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By TIME Staff
October 9, 2014

Turkey Feels the Heat

Clashes erupted this week over fears of a possible bloodbath in a Syrian Kurdish town on Turkey’s border and frustration with its unwillingness to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, and the Kurds are angry Ankara isn’t doing more to help them fight

Closed Borders Hurt Ebola Fight

Officials and aid agencies say the fight against Ebola is being hampered by the shortage of transportation to the epicenter of the disease in West Africa

Hong Kong Leader Faces Scandal

The city’s embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces allegations of financial impropriety after receiving undeclared payments

Officer Fatally Shoots Man in St. Louis, Sparking Protests

An off-duty officer fatally shot an 18-year-old who opened fire during a chase, igniting protests in the area, the city’s police chief said Thursday. Evidence from the scene indicates the man fired three rounds before his weapon jammed, with the officer firing 17 shots

Green Day, Sting Among Nominees for Rock Hall of Fame

Six of the 15 nominees for the Class of 2015 announced Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, including punk trio Green Day, the short-lived British band The Smiths, “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers and Sting. The results will be announced in December

MH17 Passenger Had Been Found Wearing Oxygen Mask

Dutch prosecutors say the body of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 passenger was found with the strap of an oxygen mask around his neck, raising questions about how much those aboard knew when the jet was struck by “high-energy objects” above eastern Ukraine in July

Court Allows North Carolina Voting Law to Stand in Midterm

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a stay to a law that denies access to same-day registration or out-of-precinct voting this midterm election. Voting-rights advocates say this could leave many voters disenfranchised come November

Swarms of Mosquitoes Follow Arizona Storms

Arizona’s heavy rainstorms have created the perfect conditions for a mosquito infestation that is plaguing Phoenix residents. Maricopa County officials say they have received more than 10,000 complaints this year, which is more than double the rate for 2013

Boston Police Show Racial Bias, Says ACLU

A new report by the ACLU’s Massachusetts branch found that over half of the Boston Police Department’s run-ins with civilians between 2007 and 2010 targeted African Americans, and gave little to no justification for 75% of 200,000 encounters

Fast-Food Chains Cut Calories, But Does Anyone Care?

A new study based on a database of menu items from the 100 largest U.S. restaurant chains finds they’re cutting calories in newly introduced options. That’s a good thing, but in the real world, people tend to want the fried stuff when they dine at a fast-food joint

Scandal Boots 7th Heaven Actor After Abuse Allegations

Actor Stephen Collins will not appear in any upcoming episodes of Scandal, ABC said on Wednesday, after a recording leaked of the actor confessing to molesting young girls to his estranged wife. He is being investigated by the New York City Police Department

A New, Women-Led Ghostbusters Is Coming

A new Ghostbusters all-women team is set to happen, and Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks mastermind Paul Feig has been tapped to write the script, along with Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig on The Heat

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