11.26.2018

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Need To Know.
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Border Clash.
The San Ysidro border crossing was closed for hours yesterday after US agents fired tear gas into a group of Central American migrants when a number attempted to break through the border fence separating the US and Mexico. The migrants are part of a larger caravan from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that arrived in the city of Tijuana, which sits on the Mexican side of the border crossing, directly across from San Diego, earlier this month. The incident occurred after a protest by the migrants calling on the US to speed up the asylum review process devolved into chaos, with a number of protesters reportedly throwing rocks and other objects at border agents. The Mexican government said it was preparing to deport around 500 people who rushed the fence. 

In separate news, President Trump touted a new "Remain in Mexico" policy that would keep migrants seeking asylum on the Mexican side of the border until cases are decided, though the Mexican government denied making a final deal.
Climate Report.
A major report released by the Trump administration on Friday linked the threat of increasingly destructive natural disasters with climate change. The behemoth document, the fourth volume in a congressionally-mandated series that began during the first Bush administration, noted that natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires have cost the US nearly $400B since 2015 (see full report here). The report - which focused more on quantifying impact than remedies - examined issues ranging from increased flooding in South Carolina, to more frequent heatwaves in the Southern Great Plains, to the effect on military assets around the globe. In moderate scenarios (where average global temperature rise is between 1.1 and 2.6 degrees by the year 2100), the US economy was projected to slow by $280B/year (in 2015 dollars). A separate federal report (paywall) issued Friday said that North America's share of greenhouse gas emissions dropped from 24% in 2004 to about 17% in 2013, mostly due to better vehicle fuel efficiency and the replacement of coal-fired power with natural gas. 

All told, 17 of the 18 hottest years since records began in 1850 have occurred in the 21st century. 
Holiday Shopping Shifts Online.
More post-Thanksgiving shoppers chose to stay home and shop online than ever before, with online sales during last week's Black Friday shopping rush hitting an estimated $6.22B. That total is up 23.6% from last year, and it was the first year to see over $2B in sales made via smartphones. Many consumers didn't wait for Friday - digital sales on Thanksgiving smashed records, passing $3.7B on the day. Preliminary estimates of overall sales data projected a $23B haul for US retailers, also a record, though sales at brick-and-mortar stores fell 4-7%. Sales on Small Business Saturday, during which consumers are encouraged to explore local and independent retailers, topped a reported $3B. Last but not least, today's Cyber Monday is expected to see the highest-grossing single-day online sales in US history, coming in at a projected $7.8B. 

A survey from the National Retail Federation survey said US consumers are expected to spend an average of about $1,000 this season, up 4.1% from last year. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 to win Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's championship game (More) | Texas A&M beats LSU 74-72 in 7 overtimes, in highest-scoring game in college football history (More)
> Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods in $9M winner-take-all match (More) | Turner & Comcast to issue refunds due to technical issues during live stream (More)
> Ricky Jay, magician and Boogie Nights actor, dies at 72 (More)
Science & Technology.
> New wearable technology lets users listen to live music via their skin (More)
> Paleontologists discover fossil of elephant-sized, non-dinosaur herbivore from over 200 million years ago (More)
> China expands on plans to build particle accelerator 4x the size of the Large Hadron Collider, currently the world's most powerful beam line (More) | Chinese scientists claim to have achieved birth of first-ever gene-edited human babies, raising ethical questions (More)
Business & Markets.
> Oil prices slip ~8% on Friday ahead of December OPEC Meeting (More) | Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries 101 (More)
> Markets continue fall on Friday, S&P 500 Index has worst Thanksgiving week in 80 years, down 3.8% (More)
> Ohio becomes first US state to accept Bitcoin for tax payments as Bitcoin falls below $4,000 (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Officials say California's Camp wildfire, the deadliest and most destructive in state history, is now 100% contained; at least 85 were killed and almost 14,500 structures destroyed (More)
> European leaders agree on Brexit deal governing United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, deal now heads back to UK Parliament (More)
> Winter storm batters US Midwest, drops up to a foot of snow and cancels hundreds of Thanksgiving flights (More)
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Nature film crew breaks "no interference" rule to rescue penguins trapped in ravine.
 
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