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5 things for November 16: Zimbabwe, Roy Moore and California shooting

Posted November 16, 2017 5:59 a.m. EST

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1. Zimbabwe

It looks like President Robert Mugabe's decades-long hold on power is over in Zimbabwe. Mugabe is under house arrest and military leaders, who snatched power from him Wednesday, are part of the talks being held to form a transition government. Tanks were seen at key intersections in the capital of Harare, but otherwise the streets have been quiet. Mugabe's decision to dump his vice president -- a move widely seen as the first step in handing the reins of power over to his wife -- seems to be the trigger that pushed the military to act.

2. Roy Moore

Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Senate candidate, continued to fire back against the sexual abuse allegations against him. His attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui, attacked the credibility of Beverly Young Nelson, who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Jauregui said Nelson lied when she said she never spoke to Moore again after the alleged assault. Nelson's divorce in 1999 was handled in Moore's courtroom, Jauregui said, so "there was contact." The attorney also denied that Moore wrote in Nelson's yearbook and wants a handwriting expert to examine it.

3. Tax reform

A GOP senator has come out against the Senate tax reform bill. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says the current bill is too favorable to big corporations and changes would need to be made to gain his support. The Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the bill, and throwing in a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate may make a few other senators waver. The House is set to vote on its tax reform bill today.

4. California shooting

Kevin Neal, the man who killed five people in a shooting rampage, was described as "deranged and paranoid" and was never supposed to own any weapons. Police say before he went around a Northern California community randomly shooting at people, Neal killed his wife and put her body under the floor in his house. He had been ordered to give up his firearms after two female neighbors sought a protection order against him after they said he had repeatedly harassed them. Neal killed one of those neighbors as well.

5. CTE

Researchers have announced that they were able to diagnose the degenerative brain disease CTE in a living person. The study's lead author told CNN the breakthrough was made with ex-NFL player Fred McNeill in 2012 using an experimental brain scan. Previously, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) could only be diagnosed by examining the brain after the person has died.


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