WORLD: Recently, Robert Mugabe passed away at the age of 95. You know Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s former prez who led from 1980 until 2017, when he was overthrown in a military coup. Originally, Mugabe was hailed as an “African liberation hero” after fighting white colonial rule - but over the years, led his country to the brink of starvation and economic failure. Zimbabwe’s current prez announced Mugabe’s passing. Meanwhile, the death toll in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian keeps rising. As of now, it stands at 30 - but officials are warning people to prep for the “unimaginable” as hundreds are still missing. Speaking of which, in the US, at least 5 people have been killed by Dorian - which is currently battering North Carolina.
USA: Back in 2016, 36 people were killed at a party in an Oakland, CA warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” after it caught on fire. Two men - the party’s organizer and the warehouse’s apparent leader - were accused of involuntary manslaughter. Now, years later, a jury just found the organizer not guilty - while it was unable to reach a verdict for the warehouse leader. Speaking of which, a man in Houston is reportedly the first person to be charged under a new ban on bump stocks in the US. Bump stocks: a device that turns any semiautomatic weapon...into an automatic weapon. And in other news, recently, an American Airlines mechanic was accused of attempting to sabotage a flight with 150 passengers. Stay tuned.
BIZ: The investigation into an outbreak of vaping-related respiratory illnesses is finally making headway. Case in point: recently, health officials announced that extremely high levels of a chemical called vitamin E acetate were detected in nearly every e-cigarette containing cannabis. Vitamin E acetate is a common nutritional supplement that could apparently be very dangerous if inhaled instead of eaten. Now, officials are pointing to the chemical as a “key focus” in their investigation. In other news, regulators in 8 states - plus Washington, DC - are reportedly conducting an antitrust investigation into Facebook. And meanwhile, the US added 130,000 jobs in August - while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%.