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Morning Must Reads: October 22

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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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Morning Must Reads: October 21

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Behind the Fear Outbreak

The almost-zero probability of acquiring Ebola in the U.S. often doesn’t register at a time of mass fear, and the country is in the midst of a national panic attack that has seen schools emptied, businesses temporarily shuttered and travelers from West Africa shunned

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the February 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Apple Bears Fruit in Fourth Quarter

The tech giant reported a 12.7% bump in fourth-quarter profit, beating analyst expectations, with strong sales of iPhones and Mac computers

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

The world-renowned fashion designer passed away on Monday at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway

2014 Could Be the Hottest Year on Record

The earth could be heading for its warmest year since measurements began, meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Monday. Last month was the warmest September in 135 years of record keeping

Toyota Announces U.S. Recall Over Faulty Passenger-Side Airbags

Toyota is warning hundreds of thousands of Americans who own its cars not to use the passenger seat until faulty airbags are repaired. On Monday, the automaker announced a fresh recall of 247,000 vehicles produced from 2001 to 2004

Banksy Parodies Girl With a Pearl Earring in New Mural

The famous and elusive street artist has parodied Johannes Vermeer’s famous Girl With a Pearl Earring in a new mural in the English city of Bristol. Banksy posted a picture of the work, reportedly titled Girl With a Pierced Eardrum, to his website

Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach Deal Over E-Books

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have reached a multiyear agreement over the sale of print and digital books following the online retail giant’s falling out with the Hachette Book Group. The publisher will set its own prices for e-books, while Amazon will promote titles

Toys “R” Us ‘Breaks Bad’ With New Crystal Meth Toys

Parents aren’t happy that the toy retailer is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash, a la Walter White in Breaking Bad. A petition for the chain to pull the dolls had attracted nearly 6,000 signatures by early Tuesday

Hong Kong’s Minorities Join Democracy Protests

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have flooded the streets since the end of September, demanding free elections in the Special Administrative Region of China. Among the crowds are many ethnic minorities, who insist that they, too, belong to the Umbrella Revolution

Guardians of the Galaxy Tunes to Get Cassette Release

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is getting a rerelease on cassette on Nov. 17, giving film fans their own version of the 1970s mixtape that the film’s star, played by Chris Pratt, is never without. The Marvel film’s soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 over the summer

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Morning Must Reads: October 20

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Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola early on Monday, marking a containment victory in an outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people and stymied other countries’ response efforts

Apple Pay Starts Today

Apple’s new e-wallet feature is set to launch today, and here’s why it might be the company’s most challenging endeavor to date

Manning Breaks TD Record

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th touchdown pass on Sunday night and broke the record set by Brett Favre

U.S. Airdrops Resupply Kurdish Fighters Battling ISIS

U.S. aircraft delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani who have been battling fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria for more than a month

Will and Kate Announce Due Date for Royal Baby No. 2

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge confirmed Monday that their second baby is due in April — the first time they’ve offered a month for the royal birth. The couple’s second baby will join older sibling, Prince George, who was born in July 2013

Rioting Keene State Students May Be Expelled

The New Hampshire school will take serious action against students who participated in recent riots at an annual pumpkin festival. College President Anne Huot said authorities were “actively working to identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior”

Letterman Cue-Card Holder Canned After Writer Altercation

A former cue-card holder for CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman said he lost his job after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt on Oct. 9. Tony Mendez said the outburst was “coming for a long time” but “I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him”

Possible Break in University of Virginia Case

Police may have found the body of Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who has been missing for several weeks. Charlottesville police announced on Saturday that a body had been discovered at an abandoned property, but an official identification is pending

Supreme Court Okays Texas Voter-ID Law

The Supreme Court decided that Texas can enforce its controversial voter-identification law in November’s midterm elections, despite recently blocking similar laws in other states. The law’s supporters believe it will reduce voter fraud

Serena Williams Blasts Official’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks

Tennis star Serena Williams commended on Sunday the Women’s Tennis Association for disciplining the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, for his “sexist as well as racist” remarks on a Russian television program

Leo DiCaprio Teams With Netflix on New Documentary

The actor is teaming up with streaming giant Netflix to serve as executive producer of Virunga, a documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel that looks at gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park

‘External Forces’ Aiding Protest, Says Hong Kong Chief

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying has accused the city’s pro-democracy Occupy Hong Kong movement of being aided by foreign elements, echoing the Chinese government’s attitude toward the demonstrations that are now entering their fourth week

