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CNN10 - 9/27/21

Today, our international coverage takes you from the Canary Islands to Colombia for reports on a continually erupting volcano and the work of a CNN Hero.
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Baldwin Shooting Incident Shines Light on 222 Workplace Deaths in U.S. Alone This Year
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reported 5255 workplace fatalities in the U.S. over the last five years.
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Group of Literal Karens Boycott Cafe Over Sign Using Their Name As Insult
A coffee shop in Los Angeles was bombarded with complaints over a sign that read "No Karen, you can't talk to the manager." One message even compared the term to the N-word.
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Britney Spears celebrates weight loss, ‘finally’ sees abs
"Well … for the love of God I finally see some definition in my abs
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Don’t overestimate Trump’s Republican dominance this far in advance of 2024
Trump not only survived Jan. 6 and his second impeachment — he has thrived since, but there are reasons to believe Trump’s dominance is exaggerated and that it is slowly degrading.
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Amani Toomer rips ‘sad’ state of Giants in explosive rant
The former star wide receiver is losing patience with the Giants, fast.
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Crown Prince of Dubai tops 820-foot observation wheel
Afraid of heights? Not the Crown Prince of Dubai. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, aka Fazza, 38, proudly posed atop the Ain Dubai observation wheel on October 21 to promote the opening of the sky-high attraction. The prince shared this head-spinning aerial footage with his 12.5 million Instagram followers.
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Firing Dr. Fauci Now May Help Joe Biden Manage the Next COVID Wave, and His Poll Numbers
The disclosure that U.S. funds supported controversial research—and the failure to acknowledge that—deepened distrust of Fauci and the Biden administration.
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Close to 200 Americans are still seeking to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells congressional staff
The State Department informed congressional staff Thursday that it is in touch with 363 US citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave, two sources familiar with the call told CNN.
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Republican Senators Pen Letter Demanding Biden End 'Discriminatory' Vaccine Mandate Rules
"We cannot lose sight of the massive, negative impacts that your mandates will have on hardworking Americans and their families," the senators wrote.
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Virginia governor candidates make last-ditch efforts ahead of election day
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and businessman Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate are neck and neck in the race to be Virginia's next governor, with less than two weeks until voters head to the polls. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins "CBSN AM" to discuss.
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Why 'Devastatingly Talented' Zach Galifianakis Is the Perfect Robot in 'Ron's Gone Wrong'
Newsweek spoke to the writers and directors of new animated movie "Ron's Gone Wrong," who explained what Zach Galifianakis was like in the voiceover booth.
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Cop fires at man threatening people with knives on LES: police
An NYPD cop opened fire on a man who was threatening people with knives on the Lower East Side Friday morning, authorities said. 
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What is Prinzregententorte (aka Prince Regent Cake) on ‘The Great British Baking Show’?
Turns out the backstory to this cake is darker than dark chocolate.
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Danica Patrick says Formula 1 needs to make women feel welcome
The most successful female driver in American open-wheel history, the former IndyCar and NASCAR driver never say any serious F1 opportunities open up.       
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Man Caught Playing Flute While Driving Gets Moving Violation
Police said that the driver was playing along with an iPod.
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When is it time to get the COVID-19 booster shot?
Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters, but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing. And adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can choose a different brand of vaccine for that extra dose.
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I Was Wrong About Joe Manchin
Turns out the guy has even more glaring climate conflicts of interest than what we knew before.
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Fisher finds WWII tags and returns to veteran's family 50 years after they were lost
Adam Gross found the tags that belonged to Clifford J. Voight in a river in Michigan
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Solo Stove's famous Yukon fire pit is $150 off right now
Right now, Solo Stove's famous Yukon fire pit is discounted to one of the lowest prices we've seen at $449.99, down from its normal price of $599.99 — a $150 saving.
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Tampa Bay Lightning receive even glitzier rings for second consecutive Stanley Cup title
The diamond- and sapphire-filled rings total 31.67 carats, even bigger than what the Tampa Bay Lightning received after their 2020 championship.       
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Evergrande avoids default but faces another deadline
Evergrande has made an $83.5 million interest payment on a dollar-denominated bond that was due last month, according to Chinese state media. CNN's Selina Wang reports.
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Google ad business like ‘if Goldman owned the NYSE,’ employees said
Google used its monopoly power to rig the online advertising market and squash competition, including by colluding with Facebook, according to a newly unredacted court filing.
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Nolte: Gun Safety Procedures Obviously Not Followed on Alec Baldwin Set
Actor Alec Baldwin shot and killed a woman with a prop gun. If all the safety protocols had been followed, it never would have happened. 
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19-Year-Old Rapper Killed in 'Execution-Style' Shooting, Media Believe Gang Responsible
Einar allegedly had strong connections with local criminal gangs and recently received several threats.
