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Insults and food: Using hate to fuel good in the world
00:12:35

As a journalist, USA TODAY columnist Rex Huppke has had his share of insults, most journalists have. With the introduction of social media and email, it's become a lot easier to fire off a mean tweet or send a nasty email as opposed to hand writing a letter and dropping it in the mailbox. With the internet at our fingertips, it's easy to dehumanize a person, especially journalists and bombard them with negativity.

Back in 2018 Huppke, then at the Chicago Tribune, decided to turn what was a negative experience into something positive. He asked readers, both those that loved him and those that hated him to donate to a local food bank.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with Huppke to talk about his Insult-A-Columnist-Holiday Food drive.

The concept is simple, you donate to Feeding America under one of two team names: RexRocks or RexStinks-either loving or hating him. No matter which team you choose, your donation benefits those struggling with food insecurity based on the zip code you provide.

Huppke said, "let me have it! Insult me, please." He promises to write a column geared toward whichever team wins; either grotesquely talking about how wonderful he is, or excoriating himself by letting the world know just how terrible he is. So what are you waiting for? Insult Rex and donate by clicking on the link. The drive runs through December.

Donte to Rex Rex Huppke’s Insult-A-Columnist Holiday Food Drive.

To read Rex Huppke's columns, click here or read below.

Insult a columnist, help people in need with USA TODAY's Insult-A-Columnist Holiday Food Drive!

On Black Friday, a chat between Capitalism and Common Sense. No really, they talked.

Five steps to an enlightened Thanksgiving dinner: Don't go, and if you do, wear pajamas

An ignorant American’s guide to the World Cup and the game of 'soccer'

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Dec 04, 2022
Democrats vote to change the first caucus from Iowa to South Carolina
00:08:34

History in the making, Democrats vote to change the presidential primary calendar for 2024. Plus, is there a chance Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Walt Disney World could make amends? And an iconic ride is coming to an end at Disney World, Splash Mountain is expected to close in January.

To read more:

Democrats make history, reorder the presidential primary calendar for 2024

Will Disney and Florida kiss and make up? With Iger back, DeSantis says 'a plan is in the works.'

Disney World will close Splash Mountain in January for a new 'Princess and the Frog' adventure

2022 World Cup knockout stage schedule: Time, date, TV channel for Round of 16

It was just one random act of kindness. But it sparked a family's decade of giving.








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Dec 03, 2022
Rail strike averted with Senate vote
00:11:51

Bipartisan leaders in Congress said they had no choice. Plus, Biden renews ties with France and the Supreme Court takes on Biden's student loan forgiveness plan.


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Dec 02, 2022
Former President Donald Trump's tax returns are sent to House committee
00:13:51

Former President Trump's tax returns are now with the House Ways & Means Committee, Twitter vs Apple, a look into the deaths of migrant workers that build World Cup stadiums in Qatar, nursing home staffing shortages, big name companies are cutting jobs

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Dec 01, 2022
Oath Keepers leader found guilty of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack
00:13:24

What is seditious conspiracy? And what happens next? Plus, Yael Eisenstat, Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society, discusses the rise in anti-semitism.


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Nov 30, 2022
China gripped by large-scale protests over Xi's COVID-19 policy
00:14:04

Outrage swells in China over President Xi's Zero-COVID policy as protests continue. USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard has the latest.

New York Times Opinion Columnist Nicholas Kristof discusses how Russia is taking children from Ukraine into Russian territory.

A power outage has disrupted Houston's city water system and 2 million people there faced a water boil order.

Congress is back in session and it may be the last chance the Biden administration has to get some of its agenda accomplished.

According to a USA TODAY analysis of Health and Human Services data, millions of Americans' medical records have been stolen or exposed so far this year because of security vulnerabilities in electronic healthcare systems. To see if your provider has compromised data that puts you at risk, click here.


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Nov 29, 2022
How to shop this Cyber Monday
00:08:38

Reviewed's Kate Ellsworth has some deals and trends to look out for. Plus, protests continue in China against strict COVID-19 policies.

Find the best Cyber Monday deals from Reviewed by product, retailer and those under $100.

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Nov 28, 2022
Always live your best life: Why do people climb mountains?
00:12:26

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, people turned to outdoor activities to stay active while social distancing. One of those activities was mountain climbing, mountains above 14,000 feet in particular. They are called 14'ers and Colorado is the epicenter of these types of peaks.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with Lloyd Athearn, the executive director of the Colorado 14'ers initiative. Athearn said the appeal of climbing mountains is both physical and mental and that the rewards are spectacular as well as the consequences. So far at least six people have died climbing 14'ers this year.

James also sat down with Jason Kolo, a landscaper from Cleveland, Ohio and an avid hiker who has climbed mountains all over the world.

Jason said he knows the risks, but said he doesn't go into it with that mindset. Instead, he said he focuses on the positive like being in nature.

He said, "being in the clouds or above the clouds is an amazing feeling."

To read more about 14'ers, click below"

People die summitting 14,000-foot mountain peaks. These climbers do it anyway. By USA TODAY's Grace Hauk

Protecting Colorado 14'ers - Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

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Nov 27, 2022
The week in Trump's legal challenges
00:07:05

It was a busy holiday week for the former president. What's next? Plus, hear an update on protests at a Chinese iPhone factory.


