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Synagogue Shooting Update: Today President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are set to visit Pittsburgh to express support and sympathies after Saturday's shooting at a synagogue. But their visit is now controversial. Pittsburgh's mayor asked for President Trump to wait until after this week's funerals so public safety resources won't be stretched thin. There's also an open letter from one Pittsburgh-based, progressive Jewish group that asks him not to come. The White House says the rabbi who survived the shooting welcomes President Trump.
Read more: AP, The Washington Post, FOX News, NYT (about the victims)
Troops Deployed: The Pentagon is now planning to send at least 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to help border agents stop the migrant caravan from entering the U.S. There are now about 4,000 Central American migrants working their way toward the border. They're escaping violence and poverty. The Trump administration says a large group of people can't be allowed to enter illegally and in an unsafe way. Critics say President Trump is using false claims to try and scare people as a political tool. The migrants are still weeks away from reaching the nearest border.
Read more:AP,USA Today
Indonesia Plane Crash: Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a plane with 189 people on board to crash in Indonesia shortly after take-off. Officials say there are likely no survivors. Some U.S. airlines use the same type of new Boeing plane that went down, so airlines are watching closely to learn the cause. However, Lion Air has had safety issues before, and there was also reportedly a technical issue the day before.
Read more: CBS News,BBC,CNN,USA Today
Angela Merkel to Step Down: A big announcement from Germany's leader: Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'll step down and not run for any political post when her term ends in 2021.
Read more:CNBC,Telegraph,The Washington Post
1 Week to Election Day: Today marks one week from Election Day in the U.S., but some people are already voting. The early voting rules varyby state. There are a reported 72 "highly competitive" seats in the U.S. House and Senate that are a tossup between Democrats and Republicans.
Read more: NYT,Rock The Vote
Record-Breaking Spacecraft: NASA's spacecraft called the Parker Solar Probe just broke two records this week. First, it got closer to the sun than any other human-made object, and it became the fastest spacecraft traveling relative to the sun (faster than 153,454 miles/hour). NASA says it'll keep breaking its own records as it gets closer to the sun and goes even faster over the next several years. The mission is to learn more about the sun and its solar storms as well as their effects on Earth.
Sam's Club Cashier-less: Sam's Club, which is owned by Walmart, is launching its own version of 'Amazon Go' stores. The new "Sam's Club Now" store in Dallas will be cashier-less with no registers or checkout lines. Instead, you'll download the smartphone app and use it to scan and pay for your items. Doors open next week.
Read more: Business Insider
Apple's Event & iOS 12.1: Apple is hosting a press event today at 10 a.m. ET. Reports say to expect announcements about a new iPad Pro, a low-cost Macbook and maybe (?) an update on the AirPods. One thing that's for sure: the release of iOS 12.1. The latest update today comes with an option for group FaceTime (video chat with up to 32 people), camera improvements, new emojis and more.
Read more:CNBC,TechCrunch(iOS 12.1),MacRumors