8.15.2018

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Damning Church Sex Abuse Report Released.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a broad-ranging grand jury report detailing sexual abuse by over 300 clergy working in Catholic dioceses across the state. The report alleges a systematic effort to shield the predator priests by local and state Church officials that spanned almost 70 years and affected more than 1,000 child victims (see full report). A number of priests whose names would be made public have fought to delay the report - though one diocese publicly released names of 70 accused priests ahead of the report. The release is the result of an 18-month investigation led by State Attorney General Josh Shapiro and examined 6 of the 8 dioceses across the state - officials say many of the crimes, corroborated by church documents, are too old to prosecute. The bombshell report follows news of sexual abuse by prominent Church officials within the last year in Latin America, Australia, and Washington, DC. 

Less than half of US Catholics believe the Vatican is doing a good job addressing sexual abuse in the church. 
Death Penalty First.
Nebraska employed the first-ever use of fentanyl to execute a death row inmate yesterday, a powerful drug that is also at the heart of the nation's opioid crisis. It was the first use of the drug in the US to carry out an execution - it was part of a four-drug cocktail administered to the inmate - and the first execution of any kind in Nebraska, who reinstated capital punishment in 2016 and hadn't killed a prisoner since 1997. The prisoner, Carey Dean Moore, was convicted of killing two Omaha taxi drivers decades ago and did not ask for a reprieve from his sentence. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is roughly 100 times more powerful than morphine and is the main contributor to the 30,000 annual overdoses due to synthetic opioids. 
Shakeup in Primary Elections.
Four states (MN, WI, VT, CT) held primary elections, with a number of surprises and firsts emerging as the dust settled Tuesday night. In Minnesota, former governor Tim Pawlenty's comeback bid was stopped short by the relatively unknown state official Jeff Johnson. Pawlenty, a Republican and vocal critic of President Trump, previously served as governor from 2003 to 2011. Also in Minnesota, current House member Keith Ellison (D, MN-5) will run to become the first Muslim State Attorney General in the country if he wins in the November election - Ellison was also accused of domestic violence just days before the primary. In Vermont Christine Hallquist (D), a former energy executive, is the first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate from a major party and will face sitting Gov. Phil Scott (R). 

Separately, an election recount in Kansas resulted in a stunning upset, with Trump-backed governor candidate Kris Kobach (R) ousting incumbent Jeff Cloyer (R) in the closet race in state history. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Previously unknown 65-foot section of the Berlin Wall has been discovered (More)
> University of Maryland accepts responsibility for June death of football player Jordan McNair (More)
> Morgana King, The Godfather actress and Grammy Award-nominated jazz singer, dies at 87 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Google's DeepMind AI program can diagnose up to 50 eye diseases with 94% accuracy using 3D retinal scans (More)
> FBI warns of potential vulnerability that could allow hackers to steal millions from ATMs across the globe; tip says strike is imminent and would fall on a Saturday (More)
> Study finds that the key to salamander's ability to perfectly regenerate tails is the use of neural stem cells (More)
Business & Markets.
> Coca-Cola invests in Kobe Bryant's sports drink business BodyArmor to take on Pepsi's Gatorade (More) | Alphabet (Google) invests another $375M in healthcare startup Oscar, founded by Jared Kushner's brother (More)
> Earnings Season: Home Depot blows past Wall Street's revenue expectations with warmer summer season driving more home projects (More)
> Founders of dating app Tinder sue parent company, claim IAC deliberately undervalued business and owes founders and early employees billions (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> At least 37 dead after highway bridge collapses outside of Genoa, Italy during storm (More) | Gripping photos (More)
> Defense team for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort rests without calling any witnesses in bank- and tax-fraud case (More) | White House files arbitration suit against former aide Omarosa alleging she violated a non-disclosure agreement (More)
> Turkey institutes retaliatory tariffs on US auto, food and beverage imports (More)
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Paul McCartney and John Lennon's sons replicate their fathers' famous selfie. ​​​​​​
Cluckbait: The booming business of luxury chicken diapers.
Historybook: Napoleon Bonaparte is born (1769); HBD Julia Child (1912); Panama Canal opens (1914); Woodstock music festival opens (1969); RIP civil rights activist Julian Bond (2015).
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