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7 things to know now: Presidential debate; Musk on Mars transporter; 'big meteor' in Australia

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now

1. First debate: He said he’d release his taxes when she releases her emails. She said she’s prepared to be president and that he’s “dangerous.” There was no shortage of fireworks at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York on Monday. The Democratic and Republican candidates argued trade, ISIS, race issues, “stop and frisk,” and who has stamina during the 90-minute debate. Both sides claimed victory.

2. Musk to Mars: Elon Musk is expected to outline his plan to build a city on Mars within the next 10 years as he speaks at the International Astronautical Congress meeting Tuesday in Mexico. Reportedly, in the speech, “Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species,” Musk will talk about his “Mars Colonial Transporter” which he says will take 100 people at a time to Mars.

3. Iowa flooding: The Cedar River is expected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which would cause the second largest flood in the city’s recorded history. Residents there have placed sandbags and other barriers to hold back the rising waters which are already 4 feet above major flood stage.

4. The new SAT: The new version of the SAT college entrance exam has been taken by nearly a million and a half high school students since its debut in March, according to the company that owns the test. The new test offers more “real world” vocabulary and has a new format. No word on scores yet.

5. Rescued at sea: A Vermont man whose family says he has a form of autism was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday after spending a week at sea in a life raft.  Nathan Carman, 22, and his mother, Linda Carman, were last seen on Sept. 18 when they left to go on a fishing trip on Nathan’s boat. A freighter found Nathan Carman adrift in the life boat, but there was no sign of his mother.  Carman told Coast Guard officials his boat ran into trouble and sank quickly. He said he tried to find his mother after the boat sank, but could not.

And one more

People are still trying to figure out what caused a bright flash and loud boom over the skies of northeastern Australia Monday. Residents reported that the earth shook as they saw a bright light streak across the sky. Scientist say it was likely a “big meteor” strike. 

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Red tide cause of fish kill on Florida coast

A massive fish kill along Florida's gulf coast is being blamed on red tide.

Thousands of dead fish have been washing up on beaches in Sarasota and Manatee counties, WTVT reported.

A red tide is when toxic algae bloom, releasing a toxin in the water that kills wildlife. The same toxic gas is released into the air and can affect people with asthma or other breathing issues, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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The phenomenon isn't new, with it dating as far back to the 1700s. 

Visitors to the gulf coast beaches have been greeted with the smell of the decaying dead fish left behind during the latest red tide, some leaving the area as soon as they arrive, WTVT reported.

Businesses in the area are also being affected by the fish kill. One restaurant recently has lost 40 percent of its business because of the dead fish, WTSP reported.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tracks the red tide. Click here for the latest report.

WATCH: Dee Gordon pays tribute to Jose Fernandez with emotional home run

Miami second baseman Dee Gordon took New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon deep on Monday in the Marlins' first game since the death of Jose Fernandez.

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On Sunday, Fernandez died in a boating accident off the coast of Florida.

The left-handed Gordon, who was one of Fernandez’s closest friends, paid tribute to the ace pitcher by taking Colon's first pitch as a righty. Gordon then switched back to his left side before knocking Colon's third pitch out of the park for his first homer of the season. The crowd went into hysterics as Gordon, visibly emotional, rounded the bases. He burst into tears once he reached the dugout.

>> Marlins honor Jose Fernandez on emotional night

"It seemed like it took forever," Gordon told The Associated Press. "I was trying to get back to my teammates as fast as possible. I was just wondering why Jose wasn't there standing on the top step cheering for me."

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton called the moment "pure emotion."

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"There's no other way it could be scripted, unless you're in a movie rewriting everything that just happened," Stanton said.

The Marlins won 7-3.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Celebrities react to the presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over trade policy, race and law enforcement issues and who has the better temperament to combat terrorism during Monday night’s debate.

Here’s a look at how famous viewers rated their performances:

>> 5 must-see moments from the first presidential debate

John Legend wasn’t impressed by Trump:

>> PHOTOS: Clinton, Trump face off in first debate

Kirstie Alley has expressed support for Trump previously but mainly objected to Monday’s debate format:

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Sorry, but Kanye West was unavailable:

>> Trump vs. Clinton: When is the next presidential debate?

