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Morning Must Reads: November 21

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Obama Unveils Immigration Plan

President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night he is granting temporary legal status and work permits to almost 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, the largest single immigration action in modern American history

Behind Bill Cosby’s Silence

The comedian and his wife Camille have largely been reticent about sexual-allegations directed at him. History tells us why this silence is oppressive

Forecasters Warn of Rain in N.Y.

After relentless snowfall blanketed much of western New York this week, officials warned on Thursday that a new danger is now threatening the area — rain

NSA Warns Cyber Attacks Could Cripple U.S. Infrastructure

NSA director Mike Rogers said U.S. adversaries are performing electronic “reconnaissance” on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to disrupt the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants

World Heads Toward Warmest Year Ever

October marked the fifth month to break worldwide heat records. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday that the average global temperature for October was 58.43ºF (14.74ºC)

U.S. to Up Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine, Says Report

Washington is ready to increase its delivery of nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian government, but will refrain from furnishing Kiev with weapons to use in its fight against pro-Russian forces in the country’s southeast, according to a Reuters report citing unnamed U.S. officials

University of California Approves Steep Tuition Hike

Tuition at University of California schools could rise by as much as 28% by 2019 under a plan approved on Thursday. The vote by the system’s board pitted top state officials, including Governor Jerry Brown, against those who run the UC’s 10 campuses

Michael Brown Sr. Urges Calm Ahead of Grand Jury

The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., this summer, has asked people not to “hurt others” or “destroy property” ahead of a grand jury decision into whether the officer will be indicted in the killing

Suicide Helpline Aims to Help Transgender People

On 2014’s annual day of remembrance for transgender victims of violence, Trans Lifeline, a crisis hotline staffed entirely by transgender people, aims to help transgender people struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts

How TIME Reviewed the Work of Mike Nichols

The Oscar-winning director, who died on Wednesday aged 83, first appeared in TIME in 1958 as he was becoming famous as a comedian. But after Hollywood came calling, his movies got rave reviews from our critics — with one or two notable exceptions

Zoolander Will Return, With Penelope Cruz Attached

The Spanish actress will bring her finest Blue Steel to Ben Stiller’s long anticipated sequel to his 2001 supermodel comedy. No word yet on whether Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson will return for the follow-up, which is reportedly set in Europe

Oakland Raiders Win First Game Since 2013

The Raiders used a 17-play touchdown drive and a late defensive stop to pull off the shocking upset, 24-20. It was their first victory since a 28-23 triumph at Houston on Nov. 17 of last season

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Morning Must Reads: November 20

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Buffalo Braces for More Snow

National weather forecasters are predicting that yet another 1 to 3 ft. of snow will likely fall over western New York during the next 48 hours, after a mammoth winter storm earlier this week. Snow loads on buildings may be reaching “critical levels”

Timeline: The Cosby Allegations

Decade-old accusations that Bill Cosby drugged and raped or molested numerous women have resurfaced in recent weeks

Mike Nichols Dies at Age 83

The legendary director and husband of Diane Sawyer, who won the Oscar for Best Director for 1967’s ‘The Graduate,’ died suddenly Wednesday

Republicans Gird for an Immigration Fight With Obama

Republicans are weighing how to stop President Barack Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration policy, but are finding their legislative and legal options limited. “We’re struggling to figure out what our real options are,” one lawmaker said

3 Wounded in Florida State University Shooting

An unidentified gunman was shot and killed by police after opening fire at Florida State University’s Strozier Library just after midnight on Thursday. At least three individuals are being treated at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital for gunshot wounds

National Book Awards Winners Announced

The National Book Foundation hosted the ceremony recognizing authors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin was presented with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Records Reveal Divide on Ferguson Police Tactics

Emails to and from Missouri’s top public-safety officials show the captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death was vilified and praised for attempting to replace authorities’ militarized approach with a more sympathetic one

Sony Drops Steve Jobs Biopic

An upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder has reportedly been dropped by Sony Pictures for as yet unconfirmed reasons. The film will now be offered to other studios, with Universal expressing interest

