The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 10.20.2015

Canada's new leader; Polls show Clinton increases lead; United names acting CEO; DraftKings' aggressive defense; Larry Goldman dead at 64; Tim Cook at WSJDLive event; Oprah boosts Weight Watchers.

Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image via Facebook).
Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image via Facebook).

Leading Tuesday morning’s news cycle
Canada has a new leader. Political scion and former snowboard instructor Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party won Monday’s federal election, defeating Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party by a large margin. Here’s what it means for Canada, according to Fortune.

Polls show gains for Clinton, Trump
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton’s debate performance lengthened her lead over Bernie Sanders, contrasting earlier surveys. The same poll shows Donald Trump at his highest percentage yet, with Ben Carson not far behind. 

Third CEO in less than two months for United
United Airlines named general counsel Brett Hart as its acting CEO on Monday, making him the carrier’s third leader in less than two months. He stepped in for Oscar Munoz, who went on medical leave after suffering a heart attack last week. The company did not give a timeline for Munoz’s return.

DraftKings releases investigation findings
Continuing its pushback against "insider trading" allegations, DraftKings said an investigation conducted by a law firm found one of its employees did not use proprietary information to place bets on rival website FanDuel.

Larry Goldman passes away at 64
Longtime entertainment sector PR executive Larry Goldman died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 64. Goldman held key roles at Stan Rosenfeld & Associates, later known as Rosenfeld/Goldman, Bender Goldman Helper, and Hill & Knowlton.

Cook says 6.5 million are paying for Apple Music
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the WSJDLive event on Monday night that streaming service Apple Music has 15 million users, but only 6.5 million are paying subscribers. (How many are attributable to Taylor Swift is hard to say). He also said the new edition of Apple TV will ship this month.

WaPo’s Biden scoop isn’t really one
The Washington Post published a story on Monday night saying Vice President Joe Biden was getting into the 2016 race, but quickly pulled it from its website. The newspaper said it didn’t break an embargo; rather, it mistakenly posted a shell story compiled in case the veep does decide to run.

Oprah steps in to help Weight Watchers
The stock price of struggling fitness and health brand Weight Watchers jumped on Monday after Oprah Winfrey said she is taking a 10% stake in the company. The media mogul made more than $70 million in one day with the move.

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