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Morning Must Reads: October 17

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Obama Considers Ebola Czar

President Obama said Thursday night he is considering appointing an Ebola czar, quickly adding that the new role would not be because people like CDC chief Tom Frieden “haven’t been doing an outstanding job working hard on this issue”

A Guide to the Ebola Blame Game

The Ebola crisis in Texas has resulted in the death of one patient, the infection of two health care workers and an endless round of finger-pointing

Apple Pay Starts Monday

Apple’s mobile payment platform will start on Monday, allowing customers to make purchases in stores using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

ISIS Retreats From Syrian City

The Syrian city of Kobani, just across the border from Turkey, breathed more easily on Thursday as U.S. coalition air strikes helped dislodge jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria from several neighborhoods

Giants Beat Cardinals to Face Royals in World Series

Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that gave San Francisco a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night, sending the Giants to the World Series, where they’ll play the Kansas City Royals

Report: Hunter Biden Leaves Navy After Drug Test

The Vice President’s youngest son was kicked out of the military in February after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press, saying he was discharged barely a year after being made a part-time Navy Reserve public affairs officer

Here’s How to Stop Teens From Drinking Soda

Researchers analyzed 3,000-plus drink purchases by youth ages 7 to 18 in low-income Baltimore neighborhoods and found that sugary drinks accounted for 98%, but that dropped to 89% when researchers put up colorful signs with calorie information

Body Found in Seattle Is Believed to Be Missing Actress

Police said on Thursday night that a body found hours earlier in a wooded area outside Seattle was presumed to be that of Misty Upham, 32, the August: Osage County actress who was reported missing by her father on Oct. 6

FBI Head Implies Action Against Tech Giants’ Encryption

FBI Director James B. Comey has expressed exasperation at the advanced data-encryption technologies that companies like Apple and Google say they will offer their customers, and implied that the government might attempt regulations to ensure a way around them

How the iPad Helped Bring Down the L.A. Schools Chief

Superintendent John Deasy of the Los Angeles Unified School District stepped down on Thursday after abandoning a plan to get iPads in the hands of all 650,000 students in the system. The school board reportedly sent him packing with $60,000 in severance pay

Hong Kong Braces for New Clashes

Pro-democracy demonstrators threatened to build fresh barricades at a protest site cleared by police early Friday morning, local time. The challenge comes two days after clashes in the government and financial district saw 45 arrests and allegations of police brutality

Al Pacino Set for Broadway Return

Al Pacino will return to Broadway next fall in a new bill by playwright David Mamet, who worked with Pacino on four previous projects and said he wrote the latest play called China Doll specifically for the legendary actor

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Morning Must Reads: October 16

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U.S. Scrambles to Contain Ebola

The Texas health care worker who tested positive for Ebola traveled on a plane just a day before she reported a fever, officials said, as the third diagnosis of the deadly disease in the U.S. stoked fear in travelers and sent officials scrambling to contain it

6 Ways Apple’s iPad May Change

The tech giant is getting ready to make some major announcements Thursday, and there’s a lot of speculation about what consumers can expect to see

Royals Are the Future of Baseball

Kansas City, which heads to its first World Series since 1985, represents the changing game of baseball, writes TIME’s Sean Gregory

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the Oscars in 2015

The actor, best known for his work on How I Met Your Mother, has become in recent years a semiprofessional host of sorts, tackling the Emmys twice and the Tonys four times, and exerting a great deal of energy in the process

ISIS in Retreat From Syrian Border Town, Kurdish Official Says

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has suffered setbacks and begun retreating from parts of the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a local official, who said Kurdish forces were advancing against the militant group

Bloomberg Helps Democratic Governors Close Gap on GOP

A national Republican group devoted to helping elect GOP governors has outraised its Democratic counterpart, but reports filed Wednesday with the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing, fueled by labor unions and the former New York City mayor

Netflix’s Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Stocks in the company fell more than 25% in after-hours trading Wednesday, after the company said it had missed its quarterly subscriber growth forecast, and on the back of news that HBO would begin offering a stand-alone streaming service in 2015

Stock Markets Are Waking Up to Economic Reality

A significant drop by the Dow, as well as big losses in the European and Asian markets, shows they are reacting to what should have been obvious to investors for some time, “and we can blame some pretty gutless policymaking for it,” writes TIME’s Michael Schuman

