8.13.2018

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Turkish Economic Crisis Deepens.
International markets are bracing for another day of volatile trading after the country's currency plunged almost 20% on Friday. The drop was driven in part by the announcement of US tariffs on Turkish metal exports - under the plan, steel from Turkey would be subject to a 50% tariff and aluminum would be hit with a 20% tariff. The US is Turkey's third largest market for its metal exports - the country exported 500,000 tons of steel between January and May of this year, and actually supplies over 60% of the metal that reinforces concrete structures in the US. The tariffs tie into larger problems affecting the 17th-largest economy in the world, which grew at a blistering rate of 7% last year but faces a weak currency, high inflation, high deficits, and growing government debt. Analysts worry the crisis could spill into other emerging markets and drag down the overall international economy. 
Man Steals, Crashes Plane from Seattle Airport.
An airline employee stole a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, taking it on a one-hour joyride before crashing into an island in the Puget Sound on Friday evening. The plane was a twin-engine turboprop that seats about 80 people - no one was on board at the time though the employee, 29-year-old Richard B. Russell, died in the crash (see video of the flight). According to relatives - which audio with air traffic control during the flight seems to confirm - Russell had struggled with mental health issues for years and was likely suicidal. The incident highlighted security concerns over access to planes, which often can be turned on by dashboard switches, by ground service employees. While Russell was the only victim, officials believe the incident will have monumental consequences for security procedures in the future. 

Russell said he didn't need much help in learning how to fly, as he had played some video games
Aretha Franklin Gravely Ill.
After canceling a number of public appearances over the past year, R&B legend Aretha Franklin is significantly ill and surrounded by family and friends at her Detroit home, according to reports yesterday. The 76-year-old Franklin has dealt with numerous health concerns in recent years, including a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2010. Franklin is considered one of the greatest singers in music history - she won 18 Grammy awards over her career, became the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most commercially successful singers of all-time having sold 75 million records worldwide.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods to win PGA Championship; becomes 5th player in history to win PGA Championship and US Open in same season (More)
> University of Maryland football coach placed on admin leave in wake of player's death in June (More) | Read initial ESPN report on toxic culture at Maryland that led to investigation (More)
> VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Driven by higher than normal (and nutrient-rich) deep ocean circulation, toxic algae bloom choking Florida's Gulf Coast (More) | See photos (More)
> Study suggests glaucoma may be an autoimmune disorder, with the body's own immune cells driving degeneration of the retina (More)
> New research suggests primitive human ancestor Homo erectus went extinct primarily due to laziness, using "least effort" approaches to tool-building (More)
Business & Markets.
> Tesla sued by investors over Musk's take-private proposal tweet (More)
> Jury awards $289M to former school groundskeeper who blames Monsanto's Roundup for cancer (More)
> Chinese private equity firm to invest $270M in Overstock's blockchain subsidiary, shares surge 8% (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Turnout underwhelming for "Unite the Right 2" rally on one-year anniversary of Charlottesville protests (More)
> Prosecutors in case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort likely to wrap up today after lengthy admission of crimes by associate Rick Gates; Manafort's defense up next (More) | Separately, spurned aide Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing (More)
> Taliban launches major attack on eastern Afghan city of Ghazni, US sends military advisers to support government forces (More)
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A list of all the metaphors you didn't know were sports-related (paywall). 
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Historybook: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes conquers Aztecs, ending Aztec Empire (1521); HBD sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860); Fidel Castro born (1926); Construction of the Berlin Wall begins (1961); RIP Mickey Mantle (1995).
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