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5 things for September 15: London train blast, North Korea, Trump, Irma, immigration

Posted September 15

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1. London train explosion

Police say there's been a "terror incident" on a train on London's Underground. Details are still coming in, but here's what we know right now. Witnesses say there was a small explosion during rush hour on one train car at the Parsons Green station. There are reports of injuries: people with burned faces, people being trampled. Armed police and hazardous-area response teams are on the scene. The train line is shut down, and ambulances are at the station to treat the wounded. London has suffered several acts of terrorism this year.

2. North Korea

Less than a week after the UN hit it with new sanctions, North Korea thumbed its nose at the international community yet again. The North launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan, the second time in a month the regime has fired a missile over Hokkaido island and its 22nd missile test-fired since February. There was the usual round of condemnations from other nations and the UN -- and a show of force from South Korea. The South carried out a "live fire drill" and launched a missile it says could reach Pyongyang.

3. President Trump

For reasons not clear to anybody, President Trump doubled down on his infamous "both sides" comments about Charlottesville. The President, while traveling back from visiting hurricane-damaged Florida, was asked about his meeting with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the GOP's lone black senator and a harsh critic of Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence. The President said, essentially, that what he'd said earlier was correct: that protesters who faced off against neo-Nazis and white supremacists were equally at fault for the violence that day. In case you've forgotten, many people consider Trump's "both sides" response last month the lowest point of his young presidency.

4. Hurricane Irma

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited storm-ravaged Florida-to get an update on hurricane relief efforts and hand out meals to survivors. It's the President's third such trip after a historic pair of late-summer storms made landfall seven months into his term; he made two stops in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, Trump dodged questions about whether the storms have changed his views on climate change, saying, "We've had bigger storms than this." As people share their survival stories, many Floridians face weeks without power, and-Cubans-and other islanders-are still digging out from ruin.

5. Immigration

Motel 6 is known for its vow to "leave the light on for you." Until recently, it seems the hotel chain was shining an unwanted light on some of its guests. Motel 6 says its employees will now stop sharing guest information with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. This comes after a report from a weekly newspaper that federal immigration agents arrested at least 20 people this year at two Motel 6 locations in the Phoenix area. Motel employees told the newspaper they regularly delivered guest lists to ICE.


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