U.S. Calls for Probe Into Beating by Hong Kong Police

The State Department asked for a “swift, transparent and complete” investigation into the beating by Hong Kong police of a local activist during one of the most violent demonstrations in nearly three weeks of pro-democracy protests

John Grisham Says Child-Porn Sentences Often Too Harsh

The legal-thrillers author spoke at-length about issues he believes are facing the American criminal justice system today, and shared the story of a friend from law school who served time in prison for downloading child pornography

Both Parties See Downside to Winning the Senate

Democrats and Republicans quietly agree that the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the campaign for control of the Senate might not be worth the prize, with political gridlock expected to prevail no matter which party takes the midterm elections

Another Good Wife Star to Exit at Season’s End

Emmy Award winner Archie Panjabi, who plays private investigator Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama, will leave the show after Season 6, when her contract expires, in order to star in a pilot for a 20th Century Fox Television drama

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Morning Must Reads: October 15

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Third Ebola Diagnosis in Texas

Another health care worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola, marking the third person to be diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. The Texas health department issued a statement on the new infection early Wednesday, with more details expected soon

‘The Talk’ No Longer Embarrassing

New data shows that while parents and young people are perfectly willing to chat about sex, they may not be talking as often as they should

Democrats Run From Obama

President Obama has become toxic to members of his party, who fear his low approval ratings will lose them the Senate as midterm elections loom near

More Americans Say Ground Troops Needed to Fight ISIS

A growing number of Americans think combat ground troops need to be deployed to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, a new poll finds, with about 41% of those surveyed saying the campaign against the group should include “air strikes and combat troops”

Supreme Court Halts Some Texas Abortion Restrictions

Justices sided with abortion-rights advocates in suspending an appeals-court ruling that Texas could make abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades, a key part of a law that has closed all but eight facilities providing abortions there

Cities Have Figured Out a Way to Boost Traffic-Ticket Cash

U.S. municipalities are shaving time off yellow traffic lights, resulting in more tickets being issued. In Chicago, shortening the time by a fraction of a second led to nearly $8 million from an additional 77,000 tickets, according to the city’s inspector general

5 Teens Charged After Cruel Ice Bucket Challenge Prank

Five Cleveland teens, aged 14 to 16, were charged in juvenile court Tuesday for assault, delinquency and disorderly conduct after dumping a bucket filled with urine, tobacco spit and water on a 15-year-old autistic boy who was completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

California’s Foie Gras Ban Is Upheld by Supreme Court

The court on Tuesday allowed California’s ban on foie gras to stand, refusing to hear an appeal against the state’s kibosh on products made from the fattened livers of ducks and geese. Animal-rights activists say the production of foie gras is cruel and unethical

Claims of Police Brutality Shock Hong Kong

In a case that has shocked Hong Kong and inflamed tensions in a city now in its third week of mass pro-democracy protests, six police officers have been caught on video kicking and beating a prominent activist, who appears to be offering no resistance

Stem Cells Allow Nearly Blind Patients to See

A new report provides the first evidence that stem cells from human embryos can be a safe and effective source of therapies for two types of eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy

Crimea’s Gay Community Flees as Russian Bigotry Sets In

The gay community in Crimea is wary of Russian legislation banning “homosexual propaganda.” The 2012 law is billed as an effort to protect children from learning about “nontraditional sexual relationships,” though critics say it encourages homophobia

Bono Is Sorry for Forcing That Album on You

The U2 frontman apologized for dumping the group’s latest album Songs of Innocence, released on Sept. 9, straight into iTunes users’ music libraries, saying, “Oops. I’m sorry about that.” He added: “I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves”

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Morning Must Reads: October 14

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The Ebola Brain Drain

Health care workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are facing hard choices, with doctors and nurses cut down by disease and fear, and those who remain or might still travel there are worried about the prospect of falling prey to the virus themselves

No Vatican Shift on Homosexuality

Despite its inclusive tone, a Vatican document on the Catholic Church’s stance toward homosexuality is a long way from actual policy change

Kim Jong Un Reappears in Public

The North Korean leader reportedly made his first public appearance in six weeks, ending rumors that he was gravely ill or deposed

Severe Weather Rips Through South, Killing at Least 2

A violent storm system wielding tornadoes, high winds, lightning, hail and rain walloped the South and Midwest on Monday, killing at least two people. The devastation stretched from Texas to Alabama, leaving a path of torched homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines

