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Morning Must Reads: October 30

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Giants Tower Over Royals

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief on short rest and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons

How Press Gets the Pope Wrong

The “Pope Francis supports evolution” story is just the latest example of the press getting the Catholic Church completely wrong

Cheating Fears Rock SAT

All students in China and South Korea who took the SAT on Oct. 11 will have their test scores reviewed due to allegations of cheating

Ebola Brings Another Fear: Xenophobia

The arrival of Ebola in the U.S. has sparked backlash against some Africans in the country, from violence to subtler forms of discrimination. Among the recent instances is the bullying in the Bronx of two school boys from Senegal, which is Ebola-free

U.S. Conceals Afghan Military Capabilities

The American-led military command in Afghanistan has suddenly made information about the country’s military capabilities a secret, according to a congressional watchdog, just as the U.S. prepares to withdraw most of its 34,000 troops still there

Terminally Ill Woman May Not End Her Life, After All

A terminally ill 29-year-old woman who has said she plans to commit physician-assisted suicide on Nov. 1 implies in a heart-wrenching new video that she may not go through with it in the end

Lava Flows Near Hawaii Main Road

A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 ft. from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court — said Hawaii County civil-defense director Darryl Oliveira. Dozens of homes, business and other structures are within the area

Jennifer Lopez ‘Felt Abused’ in Past Relationships

The singer and actress says in her upcoming book True Love that she has “felt abused” in past relationships, even if she’s never been physically harmed like other women. “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip,” she writes

Uber Allowed to Roll on in Las Vegas

Ride-sharing app Uber received a minor breakthrough in Nevada on Wednesday when a Clark County judge ruled that the company will be able to continue operating in the Las Vegas area. The service launched on Friday in the gambling hub despite state opposition

Dissident Says He Was Tortured for Challenging Putin

From London to Berlin, exiled opponents of Russia are increasingly fearing for their safety. Not since the Cold War have Russian operatives been accused of such violence and intimidation abroad. The story of one man who says he was tortured for challenging Putin

Sweden Says It Recognizes Palestinian State

The Swedish government became the first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday. Newly elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven first announced the move at his swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 3, but he was not expected to follow through so soon

IBM, Twitter Sign Pact to Turn Tweets Into Business Decisions

Computing goliath IBM has signed a deal with Twitter to use tweets to make smarter business decisions. The agreement will let IBM’s 10,000 consultants access the some 500 million tweets the social-media company sees each day

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Morning Must Reads: October 29

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Perks and Recreation

Vice President Joe Biden, his family and top Obama Administration officials have been enjoying discounted vacations at a lakeside log cabin in a national park, TIME has learned, leading the Interior Department to launch an investigation into the cabin’s use

Obama: Ebola ‘Will Be Defeated’

President Obama on Tuesday rebuked states imposing strict Ebola quarantines, warning they could undermine efforts to counteract the virus

Royals Rout Giants, Force Game 7

The Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night to force a winner-takes-all Game 7 in the World Series

Predict Who Will Win the Senate in 2014

Forget Nate Silver: anyone can be a political handicapper. We’ve provided each candidate’s political strength and liabilities, and left out party affiliation to make you think harder about individual candidates. So place your bets on who shall be victorious on Election Day

Cause Sought After Rocket Explodes During Take-Off

The unmanned rocket exploded unexpectedly on Tuesday, seconds after it took off to deliver 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for NASA to the International Space Station, in an accident that could draw scrutiny to the agency’s growing reliance on private companies in the post-shuttle era

Facebook Beats Expectations as Twitter Stumbles

The social-media titan reported 1.35 billion monthly active users, $3.2 billion in revenue and more than $800 million in profit in its third quarter. Facebook’s woes trying adapt to mobile now seem like a distant memory, as it now makes up two-thirds of the company’s ad revenue

U.S. Boosts National Security After Ottawa Shooting

The Department of Homeland Security said the presence of the Federal Protective Service, which oversees security for more than 9,500 federal buildings visited daily by some 1.4 million people, will be boosted following last week’s violence in Canada

Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Catch Diseases

The pill would contain tiny magnetic particles that would travel through a patient’s bloodstream and register the presence of chemicals or cells associated with diseases like cancer. The goal is to catch a potential illness before it’s even diagnosable

Jose Canseco Accidentally Shoots His Own Hand

Former baseball star Jose Canseco was reportedly rushed into surgery late on Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself in the finger at his Las Vegas home. The former Oakland Athletics outfielder was cleaning his handgun when it went off

1989 Expected to Hit 1 Million Sales in Debut Week

Taylor Swift’s latest album, released Monday, is on track to hit 1 million in sales during its first week, according to Billboard. That would make the 24-year-old the only singer ever to have three albums achieve the one-million-in-one-week feat

Giant Tortoises Are Back From Near Extinction

The Espanola giant tortoises, a species that is endemic to the Galapagos Islands and can live for over 100 years, had numbered in the thousands but dropped to 15 by 1960 due to human exploitation. More than 1,500 of their offspring have since been released

Phil Collins Brings Alamo Artifact Collection Back to Texas

The singer recently brought his Alamo artifact collection back to its original San Antonio home, a site the 63-year-old has been fascinated by since he was young. “This completes the journey for me,” he said. “These artifacts are coming home”

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Morning Must Reads: October 28

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Feds Tighten Ebola Response

Travelers coming to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries who do not require mandatory quarantines upon arrival will undergo voluntary at-home isolation and could be placed on “do not board” lists, according to new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gluten Still Stumps Scientists

Two new studies have rocked the world of celiac research, showing that scientists have a long way to go in their understanding of celiac disease

Twitter Stock Takes a Tumble

The company reported a drop in user engagement and projected lower-than-expected revenue, sending its stock price plummeting in after-hours trading

Lava Flow Inches Closer to Hawaiian Town

Lava inched closer to homes in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Monday evening, spurring the evacuation of residents living in the path of the molten mass gushing from Kilauea, the Big Island’s most active volcano. Other residents have been packing their trailers in case they need to flee

School Shooter Invited Victims to Lunch, Says Sheriff

Jaylen Fryberg, a 15-year-old student who police labeled responsible for a shooting at a Washington State high school Friday, invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table before committing suicide, investigators said on Monday

Bike Deaths Spiked 16% in 2 Years, Study Finds

The majority of bikers killed in motor-vehicle crashes were adults over the age of 20, a dramatic shift from 1975, when the majority of bikers killed were younger than 20. Roughly a quarter of bikers over age 16 who were killed in 2012 had been drinking

Walmart Apologizes for ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ Online

The retail chain apologized for advertising plus-size Halloween outfits on its website on Monday under the heading “Fat Girl Costumes.” The heading has now been changed to “Women’s Plus-Size Halloween Costumes”

Taylor Kitsch Says You’ll See Him in True Detective Season 2

The star of the 2006 drama series Friday Night Lights, who has been largely absent from the screen in the past year, confirmed that he has jumped on board for True Detective‘s second season. “I’m itching, man. I’m overdue,” he said

Ukraine’s Elections Mark a Historic Break With Russia

With more than half the votes counted in the parliamentary ballot, an unprecedented national consensus has emerged in support of a lasting break with Moscow and a turn toward European integration. It’s now stronger than at any point in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history

Complete Mammoth Skeleton Possibly Found in Idaho

A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton could be buried there. The mammoth is believed to have been about 16 years old and lived about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago

Jesse Eisenberg to Reprise Lex Luthor in Suicide Squad

Word in Metropolis is that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor might also scare up the screen in Warner Bros.’ upcoming supervillain blockbuster, Suicide Squad. Eisenberg is set to debut his version of Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set for 2016

Marine Asks for Lesser Charge in Filipina Death

The U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipina has asked prosecutors to reduce the murder charge to homicide. Lawyers for Joseph Scott Pemberton presented the motion at a hearing in the Philippine city of Olongapo on Monday

