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Afternoon Briefing: Stocks Hit Record High, Media Censors Trump Ad, Navy Seal KIA By Al Qaida

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10 things you need to know this afternoon – May 5th 2017

1. GREAT AGAIN: S&P, Nasdaq notch record close; Apple hits all-time high

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite indexes closed at record levels on Friday as investors looked ahead to a key European election.

2. Trump Campaign Claims ‘Mainstream Media’ Blacks Out TV Ad

President Donald Trump’s campaign claimed Friday that large media outlets are refusing to air a television campaign ad that touts accomplishments in his first 100 days and attacks various news outlets as “fake news.”

3. US Navy SEAL Killed In Gunfight With Al Qaida In Somalia

A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed Thursday along with two others wounded while advising Somalian National Army troops in the fight against al-Qaida affiliate al-Shaabab, CNN reports.

4. Court Rules State Department Must Release Clinton Emails Detailing Obama Response to Benghazi

A federal judge ordered the Department of State to release new emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi, a nonprofit government watchdog group announced Friday.

5. Rape Charges Dropped In Rockville Case

Prosecutors have dropped rape charges in the case of two illegal immigrant teens accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old classmate in a bathroom stall in Rockville, Maryland.

6. FBI Report: Media Narrative Inspires Violence Against Police

A new report from the FBI says a one-sided media narrative against police is partly to blame for the growing hostility to law enforcement, which resulted in a sharp rise in officer killings in 2016.

7. Sen. Rand Paul Wants To Know If The Obama Administration Surveilled Him

Sen. Rand Paul announced Friday that he has formally requested information from the White House and the Intelligence Committee on whether the Obama administration ever surveilled him.

8. ISIS Calls On “Muslims In France” To Launch Election Day Attacks

ISIS has called upon Muslims in France to “kill candidates” and “burn down polling stations” as the country prepares to vote in the second round of the presidential election this weekend.

9. North Korea Accuses CIA Of Plotting Biochem Attack On Kim Jong Un

North Korea accused the U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies Friday of attempting to assassinate young dictator Kim Jong Un.

10. ISIS Tells Jihadists To Attack U.S. Gun Store Owners As Way To Acquire Firearms

ISIS is suggesting its jihadists attack gun shop owners who are closing their businesses at the end of the day as a means of acquiring firearms.

 

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