These are the headlines you Need 2 Know. * **Hurricane Florence Looms Large:** The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2, but it remains highly dangerous, with 110 mph winds as of Thursday morning. Authorities have warned of major flooding in the Carolinas as heavy rains and winds are expected to begin Thursday and persist for days. A 24-hour curfew is in place for Carolina Beach, an area less than five feet above sea level. Track the storm [here]( * **An E-cig 'Epidemic'?** The FDA announced a crackdown on e-cigarettes Wednesday, saying Juul and other similar device makers have 60 days to submit a plan to combat use of their products by minors ー or else they may be yanked from the market. FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the use of e-cigarettes has become an epidemic among teens and must be stopped. He said this effort is the “largest-ever coordinated initiative against violative sales in the history of the FDA.” Read the story [here]( * **'60 Minutes' Boss Ejected from CBS:** Just days after CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves’s departure from the network, “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager was fired for violating company policy. CBS denied the accusations that Fager was fired for inappropriately touching women at company parties. Fager reportedly sent a threatening text message to “CBS News” correspondent Jericka Duncan about her coverage of his departure, saying, “there are people who’ve lost their jobs trying to harm me.” Read the full story [here]( * **City ‘Life’ on Mars?** Paul Wooster, principal Mars development engineer for Elon Musk's SpaceX, detailed in August the company’s ambitious plan to build “multiple cities on Mars.” He said the first humans will live on the spaceships that bring them to the planet where they will learn to become self-sufficient, and ultimately “expand out” and build a “village, a town, a city and then multiple cities on Mars.” Musk has said his company plans to launch its first two rockets and corresponding spaceships to Mars in 2022. Read the latest [here]( * **An ‘Impossible’ Patty From White Castle:** The chain made famous by stoners Harold and Kumar debuted its new veggie burger on Wednesday, the "Impossible Slider." The patty is made entirely from plants, but "bleeds" like a regular, medium-rare burger. After pilot program at White Castle branches in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago in April, the veggie burger will now be sold at all 377 locations in 13 states. Read the full story [here]( * **Former NBA MVP Out for Preseason:** Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday, causing him to miss the entire preseason and possibly the first few games of the regular season. Westbrook decided to have the “maintenance” procedure after experiencing swelling and stiffness in his right knee. The Thunder’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors will take place on Oct. 16, a tight turnaround for Westbrook and his recovery. Read the story [here]( * **2:30 am: Time to Wake Up, Work Out:** Mark Wahlberg has revealed the grueling regime he followed last year to prepare for his role as lead character James Silva in the film “Mile 22.” The actor said he would get up at 2:30 am, have a 30-minute prayer session, eat breakfast at 3:15, work out for 95 minutes, have another meal, play golf, and “cryo chamber recovery” –– all before 10:30 in the morning. The actor, 47, would also be in bed by 7:30pm. The hard work paid off, evidently; Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor in 2017. See his full schedule [here]( * **Viola Davis Regrets Starring Role in Major Film:** Viola Davis on Tuesday revealed that she regrets starring in the 2011 film “The Help.” The movie, set in 1960s Mississippi, tells the story of an aspiring female author who writes from the POV of African-American maids who work for white families. Davis, who played maid Aibileen Clark, said: “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard. I know Aibileen, I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They're my mom.” Davis also clarified that her regrets are not related to the cast or crew of the film. Read the rest [here]( * **Rihanna’s Runway:** Curvy models, two pregnant women, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid all walked the runway at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show on Wednesday at New York Fashion Week. The lingerie collection, launched this past spring, was conceived as a fashion option for all body types. See the video [here]( Cheddar's Jill Wagner gets into the latest. Subscribe to the Need 2 Know newsletter [here](

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