9.17.2018

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Florence Rolls Through Carolinas.
At least 18 people are dead and almost 750,000 are without power as Tropical Storm Florence slowly crept through the Carolinas over the weekend. The storm made landfall early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with the system stalling out as it moved inland - it was heading westward at just 3mph on Saturday afternoon. The result has been a historic amount of rain (see photos), with up to 30" in some parts of North Carolina. Local officials have reported catastrophic flooding as rivers rise from floodwaters - Wilmington, NC, was completely cut off as roads in and out of the 120,000-person city were submerged, and food and water supplies are being airlifted to remaining residents. As of this morning, Florence was centered over eastern Kentucky and western Virginia, and is expected to veer back towards the Northeast throughout the week. 

Here's how changes in the Arctic ice and snow levels caused Florence's unusual flight path.
Manafort Strikes Plea Deal.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reportedly struck a plea deal with prosecutors on Friday in exchange for full cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The slimmed-down charges (Manafort originally faced 18 charges of money laundering, illegal lobbying, and more) include two federal charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy against the United States. Experts say the 69-year-old likely faces between 7 and 15 years in prison under the deal. It is unclear what new info Manafort will provide in the Russia investigation - though they originated from Mueller's probe, the original charges were unrelated and focused on Manafort's time lobbying on behalf of seedy foreign leaders.
Marathon World Record. 
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new world marathon record on Sunday, running the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 39 seconds. The mark shattered the previous world record, set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, by over a minute. A three-time Olympic medalist, the 33-year-old Kipchoge is widely considered the most dominant long-distance runner of the modern era - he actually ran a faster race (2:00:25) last year in Italy, though the event was not officially recognized by the sport's governing body. On the same day, France's Kevin Mayer broke the decathlon world record by 81 points as he scored 9,126 points across the ten events. 

Is a sub-two-hour marathon coming? Here's how the world records have dropped over the last century. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are tonight, see nominations and predicted winners (More)
> Justin Bieber reportedly marries model Hailey Baldwin in secret courthouse ceremony after two month engagement (More)
> Canelo Alvarez defeats Gennady "GGG" Golovkin to win boxing's world middleweight title (More) | Floyd Mayweather announces he'll come out of retirement in 2018 to fight Manny Pacquiao in rematch of their 2015 bout (More)
Science & Technology.
> Doctors see signs of success in using deep brain stimulation, which delivers electrical impulses via implant to specific regions of the brain, to treat severe autism (More)
> Aerospace company Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B contract to construct Defense Department's next-generation GPS satellites; will be ready for use in 2026 (More)
SpaceX reportedly signs contract for first private traveler to take trip around the moon; traveler's identity to be revealed today (More)
Business & Markets.
> Kleiner Perkins - one of the oldest and most successful Venture Capital firms - to split up (More)
> Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and wife to buy Time Magazine for $190M (More)
> Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund secures $11B loan, will include debt investments in portfolio (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Chinese officials evacuate 2.5 million people as Typhoon Mangkhut rolls into southern China one day after killing at least 60 in the Philippines (More)
> Woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when in high school reveals identity, makes first public statement; Senate committee vote scheduled for Thursday (More, paywall)
> US Border Patrol agent confesses to the killing of 4 people in two-week span; officials describe suspect as serial killer, caught after would-be 5th victim escaped and alerted police (More)
Etcetera.
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Time Magazine releases their annual list of the Top 100 Destinations to visit right now
...If you do travel, beware of massive landslides at beautiful beaches (w/ video).
New study says girls are breaking gender stereotypes while boys feel stuck in traditional roles (paywall). 
The most provocative thing in fashion right now are prairie dresses
The Born Free Foundation brings us the funniest nature photos of 2018.
 
NFL player Vontae Davis walks out of stadium, abruptly retires at halftime
Massachusetts sees first fatal shark attack in 82 years.
Couldn't quite make it out to Burning Man this year? Review everything that went down in three minutes (w/ video). 
Weatherman gets roasted for acting like he's being blown away by Florence while regular folks stroll on by. 
Clickbait: Unstoppable super-raccoons have overtaken Toronto
Historybook: US Constitution is signed (1787); Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery (1849); HBD actress Anne Bancroft (1931); Camp David Accords signed (1978); Vanessa Williams becomes first African-American to be crowned Miss America (1983).
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