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Morning Must Reads: March 27

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The Co-Pilot: What We Know

French prosecutors claim that Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 last Tuesday, killing himself and the 149 other individuals aboard. Investigators raided Lubitz’s apartment along with his parents’ home in Montabaur, Germany, this week

Takei Urges #BoycottIndiana

Star Trek actor George Takei slams Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing a law that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service

Notre Dame Beats Wichita State

The most intriguing matchup of the Sweet 16 didn’t live up to its billing, as Notre Dame topped Wichita State, 81-70, to earn a spot in the Elite Eight

Jeremy Clarkson Offered Job by Russian Military TV

A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April

Arab Leaders Inch Closer to Creation of Joint Military Force

Creation of such a force would be a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power

Zayn Malik Speaks Out About Leaving One Direction

The 22-year-old said that the past week—which saw him leave the band’s tour, return home to London and subsequently quit the band—has left him “feeling quite interesting,” in an interview published Friday

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Plans to Leave Wealth to Charity

After paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, he plans on leaving all his wealth — which today amounts to $120 million — to good causes. “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change,” he told Fortune

Oil Council: Arctic Drilling Needed Now

The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday

NBC Reviving Coach With Craig T. Nelson

The 1990s sitcom, which went off the air in ’97, will apparently be a sequel to the comedy series rather than a reboot. Coach Hayden Fox, who will have been retired, is called back to be assistant coach for his own grown son

Militias Back Out of Iraq Campaign After U.S. Air Strikes

Three Shi’ite militias pulled out of the Iraqi assault on the ISIS-held city of Tikrit in protest of U.S. air strikes supporting the campaign. Reports indicate the groups, representing a third of the 30,000 government-led forces, are withdrawing from the front lines

The Winklevoss Twins to Play Themselves on Silicon Valley

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have already been portrayed onscreen once, but this time around they will be playing themselves. The twin brothers, famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg over claims Facebook was their idea, will have a cameo in HBO’s Silicon Valley

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Morning Must Reads: March 26

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Report: One Pilot Locked Out

Voice recordings retrieved from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday suggest that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit and then tried to break down the door to gain entry minutes before it hit Alpine slopes in southern France

U.S. Conducts Air Strikes in Tikrit

Bombing in support of the stalled Iraqi-led military campaign against ISIS marks a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq

Paul Backs Defense Spending

Senator Rand Paul is doing an about-face on his pledge to curb the growth in defense spending, calling for a nearly $190 billion infusion

Oklahoma Tornadoes Kill 1, Leave Thousands Without Power

Outside Tulsa, a tornado cut through a mobile home park in the suburbs of Sand Springs, killing at least one person and injuring three others. An estimated 75,000 households were without power on Wednesday night due to the ongoing severe conditions

University Ranks Deadliest Counties in the U.S.

New rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute show the places in the U.S. that have largest percentage of people who die before the age of 75, a common measure of public health

Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss NHL Concussion Lawsuit

A federal judge in Minnesota denied the NHL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the hockey league inadequately informed players of the health risks caused by concussions despite having ample knowledge and resources

CA Attorney General Blocks Initiative to Have Gays Executed

Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed. “It is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,” Harris said

Fifty Shades Director Won’t Do the Sequels

The director of this year’s biggest Hollywood release Fifty Shades of Grey will not be directing the film’s sequels. The move is thought to be a result of reported creative differences with E.L. James, the author of the novel on which the movie is based

HIV Levels in Indiana Spark Alarm

Governor Mike Pence is expected to declare a public-health emergency on Thursday in south Indiana’s Scott County, which has seen a large HIV flareup from intravenous drug use. At least 72 HIV cases have been detected in southern Indiana, up from 26 last month

Here’s Why Drug-Resistant Bacteria Could Spread Globally

Common bacteria could be on the verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new study. Resistance to antibiotics is in danger of spreading globally among the type of bacteria that’s associated with causing infections in hospitals

Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Once Tried to ‘Cosby’ Her

Chelsea Handler has turned Bill Cosby’s name into a verb, stating in an interview that the comedian once tried to “Cosby” her. Handler says she has no doubts “he’s guilty,” pointing to a past incident with the comedian a decade ago in an Atlantic City hotel

