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Today's Update


Across the disaster zone of the Florida Panhandle, search-and-rescue teams are looking for people who may be trapped in wreckage from Hurricane Michael. That devastating storm pummeled the Gulf region yesterday afternoon and today, communities like Mexico Beach, Florida are described as looking "like an atomic bomb" hit. At least two tragic deaths are blamed on Michael and officials reportedly believe that number will rise as crews make their way to previously inaccessible areas. Right now, reports say nearly a million homes and businesses in the Panhandle have no electricity. Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm -- with rain, high winds and tornadoes forecasted for The Carolinas. And there is much more. 


There's word this afternoon that part of the criminal sexual assault case against media mogul Harvey Weinstein has been dropped by the Manhattan District Attorney. Reports say evidence has been presented that casts some doubt on information given to the grand jury by one of Weinstein's three accusers. The discarded charge reportedly has to do with allegations made by accuser Lucia Evans. Evans previously told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act back in 2004 when she was an aspiring actress. Prosecutors in the case say the rest of their sex assault case against Weinstein remains strong. Read on.


Today is International Day of the Girl -- a day celebrating girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. This year's theme -- "A Skilled GirlForce" -- marks the beginning of a year-long effort to raise awareness about the many issues girls face around the globe and to provide them with the tools they need for a better, more fulfilling future as they prepare to enter the workforce. More about this amazing movement and how you can get involved here. Also, check out how the Today show kicked off this special day with performances by Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor -- among others -- and a visit by Michelle Obama.



If you've been missing shiplap and the days of new "Fixer Upper" episodes, this gallery of Chip and Joanna Gaines' best living rooms should give you the "fix" you're looking for. Wood beams, exposed brick and warm cozy textures -- these looks are sure to inspire.



While we're on the topic of home decor, we'd like to introduce you to The Foyerist... What's a Foyerist? Get the answer here along with some pretty awesome mudroom inspiration. 



On Tuesday, we ran a poll asking whether you'd consider ditching cash and start giving your kids their allowance by using one of several new apps that load money onto a debit card. The results are in: by 2 to 1, you voted that you'd be happy to go high tech. Thanks for all of your responses!


Finally, a way to give your kids a little independence without handing over a smartphone (and all that we know goes with it)! Introducing Relay, which works like a phone (you know that feature where you actually speak to another human being?), has GPS, comes in cool colors, and... wait for it... has NO screen! Our friends at Relay are giving a two-pack away to one lucky winner. Pickup Line subscribers can forward today's issue to a friend, and CC: us to be entered. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share this Instagram post, and email us at to give us the heads up. We'll announce the winner on Monday. Good Luck!

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