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After detaining President Robert Mugabe and deploying troops and armored vehicles, the Zimbabwean army appears to have taken control of the country. The military said the move was not aimed at overthrowing Mugabe, who has been in power for 37 years. Army general Sibusiso Moyo said on TV: "We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover." He said Mugabe, 93, and his wife, Grace Mugabe, were "safe and sound and their security is guaranteed." Local media reported that high-ranking members of the ruling party had been detained. On Monday, Army Chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to "step in" over Mugabe’s decision to fire Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, who is popular among the military, and is seen as a possible successor to Mugabe. The removal of Mnangagwa from the government was seen as a boost to Grace Mugabe’s chances of succeeding her husband. – WAPO

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An unnamed gunman shot four people dead on Tuesday in the small town of Rancho, in Northern California, but his killing spree was cut short when staff at a local elementary school ordered a lockdown. The shooter allegedly began his shooting spree when he killed his neighbor. After shooting people at random, he drove a pickup truck through the gate of the Rancho Tehama Elementary School and shot through the windows. Over the course of the next six minutes, he tried to enter the building but all the doors were locked. "This individual shooter was bent on engaging and killing people at random. I have to say this incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse," said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, as he commended the school's staff for the lockdown. The shooter was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. – CNN

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Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden said he has no plans to run for president in 2020, but he hasn't ruled it out. He told NPR: "I don't know what's going to happen two years from now … But, I've done nothing organizationally or structurally or in any other way to prepare to run for president. That is not in the cards now." According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday, 46 percent of Americans would vote for Biden in 2020 if he were to face President Trump, who would win 35 percent of the vote. About 20 percent of those polled said they were undecided about either potential candidate. – NPR

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NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are set to launch a $1.6 billion satellite that will help improve weather forecasts. NOAA said the instruments fitted in the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) will help gather more accurate measurements of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. "These instruments are so precise that they can measure temperatures to better than one-tenth of a degree in the entire atmosphere, from the Earth’s surface up to the edge of space," said Greg Mandt, director of the JPSS program. The satellite’s feed will help improve the National Weather Service’s three- to seven- day forecasts. The JPSS-1 will fly 512 miles above Earth at speeds of about 17,000 mph. It was due to be deployed today but its launch has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. NOAA has earmarked $11.3 billion to build and launch four JPSS through 2038. – LAT

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Almost 62 percent of Australians who responded to a voluntary postal survey said they support legalizing same sex marriage. After the results of the survey were made public, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: "They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality … They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love." Australian lawmakers are now expected to pass legislation approving same-sex marriage before the end of the year. According to Australia's National Bureau of Statistics, almost 80 percent of registered voters took part in the survey. – REUTERS

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their staff will have to attend mandatory anti-harassment training. The announcement was made by House Speaker Paul Ryan who said the training is "not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution." At a hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, and Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican, accused unnamed male colleagues of sexual misconduct. The Senate last week passed a resolution calling for mandatory sexual harassment training for Senators and their personnel. – CNN

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Monsanto has sued California over the state’s decision requiring the company to add cancer warnings to its weed killer Roundup. California argues that Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, is carcinogenic and has asked the company to add cancer warnings to packages by July 2018. In response to that request, Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, said: "Such warnings would equate to compelled false speech, directly violate the First Amendment, and generate unwarranted public concern and confusion." According to the lawsuit, Monsanto has lost hundreds of millions of dollars since July, when California added glyphosate to its list of carcinogenic chemicals. Several U.S. farm groups have joined Monsanto as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. – REUTERS

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Airbus has sold 430 airplanes to U.S. private equity firm Indigo for $49.5 billion. The European aircraft maker said the deal represented its largest single sale ever. Its U.S. rival, Boeing, has sold 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft to FlyDubai for $27 billion. The deals were announced during the Dubai Air Show. Indigo's order includes 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos. The aircraft are earmarked for Denver-based Frontier, JetSMART of Chile, Volaris of Mexico and Wizz Air of Hungary. Indigo has investments in air transportation companies around the world. – AP

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Two unnamed women have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging that Uber drivers sexually assaulted them. The class action suit has been filed on behalf of U.S. riders who have been "subject to rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years." The suit demands compensation for the alleged victims and seeks an injunction by a judge ordering the company to carry out stricter background checks on its drivers  including fingerprint checks. The complaint argues that current background checks only go back seven years. "Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously." RECODE

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Adult card game Cards Against Humanity says it has bought a plot of land on the U.S.-Mexico border in a bid to prevent the Trump administration from building a border wall. On its website, the company said that it has hired "a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for that wall to get built." The makers of the game are asking people to contribute $15 to their fight against the planned border wall. Contributors will receive six gifts in the post, including "an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a few other surprises." The campaign is called "Cards Against Humanity Saves America." – USAT

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Every week, we’ll be bringing you a snippet of opinion pieces we find interesting from across the web. Do you agree or disagree with these columnists? Hit REPLY and let us know your thoughts!

Juli Briskman made headlines last week when she was fired from her day job for a photo that went viral on social media. In the image, Briskman could be seen riding her bicycle as President Trump’s motorcade passed her by. She gave the president the middle finger as a gesture of his displeasure.

Once the photo went viral, Briskman had no issues identifying herself in the image. She posted it on her own social media accounts. Shortly afterward, her employer fired her, claiming she violated the company’s social media policy. Now, Jill Filipovic of CNN argues that Briskman should never have been relieved by her employer.

“Expressing political beliefs -- even beliefs your boss doesn't like, even political beliefs shared using strong language -- and conveying them on your own time (even crudely), should not be a firing offense,” Filipovic writes for CNN.

She goes on to cite a man who flipped off President Obama’s motorcade in 2015. In this particular incident, the man did not face repercussions from his employers, nor did he cause as much controversy on social media, according to Filipovic.

“Employees must be allowed to have lives outside the office, and must be allowed to express even unpopular beliefs, especially if those beliefs don't influence their work,” wrote Filipovic.

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