iPhone 11? Apple set to roll out new smartphone models

Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones on Tuesday at the tech giant’s customary September media event. Rumors suggest Apple will introduce a base model iPhone 11, plus a pair of iPhone 11 “Pro” models of varying sizes. The new models may also include a camera system with a third sensor to capture photos and videos in ultra-wide angles. In any case, you may want to wait before plunking down $1,000 or more for the new phones, says USA TODAY’s Ed Baig. You can freshen up your current iPhone and enjoy the new features in the free iOS 13 software upgrade. Follow Tuesday’s event, which starts at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, at USA


Using a few iPhone tips, you may not need the newest version because your phone still works well.

Special election to decide disputed North Carolina House race

The last undecided contest of the 2018 midterms could be settled with a special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District on Tuesday. Following last November’s election, Republican Mark Harris held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in the district, which runs from Charlotte through several counties to the east. But the state ordered a new election after evidence surfaced of a political operative working for Harris’ campaign improperly handling absentee ballots. President Donald Trump held a rally Monday in Fayetteville to support new Republican candidate Dan Bishop and to test his own political strength in a state he likely needs to carry to win re-election. It was Trump’s second trip to North Carolina in two months. During a July appearance in Greenville when Trump singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who was born in Somalia, brought to the United States as a child refugee and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, Trump supporters chanted, “send her back!”


Voters in North Carolina return to the polls in the 9th Congressional District, where last year’s U.S. House election was scrapped after suspected ballot tampering. (Sept. 9)

Search for victim’s remains from the Conception resumes as probe begins 

A criminal investigation is underway into the Conception dive boat fire that killed 34 people while anchored near Santa Cruz Island in Southern California on Labor Day during a scuba excursion. Authorities are looking into various safety issues, including whether a night watchman was on duty when the blaze broke out before dawn. Federal agencies served search warrants as part of the investigation into the fire on Sunday. The bodies of 33 victims have been recovered from the Conception and its surrounding area, but search-and-rescue efforts have yet to find the remains of the final victim.  Coast Guard officials’ tentative plan is to resume Tuesday on finding the body and salvaging the boat.


The Coast Guard released helicopter footage of the California boat fire that killed dozens of people.

Gorsuch decries lack of access to justice in new novel

Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch’s novel, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” will be released Tuesday. The book, like the justice himself, is a study in contrasts. Folksy and self-deprecating, the court’s lone westerner came from Colorado in 2017 with rhetorical guns blazing, amply filling the late conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the bench. Gorsuch, 52, doesn’t offer solutions for all the problems he identifies in the book. But he expresses confidence that his judicial methodology – strictly following the words in the Constitution and federal laws rather than his preferred policies – is winning the day. Gorsuch will be discussing his book at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, Tuesday evening to a sold out venue.  


Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s new book calls for civility, and better access and understanding of the legal system for Americans.
Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is often called a public health emergency. World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on Sept. 10.Some key facts:  

  • More than 47,000 Americans killed themselves in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, contributing to an overall decline in U.S. life expectancy.
  • Since 1999, the suicide rate has climbed 33 percent.  
  • For every person who dies by suicide, 280 people think seriously about it but don’t act, according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  •  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launched on January 1, 2005, and in its first year of operation answered a little over 46,000 calls. In 2017, it answered over 2 million.

Here are tips to help someone who is struggling


On average, there are more than 128 suicides per day in the United States, attempted by people with and without known mental health conditions.

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