Parents Deeply Concerned About Injuries in Youth Sports

A national poll recently released by the espnW: Women + Sports Summit finds two-thirds of parents think there is “too much emphasis on winning over having fun,” and 87% acknowledged they were worried about the risk of injury in sports

Hong Kong Protesters Lose Ground as Police Clear Barricades

Authorities reopened two major roads Tuesday after a clinical dismantling of barricades that were painstakingly reinforced a day earlier, leaving the main protest site intact but dealing a blow to the pro-democracy protesters who have occupied parts of the city for two weeks

McConnell Slams Opponent for Staying Mum on Obama Vote

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky blasts his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, in a new ad released Monday, for declining to acknowledge whether she voted for President Obama in 2008 or 2012

180,000 Flee Western Iraq as ISIS Inches Closer to Baghdad

Iraqi security forces evacuated another military base in restive Anbar province on Monday in the face of an offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. The jihadist group has largely consolidated control over western Iraq as terrified civilians flee its advance

Sick Joke? Los Angeles Bus Passenger Yells ‘I Have Ebola!’

Authorities are investigating what is being treated as a possible terrorist threat after a masked rider on a local bus yelled: “Don’t mess with me, I have Ebola!” Out of caution, the bus driver was quarantined and the vehicle was pulled from service

Cornel West Arrested as Protests Continue in Ferguson

The well-known author and activist was arrested Monday in Ferguson, Mo., amid continued demonstrations that demanded justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August

Iran’s President Is ‘Certain’ of Nuclear Deal With West

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to the nation’s airwaves Monday night to proclaim that an elusive nuclear deal with the West would be signed before a late November deadline expired, saying, “the two sides will certainly reach a win-win agreement”

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Are Developing a Spy Thriller

The longtime friends and Good Will Hunting collaborators are working with cable network Syfy to develop Incorporated, a spy thriller about a man trying to stand up to a futuristic world where big corporations rule. Ted Humphrey will be the show runner

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The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014

Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—as of Friday—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? We analyzed social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine this year’s list (ordered from youngest to oldest).

  • Mo’ne Davis, 13

    Mo'ne Davis #3 of Pennsylvania waits to pitch to a Nevada batter during the United States division game at the Little League World Series tournament at Lamade Stadium on August 20, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mo'ne Davis
    Rob Carr—Getty Images

    It’s not every day that a black female athlete appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated—let alone one who’s 13. So Mo’ne Davis made quite a splash in August when she landed that spot (cover line: “Remember Her Name”) after pitching a shutout game in the Little League World Series. Her team, Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, was eventually knocked out of the tournament, but not before Davis got accolades from Michelle Obama, Kevin Durant and Ellen DeGeneres, among others. Many hope she will be a role model for girls in sports, especially those that are typically male-dominated. —Sarah Begley

  • Sasha Obama, 13, and Malia Obama, 16

    Sasha and Malia Obama arrive at the ceremonial swearing-in of their father President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP

    A lot of dads get squeamish about their daughter’s first prom, but only Malia Obama’s date status could be called “classified information,” as the President joked on Live! with Kelly and Michael last spring. Nonetheless, she has emerged as a figure of national interest: her appearance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival caused almost as much of a stir as the musicians themselves, and her name has spiked in popularity after her father’s election. (It’s predicted to peak again in 2018.) Sasha, meanwhile, has become an icon in her own right: after being photographed in a unicorn sweatshirt, the style sold out at ASOS in a matter of days. —S.B.

  • Kiernan Shipka, 14

    Actress Kiernan Shipka attends the Elle's Women in Television event in Los Angeles January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX17QSW
    Phil McCarten—Reuters

    Mad Men fans first met Sally Draper, eldest daughter of Don and Betty Draper, when she was just five years old. Since then, she’s transformed into a central, scene-stealing character that may well launch Shipka into superstardom. As Mad Men‘s final season looms, the actress has broadened her resume—landing a starring role in the Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic—and consistently wowed on red carpets and magazine covers. —Samantha Grossman

  • Jazz Jennings, 14

    Jazz Jennings arrives at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
    Gregg DeGuire—WireImage

    In a landmark year for transgender visibility in the media, Jennings stands out for how much she’s already accomplished. She’s been interviewed by Barbara Walters, met Bill Clinton and become the youngest person ever featured on the Out 100 and The Advocate‘s 40 Under 40 lists. She even co-wrote a children’s book, I Am Jazz, loosely based on her life (she started living as a girl at age 5), that aims to help other kids understand what transgender means. “I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!” —Nolan Feeney

  • Flynn McGarry, 15

    Jason Schwartzman and host Jimmy Fallon freeze Halloween treats with Chef Flynn McGarry on Thursday, October 31, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)..

