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5 Things To Know On Monday, October 4, 2021

Posted at 6:53 AM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 06:53:50-04

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1. Body believed to be Miya Marcano has been found:
Orange County Sheriff John Mina confirmed Saturday that search crews located the body of a woman they believe is Miya Marcano.

The body was discovered at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the wooded area of Tymber Skan apartments in Orlando. Searchers located a purse containing Marcano's identification near the body.

Marcano, 19, disappeared on Sept. 24, shortly after maintenance worker Armando Caballero, 27, was seen letting himself into her apartment with a master key. Caballero was found dead Monday after apparently killing himself, according to authorities.

Vigil for Miya Marcano held in Orlando

2. Abortion, guns and more on the Supreme Court docket:
As the Supreme Court begins a new term abortion, guns and religion all are on the agenda for a court with a rightward tilt, including three justices appointed by President Donald Trump.

The court remains closed to the public. Only lawyers involved in the cases and reporters who regularly cover the court will be on hand, and anyone not arguing will have to wear a mask. The court is also requiring negative COVID-19 tests from lawyers and reporters who want to be in the courtroom.

The public will continue to be able to listen live to the proceedings, another change made during the pandemic, but Monday will be the first time live audio of courtroom proceedings will be available, via a link on the court’s website.

Supreme Court's new term could see landmark rulings on abortion, guns and more

3. Nikolas Cruz faces trial, but not for Parkland shooting:
Jury selection begins Monday on charges Nikolas Cruz attacked a Broward County jail guard nine months after the Feb. 14, 2018, shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

No date has been set for the charges of killing 14 students and three staff members and wounding 17 others, which has been delayed by the pandemic and arguments over witnesses and evidence. It may start in the next few months.

Cruz, 23, faces a possible 15-year sentence if convicted of attempted criminal battery on a law enforcement officer and three lesser charges. If Cruz is convicted of attacking Beltran, prosecutors can argue that is an aggravating factor when they seek his execution during the penalty phase of his murder trial if convicted.

Parkland school shooting suspect faces trial for jail brawl

4. Will you have to be vaccinated to fly? It depends:
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 due to their position as government contractors and President Joe Biden’s order directing contractors to require that employees be vaccinated.

Delta said it was still evaluating Biden’s order. The airline previously said it will require vaccination or weekly testing and impose surcharges on unvaccinated employees.

Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed legislation that would require all travelers taking domestic flights to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

American, other airlines will require employee vaccinations

5. COVID-19 deaths eclipse 700,000 in US as delta variant rages:
Florida suffered by far the most death of any state during that period, with the virus killing about 17,000 residents since the middle of June. Texas was second with 13,000 deaths.

Florida and Texas account for 15% of the country's population, but more than 30% of the nation's deaths since the nation crossed the 600,000 threshold.

Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who has analyzed publicly reported state data, said it's safe to say at least 70,000 of the last 100,000 deaths were in unvaccinated people.

COVID-19 ventilator
Ventilator tubes are attached a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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On This Day In History
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.

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