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Protesters hold candles during a moment of silence in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. Photo: Willie Siau/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Thousands of protesters held vigils and demonstrations in Hong Kong, as well as in Taiwan and Japan, on Thursday in remembrance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

The big picture: The 31st anniversary of the bloody crackdown comes amid China's plans to implement a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that could dramatically constrain Hong Kong's autonomy and provoke fierce backlash from pro-democracy activists, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and Dave Lawler report.

Protesters light candles in Victoria Park. Photo: Willie Siau/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters at Liberty Square in Taipei City, Taiwan on June 4. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A vigil in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 4. Photo: Miguel Candela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The Pillar of Shame cleaned and decorated with flowers. Photo: Belinda Jilao/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters hold candles inscribed with the word "truth" in Victoria Park. Photo: Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters in Victoria Park, Hong Kong on June 4. Photo: Tommy Walker/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People climb over a toppled barricade as they attend a vigil in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. Photo: Yan Zhao/AFP via Getty Images
Undercover police arrest protesters at a vigil in Mongkok, Hong Kong on June 4. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images
Vigil attendees in a church on June 4 in Hong Kong. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images
Thousands at a vigil in Victoria Park on June 4. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters outside the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Viola Kam/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Go deeper: Trump to end Hong Kong’s special trade status

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Updated Sep 13, 2020 - Energy & Environment

West Coast fires kill at least 31 as Oregon braces for "mass fatality event"

An aerial view of a police patrol car driving by apartment homes destroyed by wildfire on Sept. 12. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Deadly wildfires sweeping the West have displaced tens of thousands of people, per AP, as officials in Oregon warn of a "mass fatality event."

Of note: 10 deaths have been confirmed in Oregon, 20 in California, and one in Washington state this fire season. Most fatalities have occurred this past week. The death tolls are expected to rise sharply in coming days.

California law to ease process for former inmates to become professional firefighters

Inmate firefighters arrive at the scene of California's Water fire. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a law on Friday that will allow some inmates who volunteer as firefighters to have their records expunged, making it easier for them to become professional firefighters after being released from prison.

Why it matters: Inmate firefighters play a pivotal role in battling blazes across the state, but once released, they are required to disclose their convictions when applying for jobs, making it harder to get hired.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 mins ago - Politics & Policy

America is anxious, angry and heavily armed

Data: FBI; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Firearms background checks in the U.S. hit a record high in 2020.

The big picture: This past year took our collective arsenal to new heights, with millions of Americans buying guns for the first time. That trend coincides with a moment of peak political and social tension.

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