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Inside Daily Brief (Oct 9th, 2019)

1. 🌍 Turkey launched a military offensive in northeastern Syria, its president said on Wednesday, in an operation that aims to flush out a Kurdish-led militia backed by the U.S. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced "Operation Peace Spring" led by the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, which will attack fighters from ISIS, as well as Kurdish forces from a group of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters known as the YPG. Days before, the Trump administration chose to relocate U.S. troops stationed in the region. On Twitter, Erdogan said the mission is "to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area" while he vowed to "preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists."

The bigger picture: Vox reports that the lives of thousands of civilians are at risk as Turkish planes have started to carry out airstrikes on civilian areas. On Wednesday, President Trump said that the U.S. "does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea." His statement conflicts with the harsher sentiment of Republicans on Capitol Hill, who were heavily critical of Turkey and concerned that the offensive could permanently damage the U.S. relationship with its NATO ally. - NYTIMES

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2. An estimated 800,000 households - and potentially more - will be affected by power cutoffs in central and Northern California that took effect shortly after midnight. An initial 513,000 customers of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) lost power early this morning as the state's largest utility works to reduce the risk of wildfires sparked by its own power lines and other equipment. PG&E expects it could cut power to 800,000 customers by the end of Wednesday and extend the outages for up to five days. The affected countries include Placer and Yuba, Humboldt, Marin, and Nevada, while forecasts estimate that an overall 34 counties will be impacted. According to The New York Times, officials are warning residents to stay off roads as the loss of stoplights is triggering backups in some places. The utility is trying to avoid a repeat of last year's Camp Fire, the state's deadliest and most destructive, that killed 85 civilians and cost $16.5 billion. - LATIMES

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3. 🗽 Joe Biden directly called for President Trump's impeachment on Wednesday. Until now, the former vice president had supported the House's impeachment inquiry but reserved judgment until all the facts came forward. During a speech in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Biden reversed course and said that Trump "should be impeached" in order "to preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity." Biden said that he believes Congress should remove Trump before people vote in next year's presidential election, adding that it is not "only about what the president has done — it's about the threat the president poses to the nation if allowed to remain in office." Trump responded in a tweet on Wednesday, saying it is "so pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden ... calling for my impeachment - and I did nothing wrong. Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!" - WAPO

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4. 🌍 Two shooting attacks in eastern Germany on Wednesday were anti-Semitic, according to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Investigators believe that the attacks on a synagogue and a kebab bistro in Halle were possibly part of a right-wing extremist attack. Reuters reported on Wednesday that one of the gunmen live-streamed the shooting on the video-game platform Twitch. The attacks occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, when Jews fast as a way to seek atonement. Two suspects escaped and appeared headed toward southern Germany toward the direction of Munich, authorities said. "That on the Day of Atonement a synagogue was shot at hits us in the heart," Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. - WSJ

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5. Seven school districts in Florida will arm some of their teachers after a state law took effect this month. The boards of the districts - which include Okeechobee, Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, and Suwannee counties - approved their participation in the recent legislation allowing teachers to carry guns. The teachers must volunteer and undergo training to participate. Florida's remaining 60 school districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward, haven't approved their participation and are unlikely to do so, according to reports. The law is an expansion of the state's "guardian" program created after the Parkland mass shooting in February 2018. - FOX NEWS

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6. ✈️ American Airlines said on Wednesday that it will cancel all Boeing 737 MAX flights through January 15, which is longer than its original time period of early December. The airline originally planned to begin flying the grounded jets by year's end. Regulators continue to go over proposed software changes to the jet, with no definitive timetable for its return. On Tuesday, Boeing Co. said it received its first new order after the 737 MAX was grounded worldwide following two plane crashes that killed a total of 346 people within the past year. - REUTERS

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7. ☁️ Goodyear will list its famous Blimp on Airbnb for three nights October 22 through 24, although it won't actually take to the skies, according to CNN. Starting on October 15, people can book a single night on the airship for $150. Offered as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football, the blimp will remain grounded in a hangar in Mogadore, Ohio, which is close to Goodyear's headquarters in Akron. The inside of the gondola has a bed, a couch, two chairs, several tables, and football knickknacks, while an outdoor living room space includes a TV and an open bar. - WKYC

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8. 🧸 Target has taken over ToysRUs.com. People who want to buy toys on the newly launched Toys R Us website are redirected to Target's site, according to CBS. Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy last year and closed all of its U.S. stores before its remaining assets were bought by True Kids Brand. The company is bringing back the brand with "a strong experiential and content-rich omnichannel concept" along with physical locations in Houston, Texas, and Paramus, New Jersey, according to True Kids' Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us merchandising executive. - CBS NEWS

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9. 👚 Residents of a beachside town in North Carolina are being told not to do laundry this week. The town of Surf City discouraged its citizens from washing their clothes between October 7 and 11 while it finishes flushing excess iron from the town's water lines. The voluntary ban hasn't gone over well, with residents expressing some complaints on the town's Facebook page. Surf City, with a population of about 2,300 people, is 40 miles northeast of Wilmington. - CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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10. 📺 The Netflix animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham" will arrive on November 8. Ellen DeGeneres is credited as a producer on the series, which will expand the book's relatively straightforward narrative into a 13-episode series. In this new version, Sam (Adam DeVine) has rescued a rare animal from the zoo and is en route to returning it to its native home, when he accidentally switches briefcases with the uptight Guy-I-Am (Michael Douglas). The unlikely pair end up traveling together, and who knows, probably at some point, tasting some of the titular dish. The remaining voice cast includes Ilana Glazer, Diane Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Eddie Izzard, Jeffrey Wright, Tracy Morgan, Daveed Diggs, and others. According to EW, the show's old-school 2D animation took four years to complete. - EW

This story first appeared in Inside Streaming.

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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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