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Grinnellians Make Plea for Gun Safety to Their Neighbor, the NRA President

Five years after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, some Grinnell residents are asking their neighbor, the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), to speak with them about curbing gun violence. Iowan Pete Brownell is CEO of Brownells, an international firearm business with a large warehouse and retail store in Grinnell. He was elected president of the NRA in May. On Sunday, about a hundred Iowans stood silently next to a highway in Grinnell and looked into the distance...

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Five years after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, some Grinnell residents are asking their neighbor, the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), to speak with them about curbing gun violence.

Iowan Pete Brownell is CEO of Brownells, an international firearm business with a large warehouse and retail store in Grinnell. He was elected president of the NRA in May.

Outside Puerto Rico's capital, a three-story-high mountain of debris and waste sits smack in the middle of what was a suburban soccer field before Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Blue bleachers peek out from the edge of the trash pile, as a line of trucks rolls in to dump even more tree branches and moldy furniture. Workmen wearing yellow hard hats operate diggers to add the new waste to the growing pile in the center of the field.

California fire officials say the massive Thomas Fire has claimed the life of a firefighter.

"I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident," Chief Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, tweeted. "Please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers and all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions."

Yemen, the world’s poorest Arab country, is edging closer to becoming a failed state. That’s according to CNN’s Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward), who’s just back from a rare reporting trip inside the country.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Ward about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The Walt Disney Company has reached a deal to acquire a large part of 21st Century Fox for the price of $52 billion. Fox News and the Fox TV network will remain separate entities.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Emily Glazer (@EmilyGlazerWSJ) of The Wall Street Journal.

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