Things you should know today: 10/4/18


Financially hard-up women get help in pursuing MeToo cases

Saturnina Plasencia, 43, sits for a portrait during an interview at her home in New York on Monday, Oct. 1. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the single mother of three endured sustained sexual harassment by her general manager, who insisted she date him and decreased her working hours in retaliation because she spurned him. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is a $22 million legal fund designated to help women who are financially struggling pursue their complaints against their sexual abusers or harassers in court. Over 40 percent of the applicants are women of color and two-thirds come from low-income homes. Over 3,500 people have reached out for help since the fund’s conception in January.

French rescuers detect signs of life under quake-hit hotel

A woman cries as she uses the recovered mobile phone of her daughter who was killed in the massive earthquake at Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Thursday, Oct. 4. The mother did not get the chance to see the body of her daughter after she was buried earlier in a mass grave. Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they’ll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

In the aftermath of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia on Sept. 28, rescuers detected what they believe to be a person buried alive under a hotel in central Sulawesi. The earthquake, followed by a tsunami, wrecked more than 70,000 homes and killed more than 1,400 people. Rescue groups like the Indonesian military, the French organization Pompiers de l’urgence and the United Nations have been on the scene to help with relief efforts.

The Latest: 3 indicted Russians earlier charged by Mueller

In this image released by the Dutch Defense Ministry on Thursday, Oct. 4, trash belonging to four Russian officers of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, GRU, is seen next to their car facing the OPCW building on April 13. The trash was taken not left in their hotel, common practice to avoid leaving fingerprints and or DNA, according to the Dutch Defense Ministry. The officers were expelled from the Netherlands for allegedly trying to hack into the chemical watchdog OPCW’s network. The Dutch defense minister on Thursday, Oct. 4 accused Russia’s military intelligence unit of attempted cybercrimes targeting the U.N. chemical weapons watchdog and the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine. (Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

The U.S. Department of Justice charged seven different Russian military intelligence officers on Oct. 4 for cyber attacks on several organizations, including anti-doping agencies. The hacks were all done from a remote location. The Russian military intelligence officers had been previously charged by special counsel Robert Mueller.


With October General Conference on the horizon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the official hashtag for the October 6 and 7 sessions. Unlike in previous years when the public decided the hashtag, the Church released its own: #GeneralConference.

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