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What we know: Jeffrey Esptein's autopsy shows he hanged himself

A protest group called "Hot Mess" holds signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8. Photo: Stephanie Keith / Stringer/Getty Images.

Federal prosecutors charged multimillionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein with sexual abuse and sex trafficking of underage girls in July. On Aug. 10, the 66-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide at a federal detention center in New York City.

The latest: Court documents showed Monday Epstein signed a will less than 48 hours before his death, the New York Times reports. His death was determined a suicide by hanging, official autopsy results released Aug. 16 show, per the NYT. Prosecutors moved on Monday to dismiss the indictment against Epstein, but they're considering charging others with facilitating his alleged abuse, AP notes.

Florida's famous sabal palm trees under threat from invasive disease

Beach football at Crandon Beach on March 22, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Key Biscayne, Florida. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Florida’s official state tree, the sabal palm, is under threat from a rapidly spreading, fatal disease. It turns trees to dried crisps in months — and they have no chance for recovery, AP reports.

Why it matters: Lethal bronzing disease has gone from a small infestation on Florida’s Gulf Coast to a nearly statewide problem in just over a decade, per AP, which notes that "some worry it will migrate to California and Arizona, infecting date palms and damaging that fruit crop."