Daily Briefing

10 things you need to know today: July 18, 2015

Julie Kliegman
Chattanooga memorial
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Sailor injured in Chattanooga shooting dies as community mourns

The sailor injured in the shooting at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has died, the U.S. Navy said Saturday. Authorities say Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez fatally shot four marines and injured the sailor Thursday before being shot to death by police. Hundreds came together in a Chattanooga church Friday night to mourn the attack's victims in an interfaith memorial service. [The Associated Press, CNN]


U.S. investigating Chattanooga shooter's past for extremist ties

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen authorities say killed four Marines in Thursday attacks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, traveled to Jordan for about seven months last year, a senior intelligence official told The New York Times. The 24-year-old may have also made a trip to Yemen. "This attack raises several questions about whether he was directed by someone or whether there's enough propaganda out there to motivate him to do this," the official told the Times. [The New York Times, Reuters]


German parliament votes in favor of new Greek bailout

German parliament voted 439-119 on Friday in favor of backing eurozone negotiations over the new Greek bailout program. The three-year plan, agreed upon Monday, is expected to be worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion), and will send Greece a financial lifeline in exchange for enacting austerity measures. This is Greece's third bailout in the past five years. Despite being largely skeptical of sending money to the embattled country, Germany has been the biggest contributor to Greece's bailouts. [Reuters, The Associated Press]


Texas trooper violated state policy in stopping Sandra Bland

A Texas trooper violated state policy in the traffic stop of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was jailed and found dead in her cell three days later, officials said Friday. Bland, 28, was arrested July 10 for allegedly assaulting an officer during the stop near Houston. The local sheriff's department called her death a suicide, but relatives, friends, and activists say they do not believe that. The trooper was assigned to desk duty for violating procedures and the agency's courtesy policy. The FBI and a state agency are investigating Bland's death. [Reuters]


Ex-Rep. Michael Grimm sentenced to 8 months in prison for tax fraud

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday after pleading guilty last December to tax fraud. Prosecutors had charged that Grimm improperly reported wages and income for his Manhattan restaurant "Healthalicious," and filed that false information on tax documents. "I was wrong, absolutely wrong, to pay them off the books," Grimm said in court Friday. "All my life I have scraped and I have clawed and I have killed myself to better myself." [The New York Times]


Khamenei: Nuclear deal won't change Iran's anti-U.S. policy

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said whether or not Iran approves the nuclear deal reached by diplomats earlier this week, the nation will remain anti-U.S. "We will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Lebanon," he told a Tehran mosque Saturday. "Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change." Diplomats reached a deal Tuesday that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. [Reuters]


SEC reportedly investigating companies linked to FIFA bribery case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating companies with ties to FIFA to see if there are potential violations of federal bribery law, a source told Reuters on Friday. The probe will focus on publicly traded companies that have been involved in soccer contracts, like Nike. The investigation follows the May indictment of several officials in the soccer governing body on charges related to corruption, including more than $150 million in alleged bribes. [Reuters]


Study: Most obese people won't ever reach a normal weight

A study analyzing 10 years of British health records found it's incredibly tough for obese people to ever return to a normal weight. The American Journal of Health report found the odds of achieving a normal weight without surgery are 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women in a given year. The higher a person's BMI, the lower his or her odds were. The study tracked more than 278,000 people aged 20 and older. [CBS News, BBC News]


The Huffington Post moves Donald Trump coverage to entertainment section

The Huffington Post has decided to pull all its coverage of Donald Trump's campaign from its politics page and relocate it to the entertainment section. In a note explaining their decision, Huffington Post Editorial Director Danny Shea and Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim refused to treat it as anything more than an a headline-grabbing circus: "If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette." [The Huffington Post]


Hulu reportedly mulling ad-free subscription service

Hulu is reportedly considering supplementing its standard subscription service, which costs $7.99 per month, with an ad-free subscription service, which would reportedly be priced between $12 and $14. Hulu's advertisements have made it a viable business — but they've also been the target of criticism, since rival streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime don't require users to watch commercials. [The Wall Street Journal]