These are the headlines you Need 2 Know. * **Kavanaugh Op-ed:** Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in which he emphasized that he is an “independent, impartial judge.” In the piece, which was published Thursday, Kavanaugh admitted he “might have been too emotional” during last week’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but that he was “there as a son, husband, and dad.” He also said he will “remain optimistic.” Read the article [here]( * **And Then, The Vote:** A procedural vote set for 10:30 am ET on Friday will force the Senate to decide whether the body will move to a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh. The final vote reportedly could happen as early as Saturday. Kavanaugh needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to be approved, and three Republican swing Senators will largely decide the nominee’s fate: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a Senate office building on Thursday to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination, and dozens were detained or arrested, including celebs Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski. Read more [here]( * **#MeToo Anniversary:** It has been exactly one year since the first round of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light, sparking the #MeToo movement. Although #MeToo has raised awareness for sexual assault, Congress has not passed any laws related to sexual harassment in the workplace since the movement began, according to a report from USA Today. Read more [here]( * **Allegations Against Cristiano Ronaldo:** Portugal’s most famous soccer player has been banned from playing with the national team in upcoming games as he faces rape allegations in the U.S. Ronaldo has been accused of assaulting his former teacher, Kathryn Mayorga, in Las Vegas in 2009. He allegedly settled out of court with Mayorga, paying her $375,000 in exchange for her silence. Ronaldo has denied the accusations. Read more [here]( * **Australia Takes on Cervical Cancer:** Cervical cancer is predicted to be a “rare cancer” in Australia by 2022 and will eventually be eliminated altogether. A new report by the Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) in The Lancet Public Health Journal predicted that annual cases in Australia will drop to four in 100,000 people. Researchers have said Australia is set to "become the first country" to effectively eliminate the disease. Read more [here]( * **Too Good to Be True?** After the tech giant pledged to raise the company-wide minimum wage to $15 an hour, it reportedly informed employees it would eliminate monthly bonuses and stock awards for warehouse workers and other hourly workers. Some employees have expressed their discontent, but Amazon said in a statement that even after the elimination of these benefits total compensation would increase. Read more [here]( * **Art of Sport, According to Kobe:** Kobe Bryant is set to release a brand of sports-geared grooming products called “Art of Sport.” The former Los Angeles Laker and eight-time All-Star’s line of products will include body wash, deodorant, and sunscreen. Read more [here]( * **Death on the Nile:** Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot will star in “Death on the Nile,” a follow-up film to last year’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which grossed more than $350 million worldwide. Hammer and Gadot’s specific roles have not yet been announced. See the clip on [Cheddar]( * **NYCC:** New York Comic Con is underway at the Javits Center. This year’s event, the biggest so far, runs from Oct. 4-7 and will attract almost 200,000 fans of video games, comic books, and movies. Read more [here]( * **Latte Season:** Oregon is the # 1 state in the U.S. for pumpkin spice latte purchases, according to data from financial services company Square. That's followed by Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, and North Dakota drink the most pumpkin spice lattes. The numbers are adjusted to account for different population sizes. Read more [here]( Cheddar's Hena Doba with the latest. Subscribe to the Need 2 Know newsletter [here](

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