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MONDAY - 09/28/20
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"My message to everyone: the next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do."
- Al Sharpton

Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

  • Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he has nominated Amy Coney Barret to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Barrett, a 48-year-old social conservative, would solidify a 6-3 split on the court, favoring the Republican party
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel is pushing to vote to confirm Barrett before the November general election, to much pushback by the democrats

Multiple perspectives:
NBC News: What Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett means for Roe v. Wade
Politico:  Amy Coney Barrett: A New Feminist Icon

WORLD 🌎

Azerbaijan, Armenia fight over disputed region

  • Long-simmering tensions reached a breaking point Sunday as Azerbaijan and Armenia clashed in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region
  • The neighboring nations have long fought over the region, with the last feud taking place in 2016 and ending in a ceasefire
  • Two military helicopters were shot down and casualties in the area were reported. The Armenian Defense Ministry claims that an air raid on local civilian settlements began in the early hours of Sunday

BUSINESS 💰

Hawaiian Airlines to offer coronavirus tests to travelers

  • The airline announced a new program on Friday that will provide all passengers heading to Hawaii with coronavirus testing before their flight
  • Testing will reportedly take place at the airline’s labs close to both the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. Individuals that test negative within three days of their departure will be able to bypass Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine mandate
  • Hawaiian Airlines becomes the second American airline company to offer coronavirus testing after United planned to offer rapid testing

TECH 📱

Ring releases dashcam with “Traffic Stop” mode

  • Ring, the home defense subsidiary of Amazon, released a new form of dashcam that records both the road ahead and the interior of the car
  • Most notably, the device comes with a “Traffic Stop” mode that can be activated when pulled over by police. When engaged, the dashcam records the interior of the car and saves all footage to a cloud server
  • Elizabeth Joh, a professor of law at UC-Davis stated “In policing, technology is all about power. Redistributing that power can be an important means of police accountability.”

US 🦅

Eight Texas cities issued water advisory

  • A six-year old boy died as the result of a brain-eating amoeba found in the water supply of eight southeast Texas cities. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ordered a water advisory on the region, asking that residents refrain from using water sourced by the Brazosport Water Authority
  • Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, and Rosenberg are all left without a water source as the Water Authority attempts to flush out its water system
  • As of Saturday morning, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has lifted advisories in all but one city

SPORTS 🏀

Los Angeles Lakers reach NBA Finals

  • Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers advance to the NBA Finals after defeating the Denver Nuggets 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals
  • James led the Lakers, scoring 38 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists, as Denver was unable to stop him
  • James has now reached the NBA Finals in 9 of his last 10 seasons, and 10 times overall, becoming just one of four players to do so

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Coronavirus 🦠. Coronavirus on the rise in nearly half of U.S. states
  • Presidential 🇺🇸. Trump calls for Biden to take a drug test ahead of Tuesday’s debate
  • Gaming 🎮. Amazon announces new cloud service: Luna
  • Uplifting 😊. Suicide bombing survivor gets highest score in country on national exam
  • Interesting 🔎. Over 860,000 Americans have already voted in the Presidential election


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