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Nov 26, 2022
An asylum seeker's journey
00:13:26

Border reporter Lauren Villagran tells the story of a Venezuelan family's journey and where things stand for Venezuelan asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S. Plus, why you might want to consider not shopping this Black Friday.


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Nov 25, 2022
An epidemic of violence
00:15:09

It's been another deadly week of mass shootings in the United States. What do we do about it? Plus, National Political Correspondent Phillip M. Bailey talks about politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Nov 24, 2022
Supreme Court denies Donald Trump request to block release of tax returns
00:11:55

USA TODAY Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze explains what happens next. Plus, USA TODAY Money Reporter Elisabeth Buchwald looks at the state of unemployment ahead of the holidays.


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Nov 23, 2022
The largest war in the world: Hundreds of thousands killed in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict
00:13:42

USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard explains. Plus, we remember those lost in the Colorado LGBTQ club shooting.


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Nov 22, 2022
FDA approves first treatment that delays Type 1 diabetes
00:09:54

USA TODAY Health Reporter Adrianna Rodriguez explains why it could be 'game changing.' Plus, USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison looks at whether President Joe Biden's age will be a factor in whether or not he runs for a second term.


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Nov 21, 2022
What is a sober drink?
00:12:35

Are sober drinks exactly what they sound like, or is there more to them? 5 Things Sunday Host James Brown and USA TODAY wellness reporter Sara Moniuszko explore sober drinks and what they could mean for sober curious people. She says its complicated and it depends on your definition of sober.

For more on sober drinks, read:

How sober are these 'sober' drinks? And why are they so popular?

Taking an alcohol break? Giving it up completely? Here's how to be inconspicuous

Fun without alcohol? Sober bars offer social connections without peer pressure to drink

'Sober October': Seven non-alcoholic cocktail recipes to try at home

Forget 'Dry January': Alcohol-free beer, wine, cocktails are available year round and are gaining popularity

Last year's episode on taking an alcoholiday:

Sober curious for 2022? Here's what to know if you want to take an alcoholiday in January

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Nov 20, 2022
AG Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump criminal investigations
00:08:52

Plus, we look at the Ticketmaster controversy and Buffalo digs out of snow.


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Nov 19, 2022
Nancy Pelosi to step down from leadership role
00:11:04

USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page explains what's next. Plus, Money Editor Riley Gutiérrez McDermid looks at celebrities and others who are under fire for working with the FTX crypto currency exchange.


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Nov 18, 2022
Missile strike likely not an assault on Poland
00:11:31

White House correspondent Michael Collins explains how Russia praised the U.S. for its measured response after the incident. Plus, USA TODAY senior data journalist Doug Caruso looks at how climate change will test the country's dam infrastructure.


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Nov 17, 2022
Donald Trump announces his 2024 presidential campaign
00:13:16

What's next for the GOP? Plus, USA TODAY investigative reporter Kenny Jacoby explains how many colleges don't proportionately punish sexual violence.


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Nov 16, 2022
President Biden presses China's Xi to find 'ways to work together'
00:10:14

USA TODAY White House correspondent Francesca Chambers has the latest from the G-20 summit. Plus, USA TODAY higher education reporter Chris Quintana looks at what happens next for President Joe Biden's paused federal student loan forgiveness program.


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Nov 15, 2022
A national adoption agency knew it was doomed. It kept taking families’ money
00:07:23

USA TODAY investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski explains. Plus, President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.


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Nov 14, 2022
The many faces of the Latino vote
00:13:07

Every election year Americans get chopped into pieces and clumped into voting blocks -Black voters, college educated voters, soccer moms and Nascar dads to name a few. There seems to be some truth to voting blocks; we are likely to share the share the same concerns as others who look like you, speak the same language, live near you and are in the same socioeconomic group.

But according to today's guest, that is only surface deep.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY White House reporter, Rebecca Morin to look at one of those supposed blocks - Latinos - and who they did and didn't vote for.

Morin said what's important to Latinos varies across the nation, depending on where they live.

For more on Rebecca's reporting on the Latino vote, read:

Republicans made inroads with South Texas Latinos since last election. Now they're hoping for a red wave

Venezuelans are a growing Latino group in the US. Can they recreate the Cuban American voter playbook?

Democrats hoped Latinos would turn GOP states 'purple.' That may not be the case anymore.

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Nov 13, 2022
Democrat Mark Kelly wins reelection in Arizona Senate race, beating Republican Blake Masters
00:07:56

Plus, what's the future of student loan forgiveness?

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Nov 12, 2022
Biden attends COP27 climate summit
00:10:16

USA TODAY national correspondent Elizabeth Weise tells us what to expect. Plus, money reporter Medora Lee explains why a crucial cryptocurrency exchange collapsed.


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Nov 11, 2022
Georgia Senate, other key races remain in limbo after Election Day
00:11:43

We look at an unexpectedly good night for President Joe Biden and a bad one for former President Donald Trump. Plus, Courier-Journal chief political reporter Morgan Watkins looks at how abortion rights prevailed in ballot initiatives.


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Nov 10, 2022
Election 2022: Fetterman flips Pennsylvania Senate seat for Dems
00:11:38

Hear how voters leaned on Election Day in critical Congressional races. Plus, USA TODAY investigative reporter Erin Mansfield explains how PACs helped Republicans roll in school board races.


