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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes on a relevant challenge each year. For instance, in 2010 he learned Mandarin after China banned FB from its lucrative market. For 2017, Zuckerberg plans to travel to 30 states in the next 12 months.

Why now? To better understand how technology is shifting Americans and the world around them. Zuckerberg said technological innovations have "created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging."

Between the lines: In 2016, a year Zuckerberg describes as a "tumultuous," the social network faced accusations of political bias, inflating marketing metrics, and facilitating the spread of fake news. All three put the spotlight on the Facebook's shortcomings and a global populist movement fueled in part by people taking advantage of Zuckerberg's platform.

Quick take: The proposed trips also stoke speculation Zuckerberg might be plotting a run for political office. Last year it was revealed that he'd pushed his board to let him serve in government without losing control of the company.

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Court rules Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day

An election judge drops a ballot in a ballot box at a drive through drop-off for absentee ballots in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.

Twitter labels tweet from RT implying voter fraud in U.S. elections

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Twitter on Thursday labeled a tweet from Russian state media outlet RT (formerly Russia Today) that included a video implying widespread voter fraud is plaguing, and potentially delegitimizing, the U.S. election.

Why it matters: It's the first time Twitter has labeled RT's account with a civic integrity label, or a designation used to highlight efforts to manipulate or interfere in elections or other civic processes.

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.