2.8.2019

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Need To Know.
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Music's Big Night.
The 2019 Grammys will be held Sunday night at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles (8pm ET, CBS), hosted by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. After winning four Grammys last year for his album DAMN, Kendrick Lamar returns with eight nominations, largely for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack. Drake follows closely behind with seven nominations for his album Scorpion - notably, both artists turned down performance slots at the show, and pop star Ariana Grande may not attend after a tiff with producers. After harsh criticism that judges' picks felt outdated and irrelevant, the fields for this year's major categories were expanded from five to eight nominees (see predictions here). 

Confused about the difference between Album, Song, and Record of the Year? Read this.
Bezos Blackmail.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accused American Media Incorporated, the parent company of the National Enquirer, of an alleged extortion and blackmail scheme. Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, says AMI lawyers offered to hold back publishing intimate text messages between him and former Los Angeles news anchor Lauren Sanchez in exchange for positive statements about AMI news coverage. The exchange followed the publishing of an initial series of texts between Bezos, who is married but going through a very public divorce, and Sanchez. Bezos also claims that AMI CEO David Pecker was angry over the Post's investigation into AMI publishing puff pieces on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while trying to expand into Saudi Arabia. 

Bezos laid out the scheme, along with relevant communications, in a lengthy and personal Medium post
Louisiana Law Blocked.
The US Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The court was split on the stop, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the swing vote, and is temporary - the court will likely hear the case in oral arguments in the fall. Admitting privileges require doctors performing abortions have relationships with local hospitals that allow them to treat patients there. Supporters say the requirements are commons sense safety measures protecting women's health, while critics say the difficulty in obtaining the privileges forces most clinics to close. The plaintiffs in the case - which is similar to a Texas case three years ago in which Roberts dissented from the law being struck down - said the restrictions would leave Louisiana with only one operating clinic. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Frank Robinson, former MVP and first African-American manager in MLB, dies at 83 (More)
> Woody Allen brings $68M lawsuit against Amazon after they refused to distribute his film following molestation accusations against Allen (More)
> New York Fashion Week begins today; see full calendar and preview of best designers (More)
Science & Technology.
> New report claims many popular iPhone apps record users' screen activity without requesting permission (More)
> Human diet drugs suppress appetite, biting in mosquitoes; may help stem spread of disease (More) | Study shows bees are capable of simple arithmetic (More)
> North Carolina scientists believe they've achieved first-ever in-body gene editing of a live patient (More)
Business & Markets.
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> US regional bank BB&T to acquire rival SunTrust for $28B in stock, largest bank deal since Great Recession (More)
> Federal bankruptcy judge approves Sears chairman's $5.2B bid; preserves 425 stores and 45k jobs (More)
> Twitter revenues and profits beat expectations, but monthly active users (MAUs) fall, shares slide 10% (More) | Delivery service Postmates files for confidential IPO (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Democrats unveil Green New Deal resolution to address climate change concerns, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) (More) | House Democratic leadership leaves Ocasio-Cortez off new climate panel (More)
> Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in US history, passes away at age 92 (More)
> Senate Judiciary advances Trump nominee for Attorney General to full floor vote (More) | Acting Attorney General will testify before House panel today after threatening no-show; will answer questions about his oversight of Mueller probe (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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The Parking Lot Suicides.
Washington Post | Emily Wax-Thibodeaux. Veterans commit suicide almost 10% more than non-veterans, and the most common place to go for help - Veterans Affairs hospital campuses - are where many veterans are taking their own lives. (Read, paywall)
Quitting Zyrtec Is Total Hell.
Medium | Jessica Misener. Zyrtec, a daily over-the-counter allergy medication, is usually thought to be a rather benign drug. But despite not being listed in the side effects, many users are experiencing harsh withdrawal symptoms. (Read)
 
The Strange, Never-Ending Saga of MoviePass.
The Ringer | Andrew Gruttadaro. Despite many catastrophic setbacks, the founder of MoviePass - which sells a monthly subscription for seeing movies at the theater - insists there's a rebound on the horizon. (Read)
 
The Silly Stereotypes That Elite-College Students Have About Other Campuses.
The Atlantic | Joe Pinsker. Every elite school has a reputation. Whether it's real or imagined, it's usually of little concern to the students who perpetuate the stereotypes - because their school is always at the top of the pyramid. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Five-year survival rates for nearly all cancers are on the rise.
Check out the real-life diet of the most flexible man in the world
TSA found a record number of firearms in carry-on bags last year
Mapping the top 100 breweries in America
Ohio city to stop observing Columbus Day, will now celebrate Election Day.
In Good News: Cat frozen during cold snap makes miraculous recovery after being thawed out. 
People are flocking to a British woman who can taste your name.
 
How that 'Baby Shark' kids' song got so popular
Man stopped for DUI, dances his way through sobriety test (w/ video). 
Clickbait: Florida politician resigns after repeatedly licking faces.
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