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2020 Nissan Murano. Photo courtesy of Nissan

This week I'm driving the 2020 Nissan Murano, an SUV crossover that isn't the newest kid on the block and yet still manages to stand out from the crowd.

The big picture: The Murano is the design halo for Nissan's SUV lineup, even though it's outsold by the smaller Nissan Rogue. The styling is distinctive, with boomerang-shaped LED headlights and its so-called "floating" roof.

What's new: Not much has changed from the refreshed 2019 version, except when it comes to driver-assistance features.

  • Nissan has expanded availability of its safety and driver-assistance features to lower-priced versions.
  • Its "Safety Shield 360" includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and rear automatic braking.
  • The technology package is now standard on all but the base model Murano.

My thought bubble: I had some problems with visibility on the Murano. There's a fairly large blind spot in the rear, and at barely over 5-feet-tall, I even had trouble seeing over the hood when cornering in tight spaces.

  • It's why I always tell shoppers to spend plenty of seat time in a car before they buy. A spin around the block near the dealership isn't enough.

The bottom line: Priced between $32,575 and $47,000, the Murano is a stylish crossover, with plenty of high-tech options and a high-grade interior that will make you happy.

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Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.