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Morning Must Reads: October 27

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N.Y. Eases Ebola Quarantine Rules

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York is loosening its quarantine guidelines for health care workers who return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, following pushback from public-health groups and the White House

 

The Science Behind Good Looks

A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenges the notion that women necessarily prefer masculine-looking men

Wash. School-Shooting Victim Dies

A 14-year-old girl who was wounded Friday when a student opened fire inside a Washington State high school has died, raising the death toll to three

RiteAid and CVS Block Apple Pay

Apple’s attempt to revolutionize the way people pay for things hit a roadblock over the weekend, with retail chains CVS and RiteAid disabling Apple Pay across their stores. The move is reportedly part of an effort by companies to develop their own pay system

Giants Beat Royals 5-0, Lead World Series 3-2

Madison Bumgarner put the San Francisco Giants just one win away from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday night for a 3-2 World Series edge. The Series now heads to Kansas City

Find the Perfect Taylor Swift Lyric for Your Mood

To honor her new album, 1989 — which encompasses joy, regret, lust, nostalgia and everything in between — TIME created this interactive lyric generator that spans her entire catalog. Select the adjective that best describes your current mood, and then let Taylor’s words help you really feel it

Chocolate May Help With Memory Loss

A new study finds that flavanols, a component of cocoa, can reverse at least one aspect of memory loss associated with normal aging. Studies have shown that cocoa flavanols help keep blood vessels supple over time, and researchers think this happens in the brain

Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Dies in Crash

The 22-year-old baseball player lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro on a highway about 215 miles from Santo Domingo, the capital of his native Dominican Republic. Taveras’ girlfriend, named as 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, also died

Death Toll in Syrian Town Passes 800, Activists Say

A Syrian activist group said on Sunday the death toll in 40 days of fighting in and around the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has reached 815, as Kurdish fighters battled militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria for a hill west of the town

Lake Bell Welcomes First Child

Actress Lake Bell, of In A World…, has given birth to a daughter. She and her artist husband Scott Campbell have neither released a name, nor any other details. Bell announced she was expecting in April, after attending the Tribeca Film Festival with a baby bump

Gunman in Canada Attack Prepared Video of Himself

A gunman who shot and killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial in Ottawa and then stormed Parliament before he was gunned down had prepared a video recording of himself, which police say shows he was driven by ideological and political motives

U.S. Loses First Soldier in ISIS Fight

The Pentagon announced on Friday that Marine Lance Corporal Sean Neal, 19, died in Baghdad during a noncombat incident on Thursday. Neal is the first U.S. soldier to die in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria

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Morning Must Reads: October 24

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How Ready Is NYC for Ebola?

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in one of the hardest-hit countries in the West Africa outbreak tested positive on Thursday for the virus. Can the Big Apple handle its first case better than Dallas? Its leaders certainly think so

Amazon’s 3rd Quarter Slouch

Big spending and a lower-than-expected forecast for the holiday season put a cloud over the tech giant’s share price, which was down 10% after hours

Ottawa Gunman Wanted Passport for Mideast

A portrait of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old who police said launched a deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government, is beginning to emerge

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

While opening the Information Age exhibit at London’s Science Museum, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet from the official account of Buckingham Palace. She was invited to mark the occasion with a tweet by the museum’s director

NYPD Officers Shoot, Kill Man Who Attacked With a Hatchet

An unidentified man was shot and killed in Queens on Thursday after he attacked four NYPD officers with a hatchet. The assailant was seen taking the weapon out of a backpack before assaulting the rookie officers at around 2 p.m.

