9.26.2018

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Bill Cosby Heads to Prison.
A Pennsylvania judge labeled former comedian and actor Bill Cosby a violent sexual predator and sentenced him to a maximum of 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. The victim, Andrea Constand, alleged that Cosby gave her unidentified pills with a glass of wine that incapacitated her during a visit to Cosby's Philadelphia home. Cosby had been awaiting yesterday's sentencing hearing after being found guilty of assaulting Constand back in April - though more than 60 women have alleged that Cosby assaulted them in a similar manner over the past five decades. Read Constand's victim impact statement, where she describes the lasting effect the assault had on her life, here. Cosby will be eligible for parole after three years. 

The original accusations largely went unnoticed by the public until a stand-up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress about the charges went viral.
Kavanaugh Vote Scheduled.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that the committee will hold a vote to move forward the nomination of Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh on Friday. The move was announced prior to testimony from Christine Blasey Ford on allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party in high school - both Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the committee tomorrow. Ford's lawyers indicated they have signed declarations from four people corroborating Ford's claims. Grassley announced that Rachel Mitchell from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix will question both Ford and Kavanaugh during Thursday's testimony. If Kavanaugh is voted out of committee on Friday, the next step is a vote by the full Senate in which he would need a simple majority to be confirmed. 
Venezuela Sanctions.
The US imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s wife and several top Venezuela officials yesterday, charging that the Maduro regime had eroded democratic institutions in the country. The sanctions are the next step in applying pressure to the governing Socialist Party to begin sharing power with opposition parties in order to reverse the country's collapsing economy. Venezuela has seen increasing turmoil since almost 2012 - the government has historically depended on oil revenues to fund social programs. The price of oil has plunged over the past five years, sending the country into an economic and political tailspin, including food shortages and nearly 200,000% inflation.  Maduro has jailed hundreds of protesters, which has further increased civil unrest - things have gotten so bad that opposition supporters attempted to assassinate Maduro via drones during a public speech in early August. 

The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a strategy for a coup with Venezuelan rebels over the past year
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Amazon Prime announces Hannah Storm & Andrea Kremer will call all 11 NFL games streaming on Prime this season; will be first all-female broadcasting team to call an NFL game (More)
> Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer becomes only 17th pitcher since 1900 to strikeout 300 batters in a single season (More)
> Netflix announces hit docuseries Making a Murderer to return for Season 2 on October 19; see teaser trailer for new season (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study shows nearly two-thirds of patients with moderate appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics instead of surgery; appendectomy is the most common emergency surgery performed worldwide with more than 300,000 cases annually (More)
> Some disease-causing bacteria can go into a hibernation-like state to evade antibiotics (More)
> Los Angeles implements new terahertz millimeter wave scanners to check passengers for explosives from 10 meters away, without use of security lines (More)
Business & Markets.
> Chipmaker Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing trade secrets and sharing with rival Intel (More)
> Fashion designer Michael Kors to buy luxury fashion brand Versace for $2.15B (More)
> Inspire Brands, owner of Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, to acquire fast-food chain Sonic for $2.3B (More) | Dunkin' Donuts to drop 'Donuts' from name as rebrand focuses on "beverage-led" business (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> President Trump touts economy, slams oil producing bloc OPEC in address to UN General Assembly (More)
> Amid rising trade tensions, China denies request for US warship to dock in Hong Kong (More)
> Swedish prime minister loses no-confidence vote one-week after a general election resulted in a parliament with no clear majority (More)
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Partisan divide remains in how Americans view their news sources
Photographer captures the uncanny resemblance between dogs and humans
Japanese rovers deployed this week capture the most detailed photos of an asteroid's surface ever taken
Single women are choosing to freeze their eggs rather than rush into a relationship
Ugh Millennials: You're divorcing at much lower rates than your parents
Rapper Lil Xan hospitalized after eating too many Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Urban bees are somehow living healthier lives than rural bees
Indonesian teen rescued after almost 50 days at sea
Clickbait: Report says Manchester airport's drug-sniffing dogs better at finding cheese and sausage
Historybook: Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first US Secretary of State (1789); Albert Einstein publishes paper on the special theory of relativity (1905); Last recorded album by The Beatles, Abbey Road, is released (1969); HBD Serena Williams (1981); RIP Paul Newman (2008).
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