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Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are reportedly looking into an 2016 meeting between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and senior Turkish officials. They are attempting to determine if Flynn discussed a potential quid pro quo for which he would've been paid to carry out directives from Ankara while in the White House. Three people familiar with the matter also claim that Flynn discussed a way to free jailed Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab. Mueller is allegedly looking into whether the deal would have resulted in secret payments to Flynn. A grand jury is still interviewing witnesses on Flynn’s business activities, according to two people familiar with the deliberations. – NBCN

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been spotted in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal. This is according to a Hezbollah-run media group, which says al-Baghdadi was on the move when the Syrian army and its allies attempted to clear the town. The group did not have any further details, and the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS said on Friday that it has “no releasable information” on the leader’s location. Back in June, Russian officials claimed that there was a “high probability” that al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian airstrike. – REUTERS

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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Friday. “In terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Scheduling conflicts will prevent the two leaders from formally meeting. The leaders of the APEC countries will officially come together on Saturday. – REUTERS

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Bitcoin has fallen by approximately $1,000 since reaching an all-time high on Wednesday. It dropped below $7,000 to trade more than five percent down on the day. "You can see people playing back and forth between bitcoin and bitcoin cash trading depending on where they think near-term catalysts may be," said cryptocurrency author and expert Chris Burniske. On Wednesday, Bitcoin reached $7,888, and it is up more than 600 percent so far this year. – REUTERS

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Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma and Makinami are set to sail alongside the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea this weekend. The ships will be participating in joint exercises close to the Korean peninsula. For the three American aircraft carriers, it will be the first time they have trained together in about a decade. They carry a combined force of about 200 aircraft. – REUTERS  

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The “Eavesdropper” vulnerability, which has affected about 700 iOS and Android apps, may have exposed millions of text messages, calls and voice recordings. It was likely introduced when developers hard coded their credentials into apps using the Twilio Rest API or SDK for communication services. "By hard coding their credentials, the developers have effectively given global access to all metadata stored in their Twilio accounts, including text/SMS messages, call metadata, and voice recordings," says Appthority's Michael Bentley. The impacted apps have been downloaded more than 180 million times. At least 170 of the affected apps are still available in app stores today. – PCMAG

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A Russian official allegedly offered to send five women to President Donald Trump's hotel room after the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant. Keith Schiller, Trump’s longtime bodyguard who was present for the offer, reportedly viewed it as a joke at the time. “We don’t do that type of stuff,” Schiller reportedly told the Russian official. He was disputing allegations from a former British intelligence operative to Congress; the operative claimed Trump had encounters with prostitutes during the pageant. – NBCN

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Hackers using a pirate transmitter played about 30 minutes of an ISIS propaganda song on a Swedish radio station on Friday. Jakob Gravestam, marketing director at the Bauer Media Group, which owns the Mix Megapol station, said that the incident is going to be reported to the police and the National Post and Telecom Agency. The song featured male voices singing in English, “For the sake of Allah we will march to gates of the paradise where our maidens await. We are men who love death just as you love your life, we are soldiers who fight in the day and the night.” The radio station did not recognize the hacking until listeners began calling in. – REUTERS

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In an interview with “60 Minutes,” gymnast Aly Raisman reveals that she was sexually abused by a team doctor. Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar is already accused of molesting other gymnasts, dating back several years. “I am angry,” Raisman said. “I’m really upset because I care a lot, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.” Nassar is currently in jail, facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving at least seven people. – NYT

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A UNICEF representative says that Yemen will run out of fuel and vaccines within one month unless assistance can be provided through the port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport. A Saudi-led coalition is currently preventing aid from coming through the blockaded port. Fuel prices have risen 60 percent, and there have been food shortages as a result of the port closure. “The situation that was already catastrophic is just getting worse,” said UNICEF representative Meritxell Relano. “The impact of this is unimaginable in terms of health and diseases.” A ship with 250 tons of World Health Organization medical supplies was blocked from entering the port this past Wednesday. – REUTERS

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ON LIFE AND LIVING: COLD AND FLU SEASON

Although the start of cold and flu season varies each year, it can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. That being said, it’s never too early to start taking precautionary measures to protect yourself from illness. This is especially the case for young children, infants and elderly adults. Here are some tips for staying healthy before the holidays.

1. Get an Injectable Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting an injectable flu shot (rather than a nasal spray flu vaccine) this season to protect against this season’s strains. It is important to get the latest vaccine, as it protects against what are predicted to be the most common forms of the viruses.

2. Stay Away from Those Who are Ill

Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick. This can prevent you from coming down with the illness and reduce the chance of it spreading. Similarly, you’ll want to stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading the illness to other people.

3. Keep Your Hands Clean

Washing your hands will help you stop the spread of germs and reduce your chance of coming down with a cold or the flu. In addition, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as these areas give bacteria a gateway to the rest of your body.

4. Disinfect Contaminated Surfaces

The flu virus can remain on objects for up to 48 hours, so it is essential to clean items after they have been contaminated as soon as possible. Disinfectant wipes can be used to remove bacteria from hard surfaces such as keyboards, laptops and door knobs.

5. Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Your mouth and nose should be covered when you sneeze or cough to prevent the spreading of germs. If you think you might have the flu or a cold, consider wearing a facemask to reduce the odds of contaminating others and the surfaces around you.

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