Fully Animated Smurfs Film Set for 2017 Release

The Smurfs are going back to the drawing board in a fully animated take on the franchise to be released in 2017, Sony Pictures Animation announced on Wednesday. The untitled project is set to have much more in common with the beloved 1980s cartoon

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Morning Must Reads: March 25

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Germanwings Black Box Found

One of the flight recorders belonging to Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 has been recovered, but French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says it has been damaged. Investigators are hoping some data can be retrieved to shed light on the crash

Obama Slows Troop Drawdown

President Obama said the U.S. will keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan this year, as that country’s leaders had asked he slow the process

Tsarnaev Took ‘Intro to Ethics’

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on trial for the Boston Marathon bombing that claimed five lives and injured 280, had enrolled in an ethics class before the attack

U.S. Power Grid Under Near Continuous Attack

America’s power grid faces physical or online attacks approximately “once every four days,” according to a new investigation, threatening to plunge parts of the country into darkness. The report looked at public records, energy data and records from utilities

Yemen Leader Asks U.N. to Back Action Against Rebels

Yemen’s embattled President has asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention in support of his government to oust Houthi Shi’ite rebels who control much of the disintegrating country’s north and are advancing south

Kelly Osbourne Admits ‘I Have the Cancer Gene’

Kelly Osbourne is one of the latest celebrities to speak out in support of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her ovaries removed — and she shared that she has the cancer gene. “I agree with this 100%,” said the former Fashion Police host

Jon Hamm Completes Rehab BeforeMad Men Premiere

Like Don Draper, the main character he plays in the hit series Mad Men, Jon Hamm has been battling his own demons too. The 44-year-old actor recently completed a 30-day stint in a treatment center for alcohol addiction

Philadelphia Woman Accuses UberX Driver of Rape

A Philadelphia woman accused an UberX driver of rape in February, according to a report filed with the city’s police, marking the latest sexual-assault claim against the ride-sharing service. As the investigation continues, the driver’s access to Uber has been suspended

The X-Files Returns to Fox After 13 Years

The truth is right here, and it’s amazing: after 13 years off the air, The X-Files is officially returning to Fox as a limited series. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back on board, along with creator Chris Carter

Vin Diesel Predicts Furious 7 Will Win an Oscar

The Furious 7 star and producer set the bar high for the franchise’s latest installment in a new interview, saying “it will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars … unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” The new flick is out April 3

Don’t Buy Your Breast Milk Online, Scientists Say

Buying, selling and trading breast milk is a booming online business — and that’s a dangerous thing — according to a new study, which says there are no requirements to test sellers for diseases that may transmit by drinking the milk, like HIV and hepatitis B and C

Yemeni President Flees Rebels

Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refuge, according to reports. The advance of the rebels, known as Houthis, threatens to plunge the Arab world’s poorest country into a civil war

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Morning Must Reads: March 24

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Israel’s Netanyahu Apologizes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens for remarks he made during last week’s parliamentary election. He says he knows his “comments last week offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli-Arab community”

Ebola, 1 Year On

Ebola has almost disappeared from West Africa one year since the declaration of what went on the become the largest outbreak of the virus in history

Utah Approves Firing Squads

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when its governor signed a law approving their use in the absence of lethal-injection drugs

Angelina Jolie Says She Had Her Ovaries Removed

Angelina Jolie has spoken about her choice to have preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Writing a Tuesday op-ed, the Hollywood actress and U.N. envoy said her decision was not an easy one

George Zimmerman Says Obama Incited Racial Tension

In a video posted to his laywer’s website on Monday, George Zimmerman, acquitted in the 2012 Florida shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, says he has a clear conscience and claims that President Obama sought to provoke racial conflict

Penn State to Review Greek System After Facebook Scandal

The university’s president announced on Monday that a task force will review Penn State’s fraternities and sororities following the discovery of a frat’s Facebook page that featured pictures of naked or semi-nude women who appeared to be passed out or asleep

Ted Cruz Doesn’t Own TedCruz.Com

Senator Ted Cruz may have been the first Republican to declare his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, but he appears to have missed out on purchasing a domain featuring his name. Instead, web users landing at tedcruz.com see phrases in support of President Obama

