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Need2Know: Manchin's Demands, Striketober & 'Halloween' Slays Box Office

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This image released by Universal Pictures shows the character Michael Myers in "Halloween Kills," directed by David Gordon Green. (Ryan Green/Universal Pictures via AP)
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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Monday, October 18, 2021:

MANCHIN'S DEMANDS

Sen. Joe Manchin is laying down his demands for what needs to be cut from President Biden’s legislative agenda in order to gain his support. The Democrat from West Virginia reportedly told the White House over the weekend that the child tax credit must include a work requirement and a $60,000 income cap. Manchin is also said to be firmly against the cornerstone of Biden’s climate plan, a $150 billion program that would push utility companies toward renewable energy. AXIOS

COVID LATEST

Dr. Fauci says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should have been a two-dose vaccine from the beginning. His comments followed a recommendation from the FDA’s advisory panel that J&J recipients get a booster, regardless of their age or underlying conditions. The FDA is expected to accept that recommendation. Fauci also urged police officers to get vaccinated as police unions across the country have been resisting vaccine mandates despite Covid being the top cause of death for cops for the last two years. INSIDER

AMERICANS KIDNAPPED

One of the most notorious gangs in Haiti is thought to be behind the weekend kidnapping of 17 American and Canadian missionaries in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince. While mass kidnappings have become common in Haiti, it is rare for gangs to target American citizens. The missionaries, five of whom are children, were on the way home from building an orphanage when they were abducted. Their condition is unknown. NBC NEWS

UK LAWMAKER KILLED

British politicians could soon get round-the-clock police protection after a member of Parliament was killed on Friday as he met with constituents. Sir David Amess was stabbed 17 times at an event in Essex, outside of London. A British national who is the son of a former Somali political aide is being held under Britain’s terrorism act. It was the second time a British lawmaker was killed while meeting with constituents in five years. BBC

STRIKETOBER WATCH

A strike of Hollywood production workers that was to start today has been avoided after the union agreed to a tentative deal with the studios. Assuming the contract is ratified, IATSE members will get retroactive pay increases and more rest between shoots. Meanwhile John Deere and Kellogg’s workers are both still on the picket line, joining recent strikes by hospital workers in Buffalo, metalworkers in West Virginia, coal miners in Alabama and whiskeymakers in Kentucky, among others. DEM-GAZETTE

WORLD'S RICHEST

Elon Musk is so rich that he’s now worth more than Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined. Musk’s net worth recently crossed $230 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, thanks to the strength of Tesla stock and a stock sale at his other company, SpaceX. Musk has been trolling former world’s-richest Jeff Bezos, tweeting a silver-medal emoji at the Amazon founder. BARRON'S

WNBA CHAMPS

The Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury to win the franchise’s first WNBA championship. Two Chicago natives, Candace Parker and Allie Quigley, scored a combined 42 points in the comeback win to clinch the title. ESPN

HALLOWEEN SLAYS

Halloween Kills shocked at the domestic box office, bringing in more than $50 million -- the biggest open of the pandemic for a horror or R-rated film. The Halloween installment was even available to stream on Peacock and still overperformed in theaters, a very good sign for the movie-theater industry as a whole. DEADLINE

SPOTTED...

…Bill Clinton, walking out of the California hospital where had been treated for sepsis: SEE PIC

...the trailer for The Batman, featuring glimpses of Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and an unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin: WATCH

...Daniel Craig, crashing Rami Malek’s Saturday Night Live episode in multiple sketches: WATCH

LEFTOVERS: A WOMAN'S WORK

A Spanish author of popular crime thrillers, thought for years to be a woman, turns out to be three middle-aged men writing under a pseudonym. Spain’s literary world was shocked when three male TV writers, Agustín Martínez, Jorge Díaz and Antonio Mercero, accepted a coveted book award that had been given to “Carmen Mola,” an acclaimed author who was thought to be female university professor and mother of three living in Madrid. The men acknowledged Mola didn’t actually exist, and said they had hid behind the pseudonym for fun. CNN
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