Thursday December 22, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday December 22, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. German authorities have announced that they have identified the suspect in the Christmas Market tragedy where a semi-truck drove into visitors and shoppers Monday. The suspect, a 24-year old Tunisian migrant, has become the source of a police manhunt across the country. The suspect, Anis Amri was named as the suspect after investigators discovered a wallet with his identity documents in the truck that left 12 dead. The violent episode has reopened the decision if Germany to open its doors to refugees seeking asylum. Chancellor Angela Merkel mission to help refugees has come under fire for poor vetting of the refugees and this incident is sure to increase those criticisms.

2. President Elect Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday, that failed Atlantic City casino owner, Carl Icahn was named special adviser to the president on overhauling federal regulations. Billionaire Ican has been is in talks with fellow casino operators about selling control of the recently shuttered Trump Taj Mahal. A new law passed by New Jersey, which only affects Icahn, calls for casino owners who shut their businesses without working out something with the union workers, will not be allowed to have a casino license for 5 years. Icahn has been a frequent critic of some Obama administration rules and regulations regarding industry. Icahn’s holdings include CVR Energy, Cheniere Energy and insurance giant AIG, which could all be affected by Trump’s regulatory agenda.

3. Many more Americans, than in previous years, have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, i.e., Obamacare. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced on Wednesday that 6.4 million people had chosen Affordable Care Act health plans by the deadline this week for coverage starting New Year’s Day — an increase of 400,000 from a year ago.

4. On Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has stated that those loyal to Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, are responsible for Monday’s assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov at an Ankara art gallery. Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the rhetoric that is coming out of Turkey with State Department spokesman John Kirby, “It’s a ludicrous claim, absolutely false, there’s no basis of truth in it whatsoever.”

5. The epidemic of heroin has hit nationwide and in Philadelphia it is at crisis mode. In n effect to curb the deaths from overdosing on heroin, Philadelphia police made 176 arrests in the East Detective Division, in the North Philadelphia area. At a press conference on the 20th, they showed off 21 guns, almost $50,000 in cash, and what the department said was $200,000 worth of heroin and other drugs. The police action comes after a string of at least 35 overdose deaths earlier this month.


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