5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Turkey's president says Khashoggi's 'savage murder' was premeditated

  • Trump vows to ax aid to Central American countries tied to caravan

  • Steep slide sets stocks at three-month lows

  • Red Sox-Dodgers World Series starts tonight

  • Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot hits record $1.6 billion

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday forcefully disputed Saudi Arabia's official story that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in a spontaneous fistfight inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2. Saudi officials began planning Khashoggi's "savage murder" in late September, Erdogan said, and he confirmed that the Saudis used a body double to try and make it seem like Khashoggi left the consulate alive. He said there needs to be "an independent investigation" and accountability "from the highest level to the lowest level," and he asked that the 18 people Saudi Arabia has arrested be tried in Istanbul. Erdogan did not mention Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but suggested he believed he wasn't innocent.

Source: The Associated Press, The Guardian

President Trump on Monday escalated his criticism against the group of migrants that is traveling from Honduras toward the United States, claiming without evidence that "unknown Middle Easterners" are "mixed in" with the caravan and declaring that the U.S. "will begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to" Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Trump blamed the Central American countries for failing to stop the caravan, which he claimed included many "criminals." He previously threatened to "close our southern border" to keep the migrants from entering the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday accused the migrants of provoking violence, and claimed without evidence that the group was organized by politically motivated leaders.

Source: Donald J. Trump, NBC News

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped more than 500 points in morning trading Tuesday, as major U.S. companies like Caterpillar and 3M reported disappointing earnings. The S&P 500 also plunged 2.2 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 2.7 percent, reaching three-month lows after several days of volatility. Construction equipment company Caterpillar, a member of the Dow, cited "higher material and freight costs, including tariffs" in explaining its 8 percent earning slump. Investors were reportedly worried that tariffs, escalating trade tensions with China, and rising costs could continue to hit earnings. The major indexes are all down at least 5.8 percent this month.

Source: CNN, CNBC

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will play Game 1 of the 2018 World Series tonight in Boston. This is the first time the two storied teams have gone head-to-head in a World Series since 1916, when the Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins. The Dodgers are looking to win their first World Series since 1988. The Red Sox, who had the best record in Major League Baseball this year with a franchise-record 108 victories, are hoping to win their fourth championship since 2004. Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best pitcher of his generation, will start for the Dodgers, facing off against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. Tonight's game starts at 8:09 p.m. ET.

Source: Mass Live, Yahoo Sports

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached a record $1.6 billion ahead of Tuesday night's drawing. The semi-weekly prize has been ballooning since July 24, and had reached $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing, when, again, nobody picked all six winning numbers. It is likely someone will win on Tuesday, as 75 percent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen by then, based on sales projections. Roughly 57 percent of the combinations had been chosen before Friday's drawing. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

Source: Reuters, The Washington Post
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