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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 17, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Former model Amy Dorris alleges Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in 1997

Former model Amy Dorris has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the US Open in 1997. In a Guardian exclusive, Dorris detailed the alleged encounter, where he "shoved his tongue" down her throat and his "hands were very gropey." Trump’s lawyers have denied the allegations.

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2. At least one person killed in Alabama as Sally is downgraded to a depression

One person has died and another is missing as a result of Hurricane Sally. Sally has been downgraded to a depression, but is still dumping torrential rain over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. It made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Gulf Shores on Wednesday morning.

3. Whistleblower says federal officials asked about availability of ‘heat ray’ before clearing DC protesters

According to documents obtained by NPR and CNN, federal forces sent an email asking if the DC National Guard had a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), or a device called the Active Denial System (ADS) on June 1, 2020. The ADS is a non-lethal device developed by the military, also referred to as a “heat ray,” and makes the skin feel like it’s burning. The email was allegedly sent hours before law enforcement officials were ordered to clear protesters gathered at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC.

4. US Justice Department charges five Chinese citizens with hacking more than 100 companies

The Justice Department has issued two separate indictments charging five people with hacks targeting more than 100 companies including social media and video game companies, universities and telecommunications providers.

5. Canada’s 20 richest saw fortunes grow by $37 billion during COVID-19

Canada’s 20 richest people saw their fortunes grow by $37 billion during the pandemic, says a new study. At the same time, low-wage workers were disproportionately hit by the economic impacts of the pandemic.

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