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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 23rd, 2019)

1. ⚖️ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has finished a three-week course of radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas, the top court said on Friday. Doctors detected the growth via a routine blood test in early July. Ginsburg, 86, began the treatment on an outpatient basis on Aug. 5 and tolerated it "well," according to the high court, which noted that the "tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body." Ginsburg underwent surgery last year to remove a growth from her lung. - NPR

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2. 💲 President Trump demanded that U.S. companies leave China after the country said it will impose new tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods. In a lengthy tweet posted on Friday, Trump said that he is ordering U.S. companies to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” He added that he is ordering all carriers, such as UPS, Amazon, and the Post Office, to search for and refuse "all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)" It was unclear what authority the president has, if any, over the private companies. Following the tweets, stocks plummeted to record session lows on Friday, with the Dow closing 2.4 percent lower, at 25,628.90, and the S&P 500 ending at 2.6 percent down, or 2,847.11. - CNBC

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3. ⚕️ An Illinois patient may be the first U.S. death attributed to vaping, state health officials said on Friday. The person, who was between 17 and 38 years old, fell ill and was hospitalized after vaping, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which didn't offer any more information. Nearly 150 people nationwide have contracted a severe respiratory illness after vaping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said earlier this week. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike called the severity of illness "alarming," adding that "we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous." - REUTERS

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4. 🌍 The chief prosecutor in Paris is opening an investigation into potential crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein against French citizens. It will focus on any crimes - including rape, sexual assault of minors, and criminal conspiracy - committed in France and abroad, according to prosecutor Rémy Heitz, who announced the investigation on Friday following “exchanges” with U.S. authorities. Heitz's office said it will also look into claims that Epstein and others took part in a vast child sex trafficking ring, which allegedly happened over several years. Epstein died of suicide earlier this month in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on conspiracy and sex trafficking charges. - NY TIMES

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5. 💲 Megvii, a Chinese startup focused on facial recognition software, plans to file for an IPO as early as Friday, despite ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The company, valued at over $4 billion, has raised a total of $1.4 billion since 2011. The IPO is expected to raise up to $1 billion and would make Megvii the first on a lengthy list of Chinese artificial intelligence companies to go public. It provides face-scanning technology to companies such as Foxconn Technology Group, the maker of the iPhone, and Ant Financial, a payments giant that supports Alibaba. Authorities in more than 260 cities have used the AI technology to help arrest more than 10,000 people. - BLOOMBERG

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6. 🍿 Actor Bob Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter that filming has ended on the upcoming "Breaking Bad" movie, which is due out next year on Netflix and AMC. "I find it hard to believe you don't know it was shot. They did it," said Odenkirk, who played lawyer Saul Goodman in the original series. "How is that a secret? But it is," he said, adding "They've done an amazing job of keeping it a secret." The series' original creator, writer, director, and executive producer Vince Gilligan is working on the movie, which reportedly stars Aaron Paul in a reprisal of his Jesse Pinkman character. Paul hinted to Variety magazine that he was involved, saying - (major spoiler alert) - that  "in case you haven't caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so it has to star Jesse." - BBC

7. 📈 More than 21,000 Americans lost a total of $143 million last year via so-called "romance scams," such as those that involve catfishing, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The stats covered reports of people who were lured into love through fake online profiles created by scammers, who claimed to need money for things like travel or medical emergencies. The number has increased dramatically from 2015, when 8,500 reports were filed with losses of $33 million. Earlier this week, federal officials said that they had charged 80 people, including Nigerians based in Los Angeles, who had worldwide links to businesses and romance scams. - CNN

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8. 📞 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disconnected a hotline that helped detained immigrants connect with lawyers, after the number was featured on the Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black." The Freedom for Immigrants organization, which operated the toll-free hotline for several years, shut it down within two weeks after the show first aired. The move was retaliatory, according to Christina Fialho, co-executive director of Freedom for Immigrants, who argued that it shouldn't be removed "simply because the government is now unhappy with how we are sharing with the public what we know from our communications with people inside." - LA TIMES

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9. 📺 Netflix may still be the top streaming subscription service in the U.S., but both Amazon and Hulu are encroaching on its market share, new data shows. According to eMarketer, Netflix will have 158.8.5 million U.S. viewers by the end of 2019, Amazon Prime Video will have 96.5 million viewers, and Hulu will have 75.8 million viewers. That means that while Netflix reachers more than half of the population, Amazon Prime Video is now reaching one-third of it. Netflix is also under threat by the upcoming Disney-Hulu-ESPN bundle, as well as Apple TV+ and Warner Media's HBO Max. - TECHCRUNCH

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10. 🐃 A herd of bison stampeded past a family's rental car in Yellowstone National Park, cracking a window and crushing part of the car. The Delle Chiaie family captured the Aug. 13 incident in a video, which has since gone viral online. "Oh man, there goes some money," someone in the rental car remarks in the footage. The stampede occurred in Wyoming's Lamar Valley in Yellowstone, which has the largest bison population of any public land in the U.S. - NYDN

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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 and other topics in southern California here.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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