Rob Lowe, who also has expressed conservative views, didn’t say much during the debate but retweeted this sentiment about host Lester Holt:

>> Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

Seth Rogen also focused on the moderator:

>> Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

Alyssa Milano retweeted several commenters critical of Trump, but this is her pinned tweet:

5 must-see moments from the first presidential debate

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their first debate Monday night at New York's Hofstra University, trading jabs for 90 minutes as they tried to win over voters in a tight race. 

Here are some must-see moments from the showdown, moderated by NBC's Lester Holt:

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1. Candidates spar over taxes, emails. In one of the most heated exchanges of the night, the candidates clashed over two big issues: Trump's refusal to release his tax returns and Clinton's email scandal.

"The reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to – who he owes it to and any business conflicts," Holt said. "Don't Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?"

Trump replied, "I'm under a routine audit. And it'll be released. And as soon as the audit's finished, it will be released."

>> Trump vs. Clinton: When is the next presidential debate?

When Holt pointed out that the IRS has said that Trump is "perfectly free" to release his taxes during an audit, the Republican nominee turned to Clinton's email scandal.

"I will release my tax returns – against my lawyer's wishes – when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release," Trump said to cheers from the audience.

>> PHOTOS: Clinton, Trump face off in first debate

Clinton responded by outlining why she believes Trump isn't releasing his taxes, questioning his income, charitable donations and business dealings.

"Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes," she said.

>> Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

Trump responded, "That makes me smart." 

Clinton also addressed the email controversy, saying, "I made a mistake using a private email."

"That's for sure," Trump shot back.

Clinton continued, "And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I'm not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that."

>> Watch the clip here

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2. Clinton fires back after Trump questions her stamina. When asked to weigh in on his recent comment that Clinton doesn't have "a presidential look," Trump responded, "She doesn't have the look. She doesn't have the stamina. I said she doesn't have the stamina. And I don't believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina."

A bemused Clinton replied, "Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina."

>> Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

After a round of applause, Trump said, "Let me tell you. Hillary has experience, but it's bad experience. We have made so many bad deals during the last – so she's got experience, that I agree."

The audience applauded once again.

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3. Clinton defends her debate preparation. While discussing African-American communities and his visits to Detroit and Philadelphia, Trump slammed Clinton's recent absence from the campaign trail, saying, "I've been all over the place. You decided to stay home, and that's OK."

"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate," Clinton responded. "And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that's a good thing."

>> Watch the video here

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4. Trump says "why not" blame Clinton for all the country's problems. After Trump laid into Clinton on economic issues, she joked, "I have a feeling that by the end of this evening, I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened."

"Why not?" Trump fired back.

Clinton said, "Why not? Yeah, why not. You know, just join the debate by saying more crazy things." 

"There's nothing crazy about not letting our companies bring their money back into their country," he responded.

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5. Trump lauds his temperament. When asked how his judgment is different from Clinton's, Trump said, "Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There's no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know?"

He added, "I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win."

Clinton later criticized Trump with a line she has used before.

>> It looks like Hillary Clinton’s name was spelled wrong on debate tickets

"So a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes, so far as I think anyone with any sense about this should be concerned."

Trump responded, "That line's getting a little bit old, I must say."

"It's a good one, though," Clinton shot back. "It well describes the problem."

>> See the clip here

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WATCH: Falcons, Saints join hands midfield in circle of unity before kickoff

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints kicked off their game with a unique moment Monday night.

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After everyone stood for the national anthem, the teams left the sidelines and came together in the middle of the field where they held hands.

The two teams formed a circle around the 50-yard line for a moment of unity and reflection. Some players bowed their heads for a few moments before the teams returned to their sidelines.

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The ESPN announcer said the players decided to do the show of unity in light of last week’s police shootings and the demonstrations that have been going on around the NFL.

“With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before #MNF,” the Falcons posted on their Facebook page.

>> Watch the clip here

Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

The first of three presidential debates was full of chatter about checking facts, those infamous Hillary Clinton emails and Donald Trump's stance on stop-and-frisk, but one thing may have been spoken about the most.

