9.28.2018

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Need To Know.
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Kavanaugh Nomination Moves to Vote.
After a day of emotional testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on advancing Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. The vote follows yesterday's gripping testimonies from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh over allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford during their high school years - charges which Kavanaugh angrily denied during the hearing (top takeaways here). Kavanaugh's appearance drew support from President Trump, who praised his nominee's testimony on Twitter. Attention now shifts to a handful of undecided senators not on the committee - Kavanaugh needs a simple majority in the full Senate to be confirmed, and Republican's hold a slim 51-49 advantage - including Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and others. 

If the nomination advances, expect a full floor vote as early as this weekend. 
Greece Braces for Rare "Medicane".
Gale-force winds arrived on the southern islands of Greece yesterday, with ferry ports closed as communities braced for a rare hurricane-level storm system. The storm has been dubbed a "Medicane" - a combination of the words Mediterranean and hurricane - an ultra-rare weather phenomenon that brings cyclical weather patterns eastward through the Mediterranean Sea. One key ingredient in hurricanes is humidity, which helps the systems pick up speed as they travel (see how hurricanes work) - the relative dryness of the Mediterranean has historically kept hurricane-type storms at bay. Only around 100 tropical-like storms have been recorded in the region since 1947. While the waters of the Mediterranean are surrounded by land, most hurricanes are able to travel across vast open oceans where they pick up their power before making landfall. 
Feds Sue Elon Musk.
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday, alleging that Musk knowingly made false and misleading claims about taking the electric carmaker private last month. The suit seeks to bar Musk from serving as an executive or director of publicly traded companies - which includes Tesla - one of the harshest penalties the SEC can level. In early August Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to buy back all public shares at a per-share price of $420. In the aftermath of the brief and cryptic tweet the company's stock price rose from around $340 to near $380 per share as investors hoped to cash in, but the price ultimately plummeted to $300 as Musk backtracked over the ensuing weeks. The charges come on the heels of news that the Justice Department had opened a criminal probe into Musk's comments. 

Shares of Tesla dropped nearly 13% in overnight trading. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Golf's Ryder Cup begins today in Paris; see Team USA & Europe rosters and predictions (More) | Ryder Cup 101 (More)
> International Emmy Award nominations announced with Netflix and Amazon only getting one nomination each; see full list (More)
> HBO announces it will no longer broadcast boxing after 2018, ending 45 years of covering the sport (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study in children aged 8 to 11 finds that those who get less than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day perform better on cognitive tests (More)
> Iceland becomes first country to allow drone delivery of groceries, prepared food to homes; drones fly without use of vision systems along certified routes (More)
> Researchers demonstrate ultra-thin, flexible solar cells that can be embedded into biosensors for continuous monitoring of biological signals (More)
Business & Markets.
> Big beverage company Keurig Dr. Pepper agrees to buy Core Nutrition LLC, a maker of bottled waters and organic drinks, for $525 million, following the lead in diversification from PepsiCo (SodaSream) and Coca-Cola (Costa Coffee) (More)
> Consulting and outsourcing services provider Accenture forecasts profit lower than estimates, shares down 2% in early trading (More)
> Conagra Brands - the packaged food company and owner of Slim Jim, P.F. Changs, and Chef Boyardee - posted year-over-year growth in earnings and sales but missed the mark on estimates: shares down 8% pre-market (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Speaking before the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims to unveil a secret Iranian atomic warehouse disguised as a rug cleaning operation located in Tehran (More)
> India's Supreme Court overturns colonial-era law criminalizing adultery (More)
> New State Department report estimates over 380,000 have died in South Sudan's civil war over past five years; last estimate in 2016 placed number at 50,000 (More)
Weekend Reads.
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The Unstoppable Rise of Trash Fashion.
The Daily Beast | Alaina Demopoulos. Most people wouldn’t spend $535 on a pair of shoes - especially a pair that is held together by tape. Cheap-looking high fashion has been around for some time, and by the looks of it, it’s not going anywhere. (Read)
Man-Eaters.
The Ringer | Brian Phillips. When a tiger kills a human, many communities make a habit of placing a target on the animal’s back. But someone has to actually go out and finish the job - join one writer on his journey to India to find man-eating tigers. (Read)
 
The Cartel Next Door.
Texas Monthly | Michael J. Mooney. Most suburban crime in Dallas isn’t linked to Mexican cartels - but when Jaun Guerrero Chapa was murdered in his upscale neighborhood, prosecutors knew it was out of the ordinary. (Read)
 
Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile.
The New York Times | Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Bradley Cooper couldn’t be more excited for his directorial debut, with the upcoming release of A Star Is Born. But there’s one thing he isn’t excited about - talking about it. (Read)
Etcetera - Best of September 2018.
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Editor's Note:
Today we're bringing you a roundup of our most clicked stories in September. Enjoy!

(9/26/18) Photographer captures the uncanny resemblance between dogs and humans

(9/12/18) The world's hairiest baby is the internet's newest phenomenon

(9/11/18) The five most (and least) valuable college majors in terms of annual salary

(9/5/18) 2018's most expensive zip codes for renters

(9/19/18) Drone footage captures Hurricane Florence turning I-40 into a massive river

(9/11/18) Use this calculator to figure out whether you're middle class

(9/20/18) How much money you actually take home on a $100,000 salary, mapped by which city you live in

(9/25/18) The 20 most beautiful towns in America

(9/5/18) How to learn anything, according to a learning expert

(9/4/18) Science pins down at precisely what age babies are the cutest.

(9/7/18) The top museums in the world according to travelers on TripAdvisor

(9/18/18) Opportunity, affordability, and quality of life - ranking America's 50 best places to live

(9/8/18) Amazing footage captures a superpod of dolphins on the hunt in California's Monterey Bay

(9/24/18) America's most beautiful public lands as seen from space
Historybook: HBD Confucius (551 BCE); Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin (1928); Ted Williams is last major league baseball player to bat over .400 (1941); RIP American tennis great Althea Gibson (2003); RIP Hugh Hefner (2017).
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