Boko Haram Said to Abduct More Women, Girls in Nigeria

The militant Islamist group is accused of abducting dozens more women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s northeastern Adamawa state. Residents said the alleged kidnappings took place a day after a reported truce between the militants and Nigerian government

Football Player Accused of Rape Texted Alleged Victim

Accused quarterback at University of Florida Treon Harris reportedly texted his accuser “don’t tell nobody ’bout nothing” shortly after the encounter. Harris was suspended from the team on Oct. 6, but was reinstated after the accuser withdrew her complaint on Oct. 9

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Stops Chemo

Menino’s announcement saddened Bostonians who knew him as their leader for five terms over two decades. “While I continue to fight this terrible disease, I feel it is time for me to spend more time with my family, grandkids and friends,” he said in a statement

Leaks Reveal New Details About Ferguson Shooting

As a grand jury weighs whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a sequence of leaks in recent days have fanned the flames in Ferguson and raised questions about the investigation

Sweden Calls Off Search for Suspected Submarine

Swedish authorities said they called off their search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Officials haven’t blamed any country for the supposed intrusion, though most Swedish defense analysts said Russia would be a likely culprit

Filipina Transgender’s Murder Sparks LGBT Outrage

The burial of Jennifer Laude has sparked a “National Day of Outrage” in the Philippines, with LGBT groups staging vigils on Friday. The groups say her killing — for which a U.S. Marine has been accused — highlights the vulnerable position of trans people in the Philippines

Halle Berry to Relaunch French Lingerie Line at Target

The Academy Award-winning actress is relaunching French lingerie line Scandale and teaming up with Target to sell in the states. Berry discovered the 80-year-old luxury lingerie label while shopping in Paris and wanted to revive the brand globally

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Morning Must Reads: October 23

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‘Canada Will Never Be Intimidated’

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered prayers to the grieving families following an armed attack in Ottawa, which led to the death of an officer and a sustained lockdown of the area, and said the incident would strengthen the country’s resolve

Know if You’re Safe From Recalls

2014 isn’t over, but it’s already broken the record for most auto recalls ever, as automakers have recalled an estimated all-time high of 56 million in the U.S.

Connecticut Monitoring 9 for Ebola

Nine people in Connecticut who could have been exposed to Ebola have been ordered to stay home for 21 days, the state’s Public Health Department said

Royals Beat Giants 7-2 to Take Game 2 of World Series

Kansas City trounced San Francisco on Wednesday for the team’s first win in a World Series game since beating St. Louis in 1985. The Royals haven’t won the series yet, but they did something more important: they showed why they belonged here

Coalition Air Strikes in Syria Have Killed 500

The U.S.-led air campaign designed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has killed hundreds of militants throughout Syria — but it’s just a fraction of the group’s ground strength. Dozens of civilians have also died

North Carolina Releases Report on Academic Scandal

The University of North Carolina report details how a lack of oversight allowed the creation of so-called “paper classes” that student athletes were encouraged to take and in which they received high grades with “little regard” for the quality of their work

The Secret to Finding a Super Cheap Thanksgiving Flight

This year, like every year, there’s a lot of mixed messages on what to do if you’ve procrastinated on booking tickets for one of the busiest travel seasons. From checking smaller airlines to avoiding fares on Wednesday and Sunday, here’s a go-to information guide

Experts Assess Prospect of Ebola Falling in Wrong Hands

The virus is considered a bioterrorism agent — a “select agent and toxin” that has the “potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety.” But massive fines, jail time and a risk of deadly exposure may be enough of a deterrent

Corporations, Advocacy Groups Spend Big on Ballot Measures

Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting big dollars behind committees with benign-sounding names that support or oppose ballot initiatives on issues as varied as minimum wage increases in Alaska and recreational marijuana in Florida

U.S. Murder Suspect Unaware Filipina Was Transgender

A friend of murdered Filipina Jennifer Laude testified that the American suspect, who went out with the two on the night of the crime, didn’t know they were transgender. The witness made her statement during a Philippine Senate hearing on Wednesday

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings

Four former Blackwater guards were found guilty on Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail. The shootings caused an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in warfare

Mayor, Wife Tied to Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo said he suspects that Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda are “probable masterminds” in the disappearance of 43 students after demonstrations on Sept. 26

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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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