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1. Jury selection begins in Ahmaud Arbery case

Jury selection is set to begin Monday for the trial of three white men charged with chasing and fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was running through their neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia. It is expected to take two weeks or more to pick a jury in the case, after the killing was captured on a graphic video that sparked a national outcry resulting in the arrest of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan. An ex-prosecutor has been accused of "showing favor" to the suspects. Arbery's father said he was praying for justice that Black victims are often denied. "This is 2021, and it's time for a change," Marcus Arbery Sr. told The Associated Press. [The Associated Press]

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2. Haiti police blame notorious gang for U.S. missionaries' kidnapping 

Haitian police said Sunday that the notorious 400 Mawozo gang, which has spread terror with a string of kidnappings and murders, was responsible for the abduction of 17 missionaries from the U.S.-based Chrisian Aid Ministries. The Ohio-based missionary group said the victims included five children, seven women, and five men. Sixteen are U.S. citizens. One is Canadian. The organization said the missionaries had gone to visit an orphanage when armed men seized them. Christian Aid Ministries returned its American staff to the organization's Haiti base last year after a nine-month absence prompted by Haiti's worsening security situation and kidnapping epidemic. Police said 400 Mawozo, which means "400 inexperienced men" in Haitian Creole, controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area where the crime occurred. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

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3. China's economic growth slows 

China's economy grew by 4.9 percent in the third quarter, the slowest pace in a year for the world's second largest economy, according to data released Monday. The drop from the previous quarter's 7.9 percent pace came as supply chain delays and power outages hurt factory output. A construction downturn and fallout from the coronavirus pandemic also hurt. In the first quarter of the year, the economy grew a record 18.3 percent, as overseas buyers snapped up Chinese-made goods when the winter coronavirus surge eased. China could see more "ugly growth numbers" in coming months, and that could prompt policymakers to "take more steps to shore up growth," said Louis Kuijs, head of Asia economics at Oxford Economics. [Reuters]

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4. Fauci: J&J vaccine probably should have been 2 shots all along

Johnson & Johnson's single-shot coronavirus vaccine probably should always have been given in two doses, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Sunday on ABC's This Week. A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers on Friday recommended emergency-use authorization for a second J&J shot to boost immunity, noting that the company's vaccine had been shown to offer less protection than the vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. "What the advisers to the FDA felt is that, given the data that they saw, very likely this should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with," Fauci said. The FDA advisers unanimously voted to recommend booster shots for everyone 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as early as two months after the initial shot. [USA Today]

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5. Bill Clinton released from California hospital

A Southern California hospital released former President Bill Clinton on Sunday after treating him for a non-COVID-19 infection. Clinton is expected to continue his recovery and finish a course of antibiotics at home in New York. An aide said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream. Clinton, accompanied by his wife, Hillary Clinton, walked slowly out of the hospital, shaking hands with doctors and nurses. He gave a thumbs-up sign before getting into a black SUV and leaving in a motorcade escorted by the California Highway Patrol. President Biden spoke with Clinton by phone on Friday. "He's doing fine. He really is," Biden said. [The Associated Press]

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6. Maduro ally to make 1st appearance after extradition

Colombian businessman Alex Saab, allegedly a financier of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is scheduled to appear in court Monday after being extradited from the West African island nation of Cape Verde to the United States to face money-laundering charges. Saab is accused of using his U.S. accounts to launder money siphoned from a government-subsidized food program called CLAP to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for Maduro and his allies. "Rather than ensure that this vulnerable population receives the food it desperately needs, the regime uses the CLAP program as a political tool to reward support and punish political criticism," the U.S. Treasury Department said in 2019. Maduro's government has halted talks with the U.S.-backed opposition in retaliation for Saab's extradition. [CNN, BBC News]

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7. Adele single smashes record for most streams in a day

