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Need To Know.
Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host.
Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the 91st Academy Awards yesterday, just one day after being named host. The decision came after a number of homophobic tweets and comments resurfaced. Hart said that Academy officials gave him an ultimatum to issue an apology - he initially refused, saying that he had apologized for the comments a number of times in the past. In his initial defense, issued on Instagram, Hart said that he had "evolved and grown" as a person since the comments. Hart eventually tweeted an apology addressed to the LGTBQ community while also stepping down from the role. The Oscars themselves had made an effort to diversify, having faced ongoing criticism for overlooking black actors, actresses, writers, and directors, prompting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
Sage Grouse.
The Trump administration is preparing to roll back Obama-era rules protecting the threatened habitat of the greater sage grouse - a chicken-like bird that roams almost 11 million acres in oil- and gas-rich Western states (see maps here). Scientists say the bird's wild population has dropped by 50% between 2007 and 2013, largely due to disruption from traditional oil drilling techniques and urban sprawl. The strange-looking critter has come to symbolize the tension between environmental protection and the recovery of natural resources - it was originally considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act before being listed as near-threatened in 2015. The new plan would limit the grouse's protected habitat to just under 2 million acres. 

On a completely unrelated note, check out the male's peculiar mating strut
Golden Globe Nominations.
Nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes were announced yesterday, led by the Dick Cheney biopic Vice which picked up six nominations. Close on its heels were The Favourite, Green Book, and A Star is Born, each of which snagged five nominations (see full list). The awards are voted on by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, recognizing excellence in both domestic and foreign film and television. On the TV side, cable channel FX beat out HBO and Netflix for the first time, leading the networks and streaming services with 10 total nominations. FX's slate of shows includes the critically-acclaimed Atlanta, Pose, and The Americans. Actress Constance Wu, nominated for her role in Crazy Rich Asians, became the first Asian woman to be included in the list for best lead actress in 44 years. The ceremony will take place January 6th, 2019, with Sandra Oh and Andy Samburg as hosts.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa wins Walter Camp Award for college football Player of the Year; see full list of College Football award winners (More)
> Barry and Bob’s Burgers lead Writers Guild Awards TV nominations, see full list of nominees (More) | 2019 Grammy Nominations announced this morning; here’s how to watch (More)
> Well-known scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson is accused of sexual misconduct by fourth woman (More)

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Science & Technology.
> Researchers find 4,900-year-old strain of plague-causing bacterium in ancient Swedish burial plot; may be linked to mysterious decline of Europe's first farming communities (More)
> Scientists link "chemo brain" - a persistent mental fog caused by chemotherapy - to the effect of radiation on microglia cells, which protect the brain from inflammation (More)
> Australia passes sweeping anti-encryption laws, allowing police to require tech companies to assist them in overcoming encrypted devices (More) | See 101 (More)
Business & Markets.
> Trump administration meets with top tech execs - Microsoft, Alphabet (Google), Oracle & others - to discuss future of industry (More) | Ride-sharing giant Lyft files for IPO, last valued at ~$15B (More)
> Oil prices slip as OPEC delays decision on production levels (More) | US oil and fuel exports were higher than imports last week for the first time on record (More)
> Eddie Lampert - Sears' Chairman and largest creditor - bids $4.6B to keep struggling retailer alive (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Facing Dec. 7th deadline, House and Senate approve two-week spending package; bill heads to White House for approval (More)
> Reports say President Trump considering former Attorney General William Barr, who served under former President George HW Bush, to return to post (More) | State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert nominated to replace Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador (More)
> Former FBI director James Comey testifies in closed-door hearing to House Oversight and Judiciary Committees today (More)
Weekend Reads.
The Woman Who Outruns the Men, 200 Miles at a Time.
The New York Times | Rebecca Byerly. Fighting through dehydration, exhaustion, and even hallucination, Courtney Dauwaleter has won 11 ultramarathons, challenging the notion of male advantage in endurance competitions. (Read, paywall)
Do I Really Want to Hurt My Baby?
The Cut | Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow. Intrusive thoughts and depression are extremely common among most new mothers, but are amplified in cases of postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. (Read)
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche.
Breaker | Laurie Penny. One may assume a Mediterranean cruise filled with hundreds of elite digital currency investors would be formal, but it's actually...quite the opposite. (Read)
The Death Disrupters.
Topic | Andy Wright. Dying in America is an expensive affair, with exorbitantly high funeral costs and less-than-perfect embalming methods. Meet the people trying to make dying in the US more palatable. (Read)
Today marks the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor - check out these historic photos of the attack.

...And previously unidentified bodies from the attack are now being returned home
The 100 best places to work, as ranked by employees
Can You Help? A two-year-old battling cancer needs a rare blood type, sparking a worldwide search for donors
Albert Einstein's "God Letter" sells for $2.9M at auction
Pantone Color Institute selects its 2019 color of the year.
How once-darling digital media companies are getting squeezed from both sides.
This 9-year-old boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball ban
Clickbait: Michelin dining guide notes used auto shop for its delicious ramen
Historybook: RIP editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast (1902); HBD Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (1932); Pearl Harbor Naval Base bombed by Japan, killing 2,403 (1941); HBD basketball legend Larry Bird (1956); Apollo 17, the final Apollo moon mission, is launched (1972).
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