10.12.2018

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Need To Know.
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Tensions Escalate Over Missing Saudi Journalist.
Turkish authorities said late Thursday that they had obtained video and audio proof that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was last seen entering the consulate on October 2nd. Reports have suggested that part of an elite "assassination squad" was sent to kill the journalist, and communications intercepted from Saudi Crown Prince  Mohammed bin Salman had been trying to lure Khashoggi back to the country for at least four months. The incident runs counter to the prince's image as a liberal reformer - the Saudi government has denied the charges and offered to form a joint investigative group with Turkey. Khashoggi was in self-imposed exile in Washington DC due to threats on his life, and a number of Republican senators have pushed President Trump to ramp up pressure on the Saudi royal family over the case. 
Astronauts Survive Engine Malfunction.
US and Russian astronauts survived an emergency landing after their booster rocket malfunctioned moments after launch yesterday. The two-man crew was headed to the International Space Station aboard a Russian-made Soyuz MS-10 when the booster rocket - a powerful, expendable engine meant to get the ship out of Earth's orbit before falling off - failed to separate from the spacecraft. At the point of failure the crew was over 62 miles above the ground, and underwent ballistic (or uncontrolled) re-entry on the way back down with the crew experiencing forces 6.7 times that of gravity. It was the first booster malfunction to happen to a manned crew at high altitude in 43 years. 

Both astronauts were said to be in good condition. 
Assessing Michael's Aftermath.
At least six people were confirmed dead and 900,000 were left without power as residents across the Southeast US assessed the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The powerful Category 4 storm arrived Wednesday morning along the Florida panhandle with record-setting winds of 155 mph, bringing a storm surge of up to 14 feet in some areas (see video). It was the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle and the strongest October storm to make US landfall. After being downgraded to a tropical storm, the system continued to bring flooding and power outages across the mid-Atlantic. Early estimates put the insured losses caused by the storm at $4.5B - the tally would make Michael the 12th billion-dollar weather event in the US in 2018 (see full list). With many roads underwater and cell phone communication down, especially in the Florida panhandle, officials believe the recovery effort will take months

Check out drone footage capturing the extent of devastation.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Prosecutors abandon part of their sexual assault case against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein due to witness tampering by a detective (More)
> Mixed martial arts fighters Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov suspended by Nevada Athletic Commission over post-fight brawl from October 6 bout (More)
> Black Panther writer, director Ryan Coogler signs on to direct the film's sequel (More)
Science & Technology.
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> New microscope combines machine learning to produce the most detailed image of a mouse embryo ever observed (More)
> The late Stephen Hawking's final paper published, argues that information can be stored in a halo of "soft hair" surrounding a black hole (More)
> Researchers find that wild chimpanzees share highly-prized food items with friends regardless of dominance status (More)
 
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Business & Markets.
> Stock market sell-off continues, US markets down ~2% - worst 2-day period in 8 months (More) | Tencent Music - music business of Chinese tech giant Tencent - postpones US IPO due to global stock sell-off (More)
> US Post Office proposes 9-12% price increase on Amazon, other shippers (More)
> Billionaire Richard Branson suspends talks regarding $1B space group investment with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) over disappearance of Saudi journalist (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori arrested in corruption probe for allegedly taking illegal contributions from a Brazilian construction firm (More)
> Facebook pulls down at least 800 accounts, some with over 100,000 followers, for violating spam rules and pushing "inauthentic" political content for profit (More)
> Experts project northern Congo's Ebola outbreak to last at least another 3 to 4 months; 194 cases have been reported with 122 deaths since August (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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The Walmart of Heroin.
New York Times Magazine | Jennifer Percy. Of the 10 most populous counties in America, Pennsylvania's Philadelphia County has the highest rate of overdose deaths, with 236 people fatally overdosing there in 2017. See how Kensington - a former industrial neighborhood - has become one of the largest open air drug markets in the country and a popular stop for drug tourists. (Read, paywall)
How the US Forced China to Quit Stealing.
Wired | Garret M. Gaff. For years China and its government profited from the theft of intellectual property. This is the story of how the US was able to stop them - at least for a little while - using one of its own spies. (Read)
 
Unprotected.
ProPublica | Finlay Young. Liberia's More Than Me Academy was created with the goal of saving young women from sexual exploitation - only to realize that the organization had become an enabler of its co-founder who had been sexually assaulting young women for years. (Read)
 
My Bodyguard, My Self.
Topic | Jamie Lauren Keiles. Security details have existed in some form for nearly all of human civilization, but the position has changed greatly over time. Here's how three New York City bodyguards cope with the stress of putting their life on the line every day. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Mapping the geographical usage of pop versus soda
All 50 states, ranked by their food (via Thrillist). 
Spitfire the whippet jumps 31 feet, sets a new world record for dogs (w/ video).
A photo-essay on what life is like for 18-year-old girls around the world (paywall).  
Ugh Millennials: Your newest victim is the venerable American cheese.  
A guide to private architectural gems joining the Open House Worldwide festival
R&B great Usher released a new album last night with less than 24 hours notice.
Have $1.5M to burn? Buy yourself an entire Wild West town
Clickbait: Say hello to the hottest new trend - doing yoga with goats
Historybook: Christopher Columbus reaches the Caribbean, believes he reached the Indies (1492); Robert E. Lee dies (1870); HBD American playwright Alice Childress (1916); RIP Wilt Chamberlain (1999); USS Cole is attacked by suicide bombers, killing 17 American sailors (2000).
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