11.2.2023

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Rafah Gate Opened 

Hundreds of foreign passport holders and groups of severely injured Palestinians were allowed to cross into Egypt yesterday, the first civilians to leave the Gaza Strip during the three-week conflict. Egypt had thus far declined to allow refugees across the border, citing the potential for an unmanageable number of refugees, concerns refugees won't be allowed to return to their homes following the war, and mistrust of Hamas and other Islamic militant groups (read more). 

 

US officials suggest as many as 600 American citizens remain in Gaza, some of whom were among those allowed to exit with the initial group. See photos from the Rafah border crossing here.

 

Separately, Israel has effectively begun a ground invasion of the 140-square-mile territory, with at least four reported incursions. Analysts say troop movements appear designed to isolate Gaza City from the south. See a detailed map here.

 

Israeli officials have warned a sweeping invasion of Gaza will be significantly challenging, requiring troops to navigate an extensive set of tunnels believed to be hundreds of miles long. Many of the more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas in its initial Oct. 7 attack against Israel are likely held underground.

 

See updates on the war here.

 

Texas Toasts

The Texas Rangers won baseball's World Series last night, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 5-0 to close out the series in five games. The Rangers overcame a six-inning no-hitter by Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen.

 

The title win ends decades of suffering for Rangers fans. Founded in 1961, Texas was the oldest franchise to have never won a World Series and owned the second-longest championship drought behind the Cleveland Guardians. 

 

The win came despite losing star slugger Adolis Garcia. The outfielder, who nabbed MVP honors in the previous series and ended Game 1 against Arizona with a walk-off home run (see video), suffered an oblique strain during Game 3. 

 

Rangers infielder Corey Seager was named World Series MVP. He becomes just the third player behind legends Sandy Koufax and Reggie Jackson to be awarded the honor twice (Seager won the honor in 2020 with the Los Angeles Dodgers). 

 

See the end game celebration here.

 

A Mild Fire Season (So Far)

The Highland Fire, roughly 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, has burned nearly 4,500 acres of rural brushland since it ignited Monday afternoon. Over 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate as the wildfire doubled in size Tuesday, with just 15% contained (see map updates).

 

The fire comes amid a below-average fire season in California. Wildfires have burned over 300,000 acres in the state so far this year, just 20% of the five-year average. Experts suggest the reprieve stems partly from a very wet year, with a long series of atmospheric rivers that dumped almost 30 inches of rain and snow in the state last winter, ending a two-decade drought. The rain was followed by cooler-than-normal temperatures that precipitated the state's first major hurricane in 84 years.

 

Fire officials also noted a twofold increase over 2022 in acres undergoing prescribed burns, which serve to remove high concentrations of brush likely to fuel future fires. Watch how prescribed burns work here.  

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Disney to take full control of Hulu after purchasing final 33% stake of the streamer from Comcast for $8.6B (More)

> Tyler Christopher, Daytime Emmy-winning actor best known for starring role on "General Hospital," dies at 50 (More)

> Bob Knight, Basketball Hall of Famer who coached Indiana University to three national titles, dies at 83 (More) | 2023 World Series Games 2 and 3 bring in just over 8 million viewers each, the least viewed World Series games in history (More)

 

Science & Technology

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> Second patient to receive a pig heart transplant dies six weeks after the procedure; reports say body abruptly rejected the organ after weeks of recovery, specific cause under study (More)

> Researchers capture first high-resolution 3D image of the heart's thick filament in its natural environment; muscle component is responsible for generating the force for every heart contraction (More)

> Massive anomaly in the Earth's mantle may have been caused by the collision that created the moon roughly 4.5 billion years ago, study finds (More)

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Business & Markets

> US markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.1%, Dow +0.7%, Nasdaq +1.6%) after Federal Reserve keeps interest rates unchanged (More) | US job openings rise to 9.6 million in September from 9.5 million in August, per Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report (More)

> Jury hears prosecutors' closing arguments in criminal fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, following three days of testimony from Bankman-Fried (More

> CVS beats Q3 revenue and earnings expectations on strong performance of health services business (More) | WeWork shares plunge roughly 46% overnight Tuesday after reports that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as next week (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Donald Trump Jr., son and codefendant of former President Donald Trump, testifies in New York civil fraud trial (More) | US Supreme Court hears case considering whether a California lawyer can trademark the phrase "Trump too small" (More

> Roughly 4,000 teachers and school employees in Portland, Oregon, begin first-ever strike over class sizes, pay, and resources, canceling schools for 45,000 students (More

> Grand Canyon University, the largest Christian university in the US, faces record $37.7M fine by the federal government for allegedly misrepresenting the costs of its graduate programs (More)

 

In-Depth

> The Happiest Man in the World

Nautilus | Pagan Kennedy. How should doctors treat patients experiencing delusions if the condition makes them feel happier and less alone? (Read)

 

> Who Was Jack the Ripper? 

USA Today | Staff. A visually rich look at what historians know—and what they don't—about London's most famous serial killer. (Read)

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A blue cheese from Norway crowned world’s best cheese.

 

It's National Native American Heritage Month, here are seven things to know.

 

Breaking down Americans' sleep habits. 

 

American Cancer Society releases new lung cancer guidelines. 

 

Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts debut holiday menus

 

... and why holiday candy hits stores so early

 

The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree revealed

 

A space toilet revealed with an out-of-this-world view.

 

Clickbait: Mermaid mummy revealed to be a fish-monkey-lizard Frankenstein

 

Historybook: Marie Antoinette born (1755); Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw dies (1950); First president of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm assassinated (1963); Indian actor and "King of Bollywood" Shah Rukh Khan born (1965); Martin Luther King Jr. Day is created in the US (1983).

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