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Louisiana braces for Hurricane Delta while still recovering from Laura
Hurricane Delta is expected to take aim at Louisiana on Friday at nearly the same spot where Hurricane Laura ripped apart buildings, severed power lines and clogged streets with debris just six weeks ago. Likely maintaining Category 3 status over the Gulf Coast, Delta’s latest path presents a “worst-case scenario” for Lake Charles and southwestern Louisiana. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said President Donald Trump has approved the state’s request for a federal emergency declaration in advance of the storm. Heavy rainfall, winds and isolated tornado threat will also expand into Mississippi and part of Alabama late Friday and Saturday. Delta would be the 10th named storm to hit the U.S. in a single season, also an all-time record.
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House Speaker Pelosi to outline presidential line of succession
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, contending President Donald Trump is “in an altered state,” will discuss legislation Friday regarding the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential succession. In a press release, Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin said the legislation will create “the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office, the body and process called for … to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government.” Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus last week. He spent a few days at Walter Reed Medical Center before going back to the White House.
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If the president dies or is unable to continue their duties, what’s next? The 25th amendment lays out the rules and line of succession.
Teen charged in Kenosha shootings due back in court
A 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters and injuring a third days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is due back in court Friday as his attorneys fight efforts to send him from Illinois to Wisconsin to stand trial on homicide charges, according to The Associated Press. Kyle Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle, was among more than a dozen armed men in the area claiming they were protecting property. Rittenhouse, from Antioch in Illinois, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, according to prosecutors and court documents. Attorneys for Rittenhouse argued in a document filed in Lake County Court late Thursday that he was acting in self-defense and sending him to Wisconsin would violate his constitutional rights. They also argue that Wisconsin prosecutors and Illinois authorities didn’t follow legal technicalities required for extradition. The shooting happened Aug. 25 during the third night of protests after a Kenosha police officer shot Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back. Rittenhouse faces six charges, including one count of first-degree intentional homicide.
2020 Nobel Peace Prize goes to World Food Program
The United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) on Friday was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The Nobel Committee said that the coronavirus pandemic has added to the hunger faced by millions of people around the world and called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organizations receive the financial support necessary to feed them. The prize has been given annually since 1901 to the person or group that has done the most to advance world peace. On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. Tuesday’s prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool. The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to American poet Louise Glück on Thursday. The prize for outstanding work in economics will be announced on Monday.
Nobel Winner: Hep C treatment is ‘greatest reward’
Charles Rice said winning the Nobel Prize in medicine is one thing but being able to witness people being successfully treated with drugs to eliminate hepatitis C is “the greatest reward.” (Oct. 5)
Lakers can clinch their 17th NBA title with a win in Game 5
The Los Angeles Lakers can clinch their record-tying 17th NBA championship Friday night if they can defeat the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals (ABC, 9 p.m. ET). The Lakers, who would secure their first title since 2010 with a win, are expected to honor the late Kobe Bryant in various ways if they come out victorious. The team will wear the “Black Mamba” City Edition jerseys that Bryant once collaborated with Nike on the design. They are 4-0 in the playoffs when they wear those jerseys. The Heat, who are down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series will likely be without key guard Goran Dragic for Game 5. He hasn’t played since Game 1 after he suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in Game 1 and is listed as “doubtful.”
Contributing: The Associated Press