Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Hurricane Joaquin Strengthens But Path Unclear
Hurricane Joaquin intensified early Thursday to a Category 3, packing 120 mph winds as it hammered the central Bahamas. But its exact path — whether it slams into the East Coast or strays out to sea — has been in dispute. Regardless of its direction, meteorologists warn severe weather and heavy flooding are possible through the weekend. Read more in NEWS.
2. Russia Insists Warplanes Are Bombing ISIS Targets
Russia's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday it is wading into the fight against ISIS in Syria by conducting "surgical strikes" on its military equipment. But U.S. officials remained skeptical, questioning whether Moscow is genuinely targeting the terrorists or instead trying to shore up Syrian President Bashar Assad's position over rebel groups. Read more in NEWS.
3. Donald Trump Says He’d Send Back Syrian Refugees
The GOP presidential front-runner was in New Hampshire to outline the specifics of his new tax plan, but ended up weighing in on the migrant crisis in Europe. He said at a rally that he would send Syrian refugees "back" if he were elected to the White House in case they are part of ISIS. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Why the U.S. Should Be Worried About Taliban’s Push
Afghanistan claimed to have driven the Taliban out of the key city of Kunduz on Thursday, but the effort to oust the militants from the provincial capital may prove to be too little, too late. Read more in NEWS.
5. What’s in the Latest Hillary Clinton Email Dump?
Previous email releases from Clinton's private server have revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday workings of the Clinton-led State Department, as well as some revealing personal preferences of the now-Democratic presidential contender. Wednesday's release was no exception. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Families Want Answers About Artificial Turf’s Safety
No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer, and the turf industry says dozens of studies have shown the surface — commonly found in recreational fields — poses no health risk. Yet families affected by cancer and health issues are still looking for answers from the government about the synthetic materials. Read more in INVESTIGATIONS.
7. Five Potential Problems With New ‘Chip’ Cards
Thursday is the soft "deadline" for merchants to start supporting the new credit card protection technology, so customers should get acquainted with the new way to pay at the register. Instead of swiping, get used to dipping. Read more in BUSINESS.
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