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People could not ignore the Republican candidate for president's sniffles.

Whether or not Trump has a cold isn't clear, but Twitter had some concerns.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

Trump's sniffing was also likened to former Vice President Al Gore's sighing at the 2000 presidential debate against former president George W. Bush.

And in true Twitter fashion, Trump's sniffing got its own Twitter profiles.

1 of 2 missing boaters found alive

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two boaters missing for a week has been found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, of Middletown.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

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The Coast Guard in Boston says Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter, the Orient Lucky, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

He was listed in good condition and reportedly told the Coast Guard by phone he had food and water in his life raft.

Linda Carman's whereabouts remain unknown. The Coast Guard said Monday they do not plan to reopen the search for Linda and that it's now "beyond the survivability window."

Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard the boat they were on started taking on water and when he got in a life raft he couldn't find his mother, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

Nathan Carman, who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, disappeared in 2011 after he became distraught over the death of his horse, his parents said at the time. After a widespread search, the then-17-year-old Carman was found in Sussex County, Virginia. Police said he had taken a bus to Virginia and bought a scooter that he had planned to ride to Florida.

A friend of Linda Carman said she was ecstatic when she learned the boater's son was found alive. But Sharon Hartstein's feelings quickly turned to terror when she learned her friend was still missing.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Carman family was also struck by tragedy in 2013 when Linda Carman's father -- John Chakalos of Windsor, Connecticut -- was found dead in his home of a gunshot wound to the head. No arrest has been made in that case.

Nathan Carman grew up in Connecticut, but has lived in Vernon, Vermont, in recent years.

Crossing guard saves child from attempted abduction

Crossing guard Adrian Young went into “mother mode” when she saw an 8-year-old girl being abducted near her post. "The little girl just started screaming, she was like, 'Please, don't let her take me, I don't know her, she's not my mom,'" Young told KABC. "I just told her to grab onto me as tight as she could, and I held onto her and the lady just began to attack me, so I just thought about attacking her to make sure she can't take this little girl." >> Read more trending stories Young was recognized for her valor last Wednesday. "I kind of went into mother mode at the time, and as a crossing guard, because I couldn't see myself letting this little girl be taken,” Young told KABC. The child’s mother is thankful for Young’s efforts but said the school needs to do more needs to be done to keep children safe. “To me, I didn't feel that they did what they needed to do to keep my child safe, and apparently they seemed like they didn't care because, thankfully, someone helped her,” Sharon Arellanno told KABC. Maria Ramirez, 50, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping, according to KABC. She was being held on $100,000 bail.

Marlins honor Jose Fernandez on emotional night

The boy, only 6, turned to his father as he prepared to write a personal message to Jose Fernandez on the makeshift Wall of Remembrance outside Marlins Park.

“How do you spell love?” he asked.

You spell it the way the Miami Marlins did Monday night.

You spell it in ways large and small, such as the No. 16 every Marlins player wore — and which no Marlins player will ever wear again.

You spell it with a moment of silence and hugs shared by each Marlins player with each Mets player. With a fairytale leadoff home run by the Marlins’ Dee Gordon, who was overcome with emotion.

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You spell it with a pregame team gathering at the mound Jose Fernandez commanded with fire and joy. And you spell it with your index finger, as each Marlins player did, inscribing their personal messages to Jose in that mound.

“Rest with God,” one player wrote.

A day earlier, they were jolted awake with news that Fernandez, their 24-year-old spark plug, had been killed with two friends in a boating accident off Miami Beach.

A night earlier, instead of playing a game, the entire team was bused to the Fernandez family home for an excruciating 45 minutes, trying to find comforting words for a family but knowing no such words exist.

How do you play a game a day after that? One way is the way the Marlins did, blowing out the New York Mets by taking a 5-0 lead in the first two innings. Gordon sparked it while wearing Fernandez’s batting helmet, according to Fox Sports Florida.

But how much relief could it possibly be at a time when manager Don Mattingly said the objective was simply, “just get through the day.”

Everyone wondered how. Owner Jeffrey Loria mentioned Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson — baseball tragedies that never healed.

