Five in a Flash – September 12, 2017

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In today’s news: Tropical Storm Irma, Trump commemorates 9/11, Equifax, UN sanctions, Apple, and more college football.


Irma causes severe flooding, power outages in South Carolina (CBS News) – “While South Carolina avoided Irma’s eye, the massive storm caused severe flooding and tropical storm-force winds that left hundreds of thousands without power Monday. Tropical Storm Irma brought wind gusts of up to 72 mph on Folly Beach and Charleston’s third-highest-recorded storm surge as the center of the storm moved some 250 miles away through Florida and Georgia.”

Trump marks 16th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks (Washington Post) – “President Trump said Monday that terrorists have ‘nowhere to hide’ as he marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. ‘These are horrible, horrible enemies — enemies like we’ve never seen before,’ Trump said during remarks at the Pentagon. ‘But we’re ensuring they never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country,’ he said.”

Equifax hit with lawsuits over massive cyberbreach (USA Today) – “Equifax faces at least 23 proposed class-action lawsuits since its disclosure that personal identifying information for 143 million U.S. consumers may have been compromised by a massive cyberbreach. And additional cases are likely to come. Federal court records show the lawsuits were filed through the weekend after the credit-reporting giant’s Thursday disclosure that a cyberattack by criminal hackers provided unauthorized access to information for nearly 44% of the U.S. population.”

UN passes fresh sanctions on North Korea (CNN) – “The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday — a move that comes just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test. The resolution is designed to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea’s oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a US official familiar with negotiations.”

Apple expected to unveil newest iPhone on Tuesday (ABC News) – “The iPhone – nicknamed the 10-year ‘anniversary’ model by tech experts – is rumored to come with a hefty price tag of $1,000. If true, that is about twice the cost of the original iPhone . . . Apple has not confirmed that the introduction of the iPhone will take place Tuesday, only that it is holding an event that day at 10 a.m. PT. Whenever the new iPhone is introduced, fans can expect a dramatic redesign and a variety of new features[.]”


What if each winning college football team took all of its opponent’s land? (SBNation) – “One user at Reddit’s creative college football hub is keeping track of exactly how this would play out, if each FBS team got to start the season with all the land in its vicinity.”


College graduation ceremonies are not as diverse as we think (The Center)

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Connor Mighell is a third-year law student at the University of Alabama School of Law with an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Baylor University. He is a contributor at Merion West and the curator of "Five in a Flash," a weekday newsletter. His work has been featured at The Federalist, SB Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, and The New Americana.

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