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    1. Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      (CNN)During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.

      Pressing President Donald Trump on when the American public would get to see his long-anticipated tax returns, Biden questioned: "When? Inshallah?"
      In certain vernacular, "inshallah" serves as a non-committal response to a question.
      Taken literally, the term "inshallah," consists of three Arabic words (In sha' Allah) which translate into "if God wills it." Spiritually it represents a submission to God's will. It can perhaps be seen as the Muslim counterpart to the Yiddish adage, "Man plans, and God laughs."
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    2. Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      (CNN)A judge approved a $800 million settlement on Wednesday for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, which is considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

      After months of negotiations, all sides in a class action lawsuit against the owner of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas agreed to the settlement, plaintiffs' attorney Robert Eglet told CNN by phone.
      There is a 30 day period of appeal for the settlement, Eglet said.
      "We are hopeful it will be completed in a manner that we will be able to disperse the victims' funds before the end of the year."
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    3. One Million People Have Died from Coronavirus

      One Million People Have Died from Coronavirus

      A Chinese doctor who tried to sound the alarm. A father of six who emigrated from Pakistan to the United States to give his family a better life. A 15-year-old boy who left his remote home in the Amazon to study. They all died from Covid-19.

      In eight months, more than 33 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, across nearly every country. The disease has taken lives on every continent except Antarctica -- and more than one million people have died.

      That’s four times as many people who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, 16 times as many people killed by the common flu in the US last winter, and more than 335 times the number ...

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    4. Amy Barrett Pick Draws Attention to a Small Religious Group

      Amy Barrett Pick Draws Attention to a Small Religious Group

      (CNN)President Donald Trump's nomination of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has drawn new attention to her association with a Christian group called People of Praise.

      Barrett has not spoken publicly about her relationship to the religious community, which was founded in 1971 and includes "Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians and other denominational and nondenominational Christians," according to its website.
      Interest in Barrett and her background has been intensified by the condensed timeframe Republicans have laid out for her potential confirmation. That she would be replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon and supporter of abortion rights, has only heightened the tensions surrounding the nomination process.
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    5. Fauci: COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Eliminate Masks or Public Health Measures

      Fauci: COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Eliminate Masks or Public Health Measures

      (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that even an effective Covid-19 vaccine won't replace the need for other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.

      Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the vaccine will not be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population -- which means there still will be room for Covid-19 to spread.
      Fauci said he's being "practical" when he says, "I think if we can get 75 to 80% of the population vaccinated, I think that would be a really good accomplishment."
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    6. Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuban Products

      Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuban Products

      (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a new series of economic sanctions on Cuba that ban US citizens from buying Cuban cigars as well as rum and staying at Cuban government-owned hotels on the communist-run island.

      "Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit US travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government," Trump said at a White House event honoring Bay of Pigs veterans. "We're also further restricting the importation of Cuban alcohol and Cuban tobacco."
      "These actions will ensure that US dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people," the President asserted.
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    7. Wisconsin Declares Public Health Emergency After Surge in Coronavirus Cases

      Wisconsin Declares Public Health Emergency After Surge in Coronavirus Cases

      (CNN)Wisconsin will continue to require people to wear face masks indoors after the state saw a surge of new Covid-19 cases.

      The order was issued by Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday, coupled with the declaration of a public health emergency. The order is effective immediately, according to the governor's office, and is due to steeply rising cases, particularly among people between the ages of 18 and 24.
      "We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin," said Evers in a news release.
      "We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We ...
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    8. Einstein Bros. Bagels Won't Launch Fall Items Due to Coronavirus

      Einstein Bros. Bagels Won't Launch Fall Items Due to Coronavirus

      (CNN)It seems even pumpkin spice isn't safe from the coronavirus.

      The restaurant chain Einstein Bros. Bagels is the latest victim of the pandemic. This fall, they will not be offering any pumpkin spice seasonal items.
      "Unfortunately we will not be offering pumpkin products this year," Einstein Bros said in a statement to CNN. "With COVID-19, it's been difficult launching new products."
      In past years, Einstein's has offered a spread of pumpkin bagels with pumpkin shmear to match.
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    9. Facebook Took Down Accounts China Allegedly Ran Posting About Election

      Facebook Took Down Accounts China Allegedly Ran Posting About Election

      New York (CNN Business)Facebook on Tuesday said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts it determined were run from China, including accounts posting about November's US presidential election.

      Facebook said the scale of the operation was small, but it is the first time the company has made public details about an operation it found to be run from China that had been posting about the US election.
      The accounts "posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Donald Trump," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, wrote in a post on the company's website.
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    10. CDC Abruptly Removes New Guidance, Saying the Posting a Mistake

      CDC Abruptly Removes New Guidance, Saying the Posting a Mistake

      (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted just days earlier.

