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    The CIA has a museum with exhibits featuring spy gadgets, declassified artifacts and items like the covers for the binder and tablet used for President Joe Biden’s daily briefing. Interested in visiting? Well, unfortunately, the museum isn’t open to the public – but the agency has shared some very interesting pictures from inside.

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    1. Hurricane Ian

    The Biden administration has proposed a prisoner swap to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. President Joe Biden has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence. Multiple sources told CNN that the plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year. The President’s support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the US presented the “substantial proposal” to Moscow “weeks ago” for Whelan and Griner. When asked about the possible swap, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said “so far, there is no agreement on this issue.” 

    2. Japan

    Japan held an elaborate state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead during a campaign speech in July, stunning a nation where gun violence is extremely rare. More than 4,300 guests attended the service in Tokyo, including Vice President Kamala Harris and other foreign dignitaries. While many mourners left flowers and visited memorial sites to pay their respects to the late leader, thousands took to the streets in anti-funeral protests across Tokyo. The demonstrations grew tense at times as large groups of protesters voiced their discontent about Abe’s policies while in office and their opposition to the high cost of the funeral while the country grapples with rising inflation. 

    3. Trump

    The Justice Department on Monday declared that their list of seized materials from the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was “full and accurate,” despite Trump’s claims of planted evidence. According to the FBI, the agency had only a single business day to compile the first version of the inventory – filed several weeks ago – but has since had more time to review and catalog the list. An FBI agent said the revisions to the new list were “minor.” Trump now faces a Friday deadline to submit to the special master descriptions of any seized items that he claims are missing from the list, or items that were included in the inventory that he claimed, without evidence, the FBI may have planted during their search. 

    4. Student Loans

    President Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for low- and middle-income borrowers could cost $400 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday. Biden announced the forgiveness plan in August, after facing mounting pressure from Democrats to broadly cancel some student loan debt. The Department of Education plans to release an application for the program in October. Under the plan, individual borrowers who earned less than $125,000 in 2020 or 2021 and married couples or heads of households who made less than $250,000 annually in those years will see up to $10,000 of their federal student loan debt forgiven. If the borrower also received a federal Pell grant while enrolled in college, the individual is eligible for up to $20,000 of debt forgiveness. 

    5. Ukraine

    Twitter’s former head of security is accusing the company of “egregious deficiencies” in security protocols and claims the company misled its own board and federal regulators about its vulnerabilities. In an explosive whistleblower report, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a respected cybersecurity expert, says Twitter has major security problems that pose a threat to its users’ personal information, company shareholders, national security and democracy. He and his team are due to brief staff in both the House and Senate this week. According to Zatko, his accusations come after he attempted to flag the security lapses to Twitter’s board and tried to help the company fix years of technical shortcomings and alleged non-compliance with the Federal Trade Commission.

    HAPPENING LATER

    Uvalde school police chief’s fate could be decided at board meeting

    The school board in Uvalde, Texas, is expected to discuss whether to fire school Police Chief Pete Arredondo at a meeting later today, three months after a shooter at Robb Elementary killed 19 children and two teachers. Arredondo has come under intense public scrutiny over the police response to the May 24 massacre, America’s deadliest school shooting since 2012.

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    Halloween decorations perplex the internet in viral video

    This man got tired of losing his keys… so he turned himself into a key. What do you think – clever or crazy? Watch the video here.

    9 habits linked to a longer, happier life

    Living life to the fullest starts with paying attention to your body and mind. Here are some helpful habits you may want to include in your daily routine.

    City makes changes to giant slide after it goes viral for the wrong reason

    A giant slide at a park in Detroit is going viral after launching children into the air. Take a look at the extreme slide here

    Inflation is crushing wedding budgets and guests are getting cut

    Unfortunately, the cake may not be the only thing in tiers. Due to rising costs, more couples are disinviting guests to trim their wedding budgets.

    ‘Knives Out’ sequel gets a release date

    The follow-up to the 2019 hit film will once again star Daniel Craig as private detective Benoit Blanc. 

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    41

    That’s how many consecutive days gas prices have dropped in the US, making it the second-longest streak since 2005. The national average for regular gas dipped on Tuesday to $3.89 a gallon, according to AAA. Although prices are 73 cents higher than a year ago, the recent drop is significant, especially since the average price of a gallon surged above $5 just two months ago. 

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “We’re embarking on a new era of humankind, an era in which we potentially have the capability to protect ourselves from something like a dangerous, hazardous asteroid impact.”

    – Vanessa Bryant, sharing a message on Instagram Tuesday on what would have been Kobe Bryant’s 44th birthday. The NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash along with seven others in January 2020. On Tuesday, attorneys for Vanessa Bryant and another plaintiff urged a jury to consider awarding millions of dollars for emotional distress and the violation of constitutional rights caused by Los Angeles County deputies and firefighters for taking and sharing close-up photos of their loved ones’ remains after the crash.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    Flood watches continue in the southeast with more heavy rain expected

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    AND FINALLY

    Elephants smash giant pumpkins

    These food displays look so appetizing you’ll want to take a bite – but don’t. They’re plastic. (Click here to view