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    FILE - In this July 15, 2019 courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, left, and his attorney Martin Weinberg listen during a bail hearing in federal court, in New York. Officials say the FBI and U.S. Inspector General's office will investigate how Epstein died in an apparent suicide, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected financier remains ongoing. A person familiar with the matter says Epstein, accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in a New York jail. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. DETAILS OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S DEATH NOT YET REVEALED

Medical officials have performed an autopsy on the high-profile inmate accused of sexually abusing underage girls and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for massages but have yet to release the results.

2. WHO IS UNDER SCRUTINY IN FINANCIER'S DEATH

Jeffrey Epstein's death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail's parent agency that already was under fire for the October death of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who was fatally beaten at a federal prison in West Virginia shortly after his arrival.

3. FIVE CHILDREN KILLED IN FIRE AT DAY CARE CENTER

At least four victims, who ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years, were staying overnight at the residential house that had been turned into a day care.

4. WHO SOUTH KOREA REMOVED FROM PREFERRED TRADE LIST

Japan was taken off a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a countermeasure to Tokyo's recent decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a diplomatic row.

5. DESPITE US SANCTIONS, VENEZUELA'S ECONOMY SHOWS SOME LIFE

Economists caution that the surprise bounce is unlikely to last. Sweeping U.S. sanctions, tightened last week when the Trump administration threatened to target foreign companies found doing business with Venezuela's government, are likely to exacerbate an economic fall years in the making.

6. WHERE THERE'S AN UNEASY CALM

Troops in India-ruled Kashmir allowed Muslims to walk to mosques alone or in pairs and pray for Eid al-Adha during a security lockdown in its second week that still forced most people indoors on the Islamic holy day.

7. REMEMBERING WOODSTOCK 50 YEARS LATER

Memories of the anarchic weekend of Aug. 15-18, 1969, remain sharp among people who were in the crowd and on the stage for the historic festival.

8. THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A DIFFERENT SQUAD

The alterna-squad consists of Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania and Virginians Spanberger and Elaine Luria — women possessing deep military and intelligence experience, now voices of moderation in a Democratic party often portrayed as veering sharply left.

9. FIRST CELEBRITY IMPRISONED IN #METOO ERA TO FIGHT CONVICTION

Bill Cosby's lawyers contend the trial judge erred in letting five other accusers testify to bolster the prosecution's case. The 82-year-old comedian is serving a three- to 10-year prison term in Pennsylvania.

10. WHERE EVERYTHING IS SMALLER AND NARROWER

The Golden Gai, a one of a kind tourist attraction, is a sliver of old Tokyo in a modern metropolis filled with endless gleaming buildings. Nearly 280 bars and restaurants are squeezed into an area about the size of half a soccer field.


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