Let’s stay focused on the number 5. We have the 5 top links from September in the blog, so to lead off our trending section, let’s take a look at 5 big stories everyone’s talking about. It’s a busy news morning, so narrowing it down required an extra shot of espresso. (And for me, that just so happens to be 5 shots. Don’t worry. I’m fine.)
1. Hurricane Matthew is strengthening again and headed for the U.S. -- now as a very dangerous Category 4 storm. According to Max Blau, Steve Almasy and Holly Yan at CNN, state officials in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia cautioned residents not to hunker down at home if they live in the hurricane's
potential path. It's the largest mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Blau explains the evacuations a tweet: “1.5 million in Florida -250,000 in South Carolina -500,000 in Georgia.” Click here anytime for the very latest from the National Hurricane Center.
2. Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie have been quite busy since leaving Buzzfeed for CNN. KFILE has now uncovered two more Playboy videos in which Donald Trump makes an appearance, including one in which he is depicted photographing fully clothed models with a Polaroid camera and conducting an interview with a potential Playmate. Kyle Blaine summed it up quite well with this tweet: “We watched porn on our first day at CNN.” Bow chicka wow. Wow.
3. Meanwhile a story that has been shared more than 80,000 times since yesterday continues to dominate our social media feeds today. For only the third time since The Atlantic's founding, the editors endorse a candidate for president. And that candidate is Hillary Clinton. Matt Ford, National Editor at The Atlantic, clarifies in this tweet: “The Atlantic backed Lincoln in 1860 and opposed Goldwater in 1964. Today we make our third endorsement in 159 years.”
4. We’re sure there’s only one exclamation point in Yahoo!, right?: Yahoo was ordered last year to search incoming emails for the digital "signature" of a communications method used by a state-sponsored, foreign terrorist organization, according to a government official familiar with the matter. The Justice Department obtained the order from a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Here’s the story from Charlie Savage and Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times. Yes, Edward @Snowden weighed in, tweeting “The New York Times confirms Yahoo really did scan all users' emails on behalf of US Intelligence.” We think this one will be a talker for a while.
5. We’ll make this one fit in 140. Because Twitter. According to Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner at Recode, Google does not currently plan to make a bid for Twitter. Same for Apple.