2.21.2019

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Coast Guard Officer Arrested for Terror Plot.
A Coast Guard lieutenant was arrested last week on gun and drug charges related to what prosecutors say was a larger domestic terrorism plot, according to court filings revealed yesterday. 49-year-old Christopher Hasson, an avowed white nationalist, had allegedly compiled a hit list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians. Prosecutors also presented emails from Hasson where he discussed conducting a biological attack on the US. Federal agents reportedly found 15 firearms and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition when they raided Hasson's residence - as well as dozens of bottles of human growth hormone (read court files). Hasson served in the Marines from 1988 to 1993, and more recently had served as an acquisition officer at the US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, since 2016. 

"I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth," Hasson wrote in a letter drafted to friends in 2017. 
Church Sex Abuse Summit.
Pope Francis kicked off a four-day summit at the Vatican today, inviting nearly 200 church leaders to join lectures and workshops aimed at addressing widespread sexual abuse by clergy. The conference comes at the end of a rough month for the Church - Francis defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick for longstanding sexual abuse, a bombshell report detailing sexual violence against nuns was released, and officials confirmed the existence of secret guidelines for clergy who violate celibacy vows and father children. The Church also buffered an avalanche of high-profile scandals that came to light in 2018, in dioceses in the US, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere. Francis himself has tempered expectations, aiming to provide hands-on instructions for local officials on how to handle abuse claims.  
Cohen to Testify Next Week.
Former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in an open-door hearing before the House Oversight Committee on February 27th. The public testimony will be followed by a closed-door appearance before the House Intelligence Committee. Cohen was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to eight separate charges, including a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels that was considered an excessive campaign contribution. The news of the testimony came hours after a judge granted Cohen a two-month delay in reporting to prison while Cohen reportedly recovers from shoulder surgery. Cohen will now report on May 6th. 

Editor's Note: Yesterday we mistakenly said that police had video of the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. In fact, surveillance footage shows two men police questioned about the attack, but not the attack itself. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Empire actor Jussie Smollett charged with felony disorderly conduct and filing a false police report (More) | Thor actor Chris Hemsworth tapped to portray wrestler Hulk Hogan in biopic film for Netflix (More)
> North Carolina beats Duke, 88-72; Duke star and potential top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson sprains knee 36 seconds into game after his shoe falls apart, did not return (More)
> Rock band The 1975, DJ Calvin Harris are big winners at 2019 Brit Awards (More) | See full list of winners for awards honoring British music and international artists (More)
Science & Technology.
> Report says US mining sites leak up to 50M gallons per day of untreated wastewater into surrounding water sources (More)
> China announces plans to launch space-based power stations that collect solar energy and beam it back down to Earth in the form of microwaves (More)
> Sources say Google is set to enter the lucrative video game market, launching a Netflix-like streaming game service at its March 19th developer's conference (More)
Business & Markets.
> Swiss banking giant UBS fined $5.1B in France for assisting clients to avoid taxes (More)
> Sources say rideshare giant Lyft plans to launch IPO roadshow in late March - would beat rival Uber to market; analysts expect $20-25B valuation (More)
> Samsung unveils Galaxy Fold, its first foldable phone at $1,980 price tag, available in late April (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Supreme Court unanimously rules that states and localities can't impose excessive fines; may imperil states' civil asset forfeiture programs (More)
> White House to request California repay nearly $2.5B in federal funds that went to initial plans for high-speed rail project; CA Governor Gavin Newsom claims request is payback for lawsuit over border wall funding (More)
> Thousands rally in France to protest anti-Semitism following spike in attacks (More)
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In Depth.
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How Former Ref Tim Donaghy Conspired to Fix NBA Games.
ESPN | Scott Eden. In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy was caught for placing bets on games that he officiated - making millions for a handful of seedy gamblers in the process. Read the most thorough account of the NBA's biggest scandal. (Read)
How to Catch a Catfisher.
The Guardian | Max Benwell. A year ago, Max Benwell found out that someone had been using photos from his social media to trick women into online relationships. After being informed of this by multiple women, Benwell made a fake Tinder and Instagram and took matters into his own hands. (Read)
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Yosemite National Park's renowned "firefall" has returned
New theory says Stonehenge slabs were carried over 140 miles on land
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is now corroding Nazi submarines
Clickbait: Man sucker punches own attorney after being sentenced to 45 years in prison
Historybook: The Communist Manifesto is published by Karl Marx (1848); HBD musician Nina Simone (1933); NASCAR founded (1948); Malcolm X assassinated (1965); RIP Billy Graham (2018).
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