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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned. In a letter read by the Speaker of Parliament, Mugabe said he was stepping down "with immediate effect" for "the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power." The 93-year-old leader was under pressure to resign after the Army sent troops to the streets and put him under house arrest last week. The ruling ZANU-PF party ousted him as its leader over the weekend, and tens of thousands of people have rallied in recent days to demand his resignation. Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has strong support among the military top brass and is gearing up to succeed Mugabe, who has been in office for 37 years. This story is developing. NYT

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The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger. An official speaking on condition of anonymity said the government is concerned that the merger "would harm competition, resulting in higher bills and less innovation for millions of American consumers." The deal would give AT&T control of CNN, which has been the target of fierce criticism by President Trump, prompting speculation that the lawsuit might be politically motivated. Trump has blasted the deal saying that it would place "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few." AT&T’s general counsel David McAtee said he is confident that the court will allow the deal to proceed because "vertical mergers" that do not remove a competitor from the market are routinely approved. – POLITICO

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The Trump administration cannot cut funding to cities that protect immigrants, a federal judge said on Monday. The ruling by District Court Judge William Orrick on lawsuits brought by the California counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara quashes an executive order issued by President Trump in January to crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities." These jurisdictions want to protect immigrants from deportation by not collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Trump’s order was designed to "strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants." In his ruling, Judge Orrick said the order was "unconstitutional on its face." – CNN

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CBS has suspended Charlie Rose over reports that he sexually harassed eight women. According to The Washington Post, which first broke the story, some of the women worked at "Charlie Rose" from the 1990s to 2011. They accuse the "CBS This Morning" co-host of making unwanted sexual advances, groping them, and exposing himself. Three of the women spoke with the publication on the record. "Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter," a CBS News spokesperson said. PBS, which distributes Rose's show said it was "shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations." Rose apologized for his behavior saying: "I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate." – LAT

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Astronomers have detected a space rock coming from another solar system for the first time. They are confident that the cigar-shaped asteroid that flew near the Sun in September comes from another galaxy because its trajectory could not have been achieved by an object from our galaxy. It has been named "Oumuamua," which means messenger in Hawaiian. Analyses show that "Oumuamua" is an extremely dark rock, and it is red, which suggests that it could contain organic molecules. A recent study indicates that around 10,000 interstellar rocks might fly through our galaxy every year.GUARDIAN

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A teenager detonated a suicide bomb at a mosque in Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people. The attack happened as crowds gathered for morning prayers at the Madina mosque near the town of Mubi, in the north-east of the country. Boko Haram has carried out similar attacks in the past, but the group has not claimed responsibility for the latest blast. Since Boko Haram took arms against the government a decade ago, some 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million displaced. – CBS

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The Trump administration will not extend a policy that has allowed some 60,000 Haitians to temporarily live in the U.S., giving them 18 months to leave. The migrants were offered Temporary Protection Status following the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean country in 2010. "Acting Secretary [Elaine] Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist," the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The migrants have until July 2019 to leave voluntarily or face deportation. – CNN

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Janet Yellen said she will resign from the U.S. Federal Reserve board once her term as chair expires in February. President Trump last month nominated Fed Governor Jerome Powell to replace Yellen, denying her a second term. In the four years in which Yellen has been in charge of the Fed, the U.S. saw slow inflation and steady economic growth, while the unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent to 4.1 percent. In her resignation letter, Yellen wrote: "Sustaining this progress will require continued monitoring of, and decisive responses to, newly emerging threats to financial and economic stability." – BLOOMBERG

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that she would prefer facing an election than ruling in a minority government. Over the weekend, talks to form a coalition government between her conservative bloc, the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens collapsed. That left Merkel with two choices: a new election or forming a minority government. "My point of view is that new elections would be the better path," she said. Her party has also tried to join forces with the Social Democrats (SPD), but its leaders don't want to form a government with the conservatives. Although Merkel urged the SPD to reconsider, she also said that "if new elections happened, then ... we have to accept that. I‘m afraid of nothing." – REUTERS

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Sounds that Argentine officials thought might have come from a submarine that disappeared last week were not actually from the vessel, the country's Navy said. Two Argentine ships had picked up the noises, sparking hopes that the 44 people onboard might be rescued soon. A U.S. Navy official familiar with the search operation said the noises might have been produced by the submarine’s crew banging objects against the craft’s hull. But experts later determined that the noises, which were heard along the route the submarine was supposed to take to return to port, were probably from marine life or the ocean, an Argentine Navy spokesman said. He said that shortly before the submarine went missing on Wednesday, its captain was told to return to shore after reporting a "short circuit."  CNN

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What does it mean to be a small business owner in 2017? As Caitlin Cruz found out for Digg, it means striking the perfect balance between an online presence and one in the real world.

She spoke with Cathy Anderson and Adam Fisher, two entrepreneurs who have made small-but-significant names for themselves on the web. Anderson runs the website Poor Little It Girl, which has grown enormously since it started back in July 2010. However, she never meant for it to become her full-time job. In fact, she originally worked a 40-hour job in the fashion industry before finally making the leap to Poor Little It Girl full-time.

“It really is the more you put into it, the more you get out of it, and I was able to dedicate a lot more time to it,” she told Cruz.

Fisher runs an online strength training and coaching service. He was also focused on a “real-life” job as a desk clerk at a gym before he shifted completely over to the internet. With a certification in personal training, he was able to find demand for training services online, and the rest was history.

“I've positioned myself, not as the anti-trainer, but the chill and nice trainer,” Fisher, who has an average of 30 clients, told Cruz. “I'm much less gruesome and cruel than the stereotype you expect.”

Both Anderson and Fisher took different routes to get to where they are today, but they share something in common: they are examples of what it means to find success as a small business owner in the Digital Age. As Cruz writes, “There's no roadmap or guidebook for how these internet-based businesses will play out.” That being said, nothing is stopping motivated entrepreneurs like Anderson and Fisher from forging ahead.

– @kavermes 

                                                                

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