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Morning Must Reads: January 26

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‘Historic’ Storm Headed for Northeast U.S.

A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 ft. of snow from New Jersey to Connecticut on Monday, crippling a region largely spared so far this winter. “This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

How Much to Exercise

Exercise recommendations are just set far too high to motivate the people who need them the most, according to a new study

Presidential Race ‘Kicks Off’

Republican candidates-to-be have been dialing for dollars and loyalty in a contest that may prove more consequential than speeches to crowds

See All the Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

The cream of Hollywood assembled late Sunday to discover who will be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015. The ceremony is seen as a vital predictor before the all-important Academy Awards. Here are this year’s winners

Greece’s Anti-Bailout Syriza Party Wins Historic Victory

A radical left-wing party that is demanding an end to Greece’s painful austerity measures won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, threatening renewed turmoil in global markets and throwing the country’s continued membership in the Eurozone into question

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega Named Miss Universe

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, 21, was crowned Miss Universe in a live show in Miami on Sunday night. Miss USA Nia Sanchez from Las Vegas was named runner-up, along with Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha

Japan Seeks Jordan’s Help on Gaining Hostage’s Release

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries on Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release. The group said in an online video on Jan. 20 that it had two Japanese hostages

Duke Basketball Coach Is First to Get 1,000 Wins

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski became the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach 1,000 career wins when the Blue Devils defeated St. John’s 77-68 at Madison Square Garden. “I was just trying to survive this game,” he said

Obama Moves to Protect Alaskan Wildlife

The Obama Administration will ask Congress to protect millions of acres of land in Alaska from a range of human activity including drilling and road construction, officials said. The proposal will undoubtedly meet opposition in Congress

Chris Christie Launches PAC Toward 2016 Run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched a federal political action committee, or PAC, on Monday as he seeks to lay the groundwork for a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Several other Republican candidates have long-standing political groups as well

The NFL Is Finally on YouTube

The NFL and Google have partnered up to allow content and clips to be posted on YouTube. The NFL YouTube channel, which has already launched, offers previews, in-game highlights and recaps. It will not, at this point, include live-streaming

Church of England to Ordain First Female Bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop. Her appointment comes after the church ended a divisive dispute by voting last year to allow women to serve as bishops

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Morning Must Reads: January 24

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Fuel’s Paradise

A majority of Americans are paying less than $2 per gallon for gas for the first time since 2009, and the ever-cheapening fuel is helping put more money in consumers’ pockets and bolster the economy

NASA Finds ‘Super Earths’

NASA’s Kepler Mission has found many planets in the “Goldilocks zone,” where it isn’t too hot or cold for water to exist

McDonald’s CEO Asks for Time

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson cited a litany of actions the company is taking to reverse steep declines in sales

Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Ban in Alabama

A U.S. district judge ruled Friday in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama’s refusal to recognize their marriage performed in California. The judge said a state statute and 2006 amendment to the Alabama Constitution violated the U.S. Constitution

Big Storm Headed for the East Coast

A nor’easter could wreak havoc all along the East Coast this weekend, with a mix of rain and snow that will likely cause airline and traffic delays along the I-81 and I-95 corridors. Up to a foot of snow could accumulate in some locations

Obama to Cut Short India Trip to Visit Saudi Arabia

The schedule change, announced shortly before Obama left for India, means the president will skip plans to see the Taj Mahal, and instead pay a call on an influential U.S. ally in the volatile Mideast. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died Friday at age 90

An Asteroid Will Fly Close to Earth on Monday

It doesn’t sound like a close shave, but in astronomical terms, it is. An asteroid will fly within 745,000 miles of Earth on Monday, NASA said, the closest a space rock will fly to Earth until 2027

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks Dies at 83

Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83

Emma Watson Launches New Anti-Sexism Initiative

Harry Potter star and U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson unveiled the the HeForShe IMPACT initiative, a one-year pilot project geared toward advancing women by working with governments, companies and universities

Ebola Vaccines Get Tested in Liberia

The long-awaited vaccine for Ebola is heading to clinical trials in Liberia. Two vaccines, with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) support, will start efficacy testing in Liberia in the beginning of February

SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy

The parent company of in-flight shopping catalog SkyMall has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing an increased prevalence of mobile devices on planes as the primary reason for the company’s flagging sales

Apple Store Chief Gets the Big Bucks

How much does Apple care about its retail stores? Enough to pay more than $70 million to the woman heading them up, making her the highest-paid exec at the company. Angela Ahrendts earned $73.4 million in 2014, almost all of it in stock awards

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Morning Must Reads: January 23

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Saudi King Dies at 90

King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined the fight against al-Qaeda and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died at 90

The Drone Drug Trade

A crashed drone in Mexico near the U.S. border serves as a reminder that drug cartels can use the increasingly popular aircraft just like everyone else

Number of Ebola Cases Dropping

The fight against Ebola as reached a “turning point,” according to the WHO, as West African countries see a precipitous drop in the number of new cases

Meet the Actress Who Will Play Supergirl

CBS has cast its Supergirl. After a long search, the network signed Glee actress Melissa Benoist for the starring role of Kara Zor-El in its series version of the classic comic-book story. Supergirl is the first superhero show on CBS in 25 years

More States Eye Assisted-Suicide Laws

Six states have introduced so-called right-to-die legislation since the high-profile death last year of Brittany Maynard, who moved from California to Oregon so that she could end her life after a debilitating cancer diagnosis

Hunt for Impartial Jurors Delays Boston Bombing Trial

Finding impartial jurors in the case of alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is proving harder than expected, a federal court in Boston announced on Thursday, and the trial that was set to begin next week will be delayed

The Science Behind the ‘Deflategate’ Scandal

Scientist Ainissa Ramirez explains how players might take advantage of a deflated football, and what players have done to manipulate balls in the past, amid growing allegations that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in their AFC Championship Game

U.S. Downsizes Yemen Embassy Staff as Crisis Builds

Following the collapse of the Yemeni government at the hands of Houthi fighters, the U.S. has decided to reduce embassy staff. The move comes four months after President Barack Obama lauded Yemen as a model for “successful” counterterrorism partnerships

X-Men Casts Game of Thrones Actress as Jean Grey

Next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse will feature younger versions of three of the most famous mutant superheroes — Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm. Sophie Turner, who plays ever-suffering Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, will take over the part of telepath Jean Grey

U.N. Hosts First Meeting Dedicated to Battling Anti-Semitism

The U.N. General Assembly gathered on Thursday for a meeting intended to generate support for global action against anti-Semitism. Planning began in October in response to attacks in Brussels and Toulouse, France

Andreas Seppi Upsets Federer in Australian Open 3rd Round

In the tournament’s biggest upset, tennis great Roger Federer was dispatched in the Third Round by 30-year-old Italian Andreas Seppi, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Seppi, ranked No. 46, had never beaten Federer in their 10 career meetings and taken only one set

Uber to Resume Operations in New Delhi

App-based taxi company Uber will soon resume operations in India’s capital, New Delhi, over a month after being banned following an alleged rape by one of its drivers. A spokesman for Uber said the ride-sharing service has applied for a radio taxi license

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Morning Must Reads: January 22

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U.S. Condemns Ukraine ‘Landgrab’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned pro-Russian rebels for participating in a “landgrab” in Ukraine after occupying new territory in violation of a September peace accord. Clashes between Ukraine loyalists and rebels have rapidly escalated

Sniper Screenwriter Opens Up

Jason Hall talks to TIME about American Sniper‘s controversial politics, fighting a Navy SEAL and why he and Clint Eastwood didn’t show Chris Kyle’s death

Refunds Asked for Cosby Shows

A total of 1,200 ticket holders requested refunds for two Bill Cosby comedy shows held in Denver last week, accounting for nearly 40% of tickets sold

FBI Completes Federal Probe of Ferguson Shooting

The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against ex-officer Darren Wilson

Pressure Builds on Patriots Amid ‘Deflategate’ Scandal

Growing allegations that the New England Patriots used deflated balls in violation of league rules on their way to the Super Bowl has cast a cloud over coach Bill Belichick’s team during the run-up to the big game and set off alarm bells at NFL headquarters

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 and ‘HoloLens’

