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Thursday's Mini-Report, 10.29.20

Today's edition of quick hits.


Today's edition of quick hits:

* A tragic milestone: "The United States shattered the record for Covid-19 cases in a single day with 80,622 infections reported Wednesday, the latest NBC News tally showed. It was the first time the U.S. crossed the 80,000-case threshold since the start of the pandemic and the third time in a week that a daily case record was broken, the data showed."

* The latest from the Gulf Coast: "Two people are dead after Hurricane Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm Wednesday afternoon before passing over New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city had made it through the fast-moving hurricane. But, she added, 'We have been damaged. We have been hit.'"

* The latest from Nice, France: "A man armed with a knife attacked people inside the church around 9 a.m. local time, killing a woman and a man, French police confirmed to NBC News. A third victim, another woman, ran from the church seeking refuge in a café but was hunted down and killed, police added. Several others have been wounded, and the suspect was shot by police and is being treated in hospital, the police said."

* DOJ: "The Justice Department decided more than a year ago to effectively shut down its civil-rights investigation into the high-profile killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy carrying a pellet gun who was shot by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, according to people familiar with the matter."

* Scary: "Federal agencies are warning of 'an increased and imminent cybercrime threat' to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers, including so-called ransomware attacks. The warnings were in a report released Wednesday, and authorities say that healthcare providers should take precautions to protect their systems."

* Also scary: "A new report says five states, including several that are presidential battlegrounds, are at a high risk for activity by armed groups of civilians around the Nov. 3 election. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) and MilitiaWatch warned about such movements leading up to and following the election in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Oregon, especially in state capitals and surrounding towns, medium-sized cities and suburban areas."

* Wisconsin GOP: "Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday. The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt."

* A big reform step: "Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has signed legislation into law that bans no-knock warrants, making it the third state to do so."

* And speaking of Virginia: "Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. filed a state lawsuit Wednesday against the evangelical school founded by his father, claiming he was wrongly ousted from his leadership post."

See you tomorrow.