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The big story…
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…
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…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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