Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Sunday called for the Pentagon to provide more aid to the beleaguered island commonwealth, which has faced “complete devastation” in the wake of monster Category 4 Hurricane Maria. “We need more resources from the Department of Defense so we can get helicopters and resources,” Rossello said. “We know that there are capabilities in the surrounding areas, helicopters, planes and so forth.” Rossello asked that Congress also provide more relief, in whatever form the island can get it. “Whatever relief package we have, whatever impact we have, we are U.S. citizens," Rossello said. "We shouldn’t be the lesser for it."
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, on Monday announced a snap election just as he also announced a $1.78 billion stimulus package for debt reduction, social spending, and education. In an evening press conference, Abe said the Oct. 22 election should serve as an appraisal of his performance in dealing with the North Korean crisis and the national economy. Just hours before the announcement, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike announced that she had launched an entirely new political party. She said, “I want the Japanese people to believe that there is hope for tomorrow.” Abe has been in office for about five years.
Kurds in Iraq have started casting ballots in a historic referendum for independence, amid serious opposition from the Iraqi government, in addition to world powers—including the United States. Prominent Kurdish leaders were shown on local news casting their ballots, and Monday’s poll is expected to result in a “yes” vote by a wide margin. “It’s the first time in history that the Kurds are determining their own fate,” Nuri Kaka Khan, a local actor, told The Guardian. “It has been more than a century that we have been oppressed on our own lands, as have our people elsewhere in the region.”
Two months before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, then-President Barack Obama personally warned Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg that fake news about the 2016 presidential election had been spread on his social-media site, The Washington Post reported Sunday. At the time ,Zuckerberg reportedly acknowledged the threat of fake news and political disinformation, but said those messages weren’t widespread on Facebook. Last week, however, Zuckerberg admitted to Congress that Facebook had indeed been manipulated and that Russian operatives are suspected to have purchased more than 3,000 politically themed advertisements on the site during the election.
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People with terrorist ties are still licensed to fly in the U.S. despite the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration was warned about it in 2009, the Boston Globe reports. The newspaper’s Spotlight report also found that the FAA does not use pilot photos on its licenses or completely vet pilot information before doling out credentials. Former Rep. John Mica has called American pilot licenses “a joke,” claiming that a pass to an amusement-park requires more proof of identity and has more sophisticated security precautions. But the FAA claims the pilot certificate is supposed to indicate training level instead of provide security. Pilots are also required to carry a government-issued ID, and commercial airlines and airports typically issue their own forms of identification for security purposes.
About 50,000 people in Indonesia have fled their homes over deep concerns that volcano Mount Agung may erupt for the first time in at least 50 years. The volcano—on the resort island of Bali—has been rumbling since August. At least 1,000 people died when it last erupted in 1963. “There are still people who don’t want to be evacuated,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster-mitigation agency.
Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson announced Sunday that she has resigned from her board position at the nuclear-disarmament nonprofit Ploughshares Fund after she retweeted a “deeply offensive” article arguing that American Jews are pushing for war with Iran. “Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund... to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned,” Wilson tweeted. “I take full responsibility for my thoughtless and hurtful actions, and there are no excuses for what I did.” Wilson initially defended her sharing of the article, later apologized and said she had only “skimmed this piece,” which she described as having “anti-Semitic tropes.”
The spy action-comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle dethroned It to claim the top spot at U.S. box offices this weekend. The film by director Matthew Vaughn raked in $39 million from North American theaters, falling below expectations but beating the first Kingsman film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Horror flick It claimed second place in theaters, with an estimated $30 million in ticket sales in its third weekend. With about $266 million in ticket sales so far, the Stephen King adaptation is now the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all time. The family-friendly The Lego Ninjago Movie came in third place this weekend, with one of the lowest debuts for a studio animated film—a meager $21.2 million.
Senate Republicans made revisions to their latest Obamacare repeal bill late Sunday in a last-ditch effort to appease lawmakers who had concerns about the legislation, Politico reports. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy reportedly revised the legislation to boost federal funding for Arizona, Kentucky, and Alaska. Instead of losing federal funding as they would have under the original legislation, Arizona will see a 14 percent increase, while Kentucky will get an additional 4 percent and Alaska an extra 3 percent, according to the report. The measure appears aimed at winning support from the states’ senators, John McCain, Rand Paul, and Lisa Murkowski—all of whom either came out against the original version of the bill or expressed reluctance to support it.