Microsoft took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a gadget it calls the HoloLens. Executives said Windows 10 is designed to embrace the way people use computers today — offering a familiar experience as they switch back and forth between devices

House GOP Abruptly Drops Plans to Debate Abortion Bill

House Republicans abruptly decided on Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes

U.S. Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million Over a Lifetime

American smokers burn up at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetime, according to a new study. The most expensive state for smokers is Alaska, where the habit costs over $2 million dollars on average

Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Could Have Been Poisoned

Chile announced Wednesday that the death of Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda will be reinvestigated to ascertain if the poet was poisoned in 1973 during the first days of the South American nation’s military dictatorship

Indonesian Divers Recover 6 More Bodies From AirAsia Crash

Indonesian divers retrieved 6 more bodies from waters around the sunken fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month. Divers were struggling against strong current and poor visibility to lift the fuselage and what appears to be the plane’s cockpit from the seabed

Two Massive Glacial Lakes Drained Away in Weeks

Two lakes underneath the ice in Greenland that previously held billions of gallons of water were rapidly drained, probably in a matter of weeks, researchers discovered recently. The discovery signals a shift that one prominent researcher describes as “catastrophic”

Lawyers Seek Prince Andrew Interview on Sex-Crime Claims

American lawyers for a woman who claims to have been trafficked for sex with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, have asked Queen Elizabeth’s second son to answer the charges in an interview under oath

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Morning Must Reads: January 21

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How 7 Ideas From the State of the Union Will Affect You

President Barack Obama threw out a lot of big ideas during his State of the Union address, but how will they affect you? Here’s a look at seven proposals and how they could affect your life

France to Hire 2,600 Officers to Monitor 3,000 Terror Suspects

France will hire 2,600 new counter-terrorism officers and spend $490 million in response to the Paris attacks, the prime minister announced Wednesday

Netflix Goes ‘Full HBO’ in 2015

Television and online video are colliding, and 2015 could be the year Netflix-original shows transform from a novelty to an expectation among subscribers

NBC to Stream Super Bowl Online

NBC announced on Tuesday that it will stream all Super Bowl content for free on Feb. 1, including pregame coverage, the game and the halftime show. The Seattle Seahawks go up against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz., for football’s top prize

Palestinian Stabs Passengers on Bus in Israel

A Palestinian man stabbed nine people, wounding some of them seriously, on a bus in central Tel Aviv before he was chased down, shot and arrested, Israeli police said on Wednesday. The Islamist militant Hamas group praised the stabbing

Benedict Cumberbatch Inspires Clothing Line

L.A. fashion brand Poprageous, which specializes in pop-culture apparel, has launched a “Cumberbitch” collection ranging from crop tops to leggings. Prints of Cumberbatch’s face are tiled on the fabric ad infinitum, leaving the actor within close gaze of his ardent fans

France Issues First Charges Against 4 in Terrorist Attacks

Four men with ties to one of the gunmen responsible for three days of terror in the Paris region are the first to be charged in connection with the attacks that left 20 people dead. The attacks started with the Jan. 7 massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Movie Ticket Prices Hit All-Time High

The average price in 2014 was $8.17, an all-time yearly high, but only a slight increase from the 2013 average of $8.13, the National Association of Theater Owners said on Tuesday. That figure has steadily increased since the mid-1990s, when tickets were around $4

A Bad Childhood Can Literally Age You, Study Says

You’ve heard of people who go through trauma and get old before their time? Well, it can be literally true. Childhood adversity and certain psychiatric conditions may cause individuals to experience accelerated aging, according to research published last week

5 More Disney Workers Get Measles

More employees at Disneyland California have been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of cases up to 53. All staff who have come into contact with newly infected workers have been asked to show vaccination records or be tested

Pope Francis and Manila’s Vanishing Street Kids

Was the Philippine capital really purged of unsightly urchins for Pope Francis’ visit last week? In a word, yes, although only a small fraction of this was anything new. According to activists, street kids are constantly being rounded up across this sprawling city of 12 million

Lil Wayne Just Dropped His New Mixtape

After much anticipation, Lil Wayne has just released his new mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait 2. The new project is a sequel to his 2011 Sorry 4 the Wait, and features artists 2 Chainz, Drake, Christina Milian, iLoveMakonnen, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine and more

