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Inside Daily Brief (Sep 1st, 2019)

1. On Saturday, a gunman opened fire on a highway between Midland and Odessa, Texas, killing seven and injuring more than 20. Police say it all started when state troopers pulled over the suspect for a routine traffic stop. The suspect then began firing at the troopers through the back window, wounding one of the officers before taking off, spraying bullets randomly at residents and motorists. Police say the suspect took control of a mail truck, driving to a local movie theater where he was killed during a shootout with police. Of those injured, a 17-month-old girl was airlifted and three law enforcement officers are recovering from serious injuries. The shooting happened just 300 miles from El Paso where 22 people were killed last month. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called it a "senseless and cowardly attack." -- NBC NEWS

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2. 🌀 Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a category 5 with top sustained winds of 160 mph as it heads for the Bahamas. The storm is no longer expected to make landfall in Florida but high winds and torrential rain are expected to impact the region. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, as experts say that Dorian may hit the Carolinas and Georgia in the coming days. The northwest Bahamas could see a life-threatening 20-feet storm surge with wind gusts over 200 mph. A hurricane watch has been issued along parts of the east coast of Florida. Dorian is expected to stall over the Bahamas Sunday and Monday, eventually moving out late Tuesday or early Wednesday. -- THE WEATHER CHANNEL

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3. 🎾 Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff gave tennis fans a moment that transcends sports following their match Satrday at the US Open. Osaka is being praised for the words of encouragement she passed on to her 15-year-old opponent following the match. Osaka beat Gauff in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the next round and asked Gauff join her for the post-match on-court interview. After allowing Coco Gauff to go first - Osaka turned around on the court and spoke directly to Coco’s parents, telling them they raised “an amazing daughter.” Watch here. -- BBC

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4. 🌎 Pro-democracy demonstrators tried to take Hong Kong international airport on Sunday by blocking roads and the bus terminal. Local authorities had already secured an injunction preventing direct action in the airport itself. Protesters were seen running from police and shouting “reclaim Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!” The protests came after a day of running battles between police and protesters with police using pepper spray and baton to beat people in Prince Edward metro station. Saturday's protests were some of the most tense so far, with police spraying water tinted with blue dye from water cannons. -- THE WASHINGTON POST

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5. F2 racer Anthoine Hubert was killed in a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hubert's mother and brother attended a tribute of silence at the Spa-Francorchamps track for the 22-year-old. Hubert’s car was hit at high speed by Juan-Manuel Correa's; both drivers were treated by emergency medical crews on scene before being taken to a medical center. Correa is being treated for his injuries and is in stable condition. Former F1 world champion Jenson Button called Hubert "super talented." -- USA TODAY

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6. 🗽 A ‘Straight Pride Parade' in Boston was flanked by counter-protests and police. The parade drew several dozens of participants, but was met with as many counter-protesters as marchers in addition to a heavy police presence. About 75 remaining paradegoers tried to give speeches in city hall plaza but 700 counterprotesters outside drowned them out. -- NBC NEWS

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7. 🌎 Sudan's former leader Omar al-Bashir says he received $25 million from Saudi crown prince. A Khartoum court has charged al-Bashir with illegal use of foreign funds, which could put him behind bars for over a decade. The former Sudan President denied using the money he claims Mohammad bin Salman gave him for personal means. -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

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8. 🌎 Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking forgiveness 80 years after World War II. "I stand before you, those who have survived, before the descendants of the victims, the old and the young residents of Wielun, I am humbled and grateful," Steinmeier said during a ceremony in the Polish city of Wielun, the site of one of the first Nazi bombings in the country, "I bow to the victims of the attack in Wielun, I pay tribute to the Polish victims of German tyranny and I ask for forgiveness." Nearly 6 million Poles were killed during World War II. -- NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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9. 🏈 College football roundup: North Carolina overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to win 24-20 against South Carolina and new head coach Mack Brown's post-game locker room dance was an instant hit. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix hit Seth Williams for the game-winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left and No. 16 Auburn beat No. 11 Oregon 27-21. The Ducks led 21-6 in the third quarter but Nix helped the Tigers chip away at the lead. In Neyland Stadium, Georgia State handed Tennessee their first home opener loss since 1983, defeating the Vols 38-30. -- ESPN

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10. 🎙️ During Sunday’s Meet the Press, 2020 candidate Julian Castro suggests "redefining who is a firearms dealer," push Congress to "get common-sense gun safety legislation done," and "put as much pressure on swing-state Republican senators" for "something we can compromise on." Castro went on to say, "a lot of hunters understand they don't need "weapons of war" and "it's a minority" of people who think the government is trying to confiscate their guns. -- NBC NEWS

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Curated and written by Heather Long, a South Carolina-based journalist with experience in local and national news. When she’s not writing, you can find her renovating her home in Greenville (a must visit), doing homework for her master's degree from Harvard or cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Follow her on Instagram at @heatherjayde.

 

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