    At an age when many of his peers are still picking around the green stuff on their plates, McGarry has emerged as a chef du jour in the culinary industry. After helping to build a high-tech kitchen in his bedroom (modeled on Grant Achatz’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea), he started his own supper club, Eureka. It serves tasting menus—at $160 per person—at his mother’s home in Studio City, Calif. Since then, he has appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, cooked on the Today show, and apprenticed at 11 Madison Park. His ultimate goal? To have, as he puts it, “the best restaurant in the world.” —S.B.

  • Erik Finman, 15

    Courtesy of Erik Finman

    The rural Idaho native is the founder of Botangle.com, which offers tutoring over video chat services for teens who, like him, wanted more than the limited education opportunities within physical reach. To fund the site, Finman two years ago invested a $1,000 gift in Bitcoin, then an unlikely digital currency; soon it spiked in value, and he had $100,000. It’s no wonder, then, that Finman says he struck a deal with his parents: if he makes $1 million before he turns 18, he won’t have to attend college. —Jack Linshi

  • Nash Grier, 16

    Vine star Nash Grier attends the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
    David Livingston—Getty Images

    The self-described “King of Vine”—the social media platform that loops 6-second videos—has more than 9.6 million followers and over 1.1 billion loops of his comedic videos, more than any other user. His meteoric rise to fame hasn’t been without scandal: Grier was slammed for using a homophobic slur on one of his since-deleted Vines. But he’s nonetheless parlayed his massive audience into endorsement deals, netting thousands to plug products such as Aquafina FlavorSplash. —J.L.

  • Rico Rodriguez, 16

    Actor Rico Rodriguez arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
    Trae Patton/NBC/Getty Images

    As scene-stealing Manny on ABC’s smash-hit Modern Family, Rodriguez isn’t just one of the most visible child actors on TV (the show’s sixth season premiere averaged more than 11 million viewers)—he’s also one of the richest. According to reports, he’ll earn a whopping $115,000 per episode if the show continues through season eight. —S.G.

  • Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17

    Emer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow and Ciara Judge from Kinsale Community School in Co Cork as they are named the BT Young Scientists of the Year at the RDS, Dublin. Picture date: Friday January 11, 2013.
    Niall Carson—AP

    The trio from County Cork, Ireland took home the grand prize at the Google Science Fair after wowing the judges with their discovery: Diazotroph, a bacteria that sucks nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil, speeding up the germination of cereal crops like barley and oats and—more importantly—increasing their yield. This advance could play a crucial role in solving the global food crisis, and Judge, Hickey and Healy-Thow are already planning to commercialize it. —S.B.

  • Shawn Mendes, 16

    Canadian music artist Shawn Mendes poses for a portrait, on Wed., July 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)
    Drew Gurian—Invision/AP

    After amassing millions of Vine followers by performing six-second micro-covers of hit songs, Mendes caught the attention of Island Records and scored a record deal. His first single, “Life of the Party,” was an instant smash, making Mendes the youngest-ever artist to debuted in the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the follow-up EP, titled—what else?—The Shawn Mendes EP, reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes earlier this year, a mere 37 minutes after its midnight release. —N.F.

  • Jaden Smith, 16

    Actor Jaden Smith arrives at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood issue party on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
    Dan Steinberg—Invision/AP

    Smith rose to fame as the son of Will Smith, occasionally popping up in movies. But his real legacy may well be his Twitter musings, which are equal parts absurdist (“Anything You See In Any Magazine Ever Is Fake.”) and insightful (“Once You Witness A Cycle Enough Times You Step Out Of It.”), earning him more than 5 million followers and labels like, “Confucius for the Internet age.” One of Smith’s recent posts sums him up pretty well: “Hate Me Love Me Doesn’t Matter I’m Still Occupying Time Inside Of Your Psyche.” —S.G.

