These are the headlines you Need 2 Know. * **Ford and Kavanaugh Testify:** Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Outside prosecutor Rachel Mitchell has been hired to question the two about their encounter at a party in high school, where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted Ford. In the wake of Ford’s original accusation, three other women have come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh. A full-page ad in Wednesday's New York Times featured the names of 1,600 men affirming their support for Ford. It’s an homage to a similar full-page ad from 1991, in which 1,600 black women voiced their support for Anita Hill, who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual assault. The ad reads: “We believe Anita Hill. We also believe Christine Blasey Ford.” See the ad [here]( * **An Accusation From the Twilight Zone?** The third woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Julie Swetnick, claimed that she witnessed Kavanaugh and his close friend Mark Judge deliberately “cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be gang raped at high school parties.” Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusations and said, “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is, and this never happened.” President Trump also tweeted that Swetnick’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, who also represents Stormy Daniels, is “good at making false accusations.” Read more [here]( * **Alzheimer's Breakthrough:** Scientists in the UK and Sweden believe that they have made a major breakthrough in developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s. The new method will target the roots of the devastating disease, as opposed to trying to slow it once symptoms have already taken hold. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and affects 5-7 million Americans. Outside experts are concerned that claims the scientists made in their latest published work are exaggerated. Read more [here]( * **President Trump’s ‘Beast’:** President Trump debuted his new presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast” on Sunday at the United Nations General Assembly. The stretch SUV cost $1.5 million, weighs around 20,000 pounds, and has eight-inch walls. The vehicle was designed to protect the president from almost every form of attack and has a full stock of medical supplies, including a fridge full of the Trump’s blood type. This limo is just one of a dozen others, which cost a total of an estimated $15.8 million. Read more [here]( * **Interest Rates Up (Again):** The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, its third rate hike this year and eighth since 2015. This decision, which is likely a sign of increased confidence in the U.S. economy, is both good and bad news for consumers. A financial analyst at said, “If you’re a borrower, it’s going to hurt. If you’re a saver, it’s going to help.” Read more [here]( * **4-Star Store from Amazon:** The e-commerce giant opened a new book-and-mortar store, 4-Star, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood on Thursday. The store will offer the most-loved products from Amazon’s website and will only feature items that have been given 4 stars and above, are top-sellers, or are new and trending. Collectively, the products sold at 4-star have earned more than 1.8 million 5-star customer reviews. See the announcement [here]( * **CollegeHumor Bets on Fans:** The online comedy network CollegeHumor on Wednesday launched DROPOUT, an ad-free, mixed-media subscription service. A beta version is available now for $3.99 a month, and more pricing tiers are expected to launch down the road. CH Media CEO Richard Cusick told Cheddar, “Think of it as the late, late night for comedy on the internet.” This new platform will help CollegeHumor release a lineup of new shows, including “Lonely and Horny” and “Gay Spy,” that may not have been green-lit by more traditional outlets. Read more on [Cheddar]( * **A Supermodel’s Thoughts:** Gisele Bündchen will release a memoir, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” on Oct. 2. The book addresses her struggles with mental health among other topics. Bündchen said during her early days of modeling, she suffered extreme panic attacks that caused her to have suicidal thoughts. She was prescribed Xanax to alleviate her anxiety, but she decided to change her lifestyle and take up meditation and yoga instead. Read more [here]( * **X-Men Trailer:** The first trailer for “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is out. Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” stars as Jean Gray, and the film is star-studded with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp. The film will premiere in theaters Feb. 14, 2019. Watch the trailer [here]( * **Battle of the Dating Apps:** Tinder is testing a new option that would prevent men from sending the first message to female matches, a feature already employed by rival Bumble. The option, “My Move,” is currently only available on Tinder in India and will be rolled out to the U.S. if the test is successful. Reuters reported Tuesday that the feature has existed on India’s version of Tinder for “several months.” Read more [here]( Cheddar's Jill Wagner gets into the latest. Subscribe to the Need 2 Know newsletter [here](

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