Monday October 17th, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday, October 17, 2016: Top 5 Stories to Start Your Day

Early Monday morning, the BBC and other news agencies reported that Iraqi forces and ground forces of the United States have started the military campaign to recapture the city of Mosul and remove the last forces of ISIS from the area. U.S. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the coalition, stated, “This operation to regain control of Iraq’s second-largest city will likely continue for weeks, possibly longer.” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement, “This is a decisive moment in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat,” and that, “We are confident our Iraqi partners will prevail against our common enemy and free Mosul and the rest of Iraq from ISIL’s hatred and brutality.”

1. Friday, two more women came forward to accuse Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for president of sexual misconduct. One was a former contestant on Trump’s hit NBC show, “The Apprentice,” Summer Zervos, who said that Trump tried to seduce her when she had dinner with him. Miss Zervos is represented by attorney Gloria Allred but family members of Zervos have now stepped forward to dispute her claims. Her cousin, John Barry, is detailing that Zervos is actually seeking attention for her own business.

2. A shooting occurred Saturday morning in Los Angeles in a restaurant in the 2900 block of Rimpau Boulevard when an argument broke out with about 50 people inside. In the melee, 3 people were shot dead and 12 others wounded early Saturday, prompting a massive police dragnet for suspects.

3. A suicide bomber struck a funeral gathering in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 60, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

4. Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49 and from Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, were arrested Friday after a plot was discovered to blow up a Kansas apartment complex filled with Somali immigrants planned for one day after the November elections aimed to create a “bloodbath” to “wake up” the country politically.

5. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for saying that Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem was “dumb and disrespectful.”

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