  • Becky G, 17

    Singer Becky G attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
    Christopher Polk—Getty Images

    Mega-producer Dr. Luke (who’s worked with Britney Spears, Kesha and Katy Perry) signed Becky G to his label in 2011 after watching her YouTube covers. The investment paid off: Rebecca Marie Gomez, who began performing at age 9 to help out her cash-strapped parents, saw her irresistible ode to young love, “Shower,” chart in more than a dozen countries and become a top 20 hit in the U.S. this summer. When she’s not writing her own music, she represents Covergirl as one of its youngest-ever Latina spokeswomen and helps craft tunes for other pop acts, like Cher Lloyd and fellow teen Cody Simpson. It’s fitting that one of her first music videos was a Jennifer Lopez cover (retitled “Becky From the Block“); she’s well-positioned to follow in her footsteps. —N.F.

  • Salma Kakar, 17

    Kakar is the lead rider on the co-ed Afghan National Cycling Team, which has drawn global praise for promoting female empowerment in a country where it has been rare to see women driving, let alone competing in a sport. Her dream is to wave the flag of Afghanistan at the Olympics one day, and to show the world how far Afghan women have come. —J.L.

  • Lorde, 17

    Singer Lorde poses backstage during The 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Shrine Auditorium on December 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Radio.com)
    Gabriel Olsen—Getty Images

    The New Zealander, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, started 2014 off strong by nabbing two Grammy Awards for her inescapable smash-hit “Royals.” Since then, the singer-songwriter has become a force in music and pop culture: her debut album, Pure Heroine, went platinum; she won an MTV Video Music Award; and she signed on to curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, out Nov. 21. She has also established herself as a role model who promotes healthy body image. In March, she shared two photos of herself, one Photoshopped and one unedited, to remind her more than 1.3 million Twitter followers (at the time) that “flaws are ok.” —S.G.

  • Lydia Ko, 17

    Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the CME Group Titleholders at Tiburon Golf Club on November 21, 2013 in Naples, Florida.
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    After going pro last year, Ko now ranks third among women golfers worldwide, sparking interest in the sport “not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe,” as golf legend Annika Sorenstam wrote in this year’s Time 100. Thanks to her many tournament wins and endorsement deal with Callaway, she’s also the youngest millionaire in LGPA history. “That’s big money,” she said in April. “But when I’m out there I’m thinking about making birdies and hitting good shots and making putts rather than, ‘OK, this putt is going to give me an extra thousand.'” —S.G.

  • Chloë Grace Moretz, 17

    Actress ChloÎ Grace Moretz attends the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Variety)
    Ari Perilstein—Getty Images

    The Atlanta native has already built an impressive resume with roles in films like (500) Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, Hugo and Carrie, and this year was no exception. She was the lead in this summer’s If I Stay, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, which netted $47.6 million at the box office (despite a considerably low budget) and also starred opposite Denzel Washington in hit thriller The Equalizer. Next up: roles in Dark Places, the film adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s gripping crime novel, and the sci-fi thriller The Fifth Wave. —S.G.

  • Kylie Jenner, 17, and Kendall Jenner, 18

    Reality stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner share hot spring trends for teens on "Good Morning America," 2/8/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/Disney-ABC via Getty Images)KYLIE JENNER, KENDALL JENNER
    Donna Svennevik—ABC/Getty Images

    Together, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians co-stars hosted red-carpet events, released clothing and nail polish lines and even published a dystopian young-adult novel this past summer (though yes, they had some help). But they’ve had solo success too—Kendall with modeling (she’s walked the runway for designers like Marc Jacobs) and Kylie with pseudo-entrepreneurship (she’s launching a line of hair extensions and hopes to get into acting). Next up: a multimillion-dollar mobile game? —N.F.

  • Malala Yousafzai, 17

    Pakistinian teenager and education activist Malala Yousafzai is interviewed on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing MONDAY, AUG. 18 (7:00-9:00am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MALALA YOUSAFZAI
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    Two years and one day after Taliban gunmen shot her in the head while she was riding to school, the Pakistani youth activist became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The accolade caps an impressive—albeit early—career for Yousafzai, who has used her organization, the Malala Fund, as a platform to promote girls’ education, help Syrian refugee children and demand the return of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, among other things. In April, she received an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of King’s College in Canada. “Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence,” Gabrielle Giffords wrote of Yousafzai in this year’s Time 100. “We will speak, no matter how hard it is to do so.” —S.G.

