10.23.2018

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Hurricane Willa.
In what will be the next major hurricane event, Hurricane Willa is bearing down on the southwestern coast of Mexico with an expected landfall of sometime this afternoon. Much like its Atlantic cousin Hurricane Michael, Willa rapidly intensified from a tropical depression to a Category 5 storm in just over 48 hours. The system is the 10th major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) in the Eastern Pacific this year, making the Pacific hurricane season the 5th most active on record. It has also been the strongest season since records began in 1970 in terms of Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure that adds up the intensity of all storms in a given season. Scientists point to warmer temperatures at the water surface as one of three key drivers (along with humidity and wind) of the increasingly intense storms. Willa is expected to weaken slightly before hitting the coast, arriving as a strong Category 3 or low Category 4 storm (see trajectory). 
Migrant Caravan Raises Tensions in DC.
President Trump threatened to cut aid to three Central American countries yesterday, saying they did not do enough to prevent a large group of migrants from attempting to make the journey to the US-Mexico border. The caravan, now reportedly over 7,200-people strong, primarily consists of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Those three countries receive over $500M annually in foreign aid from the US. The migrant group has traveled about 300 miles and still has over 1,100 miles from the nearest US border crossing - like previous caravans, many will attempt to apply for legal entry via asylum. If granted, the migrants can apply for a green card after one year, and citizenship four years later. In recent years, roughly 80% of Central American applicants pass initial screenings, but less than 25% are eventually granted asylum (see data here).

See a map - and current progress - of the route taken by the group. 
Turkey Gives Details on Khashoggi Death.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will release details about his country's investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a public press conference today. Khashoggi, an insider-turned-critic of the Saudi government, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. Turkish officials have slowly released details suggesting that he was killed and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad with connections to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The press conference comes one day after tapes revealed that an impersonator attempted to act as a body double following Khashoggi's death by dressing up in his clothes and leaving the consulate - that plan was scrapped after the impostor wore the wrong shoes

Separately, consulting giant McKinsey & Company is taking heat (paywall) for helping the Saudi government attack its critics online. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Actress Amy Schumer announces she's expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer (More)
> 94-year-old former Price is Right host Bob Barker hospitalized for severe back pain; second health scare in two weeks (More)
> Game 1 of the World Series between LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox begins tonight (8pm ET, Fox); see game preview and predictions (More)
Science & Technology.
> New full-body scan can reveal where HIV molecules are hiding out even when blood tests say the viral load is undetectable (More)
> New report projects electric vehicles will account for 25% of new passenger automobiles in China by 2028, with US at 12.5% (More)
> Mouse study suggests physically active fathers give rise to children with better metabolism; trait may be passed through RNA molecules carried in sperm cells (More)
Business & Markets.
> Netflix to raise $2B in debt to invest in production of original content; company plans to spend $8B on original content in 2018 (More)
> New York Attorney General fines banking giant Wells Fargo $65M related to “fraudulent” sales practices (More)
> Canadian marijuana giant Aurora Cannabis to list shares on NYSE today as marijuana stocks plunge since Canadian legalization last week (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Federal judge orders Michael Avenatti, outspoken lawyer who represents Stormy Daniels, to pay $4.85M owed to ex-colleague in separate suit (More)
> Administration considering rolling out proposal for 10% income tax cut for middle income earners; plan will come out ahead of midterms (More)
> Supreme Court blocks ruling requiring Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed over citizenship question on 2020 census (More)
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The City That Had Too Much Money.
Bloomberg | Matthew Campbell and Natalie Pearson. Because of Canada's history of going easy on financial crime, Vancouver has become a hub for transferring questionable funds from the East to the West, mostly from China. See how billions of Chinese dollars are shaping the city - and how leaders are beginning to push back. (Read)
Interviewing Lou Reed: Not a Perfect Day.
The Guardian | Simon Hattenstone. Lou Reed, lead singer of The Velvet Underground, passed away 15 years ago this coming Sunday. He was famous for less-than-perfect interactions with the media, and this classic 2003 interview is no exception. (Read)
Etcetera.
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The US fitness industry is booming, but so is adult obesity (stress levels are down, though). 
By 2040, the US is projected to rank 64th out of 195 countries in average lifespan
Kill some time: A database of paper plane folding instructions
The 33 best dive bars in America (via Thrillist). 
The world's longest sea bridge is set to connect Hong Kong to mainland China via Macau
Wembley Stadium serves two-foot-long mac and cheese hot dogs during Sunday's NFL game in London
Check out New Zealand's most exclusive resort, where only 5 couples can stay at one time
Forbes ranks the 15 most dangerous places to live in the world
Clickbait: Chubbs, a massive 15-foot gator, is back terrorizing Florida golfers (w/ video). 
Historybook: First National Woman’s Rights Convention begins (1950); HBD Johnny Carson (1925); HBD Pelé (1940); Suicide bombing at US Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon kills 241 US servicemen (1983); 130 die in Moscow theater hostage crisis (2002).
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