In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Sloane Stevens


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Unseeded American Sloane Stephens wins US Open for first major title.

Stephens jumped more than 900 spots in the world rankings in a month, and is now a grand slam champion, winning the US Open 6-3, 6-0 against No. 15 seed and fellow American Madison Keys at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York. Stephens is the first American woman other than the Williams sisters to win a grand slam title in 15 years. The 24-year-old Stephens, unseeded and ranked 83rd, is the third player to win the US Open ranked outside the top 10 since computer rankings began in November 1975.


Strongest earthquake in a century strikes Mexico while hurricane Katia strikes the east coast of Mexico as a Category 1 storm.

The earthquake and the aftershock killed at least 90 people in Mexico, and one in Guatemala. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 8.2 and struck shortly before midnight on Thursday, was felt by tens of millions of people in Mexico. Local officials said they had counted nearly 800 aftershocks of all sizes since the big quake, and the U.S. Geological Survey counted nearly 60 with a magnitude of 4.5 or greater.


Cyber breach at Equifax could affect 143M U.S. consumers.

An estimated 143 million U.S. consumers could be affected by a cybersecurity attack carried out by suspected criminal hackers. The unauthorized access to information for nearly 44% of the U.S. population occurred from mid-May through July 2017 and primarily involved names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Here is what you can do if you were impacted.


270,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees flee Burma for Bangladesh.

More than a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh in just two weeks, fleeing violence and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The new numbers represent roughly a third of the country’s Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority. The Rohingya are considered to be among the world’s most persecuted people.


Apple donates $5 million to hurricane relief, makes it easier for Apple customers to donate.

The company said Friday that it’s giving the donation to the “Hand in Hand” drive, an ongoing fundraiser that will divvy up funds between several organizations. The goal is to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Customers will now be able to donate directly through the App Store and iTunes.

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