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While the rest of the country was watching the ball drop, NASA had some other things going on. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story… 

NASA Shares First Image of Ultima Thule from Record-Setting Flyby

A record-setting NASA mission that looked at an object on the edge of our solar system occurred four billion miles away as the New Year rang in. CNN reports, “Mission scientists from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have confirmed that the New Horizons spacecraft conducted a flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object that’s a billion miles beyond Pluto.” Mission scientists were relieved to see the mission completed as there was only one chance to complete it as the New Horizons spacecraft whizzed past Ultima Thule at 31,500 miles per hour. New Horizons was also able to send back an image, taken from a half million miles out.

In newspapers…

Malware Attack Delays Printing of U.S. Newspapers

malware attack originating from outside the country caused a delay in the printing of several newspapers over the weekend including the Los Angelos Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. The malware that is believed to have been used in the attack is called Ryuk, which spreads from computer to computer attempting to access encrypted data and demanding ransom in bitcoin for the locked files.  

In marriage equality…

Cuba Removes Same-Sex Marriage Equality in Draft Constitution

Former president Raul Castro has removed a gender-neutral clause in Cuba’s draft constitution saying that civil marriage is between two people with equal rights. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In reproductive rights…

Ireland Officially Legalizes Abortion

After more than 200 years of criminalization and forbiddance, abortion is officially legalized in Ireland. The country’s president, Michael D. Higgins, signed the legalization into law on Thursday, Dec. 20, after its passage through both chambers of the national parliament. All or any abortion services will be provided “on demand” up to the 12th week of a woman’s pregnancy and will be free under the country’s universal healthcare system starting in 2019. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In politics…

Israel will Hold Elections in April 2019 or Earlier

On Monday, Dec. 24, Israeli coalition party leaders in the Knesset’s governing majority agreed to dissolve and hold elections in April 2019 or earlier. Reasons for dissolving the national parliament vary including difficulties passing a new national law that would extend the mandatory military draft to ultra-Orthodox Jewish students across the country. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In animal rights…

Lion Killed After Fatally Attacking Zoo Intern

Zoo intern Alexandra Black was attacked and killed by a lion who escaped its pen while Black was assisting in the cleaning of the animal’s enclosure. Deputies attempted to tranquilize the lion but eventually shot and killed the animal. Animal advocates are adamantly pushing for change as this is the tenth attack or escape since 1997 in a privately owned North Carolina wildlife facility.

In #MeToo…

Louis C.K. Returns to the Stage

Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. has gradually been returning to the stage over the past few months after his career came to a sudden halt during #MeToo allegations. Now the comedian is facing even more backlash after a recording of a recent set he did was leaked — a set that includes jokes about gender identity and the Parkland shooting survivors.

Trending today…

I’ve Been to the Year 3000 🎶

This tweet went super viral and we can’t decide if it’s making or breaking our new year. All we know is the Jonas Brothers must be proud.

Last but not least…

Goodbye 2018

We took a look back over our content for 2018: the biggest stories, the most-read reports,  the best movies, and our favorite songs of 2018. Check them out.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Duane Paul MurphyNatalia Kolenko, and the CMN Staff. A college senior decided to quantify the amount of pizza he ate during his four years. Answer: 900. Calories: 2.4 million. Mode of presentation? Hopefully, a pie chart.


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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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