Georgia wins insane semi-final, set to face Alabama for the national title

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Georgia's Sony Michel scores a late touchdown in the Bulldogs 54-48 win over Oklahoma (Image: ESPN video)

Georgia rode a blocked field goal to an incredible 54-48 double-overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl last night, setting up an SEC showdown with Alabama for the national championship next Monday night. The Crimson Tide rolled Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl, which served as the other semi-final in this year's College Football Playoff (CFP).

But it's Georgia-Alabama that will have people talking today. The two football powerhouses had, incredibly, never played each other before Monday. It was the first-ever CFP game to go to overtime and it ended when Georgia's Sony Michel, who had lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter, scored a touchdown in the second overtime.

Controversial Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield ended his college career with a loss, the second consecutive season his team was knocked out in the CFP semi-finals.

Kim Jong Un extends olive branch to South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was feeling unusually fuzzy towards South Korea on Monday. CNN reports that “Kim struck an unusually conciliatory note in his annual New Year's Day address, declaring his wish ‘for peaceful resolution with our southern border.’”

He may be thinking ahead to next month's Winter Olympics, set to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9-25.

However, Kim added in his speech a reminder to the U.S. that North Korea would continue to produce nuclear weapons and that the launch button was “always on the desk in my office.”

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Well, let's hope he does better than Johnny Manziel.

It's true: Fake news is more popular than ever

BuzzFeed News did an analysis on Facebook's effort to stop the spread of fake news and found that the 50 most viral fake news stories were more popular than the top 50 fake news stories of 2016.

"The top 50 fake stories of 2017 identified by BuzzFeed News generated a total of roughly 23.5 million shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook between Jan. 1 and Dec. 9," according to BuzzSumo.

Facebook claims that they are more effective at stopping these hoaxes than ever before, limiting distribution of fake stories by 80% once a story has been identified as such.

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Let's all get better at spotting fake news in 2018

CMN's Nicole Masaki is starting the new year by focusing on the fake news problem.

All too often, she writes, what appears in students’ news feed is not “news” at all; it is simply information used to create widespread panic and reinforce preexisting biases.

Read Nicole's thoughts on how to start getting better news in 2018.

Last But Not Least: New Year's twins born in different years.

The end of 2017 was kind of crazy in Delano, California. A pair of twins have different birthdays and were even born in different years.

"The first twin was born at 11:58 p.m. Sunday. He was 5 lbs 9 oz, 18 inches. The second twin, a girl, was born 12:16 a.m Monday. She weighed 4 lbs 10 oz. and was 16 inches," according to 23ABC.

The parents of the twins said that they were about a month early, the original due date being January 27th.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by, Gigi Foster, Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. Try not to think too hard about winter break almost being over.