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Morning Must Reads: January 20

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ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages

A video released on Tuesday purports to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless a $200 million ransom is paid. The militant in it also directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a six-day visit to the Middle East

The Ultimate Thirst Quencher

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times. The hottest drink in sports science right now is milk

Chinese Growth Hits 24-Year Low

China’s economy expanded by just 7.4% in 2014, undercutting earlier official forecasts and registering the nation’s weakest growth in 24 years

7 Ways the State of the Union Could Affect You

President Obama will throw out a lot of big ideas during tonight’s State of the Union, but how would they affect you? Here’s a quick look at seven proposals he’s already previewed, in order of how likely they are to be enacted soon

Pope Francis: Catholics Shouldn’t Be Breeding ‘Like Rabbits’

Pope Francis used his return journey from Asia to insist that the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial contraception does not necessitate followers bearing numerous children. Despite garnering praise as a reformer, Francis continues to condemn birth-control methods

Americans Mark MLK Day With Service Projects and Protests

Marches and service projects across the U.S. on Monday celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but some used the day to highlight calls for better relations with police after last year’s high-profile, officer-related deaths of unarmed black men

Fresh Fighting Erupts in Ukraine

Civilians came into the cross fire on Monday when pro-Russian fighters and Ukrainian forces battled in the rebel-controlled city center of Donetsk, critically undermining hopes that an already shaky four-month-old truce agreement can be implemented

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Overpass Collapse in Cincinnati

Officials say one person died and another person was injured when a highway overpass collapsed in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Fire Department says the bridge was undergoing demolition at the time of the collapse

Johnny Depp Hates Actor-Musicians

Johnny Depp has slammed actors who he thinks are capitalizing on their fame by becoming musicians. “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing,” the Hollywood superstar told reporters in Berlin, promising that we won’t ever “be hearing the Johnny Depp Band”

Jindal: Muslims Form ‘No-Go Zones’ Outside Civic Control

Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Monday during a speech in London

British Tabloid Drops Daily Topless Photo

Ending a 40-year practice, one of Britain’s best-selling tabloids, the Sun, will no longer feature topless female models on its page three. The page has been an icon of working-class male life in the U.K., but campaigners have long branded it as “sexist”

What to Expect From President Obama’s Visit to India

With only days to go before the U.S. leader arrives in New Delhi, officials from the two governments are trying to hammer out deals on a host of issues. The trip underscores a rapid shift in U.S.-India ties, which descended into a diplomatic row in 2013

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Morning Must Reads: January 16

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Europe On High Alert

Authorities launched a wave of counter-terrorism raids across Europe overnight and into Friday morning, resulting in two deaths and 23 arrests, as the continent steps up security measures in the wake of last week’s attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Coke Fights the Soda Slump

Soda sales are in decline, but one sliver of the soft drink market—the segment that comes in smaller-than-usual sizes—is booming

Google Decides Glass Half Empty

The company said it will stop selling the smart glasses to individual customers through its Explorer program after Jan. 19

Early Picks for Oscar Night

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel (pictured) led the way in nominations for the 87th Academy Awards with nine nods each, while Selma received only two.

Muhammad Ali Back in Hospital for ‘Follow-up Care’

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali was checked back into a hospital on Thursday for follow-up care, after suffering from a severe urinary-tract infection in December. Ali is hoping to recover soon and plans to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday at home, said a family spokesman

Nebraska Bill Would Abolish Closing Time for Bars

A Nebraska state senator introduced legislation Thursday that would allow bars in the state to stay open all night, if they wished. State and local laws generally require the Cornhusker state’s bars to stop serving alcohol at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.