Ex-NFL Star Sentenced to 9 Years in Sex-Assault Case

Former NFL All-Pro Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison. Sharper said it was in his best interest to enter the pleas

Dr. Seuss to Get His Own Museum

Plans to open a museum honoring the much-loved children’s author Dr. Seuss are under way in his hometown of Springfield, Mass. Visitors will “explore a series of environments that replicate scenes from Dr. Seuss’s imagination”

SeaWorld Ads Take On ‘Lies’ About Its Killer-Whale Shows

SeaWorld Entertainment has introduced a new ad campaign as the struggling theme-park operator tries to boost disappointing attendance and counter criticism by animal-rights groups about its captive killer whales and dolphins

Madoff Victims’ Fund Reaches $10.6 Billion

Victims of the biggest investment scam in U.S. history, run by disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, have gained an additional $93 million from a “feeder fund” settlement, bringing the total recovered to $10.6 billion

India’s Supreme Court Repeals Internet Censorship Law

In a landmark ruling, India’s high court struck down a law that allowed the government to jail citizens for up to three years for posting “offensive” content on the Internet. The contentious law was deemed unconstitutional

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Morning Must Reads: March 23

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Ted Cruz Announces 2016 Bid

Republican Senator Ted Cruz has become the first major candidate for U.S. President, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush of announcements from others. “I am running for President and I hope to earn your support,” the Tea Party favorite said on Twitter

‘Father of Singapore’ Dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore’s founding father and the architect behind the country’s remarkable transformation

World Water Shortage Looms

Water resources may soon meet only 60% of the world’s water demands, the U.N. warned in a report for World Water Day

Slow Global Response to Ebola Cost Thousands of Lives

Doctors Without Borders has slammed the international community’s slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, saying it cost thousands of lives that could have been avoided. It said its warnings were dismissed as alarmist leading to “indescribable horror”

U.S. Safety Officials Probe Nissan Vehicles Over Air Bags

An investigation into 990,000 Nissan vehicles recalled in 2013 and 2014 is trying to determine if the company adequately fixed a sensor malfunction that can inhibit the inflation of the front-seat air bags during a collision

Climate Change Is Causing More Allergies

Researchers have found that air pollutants linked to climate change could be responsible for why an increasing number of people suffer from allergies each year. Nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone appear to set off chemical changes in allergens

You Won’t Believe Where the World’s Best Whiskey Is Made

Taiwan’s Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique is now officially the best single-malt whiskey on earth, according to the World Whiskies Awards. The contest’s judges described the malt as “surprisingly smooth on the palate” and added, “it’s like Bourbon-infused milk chocolate”

Wichita State Upsets Kansas, Heads to Sweet 16

Wichita State earned bragging right for the foreseeable future with its 78-65 win, the first time it has beaten the University of Kansas since 1987. It’s been more than two decades since the Shockers last had a shot at the state’s top dog, KU

Secret Nazi Hideout Believed Found in Argentina

Archeologists have discovered ruins in a remote jungle region of Argentina that are believed to be Nazi hideouts intended to act as safe havens if Germany lost World War II. Researchers found German coins and a porcelain plate dating back to the 1930s and 1940s

Starbucks Will Stop Writing ‘Race Together’ on Your Cups

CEO Howard Schultz said in a memo that the cups were “just the catalyst” for the “Race Together” initiative, which launched last week and which he says will still continue as planned, with discussion forums and store expansion into minority communities

Yemen Officials Fear for Aden as Rebels Seize New City

Shi’ite rebels seized Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz on Sunday, one day after issuing a call to arms to battle forces loyal to the country’s embattled President in Aden, the provisional capital. Officials fear the takeover of Taiz is a prelude to an attack on Aden

Insugent Tops Box Office but MissesDivergent Mark

The movie, based on novelist Veronica Roth’s Divergentyoung-adult dystopian series, came in No. 1 with $54 million in the U.S. and Canada. The results, while successful, raise questions about the trajectory of the four-part Divergent film series

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Morning Must Reads: March 20

