2.13.2019

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El Chapo Found Guilty.
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty on ten counts related to international drug smuggling in a Brooklyn court yesterday. More than 50 witnesses testified against the 61-year-old Guzman, who amassed close to $14B as head of the Sinaloa cartel. The testimonies painted a lurid picture of the notorious drug lord's daily life and a cozy relationship with many Mexican officials, including an alleged $100M payoff to former president Enrique Peña Nieto. Guzman's defense rested after 30 minutes, painting his image as a myth built up by the US and Mexican governments as a scapegoat for ongoing drug violence. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison - Guzman has twice escaped custody while in Mexico. 

Take a look at ADX Florence, the Supermax prison facility where experts say El Chapo will serve out his sentence. 
Opportunity's Last Gasp.
NASA announced yesterday it would make a final attempt to contact Opportunity, its record-setting Martian rover that has been silent since last June, before officially calling it quits. The iconic machine landed for a 90-day mission in January 2004 and had been chugging around Mars since - exceeding its planned mission by about 14 years and 292 days, or 55 times its projected lifetime. Accomplishments include the reconnaissance of nearly 100 craters and compelling evidence that water once flowed freely on the planet. The rover, which drew power from solar panels, stopped communication after being caught in one of the worst Martian dust storms ever observed.
Reign of Terrier.
King the wire fox terrier took home Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Dog Show last night. Many in the raucous crowd grumbled and booed the decision - wire fox terriers have now won 15 of 112 Best in Show titles, the most of any breed (see past winners). King beat out over 2,800 contestants representing 203 breeds, including fan favorite Bean the Sussex spaniel, who seemed to draw energy from his supporters as he pranced and posed during the final competition. Controversy erupted just before the best in show competition, when Colton the schipperke - winner of the non-sporting group - was ruled ineligible due to a conflict of interest with one of the judges. A clearly dejected Colton had no comment on the decision. The winners get no prize money (but lucrative breeding fees) - King gets a shiny bowl, a visit to a steakhouse, and a walk-on role in a Broadway rendition of Pretty Woman. See photos from the event here.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Three female students file class-action lawsuit against Yale University to allow women to join all-male fraternities (More)
> Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland ordered to pay back $3M loan to investors (More) | What was Fyre Festival (More)
> Rapper 21 Savage is released from ICE detention on bond; was arrested last week after it was discovered he was a British citizen and had overstayed his visa (More)
Science & Technology.
> FDA sends 12 warning letters, 5 advisory letters in crackdown on false advertising of dietary supplements (More)
> Archaeologists say Stonehenge and similar structures may trace their origins back to a single hunter-gatherer culture 7,000 years ago in northwestern France (More)
> Study links white blood cells that stick to the inside walls of blood vessels to decreased cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients; cells reduce blood flow to brain in capillary vessels (More)
Business & Markets.
> US job openings up 2.4% in December to 7.3M - highest ever since record-keeping began in Dec 2000 (More) | Americans' debt load increases to record $13.5T - has risen consistently since 2013 (More)
> US stock markets surge - S&P500 1.3%, Dow 1.5%, Nasdaq 1.5% - as risk of second government shutdown lowers and China/US trade hopes improve (More)
> Earnings Season: Molson Coors shares down 9% as US beer sales continue decline (More) | Video game giant Activision Blizzard to cut 8% of staff (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Mark Kelly, former astronaut and husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, launches 2020 Arizona Senate bid against Sen. Martha McSally (R) (More)
> President Trump skeptical of funding compromise to avoid government shutdown, says he's "not happy" but likely to sign deal ahead of Friday deadline (More) | US Senate passes biggest conservation bill in a decade, protecting nearly 2 million acres of land and creating four new national monuments (More)
> US and Chinese trade negotiators meet for final time before tariff hikes on $200B of Chinese goods entering the US goes into effect on March 2nd (More)
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About 40% of American couples now meet each other online.

Cyberattacks, climate change top global list of concerns (data via Pew Research). 
Read Bill and Melinda Gates' annual letter to the world
Artist uses 1,440 hand-drawn portraits to create a beautiful animated short
Check out the shortlisted photos from Sony's 2019 World Photography Awards
A day in the life of a freshman congresswoman new to Capitol Hill.
 
A bat on the loose at an NBA game may have exposed fans to rabies

Portland grocery runs out of kale ahead of big snowstorm
Meet Tudder, the Tinder-style dating app for cows
Clickbait: Texas man enters abandoned house to smoke pot, finds tiger
Historybook: HBD Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier (1923); HBD Jerry Springer (1944); Nashville sit-ins begin (1960); RIP French opera singer Lily Pons (1976); Earthquake in El Salvador kills 944 (2001).
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