“And sadly Jose,” he said.

Loria made it clear Fernandez’s No. 16 will be retired.

“Nobody’s going to wear it, I can tell you that now,” he said. “Nobody will wear that number again.”

Loria called this his “lowest moment.” Someone asked if he’d feel any differently if it were a blood relative.

“It wouldn’t feel any different whatsoever,” he said softly.

He recalled the phone call from team President David Samson on Sunday morning:

“Jose’s been killed.”

“What? What?”

Loria was in New York, sitting in the same chair he once sat in when he fielded another call with bad news.

“That chair is gone now,” he said. “That chair left the house yesterday.”

A few feet away, Scott Boras, Fernandez’s agent, recalled getting his phone call when it was 4:30 a.m. in California before hopping on a plane.

“When you get here it hits …,” Boras said, breaking down.

Mattingly, too, was glassy-eyed in meeting with reporters before the game. Visiting the Fernandez family, he said, had taken him back in time.

“Watching his mom and grandmother yesterday reminded me of my brother, who was killed at 23, when I was like 6 years old,” Mattingly said. “And they shielded me. I was not really a part of all that, what was going on. But now I know what was going on. So I knew the pain.”

The visit was “unspeakable,” Samson said.

“You walk into that house and there was a hole,” he said. “I’m not a spiritual man. It felt like there was a hole above the house and it had taken Jose to heaven and left his people wondering, ‘Where did that hole come from?’”

Fernandez’s services are pending but likely to be at a church near the ballpark on Thursday and open to the public, Samson said. The team is off Thursday and the players “will certainly be able to attend,” he said.

Samson and Loria made it clear the Marlins will map out a long-term plan to honor Fernandez. For now, they will wear a patch on their uniforms beginning Tuesday night.

Outside the ballpark, fans silently and patiently stood in line, waiting to sign the Wall of Remembrance. They included 6-year-old Luis Cruz Jr., who asked his father how to spell love in his message to Fernandez, who lived two blocks down.

Anthony Perez-Florido of Pinecrest quietly added flowers to a growing stack.

“Most of us come from a Cuban background, and this guy told the exact story — what we suffered, what our ancestors suffered through,” said Perez-Florido, who at 24 is the same age as Fernandez. “He almost had to sacrifice his life in order to get here to the United States and he found freedom here, finally.”

All Cubans could relate, Perez-Florido added.

“Any problem you had in the world, when you came out to the ballpark it’s Jose Day, it was the happiest day in the world,” he said.

Monday was the saddest.

It began with a moment of silence. As it concluded, Mets manager Terry Collins embraced Mattingly. Players took the cue, the teams lining up, somewhat like postgame handshakes in the NHL playoffs, except handshakes wouldn’t do. Each Met hugged each Marlin, patting him on the back in the process. A video tribute played.

After players held what appeared to be a group prayer and wrote on the mound, the public address played the Furious 7 song, “See You Again.”

Fitting all the Marlins with No. 16 required the approval of Major League Baseball, then a race against time. The uniform company in Philadelphia worked through the night, flying them down just in time, with “FERNANDEZ” on the back of each.

The evening was toned down. Between innings, soft music played as the center-field video board displayed images of Fernandez, seemingly always grinning, interspersed with tweets and shots of fans holding signs in tribute. Players chose special walk-up music Fernandez liked.

Memories? Everybody had them. Once composed, Boras mentioned how he used to tease Fernandez for having a better earned-run average at home than on the road. He used to tell Fernandez, “I’m going to take your mother on the road, because your ERA is a run and a half lower when she’s in the stadium.”

Loria remembered taking a young Fernandez shopping for something to hold his electronic toys on the road.

“We’re going to get you the roller bags you need so you look like a major-league baseball player,” Loria recalled saying. “We went, and to his credit, he didn’t want the most expensive one there. I had to insist on it.”

Stories helped ease the pain. Although he wasn’t specific, Mattingly said players have “all kinds of resources” to cope. He held a team meeting, during which time there were 38 grown men, all crying, Samson said.

“They’re a unit that lost a leg, an appendage,” Samson said. “And they’re trying to figure out how to get mobile again.”

