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1. NORTH KOREA

“DOTARD”?: Kim Jong Un fired back at President Trump, threatening to “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” The North Korean leader’s statement was in response to Trump’s address at the United Nations General Assembly. Kim said he would make Trump “pay dearly” for the speech in which the U.S. President threatened to destroy North Korea. WASHINGTON POST

Kim Jong Un helped improve the vocabulary of Americans who had to look up “dotard” in the dictionary.

NEW SANCTIONS: President Trump issued an executive order that would penalize any company or person doing business with North Korea by either cutting off their access to the U.S. financial system or freezing their assets — or potentially both. Trump also said that China’s central bank had asked its own banks to cut ties with Kim Jong Un. CNN MONEY

It’s the diplomatic equivalent of “You’re grounded. No friends, no allowance, no NOTHING.”

HYDROGEN BOMB: Early today, North Korea threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in response to the new sanctions. The nation has never tested a nuclear device past its own borders. USA TODAY

   

2. MEXICO QUAKE

Rescuers continue to search for survivors in Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 270 people. A search for a 12-year-old girl believed to be trapped under a collapsed school resulted in shock when it turned out “Frida Sofia” didn’t exist at all. But officials said someone may still be alive in the rubble. BBC

   

3. FACEBOOK & RUSSIA

Facebook will release the 3,000 ads from the 2016 election season that came from accounts associated with a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency. CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined nine steps that Facebook will take to “protect election integrity” and “make sure Facebook is a force for good in democracy.” BUSINESS INSIDER

   

4. PUERTO RICO POST-MARIA

Residents of Puerto Rico had to contend with severe flooding Thursday as streets turned to rivers in Hurricane Maria’s wake. The storm destroyed homes across the island and wiped out power; it’s now estimated it could take six months to restore power to the whole island. NBC NEWS

   

5. AARON HERNANDEZ & CTE

Former Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to doctors who have studied his brain. CTE is a degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Hernandez committed suicide in prison last April while serving a life sentence. SB NATION

   

6. SAY WHAT?!

KB Home is docking CEO Jeffrey Mezger 25% of his annual bonus after an audio recording surfaced of him screaming obscenities at comedian Kathy Griffin, his Los Angeles neighbor. Mezger called Griffin a “bald dyke” and a “c**t” after she and her boyfriend called the police to report noise from Mezger’s home. CBS NEWS

At least Mezger will be able to build himself a nice new house… next door to anyone else.

   

7. NEW BOSE HEADPHONES

Google and Bose announced the QC 35 II, new noise cancelling headphones that are compatible with the voice-activated Google Assistant. Users can tell the Google Assistant to play a specific song, add meetings to their Google calendars, read messages, and more. The QC 35 II headphones are available now for $350. FORTUNE

   

8. NFL & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Four NFL players wrote to Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking that the league support players who speak out on social issues– like players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. The memo asked that the month of November be dedicated to activism awareness. YAHOO! SPORTS

   

9. CHOCKLIT SHOP BLUES

The cast and crew of the hit CW show Riverdale are demanding better safety protections after actor K.J. Apa fell asleep while driving and hit a light pole after a 16-hour workday. Apa’s castmate and friend Cole Sprouse has asked that the series provide transportation to cast members working late hours. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

   

10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Battle of the Sexes. PG-13. Drama. Stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell. The story of the 1973 tennis match between World No. 1 Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs. REVIEW

Stronger. R. Drama. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson. The real-life story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings. REVIEW

Kingsman: The Golden Circle. R. Action. Stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. The Kingsman members join forces with a U.S. spy organization to save the world. REVIEW

Friend Request. R. Horror. Stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo. A college student must fight a demonic force that wants to kill her closest friends. REVIEW

The LEGO Ninjago Movie. PG. Animated. Stars Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen. Six young ninjas must defend their island home of Ninjago. REVIEW

Who remembers this little dude, “Zack the Lego Maniac”? (Ugh, we really had nothing going on in the ‘80s.) WATCH

   

11. FOX IN SOCKS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore Chewbacca socks to a business forum in New York, and the internet went crazy. It’s not the first time Trudeau has rocked Star Wars socks: He wore R2-D2 and C-3PO socks on May 4, National Star Wars Day. AOL

@corinnec: Justin Trudeau wearing Chewbacca socks, screaming “LOVE ME” to America (but saying he’s over us) cause he’s bscly everyone’s ex from jr high

   

RETWEET

@theames: Whenever people announce “I’m marrying my best friend” for a second I always think “oh shit what about your boyfriend, he seemed so nice”.

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1. HURRICANE MARIA

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, ripping off roofs, flooding homes, and knocking out power to the entire population. The island’s governor says it may take months to restore power to everyone. Maria has restrengthened to a Category 3 as it heads for the Dominican Republic. CNN

   

2. UNITED NATIONS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted President Trump for his “ignorant, absurd and hateful” United Nations address when he made his own speech before the General Assembly. Rouhani vowed Iran would not be the first to walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal, and said it would be a pity if the nuclear deal were undone by “rogue newcomers to the world of politics.” NBC NEWS

   

3. THE KIMMEL TEST

GOP Senator Bill Cassidy said Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t understand the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, a day after Kimmel accused him of lying “right to my face” when Cassidy pledged coverage for all and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Kimmel’s been vocal about affordable healthcare since his son was born with a heart defect earlier this year. USA TODAY

   

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