The US has signed a new security pact with Afghanistan that will keep soldiers in the country past the end of this year. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign the agreement, despite the backing of other Afghan officials. New President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was sworn in yesterday, had promised to sign the agreement as soon as he took office.
A car accident claimed the lives of two young men in Citronelle on Saturday night. The accident occurred around 11:20 PM on Coy Smith Highway as a group of friends were leaving a party. Sedric James and Wylan Lang lost their lives when they lost control of their vehicle. Aside from the two young men killed, two more passengers survived the accident.
With 3 of the top 10 teams not playing this weekend, and no major upsets, our power rankings did not change from last week. There were some near upsets, and the gap between teams is quickly closing. This season is shaping up to be as wide open as any season in recent memory, especially with college football’s first playoff set to commence at season’s end.
Pro-democracy protesters have been gathering in Hong Kong’s government district this weekend, leading to violent clashes on Sunday. Police used tear gas to break up some of the protests, the first time the tactic had been used there since 2005.
The US economy grew even faster than previously thought in the second quarter. The latest revision shows that April-June saw a 4.6% increase in economic output. Previous estimates for GDP showed a 4.2% growth rate.
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced his decision to resign his post today. Holder was one of the longest serving members of the Obama administration, but he has been a political lightning rod from the beginning. Despite the long standing controversies surrounding him, Holder stated that it was his decision to step down, and that he was not forced out of office.
The man who killed two UPS employees before also killing himself has been identified. Police say the culprit was 45 year old Joe Tesney, a former employee of the UPS facility who was fired the day before the shooting.
The US military has begun striking ISIS targets in Syria. The strikes began last night in conjunction with Arab allies. Up to 20 ISIS targets were struck using fighter jets and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Preliminary autopsy reports have revealed how 8 year old Hiawayi Robinson was killed. Though the FBI has not officially released the autopsy report, multiple news outlets have confirmed that Robinson was killed via suffocation. WKRG News 5 is also reporting that there were no signs of sexual assault.
There were not as many upsets this weekend in college football as we have seen in the first few weeks of play, but there were several close calls. As such, the rankings didn’t change much. The big upset was of course Mississippi State’s victory over LSU. Three of the nation’s top five teams all experienced close games this weekend.