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Nice Wednesday! We recently joked about a series of cheating scandals hitting niche sports. Just when we thought we’d left the woods: It seems allegations of cheating have split the professional cornhole community after it was revealed that players were cooking, sanding and pounding their beanbags or soaking their beanbags in vinegar for an easier, smoother throw to achieve.

“I find it funny that anyone thought there would only be friendships and rose petals forever in Cornhole,” commented one lover. “Now the dirty underbelly is exposed.”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia has reportedly shared information with the United States that suggests Iran plans to attack targets in the kingdom and an Iraqi city where US troops are stationed, prompting US, Saudi and neighboring militaries in heightened alert. Saudi officials said Iran planned the attacks to distract from internal protests sparked by the September death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s religious dress code .
  • Prosecutors allege the man who assaulted Paul Pelosi at his home last week also planned to assault “a local professor, several prominent state and federal politicians, and relatives of those state and federal politicians,” and he told police he planned to detain House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — whom he viewed as the “leader of the pack” of the Democratic Party — took her kneecaps hostage and broke her kneecaps when she “lied to him.” The attacker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including attempted murder and is being held without bail before trial. He also faces federal charges, including assault and attempted kidnapping. The U.S. Capitol Police reportedly have surveillance video of the invasion of Pelosi’s home, but did not notice the break-in on the department’s 1,800 surveillance cameras until an officer spotted police lights in a video feed.
  • Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro didn’t back down in his first speech since losing Sunday’s runoff to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, but he didn’t contest the election result either — and his chief of staff Ciro Nogueira said he was eligible to work with Lula’s transition team. Bolsonaro supporters have protested the findings, and Brazil’s highway police said on Tuesday protesters had blocked roads in 267 locations.
  • Pfizer announced Tuesday that its vaccine against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — which kills 100 to 300 children in the United States and hospitalizes nearly 60,000 every year — was 69 percent effective in a clinical trial at preventing severe diseases Preventing RSV cases in babies under six months old. The shot is given to women during pregnancy to ensure newborns have antibodies at birth. Pfizer will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and — if that approval is granted — the vaccine could be on the market as early as next fall.
  • With about 84 percent of the vote counted Wednesday morning, Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition appeared to win a narrow majority in Israel’s fifth election in less than four years, which saw the highest turnout in decades. Exit polls also showed that the far-right Religious Zionism/Otzma Yehudit party — known for its harsh stance on Israel-Arabs — won as many as 15 seats, giving the once-fringe party a powerful role in a Netanyahu-led ruling coalition.
  • Despite the Federal Reserve’s best efforts, the US job market remained tight last month, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting Tuesday that there were 10.7 million job vacancies in the United States at the end of September — up from 10.3 million a month earlier . The churn rate — the percentage of workers who quit their job during the month — remained stable month-on-month at 2.7 percent, and the number of layoffs and layoffs fell slightly from 1.5 million to 1.3 million.
  • University of Florida trustees Tuesday unanimously voted to select Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska as the school’s next president, though some students and faculty have dismissed his policies. The Republican senator previously ran a small Christian university in Nebraska and taught at the University of Texas at Austin. He is expected to take the job and step down from the Senate in December, subject to approval by the university’s Board of Governors. Under Nebraska law, the state governor will nominate a replacement for Sasse, and a special election will fill the seat in 2024.

Affirmative action on the ropes

The facade of the US Supreme Court. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images)

In 2003, when the Supreme Court considered the use of affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School, it narrowly ruled that the practice could continue “to promote a compelling interest in preserving the educational benefits that flow from a result in a diverse student body”. But Judge Sandra Day O’Connor, writing for the 5-4 majority, appeared to put an expiration date on the ruling: “We anticipate that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to validate today’s.” to promote approved interest.”

She could have been gone by five years.

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