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Nov 09, 2022
Election 2022: What to watch for
00:13:08

USA TODAY national political reporter Phillip Bailey gives a preview. Plus, USA TODAY politcs reporter Ken Tran looks at what a GOP Congress might be like, and more.


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Nov 08, 2022
Final rallies before midterms
00:09:17

Candidates spent their last weekend before Election Day at rallies around the country. Plus, USA TODAY Congressional editor Ledyard King examines whether democracy is in danger, North Korea says missile tests are intended as practices to strike U.S. and South Korean targets, USA TODAY Congressional reporter Candy Woodall looks at the spread of disinformation and burnout is on the rise.

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Nov 07, 2022
Follow the money: Who is paying for political ads?
00:22:54

As Election Day quickly approaches, you've likely heard this election is the most important of our lifetime. But is it really? Or is it a ploy to persuade us that it is?

When you watch, listen, scroll through social media or read an election flyer from your mailbox have you ever stopped and asked yourself, "who paid for this?"

According to Research Director Michael Beckel from Issue One, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that seeks to lessen the influence of money on politics, you should.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with Beckel to talk about the money being funneled into campaigns both through Super PACS and through dark money and the problem with dark money funding different ads.

According to Beckel, dark money groups don't have to disclose their donors and they "masquerade with very innocuous sounding names and they are not making it easy to identify if its a liberal or a conservative group."

He said its an attempt to very coyly influence who you vote for.

For more on following the money:

Billionaires account for $1 of every $10 raised this election. These 11 anted up the most.

Biden pushes bill targeting dark money in politics

With Deadlocked Vote on Dark Money, DISCLOSE Act Fails to Clear Senate

The Congressional Fundraising Treadmill: Six Numbers to Know from the Latest Congressional Campaign Finance Filings

12 political megadonors are responsible for $1 of every $13 in federal elections since Citizens United and 25% of all giving from the top 100 ZIP codes — a total of $3.4 billion

Soros pours $125M into super PAC ahead of midterms

Who’s Bankrolling Election Deniers?

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Nov 06, 2022
House committee says Trump must begin producing records by next week
00:10:45

It's still not clear if Trump himself will appear before the committee. Plus, it's the final weekend before Election Day, Nike suspends its relationship with Kyrie Irving for his failure to disavow antisemitism, it's been one year since the Astroworld concert tragedy and holiday movie season is almost here.

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Nov 05, 2022
What to know about the COP27 climate summit
00:12:58

USA TODAY national correspondent Elizabeth Weise has a preview. Plus, USA TODAY politics reporter Ken Tran looks at how health care concerns are swaying voters at midterms, former President Donald Trump continues to face legal issues around his businesses, the Marshall Project's Maurice Chammah examines a survey on sheriffs' political views and USA TODAY Entertainment host Ralphie Aversa looks at Bono's new tour for his memoir.


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Nov 04, 2022
Russian generals reportedly discuss using nuclear weapons in Ukraine
00:09:12

Russia is trying to reverse its fortunes on the battlefield. Plus, USA TODAY national correspondent Rick Jervis talks about the dire situation facing migrants bused around the country, we consider what graphic video of deaths tells us about desensitization to trauma, USA TODAY national correspondent Marc Ramirez looks at how transgender youths and their families have to uproot their lives and monarch butterflies are being shipped to Texas to help speed up migration.


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Nov 03, 2022
Democrats hoped Latinos would turn GOP states 'purple.' That may not be the case anymore.
00:10:03

White House and immigration reporter Rebecca Morin explains. Plus, there's another hold on a House committee trying to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns, Palm Beach Post reporter Hannah Phillips talks about what Parkland shooting victims' family members said at the shooter's sentencing, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to hold a narrow lead in Israel's elections and personal finance reporter Medora Lee tells Americans what they need to know amid more Federal Reserve rate hikes.


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Nov 02, 2022
Supreme Court signals skepticism of race-conscious college admissions
00:10:43

USA TODAY Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze explains. Plus, President Jair Bolsonaro still has not conceded in Brazil's election, USA TODAY national correspondent Bill Keveney looks at a push for progressive men to raise their voices on abortion rights, a slew of charges is unveiled against the attacker on Paul Pelosi and Twitter users may soon have to pay to get verified.


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Nov 01, 2022
Lack of immigration reform hurts businesses and farmers
00:09:13

USA TODAY Congress reporter Candy Woodall explains. Plus, most Republicans say they're not prepared to trust upcoming midterm election results, Brazil votes in a new leader, an investigation continues after a deadly crush in South Korea and USA TODAY health reporter Karen Weintraub looks at how simple infections can cause some autoimmune systems to overreact.


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Oct 31, 2022
Ancient urges: Why we eat things we shouldn't with Morgan Hines
00:16:53

We've all heard that our food choices play a big part in our weight gain, but is there something deeper to why we continue to choose foods we know aren't good for us anyway?

5 Things Sunday host James Brown addressed this a few months ago with guest Karen Weintraub in an episode called Like most Americans, I'm fat and trying not to be. You can listen to it by clicking on the story.

