7.17.2019

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Need To Know.
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Emmy Nominations Released.
Nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, with HBO's Game of Thrones smashing single-season records with 32 nominations, including a nod for Best Drama. The haul also helped HBO's premiere series - despite heavy criticism of the final season - break the total record for Emmy nominations, with 160 nominations over 8 seasons. Thrones led HBO's platform-leading 137 nominations, retaking its crown from Netflix who disrupted the premium network's 17-year run at the top last year. The streaming giant still clocked in second with 117 nominations, but had a number of notable snubs, including Julia Roberts missing a mention for her role in Homecoming (top snubs here). Winners will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on September 22nd - no host has been announced

See a full list of nominations here
John Paul Stevens.
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passed away yesterday, one day after suffering a stroke. The 99-year-old was the second longest-serving justice in modern times and was known for his shift from moderate conservative to outspoken liberal over the course of his 35 years on the bench. He was also noted for his push to strengthen federal government authority over the states, trying to reverse a states'-rights tilt that occurred under Chief Justice William Rehnquist. A World War II veteran appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975, Stevens became the Senior Associate Justice in 1994, allowing him to assign the writing of opinions when he differed with the Chief Justice. Stevens was remembered in particular for a scathing dissent (read here) in Bush v. Gore, which settled the recount dispute in the 2000 presidential election. 
Eric Garner.
The Justice Department announced yesterday it would not bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo, an NYPD officer whose 2014 chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner. Federal prosecutors had launched a civil rights probe - Garner, a black man, was unarmed at the time of death - after a New York grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in December 2014. The decision comes as Pantaleo awaits the results of an internal NYPD disciplinary hearing carried out in June. One much-debated issue at the hearing was whether Pantaleo employed a chokehold to subdue Garner, a maneuver banned by the NYPD. The decision comes one day ahead of the fifth anniversary of Garner's death - the incident was caught on film, with Garner's plea of "I can't breathe" becoming a rallying cry in subsequent protests against excessive police force against minorities.
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Graphic suicide scene removed from popular Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why; decision made in consultation with a suicide prevention non-profit (More)
Singer R. Kelly pleads not guilty to federal child porn and obstruction of justice charges, to be held in jail without bond (More)
> Johnny Clegg, legendary South African musician and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 66 (More)
Science & Technology.
> FCC to support $563M in rural broadband development over next ten years; will service over 220,000 rural households (More)
> Harvard researchers show Mars could be made habitable by pumping silica aerogel - fine sand-like particles - into the planet's atmosphere (More)
> Deep learning algorithm can solve Rubik's Cube in fraction of a second; program is step towards advanced machine-based decision-making (More) | What is deep learning compared to other AI programs? (More)
Business & Markets.
> Tech giant executives from Amazon, Apple, Google & Facebook questioned before House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel in DC (More) | US Senate’s Banking Committee holds hearing for Facebook’s recently announced Libra cryptocurrency (More)
> US bank stocks beat Wall Street earnings expectations as warning signs against the industry begin to emerge (More)
> US retail sales increased 0.4% in June, more than expected by analysts (More) | US manufacturing declines in Q2, second consecutive quarterly decline (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Planned Parenthood chief Leana Wen ousted after 8 months on job; reasons unclear, attributed to "philosophical differences" (More)
> Germany's outgoing Defense Minister wins parliamentary election to head the European Union Commission; body functions as the executive branch of the European Union (More)
> House Rep. Al Green (D, TX-9) files articles of impeachment against President Trump following controversial tweets, despite leadership pushback (More) | House resolution condemns tweets, passed mostly along party lines (More) | Presiding representative drops gavel and leaves chair as chaos erupts during debate (More)  
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Religious restrictions are rising around the world (data via Pew). 
Young Americans would rather be YouTubers than astronauts
Here's why SPF isn't the only thing to consider this summer
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One Direction's Harry Styles is angling to be in the Little Mermaid remake
The best photos from the 2019 Artistic-Swimming World Championships
After Florida man flown in, Chicago's rogue alligator Chance the Snapper finally caught.
The newest, best photobomber is Scooter Girl. 
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Historybook: Tsar Nicholas II and his family are executed (1918); Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California (1955); RIP jazz singer Billie Holiday (1959); RIP broadcast legend Walter Cronkite (2009); Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down, 298 are killed (2014).
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