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Hilaria Baldwin shared photo of Alec just hours before fatal film set shooting
Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria shared a photo of him Facetiming her Thursday just hours before the deadly shooting unfolded on the New Mexico set of his “Rush” film.
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Chinese Pianist Li Yundi Erased From TV After He's Arrested With Sex Worker
"Piano Prince" Li Yundi, 39, was recently arrested along with a 28-year-old sex worker, according to Beijing police.
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Guns—Even Props—Are Not Toys
Alec Baldwin was involved in a tragic shooting on the set of his latest movie yesterday.One person was killed and another seriously wounded when a prop gun was discharged by the actor, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. Early reports offered conflicting information. A spokesperson for Baldwin told the Associated Press that the gun in question was firing blanks. In an email to members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the secretary-treasurer of IATSE Local 44 wrote that “a live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor,” IndieWire reported.It's impossible at this point to draw any hard conclusions about precisely what went wrong. But whatever the specifics, there’s a simple lesson to be learned: Guns aren't toys. Even props must be handled with respect for the harm they're capable of inflicting. Training is required to operate any firearm safely, whether on set, at the range, or at home. And following gun-safety rules is always imperative.A variety of different guns are used in film productions. Those include rubber guns that don't function at all, airsoft guns with simulated blowback, blank-firing props, and even real functioning firearms. Blank-firing prop guns are designed to only work with blanks. Many have blocked barrels to prevent a projectile from being fired through them. Real guns used as props are sometimes modified in the same way. But live ammunition improperly loaded into either kind of gun could potentially overcome those precautions.Many productions employ trained safety experts to ensure that live ammunition is not brought on set, and that proper safety procedures are followed.[Read: How should Hollywood respond to mass shootings?]Even if a production does not make an obvious mistake, such as allowing live ammunition onto set, the use of blanks carries its own risks. Blanks are usually cartridges that are manufactured without the inclusion of the bullet. They still feature a primer and powder charge, though, at about half the strength of a live round.That means they still expel a lot of hot gas at a high rate of speed and can still be dangerous. This is especially true if something is lodged in the prop gun's barrel that the charge can propel forward.The military is acutely aware of these risks. If you've ever seen footage of soldiers training with a strange device on the end of their barrels, that was a blank-firing attachment. It's designed to both help the firearm cycle with the lighter power load and block any potential projectiles— short of an actual bullet fired from a live round—from exiting the barrel.There have been other tragic prop-gun-related accidents on set. The CBS Cover Up star Jon-Erik Hexum reportedly pointed a prop gun loaded with a blank at his head as a joke during a break on set back in 1984. The force of the blank going off so close to his head was enough to kill him, even without any bullet. Older-style blanks sometimes used a cotton wad, and if such a wad was propelled out of the barrel, it might have contributed to Hexum's death. Newer blanks that use crimped cartridges instead of cotton wads may provide an added layer of safety. But that doesn't mean they are perfectly safe either.In 2008, a similar scene unfolded before a rendition of Oklahoma at a Utah high school. A 15-year-old boy was killed when a gun firing blanks was pointed at his head, apparently at close range.And in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was filming a movie titled The Crow. During a scene in which the character he played was supposed to be shot, something went wrong, and Lee was killed. His autopsy revealed that he'd been hit with a .44-caliber bullet.The details in Lee’s case are, to some degree, still disputed. We might never get a perfect explanation for what happened to him, and the same might be true for this latest tragedy.[Read: Guns are a threat to the body politic ]This kind of negligence is exceedingly rare. Prop guns, blanks, and even real guns used as props are involved in entertainment productions every day without a problem. That is only the case when everyone handling the firearms, including the actors, both properly understand the risks involved in using them and follow the rules designed to mitigate those risks.Although the details of this accident remain unclear, it appears likely that somebody did not follow all of the rules necessary to keep everyone involved safe. We don't yet know exactly which safeguards failed. But the result is one person dead and another in the hospital—because guns are not toys.
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Prop Gun Fired By Alec Baldwin Contained a Live Bullet [Report]
According to an email from IATSE Local 44, the gun used on set contained a live round.
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Shanna Moakler doesn’t ‘give a damn’ amid Travis Barker engagement news
The former Playboy model channeled "Gone With the Wind" in a cryptic statement that seemingly alluded to her ex's engagement to Kourtney Kardashian.
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How Was Brian Laundrie's Body Missed by Cadaver Dogs During Initial Search of Reserve?
A K-9 handler said if the body was there for the entire search, the cadaver dogs should have been able to detect it because they quickly pick up human scent.
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Prop Masters' Union Says No Members on Set When Alec Baldwin Fired Fatal Shot
The union also said the prop gun Baldwin used contained a "live single round."