Brown sat down with USA TODAY food reporter, Morgan Hines to talk more about about the connection between our brain and what Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford calls "ancient urges," and how it spills into our lives in other areas like spending over saving money.

She said, "It's conditioning from our upbringing that contributes to how we associate food and when we want it. So it might not be the food or the flavor even, as much as it is the association we pair with the food."

And breaking that association takes being mindful.

For more on this topic read:

Why do we eat foods that we know we shouldn't?

Rethinking obesity: Americans don't choose to be fat. Many live within a 'system they don't control.'

Inside America's obesity epidemic: How America's weight (and weight loss) aren't so simple.


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Oct 30, 2022
Suspect charged with attempted murder in attack on Nancy Pelosi's home
00:09:56

An attacker fractured her husband Paul Pelosi's skull with a hammer, according to police. Plus, how ancient urges impact food decisions, the head of Texas law enforcement says he will not resign in the wake of the Uvalde massacre, incidents of laser-pointing at aircraft are on the rise and we look at the life of Jerry Lee Lewis.


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Oct 29, 2022
Respiratory virus in infants and kids is threatening to overwhelm hospitals
00:11:43

Health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez has the latest. Plus, Sarasota Herald-Tribune political editor Zac Anderson looks at partisan politics in public schools, business reporter Charisse Jones gives the latest recession outlook, Elon Musk officially owns Twitter and the World Series begins.


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Oct 28, 2022
Exclusive poll: Republican support rises ahead of Election Day
00:11:39

USA TODAY Washington Bureau chief Susan Page takes a closer look. Plus, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez looks at a study that found more Americans die younger in states with conservative policies, billionaires are making their influence felt this election season and 'White Lotus' is back.


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Oct 27, 2022
Biden warns Moscow using nukes would be 'serious mistake'
00:14:27

Russia and Ukraine are both pointing fingers over 'dirty bombs.' Plus, investigative reporter Emily Le Coz takes a deeper look at Mississippi's water crisis, Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate candidates debate, six states sue over President Joe Biden's student loan debt forgiveness plan and NFL reporter Nate Davis talks about a busier than usual trade deadline.


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Oct 26, 2022
Rishi Sunak to become Britain's first prime minister of color
00:12:22

Hear what he plans for the country. Plus, Florida's governor candidates hit the debate stage, reporter Bethany Rogers explains why Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidates will debate only once, the Columbia Journalism Review's Kyle Pope looks at coverage of American gun violence in the wake of the latest school shooting and money reporter Medora Lee explains the good and bad of rising wages.


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Oct 25, 2022
Climate change is on the ballot in the midterm elections
00:07:49

Here's what's at stake. Plus, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drops his return bid, Chinese President Xi Jinping gives himself another term, reporter Abraham Kenmore looks at whether a Georgia law will affect voter turnout at midterms and climate activists again throw food at art to protest fossil fuels.


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Oct 24, 2022
The US Housing Market was once hot as lava. Is it grinding to a halt?
00:25:06

What once seemed like it was as hot as lava, The U.S. housing market now seems to be cooling down pretty quickly. But why? There seems to be enough people looking to buy homes right now with Millennials making up 43% of homebuyers, up 5% from last year. They are looking for more space and a place to set down some roots. So what seems to be the problem?

According to experts, there isn't enough supply to meet the demand. Recession fears and rising inflation are also playing a part with higher interest rates making mortgages more expensive.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with veteran observers of the housing market and USA TODAY journalists Swapna Venugopal and Terry Collins to talk about the housing market and if what we are seeing is a buyer's, seller's or a weird neverland of in between. And are we heading into more normal territory.

For more on the housing market, read:

Housing market first-timer? From contingency to foreclosure to housing market predictions, what you should know.

Housing market grinding to a halt? High mortgage rates bring sales and listings down

Energy price shuffle means no inflation relief. Winter utility bills to cancel gas savings.

Homebuyers are rejecting more offers than ever for 'tiny' issues. What's a seller to do?

Is that home worth getting into a bidding war? Here are 3 cases when it might be

It's a tough market for buying a home. Here's how buyers are doing it.

America's aching economy is forcing tough choices. How people are 'barely making it' work.

As home sales stall, sellers' fix-it punch list budget is 50% higher, data shows

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Oct 23, 2022
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Donald Trump
00:09:30

It's still not clear how the former president will respond. Plus, a federal appeals court temporarily blocks President Joe Biden's student debt relief plan, Elon Musk says he'll lay off most of Twitter's staff, Pfizer will charge up to $130 a shot once the government stops buying COVID-19 vaccines and Cardi B wins a legal battle over racy mixtape cover art.


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Oct 22, 2022
British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns amid economic turmoil
00:10:48

She led for just six weeks in office. Plus, the Supreme Court rolls out October decisions, enterprise reporter Christopher Maag looks at broken COVID testing in the U.S., a teenage chess prodigy files a defamation lawsuit after cheating accusations and the Orionids meteor shower peaks.


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Oct 21, 2022
Putin imposes martial law in annexed regions of Ukraine
00:11:48

President Joe Biden called the move an intimidation tactic. Plus, international reporter Kim Hjelmgaard looks at how Ukraine is dealing with Russian war crimes, a judge finds that former President Donald Trump allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S., money reporter Paul Davidson looks at whether there will be a forced return to the office and a recession may be all but certain.

