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Inside Daily Brief (Sep 5th, 2019)

1. Dorian has strengthened back to a Category 3 hurricane as it climbs up the southeast coast. Early Thursday, more than 68,700 homes in Charleston County, South Carolina, were without power. According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is expected to maintain its intensity through for the next several days with "heavy rain, storm surge, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes along and near the coasts of Georgia" and the Carolinas. Earlier in the week, Dorian stalled over the Bahamas for two days, leaving at least 20 people dead. - ASSOCIATED PRESS

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2. 🌀 President Trump on Wednesday held a briefing in the Oval Office to show a map of Hurricane Dorian's projected path with what appeared to be a hand-drawn black mark over part of Alabama. Some of the president's critics guessed that he doctored the graphic and held the broadcast to recover from a weekend Twitter gaffe. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama just before the National Weather Service Birmingham posted that Alabama would “NOT see any impacts from Dorian.” The president attacked ABC News for reporting his mistaken statement. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “… almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies!” - WASHINGTON POST

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3. 🇨🇳 U.S. and Chinese officials will meet in October to discuss the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The in-person meeting, which will take place in Washington D.C., was confirmed early Thursday, Beijing time. Plans for the high-level trade discussion come as both nations have imposed punitive tariffs on each other in recent weeks. Experts say it’s unlikely that a concrete agreement will be reached early next month, but that this is a good start, especially if some key issues, including national security, are tabled for later appointments. - WSJ

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4. On Wednesday, 10 Democratic presidential candidates described how they would combat the climate crisis if they were to take office in 2020. A CNN town hall hosted the contenders, several of whom agreed they would roll back some of the Trump administration’s new policies, especially those which prioritize industry over environment. Sen. Kamala Harris said she would look at the oil and gas industry's impacts on the global warming; former VP Joe Biden said he would choose young voters' futures over big industry; Sen. Elizabeth Warren censured the fossil fuel industry for deflecting from their effects on climate change; Beto O'Rourke said he would use federal funds to help eliminate flood-prone areas. The Human Rights Campaign ‏will host a Democratic presidential town hall on Oct. 10 that will be broadcast on CNN. - CNN

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5. Texas executed Billy Crutsinger on Wednesday for the 2003 slaying of two elderly women. Crutsinger was sentenced to death for robbing and killing 89-year-old Pearl Magouirk and her daughter, Patricia Syren, 71, in their Fort Worth home. He was later traced to a Galveston bar where he’d used Syren’s credit card. Crutsinger attempted to stop his execution several times, claiming he'd had bad legal representation during his trial. On Wednesday, he died by lethal injection in Huntsville, the site of Texas' death chamber. Three of his friends were in attendance to witness the execution. In his last words, he said he was at peace and that the system "is not completely right.” He was the fifth Texas inmate to be executed this year and the 14th in the nation. - TEXAS TRIBUNE 

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6. 📱 Facebook may have exposed millions of users’ phone numbers due to an open server that was not protected by a password. According to Tech Crunch, that server “contained over 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies.” Publicly linked to each phone number is a user’s Facebook ID, which is a long number unique to each personal profile. On Wednesday, Facebook released a statement to USA Today that said, in part:  “This dataset is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers.” The social network added that the database has since been removed, and that they’ve seen no evidence that Facebook accounts’ privacy was jeopardized. - TECH CRUNCH

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7. 💰 Sears has laid off 250 employees from its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and will close more locations before the end of this year. Transformco, Sears' parent company, on Aug. 29 announced the “employment separations related to this reduction in force will begin on or about October 28, 2019." However, Transformco said in a statement to USA Today on Wednesday that the "filing referenced refers to actions that were taken last week. There is no additional action planned for October.” The closings will leave several areas of the country few locations, including just one Kmart open in Illinois and three in Michigan.  - BUSINESS INSIDER

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8. 🏈 Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay turned down a $3.2 billion offer to buy the NFL team. A spokesperson for the Colts on Wednesday confirmed that Irsay recently rejected the lofty amount. They told the IndyStar that the football team is not for sale. Also on Wednesday, Forbes released its ranking of estimated values for all 32 NFL teams. The Colts claimed the No. 20 spot at $2.6 billion. The Dallas Cowboys are ranked at No. 1 at $5.5 billion, just above New England, which took the No. 2 spot at $4.1 billion. - INDYSTAR

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9. 🎨 The Los Angeles Police Department has recovered dozens of long-missing stolen pieces of art, officials announced on Wednesday. Some of these collectibles have been missing for 25 years, including some precious items that date back hundreds of years. Police said these were likely taken during a string of west Los Angeles robberies that stem back to the early ‘90s, when thieves would wait for homeowners to leave before breaking in and stealing the goods. Officials have not yet released an estimated worth of all the recovered art, but at least one piece was valued at $60,000 when it was stolen in 1992. Authorities are now attempting to find who these belong to.  - KABC

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10. A Florida man on Wednesday reportedly purchased more than 100 generators to send to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian aid. Alex Sprague was shopping at Costco in Jacksonville when he said he witnessed a man, whose identity is not known, buying roughly 100 generators, each priced at $450, as well as food to send the hurricane-ravaged island nation. “All I could do was shake his hand and thank him! There still are good people in the world,” Sprague wrote on a Facebook post that has been shared more than 33,000 times. - WTXL

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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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