⚡ Breaking: President Trump confirmed in an old-school White House "Statement from the President" (not a tweet) that Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, as first reported in July, "was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region":
Tech companies are ramping up efforts to support news companies as they face pressure to elevate quality news and information ahead of the 2020 election, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer reports.
Google says it has adjusted its algorithms and the guidelines used by the people that rate its searches to elevate original reporting in search results. It says it's doing more to help train search raters to reward high-quality reporting.
Our thought bubble: The public relations fallout from reports that fake news may have contributed to President Trump's surprise 2016 victory spooked Big Tech, inspiring fundamental changes in how the companies think about news.
A person close to John Bolton says the national security adviser resigned the day after a Monday discussion about Iran policy in which President Trump raised the possibility of relieving some sanctions, Axios' Margaret Talev reports.
Ethan Hanson, 29 — shown above hugging his wife, Katie, in their kitchen in Austin, Minn. — has avoided taking showers since he left the Marine Corps in 2014, the N.Y. Times' Dave Philipps reports.
A shocking stat from The Times: "On average, about 10,000 men are sexually assaulted in the American military each year, according to Pentagon statistics."
Our thought bubble: We have to do a better job of protecting women and men who protect us. Washington should pay attention to this exposé.
"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman, 56, "who paid $15,000 to a consultant to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, was sentenced to two weeks [not a typo] in prison," the Boston Globe reports.
Police in London arrested 18 people believed to be involved in a climate-change protest at Heathrow Airport, where activists had threatened to fly drones into an illegal zone, BBC reports.
Here's how the 20 journalists who have been laid off from Express — the 130,000-circulation, free commuter paper from The Washington Post — said good-bye with their final issue.
How the world changed in 16 years (What were you doing in 2003?):
When we launched in 2003, there was no such thing as an iPhone. It would be another year before Harvard students would start using a novel social network called Facebook to keep tabs on their classmates.
No one was tweeting anything — or Insta-gramming or Snapchatting. And most of us still mocked our CrackBerry-addicted friends who just couldn’t wait till they got to work to check their email.
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