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10 things you need to know today: September 10, 2018

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Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting neighbor

Texas authorities on Sunday arrested a Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, on manslaughter charges for fatally shooting a neighbor, Botham Jean, after mistakenly entering his apartment, thinking it was hers. Guyger, 30, was booked in Kaufman County Jail and released after posting a $300,000 bond. Relatives of Jean, who is black, had been calling for the arrest of Guyger, who is white, saying she had remained free for three days because of special treatment. Guyger parked on the wrong floor of the parking garage after a 15-hour shift, and mistakenly went to Jean's apartment, which is directly above hers. The door was unlocked and the lights were off. Guyger told investigators she thought Jean was an intruder and shot him. [The Dallas Morning News, USA Today]


CBS chief Moonves leaves after new sexual misconduct charges

Longtime CBS chief Leslie Moonves stepped down Sunday night, hours after The New Yorker magazine reported new sexual misconduct allegations made against him by six women. One of the women said Moonves forced her to perform oral sex, and others said he retaliated when they rejected his advances. Moonves acknowledged that he had relations with three of the women but denied using his position to hurt their careers. Six other women accused Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in a previous New Yorker article. CBS let Moonves remain on the job after the previous allegations but the CBS board of directors announced Sunday that he would leave effective immediately. The network also will donate $20 million to organizations that support equality for women in the workplace, with the money coming out of Moonves' severance pay. [The New Yorker, The New York Times]


Pence says he would take a polygraph, talk to Mueller

Vice President Pence said on Fox News Sunday that he would take a lie-detector test "in a heartbeat" to show he didn't write an op-ed in The New York Times last week describing a "resistance" effort within the Trump administration to keep President Trump in check. He said he was "100 percent certain" that nobody on his staff wrote the op-ed. Pence also said that he never discussed with anyone the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove Trump from office. Pence, who also appeared on CBS' Face the Nation, said he would be "more than willing" to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates. The interviews came as Trump steps up pressure within the administration to find out who wrote the opinion piece. [The Washington Post]


Hurricane Florence intensifies as it aims for Southeast coast

Hurricane Florence continued to strengthen as it headed toward the Southeast coast early Monday, with its top sustained winds rising to 105 miles per hour. The storm, which intensified to hurricane strength on Sunday, is expected to make landfall late Thursday. Its path remains uncertain, but authorities in Virginia and North and South Carolina declared emergencies and urged people to start preparing for what could be a powerful hurricane. "Make your plans now," South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Sunday afternoon. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina." Forecasters warned Florence is likely to strengthen rapidly and could hit land as a major hurricane. [The Weather Channel, Reuters]


Papadopoulos says his testimony might help show collusion with Russia

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos said Sunday that his testimony might help Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team show collusion by Trump campaign associates in Russia's election meddling. "I have no idea," Papadopoulos told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week. "All I can say is my testimony might have helped move something towards that." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts during the 2016 election, and he was sentenced Friday to 14 days in federal prison and a year of supervised release. "I'm contrite and I did lie but you know you're just taken off guard, I guess, in such a momentous occasion where you're potentially sitting there incriminating the president. Even though, of course, I don't think I did," he said. [The Hill]


Surge by Swedish far-right party sets up gridlock

Sweden's government appeared headed for a gridlock as early returns from a Sunday election showed the ruling party faltering and an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots surging to win the third largest bloc in Parliament. The governing Social Democrats had just 28.1 percent of the vote with more than 80 percent of the ballots counted, the national election commission reported late Sunday. The Moderate party was second with 19.2 percent and the far-right Sweden Democrats received 17.9 percent, up from 13 percent in the last election four years ago. With no party winning a majority of the 175 seats, Sweden could face months of negotiations to form a coalition government. Both the left-leaning Social Democrats and the center-right Moderates have said they would enter no coalition that included the Sweden Democrats. [The Associated Press]


Trump thanks North Korea for leaving missiles out of military parade

President Trump on Sunday thanked North Korea for excluding intercontinental ballistic missiles from a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the isolated communist-run country's founding. "We will both prove everyone wrong!" Trump said in a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter. "There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!" The decision by Kim's regime to refrain from brandishing its recently unveiled missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the United States was interpreted by analysts as a hopeful sign after a failure to make concrete steps toward denuclearization following a summit between Trump and Kim in June. [USA Today, CNN]


Memorial tower dedicated at Flight 93 National Memorial site

Relatives of the 40 people killed in the airliner that hijackers crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, helped to dedicate a tower at the Flight 93 National Memorial site on Sunday. The concrete and steel tower will have 40 aluminum wind chimes honoring each of the victims. Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania's former governor, said the monument, the Tower of Voices, would be "an everlasting concert by our heroes." Passengers on the hijacked flight, which was headed to California from New Jersey, fought back and kept the terrorists from steering the plane to their intended target, which was believed to be in Washington, D.C. Their "lives were lost so that other lives were saved. And heroes were made over the skies of Shanksville," said Ridge, who was the first secretary of the Homeland Security Department when it was created after 9/11. [The Associated Press, USA Today]


John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice join exclusive EGOT club

Singer-songwriter John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyricist Tim Rice on Sunday joined the select group of entertainers who have won all four of the biggest awards in show business — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — when NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert, won an Emmy for best live variety special. Legend played Jesus in the concert version but won his Emmy for co-producing the TV version of the musical. He is the youngest of the 15 EGOT winners. He is up for an acting Emmy later this month. Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide in June at age 61, received six posthumous Emmy awards Sunday for his CNN show Parts Unknown and its digital spinoff.

Editor's note: This item initially incorrectly stated that John Legend was the first African American to win an EGOT. Whoopi Goldberg holds that distinction after her win in 2002. This has since been corrected and we regret the error. [CBS News, Variety]


Djokovic wins his third U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic, 31, won the men's singles title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. It was Djokovic's 14th career Grand Slam victory, moving the Serb into a tie with Pete Sampras for the third most major wins of all time. Djokovic is now just three Grand Slam wins behind Rafael Nadal for second place on the all-time list, and six behind Roger Federer's 20. It was Djokovic's second straight Grand Slam win, after his victory at Wimbledon two months ago, and his third U.S. Open title. It was del Potro's first Grand Slam singles title since he won the 2009 U.S. Open when he was just 20. [Sports Illustrated, The Associated Press]