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Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

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a woman standing in front of a car posing for the camera: This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12. © The Moab Police Department via AP This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12.

Gabby Petito's body believed to have been found in Grand Teton National Park, FBI says

Federal authorities have discovered the remains of a body they believe to be Gabby Petito, 22, a blogger whose mysterious disappearance has fueled national intrigue and a cross-country effort to solve the complex and increasingly bizarre case. The FBI made the announcement on Sunday, explaining law enforcement had combed through a camping area in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park and found human remains that appear to be Petito. Authorities will conduct a full forensic review to verify the remains, according to the FBI.

Petito went missing while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23. She was last seen in Grand Teton National Park in late August. Laundrie returned home alone on Sept. 1 from the couple's weekslong trip, only to disappear himself last week.

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Inspiration4 crew splashes down after historic trip to space

To the SpaceX Inspiration4 crew, welcome back to Earth. Days after the four "non-astronauts" made history by launching into space, the trip ended Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. "Thanks so much, SpaceX," said tech billionaire Jared Isaacman. "That was a heck of a ride for us and we're just getting started." The mission was paid for by Isaacman, who promoted the flight as a massive fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Rather than just climbing to the edge of space and returning to land in less than an hour as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin did, Inspiration4 circled the Earth for three days and did so in a higher orbit than the International Space Station.

Sian Proctor et al. posing for the camera: Inspiration4 mission to space (L to R): Chris Sembroski, Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman and Dr. Sian Proctor. © JOHN KRAUS/COURTESY OF NETFLIX, JOHN KRAUS/COURTESY OF NETFLIX Inspiration4 mission to space (L to R): Chris Sembroski, Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman and Dr. Sian Proctor.

Experts confident FDA will soon back booster shots for broader population

Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the Biden administration's booster rollout plans on Sunday, downplaying confusion over the initial target date and who should actually get the additional jabs. President Joe Biden previously said boosters would be available to all this week. However, Fauci said it was always up to the FDA and its advisers to determine "exactly what that rollout would look like." On Friday, a key federal advisory committee recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine six months after full vaccination for only people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe COVID-19. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health director, called the decision a preliminary step and predicts broader approval for most Americans “in the next few weeks.” 

  • Live COVID-19 updates: Fauci confident FDA will back booster shots for all; Chris Rock tests positive, says 'trust me, you don't want this.'

US closes part of Texas border, begins flying Haitians home

The U.S. on Sunday blocked the Mexican border at Del Rio, an isolated Texas town where thousands of Haitian refugees have crossed and set up a camp, hoping to stop the flow of migrants. About a dozen Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles lined up near the bridge and river where Haitians have been crossing from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, for almost three weeks. Many of the migrants have lived in Latin America for years, but they are now seeking asylum in the U.S. as economic opportunities in Brazil and elsewhere dry up.

The U.S. sent three flights of Haitians back to their homeland Sunday. Some said the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse make them afraid to return to a country that seems more unstable than when they left. The announcement marked a swift response to the sudden arrival of Haitians in Del Rio.

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NCAAF: Alabama survives, Penn State notches another big win

The nation's top-ranked college football team faced a tough test on the road Saturday, as the Alabama Crimson Tide narrowly escaped Gainesville with a 31-29 win over the No. 11-ranked Florida Gators. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a quick 21-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Gators chipped away at the deficit, eventually coming within a failed two-point conversion of tying the game in the fourth quarter. Penn State shot up in the AP Top 25 rankings to No. 6 after another impressive victory, defeating Auburn two weeks week after it escaped Wisconsin with a win over the Badgers. Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma maintain the top four spots in the AP rankings as well as the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

'Ted Lasso' 'Queen's Gambit' and 'The Crown' score top awards at the 2021 Emmys

TV’s biggest night lit up the silver screen as the Emmys returned Sunday. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, TV's biggest night this year looked a lot more like the usual Hollywood glitz and glamour than it did during last year's entirely virtual ceremony. There were still COVID-19 precautions, but the actors and actresses all gathered together in their red carpet attire, golden statuettes were given and the expected nominees won. "The Crown" led the winners' pack, racking up seven awards, including the honor of best drama series. "Ted Lasso" notched four wins, including one for best comedy series, with Jason Sudeikis winning for lead actor in a comedy for his role in the series. The HBO Max dramedy "Hacks" swept up a trio of awards, while "Mare of Easttown" nabbed a similar trilogy of Emmys with wins for Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters. See the complete list of winners here.

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This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Contributing: Associated Press.

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