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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS following a fundamentalist Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam, was killed during a raid involving U.S. special operatives. Al-Baghdadi was known to be the most wanted terrorist leader in the world. An ISIS spy from the Syrian Democratic Forces provided a piece of al-Baghdadi’s underwear and blood sample that led U.S. operatives to his location. President Donald Trump announced his death on Sunday, claiming that the terrorist leader was chased to the end of underground tunnel as he was “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” Al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest during the raid that resulted in his immediate death. Trump did not notify Congress on the U.S. raid in Syria, a move compared to that of former President Barak Obama, that lead to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Information from CNN, The New York Times and AP News.


Healthcare algorithm hurts millions of Black Americans


A widely used health care algorithm that affects 200 million people in the U.S. causes black Americans to receive less important medical treatment than white Americans suffering from the same conditions. This is possible because the algorithm used by the U.S. health care system causes bias that uses health costs as a representative for medical health needs, resulting in less money being spent on black patients with the same need of the treatment as white patients. This means that the algorithm is falsely concluding that black patients are healthier than white patients equally as sick. Using the algorithm, patients who have complex medical needs are flagged and are eligible to receive additional necessary care resources, like more attention from doctors. The algorithm is also used to predict which patients will benefit more from the extra attention. This allows healthcare providers to focus limited time and resources on the individuals that need it the most. But due to the bias in the algorithm, millions of black Americans are missing out on needed resources.


Information from The Verge, Springer Nature and AAAS.


ExxonMobil Climate Change Trial


On Oct. 22, the second climate change case to occur in U.S. history began under the allegation that ExxonMobil lied to its investors about the amount of money it would be making after the government imposed climate change-rated regulations. ExxonMobil allegedly used numbers that were documented differently from what was disclosed publicly to their investors when calculating the impact of laws, taxes and other economic aspects of climate change planned to come. The fraud could allegedly cost the company’s investors between $476 million and $1.6 billion. ExxonMobil has numerous lawsuits spending from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Baltimore.


Information from CBS News and CNN.