverns that have a combined storage capacity of 160 million barrels. The site has demonstrated the capability to deliver crude at 930,000 barrels per day. The Big Hill site is connected via a 25-mile, 36-inch pipeline to the Sun Marine Terminal and the Unocal Marine Terminal at Nederland, Texas. The pipeline also interconnects with the Texaco 20-inch pipeline system in Port Arthur, Texas. The reserve, created in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo, is intended to provide a stopgap in case of disruptions in oil imports. It has been used only once, during the Gulf War in 1991. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
    Why the US has a huge stash of emergency oil
    01:36 - Source: CNN Business


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    Wind and rain to batter the Northeast coast
    01:44 - Source: CNN


    Floating lights, magical nights 

    It took five days to set up these 24,000 dominoes. They’ll come down in less than three minutes. (Click to view.)