October 21, 2016 4:55 AM EDT

‘We will absolutely accept the result of the election.’

Mike Pence, Republican nominee for Vice President, responding to questions about claims by his running mate, Donald Trump, that the elections will be “rigged”

$340 billion

Annual losses to the U.S. economy from medical treatment and lost productivity resulting from conditions linked to common chemicals such as those in cosmetics, plastics and sofas, according to research published in The Lancet

$13,007

Amount of money crowdfunded by Democrats via GoFundMe as of Oct. 18 to reopen the firebombed Orange County Republican Party office in Hillsborough, N.C.

‘They were running around like rats, in and out of tunnels, and surprising us with suicide attacks and snipers.’

Mehsen Gardi, Kurdish militia lieutenant, describing Islamic State fighters at the start of the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul and its surrounding villages after two years of ISIS occupation; U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called the offensive a “decisive moment” in defeating the group

83.2%

Percentage of high school students who graduated on time in the 2014–15 school year, setting a new record for the fifth year in a row, according to federal data

Galaxies

Scientists announced there are 10 times as many of them as previously thought

GOOD WEEK

BAD WEEK

Galaxy Note7s

The FAA made it illegal to carry the Samsung phone on airplanes

‘It felt like it was the day that I born her into this world.’

Ruth Markus, describing her reunion with her daughter Saratu, one of 21 Nigerian girls freed by Boko Haram after negotiations with the Nigerian and Swiss governments; the terrorist group seized over 200 schoolgirls on April 14, 2014

‘The truth is that it hurts.’

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, condemning remarks made by Trump in a leaked video of him boasting in 2005 that as a “star” he could get away with doing “anything” to women

‘While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future.’

Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, one of America’s most influential police organizations, apologizing for what Cunningham called “the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color,” at the group’s convention on Oct. 17

SOURCES: NBC; NEW YORK TIMES; THE TELEGRAPH

This appears in the October 31, 2016 issue of TIME.

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