Things you should know today: 10/17/17


Spain: Top court officially rules Catalan referendum illegal

A woman on her balcony beats a pot protesting for the National Court decision to imprison civil society leaders without bails in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Oct. 16, 2017. A Spanish judge’s decision to jail the leaders of two Catalan grassroots groups, Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural, was met with a chorus banging pots and pans, honking car horns and clapping in the streets of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Spanish government ruled against Catalonia’s referendum saying the law was against the “indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation.”

John Locher
Jenni Tillett writes a message at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. The garden was built as a memorial for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

More than 1,000 volunteers joined to help create a “pop-up garden” in the downtown arts district of Las Vegas in remembrance of those lost in the mass shooting.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

Rich Pedroncelli
A United States flag flies over the charred remains of a house in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

As firefighters work on extinguishing fires in Northern California, another fire started overnight in the Bay Area Santa Cruz mountains. This fire has currently burned through 125 acres and prompted the evacuation of 100 homes.

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

Ben Birchall
Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall southwestern England, as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begins to hit parts of Britain and Ireland. Ireland’s meteorological service is predicting wind gusts of 120 kph to 150 kph (75 mph to 93 mph), sparking fears of travel chaos. Some flights have been cancelled, and aviation officials are warning travelers to check the latest information before going to the airport Monday. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

Storm Ophelia hit Ireland hard leaving three dead and hundreds of thousands without power. Irish authorities said it could take days to restore power to the 330,000 homes.

Google releases tribute video for Selena Quintanilla

Google created and released a special tribute video to Selena Quintanilla, Mexican-American music and entertainment icon, that will appear on Google’s homepage on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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