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A senior British court has ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May must receive Parliament’s consent before beginning Brexit. The three-member court announced their ruling today as May looks to execute Article 50, which would allow Britain to leave the European Union next year. “The most fundamental rule of the U.K.’s constitution is that Parliament is sovereign and can make and unmake any law it chooses,” the judges said in a statement. Earlier this year, voters opted to exit the EU by a 52-to-48 margin. – WAPO

The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 with an 8-7 win in 10 innings last night against the Cleveland Indians. Chicago had to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and fight off elimination to force a seventh game. In the end, they came out on top, ending a 108-year drought for the franchise. “Everyone’s prone to hyperbole on nights like tonight,” said Cubs team president Theo Epstein. “But it is kind of epic, right?” – WAPO

Two U.S. troops were killed in a joint raid against senior Taliban commanders in Afghanistan today. At least 26 Afghan civilians were also killed in the attack, led by U.S. and Afghan forces. NATO called it a “train, advise and assist mission,” and two other Americans were wounded in the incident. “Today’s loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. – AP

Clinical trial data suggests that a drug called verubecestat can slow the mental decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The drug blocks an enzyme that leads to the production of a toxic peptide in the brain. In the trial, researchers said verubecestat was well-tolerated by participants. "This is the first detailed report of what a BACE inhibitor does in humans," said Alzheimer's researcher Dennis Selkoe from Harvard Medical School. Two more clinical trials have begun to further study the drug. – SA

Leonardo DiCaprio will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards for his work on “Before the Flood,” a documentary focused on climate change. Directed by Fisher Stevens, the National Geographic documentary is free to view online until Nov. 6. “We cannot afford, at this critical moment in time, to have leaders in office that do not believe in the modern science of climate change,” said DiCaprio. “We need to galvanize the world community to put in office people who are not only believers in the science but are going to take rapid action immediately.” – THR

In a new audio message, an ISIS leader has reportedly told group members in Mosul to hold their ground rather than retreat. “Holding your ground in honor is a thousand times better than retreating in disgrace,” said leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The recording is the first to be released since last year. However, experts have yet to verify that the voice on the tape belongs to Baghdadi. The recording, which is about 32 minutes long, also references Turkey’s armaments on the Iraq-Turkey border. – CNN

Turkey may decline an agreement with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants if Brussels does not grant visa-free entry to the Turkish people. “Our patience is approaching an end,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevult Cavausoglu. The visa waiver would be one of many benefits awarded to Turkey if it helps slow the flow of migrants into Europe. – AP

Protesters showed up to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, last night to speak out against former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Duke was participating in a U.S. Senate debate at the historically black school. "His presence on our campus is not welcome, and overtly subjects the entire student body to safety risks and social ridicule," said members of the Socially Engaged Dillard University Students group at Dillard. Duke is running against Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. – CNN

Lisa Bloom, the attorney representing a woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her as a teen, claims that Anonymous hacked her website yesterday. “Our firm's website was reportedly hacked today, as well as emails,” she tweeted. "Anonymous claims responsibility.” Bloom stated that her client, only known as Jane Doe, has also received numerous threats and is “living in fear.” Trump has denied the allegations against him. – TW

A report indicates that fewer U.S. men have undergone prostate biopsies and surgeries since recommendations against prostate cancer screenings were created. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against using a blood test to detect a prostate-specific antigen in patients in 2012. "I think the answer is education, and let patients decide what's best for them,” Dr. Jim Hu, a urologic oncologist who worked on the research. – NBC

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Facebook appears to be cracking down on groups designed for sharing copyrighted music. BREIN, an anti-piracy group, has been reporting on the closure of groups where thousands of music albums were being shared without permission. Back in August, Facebook took direct action by tracking down one pirate who shared music uploaded to a group, forcing him to pay more than $7,700 in a settlement. – BI

Members of NASA’s Space Station Advisory Committee have expressed concern over SpaceX’s plans to fuel Falcon 9 rockets with astronauts onboard. The experts argued that doing so could be a “hazardous operation,” and fueling should not occur with any people nearby. SpaceX has previously stated that it has "designed a reliable fueling and launch process that minimizes" risks to humans. A Falcon 9 exploded earlier this year during routine fueling. – VERGE


Game 7 lit up social media, as casual sports fans joined more hardened baseball fanatics for what ended up being one of the most dramatic, white-knuckle, stressful games in recent memory. Many tweets focused on how intense the game was to watch, even for people without emotional investments in either the Cubs or the Indians.

