Violence in Philly after police shooting; Barrett takes oath as justice; 100,000 evacuated in Calif.
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Let’s get caught up.
These headlines are in the news this morning: Protests turned violent in Philadelphia after police shot and killed a Black man armed with a knife; after Senate confirmation, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in at the White House as the next Supreme Court justice; 100,000 under evacuation orders from wildfires in California.
Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.
Police shoot and kill man after yelling at him to drop knife
Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him to drop his knife.
The man was hit in the shoulder and chest. One of the officers then put him in a police vehicle and drove him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Hundreds of protestors took to the streets to protest the shooting late Monday into early Tuesday with interactions between protesters and police turning violent at times, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Video showed many yelling at officers and crying. Read the full story here:
Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come.
Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even his own election. Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump’s third justice on the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary.
Barrett, 48, will be able to start work Tuesday, her lifetime appointment as the 115th justice solidifying the court’s rightward tilt. Read the full story here:
California braces for more fire danger from winds
California prepared for another round of dangerous fire weather Tuesday even as crews fought a pair of fast-moving blazes in the south that critically injured two firefighters and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders. Read the latest here:
In other news today …
- One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago.
- Trump is staying focused on the so-called “blue wall” states that he flipped in 2016: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, where he’ll return on Tuesday to hit West Salem just three days after holding a Janesville rally.
- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper stepped up the Trump administration’s anti-China message in India on Tuesday, exactly a week ahead of America’s presidential election.
- Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind.
- Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday.
- The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day.
- A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others.
- Individual whistles echo during quieter moments, and a single fan with enough persistence can leave an impression with a chant during World Series games with the smallest crowds in more than 100 years. This year’s Fall Classic is like no other, and the Dodgers can end it tonight.
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Today’s national forecast
Wind gusts over 75 mph hit LA County yesterday causing dangerous fire growth. More are expected today for the whole state and may rival winds with the arrival of Hurricane Zeta on Wednesday. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest. Watch here: