Today's edition of quick hits:
: "The armed man fatally shot by North Carolina cops Tuesday was given multiple warnings to drop his weapon, police officials said in the wake of violent late-night clashes between law enforcement and protesters."
* Climate crisis
: "A global climate agreement moved closer toward taking effect by the end of the year, as 30 more nations ratified it Wednesday during a special meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly."
: "Secretary of State Kerry said he sometimes feels like he's living in a 'parallel universe' to his Russian counterpart on the subject of Syria. During an impassioned address at a United Nations Security Council briefing on the five-year civil war Wednesday, he also argued that a cease-fire deal brokered by the U.S. and Russia on September 9 could be saved in spite of a string of violations."
* ISIS is facing the prospect of losing Mosul -- and as a consequence, it's lashing out in desperation
* A divided Federal Reserve
today "left its policy rate unchanged for a sixth straight meeting, saying it would wait for more evidence of progress toward its goals, while projecting that an increase is still likely by year-end."
* Quite a scandal in Iowa
: "A staffer from Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign is headed to prison for his role in a conspiracy that falsified Federal Election Commission reports. Unlike his two co-defendants who only got probation, Dimitri Kesari will serve three months behind bars."
: "Lawmakers chastised EpiPen's chief executive for amassing an $18 million salary during a contentious congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon, as she evaded questions about how much profit the company made off the lifesaving allergy drug." read more