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UVA in the Spotlight Again

The violent arrest of 20-year-old black student Martese Johnson by white law-enforcement officers has the University of Virginia in the spotlight again. Students took to a campus amphitheater on Wednesday night and to social media in protest after the incident

ISIS Claims Tunisia Attack

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Tunisia’s national museum that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. Nine people were arrested

Texas Bill Allows Guns on Campus

The Texas senate approved a bill allowing people to carry concealed guns on college campuses. Student groups and education leaders are voicing opposition

FBI Probes Death of Man Found Hanged in Mississippi

The FBI is helping local authorities investigate the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. “Whether it was a suicide or a homicide is yet to be determined,” Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas said

FTC Officials Wanted to Sue Google in 2012

High-ranking officials at the Federal Trade Commission recommended a lawsuit against Google in 2012 because of the tech giant’s alleged use of anti-competitive tactics, theWall Street Journal reported on Thursday

Arctic Sea Ice Levels Are at the Lowest Ever Recorded

Arctic sea ice levels last winter recorded their lowest peak since satellite monitoring began in 1979, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. Recent weather patterns were partly to blame for the melting ice, with a jet stream bringing warm temperatures to the Pacific side of the Arctic

Second Suspect Arrested in Model Murder Case

A second suspect turned himself over to authorities on Thursday in connection with the killing of former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar and two others. Officials charged David Lopez with three counts of first-degree murder

Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse Break Up

After a two-year romance, it’s over for American Sniperactor Bradley Cooper and model Suki Waterhouse, who first got together in March 2013. The Hollywood couple split ahead of January’s Oscars but now, People says, the news is official

Army Probes Racial-Slur Allegations

The army says it has launched an informal investigation into allegations that an Alaska-based unit was allowing racial slurs among its members. It said the soldiers were allowed to use racial slurs during “Racial Thursdays”

T.J. Maxx Pulls Controversial Noose T-Shirt

U.S clothing retail chain T.J. Maxx has pulled an ill-advised T-shirt from its shelves, after a photo of the clothing item posted by a customer went viral and caused the company to be maligned on social media

Women Who Sleep More Tend to Have More Sex

Women who get more shut-eye generally have more sex, according to researchers from the University of Michigan, who spent over two weeks tracking 171 young women. Each additional hour of sleep increased the next day’s possibility of sex by 14%

Sydney Siege Café Reopens for Business

Coffee was brewed again, chocolate prepared and pastries sold at Lindt Café in Sydney on Friday morning, as the establishment reopened its doors months after it made international headlines in the wake of a hostage crisis that ended in bloodshed

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Morning Must Reads: March 19

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Clinton Email Questions Linger

An adviser to Hillary Clinton offered further detail about the process her lawyers used to determine which of her emails to turn over to the State Department. “Every one of the more than 60,000 emails were read,” said a Clinton spokesman

Fragile Tunisia Rattled

The attack that killed more than 20 people Wednesday could destabilize the sole democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring

Virginia Gov. Calls for Probe Into Student’s Bloody Arrest

Terry McAuliffe is calling for an investigation into the arrest of Martese Johnson, who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down Wednesday morning. Johnson is charged with obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication

Digital Music Sales Reach an All-Time High

Sales of digital music formats hit $4.51 billion in 2014 — a record level, says Wednesday’s report from the Recording Industry Association of America. Together, downloads and audio streaming services now account for 64% of the total market by value

Vanuatu Faces Food Shortage After Cyclone

Survivors of Cyclone Pam on the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu are bracing for a lack of food over the coming months because crops were destroyed in the recent storm. Much of the archipelago’s population relies on subsistence farming

Liza Minnelli Enters Rehab for Substance Abuse

Liza Minnelli has been admitted to an unnamed treatment facility for substance abuse, according to reports. In 1984, the actor-singer entered similar treatment after the death of her mother Judy Garland, who overdosed on sleeping pills in 1969

Al-Shabab Leader Killed in Drone Strike

The Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday that a U.S. drone strike has killed a leader of Somali militant group al-Shabab. Adan Garar is believed to be behind the 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi that killed 67 people

