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Venezuela's Maduro Ducks Drone Assassination.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro survived an apparent assassination attempt by drones, according to reports on Saturday. Six people have been arrested in the attack - Maduro was delivering an open-air speech during a military parade when two explosive-laden drones were detonated en route to the podium (see video). While terrorist groups like ISIS have used commercial drones to drop explosives amid attacks, this is the most direct attack on a national leader to date. Venezuela's ruling Socialist party - Maduro is a disciple of long-time leader Hugo Chavez - has historically relied on high oil prices to fund the government and prop up a number of social programs. The country has faced crippling food shortages, lack of medical supplies, and other maladies, leading to the rise of opposition groups against Maduro. 

No Motive Found in Las Vegas Shooting.
The Las Vegas police officially closed their investigation into the October 2017 mass shooting that killed 58 and injured 851 people without finding a clear motive. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, shot through the window of his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel room and rained fire down on a country music concert across the street - it was the deadliest mass shooting committed by a single individual in US history. Officials said Paddock - a 64-year-old white male and frequent high-stakes gambler who killed himself before police arrived - had no criminal history or any known debt or ties to criminal or terrorist groups, and left no notes behind (see full report). Still, the attack was presumably premeditated as Paddock brought at least 23 guns to the room.

Among other things, the shooting set off a debate about bump stocks - accessories that allow semi-automatic weapons to function as nearly fully automatic - which the Trump administration subsequently moved to ban. 

Indonesia Earthquake Kills Dozens.
91 people were killed and nearly 200 injured after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok yesterday. The island is a popular tourist destination and lies just to the east of the island of Bali - the region was hit by a dozen aftershocks, including a 5.6 magnitude tremor. It was the second deadly quake in the past week for the country after 16 people died on July 29 when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the same island. Indonesia is one of the most active seismic regions in the world, sitting on the western edge of the so-called  "Ring of Fire" - a zone that traces out a region across the Pacific Ocean where a number of tectonic plates meet.

In June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala - which sits opposite Indonesia on the eastern edge of the Ring of Fire - killed over 110 people in a violent eruption

In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Patrick Stewart announces he'll reprise the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek series (More)
Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss among 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees; watch highlights & recap of all inductee speeches (More)  
Billboard's Hot 100 chart turns 60; see list of top 600 songs of the past 60 years (More)

Science & Technology.

Study shows revived pancreatic cells responsible for remission of type 2 diabetes in patients who achieve significant weight loss (More)
Makers of blockbuster anti-depression drug Abilify have until Sept. 1st to settle over 800 lawsuits claiming it spurred compulsive gambling, stealing, sex, and more (More)
NASA unveils the first nine astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing-built spacecraft, the first crewed missions using private sector-built ships; will launch to International Space Station in 2019 (More)

Business & Markets.

US economy added 157,000 jobs in July, unemployment rate falls to 3.9% tying lowest level since 2001 (More)
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's profits surge in Q2 by 67% due to strong economy and decline in net effective tax rate (More)
SEC drops two-year investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors regarding greenhouse gas regulations (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

Federal judge orders full restart of Dreamers program; ruling kicks in Aug. 23rd but may conflict with an upcoming federal court decision from Texas (More) | Read more about DACA (More)
Pacific Hurricane Hector reaches Category 3 status, projected to make landfall on Hawaii on Wednesday (More)
Utility worker trying to restore power becomes 7th fatality in California's Carr wildfire; blaze is now the 5th-worst in state history (More)
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Americans have mixed views on what it means to be working class

Demi Lovato shares first statement since her hospitalization after an overdose.

Here are the oldest buildings from every state in America

The "firenado" that hit Redding, CA was equivalent to an EF-3 tornado

The 32 best breweries in the US right now (according to Thrillist). 

Regent Cruises announces a 30-country, 117-day cruise.

Drone photos capture the aftermath of destructive wildfires seen from above.

Clickbait: The drunk guy who challenged a bison at Yosemite was arrested (yes there is video). 

Historybook: HBD Lucille Ball (1911); HBD Andy Warhol (1928); US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 70,000+ (1945); Voting Rights Act signed (1965); Curiosity rover lands on Mars (2012).

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