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A former aide to Rep. Trent Franks told the AP that Franks offered her $5 million to carry his child. Aides told Politico that Franks approached two female staffers about surrogacy, but aides were concerned "it was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization."

  • Politico also reported that "a former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they’re in love with someone."
  • The allegations reached House Speaker Paul Ryan and other leaders, which led to Franks announcement of resignation. Ater Politico reached out regarding the allegations, Franks announced he would leave office on Friday instead of in January.

Franks has denied the allegations via a spokesperson, according to Politico.

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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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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.