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  • The first genetic analysis of hemimastigotes reveals they are distinct enough from other forms of life to be classified in a separate supra-kingdom. (CBC)
  • Redefinition of SI base units
    • A new definition of SI units, i.e., the kilogram, the ampère, etc., is decided by the General Conference on Weights and Measures. They are now entirely defined by physical constants, and no longer dependent on any physical object, as was previously the case for the kilogram. (National Physical Laboratory)
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  • 2018 California wildfires
    • The death toll in the Camp Fire rises to 56, with the statewide total at 59. Authorities release the names of 130 people who are missing, including many in their 80s and 90s, with the potential that dozens more are unaccounted for. (CBS News)

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  • CNN v. Trump
    • CNN files a lawsuit against the Trump administration, claiming its revocation of White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass on November 7 violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights. (The Washington Post)
  • Pike County, Ohio shootings
    • Four suspects have been arrested for the murders of eight members of a family in 2016. Police believe custody of a child plays a role in this case. One of the suspects has a child with one of the victims.(CNN)
  • Bishop International Airport incident
    • Amor Ftouhi is found guilty of three federal charges in the stabbing of an airport police officer last year in Flint, Michigan. (NBC News)

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  • The Irish Aviation Authority launches an investigation after several airliner pilots report extremely fast moving bright lights off the south-west coast of Ireland. (BBC) (Irish Examiner)
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  • 2018 Brăila attack
    • Ten people are injured after a man steals a car by stabbing its owner and drives into pedestrians on a sidewalk and at a shopping mall in Brăila, Romania. (Star Tribune)
  • 2018 Australian strawberry contamination
    • A 50-year-old former strawberry farm supervisor is arrested in Queensland in connection with 230 reports of sewing needles found hidden in strawberries. The "strawberry scare" spread throughout the country and to New Zealand, and devastated Australia’s multimillion-dollar strawberry industry. (BBC) (The Mail)

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