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The East Coast is having a cyclone moment

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Image from windy.com shows the increasing intensity of this winter storm.

Can you have a cyclone in winter? Meteorologists are calling the massive winter storm that's heading up the East Coast today a "bomb cyclone," but there won't be any actual explosions, just a lot of ice, wind, snow and power outages.

"Bombogenesis is the technical term. Bomb cyclone is a shortened version of it, better for social media," weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue told ABC News.

The National Weather Service has posted blizzard warnings for parts of the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina to Maine, with travel “very dangerous to impossible” in many places.

Get the latest on the winter storm right here.
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Trump says former adviser Bannon 'lost his mind'

Speaking of bombs, excerpts from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a forthcoming book by controversial writer Michael Wolff, hit like a bomb yesterday, most notably in a reaction from the president.

Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon is apparently a key source of information for the book and in it, he throws shade at Trump's children and calls a meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower "treasonous."

In response, the president issued a statement, which read, in part, “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” His lawyers have also issued a cease and desist order.

Bannon took the high road in response last night, saying he thinks Trump is "a great man."

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Remember, pets are people too. Well, you know what we mean.
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Meltdown and Spectre could cause massive computer security nightmares

According to a report from Recode this morning, Researchers have discovered flaws in virtually all computer processors on the market, which put billions of devices at risk of invasion from hackers.

The vulnerabilities found in Intel chips — named Meltdown and Spectre— set up a nightmare scenario in which hackers could easily steal data from the memory of running apps.

Meltdown can be fixed by a patch, but Spectre is more difficult to remedy, though experts believe it will be harder to exploit. The best defense against any computer security flaw is to not ignore prompts to update your software. Update it, people!

This college is hoping to stabilize it's financial situation by selling off it's famous works of art

La Salle University in Philadelphia announced plans to sell 46 major works of art from its collection in a bid to raise millions of dollars to stabilize the school's financial situation.

The university "expects to raise at least $2.3 million from the sale of five key works" according to a report by The Art Newspaper. The works are by Elisabeth Frink, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Dorothea Tanning, Georges Rouault and Albert Gleizes.

Last But Not Least: Lake Superior State's banned words list for 2018 is out and 'fake news' is on it

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Since 1974, Lake Superior State University has been publishing a list of words that it thinks should be banished from use during the upcoming year. 2018’s list, which is officially titled List of Words Banished From the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness came out earlier this week and it includes some words that you probably use.

When was the last time you said “tons?” How about “Let me ask you this?” Or what about “fake news.” Well, we have to admit we used that one yesterday.

See the full list here.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Gigi Foster, Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. We're getting a #snowday today, how about you?
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