Death toll rises for Syria chemical attacks:
- On Wednesday, a northern Syrian town experienced a chemical assault, which is one of the deadliest attacks in Syria’s civil war. Doctors say a combination of toxic gases was released during airstrikes, causing a high death toll and severe symptoms. The death toll has risen to 75, and the UN Security Council has met to discuss the attacks.
Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council:
- A memo published Wednesday has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. A White House official said that Bannon was originally placed on the council to ensure implementation of the president’s vision, which became a controversial decision. Officials are not yet discussing the changes.
Defects found on oil train routes:
- Federal regulators discovered 24,000 thousand safety defects on almost 58,000 thousand miles of train routes across 44 states. The defects were found on railroads that are responsible for hauling volatile crude oil. Government inspectors identified problems from worn rails to loosened or missing bolts in the tracks. Regulators said 1,118 violation recommendations have been made to improve safety.
Maryn Lowell named BIG EAST player of the week:
- Temple women’s lacrosse freshman goalie Maryn Lowell has been named the BIG EAST Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Georgetown. Lowell tied her career high with 11 saves to help lead the Owls to a 11-9 victory. Her record on the season now sits at 6-1, and the team currently stands at 9-2, and 2-1 in BIG EAST play.