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Brandon Lee’s Sister Speaks Out on ‘Rust’ Accident: “No One Should Ever Be Killed By a Gun On a Film Set”
Actor Brandon Lee died in a fatal prop gun misfire incident in 1993 while filming The Crow.
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Let the Booster Mixing Begin
Mixing and matching vaccine brands is officially on the table in the United States. But that option might soon be billed as the B-list choice.Last night, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky gave the green light for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots, the long-awaited follow-up to a similar recommendation given to the Pfizer formulation last month. As the endorsement stands, all who are eligible for an additional jab—which now includes tens of millions more Americans—should be able to pick whatever booster brand they like. But discussions among a panel of experts who advised Walensky hinted at a catch: The agency has yet to issue its final clinical guidance on who, specifically, might want to boost with what—and an early draft of the recommendations suggests that Americans “should” stick with the same brand they got in their first go-round.Switching to a different shot would be allowed, as was authorized by the FDA on Wednesday; per the draft CDC guidance, people may opt to mix and match based on availability or preference, after assessing their individual risks and benefits. (As a reminder, the FDA’s authorizations tell Americans what vaccines they’re allowed to get. The CDC follows that up with advice on what folks should do with those options.)The CDC’s stance on mixing and matching, then, could end up being a relatively soft one, neither extolment nor excoriation. That might also be the most practical course of action for the agency, given the variables involved and the lack of clear-cut evidence that could untangle them. But the wishy-washiness of Pick whatever is confusing as hell.Consider, first, the sheer number of choices now available to booster-eligible Americans (a limited set of mRNA recipients, and all folks who got J&J). With three approved or authorized vaccines, the simplest mix-and-match matrix has nine possible combos. But that’s an underestimate of the absolutely unmanageable number of variations therein. Moderna’s third shots, for instance, come in full doses for immunocompromised people and half doses for everyone else. The timing of additional shots might matter, too: People who get a second injection of J&J half a year after their first seem to churn out more antibodies than people who wait just two months. Clearly, inoculation isn’t just about which vaccines you’re getting. It’s about which vaccines, when, how much, how often, in what order, on and on and on—an absolute multiverse of choices. Add to that the inevitable differences among individual immune systems, and just start to imagine the terror of the resulting flow chart. Against that chaotic-evil backdrop, the CDC’s interim preference for homogeneity has a certain appeal—even if it sets up a slightly judgy juxtaposition between what’s by the book and, essentially, what the mavericks might do, if they feel like it.[Read: Should you mix and match your booster shot?]Then again, maybe what the CDC says is, at this point, kind of moot. Millions of people have already boosted, some of them ahead of eligibility. Now, with even more choices available, “people who care will vote with their feet,” Céline Gounder, an infectious-disease physician at Bellevue Hospital, in New York, told me. That may in the CDC guidance is easy to grab and run with. For anyone who has made up their mind, in any direction, the agency’s relatively hands-off approach isn’t all that useful (or hard to ignore).Cross-vaccine boosting can certainly come with perks. People won’t have to stress about matching brands across doses; individuals in at-risk groups might have the flexibility to avoid rare, shot-specific side effects. The strategy might even be more protective. None of that, though, makes actually selecting a booster any easier. As things stand, the decision requires a small leap of faith, or at least some immunological inference. Data on mixing and matching is still relatively scant, though the early evidence looks promising. A recent National Institutes of Health study found that switching shots seems to juice out antibodies at least as well as, and in some cases quite a bit better than, staying the course with one brand. That seems especially true for the OG J&J crowd: mRNA boosters sent antibody levels soaring, compared with a second helping of J&J. (A caveat: The study boosted with the full Moderna dose, not the half dose that the FDA authorized for non-immunocompromised people.) If that pattern holds, J&J, already the least popular vaccine in the U.S., might become even more of an underdog.That’s not for sure. Gounder is advising caution: The NIH study was small, tracking an imperfect proxy for protection in fewer than 500 people for a very limited period of time. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, an infectious-disease physician and researcher at Emory University, in Atlanta, is a bit more optimistic, and told me that she finds the mix-and-match data compelling enough to offer the strategy. The trends in the NIH study, she pointed out, seem well in line with the months of data that have come out of places such as the United Kingdom, which adopted a hybrid approach early on, albeit for original doses and with a different set of brands (Pfizer and AstraZeneca).Ideally, mixing and matching could blur the brand boundaries between vaccinated Americans, effectively collapsing more of us into the same pretty-well-protected pool. (Did you get Pfizer or Moderna? J&J? Who cares?) Or, it could splinter us into infinite subgroups that become ever more difficult to compare.Collecting good data on vaccine responses is getting harder as inoculation becomes more bespoke. With so many Americans now poised to choose their own vaccine adventure—you know, as they may—the differences among regimens might get tougher to pin down. We need that data: What we learn now will—hopefully—help us design better, safer, more efficient