TIME Nigeria

Boko Haram Suspected of Kidnapping Another 20 Women

The extremist group reportedly abducted women from a nomadic settlement near Chibok, Nigeria, last week

Members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram are suspected to have kidnapped 20 women near the Nigerian town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted in April.

The Associated Press reports a vigilante-group member said armed men abducted the women by gunpoint on Thursday, also kidnapping three men who made an effort to thwart the attack. The women reportedly lived in a nomadic settlement near the Nigerian town of Chibok.

The extremist group has remained in international headlines since the April abduction of around 275 girls, many of whom remain missing, inspired a global movement to return them entitled #BringbBackOurGirls.

Last week, Boko Haram militants reportedly also killed hundreds in attacks in northeastern Nigeria.


TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: June 6

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Men in WWII military uniforms gesture on Omaha Beach in Vierville sur Mer, western France , Friday June 6, 2014. Thibault Camus—AP

In the News: World Leaders commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day; North Korea detains American tourist; Hillary opens up to People magazine; and what GM knew about fatal flaw

Happy Friday, morning must readers! Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Check out TIME’s 1944 D-Day maps and more of our anniversary coverage online.

  • In today’s news: Obama honors D-Day heroes [TIME]
  • North Korea detains an American tourist for violating an unspecified law. [NBC News]
  • US adds 217k jobs in May [BLS]
  • National Institute of Health warning: teens need to stay away from weed [The Hill]
  • Hillary Clinton writes of Biden, Bergdahl in new book [Politico]
  • Texas GOP could endorse “reparative therapy” for gays and lesbians at their annual state convention. Similar therapies have been banned in other states, including New Jersey and California [AP]
  • Obama on Putin: his Russian counterpart “has a chance to get back into a lane of international law,” Obama said, following a meeting Thursday of G7 leaders in Brussels, Belgium, at which Russia was excluded. [CNN]
  • Hillary opens up to People: “I know I have a decision to make… But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world.” [People]
  • The last time Qatar promised to watch a a Gitmo prisoner, he walked [TIME]
  • Obama is sabotaging Democratic Senate hopes: “The president reportedly has told his close allies that losing the Senate would be “unbearable,” but his administration is doing everything possible to make things difficult for his party’s most vulnerable senators.” [National Journal]
  • Top Senators strike VA reform deal [TIME]
  • Rahm Emanuel: DC hero, Chicago goat [Politico]
  • Michelle Obama to speak at Maya Angelou memorial service [Washington Post]
  • For a decade, GM response to fatal flaw was a shrug [NYT]
  • Senate confirms Sylvia Matthews Burwell to head HHS [LA Times]

The Morning Must Reads are published daily on weekdays.

TIME Economy

U.S. Adds 217,000 Jobs, Unemployment Remains at 6.3%

May marks the fourth straight month of jobs growth in 2014

The U.S. added 217,000 jobs in May, according to the federal jobs report released Friday, but the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3%. That rate matches April’s figure, the lowest seen in five years.

May marks the fourth straight month of jobs growth in 2014, with the economy adding on average about 214,000 jobs per month this year. The Bureau of Labor statistics report aligns with analysts’ predictions that the May report would reflect moderate growth following April’s strong report.

Private-sector employment rose by 179,000 jobs in May, payroll service firm ADP reported Wednesday.

April’s jobs numbers were adjusted to show 282,000 jobs were added last month, down 6,000 from the 288,000 additional jobs previously reported.

TIME Companies

Hachette: Layoffs Aren’t Related to Amazon Fight

The company denies the layoffs are related to its ongoing spat with Amazon

Hachette Book Group, the publishing company involved in an ongoing dispute with online marketplace Amazon, said Friday it would be cutting about 3% of its U.S. staff, according to Publishers Weekly.

The move is reportedly a part of a “cost-saving initiation” essential to the company’s future growth. Hachette, however, says the layoffs were planned well before its ongoing fight with Amazon broke out into the open. Amazon has been blocking customers from pre-ordering Hachette books and taking them off prominently featured pages in a dispute over the publisher’s contract with the online marketplace.

(WATCH: Stephen Colbert Ripped Amazon Apart Over Its Hachette Dispute)

Hachette’s sales reportedly fell 6.2% during the first quarter of this year. A total of 28 positions will be cut.

[Publishers Weekly]

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: June 5

The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

In the News: Bergdahl video does not convince skeptics; Obama and Putin on Ukraine; China complains about U.S. Tiananmen comments; GM makes recall records public; and what's prettier in print

  • Bowe Bergdahl “proof of life” video fails to convince skeptics [TIME]
  • Behind P.O.W.’s release: urgency and opportunity [NYT]
  • A ‘decompression’ process for Bergdahl before he heads home [Washington Post]
  • Sen. Inhofe: President Obama compromised American security to burnish his legacy [TIME]
  • Obama and Putin spar over Ukraine violence [Al Jazeera]
  • Putin’s D-Day diss [Politico Magazine]
  • China issues formal complaint against U.S. over Tiananmen comments [TIME]
  • “First, it was a minimum-wage increase. Next, the Paycheck Fairness Act. And now, Democrats are pitching a bill to address student-loan debt as a women’s issue.” [National Journal]
  • “General Motors plans to make public Thursday morning details of an internal probe by outside lawyer Anton Valukas, hired by GM to find the failings within the automaker that delayed for more than a decade a recall of deadly ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.” [USA Today]
  • School district’s use of worker visa program draws scrutiny [WSJ]

What’s prettier in print:

The Morning Must Reads is published daily on weekdays.

