Today's edition of quick hits:
* Upgraded to a hurricane: "Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened to a hurricane Thursday afternoon, with winds near 75 mph, as Florida braced to be thrashed by what the governor called a 'life-threatening' storm."
* Brazil's ousted President Dilma Rousseff "appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the Senate's decision to remove her from office for breaking budgetary rules."
* Also in South America: "Thousands took to the streets [in Caracas, Venezuela] on Thursday to demand the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro in what appeared to be the year's largest display of frustration with Venezuela's economic collapse and leadership."
* Florida "announced on Thursday that for the first time mosquitoes in Miami Beach had tested positive for the Zika virus, a disappointing confirmation that the virus was still active in the area."
* The president abroad: "President Obama leaves on Wednesday for his final trip in office to the other side of the world, heading to China and Laos after a brief stop on a spit of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean."
* Economy: "The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that could push the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.... It was the 78th consecutive week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is associated with a robust labor market. That is the longest stretch since 1970, when the labor market was much smaller."
* Georgetown University "plans to offer an apology for its participation in the institution of slavery, officials said, following the release of a report Thursday.... In addition, the highly selective university in the nation's capital plans to give the descendants of slaves owned by Maryland Jesuits a boost in admissions, treating applicants from that community the same as it would those who are children of faculty, staff and alumni."
* A fascinating special report from MSNBC: "The Wrong Man: Thomas Webb survived a false conviction, but freedom failed him. Then he met his accuser."
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