Facebook Sued for Sex Discrimination, Harassment

A study of 14 popular spring-break destinations from Florida to California has found that death tolls from traffic accidents are 9.1% higher during the holiday, with a higher fatality incidence among drivers under 25 and those traveling from out of state

Andy Murray Tells Wayne Odesnik ‘Good Riddance’ Amid Ban

British tennis star Andy Murray has welcomed a 15-year ban for the relatively unknown American player Wayne Odesnik, who tested positive for multiple banned substances, including steroids, from a Dec. 17 and Jan. 12 test

New Test Could Stop Overprescription of Antibiotics

Scientists claim to have established a new blood test that can help doctors quickly distinguish between bacterial and viral infections, giving physicians the ability to prescribe antibiotics more accurately. The procedure is repotedly fast, taking only hours to complete

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A this Friday, March 20 at 1 p.m., with TIME Washington senior correspondent, Massimo Calabresi, who wrote this week’s story on the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks. His other stories can be found here.

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Morning Must Reads: March 18

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Netanyahu Wins Big

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party handily beat its main rival in Tuesday’s elections, official results showed as Israelis awoke Wednesday morning. Focus quickly shifted toward the formation of a coalition government

Protests Flare in Frankfurt

Demonstrators set at least two police cars on fire Wednesday as authorities confronted left-wing anti-austerity protesters in Frankfurt

Presbyterians Affirm Gay Marriage

The Presbyterian Church made a historic decision Tuesday to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to marry in its congregations

Cyanide Found in Letter Sent to White House

The letter was received Monday at a facility that screens mail for the White House and is located away from the grounds of the executive mansion. Testing conducted Tuesday returned a “presumptive positive” for cyanide

Prolonged Breastfeeding Linked to Higher IQ and Wealth

Children that breastfeed for longer periods end up smarter, more educated and wealthier in adulthood, according to a new study. Children who breastfeed for at least 12 months scored almost four points higher on IQ tests

Obama Is ‘Playing the Race Card,’ Says Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Playboy in an interview that current U.S. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are “playing the race card” when they suggest that their critics may be partially driven by race

Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Sets Streaming Record

Tracks from the rapper’s third record — praised by critics — were streamed more than 9.6 million times on Monday, setting a new global record, according to Spotify. The album’s surprise release even had anti-streaming icon Taylor Swift ready to tune in

Tensions Escalate Between Kiev and Moscow Over Bill

Ukrainian legislators approved revisions to a law offering limited self-rule to pro-Russian insurgents in the country’s southeast on Tuesday, angering both rebels and the Kremlin alike who say the move undermines a fragile cease-fire agreement inked last month

Missouri Executes Man for 1996 Killing of Sheriff’s Deputy

Missouri’s oldest death-row inmate was executed Tuesday for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor declined to spare the 74-year-old whose attorneys said he had a diminished mental capacity

E! Postpones Return of Fashion PoliceUntil September

E! announced on Tuesday that its plan to return with a new episode on March 31 has been scrapped; now it won’t return until September. “We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season,” said an E! statement

3-D Printing Technology ‘Grows’ Objects From Liquid

A groundbreaking 3-D printing technology created by the Silicon Valley startup Carbon3D Inc. manipulates light and oxygen to allow for solid objects to rise continuously from a liquid printing basin. The technology is inspired byTerminator 2

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Morning Must Reads: March 17

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Israelis Go to the Polls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces voters Tuesday in an election that could see him booted from office, but it could be days or weeks before his fate is clear. Here’s what you need to know

Durst Could Face Death Penalty

Los Angeles prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge against real estate heir Robert Durst, subject of The Jinx, after his arrest in New Orleans

Vanuatu Begins Recovery Efforts

Relief workers who have struggled to access remote areas of Vanuatu that were ravaged by a cyclone reached some of the islands on Tuesday

NFL Rookie Retires Due to Safety Concerns

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland said on Monday that he is retiring due to concerns over “the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.” The 24-year-old said he first began to think about the possibility of retiring early during training camp last season

Apple to Launch TV Service This Year, Report Says

Apple is moving closer to making a foray into web-based television, according to sources familiar with the tech giant’s plans. The company is in the process of collaborating with programmers to offer an approximate 25-channel package to subscribers this fall

