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Friday, August 30, 2019

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Prepping for a monster in Florida

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Friday 8.30.19

Want to see the northern lights? You don't have to trek all the way up to the Arctic Circle. This holiday weekend, the aurora borealis will be visible from Idaho to Maine. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

By Doug Criss
Hurricane Dorian
 
Florida residents are preparing for Dorian's arrival, and the Category 2 storm could strengthen into a Category 4 monster by the time it arrives. This morning, Dorian is moving through the Atlantic Ocean with winds of 105 mph. It should be a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday when it goes through the Bahamas. Then, Dorian, the strongest storm so far of the Atlantic hurricane season, is expected late Monday to hit Florida's east coast. The cone of uncertainty for this storm extends from Jacksonville all the way to Key West. Track the storm, scroll through this hurricane checklist and use CNN's lite site for fast connectivity if you're in the storm's path.
 
Hong Kong protests
 
As Hong Kong gears up for its 13th straight weekend of mass protests, some of its highest profile pro-democracy leaders are in jail. Joshua Wong, who led massive protests in 2014, and activist Agnes Chow were among those arrested this morning in Hong Kong. Anti-government activist Andy Chan was arrested last night at Hong Kong's airport. They were charged with offenses, including organizing an unauthorized assembly, obstructing police and suspicion of rioting. The arrests could inflame already heightened tensions before this next planned round of demonstrations. Protesters have been calling for full withdrawal of an extradition bill, an independent inquiry into police brutality and universal voting rights in Hong Kong.
 
Amazon rainforest fires
 
For the next 60 days, the use of fire to clear land in Brazil is banned. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro enacted the ban this week in response to the massive fires that have raged through the Amazon rainforest there. Burning land in rural areas is a common practice among Brazilian farmers, who often use fires to clear land for new crops or livestock. Bolsonaro wants the Amazon opened up to development, so a lot of experts point the finger at his pro-development policies and lax regulation as the reason ranchers and farmers are burning the rainforest.
 
Border wall
 
Looks like the Trump administration is all set to start using military construction funds to begin building the President's wall on the US-Mexico border. Trump used an emergency declaration in February to justify using military money. That's faced stiff legal challenges, but the Supreme Court last month OK'd the use of $2.5 billion in counter-drug funding from the Defense Department to start building parts of the wall while the rest of the legal battle plays out in court. It's unclear when the Pentagon would start to shift the funds to wall construction, but White House officials have ramped up talks in the last couple weeks to start planning for it.
 
Economy
 
Asian markets followed Wall Street's lead and rallied today, buoyed by some positive talk from China on the trade war. It wasn't much -- just China's commerce ministry saying the country can reach a resolution on the trade dispute with the US with a "calm attitude." But that was enough to spark some optimism. US stocks jumped 326 points yesterday. That's the best day for Wall Street in about two weeks. But the economic news wasn't all good. The increase in the gross domestic product for the second quarter was revised down to 2%, while pending home sales dropped sharply this summer because of lingering uncertainty about the economy.
 
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A sports betting site is offering an NFL food tester gig that involves traveling to stadiums and eating all the food. It's like they've lived inside my dreams.

Show and tell
It's almost September, which means it's almost time for Apple to unveil its new iPhones. The tech giant is expected to show some new stuff on September 10.

Color change
Silver is the new red? That's the trend in party cups. Reusable, aluminum versions of the ubiquitous red party cups are about to hit the market.

For research purposes only
A US government agency that makes all kinds of top-secret stuff needs an underground lair. Like, by the close of business today.
 
Quiz time
There are fewer than 7,500 cheetahs in the wild, but they're increasingly sold in the illegal pet trade as symbols of wealth in this region.
A. the Persian Gulf
B. Southeast Asia
C. the Midwestern US
D. Sub-Saharan Africa
Play "Total Recall," CNN's weekly news quiz, to see if you answer is correct.
 
400+

The number of police departments that video doorbell company Ring is working with to streamline their access to user videos. Privacy advocates worry Ring is helping the police create a 24/7 surveillance network.


Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year.
 
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, revealing in a new video that his chemotherapy treatments are over and he's back at work taping a new season of the game show. Trebek was diagnosed this year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer
Walk the dog
Since his human is too busy skateboarding, Mango the dog just grabs the leash and does the job himself. (Click to view.)

