Breonna Taylor protests, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, This Is America: 5 things to know Thursday


Breonna Taylor case: 2 police officers shot amid protests in Louisville

An investigation is expected to resume Thursday after two Louisville Metro Police Department officers were shot as protesters took to the streets in the wake of a prosecutor’s decision to charge only one of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor. Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder confirmed that the shot officers, who are both expected to recover, were investigating reports of gunfire at an intersection where there was a large crowd. One suspect is in custody, but the chief did not identify the person. Protesters also took to the streets in cities including Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle and Washington, D.C. A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted one of three police officers involved in the death of Taylor on charges of wanton endangerment for shooting a gun into a neighboring apartment. Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, faces three felony counts, and bail was set at $15,000. 

Trump, first lady to pay respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump will join hundreds of mourners at the Supreme Court on Thursday to pay his respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week after a lengthy battle with cancer. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to make the trip from the White House to the Supreme Court, where the 87-year-old justice, known as a liberal icon, will lie in repose for a second day. Hundreds of mourners filed past Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin on Wednesday, including former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Trumps will make the appearance despite the president preparing for a bruising confirmation fight over her successor. Trump said at a press conference Wednesday he wants a nine-member Supreme Court as soon as possible in case the justices have to decide cases challenging the results of his own presidential election.

Bernie Sanders to warn Trump might not accept election results

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders intends to give a speech in Washington D.C. on Thursday warning that President Donald Trump might not accept the election results. Speaking at George Washington University, Sanders’ campaign office said the senator “will put forward an agenda to ensure voters can cast their ballots safely and without intimidation, and that the results of the election will be honored.” The scheduled speech comes a day after Trump declined to commit to providing a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, which prompted a backlash on social media from critics who said it raised questions about his willingness to relinquish power.  


Vice President Pence’s plane makes emergency landing in New Hampshire

Vice President Mike Pence’s airplane struck a bird upon take-off from a New Hampshire airport, causing the pilot to return to the airport out of caution, The White House said on Tuesday. (Sept. 22)

An RV-size asteroid will zip by Earth, not return until 2041

An asteroid about the size of an RV or small school bus will zoom past the Earth on Thursday, passing within 13,000 miles of the Earth’s surface. That’s much closer than the moon and than some of our weather satellites. The space rock will be speeding by at roughly 17,200 mph, NASA said. Although it’s not on an impact trajectory with Earth, if it were, the asteroid would almost certainly break up high in our atmosphere, becoming a bright meteor known as a fireball. After Thursday’s close approach, NASA said the asteroid will continue its journey around the sun and not return to Earth’s neighborhood until 2041. 


Here’s how many asteroids are in the asteroid belt

Impress your friends with some main asteroid belt knowledge on the ancient space rocks orbiting in our solar system.

This Is America, a newsletter on race and identity, launches for USA TODAY

USA TODAY is launching This Is America on Thursday, its first newsletter centered on race, identity and the ways they shape our lives. With a vibrant, unflinching look into current events, popular culture and the key figures who define life in America today, This is America’s goal is to spark crucial conversations and build bridges between Black, Indigenous people, people of color and their allies. While this newsletter will be written from a Generation Z and millennial perspective, it is open to everyone for discussion and discourse. Each weekly edition will feature a rundown of the week’s crucial events, Q&As, original reporting and some hot takes for good measure. Subscribe to This Is America.


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