9.9.2023

 

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Good morning. It's Saturday, Sept. 9, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a fatal earthquake in Morocco, the singles final at the US Open, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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One Big Headline
 

Breaking news: At least 296 people were killed and 153 injured after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night. See updates here.

Gauff vs. Sabalenka

American teen tennis prodigy Coco Gauff from South Florida takes on No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus in today's US Open women's singles final (4 pm ET, ESPN). Both players are vying for their first singles title at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. 

 

The 19-year-old Gauff, currently ranked sixth in the world, is the youngest American to reach the title match since Serena Williams in 1999. Gauff, who made her first Grand Slam debut at age 15, beat No.10 Karolina Muchová in a semifinal match Thursday (watch highlights). Gauff also reached the title match in the 2022 French Open but lost to No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek. 

 

Sabalenka, 25, became the 13th woman in the Open era to make it to the semifinals at all four Grand Slams in a season. She beat US player Madison Keys, ranked seventeenth in the world, Thursday. Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open and is expected to replace Swiatek as the top-ranked player when the Women's Tennis Association releases updated rankings Monday. 

 

Separately, No. 2 seed and 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, 36, and No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev, 27, will face each other in the US Open men's singles final tomorrow (4 pm ET, ESPN). 

Quick Hits
 

Hong Kong flooded after heaviest hourly rainfall on record since 1884. 

At least two people were killed and 144 injured in Hong Kong amid the record rainfall and flooding, caused by Typhoon Haikui, which made landfall in the Chinese province of Fujian earlier this week. Video footage of the flooding shows cars submerged in deep waters as well as flooded malls and subway stations. See videos here and photos here.

 

Grand jury report in Fulton County, Georgia, 2020 election probe released.

According to the report, the special grand jury hearing the case had recommended charges against 39 people in total; 20 of them were not ultimately indicted and included current Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). See the panel's full unredacted report here

 

Team USA falls to Germany in men's FIBA Basketball World Cup semifinals.

Germany beat the US 113-111 Friday and will play Serbia Sunday (8:40 am ET, ESPN2) for the World Cup title. The US will play Canada for a bronze medal Sunday (4:40 am ET, ESPN2). This is the second consecutive FIBA World Cup in which the US has failed to secure a gold medal after winning in 2014 and 2010. 

 

Spanish state prosecutors file sexual assault suit against Luis Rubiales.

The prosecutors filed the case against the suspended head of the Spanish soccer federation to Spain’s National Court in Madrid. They accuse Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion for kissing player Jenni Hermoso without her consent after the women's World Cup final last month. The filing comes two days after Hermoso formally accused Rubiales of sexual assault.  

 

Kroger to divest over 400 stores in bid to close $25B merger with Albertsons.

The grocery stores have agreed to sell 413 stores across the country to C&S Wholesale Grocers for $2B. The divestiture also includes the sale of some distributors and private-label brands. The move is aimed at gaining antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the proposed merger. 

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Humankind
 

Soldier returns home after a year and dresses up as his son's school mascot to surprise him during his second-grade class. (More, w/video)

 

Man pulls off surprise proposal to girlfriend at Auckland Airport despite a canceled flight and lost luggage. (More, w/video) 

 

Michigan grandmother hosts community birthday parties for children who don't receive invites to parties or don't receive responses to their own invitations. (More)

 

Italian banker catches 3-year-old girl falling from a fifth-floor balcony. (More

 

Minnesota teens find wallet full of cash in lake and return it to the owner, an Iowa farmer who had lost his wallet while on a fishing trip. (More)

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Barbara R. in Silver Spring, Maryland


"My husband and I were visiting one of our children in Washington, DC. One very warm afternoon, we returned to his condo with several large bags of groceries. Our son’s condo is on the second floor of the building, up very steep external and internal stairs with no elevator. Because of some orthopedic issues, I was struggling with the external stairs as I carried my share of the grocery bags. Suddenly, a woman came up behind me, said, “honey, I’ve got this,” took the bags from me, and ran them up the stairs to the front door of the building. I was so grateful to her, and even more stunned by her act of kindness when I realized that she was the driver of a Metro bus that was idling at a red light in front of the building. When I thanked her, she said I didn’t need to, that she was just being a human. What an extraordinarily kind woman." 

 

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Historybook: United States of America officially gets its name (1776); Actor Hugh Grant born (1960); Actor Adam Sandler born (1966); People's Republic of China founding father Mao Zedong dies (1976); Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning monarch of the UK at more than 63 years with crown (2015).

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