Oct 18, 2018

Afghan police chief, intelligence chief and provincial governor killed

Three prominent officials of Afghanistan's Kandahar province — governor Zalmay Wesa, police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin — were killed Thursday when their own guards opened fire in a security meeting, reports the AP. Two American troops were also wounded.

The big picture: Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi took credit for the attack, which comes ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday where security is a major concern. According to a new Gallup report, 22% of Afghans have confidence in their local police and 49% in the country's military, while just 13% feel safe walking through their neighborhoods at night. Only 19% have confidence in the honesty of elections.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  4. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

Mike Bloomberg. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.