10.3.2018

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New Charlottesville Charges.
Four people were arrested yesterday in connection with a deadly white nationalist rally held last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, on federal charges of inciting riots. The new charges were not related to a grisly attack that left 1 dead and 19 injured when a white nationalist supporter slammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters - instead, officials say the suspects assaulted at least four people during separate confrontations throughout the day. Officials also say they have evidence that the men traveled across the country with the specific intent of stirring up violence - claims that led to the conspiracy and rioting charges, instead of a more straightforward assault charges. The men - Cole Evan White, 24; Benjamin Drake Daley, 25; Michael Paul Miselis, 29; and Thomas Walter Gillen, 34 - were part of a group known as the Rise Above Movement, which trains members in fighting techniques with the intent of causing violence at various protests. 

Each suspect faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on both counts. 
Amazon Raises Minimum Wage.
Amazon will begin paying all US employees a minimum of $15 per hour beginning on November 1st, the company said yesterday. The new wage is more than double the federal minimum of $7.25 and is an increase of Amazon's current entry-level wage of $10 to $14, which depends on the location of workers. The announcement comes just weeks after political pressure over its wages by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - who praised the company's decision yesterday - but is also a result of a tight labor market. With unemployment near historic lows, dipping to 3.9% in August, large companies have faced increasing pressure for workers. Retail competitor Target had previously announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The company also said it would begin lobbying lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage. 

Separately, the company has said it will announce the location of its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, by the end of the year. 
NHL Season Begins.
The National Hockey League gets underway tonight, with a four-game slate that includes the defending champion Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins (7:30pm ET, NBCSN). The Capitals - now without Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz, who reportedly doubled his salary by going to the New York Islanders in the off-season - will raise their championship banner before the game. Vegas favors the Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs entering the season, each at 8/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2019, while the Capitals sit at 14/1 odds to defend their title. Enthusiasm for the Las Vegas Golden Knights (12/1 odds) - who shocked the sports world, reaching the Cup in their first full season as an expansion team - has continued, with fans putting a historic number of bets on the Knights for the upcoming season. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Brad Kern, veteran producer of NCIS: New Orleans, fired by CBS after third harassment allegation (More)
> Colorado Rockies knock out Chicago Cubs by score of 2-1 in 13-inning National League wild card game (More) | Yankees, Athletics meet tonight in American League wild card (More)
> Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and Childish Gambino to headline Coachella 2019 (More) | Coachella 101 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Three laser scientists win Nobel Prize in Physics for using lasers to manipulate single atoms and molecules, including first woman to win Physics prize in 55 years (More)
> Study shows that networks of brain lesions may account for both alien limb syndrome (where limbs move without being initiated by the patient) and akinetic mutism (where patients have trouble initiating movement at will) (More)
> EPA proposes loosening rule on what constitutes minimum harmful level of radiation exposure; rule change open for public comment (More)
Business & Markets.
> FDA conducts surprise inspection at headquarters of e-cigarette maker Juul, seizing thousands of documents related to marketing & sales practices (More)
> JCPenney hires new CEO Jill Soltau, former Joann Stores Chief - shares rise 9% (More)
> Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music files for US IPO, valuation expected in the $25B range - could be largest US IPO by a Chinese company (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Envelopes mailed to White House, Pentagon found to contain ricin; two milligrams of purified substance is lethal to adults when inhaled (More)
> Rising Democratic star Jason Kander pulls out of Kansas City mayoral race citing military-related PTSD (More)
> Report says New York State Tax Department investigating tax rules used when President Trump received over $40M from parents when young; White House says transfer signed off on by officials decades ago (More)
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Americans will receive the first-ever presidential emergency text alert on their cell phones today (don't worry - it's just a test). 
More than 40% of young adults report feeling lonely, while only 27% of those over 75-years-old say the same
Here's why your calf size may be an indicator of your health.
Report estimates Netflix consumes 15% of the Internet's bandwidth.
Amazing color photos from the 1940s of the Chicago rail yards
New Hampshire man sets new record with a 2,528-pound pumpkin
New California law treats pets like children during a divorce settlement
FBI agent shot in leg by booby-trapped wheelchair while pursuing Oregon suspect. 
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Historybook: HBD American singer/songwriter Chubby Checker (1941); HBD Gwen Stefani (1969); East and West Germany are unified (1990); OJ Simpson acquitted of murdering ex-wife and her friend (1995); RIP Psycho actress Janet Leigh (2004).
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