12.11.2018

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Need To Know.
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Brexit Vote Delay.
Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a key vote by British Parliament on a negotiated deal to guide Britain's departure from the European Union over fears that the vote would fail. May's administration had negotiated the package with EU leaders, which governs a range of tax, trade, migration, and other issues as the UK cuts ties with the 28-member bloc (see background). After nearly two years of negotiations, the country's Parliament has the final vote - observers say May always faced a tall challenge guiding the package through, with many members saying it went too far and others saying it did not go far enough in ending relations with the EU. May will now try to convince EU leaders to tweak the package, although prospects for renegotiation look dim

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 - with or without a deal.
Nobel Prizes Handed Out.
The Nobel Prizes were handed out yesterday, celebrating achievements in the sciences, medicine, and peace efforts (see photos). The winners were announced in October and include the prize in medicine for advances in immunotherapy, the prize in physics for using lasers to control single molecules, and the chemistry prize for creating artificial, super-fast evolution in the lab. Historically, the prize in literature would've been awarded, but the committee pulled the award this year after the husband of Katarina Frostenson, a member of the Swedish Academy who awards the Prizes, was found to have leaked a number of winners in advance for gambling purposes (in addition to facing numerous sexual assault allegations). Finally, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to activists Nadia Murad and physician Denis Mukwege for their work on fighting sexual violence in underdeveloped countries.

Watch Murad - a former ISIS prisoner turned women's rights advocate - give a moving acceptance speech
Southeast Digs Out.
Over 200,000 people are without power after a record-breaking snowstorm pounded the Southeast over the weekend and into Monday. The system dropped up to 24 inches of snow in some areas of the Appalachians - over 500 flights were canceled on Monday after nearly 1,700 were canceled on Sunday. Three people were reported to have died during the storm. The massive storm traversed the country, beginning by dumping rain and causing chaos in Los Angeles at the beginning of last week before eventually slamming into the Carolinas and moving out into the Atlantic Ocean. In Charlotte, pedestrians had to dodge icicles falling from skyscrapers while an overturned truck full of pigs snarled traffic in western North Carolina. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
>  Sports Illustrated names the Golden State Warriors the 2019 Sportsperson of the Year, only the fourth team to receive the award (More)
> CBS to sell Television City, the iconic 25-acre home to CBS's production and sound stages, to real estate developer for $750M (More)
> The Favourite (14) and Black Panther (12) lead nominations for the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards; see full list of nominees (More)
Science & Technology.
> Chinese court bans Apple from selling older iPhone models due to infringement on two Qualcomm patents (More)
> Launched in 1977, NASA's Voyager 2 becomes second human-made craft to make it to interstellar space; now outside the Sun's "bubble", over 11 billion miles away (More)
> After a 20-year-long excavation archaeologists recover "Little Foot", a 3.67-million-year-old hominid skeleton (More)
Business & Markets.
> Japanese conglomerate SoftBank prices world's second largest-ever IPO at $23B valuation, to start trading 12/19 on Tokyo Stock Exchange (More)
> Alphabet to shut down Google+ social media service four months early after privacy bug affected 50M+ accounts (More) | Google unveils plan for massive Mountain View, CA development of office and residential space (More)
> Weight loss product giant Nutrisystem to be acquired for $1.4B by Tivity Health (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> French President Emmanuel Macron promises wage raises in attempt to stem "yellow vest" protests (More)
> Supreme Court declines to hear case challenging Medicaid access to Planned Parenthood services; will allow Medicaid recipients to continue using Planned Parenthood as a health services provider (More)
> GOP-backed prison reform bill falters in Senate; supporters criticize Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) (More)
In Depth.
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Inside China's Audacious Global Propaganda Campaign.
The Guardian | Louisa Lim and Julia Bergin. In the past ten years, China has begun buying media outlets and training foreign journalists to paint a better picture of China. See how China's international propaganda campaign is ambitious and clever - but most of all, it's no longer something the West can just shrug off. (Read)
Ghosts of Highway 20. 
Oregonian | Staff. Along a stretch of lonely Oregon highway, women keep vanishing. Some were assaulted, some were murdered, and many are still missing. One man may be responsible for them all. (Read)
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The world's best cities for street art

The iconic "Fearless Girl" statue is unveiled at her new home
OpEd: Why getting straight As in school may leave you worse off (paywall). 
The top dog names of 2018
Census Bureau releases socio-economic indicators for the nation's 3,142 counties
...and this report tracks how population and prosperity have been shuffled since the Great Recession
Ranking the best small town bar in every state (via Thrillist). 
Why this $1500 mirror could upend the fitness industry
Roger, the fabulously muscular kangaroo, passes away
Clickbait: Mom cancels baby shower after family ridicules name choice
Historybook: King Edward VIII abdicates throne, younger brother King George VI takes crown (1937); Germany & Italy declare war on the US (1941); HBD John Kerry (1943); RIP Sam Cooke (1964); RIP model Bettie Page (2008).
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