Flu Shot a Flub, CDC Says

People who got a flu shot this winter are only 23% less likely to get the flu than someone who didn’t get the vaccine, the CDC said in a new report. Since the health institute started tracking flu vaccine effectiveness in 2004, the rates have ranged from 10% to 60%

Oklahoma Resumes Executions After Nearly 9-Month Delay

Charles Warner was executed on Thursday night after the Supreme Court declined in a 5-4 ruling to intervene, making him the first death-row inmate to be put to death there since a botched lethal injection in April forced the state to reform its execution standards

28 Months Later Might Be in the Making

Alex Garland, the brain behind the cult zombie classics 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, says another film in the franchise may be in the offing and is having serious talks with director Danny Boyle

Republicans Want to Give President Obama More Power

Congress may pass a bill that would give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate an agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership, which would affect about 40% of the world’s GDP and about a third of the world’s trade

African Papers Sorry for Charlie Hebdo Reprint

Kenya’s the Star and South Africa’s Citizen issued apologies this week for reprinting the controversial new cover of Charlie Hebdo, after the publication of the image triggered an uproar from Muslim readers

Judge Revokes Chris Brown Probation in Assault Case

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time

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Morning Must Reads: January 15

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Top of the Rock

A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 3,000-ft. vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park

How to Get Kids to Eat More Veg

There’s a way to get school kids to eat more vegetables at lunch, and it has nothing to do with what’s on the menu. Just mess with their schedule

Eyes on Yemen After Paris Plot

Yemen’s fingerprints are all over the terrorist attack against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the country’s al-Qaeda branch claimed responsibility

Science Fans Are Getting Their Own Netflix

John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel, will launch a service called CuriosityStream on March 18, offering science and nature-related content on demand. The service will be available on all Internet devices as well as Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast

Ohio Man Planned to Attack U.S. Capitol, Feds Say

An Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly planning to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Christopher Cornell, 20, is said to have used an alias and expressed support for the militant group ISIS on Twitter

Inactivity Is More Harmful Than Obesity

In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released on Wednesday, researchers say at least twice as many deaths are attributable to lack of exercise than there are to obesity. The data was taken from 334,161 European men and women

White House Will Call on Congress to Pass Paid-Leave Bill

U.S. President Barack Obama will continue rolling out policy recommendations that speak to issues facing the middle class ahead of his upcoming State of the Union address on Thursday, with a call for Congress to pass legislation addressing paid leave

Michael Keaton May Play McDonald’s Mogul Ray Kroc

Fresh off his big win at the Golden Globes, Birdman star Michael Keaton is in talks to star in a movie about the man behind McDonald’s. The Founder, depicting the life of fast-food pioneer Ray Kroc, will be directed by John Lee Hancock

Your Fish May Soon Be Caught by Thai Prisoners

Dozens of labor and human-rights groups have condemned a plan by the Thai junta to use prison labor on fishing boats, which are already notorious for violence, human trafficking and slave-like conditions

NRA Suing Pennsylvania Cities on Gun Laws

Armed with a new state law that opponents denounce as a gift to the gun lobby, pro-gun groups are rapidly scaling up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances throughout Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association filing suit over measures in three cities

Missing Plane’s Fuselage Found

Search crews located the fuselage of missing AirAsia Flight 8501, marking a breakthrough in the search for the plane’s scattered wreckage. The flight en route from Indonesia to Singapore vanished over the Java Sea on Dec. 28 with 162 people on board

Pacquiao’s Agent Denies Mayweather Deal

Fans hoping to see the fight of the century between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather will have to keep waiting, after Pacman’s agent quelled reports that he had agreed to terms

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Morning Must Reads: January 14

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New Charlie Hebdo Issue Sells Out

Charlie Hebdo‘s defiant new issue sold out around Paris on Wednesday, with scuffles over copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad. The issue hit newsstands just as the Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda officially claimed responsibility for attack

Uber Fights Traffic Jams

Uber said it will share its transportation data with Boston officials in hopes of helping the city ease traffic congestion and improve city planning

U.S. Medical Research Stalls

Funding for medical research in the United States is in a sorry state, but other parts of the world are experiencing the opposite, according to a new study

Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant

The New Girl star confirmed to People that she’s expecting her first child, with boyfriend Jacob Pechenik. “Jacob and I are over the moon,” the 34-year-old actress said. Deschanel has been dating Pechenik, a 42-year-old producer, since mid-2014

Where to Buy the New Charlie Hebdo

The French satirical newspaper released its first issue on Wednesday since last week’s terrorist attack left eight journalists dead at its Paris office. Only a few hundred copies of the first printing are set to reach the U.S. over the next few days

