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(CNN)Nearly 11 million people are under flash flood watches across the Texas and Louisiana coasts after Tropical Storm Beta made landfall.

Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusJust days ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidance that the coronavirus could commonly spread through lingering droplets in the air and travel further than 6 feet. The agency abruptly removed that guidance yesterday, reverting to its previous statement that the virus spreads mainly from person to person. The CDC said the recent updates were posted in error and that it’s revising recommendations on airborne transmission. The virus can still spread through the air, a CDC official said, but that isn’t thought to be the primary way it’s transmitted. The confusion is the latest sign of how President Trump’s administration has mishandled the Covid-19 response, CNN’s Stephen Collinson writes. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, there’s also another thing getting in the way of clear and consistent messaging on Covid-19: the country’s “divisive state.”This might be your most important flu vaccine everThis might be your most important flu vaccine everThis might be your most important flu vaccine everJUST WATCHEDThis might be your most important flu vaccine everReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

This might be your most important flu vaccine ever 02:03Read More2. Supreme CourtPresident Trump is narrowing down his short list to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. On the list is Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and proven conservative who has the backing of religious conservatives and advocates on the far right. Also being considered is Barbara Lagoa, a conservative judge whose Cuban American heritage could help Trump politically in her home state, Florida. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving closer to locking down the support he needs to confirm a nominee, despite his resistance in 2016 to filling a Supreme Court seat during an election year. So far, two Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins — have voiced opposition to taking up whomever Trump nominates before November’s election. But it’s unclear if others will follow. These are 2 of Trump's potential SCOTUS nomineesThese are 2 of Trump's potential SCOTUS nomineesThese are 2 of Trump's potential SCOTUS nomineesJUST WATCHEDThese are 2 of Trump’s potential SCOTUS nomineesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

These are 2 of Trump’s potential SCOTUS nominees 04:193. ChinaA Chinese billionaire who criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been jailed for 18 years on corruption charges. Ren Zhiqiang, a retired real estate tycoon with close ties to senior Chinese officials, disappeared in March after he allegedly wrote a scathing essay criticizing Xi’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. As Beijing continues to deal with the fallout from the pandemic and face international pressure, his conviction and harsh sentence is likely a warning sign to other members of the Chinese elite that any public defiance of Xi will not be tolerated.Xi: The most powerful Chinese ruler in decadesXi: The most powerful Chinese ruler in decadesXi: The most powerful Chinese ruler in decadesJUST WATCHEDXi: The most powerful Chinese ruler in decadesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Xi: The most powerful Chinese ruler in decades 02:294. RussiaRussian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, who is recovering from a near-fatal suspected poisoning, is demanding that Russian authorities return the clothes he was wearing the day he fell ill, calling them vital evidence. The German government has said the Kremlin critic was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Soviet-era Novichok group, a conclusion supported by two labs in France and Sweden. Though Russia has strongly denied any involvement, there are still several questions. Navalny is in treatment at a hospital in Berlin. He said last week he still can’t pour himself a glass of water or use his phone properly but is on a “clear road” to recovery.Alexey Navalny: Russia's outspoken Putin criticAlexey Navalny: Russia's outspoken Putin criticAlexey Navalny: Russia's outspoken Putin criticJUST WATCHEDAlexey Navalny: Russia’s outspoken Putin criticReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Alexey Navalny: Russia’s outspoken Putin critic 03:445. BotswanaGovernment wildlife officials now have an explanation for the mysterious deaths this year of hundreds of elephants in Botswana. Authorities are blaming toxin-producing cyanobacteria in waterholes. But some conservationists, who had suspected poachers of killing the elephants, are skeptical. Though the government has denied human involvement in the elephant deaths, conservationists are demanding it release the full results of the investigation, saying the evidence isn’t conclusive enough.Hundreds of elephants die from mysterious causes in BotswanaHundreds of elephants die from mysterious causes in BotswanaHundreds of elephants die from mysterious causes in BotswanaJUST WATCHEDHundreds of elephants die from mysterious causes in BotswanaReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Hundreds of elephants die from mysterious causes in Botswana 03:06BREAKFAST BROWSEMichael Jordan and Denny Hamlin are teaming up to start a new NASCAR team, with Bubba Wallace as a driverJordan said NASCAR’s struggles with diversity and its lack of Black owners played a part in his decision.Black NASCAR fans react to the league's Confederate flag banBlack NASCAR fans react to the league's Confederate flag banBlack NASCAR fans react to the league's Confederate flag banJUST WATCHEDBlack NASCAR fans react to the league’s Confederate flag banReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Black NASCAR fans react to the league’s Confederate flag ban 03:09The CDC is discouraging trick-or-treating, costume masks and Halloween parties this yearWomp womp.The first man to climb Everest 10 times has died at 72Ang Rita Sherpa was known as the “snow leopard.”A man known as the ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ was arrested for riding his horse on a Chicago highwayTurns out the stunt was for a good cause.This is the healthiest community in the USSee if your home made the cut.TODAY’S NUMBER$5 millionThat’s about how much former CIA contractor Edward Snowden has agreed to give up to the US government for publishing his book, “Permanent Record,” without approval. Ex-national security adviser John Bolton, who published a damaging book about President Trump this year, faces a similar attempt by the Justice Department to claw back book proceeds. McCain: People seeing Snowden as BourneMcCain: People seeing Snowden as BourneMcCain: People seeing Snowden as BourneJUST WATCHEDMcCain: People seeing Snowden as BourneReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

McCain: People seeing Snowden as Bourne 00:58TODAY’S QUOTE”This is the one chance that we have.”Professor Niklas Höhne, co-author of an upcoming study by the Climate Action Tracker, on how the pandemic gave governments around the world a chance to pivot toward a greener future. Instead, CNN finds, that opportunity is about to be wasted.How the pandemic is shaping this globally-minded teen's futureHow the pandemic is shaping this globally-minded teen's futurecoronavirus pandemic virginia youth climate change activism spc_00003604JUST WATCHEDHow the pandemic is shaping this globally-minded teen’s futureReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

How the pandemic is shaping this globally-minded teen’s future 01:30TODAY’S WEATHERTropical Storm Beta made landfall as Hurricane Teddy continues northTropical Storm Beta made landfall as Hurricane Teddy continues northTropical Storm Beta made landfall as Hurricane Teddy continues northJUST WATCHEDTropical Storm Beta made landfall as Hurricane Teddy continues northReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall as Hurricane Teddy continues north 01:27Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYHow pizza is made in 7 countries From corn to grasshoppers to bananas as toppings, our favorite comfort food looks very different, depending on where you are. (Click here to view.)

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