5 things to know for October 13: Coronavirus, Supreme Court, Election 2020, Big Tech and Greece

With early voting beginning in some states, CNN's Pamela Brown reports on problems plaguing voters across the country from long wait times to unofficial mail-in ballot drop boxes that are under investigation.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 4:31 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2020 4:31 PM

Hurricane Delta has taken its toll, leaving four dead and hundreds of thousands without power along the Gulf of Mexico.

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1. Coronavirus 

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has paused the advanced clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in a volunteer. It's the second Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial to be paused in the US, but experts say it's not entirely concerning or unexpected for adverse effects, even serious ones, to appear in large studies. Meanwhile, several countries like Russia and Germany are seeing record daily numbers of Covid-19 cases, or numbers approaching the early peaks of the pandemic. There's another second wave to worry about, too: A new report claims there will be another surge of Covid-related mental health devastation as well. Increased isolation and tension, coupled with poor access to taxed mental health treatment systems, could lead to more tragedies like overdoses and suicides.

2. Supreme Court 

The first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett featured plenty of fiery moments, but a lot of them revolved around the upcoming election instead of Barrett herself. For instance, all eyes were on VP nominee Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, when she delivered an opening statement criticizing President Trump and Republicans for attacking the Affordable Care Act. Both sides have all but agreed Barrett's confirmation by the Republican-led Senate is a done deal, so Democrats instead used some of their questioning time to make a pitch to save the Affordable Care Act. Republicans, meanwhile, criticized Democrats for bringing up Barrett's Catholic faith and her association with the Christian group People of Praise, saying it amounted to, as Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said, "religious bigotry." Progressives are worried that with another religion-led conservative on the bench, abortion rights cases could be dismantled.

3. Election 2020

Early in-person voting has started, and it's already a mess. A technical glitch at an Atlanta voting supersite and hours-long lines around the state plagued voters in Georgia.  Election watchers have long worried that technical problems, along with pandemic protocols and reduced polling staff, will create untenable situations for discouraged voters. California is dealing with another problem: The state's Republican Party has been asked to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in at least three counties. Such actions are illegal, since only county election officials have the authority to oversee ballot drop boxes. In New York, the NYPD has told all uniformed members to prepare to be deployed for protests before and after the election -- possibly into 2021, if a winner is not promptly and securely decided.

4. Big Tech

Facebook says it will now ban forms of Holocaust denial under its hate speech policy. That's a reversal for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who previously said that while such content was offensive, it shouldn't be removed. Facebook has been criticized for an uneven approach to moderating and monitoring hate speech on its platform. Last week, the company said it will ban all pages, groups, and Instagram accounts representing the conspiracy theory QAnon. That was a big move as well, one that fellow social media giant YouTube is seemingly reluctant to follow. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said during a CNN interview that the platform has taken steps to reducing the ways QAnon content is recommended to viewers, but stopped short of saying they would take broader action.

5. Greece 

Tensions are rising between Greece and Turkey over offshore rights in the eastern Mediterranean. A Turkish ship recently departed to conduct work near the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which is close to Turkey's southern coast. Greece's foreign ministry described the development as a "major escalation" and a "direct threat to peace in the region." Relations between the two countries have been frayed for years due to a variety of disputes including jurisdiction in the Mediterranean and influence over the ethnically split island country of Cyprus. Greece wants its fellow EU members to impose sanctions on Turkey. At a summit earlier this month, the EU said it would go ahead with punishments if Turkey continued operations in the region.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Vanderbilt-Missouri is the first SEC game postponed due to Covid-19

It was only a matter of time.

Companies are getting creative with work-from-home perks

Tracksuits and virtual wine-and-cheese tastings? Sounds like a decent night in.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is replacing its "Finger Lickin' Good" sauce

The new sauce has a much less evocative name.

Jennifer Aniston has a new puppy named Lord Chesterfield

A top-tier aristocratic dog name.

Tourist returns stolen artifacts to Pompeii after suffering "curse" for 15 years

Her troubles were actually pretty serious so, c'mon, you can lay off now, Pompeiian curse.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$11 billion

That's about how much large banks make on overdraft and related fees every year, according to the FDIC.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"It is baffling that we willingly and knowingly continue to sow the seeds of our own destruction."

The United Nations' Disaster Risk Reduction chief Mami Mizutori and Debarati Guha-Sapir of Belgium's Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, in a joint foreword to a new UN report that says the planet will become "an uninhabitable hell for millions of people" unless leaders take climate action.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 324537

Reported Deaths: 5594
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Lake28094462
Allen18660301
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St. Joseph17256234
Hamilton13612170
Vanderburgh10028121
Tippecanoe896729
Porter855386
Johnson6718169
Hendricks6412158
Vigo625889
Monroe550450
Clark531078
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LaPorte481196
Kosciusko475941
Howard364177
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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
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Huntington133510
Decatur132543
Putnam131128
White131022
Wells130130
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Randolph128121
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Jefferson124116
Scott114520
Greene106053
Sullivan102716
Jay101913
Starke95022
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Carroll71913
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Owen6468
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Parke6026
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Rush5708
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Martin3705
Benton3643
Brown3574
Crawford3081
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Cases: 399808

Reported Deaths: 6346
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Cuyahoga39132746
Hamilton31491372
Montgomery21355242
Butler15768149
Lucas15301420
Summit14667330
Stark9780209
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Mahoning7985301
Lake752566
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Clermont622953
Delaware597337
Licking589977
Trumbull5867148
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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
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Morrow9682
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Pike7921
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