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5 things for November 14: Roy Moore, Clinton, quake, Puerto Rico, blood pressure

Posted November 10, 2017 6:03 a.m. EST

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1. Roy Moore

DC Republicans are ramping up the pressure to get Roy Moore out of the Alabama Senate race. But the more they insist, the more he resists. The chorus to get Moore to quit grew even louder after a fifth woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct. Beverly Young Nelson said Moore sexually assaulted her back in the 1970s, when she just 16 years old. At a news conference, Nelson displayed an inscription in her yearbook that she says Moore wrote, and she said she's willing to testify under oath about her claims. Moore called her allegations "absolutely false" and said he doesn't know her.

In addition to urging Moore to quit the race, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are looking at other options, like drafting a write-in candidate or expelling Moore from the Senate if he were to win. Whatever they decide to do, they don't have a lot time. The Alabama Senate special election is set for December 12.

2. Investigations

The Department of Justice is considering a special counsel to took look into the Clinton Foundation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at the request of House Republicans, has asked senior federal prosecutors to check out alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One, a uranium mining company, to Russia's Atomic Energy Agency. Republicans have claimed Russian interests sought to donate to the foundation to persuade Clinton to support the deal, which was OK'd in 2010 when Clinton was secretary of state.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. exchanged private messages with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the released messages, first reported by The Atlantic, WikiLeaks reached out to President Donald Trump's adult son just before midnight on September 20, 2016, regarding a PAC-funded, anti-Trump website. This is noteworthy because the intelligence community believes Russia disseminated information from a hack of the Democratic National Committee through WikiLeaks. There are several investigations into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

3. Iran-Iraq earthquake

That powerful earthquake that struck along the Iran-Iraq border is the deadliest quake of the year. It's killed at least 452 people so far -- more than September's Mexico City quake -- and injured thousands. About 100 of the dead are from a single town in one Iranian province. An Iraqi woman who was having dinner with her children when the quake hit said the building they were in "was just dancing in the air."

4. Puerto Rico

The general's leaving, and he's taking the troops, helicopters and supplies with him. But Puerto Rico is still hurting almost two months after Hurricane Maria whacked the island. The power's still not on in more than half of Puerto Rican homes and businesses. The water's out for more than one in 10. But Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan says the time is right to transition the relief effort from the federal military to reservists and the National Guard. That decision was made by Puerto Rico's governor, FEMA and the Defense Department. Buchanan says the island is far from normal but much progress has been made, like the clearing of debris from most roads.

5. Blood pressure

How's your blood pressure? Is it normal? It may not be now. The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health organizations released new guidelines on high blood pressure. Under the new standard, high blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90. The result is that now almost half of all Americans are considered to have hypertension. And it puts tens of millions of more Americans in the high blood pressure category.


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