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By TIME Staff
September 30, 2014

Protesters Set Deadline

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy group Occupy Central called on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to grant citizens the right to nominate and directly vote for candidates for the city’s highest office. Leung replied that Beijing would not be moved and refused to resign

Women’s Colleges Turn to Men

Women’s colleges are going co-ed in an effort to combat years of decline in revenue. Enrollment at women-only colleges fell 29% since 2000

Secret Service Under Fire

A report released ahead of a congressional hearing on presidential security reveals the White House fence-jumper got further inside than thought

See Newlywed Photos of George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin

The intimate wedding that took place in Venice on Sept. 27 is featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, in conjunction with Hello! magazine internationally, and includes 25 exclusive photos of the ceremony, celebrity-packed parties and other candid moments

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

The deal, which will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year, was signed in Kabul on Tuesday. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, sworn into office a day earlier, said it signaled a fundamental shift in Afghanistan’s relations with the world

Va. Kidnapping Suspect May Be Linked to 2009 Murder

Authorities say Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, may be connected to the abduction and murder of another young woman in the area five years ago

Louisiana Restaurant Gives a 10% Discount for Packing Heat

Kevin Cox, owner of Bergeron’s Restaurant in Port Allen, is bucking a corporate trend by encouraging, rather than banning, firearms in his Cajun food establishment. “I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun,” he said

Marijuana Legalization Spreads Across 2014 Ballots

Referendums on legalizing marijuana across the country this year, from Florida to Alaska, have the power to shape the ongoing fight ahead of an even bigger battle in 2016. Here are the pot votes that will matter most in 2014

Netflix Plans to Release First Original Movie

Netflix has announced plans to release its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s martial-arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — to all subscribers in August 2015, charting new territory for the streaming service

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by More Than Half

A new WWF report that measured more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish found a 52% decline between 1970 and 2010, with even grimmer statistics for some species like freshwater dwellers

No, Snapchat Hasn’t Been Hacked

Snapchat denied being hacked after some users reported receiving spam messages from their friends advertising a weight-loss site. User login data may have been taken from other sites and used to access Snapchat for the spam

Iceland Plans for Men-Only Conference on Gender Equality

Iceland has plans to organize a gender-equality conference that won’t have any female attendees. The conference will be conducted in January and will be co-hosted by the South American nation of Suriname, according to the Icelandic government

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