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Elections in Uganda: Ugandans heads to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to re-elect President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 30 years. Museveni’s personal doctor, former prime minister, and five others—including a female candidate—are also running. Officials fear potential election-related violence, and have dispatched nearly 150,000 military and police personnel to patrol the capital of Kampala and other major cities.

Broken telephone: A report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that the agency’s suicide hotline allowed calls to go to voicemail when the line was overloaded. In 2014, the hotline received more than 450,000 calls, 40 percent more than the year before.

Nike bids adieu to athlete: The company has terminated its endorsement contract with Manny Pacquiao after the boxer made derogatory comments about same-sex couples earlier this week. “If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals,” Pacquiao said in an interview on Filipino television. He apologized on Twitter within hours.

Scalia conspiracy theories: In the days after Antonin Scalia’s death, some people—including the Republican presidential frontrunner—questioned whether the 79-year-old Supreme Court justice had really died of natural causes, and not, perhaps, of something sinister. The news that Scalia would not be given an autopsy further fueled speculation. Nora explains why one wasn’t performed.

News from this afternoon here.

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