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  • Trump v. Sessions: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” President Trump told Hill.TV this week during an Oval Office interview. Since Jeff Sessions removed himself from the Russia probe, Trump has been vocal about his frustrations with the AG. But on Tuesday, the president said his disappointment goes even deeper. “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said. Read more here.

  • Biggest Fire in California History Now Contained: The Mendocino Complex fire started as two separate blazes in late July, but the pair ultimately combined and became the biggest one ever in the state. There's some good news, though ー the U.S. Forest Service reported Wednesday that the fire complex has been 100 percent contained after burning 459,123 acres, destroying over 150 homes, and killing one firefighter. Some areas within Mendocino National Forest will remain closed until December 31 out of concern for public safety. The cause of each fire is still under investigation, officials said. Read more here.

  • Deadline Set for Kavanaugh's Accuser: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has set a 10 a.m. ET Friday deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will testify in front of the committee Monday about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford has asked the FBI to investigate her claim that the judge sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school. Grassley sent a follow-up letter, saying it’s not the FBI’s responsibility to resolve the matter. Read more here.

  • Amazon Won’t Stop: The company is reportedly considering a plan to open up to 3,000 cashier-less Amazon Go stores in the next three years. The first location opened in Seattle in 2016; there are currently four in the U.S. Shoppers can scan their app when they enter the store, and cameras and sensors track what they buy. The stores, with freshly prepared foods and a limited grocery selection, may mitigate meal-time logjams in busy cities. But an expansion would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven and quick-service sandwich shops like Panera. Read more here.

  • LaGuardia and Newark Lose: J.D. Power has just released its 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, and overall traveler satisfaction climbed to a score of 761 out of a max of 1,000, an all-time high for the survey. Despite a record number of U.S. passengers, airports are succeeding in managing volume by adding things like self-service check-in stations and more dining options. Las Vegas and Orlando ranked as the top big airports, while LaGuardia and Newark are considered the worst. Michael Taylor, Travel Practice Lead at J.D. Power, said in a statement that airports “will be put to the true test over the next few years” due to several multi-billion-dollar construction projects that are disruptive to passenger traffic. See the full ranking list here.

  • Silicon Valley Is Getting ... Mindful? Gelong Thubten, a Buddhist monk and educator, is often recruited by top tech firms in Silicon Valley to teach mindfulness. He teaches executives, engineers, and actors how to cope with stress at big-time firms like Google and Marvel. He also teaches at prisons and schools, but he tells all of his students the same thing, regardless of their position: even five minutes a day of meditation can make a difference in overall stress levels. He said in an interview on Cheddar this week that everyone “should carve out moments of mindful connection throughout the day.” Read more on Cheddar.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves Star Wants Out: All-Star guard Jimmy Butler has requested to leave his team and become a free agent next summer. Butler told coach Tom Thibodeau, president of Minnesota's basketball operations, that he would prefer the Los Angeles Clippers or the New York Knicks and wants to be traded before reporting to the Timberwolves media day on Monday. Read more here.

  • ‘Space Jam,’ Round 2: LeBron James is teaming up with “Black Panther” producer Ryan Coogler for the buzzy sequel to 1996's “Space Jam”. This long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit will be Coogler’s first project since “Black Panther”’s runaway success. “I loved his vision,” James said of Coogler. Production is scheduled to begin next year during the NBA off-season. Read more here.

  • Maroon 5 Slated for Super Bowl: Variety reports the band will be headlining the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Feb. 3 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Special guest appearances for the performance have not yet been finalized, but Cardi B and Travis Scott are reportedly being considered. Maroon 5’s recent hit single “Girls Like You” features Cardi B and is currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Read more here.

  • Welcome to 'Aris'...Notice There's No 'P' in It: In an effort to discourage public urination, the Paris city government has released a video called “Pas Pipi Dans Paris,” or “Don’t Pee in Paris.” The video features a woman dressed in toilet paper, people singing with their heads framed by toilet seats, and individuals being doused in liquid. Watch the video here.

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