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  • Senate Race: Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a runoff election, the final race to be decided in this year’s midterms. The race gained attention when Hyde-Smith said she would be “on the front row” at a “public hanging,” which drew outrage given Mississippi’s history of lynchings. She later apologized. Hyde-Smith’s win means the Republicans will have a 53-seat majority in the Senate. Read more here.

  • Walter Reed Scare: Many people hid and called 911 on Tuesday, believing there was an active shooter at Walter Reed National Medical Center, but it turns out it was just a drill. The Navy attributed the confusion to an “improper” alert that was mistakenly sent out. Read more here.

  • Trump vs. GM: President Trump threatened to pull subsidies for General Motors after the automaker announced a huge round of layoffs and plant closures. Trump tweeted: "The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!" GM does not appear to receive any significant subsidies from the government beyond the industry-wide tax credit for electric vehicles, but that goes to the consumer. Read more here.

  • Soldiers Killed: Three American service members were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, the military said. It’s the worst loss of life for Americans in that war zone all year. Three other soldiers and a contractor were wounded in the IED blast. Read more here.

  • Facebook Grilling: A group of lawmakers from several countries grilled a Facebook senior executive during the inaugural hearing of the “International Grand Committee on Disinformation” in the UK. That executive, a former British politician, admitted that it was “not great” that Mark Zuckerberg didn’t show up to answer questions. One legislator said he had evidence that a Facebook employee knew as early as 2014 of a major data breach that had Russian fingerprints all over it. Read more here.

  • Tiger: Tiger Woods said he’s “worn out physically, mentally, emotionally” after a busy year that saw him win his first tournament in five years and rise from 1,199 to 13 in the world rankings. Woods also revealed that he hit his first hole-in-one in 20 years during a practice round in the Bahamas this week. Read more here.

  • Spongebob Creator: The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, has died of ALS. Hillenburg started out as a marine biology teacher but later switched to animation. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Karen ー the character Karen Plankton is named after her ー and a son, Clay. Read more here.

  • Elton John Concert: Some Elton John fans aren’t happy with the singer after his Orlando concert was canceled nearly thirty minutes after it was slated to start. The singer apparently had an ear infection and never made it to the stage. One fan called it “pitiful,” complaining the singer let fans pay for things including parking, hotels, and drinks. Read more here.

  • Oh Baby: The list of most popular baby names for 2018 is out ... and the winners are Sophia, for the ninth year in a row and Jackson, going six years strong. The list is put out by babycenter.com which found Olivia and Emma rounded out the top three for girls and Liam and Noah rounded out the top three for boys. See the list here.

  • Holy Cow: The internet is marveling over video of a huge cow on an Australian farm that’s as tall as an NBA player and weighs as much as a station wagon. The bovine, named Knickers, would produce 1,400 pounds of meat, but because it’s so big it can’t fit into the slaughterhouse so the owner says it will live out its days in the pasture. See it here.

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