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Sweden’s domestic security agency says its preliminary investigation of leaks from two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea “has strengthened the suspicions of serious sabotage” as the cause. The Swedish Security Service said the probe confirmed that “detonations” caused extensive damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines last week. Authorities had said when the leaks off Sweden and Denmark first surfaced that explosions were recorded in the area. In a separate statement Thursday, a Swedish prosecutor said “seizures have been made at the crime scene and these will now be investigated.” He didn't identify the seized evidence.

A police investigation of a cyberattack on an Australian telecommunications company in which the personal data of more than one third of Australia’s population was stolen has resulted in its first arrest. Police launched Operation Hurricane in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau Investigation after Optus, Australia’s second-largest wireless carrier, lost the personal records of 9.8 million current and former customers on Sept. 21. The hacker dumped the records of 10,000 of those customers on the dark web last week as part of an attempt to extort $1 million from Optus, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. Police say they arrested a 19-year-old Sydney man on Thursday and charged him with using the dumped data in a blackmail scam.

Wall Street futures pointed lower before the bell Thursday as concerns that a resilient job market will keep the Federal Reserve on track for another big rate hike early next month. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 each declined 0.4%. A strong jobs report from payroll processor ADP dragged markets down Wednesday after strong gains to open the week. Though government employment data released on Tuesday indicated that the job market may be cooling, investors will likely be more influenced by the unemployment claims report coming later Thursday and the all-important September jobs report due out Friday.

Amid national teacher shortages, community colleges are stepping in, launching teacher-training programs traditionally found in four-year colleges. In Washington state, nine community colleges offer education degrees for teaching grade school and up. Six other states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada and New Mexico — have community colleges offering K-12 education degrees. The expansion comes at a good time: Teacher shortages have worsened in the past decade, and fewer undergraduates are going into teacher training programs. A report in March showed the number of people completing a teacher-education program declined by almost a third between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 academic years.

Local election offices across the U.S. have seen the movement spawned by former President Donald Trump that spreads false election narratives arrive on their doorsteps. They have been targeted by threatening emails, stressed by rising workloads and stretched budgets, and left to cope with misinformation and shortages of staff and poll workers. Even a small, heavily Republican area such as Carroll County, Ohio, is not immune. The county's election director, Nicole Mickley, said she has found that election workers across the U.S. are just as honest, hard-working and passionate as her staff is: “I’m starting to get defensive and angry for them, too.”

A regional leader says Russia launched two missile attacks that hit apartment blocks in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, killing one person and trapping at least five in the city close to Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant. The morning strikes Thursday came hours after Ukraine’s president announced that the country’s military had retaken three more villages in one of the regions illegally annexed by Russia. Zaporizhzhia is home to Europe’s largest nuclear plant, now under Russian occupation. The city of the same name remains under Ukrainian control. The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog is expected to visit Kyiv this week to discuss the situation at the power plant.

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