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China's economic growth dropped to 6.5% in the third quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports — the weakest it's been since the financial crisis.

The big picture: The economy overall is on track to still meet its growth target of 6.5%, the Journal reports, though the drop in numbers could hurt China's ability to negotiate with the U.S. amid the brewing trade war.

The details: The drop was due to growth "in industrial output and consumption," the Journal writes. Chinese financial officials released statements Friday seeking to ease investors' concerns, with People’s Bank of China Gov. Yi Gang saying the recent “abnormal fluctuations” in the Chinese stock market don’t reflect the country’s “stable financial system.”

What's next: If growth continues to slow, China is "ready to roll out more pro-growth measures," the WSJ reports, doing things like giving banks more money to provide loans and increasing government spending.

Go deeper: The threats posed by a U.S.-China rivalry

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President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.

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Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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