News Briefs: 10/28


The death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced on Sunday by President Donald Trump. Trump said al-Baghdadi set off a suicide vest during a raid by U.S. Special Forces. The New York Times reported “al-Baghdadi was the world’s most-wanted terrorist chieftain, the target of a $25 million bounty from the American government.”

This Halloween could be the coldest on record for the Kansas City metro area. The Kansas City Star reported “the high Thursday will likely be among the coldest, if not the coldest, high in Kansas City for that day.” The lowest high was recorded in 1951 at 36 degrees, and the forecast high for Thursday is 38, but that forecast could drop as Halloween approaches.

An east Topeka home was intentionally set on fire on Monday morning, according to the Topeka Fire Dept. WIBW reported no one was inside when crews arrived, but the TFD said the homeowner was on-site when they arrived. No injuries were reported, but the Topeka Fire Marshal said the damage to the home and its contents is estimated to be about $15,000.

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