vaccine regimens for future generations. But if fewer people embark on similar trajectories, they could get more difficult to group together. Studies might have to be more limited in scope, or work harder to combine data from different parts of the country. That’s not impossible, Saad Omer, a vaccine expert and epidemiologist at Yale, told me. But it does make things “more challenging.”Some of this beta-testing vibe harkens back to last winter, when experts heatedly debated the merits of skipping or delaying second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Certain countries, including the U.K., spaced out the shots; the U.S. and others stuck to the very trim gaps prescribed by trials. The delay was a gamble, since it left people partially protected for longer and sent mixed messages to a frustrated public. But now it looks beneficial. Really, we were all guinea pigs—and this mass round of boosting is slating us for a discombobulation redux.We won’t all be winners; someone always has to be in the group that fares worse. Then again, “worse” is always relative. Anyone who’s playing the booster game is already, technically, fully vaccinated, putting them ahead of the billions around the globe who still are not. Titanji pointed out that more Americans have gotten boosters than people have received first doses in Nigeria, a country with some 200 million residents.​​Even in the U.S., getting more first shots to people remains the bigger priority—that’s how we collectively contain the coronavirus. But the hyper-individualistic American approach to the pandemic is once again nudging each of us to chart our own course. The government has kind of shrugged about mix-and-match boosting, and punted the decision to us: Choose whichever path seems right to you; turn to page 7; hope for the best. Here’s the trick, though—no one’s sure where this chapter ends. Good luck, I guess.
theatlantic.com
Kate Beckinsale lashes out at ‘very high IQ’ haters: ‘I won’t dumb myself down’
"Are we really jumping on women for answering a question truthfully about their intelligence or education? Are we really still requiring women to dumb themselves down in order not to offend?"
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In Lawsuit Against Texas Redistricting Maps, Plaintiffs See History Repeating
They argue that the new maps would depress Latino voter representation in the state
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Who was Halyna Hutchins?
Cinematographer and writer Jim Hemphill joins CNN Newsroom to talk about Halyna Hutchins. Hutchins was fatally shot by a prop gun on the set of the film "Rust".
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Cynthia Bailey wants to protect husband Mike Hill from ‘reality tv curse’
Bailey — who celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary on Oct. 10 — announced in September she's quitting "RHOA" after 11 seasons on the Bravo show.
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How William Shatner's Space Flight Brought 'Star Trek' Journey Full Circle
The man who played Captain James T. Kirk was moved to tears following his flight in Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.
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Our favorite smokeless fire pit is having a flash sale this weekend only
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Family attorney pressed on what Laundrie told parents about Petito
During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, refused to say whether Brian Laundrie told his parents anything about the disappearance of Gabby Petito. CNN's Nick Valencia reports.
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Video: Paulo Costa ends drama, makes light heavyweight for UFC Fight Night 196
Paulo Costa made light heavyweight for the UFC Fight Night 196 main event with Marvin Vettori.       Related Stories'Rumble' Johnson rips Paulo Costa's UFC weight cut disaster: 'Even I didn't make up excuses''Rumble' Johnson rips Paulo Costa's UFC weight cut disaster: 'Even I didn't make up excuses' - EnclosureUFC Fight Night 196 weigh-in results and live video stream (11 a.m. ET) 
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Lloyd Austin Won't Discuss 'Hypothetical' Where China Attacks Taiwan After Biden Comments
"Nobody wants to see cross-Strait issues come to blows—certainly not President Biden, and there's no reason that it should," Austin said.
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After Senate Republicans Block Voting Rights Legislation, the Filibuster Is Back in the Crosshairs
President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would be open to doing away with the filibuster in pursuit of protecting Americans’ voting rights, bolstering voting rights’ advocates calls to abolish the controversial rule after Republicans blocked federal voting legislation from advancing for the third time this year. Wednesday’s 49-51 Senate vote barred any debate from…
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Oklahoma Issues Nonbinary Birth Certificate, Governor Says, 'There Is No Such Thing'
"I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period," Governor Kevin Stitt said in a statement.
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Alec Baldwin is ‘devastated’ over fatal film shooting, insiders say
Alec Baldwin is distraught after accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the director on the set of his New Mexico film "Rust".
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The most powerful American V8 engines
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Kevin McCarthy’s vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House
Threats, intimidation and efforts to protect Donald Trump signal trouble ahead.
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'We're getting all kinds of threats': Judge says defiant US Capitol rioters are fueling threats from Trump supporters
A federal judge said Friday that defiant US Capitol rioters, who are still defending their role in the January 6 insurrection, are fueling threats against judges from people who falsely believe the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
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