With just weeks to go before the November election, a sleeper U.S. Senate race in a deeply Republican state is starting to garner some attention.

A poll released on Sept. 28 showed Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan with a razor-thin 1 point lead over his main challenger, Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon. 

While Gross is technically an independent, Democrats are backing him as part of the party’s efforts to gain a majority in the closely divided Senate. And their battle has been roiled by a series of controversies, including leaked videos and a dispute over an alleged bear attack. 

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) speaks during a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. May 7, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via reuters)
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 7. (Al Drago/Pool via Reuters)

Gross, whose father was the state’s Democratic attorney general in the 1970s, has leaned on his colorful background in his effort to unseat Sullivan. His ads have described him as having been “born

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(Bloomberg) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has been planning to increase annual carbon-dioxide emissions by as much as the output of the entire nation of Greece, an analysis of internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg shows, setting one of the largest corporate emitters against international efforts to slow the pace of warming.


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The drive to expand both fossil-fuel production and planet-warming pollution comes at a time when some of Exxon’s rivals, such as BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, are moving to curb oil and zero-out emissions. Exxon’s own assessment of its $210 billion investment strategy shows yearly emissions rising 17% by 2025, according to the internal documents.

The largest U.S. oil producer has never made a commitment to lower oil and gas output or set a date by which it will become carbon neutral, and its near-term plans have been disrupted by fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Exxon

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  • A woman in her 40s is the first person known to experience brain fluid leakage after a COVID-19 nasal swab test. 
  • She had an undiagnosed skull defect, likely allowing the complication and other side effects, like sensitivity to light, to occur. 
  • For most people, a COVID-19 test is momentarily uncomfortable, but a minority report complications including severe pain and fainting. 
  • The study authors say the case demonstrates the importance of conducting COVID-19 tests safely, including by taking into account patients’ medical history. 
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A woman in her 40s is the first known person to have brain fluid leak into her nose after undergoing a nasal swab to test for COVID-19. 

The woman had an undiagnosed skull defect that prevents the bones from completely closing, likely allowing the swab to prompt the symptoms, including a runny nose and headache.   

The case, reported Thursday in the

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Michael Gove wearing a hat and glasses: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Michael Gove (L) Getty

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Michael Gove (L) Getty

  • The UK faces motorway queues of up to 7,000 trucks after the Brexit transition period ends in January.
  • Michael Gove included this worst-case scenario warning in a stark letter to industry leaders on Tuesday.
  • Gove, the UK’s chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, warned that up to 70% of UK exporters faced not being ready to trade with the EU in less than four month’s time.
  • Boris Johnson’s UK government is building lorry parks and readying a traffic-management system in anticipation of delays at the border from January 1.
  • A new report has warned that the economic impact of leaving the EU without a free trade deal will be at least double that of the predicted impact of the coronavirus.
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A leaked letter reveals that Boris Johnson’s government fears that its

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FRANKFURT, GERMANY – MAY 18: Shareholders walk past a huge Deutsche Bank logo during the banks annual shareholders meeting on May 18, 2005 in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank will go ahead with targeted acquisitions and job cuts to enforce the banks global competitiveness. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

  • FinCEN investigation released on Sunday showed several banks were involved in moving more than $2 trillion worth in suspicious funds. 
  • The banks that had the highest reported amounts of suspicious activity: JPMorgan, Standard Chartered, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and BNY Mellon.
  • Deutsche Bank accounted for the most transactions with $1.3 trillion passed between 1999 and 2017, Deutsche Welle reported. 
  • European bank shares were among the biggest losers in early trade. 
  • HSBC’s Hong Kong shares fell more than 5% to their lowest since 1995. 
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European bank shares fell on Monday after thousands of

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  • Thousands of leaked documents from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network were shared with hundreds of journalists, revealing how big banks have for years engaged with dirty money. 
  • The agency, which operates under the Treasury Department, compiles “suspicious activity reports” when it detects potential or evident financial crimes.
  • Banks such as JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank facilitated the movement of criminal money even after getting caught, the agency reported.
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Thousands of leaked documents shared with hundreds of journalists reveal how some of the world’s biggest banks have for years facilitated the movement of dirty money. 

The documents are part of a collection of files that belongs to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, an agency operating under the Treasury Department to detect and prevent financial crimes, and were first published by Buzzfeed and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The agency is in charge

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  • An email obtained by Politico shows a Trump political appointee accusing career scientists at the CDC of undermining the president’s messaging on COVID-19.
  • “CDC to me appears to be writing hit pieces on the administration,” Dr. Paul Alexander, a scientific advisor to agency spokesperson Michael Caputo, wrote in the Aug. 8 email.
  • Caputo and Alexander appear to have successfully delayed publication of a CDC report that recommended against using hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug falsely touted by President Trump as a potential cure for COVID-19, Politico reported.
  • “Nothing to go out unless I read and agree with the findings… and I tweak it to ensure it is fair and balanced and ‘complete,'” Alexander said in the email.
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Trump administration officials have sought to water down reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Politico reported Friday night, with one political appointee accusing

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  • Motherboard reported on two memos Thursday that told USPS employees not to speak to members of the press.
  • “It is imperative that one person speaks on behalf of the Postal Service to deliver an appropriate and consistent message to the media,” the Greater Michigan District’s memo said.
  • Employees are warned of ‘undercover reporters’ posing as customers and told to defer media requests to a district representative.
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Memos from the US Postal Service, leaked to Motherboard, reveal that employees are being told not to speak to members of the press.

Two memos were released, one to the Appalachian District and one to the Greater Michigan District, Motherboard reported.

The memos, titled “Guidelines for Handling Local Media inquires,” detailed instructions to USPS workers for dealing with media requests.

In the memos, employees are given guidelines to defer media inquiries and requests for information to a

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