5 things to know for October 12: Coronavirus, Supreme Court, election 2020, protests, Nigeria

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Posted: Oct 12, 2020 11:50 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 11:50 AM

Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day in some areas, and Columbus Day in others. Either way, you may want to see what's open and closed before you venture out to do errands. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1. Coronavirus 

More than half of US states are seeing increases in coronavirus cases, and five states, including Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont, have recorded a 50% rise in cases over the last week. While the US has far and away the most cases and deaths of any country, other areas of the world are trying to get ahead of possible resurgences. The Chinese port city of Qingdao wants to test around nine million people after 12 new cases sparked concerns of a wider outbreak. France is adding more cities, including Toulouse and Montpellier, to its list of "maximum alert" areas as cases rise. The UK is set to announce a new set of coronavirus measures soon. And India's Health Minister is urging people to celebrate upcoming festivals from home as the country tops 7 million confirmed cases. In short? Despite President Trump's claims this weekend that the coronavirus is "disappearing," the numbers indicate it most definitely is not.

2. Supreme Court 

Amy Coney Barrett will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to kick off a week's worth of hearings on the way to her fast-track Senate confirmation. In her opening statement, Barrett will focus on how her family and faith, as well as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whom she worked under, have influenced her career. While her confirmation seems all but imminent to Democrats, they may be able to gain some ground in the healthcare debate during the hearings. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already called on Barrett to recuse herself from a fast-approaching case on the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

3. Election 2020

What's the situation with the next presidential debate? The Trump campaign is pushing for an in-person event now that President Trump has been cleared by White House physicians to return to his schedule following his coronavirus diagnosis. However, they haven't given a clear answer on when he last tested negative. Last week the debate commission canceled the second debate, scheduled for this Thursday, October 15, and proposed a virtual format instead. However, the Trump campaign rejected the idea. Now it seems the Biden campaign isn't interested in rescheduling that in-person contest, and Biden is instead set to participate in a town hall on ABC on Thursday. Trump is in talks with NBC to host his own town hall. The final presidential debate is still scheduled for next week on October 22.

4. Protests

A man is in custody following a deadly shooting at a protest in Denver this weekend, but there's some confusion around his identity. Matthew Dolloff was initially identified as a private security guard, but police say there's no record of him ever holding such a certification. Dolloff allegedly shot someone following a verbal altercation in an area near a planned police support rally and counterprotest. That person was later pronounced dead. The incident is the latest in a string of fatal encounters between ideologically opposite demonstrators, following the slaying of two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.

5. Nigeria 

Nigeria's Inspector General of Police has announced a controversial law enforcement unit in the country will be disbanded after nationwide protests demanding an end to police violence. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, has been accused of several acts of brutality, including claims of kidnapping, harassment, torture, sexual violence, murder, and extortion. Amnesty International said it has documented 82 cases of police brutality in Nigeria between 2017 and 2020. Protests and unrest over the police unit have been going on for weeks now, and while demonstrators said they were happy SARS is being disbanded, there's still more work to do to end police brutality.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

The LA Lakers have won a record-tying 17th NBA Championship

That's number four for LeBron James, if you're keeping score.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a devastating injury during his Sunday game

Ugh, don't look it up if you're squeamish. All the best to him on his recovery.

Amazon is gearing up for Prime Day(s), which start later this week

Now, as always, be extra kind to your local Amazon delivery people!

Pabst Blue Ribbon is making a cannabis seltzer

We can't imagine a world in which that tastes good ... but then again, it's probably not about the taste.

Meet the woman with enough Eminem tattoos to set a world record

A truly singular accomplishment.

THIS JUST IN ...

And the next Nobel Prize goes to ...

American economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for their contributions to auction theory.

TODAY'S NUMBER

837,499

That's how many recreational visits were recorded at Yellowstone National Park, which is mostly in Wyoming. That marks the park's busiest September ever.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I think you are starting to see a lot of what has preserved US democracy is decorum, not necessarily strong institutions, just good behavior."

Ory Okolloh-Mwangi, a Kenyan political commentator and investment professional who is one of several international election observers to express concern about the volatile political environment leading up to the US presidential election.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 300913

Reported Deaths: 5332
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41330845
Lake26364448
Allen17299290
Elkhart16665212
St. Joseph16319220
Hamilton12459164
Vanderburgh9428112
Tippecanoe826727
Porter791279
Johnson6139164
Hendricks5807154
Vigo574474
Monroe525247
Clark495374
Delaware4789103
Madison4760119
LaPorte446894
Kosciusko446139
Howard325575
Warrick316072
Floyd306177
Bartholomew303262
Wayne295261
Cass293431
Marshall289944
Grant258747
Noble246846
Hancock243749
Henry237136
Boone235154
Dubois230430
Dearborn208829
Jackson206033
Morgan200643
Knox178017
Gibson177022
Clinton174920
Shelby174554
Lawrence171646
DeKalb171229
Adams165219
Miami155114
Wabash153018
Daviess152243
Fayette145233
Steuben141113
Jasper138311
Harrison137624
LaGrange136629
Montgomery131226
Whitley129910
Ripley123714
Decatur123542
Huntington122310
Posey118913
Putnam118326
Wells118327
Randolph117819
White117421
Clay115621
Jefferson114214
Greene100253
Scott99818
Jay95012
Starke89221
Sullivan86615
Fulton81117
Perry80921
Jennings80514
Spencer8047
Fountain7378
Washington7176
Carroll66813
Franklin65925
Orange65728
Vermillion5832
Owen5816
Parke5416
Newton54012
Tipton53726
Rush5216
Blackford51211
Pike50218
Pulaski36810
Martin3485
Brown3263
Benton3251
Crawford2781
Union2621
Switzerland2473
Warren2352
Ohio2257
Unassigned0265

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 363304

Reported Deaths: 6020
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin49267665
Cuyahoga35214736
Hamilton29462371
Montgomery19636225
Butler14472144
Lucas14033409
Summit12962310
Stark8529197
Warren798975
Mahoning7068299
Lake662766
Lorain623697
Clermont563946
Delaware540335
Licking535875
Fairfield523763
Trumbull5159144
Greene510563
Clark501064
Allen460685
Marion457751
Wood4394107
Medina428654
Miami416465
Pickaway396448
Columbiana339597
Portage334471
Tuscarawas317557
Wayne314993
Richland306732
Mercer284737
Ross239259
Hancock232736
Muskingum231910
Auglaize223230
Putnam221449
Erie217165
Darke217058
Ashtabula215753
Geauga197351
Scioto193615
Union18658
Lawrence185436
Shelby184815
Athens18454
Seneca173118
Belmont158529
Madison156218
Sandusky152327
Preble148421
Huron147518
Defiance137921
Holmes137739
Logan123613
Knox122518
Fulton122025
Crawford119116
Ottawa118930
Washington116427
Clinton103414
Ashland102722
Williams10238
Jefferson10124
Highland99517
Henry98422
Brown9644
Champaign9345
Jackson90312
Van Wert8976
Fayette89217
Hardin86118
Morrow8552
Guernsey83313
Coshocton81413
Perry77012
Adams75012
Pike7261
Wyandot70516
Gallia70413
Paulding62710
Hocking61011
Noble59722
Carroll44310
Meigs37612
Monroe31021
Morgan2395
Vinton2105
Harrison1913
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