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Trump to name his crucial Supreme Court pick
President Donald Trump is leaning heavily toward choosing federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana as his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, multiple Republican and conservative sources told USA TODAY. Trump said earlier this week that he planned to make the announcement at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday. While Barrett, 48, has been the front-runner for the nomination all along, the sources said she has become the sole focus of the process, and other potential candidates do not seem to be in the running at this point. Democrats have denounced Barrett as an ideologue who wants to end abortion rights and promote corporate interests, while Republicans have hailed her as a model of judicial restraint who already has the votes needed for a quick confirmation.
Trump teases planned Supreme Court pick in Virginia
President Donald Trump teased his Supreme Court pick ahead of a planned news conference Saturday to announce his nominee. Trump was speaking to thousands of supporters at a rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Friday. (Sept. 25)
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California watches for more wildfires
Fire weather watches are in effect throughout most of Northern California as meteorologists forecast a warm, dry weekend. Temperatures could reach 100 degrees in places along the Sacramento Valley floor and inland Southern California, and up to 110 degrees in desert regions like Palm Springs. The heat, coupled with winds and low humidity, could feed wildfires that are already burning including the August Complex in Mendocino County, the SQE Complex near Visalia and the Creek Fire near Fresno. California is already dealing with its worst fire season on record in a dry, hot year– more than 8,000 wildfires have burned more than 3.6 million acres, killing 26 people and destroying nearly 7,000 structures.
Breonna Taylor protests: Louisville curfew extended through the weekend
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer extended a citywide curfew through the weekend in anticipation of more protests calling for justice in the Breonna Taylor case. On Friday, hundreds again gathered in downtown Louisville as police and protesters clashed, although there were no immediate reports of injuries in the city or in connection to protests elsewhere. Taylor’s case has gained increasing international attention after Wednesday’s announcement that no officers would be indicted for her death.Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, was killed shortly before 1 a.m. on March 13 when officers came to her apartment looking for drugs and cash as part of a larger narcotics investigation connected to her former boyfriend. She was shot six times.
Major League Baseball’s regular season ends
Major League Baseball’s regular season ends Sunday, with the expanded 2020 postseason getting underway on Tuesday. Eight teams from each league (increased from five) make the playoffs this year, with a new best-of-three Wild Card Series to start things off. From there, the Division Series (best-of-five) will be played at neutral locations — Los Angeles and San Diego for the American League and Houston and Arlington, Texas, for the National League. The League Championship Series remain best-of-seven with the AL playing in San Diego and the NL in Arlington. Scheduled to begin on Oct. 20, the World Series will also be played in Arlington.
College football: Kickoff for SEC regular season
Prepare for college football to get a lot more interesting — the Southeastern Conference is back. The SEC starts its season Saturday with seven games, and there are some big matchups. The No. 5 LSU Tigers, the defending national champs, host Mississippi State and coach Mike Leach in his debut with the Bulldogs. Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin coaches his first game for the Rebels, with No. 6 Florida traveling to Oxford.