10.15.2018

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Detained American Pastor Returns.
Turkish officials released American pastor Andrew Brunson on Friday, after detaining him for nearly two years over allegations of aiding terrorist groups. Brunson, who met with President Trump shortly after returning to the US on Saturday, was arrested during the crackdown that followed an unsuccessful attempt to remove Turkish President Recep Erdoğan from power in 2016. Brunson - who had lived with his family in Turkey for over two decades while leading a small Christian congregation - was charged with aiding Kurdish rebels to help in engineering the coup attempt, which Brunson denies. His release helps repair US-Turkish relations at a time when Turkey is looking for support in confronting Saudi Arabia over the alleged assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil two weeks ago. 

In the case of Khashoggi, the US has signaled the incident will likely not prevent a $110B arms deal with Saudi Arabia. 
Harvard on Trial.
A Boston court will begin hearing arguments today accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American students during the admissions process. The trial is the first step in a case that many believe will wind up at the Supreme Court, with potentially wide-ranging implications for affirmative action. The plaintiffs, the Students for Fair Admissions, say that the university has consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality tests, harming their chances of admission. The case has already peeled back the school's secretive admissions process, and analysis shows that Asian-Americans routinely scored higher on tests but were dragged down by lower scores on 'likeability' assessments (see case file here). The school does not deny the data but says it has a different view on what constitutes a fair admissions process. 

Harvard admitted a record-low 4.59% of its applicants in 2018. 
Sears Bankruptcy.
Former brick-and-mortar retail giant Sears filed for bankruptcy overnight, announcing it will close 142 stores by the end of the year. The news follows the recent closure of 46 stores, though the company still has over 500 locations across the US and owns 360 K-Mart stores. The move represents a last-ditch effort to save a once-great American brand that was once the country's largest employer, but was passed by retailers like Walmart and Target and then failed to adapt to the age of online commerce. The nearly 130-year-old company began as a catalog that offered consumers everything from clothing to home appliances, leading many to refer to Sears as the "original Amazon". The company opened its first retail location in 1925 in Evansville, IN, and remained the largest retailer until Walmart overtook it in 1989. Long-time CEO Edward Lampert, who had been criticized for lacking a clear strategy for the company, will step down

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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> US women's national soccer team defeats Jamaica 6-0 to qualify for 2019 Women's World Cup (More)
> Report says Aaron Hernandez, former NFL player convicted of murder in 2015 and who committed suicide in jail, was sexually abused as a child (More)
> UK Princess Eugenie marries tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle (More) | Royal family announces Meghan Markle is pregnant with first child, due in the spring (More)
Science & Technology.
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> Archaeologists uncover rare ritual burial in 5th century Roman cemetery; 10-year-old girl buried with stone in mouth to prevent her from "rising from the dead" (More)
> New 19-mile-long rift found in found in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, six miles away from releasing a 115-square-mile iceberg (More)

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Business & Markets.
> Banks Citi, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo kick off earnings season by beating earnings expectations (More)
> Facebook reduces amount of accounts affected in largest data leak from 50M to 29M; Company to inform users of specific information leaked in coming days (More)
> Beer icon and industry pioneer Bill Coors dies at 102 (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Hurricane Michael death toll climbs to 19 after bodies recovered in Virginia, NC (More)
> Seven killed in Gaza protests after Israeli officials say a group broke through border fences and attacked an army post; brings total killed to around 200 since March 30th (More)
> Storm kills nine climbers on Himalayan peak Mt. Gurja in western Nepal (More)
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This stunning, interactive map shows almost every building built in the US (paywall). 
Track superstar Usain Bolt scores two goals in his first career soccer start.
C-section rates have almost doubled worldwide since 2000.
Mapping out the nation's opioid crisis county-by-county
Texas zoo goes on lockdown after mountain lion wanders inside.
The world's oldest barber is 107 years old and still cutting hair (paywall). 
The definitive, inarguable ranking of the country's best chicken wings.
Savannah police on hunt for criminal who put googly eyes on a public statue.
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