11.9.2018

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California Shooter Identified.
A Marine veteran was identified as the shooter in an attack on a California bar late Wednesday night, officials revealed yesterday. 28-year-old Ian David Long killed 12 people before taking his own life during a college night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. A former machine gunner who served in Afghanistan, Long reportedly had mental health problems and was on the radar of local police for a number of smaller incidents. Officials said Long used smoke bombs and carried out the attack using a Glock 21 handgun outfitted with an illegal extra capacity magazine. The victims included a sheriff's deputy, a Navy veteran, and others (see full list) - no motive has been identified in the attack.

Eerily, a number of patrons at the bar that night said they also survived last year's mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival that left 58 people dead. 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized yesterday after falling in her office yesterday. The 85-year-old Ginsburg reportedly fractured three ribs in the fall and was admitted to the hospital for observation. As one of four liberal justices and the oldest member on the Court, her health has been the subject of intense speculation - should it become necessary, Ginsburg's replacement would be the third justice appointed by President Trump. Her family said she was already "up and working" following the accident. 

Ginsburg is known to keep a pretty rigorous exercise schedule for an 85-year-old. 
Fire Wipes Out California Town.
A fast-moving wildfire devastated the small town of Paradise, California last night, destroying up to 1,000 homes and forcing 30,000 residents to evacuate. The late-season blaze started yesterday morning near Feather River Canyon (see map) and spread over 18,000 acres in just 8 hours, driven by high winds and low humidity. Officials fear dozens of people may have died among numerous missing persons reports, but have not been able to search homes and buildings yet. As of early this morning, the blaze was completely uncontained and was sitting on the outskirts of Chico, a city of 90,000 people. See photos from Paradise after the flames swept through here
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Actress Meg Ryan and rock star John Mellencamp announce their engagement (More)
> Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United set for Sunday, see full preview (More) | What is the Manchester derby? (More)
> Disney announces new streaming service launching late 2019 to be called Disney+, will feature original programming including newly announced Star Wars spin-off (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study of 10,000-year-old DNA reveals new migration paths of Central and South America population; nearly all ancestors came from three main paths that each crossed over the Bering Strait (More)
> New theory of human thinking says the brain's navigation system is central to organizing and recalling memories and experiences (More)
> Stressed-out dads can pass on physiological impacts to offspring; extracellular clumps form on sperm cells under stress conditions, which influence early brain development (More)
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> US Federal Reserve will not increase interest rates from current 2-2.25%, hints at likelihood of rate hike in December instead (More)
> Google ends mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases, following massive protest from Google employees last week (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), the highest ranking Republican congresswoman and Chair of the House Republican Conference, will not seek leadership post in new Congress (More) | Florida Senate, governor races may head to recount as late votes narrow margins (More
> 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds preliminary injunction blocking Trump administration's plan to phase out DACA (More) | Who are Dreamers? (More)
> Trump administration will deny asylum to immigrants who cross the border illegally in bid to funnel people towards entry ports (More)

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Weekend Reads.
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There's a Bat Apocalypse Unfolding.
National Geographic | Jason Bittel. A destructive fungus, called Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has laid waste to nearly 6,000,000 bats in North America in the last ten years. Here's how the chemicals in your lipstick might help. (Read)
Losing Laura.
The Boston Globe | Peter DeMarco. When Laura Levis began having an asthma attack, she rushed towards the hospital and even called 911 - but she never got inside. How did Levis perish just feet away from the emergency room? (Read)
 
The Stranger in the Shelter.
Outside | Earl Swift. The first documented murder to ever occur on the Appalachian Trail happened in March 1974. See inside a random killing, a bizarre kidnapping, and more chilling memories from survivor Margaret McFaddin Harritt. (Read)
 
Why Educating Girls in Rural Pakistan is a Must.
Brookings | Sumbal Naveed. As the tribal regions of Pakistan come out from years of Taliban-dominated rule, education could give nearly one million young girls previously unimaginable opportunities. (Read)
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Americans' concerns about crime are at a 12-year-low
...And US smoking rates have fallen to all-time lows
The 50 greatest movie dance scenes of all time
AFAR Magazine's 2018 travel photography awards have been selected.
...And check out the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards ranking the best cites in Europe.
No Plot Twist: Man breaks into gator farm, jumps into pond full of crocodiles...and gets bitten.
The most important food innovation from every state
157 days and 37 jellyfish stings later, strongman Ross Edgley completes 1,791-mile swim around Britain
Clickbait: The Satanic Temple sues Netflix for $150M over new Sabrina series
Historybook: Napoleon Bonaparte leads coup and becomes dictator of France (1799); HBD actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (1914); HBD astronomer Carl Sagan (1934); First issue of Rolling Stone published (1967).
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