Published 4:29 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2020
Biden and Trump hit campaign trail after dueling town halls
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will return to the campaign trail on Friday in key battleground states a day after dueling town halls. The candidates, who were originally scheduled to square off in a virtual debate before it was canceled by the Commission on Presidential Debates last week, took part in separate but tense televised town halls. Trump will travel to Georgia and Florida, part of a multi-city swing through the Sunshine State aimed in part at bolstering his slipping support among seniors. Biden, meanwhile, will make a campaign swing through southeastern Michigan, with stops in Southfield and Detroit with less than three weeks to go to the Nov. 3 election.
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25 years ago, Black men united in their pain, power at the Million Man March
In 1995, Black men made a statement to America at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.: “We are here!” Since then, the country has elected an African American president and watched videos of police killing unarmed Black men. Five attendees of the march spoke to USA TODAY on its legacy amid today’s national unrest. Kokayi Nosakhere, then a 21-year-old college student from Anchorage, Alaska, said those who think the Million Man March was supposed to change America got it wrong: “The goal was to change us. I raised my hand on Oct. 16, 1995, and I have not taken it down. I’ve fulfilled my oath to go back to my community and make it a better place.”
Street poet Virgil Killebrew talks about his poetry and experience at the Million Man March on it’s 25th anniversary.
Apple fans, rejoice: iPhone 12 pre-sales begin
Apple’s new lineup of tougher, faster iPhones are rolling out into the world Friday, with pre-sales opening at 5 a.m. PT for two of the four new models, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The new lineup replaces last year’s iPhone 11 series with a slightly redesigned body, more heavy-duty glass that Apple says is “4x” less likely to break, a more powerful processing chip and connects to the new, faster 5G wireless networks. Reader alert: the new phones will not ship with a power brick for charging or earbuds, so if those are important to you, you’ll need to buy them separately. Also, pre-sales tend to go fast, so if you want your phone by Oct. 23, you’ll want to order earlier rather than later. The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max and smaller iPhone 12 Mini will be available to preorder Nov. 6, and launch Nov. 13.
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Planning a trip to New Mexico? Prepare to quarantine
With the number of New Mexicans who have succumbed to COVID-19 approaching 1,000, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is extending emergency public health orders, set to take effect Friday. The extended health orders include additional amendments, including new restrictions on bars and restaurants serving alcohol, hotels, and mass gatherings. The changes will also extend existing mandatory quarantine rules for travelers. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in New Mexico: A total of 33,713 cases have been identified out of 1,011,320 tests since the state’s first cases were announced on March 11, and 918 deaths had been attributed to the disease.
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Holidays are usually for gatherings but many get-togethers are complicated or cancelled because of COVID-19.
MLB playoffs: World Series matchup could be set
Both the American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series feature potential series-clinching scenarios Friday night. The Tampa Bay Rays will make a third attempt to close out the ALCS in Game 6 (6 p.m. ET, TBS) to reach their first World Series since 2008. The Houston Astros staved off elimination for the second straight day when Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run to win Game 5 on Thursday. The Atlanta Braves rebounded from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ record-setting hitting display on Wednesday to prevail in Game 4. The Braves can eliminate the Dodgers and reach their first World Series since 1999 with a win in Friday’s Game 5 (9 p.m. ET, FS1).
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