3.6.2019

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Need To Know.
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Illegal Border Crossings Surge.
The number of migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexico border passed 76,000 in the month of February, according to data released yesterday. The total, which represents those apprehended by border control or who turn themselves in after crossing the border, is nearly double the same period last year and is the highest February total in 12 years (see data here). Border officials said the system that houses and processes those detained is at its "breaking point," with processing centers filled to capacity. The numbers come as the Senate is set to vote against allowing President Trump to declare a national emergency at the border to access added funding for a border wall, a move that is expected to be vetoed upon reaching the White House. 

A new report also revealed border agents are using firearms at the lowest rate since 2013.
First New Antidepressant in Decades.
The Food and Drug Administration announced approval of the first new treatment for severe depression since the early 1980s yesterday. The drug, a chemical cousin of the anesthetic (and occasional party drug) ketamine, is delivered via nasal spray and begins working within hours, unlike the most common types of prescription treatments. Over 16 million Americans suffer from depression and nearly 20% are resistant to current treatments - because the drug is known to cause hallucinatory side-effects, patients will be required to receive the doses in the presence of a doctor. A full course of treatment for the drug is expected to cost around $3,500. 

Separately, Food and Drug Administrator Scott Gottlieb announced his surprise resignation, effective next month, citing family concerns. 
Big Names Not Running. 
After weeks of high-profile Democratic candidates throwing their names into the ring, Michael Bloomberg announced he would not run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. The announcement comes one day after Hillary Clinton also laid rumors to rest about a possible bid. Bloomberg, a billionaire financial services and media mogul and the former mayor of New York City, had courted speculation after the long-time independent registered as a Democrat last fall. Bloomberg cited the difficulty of winning in a crowded field - now at 12 major candidates - and said he would leverage his political network to support the eventual nominee. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) also passed on a bid, choosing instead to run for reelection to the Senate.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Three former Adidas executives sentenced to prison in college basketball fraud scandal (More)
> Full trailer for Season 8 of HBO's Game of Thrones Season 8 released; watch trailer and read full recap (More)
> R. Kelly denies sexual abuse allegations in emotional first interview since arrest (More)
Science & Technology.
> Archaeologists reveal 1,000-year-old, "untouched" Mayan cave with hundreds of ritual artifacts (More)
> Security firm unveils 6-year-long Chinese hacking campaign targeting companies and universities involved in defense and maritime activities (More)
> Researchers extract first buried rock core sample from East Antarctica in over six decades; first step in studying the Gamburtsev Mountains, which are buried under 1 km of ice (More)
Business & Markets.
> Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett top Forbes' annual list of richest people in the world (More) | Kylie Jenner, 21, is world's youngest ever 'self-made' billionaire from cosmetics line (More)
> Target tops Wall Street expectations, shares up 4% (More) | General Electric CEO forecasts negative cash flow from industrial unit, shares fall 5% (More)
> Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs relaxes dress code due to “changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment” (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood sue Trump Administration over rule change that blocks federal funding for family planning services if they share space with abortion providers (More)
> North Korea said to be rebuilding missile launch site it previously dismantled following collapse of summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (More)
> Teen who got vaccinated against parents' wishes testifies to Congress, blames Facebook misinformation for parents' anti-vaccination stance (More) | Large-scale study reaffirms no link between autism and vaccines (More)
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