10 things you need to know today: August 17, 2019

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1. Jeffrey Epstein autopsy confirms he committed suicide

New York City's medical examiner on Friday confirmed Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide by hanging. Epstein, the 66-year-old financier accused of running a sex trafficking ring involving dozens of minor girls died while in custody last Saturday. Epstein's autopsy was reportedly pointing toward confirming he committed suicide, though swirling conspiracy theories suggested otherwise. Previous reports said Epstein had broken bones in his neck, which are more likely to be found in a strangulation case, but the medical examiner on Friday sought to shut down rumors suggesting his death was a homicide. Epstein was arrested last month and was being held in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correction Center. He was soon placed on suicide watch, but was removed from that status shortly before his death.

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