Need 2 Know: Russian Meddling Report, Moonves Loses Severance

December 18, 2018

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • Officers Killed: Two Chicago police officers were struck and killed by a train while responding to a report of shots fired. The officers, both in their 30s and fathers of young children, were pursuing a suspect near the tracks when they were struck. Read more here.

  • Russian Meddling: A new report finds that Russia used every major social media platform to meddle in the 2016 election — including by trying to suppress the African-American vote — and is continuing to influence U.S. politics via social media. The report, commissioned for the Senate with bipartisan support, is the first analysis of posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read more here.

  • Pot in NY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in the Empire State. Cuomo made the announcement during a speech on his “true justice agenda” for the coming year. With the state legislature controlled by Democrats for the first time in decades, a bill could pass in early 2019. Read more here.

  • Markets: Stocks are on pace for their worst December since the Great Depression, after the Dow plunged another 500 points Monday. All eyes are on the Fed, which will decide tomorrow whether it is going to take a pause on increasing interest rates given the recent market volatility. Read more here.

  • Moonves Loses Severance: Disgraced former CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves will not be paid any severance after the board found he was terminated for cause. Moonves could have collected $120 million upon his exit from the company, and may still fight for it in court. His lawyer called the decision to withhold his golden parachute “without merit.” Read more here.

  • Heart Attacks: Christmas Eve is the worst day of the year for heart attacks, according to Swedish researchers. On Christmas Eve, the risk of a heart attack increases by 40 percent, with most occurring around 10 p.m. Read more here.

  • Saints Go Marching: The dominant New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers in Monday Night Football to advance to 12-2. The Saints need to win one of their final two regular-season games to clinch the #1 seed in the NFC. Read more here.

  • Most-Viewed YouTube Ads: The most-viewed ad on YouTube in 2018 was Amazon’s "Alexa Loses Her Voice" Super Bowl commercial, with over 50 million views. At second was YouTube’s own "Open the World of Music. It’s All Here.” At third: Smartphone Oppo F7’s "Real Support Makes Real Hero." See the top ten here.

  • Woody Allen: A former model claims her years-long relationship with Woody Allen began when she was 16. Babi Christina Engelhardt said in an interview she’s “not attacking Woody,” who was 41 when the relationship began. She says the experience “made me who I am.” Read more here.

  • Bambi Sentence: A Missouri man who illegally killed hundreds of deer will spend a year behind bars and have to watch Bambi at least once a month, a judge ordered. Read more here.

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