Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

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Southwest cancels 1 in 4 flights over weekend, stranding travelers

Stranded Southwest Airlines passengers across the country are struggling with a second day of mass flight cancellations by the nation's largest domestic airline. Southwest has canceled more than 1,110 Sunday flights, according to flight tracker FlightAware. That's about 30% of the airline's scheduled flights and the highest of any U.S. airline by a wide margin. Southwest's Sunday cancellations are on top of 808 cancellations on Saturday, or nearly one in four flights. The airline blamed the problem on air traffic control issues and weather, but the FAA responded to Southwest's statements blaming air traffic control issues and weather — without naming the airline — and said those issues were limited to Friday afternoon. Southwest has not commented on speculation about other possible causes, including opposition to a vaccine mandate the airline announced a week ago following the federal vaccine mandate announced in mid-September by President Joe Biden.

The Southwest Airlines rebooking line at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Sunday, Oct. 10.
The Southwest Airlines rebooking line at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Sunday, Oct. 10.

College football powerhouse Alabama upset by unranked Texas A&M

Texas A&M stunned No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, the unranked Aggies handing the college football powerhouse its first loss since 2019 and breaking a 19-game winning streak. The epic 41-38 upset played out in front of a huge crowd of over 100,000 in College Station, Texas. The Aggies' Seth Small kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired for the victory. It was the first loss for Alabama after 19 consecutive victories dating to a loss to Auburn on Nov. 30, 2019. In wake of Alabama's surprising loss and Iowa's big win over Penn State, the top of the AP rankings have a brand new look: Georgia is the unanimous No. 1, followed by No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Cincinnati and No. 4 Oklahoma.

Texas A&M punter Nik Constantinou (95) celebrates with kicker Seth Small after his game-winning field goal against Alabama.
Texas A&M punter Nik Constantinou (95) celebrates with kicker Seth Small after his game-winning field goal against Alabama.

Shootout at Minnesota bar leaves 1 dead, at least 14 injured

A shootout early Sunday at a Minnesota bar left one woman dead, at least 14 people injured and prompted panic and "madness" amid the hail of bullets, St. Paul police said. Three men were arrested later Sunday and were being treated at a hospital for injuries, Police Chief Todd Axtell said. No motive for the rampage was immediately released. “My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar this morning,” Axtell said in a statement. “In an instant, they found themselves caught in a hellish situation," he said. Multiple 911 callers frantically begged for help after more than a dozen people were shot inside the Seventh Street Truck Park bar. Preliminary information from the scene had indicated there were several shooters, he said.

Officers responded to a busy Minnesota bar Sunday, Oct. 10, and found a chaotic scene with 15 people suffering from gunshot wounds.
Officers responded to a busy Minnesota bar Sunday, Oct. 10, and found a chaotic scene with 15 people suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Donald Trump rally in Iowa: Ex-president tells thousands, 'We're going to take America back'

Former President Donald Trump returned to Iowa on Saturday for his first visit to the state after losing the presidential election in November, launching a multifront assault on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats he said were taking the nation to the "brink of ruin." Trump rattled off a long list of campaign-style promises and joked about a potential new slogan, but stopped short of announcing a reelection bid. "We're going to take America back," he said. He repeated false claims that the 2020 election was "rigged." He continued to cast doubt on the results, including in Arizona which just concluded a review of the state's largest county's votes and found no evidence of a stolen election.

Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sat. Oct. 9, 2021.
Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sat. Oct. 9, 2021.

Texas abortion ban is back, for now

Texas' restrictive abortion law is again in effect — for now — after a federal appeals court issued an order Friday night. It's the latest twist in a dizzying legal saga that advocates say is having "devastating effects" on providers and patients in the state. Nearly all abortions were banned in Texas for a month when the state's abortion law went into effect in early September. Then in early October, a judge temporarily halted the ban, which prompted some abortion clinics to reopen. That lasted two days. A temporary order issued Friday could be reversed at any time when the court makes a more permanent ruling. But for now, it allows Texas to temporarily resume its ban on most abortions. And experts say the back-and-forth could continue.

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