10 things you need to know today: October 18, 2015

Jeb Bush calls out Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton campaigns on voting rights, and more

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1. Jeb Bush: Donald Trump not taking candidacy seriously

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) criticized fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday for not taking his own run seriously. "For him, it looks as though he's an actor playing a role of the candidate for president," he said on State of the Union. "Not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president." The two have been at odds over Trump's suggestion that George W. Bush is to blame for 9/11.


2. John Kerry to meet with Israeli, Palestinian leaders as tensions run high

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet separately this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, he said Sunday. The meetings will come as tensions between the two groups run high. In the past month, eight Israelis have reportedly been killed in Palestinian attacks and 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Kerry will meet with Netanyahu in Germany and Abbas in Jordan, along with the nation's leader, King Abdullah. The secretary didn't confirm specific dates.

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3. Hillary Clinton slams Alabama governor over voting rights

At a campaign stop in Hoover, Alabama, on Saturday, Hillary Clinton criticized Gov. Robert Bentley's (R-Ala.) announcement to close 31 driver-licensing offices in mostly black areas, which, voting rights advocates argue, makes it harder for those residents to vote. Amid backlash, Bentley said Friday the offices would open once monthly, but Clinton stressed the change wasn't enough: "Fifty years after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched and John Lewis bled, it is hard to believe that we are back having this same debate."

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4. 'El Chapo' flown to mountains after prison escape, official says

Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was flown to the mountainous region of Sinaloa after escaping via tunnel from a maximum security prison in July, an unnamed federal official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The pilot who flew El Chapo has reportedly been captured. On Friday, government officials said as authorities closed in on El Chapo recently in northwestern Mexico, he injured his face and leg in escaping.

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5. Egypt holds vote to elect first parliament since 2012

Egyptians took to the polls Sunday to vote for a new legislature. The country has been without one since 2012, when a court dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated main chamber. The New York Times reports the vote is expected to back President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who took office 16 months ago after ousting Mohammed Morsi, who belonged to the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization, now considered a terrorist group.

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6. Leading German mayoral candidate stabbed

An independent candidate running for mayor in Cologne, Germany, was stabbed Saturday, one day before the election. Henriette Reker is backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and two others. The suspect reportedly had anti-foreigner motives in stabbing Reker, whose current position in Cologne involves housing refugees. Reker is in stable condition. Four others were wounded in the attack.

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7. 1 dead, 4 wounded at zombie convention shooting

Authorities organized a manhunt Sunday for the shooter who killed one and wounded four late Saturday at ZombiCon, a festival in Fort Myers, Florida. The annual event, expected to have drawn a crowd of more than 20,000 people, was broken up by gunshots starting at 11:45 p.m., according to a police lieutenant. He put out a call for any photos and video witnesses may have snapped, saying it could help officers with the case. The four people wounded were reportedly hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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8. Controversial 'Female Viagra' hits the market

Addyi, the drug many call "female Viagra," went on sale Saturday. The FDA rejected Addyi twice — in 2010 and 2013 — before controversially issuing approval earlier this year. Flibanserin, as it's known generically, will be prescribed to women to take once daily. Critics have argued the risks associated with the drug's side effects, like low blood pressure and dizziness, can be dangerous, and that the drug hasn't been tested extensively enough. They also say the so-called libido drug may not even be particularly effective.

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9. Tracy Morgan makes triumphant return to SNL after car crash

Tracy Morgan returned to his old stomping grounds to host a star-studded Saturday Night Live about 16 months after he was critically injured in a New Jersey car crash. "People were wondering: Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?" Morgan said in his monologue. "But the truth is, I never did. I might actually be a few points higher now." The show reunited Morgan with his 30 Rock co-stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer.

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10. Royals rally late to take 2-0 ALCS lead over Blue Jays

The Kansas City Royals posted a five-run 7th inning, seizing on mistakes by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price, who had held them scoreless up to that point Saturday. The Royals 6-3 win put them ahead 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, which will continue in Toronto on Monday. In the NLCS, the New York Mets topped the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in Game 1. They'll face off again Sunday at 8:07 ET.


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Julie Kliegman

Julie Kliegman is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Vox, Mental Floss, Paste, the Tampa Bay Times and PolitiFact. Her cats can do somersaults.