6.14.2019

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Blackout in South America.
Nearly 44 million people were left without power after a massive blackout hit Argentina, Uruguay, and parts of Paraguay yesterday. According to officials, the entire national grid in Argentina lost power beginning at 7am, with the majority of the region not regaining power until 10:30 at night. As of early this morning - nearly 24 hours after the blackout - officials had ruled out a cyberattack, focusing on a transmission point between two power plants. The outage came as a number of Argentine provinces headed to the polls to vote in local gubernatorial elections. Analysts say that the country, which is the third largest electricity market in Latin America, has sufficient generation capacity but its transition and distribution system has fallen into disrepair, partially due to electricity prices being frozen between 2008 and 2015, leading to under-investment in the sector.

Separately, reports over the weekend suggested the US is increasingly placing malware inside the Russian power grid.  
Notre-Dame Holds Mass.
Catholic priests held the first mass at Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral since the iconic structure was gutted by a fire in April. The ceremony was largely symbolic, and was limited to 30 participants for safety reasons while being livestreamed on YouTube (watch here) - priests donned hard hats for the service. The building, an emblem of French Gothic architecture sitting on the banks of the Sienne river in downtown Paris, was commissioned in the 12th century and memorialized by Victor Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The April blaze, linked to renovations to update the building, ripped through the interior, which was mostly constructed of wood. Despite the damage the majority of the structure survived the flames, and President Emmanuel Macron pledged to restore the cathedral on an aggressive five-year time frame. 

In related news, many of the country's wealthy donors who pledged funds for the rebuilding efforts have yet to actually make the contributions
The Lake Show Returns.
In one of the biggest trades in the NBA in recent years, the New Orleans Pelicans shipped star center Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a slew of players and draft picks. The move pairs Davis, the six-time All-Star who had requested a trade towards the end of last season, with arguably the league's best player in LeBron James. James missed the playoffs last year for the first time in 14 years after moving from the Cleveland Cavs to the Lakers during free agency prior to the 2018-2019 season. Under the deal, the Pelicans receive three young players - Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart - as well as the number 4 draft pick in this year's draft and four other first-round picks between 2021 and 2025. The Pelicans have already secured the top draft pick in the upcoming draft, and are widely expected to select Duke star Zion Williamson. The trade positions the Lakers for a deep playoff run next season, particularly in light of recent injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, both star players for conference foe Golden State.   
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> US defeats Chile 3-0 behind Carli Lloyd's 2 goals at Women's World Cup; Lloyd becomes first player to score in 6 consecutive World Cups (More) | World Cup scores, schedule (More)
> Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-nominated director best known for Romeo and Juliet, dies at 96 (More)
> Gary Woodland tops 2-time defending champ Brooks Koepka to win 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach; win is Woodland's first major title and 4th PGA tour victory overall (More)
Science & Technology.
> World Health Organization declines to declare current African Ebola epidemic a global health crisis; second-worst outbreak in history has seen over 1,400 deaths, 2,400 cases over the past 12 months in Democratic Republic of the Congo (More)
> Scientists confirm first evidence that gut microbes can metabolize drugs (More)
> FDA halts fecal transplants after patient dies during trials; cause of death inconclusive, FDA begin review of procedure (More)
Business & Markets.
> Retail giant Target’s cash register system crashes for two hours, bringing lines to a standstill across the country; company says incident was due to unidentified internal technology issue, not cyberattack (More)
> Pet supply e-commerce website Chewy up 59% on first day trading as public company  (More)
> India imposes retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products following withdrawal of trade privileges that allowed $5.6B in duty-free imports of Indian goods into the US (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Hong Kong government delays debate on bill that would allow extradition of those accused of crimes to mainland China following massive protests; demonstrators demand permanent withdrawal of bill and resignation of top officials (More)
> Lineup for first Democratic debates announced; 20 candidates will be split in groups of ten across two days on June 26-27th (More)
> Former first lady Sandra Torres leads early returns in Guatemalan presidential election, runoff appears likely; election comes as US increases pressure to stop flow of Central American migrants (More)
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