Putin Puts Russia’s Northern Fleet on ‘Full Alert’

Russian President Vladimir Putin put his nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Artic Ocean on Monday as animosity brews between Kremlin and NATO. The order allows for the mobilization of 38,000 military personnel, 41 ships, 15 submarines and 110 planes

Ferguson Shooting Suspect Didn’t Target Police, Lawyer Says

A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said on Monday as he countered an earlier police description of the crime

Uber’s CFO Steps Down

The ride-hailing service confirmed Monday that its CFO Brent Callinicos is stepping down. Callinicos, who joined Uber from Google in 2013 and also previously worked at Microsoft, helped the company expand its global operations to more than 50 countries

Burma Jails 3 for ‘Insulting Buddhism’ in Facebook Post

A Burmese court sentenced a New Zealand citizen and two Burmese nationals to 2½ years in prison with hard labor for posting a promotional advertisement on social media that depicted the Buddha wearing headphones

Mitt Romney to Fight Evander Holyfield in Charity Bout

Forget about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the real fight of the century is scheduled for May 15, when Mitt Romney enters the ring to battle Evander Holyfield. “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” said Romney

Pinterest Is Now Valued at $11 Billion

The social scrapbooking site’s latest round of fundraising netted $367 million, more than doubling its valuation to $11 billion, with the new funds reportedly going toward international expansion. Pinterest reached its previous $5 billion valuation last May

Egypt Sentences 14 Islamists to Death

Egypt’s official news agency said a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The case is rooted in violence that swept the country after the military-led ouster of President Mohamed Morsi

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Morning Must Reads: March 16

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‘Killed Them All’

Notorious real estate heir Robert Durst, the subject of HBO docuseries The Jinx, was arrested Saturday before what appeared appeared to be a murder confession during the series finale Sunday. “What the hell did I do? Killed them all,” Durst was recorded saying

Wash Dishes, Get Fewer Allergies

Kids, go do chores: a new study suggests that hand-washing dishes might lead to a significantly lower risk of developing allergies, especially early in life

Boston Breaks Snow Record

The official measurement of 108.6 in. at Logan Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 in. set in 1995-96

This Fake IRS Scam Is Costing People Millions

Scammers claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents are at it again, and they’re costing taxpayers a lot of money. More than 366,000 people have been targeted by tax season scammers over the last two years

Suspect Charged in Ferguson Cop Shootings

Authorities in St. Louis announced Sunday afternoon that charges had been filed against 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams in last week’s shooting of two police officers outside the Ferguson police department

Here’s Your Printable 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The committee has spoken and the full 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket has been set. Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Wisconsin are the No.1 seeds in each region. But which teams will make it to the Final Four in Indianapolis on April 4?

‘Monster’ Cyclone Decimates Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale has said the South Pacific island nation lost much of its development after Cyclone Pam completely devastated the country. International aid agencies are struggling to reach the many remote islands on the archipelago

Lift All Campaign Contribution Limits, Says Ted Cruz

Unlimited political cash would give rank-and-file conservative activists greater sway in picking their representatives, including the President, White House hopeful Ted Cruz told New Hampshire voters on Sunday. He added that “money absolutely can be speech”

Kendrick Lamar Releases New Album, To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar surprised the music world just before midnight on Sunday by dropping his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, a week early. With little fanfare, and in similar fashion to Drake’s album release in February, Lamar simply tweeted out the album title and a link

36 Hospitalized During L.A. Marathon

More than 30 runners in the Los Angeles Marathon were hospitalized during the race on Sunday, as a sudden heat wave swept the California city. The race began half an hour before its scheduled start time so runners wouldn’t bear the brunt of the brutal heat

Putin Admits to Weighing Nuclear Option in Crimea

President Vladimir Putin said he considered putting the country’s vast nuclear arsenal on alert to prevent outside forces from stopping Russia’s annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine last year. Putin’s admission was aired during a prerecorded documentary

Livestreaming Apps Dominate Buzz at South by Southwest

The five-day South by Southwest festival is not yet half over, but buzz-worthy trends are already emerging as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin. Here’s a look at top talking points so far at SXS

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