Bartender Accused in Boehner Plot

A former bartender of House Speaker John Boehner plotted to kill him by poisoning his drink or shooting him, federal authorities said. Michael Robert Hoyt worked at a country club in West Chester, Ohio, that Boehner frequented for five years

Man Finds Himself (Almost) Alone on Delta Flight

A media strategist and writer lucked out when his flight from Cleveland to New York City had only one other passenger aboard. “There were no screaming babies, no one listening to loud lyrics or reclining their seats or taking their shoes,” Chris O’Leary said

Woody Allen Will Make a TV Show for Amazon

Allen will both write and direct a series of half-hour episodes of an as-yet-untitled show for the retail giant’s streaming network, a first for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. But Amazon’s big deal could bring with it big controversy, writes TIME’s James Poniewozik

Japan Cabinet Approves Record Military Budget

Japan’s Cabinet approved the country’s largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region. The budget must still be approved by parliament

Release Dates of 4 Disney Movies Announced

Disney has announced the release dates of four of its upcoming films, including the remake of Pete’s Dragon and The Jungle Book, an anime adaptation The Ghost in the Shell and disaster film The Finest Hours. Idris Elba and Bill Murray will feature in The Jungle Book

RNC Looks to Expel Committeeman for ‘Abhorrent Views’

Members of the Republican National Committee will gather this week to consider voting to expel one of their own. Dave Agema, the national committeeman from Michigan, has endorsed racist and homophobic material on social media and has refused calls to resign

Bitcoin Continues to Plummet

The price of Bitcoin dropped again this week, sliding to its lowest level since early 2013, suggesting that confidence in the contentious cryptocurrency may be shrinking. On Tuesday, its value dropped from $267 to about $224

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Morning Must Reads: January 13

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Paris Attacker Violence-Obsessed

Chérif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, was obsessed with violence, his mentor has revealed. Farid Benyettou said the pair last spoke two months ago to discuss previous attacks, and called Kouachi “guided by ignorance”

Facebook Predicts Your Personality

Researchers studied how Facebook Likes matched up with people’s own answers on personality tests — as well as those of their family and friends

Hackers Hit the Pentagon

The latest cyberwar skirmish involves an embarrassing breach of U.S. Central Command’s social-media accounts by alleged Islamist hackers

Watch the New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The second trailer for Marvel’s eagerly awaited Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released, and it’s more sinister than ever. Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, star in the superhero blockbuster, which hits theaters on May 1

Ohio State Wins 1st Playoff-Era Title, Upsetting Oregon 42-20

Ohio State can add the newest version of the national-championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones. The Buckeyes’ Cardale Jones led Ohio State past Marcus Mariota and the Ducks 42-20 on Monday nightie Arlington, Texas

Divers Retrieve 2nd Black Box From AirAsia Crash

Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane’s second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down

1 Person Dies After Smoke Empties D.C. Metro Station

A spokeswoman for the metro system in Washington, D.C., says one person has died after smoke forced the evacuation of the L’Enfant Plaza station on Monday. At least six others were taken to the hospital with injuriesDogs Came to Americas Thousands of Years after Humans

They may be man’s best friend, but new research indicates that dogs arrived in the Americas thousands of years after humans did. According to a recent study, dogs only came to the region about 10,000 years ago

Ford Reveals Stunning New GT

After a nine-year hiatus, the iconic American automobile manufacturer unveiled the latest installation of the prized GT to ecstatic car aficionados at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday

Pakistan Executes 7 Militants During John Kerry’s Visit

Pakistani officials oversaw the execution of seven convicted militants across the country on Tuesday morning as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began the second day of his trip to the South Asian nation aimed at ramping up security and intelligence cooperation

Apatow to Cosby: ‘Go in Your Mansion and Disappear’

The director has mostly kept his criticisms of comedian Bill Cosby, whom dozens of women have accused of sexual assault, to a 140-character minimum. But he elaborated recently to say, among other beliefs, “I absolutely would like to see him in jail”

A Plane from New York to London Almost Went Supersonic

A British Airways flight traveling from New York to London made the trip in just 5 hours and 16 minutes at ground speeds of up to 1,200 km/h (745 mph)—just short of the sonic barrier—thanks to unusually strong winds

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