1 big thing: Friday in 3 bullets
- The Trump administration is softening the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.
- The U.S. economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, the first time it's shed jobs since 2010. The hurricanes are heavily to blame, per economists.
- The Pentagon identified the three Green Berets killed in Niger. They are Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39. (A fourth body has been recovered, per the Pentagon.)
2. What you missed
- Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to desertion, per the AP. Details.
- Job watch: National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster has appointed Mike Barry to oversee the intelligence community on the National Security Council. Meet him.
- Puerto Rico update: Most still lack power, and about half the island lacks drinking water. Details.
- Trend watch: Churches are being turned into breweries. Four more are on the way.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda released a new single for Puerto Rico. The star-studded cast.
- Sprint and T-Mobile are nailing down the final details of a merger likely to be announced at the end of October. What we're reading.
1 end of an era
AOL announced today that it's pulling the plug on its famous instant messenger, AIM.