Here are the stories AlBoeNEWS is covering today. Check back throughout the day for updates.

BREAKING: South Dakota executes 56-year-old inmate for killing prison guard in failed escape seven years ago. (AP)

An all-clear has been given after police are responding to New York Times headquarters in New York City after reports of a suspicious package (full story)

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in its London embassy and turn him over to the United States (Reuters)

Possible Threat at Los Angeles Elementary School

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a “possible threat” at Desert Willow Elementary School in Palmdale, California.

It is a possible hoax, but authorities are clearing the scene and ensuring there are no active suspects. (NBC-LA)

Authorities now confirm that the incident was a prank call and have given the all-clear. (source)

Twitter Removing Like Button?

Twitter is reportedly considering removing the like button from their service. The company says that they are rethinking ways to incentivize healthy conversation.

The plans are in early stages at this time. (source)

More Troops to be sent to U.S. Border

The Pentagon says that over 5,000 troops will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week – Bloomberg

The 5,200 active-duty troops are being sent to “harden” the southern border against the migrant caravan – AP

Pipe Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Intended to Send Packages to 100 People

Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected of sending at least 15 pipe bombs in the mail, reportedly intended to send them to over 100 people.

Law enforcement officials say that the man had a list of over 100 people that he wanted to send bombs to. CNN reports that they are contacting all of the people on that list to alert them. (CNN)

Merkel will not run for re-election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down from the position when her current term ends in 2021, according to AFP. Merkel has been in power for 13 years. (AFP)

NFL Coach Fired

The Cleveland Browns fired coach Hue Jackson

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