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Need To Know.
Florence Arrives in the Carolinas.
Hurricane Florence made landfall early today, lashing the Carolinas with heavy rain and winds up to 105 mph. By early morning, the system - which had dropped to a Category 1 storm just before making landfall - had knocked out power to over 200,000 people and began flooding coastal communities. The slow-moving storm has forecasters worried about the potential for storm surge (the height that the water level rises above average) of 9 to 13 feet. Florence is expected to move inland towards eastern Tennessee before turning northeast and moving up through Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts (see projected path). Overall, Florence is expected to dump roughly 10 trillion gallons of water on the eastern US. 

The storm did give the Weather Channel an opportunity to show off its amazing new green screen animation capabilities. 
Church Sex Abuse Summit. 
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of US Bishop Michael Bransfield yesterday over allegations of sexual misconduct. Bransfield, who led the largest diocese in West Virginia from 2005-2018, was accused (but ultimately not found guilty) of sexually molesting a minor in 2012 and reportedly sexually harassing adults - as Bransfield resigned, Francis said he would open an investigation into the latter accusations. The news came ahead of a highly-publicized meeting of Church leaders called by Francis to address an epidemic of abuse by clergy members, an issue which exploded back into public consciousness with a bombshell report released in August that over 1,000 children had been molested by 300 Pennsylvania clergy over the past 70 years. 

The problem for the Church is worldwide - earlier this week a leaked report estimated that German priests abused almost 3,700 minors between 1946 and 2014. 
US Regains Top Spot in World Oil Production.
The United States became the world's top crude oil producer for the first time since the early 1970s, according to government figures released yesterday. The new data released by the US Energy Information Agency (see data) estimated output of US crude oil hit 11 million barrels-per-day in August, pushing the US past Russia - it previously passed Saudi Arabia in February. That number is up from an average of 9.4 million b/d in 2017, continuing a rise that began in 2014 driven by the US shale boom and supported by a 2015 policy reversal that allowed US producers to begin exporting crude oil. Both Russia and Saudi Arabia cut production in the face of lower global oil prices earlier this year. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Marin Mazzie, 3-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star, dies at 57 (More)
> NFL: QB Andy Dalton, WR AJ Green lead Cincinnati Bengals to 34-23 victory over Baltimore Ravens (More) | College football: See predictions for every Week 3 game (More)
> NBC buys two basketball-themed shows to be produced by LeBron James (More)
Science & Technology.
> Researchers discover four types of neurons in the inner ear, three of which are new to science; may lead to treatment for auditory ailments like tinnitus and age-related hearing loss (More)
> Accidental discovery reveals how leafs on a plant communicate with each other when injured; amino acid glutamate triggers a wave of calcium ions whose signal travels across cells (More)
> Security researchers find workaround that allows hackers to steal information from virtually any modern computer if they have physical access (More
Business & Markets.
> Jeff Bezos - Amazon CEO and world's wealthiest individual - pledges $2B to fight homelessness and build preschools in low-income neighborhoods (More)
> Shares of grocery giant Kroger drop over 9% as sales slow in second quarter (More)
> Incoming Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon announces changes to senior management team, including new CFO (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> League of Conservation Voters says it will spend $60M total in 2018 midterms - $25M in federal and state ad buys, $10M in campaign funding - to support pro-environmental candidates (More)
> Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the minority chair of Senate Judiciary Committee refers anonymous letter regarding Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh to FBI; reportedly refers to incident when Kavanaugh was in high school (More) | Committee vote on Kavanaugh pushed to next week (More)
> Congress sends first spending package - "minibus" with funding for Military, Veteran's Affairs, Legislative Branch, and Energy & Water - to President Trump for signature (More)
Weekend Reads.
The Human Cost of Facebook’s Rise in the Philippines.
Buzzfeed News | Davey Alba. Fake news on Facebook has caused political stress for many nations, but when an entire country uses only Facebook for their information, it can cause severe and fatal consequences - welcome to the reality in the Philippines. (Read)
The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney.
GQ | Chris Heath. At the age of 76, Paul McCartney could easily quit and enjoy a wealthy retirement from music, but he’s taking a different route. Through many untold stories - old and new - see why Paul is determined to keep creating. (Read)
The NFL’s Very Profitable Existential Crisis.
Bloomberg | Ira Boudway and Eben Novy-Williams. For the second year in a row, Super Bowl viewership and regular season ratings have declined significantly. Conversely, the 2017 season brought 37 of the top 50 broadcasts on U.S. television - pointing towards a perplexing but promising future for the NFL. (Read)
Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller. Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. The problem? Most teachers are white women. (Read)
Workers in both developed and emerging countries worry about automation
The long (short) list of nominees for the 2018 National Book Award.
Archaeologists uncover a 73,000-year-old abstract drawing - and it sort of looks like a hashtag
The world's highest-paid hip-hop acts in 2018
The 24 best ramen shops across the US
Crowning the top dawgs in California's annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon (w/ video). 
Things Fall Apart: An elaborate wedding proposal built into a Spider Man video game doesn't quite work out
Talented kids bring the heat during a cruise ship dance off (w/ video). 
Clickbait: Missouri town gets new paper named the Uranus Examiner
Historybook: President William McKinley dies of gunshot wounds (1901); Soviet probe Luna 2 is first man-made object to reach the moon (1959); OPEC is founded (1960); RIP Grace Kelly (1982); HBD Amy Winehouse (1983).
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