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5 things to know for October 15: Syria, Fort Worth shooting, impeachment inquiry

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Updated: Oct 15, 2019 10:10 AM

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1. Syria

President Trump issued new sanctions against Turkey as the country continues its military offensive deeper into northern Syria. Trump talked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to express his displeasure at the military operation, Vice President Mike Pence said. Pence will soon go to Turkey to try to hash out some kind of ceasefire between Turkey, Syria and the Kurdish forces who have aligned with the Syrian regime. Trump continues to get withering criticism from Democratic and GOP lawmakers for his decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria and sparking the current crisis there. Some US military personnel and defense officials are slamming Trump, too, saying the decision to abandon the Kurds, who helped the US battle ISIS, is a "betrayal."

2. Fort Worth police shooting

The former Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson has been arrested and charged with murder. Before he was charged, Aaron Dean resigned from his job. Dean killed Jefferson in her own home on Saturday morning, after police were called to her house for a safety check. Now Texans are outraged over the death of another black person killed at home by a white police officer. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price apologized for the shooting and said the killing of Jefferson was "unacceptable" and unjustified. Even before the shooting, relations between the Fort Worth police and the black community were already tense. Click here for the latest on the shooting.

3. Impeachment inquiry

President Trump's former top adviser on Russia said she saw "wrongdoing" in US foreign policy and tried to report it. The adviser, Fiona Hill, told congressional committees that she had concerns about Rudy Giuliani's role in US foreign policy toward Ukraine, multiple sources told CNN. Hill also reportedly testified that former national security adviser John Bolton called Giuliani a "hand grenade" who was "going to blow everybody up."

Hill testified before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees under subpoena. She's one of many current and former Trump administration officials being interviewed this week as part of the impeachment inquiry. Today George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, will be grilled by lawmakers. He was a key figure in the US Embassy in Ukraine. Click here for the latest.

4. Typhoon Hagibis

Search and rescue operations continue in Japan after Typhoon Hagibis slammed parts of the country. At least 49 people were killed and 14 others are missing. The number of injured stands at 200. More than 110,000 personnel are involved in the rescue operations. And more than 84,000 households in Tokyo, northern Japan and mountainous areas in the center of the country were still without power. The typhoon also caused Japan to cancel some matches for the Rugby World Cup, which the country is hosting for the first time.

5. Spain

Remember when people in Spain's Catalonia region tried to split from the country a couple of years ago? The leaders of that failed movement are going to prison. Nine Catalan independence leaders got lengthy prison sentences of between nine and 13 years for their part in the 2017 independence referendum. They were convicted on a number of charges, including sedition and misuse of public funds. Spain descended into its worst political crisis since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s, when separatist leaders in Catalonia attempted to push forward with the region's secession.

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Putting your money where your mouth is

After he saw a list of the unpaid school lunch debt in his town, this Florida man decided to do something about it. He paid the entire bill.

Here we go again

What, you thought the internet had grown up after 2015's "what color is this dress" brouhaha? You would be so wrong. People are fighting about the color of these shoes.

Birthday party

When their fave school crossing guard turned 80 years old, more than 100 people showed up to celebrate his special day.

HAPPENING LATER

The great debate

The latest Democratic presidential debate is tonight at 8 ET from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. It'll feature 12 candidates, and it could be the last appearance for four of them. Watch it on all of CNN's platforms.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

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The number of winners for the Booker Prize, a literary award that honors the best in fiction writing. The judges broke the rules -- which clearly state that "the prize may not be divided or withheld" -- and awarded it to authors Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I feel like it's an honor to actually be the picture of what rehabilitation looks like, of what it looks like when we do give people a second chance."

Cyntoia Brown, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, her first since being released from prison earlier this year. Brown spent more than a decade behind bars for killing a man she said bought her for sex when she was 16. She was granted clemency in January.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 708779

Reported Deaths: 13226
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Lake51761946
Allen39224672
Hamilton34549405
St. Joseph34157541
Elkhart27356432
Vanderburgh22081394
Tippecanoe21853212
Porter17935299
Johnson17544374
Hendricks16822310
Clark12697190
Madison12353337
Vigo12219244
Monroe11469166
LaPorte11162204
Delaware10366184
Howard9664211
Kosciusko9134114
Hancock7990139
Bartholomew7893155
Warrick7691155
Floyd7563176
Wayne6906198
Grant6844171
Boone6556100
Morgan6405138
Dubois6085117
Marshall5786108
Dearborn570376
Cass5685102
Henry5579101
Noble542683
Jackson493569
Shelby479495
Lawrence4342118
Gibson429089
Harrison428570
Clinton419753
Montgomery418086
DeKalb411184
Whitley380239
Huntington379880
Miami372865
Knox366689
Steuben365757
Putnam353160
Jasper350946
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Ripley334668
Jefferson313180
White308454
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Wells286481
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Greene270785
Posey268833
Scott261153
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1054807

Reported Deaths: 18991
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Cuyahoga1074592069
Hamilton783261168
Montgomery50176996
Summit45557909
Lucas40298765
Butler37768570
Stark31513895
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Delaware18085130
Licking16149207
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Trumbull15627460
Medina14922259
Greene14706236
Clark13660293
Wood12806185
Portage12431196
Allen11352229
Richland11067198
Miami10548214
Muskingum8717127
Wayne8594209
Columbiana8569226
Pickaway8439121
Marion8390135
Tuscarawas8387240
Erie7600154
Hancock6730123
Ross6707146
Geauga6553146
Ashtabula6530165
Scioto6295101
Belmont5634158
Union558447
Lawrence5470102
Jefferson5343147
Huron5314114
Darke5273121
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Seneca5139120
Washington5087107
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Auglaize476284
Mercer471984
Shelby456590
Knox4397108
Madison423959
Putnam421799
Ashland413488
Fulton410567
Defiance404296
Crawford3883101
Brown386955
Logan374476
Preble371098
Clinton362160
Ottawa357978
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Williams328674
Champaign321557
Jackson308551
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Perry290549
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Morrow275939
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Henry264366
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Noble132937
Monroe128941
Morgan106823
Harrison105636
Vinton81614
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