 
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We're taking off Monday for Labor Day, so we'll see you all back here on Tuesday. Enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe (especially if you're in Florida).
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

ORGANIZING AND PREPARING TO BE A MOVEMENT


You know, if one person, just one person, does it, they may think he's 

Really sick and they won't take him
And if two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and 
They won't take either of them
And if three people do it! Can you imagine three people walkin' in, singin' 
A bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? They may think it's an 
Organization!
And can you imagine fifty people a day? I said FIFTY people a day 
Walkin' in, singin' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? Friends
They may think it's a Movement, and that's what it is THE Alices's
Restaurant anti-massacre movement! And all you gotta do to join is to 
Sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar
With feelin'

Hurricane Dorian might hit the US as a Category 3 storm

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Thursday 8.29.19

The fires are still raging in the Amazon, and nearly half of the world's forests that stood when humans started farming are now gone. Here's what you can do to help slow forest loss. And here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

By Doug Criss
Hurricane Dorian
 
Dorian is all set to ruin Florida's Labor Day weekend. The Category 1 hurricane brushed by the Caribbean islands and will continue to move northwest today towards the Sunshine State. The storm is expected to grow to a Category 2 and possibly even a Category 3 storm before it makes landfall somewhere on Florida's east coast on Monday. Florida's governor has already declared a state of emergency. Dorian whipped the British and US Virgin Islands with 80 mph winds and lots of rain yesterday. Meanwhile, people breathed a sigh of relief in Puerto Rico, which was spared major damage. You can track the storm here. If you're in Dorian's path, here's a checklist of what to do and what to pack. Also bookmark CNN's lite site for fast connectivity during the storm.
 
US citizenship
 
It's going to get a little bit harder for the children of some US military members living overseas to become US citizens. Children born abroad can get citizenship through their US citizen parents either at birth or before the age of 18. But a new rule from US Citizenship and Immigration Services tweaks that slightly, by not automatically giving citizenship to the children of naturalized US citizens serving in the armed forces who have not lived in the US for a required period of time. The Defense Department says this change would only affect about 100 people a year. While the rule change doesn't make anyone ineligible for citizenship, it does appear to narrow how children abroad can gain citizenship.
 
Brexit
 
During this long-running Brexit drama, the idea of the so-called "no-deal" Brexit seemed highly unlikely. After what happened yesterday, it almost seems inevitable. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked everybody and outraged many after he got Queen Elizabeth to OK a suspension of Parliament. That significantly shortens the amount of time Johnson's political opponents have to block a no-deal Brexit. When Parliament comes back from its summer break on September 3, the five-week suspension starts a few days later. So lawmakers won't really have a chance to deal with Brexit until mid-October. The UK is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Click here for the latest from London.
 
Sex-trafficking lawsuits
 
There are new targets in the battle against sex trafficking: hotel chains. Four women have sued four chains that own hotels in metro Atlanta, saying hotel staff helped traffickers in exchange for a cut of the profits. Hotel staff at Red Roof Inn, Extended Stay America, La Quinta Inn and Suburban Extended Stay are accused of ignoring signs of women being trafficked, of standing guard or tipping off traffickers when police were around. Extended Stay America did not respond to CNN's request for comment. The other three chains released statements saying their hotels were operated by franchisees.
 
South Korea
 
The fertility rate in South Korea hit a new low last year. The rate dropped to 0.98 -- or less than one baby per woman, and a drop from the previous year's rate of 1.05. That puts South Korea near the bottom of world rankings of fertility rates. To put that into perspective, the 2018 fertility rate was 1.72 in the United States. In some African countries, which see the highest fertility numbers in the world, the rate can go up to 5 or 6. Countries generally need a fertility rate above 2 to maintain population growth.
 
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RIP, Jessi
She was known as the "fastest woman on four wheels," and race car driver Jessi Combs was trying to set another record when she died in a crash.

Alright, alright, alright
Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey's latest role takes him back to the classroom. He's joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

'GIRL' power
Maren Morris will be the "it" girl at the CMA Awards in November. She nabbed six nominations, the most of any artist.

Smooth support
Their coach lost his hair while battling cancer. So these football players shaved their heads as a sign of support.

'Wars' weapon?
If you visited Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, don't pack those "thermal detonator" Coke bottles as souvenirs. The TSA has banned them in luggage.

'She belongs on the catwalk'
Meet the 9-year-old double amputee who is going to light up the runway at New York Fashion Week next month.
 
5

The number of years since one of the biggest scandals of the Obama presidency -- the infamous tan suit


In my view, Pluto is a planet. I'm sticking by it. It's the way I learned it, and I'm committed to it.
 
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, expressing what we've all been saying for more than a decade
Hidden treasure
Psst! Want to find one of the hottest restaurants in New York City? You'll have to go to the Garment District --  and find a certain freight entrance. (Click to view)
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