4.1.2019

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Need To Know.
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Final Four Set.
After relatively calm first and second rounds, madness reigned in the men's NCAA tournament over the weekend, with three of four #1 seeds going down. The biggest to fall was Duke - the top overall seed - and their star (and likely top NBA draft pick) Zion Williamson, who lost to #2 Michigan State, 68-67. The Spartans will take on #3 Texas Tech, who knocked off #1 Gonzaga on Saturday night, 75-69, thanks in part to a crippling mental mistake by Gonzaga's Josh Perkins in the game's closing seconds. On the other side of the bracket, #5 Auburn moved on after outlasting #2 Kentucky, 77-71 in overtime, despite losing top rebounder and third-leading scorer Chuma Okeke, who tore his ACL in Friday's Sweet Sixteen win over #1 North Carolina. Auburn will face lone remaining #1 seed Virginia, who took down #3 Purdue 80-75 in overtime in their Elite Eight match-up. Top seeds also went down in the women's bracket, with #2 Oregon advancing over #1 Mississippi State and #2 Connecticut beating #1 Louisville - the final two Elite Eight games will be played tonight. 

And that record-breaking perfect bracket? It busted after 50 games.
North Korean Assassination.
A Vietnamese woman on trial for the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and is expected to be released next month, according to reports. The news caps a captivating story straight from a movie script - Doan Thi Huong stood accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, who died minutes after being approached by two women in the Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Officials said Huong surreptitiously used VX nerve agent when accosting Kim and was in the employ of North Korea. Kim was the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but fell out of favor in 2003 - critics say the plea deal allows current leader, Kim Jong Un, to effectively get away with the murder of his half-brother, who had become an occasional critic of the regime. 

See video of the attack here
Brexit Vote Fails Yet Again.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May saw her package guiding the country's exit from the European Union voted down over the weekend for a third time, by a margin of 286-344. The rejection comes despite May saying she would resign from her post if the package passed - a move intended to draw support from opposition parties. May's deal, which guides how things like taxes, trade, travel, and more would be coordinated between the UK and the EU, has been stuck in Parliament where many either don't want to leave the EU at all, or think the current deal does not go far enough. The EU, in an effort to force a conclusion to the three-year-long divorce, told the British lawmakers that in the absence of a deal, the UK would be forced to leave on April 12th. May is reportedly considering a fourth vote, while lawmakers are said to be working on an alternative plan with just over ten days until the deadline. 

One sign stood out at a pro-Brexit march in London on Friday night, as supporters protested the ongoing delay in passing an exit package. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in Los Angeles at age 33 (More)
> Beyonce named Entertainer of the Year, Black Panther wins Best Film at NAACP Image Awards; see full list of winners (More)
> NBA star Kristaps Porzingis accused of 2018 sexual assault and beating; Porzingis denies accusation (More)
Science & Technology.
> Facebook CEO calls for global regulation of harmful content on the internet in Washington Post op-ed (More)
> Study shows that one type of neuron is the source of all new neurons in the brain's hippocampus; may help doctors treat memory issues from injury or aging (More)
> Paleontologists uncover 66-million-year old fossil deathbed at the center of a meteor impact site (More)
Business & Markets.
> Rideshare giant Lyft stock pops on first day of trading, settles up 9% (More)
> Report says over 41,000 retail workers have lost their jobs so far in 2019, up 92% from the same time last year (More)
> Chinese telecom giant Huawei sales pass $100B worldwide in 2018 (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> White House cuts over $450M to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, alleging lack of cooperation in stemming migrant flows (More)
> Potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused of sexual misconduct by former Nevada state representative Lucy Flores; Biden denies charges (More) | Read Flores' account (More)
> Comedian wins first round of Ukrainian presidential election, will head to runoff against incumbent candidate (More) | Slovakia elects country's first female president (More)
The people have spoken.
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Historybook: Actress Debbie Reynolds born (1932); Apple Inc. founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (1976); Iran overthrows the Shah, officially becomes an Islamic republic (1979); Singer Marvin Gaye murdered by his father (1984).
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