9.16.2019

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Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia
Two separate oil processing facilities inside Saudi Arabia were the target of drone attacks over the weekend, significantly damaging the country's most critical oil production sites. Officials suspended over half of the country's output - 5.7 of the almost 10 million barrels produced each day, amounting to 5% of the world's production. Houthi rebels, engaged in a brutal, long-running war against the Saudi-backed government in neighboring Yemen (see map), took credit for the attack. At close to 800 miles north of the border it would represent the deepest attack into Saudi Arabia by the rebels -  though US officials suggested the attack may have been coordinated out of Iran, which has backed the rebels in Yemen. Experts say oil production is expected to be restored within the week. 

Elsewhere, 19 people were arrested for conspiring to use drones to (nonviolently) shut down London's Heathrow airport. 
Huffman Gets Jail Time
Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in jail and a $30,000 fine for her role in a massive college admissions scandal. The former Desperate Housewives star pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT score, one of almost three dozens instances in which wealthy parents used bribes to boost their childrens' chances of entry into elite colleges. News of the nationwide scheme broke in March, when a 6-state sweep revealed over $25M in total bribes (see list of people arrested). Some students had their athletic achievements embellished, others were improperly classified as special needs during exams, and still others, like Huffman, simply paid proctors to correct wrong answers on admissions tests. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, was reportedly aware of, but not charged in, the scam.

Read Huffman's 11th-hour letter to the judge here
Hong Kong Violence Grows
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong grew increasingly violent over the weekend, with police responding with tear gas and water cannons as demonstrators hurled homemade gas bombs at government offices. It was the 15th straight week of protests, originally sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill, which have ranged from hundreds of thousands of people marching peacefully to smaller crowds shutting down critical transportation infrastructure. The region's airport - mostly spared this weekend - has been paralyzed on multiple weekends, and traffic through the southeast Asian hub has dipped by over 12% compared to this time last year. Protesters also took to the hills in the evening, lighting up the night sky (see photos) with calls for the region's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to investigate instances of police brutality. 
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In The Know
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture
> Eddie Money, Grammy-nominated rocker known for Two Tickets to Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight, dies at 70 (More) | Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies at 70 (More)
> 2019 New York Fashion Week wrapped up over the weekend; see the week's best fashion from the runway (More)
Game of Thrones (10), Chernobyl (7) are big winners at 2019 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys; Creative Arts Emmys are awarded to technical achievement in American television (More)
Science & Technology
> New study finds the universe may be 11 billion years old, two billion years younger than previously thought; estimate depends on the "Hubble constant" and how quickly the universe is expanding (More)
> Facebook to meet with officials from 26 central banks to discuss its new cryptocurrency Libra (More)
> FDA advisory committee approves Palforzia, looking to become first FDA-approved treatment for peanut allergies; final approval likely to follow recommendation (More)
Business & Markets
> United Auto Workers Union calls nationwide strike against General Motors affecting 46k employees at 55 US facilities, first national strike since 2007 (More)
> NY Attorney General says Sackler family – owner of Purdue Pharma which manufactures OxyContin – shielded $1B in transfers from the company while finalizing settlements for role in opioid crisis (More)
> London Stock Exchange rejects $37B takeover bid from Hong Kong Stock Exchange (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Former classmate of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh reported witnessing instance of sexual misconduct to FBI, Senate during confirmation process (More)
> Officials confirm Obama bin Laden's son Hamza killed in US airstrike at US-Pakistan border earlier this year; Hamza had emerged as key al-Qaeda figure (More)
> Analysis says April fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral spewed 460 tons of lead particles into Paris' atmosphere (More) | Read original NYT report (More, paywall)
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How to lose weight while barely moving
Message in bottle saves family stranded in waterfall.
Florida fortune teller jailed over $1.6M curse cure
Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace.
Daughter writes hilarious obituary for prankster dad
Clickbait: Human corpses keep moving for a year after death
Historybook: Pilgrims depart from England on the Mayflower (1620); Actress Lauren Bacall born (1924); American musician BB King born (1925); Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega sentenced in US to 40 years for drug trafficking (1992).
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