5 Things to Know for October 26: Senate Race, January 6, Iran, Voting Machines, LinkedIn




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Window or corridor? Many travelers prefer a window seat on flights to see the aerial view and avoid accidental arm graze. Others love the aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom. Whichever you prefer, one thing is certain: the middle seat is definitely the least desirable seat. A major airline is aware of this fact and has just introduced a lottery for passengers to win money for sitting in the middle seat.

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The two candidates vying for arguably the hottest Senate race of the year faced off in a televised debate on Tuesday. Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz are vying for votes in Pennsylvania in what is seen as Democrats’ best chance to flip a Senate seat after Republican Sen. Pat Toomey retires at the end of his term. During the debate, Fetterman’s delivery was intermittently halting and repetitive, leaving words in his answers and occasionally losing his train of thought. He is currently recovering from a stroke he suffered in May. Much of the attention focused on the debate may have been due to Fetterman’s struggles with auditory processing and speech in the interview against Oz, the celebrity doctor who gained fame for hosting a daily television show for years. But the debate ultimately underscored the deep political differences between the candidates, with both running on energy policy, abortion and the economy.

The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to compel former President Donald Trump’s White House lawyers to testify about conversations they had with two former presidents, according to three people familiar with the investigation. The move to compel additional testimony from former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin is part of a secret court filing last week. Trump has been fighting to keep former advisers from testifying before a criminal grand jury about some conversations about the Jan. 6, 2021, incident at the Capitol, citing executive and attorney-client privilege to keep the information secret or slow down criminal investigators. Separately, Hope Hicks, who served as Trump’s communications director, is being called for a formal interview with the House select committee investigating the insurgency, a source familiar with the details told CNN.

“Most aggressive subpoena I’ve ever seen”: Honig Jan. 6 commission’s latest move

Anti-government protests have gripped Iran since the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being taken to a “re-education center” by morality police, apparently for not wearing a hijab properly. Today marks the 40th day since his death and in Iranian culture, the 40-day mark of a person’s death is an important day of mourning. According to Iran’s state media IRNA, Amini’s family will not hold a gathering today for his death in an effort to calm the violence. “Considering the circumstances and to avoid any unfortunate problem, we will not hold an event to celebrate the 40th day,” said the family’s statement, according to IRNA. On Sunday, President Biden threw his support behind the country’s protesters, saying the United States “stands with the brave women of Iran who are demonstrating right now for their basic rights.” In response, Iran said it would sue the US for “direct involvement” in the protests.

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The CNN reporter explains why journalists are being arrested for covering the protest

Two counties in the western battleground states of Arizona and Nevada are moving forward with plans to count votes in this year’s midterm elections, a sign of deep distrust of electronic vote-counting machines in some pockets of the country. Officials in both communities still plan to use machines to do the counting, but experts worry that the additional hand counting could cause the two totals to differ and further undermine public confidence in the election. According to critics, counting thousands of votes will not give accurate results. Meanwhile, local election workers are leaving their posts in large numbers due to ongoing threats and harassment as the November term approaches. In some places, the exodus has opened the door to electoral denials seeking roles in regional electoral offices.

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The woman confronted the armed man near the ballot box

LinkedIn is rolling out new features on its site to catch bots and fake accounts. While it’s often considered the tame social platform for professionals and job seekers, LinkedIn isn’t immune to real-world behavior that experts say can be hard to detect and is perpetrated by sophisticated bad actors on the site. The professional networking company has come under fire in the past year for accounts with AI-generated profile photos used to market or push cryptocurrencies, and other fake profiles listing large corporations as employers to solicit high-profile job offers. In the second half of 2021, the company removed 11.9 million fake accounts at sign-up and another 4.4 million before other users ever reported them, according to its latest transparency report. The company told CNN Business this week that new features will soon help users assess the authenticity of accounts before contacting them.

The baby beaver builds a dam to keep his enemies out

A cute beaver is going viral grow up– to learn how to repel enemies. Watch the video here.

Corporate America is canceling Kanye West

On Monday, Adidas ended its partnership with Ye, also known as Kanye West. Here are the businesses, people and athletes who have cut ties.

The search for habitable planets may be much narrower

Scientists have long theorized that a certain type of star could harbor life beyond Earth…but now, that idea seems unlikely.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored on a new postage stamp

The late Supreme Court Justice RBG will be honored with a new postage stamp in 2023, the US Postal Service has announced. See a picture of him here.

Coke products may look a little different next year

You may have heard about Coke’s limited time weird flavors. Well, now the company is also experimenting with its packaging.

Ash Carter, who served as President Barack Obama’s last defense secretary, has died, his family said. He was 68 years old. Carter, who led the Department of Defense from February 2015 to January 2017, suffered a “sudden cardiac event” in Boston on Monday, his family said in a statement. At the helm of the Pentagon, Carter oversaw the final years of US involvement in Afghanistan under the Obama presidency and US efforts to counter the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. During her tenure she made efforts to expand the roles of women in combat, including lifting the ban on transgender people serving openly.

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That’s how many pounds of sausage produced by Bob Evans Farms has been recalled due to possible contamination, according to the FDA. An item called “Bobs Evans Italian Sausage” was recalled after some consumers reported finding small pieces of thin blue gum in the product. The USDA has advised customers not to consume the sausage if it has a “use by” date of 11/26/22.

“Unfortunately, we’re working with our outside partner to add to our curriculum, gun safety, all the things that need to be added.”

– St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, about adding gun safety to the system’s curriculum after a gunman killed two people and injured several others in a school shooting Monday. “Not just reading, writing and arithmetic, but reading, writing, arithmetic and gun safety,” Adams said. The 19-year-old graduated from the school last year and returned Monday with an AR-15-style rifle, more than 600 rounds of ammunition and more than a dozen high-capacity magazines, police said. He died in a hospital after a shootout with officers.

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Spectacular indoor skydiving

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