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Trump to Meet With North Korea. 
The White House said President Trump has accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to meet in person to negotiate a wind down of its nuclear program. The audacious overture by Kim was relayed by a South Korean delegation to the US yesterday, following a high-level meeting between the South and the North hosted by Kim. Tensions between the US and North Korea have escalated over the past year, with North Korea conducting at least 3 nuclear tests and launching over 20 ballistic test missiles since the beginning of 2016 - with the ultimate goal of combining the two to make a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of reaching the US west coast. Observers are skeptical (paywall) of the offer - North Korea has historically engaged in protracted negotiations while never really eliminating key elements of their nuclear program. Officials expect the meeting to take place by May. 

It would be the first time a US president has met a North Korean leader. 

SXSW Kicks Off.
The eclectic South by Southwest festival begins today in Austin, kicking off what has become one of the most popular annual gatherings in the US. Starting as a regional music festival in 1987, SXSW has grown into a 10-day conglomerate with parallel sessions of film, live music, seminars, and celebrity appearances - think Ted Talks meet Bonnaroo and the Tribeca Film Festival. A number of films and performers have had breakout moments over the years at SXSW, which in turn has made the gathering more popular - close to 100,000 people are expected to attend. Highlights for the 2018 festival range from speakers like Melinda Gates, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, to film debuts like John Krasinski's anticipated The Quiet Place, to thousands of musical acts. The whole event runs through March 18th - you can see the expansive list of everything going on in the official SXSW schedule

Attending? Lucky you - here's a guide to enjoy Austin while you're there. 

Renewed Pacific Trade Deal Signed.
Eleven countries signed a revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, a wide-ranging deal that lowers trade barriers on both sides of the Pacific. Originally representing 40% of the global economy, the deal began negotiations in 2008 and was signed in 2016 - but the US withdrew in 2017, prior to ratifying the agreement. The eleven remaining countries agreed to push on without the US - the deal covers nearly 500 million people despite the US pullout. The massive trade deal has often eschewed partisan politics in the US - President Trump dislikes it because it may tip the trade balance toward other countries in certain industries, while pro-labor Democrats see the deal as too corporate-friendly
The deal includes a number of top US allies, including Japan, Canada, and Australia (see list). 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Movie prequel to The Sopranos is in the works with working title of The Many Saints of Newark (More)
NCAA Tournament selection show this Sunday has new format (More) | Full bracket projections for March Madness (More)
Barack and Michelle Obama in early talks with Netflix to produce series of shows (More)

Science & Technology.

New research shows fiber is critical in health of gut microbiome, helps keep blood sugar in check (More)
Big data analysis of 4.5M tweets from 2006-2017 shows fake news spreads fastest - and is driven by humans, not bots (More)
Researchers find unexpected link between too much calnexin, a protein in the brain, and multiple sclerosis (More)

Business & Markets.

US health insurer Cigna to buy pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts for $52B (More) 
US mortgage rates increase, approach 4.5%, highest in 4 years (More)
Bone broth protein supplement maker Ancient Nutrition raises $103M (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

President Trump threatens veto of upcoming spending package if funding for NY-NJ Gateway tunnel is included (More) | What is the Gateway tunnel project and why are people talking about it? (More)
25% steel tariff and 10% aluminum tariff signed, will go into effect in 15 days with indefinite exemptions for Mexico and Canada (More)
Mississippi Governor set to sign 15-week abortion ban, lawmakers expect a challenge to make its way to Supreme Court (More)
Weekend Reads.

The Wire - 10 Years Later. 

The Guardian | Dorian Lynskey. Looking back at the societal impact of HBO's cult drama, whose final episode aired 10 years ago. The show launched the careers of stars like Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan - while redefining what it means for a television series to be authentic. (Read)

The Perfect Man Who Wasn't. 

The Atlantic | Rachel Monroe. The story of a career con-man who romanced women before cleaning out their bank account - and the victims that banded together to take him down. (Read)

Al-Qaeda's Resurrection. 

Council on Foreign Relations | Bruce Hoffman. As the shadow of ISIS recedes, a revived and more decentralized Al-Qaeda should be considered the world's top threat. (Read)

The New Kid. 

Deadspin | Dave McKenna. Is the freshman dominating Maryland high-school basketball really a 20-year-old from Nigeria? (Read)
Penguins in Antarctica find a high-def wildlife camera, take epic selfies

11% of Americans don't use the internet.

911 calls from the Parkland, FL, shooting released

The best designed restaurants, from Portland to London (via Eater).

The US has a billion-dollar drunk shopping problem.

A very shrewd girl scout reveals the top tactics for selling cookies

There's a global gender gap in time spent doing fun stuff

Tabloid slams college students for correctly interpreting the moral lesson of Frankenstein.

Daylight savings time is Saturday - here's seven ways people woke up before alarm clocks existed.

Clickbait: 14-year-old dresses up as cop, starts responding to crimes.

Historybook: HBD Amerigo Vespucci (1454); RIP Johann Pachelbel (1706); HBD Yuri Gagarin (1934); HBD Bobby Fischer (1943); RIP Notorious B.I.G. (1997).

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