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An alleged recording of a sonic attack turns out to be something else entirely. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

Suspected Sonic Attack May Have Been Crickets

A recording of a suspected sonic attack on the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba in 2016 has been analyzed. And the answer to the strange high-pitched noise that plagued U.S. officials: crickets. This does not necessarily rule out the possibility of a sonic attack or delegitimize the symptoms of the victims — it just means that the selected recording, which was widely circulated in the media, was not the sound of a sonic attack.

In national news…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Absent From Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from court yesterday for the first time in her 25-year career. Justice Ginsburg was reportedly recovering from her recent surgery.

In global news…

Bolivia to Create Universal Healthcare

The government of Bolivia under the presidential administration of Evo Morales will implement universal healthcare coverage for more than 5 million uninsured people nationwide in March. Read all about it in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In politics…

Trump to Make Prime-Time Address and Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

In an effort to increase support for a border wall, President Trump will make a prime-time address Tuesday and visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday. The president’s speech and visit comes amid the partial government shutdown, now in its third week, and with Trump’s insistence that a $5.7 billion budget be given to build a border wall.

In sports…

Clemson Wins the College Football National Championship

The Clemson Tigers beat out the Alabama Crimson Tide for the National Football Championship title with a final score of 44-16. This is Clemson’s third win, having also won in 1981 and 2017.

In #MeToo…

Kevin Spacey Appears in Court, Pleads Not Guilty

Kevin Spacey had his first day in court yesterday to face charges of a groping an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket, Mass. Spacey pleaded not guilty to the charge, which may prove problematic if the rumor that the plaintiff has video evidence of the attack is true. The celebrity was also reportedly pulled over for speeding on his way home from court.

In tech…

Amazon Is Now the World’s Most Valuable Public Company

Yesterday, Amazon surpassed Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world, with a market value of $796.8 billion. This ends Microsoft’s short-lived tenure as the most valuable company following their overtake of Apple in November.

Trending today…


The Internet loved the movie Birdbox so much that people are recreating it — and Netflix is not having it. It is making for some pretty funny memes, though.


Last but not least…

New Year, New Laws for 2019

2019 is finally here. Starting this month in January and beyond for the rest of the new year, new laws and regulations are now or will be in effect across the United States. From pushing for gun safety to combating sexual assault, a wide variety of new rules will be in place. Read all about them in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoDuane Paul Murphy,  and the CMN Staff. If you missed the Golden Globes last weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what everyone is talking about after the award show. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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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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