10.26.2018

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Need To Know.
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Trump to Send Troops to Border.
President Trump is preparing to send a group of about 800 US Army troops to help secure the southwest border. The group will reportedly include Army engineers, doctors, and drone operators - active-duty military are generally barred from domestic functions like border security, and the troops are said to be serving in a support role (paywall). The move comes in anticipation of a migrant caravan heading through Central America towards the US-Mexico border. The caravan, now reportedly around 5,000-people strong after many applied for asylum in Mexico, primarily consists of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The group is about 1,000 miles from the closest US border crossing at Brownsville, Texas, and 2,350 miles from the San Diego border crossing. Trump is also considering an executive order to close the border in advance of the group's arrival. 

While apprehensions at the southwest border have dropped by over 60% since 2000, asylum applications have quadrupled. Read how asylum has become the new entry strategy
Mailbombs May Have Come From Florida.
Officials believe that a number of the pipe bombs mailed to high-profile liberal figures this week may have been mailed from southern Florida, according to reports yesterday. Surveillance videos were being checked at the massive Opa-locka postal facility after officials determined at least one package passed through the location. Investigators also said the devices were not rigged to explode on opening, and they were unsure whether they were capable of detonating or simply meant to cause fear ahead of the midterm elections. The updates came as two more mailbombs were discovered, one sent to actor Robert De Niro and one to former Vice President Joe Biden. The recovery of the two new devices brings the total targets to eight this week.
Google.
Google was accused of protecting one of its most powerful executives despite a credible sexual misconduct claim against him. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, was alleged to have had an extra-marital affair with a company employee and coercing her into sex acts in a hotel in 2013. Instead of firing Rubin, Google is alleged to have buried the story, shuffling Rubin out the door in 2014 with a $90M severance package. Two other executives were said to have been given similar treatment - see original report here (paywall). In response, the company pointed out it had fired nearly 50 employees over the past two years for harassment, and Rubin denied the specific charges against him, saying it was a smear by his ex-wife. 

Google's parent company, Alphabet, missed revenue expectations yesterday for first time in 2 years, with shares falling 4% in after-hours trading.
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Megyn Kelly reportedly to depart NBC's Today show at end of December following comments questioning offensiveness of blackface costumes (More)
> Clueless remake in development from Paramount Studios with Marquita Robinson from Netflix hit GLOW hired to write script (More)
> Nielsen ratings to measure LGBTQ household viewing habits for first time (More) | How do the Nielsen ratings work? (More)
Science & Technology.
> Tiny wasp-inspired drone can fly and walk on surfaces, pulling over 40 times its own weight (w/ video) (More)
> Landmark study finds children have until age two-and-a-half to establish a healthy gut microbiome (More)
> Company Quantum Xchange plans to build the first US quantum network by end of year; 500-mile-long fiber optic cable from Boston to Washington, DC will use quantum encryption for secure communications (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets rebound from Wednesday's collapse - S&P 500 up 1.8%, Dow up 1.6%, Nasdaq up 2.9% (More)
> Earnings Season: Amazon misses revenue expectations, shares down 7% in after-hours trading (More) | Social media giant Snap (Snapchat) sees user decline for second consecutive quarter, shares down 10% in after-hours trading (More) | Twitter revenues up 29%, surpasses expectations; shares up 15% (More)
> Marlboro cigarette maker Altria to cut e-cigarettes over "vaping" concerns among teens/children (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first modern-era female president; will be the only female head of state in Africa (More)
> President Trump announces aggressive proposal to lower drug prices which would peg payments for certain drugs to the lower prices paid in other countries; proposal would apply to drugs received at doctor's offices, not pharmacies (More)
> Saudi Arabia reverses earlier stance, says murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated (More) | CIA director Gina Haspel briefed on Turkish audio and video evidence, will brief President Trump (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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China's Hidden Camps.
BBC | John Sudworth. China has long denied the existence of internment camps in Xinjiang, saying they are merely vocational schools. But with hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims now living in these camps, it's the Chinese narrative that is becoming more and more fictitious. (Read)
The Unsolved Murder of an Unusual Billionaire.
Bloomberg | Matthew Campbell. Last year, a pharmaceuticals executive and his wife were murdered in their Toronto home. There are many theories, but still no answers. (Read)
 
What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?
The Players' Tribune | Darius Miles. Darius Miles was drafted by the Clippers when he was just 18, fresh faced and fresh out of high school. See inside his drastically changed new life in the NBA, a world filled with beautiful hotels, private jets, and long bouts of depression. (Read)
 
The Carousing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel Prize.
Wired | Charles Graeber. James Allison - a scientist and musician - looks like Jerry Garcia and is a fiend for the harmonica. Oh, and he just won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking cancer research. (Read)
Etcetera - Best of October 2018.
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Editor's Note: Today we're bringing a roundup of our most clicked stories in October. Enjoy!

(10/3) Here's why your calf size may be an indicator of your health.
(10/1) Twitter erupts after Kanye West calls for abolishing the 13th Amendment.
(10/19) Winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced, and their photos are amazing.
(10/2) Here's how long different drugs stay in your body.
(10/24) The best websites for wasting time in 2018.
(10/11) New York City creates a gender-neutral "X" option on birth certificates.
(10/17) Watch Simone Biles perform a vault never successfully completed by a female gymnast.
(10/9)  This new font is scientifically designed to help you remember better
(10/18) A new mom's comic explaining why she is so exhausted goes viral.
 
(10/4) Watch scientists accidentally blow up their lab with a way-too-strong magnet
 
(10/16) Here are the 15 best fall hiking trails across the US.
 
(10/5) Which companies have the happiest employees.
 
(10/23) Forbes ranks the 15 most dangerous places to live in the world.
 
(10/12) All 50 states, ranked by their food (via Thrillist).
Historybook: Erie Canal opens (1825); RIP women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1902); HBD Hillary Clinton (1947); RIP Hattie McDaniel, first African-American Academy Award winner (1952); Last known natural case of smallpox detected (1977).
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