1. Miami International Airport will close one of its terminals this weekend as it deals with a shortage of security screeners. A number of U.S. airports have experienced a loss in employees working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), who are not being paid due to the partial government shutdown. As a result, Miami Airport's Concourse G, which serves United and other airlines, will shut down after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. "As a precautionary measure due to uncertainties created by the lapse in federal government funding, some passengers at Miami International Airport may experience changes to their security checkpoint and departure gate this weekend," the airport said on its website. - BUSINESS INSIDER
2. Teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District are set to go on strike Monday as they demand smaller class sizes and better pay. On Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the union, known as United Teachers Los Angeles, could legally strike. More than 30,000 teachers are expected to engage in the walkout, which could last days or weeks. The union is seeking a 6.5 percent pay raise for teachers, as well as new hires and additional school resources. - THE GUARDIAN
3. A court in Myanmar has rejected the appeal of two imprisoned Reuters journalists. In September of 2018, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted of national security offenses as they reported on the massacre of members of the country's Muslim minority. Their seven-year sentence has been widely decried as an attempt to quash the coverage, but on Friday High Court Judge Aung Naing said the prison term handed out by a lower court is "a suitable punishment." “Today’s ruling is yet another injustice among many inflicted upon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They remain behind bars for one reason: those in power sought to silence the truth,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said in response. - AL JAZEERA
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4. Authorities in Chechnya have reportedly detained several people on suspicion of being gay. Activist Igor Kochetkov told The Associated Press that there has been a spike in detentions of gay people in the last several weeks, although he didn't specify how many people have been arrested. The news comes after Chechen authorities detained more than 100 gay men in 2017; some of the men were tortured and killed, activists said. - AP
5. Seven people died after a bus crashed near Guantánamo, Cuba. Three Cubans and four foreigners were killed in the crash, including two people from Argentina, one person from France, and one from Germany. Another 33 people were injured, including citizens from the U.S., England, Canada, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. The driver of the bus was reportedly trying to overtake another vehicle when he lost control on a wet road while traveling from Baracoa to the capital Havana. - CNN
6. Macedonia’s parliament had agreed to rename the country the "Republic of North Macedonia." The new name will bring an end to a nearly 30-year dispute the country has with Greece, which has a province of the same name. Greece's parliament will also have to approve the name after the countries reached an agreement over the new name back in June. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the change will “open the doors to the future, Macedonia’s European future," including joining NATO. - REUTERS
7. An investigation by The Associated Press found that the U.S. legally approved thousands of child bride requests in the last decade. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows people to bring in child and adolescent brides to the country as long as the marriage is legal in the home country and the state where the person lives. According to data obtained by the AP, there were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning to bring in minors in the last ten years. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied to admit a 15-year-old girl, the investigation found. - AP
8. Chinese broadcaster CCTV has published pictures of the far side of the moon taken by its Chang'e 4 lunar lander and rover. They include a 360-degree panoramic image made up of 80 photos taken by the lander after it released the Jade Rabbit 2 rover. The Chinese space agency also released a 12-minute video of Chang’e 4’s landing earlier this month. China is using a relay satellite to communicate with the spacecraft and its rover because the far side of the moon cannot be reached by radio communications from Earth. - THE GUARDIAN
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9. President Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, will recuse himself from the AT&T-Time Warner merger case. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Barr would recuse himself because "he was involved in that, the Time Warner side." The Justice Department previously lost a court battle to block the merger valued at $85 billion and has appealed the decision. Barr's confirmation hearing is next week. - NASDAQ
10. Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow became engaged to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. According to People magazine, Tebow, 31, proposed to Nel-Peters this week at his family's farm near Jacksonville, Florida. The Heisman Trophy winner reportedly purchased a 7.25-carat solitaire ring for Nel-Peters, the 2017 Miss Universe. - WAPO
That Friday feelin'
Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).