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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -- and we can expect mostly cloudy skies today... but the weather starts getting really nice tomorrow! Now, from the Associated Press, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SHIMON PERES DIES AT 93 The former Israeli politician's life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace. 2. WHEN TRUMP HAS TURNED OVER HIS TAX RETURNS The Republican presidential candidate disclosed them when it suited his needs — if he stood to make a profit, needed a loan or was forced by a judge. 3. AP: ACROSS US, POLICE OFFICERS ABUSE CONFIDENTIAL DATABASES Law enforcement has misused the systems to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors and journalists for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, AP finds. 4. WHAT YELLEN MAY BE ASKED ON CAPITOL HILL The Federal Reserve chair is likely to be asked how federal banking regulators could have missed Wells Fargo allegedly opening millions of accounts without customers' permission. 5. POLICE SHOOT, KILL MAN IN CALIFORNIA; PROTESTERS GATHER A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in the San Diego area is shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities say. 6. DRIVERLESS TECHNOLOGY SHOWS POTENTIAL Autonomous cars promise mobility for millions of disabled people who can't currently drive, possibly even erasing a major impediment to employment. 7. 9 STATES TO VOTE ON EXPANDING LEGAL ACCESS TO MARIJUANA A ballot initiative before millions of people on Nov. 8 would be the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug. 8. SERENA WILLIAMS SPEAKS OUT ON POLICE SHOOTINGS The tennis star writes on Facebook that she "won't be silent" about the killing of black men by law enforcement. 9. AMY SCHUMER MOST DANGEROUS CELEBRITY TO FOLLOW ONLINE A search for the "Trainwreck" and "Inside Amy Schumer" star carries over a 16 percent chance of connecting with a site that carries viruses or malware. 10. WHO RYDER CUP SQUAD IS LOOKING TO FOR INSPIRATION Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, is the latest motivational speaker for the American golf team.
Sunrise in the Sandhills The first Clinton-Trump debate is in the history books, and it looks like no minds were changed! Good morning -- it's Tuesday September 27, 2016, and from the AP, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW CLINTON, TRUMP PERFORMED IN FIRST DEBATE The Democrat put the Republican on the defensive for much of the 90-minute presidential showdown, even as he tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on her. 2. COLOMBIA ON PATH TO PEACE WITH HISTORIC ACCORD After a half-century of combat in this South American nation, the government and leftist rebels have begun to settle their political differences. 3. HOUSTON GUNMAN HAD WEAPONS, AMMO A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems randomly shot and injured nine people before he was killed by police, authorities say. 4. WHAT MALL SHOOTING SUSPECT DID BEFORE ATTACK Arcan Cetin, charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the attack at a Washington state Macy's, had dinner and told his stepfather he was headed to his job at a gym. 5. CHARLOTTE BLASTED OVER POLICE SHOOTING REACTION Residents verbally lash council members, complaining about unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who fail to force change. 6. HOW ONE STATE IS TRYING TO REHABILITATE THE INCARCERATED Michigan is trying to stop the boomerang effect of repeat offenders with a new program that moves soon-to-be-released inmates to a "vocational village" for job training. 7. IOWA CITY BRACES FOR HIGHEST FLOODWATERS SINCE 2008 RECORD Residents of Cedar Rapids steel for the river to crest and hope a temporary floodwall shielding thousands of homes and downtown buildings will protect them. 8. NEW SAT EXAM TAKEN BY NEARLY 1.4 MILLION STUDENTS High school students don't appear to have been scared off by the newly redesigned college entrance exam, with more taking it this spring than last. 9. NEW FILM ACADEMY MEMBERS TALK #OSCARSSOWHITE Actors Rita Wilson and Chadwick Boseman say the hashtag response to the crisis inspired them to join the organization. 10. TRIBE HEADING BACK TO POSTSEASON The Cleveland Indians clinch their first AL Central title since 2007, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over Detroit.