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10 things you need to know today: August 9, 2016

Harold Maass
Lilli King at the Rio Olympics
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Trump unveils economic plan in bid to reset campaign

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his economic plan on Monday in a speech widely interpreted as part of an effort to get his campaign on track after a week of often blistering criticism, much of it from members of his own party. Trump proposed sweeping tax breaks, including exempting child-care expenses from taxation, and reduced regulations. "I want to jump-start America," Trump said, "and it won't even be that hard." Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, said his plan was just an attempt to "repackage trickle-down economics." [Reuters, Fox News]


Sen. Susan Collins and 50 GOP security experts denounce Trump

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the latest Republican to publicly oppose GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying in a Washington Post op-ed posted late Monday that she was dismayed by the GOP presidential nominee's "constant stream of cruel comments" and would not vote for him. Earlier in the day, 50 top Republican security experts released a letter they had signed saying Trump is reckless and unqualified, and "would put at risk our country's national security and well-being." The group included former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and two former homeland security secretaries, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. [The Washington Post, The New York Times]


Benghazi victims' parents sue Clinton

The parents of two of the four Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Monday. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, was secretary of state at the time. The lawsuit was filed by Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Information Management Officer Sean Smith and Security Officer Tyrone Woods, who claim that it is "highly probable" that Clinton's use of a private email server helped foreign powers and then terrorists access information about the activities of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who also was killed in the attacks. [NBC News]


ISIS claims responsibility for Pakistan hospital bombing

The Islamic State on Monday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100 at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack targeted lawyers and journalists who were crowded into the emergency room area where the body of a prominent lawyer was taken after he was fatally shot on his way to work earlier in the day. ISIS' involvement, if confirmed, would indicate that Pakistan is facing a new threat. It has faced many attacks from Islamist extremists, but up to now most have been local. [Reuters]


Judicial panel sends ethics complaint against Alabama chief justice to trial

An Alabama judicial panel on Monday refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for urging 68 probate judges to defy federal courts and refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, which disciplines judges, will force Moore to face trial in September so the nine-judge panel can determine whether Moore violated judicial ethics. The court already has removed Moore from office once — in 2003, for refusing to remove the 10 Commandments from the state judicial building. [The Associated Press]


American University of Afghanistan to reopen after faculty abductions

The American University of Afghanistan plans to reopen on Wednesday, three days after being closed due to the kidnapping of two faculty members, school administrators said. The faculty members, an American and an Australian, were in a car near the school when they were abducted at gunpoint. School officials have been reviewing the security situation. "We are devastated by the news and will remain vigilant to ensure the safety of all university personnel and students," university President Mark English said in a statement released Tuesday. [Reuters]


Delta cancels 250 more flights due to computer glitch

Delta Airlines canceled another 250 flights on Tuesday as it struggled to get back to normal after a power outage at its Atlanta base disrupted its operations worldwide. About 200 other flights could be delayed. On Monday, the computer glitch forced the carrier to cancel about 1,000 flights. Limited flights resumed after a six-hour halt to Delta traffic. Delta CEO Ed Bastian apologized to travelers, and said restoring the computer systems and getting back on schedule was "an all hands on deck effort." [NBC News, Bloomberg]


Family of Texas teen arrested over homemade clock files suit

The family of "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed filed a lawsuit against school officials and the city of Irving, Texas, over his arrest last year for bringing a "suspicious-looking" homemade clock to class. The lawsuit says the incident violated the civil rights of the 14-year-old, then a 9th-grader at Irving MacArthur High School, because of systemic discrimination against Muslims and other minority groups. The school district says it did not deny the teen his rights. The charge — possession of a hoax bomb — was dropped, but the school suspended Mohamed for three days. [The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post]


Walmart buys startup internet retailer Jet.com

Walmart is buying startup internet retailer Jet.com for $3 billion, Walmart executives disclosed on Monday. The deal marks the most ever paid for a new e-commerce company. Walmart has bought 15 startups over the last five years as it tries to make its online division more competitive with online retail giant Amazon. The acquisition of Jet.com, launched in July 2015 by entrepreneur Marc Lore, gives Walmart the startup's innovative pricing software, which Walmart plans to integrate into its own store while keeping Jet.com as a separate entity. [Reuters]


Lilly King says her Olympic gold makes an anti-doping statement

U.S. swimmer Lilly King won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics on Monday, beating out Russia's Yulia Efimova. The Russian swimmer had previously been found guilty of doping, and did not know until Saturday that she would not be one of the Russian athletes banned from competing over the country's doping scandal. King had publicly criticized Efimova for "shaking [her] finger No. 1" — despite being caught "drug cheating" — after winning her semifinal race, and the American said that by taking the gold she made a statement "that we can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic Games." [CNN]