10 things you need to know today: October 13, 2016

Several women accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances, a U.S. ship fires missiles at Yemen rebel targets, and more

Donald Trump holds a 'women for trump' sign in Florida
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1. Several women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted groping, kissing

Several women accused Donald Trump of groping or kissing them without their consent in news reports published late Wednesday. Mindy McGillivray, 36, told The Palm Beach Post that Trump grabbed her buttocks at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach in 2003. People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff said Trump forcibly kissed her at Mar-a-Lago when she was there to interview him and his wife Melania in 2005. Jessica Leeds — one of two women who told The New York Times of unwanted sexual advances by Trump — said Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt when she sat next to him on a flight more than 30 years ago. "He was like an octopus," said Leeds, 74. "His hands were everywhere. It was an assault." The accusations came days after a 2005 hot-mic video surfaced in which Trump bragged about forcibly kissing and groping women, which he dismissed as just "locker room talk" in Sunday's debate against Hillary Clinton. Trump angrily denied the new claims, saying, "None of this ever took place."

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2. U.S. military ship fires missiles at rebel targets in Yemen

A U.S. Navy ship in the Red Sea on Thursday fired Tomahawk missiles at three radar installations used by Houthi rebels in two attacks on American warships this week. The strikes marked the first direct involvement of the U.S. in the country's civil war between the Shiite Muslim Houthis, loosely linked to Iran, and Yemen's government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations. Previously, the U.S. had pushed for peace while supporting a Saudi-led bombing campaign against the rebels. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the "limited self-defense strikes" were meant to protect U.S. ships and their crews, adding that the U.S. would respond appropriately to "any further threat."

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3. Donald Trump escalates attacks on Paul Ryan

Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday as GOP infighting showed no sign of fading with less than a month to go before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Ryan said he would not campaign with Trump or even defend the Republican nominee after a 2005 video surfaced in which Trump bragged about groping women and making unwanted advances. At a Florida rally, Trump said his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, "has to go to jail" over the deletion of emails from her time as secretary of state, and said Ryan and other "disloyal" Republicans should be cheering him on. Meanwhile, some House Republicans complained to Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, that the attacks on Ryan were becoming a harmful distraction.


4. Latest WikiLeaks email dump shows internal anxiety in Clinton camp

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released the latest batch of emails hacked from inside Hillary Clinton's campaign, resulting in a fresh batch of embarrassing attention to internal concerns about the Democratic nominee's weaknesses as a candidate. Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters slammed Clinton over new revelations, including comments by an aide about Catholics, and a line from a paid speech in which Trump allies said Clinton dismissed the threat of terrorism. There also was evidence of an internal dispute over potential Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest. The FBI is looking into the slow drip of hacked emails in connection with a broader investigation of suspected Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

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5. Florida judge extends voter registration due to hurricane

A Florida judge on Wednesday extended Florida's voter registration deadline for the next election by six more days to make up for delays caused by Hurricane Matthew. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker had already nudged the deadline from Tuesday to Wednesday to allow time for a hearing on the Florida Democratic Party's lawsuit demanding more time. Gov. Rick Scott (R) last week said that he did not intend to change the deadline because "people have had time to register." Democrats argued that Scott's evacuation order forced some Floridians to choose between safety and registering. Judge Walker said the extension was necessary because, "No right is more precious than having a voice in our democracy."


6. Russia says it will meet with U.S. for more Syria talks

The U.S. and Russia will join other countries to resume Syria talks on Saturday, Washington and Moscow said Wednesday. The State Department said Secretary of State John Kerry would meet several foreign ministers in Switzerland to "discuss a multilateral approach to resolving the crisis in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries." Russia accused the U.S. of breaking the last ceasefire deal by hitting Syrian government forces with airstrikes, then the U.S. cut off talks after Russia and the Syrian government launched an air offensive on the divided city of Aleppo. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he hoped the new discussions would revive "the principles contained in the Russian-American deal."


7. Thai king, the world's longest reigning monarch, dead at 88

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, has died at the age of 88. On Wednesday, the king was on a ventilator fighting infection after a weekend dialysis treatment. His children rushed to his bedside as his health deteriorated. Crown Prince Vajira­longkorn, the heir to the throne, flew in from Germany, where he has a residence, and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the general in charge of the junta running the country, returned early to Bangkok from a trip outside the capital as the palace announced the monarch's condition was unstable. Hundreds of Bangkok residents converged on the hospital where the king was being treated.

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8. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf steps down over sales scandal

Wells Fargo & Co. CEO and Chairman John Stumpf, under fire over the bank's sales scandal, is retiring effective immediately, the company announced Wednesday. Wells Fargo's stock has plunged by as much as 12 percent since news broke that employees had opened about two million accounts without customer authorization, resulting in $185 million in penalties for the bank. President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Sloan will step in as CEO, and lead director Stephen Sanger will take over as non-executive chairman of the board. Wells Fargo shares gained 1.5 percent in extended trading after the announcement.

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9. 'Dangerous' Hurricane Nicole nears Bermuda

Hurricane Nicole is expected to pass over or near Bermuda on Thursday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters. At 5 a.m. Thursday, Nicole had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. It was about 100 miles southwest of Bermuda, traveling through the Atlantic toward the islands at 15 mph. Rains were already hitting Bermuda late Wednesday. Authorities closed schools and government offices, and urged people to stay indoors. "I believe we are generally ready for it," Premier Michael Dunkley said. "Now we just have to hope and pray for the best."

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10. Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The Swedish Academy awarded singer-songwriter Bob Dylan the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. In a statement, the Academy wrote that Dylan was awarded the honors "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." An American hasn't won the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. Dylan had been rumored to be a candidate for the Literature Nobel since at least 2013, although the announcement is still something of a shock for the literary community as he is the first musician to ever win. In addition to a catalog that includes songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin," and "Desolation Row," Dylan has also written a memoir, Chronicles.

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Harold Maass

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 launch of the U.S. print edition. Harold has worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, Fox News, and ABC News. For several years, he wrote a daily round-up of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.