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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gypsy, female Gorilla, holding her first newborn at French zoological park Saint-Martin-la-Plaine

Historically, 8 babies have been born at the French zoological park Saint-Martin-la-Plaine. As of February 20,2019, there are 11 gorillas in Saint-Martin. Gestation for a gorilla is 8.5 months.

Digital Research Firm eMarketer Forecasts Digital Ad Spending Will Pass Non-Digital in 2019

Digital Research Firm eMarketer says advertisers will spend $129.34 billion on digital ads vs. 109.48 billion on traditional advertising (television, magazines and newspapers). The top three digital ad platforms in rank order are Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

More on the forecast from Forbes …

Mueller Russia Investigation Report Could Be Released Next Week

Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia two-year investigation — possibly as early as next week.

Attorney General Bill Barr has said that he wants to be as "transparent" as possible with Congress and the public, and "consistent with the rules and the law."

This is Barr's second round as AG. Barr previously served for the George H. W. Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, and served for the Trump administration beginning in 2019.

Covington Catholic High School Student Nick Sandmann Suing The Washington Post for $250 Million

The Nicholas Sandmann lawsuit claims that the Washington Post "engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann ("Nicholas"), an innocent secondary school child."

Attorneys also claim that "in targeting and bullying Nicholas by falsely accusing him of instigating the January 18 incident, the Post conveyed that Nicholas engaged in acts of racism by 'swarming' Phillips, 'blocking' his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct."

Remains found of boy missing since September 2017; may have witnessed murder in Sarasota, Florida

Jabez Spann was 14 when he disappeared on Sept. 4, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. A week earlier, another witness allegedly saw Spann at a fatal shooting scene.

Spann's remains were found along a fence line west of Interstate 75 in a rural Manatee County (north and northeast of Sarasota County) on Saturday afternoon, February 16, 2019.

Delta Air Lines Milwaukee-Atlanta flight makes emergency landing in Chattanooga Tuesday afternoon

Delta Air Lines Flight 2050 was forced to declare an emergency and make an unscheduled landing at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport at 3:38 p.m. after an apparent lightning strike. Following a safe landing, 164 passengers were transferred to another plane.

Two Deep-Sea Oarfish, Believed to Harbingers of Earthquakes and Tsunamis Found in Fishermen’s Nets Near Okinawa

The two oarfish, about 3.6 meters (12 feet) and 4 meters (13 feet) long, were found off the island's southwest Toya port on January 28, 2019.

Traditionally known as "Ryugu no tsukai" in Japanese, or the "Messenger from the Sea God's Palace," and are associated with an ancient legend that oarfish beach themselves on shores before underwater earthquakes occur.

ISIS bride from Great Britain is stripped of her citizenship while waiting in Syrian camp

Shamima Begum, age 19, who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday, February 17, 2019 has been stripped of her citizenship in Great Britain, according to a letter from Great Britain's Home Office in Liverpool. While waiting in a camp in Syria, she might try using her marriage to Dutch jihadi Yago Riedijk, who faces possible prison in Holland, as a means to gain citizenship in Holland.

Britain’s Met police tripled their spending on plastic bullets in a year; anticipating possible Brexit-related unrest

Growing fear of civil unrest if there is no Brexit deal, there has been spike in spending on plastic bullets, officially known as attenuating energy projectiles (AEPs). The plastic bullets were used during two public disorder incidents by police (PSNI) in Northern Ireland in 2018, but have never been used by police or military in Great Britain for civil unrest on the streets.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro rejecting aid from countries that recognize Juan Guaidó as the interim president

While embattled President Nicolás Maduro calls the aid operation for the citizens of Venezuela a US-orchestrated show, Brazil says it will send humanitarian aid to its border with Venezuela by this weekend.

Brazil and the United States and many other countries recognize  Juan Guaidó as the interim president. While Maduro is rejecting aid from any of these countries he is accepting and aid shipment from Russia Wednesday, February 20, 2019.