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Thousands to honor Ginsburg in DC today; House passes bill to avert shutdown; 4 MLB teams clinch
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Thousands to honor Ginsburg in DC today; House passes bill to avert shutdown; 4 MLB teams clinch

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Thousands are expected to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court; the House passed stopgap funding aimed at averting a shutdown; and four MLB teams clinched playoff spots.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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Supreme Court Ginsburg

A memorial to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg includes a photograph of the late Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. 

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week.

Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic and Washington already consumed with talk of Ginsburg's replacement, the justice's former colleagues, family, close friends and the public will have the chance Wednesday and Thursday to pass by the casket of the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

The sad occasion is expected to bring together the remaining eight justices for the first time since the building was closed in March and they resorted to meetings by telephone. The latest coverage:

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Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. 

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout. Read the full story here:

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White Sox Indians Baseball

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, right, tosses water on Jose Ramirez after Ramirez hit a three-run home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Cleveland. The Indians won in ten innings.

MLB playoff picture taking shape

  • With one sweet swing, José Ramírez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award.
  • The Dodgers clinched the NL's top postseason seed and eighth straight division title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
  • The NL Central-leading Cubs were assured a spot in the expanded playoff field when Philadelphia was swept in a doubleheader at Washington.
  • After clinching their third straight NL East title, the Atlanta Braves set their sights on ending a much longer streak, 10 straight postseason losses.

In other news today ...

  • The U.S. government on Tuesday executed a former soldier who said an obsession with witchcraft led him to kill a Georgia nurse he believed had put a spell on him.
  • Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas farther inland.
  • President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus assumed his sixth term of office Wednesday during an inauguration ceremony that officials did not announce in advance after weeks of mass protests against the authoritarian leader's reelection, which opposition activists maintain was rigged.
  • Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP's 2008 nominee.
  • A woman who was captured on video hurling a bottle and a racial slur at a Black runner in New York City has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, authorities said Tuesday.
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an order that he said will expand a ban on the use of federal money for certain diversity training.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today's national forecast

Tropical Storm Beta dropped up to ten inches of rain on the Texas coast, and much needed rain is in the forecast for the Pacific Northwest. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest. Watch here:

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A woman walks a pedestrian crossing in the rain Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Tokyo. A tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean is slowly approaching the Tokyo region Wednesday, and officials are urging residents to take precautions early from expected heavy rain and gusts. 

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