Things you should know today: 10/5/17

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Iraq says it has retaken northern town from Islamic State

Michel Euler
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris for talks on the international fight against Islamic State group extremists and rebuilding Iraq’s economy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

 

Iraq’s prime minister declared victory during a press conference in Paris and said troops have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group. This victory has driven extremists from one of their last strongholds in the country.

 

New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

In this image from video, Jake Nelson, AAA’s director for traffic safety advocacy and research drives one of the test vehicles used in the study in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Infotainment technology automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, a study being released by AAA on Oct. 5 says. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

 

University of Utah professor David Strayer released a new study on the infotainment technology automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles. Infotainment options such as use of social media, email and text are making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time.

 

House GOP eyes budget passage that is key to tax debate

Manuel Balce Ceneta
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., look at a poster at the start of a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, urging Republicans to abandon cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

Republicans focus on cutting taxes instead of deficits as they look to power a $4.1 billion budget plan through the House. This budget makes way for action later this year to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code, but also promises cuts to social programs and Cabinet agency budgets.

 

Teen gives up role in marching band to be friend’s ‘eyes’

A high school senior gives up her goals of playing in the school’s marching band to help a blind freshman reach hers.

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