VA Gubernatorial Election Today.
In the first major statewide race since Donald Trump became President, Democrat Ralph Northam heads into the election for Virginia's next governor with a slight lead over Republican Ed Gillespie. Northam, current lieutenant governor and a former physician, has led by as much as 17 points and trailed by as much as 8 points against Gillespie, a former lobbyist and 2014 Senate candidate. The race is seen as a bellwether for Trump-era politics - since 1970, Virginia has elected 6 Republican and 6 Democratic governors, though it went for Hillary Clinton by 5 points in 2016. In another statewide election, Governor Chris Christie's run comes to an end in New Jersey, with Democratic candidate Phil Murphy heading in with a healthy 14 point margin

Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of Act of War.
Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for a missile fired at its capital from Yemen, saying Iran committed an 'act of war' by supplying the missile to the Yemeni rebels who fired it. The missile traveled over 600 miles before being intercepted prior to reaching Riyadh (see map). Saudi Arabia and Iran - the two heavyweight regional adversaries in the Middle East - have been fighting a proxy battle in Yemen, with the Saudis supporting the Yemeni government against Iran-backed Houthi Rebels. The specific use of the phrase 'act of war' escalates tensions just days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrested 11 royal family members in a move to consolidate power

Air Force Failed to Report TX Shooter to FBI.
Details emerged around Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a Texas church on Sunday. The Air Force launched an internal review into why it failed to report Kelley - who was court-martialed for two counts of domestic abuse during his time at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico - to the FBI. Federal law prohibits gun purchases by those convicted of domestic abuse, though loopholes exist. Officials also linked the shooting to a domestic dispute, saying Kelley's mother-in-law attended First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Kelley was found with three gunshot wounds, one self inflicted and two received from an armed neighbor who intervened.

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Science & Technology.

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Politics & World Affairs.

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Waiting to Inhale. 

ESPN Magazine | David Fleming. After a typical Sunday in AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys sideline is littered with more than 100 individual smelling salt capsules. And the entire NFL is following suit - even health-nut Tom Brady is an avid user of the pungent chemical, despite there being no evidence of physical advantage. Explore the NFL’s newest placebo, and why players are consuming more and more each season.

The Disease That Could Change How We Drink Coffee. 

BBC | Jose Luis Penarredonda. In the 19th century Sri Lanka and the Philippines were the world's biggest producers of coffee. Within a few decades the industry was virtually eliminated by a fungus called Hemileia vastatrix, or coffee rust. Colombia now faces the same threat, putting one-third of the world's coffee and nearly 760,000 jobs at risk.
Cybercrime tops the list of crimes Americans are most nervous about.

The global average time it takes to start a business has never been lower (new World Bank data).

A data rich presentation breaking down divorce rates by occupation

Color photos of the 1939 New York World's Fair

The origins of all 32 NFL team names.  
Meet the oldest man in the world, a Chilean man born in 1896.

Scotland's rugby team drinks too much, barred from plane home after the rugby World Cup.

How learning to share cake could help unfair US elections

Clickbait: Neo-nazi group claims Papa John's as group's official pizza

Historybook: HBD Marie Curie (1867); RIP Eleanor Roosevelt (1884); Jeannette Rankin is first woman elected to Congress (1916); Magic Johnson announces his HIV diagnosis (1991).
-Marie Curie
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