Americans to honor troops on Veterans Day
Though it was observed on Friday, Veterans Day celebrations continue on Saturday, the official holiday. Many government agencies and court systems are marking the day, so banks, post offices and most public libraries will be closed Saturday. But there are still plenty of places that will be open and offering free meals and treats for those who have served in the military. In Washington, Vice President Mike Pence will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown solider, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Sunday, the NFL Players Association will implement a two-minute moment of silence ahead of kickoffs.
Trump’s tour in Asia rolls along after informal meeting with Putin
President Trump heads towards the home stretch this weekend of his five-day, 12-country diplomatic spin through Asia, with stops in Vietnam and the Phillipeans.Trump wrapped up his meetings at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit Saturday, speaking informally with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the Kremlin, both leaders agreed on a joint statement about how to address the ongoing violence in Syria. In a statement, the Kremlin said that “the presidents confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria.” Earlier in the week, Trump said he wanted to speak with Putin about pulling economic support from North Korea, part of his efforts to pressure Kim Jong Un’s government into giving up nuclear weapons.
Aly Raisman accuses ex-USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual abuse
Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday (7 p.m. ET/PT) to open up about the sexual abuse scandal that rocked USA Gymnastics. Raisman, a member of the Fierce Five squad that won gold at the London Olympics, told 60 Minutes contributor Jon LaPook that former national team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her. According to The Lansing State Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, more than 140 women have alleged sexual abuse by Nassar, under the guise of medical treatment. Raisman has been openly critical of the way USA Gymnastics has handled complaints against Nassar as well as other allegations of sexual abuse. He was fired in the summer of 2015 and pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July.
Attention, shoppers: It’s Singles Day in China
Consumer giant P&G is taking advantage of Saturday’s Singles Day, a huge shopping day in China, to try and sell Chinese women tampons — a product only 1% of them use. P&G won’t be the only U.S. company looking to cash in on Singles Day. In 2016, 37% of Singles Day shoppers bought from international brands, and the U.S. was the top seller, according to Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce platform that took in $17 billion on last year’s holiday. Sales on this year’s Singles Day could rise to an estimated $24 billion, according to Citigroup.
Three top 10 showdowns hold major College Football Playoff implications
Week 11 in college football features three top 10 matchups that will have major implications on the College Football Playoff rankings at the end of the year. No. 5 Notre Dame visits undefeated No. 6 Miami (Fla.), looking to avoid a second loss that would almost assuredly eliminate the Fighting Irish from Playoff contention. Another undefeated team, No. 2 Georgia, goes on the road to take on No. 10 Auburn, which looks make a miracle run at the Playoff, despite two losses. Last but not least, Heisman trophy frontrunner Baker Mayfield and No. 7 Oklahoma play host to No. 9 TCU in a Big 12 showdown that could be a preview of the conference’s title game. Check out our staff predictions for the weekend here.