Multiple Fractures for Bono in NYC Bicycle Accident

An injury to U2 singer Bono after what was described by the group as a “cycling spill” left him with multiple fractures that required him to undergo two surgeries. Bono was in a “high-energy bicycle accident” when he was trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday

Facebook Shuttle Drivers Will Unionize

Facebook’s shuttle-bus drivers voted to unionize on Wednesday in an effort to secure higher wages and better shifts. They currently work two three-hour shifts in the morning and evening with a six-hour gap in between

NBA Suspends Hornets Forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 Games

Taylor was arrested Sept. 25 and charged with assault, misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor malicious destruction of property, later pleading guilty to the latter two charges on Oct. 29. The assault charge was dropped as a part of his plea deal

I’m Not Autistic, Says Seinfeld

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has backtracked on recent comments he made stating that he was on the autism spectrum. Seinfeld said he does not fall on the spectrum, contrary to an interview with NBC a few weeks prior in which he said that he did

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Morning Must Reads: November 19

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Senate Blocks Keystone Pipeline

Senate Democrats blocked a bill to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday evening, delaying a confrontation between the White House and Republicans over the project and potentially damaging Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s re-election hopes

Charles Manson Is Getting Married

Here are five things to know about Afton Elaine Burton, the 26-year-old woman who might marry America’s most notorious killer

Feds Demand Massive Car Recall

Regulators said the push for a recall expansion for millions of cars with Takata driver’s-side air bags was prompted by an incident in North Carolina

Snowstorm Batters Buffalo Into State of Emergency

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for several counties in and around Buffalo, hit hard by a winter storm. Four people have died so far, including three from heart attacks and one who was pinned while pushing a car out of snow

Jerusalem’s Fragile Peace Splintered by Bloody Attacks

The Tuesday killings of five people by two Palestinians have driven a wedge between Arabs and Jews in divided Jerusalem. The synagogue massacre has already been dubbed by some in the Israeli and Palestinian media as “Jerusalem Intifada” and “Jerusalem War”

Waiting Game in Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the public response to an imminent grand jury decision in Ferguson about whether police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown

Woman Monitored for Ebola in NYC Dies

The New York City Department of Health is investigating the death of a woman under observation for potential Ebola exposure, although officials said she was not showing any symptoms of the disease. The woman had recently traveled to Guinea

Netflix Postpones Bill Cosby Special

Netflix says it is postponing the launch of a Bill Cosby comedy special due to a number of sexual-assault allegations against the legendary comedian. A new stand-up show, Bill Cosby 77, which was taped on his 77th birthday, was set to be aired on Nov. 28

Senate Blocks NSA Phone-Records Measure

The Senate has blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency. Tuesday’s vote was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting to kill it

How Trans Fat Eats Away at Your Memory

A new study comprised of food questionnaires and memory tests from about 1,000 adult men found that eating a lot of the compound that magically rejuvenates junk food that should have expired long ago is linked to higher rates of memory impairment

U.N. Push Against North Korea on Rights Moves Ahead

The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward on Tuesday at the U.N., where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests

Missouri Executes Leon Taylor for 1994 Killing

A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas-station attendant in front of the worker’s young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday — the ninth execution in Missouri this year. The U.S. Supreme Court had earlier turned down his appeal

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Morning Must Reads: November 18

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State of Emergency in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the public response to an imminent grand jury decision in Ferguson about whether police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown

Meet America’s Top Ebola Doctor

Dr. Bruce Ribner of Emory University Hospital may be the only man in America who was truly prepared for Ebola, a scenario he says he predicted 10 years ago

Miami Signs Slugger in Record Deal

The Miami Marlins announced that star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had agreed on a new, record-setting 13-year contract worth $325 million

4 Israelis Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Israel said two Palestinians stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood and attacked with knives, axes and guns before they were killed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

All 50 States Face Deep Freeze

All 50 states will see freezing temperatures on Tuesday, with millions of Americans facing another bitter blast of unseasonably cold air. Up to five feet of snow was possible south of Buffalo, New York, due to an “historic but highly localized lake effect snow event”

