'The Simpsons' Kwik-E-Mart is real

Slurp a Squishee while buying memorabilia from "The Simpsons" TV show at this convenience store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 8:11 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 8:29 AM

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1. Russia hacking

Looks like the Russians are at it again. A group called Fancy Bear tried to hack the US Senate and some conservative think tanks, says Microsoft, which thwarted the attacks last week. Fancy Bear is a Russian military intelligence-affiliated group that was behind the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. Microsoft said it has no evidence the attacks were successful.

2. Venezuela

Venezuela put out a new currency as it desperately tries to wrestle with hyperinflation, a situation that has helped fuel social unrest and political turmoil. The newly issued "Bolivar Soberano" currency is worth 100,000 "old" Bolivares. The new currency is also attached to a cryptocurrency called the Petro. Economists dismissed the currency maneuver as a scam. The International Monetary Fund warned that inflation in Venezuela could hit 1,000,000% this year, which is sure to bolster the number of people fleeing the country.

3. Asia Argento

Los Angeles police are reaching out to the young musician who reportedly was paid off by #MeToo leader Asia Argento after he accused her of sexual assault. The LA County Sheriff's Department says it wants to talk to Jimmy Bennett in order to "appropriately document any potential criminal allegations." Bennett said Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37. Argento, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, agreed to pay Bennett $380,000, according to The New York Times. Argento has not commented on the report. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, said on Twitter, "There is no model survivor."

4. Colorado killings

Chris Watts, the Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and daughters, will be in court later today to face murder charges. The body of Watts' wife, Shanann, was found in a shallow grave, while the bodies of his two daughters, ages 3 and 4, were found in oil tanks at a company where he worked. Watts, 33, who investigators say was having an affair, told police he killed his wife after he saw her strangling one of their daughters, according to an arrest affidavit.

5. Confederate statue

Fall classes start today at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and the campus will be missing a prominent feature. Protesters last night pulled down the Silent Sam Confederate statue. The crowd cheered and yelled, "I believe that we will win," as it came down. Protesters also kicked Silent Sam's head and put dirt on it. The school called the action "dangerous" and promised an investigation. Students and faculty had called for the statue's removal for months. Silent Sam was erected more than 100 years ago to remember those who fought for the South in the Civil War. It's among Confederate monuments to come down in recent years from Baltimore to Memphis to New Orleans.

TODAY'S QUOTES

"I could run it if I want."

President Trump, saying in an interview with Reuters that he's stayed out of the Russia investigation but could get more involved

"We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them."

Pope Francis, in a letter released by the Vatican in which he acknowledges the Catholic Church's failure to act to prevent sexual abuse of minors by clerics

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Moonman madness

Missed the MTV VMAs last night? Politics was inescapable, J-Lo really loves A-Rod and Madonna caught flak for making her Aretha Franklin tribute all about herself. Click here for winners and red carpet pics.

TV reruns

Speaking of MTV, the network announced it's bringing back "The Hills" because, well, everybody's bringing everything back these days.

Presidential book club

In a surprise to exactly no one, the book recommendations from Donald Trump and Barack Obama are kind of like night and day.

Nice try

Think that by using an Android phone, not using Chrome and deleting all Google apps that you're safe from Google's all-seeing eyes? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Quick trip

You don't have to go all the way to Springfield to visit "The Simpsons" fave convenience store. Turns out there's a Kwik-E-Mart in South Carolina.

Congratulations?

Are Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves really married? Ryder said they might be, because a real Romanian priest performed the wedding scene in "Dracula."

AND FINALLY

Sing-a-long

He's the "Man of a Kajillion Voices," and he uses 29 of them to voice cartoon characters singing Toto's '80s classic "Africa." (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 489116

Reported Deaths: 6614
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1014901592
Ramsey43327810
Dakota36619394
Anoka33496391
Washington22208262
Stearns18822202
St. Louis14887265
Scott13403107
Wright12609116
Olmsted1185990
Sherburne878574
Carver787641
Clay695588
Rice677691
Blue Earth601035
Kandiyohi581274
Crow Wing523582
Chisago501745
Otter Tail486071
Benton450990
Winona419749
Mower410831
Douglas394568
Goodhue389069
Nobles387247
Polk345063
McLeod341250
Beltrami338951
Morrison327747
Becker314842
Itasca314646
Lyon313845
Isanti309456
Steele303611
Carlton300449
Freeborn286424
Pine283216
Nicollet262441
Todd249730
Brown248237
Le Sueur238120
Mille Lacs229447
Cass221224
Waseca210417
Meeker208134
Martin190829
Wabasha18733
Roseau181017
Hubbard161041
Houston158214
Dodge15404
Renville152640
Redwood147127
Fillmore13969
Pennington138716
Chippewa136935
Cottonwood136020
Wadena131420
Faribault124917
Aitkin119133
Sibley118310
Watonwan11828
Rock116314
Kanabec108820
Pipestone101824
Yellow Medicine97717
Murray9548
Jackson94610
Swift87818
Pope8165
Marshall78615
Stevens7478
Lake74218
Clearwater72014
Lac qui Parle68716
Wilkin67711
Koochiching62111
Big Stone5173
Lincoln5122
Grant4928
Norman4798
Unassigned44768
Mahnomen4437
Kittson41021
Red Lake3615
Traverse3115
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Cook1190

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 337676

Reported Deaths: 5494
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk52087560
Linn19512317
Scott17167212
Black Hawk14970293
Woodbury13847214
Johnson1317075
Dubuque12450196
Dallas1022593
Pottawattamie9897146
Story965045
Warren514976
Clinton502684
Cerro Gordo501383
Webster495788
Sioux480369
Marshall465273
Des Moines428461
Muscatine426393
Buena Vista413237
Wapello4059110
Jasper387767
Plymouth368978
Lee354653
Marion341571
Jones285155
Henry279837
Bremer270555
Carroll266948
Crawford253635
Boone244330
Benton241154
Washington239547
Mahaska215746
Jackson210339
Dickinson204240
Tama203065
Kossuth198655
Delaware186240
Clay184425
Winneshiek183628
Fayette179335
Page178119
Buchanan177829
Wright174531
Hamilton173942
Cedar172723
Hardin170239
Harrison167670
Clayton160254
Butler159331
Mills148520
Floyd148141
Poweshiek148030
Cherokee146236
Lyon145741
Allamakee144848
Madison143218
Iowa140723
Hancock138030
Grundy132430
Winnebago130531
Calhoun129611
Cass129651
Jefferson128634
Appanoose123247
Louisa122644
Mitchell120740
Chickasaw119915
Union119331
Sac118818
Shelby117634
Emmet115340
Humboldt113725
Franklin109719
Guthrie109628
Palo Alto101721
Howard99722
Unassigned9720
Montgomery96936
Clarke95120
Keokuk92429
Monroe90028
Ida81832
Adair81630
Pocahontas80919
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Monona76527
Greene73110
Lucas72221
Osceola68315
Worth6678
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Ringgold50620
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