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A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has 90 days to revise a policy designed to protect children from lead-based paint, per The New York Times.

Why it matters: The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, according to the Times, is a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, which had requested six years to reconsider what levels of lead exposure are acceptable for children.

Timeline: Environmental and health groups petitioned the Obama administration in 2009 to tighten standards on lead in dust and soil in homes, per the Times. It acknowledged the need for stringent rules, but the administration neither carried out its promise to take action in 2011 nor set timelines for creating a new rule, per NYT. The Trump administration later said it would take six years to issue a new policy, which the judges did not accept.

An EPA spokesman told the Times that the agency reviewing the court's decision had declined to say if they would appeal or seek review in the Supreme Court.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta slams U.S. Gulf Coast

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a September Senate hearing on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday he doesn't expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be ready until January 2021 or later.

What he's saying: Fauci said during the interview that the U.S. was in a "bad position" after failing to keep case numbers down post-summer. "We should have been way down in baseline and daily cases and we’re not," he said.