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Oct 20, 2022
Biden vows to codify Roe if Democrats expand their majority
00:12:11

White House correspondent Joey Garrison explains. Plus, Biden plans to release more oil from emergency reserves, Florida's U.S. Senate candidates hit the debate stage, environmental reporter Kyle Bagenstose checks in with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Netflix will soon charge extra for sharing passwords.


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Oct 19, 2022
White coaches challenge owners on NFL diversity woes
00:11:57

Columnist Nancy Armour explains. Plus, Georgia governor candidates hit the debate stage, U.S. Congressional candidates do the same in Ohio, the death toll rises in Nigerian flooding and trending news reporter Anna Kaufman looks at 'meme stocks.'


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Oct 18, 2022
Drone attacks rock Kyiv
00:11:52

Ukraine's capital is again under fire. Plus, national correspondent Elizabeth Weise looks at growing ship collisions with whales, NFL Week 6 is almost in the books, travel reporter Zach Wichter says premium economy is airlines' answer to shifting passenger expectations and there's a tax deadline today if you filed an extension.


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Oct 17, 2022
Tourists are overcrowding Hawaii. Here's how they're handling it
00:16:27

Hawaii is a small state that's a huge draw for tourists. Maybe it's the beaches, or the phenomenal hiking trails, or the beautiful, rich culture. Maybe it's the 'Aloha spirit' that welcomes you and makes you feel like family. Maybe, it's all of the above.

Whatever the reason, over 600,000 people visit Hawaii each year. But that influx comes with a price for the state's 1.4 million residents. Over tourism has become a buzz word recently, and many Hawaiian's are feeling the burnout. During the COVID-19 pandemic tourism all but stopped and Hawaiian's saw for the fist time what some places were like with no people, and nature had a chance to restore itself.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY's consumer and travel reporter Kathleen Wong, who is based in Hawaii.

She talks about responsible visitors and what that means to not only the island, but to Hawaiian's and how the state is managing the number of tourists.

For more on respectfully visiting Hawaii'

Take it from Hawaii locals: You won't regret these 8 activities when you visit the islands

Stop throwing coins into hot steam vents, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park asks of 'disrespectful' people

Waipio Valley protestors block access to sacred Hawaiian land after partial reopening

Don't be that tourist: Here's how to respectfully visit Hawaii, have an authentic trip

Honolulu charges the most expensive tourist tax. Here's how that affects your vacation.

Hawaii sees riskier beachgoers: How to safely enjoy the ocean on the islands

Beach closures, damage: What travelers can expect after the 'historic' Hawaii swells

Hawaii sees riskier beachgoers: How to safely enjoy the ocean on the islands

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Oct 16, 2022
Walker and Warnock spar in only Georgia Senate debate
00:09:38

Hear takeaways from the debate stage. Plus, a 15-year-old is in custody after this week's North Carolina mass shooting, dozens reach settlements in lawsuits against an ex-deputy convicted of planting meth, severe flooding continues in Australia and some potential big upsets are on tap in the Major League Baseball playoffs.


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Oct 15, 2022
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump
00:14:06

Hear other takeaways from yesterday's hearing. Plus, health reporter Karen Weintraub explains how human cells in rats' brains may help scientists better understand certain diseases, five people are dead after a Raleigh mass shooting, money reporters Terry Collins and Swapna Venugopal say homebuyers are rejecting more offers than ever for small issues and Cuba Gooding Jr. avoids jail time in a forcible touching case.


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Oct 14, 2022
Jury orders Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion for Sandy Hook lies
00:11:57

The conspiracy theorist has said the elementary school massacre was a hoax. Plus, domestic security correspondent Josh Meyer looks at President Joe Biden's 'nuclear armageddon' comments, the U.S. and allies strengthen Ukraine's air defense, the Jan. 6 committee holds another hearing and social security recipients will soon get a boost.


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Oct 13, 2022
DNA evidence clears Adnan Syed in 'Serial' case
00:09:58

The state has dropped its case. Plus, the Justice Department urges the Supreme Court to reject Donald Trump's documents request, President Joe Biden says a 2023 recession is possible but not likely, closing arguments are made in the death penalty trial of the Parkland school shooter and the MLB postseason rolls on.


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Oct 12, 2022
Russia continues attacks on Ukraine after bridge explosion
00:13:18

Russia has again targeted cities it previously stayed away from for months. Plus, patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub looks at the potential of gene sequencing at preventing disease, hackers shut down airport websites, prosecutors charge a Caliornia man for kidnapping and killing a family and MLB reporter Gabe Lacques previews the league's Division Series.

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Oct 11, 2022
Putin blames Ukraine for deadly 'terrorist attack' on Crimea bridge
00:08:17

Russia upped its attacks in Ukraine over the weekend. Plus, North Korea confirms the simulated use of nukes to 'wipe out' enemies, police reveal more details about last week's Las Vegas stabbings, horror tops October box offices and the MLB Wild Card round is in the books.


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Oct 10, 2022
Streaming is the new VHS: Film on TV with Brian Truitt
00:21:56

Once upon a time, VHS reigned supreme. You could order them in the mail and for the first time watch older movies in your home when you wanted, sort of the predecessor to 'on demand.'

