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Texans are readying to battle political correctness in the Alamo restoration. Read more at Star Telegram
The Bubonic Plague has begun in Madagascar. (Read more at Breaking Israel News)
A look back at when the plague killed one-third of the world’s population:
Wall Street Journal newspaper graphic comparing the 1987 stock market crash to the 1929 crash.
U.S. backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have reportedly retaken ISIS’ proclaimed capital of Raqqa. (Stars and Stripes story)
A look at the battlefield last week:
GOOD NEWS: ISIS has lost 95% of its gains in Iraq.
POWER VACUUM: The multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk produces a large amount of oil, which the U.S. trained Kurdish army wants to control.
UPDATE: Iraqi forces seized the oil fields and air base in Kirkuk on Monday, Oct. 16. The Kurds withdrew. (Circa News story)
The U.S. is not currently supporting either side’s claims. Read more at Stars & Stripes
Researchers at Cal Tech claim an anomaly in the orbits of the distant Kuiper Belt points to the existence of an unknown planet.
A bump stock device, approved by President Obama’s ATF in 2010, was allegedly used by the Las Vegas shooter at Mandalay Bay.
The bump stock can often jam and produces inaccurate fire, prompting an ATF official in 2010 to describe it as ““… a goofy, little doodad.”