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Here are the top stories for Thursday, Oct 22nd: Trump and Biden square off for final debate; Germany posts record number of new virus cases; Questions about Pope's endorsement of same-sex unions; NASA's spacecraft touches asteroid.
 
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Germany blocks Chinese takeover of satellite tech firm

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Hackers are targeting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM finds

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A global phishing campaign has been targeting organizations associated with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines since September 2020,..

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Reptiles smuggled from Mexico found at German airport stitched inside dolls

Ten of 26 rare animals from Mexico discovered at a German airport did not survive.
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US election: 'Legal milestone' - Joe Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

California certified its presidential election on Friday (Saturday NZT) and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him..
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[NFA] President-elect Joe Biden said Friday's "grim" jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling, and urged the U.S. Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill immediately. Freddie Joyner has more.

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Student loan stimulus: Freeze on payments, interest extended thru Jan. as COVID-19 cases surge

COVID-19 student loan relief was set to expire at year's end. Now the stimulus will last through the first days of Joe Biden's presidency.

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United States pulls most of its troops out of Somalia

The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most US troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink US..
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President Trump to rally for GOP Senate candidates in Georgia

President Trump will travel to Georgia for a rally on Saturday. He's throwing his support behind the two Republican candidates in the state's Senate runoff..
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US election: Another blow for Donald Trump as Nevada judge rejects law suit in scathing ruling

US President Donald Trump's hopes of overturning the results of the 2020 election have been dealt another blow after a lawsuit in Nevada was thrown out.Trump and..
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The US government will let TikTok run out the clock and ‘overlook’ its own deadline

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The Trump administration won’t enforce its own deadline for ByteDance to sell or spin out video-sharing..

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Federal judge orders restoration of DACA program

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore an Obama-era initiative that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as..
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SpaceX CRS-21 to deliver holiday supplies to ISS

NASA's commercial cargo provider SpaceX is getting ready to launch its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in..
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Moon dust for $1 — that’s all NASA is paying one of the companies selected to collect lunar samples

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded contracts to four companies to collect dust from the Moon’s surface, and it’s paying one..
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Nasa to pay company $1 to collect moon rocks

The US space agency has awarded two American and one Japanese firm contracts to pick up lunar soil.
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Mystery space object flying near Earth discovered to be a 1960's NASA rocket booster

Earth captured the old rocket booster in its orbit around the sun and will keep it as a temporary satellite until March 2021.

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NASA Scientists Uncertain What Object is Speeding Toward Earth

There's a mysterious object hurtling toward Earth right now that will whiz past us early Tuesday morning, and in perfect 2020 fashion ... nobody's sure what the..
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