NIKKI HALEY STEPPING DOWN… Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley abruptly announced yesterday that she will resign at the end of the year. The move caught many by surprise and Haley has denied speculation that she might run for political office in 2020. Haley’s came two weeks after the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York City.
HURRICANE MICHAEL STRENGTHENS ON APPROACH… The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Michael could be near category 4 strength when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend Area tomorrow. A half-million coastal residents were urged to seek higher ground as the storm approached. States of emergency have been declared statewide in Alabama as well as in 92 counties in southern Georgia and 35 counties in Florida.
APPEALS COURT RULES WILBUR ROSS MUST BE DEPOSED… The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected the Trump administration’s effort to stop Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to be deposed under oath over his move to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census. The decision upholds an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who wrote: “Secretary Ross must sit for a deposition because, among other things, his intent and credibility are directly at issue in these cases.” Ross has been named in multiple lawsuits filed nationwide. Evidence gathering for two of the lawsuits is set to end this week.
JUDGE UPHOLDS MOST OF MISSOURI VOTER ID LAW… A Missouri state judge yesterday upheld most of a state law requiring voters to present an ID but prohibited the state from requiring voters without a photo ID to sign a statement confirming their identity under penalty of perjury. The judge called the statement’s language “contradictory and misleading.” Missouri voters approved the voter ID requirement in 2016 as a constitutional amendment.
SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEALS OF CLIMATE-CHANGE LAW… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected appeals of a 2017 lower court ruling by newly confirmed justice Brett Kavanaugh that struck down an Obama-era effort to regulate a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change. The 2015 rule had limited hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in a variety of products including spray cans and air conditioners. However, while Kavanaugh was serving in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the panel ruled 2-1 to throw out the rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS… Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and the heavy-metal band Def Leppard were the lead vote-getters among fans yesterday for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They join 13 other acts nominated, including singer-songwriter John Prine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Rage Against the Machine. Janet Jackson is nominated for the third time. Inductees will be announced in December and enshrined at a ceremony in March in New York.
TAYLOR SWIFT REGISTERS VOTERS… Pop star Taylor Swift’s entry into the political discussion has produced a spike in online voter registration, particularly among young people. The nonprofit site Vote.org., which helps people register online, reported more than 250,000 new registrations since Sunday, when Swift posted a message on Instagram endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register. More than 60 percent of the registrations were voters between 18 and 29 years old.
A.L. DIVISION SERIES…
Boston 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 3… The Red Sox held off the Yankees to wrap up the AL Division Series in four games. Eduardo Nunez had a couple of hits, including an RBI single to cap a three-run top of the third inning. Christian Vazquez homered to lead off the fourth. Boston will host Houston on Saturday in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
CAROLINA 5 – Vancouver 3… The Hurricanes opened with a three-goal third period and cruised past the Canucks. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist. Jaccob Slavnin and Teuvo Travainen each had two assists.
COLUMBUS 5 – Colorado 2… Nick Foligno scored a pair of goals and had an assist in leading the Blue Jackets past the Avalanche. Alexander Wennberg had two assists.
San Jose 8 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane scored two goals apiece as the Sharks skated past the Flyers. Kevin Labanc racked up four assists.
Calgary 3 – NASHVILLE 0… Goalie Mike Smith stopped all 43 shots and Sean Monahan found the net twice for the Flames.
EDMONTON 2 – Los Angeles 1… Kyle Connor scored for the third straight game and Mark Sheifele also found the net for the Jets, who outshot the Kings 39-17.
Toronto 7 – DALLAS 4… Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored two goals as the Maple Leafs topped the Stars. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Philadelphia is at Ottawa…
Washington hosts Vegas…
Arizona is at Anaheim
NBA PRESEASON SCORES…
OKLAHOMA CITY 119, Milwaukee 115…
L.A. CLIPPERS 109, Denver 103