Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church. Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The federal government is being sued by a family that lost nine members in the Sutherland Springs church shooting last year, USA Today reports, for "institutional failures and the negligent or wrongful acts" that resulted in the gunman purchasing his weapons.

The details: The shooter, Devin Kelley, was not barred from purchasing a firearm after the Air Force failed to enter his domestic violence conviction into a government database. Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost their son, who was a visiting pastor at the Sutherland Springs church, along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law (who was pregnant, her unborn child is counted as the ninth member killed,) and grandchildren.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

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North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3, Election Day, until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.

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