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Civil guards clear people away from the entrance of a sports center, assigned to be a referendum polling station by the Catalan government in Sant Julia de Ramis, near Girona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Photo: Francisco Seco / AP

Officials in Catalonia say 90% of those who turned out to vote in a referendum declared illegal by the central Spanish government backed independence. Turnout was estimated at 42%, per the Telegraph. Clashes between voters and police officers turned violent and 761 people sustained injuries, according to the local health service.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, per the FT: "My government, in the next few days will send the results of today's vote to the Catalan Parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies."

Go Deeper: The clashes, in photos.

From the scene:

  • "At one voting station in Barcelona, in the Joan Miro school, applause broke out Sunday night after 8 p.m. as it was announced that voting had ended ...The 'yes' pile was many times bigger than the 'no' pile." — AP
  • "'Police brutality will shame forever the Spanish state,' independence-minded Puigdemont said as crowds cheered." — TIME
  • "The people seen in videos being hit, kicked and thrown around by police included elderly people with their dogs, young girls and regular citizens of all stripes." — TIME
  • "Electoral volunteers at polling centers... are unable to access census data because the website that hosted it is down, while internet service has been cut in some of the stations." — AP
  • "Technicians are working to set up new domains for the website where electoral managers need to register polling data." — AP
  • "They are relying on privately printed ballots, after millions of them were seized earlier this month by the police. To prevent a shutdown, the Catalan government changed the voting rules an hour before poll stations were due to open on Sunday, allowing Catalans to cast a ballot in any poll station, whether registered there or not."
  • "Overnight, Catalans had used tractors to block police access to some rural municipalities so that the vote could go on..." — NYT
  • "In other places, residents simply removed the doors of polling stations to ensure the police couldn't bolt them on Sunday." — NYT

The big picture from the NYT: "Catalans are voting not only without backing from Madrid, but also without any sign of support from the European Union or other important players in the international community, and in makeshift conditions, using a disputed census as the voting list."

Be smart: The aggressive tacts being used by police are unlikely to make people less inclined to support independence.

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Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

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The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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In 2008, a box of 30 anti-inflammatory rectal suppositories that treats arthritis, called Indocin, had a price tag of $198. As of Oct. 1, the price of that same box was 52 times higher, totaling $10,350.

Why it matters: As federal lawmakers continue to waver on drug price reforms, Indocin is another example of how nothing prevents drug companies from hiking prices at will and selling them within a broken supply chain.