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Inside Daily Brief (Sep 3rd, 2019)

1. Hurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas for more than 24 hours, leaving at least five people dead and causing mass flooding. The slow-moving storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday. It is slowly edging closer to the southeast coast of the United States and could brush against Florida's east coast late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Dorian is expected to climb coastal states up to North Carolina later in the week. The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday said Dorian remained stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island. - CNN

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2. The West Texas gunman had been on a “long spiral going down” before killing seven people and injuring dozens more in a daytime shooting spree on Saturday, police said. The suspect, 36-year-old Seth Ator, had just been fired from his oil services job before opening shooting at people in Odessa and Midland, roughly 300 miles from Dallas. An FBI agent said Ator called the agency's tip line hours before the shooting and made rambling, nonsensical statements. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a gun rights supporter, on Monday tweeted that Ator has a criminal history and “previously failed a gun purchase background check." The Labor Day weekend rampage marks this year’s 25th U.S. mass killing. - NBC NEWS

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3. At least 25 people have been confirmed dead and nine are still missing after a California boat fire on Monday.  At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Labor Day, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a commercial vessel fire off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. There were 39 people aboard the 75-foot commercial diving watercraft, Conception, many of whom were sleeping below deck when the blaze started. Five crew members were able to jump into the water and find rescue at a nearby private fishing boat. Authorities are expected to release more details at a Tuesday press conference. -ASSOCIATED PRESS

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4. Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam denies that she considered resigning as ongoing protests plague the region. In a closed-door recording released Monday, Lam can be heard saying that she would leave her post if it was an option. At a Tuesday press conference, Lam told reporters that it is her choice to remain in power, and that she had never contemplated a resignation.  Hong Kong just underwent its 13 consecutive week of violent demonstrations that has erupted in public clashes and obstructed airport access. Authorities have said they could declare a state of emergency if this continues. - WALL STREET JOURNAL

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5. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday warned lawmakers that he could call a snap election on Oct. 14 if his opponents stop Britain from leaving the European Union. On Tuesday, members of Parliament are expected to put forward a bill that would force PM Johnson to ask that Brexit be delayed to Jan. 31. Johnson has said that the UK would leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal. He has threatened to oust MPs from the Conservative Party if they do not back him. The next general election in Britain is slated for 2022, but one can be called at any time if two-thirds of Parliament supports it. - BBC

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6. A West Point cadet candidate fell to his death at cliff-diving spot in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York on Saturday. Benjamin K. Bochtler, 20, fell after a rock ledge from which he was hanging broke off, sending him plunging to his death, New York police said in a statement. The aspiring cadet was a Nebraska native who enlisted in the Army as a drone operator in 2016. He was deployed to Afghanistan April 2018, where he served until January 2019. The United States Military Academy has not yet released information on funeral arrangements.  - CBS NEW YORK

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7. 🚀 India is one step closer to becoming the fourth nation to land on the moon. The Vikram lander module began slowly spinning toward the surface of the moon after separating from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on Monday. It is currently on pace to reach the moon's surface on Sept. 7. On Monday the Indian Space Research Organization announced that the module was roughly about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the lunar surface. The $140 million mission could make India the fourth nation to reach the moon after the U.S., Russia and China. If it’s successful, India hopes to send people to space by 2022. - SPACE

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8. 🎾 Rafael Nadal on Monday advanced to the to the US Open quarterfinals as his friend, Tiger Woods, cheered him on. Nadal defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia with a four-set win which saw the Spanish athlete deliver a rousing shot in the second-to-last point of the match. He told reporters the slam-shot was “easy to describe and difficult to make.’’ An animated Woods jumped to his feet and pumped his fists in celebration of Nadal’s memorable play. - ESPN

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9. At least 16 people were killed and 100 more injured in a suicide car bombing on Monday, during a broadcast about U.S. forces withdrawing from Afghanistan. US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was speaking about the removal of American forces from five bases in Afghanistan as a bomb exploded near the “Green Village” area of central Kabul. That area is known for housing international organizations, aid agencies and several foreigners. It has been a target of other attacks, including a suicide car bomb that killed four people in January of this year. -AL JAZEERA

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10. 🧙 A Catholic school in Nashville removed the Harry Potter series from its library because the school pastor said it could pose a “risk of conjuring evil spirits.” The Rev. Dan Reehil, pastor of St. Edward Church and School, said he consulted with multiple exorcists in the U.S. and in Rome, who recommended removing the popular adult fiction series from circulation. Some parents released a statement saying they are concerned but not surprised by the decision given Reehil's conservative Catholic beliefs, "inability to critically assess and discern fact from fiction" and his "fanatical obsession with the devil and sin." - WTVF

Correction appended: This item has been updated to reflect the correct location of the school referenced in the story. We regret the error. 

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Written and curated by Darla Guillen Gilthorpe. Darla writes for the Houston Chronicle, where she was part of its 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist staff. She was previously an editor at Vox Media site Eater and has had bylines in Elle Decor, SFGate and various other outlets. Follow her on Twitter here.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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