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    1. Coronavirus 

    President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Trump rally billboard says 'superspreader event this way.' (Literally.)
    05:34 - Source: CNN

    2. Supreme Court 

    The first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett featured plenty of fiery moments, but a lot of them revolved around the upcoming election instead of Barrett herself. For instance, all eyes were on VP nominee Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, when she delivered an opening statement criticizing President Trump and Republicans for attacking the Affordable Care Act. Both sides have all but agreed Barrett’s confirmation by the Republican-led Senate is a done deal, so Democrats instead used some of their questioning time to make a pitch to save the Affordable Care Act. Republicans, meanwhile, criticized Democrats for bringing up Barrett’s Catholic faith and her association with the Christian group People of Praise, saying it amounted to, as Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said, “religious bigotry.” Progressives are worried that with another religion-led conservative on the bench, abortion rights cases could be dismantled. 

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    Trump-Biden battle intensifying in Pennsylvania
    03:47 - Source: CNN

    3. Election 2020

    Early in-person voting has started, and it’s already a mess. A technical glitch at an Atlanta voting supersite and hours-long lines around the state plagued voters in Georgia.  Election watchers have long worried that technical problems, along with pandemic protocols and reduced polling staff, will create untenable situations for discouraged voters. California is dealing with another problem: The state’s Republican Party has been asked to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in at least three counties. Such actions are illegal, since only county election officials have the authority to oversee ballot drop boxes. In New York, the NYPD has told all uniformed members to prepare to be deployed for protests before and after the election – possibly into 2021, if a winner is not promptly and securely decided.

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. With less than a month until the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years. If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    Amy Coney Barrett was grilled on these election issues
    02:56 - Source: CNN

    4. Big Tech

    Facebook says it will now ban forms of Holocaust denial under its hate speech policy. That’s a reversal for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who previously said that while such content was offensive, it shouldn’t be removed. Facebook has been criticized for an uneven approach to moderating and monitoring hate speech on its platform. Last week, the company said it will ban all pages, groups, and Instagram accounts representing the conspiracy theory QAnon. That was a big move as well, one that fellow social media giant YouTube is seemingly reluctant to follow. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said during a CNN interview that the platform has taken steps to reducing the ways QAnon content is recommended to viewers, but stopped short of saying they would take broader action.

    Women walk past the boarded up branch of a Wells Fargo bank in in Washington, DC, last summer.

    5. Greece 

    Tensions are rising between Greece and Turkey over offshore rights in the eastern Mediterranean. A Turkish ship recently departed to conduct work near the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which is close to Turkey’s southern coast. Greece’s foreign ministry described the development as a “major escalation” and a “direct threat to peace in the region.” Relations between the two countries have been frayed for years due to a variety of disputes including jurisdiction in the Mediterranean and influence over the ethnically split island country of Cyprus. Greece wants its fellow EU members to impose sanctions on Turkey. At a summit earlier this month, the EU said it would go ahead with punishments if Turkey continued operations in the region.

    People wearing face masks scan a QR code with their smartphones to check their "Health Kit" to enter an area in Beijing this week.


    Vanderbilt-Missouri is the first SEC game postponed due to Covid-19

    It was only a matter of time.

    Alabama football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for Covid-19

    Tracksuits and virtual wine-and-cheese tastings? Sounds like a decent night in.

    Alabama coach Nick Saban during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi last Saturday.

    Kentucky Fried Chicken is replacing its “Finger Lickin’ Good” sauce

    The new sauce has a much less evocative name.

    Jamal Adams and Patrick Mahomes were co-MVPs after the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.

    Jennifer Aniston has a new puppy named Lord Chesterfield

    A top-tier aristocratic dog name.

    Tourist returns stolen artifacts to Pompeii after suffering “curse” for 15 years

    Her troubles were actually pretty serious so, c’mon, you can lay off now, Pompeiian curse.


    5.1 million

    That’s about how much large banks make on overdraft and related fees every year, according to the FDIC.

    Campaign swag from both sides


    The United Nations’ Disaster Risk Reduction chief Mami Mizutori and Debarati Guha-Sapir of Belgium’s Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, in a joint foreword to a new UN report that says the planet will become “an uninhabitable hell for millions of people” unless leaders take climate action.

    Melania Trump, who wrote an essay for the White House website on her experience with Covid-19. She also revealed her son Barron Trump tested positive, but had no symptoms.

    First lady Melania Trump in September


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    Unseasonable heat surges east
    02:09 - Source: CNN

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    The American pika is a type of mammal that closely resembles a rabbit. Their calls, on the other hand, closely resemble squeaky toys. (Click here to view.) 

    So this is what they mean when they say, “Find your happy place.” (Click here to view)