  • Rachel Fox, 18

    Teen Vogue's 10th Anniversary Annual Young Hollywood Party - Arrivals
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    Known to Desperate Housewives fans as Kayla Scavo, the teen actress somehow found enough time between TV and movie shoots to train herself in the art of day trading: she says her investments earn her a 64 percent annual return. Now she’s trying to pay it forward. In addition to running the blog Fox on Stocks, which offers financial literacy tips for teens, Fox has created the MyGenLoves index, which tracks 20 companies that are currently hot in the youth market (such as Chipotle and Urban Outfitters). —S.B.

  • Bethany Mota, 18

    Internet personality Bethany Mota attends Blake Michael's 18th Birthday at Riviera 31 on August 9, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
    Imeh Akpanudosen—Getty Images

    The fashion and beauty blogger has spent five years building her YouTube channel, Macbarbie07, into a bona-fide business—with 7.4 million subscribers, 565 million-plus views, and between $500,000 and $750,000 in annual ad revenue. Now she’s expanding her brand. This year, Mota appeared on Project Runway as a guest judge and Dancing with the Stars as a celebrity competitor, all while overseeing the clothing line she launched with Aéropostale. She also released her first single, “Need You Right Now.” —S.G.

  • Joshua Wong, 18

    Joshua Wong, leader of the student pro-democracy group scholarism addresses demonstrators after the press conference of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong on October 2, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader rejected protesters' calls for him to resign, but in a significant concession agreed to talks with a students group involved in mass pro-democracy demonstrations that have paralysed parts of the city.AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
    Philippe Lopez—AFP/Getty Images

    Wong, who recently covered Time‘s international edition, has become the face of the Hong Kong protests, a civil disobedience movement demanding that China stages unfettered elections for Hong Kong’s top political position. To some, he’s a symbol of hope—a youth rallying his peers to fight for a cause they believe in. In mainland China, however, many argue Wong is an extremist and an emblem against China’s storied national order. —J.L.

  • Austin Mahone, 18

    singer Austin Mahone poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. His EP "The Secret" released on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
    Matt Sayles—Invision/AP

    Mahone’s social media following is modest compared to that of Justin Bieber—the pop star to whom he’s most often compared—but it’s still powerful: Mahone’s 7 million Twitter followers helped him became the first artist to hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s new Trending 140, a live-updated chart that tracks what songs have people buzzing online. It helps, of course, that he’s got a pretty sizable resume: in addition to touring with Taylor Swift and signing with Chase Records/Cash Money, Mahone released his first U.S. EP, The Secret, in May; it debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. —N.F.

    Correction appended: Oct. 14, 2014, 5:18 p.m. E.T. An earlier version of this article misstated Mahone’s record label.

  • Tavi Gevinson, 18

    Actress Tavi Gevinson of 'Enough Said' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
    Larry Busacca—Getty Images

    Gevinson may bristle at being called the “voice of a generation,” but the label does fit: Rookie, her online magazine for teenage girls, gets roughly 3.5 million hits a month—thanks in part to her mix of personal essays (see: her poignant editor’s letter about graduating high school and mourning “forever”) and insightful pop culture coverage (see: her chat about feminism with Lorde, the Seth Rogan contribution to Rookie‘s “Ask a Grown Man” video advice column). Next up: the recent high school grad, currently starring in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth, plans to head to college after a gap year. —N.F.

  • Megan Grassell, 19

    Megan Grassell
    Courtesy of Megan Grassell

    After taking her 13-year-old sister shopping for bras, Grassell was perturbed by how sexualized most of the available choices were for young girls; everything seemed to have padding and underwires. So she started her own company, Yellowberry, to offer an alternative: comfortable, colorful training bras with names like Junebug and Sugar Cookie. She initially raised $42,000 through Kickstarter—well above the $25,000 goal she set for herself—and now runs a full-fledged online retailer. —S.B.

  • Troye Sivan, 19

    Actor Troye Sivan attends the 4th Annual Streamy Awards presented by Coca-Cola on September 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/SAs 2014/Getty Images for DCP)
    Kevin Winter—Getty Images

    The South African-Australian may have initially broken through as an actor—he snagged a role in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine after a Hollywood producer found him on YouTube—but he’s found major success this year as a musician. Thanks in large part to the support from his 2.8 million YouTube subscribers, Sivan’s latest EP, TRXYE, which he recorded in secret, topped iTunes sales charts in more than 50 countries following its August release. —N.F.

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