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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Saudi crown prince calls Khashoggi's son to offer condolences

  • Report: Trump administration wants a new legal definition of gender

  • Special counsel reportedly taking closer look at ties between Stone, WikiLeaks

  • Hurricane Willa a Category 4 storm off coast of Mexico

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus honored with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The official Saudi Press Association reported on Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the eldest son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to offer his condolences to the family. On Oct. 2, Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and was never seen again. Turkish officials said he was murdered inside by Saudi agents. On Friday, Saudi Arabia admitted he was killed inside the consulate, but claimed he died during a fistfight. On Fox News Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said it was a "rogue operation," and the crown prince and the kingdom's intelligence services did not know about it in advance. He also claimed the Saudis do not know how exactly Khashoggi was killed or where his body is now.

Source: NBC News

The Department of Health and Human Services is considering establishing a legal definition of gender as a biological condition determined by a person's genitalia at birth, The New York Times reports. The Times obtained a memo, written in the spring, that calls on several government agencies to adopt a single definition of gender "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective, and administrable." In the memo, the department said the sex listed on a "person's birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person's sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence." The Obama administration had loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, and if this legal definition proposed by the Trump administration is approved, an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as a gender other than the one they were born into may lose federal recognition.

Source: The New York Times

Over the last month, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has been following up on leads regarding Roger Stone and whether he was in communication with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, during the 2016 presidential election, several people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Sunday. Stone, one of President Trump's longtime advisers, bragged during the campaign about his ability to get in touch with Assange, and predicted future leaks. Now, prosecutors are looking at those comments, as well as private conversations he allegedly had with associates about his connection to Assange, to determine whether he knew in advance that WikiLeaks was going to publish hacked Democratic emails. Stone told the Post his only connection to WikiLeaks was through former friend Randy Credico; a person familiar with the probe said Credico told Mueller's grand jury that in 2016, Stone told him he had a secret back channel to WikiLeaks.

Source: The Washington Post

On Sunday, Hurricane Willa strengthened into a Category 4 storm, and is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico by Tuesday. Willa now has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, and is about 220 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. A hurricane watch is now in effect for the shore between Mazatlan and San Blas, and forecasters are warning Willa could produce dangerous storm surge and dump as much as 10 inches of rain in some parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa states.

Source: CBS News

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was celebrated on Sunday as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the 21st person the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has recognized with the award. The acclaimed comedic actress, best known for starring in Seinfeld and Veep, was praised by 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey, who lauded Louis-Dreyfus for her "secret precision" and commitment to making her Seinfeld character Elaine Benes flawed. "Julia let Elaine be selfish and petty and sarcastic and a terrible, terrible dancer," she said. PBS will air the ceremony on Nov. 19.

Source: The Associated Press
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