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Inside Daily Brief (Sep 3rd, 2019)

1. 📰 Walmart will no longer sell certain types of ammunition, including those that can be used in military assault rifles, after last month's mass shooting in El Paso. In a letter to associates on Tuesday, CEO and president Doug McMillon said the retailer wants to play a bigger role “to make the country safer" because it is clear "that the status quo is unacceptable.” After selling through its inventory, the company is ending the sale of certain short-barrel rifle ammunition and all handgun ammunition, McMillon said, noting that the move should lower Walmart's market share of ammunition from around 20 percent to between 6 percent and 9 percent. After El Paso, the company has experienced “multiple incidents” of people wanting to “test our response” by bringing weapons into stores, which led to the retailer banning people from openly carrying firearms into its stores where open carry is allowed, he said. - NYTIMES

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2. The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended search efforts for victims of Monday's boat fire off the California coast. It is now presumed that all 33 passengers and one crew member sleeping on the boat's bottom deck are dead; five crew members who were sleeping on the top deck escaped in a dinghy. By Tuesday, the remains of 20 victims had been recovered and 14 victims remained missing. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, which occurred near Santa Cruz Island. - KCRA

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3. 🔥 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will miss a summit to discuss the ongoing Amazon fires because he needs surgery. Bolsonaro will undergo surgery to treat a hernia he suffered after he was stabbed during last year's presidential campaign. Brazil is considering whether to send a representative for Bolsonaro to Friday's summit in Colombia or asking for the meeting with regional leaders to be postponed. The news comes as Israel's Foreign Ministry announced plans to dispatch firefighters to assist Brazil, which experienced nearly 31,000 fires in its rainforest throughout August, the highest per month since 2010. - BBC

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4. 🐼 Twin panda cubs were born at the Berlin Zoo over the weekend. Following a 147-day pregnancy, mother Meng Meng gave birth to the unnamed cubs, marking the first time a panda has given birth in Germany. The cubs, whose sex has not been revealed, are shown in a video published by the zoo on Twitter. Giant pandas are classified as a vulnerable species. - DEUTSCHE WELLE

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5. The owner of a Mississippi wedding venue apologized after rejecting an interracial couple who wanted to marry there, citing “Christian beliefs." The sister of the groom appears in a video with the owner of Boone’s Camp Event Hall, who tells her "we don’t do gay weddings or mixed-race" and, when further pressed, cites her Christian beliefs and says she "doesn't want to argue my faith." After the video went viral, the venue owner said she was sorry in a now-deleted Facebook post, saying her "intent was never of racism, but to stand firm on what I ‘assumed’ was right concerning marriage.” - NEWSWEEK

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6. Authorities said a man pulled a pistol on a Popeyes manager after the Houston restaurant ran out of its chicken sandwiches. The armed man was part of a group of people who tried to order the popular sandwich on Monday but was turned down. After threatening the manager, the group left in a blue SUV and no one was hurt; police are reviewing surveillance footage to try and identify the suspects. Many Popeyes restaurants across the country have run out of the sandwich after a debate over who has the best chicken sandwich – Popeyes or Chick-Fil-A – went viral. - KTRK

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7. 🛍️ Singer Ariana Grande sued Forever 21 and the related brand Riley Rose, claiming they stole her "likeness" to sell clothing and makeup. The pop star argues that the retailer sought her endorsement, which she declined to give earlier this year, and later launched misleading campaigns with images and videos that misappropriated Grande's "name and likeness." The images reportedly included actual photos of the singer as well as a model who looked similar. Forever 21 is reportedly preparing to file for bankruptcy after its sales dropped dramatically in the last year. - THR

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8. 📺 "Rhythm + Flow" — featuring judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and TI — will be the first-ever Netflix music competition series when it debuts next month. The judges will search for up-and-coming hip-hop talent in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, pitting competitors against one another in a series of auditions, rap battles, music videos, sampling sessions, and collaborations. The entire competition stretches over just three weeks and will unfold over the course of a 10-episode first season. The series will debut on October 9. - VERGE

A version of this story first appeared in Inside Streaming.

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9. 🚢 A world cruise has departed in hopes of setting the Guinness World Record for longest continuous passenger cruise. Viking Cruises just launched the 245-day luxury journey, which will circumnavigate the globe and stop at six continents, 51 countries, and 111 ports. The vessel, named Viking Sun, left Greenwich, London, over the weekend and is scheduled to return to the same port in eight months. Fares start at $92,990 per person. - TRAVEL PULSE

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10. 🌲 Ireland plans to plant 22 million new trees every year until 2040 as it seeks to combat climate change. The goal is to have 440 million new trees by 2020 under the Irish government’s climate action, which was released earlier this year. Ireland wants to transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through changes like a new carbon tax and bigger investments in renewable energy. A new study estimates that planting a trillion trees or more around the world is one of the cheapest ways to counteract dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. - IRISH POST

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news and other topics in southern California here.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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