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Southwest Airline Co. currently lacks the proper paperwork to confirm that three dozen of its jets meet all federal safety standards as regulators consider grounding the planes, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: "Southwest's difficulty documenting the maintenance history of the used planes is unusual," writes the Journal.

Without the proper paperwork, Southwest and regulators cannot definitively say the planes are safe.

  • The company told the Federal Aviation Administration the planes in question were purchased by foreign operators, and some of the previous repairs have been found to be substandard, per the Wall Street Journal.

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Belgium imposes lockdown, citing "health emergency" due to influx of COVID-19 cases

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Belgium is enforcing a strict lockdown starting Sunday amid rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and a surge of deaths, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday.

Why it matters: De Croo said the government saw no choice but to lock down "to ensure that our health care system does not collapse." Scientists and health officials said deaths have doubled every six days, per the Guardian.

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First look: Reid Hoffman launches $1M ad urging election patience

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Billionaire and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, one of Democrats' biggest donors, tells Axios he's launching a $1 million digital ad campaign in battleground states urging voters to be patient with election results and prepare for no winner to be known on Nov. 3, no matter what "some people" may prematurely declare via Twitter.

Driving the news: The three-minute ad, titled "We Count! A Patriotic Musical Extravaganza," features the voice of "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons and Broadway star Barrett Doss. The spot will appear on Facebook targeting voters in the swing states of Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.