Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
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1. Laphonza Butler makes history in replacing Dianne Feinstein
Laphonza Butler will be Congress’s first-ever Black out lesbian senator after California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her to fill the Senate seat that was left empty after the death of Dianne Feinstein.
“I’m honored to accept Gov. @GavinNewsom’s nomination to be U.S. Senator for a state I have made my home and honored by his trust in me to serve the people of California and this great nation,” Butler said in a statement posted on X.
2. What to know about the updated breast cancer screening guidelines
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended women get a regular mammogram starting at age 40 instead of 50 to detect developing breast cancer.
And beginning next year, a new FDA ruling will require all health care providers to notify women of their breast density in their mammogram report.
3. Kevin McCarthy removed from House speakership after drawing bipartisan ire
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made history this week – though likely not in the way he wants. The House of Representatives voted today to oust McCarthy from his position as Speaker of the House after conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz filed a motion to remove him.
It is the first time in over 100 years that a House speaker has been challenged. The last scuffle occurred in March, 1910.
4. Missing 9-year-old girl Charlotte Sena found safe in New York, suspect arrested
The missing 9-year-old girl who disappeared over the weekend on a camping trip with her family in upstate New York was found safe Monday evening. A suspect was in custody, according to New York State Police.
Charlotte Sena went missing while riding her bike on Saturday in Moreau Lake State Park, about 45 miles north of Albany. She was found in the home of Craig Nelson Ross Jr., 47, after police identified fingerprints left on a ransom note.