The Rundown for Oct. 11, 2018

MICHAEL WEAKENS AFTER LANDFALL… Hurricane Michael struck with full fury as a Category 4 storm yesterday when it made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, but as of last night dropped to a Category 1 storm. 155-miles-per-hour winds ripped apart buildings in Panama City when the hurricane arrived, but the storm quickly weakened as it traveled northeast through Georgia and into the Carolinas. Michael, which was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, left more than 403,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama without power.

CHINESE SPY ARRESTED… An alleged Chinese spy was arrested in Belgium yesterday and is being transferred to the U.S. to face prosecution. Yanjun Xu, a senior officer of China’s Ministry of State Security, has been charged with “conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets” from leading defense aviation companies. The Washington Post reported yesterday that U.S. officials lured the suspect to Belgium and his arrest marks the first time a spy for the Chinese government has been brought to the U.S. to face charges.

LIMO COMPANY OPERATOR ARRESTED… The man operating the limousine company that rented out the stretch limo involved in Saturday’s crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York was arrested yesterday and charged with criminally negligent homicide. Nauman Hussein, who has been operating the company on behalf of his father, was taken into custody following a traffic stop. Authorities have revealed that the limousine had failed an inspection by New York state’s DMV last month and was deemed unfit for operation.

MAN ARRESTED ON BOMB-MAKING CHARGES… A 56-year-old Tappan, New York, man has been charged with building a 200-pound bomb that authorities say he planned to detonate on the National Mall in Washington on Election Day. Prosecutors say Paul Rosenfeld planned to kill himself with the bomb and draw attention to a political system called sortition, in which public officials are chosen randomly rather than elected. The plan was uncovered after Rosenfeld was pulled over on Tuesday.

DOW PLUNGES… The Dow plunged nearly 832 points yesterday in the third-worst point decline in history. All 30 Dow stocks were in the red, sending the index below 26,000 points for the first time in a month. The index fell by more than 3 percent. The S&P 500 plummeted nearly 3.3 percent in its fifth straight decline and tech stocks got walloped. The Nasdaq dropped more than 4 percent in the worst percentage decline since June 2016.

ENTERTAINMENT
VERN TROYER’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE… The Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported yesterday that actor Verne Troyer died last April of suicide by alcohol intoxication. The 49-year-old Troyer, who was best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” movie franchise, had a potentially fatal level of alcohol in his system and repeatedly told authorities that he wanted to die when he was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital, where he died of multiple organ failure. Troyer, who was born with a genetic condition that limited his height, stood just 2-feet-8-inches tall and weighed only 55 pounds.

JUDGE RULES LYNYRD SKYNYRD FILM CAN BE RELEASED… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan stemmed from a case involving a movie called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a “blood oath” made by bandmembers not to exploit the group’s name after a 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. The film centers on drummer Artimus Pyle’s survival in the plane crash.

SPORTS
MLB
NHL SCORES
Philadelphia 7 – OTTAWA 4… Jakub Voracek scored a pair of goals and racked up three assists as the Flyers outshot the Senators. Claude Giroux added a goal and an assist.

WASHINGTON 5 – Vegas 2… Alex Ovechkin found the net twice and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and had three assists as the Capitals’ skated the Golden Knights. Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist.

Arizona 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (SO)… Nick Cousins netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Coyotes over the Ducks. Dylan Strome and Brad Richardson scored in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Edmonton is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Colorado…
Columbus is at Florida…
New Jersey hosts Washington…
San Jose is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Pittsburgh hosts Vegas…
Los Angeles is at Montreal…
Detroit hosts Toronto…
Vancouver is at Tampa Bay…
St. Louis hosts Calgary
Winnipeg is at Nashville…
Minnesota hosts Chicago

NBA PRESEASON SCORES…
Washington 102, DETROIT 97…
TORONTO 118, Brooklyn 91…
ORLANDO 102, Memphis 86…
MIAMI 140, New Orleans 128…
ATLANTA 130, San Antonio 127…
CHICAGO 104, Indiana 89…
PORTLAND 116, Phoenix 83…
L.A. LAKERS 123, Golden State 113

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE…
Philadelphia (2-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (1-4)

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