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1. ARTEMIS LAUNCH SCRUBBED
After we sent out the Need2Know newsletter this morning, NASA scrubbed the Artemis rocket launch due to a fuel leak. The new launch hasn't been scheduled yet, but could come as soon as Friday. When it does lift off, the mission will mark a significant milestone in NASA's plans to send humans back to the moon. This time test dummies will be taking the ride in the crew capsule, but if it goes well astronauts could go up in 2024 and then actually land on the moon in 2025.
2. HOUSTON AMBUSH
A man set a Houston home on fire early Sunday morning and shot at the residents as they tried to escape. Three people were killed when the suspect opened fire. The man had recently been evicted from the home and was suffering from colon cancer; officers fatally shot him on the scene. So the identities of the suspect and victims have not been released, but Police Chief Troy Finner said in 32 years he's never seen anything like this.
3. MISSISSIPPI FLOODS
Flooding is expected to peak in and around Jackson, Mississippi, today, threatening about 150 homes. Jackson Mayor Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba told residents in low-lying areas to "get out now." The region, which has been deluged by rain for a week and the Pearl River is expected to crest at more than 35 feet this morning. Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency over the weekend so they could better prepare. About 126,000 sandbags have been set out to try to protect homes.
4. UKRAINE NUCLEAR PLANT
Attacks near the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine are raising serious concerns that the reactors could take on damage and begin leaking radiation. The plant has been under Russian control since early in the invasion and now both sides are claiming the other is responsible for the recent attacks nearby. An IAEA nuclear watchdog delegation is on the way to check it out this week, months after first requesting access to the site. Meanwhile, Russia announced today it'll hold war games with China, a number of ex-Soviet countries, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Syria.
5. STOCK MARKET WATCH
Investors did not have a great start to the weekend after the Dow Jones closed the day down 1,000 points or about 3%. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 also dropped more than 3% each. News from Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated that economic tightening will continue until it's clear that inflation is coming under control. Pre-market trading is down again this morning so when markets open watch for indications of whether the selloff will continue or if there is hope of a rebound. On Friday, we'll be getting the monthly jobs report for August to see how the employment situation is progressing.
6. FACEBOOK CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA SETTLEMENT
Facebook users were shocked to learn after the 2016 election that companies, like the now defunct Cambridge Analytica, were exploiting loopholes to access private user data on behalf of the Trump campaign. Now it appears Meta will settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of Facebook's users. No details have been released released yet and both sides requested a 60-day stay, so it may be some time before we hear the resolution, assuming it ultimately goes through. Facebook previously agreed to pay fines in the U.S. and U.K., but neither it, nor Cambridge Analytics, which closed in 2018, have admitted any wrongdoing.
7. MICKEY MANTLE RECORD
A rare, mint-condition 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps baseball card smashed the record for sports memorabilia this weekend when it sold for $12.6 million at auction. Sports collectibles are having a moment — the card knocked out the record for most expensive baseball card ever sold and most expensive piece of sports memorabilia; both of those records were set earlier this year.
This mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card has sold for $12.6 million. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
8. U.S. OPEN BEGINS
The U.S. Open gets underway in earnest today with perhaps the biggest spotlight on Serena Williams, who recently announced she is getting ready to retire. That could make this the last time fans get to watch the star play in Queens. Williams will take the court tonight at 7 p.m. ET to face off against Danka Kovinić of Montenegro.
9. MTV VMAs
It was a wild night of entertainment for the MTV Video Music Awards. Jack Harlow, LL Cool J, and Nicki Minaj hosted the ceremony where Taylor Swift took home Artist of the Year (and announced her new album Midnights will drop Oct. 21) and Dove Cameron took home a Moon Person statue for Best New Artist. Minaj was also honored with the Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement. During her acceptance speech she talked about the importance of mental health. “I wish people took mental health seriously, even when you think they have the perfect lives," she said
10. PARAMOUNT SUES MCDOWELL’S
Paramount, the movie studio, is entering the…fast food wars? The media giant behind the 1989 film "Coming to America" (and the 2021 sequel) is suing over a McDowells pop-up. For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, McDowells was a burger joint in the movie that was a parody of McDonald's. Throughout the film, the restaurant owner keeps talking about the potential to get sued. Paramount has filed the claim with the newly-created Copyright Claims Board. An attorney for the pop-up company said they're disappointed by the lawsuit, "The McDowell’s pop-up was a creative celebration of a fake restaurant."
PET OF THE WEEK
"Between Bells'" latest “Pet of the Week” is Tommy! Polly Baird from the New York Therapy Animals joined Cheddar News to talk about how important therapy dogs can be for humans.