      "A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency's official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted," Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman, said in a response emailed to CNN.
      The guidance pertained to the way the novel coronavirus is spread. While it's known it can spread through droplets among people standing less than 6 feet apart ...
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    11. Some Louisville Federal Buildings Closed Due to Breonna Taylor Announcement

      Some Louisville Federal Buildings Closed Due to Breonna Taylor Announcement

      (CNN)Some federal buildings in Louisville, Kentucky, will be closed this week and police will operate under a state of emergency as the city awaits an announcement by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron about his office's investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor.

      The Gene Snyder United States Courthouse will be closed to the public through Friday, September 25, according to an order by Greg Stivers, the chief US District Court judge for Western Kentucky. All scheduled in-court appearances will be continued or converted to videoconference proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge, the order says.
      The courthouse's windows were boarded up on Monday.
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    12. NY Police Arrest 86 Anti-ICE Protestors

      NY Police Arrest 86 Anti-ICE Protestors

      (CNN)Police arrested 86 people at a protest against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in Times Square on Saturday, according to the New York Police Department.

      The rally was calling for the abolition of ICE in the wake of a complaint made public last week that a Georgia ICE facility had a high rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical neglect, protester Isabelle Leyva told CNN.
      Leyva estimated that up to 300 protesters had gathered in Times Square from noon Saturday and said they were outnumbered by police 3-to-1. Arrests were made in Times Square and later outside the NYPD building at 1 Police Plaza, she said.
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    13. Woman Arrested After Allegedly Sending Poisonous Letter to President Trump

      Woman Arrested After Allegedly Sending Poisonous Letter to President Trump

      (CNN)A woman suspected of sending a letter containing the poison ricin to President Donald Trump was arrested as she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state, a US law enforcement official said.

      The woman was carrying a gun and arrested by US authorities, according to the law enforcement official.
      US prosecutors in Washington, DC, are expected to bring charges against her.
      CNN previously reported that law enforcement had intercepted a ricin package sent to Trump last week, according to two law enforcement officials, and that investigators were looking into the possibility that it came from Canada.
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    14. DOJ Looking into Charging Local Officials in Portland

      DOJ Looking into Charging Local Officials in Portland

      (CNN)Justice Department prosecutors looked into the possibility of bringing criminal or civil charges against local officials in Portland, Oregon, over their handling of weeks of protests that for a period laid siege to a federal courthouse and other buildings, according to Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman.

      The idea is part of Attorney General William Barr's push for aggressive action by federal prosecutors against violence surrounding nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.
      Typically, in times of local unrest, local prosecutors take the lead in bringing charges against people carrying out violence. But Barr has pushed for greater use of federal prosecution, even in relatively minor cases usually left ...
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    15. HHS Spokesman, Michael Caputo, is Taking Leave After Conspiracy Rant

      HHS Spokesman, Michael Caputo, is Taking Leave After Conspiracy Rant

      Washington (CNN)Michael Caputo, the top spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking a two-month leave of absence from his post, the department announced Wednesday, a day after he apologized for a conspiracy theory-laden rant he made against career government scientists in which he accused them of "sedition" and working to undermine President Donald Trump.

      "Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family. Mr. Caputo will be on leave for the next 60 days," HHS said in a statement.

      The temporary departure comes as concerns grow ...

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    16. Man Arrested After he Admitted to Setting Fires in Oregon

      Man Arrested After he Admitted to Setting Fires in Oregon

      (CNN)An Oregon man was arrested after he admitted to setting a brush fire along a highway, police said, as wildfires burn through large swaths of the West Coast.

      Then, they said, he set six more.
      Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was booked Sunday afternoon after witnesses said he set a section of grass along the I-205 freeway on fire with what appears to be a Molotov Cocktail, according to a report by the Portland Police Bureau.
      Lopez admitted to lighting the fire, and he was booked on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree, according to the report.
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    17. Louisville Agrees to Settle Breonna Taylor's Wrongful Death for $12M

      Louisville Agrees to Settle Breonna Taylor's Wrongful Death for $12M

      (CNN)The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and institute sweeping police reforms in a historic settlement of the family's wrongful death lawsuit.

      Mayor Greg Fischer, Taylor's family and their attorneys announced the settlement at a joint press conference on Tuesday. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed in her home by police on March 13.
      As part of the settlement, the city agreed to establish a housing credit program as an incentive for officers to live in the areas they serve; use social workers to provide support on certain police runs; and require commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval, among other changes.
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    18. Trump's Rally in Nevada is Breaking All the COVID-19 Rules

      Trump's Rally in Nevada is Breaking All the COVID-19 Rules

      (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of supporters indoors on Sunday for the first time in nearly three months.

