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Viral stories on the culture of "workism" paint a picture of millennials logging 18-hour workdays.

The big picture: On average, millennials don’t work more hours than other age groups, according to an Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

  • 75% of millennials age 25-34 years old work 31-50 hours a week, with 16% working 51 or more hours.
  • Similarly, 74% of those 35-64 years old work 31-50 hours a week, with 17% working 51 or more.
  • Americans aged 25-34 year old spend an average of 4.93 hours each day on work or work-related activities. That's versus 5.22 hours for ages 35-44 years old and 4.97 hours for ages 45-54 years old, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Between the lines: A number of other factors, including student debt, job insecurity and low pay may contribute to millennial stress and anxiety.

Another takeaway: Anecdotally, millennials are thought to be distinct in frequently blurring the lines between their work and personal lives.

  • But over 70% of people polled found it important to have friends at work — across all age demographics.

Go deeper: Why are millennials so obsessed with how much they work? (Daniel Engber — Slate)

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 33,642,602 — Total deaths: 1,007,769 — Total recoveries: 23,387,825Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 7,191,061 — Total deaths: 205,998 — Total recoveries: 2,813,305 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. Politics: 7 former FDA commissioners say Trump is undermining agency's credibility
  5. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  6. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  7. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.
  8. Work: United States of burnout — Asian American unemployment spikes amid pandemic

In photos: Deadly wildfires devastate California's wine country

The Shady Fire ravages a home as it approaches Santa Rosa in Napa County, California, on Sept. 28. The blaze is part of the massive Glass Fire Complex, which has razed 46,600 acres at 2% containment. Photo: Samuel Corum/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images

Some 18,700 firefighters are battling 27 major blazes across California, including in the heart of the wine country, where one mega-blaze claimed the lives of three people and forced thousands of others to evacuate this week.

The big picture: 8,155 wildfires have burned across a record 3.86 million acres, killing 26 people and razing almost 7,900 structures in California this year, per Cal Fire. Just like the deadly blazes of 2017, the wine country has become a wildfires epicenter. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties.

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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?