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Need To Know.
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Netanyahu to be Indicted.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on multiple charges of bribery, fraud and other crimes, the country's attorney general announced yesterday. The charges stem from two separate cases - in the first Netanyahu and his wife allegedly took improper gifts from a number of businessmen, while in the second he is accused of backing a law that would weaken a competitor of the country's largest paper, Yediot Aharonot, in exchange for favorable coverage. Netanyahu - who studied in the US at MIT - is viewed as a tenacious defender of Israeli interests and held the Prime Minister role from 1996-1999 and again since 2009. The announcement comes just 40 days before the next election, though the indictment won't come until a hearing in which Netanyahu will defend himself, which is expected to take months to complete. 
Bryce Harper Gets Paid.
Baseball superstar Bryce Harper ended one of the most highly-anticipated free agencies in recent memory yesterday, opting to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for a record-breaking $330M. The 13-year-deal likely means that the 26-year-old outfielder, who has played for the Washington Nationals since entering the league, will spend the remainder of his career with Philadelphia. Harper was the top draft pick in 2010, became the youngest player selected to the All-Star Game in 2012, and was voted National League MVP in 2015. Harper, who is approaching 1,000 career hits and has 184 home runs (see stats), has been referred to as one of the game's rare "five-tool players" - Those who bat with a high average and with power, excel in baserunning, throwing and fielding.  

Scott Boras, Harper's agent, argued that his client would bring in over a billion dollars in total net value to the team over the life of the contract. 
Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan.
The US would withdrawal nearly all its troops from Afghanistan in the next five years, according to a new Department of Defense plan offered as part of peace talks. According to reports, the plan would call for bringing home at least half of the 14,000 troops currently in the country in the first few months. The negotiations are part of a pitch that would establish a shared government in Kabul between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The talks come at a time when the Taliban either controls or is contesting over 50% of the country. Defense officials denied the report, saying they are still "considering all options" and no decisions have been made on a plan. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> HBO's longtime CEO Richard Plepler steps down following word that NBC's chairman could join WarnerMedia, HBO's parent company (More)
> Andre Previn, 4-time Oscar-winning composer, dies at 89 (More)
> Monday Night Football broadcaster and 11-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and returning to the Dallas Cowboys (More) | NFL Scouting Combine workouts begin today, will help determine April's NFL Draft (More)
Science & Technology.
> Doctors identify what is thought to be the second-ever known set of semi-identical twins; children fall between identical and fraternal, with exact copies of maternal DNA but only partial copies of paternal (More)
> New biocompatible transistor is fast enough to sense and stimulate brain signals in real-time; component is a key step forward in integrated biomedical sensing (More)
> Scientists ferment marijuana from brewer's yeast; new chemical process converts a type of sugar into tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis (More)
Business & Markets.
> US GDP slips to 2.6% in 4th quarter, 2.9% for year-to-date; 2018 rate matches 2015 for highest level since Great Recession (More)
> Apparel giant Gap will split into 2 publicly traded companies - Old Navy business and second with brands like Banana Republic & Athleta - shares up 20%+ (More) | Martha Stewart partners with Canadian marijuana giant Canopy Growth to launch product line (More)
> Tesla announces it will be unprofitable in first quarter, will sell $35k Model 3, and will sell only online in effort to cut costs - shares slide 3% in after-hours (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Senate confirms Andrew Wheeler, current deputy administrator and former energy lobbyist, to lead EPA in 52-47 vote; Susan Collins (R-ME) votes against confirmation (More)
> YouTube to suspend comments on nearly all videos featuring children after reports people were leaving inappropriate remarks; move could affect millions of posts (More)
> Standoff between India and Pakistan over Kashmir region cools as Pakistan agrees to turn over pilot captured during Indian airstrike (More)
Goods and guidance for the modern man.
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Weekend Reads.
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The Trauma Floor.
The Verge | Casey Newton. Think there's crazy stuff on Facebook? Imagine being a moderator, having to view and remove the worst violence, hate speech, and graphic sexual content that humanity has to offer. (Read)
The Brain That Remade Itself.
One Zero | Andrew Zaleski. When Tanner Collins was 6 years old, his surgeons sliced out one-sixth of his brain, and then something miraculous happened - he was fine. (Read)
 
The Exile of Rick Pitino.
The Ringer | John Gonzalez. He used to be one of the top coaches in the game. Now the disgraced basketball coach is writing his next chapter with a hodgepodge group of players in Athens, Greece. (Read)
 
The Life-Insurance Industry is Creeping on Your Instagram.
The New Yorker | Nathan Heller. Life-insurance companies are now looking at customer's social media accounts to assess their lifestyle and set their premiums accordingly. (Read)
Etcetera - Best of Feb. '19
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Editor's note: Today we're bringing you the most-clicked stories from the month of February. Enjoy!

(2/21) The fastest-growing six-figure job in America doesn't require a degree.
(2/7) Man sues parents for being born without his consent.
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(2/15) Netflix says that we all have 6 shows in common.
(2/5) Stunning footage of a diver encountering a massive manta ray.
(2/22) We now know why zebras have stripes
(2/7) Chinese satellite captures epic photo of Earth from the far side of the Moon.
 
(2/11) Study of 600 millionaires says their success boils down to these six "wealth" factors.
 
(2/19) 23 of the most unforgettable final sentences in fiction.
 
(2/20) Photos of last night's snow moon, the year's brightest supermoon.
 
(2/28) The tiny bag fad is really getting out of hand.
 
(2/26) Why you should treat the weekend like a vacation.
 
(2/12) The food innovation you've been waiting for has arrived in drinkable potato chips.
Historybook: Articles of Confederation are adopted by Continental Congress (1781); HBD writer Ralph Ellison (1914); Peace Corps is established (1961); HBD actress Lupita Nyong'o (1983); HBD Justin Bieber (1994).
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