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The big story…

Study Finds 25% of College Students Sleep Text

new study from Villanova University finds that adolescents and college students are experiencing an increase in a phenomenon called “sleep texting.” Sleep texting is exactly what it sounds like: Texting in your sleep without the awareness, or often memory, of doing so. In the study, about 25 percent of students reported sleep texting at some point and, of those students, 72 percent did not remember the incident. Although it may sound silly, these episodes are a sign of a much bigger issue: sleep deprivation. What happens when you can’t unplug, even while you’re sleeping?


On CNN…

CNN Drops Liberal Commentator Marc Lamont Hill

CNN severed ties with commentator Marc Lamont Hill over a controversial comment in support of Palestinian rights that some have interpreted as a call for the elimination of Israel. Hill used the phrase “free Palestine from the river to the sea” in a speech to the U.N. on Wednesday, sparking a debate over the expression’s connection to Hamas and other Palestinian groups.


In Canada…

Canadian Universities Authorize the Use of Pot on Campus

While the U.S. slowly makes its way to federal legalization of recreational marijuana, several Canadian universities are in the process of allowing the use of pot on campus.


In global news…

Indian Authorities Hesitant to Retrieve Body of U.S. Christian Missionary

John Allen Chau, an Alabama native, was killed by the Sentinelese, a completely isolated indigenous people on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal, after he entered their territory hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Now, Indian authorities are hesitant to recover Chau’s body. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.


In stories…

LinkedIn and YouTube to Get Stories Feature

YouTube is introducing a stories feature for creators. LinkedIn is testing out stories with some of its current student users. And Instagram has just rolled out a feature to allow you to share stories just with close friends. I’m just going to leave this here.


In bad news…

Marriott Reveals Data Breach Affecting 500 Million

Marriott just announced that the hotel chain has experienced a massive data breach, compromising the information of about 500 million guests. The information stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, passport numbers, etc. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Marriot says the breach was first detected in September but may have happened as early as 2014.


In good news…

Patagonia to Donate $10 Million in Tax Cuts to Environmental Groups

Patagonia has announced that the outdoor clothing company will be donating the $10 million it saved in GOP corporate tax cuts to various environmental groups.


Trending today…

Sheldon Bungles a Birthday Surprise

The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons let the cat out of the bag when he posted about a birthday surprise for costar Kaley Cuoco…and tagged her. (P.S. Check out other trends of the week over on CMN.)

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almost time, @kaleycuoco … shhhhh…..

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oops @kaleycuoco

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Last but not least…

Must Watch NFL Games: Week 13

Find out what games you should be watching and why in Tom Spurling’s report for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Duane Paul MurphyTom Spurling, and the CMN Staff. In an effort to reinforce politeness, a new Google Assistant update will reward users who say “please” and “thank you.” After all, artificial intelligence has feelings too.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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