Start your Monday smart: Dorian, gun bills, Durst trial, El Paso march, US Open, NFL

Student Maximilian Steubl of Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, participates in a gun control rally at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol March 14, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Students from area high schools participated in the event to mark the one-year anniversary of a nationwide gun-violence walkout protest that was prompted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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    • Hurricane Dorian takes aim at the US mainland. The powerful storm’s uncertain path means the entire southeastern US coast should stay alert. Track the storm here, and if you’re in its path with a weak phone connection, get the text-only version of CNN’s top stories here.

    A satellite view of Dorian, taken by NOAA a 5:40 a.m. ET on August 31.
    What you should know about hurricanes
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    • Hispanic Heritage Month begins (because seven Latin American nations celebrate independence this week). It’s a great time to learn more about the United States’ 60 million Hispanic residents and to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic-Americans. 

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: A container ship sits docked at the Port of Oakland on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. China retaliated to U.S. President Donald Trump's 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods entering the United States with a 25 percent tariff on $60 billion of U.S. goods entering China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged over 700 points on the news in morning trading. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Trump trade adviser defends China tariffs: They're working
    02:26 - Source: CNN

    • The US Open showcases tennis’ best. The energy has been sky-high so far at the year’s last Grand Slam, including brilliant play from American Taylor Townsend and legend Roger Federer. Don’t miss a moment leading up to the finals. Watch starting at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN.

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    Teen tennis star hushes weight critics (2014)
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    • Bahrain’s leader visits the White House. President Trump is set to welcome Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, a key economic and security partner in the Middle East. Following heated disputes over oil tankers in the region, the leaders are due to discuss maritime protection and Iran.  

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    Obama: 'Even Brady's happy he's got a union'
    03:12 - Source: CNN


    • Facebook & Twitter execs confront disinformation. More than year out from the 2020 races, the Federal Election Commission is due to host leaders of the influential social media platforms to talk about disrupting efforts to spread political lies. Facebook, Twitter and Google execs the next day are expected at a US Senate panel hearing on extremism and mass violence online.

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    Irish FM: Consequence of no deal Brexit 'very stark'
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Real Estate Heir Robert Durst appears in the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Durst has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a friend Susan Berman in 2000. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
    Durst: I was on meth during HBO show
    01:29 - Source: CNN

    • The first daughter heads south in support of women. Ivanka Trump and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan are due to leave for a four-day junket in Colombia, Argentina, and Paraguay. Topping their agenda is strengthening US partnerships in the region on the matter of women’s economic empowerment.

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    What Melinda Gates told Ivanka Trump about paid leave
    04:15 - Source: CNN


    • All eyes focus on the Fed. The US central bank is scheduled to meet, with another rate cut expected. Trump has urged the Fed to import the negative interest rate policies of foreign central banks, a step many analysts see as extreme.

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    Late night comics slam Congress for inaction on gun violence
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    Bill Nye: Not sustainable to lie about climate crisis
    02:10 - Source: CNN


    • The Washington Monument reopens. The national site’s 37-month closure ends with the unveiling of a modernized elevator control system and a new security screening facility.

    In this photo provided by NBC Sports, Joan Jett, left, and Carrie Underwood pose with a 100th anniversary NFL football. NBC's Sunday Night Football open will return to the original Waiting All Day for Sunday Night song, but this time Carrie Underwood will be joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett. Her band, the Blackhearts, also perform in the open, which features NFL stars. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC Sports via AP)
    Hear Carrie Underwood's new 'Sunday Night Football' song with Joan Jett
    00:49 - Source: CNN Business


    • Mass climate strikes begin. Activists plan an intergenerational event in Washington to call attention to the climate crisis and demand elected leaders’ action. Hundreds of Amazon workers also are due to walk out that day, saying their employer isn’t doing enough to stem the climate emergency. These coincide with the start of a weeklong Global Climate Strike campaign.

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    See astronauts' reaction from inside rocket
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    • Happy Oktoberfest! The annual celebration of culture, sausage and beer begins in Germany.

    Antonio Basco visits a memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, across from the Walmart where the shooting took place in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Basco's wife, Margie Reckard, 63, was killed in the shooting.
    El Paso widower invites entire city to wife's funeral
    02:41 - Source: CNN