5 things you need to know on Monday

The home stretch: 50 days until the election

After over a year of one of the most unusual presidential campaigns in recent history, it all comes down to this. The final 50 days before the election. What exactly can happen in 50 days? In the past 50, since July 31, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has won and then lost a convention bounce in the polls, been diagnosed with pneumonia and announced changes to the Clinton Foundation. Republican nominee Donald Trump, on the other hand, has overhauled his campaign staff, spoken to largely African-American audiences for the first time and acknowledged that Obama was born in the United States. Currently, Clinton, at 41%, holds a narrow edge over Trump, at 40.3%, based on averaged national polls. The two candidates will face off for the first time in a national debate on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Zika warning expected to be lifted for part of Miami

Florida officials are expected to declare the Wynwood section of Miami free of Zika on Monday, ending a nearly two-month period where the popular tourist area suffered under a federal travel warning over the mosquito-borne virus. Gov. Rick Scott and local officials scheduled a morning news conference in anticipation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's expected decision to lift its warning about travel to the area. The CDC first issued the warning for pregnant women and their partners Aug. 1 after confirming that Zika was being spread locally by mosquitoes. Before, Zika had only been identified in people who contracted the virus while traveling overseas. The CDC's travel warning remains for Miami Beach, where active transmissions continue.

Investigations continue into New York, New Jersey explosions

Investigations were continuing Monday into Saturday's explosion in New York City that injured 29 people and an explosion near a train station in New Jersey early Monday. In the latest blast, a device found in a backpack near the Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot was trying to disarm it, authorities said. The device was one of five in the bag, which was found by two men. Elizabeth mayor Christian Bollwage said the FBI was bringing another robot to remove the four remaining devices, WUNF News reported. Authorities said the incident did not appear to be connected to a pipe bomb explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey, on Saturday, about an hour from the Elizabeth train station, but they weren’t ruling anything out. Investigators didn’t immediately say whether they thought the Elizabeth incident was connected to the blast in New York.

'Bridgegate' trial begins

Trial begins Monday for two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who face fraud, conspiracy and civil rights charges in connection with the 2013 "Bridgegate" scandal. Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port authority, and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former chief of staff are accused of closing down lanes on the George Washington Bridge three years ago to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., for refusing to endorse Christie's re-election. The lane closures created paralyzing traffic jams in Fort Lee over a five-day stretch. The question hanging over the trial is  whether they were acting on orders from Christie or his top officials.

Eagles safety plans anthem protest ahead of Monday Night Football

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins plans to join a growing number of NFL players who are protesting the national anthem before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Jenkins told San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick he's proud of what the quarterback has done to fuel the conversation about social injustices, calling it a bold and risky move, given the backlash. Jenkins was unsure how many, if any, of his Eagles teammates will join his protest. He says he decided against doing anything before last week's game because he didn't want to take the focus from the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

USA TODAY


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