The shock was still too fresh, the pain too raw, for Samson, who would not refer to Fernandez in the past tense. Maybe time will help.

“Next year, you’re going to see celebrations of his life,” Samson said. “But it’s nothing to celebrate today. There’s just crying. There’s tears. There’s questioning. There’s people trying to figure it out.

“There will be time to celebrate his life. And we will celebrate it.

“There’s a lot to celebrate.”

Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

On debate night, security made sure the Green Party's candidate wasn't anywhere near the podium.

Jill Stein was talking to the press outside Hofstra University, the first presidential debate site, when police reportedly told her she would need to finish up her interviews and get off the campus immediately. 

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Police said Stein didn't have the credentials to get so close.

Stein left without incident — this time. During a 2012 debate, which just so happened to be at Hofstra University, Stein was arrested for disorderly conduct and shackled to a chair while the debate played out.

The Stein campaign said she wouldn't take the chance of getting arrested again because she and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, already have warrants out for their arrest after they allegedly vandalized construction equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

Though she was denied access again, Stein has a plan to get her message out to voters and avoid getting arrested this time around.

The Green Party candidate held a protest just outside the school's gates, calling for an end to the two-party system and saying the debates should be more open.

She's also planning to have her own version of the debate on Twitter, responding to the moderator's questions 140 characters at a time and answering questions from Twitter users. 

California law OKs smashing car window to rescue pets

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Good Samaritans can smash a car window in an effort to rescue a pet locked inside under a California bill signed into law Saturday. The rescuer can break the vehicle window if the pet appears to be in danger, if the door is locked or if law enforcement does not respond quickly enough. >> Read more trending stories Whoever breaks the glass has to stay at the scene until police arrive. The bill was introduced after a few dogs died after being locked in hot cars in separate incidents.

It looks like Hillary Clinton’s name was spelled wrong on debate tickets

Well, this is awkward.

The first presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is tonight, but before it begins, a piece of paper is making news.

>> Read more trending stories

Tickets to the event have a small, but dubious, typo in them: Hillary Clinton's name is spelled wrong.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

If you look closely at a photo of a Hofstra University debate ticket, Clinton's first name is spelled with one L.

Clinton's first name is spelled with two L's, not one.

Oops.

Tom Hanks crashes lucky couple's wedding photo shoot

One New York couple had an unexpected celebrity guest at their wedding, and he even let them snap a few photos.

Today.com reported that wedding photographer Meg Miller was photographing newlyweds Elisabeth and Ryan after their nuptials when Tom Hanks crashed their photo shoot. >> Read more trending stories Miller told The Huffington Post that she told the couple to let a jogger pass and paused the Central Park photo session, but the jogger approached Ryan and Elisabeth, took off his hat and "leaned right into the group and said ‘Hi, I’m Tom Hanks.'" Hanks shook hands with the couple and kissed the bride's hand. The couple invited the actor to their reception, but he politely declined. The couple did get to take a few selfies, though, one of which Hanks posted to social media. "He also said he's an ordained minister if they needed to get married right now, but they were already married," Miller told Today.com. "I don't think I've ever taken pictures so fast," Miller said. "I took, like, a thousand pictures."

Hanks gave the pair his congrats before continuing his jog.

Yesterday's wedding was so beautiful! Elisabeth and Ryan you planned one amazing celebration. The icing on the cake was @tomhanks stopping in Central Park to wish them congratulations. #megmillerphotography #newyork #nyc #nyminute #celebrity #brideandgroom #tomhanks #weddingdress #wedding #weddingday #blacktie #centralpark #blackandwhite #huffpostido #stylemepretty #weddinginspiration #selfie #celebritysighting A photo posted by Meg Miller Photography (@megmillerphotography) on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:06pm PDT

Will debate moderators fact-check? One network plans to do so live

"I was totally against the war in Iraq," Donald Trump told Matt Lauer during NBC's Commander-in-Chief Forum.

"I am the only candidate who ran in either primary who said, 'I will not raise taxes on the middle class,'" Hillary Clinton told supporters at a rally in July.