Charles Manson Is Granted Permission to Wed

Charles Manson, the 80-year-old mastermind behind one of the most notorious murder sprees of the 20th century who is currently serving a life sentence in California, was issued a marriage license on Nov. 7. Here are five things to know about the woman he might marry

This Is Oxford’s 2014 Word of the Year

Oxford’s lexicographers keep watch over billions of words every month, and at the end of the year they put their brainy heads together to select a single word that best embodies the zeitgeist. Out of this year’s haze of nominees and debate emerged four little letters

Abe Calls Early Elections After Japan Slips Into Recession

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament and call the elections for Dec. 14, in an effort to rescue his floundering plan to revive the economy, one day after the shock announcement that Japan’s economy fell into recession in the third quarter

New Test May Predict Alzheimer’s 10 Years Before Diagnosis

The research is very early, the sample size is small and a commercial test is not yet available, but study authors found a way to measure insulin resistance in the brain — a symptom indicative of Alzheimer’s disease

Pope Says Children Deserve Mother and Father

Pope Francis caused a stir on Monday with a statement that was criticized as a rolling back of his attempts to make the Catholic Church more inclusive of the LGBT community. The pontiff had seemed to be pushing for more acceptance of nontraditional families

New Jonathan Franzen Novel Purity Arriving September 2015

Celebrated Corrections author Jonathan Franzen will release his fifth novel, Purity, about a young woman working to uncover her father’s identity. The book, set to be released in September 2015, will be his first since 2010’s Freedom

Russia Loses Last Sympathetic Ear

President Vladimir Putin’s foreign and economic policies have always looked to Germany as a pivotal ally in Europe. But in a speech Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted a drawn-out confrontation with Moscow over the Russian conflict in Ukraine

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Morning Must Reads: November 17

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ISIS Executes U.S. Aid Worker

Authorities confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the Islamist militant group had killed American aid worker Peter Kassig, who went by the name Abdul-Rahman, after a 16-minute video emerged showing his beheading alongside several Syrian soldiers

Bilingual Brains Process Info Better

A recent study found that people who speak more than one language are comparatively better at filtering out unnecessary words than monolinguals

DEA Raids NFL Medical Staffs

Agents showed up Sunday to spot-check the medical staffs of three teams while probing former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs

U.S. Braces for Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are preparing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer

New Icy Blast to Bring Freezing Temperatures, Snow

After an icy blast killed over the weekend, forecasters said a new temperature drop later on Monday would be accompanied by up to three feet of lake effect snow around the Great Lakes over the next two days, with the heaviest dump coming from Cleveland to Buffalo

Ebola Among Top Three Health Concerns for Americans

The U.S. may only have seen four cases of Ebola, but the virus is still one of the top three heath worries for Americans, according to a new poll. Health care costs and access came in first and second places. Obesity and cancer were cited after Ebola

U.S. State Department Email Hacked

The U.S. State Department disabled its entire unclassified email system on Friday in the face of a cyberattack, a senior official said. Technicians are working to repair the potential damage caused to the system. The department’s classified systems remained unaffected

Riots in Holland Over Festive Blackface Character

A pre-Christmas gathering in the Netherlands, held to celebrate the arrival of St. Nicholas, was marred by clashes on Saturday after demonstrators objected to a blackface character named Black Pete. At least 90 people were arrested

Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson Tie the Knot

Solange Knowles, musician and sister of Beyoncé, married video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on Sunday in front of about 200 family and friends. This is the second marriage for the private star, who had Daniel Julez, 10, with ex-husband Daniel Smith

4 Killed After Gas Leak at Texas Chemical Plant

Four workers at a DuPont chemical plant in Texas have been killed and a fifth was hospitalized following a dangerous gas leak. The company says the leak was caused by a malfunctioning container of methyl mercaptan

