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Breakthrough in Emergency Stroke Treatment.
A new study released yesterday more than doubles the time doctors have to treat victims in the immediate aftermath of a stroke. Nearly 800,000 people have strokes each year, caused by blood clots blocking circulation to the brain. In about half, the clots are in small vessels and can be dissolved by drugs. When the clot is in a larger vessel, the drugs do not work and the clot needs to be removed surgically - an operation known as a thrombectomy. The study, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (see paper), showed that when combined with advanced brain imaging, the time for treatment can be extended from 6 to 16 hours after stroke occurs. The results showed 45% of people receiving the treatment were functionally independent after 90 days, compared to 17% of people who did not get the treatment, potentially saving thousands from long-term disability or death each year.

Immigration Debate Gets Tangled.
Immigration reform came to a halt just days after the federal government shutdown over Democrat attempts to attach immigration provisions to a short-term funding bill. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said an offer for $25B in funding for a border wall was "off the table", while President Trump signaled support for allowing 'dreamers' to become citizens over 10 to 12 years - but said no deal with no wall. At the same time, the group of bipartisan senators that broke the funding stalemate are turning their attention to immigration. Some say the immigration deadlock is a sign that old-school deal-making is dead on Capitol Hill. Either way, the government is only funded through February 9th - ensuring the issue will come to a head again in two short weeks. 

Ex-Doc for USA Gymnastics Sentenced.
The former doctor for USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct. Despite pleading guilty to only seven counts, the emotional trial lasted over a week as Judge Rosemarie Aquilina allowed over 150 women to confront Nassar in person with victim impact statements (see the most powerful quotes). Nassar previously pleaded guilty to child pornography charges after being caught in an FBI sting, for which he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Despite the plea deals, Nassar maintained the stories were fabricated. The case has rocked both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, where Nassar was a faculty member, with many questioning how he was enabled for so long - MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned over the fallout.

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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, & Trevor Hoffman elected to Baseball Hall of Fame (More)
> Elton John will retire from touring (More)
> Meryl Streep will join cast of Big Little Lies for Season 2 (More)

Science & Technology.

> Researchers find new, abundant type of bacteria-killing virus that only lives in the ocean (More)
> Apple makes major push into eHealth, iOS 11.3 will have app to digitally manage all health records (More)
> Universal nanoparticle vaccine protects against influenza type A in mice (More)

Business & Markets.

> Alphabet (parent company of Google) is launching a cybersecurity business, Chronicle (More)
> Ford posts lower than expected earnings due to higher commodity prices, stock down 1% in after-hours trading (More)
> Former HP CEO Meg Whitman joins media startup NewTV - will "bring Hollywood storytelling to mobile in bite-sized formats" (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

> Trump says he's willing to talk to Special Counsel Mueller under oath (More)​
> Justice Department threatens subpoenas for 23 cities over 'sanctuary' city status, withholding info from federal agencies (More)
> US invites China to participate in Rim of the Pacific naval drills (More)

The Last American Slave Ship (Maybe). 

AL.com | Ben Raines. In what could be a discovery of huge historical significance, the Clotilda - the last American ship to carry slaves - may have been uncovered a few miles north of Mobile, Alabama. This article looks at the discovery and the modern-day lineage of the slaves brought over on the voyage just a few years before the Civil War (w/ photos).  

Editor's Note: Musician and member of The Roots, Questlove, tweeted that his great-great-great grandfather was one of the 110 transported slaves. 

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People? 

The Atlantic | Charles C. Mann. By the year 2050, the amount of humans on the planet will climb to about ten billion. But when we get there, farmers will have to produce almost 100% more food to sustain life - and that’s just the beginning. The big question is how do we feed ten billion people, while making sure we don’t destroy the planet in the meantime? Discover why increased affluence and life expectancy may be the problem we least expected.
Want to raise a successful teen? Try civic engagement.

50 Cent is secretly a bitcoin millionaire.

This person slipping on ice is poetry in motion

First cloned monkeys born in China

AAA says drivers becoming less fearful of using self-driving cars.

30 of the best aerial photos from around the world.

Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel and you can grab a copy from Amazon.

In-N-Out Burger managers make about $160k on average.

Clickbait: Twelve camels booted from camel beauty pageant over botox injections.

Historybook: HBD Virginia Woolf (1882); 1st Winter Olympics take place in Chamonix, France (1924); Battle of the Bulge comes to an end (1945); Al Capone dies (1947); HBD Alicia Keys (1981); RIP Mary Tyler Moore (2017).
-Mary Tyler Moore
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