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A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
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Nike’s share prices have fully recovered after taking a hit following its announcement that Colin Kaepernick would be the face of its latest ad campaign.
Nike share prices were trading at $82.96 on Tuesday morning, higher than the$82.20 at which it was trading the session before the company made its announcement about Kaepernick on Sept. 3.The Hill
The stock had dipped below $80 after the announcement.
Donald Trump Jr. says he’s not concerned about possible legal exposure in the special counsel’s Russia probe but adds that investigators could “try to create something.”
Asked in an interview that aired Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” whether he is afraid of any legal exposure in the investigation, President Donald Trump’s eldest son said, “I’m not because I know what I did, and I’m not worried about any of that. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to create something, I mean, we’ve seen that happen with everything. But, again, I’m not.”
Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian nationals who promised damaging information on his father’s Democratic rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of its broader probe into Russia election interference.CNN
A youth care worker at an Arizona shelter for migrant children has been convicted of sexually abusing teenagers who were under his supervision, federal prosecutors said on Monday.
After a seven-day trial, the worker, Levian D. Pacheco, 25, of Phoenix, was convicted on Friday by a jury in United States District Court of seven counts of abusive sexual contact and three counts of sexual abuse of minors, the prosecutors said in a statement. He will be sentenced on Dec. 3.
“Ensuring the safety of all individuals held in federal custody is of utmost importance to this office,” Elizabeth A. Strange, the first assistant United States attorney for the District of Arizona, said in the statement.New York Times
She said the verdict would send a message “that these crimes will not be tolerated.”
President Donald Trump’s planned trip to Ireland in November is now in question after the Irish government announced its postponement Tuesday.
Complicating matters, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed in a statement shortly afterward that the administration was still “finalizing” whether Ireland would be a stop on a previously announced trip to Europe.
The dueling accounts added to the confusion surrounding the presidential visit, whose announcement last month caught Irish officials by surprise and which was likely to draw angry protests.
In an apparent communication breakdown, representatives of the Irish government said it was their understanding that Trump’s schedule would not permit a visit in November.CNN
USA Today reported that Pence only makes a handful of appearances in “Fear: Trump in the White House,” which hit bookshelves on Tuesday.
“As usual, Pence was staying out of the way,” Woodward reportedly writes at one point.
The writer adds that Pence attempts to avoid taking any action or saying anything that would lead to Trump tweeting about him or bad-mouthing him, according to USA Today.The Hill
Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.
For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000—filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas—traversed the eastern United States. On board, President Bush and his aides argued about two competing interests—the need to return to Washington and reassure a nation and the competing need to protect the commander in chief. All the while, he and his staff grappled with the aftermath of the worst attack on American soil in their lifetimes, making crucial decisions with only flickering information about the attacks unfolding below. Bush struggled even to contact his family and to reach Vice President Dick Cheney in the White House bunker.Politico
Remembering the dogs of 9/11: Incredible story of hero animals who searched for life among the ruins
Almost three thousand people died in the attacks of 9/11 and in the immediate days that followed nearly 100 search and rescue dogs and their handlers scoured Ground Zero for survivors.
The dogs began their search for the living but before long they were finding only bodies or body parts.
Some people were saved from the burning towers by Guide Dogs already in the building.
Rescue dogs did find survivors in the rubble and, later, found items such as jewellery that could be returned to victims’ families.
Many body parts were found by dogs trained to find cadavers – all helping to identify the dead and bring some comfort to relatives.Mirror
Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.
The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft.
Except her own plane. So that was the plan.Washington Post
Seventeen years ago, on 11 September 2001, Hollywood actor Steve Buscemi – know for his depictions of gangsters and weirdos and once described by The Guardian as a “strangely attractive shoelace” – returned to his old job as a New York City firefighter.
He worked 12-hour shifts for several days alongside other firefighters, searching for survivors in the rubble of the World Trade Center.Independent