10 Things to Know for Today – Friday May 19th


Welcome to Friday and there are plenty of things that should e followed today. We put together ten items from our Associated Press wire for your news following pleasure.

1. WHO TRUMP COULD NAME AS FBI CHIEF

President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director, and that former Sen. Joe Lieberman is among his top candidates.

2. HOW THE WORLD IS TRYING TO KEEP TRUMP HAPPY

As President Trump heads off on his first foreign trip, a five-stop journey across the Middle East and Europe, a worldwide effort is under way to accommodate America’s homebody-in-chief.

3. IRANIANS VOTE IN FIRST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SINCE NUCLEAR DEAL

Hassan Rouhani faces a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West in Iran’s elections .

4. RAPE CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST ASSANGE

Sweden dropped its rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. British police say he will face arrest if he leaves Ecuadorean embassy in London.

5. NORTH KOREA MIGHT, OR MIGHT NOT, BE BEHIND CYBERATTACK

Experts are questioning whether North Korea is to blame for the WannaCry ransomware attack, saying it doesn’t fit the pattern of previous hacks blamed on Pyongyang.

6. WHERE FRANCE’S NEW PRESIDENT IS HEADING FOR HIS FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP

Emmanuel Macron has chosen the West African nation of Mali for his first official visit outside Europe. France’s largest overseas military operation is in a country where extremist groups pose a growing danger.

7. WHAT THE DEATH OF AILES MEANS FOR FOX NEWS

The network Ailes founded faces some troubling questions under the surface of its success, and what it will face next in a changing media world.

8. HOW MUCH A BASQUIAT PAINTING WAS SOLD FOR

“Untitled” by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at auction in New York, to a noted Japanese collector and entrepreneur after a 10-minute bidding war.

9. FAMILY OF SINGER CHRIS CORNELL QUESTIONS HOW HE DIED

A medical examiner says the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer died by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, but Cornell’s family attorney refutes “inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally” killed himself.

10. WHY A RESCUED MONKEY IS KNOWN AS ‘UNCLE FAT’

A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists in Thailand has been rescued and placed on a strict diet.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.