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SEVERE WX
Soaking torrential rains have millions from Florida to New England at risk of flooding.  North Carolina to Virginia are at highest risk with reports of homes being underwater and residents needing to be rescued.  Forcasters predict Wednesday morning will have Philadelphia to New York City getting soaked.

JOAQUIN
Tropical Storm Joaquin in the Atlantic has gained strength up to max sustained winds at 65 mph. Strengthening is expected to continue as it continues slowly moving west/southwest over the next several days before making a northern turn.  National Hurricane Center is now expecting Joaquin to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane. The current track is still very far west of the United States keeping the storm over open waters although some of the effects could be felt along the East Coast.

KIM DAVIS POPE
Kim Davis’ attorneys say the controversial Kentucky county clerk met with Pope Francis last Thursday in Washington, DC, a press release issued by Liberty Counsel said. The release states that Davis and her husband met the Pope at the Vatican Embassy in Washington.  The Vatican has not made any statement in regards to the Davis meeting.

GA EXECUTION
Georgia was ready to execute its only women on death row Tuesday night. But first her lawyers are exhausting the appeals priocess to keep her alive.  Pope Francis has also offered a written plea for a stay of execution for Kelly Renee Gissendaner. Demonstrators lined up outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia where Gissendaner is awaiting to be executed.  Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 slaying of her husband. Prosecutors say she convinced her lover to kill her husband. 

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
It looks like Congress will avoid a government shutdown hours before a midnight deadline to pass a budget. On Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to pass a bill to fund the government, avoiding a shutdown. The battle over Planned Parenthood threatened a budget showdown on Capitol Hill, but Monday the Senate passed a clean bill despite the objections of a handful of senators including Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the controversial funding for the health organization. Part of the focus of a contentious congressional hearing today into Planned Parenthood's use of taxpayer dollars focused entirely on the salary of its embattled president, Cecile Richards.Richards made $590,928 in fiscal year 2013, lawmakers noted. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, made note that Richards' salary increased over a four-year period.
C News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reports from

VOTE 2016
--(HFR 7am 9/30) New ABC News/Washington Post poll checking in on favorability ratings for Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina will be released.
--A day after the RNC chairman hinted that New Hampshire’s roll as the first primary in the country was not set in stone… ticking off New Hampshire…  a group of GOP candidates all looking to win that state’s contest whenever it happens, are all in town campaigning. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are all zig-zagging across the Granite State Wednesday.
--Bill Clinton defended his wife against Donald Trump's attacks Tuesday calling Trump "fact free."

AFGHANISTAN
The US military is assisting Afghan forces to try and take back the northern city of Kunduz, taken by Taliban forces yesterday. Military officials confirm that the US has carried out airstrikes to protect coalition forces in the area.

SLENDERMAN
The next court date for the two girls accused of stabbing another girl in Waukesha related to the “Slenderman” on line horror story website will be held Wednesday. 

FUGITIVE CAPTURED 
A fugitive wanted in the kidnapping and torture of two women in suburban Portland nearly a quarter century ago was arrested at a hotel in Mexico, where he had been working and living under an assumed name. Paul Erven Jackson, 45, was arrested Monday by Mexican immigration authorities in downtown Guadalajara, Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Wahlstrom said. He was flown to the United States overnight and booked into a Los Angeles jail on Tuesday.

BALTIMORE
The court dates for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been postponed. 

END OF LIFE CARE (HFR 3AM 9/30)
Eight in Ten American say they want Medicare and insurance to cover end of life discussions between doctors and paients, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

GOOGLE UNVEILS
A few weeks ago Apple held its unveiling event, showing off new phones and tablets... On Tuesday, it was Google's turn.   All of the big tech companies are showing off what they'll have for the upcoming shopping season.  Google is no exception.   Unveiling two new Nexus phones, two new streaming devices, a tablet, and a new operating system it calls Marshmellow. Google also unveiled a prototype of their self-driving car.

YOGI BERRA FUNERAL
Yogi Berra was remembered at funeral by family and sports royalty Tuesday. A gold catcher's mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more than one of the game's greats.