10.22.2018

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Need To Know.
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Dodgers vs Red Sox.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball's World Series after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. Dodgers' outfielder Cody Bellinger was named Most Valuable Player, in part for a two-run home run in Game 7 - with the award, Bellinger becomes the youngest position player to win a postseason MVP. The Red Sox, who are slight favorites to win the series, beat the Houston Astros in five games to advance to the championship. Though the teams are two of baseball's most historic franchises, they have rarely met - they haven't played an October game since 1916, when the Dodgers were located in Brooklyn. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday night (8pm ET, Fox). 
USC Moves to Settle Massive Sex Abuse Case.
The University of Southern California offered $215M to settle a lawsuit alleging that Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist at the school, harassed and abused over 500 students during the course of three decades. Tyndall has not yet been charged with a crime, though the Los Angeles Police have been investigating the complaints. The offer needs a judge's approval and would provide between $2,500 and $250,000 to victims. The university was criticized for sitting on the allegations since the 1990s - effectively letting him continue to treat thousands of students - until the Los Angeles Times came forward with a story earlier this year. 

See a nurse practitioner describe her interaction with Tyndall when she was a student, and other women describe what it was like to be a patient (paywall). 
US Lottery in the Billions.
The Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings both went unclaimed on Friday, driving the combined pots for the next drawing to a historic $2.2B. The Mega Millions haul sits at $1.6B while a Powerball winner would get $620M - the Mega Millions number is the largest lottery jackpot in US history, passing a $1.58B Powerball draw in January of this year. Both lotteries have instituted rule changes that have caused the pots to almost double. Powerball lowered the odds of winning from one in 175 million to one in 292 million three years ago, while the Mega Millions decreased the odds of winning from one in 259 million to one in 302 million (the latter also double its ticket price to $2). Both are national-level drawings, with tickets available in 44 states. The next drawings are Tuesday night for Mega Millions and Wednesday night for Powerball. See the list of biggest jackpots here

The chance of winning both? Just around 1 in 88 quadrillion.
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (More) | What is the Mark Twain Prize for Humor? (More)
> Rae Carruth, ex-NFL player who served 19 years for hiring hitman to kill ex-girlfriend and her unborn child to be released from prison today; will seek custody of the child he attempted to kill (More)
> Actress Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis; Blair was diagnosed in August but had symptoms for years (More)
Science & Technology.
> After decades of research, scientists identify four genetic variants that correlate with sexual orientation (More)
> NASA plans $2.4B "mega-mission" to recover rocks from multiple sites on Mars in 2020 (More)
> Deborah DiSanzo, head of IBM Watson Health, leaving post amid series of stumbles, including predictive analytic software for cancer diagnosis that was ridiculed by doctors (More)
Business & Markets.
> Shares of consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble -  maker of Tide, Crest, Gillette, and more - rise 7% on biggest sales increase in 5 years (More)
> US existing-home sales fall to lowest level since 2015 as rising mortgage costs keep buyers on sidelines (More) | US rent prices drop for first time since 2012 (More)
> CBS interim chairman resigns from board due to health reasons (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Memo outlines administration plan that would legally define gender as that assigned at birth for purposes of Title XI regulations (More)
> Saudi government reverses course, now says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fist fight at Saudi consulate in Istanbul (More) | See obituary (More)
> Justice Department charges Russian woman with trying to influence US elections; Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova allegedly ran finance for "Project Lakhta", a Russian political interference operation (More)
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Etcetera.
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Ready for Halloween? See the most haunted places in the US
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...Last but not least, Stephen King gives his top 20 tips for writers.
The 100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it
Caretakers baffled after lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis Zoo.
 
Fortune releases its Future 50, the companies that are best poised for long-term growth.
8-year-old girl describes in her own words what it's like to pull a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake
Panasonic rolls out horse blinders for humans
Man eats two of the world's hottest peppers at once, relies on the Internet for help (w/ video). 
Clickbait: Teen drives seven hours to deliver pizza to dying man
Historybook: Metropolitan Opera House opens in NYC (1883); HBD Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine (1917); HBD actress Annette Funicello (1942); President Kennedy addresses nation on Cuban Missile Crisis (1962); HBD reggae artist Shaggy (1968).
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