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Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
1. Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
Trump says after announcing Amy Coney Barrett as SCOTUS nominee, 38 days before election: "This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation. Should be very easy. Good luck. It's going to be very quick. I'm sure it'll be extremely non-controversial" https://t.co/9pCIxgvWEK pic.twitter.com/8rMR3TqGLq— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2020
President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. Barrett is currently a federal judge on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Confirmation hearings for Barrett will begin on October 12.
2. TikTok ban temporarily blocked in the US
TikTok says it is “pleased” with U.S. judge ruling just now that the app can stay available (for now), despite the Trump administration seeking to block new downloads in the U.S. starting at midnight. Company says it is moving forward with deal talks to solve gov concerns pic.twitter.com/Gqw3EO3AkP— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) September 28, 2020
A federal judge has granted TikTok’s request for a preliminary injunction following an emergency hearing, halting a ban on the app hours before it was meant to come into effect.
3. Texas officials warn of brain-eating organism found in water system
The Brazosport Water Authority is issuing a Do Not Use Advisory for all water in the following cities: Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, Rosenburg, Dow Chemical, TDCJ Clemens and TDCJ Wayne Scott. pic.twitter.com/PWp95dXdrE— Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (@TCEQ) September 26, 2020
A warning was issued to several communities near Houston advising residents to avoid drinking tap water due to the potential presence of brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. The warning was issued on Friday and removed for most, but not all, on Saturday.
4. At least 16 people killed amid clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has broken out around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian Defense Ministry says two Azerbaijani helicopters have been shot down. https://t.co/tUF6ZlECGh— The Associated Press (@AP) September 27, 2020
At least 16 people are dead after fighting broke out in the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is located within Azerbaijan, on Sunday morning. Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan declared martial law and issued the general mobilisation of troops.
5. Ontario is reporting 491 new cases of COVID-19, the highest since May
The provincial new-case number — the highest since May 2 — compares to 435 new cases reported on Saturday and 409 on Friday. Ontario’s death toll stands at 2,839.
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