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Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more.

Racist 'Redskins' name banned, Columbus Day panned & more big news

Hit the snooze button one too many times this morning? That's OK because we've got you covered on all the morning news you missed. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. Trying to right a wrong

The U.S. will make "condolence payments" to those injured and the families of those killed in the accidental bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. The attack happened Oct. 3 after the U.S. mistakenly targeted the hospital while attempting to provide backup to Afghan forces that were supposedly under attack. Doctors Without Borders called it a "war crime" and have been demanding an independent investigation. This is the latest effort by the U.S. to try to make amends. — NPR

More: Truth about Columbus Day could make you change your weekend plans

2. No more "Redskins"

California is officially banning public schools from naming their sports teams "Redskins." They are the first state to enact such a ban, although individual school districts in other areas of the country have also done it. The term "Redskin" is seen as a racial slur and has been particularly controversial since activists called out the Washington Redskins for using the name. Oddly enough, Governor Brown intends to veto a separate bill that would ban municipalities from naming things after Confederate "heroes," which is also a practice many see as racist. He says those names should be decided by "local decision-makers." One step forward, one step back. — Reuters

3. What a waste

A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi says the whole thing was pretty much just an effort to make Hillary Clinton look bad. Major Bradley Podliska worked with the committee for 10 months and says he intends to file a lawsuit, alleging that he was fired because he refused to focus his investigation solely on Clinton. The committee denies the allegations, but Clinton's presidential campaign jumped on the story, calling the Benghazi probe a "partisan sham." Things are not looking so great for the GOP, especially since they still can't decide on a House Speaker. Basically, they're a hot mess. — CNN

More: 7 Things we learned from Hillary Clinton's emails

4. This ain't the wild, wild west

Last night a fan was shot in the head after a Dallas Cowboys game. Two men got into an altercation in the stadium parking lot about 90 minutes after the game ended. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and the suspect is in custody. Witnesses say the two men were arguing, though it's not immediately clear what they were fighting about. Either way, one of them thought it was a good idea to bring a gun into the situation. This is why we can't have nice things, America. — ESPN

5. Kind of a big deal

A new Will Ferrell-themed bar called "Stay Classy, New York" is opening on the Lower East Side. The bar features memorabilia and artwork from some of Ferrell's most famous roles, as well as a menu full of movie quotes with drinks like "Milk Was A Bad Choice" and "Glass Case Of Emotion." The official launch party is later this month, so if you're in the area, check it out. You'll have so much more room for activities. — Gothamist

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6. Columbus wasn't really that cool

Today is Columbus Day, but not everyone is taking part. At least nine cities are celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day, a day devoted to acknowledging the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country. What we learned about Columbus in school is mostly untrue and overlooks an entire history of colonialism, enslavement and discrimination. Indigenous Peoples' Day is a way of putting the focus back on the cultures destroyed by Columbus and celebrating the true original Americans. — USA Today

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