3.7.2019

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Need To Know.
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Alex Trebek Reveals Cancer.
Alex Trebek, host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy!, announced yesterday he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The 78-year-old, who also underwent surgery last January to remove blood clots from his brain, said he received the diagnosis this week. Stage 4 cancer refers to cases where the disease has spread from the primary organ to another - survival rates for this type of pancreatic cancer are around 20% after 1 year and just 3% after 5 years depending on how far it has spread. About 57,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year, often not until the cancer has spread due to a lack of symptoms.

Trebek vowed to beat the cancer, noting that he is under contract with Jeopardy! until 2022.
Facebook Shifts to Privacy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a blog post yesterday that the company would begin a years-long shift to a "privacy-first" model, with an emphasis on connecting smaller groups of people. The new model follows years of criticism over how Facebook handles and protects user data and focuses on private communications with end-to-end encryption. User content would also be available for much shorter times - Zuckerberg likened the change in user experience as moving from a town hall experience to that of a living room. He also acknowledged - in what some said was a veiled shot at Apple - that the new policies around data security may prevent the company from operating in certain countries. That includes China, which banned the platform in 2009 after government censors were unable to prevent activists in the Xinjiang from using it to organize protests. 
LeBron Passes Jordan.
NBA star LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on the list of the League's all-time scorers last night, scoring 31 points to become 4th on the all-time leading scorer list. James, who idolized Jordan as a child, became emotional as a video tribute played after the second-quarter lay-up that secured the record. James' 32,311 career points now put him behind Kareem Abdul-Jabar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), and Kobe Bryant (33,643). The milestone came in a 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets, which left James' Los Angeles Lakers with a record of 30-35, six games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. James has led his teams to the playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons, including six appearances in the finals. 

Lakers fans have gotten increasingly frustrated with the team, summed up by a profanity-laced tirade by rapper Snoop Dogg (warning for language). 

Correction: In yesterday's report on the surge in border crossings, we stated that there were over 76,000 illegal border crossings in February. That data is the sum of illegal crossings and those arriving at ports of entry to seek asylum, which is not illegal. Thanks to our readers for flagging our mistake
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Celebrity chef Mario Batali divests from all his restaurants following sexual misconduct allegations (More)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games by MLB for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (More)
> R. Kelly arrested for $161K in unpaid child support (More) | Watch CBS's Gayle King interview R. Kelly for first time since his sexual abuse charges (More)
Science & Technology.
> Researchers pinpoint specific brain signals linked to autism; may serve as a biomarker for testing which therapies work best (More)
> Google and OpenAI teams show that neural networks use an "activation atlas" to teach themselves how to identify images (More) | What are neural networks? (More)
> Bacteria that "eat" and "breathe" electricity found in the hot springs of Yosemite National Park (More)
Business & Markets.
> US trade deficit reaches $891B in 2018, largest in US history (More)
> Chinese telecom giant Huawei sues US over defense bill that restricts business in US (More)
> Dollar Tree to close 390 Family Dollar stores, shares up 5% (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Prosecutors drop charges against former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, refile misdemeanor for campaign finance violations (More)
> Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) reveals during congressional hearing she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force (More) | Watch full testimony here (More)
> Satellite photos reveal activity at shuttered North Korean missile launch site; experts say country rapidly rebuilding facility after Trump-Kim summit fails to make progress (More)
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In Depth.
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The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America.
The Atlantic | Amanda Ripley. A new form of analysis of polls, voter-registration files, and other big data ranks locations based on their political tolerance. Believe it or not, there actually are places where people disagree on issues but still give each other the benefit of the doubt. (Read)
Men Are Scum.
Vanity Fair | Simon Van Zuylen-Wood. Facebook blew it on privacy and fake news. Can it do better against trolls and racists? An embed with the people deciding what you can and can't say on the social media platform. (Read)
Etcetera.
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How Americans' drinking habits vary by their religion

Ranking the reputations of the 100 most visible companies.

Israeli lunar lander snaps a selfie with Earth

Older Americans now watch more television than anyone

These falling droplets don't splash, they rapidly spin (w/ video). 

Check out the finalists for the Smithsonian Magazine's 2018 photo contest

Archaeologists find hidden tunnels beneath Alcatraz prison

The curse of living on Instagram's most famous street

Clickbait: Piglets accidentally killed in cuddle protest.
Historybook: Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone (1876); HBD Bryan Cranston (1956); Bloody Sunday as 600 civil rights protesters attacked by police in Selma, Alabama (1965); HBD actress Rachel Weisz (1970); RIP Stanley Kubrick (1999).
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