1.23.2019

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Oscar Nominations Announced.
Nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday, led by the early 18th-century English drama The Favourite (10 nominations) and director Alfonso Cuarón's semi-autobiographical drama Roma (10). The latter was a big win for streaming giant Netflix, who picked up the distribution rights to the film and spent a reported $25M marketing it (the film cost $15M to make). The Academy also showed love to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's duo performance A Star is Born and the Dick Cheney biopic Vice, with each scoring 8 nominations (see full list here), while Black Panther became the first superhero movie nominated for best picture. What is possibly the biggest story of the event isn't on the screen, but on the stage - organizers have remained silent on who may host the show after Kevin Hart dropped out following a dust-up over old anti-gay tweets. In advance of the February 24th ceremony check out the year's biggest snubs and surprises here

In related news, Netflix became the first streaming service to join the Motion Picture Association of America. 
Transgender Ban (Temporarily) Back On.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members would be allowed to stand while challenges to policy made their way through lower courts. The ban, announced by the President in August of 2017, effectively prohibits transgender troops from openly serving by requiring troops to identify as their biological sex (read presidential memo). Exceptions exist for those who already began serving openly under the Obama administration. The 5-4 vote lifts an injunction by a district court that blocked the government from enforcing the policy until the Supreme Court hears the cases. A 2016 report estimated there were 2,400 active-duty transgender service members. 

The court said it would also hear a case on how far city-level gun restrictions can go - its first gun rights case since 2010. 
LA Teachers' Strike Ends.
The Los Angeles teachers' union ended a week-long strike yesterday after agreeing to a "historic" deal with the LA unified school district. The agreement, which included a 6% raise for all of the 31,000 teachers and more support staff like nurses and librarians, was reached after an all-night negotiating session mediated by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. The district is the nation's second-largest, with over 500,000 students across 900 buildings - it is also overwhelmingly low-income, with 80% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch (see district stats). The strike follows a wave of similar protests in 2018, from Arizona to North Carolina. 

As one strike ended another could begin - 93% of the Denver teachers' union voted to walk out yesterday over low pay. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Baseball Hall of Fame adds Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina; Rivera becomes first player in history voted in unanimously (More)
> Serena Williams loses to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova  in Australian Open; Williams was one point away from win before twisting ankle (More)
> Singer Chris Brown arrested in Paris on rape allegations; is released without charges as investigation is pending (More) | Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud; avoids jail time but is ordered to pay $21.6M fine (More)
Science & Technology.
> New type of human blood vessels discovered inside bone structure; vessel network runs from bone surface to internal cavity and may help transport immune cells (More)
> Scientist behind controversial CRISPR-edited twins fired from post following sharply critical probe by Chinese government (More) | See background on case (More)
> Supreme Court declines to hear case arguing that restaurant review aggregator Yelp is responsible for removing defamatory reviews; lower court's ruling in Yelp's favor will stand (More)
Business & Markets.
> World Economic Forum annual meeting kicked off in Davos, Switzerland (More) | What is the World Economic Forum? (More)
> US stock markets fall - S&P500 -1.4%, Dow -1.2%, Nasdaq -1.9% - on reduced global economic outlook (More)
> Walgreens to pay $269M to settle lawsuits of overbilling Medicare, Medicaid & other federal programs (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, IN, launches exploratory committee for 2020 Democratic presidential bid; becomes 8th major Democrat to enter race (More)
> State judge declares Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban unconstitutional; rule, which outlaws the procedure if a heartbeat can be heard, is the strictest in the US (More)
> Senate schedules Thursday votes on dueling plans to reopen government as shutdown enters its 33rd day (More)
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Etcetera.
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Roughly 8-in-10 Americans support high-skilled immigration
Why a digital detox may not be worth it - and may even be harmful
Visualizing the cost of giving birth across the US
 
The 10 best side hustles for 2019
People abandoning their fitness resolutions in 5 charts
How to spend way less time on (your other) emails every day
Breathtaking photos of a frozen Niagara Falls
Meet the woman paid to ghostwrite messages for busy online daters
This Virginia university becomes the country's first to include food robots with its meal plans
Clickbait: Feisty moose chases skiers down the slopes (w/ video). 
Historybook: HBD John Hancock (1737); US and Vietnam reach peace settlement (1973); RIP Paul Robeson (1976); RIP Salvador Dali (1989); Madeleine Albright becomes first US female Secretary of State (1997).
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