Sign1News 10.2.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign1News 10.2.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. The State Department inspector general Steve Linick requested an “urgent” briefing on Ukraine with congressional staff. The briefing will take place Wednesday on Capitol Hill. It’s unclear exactly what information he plans to provide in the briefing, but sources say it is connected to documents on Ukraine. The inspector general’s request came after secretary of state Mike Pompeo accused House Democrats of “bullying” state department officals by calling them in for depositions. House Democrats said Pompeo needs to stop “intimidating” witnesses. Meanwhile, President Trump made further comments on the whistleblower who filed a complaint that alleges the president abused his powers. The president continues to push for the whistleblower’s identity to be revealed. In a tweet Tuesday, the president said, “Why aren’t we entitled to interview and learn everything about the whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him.” But GOP Senator Chuck Grassley responded saying the whistleblower “ought to be heard out and protected.” UNO! We’ve got news about one of your favorite card games. The number of people who can now shout “UNO” just got bigger, and more inclusive. Mattel just made a braille version. With more than 7 million blind and low-vision people in the U.S., Mattel decided to work with the National Federation of the Blind to make it happen. The deck will feature braille dots on the corner of each card, and there’s also braille on the front and back of the box. This isn’t the first time Mattel has taken steps to be more inclusive. They also have an UNO set for people who are color blind. An Alabama man becomes the 17th death in the country tied to lung disease from vaping. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 805 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury associated with vaping in 46 states. Alabama will likely be added to that total when the CDC updates its numbers this week. On Tuesday, health officials had each confirmed a vaping-related death in Virginia and New Jersey. Officials say while the current outbreaks are still being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using e-cigarette or vape product. On Tuesday, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reached a 20.4 million dollar settlement with two counties in Ohio. The announcement was made ahead of a landmark opioid trial scheduled to start later this month. The federal trial combines nearly two-thousand cases involving cities, counties, communities and tribal lands. The lawsuit accuses drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and practitioners of shipping “hundred to millions” of suspicious opioid doses over 20 years to their jurisdictions. If the agreements are finalized, Johnson & Johnson will provide 10 million dollars to Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio. Five-million dollars would go towards reimbursing legal expenses. And Johnson & Johnson will give 5.4 million to nonprofit groups in connection with opioid-related programs. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it acted responsibly with its products and the settlement is not an admission of liability. Stacey Dash is pleading not guilty to domestic battery charges. On Sunday, the ‘Clueless’ actress and former political commentator was arrested at a home in New Point Richey, Florida. A police report says they were called to the home to respond to a domestic dispute. Dash’s husband had visible scratch marks on his arms, so she was arrested. Officials say she bonded out of jail the next day. A public defender was assigned to her case after Dash told the court she couldn’t afford an attorney. If you think you got spectacular wedding photos from your happy day, think again. Washington couple, Sean and Brittany, Tuohy had the perfect fall wedding planned, but it ended up more like a winter wonderland. On Saturday, the couple planned on having their photo shoot at a venue in Spokane, Washington. They were hoping to have a breathtaking fall photo shoot and sunny 75 degree weather. But on the big day, they were treated to a full-blown, record-breaking snowstorm, high winds and lots of ice. They held the ceremony inside and then made the best of the show scoring some amazing shots. They had to do it fast, posing for roughly 100 photos in about ten minutes, before the storm became an all out blizzard. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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