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General Awareness: Jury selection is due to start today in the federal trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The drug kingpin was extradited last year to New York after he escaped from a Mexican prison. He’s pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment that accuses him of heading a criminal enterprise that imported and distributed hundreds of tons of narcotics.
Scientists Find ‘Clear Evidence’ Cellphone Radiation Can Cause Cancer in Rats
U.S. researchers found “clear evidence” that cell phone radiation exposure can cause cancerous heart tumors in male rats. With that said, it is still unclear what the final conclusions of their two-decades-long study of the health impact on rodents mean for humans. Researchers do recommend using earbuds or some other way of increasing the distance between the cell phone and your body for long calls. – WSJ (subscription)
Stats mask U.S. economic struggles
Despite the recent release of healthy-looking economic metrics, a significant number of Americans are straining to save, pay bills and remain on firm financial footing. Just 28% of U.S. households can be classified as financially healthy, according to a new study, which measures financial health by a household’s ability to stay in control of spending, regularly save, limit debt levels and maintain an ability to be able to plan for the unforeseen. Why it matters: Almost half of the respondents reported spending as much or more than they earn, while 36% said they are unable to pay their bills on time. – LA Times
Lawmakers Propose Social Media Hate Speech Checks Before Gun Purchases
Lawmakers in New York have begun drafting legislation that would require potential gun owners to have the past three years of their social media reviewed before they were granted permission to own a firearm. One of the main aims is to identify any hate speech shared by the users, as the politicians noted that such offensive comments are generally only discovered after mass shootings occur. – Newsweek
US unleashes sanctions on Iran, hitting oil, banking, and shipping
The US unleashed its “toughest ever” sanctions against Iran today, a move that has already sparked mass protests in the oil-rich nation. The Trump administration reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it. They will hit oil exports, shipping, and banks – all core parts of the economy. – BBC
New Caledonia Votes to Remain Part of France in a Milestone Referendum
A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, a watershed moment that led French President Emmanuel Macron to promise a full dialogue on the archipelago’s future. Here’s what comes next. – TIME / CNN
Egypt Kills 19 People Suspected of Links to Attack on Coptic Christians
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said it killed 19 people suspected of involvement in a lethal attack on Coptic Christians two days earlier that showed the continuing challenge posed by Islamist militancy in the country. – Al Jazeera
Amazon in advanced talks about putting HQ2 in Northern Virginia
Amazon is in “advanced talks” to tap Crystal City, Virginia, for its second headquarters according to the Washington Post. The talks included how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public. Big Picture: the discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations. What’s on the line: the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs. The WSJ pointed out that NYC and Dallas may also be in the mix. One final thing: Amazon announced it will roll out free shipping to everyone during 2018 holiday season. – WSJ / The Washington Post / CBS
Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa wins his first New York City Marathon
The 28-year-old won the 2018 New York City Marathon on Sunday with an unofficial time of 2:05:59. Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata finished second with Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor placing third. Kenya’s Mary Keitany took the top spot in the women’s field. – NPR
Trump says his administration is ‘looking at’ whether Amazon, Facebook and Google are violating antitrust laws
President Donald Trump says his administration was “looking at” antitrust proceedings against tech giants Google, Amazon, and Facebook. In an interview with news site Axios that aired on HBO Sunday night, Trump said the $5 billion fine against Google from the European Union made him consider pursuing regulation. Trump has previously called the three companies a “very antitrust situation” but didn’t comment on breaking them up. – Business Insider / Axios on HBO
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