USA TODAY film critic, Brian Truitt said, "the arrival of the VCR was a godsend to a generation of film fans," as it opened the door to movies like nothing else had at the time.

Then DVD's took over and reigned for about a decade or so until they too fell from the top. Today, DVD's are an after thought as streaming has taken over as king of the home viewing world.

Gone are the days of driving to a video store to rent a movie, now movies are at our fingertips and stored in the cloud as opposed to taking up space on a shelf.

5 Things Sunday host, James Brown sat down with Truitt (and his dogs Moxie and Buttercup) to talk about the impact is of streaming, especially when it comes to overlooked movies. The dogs chime in now and then with their thoughts in the form of snoring.

For more on this topic, read:

Streaming is the new VHS. Why we still encounter the best movies of our life on home video.

Yes! Columbia house still exists two DVDs for 9.99

Brian Recommends Tubi, he calls it the new Blockbuster. Here’s an example of one of their movies Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial

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Oct 09, 2022
Bomb damages key bridge from Russia to Crimea
00:08:11

The move could further escalate the war in Ukraine. Plus, the Nobel Peace Prize goes to activists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, families grieve in Thailand after a massacre, the MLB postseason rolls on and it's Week 6 in college football.


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Oct 08, 2022
Biden pardons those with federal marijuana possession convictions
00:13:28

The move applies to thousands of Americans. Plus, money reporter Medora Lee looks at the growing rate of seniors in poverty, several are dead after a Las Vegas stabbing, USA TODAY Sports' Brent Schrotenboer explains how college football coaches are guaranteed more money than ever and the Major League Baseball postseason is here.

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Oct 07, 2022
Putin claims power plant in Ukraine
00:12:28

The move comes as the Russian leader formally signed annexations of several Ukrainian regions. Plus, at least 30 are dead after a massacre targeting children in Thailand, wellness reporter Jenna Ryu looks at society's obsession with 'true crime' entertainment, a Russian launches to space from the U.S. for the first time in 20 years and reporter Jordan Mendoza talks about Alaska's Fat Bear Week.


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Oct 06, 2022
How race affects social media efforts to find missing kids
00:15:19

Senior data reporter Doug Caruso explains the USA TODAY investigation. Plus, how rescue efforts saved lives in Florida after Hurricane Ian, national political correspondent Phillip Bailey looks at candidates running for office who have denied 2020 election results, former President Donald Trump files an emergency Supreme Court appeal dealing with Mar-a-Lago documents and Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter is back on.

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Oct 05, 2022
Almost 520,000 Florida power customers still in the dark
00:12:20

The state continues to recover from Hurricane Ian. Plus, environmental reporter Kyle Bagenstose looks at Elon Musk's comments on 'population collapse,' former President Donald Trump sues CNN, education reporter Alia Wong discusses how much time kids spend in school and Yom Kippur begins.


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Oct 04, 2022
Hurricane Ian death toll climbs to at least 68 as thousands rescued
00:10:46

The storm devastated Florida's Gulf Coast. Plus, reporter Jordan Mendoza looks at how Hurricane Ian compares with past U.S. hurricanes, reporter Cady Stanton gives an update on Hurricane Orlene, Brazil goes to a runoff election and there's a new top-ranked team in college football.


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Oct 03, 2022
Streaming is king: The state of TV with Kelly Lawler
00:15:40

For the first time this summer, viewers watched streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Disney+ more than broadcast or cable television. Looking ahead all signs point to streaming to reign at the top of TV for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for the future of TV?

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY's TV critic Kelly Lawler to discuss the current state of TV. In a word, its' "messy" she said. She talks about the rising cost of streaming services and the drop in content as well as the TV trend she calls "mediocre TV" and what that means and more.

For more on the state of TV:

Nielsen: The Gauge Reveals Streaming Surpassed Cable for the First Time in July, Capturing its Largest Share of TV Viewing to Date

HBO Max and Discovery+ are merging. Here's when, why and what's changing

Netflix lost a million more subscribers, plans cheaper version with ads: What that means for you

Streaming costs: Disney Plus without ads will rise $3 to $10.99, Hulu prices also going up

Watch a trailer for Kelly's recommendation, We are Lady Parts on Peacock

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Oct 02, 2022
Hurricane death toll rises
00:09:44

Ian is now moving through the Carolinas. Plus, Russian President Vladimir Putin falsely claims several Ukrainian regions as part of Russia, the Seattle Mariners end a generational drought, 'Saturday Night Live' returns and we hear a preview of the Sunday show on the impact of television streaming.


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Oct 01, 2022
Ian targets South Carolina after becoming a hurricane again
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The storm killed at least 14 in Florida. Plus, USA TODAY's Héctor García De León recounts his experience in the hurricane, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at some of this term's cases, a new Gallup poll shows historically low levels of trust in the high court and money reporter Bailey Schulz looks at real and fake TikTok challenges.


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Sep 30, 2022
Hurricane Ian leaves millions without power
00:13:51

The storm was one of the strongest ever to make U.S. landfall. Plus, hear how Floridians prepare for hurricanes, reporter Natalie Neysa Alund tells us what Waffle House can say about a storm's severity, reporter Jordan Mendoza explains how hurricanes are named and Aaron Judge makes history with his 61st home run of the season.


