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Posted: Sep 20, 2018 2:28 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 2:59 PM

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1. Brett Kavanaugh

As Monday's tentative hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh creeps closer, pressure is mounting for everyone. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wants Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to decide by tomorrow morning whether she'll speak to his committee about the claims. If not, Monday's hearing would likely be canceled and Kavanaugh's confirmation could move to a committee vote by midweek. GOP Sen. Susan Collins, a crucial swing vote, said it's "not fair" for Ford not to testify. And one of CNN's SCOTUS experts says the credibility of the Senate vetting process may be shot. Also, Kavanaugh now faces at least one more hard "no." Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said she'll oppose his confirmation because of his stance on anonymous political contributions.

2. Hurricane Florence 

Two South Carolina mental health patients drowned in a prison transport van when floodwater from Hurricane Florence overtook the vehicle -- but the two deputies transporting them managed to climb to safety. The tragic incident has sparked many questions, though few answers so far. The patients -- both women -- were "seat-belted" in the back of the van, police sources told CNN. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Meantime, President Trump, on a tour yesterday of the Carolinas, promised that the federal government will ensure the region bounces back. That includes farmers, who lost 3.4 million poultry birds, along with other livestock and crops in the floods. "Our entire American family is with you and ready to help," Trump said. "You will recover."

3. Brexit 

European Council President Donald Tusk issued a warning ahead of this week's informal EU leaders' summit in Austria: Time is running out for Brexit talks, and if things don't get done, the whole ordeal is going to be very, very messy. The United Kingdom is due to break away from the EU in March, but logistics, like borders and future economic relationships between countries, are still in flux. European automakers are feeling the uncertainty, too. BMW said this week it would shut its Mini factory in England for a month of maintenance immediately after Brexit because it can't be sure it will get the parts it needs if the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal.

4. Detroit schools

At least 57 of more than 100 Detroit-area public schools have tested positive so far for high levels of copper, lead or both in drinking water. These metals are dangerous, especially for children, when consumed in certain quantities. In kids, they can lead to impaired cognition, hearing problems and delayed puberty. The school district turned off all drinking water in schools last month in "an abundance of caution," but it still hasn't found a good long-term fix. The city's water department has said the schools' aging plumbing systems are to blame, adding that the issues don't extend to the rest of the city.

5. Strawberries 

Australia is dealing with a real-life urban legend after more than 100 reported cases of needles found embedded in strawberries. Yes, like sewing needles. The Australian government points out some of the cases could be "hoaxes or copycat events," but that hasn't stopped people from freaking out. Local retail giant Woolworths has temporarily pulled sewing needles from its stores and online, and the government announced tougher penalties for food tampering. However, this panic also bodes poorly for local agribusinesses. A new viral online movement, #SmashAStrawb, is encouraging people to eat ("smash") strawberries, free of needle fears, to support local growers.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Someone misspelled the name of this airline -- right there on the side of the plane

Hey, we all make mistakes. Giant 10-foot-tall, very obvious mistakes ...

A 'Downton Abbey' movie is coming, yay!

But you have to wait an entire year for it, boo!

Jessica Simpson is expecting her third child 

She's come a long way from those Chicken of the Sea" days.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently detests unnecessary commas

Secretaries of State and CNN copy editors: Not so different after all. 

Flying insects could carry environment-damaging microplastics through the air

Which is a shame, because flying insects were sooo lovable before.

HURRICANE MARIA, A YEAR LATER

It's been one year since Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, and for many, the slightest breeze can still strike fear. The kids of this "Maria generation" are suffering from PTSD. But residents -- especially women -- are working hard to rebuild and reinvent the island's future.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"During climb, crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurization could not be maintained, and oxygen masks got deployed."

An official with India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, explaining why about 30 people experienced nose and ear bleeds during a recent Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur. The flight was forced to turn back. No one was seriously injured.

AND FINALLY

LOOK, I made these! 

This ferret is dead-set on showing this guy her brand-new babies, even if she has to DRAG him along! (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154411

Reported Deaths: 3836
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10332104
Hinds10190199
Harrison7244111
Jackson6521124
Rankin5805103
Lee523695
Madison4964107
Forrest388286
Jones367788
Lauderdale3575147
Lafayette334952
Washington3241108
Lamar296650
Oktibbeha251362
Lowndes243864
Bolivar242984
Panola229653
Neshoba2241118
Marshall221250
Leflore207791
Monroe203978
Pontotoc202929
Lincoln194865
Sunflower192555
Warren178757
Tate177051
Union171026
Copiah167040
Pike164758
Yazoo158840
Scott157930
Itawamba156135
Alcorn154828
Pearl River154168
Coahoma151943
Simpson151953
Prentiss149531
Adams144451
Grenada142845
Leake139444
Holmes132361
Tippah128030
Covington127939
George126425
Winston124526
Hancock123640
Wayne120623
Marion118646
Attala117534
Tishomingo110842
Chickasaw109032
Newton108029
Tallahatchie97727
Clay93427
Clarke93053
Jasper84822
Stone80015
Calhoun78113
Walthall77229
Montgomery75825
Carroll74015
Lawrence73414
Smith72816
Noxubee72517
Yalobusha72328
Perry68126
Tunica62319
Greene61222
Claiborne58916
Jefferson Davis58817
Amite55814
Humphreys54719
Benton49918
Quitman4977
Webster46414
Kemper44718
Wilkinson40422
Jefferson36411
Franklin3535
Choctaw3507
Sharkey32317
Issaquena1204
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 249524

Reported Deaths: 3578
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson33064500
Mobile19951362
Madison13596148
Tuscaloosa13246154
Montgomery12435236
Shelby1061677
Baldwin889098
Lee781466
Morgan686150
Etowah643966
Calhoun6430121
Marshall635355
Houston537738
DeKalb492236
Cullman451542
Limestone433345
St. Clair432555
Lauderdale422354
Elmore412964
Walker3710111
Talladega359354
Jackson329823
Colbert329642
Blount299740
Autauga278042
Franklin256434
Coffee248315
Dale236254
Chilton227438
Dallas226832
Russell22383
Covington220434
Escambia198931
Tallapoosa184391
Chambers177950
Pike159914
Clarke159819
Marion143636
Winston135123
Lawrence131636
Pickens125718
Geneva12438
Marengo123124
Bibb119617
Barbour117811
Butler117842
Randolph104921
Cherokee103424
Hale97831
Fayette92516
Washington92219
Clay92024
Henry8756
Lowndes80229
Monroe79011
Cleburne77814
Macon74522
Crenshaw72030
Bullock70219
Perry6906
Lamar6898
Conecuh68814
Wilcox64218
Sumter58622
Greene42818
Choctaw42713
Coosa3544
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