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Census data shows grandparents are increasingly becoming the primary caretakers of their grandchildren, especially in predominantly white, rural areas like West Virginia and New Hampshire that have been ravaged by the opioid crisis, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Opioid overdose deaths, like the crack cocaine epidemic did with black families in the 1980s, have put pressure on white senior citizens to move out of retirement neighborhoods and adult-only communities in order to take care of children. The trend has been amplified by changes to the foster-care system, the Post notes, which has increasingly emphasized placing children with relatives.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.