News Update for Tuesday, November 7

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Texas Gunman Led Troubled life

Source: The New York Times

Todd Heisler/The New York Time

Devin Kelley, the man responsible for killing 26 people and injuring almost 30 more in rural Texas, was convicted and jailed for attacking his wife and baby stepson in 2010, fracturing the child’s skull. He led a very disturbed life, driving away friends, getting in trouble with the police and abusing women and animals. Before being kicked out of the army, he had sunk to the lowest level possible. His final duty title was “prisoner.” The U.S. military is investigating why the former airman’s conviction was not entered into a database that would have prevented him from buying a gun.

Paradise Papers

Source: The New York Times

The offices of Appleby, an offshore law firm, in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company is at the center of leaked documents being called the Paradise Papers. Credit: Meredith Andrews for The New York Times

Findings shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with The New York Times and other media partners reveal how Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm, has helped clients deprive the government of billions of dollars in taxes. These tax strategies have been used by Apple, Amazon, Google, Starbucks, Uber, Nike, Facebook and others. Lost revenue could amount to $240 billion a year. After their Irish subsidiaries went south, Apple shifted to a small island called Jersey, in the English Channel, and has accumulated more than $128 billion in profits offshore, and probably much more, that is untaxed by the United States and hardly touched by any other country.

Saudi Arabia Versus Iran

Source: The New York Times

Houthi Military Media Unit, via Reuters

Saudi Arabia claims that a missile fired from Yemen was an “act of war” by Iran, escalating nearly three decades of mounting hostility between the two countries. The tone of the complaint signals a new aggressiveness by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who consolidated power at home with a series of high-profile arrests over the weekend. Royals, businessmen and former government ministers are being held captive at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

U.N. Climate Conference

Source: The New York Times

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at podium, addressing the opening ceremony of the Bonn Climate Conference. Photo: UNFCCC

The U.N. Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, warned that 2017 could be one of the three hottest years ever recorded, “with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought.” Because of El Niño, 2016 is the warmest year on record, with 2017 and 2015 being second and/or third. 2013-2017 is set to be the warmest five-year period on record.

Millennials now Parennials

Source: The New York Times

Joyce Hesselberth

Millennials, children born roughly between 1980 and 2000, have been growing up, settling down and having children. More than 16 million millennial women are now mothers. Their ideas of parenting, however, are much different from their parents. Innovations include the idea of co-parenting and nap-time apps. “Google is the new grandparent, the new neighbor, the new nanny,” one observer said.

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