Neither of those statements are accurate. But if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make those statements again during any of the debates, it's unclear whether moderators will set the record straight.

>> Read more trending stories

"I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC's "This Week."

"What do you expect the moderator to do?" Charlie Rose asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

"Well, all that we're asking is that the record be checked," Mook said.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

Whether it's the moderator's responsibility to fact-check the candidates has been the subject of its own debate over the past few weeks.

Most of the moderators of the presidential and vice presidential debates have stayed mum on the subject. 

According to Politico, Bloomberg will provide fact-checks on-screen live during the first debate. And it appears to be the only network to do that.

Related: Are debate moderators biased? Many survey respondents say yes

It's not uncommon for moderators to correct candidates during the debate. But in recent years, they've been criticized for getting too involved.

"It took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," Republican Presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney said during a presidential debate in 2012.

"Get the transcript," President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, responded.

"He did in fact, sir. So let me, let me — call it an act of terror in the Rose Garden," debate moderator Candy Crowley told Romney.

"Can you say that a little louder, Candy?" President Obama asked.

Some — including the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates — have said it's each candidate's responsibility to fact-check the opponent. Others have said journalists have a responsibility to step in — especially if the candidates don't fact-check each other.

101-year-old veteran gets wish for one last ride on Harley motorcycle

A 101-year-old veteran is smiling after taking a special ride on a Harley-Davidson.

Ray Weser will turn 102 in October. A group of bikers rallied around the centenarian to give him what they called “One Last Ride” on Sunday.

Weser told KTVK that he fell in love with Harley-Davidsons when he was a teenager. He spent 24 years working for the company.

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“Harley dripping oil, smoke coming out of everywhere and I fell in love with motorcycles right there,” said Weser.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars partnered with the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson dealership to give Weser his wish to ride one last time.

His granddaughter said he couldn’t have been any happier.

“This is an amazing thing,” said granddaughter Jennifer Miller. “I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.”

Mom pens mother of excuse notes for tardy daughter

A California mother penned a sarcastic note blaming her daughter’s tardiness on a condition she called “teenage-ism.”

Nicole Poppic was ready and waiting with her son Alex, 10, and daughter Sammi 4, as Cara, 14, overslept and then began arguing with her mother about everything.

"When we finally got in the car and I looked at the clock and realized that we were running late, I started doing the 'mom' thing," Poppic told TODAY Parents. "My lecture went something along the lines of, 'You need to start thinking about other people, Cara. You are not the only person in this family, and you made your brother and sister late, too."

"That is when I saw that Cara had put in her headphones and was staring out her window, completely ignoring me," she said. "I reached over and took her phone off her lap, unplugged her headphones and threw her phone out the car window."

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Poppic walked her daughter into the school to make sure she handed in the note, according to UPI.

"I was a little embarrassed of the note at first, since it said how she threw my phone out the window and it also listed my poor actions," Cara told TODAY Parents. "I guess I was ashamed of acting that way, because my teachers usually know me as the quiet, respectful student in the class, and I didn’t want them to think otherwise. So I was a little embarrassed at first, but after it was all said and done, I laughed about it."

The note read:

“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism. Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure. Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning, she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver.

"She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cellphone fly out the car window. Please call me if there is another flare-up.”

"When I originally shared the note, it was with the hopes of giving my friends who are moms a laugh and to let them see that even stressful mornings can be lightened up by a little humor," Poppic said.

Poppic was able to find Cara’s phone in a neighbor’s yard. It still worked.

Poppic wanted to emphasize that while the viral letter might send the wrong impression, her daughter is a good kid.

"Cara is a teenager. She is going to act like a teenager. I hope that by correcting her when she has an attitude, I can instill respect and responsibility in her for the long run," Poppic said. "I think what I am doing is working. I have never had a teacher or other adult tell me Cara is anything but respectful and polite. I think teens, actually all kids, show their worst traits to the people they know will love them regardless. But maybe that is just my way of making myself feel better when my children are disrespectful or rude to me."

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NASA doesn't care about your zodiac sign

The zodiac has been around for thousands of years and has always contained 12 signs — until recently. NASA pointed out there's actually a 13th constellation within it. 

