Nobel Peace Prize, Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote, ‘A Star is Born’: 5 things to know Friday

Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:10 a.m. ET Oct. 5, 2018

Trump, Kim Jong Un in the running for Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize, given annually since 1901 to the person or group that has done the most to advance world peace, will be announced Friday at 5 a.m. ET in Oslo, Norway. As unlikely as it may seem on the surface, the prestigious prize could go to President Donald Trump.Nominations are meant to be kept secret. However, the website oddschecker.com ranks Trump as second most likely to win, behind North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders signed a sweeping, albeit vague, peace agreement in June that could lead to denuclearization.

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Alfred Nobel amassed a great fortune when he patented dynamite in 1867. Worried about a legacy of destruction, Nobel’s will established the Nobel Prizes upon his death. Nobel’s will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally.
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Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears as lawmakers weigh FBI report

A procedural vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET Friday as senators weigh the results from the FBI’s background investigation into sexual assault allegations. The FBI investigated accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were teens in the early 1980s. It also looked into allegations by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party while they were both students at Yale University. Republican Senate leaders and White House officials said the FBI report, which remains tightly under wraps, revealed no evidence of wrongdoing — Democrats and protesters strongly disagreed with that assessment. In an opinion piece Thursday night, Kavanaugh said he regretted his “sharp” tone during a Senate hearing and promised to be an “impartial judge” if the Senate confirms him to the nation’s highest court. If the procedural vote passes, it could pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday. 

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Jurors deliberate fate of officer who killed Laquan McDonald

Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald resume deliberations Friday. They considered the fate of officer Jason Van Dyke for about five hours Thursday following closing arguments in the two-week trial but could not reach a decision. The October 2014 shooting on the southwest side of Chicago was captured on police dashcam video – long-withheld footage that strained already fraught police relations in the African-American community. The tragedy happened after Van Dyke approached the 17-year-old. Van Dyke is also charged with 16 counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

MLB players roll on with start of American League Division Series

The MLB Playoffs are in full swing. The National League Division Series began Thursday night and the American League takes the field with two Game 1s on Friday, starting with a pair of division winners as the Cleveland Indians face the Houston Astros (2:05 p.m. ET, TBS). The New York Yankees, who won their wild-card game against the Oakland Athletics, begin a new chapter in their storied rivalry with the Boston Red Sox (7:32 p.m. ET, TBS). The NLDS resumes with Game 2 between the Rockies and Brewers (4:15 p.m. ET, FS1), followed by Braves-Dodgers (9:37 p.m. ET, FS1).

New in theaters: ‘A Star is Born,’ ‘Venom’

Two potential Hollywood blockbusters are slamming into theaters nationwide Friday. In the Bradley Cooper-directed remake of “A Star is Born,” Cooper plays hardened musician Jackson Maine, who falls in love — sonically and otherwise — with undiscovered singer-songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga). USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt says the two “form an electrifying duo in one of the best movies of 2018 and the finest musical since 2002’s “Chicago.” In the Marvel Comics favorite “Venom,” Tom Hardy plays an amorphous, carnivorous parasite who slimes into the body of investigative journalist Eddie Brock (also played by Hardy). Here are answers to 10 burning “Venom” questions if you haven’t yet been bitten.

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