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Democratic candidate Mike Espy and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)

Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Tuesday’s election run-off, the final Senate race in the year’s midterm cycle, per the AP.

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Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: The race gained national attention after Hyde-Smith, who’s white, said at a campaign event earlier this month that she’d attend a “public hanging” if invited and “I’d be on the front row.” The remark triggered outrage due to Mississippi’s history of racially motivated lynchings and prompted several major organizations to request their donations to her campaign be refunded. Hyde-Smith had apologized for her remarks, which she said were an “exaggerated expression of regard."

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Ransomware attack forces shutdown of major U.S. fuel pipeline

A police officer stands guard inside the gate to the Colonial Pipeline Co. Pelham junction and tank farm in Pelham, Alabama, in 2016. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A major U.S. fuel pipeline running from Texas to New York has been taken offline by its operator because of a ransomware attack, Colonial Pipeline said Saturday.

Why it matters: It's a significant breach of critical infrastructure and comes on the heels of multiple other major cyberattacks on both U.S. companies and the federal government.

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Vehicle bombing near Afghan school in Kabul kills at least 30

People gather at the scene of the bombing. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A vehicle bombing outside of a school in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured more than 50, including multiple high school girls, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: It is at least the second bombing to strike students in Afghanistan in a little over a week. Violence in Afghanistan has escalated since President Biden announced that the U.S. would begin withdrawing troops in May and would complete a full withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021.

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The wealthy exodus from superstar cities

Pandemic-induced remote work is chipping away at a recent trend of Americans staying put — but only for the well-off.

Why it matters: Telework has been lauded as a geographic equalizer, allowing talented people from all over the country to go for jobs in superstar coastal metros. But the benefits have largely been limited to wealthier workers — so far.

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