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Sep 29, 2022
Catastrophic flooding expected as Ian approaches Florida
00:12:53

The hurricane has arrived in the Florida Keys as a Category 3. Plus, Russia declares victory in a series of elections the West calls a sham, national correspondent Tami Abdollah gives a timeline for the next Jan. 6 hearings, drugmakers deliver promising trial results for an Alzheimer's drug and reporter Olivia Munson weighs whether you should add a cover letter to your job application.


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Sep 28, 2022
Floridians warned as Hurricane Ian strengthens to Category 2
00:13:49

The storm has made landfall in Cuba. Weather reporter Doyle Rice has the latest. Plus, Russia sees issues with its military draft, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at how affirmative action cases could affect hiring, the U.S. sends more aid to flooded Pakistan and NASA successfully hits an asteroid.


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Sep 27, 2022
Russian police arrest hundreds at mobilization protests
00:10:47

Dissent is hitting the streets in Russia. Plus, Italy elects a far-right government, reporter Celina Tebor looks at legal human composting, Tropical Storm Ian could become a serious hurricane and reporter Marina Pitofsky talks about Rosh Hashanah.


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Sep 26, 2022
Stressed out schools: How parent and teacher choices are changing education
00:21:57

How are schools across the nation faring now that school is back in session? Is life in school back to normal or are there still looming effects caused by the pandemic? We've all heard of teacher and staff shortages and parents pulling kids from public school because of curriculum issues. It seems, schools are stressed.

According to a 2020 survey conducted by teachers' union, the National Education Association, 55% of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they planned. But its not just teachers, according to the teachers union everyone from janitors to bus drivers to cooks are looking for a way out.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY education reporter Alia Wong and Sydney Boyega, a Texas teacher who inspired this episode, to try to understand what is happening in schools.

According to Boyega, there is a lot of misconceptions about teachers. She said people think because they went to a K-12 school that teaching is easy. She compares that to saying you can direct the movie 'Star Wars' just because you've watched it a couple of times.

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For more on the teacher shortages and how education in being impacted read:

Teacher shortage 2020: Charts, maps show the data by state.

Biden, job search companies partner to take on teacher shortage.

Schools wouldn't have teacher shortages if they helped, supported them - USA TODAY.

Middle school science teachers often struggle with shaky scientific knowledge.

Teacher shortage affects these disadvantaged students the most.

What we know about teacher shortages in the US.

School counselor shortage hurts students with anxiety, depression - USA TODAY.

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Sep 25, 2022
Russia-orchestrated referendum underway in occupied regions of Ukraine
00:12:16

The West is calling elections a sham. Plus, protests continue across Iran, national correspondent Elizabeth Weise talks about 'assisted migration' for trees, Albert Pujols make baseball history and James Brown looks ahead to the Sunday episode of 5 Things.


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Sep 24, 2022
Antifa on trial
00:15:33

National correspondent on extremism and emerging issues Will Carless reports on a criminal trial that could redefine the movement. Plus, Russia begins mobilizing more citizens for military duty, money reporter Bailey Schulz looks at how Americans are feeling about inflation, the Boston Celtics suspend their coach and a grieving Mississippi family gets an unexpected gift from strangers.


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Sep 23, 2022
World leaders condemn Russia's invasion
00:13:30

The war in Ukraine has been a major theme at this week's U.N. meetings. Plus, national political correspondent Phillip Bailey explains why Arizona's secretary of state race is in the national spotlight, a new lawsuit accuses former President Donald Trump of fraud, money reporter Medora Lee looks at the impact of Federal Reserve rate hikes and another powerful earthquake rocks Mexico.


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Sep 22, 2022
Protests raise questions about the future of the monarchy in the U.K.
00:13:59

USA TODAY's James Brown reports. Plus, attorneys clash before a special master over Mar-a-Lago documents, Congressional editor Ledge King looks at the state of American democracy, world leaders meet amid a grim U.N. General Assembly and Hurricane Fiona gains strength.


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Sep 21, 2022
The world bids final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II
00:13:36

The queen has been laid to rest. What's next for King Charles III? Plus, national political correspondent David Jackson says investigations involving Donald Trump may help him politically, Adnan Syed has been freed from prison after his case grabbed attention on the 'Serial' podcast, education reporter Alia Wong looks at school book bans and the Biden administration makes a prisoner swap with the Taliban.


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Sep 20, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II to be laid to rest
00:10:36

The queen's funeral is today after more than a week of national and global mourning. Plus, Hurricane Fiona moves through the Caribbean, Ukraine says it found Russian torture devices, money and tech reporter Bailey Schulz looks at whether TikTok could be used as the new Google and there's a shakeup in the college football coaches' poll.


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Sep 19, 2022
Quiet quitting comes down to bad management
00:15:26

The term "quiet quitting" has been used a lot lately. It means different things to different people but the term essentially means you are drawing a line with your employer and saying you are not going beyond your duties. The term really became popular after millions of people watched a Tiktok created by Zaid Leppelin where he talked about what quiet quitting is. You can watch the Tiktok here.

Mary Chao of northjersey.com and USA TODAY New Jersey has been researching the concept. She sat down with 5 Things Sunday host James Brown to talk about why this concept is so popular right now. She also talks about which generation has really brought out this concept the most and why and how much a boss has to do with this mindset.

