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Inside Daily Brief (Sep 5th, 2019)

1. 🌀 At least a dozen tornadoes have been reported in the Carolinas as Hurricane Dorian moves up the southeast coast. According to NOAA, most hurricanes that make landfall create at least one tornado, aided by the larger storm's circulation. Dorian weakened to a Category 2 hurricane on Thursday and is currently hugging South Carolina's coast, bringing heavy rains, flooding, wind, and a storm surge. Its sustained winds, which have ticked down slightly, are still expected to have a large impact in southeast Virginia and southeast Massachusetts Friday and Saturday. - USA TODAY

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2. 🌍 Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country will produce missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the U.S. withdrew from last month. Speaking at an economic forum in Russia's city of Vladivostok on Thursday, Putin called the U.S.′ withdrawal "counter-productive” and argued that it would “destroy the international arms control system.” Putin said Russia will produce cruise missiles, but will not deploy them "where no ground-based missile systems of this class manufactured by the U.S. have emerged." Both the U.S. and Russia accused each other of violating the treaty, which barred them from producing or testing ground-launched intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles. - CNBC

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3. 💲 WeWork, which rents out coworking spaces to startups, is considering a drastic cut in its IPO valuation and will not go public next week, The Wall Street Journal reports. WeWork's parent company is considering seeking a valuation in the $20 billion range for its planned IPO, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported the news on Thursday. WeWork last raised money at a $47 billion valuation and filed its IPO paperwork last month, which raised some red flags including years of steep losses. - WSJ

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4. ⚖️ The former first lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena Bonilla, was sentenced to 58 years in prison for misappropriating $779,000 in international donations and public funds to pay for jewelry, medical bills, and her children's tuition. Prosecutors said Bonilla misused the funds, which were intended for social programs such as providing shoes for underprivileged children, while her husband Porfirio Lobo was in power from 2010 to 2014. Bonilla, who was ordered this week to pay back about $52,000, said she plans to appeal the ruling. - REUTERS

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5. ⚖️ A California man who rapped about killing a woman was charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Shortly after Amanda Custer, 31, went missing from her home in Monrovia in late July, a video surfaced online showing Robert Anthony Camou, 27, rapping about a murder and burying a body. Witnesses also told police that they saw Camou putting Custer's body in the back of a Toyota Prius, while investigators discovered evidence of an assault and blood in Camou's bedroom. Camou faces one count of murder, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. - KCBS

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6. 🌊 Scotland's Loch Ness monster was most likely a giant eel, according to an extensive study that examined DNA in the lake's water. Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson took the original 1934 photo of the "monster," though it was later exposed as a hoax. Researchers from New Zealand, who announced results of a study today, analyzed 250 water samples of the U.K.'s largest body of freshwater and identified about 3,000 different species. Some more outlandish theories were ruled out, including the belief that "Nessie" was a plesiosaur from a long-lost era. Neil Gemmell, who led the study, said it shows once again that there is no proof of a monster, but the giant eel theory "may be worth exploring in more detail." - BBC

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7. 📝 ProPublica published a letter written by Tyler Hayes to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos after Hayes' mother was killed by a driver delivering Amazon packages. Stacey Hayes Curry, 61, a legal secretary at a San Diego law firm, was struck and killed by the vehicle near her office park last June. In the letter, Hayes asks Bezos to come up with safer ways for Amazon’s contractors to deliver packages so that no other family would experience such devastation. “Amazon is a leading company in so many areas, but is repeatedly cited for putting its workers at risk from over working, which has put others at risk as well,” Hayes wrote. “Maybe it was simply carelessness by one driver at one time that forever impacted my life, but I don’t think so. I think this attitude of reckless speed stems from the top and trickles down.” - PROPUBLICA

A version of this story first appeared in Inside Amazon.

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8. 🦖 New research suggests that the Tyrannosaurus rex had holes on the top of its skull to keep its head cool. Previously, scientists thought the holes - called the dorsotemporal fenestra - were filled with muscles to the dinosaur move its jaw. However, a new study published on Wednesday in The Anatomical Record shows they were more likely there to regulate its temperature. Scientists from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Ohio University, and the University of Florida made the discovery after using thermal imaging to study alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. - CNET

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9. 🎶 Kanye West's next album, "Jesus is King," drops on Sept. 27, the musician confirmed on Thursday. According to a track-list shared by his wife Kim Kardashian, West's ninth solo studio album will consist of 12 tracks with titles like "Baptized" and "Through the Valley," an apparent nod toward his more spiritual leanings in recent months. "Jesus Is King" is the follow-up to West's 2018 project "Ye." - BILLBOARD

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10. 🍩 Kripsy Kreme is selling pumpkin spice donuts for a limited time until Saturday. The offerings include its original Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut, as well as the Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut, which has cheesecake cream in the middle. The chain is also giving away the donuts for free to customers who cite being disappointed in any pumpkin spice product from anywhere. - PEOPLE.COM

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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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