These are the headlines you Need 2 Know for Friday, November 8, 2019.
- BLOOMBERG 2020? Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting closer to jumping in the presidential race. He’s reportedly going to file paperwork to be a Democratic candidate in the Alabama presidential primary (today is the deadline to get on the ballot there). An adviser to Bloomberg tells The New York Times that he still hasn’t made a final decision on whether to run. NY Times
- JUUL NIXES MINT: Juul, the most popular vape brand, is halting the sale of mint pods, its most popular product. The company reportedly makes as much as 70 percent of its sales from the mint flavor, and this means it will sell just menthol and two versions of tobacco. The move comes ahead of an expected federal ban of flavored vape products, which could be announced today. CNBC
- PRESIDENT FINED: President Trump must pay $2 million to eight non-profits after misusing funds from his charitable foundation to advance his presidential campaign, pay off business debts, and buy a painting of himself. The penalty, decided by a judge, is the result of a lawsuit brought against the president by the New York attorney general’s office last year. The attorney general says Trump admitted to “personally misusing funds at the Trump Foundation.” Reuters
- COKE’S SPARKLING WATER: Coca-Cola is launching a new sparkling water brand called AHA, which will include caffeinated varieties and hit shelves in March. Sparkling water sales in the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent years as more people switch over from soda. Coke says it plans to differentiate AHA from competitors like La Croix, by offering caffeine options and stronger flavor combos like strawberry and cucumber. Marketwatch
- VALENTINE’S DAY TEXTS: If you just received a very delayed text message, you’re not alone. Throngs of people — with different phones and various carriers — have reported receiving text messages this week that appeared to have been sent to them on or around last Valentine’s Day. For some, the messages were distressing. At least two people said they received messages from people who are now dead. The reason for the delay is unclear: One carrier blamed a third party vendor and another said it was a maintenance issue. The Verge
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