Cue a bunch of people having a crisis on Twitter about their astrological signs possibly changing. 

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But NASA doesn't care whether you're a Leo or a Sagittarius. It just wants the zodiac to be factually accurate. 

In a recent Tumblr post, NASA reported the ancient Babylonians originally started out with 13 constellations that the sun appeared to pass through. 

But in order to make their zodiac fit within their 12-month calendar, one of the constellations had to be left out. So Ophiuchus got the ax. 

NASA also pointed out that the Babylonian's zodiac doesn't exactly work as intended anymore, since the Earth's axis has shifted slightly in the last 3,000 years. 

So astrology might not be that scientific, but NASA's not trying to change it. Just know that if you're a die-hard Scorpio, you could've just as easily been an Ophiuchus. Doesn't that roll off the tongue?

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From cheerleader to addict: Heroin lifestyle killed mother of 4

Police are searching for the person who killed a 26-year-old mother of four, wrapped her in a rug and left her on the side of the road.

Morgan Oller was found dead near Chappell Road in Atlanta on Aug. 10.

But Oller’s mother, Mitze Hester, said although someone is responsible for her death, she believes Morgan’s heroin lifestyle is what killed her.

Marijuana in middle school eventually led to meth in high school, and Oller's life spiraled out of control from there.

"She was trying to fit in," Hester said.

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Oller soon began to take pain pills.

“Oxycodone was the gateway to her using heroin,” Hester said.

The progression was tracked not only in drug types, but also in photos. From a bright, shining mother during a clean period in her life to a woman barely recognizable to her parents not long before an officer knocked on their door.

“I just said 'My daughter's dead, isn’t she?’ And he nodded his head 'yes,'” Hester said.

A passerby found Oller’s body wrapped in a rug, a deflated air mattress and bedding.

“It was almost like somebody putting out the garbage,” Atlanta police Maj. Adam Lee said.

“You don’t expect to get that about your baby. You hear it on the news and it’s somebody else but not your child,” Hester said.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

“Our best detectives, they need the public's help, and that's what we're asking for now,” Lee said.

Hester says she desperately wants justice, but she also wants people to know how the lifestyle of a heroin addict endangered Oller, who had four children on her own in a mostly sober period.

“If she hadn’t have been using, she would have been home with her children,” she said.

Now Oller’s parents are on a mission to make sure what happened to their daughter doesn’t happen to yours.

“We take it upon ourselves to tell every parent we can, ‘It can happen to you,’” Oller’s stepfather, Jim Hester, said.

That’s something Mecca Marson knows all too well.

I realize I could have lost my life several times through heroin addiction,” she said. “It’s not just about the drugs and using the drugs, it's the lifestyle that goes along with it.”

Marson says drug court has helped her stay off heroin for roughly six months.

“God gave me the strength to keep going. He gives me the strength to keep going. 'Cause I do get called by heroin. Every day I get called,” she said.

She says the heroin lifestyle nearly killed her.

“I had to jump out of an 18-wheeler during a drug deal. I was attacked several times while I was on heroin,” she said. “All your inhibitions are lowered. Anything goes. Anything’s acceptable.”

Mitze Hester says that lifestyle had overtaken her daughter.

“Morgan had stolen everything that she could from me,” Hester said.

She says Oller went to rehab roughly 15 times, costing family members hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We pulled money out of 401Ks. We drained savings accounts. We used college funds,” Hester said.

Jim Hester says in the year and a half that he's been married to Mitze Hester, he never met Oller. They made the hard decision not to bring her lifestyle around her 15-year-old sister. But he says no matter where you live, that lifestyle is not far away.

“If you think that because you live out in the suburbs or in Gwinnett County or Cobb County, regardless, you’re close to where heroin's being sold and used,” he said.

He says Oller’s father, Bryan Pritchard, worked very hard with her mother in the efforts to save their daughter.

“I hope the pain in us losing Morgan will open somebody else's eyes,” Mitze Hester said. “As hard as it is to lose my baby, I don’t want somebody else to lose theirs. Well over a month has passed (and I think about it) every second of every day. It doesn’t go away.”

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