Sweden Considers Special Labels for Sexist Video Games

A government-funded innovation agency in Sweden is considering creating specials label for video games if the games’ portrayals of women are sexist. “I do not know of any other project in the world asking this question,” the initiative’s manager said

Starbucks Denies GMO Lawsuit Involvement

Starbucks says it has nothing to do with a suit against Vermont over genetically modified ingredients. The litigation took on a high profile after musician Neil Young urged a boycott of the coffee chain over what he believed was its opposition to Vermont’s GMO-labeling law

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Morning Must Reads: November 14

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Spies in the Skies

The Justice Department is using devices on planes that simulate cell towers to target criminal suspects’ cell phones and trick the gadgets into reporting data, according to a new report, but “tens of thousands” of phones may be targeted in a single flight

The Burden of Early Success

Pop star Taylor Swift and human-rights activist Malala Yousafzai are great role models for youths. They’ve also set an impossible standard for success

Secret Service Lapses Detailed

A man was able to climb the fence and enter the White House because of mishaps including faulty alarm systems, a new report says

Obama Poised to Act on Immigration

President Barack Obama is poised to unilaterally overhaul American immigration policy, in a move that would circumvent his Republican critics and could allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Here’s How Bradley Cooper Bulked Up for American Sniper

Writer-producer Jason Hall said in a new interview that Cooper “was eating about every 55 minutes or something like that, and I want to say it was about 8,000 calories a day,” for the Clint Eastwood-directed film based on sniper Chris Kyle

Comet Probe’s Battery May Die Soon

European robot probe Philae may be in danger of running out of battery power after becoming the first spacecraft to successfully land on a comet. The space probe has landed in the shadow of a cliff, and is not getting enough sunlight to charge its batteries

NBA Chief Calls for Legalized Betting on Pro Sports

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for the legalization and regulation of gambling on professional American sports. Silver said fans already skirt the law to bet on sports games; an estimated $400 billion is wagered each year

New Ebola Patient to Receive Treatment in U.S.

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is being flown to the United States for treatment to begin this weekend at Omaha’s Nebraska Medical Center, which has already successfully cared for an aid worker and a journalist

Keystone Pipeline Up for Approval

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s attempt to force President Barack Obama to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is the latest salvo in her fight against a Republican opponent she faces in a runoff election next month

Poor Sleep Linked to Firefighter Deaths

Sleep problems could be a major factor in explaining why more than 60% of firefighter deaths are caused by heart attacks and traffic accidents, according to a new study. Researchers found 37% of firefighters suffered from at least one type of sleep disorder

Ukraine Looms Large Over G-20 Summit

World leaders are set to gather in Australia this weekend to discuss the health of the global economy, but tensions between the White House and the Kremlin over Russian incursions into Ukraine are already casting a long shadow over the forum

Florida Executes Man Who Killed Wife, Stepdaughter

Chadwick Banks was arrested in 1992, four days after he fatally shot his wife Cassandra while she was sleeping. He later confessed to raping and killing his 10-year-old stepdaughter Melody Cooper soon after the shooting

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Morning Must Reads: November 13

Spaceship Makes Historic Touchdown on Comet

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander made an unprecedented touchdown on the surface of a comet after a suspense-packed, seven-hour descent on Wednesday, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission

5,000 Dead from Ebola

More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said, a macabre milestone that coincides with the disease’s return to Mali and an acceleration of its spread in Sierra Leone

Spotify Pays Taylor Swift $500K

The CEO of her record label exclusively told TIME how much Spotify has paid the artist amid an increasingly heated disagreement

Man Arraigned in Hot-Car Death

A Connecticut man whose 15-month-old son died of hyperthermia after being left in a hot car was arraigned on homicide charges

Workers Rescued From Scaffold at 1 World Trade Center

Two window washers were rescued from a scaffold whose cable snapped high above the ground outside 1 World Trade Center in New York City. Rescue workers were able to save them shortly after cutting through glass windows

Turkish Youths Attack American Sailors

A group of Turkish youngsters assaulted three American naval officers in Istanbul on, calling them “murderers and killers” and demanding they leave the country. They belong to a nationalist group called the Turkish Youth Union

