In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Hawaii Volcano

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Kilauea Volcano Erupts in Hawaii.

The Kilauea volcano eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island has destroyed 35 structures, including at least 26 homes. As many as 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens have been ordered to evacuate their neighborhoods, where 12 fissures have opened and unleashed hazardous fumes and flowing lava that cannot be stopped.

Geologists expect the eruptions to continue, and volcanic tremors are rocking the island at the rate of 1 earthquake per hour. The biggest so far was a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday.

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Eric Schneiderman Resigns as a New York Attorney General After Physical Assault Allegations.

New York State attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman resigned on Monday night after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of nonconsensual physical violence.

Under New York’s Constitution, in a joint session the Senate and Assembly will pick someone to fill out the remainder of Schneiderman’s four-year term, which runs through the end of the year.

Barbara Underwood, the current State Solicitor General, will take up the role of acting attorney general becoming the first woman to head the office. She is a highly experienced professional lawyer who has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Donald Trump Withdraws U.S. from Iran Nuclear Deal.

Donald Trump announced that he has decided to exit the Iran nuclear deal. The 2015 deal was a six-nation agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his government remains committed to a nuclear deal with world powers, despite the U.S. decision to withdraw, but is also ready to resume uranium enrichment should the deal no longer offer benefits.


Mueller’s Team Questions Russian Oligarch About Payments to Cohen. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company’s US affiliate made to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election.


Don Blankenship Loses West Virginia Republican Primary for Senate. 

Don Blankenship, a former coal baron who went to prison for his role in a deadly mine disaster, was defeated in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary, after President Trump and other Republicans urged voters to reject him.


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