TIME Religion

Most Americans Say the Bible Is God’s Word

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The Bible, most Americans say, is the either the actual word of God or inspired by God's words

About 3 in 4 Americans believe the Bible is either inspired by or is the actual word of God, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

About 28% of Americans think the Bible should be taken literally—only slightly down from the all-time low reached in 2007. About half of Americans think the Bible is inspired by God, but should not be taken literally.

On the other end of the spectrum, about 20% of Americans say the Bible is nothing more than a “ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.”

Among Christians, however, 58% of those interviewed said they believe the Bible is the actual word of God, though “multiple interpretations are possible.” Overall, 9 out of 10 Christians say the Bible is connected to God.

Gallup’s data are based on phone interviews of 1,028 randomly selected adults between May 8 and 11.

TIME medicine

Viagra May Boost Risk for Developing Skin Cancer, Study Finds

Men who use the little blue pill may have twice the risk of developing melanoma

There may be a dangerous link between Viagra and melanoma, according to new research.

Men involved in long-term health research who used Viagra for erectile dysfunction nearly doubled their risk of developing melanoma, a study published in the June issue of JAMA Internal Medicine found.

Researchers evaluated nearly 26,000 men who disclosed during a Harvard study in 2000 that they used sildenafil citrate, or Viagra, for erectile dysfunction. None of the men evaluated had any instance of cancer during the initial study. Between 2000 and 2010, however, researchers found the men who took Viagra were at nearly twice the risk of developing skin cancer.

Over the course of the study, during which participants were given questionnaires once every two years, the researchers identified 142 cases of melanoma, 580 of squamous cell carcinoma, and 3030 of basal cell carcinoma. They did not, however, find a direct link between erectile dysfunction and melanoma.

The study’s authors say though the results may indicate Viagra increases the risk for melanoma, their research alone is not enough to affect clinical recommendations.

TIME movies

Naomi Watts Joins Cast of Divergent Sequels

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Actress Naomi Watts poses at the screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 16, 2014. Joel Ryan—Invision/AP

Naomi Watts will star as Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless, in the upcoming installments of the film franchise

Naomi Watts is now a member of the Divergent cast, joining Shailene Woodley and Theo James in the remaining films of the young adult franchise.

Watts, who will play the mother of James’ character “Four,” will appear in Insurgent and the final installment, Allegiant, which will be released in two parts. Watts will play the leader of the Factionless, “Evelyn,” in the upcoming movies.

The Hollywood Reporter says Insurgent, which also stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Kate Winslet, has already kicked-off production in Atlanta.

The Divergent films, adapted from Veronica Roth’s young adult series of the same title, just can’t stop bringing on well-known actors — not unlike The Hunger Games before it. The final installments of the Hunger Games franchise, which stars Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, will include some footage of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was featured prominently in the second Hunger Games film.


TIME celebrities

Here’s Another Video of Justin Bieber Being Racist

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Canadian singer Justin Bieber attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2014 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 22 May 2014. Hubert Boesl—dpa/AP

The singer replaces "girl" with the n-word.

A video emerged Wednesday showing a young Justin Bieber singing a racist parody of his popular song “One Less Lonely Girl,” the second time in the last week the pop star has been depicted making racist comments.

The video, published by TMZ, shows a 14-year-old Bieber sitting in a chair and giggling as he croons the tune while replacing the word “girl” with the n-word.

“One less lonely n—-r,” Bieber sings. “If I kill you, I’d be a part of the KKK, and there’s gonna be one less lonely n—-r.”

Bieber was reportedly singing a parody of his song he had seen on YouTube. Bieber apologized last Sunday after a video emerged that showed him telling a racist joke. He said that at the time of the video’s creation, he “thought it was OK to repeat hurtful and jokes.”

“I didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press.

“I’m very sorry,” Bieber said. “I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior.”

TMZ reports that Bieber and his representatives wanted the video released so he can take responsibility for his actions.

TIME 2014 Election

Embattled State Senator Gets Nearly 300,000 Votes Despite Dropping Out

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California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco, March 26, 2014. Ben Margot—AP

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee won nearly 10% of the vote on Tuesday, even though he dropped out of the race in late March

Nearly 300,000 Californians voted for Leland Yee in a Democratic primary Tuesday, leading the embattled state senator to garner 9.8% of the vote in a race to be named his party’s candidate for Secretary of State. But there’s just one problem: Yee dropped out of the race in March, but not before a deadline to remove his name from the ballot had passed.

The collection votes would hardly qualify Yee for a spot on the general election ballot. Still, the state senator — who plead not guilty to federal gun trafficking charges in April — finished second in the state’s Democratic primary. A total of 287,590 people voted for him.

The 65-year-old San Franciscan Democrat was indicted on federal gun trafficking and corruption charges in March. The charges followed a Federal Bureau of Investigations operation after which Yee was accused of accepting money from undercover agents to cover campaign debt. Yee also allegedly agreed to help the agents obtain illegal firearms.

Yee was suspended from the state senate without pay in March following the indictment.

Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson will face one another in a general election this November.

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