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November 2017 Current Events: US News

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for November 2017:

  1. President Trump Leaves for Asia
  2. US Senator Rand Paul Assaulted
  3. Church Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead
  4. Greek Life Suspended at Florida State University
  5. Historic Wins on Election Night
  6. 9 People Sickened by Legionnaires at Disneyland, 12 Overall in California
  7. Trump Travel Ban Partially Allowed to Go Into Effect
  8. California Shooting Leaves 5 Dead
  9. 21,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked From Keystone Pipeline
  10. Tax Overhaul Bill Passed
  11. President Trump Halts Decision to Lift Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports
  12. First Female Mayor Elected in New Orleans
  13. Review of Gun Background Checks System Ordered by Jeff Sessions
  14. U.S. Navy Plane Crashes
  15. Keystone Pipeline to Resume
  16. Suit Filed Against Air Force
  17. Gunman Killed in Reno Shooting
  18. Suspect in Tampa Serial Killer Case Arrested

President Trump Leaves for Asia

President Trump boarding Air Force One

On November 3, President Trump boarded Air Force One for a twelve day trip to Asia, the longest trip to Asia by a recent president. The purpose of President Trump’s trip is to apply pressure to North Korea as he focuses on resolving the nuclear crisis. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP

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US Senator Rand Paul Assaulted

Senator Rand Paul

On November 3, it was reported that US Senator Rand Paul was assaulted in his Kentucky home by a neighbor. Previously thought to only have suffered minor injuries, it has been stated by Doug Stafford that Senator Paul has suffered “five rib fractures including three displaced fractures.” (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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Church Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead

The church at which the shooting took place

On the morning of November 5, as members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs met for congregation, suspected gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire. The shooting killed 26 people and wounded another 20, 10 of whom are still in critical condition. Kelley was found miles away, dead in his car from a gunshot wound, though police are still unsure whether it was from his own gun, or that of a neighbor. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Darren Abate

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Greek Life Suspended at Florida State University

Greek Life Suspended

After Andrew Coffey, a student pledging a fraternity at Florida State University, was found dead on November 7, the campus decided to suspend all greek life pending investigation. Alcohol is believed to be involved, but information will not be released until an autopsy. The suspension came after a number of similar cases have been reported at universities across the country. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Joseph Reedy

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Historic Wins on Election Night

Historic Election

November 8 proved to be a historic election for minority and LGBTQ candidates. Along with various cities who elected their first African-American mayors, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor. Two openly transgendered candidates also defeated their opponents during their states’ elections. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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9 People Sickened by Legionnaires at Disneyland, 12 Overall in California

Disneyland

On November 11, Disneyland shut down after 12 people were reported to be sickened by legionnaires, 9 of them in the park at the time. It is suspected that the disease spread from two infected cooling towers, which have since been decontaminated. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File

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Trump Travel Ban Partially Allowed to Go Into Effect

President Trump

On November 13, a California U.S. Appeals Court stated that six countries will be affected by a new ruling that approved part of President Trump’s travel ban. Travellers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad may be denied entry if they do not have familial or “formal, documented” relationships connected to the U.S. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

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California Shooting Leaves 5 Dead

California Shooting

On November 14, a gunman descended on Corning, a small community in Northern California, first killing his neighbor and then turning his attention to Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The elementary school was secured before the gunman could enter, but he continued to shoot at the walls and doors. In the end, four people were pronounced dead and another ten wounded, including a student of the elementary school. The suspected gunman, Kevin Janson Neal, was shot and killed by police upon arrival. On November 15 it was announced that the death toll was actually 5 as the body of Neal’s wife was found late Tuesday night. (CNN/Reuters)

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

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21,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked From Keystone Pipeline

Oil Leak

On November 16, the operator of the Keystone Pipeline announced that 21,000 gallons of oil had leaked in South Dakota. The pipeline was shut down in the morning and is currently being investigated. (CNN)

AP Photo/James Nord

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Tax Overhaul Bill Passed

Tax Overhaul

Republicans’ $1.4 trillion tax overhaul bill was passed in the House in 227-205 vote on November 16. The bill decreases corporate rates to 20% and modifies overseas taxes. (BBC)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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President Trump Halts Decision to Lift Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

Elephants

President Trump lifted the ban on elephant trophy imports in the early morning of November 17; however, after much criticism, he announced hours later that he was halting this decision. President Trump announced the delay in a tweet, where he said a new decision will be made once facts are reviewed. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File

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First Female Mayor Elected in New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell on the right

On November 19, New Orleans elected its first female mayor: LaToya Cantrell. Cantrell’s victory will coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city when she takes office in May. (Reuters)

Cheryl Gerber/AP Images for NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

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Review of Gun Background Checks System Ordered by Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions Attorney General

Following the shooting at a small Texas church, Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the gun background checks system on November 22. The shooter, Devin Kelley, had previous domestic assault charges which would have prevented him from purchasing a gun had they been correctly reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This error has prompted Sessions to ensure that all data is properly being reported to the NICS. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Cliff Owen

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U.S. Navy Plane Crashes

U.S. Navy Plane

On November 22, a U.S. navy plane carrying 11 passengers crashed in the Philippines Sea. Of the 11 passengers, 3 have been reported as missing and the remaining eight have been rescued. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File

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Keystone Pipeline to Resume

Keystone Pipeline

On November 27, TransCanada is set to restart the Keystone pipeline, which leaked earlier this month. Investigations and clean-up are still in progress at this time, so the pipeline will be reopened at a reduced pressure to avoid another mishap. (Reuters)

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Suit Filed Against Air Force

Mr. Holcombe

After failing to report the domestic abuse charge against Devin Kelley, the Air Force has been under investigation, and families of those killed in the Texas church shooting have filed suit against the Air Force on November 28. The Holcombe family, who lost eight family members in this tragedy, claim that Kelley would not have been able to perform this heinous act if the Air Force had followed protocol. (CNN)

AP Photo/Eric Gay

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Gunman Killed in Reno Shooting

Reno Road Closed

On November 28, a gunman fired from a high-rise condominium, prompting police to shut down various streets in Reno, Nevada. Police immediately raided his room, killing him in the process. No other fatalities have been reported. (CNN)

AP Photo/Scott Sonner

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Suspect in Tampa Serial Killer Case Arrested

Memorial for one of the murder victims

The city of Tampa, Florida has been enveloped with fear for the past two months, as police released a statement saying they expected a serial killer was on the loose. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was arrested on November 29, and has been accused of being responsible for the four deaths. Donaldson III was arrested after handing a handgun to a McDonalds coworker, who later called police. The gun has been identified as the murder weapon for all four victims. Though Donaldson III admits to owning the gun, he maintains his innocence. (BBC)

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

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