Astronomers have found an exoplanet that's only 16 light-years away, and it's eerily similar to the planet Vulcan from "Star Trek." Maybe the final frontier isn't so far out of reach!Â Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)
1. Maryland shooting
Three people are dead after a woman opened fire at a drug store distribution center yesterday in Harford County, Maryland. The suspect also fatally shot herself. Officials sayÂ the suspect was at some point a security guard at the facility, and a source close to the investigation called her a disgruntled employee. The incident is unusual because female shooters are unusual -- only nine of 250 recordedÂ incidents between 2000 and 2017 involved female shooters, the FBI found.Â The lastÂ high-profile case wasÂ in April,Â when a womanÂ shot and wounded three peopleÂ at YouTubeÂ headquarters. The Maryland shooting was theÂ third high-profile shooting in the US in two days and came just months after aÂ gunman killed fiveÂ people in an Annapolis newsroom.
2. Lake Victoria ferry wreck
A ferry boat overturned yesterday in Lake Victoria in the northern part of Tanzania, killing at least 44 people. Rescue operations have resumed today, but there are complications.Â Ferries in Tanzania are often overcrowded, and the lack of an accurate passenger manifest makes it difficult to say how many people were on board -- and ID them. Local officials say there could have been anywhere from 400 to 500 people on the ferry when it tipped. If this tragedy sounds familiar, it's because there have been a few similar incidents recently,Â all sobering reminders of the dangers of overcrowded watercraft.
3. Brett Kavanaugh
It looks like Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, may testify before a Senate panel after all.Â Her lawyers sent an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday sayingÂ Ford "would be prepared to testify next week," if senators offer her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety." If you'll recall, there wasÂ supposed to be a hearing Monday regarding the allegations, but Ford's lawyers told the committee it would be unrealistic for her to testify so soon. The two sidesÂ are expected to continue talking details, including whether aÂ potential witness to the alleged attack might testify and whether an outside counsel -- a woman -- would be brought in to question Ford to help the GOP overcome its lack of female senators on the committee.
Families separated at the US-Mexico borderÂ are still being reunited, though the process is slow and incomplete. The US government says 34 more immigrantÂ children have been reunited with their families since last week, but that still leaves more than 100 childrenÂ in government custody. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions this weekÂ made two quiet rulings to tighten control ofÂ immigration courts. One effectively makesÂ it harder for immigration courts to be lenient with undocumented immigrants;Â the otherÂ may restrict the ability of immigrants awaiting asylum hearings to be let out of detention.
5. China sanctions
The US hit China's military with sanctions yesterday for purchasing weapons from the Russian military, but the move was actually designed to punish the Russian government. The penalties were applied under a law that requires the US to sanction anyone undertaking significant transactions with certain people affiliated with Russian intelligence and military services, including arms manufacturers. According to US officials, thisÂ the first time anyone has been sanctioned for doing business with people on this blacklist.
"For a year, he has tried to spin it, but the truth speaks louder than he ever will. He can spin it all he wants. Three thousand people died on his watch."
San Juan MayorÂ Carmen Yulin Cruz, who told CNN's Anderson Cooper the tragedies of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico would be remembered as "President Trump's (Hurricane)Â Katrina."
Two brothers want to revolutionize the food industry with maggots
The words "food" and "maggots" should never be this close together.
Puppies to blame for drug-resistant infectionÂ
Mark this as the only day in history when puppies were bad news.
NASA shares delicious-looking picture of Jupiter's North Pole
It honestly DOES look like pepperoni pizza. What are we supposed to do with this information?!
Disney CEO says they're going to cool it on the 'Star Wars' stuff for now
They're probably just figuring out how toÂ writeÂ in a pepperoni pizza planet.
Gap is trying to one-up LululemonÂ with a men's athleisure lineÂ
This is GOOD. Men, embrace the leggings! Move about unbound. Be free.
Which hugely popular show took home this year's Emmy for Outstanding Drama?
A. "This is Us"
B. "The Handmaid's Tale"
C. "Game of Thrones"
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The year Britain could becoming a smoking-free society, according to a study from Public Health England. Some 400,000 people gave up smoking in England last year alone.
IT'S THE WEEKEND, BABY
"Downton Abbey" is getting the show-to-movie treatment next year, and Hulu is reviving "Veronica Mars," so they're our recommendations for this weekend's couch-surfing. Of course, there's always football, too: The Cleveland Browns last night won their first game in almost two years, so maybe the weekend's match-ups will bring some other big surprises.
There is a lot going on hereÂ
- 5 things for September 21: Maryland shooting, Tanzania ferry, Kavanaugh, immigration
- Gold and Black LIVE September 21
- Shooting with multiple victims reported in Maryland
- 5 things to know for September 27: Kavanaugh, China, North Korea, Google, meth
- Friday Night Frenzy Show and Bonus Video for September 21
- Haas scores 21 as Purdue holds on to beat Maryland 80-75
- 6:21 PM Update
- Purdue upsets No. 10 Maryland, 75-65
- September 28: Friday Feedback
- 5 things to know for December 21: Mattis, shutdown, Gatwick, Congo, polio-like virus