The singer Adele's new single "Easy on Me" shattered the record for most streams in a single day with 24 million listens over the weekend, more than double the previous record, the streaming service Spotify announced. The song was released Friday, six years since the British singer's last album. Amazon Music announced Saturday that the single had "the most first-day Alexa song requests in Amazon Music history." "Easy on Me" is on Adele's highly anticipated album 30, which is due out on Nov. 19. Her last album, 25, was a smash in 2015, with the most first-week sales in U.S. album-chart history. The video for "Hello" from that album hit 1 billion YouTube views faster than any video ever. [The Washington Post, The Wrap]

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8. Investigators believe cargo ship dragged pipeline months before leak

A 1,200-foot cargo ship's anchor might have dragged an oil pipeline in rough seas months before the line broke, leaking oil that killed wildlife and fouled nearby beaches on the Southern California coast, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. SondraKay Kneen said Sunday. Federal investigators believe the Panama-registered MSC DANIT bent the pipeline during a January storm, knocking off an inch-thick concrete casing, but not breaking the line. The inquiry has not determined whether the impact caused the leak of about 25,000 gallons, a total that turned out to be far less than initially feared. A team of investigators boarded the MSC DANIT over the weekend off the Port of Long Beach when it returned to the area, which is where the spill occurred in early October. [NPR]

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9. Halloween Kills scores best horror-film debut of pandemic

Halloween Kills, the 12th installment in the long-running slasher-movie franchise, took in $50.4 million at the domestic box office this weekend, Variety reported Sunday. It beat A Quiet Place Part II to post the biggest opening-weekend haul for a horror film during the pandemic. The debut was impressive given lingering coronavirus concerns and the fact that the film was made available to stream on Peacock at no additional cost to subscribers. The last Halloween movie to come out before the pandemic brought in $76 million in its 2018 debut. Halloween Kills was the latest in a series of blockbusters to come out simultaneously in theaters and streaming platforms as moviegoers and theaters slowly come back after pandemic-induced shutdowns. [Variety, Deadline]

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10. Chicago Sky wins its 1st WNBA championship

The Chicago Sky won the franchise's first WNBA championship on Sunday, defeating the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in Game 4. Allie Quigley scored 26 points for the Sky, making five 3-pointers, followed by Candace Parker with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Kahleah Copper, who averaged 17 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Sky during the series, was named Finals MVP. "I've never been one to say I don't have anything if I don't win a championship," Quigley said after the game. "But I also know how much it means if you do have one. I feel like you're elite when you have a championship. It's just something in your legacy that makes you special." [ESPN]

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GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy, a physician, told "Axios on HBO" that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.
 
"I'm told that there have been senators in the past who, at the end of their Senate terms were senile."
 
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BREAKING: Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. secretary of state, has died of COVID-19 complications at age 84, his family says. 
 
The  family said in an announcement on social media that he had been fully vaccinated: “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American.” 
 
Colin Powell, the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served Democratic and Republican presidents but his reputation suffered when he made faulty claims before the U.N. to justify the Iraq war.
 
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Cue the partisan slings and arrows over whether Colin Powell is a hero or goat. The right loved him until he supported Obama. The left hated him as an Iraq War architect until he supported Obama. The far right and left both hate him. That should tell you more about them than him.
 
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The cost of the Build Back Better Agenda is $0.
 
The President's plan won't add to our national deficit and no one making under $400,000 per year will see their taxes go up a single penny. It's fully paid for by ensuring big corporations and the very wealthy pay their fair share.
 
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BREAKING: Russia is suspending its mission to NATO, with the foreign minister saying the move is in response to last week’s expulsion by NATO of eight members of the Russian mission. NATO says they were secretly working as intelligence officers.
 
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Conservative lawmaker David Amess will be honored with tributes during a special session of Britain's Parliament, three days after he was fatally stabbed. A 25-year-old British man with Somali heritage has been arrested.
 
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A trial has opened in the Netherlands of two men charged with murder in the July killing of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, who was gunned down in the center of Amsterdam — a brazen attack that sent shockwaves through the country.
 
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BREAKING: Texas Republicans approve redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state.
 
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BREAKING: The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
 
The league also says it couldn't substantiate claims of sexual and physical abuse made against Kane by his estranged wife.
 
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