5 things for Friday, September 12: Hillary Clinton. Syria civil war. Ohio heroin.

Happy Monday morning and, if you’re celebrating, Happy Eid. I’m AJ and I’ll be filling in for Doug while he’s on vacation. Here are the 5 things you need to know today to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has pneumonia. Video of Clinton getting into a waiting van after a 9/11 commemoration event showed her stumbling, which tipped off concerns about her health, which led to her doctor revealing the diagnosis. The incident has dredged up a common question from this election: How much should we know about a candidate’s health? Neither Clinton nor Donald Trump has released extensive health information.

2. Syria civil war

The U.S. and Russia have shaken hands on a plan to reduce airstrikes and curb civilian casualties in Syria (if this sounds like déjà vu it kind of is — a similar negotiation was put together in February, but it promptly fell apart). If all goes according to plan, the Syrian government and its opposition will both respect a ceasefire that goes into effect at sundown today. But over the weekend, it was more of the same: Airstrikes killed at least 90 people.

3. North Korea floods

North Korea usually presents itself as a utopia, but now it’s making a rare admission: All is not well in the country’s northeast. Severe flooding there is doing some serious damage. “Tens of thousands” of buildings have been destroyed, 133 people have been killed and 395 others are missing.

4. Ohio heroin epidemic

One hundred and twelve people have died of heroin overdoses in Akron this year alone. That’s a ridiculously high number, and authorities say heroin laced with carfentanil and fentanyl — the drug that killed Prince — is probably to blame. Two extremely disturbing viral photos continue to bring awareness to the epidemic. They show a pair of adults who overdosed in a car while a small child looked on. Be warned, they’re tough to look at.

5. Weekend update

Is #BasketOfDeplorables the #BindersFullOfWomen of 2016? Hillary Clinton accidentally inspired the hashtag when she said “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters are “deplorables.” … A rather amazing report regarding the December 2015 San Bernardino attack revealed that regular cops, not SWAT, made the first tactical moves on the scene. … Americans around the world took time out to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.


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Here she comes…

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Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette has died.

Mourning an icon

Greta Friedman, the nurse being kissed by a sailor in the iconic V-J Day in Times Square photo, also passed this weekend at 92.

And finally …

Try not to get too hypnotized

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