*Periods of rain this morning, I've heard weather people say the rain should, 58
It happens every Halloween The feds are warning parents this Halloween about drug-laced look-alike candy that is showing up in the Midwest. It has not shown up in the St. Louis area yet but the Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis is concerned.
WHITEY BULGER: Killed in Prison
Legendary mobster Whitey Bulger has reportedly been killed in prison.
The 89-year-old had recently been transferred to a West Virginia facility. Although he was said to be in poor health, there's no word if that's what prompted the transfer.
Bulger, who operated for decades out of Boston, was convicted in 2013 of 11 murders dating back to the '70s and '80s. (Boston Globe)
The Second Largest California Wildfire May Have Been Sparked By Electrical Equipment -
Surprising details are being revealed about the Thomas Fire.
In filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Southern California Edison admitted that its equipment was associated with at least one of two origin points for the Thomas Fire. The equipment was a power pole and witnesses saw it ignite the blaze.
The fire that spanned Ventura and Santa Barbara counties killed two people, destroyed more than a thousand homes and burned over 280-thousand acres.
It's still not clear what caused the second point of ignition, but again, electric company equipment may be the culprit.
Interior Secretary Zinke May Face Criminal Charges -
The acting inspector general for the Interior Department is referring an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department.
That could be a sign the federal government is considering criminal charges. Zinke is the subject of at least 18 known federal investigations into allegations of ethical misconduct or policy violations. “The New York Times” is reporting that the one being sent to the Justice Department involves a Montana land deal between Zinke and the chairman of energy giant Halliburton.
This is the second Trump Administration Cabinet officer in trouble who was charged with protecting the environment. EPA Director Scott Pruittresigned after investigations revealed multiple violations of ethics rules and possibly the law. He remains under investigation.
The DOJ Is Charging Chinese Intelligence Officers With Hacking -
The Justice Department is charging Chinese intelligence officers with hacking to steal information on jet engines.
The indictment, unsealed yesterday, accuses 10 people of conspiring to steal sensitive data from a French firm and an American partner that a state-owned Chinese aerospace company could use to build engines for commercial jetliners.
Federal prosecutors say Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to target more than a dozen U.S. and foreign aerospace companies.This is the third time since September that Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with attempting to steal American intellectual property.
Source: Business Insider
The Main Wreckage From Lion Air Flight May Have Been Located -
Indonesian search crews believe they've found the main wreckage from a plane that crashed Monday morning.
The country's military chief told a local TV network that they think they've discovered the fuselage from the Lion Air flight after searchers heard a pinging sound. They still have to find the plane's black boxes. A team is being sent to the locations for recovery operations.
The 737 Max 8 airliner plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff. All 189 people on board are thought to be dead.
Source: CBS News
Halloween Is The Deadliest Autumn Night For Pedestrians -
As you go trick or treating with the kids tonight, be extra vigilant. Pedestrian fatalities rise on Halloween. On average, pedestrian fatality rates rose 43-percent on Halloween compared to a regular day.
The biggest risk exists are kids ages 4 to 8. Researchers say people should look for ways to be more cautious during this time of year, since darkness falls earlier.
- Don’t let children run ahead of you.
- Use lights or reflectors on kids costumes.
- Always use crosswalks.
- Leave the devices at home so there’s no distraction.
For drivers, pay attention (put down your phone!), drive slower in residential areas, turn headlights on earlier.
Source: The Verge
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