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FEBRUARY 01, 2018


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"Slay All Day USA!!!!!!!" – Leslie Jones is getting ready to go back to the Olympics as an NBC contributor. Live from Pyeongchang...


Puerto Rico

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Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation.

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Last September, Hurricane Maria hit the island. The official death toll was 64 – but it could be much, much higher. Thousands of homes were destroyed. A third of the island still doesn't have power. And earlier this week, it came out that FEMA would be stopping food and water aid. Lawmakers said 'please don't.' Then FEMA said 'jk, not happening...yet.' The agency is trying to transition aid over to the local gov to handle. It's also removed dozens of Puerto Rican families from temporary housing in the US, saying it's safe to go back home now.


In President Trump's State of the Union speech, he told Puerto Rico that America will "pull through together." But with FEMA planning an exit strategy, it's unclear how long that lasts.

Cape Town

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Cape Town is getting closer to running out of water.

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The South African city's water supply is running reaaalllllly low. And is expected to run out by mid-April. It's all thanks to things like climate change and the city's growing population. Politicians have been playing the blame game. Residents and businesses are watching their water use. Starting today, they have to cut back even more – or they'll be fined. The city's working on building stations that can turn seawater into drinkable water. That's because "Day Zero" would mean people would have to turn off taps until it rains and line up for rationed water. Officials are prepping for the worst.


This is happening in a place that's considered one of the most 'green' cities in the world. If Cape Town hits "Day Zero," it would be the first major city in the world to run out of water.


What to say when Dryuary is over…

Back in the game. So are these Russian athletes. Earlier today, a court overturned lifetime Olympic doping bans on dozens of athletes. In 2016, it came out that that more than 1,000 Russian athletes were part of a gov-backed doping scandal for year – including some 2014 Olympic medal winners. Last year, the IOC handed out bans to athletes accused of doping for the 2014 Games and took away their medals. The committee also banned Russia from sending an official team to the 2018 Olympics, but said athletes who weren't part of the scandal and passed a drug test could make an appearance under a neutral flag. Now, a court says some of them can have their medals back because there was "insufficient evidence" that they broke the rules. These athletes could even try to get into the 2018 Games – which kick off next week. The IOC says this decision could have a "serious impact" on fighting doping.

What to say when you give notice…

I'm out. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said he's done with politics and going home to practice law. Gowdy reportedly isn't happy about how divisive Capitol Hill has gotten. Worth noting, since he's the one who led the Benghazi investigation, which was considered partisan and divisive. Even though he won't be running for re-election this year, his seat is expected to stay red. Speaking of people calling it quits, the CDC director resigned yesterday. This came after a report that she had invested in a tobacco company – which doesn't exactly sit well with the CDC's mission to counter tobacco use. She also had some of her money invested in healthcare companies, which could pose a conflict of interests. CDC-ya.

What to say to your co-worker who always posts life updates…

Facebook has one, too. Yesterday, the company posted earnings and brought in $12.97 billion in revenue, beating expectations. 'Tis the season. Today, the letter A's – Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet (Google's parent company) are showing us the money. Apple upped the price of its iPhones, so TBD how that's been working out. Amazon said it had its best quarter ever during the holidays so people are expecting an A. And Alphabet is also expected to keep on being Alpha.

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What to say when you see the engagement ring…

Someone shelled out. Yesterday, Fox Sports and the NFL announced a more than $3 billion deal. It gives the network exclusive rights to broadcast "Thursday Night Football" on TV for five years. Last month, 21st Century Fox – which owns Fox Sports – announced it's selling a big chunk of its company to Disney. Now, the TNF deal shows that Fox is focusing its network on live content, and scooping up the no. 2 show in prime time. But it's a gamble, because the NFL has been losing viewers over the years. In other big football moves, it came out that QB Alex Smith is being traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins. QB, we're not in Kansas anymore.

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What to say to your friend who talks to their dog...

Maybe one day it'll talk back. This killer whale did.



Leading someone on when you don't plan on taking things any further. If only text bubbles were a trail of carbs.



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