10.25.2018

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Need To Know.
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Mailbombs.
Officials intercepted a slew of explosive packages yesterday sent primarily to Democratic politicians as well as CNN headquarters. Two devices were caught en route to the homes of Hillary and Bill Clinton in New York and Barack and Michelle Obama in Washington, DC. A third bomb was mailed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but had the wrong delivery address and was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D, FL-23) Florida office, which was listed as the return address. A fourth bomb was discovered at a congressional mail facility intended for Rep. Maxine Waters (D, CA-43). Separately, the Time Warner Center in New York was evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the mail room of CNN's headquarters. That package was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan - who does not work for the network, but appears as a guest - and anchors were pulled from the air mid-broadcast (see video). The incidents come two days after a similar package was found at the compound of liberal billionaire donor George Soros.

All devices were caught before they detonated and no injuries were reported. 
Super Typhoon Yutu.
Three US territories in the South Pacific were battered yesterday by Super Typhoon Yutu, which brought 180 mph winds and potentially catastrophic damage to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The storm, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, is the strongest storm of the year as well as the strongest on record to hit the islands, home to about 50,000. Early reports say at least one person died and all power has been wiped out. Typhoons are the same weather phenomenon as hurricanes (collectively known as tropical cyclones), but occur in the western Pacific Ocean. Though hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean get the most media coverage in the US, they only make up about 11% of cyclone activity each year. 

Check out this primer for everything you ever wanted to know about hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones. 
Wall Street Sinks (Again).
US markets took a big dip again, with all major stock indices down during yesterday's trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 2.4%, while the S&P 500 was down over 3% and the Nasdaq dropped almost 4.5%. The fall, the sixth consecutive trading session in which stocks dropped, pushed the Dow and S&P into negative territory in 2018 after being up as much as 9.6% as recently as September 20th. The Nasdaq officially entered correction territory - meaning the index has dropped over 10% since its most recent high. The plunge was driven by an array of concerns, including disappointing forecasts from computer chipmakers, weak home sales data, fears over rising interest rates, and more. Some analysts worry the drops signal the end of a nearly 10-year-long bull market

One bright spot was Tesla, whose stock soared 10% after reporting its first profitable quarter in company history. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Adidas execs Jim Gatto and Merl Code and sports agent Christian Dawkins found guilty of paying families of college basketball recruits to attend top hoops schools (More)
> Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 to win Game 2 of the World Series; Game 3 on Friday in Los Angeles (More)
> Forbes releases list of 2018's Highest-Paid TV actors with Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons topping list with $26.5M; see complete Forbes list (More)
Science & Technology.
> Archaeologists find 15,500-year-old artifacts believed to be the oldest weapons in North America; point to earlier migration into the continent than previously thought (More)
> Physicists lay out 6 steps to achieve a quantum internet, where information is communicated using "qubits" (More) | Quantum computing 101 (More)
> Apple's Tim Cook levels scathing criticism of Silicon Valley's treatment of user data at EU privacy conference, makes reference to the "data-industrial complex" (More)
Business & Markets.
> Earnings Season: Microsoft beats earnings expectations on strong cloud computing growth (More) | Visa beats earnings expectations on increased payment processing (More) | Ford beats earnings expectations, shares up 5% in after-hours trading (More)
> New York Attorney General files lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for downplaying the risks of climate change to its business (More)
> US new home sales in September dip 5.5% to near two-year low (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Virginia attorney general opens investigation into Catholic sexual abuse and coverup in the state (More)
> Food and Drug Administration approves first new flu drug in over twenty years; 80,000 people died from the flu last year, the most in four decades (More)
> Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman calls Khashoggi murder a 'heinous crime' in first public remarks since the journalist's disappearance (More)
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In Depth.
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He Won the Powerball Jackpot. It Ruined His Life.
Washington Post | April Witt. When Jack Whittaker won the Powerball jackpot in 2002, he didn't plan on changing much about his life - maybe just "promoting goodwill" throughout his community. But reality quickly got in the way, filled with frequent drunken bar nights and ruined friendships. (Read, paywall)
The Multimillion-Dollar Android Ad Scheme.
Buzzfeed News | Craig Silverman. A complex ad scheme was recently uncovered which corrupted apps and tracked user behavior. In the corrupting of a single app, this scheme could potentially steal $75 million a year in ad revenue - and these fraudulent apps have already been downloaded over 100 million times. (Read)
Etcetera.
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The most popular horror movie in each state.
Younger Americans are better at telling facts from opinion in news sources
A deep dive into America's hidden political tribes.
OpEd: Why students should stop pursuing double majors (paywall).
A list of all the family fights you'll have while raising children.
Canadian doctors are prescribing trips to the art museum to treat chronic illnesses
Inventor of the green bean casserole dies at age 92
Clickbait: Ross from Friends is wanted for stealing crates of beer in Britain
Historybook: HBD Pablo Picasso (1881); Benjamin O. Davis Sr. becomes first African American general in US Army (1940); HBD Katy Perry (1984); Hall of Fame golfer Payne Stewart dies in plane crash (1999).
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