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday September 26, 2016. Tonight is the big night: the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A lot is riding on this one! But there's more in the news today, and with that in mind, from the AP, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. STAGE SET FOR CLINTON, TRUMP DEBATE SHOWDOWN Tonight's presidential debate — the first of three — comes as the candidates seek to improve their images even as large numbers of Americans hold negative views on both of them. 2. 'A NIGHTMARE THAT TRAVELS WITH ME WHEREVER I GO' That's how Syria refugee Mohammed al-Haj, who now lives in Germany, describes the long civil war that plagues his home country. 3. WHO HAD A SERIES OF RUN-INS WITH THE LAW BEFORE SHOOTINGS Arcan Cetin, accused of killing five people at mall south of Seattle, had previously faced charges of assaulting his stepfather, and drunk driving. 4. ARNOLD WAS 'A PIONEER IN HIS SPORT' Jack Nicklaus responds to the death of rival and close friend Arnold Palmer, a champion and golf ambassador who brought the sport to the masses. 5. WHERE THOUSANDS FLEE AHEAD OF FLOODWATERS Several thousand residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, leave their homes as the rain-swollen Cedar River rises seven feet over flood stage. 6. COLOMBIA TO SIGN HISTORIC ACCORD Colombia looks to emerge from five-decades of bloodshed when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace deal. 7. PENSION CRISIS CONFRONTS DALLAS POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS The retirement plan, which was tied to risky real estate investments, is just 45 percent funded and projected to run dry in 15 years. 8. WHY SOME GRADE SCHOOLS DROP HOMEWORK They want to allow kids more time to play sports, spend time with families, read and sleep. 9. CHARISMATIC MARLINS ACE DIES IN BOATING ACCIDENT Jose Fernandez, a two-time All-Star and former National League rookie of the year, is killed with two other people when their 32-foot vessel hits a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities say. 10. 9. SHARK INJURES TEEN SURFER AT SITE OF PREVIOUS FATAL MAULING A shark lacerates the 17-year-old's thigh in the waters off the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was attacked and died in February 2015.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday September 23, 2016 -- and, from the AP, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHARLOTTE MOSTLY PEACEFUL ON THIRD NIGHT OF PROTESTS Demonstrations over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott give way to quiet streets after the city enacts a curfew and National Guard members protect office buildings. 2. SWIFT LEGAL ACTION IN TULSA Less than a week after Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot dead by a white police officer, prosecutors charge Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter. 3. SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES RESUME INTENSE BOMBING CAMPAIGN Airstrikes in Syria's rebel-held Aleppo districts intensify — among the targets, the renowned volunteer civil defense group known as the White Helmets. 4. FOR TRUMP, A BALANCING ACT The Republican is seeking to show law-and-order toughness along with empathy for African-Americans as he criticizes violent protests in the wake of fatal police shootings. 5. NEW LAWS, RULINGS COULD CAUSE ELECTION DAY CONFUSION For more than 120 million Americans, voting rules are determined by states and counties, so geography — and local politics — largely determine how easy it is to register and cast a ballot. 6. HACK DOESN'T SEND MESSAGE YAHOO NEEDED The tech giant has been struggling for years to keep people coming back to its digital services such as email, and the hacking of at least 500 million accounts won't help. 7. RAHAMI'S FATHER SAYS HE TOLD FBI THAT SON HAD 'BECOME BAD' Mohammad Rahami tells the AP the suspected Manhattan bomber's personality changed after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013. 8. GRITTY INDIANA TOWN'S HOUSING COMPLEX CONTAMINATED The mayor's order to evacuate 1,000 residents in East Chicago because of lead contamination should not have come as a surprise, as public documents and news coverage show the problem was known for decades. 9. WHO WOULD BENEFIT MEDICALLY UNDER A NEW ADMINISTRATION A new study by the Commonwealth Fund finds that Trump would cause about 20 million people to lose health care coverage while Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million. 10. THIRD-STRINGER LEADS PATS TO BIG WIN Jacoby Brissett, filling-in for injured backup Jimmy Garoppolo, had a 27-yard touchdown run in his first NFL start and New England beats the Houston Texans 27-0.

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