5 things for Wednesday, October 26: ISIS, Donald Trump, the Vatican

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(CNN)Good Wednesday morning. Many of you thanked us for making yesterday's newsletter a Trump/Clinton-free offering. Sorry to disappoint today. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. ISIS

    ISIS may be on the retreat in Iraq and Syria, but it keeps striking wherever it can. In Afghanistan, the terrorists killed 30 people, who were just trying to collect wood for the winter. US officials have long worried about ISIS' growing presence in the war-torn country, especially among disaffected Taliban.

    2. Campaign 2016

    Donald Trump says World War III is around the corner if Hillary Clinton wins, because she'd draw us into conflicts with Russia, Syria and Iran. Meanwhile, the sharp increases in Obamacare premiums gave Republicans their best potential shot at the Dems in days -- and then Trump promptly botched it.

    3. Bridge jump

    A miracle. There's no other way to describe how two kids - ages 1 and 3 - survived a 100-foot plunge off a bridge. Their father, holding them in his arms, intentionally jumped off I-287 in New Jersey after an argument with his wife. He died. Police think the trees underneath the bridge broke the boys' fall.

    4. Nurse arrest

    A Canadian nurse is accused of killing eight people at two different assisted-living facilities. The elderly residents were all poisoned between 2007 to 2014. That's what we know. What we don't know yet is a motive. Was she a quiet serial killer or someone trying to end the suffering of others?

    5. Cremation

    The Vatican's OK with cremation, but be careful with those ashes. New guidelines urge people to keep ashes in a "sacred place" like a church cemetery. No scattering the ashes at sea. Or sending them to space. Or storing them in a Pringles can. Or pouring them into shotgun shells. (All real.)

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