For more on quiet quitting, read:

What is quiet quitting?: Employees suffering pandemic burnout say they've just stopped working as hard

'Quiet quitting' trend may lead to layoffs, and complicate the Fed's inflation fight

Quiet quitting: Does it come down to bad workplace managers?

Here's what it means to 'quiet quit' and why it's a new trend

Quiet quitting is all the rage. But let's not stop there. How about 'quiet dieting'?

'I’m going to put a box around work': That’s a country song waiting to happen

Feel the urge to 'quiet quit'? Time to check in with your mental health, experts say

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Sep 18, 2022
Migrants were ‘lied to again and again,’ immigration attorney says
00:14:20

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew migrants to Massachusetts this week. Plus, a special master has been appointed in the Trump documents investigation, President Joe Biden meets with the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, the queue reopens to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II and it's Week 3 in college football.


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Sep 17, 2022
Tentative labor deal avoids nationwide rail strike
00:17:15

The deal includes a modest pay raise and better attendance policies. Plus, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez talks about a group of experts calling out global leaders over COVID-19 failures, Ukraine continues to re-take villages on Russia's border, reporter Jordan Mendoza talks about Mexican Independence Day and Roger Federer retires from tennis.


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Sep 16, 2022
How schools will treat sexual misconduct is changing
00:13:55

Education reporter Kayla Jimenez explains. Plus, Amtrak cancels some service ahead of a potential rail strike, prosecutors ask a Baltimore judge to vacate Adnan Syed's 1999 murder conviction, R. Kelly is convicted of more sex crimes and travel reporter Kathleen Wong looks at whether third party booking sites are worth it.


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Sep 15, 2022
Why doctors struggle to identify treatments for long COVID
00:12:22

Patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub reports. Plus, President Joe Biden praises inflation legislation despite concerning numbers, the Jan. 6 House panel sets a date for its next hearing, money reporter Terry Collins explains how coding boot camps offer a career switch and a package explodes at Northeastern University.


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Sep 14, 2022
Queen Elizabeth's death stirs debate about colonialism
00:18:36

National correspondent Rick Jervis reports. Plus, reporter Jeanine Santucci explains a USA TODAY analysis that found many U.S. prisons don't have adequate air conditioning, Ukraine's military makes progress with its counter-offensive, Congressional reporter Dylan Wells says some Democratic women are hoping the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision may help them in midterm elections and 'Entertain This' host Ralphie Aversa gives an Emmys recap.


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Sep 13, 2022
With Queen Elizabeth II's death, what changes in the UK?
00:11:25

Reporter Jordan Mendoza explains. Plus, Ukraine pushes Russia back in a part of the country, reporter Medora Lee gives an update on inflation, President Joe Biden pays tribute to 9/11 victims and the Emmy Awards are tonight.


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Sep 12, 2022
Serena Williams' last set: Examining the impact of one of the greatest athletes ever
00:27:49

With the U.S. Open coming to a close, so does the career of arguably one of the greatest tennis players, Serena Williams.

Williams is one of the most decorated and most prominent athletes of all time, winning 23 grand slam titles-second all time- and winning 14 major doubles titles all with her sister Venus-who is an all time great in her own right.

The superstar athlete recently announced she was "evolving" away from tennis.

5 Things host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY Deputy Editor Suzette Hackney and Sports Columnist Dan Wolken to discuss Williams' legacy and her impact on sports, culture and more.

Hackney shares about the time she met the Williams sisters and what their drive and strength did for her and other women, especially women of color.

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Sep 11, 2022
King Charles III gives first speech
00:09:27

Britain's new monarch has begun his reign. Plus, the Justice Department and former President Donald Trump propose special master candidates, Michigan governor kidnap plotters send a private investigator to a juror's workplace, Major League Baseball introduces rule changes and the U.S. Open wraps up.


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Sep 10, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96
00:16:23

Reporter Maria Puente outlines what happens next. Plus, we look back on Queen Elizabeth II's life and leaders around the world react to her death. Plus, the Justice Department appeals the appointment of a special master in former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago case and the U.S. prepares to send more money to Ukraine.


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Sep 09, 2022
Last suspect dies in Canada's mass stabbings
00:15:22

Both suspects are now dead after the attacks that left 10 dead. Plus, reporter Nick Penzenstadler talks about controversial technology that detectives are using with cell phone location data, California's heat wave rolls on, reporter Jordan Mendoza says nearly half of Americans have unused gift cards and the NFL season kicks off.


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Sep 08, 2022
How the Supreme Court is already influencing the November midterm elections
00:14:38

Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze explains. Plus, a suspect remains at-large in Canada's stabbings, the U.N.'s atomic watchdog is pushing for a safe zone around the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine, international correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard looks into Britain's new prime minister and students in Uvalde return to school.


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Sep 07, 2022
Judge orders Mar-a-Lago special master and pause in probe
00:12:47

The move marks a legal victory for former President Donald Trump in the aftermath of a document seizure last month. Plus, one suspect is dead while the other remains on the run after Canadian mass stabbings, President Joe Biden dismisses criticism that he's vilifying Republicans, 65 people are dead after an earthquake in China and the U.S. Open rolls on with a wide open men's singles field.


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Sep 06, 2022