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The news you need to know to start your day. Five top news stories and why they matter. Seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts at usatoday.com/podcasts


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FDA panel supports J&J COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for all Americans who got a first dose
00:08:43

Data shows significantly more protection after a second dose. Plus, former President Bill Clinton continues to recover after sepsis, NASA launches an asteroid probe, 'Succession' returns and the Chicago Sky look for their first WNBA title.


(Audio: Associated Press)

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Oct 16, 2021
FDA panel supports Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for some
00:08:46

The committee will decide on Johnson & Johnson boosters today. Plus, a Texas law banning most abortions remains in effect after the latest court decision, the Major League Baseball League Championship Series begin, massive asteroids pass "close" to Earth and a new 'Halloween' sequel hits theaters.


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Oct 15, 2021
FDA experts to discuss boosters for Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccines
00:11:47

Is there enough data to prove their need and safety? Plus, at least five people are dead after a suspect allegedly shot at people with a bow and arrow, leaders begin prepping for next month's Glasgow climate talks, more than 4 million Americans quit their jobs in August and there's one game left in the MLB division series.


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Oct 14, 2021
Gabby Petito died by strangulation
00:10:06

A coroner says her death also likely came nearly a month before her body was found. Plus, a bill to raise the debt ceiling lands on President Joe Biden's desk, the Las Vegas Raiders move to a new coach after Jon Gruden's resignation, William Shatner heads to space and snow slams the West.


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Oct 13, 2021
Drugmakers seek FDA clearance for antiviral pill
00:11:36

The pill showed promising trial results. Plus, a plane crashed in a San Diego suburb, killing at least two people, Tropical Storm Pamela will become a serious hurricane in Mexico, NFL coach Jon Gruden resigns after homophobic and misogynistic emails and the NHL regular season begins.


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Oct 12, 2021
One-fourth of US infrastructure is at risk of flooding
00:09:35

That's according to a new report out today, the latest bleak climate news in recent weeks. Plus, a Minnesota shootout leaves at least 1 dead, the Nobel prizes come to a close, a growing number of cities replace Columbus day with Indigenous Peoples Day and a new-look Boston Marathon returns.


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Oct 11, 2021
Whistleblower testimony and a massive outage. So what's different for Facebook now?
00:29:38

Armed with tens of thousands of documents, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress this week, warning lawmakers that the company has repeatedly misled the public about how its platforms drive division and harm users, especially children.

Earlier in the week, Facebook saw one of the worst outages in its history, lasting six hours and affecting over three billion people worldwide.

We know Facebook and Instagram have harmful effects and we know we're probably a bit too dependent on the platforms.

So what feels different about this moment?

Breaking news reporter Gabriela Miranda, tech reporter Mike Snider and politics reporter Matthew Brown sit down with host Claire Thornton to dissect Frances Haugen's Congressional testimony, explain what we know about Facebook's 'amplification' algorithm and discuss how everyday people had their lives upended by Facebook's massive outage last Monday.

Additional reading:

'Five hours of silence was torture': Facebook and WhatsApp are lifelines for some families

Facebook whistleblower fires up Congress: Is this Mark Zuckerberg's moment of reckoning?

Facebook whistleblower's explosive testimony: Company makes 'disastrous' choices, prioritizes profit

'Profits before people': After Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen argued her case, will Congress act?

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Oct 10, 2021