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Mexico, Maria, Mueller: Top 5 things that happened Wednesday

Volunteers lift up buckets of rubble into a dump truck as rescue efforts on a collapsed building continue during the night in the Piedad Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Rescuers and volunteers frantically dug through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings long into the night, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Looking to get caught up on the news -- fast? Here are Wednesday's "Top 5 Things"; the stories you need to know for Thursday, reported on by the stations you trust every day.

1. Hurricane Maria destroys Puerto Rico

Making landfall as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, still reeling from Irma's wrath.

Leaving behind thousands in shelters, no power and down phone lines, the hurricane is poised to hit the Dominican Republic next; follow its path using Sinclair's WPEC's Hurricane Center.

2. Mexico death toll continues rising

Following a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake, the death toll in Mexico rose to over 200 -- and is expected to climb higher.

Sinclair's KABB reported from the scene of a crumbled school, where rescuers scrambled through the rubble searching for the children still trapped below.

3. Shelter cat stolen, found dead

A rare breed of cat was abducted from a Seattle-area shelter before being discovered in a nearby dumpster with several broken bones and a bashed-in head, Sinclair's KOMO reported.

Officials said there have been online reports of a "cat serial killer"; the county's major crimes unit is investigating.

4. Reports reveal Russia investigation's breadth

A handful of reports shed some light on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

One, by The New York Times, detailed a request by Mueller for documents surrounding President Donald Trump's actions from the Oval Office; a sure sign that his presidency is the main focus of the investigation.

5. Facebook under fire for ads

Facebook is once again in the spotlight, this time for its admission that fake accounts, likely operated out of Russia, purchased 3,000 ads on hot-button political issues during the presidential election season.

The fact that Facebook may have provided a platform for foreign interference in the U.S. election has led to a renewed debate over whether the social media giant should be more strictly regulated, Sinclair's Leandra Bernstein reported.


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