9.25.2018

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Trump Swings by the United Nations.
President Trump is set to make his second trip to the United Nations General Assembly beginning today in New York City. The President will address the group - the UN's main policy-making body and the only one where all 193 members have an equal vote - against a much different global landscape than during his first trip last September. Since his last visit, the US has exited the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal, passed stiff tariffs on over $250B in Chinese goods, and Trump has held high-profile summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump is also expected to strike a different tone during this year's speech, pushing the United Nations to better fulfill its potential to solve global conflicts (and in turn, allow the US to shoulder less of the burden). 

On the eve of the Summit, the US announced a trade deal with South Korea focused on boosting auto and pharmaceutical commerce between the two countries.
Fortune's Most Powerful Women. 
Fortune released its 21st annual list of the most powerful women in business yesterday, profiling the 50 most influential women business leaders in both the US and abroad. The US list was topped by Lockheed-Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson, followed by General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson. It was Hewson's first time atop the list after unseating Barra, who ranked number one for three years in a row - Hewson also led a cadre of women leaders at defense contractors, including Kathy Warden at Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics’ Phebe Novakovic. Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín repeated as number one on the international list. Despite the impressive list, 2018 was a step backwards for women chief executives, as the number leading Fortune 500 companies dropped from 34 to 32. 

They aren't on the list (yet), but check out the top up-and-coming women business leaders here
Russia to Supply Syria's Air Defense.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his country would supply Syria with a sophisticated air defense system. The deal includes a number of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems meant to guard against aircraft and incoming cruise missiles. Experts say that depending on their location, the top-tier Russian systems would make Syrian airspace off-limits to all but the most advanced aircraft, like the American F-22 and B-2. The move ratchets up tensions with Israel, which has made over 200 bombing runs in southern Syria against Iranian-backed targets over the past two years. The deal comes just one week after the Syrian military accidentally shot down a Russian military plane thinking it was from Israel. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy take over for Bob Greenblatt as NBC Entertainment's new co-chairmen (More)
> Prosecutors in Bill Cosby sexual assault case ask for 10-year sentence after merging three counts into one single charge (More)
> Real Madrid's Luka Modric wins FIFA's player of the year award, the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win since 2007; Brazil's Marta named best female soccer player (More)
Science & Technology.
> World's first driverless tram launches in Germany, operates in live traffic conditions (More)
> Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft successfully drops two rovers onto asteroid after 3 1/2 year trip (More)
> Physical therapy combined with epidural stimulation, where electrical signals are applied along the spinal cord, restores ability to walk for two patients with completely severed spinal cord injuries (More)
Business & Markets.
> SiriusXM radio to acquire streaming music provider Pandora for $3.5B (More)
> Canada’s Barrick Gold to buy African gold miner Randgold Resources for $6.5 billion in stock, creates the world's largest gold producer (More)
> Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook; reason for departure not specified (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Hundreds of youth arrested in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after week-long violence over ethnic disputes claims at least 70 lives (More)
> Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to meet with President Trump Thursday following reports he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office (More) | Some sources say comments were sarcastic (More)
> Lawyer Michael Avenatti says a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come forward within 48 hours; is a former US Mint employee (More) | Kavanaugh denies allegations in first interview (More)
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In Depth.
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The Kick Is Up and It's...A Career Killer.
The New York Times | Michael Lewis. Being an NFL kicker is no easy job. More often than not, kickers will be remembered for the ones that they've missed more than the ones they've made. See inside the careers of NFL kickers who succeeded, who failed, and weren't treated like "real" players. (Read, paywall)
Extreme Biohacking.
The Guardian | Stephanie Marsh. Last year, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Serge Faguet reportedly spent $200,000 on the new trend known as "biohacking" - a lifestyle combining wellness tactics, anti-aging remedies, and a whole lot of technology. Faguet, with his semi-serious goal of living forever, was alternately lauded for his data driven approach and derided as a psychopath. (Read)
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Photos from the opening weekend of Munich's 185th Oktoberfest beer festival.
...Not to be outdone, here are the drunkest (and driest) cities in the US.
The 20 most beautiful towns in America
After 250 years, the remains of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the New England coast.
Stay-at-home moms and dads account for 20% of parents in the US
Ultra-rare two-headed snake found in Virginia flowerbed
Weight Watchers is cutting some fat from its name, will now be known as WW
Someone smuggled $18M worth of cocaine into a Texas prison hidden in donated bananas
Clickbait: Falling in love makes you overweight - by an average of 36 pounds.  
Historybook: US Congress passes the Bill of Rights (1789); HBD Christopher Reeve (1952); The Little Rock Nine integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (1957); HBD Will Smith (1968); HBD Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969).
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