12.14.2018

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Need To Know.
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Senate Rebukes Saudis.
The US Senate voted 56-41 yesterday to end US support of Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen's bloody civil war yesterday. Immediately following that vote, Senators passed a resolution holding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly responsible for the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The bipartisan effort comes after months of administration officials appearing to stand by the Crown Prince, saying there was no direct evidence of his role in the killing. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October. The US House, which will be under Democratic control, will take up the measure in January. 

Here is everything you need to know about the conflict in Yemen. 
Apple Goes Big in Austin. 
Electronics and software giant Apple announced it would make a major investment in Austin, TX, investing nearly $1B and creating up to 15,000 jobs by 2022. It would be the second major campus for the company - which has been often criticized for its Chinese operations - behind its primary headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Apple, which currently employs about 90,000 US workers, also said it would add 1,000 new jobs in San Diego, Seattle, and Culver City, CA, while planning expansions in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Boulder, and Portland, OR. It also said it would invest $4.5B to upgrade data centers in Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona over the next two years. Amazon, who made a big to-do around the announcement of its second headquarters, Apple had stayed mum on the news until yesterday. 

Check out photos of Apple's futuristic Cupertino campus here
French Shooting Suspect Killed.
French police shot and killed a man suspected of opening fire on a popular Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg, France on Tuesday, killing 3 people and injuring 12 others. Officials detained at least 5 people in the aftermath of the attack, but the suspect managed to evade capture, escaping from the scene in a taxi. The 29-year-old suspect had been on the country's "Fiche S” list, which tracks national security threats - the suspect had a string of criminal convictions in France and Germany and officials believe he may have been radicalized while in jail. France in particular has dealt with a growing problem of youth immigrant teens growing up in impoverished suburbs, who begin with petty crime and eventually develop extremist tendencies (read more here).  
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces class of 2019 inductees including Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, and Stevie Nicks; see full list of inductees (More)
> CBS reaches $9.5M settlement with actress Eliza Dushku over sexual harassment from fellow Bull castmember Michael Weatherly (More)
> Marvin Gaye's family wins $5M lawsuit against Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke over Blurred Lines copyright infringement (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists find more evidence that Alzheimer's can be passed to new patients via the transmission of "sticky" proteins under particular, but rare, conditions (More)
> Virgin Galactic's test flight of space tourism shuttle flies almost 83 km high, achieving suborbital flight (More) | What counts as outer space anyways? (More)
> Japanese satellite spies methane, a potent but short-lived greenhouse gas, bubbling from melting Arctic (More)
Business & Markets.
> General Electric to sell digital business ServiceMax to tech private equity firm Silver Lake (More) | Stock surges ~8% as JPMorgan analyst upgrades stock rating (More)
> Robinhood - trading startup known for commission-free trades - launches checking and savings accounts which pay 3% interest in move into banking (More) |  Check out 2018's State of Startups report from famed early stage VC firm, First Round Capital (More)
> Japanese conglomerate Japan Post to acquire ~8% stake in insurer Aflac for ~$2.6B (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty to espionage for conspiring to gather data on conservative groups by infiltrating pro-gun rights organizations (More)
> Sweeping $867 billion farm bill heads to White House for signature; compromise bill preserves food assistance programs in current form (More)
7-year-old immigrant girl dies from dehydration, exhaustion hours after being picked up by border control; girl was accompanied by father and had crossed border into New Mexico (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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Why Are So Many People Getting a Meat Allergy?
Mosaic | Maryn McKenna. As diagnoses of meat allergies increase, more and more people want answers. But despite its prevalence, the mysterious allergy has the world of immunology perplexed. (Read)
The Dirty Secret of Elite College Admissions.
Medium | Bryan Walsh. The dirtiest, but most-widely known secret at top schools? Legacy applicants have a five times better chance at getting in, often independent of merit. (Read)
 
I'm Still Here.
Highline | Clancy Martin. In an extremely personal account of his own life, Clancy Martin describes his chronic urge to commit suicide that started as early as age 4 - and why he's still alive. (Read)
 
The Absurd Quest to Make the “Best” Razor.
Vox | Kaitlyn Tiffany. As the razor market continues to decline due to changing shaving habits and an aging population, the $3.5 billion industry is resorting to unconventional strategies to improve the simple act of shaving. (Read)
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Sports fan? You probably don't want to read the health safety reports for food vendors at stadiums
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Historybook: HBD Nostradamus (1503); RIP George Washington (1799); HBD actress Patty Duke (1946); Eugene Cernan is last person to walk on Moon (1972); Sandy Hook school shooting, 20 children and 6 staff murdered (2012).
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