Let us help you get caught up this Friday morning! Here are the biggest news headlines for Friday, October 19.
Trump Praises Physical Assault on Reporter
During a campaign rally in Montana, President Trump spoke highly of a Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, who assaulted a reporter. Gianforte was sentenced to 40-hours community service, 20 hours anger management and a $385 fine.
“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy,” said Trump to his cheering followers. Trump also said that the attack probably helped him with Montana voters.
The comments come at time where a journalist’s probable death is being investigated with possible Saudi government tries.
Saudi King Gets Involved in Journalist Death Scandal
The disappearance of a journalist and the following investigations have gotten the attention of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have reportedly agreed to form a joint working group on the matter and the King appointed a public prosecutor to open an inquiry.
Some reports say that the Crown Prince was misleading the King on the severity of the fallout.
Twitter Gets Involved in Saudi Scandal, Too
NBC News reported that Twitter suspended a network of suspected bots on Thursday that were pushing a pro-Saudi stance on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Josh Russell, an Indiana-based IT professional, identified the bots and gave a list to NBC News, which presented it to Twitter.
In recent months, Twitter says it has purged millions of fake accounts and have been creaking down on bot networks.
Tesla Launches Model 3
The Model 3 sedan by Tesla Inc is now available on its website with a six to ten week delivery period. Buyers will want to jump on this, as the $7500 US tax credit for purchasing a Tesla will drop by half on January 1.
The $35,000 base models will not be available this year – only versions starting at around $49,000. There were a total of 400,000 reservations for the Model 3, but Tesla has not divulged how many of those were for the base models.
Buy Your Mega Millions Ticket Today!
The Mega Millions lottery has reached $970 million after it brought it a massive influx of new players after Tuesday’s $667 million jackpot. Winners can choose either a $548 million payout or the full $970 million over 29 years (that’s around $33 million per year!).
Despite the massive jackpot, the record holder in the US was a 2016 Power Ball jackpot of $1.586 billion.
Pennsylvania Catholic Church Under Federal Investigation
The first statewide probe by federal authorities into the Catholic Church is underway in Pennsylvania. According to multiple dioceses, federal subpoenas have begun to arrive after the grand jury report revealed that over 300 priests had taken part in child sex abuse and covering it up.
The only other US federal probe took place in the early 2000s, when a bishop in Boston was investigated.