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Friday Headlines: The normality trap.

A federal court has blocked Trump's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census for apportionment, calling the move "unlawful." / The Washington Post

Senate Republicans were unable to advance their coronavirus stimulus plan, marking the fifth failed congressional aid package. / CNBC

Microsoft has detected cyberattacks from Russia, China, and Iran targeting the upcoming US election, including unsuccessful attacks on people within the Trump and Biden campaigns. / Microsoft

Trump and Biden are each attending ceremonies today at the Flight 93 Memorial. / KDKA Pittsburgh

"It's two of the most traumatic things that have ever happened to New York City, and it's probably changed it forever." Sept. 11 in New York in the age of coronavirus. / The New York Times

How Loose Change, the Sept. 11 conspiracy-theory "documentary" released 15 years ago, began our current era of misinformation brain rot. / Esquire

Spotting fake news will be included in a relaunched digital citizen scouting badge in the UK. / The Guardian

"I thought there would be a unified national response." Science writers on how pandemic journalism has changed. / Slate

From "a serial monogamy of solutions" to "the normality trap" to "a reactive rut," how America continues its pandemic spiral. / The Atlantic

The August Complex burning on the North Coast has become the largest wildfire in California state history. / San Francisco Chronicle

Fans at the NFL's opening game between the Chiefs and the Texans could be heard booing a pre-game moment of unity. / The Kansas City Star

Police shoot a 13-year-old boy with autism in his own home in Salt Lake City after his mother asks for help. / The Guardian

After the “marriage plot,” literature’s new happy ending is the “health insurance plot.” / Electric Literature

Diana Rigg of The Avengers and Game of Thrones has died at 82. / Variety

Since 2016, hundreds of reviews of AmazonBasics products have complained of explosions, fire, and other safety concerns. / CNN

Here's how you could have escaped the eruption of Mount Vesuvius if you'd been in Pompeii on the morning of Aug. 24, 79 AD. / WIRED

Humans are why wildlife populations have dropped by more than two thirds in the past 50 years. / NPR

Otters hold the Aleutians' ecosystem together. As their numbers have dwindled, sea urchins are booming, destroying kelp forests. / The New York Times

Jimmy Carter reveals it was one of his sons who shared a joint with Willie Nelson on the roof of the White House. / Los Angeles Times