11.28.2018

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Computer Caused Lion Air Crash.
A deadly October plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia was caused by a malfunctioning safety system, according to data recovered from the plane's black box. In a report released yesterday, investigators describe the pilots struggling to control the new model Boeing 737 MAX 8 against the plane's computerized safety override. The recovered data shows the plane was pulled out of a nosedive multiple times before crashing into the Java Sea at 450 mph. The conclusion is consistent with the theory that the plane's auto-adjust system, which is designed to force the nose down if its angle is too steep in order to prevent stalls, received bad data about the plane's orientation from faulty sensors attached to the fuselage.

Boeing has delivered (paywall) over 200 of the new MAX model aircraft to airlines around the globe, with 4,700 orders in place. 
Manafort.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange multiple times between 2013 and 2016 in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, according to reports yesterday. One meeting was said to have occurred around March 2016, a time period that would've overlapped with the beginning Manafort's involvement with the Trump campaign. WikiLeaks, an international non-profit that publishes secret and leaked info from anonymous sources, obtained a raft of emails from a source who had hacked the computers of Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. WikiLeaks released about 20,000 emails obtained from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta between October and November 2016. Manafort currently faces prison time for financial and lobbying crimes uncovered by the ongoing Russia probe (though the charges were unrelated to his time with the Trump campaign). Manafort and Assange both strongly denied the allegations. 
Mexico to House Migrants.
The Mexican government signaled yesterday it would be willing to house migrants arriving at the US border while they wait for asylum. The change - asylum seekers are currently housed in the US while their cases are adjudicated - was a key demand of President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy. Trump tweeted that a deal had been reached last Saturday, but incoming Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied the reports. The news comes as over 5,000 Central American migrants, part of a caravan arriving from countries like El Salvador and Honduras, are currently housed in a sports complex in the border city of Tijuana. 

In Washington, another showdown over border wall funding is ramping up as a Dec. 7th deadline to fund large parts of the federal government looms.  
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Chef José Andrés nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for non-profit work feeding millions in wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (More)
> Green Book and A Star Is Born lead 2018 National Board of Review Awards; see full list of winners (More) | What is the National Board of Review? (More)
> Stephen Hillenburg, Emmy Award-winning creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, dies at 57 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists pinpoint process in human eye underlying why too much screen time disrupts sleep (More)
> Chinese scientist reports second gene-edited baby, says more time is needed to see if pregnancy lasts (More)
> In a big step towards precision medicine for cancer, FDA approves drug that fights tumors based on their genetic mutations rather than cancer types (More)
Business & Markets.
> US consumer confidence slips in November from 18-year high as Americans expect weaker economy (More)
> CEO of publishing giant Condé Nast (New Yorker, Vogue, GQ) to step down in move to cut costs (More)
> United Technologies - US conglomerate producer of aircraft engines, elevators, and HVAC systems - to split into 3 public companies (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) wins runoff, pushing GOP majority in US Senate to 53-47 (More) | Looking forward: Most competitive Senate races for 2020 (More)
> House Democratic caucus meets for secret ballot vote for House Speaker, all signs point to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12); nine Democrats demand changes to rules that would make passage of bipartisan bills easier (More)
> China closing deal to build nuclear power plant in Argentina, deepening China's influence in Latin America (More)
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Visualizing when in life your dating pool is the largest
The best craft breweries in each state (via Thrillist). 
 
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Watch a humpback whale trick thousands of fish into becoming dinner
South Koreans are so stressed they are paying for weekend stays in prison.
Check out Reuters' best pictures from 2018
Heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships in Germany
Chaos erupts after ATM begins spitting out $100 bills.
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Historybook: American-born Lady Astor becomes first female member of the House of Commons (1919); HBD Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (1929); RIP basketball inventor James Naismith (1939); HBD comedian Jon Stewart (1962); Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister of the UK (1990).
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