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Rapid Reads: 6 Big stories of the day

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Rachel Dolezal makes big birth confession, Walmart bombed and more big news

Full news stories? Ain't nobody got time for that! Here's the quick and easy version of the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. Go vote

It's Election Day! Polls are open across the country for county, state and federal elections. Kentucky and Mississippi are holding gubernatorial elections, while Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia are electing new state representatives. Other local races are taking place elsewhere, including measures to legalize marijuana in a few states. Local races seem small, but they have lasting effects. Plus, they're a prep for the big presidential election next year. Nationally, the latest polls show Ben Carson and Hillary Clinton holding tight to their first place positions in the nomination race. We'll see if they can hold on to that lead through the upcoming primaries. — CNN

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2. This is going to get ugly

Yesterday the hacker group Anonymous released a list of public figures they claim are members of the Ku Klux Klan. The names of the alleged members included John Cornyn, the U.S. Senate majority whip, and many other senators and mayors. The politicians immediately took to Twitter to deny the claims. Anonymous has promised to release more names — 100 in total. Of course, none of the information released has been verified by outside sources, but it certainly raises some disturbing suspicions. — Anonymous HQ

3. So scary

A man has been arrested after allegedly detonating a bomb at a Mississippi Walmart. Cops say Marshall W. Leonard claims he detonated the explosive device to protest the chain's decision to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise. He allegedly drove up to the night entrance of the store, threw out a package and told a nearby employee he had better run. There was a small explosion, and thankfully no one was injured. When the suspect was arrested, he had a giant Mississippi flag sticking up through his car's sun roof. — The Week

More: The Confederate flag has got to go

4. Phew! What a relief

TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, has asked the U.S. government to stop reviewing its request to build the project. That probably means the whole thing is shelved for now, which is music to a lot of people's ears. Keystone XL is a huge pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to Texas. Some say it would create jobs, but others are worried about environmental impact and our reliance on fossil fuels. Taking the project off the table puts an end to a major political debate, at least for now. — The Washington Post

5. Hmm

Rachel Dolezal, the former Washington NAACP leader who was "outed" as white over the summer, has finally admitted the truth about her racial identity. In an interview on The Real, Dolezal said, "I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black." She went on to ask why we can't make allowances for how people identify racially and allow them to be who they are. Dolezal denied being white, even at the height of the controversy surrounding her, so her admission is a pretty big deal. — Newser

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6. Cosby speaks

A judge has ordered Bill Cosby to give a new deposition in former model Janice Dickinson's defamation case. Dickinson filed suit a few months ago after Cosby's former attorney publicly accused her of lying about being victimized by Cosby. This will be the second time this year that Cosby has been deposed in a lawsuit filed against him. Details from the first time will be made public soon, unless Cosby's legal team succeeds in sealing the records. Either way, it's significant that Cosby is being asked to submit to this process. — Refinery29

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