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Morning Must Reads: October 22

Oct 22, 2014

Ebola Fears Could Curb Flu

Since Ebola's first symptoms resemble that of the flu, fears about Ebola could drive patients to doctors and emergency rooms with flu symptoms. Each year, the CDC estimates that between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu, though most don't see their doctor

Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93

A former Washington Post reporter remembers a legendary newspaperman, who was the most celebrated editor of his time

Ferguson Commission Formed

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing protests following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

Giants Beat Royals in World Series Opener

The San Francisco Giants thrashed the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series, stealing a 7-1 win and disappointing Royals fans who have waited 29 years to see their team in the championship

North Korean Detainee Jeffrey Fowle Returns to Ohio

The American released from North Korean custody on Tuesday, about a half-year after he was detained after he left a Bible at a nightclub, returned to his family in Ohio on Wednesday. Two Americans who have been convicted of crimes in North Korea are still held

Shaheen Admits to Headwinds in New Hampshire Debate

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen frankly discussed what could bring her down in two weeks on Election Day. Shaheen spoke of Republican candidates capitalizing on an environment that’s unfavorable to Democrats

The Five Biggest Airlines Have Recently Hiked Their Prices

The five biggest U.S. airlines all increased their base fare on domestic flights in the past week, despite declining fuel prices and apprehension over Ebola. JetBlue initiated a $4 fare increase last Thursday, and United, Delta, American and Southwest followed suit

Christie Offers Dems a Killer Soundbite on Minimum Wage

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seemed to invite the controversy Tuesday by saying, "I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am." Democrats instantly seized on the quote fragment but, in proper context, it fits within the Republican Party's longstanding position

Kenny G Irks Beijing With Visit to Hong Kong Protest Site

The famous saxophonist is striking all the wrong notes in the city, China said Wednesday. Officials reiterated their calls for foreigners to keep out of China's affairs after Kenny G tweeted that he was at the main protest site of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Michael Sam Waived From Cowboys' Practice Squad

The Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday that defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was waived from their practice squad. Sam was signed to the team's practice squad Sept. 3 but never made it to the Cowboys' active roster

Afghan Poppy Production Hits All-Time High

Federal auditors SIGAR reported that farmers grew 209,000 hectares of the poppy in 2013, blowing past the peak of 193,000 in 2007. One factor was affordable deep-well technology, which over the past decade turned 200,000 hectares of desert into arable land

New Theory on King Tut's Death

The Egyptian king, who died at 19, was afflicted with severe genetic disorders most likely because of inbreeding, according to research as part of an upcoming documentary. He was likely born of a brother-sister union and had a clubfoot

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