      Trump attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's voting record and mental acuity, and he repeated his campaign message about law and order. The themes were nearly identical to his speech from the night before in Minden, Nevada.
      Sunday's rally in Henderson, Nevada -- which was held inside a facility of Xtreme Manufacturing -- was expected to violate the state's restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more. It follows a stretch of outdoor events after Trump's controversial indoor Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally in June saw underwhelming attendance.

       

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    19. Judge Grants Restraining Order Preventing UPSP from Sending Election Mailers

      Judge Grants Restraining Order Preventing UPSP from Sending Election Mailers

      Washington (CNN)A federal judge has temporarily barred the US Postal Service from sending mailers containing what Colorado's top election official calls "false statements" that may discourage voters from participating in the November election, according to court documents filed Saturday evening.

      Unless extended by the court, the temporary restraining order remains in effect through September 22, the filings shows.
      "Temporary restraining order granted. The USPS must stop sending misinformation to Colorado voters," Jena Griswold, Colorado's secretary of state, tweeted Saturday evening. Griswold, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit on Saturday seeking a temporary restraining order to stop delivery of mailers that have yet to be delivered.
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    20. Gilead Acquires Immunomedics for $21B

      Gilead Acquires Immunomedics for $21B

      New York (CNN Business)Gilead Sciences will acquire biopharmaceutical company Immunomedics for $21 billion, the company announced on Sunday. The acquisition will expand Gilead's portfolio of treatments for various types of cancer.

      The deal with Immunomedics provides Gilead (GILD) with Trodelvy, an antibody drug for advanced triple-negative breast cancer. The drug was given accelerated FDA approval in April. Immunomedics will be acquired by $88 per share in cash -- more than double the $42.25 at which shares traded on Friday's close.
      "This acquisition represents significant progress in Gilead's work to build a strong and diverse oncology portfolio," Gilead Chairman and CEO, Daniel O'Day said in a statement. "Trodelvy is an approved, transformational medicine for a form ...
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    21. IATA Needs 8,000 Cargo Jets to Transport COVID-19 Vaccines

      IATA Needs 8,000 Cargo Jets to Transport COVID-19 Vaccines
      (CNN) — As global pharmaceutical companies race to complete their Covid-19 vaccine trials, the logistics that will be required to deliver them to all corners of the world are coming into focus -- and it will be a mission like no other.
      According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), providing a single dose of the vaccine to 7.8 billion people will require the use of 8,000 Boeing 747 cargo aircraft -- and planning needs to begin now.
      "Safely delivering Covid-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry," said IATA's director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, in a statement.
      "We urge governments to take the lead in facilitating cooperation across the logistics ...
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    22. US Accuses Ukrainian Lawmaker of Being Russian Spy

      US Accuses Ukrainian Lawmaker of Being Russian Spy

      (CNN)The US Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions against a Ukrainian lawmaker, accusing him of being an "active Russian agent" who is part of Moscow's interference in the 2020 campaign.

      The controversial Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrii Derkach, has close ties to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and was already singled out earlier this summer by the US intelligence community for helping Moscow's ongoing efforts to weaken Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

      Now, Derkach has been explicitly labeled a Russian agent by the US government and sanctioned for attempting to influence the upcoming election.

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    23. AstraZeneca Pauses Coronavirus Trials After Volunteer Gets Unexplained Illness

      AstraZeneca Pauses Coronavirus Trials After Volunteer Gets Unexplained Illness

      Drug giant AstraZeneca said Tuesday it had paused a trial of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers.

      It’s a standard precaution in vaccine trials, meant to ensure experimental vaccines don’t cause serious reactions among volunteers. “As part of the ongoing randomized, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data,” the company said in a statement sent to CNN.

      “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials,” the statement added. 

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    24. Georgia Congressional Candidate Bucks CDC Recommendations of Children Wearing Masks

      Georgia Congressional Candidate Bucks CDC Recommendations of Children Wearing Masks

      (CNN)Marjorie Taylor Greene, a GOP congressional candidate in Georgia with a history of incendiary comments, asserted in a tweet on Tuesday that "children should not wear masks," comments in sharp contrast with the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health professionals.

      Greene claimed that masks are "unhealthy for their psychological, emotional, and educational growth" and "forcing boys to wear masks is emasculating."
      "Masculinity isn't toxic nor dangerous," she added. "Dem Socialism and shut downs are." Greene included an image with her tweet highlighting low mortality rates among child Covid-19 patients.
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