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Rescue ship on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A boat from Libya with 86 migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the AP reports, with only 3 people known to have survived.

Why it matters: The boat sank one day after an airstrike on a Libyan detention center, which killed 44 migrants and wounded 140 others, per the UN International Organization for Migration.

Backdrop: About 6,000 migrants are being held in Libya's detention centers after being intercepted by the coast guard, which is funded by the European Union.

  • Per AP: The UN blamed the the airstrike on the EU policy, which partners with Libyan militias to try to stop migrants from crossing the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
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Technical glitch in Facebook's ad tools creates political firestorm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: SOPA Images / Contributor

Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.