Bomber's Tactics Studied for Clues

What do the mail bomber's tactics tell investigators about the perpetrator? Brian Todd reports.

Posted: Oct 26, 2018 3:49 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 4:04 PM

Now might be a good time to get your chocolate fix. Come 2019, Hershey prices are going on a sugar high. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Package bombs

All eyes are on Florida this morning, as the investigation continues into those 10 bombs sent to Trump critics and CNN. Several of the packages went through a postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida, two law enforcement officials said. One of the big mysteries officials are trying to unravel deals with postmarks, which a lot of the packages don't have. A postmark indicates when and from where mail was sent and could help investigators focus their search. Here's a breakdown of everything we've learned this week about this domestic terror incident that stunned the nation.

2. Migrant caravan

President Trump is thinking about using a travel ban-like executive order to keep that migrant caravan that's working its way through Mexico out of the US. The proposal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, would block certain asylum-seekers at the Mexican border and represent a dramatic escalation of enforcement. This plan is just in the formative stages, though, and a government official familiar with the working version told the Chronicle it would probably face legal challenges. Meantime, another US-bound immigrant caravan plans to leave next week from El Salvador. Among the travelers likely are pregnant women, who as immigrants face particular stresses in America.

3. Drug prices

President Trump unveiled a plan to lower drug prices that would radically change how Medicare pays for certain pricey prescriptions. Under this proposal, Medicare would set the reimbursement level for certain drugs administered in doctors' offices and hospital outpatient centers based on their cost in other countries, which typically pay far less. Trump has made lowering drug prices a central promise of his presidency, but this plan, which comes just in time for the midterms, is almost certain to hit big resistance from drug companies, doctors, hospitals and some patient advocacy groups.

4. North and South Korea

The "scariest place on Earth" just got a little less scary. North and South Korea removed all weapons and ammunition from the Joint Security Area, the spot between the two Koreas where soldiers from the North and South stand face to face, guns at the ready. It's hoped the highly symbolic move will spur other peaceful gestures between the two countries. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have vowed to turn the entire DMZ that divides North and South into a "peace zone."

5. Weather

If you live on the East Coast, get ready for a wet weekend. The remnants of Hurricane Willa will move up the coast over the next few days and turn into the first nor'easter of the year. New York and Philly could see heavy rain and strong winds tonight through tomorrow. Some snow is expected in parts of upstate New York and New England, but most of the Northeast will be spared that because it's just a little too warm.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Make a move

Like Maine? Like paying off your student loans? Then, officials in the Pine Tree State have an offer you're going to love.

Not all heroes wear capes

He shined shoes twice a week for 30 years -- and raised more than $200,000 for sick kids in the process.

Washed away

If you had plans to visit Hawaii's East Island, you might need to change them. It pretty much doesn't exist anymore.

Box drink

Check out the metal box that can produce gallons of fresh drinking water, right out of thin air.

The robots are coming

Meet the cyborg dancer who can detect earthquakes, thanks to the implants in her feet.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

Nine million passengers' personal information was stolen after a data breach on which airline?

A. Cathay Pacific

B. Lufthansa

C. Frontier Airlines

D. Ethiopian Airlines

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz" to see if you're right. And don't forget, you can also find a version of the quiz on your Amazon devices! Just say, "Alexa, ask CNN for a quiz."

TODAY'S NUMBER

401

The number of points the Dow gained yesterday as the stock market, which dropped more than 600 points a day earlier, rides the financial roller coaster

HAPPENING LATER

GDP release

How much did America's economy grow in the third quarter? We'll find out this morning when the latest gross domestic product number comes out. Most economists predict it will be a strong number but not as good as the 4.2% growth we saw in the second quarter.

IT'S THE WEEKEND, BABY

For your Halloween countdown, check out Netflix's darker teen-witch remake in "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." In theaters, "Suspiria" offers a step into a twisted fantasy. And if the kids are driving you nuts, take some parenting tips from Kurt Russell, per his son, Oliver Hudson.

AND FINALLY

Eat up

Nothing says comedy gold like kids talking about food. This time, the adorable little tykes are trying out food from the movies, like cabbage soup from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and butterbeer from "Harry Potter." (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 32437

Reported Deaths: 2030
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Marion9371546
Lake3347170
Cass15867
Allen135366
St. Joseph121834
Hendricks113567
Hamilton112391
Johnson1092104
Elkhart107028
Madison58259
Porter49521
Bartholomew48634
Clark47141
LaPorte41523
Tippecanoe3803
Howard37620
Jackson3681
Delaware35936
Hancock32327
Shelby32121
Floyd31539
Boone29335
Morgan27024
Vanderburgh2532
Montgomery23317
White2288
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19521
Noble19221
Harrison18821
Dubois1852
Henry1709
Greene16824
Warrick16528
Dearborn16421
Monroe16211
Vigo1507
Lawrence14623
Miami1391
Putnam1347
Jennings1284
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1136
Franklin1068
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Carroll932
Daviess8416
Marshall801
Steuben802
Wayne755
Newton7410
Wabash732
Fayette714
Jasper621
LaGrange622
Washington521
Fulton471
Jay460
Randolph453
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Jefferson421
Whitley412
Clay411
Pulaski400
Owen341
Sullivan331
DeKalb331
Brown331
Starke313
Perry260
Wells260
Huntington262
Knox250
Benton250
Tipton241
Crawford230
Blackford202
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Parke180
Spencer171
Posey160
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion100
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0159

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 114306

Reported Deaths: 5083
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook745213455
Lake7845270
DuPage7350347
Kane5947162
Will5279264
Winnebago200152
McHenry147569
St. Clair103573
Kankakee80843
Kendall73619
Rock Island63823
Champaign5807
Madison54457
Boone41016
Sangamon33727
DeKalb3343
Randolph2644
Jackson24210
McLean21513
Out of IL2051
Stephenson1942
Ogle1932
Macon18919
Peoria1888
Clinton17817
Union1437
LaSalle14013
Whiteside13410
Iroquois1314
Coles11912
Warren1130
Unassigned1100
Jefferson10116
Knox940
Monroe9311
Grundy882
McDonough837
Lee761
Tazewell693
Cass680
Henry670
Williamson572
Marion500
Jasper457
Adams441
Macoupin431
Perry410
Pulaski410
Montgomery391
Vermilion371
Morgan341
Christian334
Jo Daviess310
Livingston312
Douglas260
Fayette203
Ford201
Jersey201
Washington180
Woodford182
Mason170
Menard170
Mercer160
Shelby161
Bureau151
Hancock150
Carroll142
Franklin120
Piatt120
Schuyler120
Crawford110
Fulton110
Bond101
Brown100
Clark100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Moultrie100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson70
Massac70
Saline70
Effingham61
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
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