1.9.2019

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Need To Know.
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Trump Address.
President Trump made his case for additional funding to extend the US-Mexico border wall to the public last night in a prime time address. Trump referred to the situation at the border as a security and humanitarian crisis, but stopped short of declaring a national emergency - which would allow him to secure funds without congressional approval. Recent data showed 303,000 apprehensions along the Southwest border in fiscal year 2017, a drop of about 65% from the previous 10 years (see data, pdf). Funding for a border wall extension is at the center of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in day 19, which has impacted nearly 800,000 federal workers in locations across the US. Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) gave a Democratic rebuttal. Trump has invited congressional leaders for a third round of discussions at the White House today, and is scheduled to visit the border tomorrow.  
Milestone in Cancer Death Rates.
US deaths from cancer dropped for the 25th year in a row in 2016, according to a report released yesterday by the American Cancer Society. The group estimates there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases this year, along with about 600,000 deaths. Since reaching a peak in 1991, largely driven by lung cancer in men, annual deaths from cancer have fallen by 27%, representing nearly 2.6 million prevented deaths. Advocates largely attributed the decline to smoking awareness campaigns and improved early detection and intervention technologies. Despite the overall decline, the report noted that deaths from obesity-related cancer are rising. Obesity is linked to increased risk in 13 cancer types, and represents 40% of all diagnoses.
Fallout from Coma Sex Assault.
Police served a warrant at a Phoenix health care facility to have all male employees DNA tested following news that a woman in a 10-year-long coma gave birth last week. The 29-year-old Native American woman has been in a vegetative state since a drowning accident years ago - reports suggest facility staff were not aware of the pregnancy until near the time of birth. Officials say evidence suggests the woman was raped multiple times, and authorities plan to use the DNA tests to rule out (or identify) male employees as assailants. The CEO of Hacienda Healthcare, who oversees the facility, submitted his resignation on Monday at the same time that new reports surfaced alleging other patient abuses had been swept under the rug.  

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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Musician R. Kelly reportedly under criminal investigation following accusations of sexual assault made in Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly (More)
> Arizona Cardinals hire former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury as head coach (More) | Tampa Bay Buccaneers name Bruce Arians as their new head coach (More)
> Celebrity chef Mario Batali will not be charged with sexual misconduct after NYPD drops investigation (More)
Science & Technology.
> US carbon dioxide emissions rose 3.4% in 2018 after three straight years of decline; increase driven by growing economy, despite near-record number of coal power plant closures (More)
> IBM unveils first quantum computer designed for commercial use at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; skeptics say it's still in pre-commercial phase (More)
> Free, AI-based face-scanning app diagnoses certain genetic disorders, like Noonan syndrome, before they become apparent to doctors (More)
Business & Markets.
> World Bank projects global growth to slow from 3.0% to 2.9% in 2019, citing international trade tensions (More
> Shared office space provider WeWork secures another $2B in financing from SoftBank (More)
> Sears back on brink of bankruptcy as it reconsiders chairman Eddie Lampert's $4.4B bid (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Report states US Navy veteran has been held in custody in Iran for five months on unspecified charges (More)
> Texas authorities officially charge man with murder in the shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes; the shooter, a black male, was originally identified as white, leading to widespread fears of racial targeting (More)
> Redaction error reveals former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied about sharing polling data with business partner who has ties to Russian intelligence agencies (More)
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