BuzzFeed imagined how people in Chicago must be feeling. @DavidKorins advised, for those at home, that “breathing is allowed, but nothing weird.” 

But things took an even more cinematic turn as the game entered extra innings, and particularly after the top of the 10th inning was delayed for about 15 minutes by a sudden, seemingly symbolic rainstorm. Impatient fans desperately waiting for the action to resume made a brief celebrity of the tarp used to cover the field (and also this unfortunate individual).

The Seattle Mariners official account touted the retractable roof at Safeco Field, snarking “If only there were a modern contraption that could make this type of predicament avoidable."

This GIF of an older fan losing her patience summed up much of the internet's reaction to the delay.

Over the course of the night, a series of seemingly remarkable predictions rocketed around the Twittersphere. Most astonishingly, a tweet by a guy named @RaysFanGio seemed to predict the evening’s exact series of events, all the way back in November 4th, 2014. He said:

“2016 World Series. Cubs vs Indians. And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings.” By the end of the night, it had been retweeted over 150,000 times.

Though the Cubs led throughout much of the game, comedian Norm MacDonald nonetheless tweeted “Expect fireworks, followers. Expect fireworks. Do not change the channel."

AND, in 1993, high school student Michael Lee predicted this year’s Cubs win in his yearbook, writing “Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first” beneath his class photo.

Of course, eventually, the Cubs were victorious, winning the World Series in the 108th year after their last title. @SNstats calculated that 184,425 MLB regular season and playoff games have been played since the team last won the championship.

Photos of Chicago fans climbing fences to watch the game through windows surfaced, leading into footage of parties and celebrations across the city

@JProllert shared video of the celebration at the Billy Goat Tavern, which played a significant role in the infamous BillyGoatCurse, holding back the Cubs from winning the title for decades. (Steve Bartman, long blamed for interfering with a potential catch in a 2003 postseason game between the Cubs and the Florida Marlins, also appeared to be released from blame.)

Many people’s thoughts turned to the late, iconic Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey (or at least Will Ferrell’s beloved impression). This video of Carey predicting that “someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series” in 1991 was widely shared.

But no individual seemed to sum up the feelings of Cubs fans everywhere better than comedian and actor Bill Murray, whose live reaction to the win was fortunately captured by TV cameras. 

Congrats to @edsbs for the deep “Lost in Translation” reference.

Back to the Future” got a bevy of shoutouts for ALMOST predicting the big Cubs win. (They were one year off.) The Crying Jordan Meme resurfaced once more for a brief moment in the sun.

Photos of lifelong Cubs fan Hillary Clinton celebrating the win surfaced.

Lots of people made references to the 1993 sports comedy “Rookie of the Year,” in which the Cubs win the World Series, and to the 1989 sports comedy “Major League,” in which the Indians take down the Yankees in a one-game playoff. (And yes, Sheen showed up at the game in character as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Of course he did.)

Oh, and this kitten tried to catch the baseball on TV. She got over 10,000 retweets. 

- Lons


Every Thursday, we’re going to back-track to see what people were talking about around this time in history. Hop in the time machine and let’s go!

Date: Nov. 3, 1957

The Soviet Union launched its first animal, a dog named Laika, into space on the Sputnik 2. The Siberian husky mix had originally lived as a stray on the streets of Moscow before being enrolled in the space program. When she was aboard the Sputnik 2, she became the first animal to ever orbit Earth.

However, Laika’s journey would not be a long one. Although she had a sophisticated life support system, the dog died while in orbit, thus becoming the first animal to do so in space exploration history. To this day, there is still a great deal of conspiracy surrounding exactly when and how Laika passed away. The Soviet Union has been accused of lying, claiming Laika died painlessly several days after the Sputnik 2’s launch. Some believe that Laika’s life ended just hours after she left Earth.

Regardless, the stray-turned-cosmonaut provided humans back on Earth with critical insight into how life can exist in space. Laika had electrodes attached to her body to help scientists understand the biological effects of space travel. Since her ill-fated trip, Laika has been the subject of everything from postage stamps to songs, cementing her legacy in history.


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