▪ More than 4.7 million Americans, about 1.4 percent of the population, have registered so far this year for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency—10 times more than last year. The surge was caused by three hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—and the Northern California wildfires.
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▪ A North Korean soldier who was wounded while defecting to the South was riddled with parasites, some of them worms measuring 11 inches long. Doctors speculate that North Korea’s food supply has become contaminated because of the widespread use of human excrement to fertilize crops.
▪ President Trump is tweeting more than ever. He sent 362 tweets in June, 424 in July, and 485 in September. At his current pace in November, his tweet tally will reach 723 by the end of the month. On one day alone, he shot off 51 tweets.
▪ More than 290 coaches and other officials associated with the United States’ Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982. The figure spans 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an Olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year for more than 36 years.
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