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    1. Buffalo shooting

    More than 675,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. That surpasses the estimated US death toll from the 1918 flu pandemic, the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
    Dr. Gupta looks back on the pandemic as US deaths surpass 675,000
    03:02 - Source: CNN

    2. Church shooting

    US President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2021 in New York. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden at UN General Assembly: This is a decisive decade for our world
    02:30 - Source: CNN

    3. Ukraine

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    Sanders: House Dems should block infrastructure deal if Manchin guts $3.5T bill
    00:46 - Source: CNN

    4. Abortion

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters with Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump hosted Republican Congressional leaders and members of his cabinet to talk about a proposed new round of financial stimulus to help the economy during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
    Trump shares disappointment with Pence in new audio recording
    06:43 - Source: CNN

    5.Elon Musk

    In the coming weeks, Ghana’s parliament is set to debate a draft bill – framed in the guise of “family values” – that seeks to introduce some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ laws on the African continent. The prospect of it passing is pushing the country’s LGBTQ community into the shadows. LGBTQ Ghanaians have been left asking how things got so bad, so quickly, and Western diplomats say they have been caught by surprise. But what one Ghanaian activist calls a “homophobe’s dream bill” has deep roots in Ghana’s religious community. It also found key inspiration from a US ultra-conservative group with Russian ties.

    Migrants in a make-shift camp after crossing the Rio Grande to the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in Del Rio presenting the Biden administration with a fresh and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Thousands of migrants crowd into makeshift camp at US border
    02:48 - Source: CNN


    Now, now, it’s not a competition. All the giant Jesus statues are equally impressive. 

    Yes, you read that right. Thirty seasons of mirrorball madness!

    ‘The View’ turns 25

    Here’s a look at 25 times the talk show got us, well, talking.

    This child-sized Aston Martin toy car costs $123,000

    “OK Junior, you can either go to college or have the coolest toy this cul-de-sac has ever seen.”

    Think remote meetings are hard? Hybrid meetings are much more complicated

    Prepare to be stuck in an endless loop of “I can’t see you” and “You’re muted … I said YOU’RE MUTED.”

    Chipotle is adding a new meat to its menu

    Here’s a challenge: Can you read the words “beef brisket” and not immediately crave beef brisket?

    In memoriam

    Willie Garson, who famously played Stanford Blatch on “Sex and the City,” has died. He was 57. In a statement, HBO/HBO Max honored Garson, calling his portrayal “one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon.”


    That’s how much the Hungarian Football Federation must pay in fines after being punished by football’s world governing body for “numerous” fans’ racist behavior during a recent World Cup qualifier against England.


    Secretary of State Antony Blinken, discussing the lack of diversity at the US State Department. Blinken just named retired Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley as the department’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer.

    Samantha Mayor, who was injured during the 2018 deadly school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Mayor and other shooting survivors gave their firsthand accounts in a brief filed Tuesday in a case that could impact concealed carry and Second Amendment laws across the country.


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    First day of fall brings flash flood threat
    01:53 - Source: CNN

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    This mind-blowing Pokémon cross-stitch just keeps going and going! Phew, the dedication. (Click here to view.) 

    What’s it like getting Dorothy’s ruby slippers looking their best? Well, for one, they’re way less pretty reeeally close up. (Click here to view)