Need 2 Know: Brexit Chaos, Google+ Security Bug

December 11, 2018

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May pulled the Brexit vote from Parliament, scheduled for today, in order to ask for changes to it. May admitted that “a significant margin” of those voting were ready to reject it. The delay marks another setback for May’s Brexit plan before the March deadline. Read more here.

  • Russian ‘Spy’ Deal: Maria Butina, an accused Russian spy, has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Butina will plead guilty to conspiracy and will be cooperating with the feds. When Butina was arrested in July she was accused of attempting to “advance the agenda of the Russian Federation.” Read more here.

  • Gas Prices: Gas prices hit a low for 2018 on Monday, with the national average for a gallon of regular at $2.42. That’s 28 cents lower than a month ago and 4 cents lower than a year ago. The highest price on record for a gallon of gas was in July of 2008 at $4.10. Gas prices are predicted to continue decreasing this month. Read more here.

  • Google+: Google is shutting down Google+ five months earlier than planned amid a security bug impacting more than 50 million users. In a blog post, the company says the bug made private profile info available to third-party apps. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies on Capitol Hill for the first time today. Read more here.

  • Fearless Girl: The popular ‘Fearless Girl’ statue was uprooted from her home facing down the ‘Charging Bull’ in Lower Manhattan to a new perch a few blocks away, where she will stand opposite the New York Stock Exchange. Read more here.

  • Sportsperson of the Year: The Golden State Warriors have been named Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of The Year.” The editors explained that they chose to honor the entire team ー instead of a single player as is customary ー because they’re just so good. Read more here.

  • Oscars: The Academy is considering going with a “host-less” Oscars ceremony as it scrambles to replace Kevin Hart, who quit the gig last week. Hart’s abrupt departure has thrown the show into chaos 10 weeks before air, when a host would normally be rehearsing. Read more here.

  • ’Smocking Gun’: The Internet was abuzz with memes and comments after President Trump tweeted twice Monday about a ‘smocking’ (rather than ‘smoking’) gun. Comments included “A smocking gun would have made the sewing part of my Home Ec class so much more interesting” and “My covfefe is smocking hot this morning.” See the tweets here.

  • Spotted: Nicole Kidman as former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Kidman’s playing Carlson in the upcoming Roger Ailes biopic ‘Fair and Balanced.’ See the pic here.

  • Nutty Squirrel: A Chicago squirrel jumped on the shoulder of a UPS employee delivering a package ー and it was all caught on camera. See the pic here.

Cheddar's Hena Doba gets into the latest.

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