There’s Going to Be a Duck Dynasty Musical

The reality stars have commissioned a team of Broadway producers to adapt their tale for the stage. The theatrical rendition of the Robertsons’ life will not actually appear on Broadway but will debut in Las Vegas

Lava Advances on Hawaii Town

The lava flow threatening the Hawaii town of Pahoa continued to advance, devouring its first house and setting an asphalt road on fire. Hawaii Civil Defense officials are currently monitoring three breakouts from the main lava stream

FIFA Clears Russia and Qatar to Host World Cup

A FIFA judge has cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning bids for the next two World Cups. German judge Joachim Eckert formally closed FIFA’s probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests

Arkansas Governor to Pardon Son

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his own son for a drug crime committed more than decade ago, after his son wrote a letter pleading “Mr. Governor” for “a second chance at life”

Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With Farmers

Monsanto agreed to pay almost $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by U.S. wheat farmers, after a genetically modified strain of the grain was found in an Oregon field and spooked importers of American wheat

Tribes to Receive Bison Held by Ted Turner

A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter

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Morning Must Reads: November 12

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Ferguson Braces for the Worst

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon laid out steps to maintain order in the St. Louis area, amid fears that violence could greet a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the high-profile shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson

Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed

As even young children are exposed to ever more explicit material online and off, parents have to step in to fill the void left by educational institutions

U.S., China Reach Climate Deal

The agreement sets new targets for the U.S. and includes China’s first commitment to stop emissions growth by 2030

First Winter Storm of the Season Kills 4

At least four people had been killed in crashes on ice-slicked roads in Minnesota, and some parts of the Upper Midwest were buried under two feet of snow as an unusually early winter blast socked large parts of the United States

Quentin Tarantino Eyes Retirement

Quentin Tarantino revealed this week that he plans to call it quits after making his 10th film. “It’s not etched in stone, but that is the plan,” said the director of such hits as Pulp Fictionand Reservoir Dogs

California Nurses Strike Over Ebola Preparedness

Almost 20,000 nurses went on strike in California, ahead of national protests planned for Wednesday over what union leaders deem a lack of protection for nurses who might treat Ebola patients. The two-day strike will affect 88 hospitals in the Golden State

Marilyn Monroe Love Letters to Be Sold at Auction

A collection of love letters and other memorabilia belonging to Marilyn Monroe will go up for auction next month at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monroe’s “Lost Archives” is a collection of 300 items including letters, photographs, paintings and clothes

Obama Stays the Course on Immigration

The President has remained resolute in his plan to unilaterally reshape U.S. immigration law in the wake of his party’s heavy losses in last week’s midterm elections, but pressure is mounting from both sides as he approaches a decision later this year

Russia Sends More Convoys to Ukraine

Russian officials announced plans to send a seventh convoy across the border into Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region, amid widespread accusations that the Kremlin is sending arms to separatist forces instead of aid to civilians

School Installs Military-Style Shooter-Detection System

A Massachusetts school installed technology adapted from a U.S. military “smoke alarm for gunfire,” a protective measure implemented weeks after a deadly high school shooting in Washington state

Singles’ Day Is Bank for Alibaba

Chinese online retailers like Alibaba, which saw some $9 billion in sales on its online marketplace on Tuesday, have embraced the phenomenon that’s now a major shopping holiday. By comparison, Americans spent $1.2 billion online during Black Friday last year

Conservatives Widely Back Net Neutrality

A new poll finds self-identified conservative voters overwhelmingly support the idea of Net Neutrality, despite outrage from Republican leaders over President Barack Obama’s call for regulations requiring Internet service providers to treat all content equally

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Morning Must Reads: November 11

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Inside Obama’s Net Neutrality Power Play

President Barack Obama’s decision to call for the strictest regulation of consumer broadband Internet was the result of months of internal White House debate over how to push the Federal Communications Commission to propose stronger “Net Neutrality” rules

