5 things to know for September 14: Coronavirus, election, wildfires, Japan, TikTok

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Posted: Sep 14, 2020 5:41 PM
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1. Coronavirus 

There are 35 potential coronavirus vaccines in human trials across the world, and countries are making plans for how they will eventually be used. China says there's no need for everyone in the country to get vaccinated, just frontline workers and high-risk populations. It's a sign of growing confidence among governments that they can get the virus under control. It's a different story in the US: Despite President Trump's claims that the nation is "rounding the corner" in the coronavirus fight, Dr. Anthony Fauci says we're nowhere near that point. US cases just surpassed 6.5 million, and some schools are becoming petri dishes of disease. Meanwhile, a federal health official says Trump-appointed communications officials at the Department of Health and Human Services pushed to change the language of weekly reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so they didn't undermine the President's political message.

2. Election 2020

President Trump held a large indoor rally yesterday in Nevada, flouting Covid-19 precautions even as 194,000 Americans have died from the disease. Trump said new political ads against him have given him an excuse to be "really vicious" with his opponents. All in all, the rally contributed to an increasingly complex and divisive election picture. A federal judge has temporarily barred the US Postal Service from sending mailers containing what Colorado's top election official calls "false statements" that may discourage voters from participating. Under pressure from a slew of lawsuits and other complications, the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania hasn't even finalized its ballots yet, even though the date to begin sending them out is ... today.

3. Wildfires

Historic wildfires have been ravaging California, and the numbers are grim: At least 24 dead, with an astonishing 3.3 million acres burned in less than a month. Across the state, 29 major wildfires are still burning, and more than 16,750 firefighters are battling them back. Washington and Oregon have also seen death and destruction from widespread fires. And dry, windy weather conditions that pose high fire risks may not clear up any time soon. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have both said the severity of this fire season can be squarely attributed to the climate crisis.

4. Japan

Japan is one step closer to choosing its new leader after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month. Yoshihide Suga, Abe's Cabinet secretary and right-hand man, won an election today to become the new leader of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. That paves the way for the 71-year-old to become the new Prime Minister later this week. This is no surprise, as Suga was immediately pegged as Abe's de facto successor, and his leadership will likely be seen as an extension of the current situation. However, whereas Abe is seen as a charismatic figure from a longstanding political family, Suga, the son of a farmer, has a reputation as more of a pragmatic, behind-the-scenes dealmaker.

5. TikTok

The popular video sharing app TikTok will partner with tech company Oracle in the US to satisfy the Trump administration's national security concerns and keep the app from being banned in the country. The partnership -- it's not being described as a "sale" -- is a big loss for Microsoft, which had been gunning to buy the app from its Chinese parent company, Bytedance. The Trump administration has targeted TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps that it says violate national security laws and steal American data. TikTok denies those claims. Meanwhile, on a different side of the ever-evolving struggle between the two nations, United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will be stepping down after more than three years in Beijing.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem won the US Open women's and men's finals, respectively 

Tennis' big weekend did not disappoint.

There will be no Halloween or Christmas Peeps this year!

You'll have to find another way to inject puffs of pure sugar directly into your brain.

Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s

Just another way in which the world is truly upside down right now.

Great, there's another paper towel shortage. Here's why

Sadly, it's not because everyone just decided to become a little more tidy.

America's oldest World War II veteran just celebrated his 111th birthday

When you're 111 years old and a veteran, you can do whateeeeever you want for your birthday!

TODAY'S NUMBER

160,000

That's roughly how many candidates sought seats in local parliaments in Russia's regional elections this weekend. These elections are a serious test for the pro-Kremlin United Russia party and the first elections since the vote on controversial constitutional amendments that gave President Vladimir Putin grounds to stay in power until 2036.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices, but that's not where I want to serve."

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, responding to his inclusion on President Trump's new list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Cruz told Fox Business News the role is "not the desire of my heart."

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AND FINALLY

Aaahhh!

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 324537

Reported Deaths: 5594
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion44186858
Lake28094462
Allen18660301
Elkhart17663230
St. Joseph17256234
Hamilton13612170
Vanderburgh10028121
Tippecanoe896729
Porter855386
Johnson6718169
Hendricks6412158
Vigo625889
Monroe550450
Clark531078
Madison5239122
Delaware5075103
LaPorte481196
Kosciusko475941
Howard364177
Bartholomew335365
Warrick335372
Floyd329478
Wayne325678
Marshall311846
Cass303931
Grant287150
Hancock272957
Noble264946
Henry256437
Boone255054
Dubois245631
Dearborn228231
Jackson226334
Morgan221243
Gibson194926
Knox193021
Shelby192656
Clinton185421
DeKalb183932
Lawrence183849
Wabash172821
Adams172422
Miami170815
Daviess163145
Fayette153734
Steuben153414
Jasper151713
Montgomery149327
Harrison147624
LaGrange146131
Ripley145815
Whitley142314
Huntington133510
Decatur132543
Putnam131128
White131022
Wells130130
Clay130023
Randolph128121
Posey125816
Jefferson124116
Scott114520
Greene106053
Sullivan102716
Jay101913
Starke95022
Jennings90414
Spencer8908
Fulton87519
Perry85121
Fountain8228
Washington8127
Franklin73427
Carroll71913
Orange70028
Vermillion6607
Owen6468
Tipton60327
Parke6026
Newton57812
Rush5708
Blackford56612
Pike52719
Pulaski41815
Martin3705
Benton3643
Brown3574
Crawford3081
Union2782
Switzerland2655
Warren2562
Ohio2387
Unassigned0266

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 399808

Reported Deaths: 6346
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin52652672
Cuyahoga39132746
Hamilton31491372
Montgomery21355242
Butler15768149
Lucas15301420
Summit14667330
Stark9780209
Warren878777
Mahoning7985301
Lake752566
Lorain7149106
Clermont622953
Delaware597337
Licking589977
Trumbull5867148
Fairfield576464
Greene559568
Clark5438129
Allen518389
Medina496557
Marion489359
Wood4861108
Miami456268
Pickaway410548
Portage385574
Columbiana376599
Tuscarawas360567
Richland349639
Wayne340894
Mercer299248
Muskingum262510
Hancock257240
Ross251259
Darke246160
Auglaize243935
Erie240868
Ashtabula240454
Putnam234549
Geauga227051
Union20838
Scioto204316
Lawrence201139
Shelby199917
Athens19984
Seneca192919
Belmont176729
Madison172019
Sandusky166429
Huron163022
Preble162521
Defiance149923
Holmes146939
Knox139719
Logan139018
Jefferson138113
Fulton135826
Crawford134417
Washington133427
Ottawa128830
Ashland117328
Williams11479
Clinton113115
Highland108118
Brown10755
Hardin107019
Henry105423
Champaign10535
Jackson102012
Van Wert99918
Fayette97317
Guernsey96814
Morrow9682
Coshocton91015
Perry86613
Adams83813
Gallia81615
Pike7921
Wyandot76118
Paulding70012
Hocking68516
Noble65124
Carroll53210
Meigs41712
Monroe34921
Morgan2925
Harrison2433
Vinton2326
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