10 things you need to know today: October 10, 2015

Paul Ryan reportedly weighs speaker bid, Obama visits Oregon after shooting, and more

1. Paul Ryan reportedly considering a run for House speaker

Despite repeatedly denying he was interested in the position, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is reportedly considering a run for House speaker, legislators said Friday. He said he's "thinking and praying on it," according to Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). Mitt Romney, who tapped Ryan as his 2012 presidential running mate, is one of many urging Ryan to put his name in to replace John Boenher (R-Ohio) after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shocked Congress by dropping out of the race Thursday.


2. 2 killed, 4 wounded in 2 school shootings

One person was killed and another was injured after a gunman opened fire at Texas Southern University on Friday in the second campus shooting of the day. The shooting came just hours after an 18-year-old student at Northern Arizona University killed one and wounded three early Friday morning in a shooting. Both incidents reportedly stemmed from disputes, as opposed to the active shooter situation at an Oregon community college earlier in October.

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3. Obama meets with families after Oregon school shooting

President Obama flew to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to address families grieving from the Oct. 1 Umpqua Community College shooting, when a gunman killed nine people. "I've got some very strong feelings about this because when you talk to these families, you're reminded that this could be happening to your child, or your mom, or your dad, or your relative, or your friend," he said. "And so we're going to have to come together as a country to see how we can prevent these issues from taking place."

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4. 86 killed by bombs at Turkish peace rally

Two bombs at a Turkish peace rally killed at least 86 people and injured 186 others Saturday. The explosions hit a crowd gathered near a train station in Ankara, the nation's capital, as they readied to rally against renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes before Turkey's Nov. 1 elections.

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5. Ben Carson defends Nazi gun control argument

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is behind only Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, stuck to his argument Friday that the Holocaust might have been prevented if Germany's Jews had been armed. Carson blasted the Anti-Defamation League on Good Morning America for "total foolishness" after the organization asserted that "the notion that Hitler's gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate."

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6. Afghan president appoints investigators for hospital airstrike

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani appointed a five-person commission to investigate the deadly Oct. 3 U.S.-led airstrike that hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital, his spokesman said Saturday. The team will be led by a former head of the national intelligence agency. The Kunduz trauma center closed after 12 staff members and 10 patients died. A U.S. commander has said the airstrike was ordered by Afghan forces and mistakenly hit the hospital. Doctors Without Borders has called for an independent investigation.

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7. California regulates medical marijuana industry

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed three bills Friday to impose a regulatory system for medical marijuana. Almost two decades after California first legalized medical use, the state will form a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to oversee the growth, sale and transport of cannabis. The industry is reportedly worth $1.3 billion in the state. In 2016, California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana via ballot initiative.

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8. North Korea says it's ready for war with U.S.

In a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Working Party's rule in North Korea, leader Kim Jong Un said the nation would be ready to defend itself against the U.S. "The party's revolutionary armament means we are ready to fight any kind of war waged by the U.S. imperialists," he said. A delegation from China, the isolated nation's greatest ally, also attended the choreographed celebration Saturday. North Korea often threatens to destroy the U.S. and South Korea.

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9. Twitter reportedly planning company-wide layoffs

Twitter is planning layoffs next week that could affect most departments, inside sources told Re/code on Friday. On Monday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was named CEO, formally starting his second stint at the helm after serving as interim chief since July. Engineers, who make up about half of the tech company's 4,100 employees, are reportedly expected to be hit hard. "We're not commenting on rumor and speculation," a Twitter spokesperson said.


10. Mets, Cards triumph in National League playoff openers

The St. Louis Cardinals won their opening playoff game for the third straight year Friday, notching a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, the New York Mets posted a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in their series opener on the road. Both matchups continue Saturday, with Cubs-Cards at 5:37 p.m. ET and Mets-Dodgers at 9:07. In the American League, the Texas Rangers lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, while the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals are tied at 1.

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Julie Kliegman

Julie Kliegman is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Vox, Mental Floss, Paste, the Tampa Bay Times and PolitiFact. Her cats can do somersaults.