How bin laden’s Killer Broke the SEAL Code of Silence

Those who brag about killing bin Laden erode the support the SEALs will need for their next mission

China, U.S. Cut Trade Deal

The United States and China struck a deal late Monday for the expansion of trade and the removal of many tariffs on high-tech goods

Science Finally Proves Your Cat is Wild

A new study on house cats found that our feline companions are actually only semi-domesticated. People began domesticating cats about 9,000 years ago but DNA researchers found house cats still have many of the same traits as their wild cousins

Arctic Blast Takes Aim at Millions of Americans

Heavy snow and freezing temperatures swept through the Upper Midwest on Monday, with parts of Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin getting around a foot of powder, triggering flight cancellations and hundreds of car crashes as the roads turned into ice. More than 100 schools were closed and Veterans Day activities were called off because of the sudden onset of winter weather

South Korea Ferry Captain Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

The chief engineer received a 30-year sentence, while the other 13 members of the crew will serve up to 20 years

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Get Medal of Freedom

(BEIJING) — Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday

Ebola Doctor Out of New York Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, will be released from Bellevue Hospital Center on Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports

Pizza Hut Throws a Hail Mary Pass

Depends how you feel about honey sriracha crust and balsamic drizzles

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Edward Snowden

Producers confirmed Monday that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will playEdward Snowden in the Oliver Stone movie set to start shooting in Munich in January

Exclusive: Women Turned Out for Hillary in the Midterms

Clinton’s appearances on the campaign trail gave discernable bumps in female support to various Democrats, according to an analysis by Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary group

Former NFL Player Orlando Thomas Dies

Former NFL player Orlando Thomas died in Louisiana on Monday after succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, his agent told Bloomberg

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Morning Must Reads: November 10

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Obama Wants an Open Internet

President Obama called on Monday for the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service as a utility, a move that would spark a major battle between lawmakers, advocates and the telecoms industry, and which sets up a showdown with one of his own appointees

Grad Students Face Debt Woes

Graduate students now collectively owe as much as 40% in outstanding student debt, even though they make up only 14% of university enrollment

Obama Goes to China

Politically beleaguered President Barack Obama is in Beijing for economic and trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping

GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

Emails from a court case show General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches on Dec. 18, almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled, which occurred on Feb. 7

Pizza Hut’s New Menu Has All Kinds of Crazy Stuff

Pizza Hut is taking a ride on the wild side to halt its recent sales decline. A new menu launching Nov. 19 includes 10 new crusts, new topping and sauce options, as well as a selection of more low-calorie pies

Marijuana May Soon Spark Just a Ticket in New York

New York City officials are considering issuing tickets for possession of small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting people. The new guidelines would allow people with low-level marijuana possession to be issued a court summons rather than getting arrested

China Gears Up for World’s Biggest Shopping Day

China’s e-commerce firms are getting ready for the country’s biggest online shopping day on Tuesday by hiring temporary staff and renting more warehouse space to deal with high volumes of orders

Obamacare Site to Open Early to Avoid Repeat Disaster

The website for buying insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law will open early ahead of the new enrollment period, as the Administration looks to avoid a repeat of HealthCare.gov’s disastrous initial rollout last year

Millions Brace for Snowstorm Ahead of Arctic Blast

Seven million people were under winter storm warnings from Montana to Michigan early Monday ahead of a blast of freezing temperatures that will reach the East Coast later this week. Six inches or more of snow is possible in a wide swath of the U.S.

Ebola Nurse Set to Leave Town After Quarantine Fight

The nurse who clashed with Maine authorities over an Ebola quarantine said she plans to leave the town where she lives soon after the virus’ incubation period ends. “We are going to southern Maine and will decide what’s next from there,” Kaci Hickox said

The World Remembers the Berlin Wall’s Fall

More than one million people visited Berlin over the weekend as the German city celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “I think you never forget how you felt that day,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said

The Woman Behind the New Senate Leader

Campaign insiders say incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, was a driving force of his reelection campaign, raising “a huge part” of McConnell’s $30 million war chest

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