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Morning Must Reads: February 27

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Special Report: Go Inside ISIS

The militant group is more than a network of terrorist cells: it’s almost a nation. It collects taxes and delivers government services while slaughtering prisoners and demanding ransoms. Here are 12 dispatches from around the world on the rising global threat

What the Most Powerful Man in Cereal Eats for Breakfast

The cereal industry isn’t doing too well, but at least one person still enjoys their morning (and evening) cereal: Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant

Here’s Why You See That Dress as White and Gold

The Internet officially broke on Thursday night, thanks to a dress that defies the classification of color. Is it white and gold or is it black and blue? Well, that depends on the light and the physiology of the individual eye, according to experts.

U.S. Has Longest Period Without Combat Death Since 9/11

The U.S. military is currently enjoying its longest stretch without a combat death since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Wednesday marked the 75th day since American forces suffered its last fatality, when two soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s Parwan province

Kanye West Says Sorry to Beck and Bruno Mars

The Beck apology came after he kind of stole the artist’s thunder at the 2015 Grammy Awards, nearly “pulling a Kanye”—or his “I’mma let you finish” moment with Swift at the VMAs in 2009—when Beck won Album of the Year over Béyonce.

Apple Watch Event Expected March 9

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the Apple Watch will hit stores in April, and a just-announced March 9 event looks like the perfect time to unveil new details about the device. The event could also involve other announcements, like a refreshed MacBook Air or Apple TV

Obama Thanks Redditors After Net Neutrality Approval

The Commander-in-Chief said he wished he could “upvote” every one of the Reddit users who commented on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s net neutrality rules. The federal agency approved regulations to keep the internet an open marketplace.

Harrison Ford Is Joining the Blade Runner Sequel

Harrison Ford will once again grace the silver screen as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday. Ridley Scott, the original director of the 1982 sci-fi thriller, will not be coming back to direct the latest version

First Black NBA Player Passes Away

Earl Lloyd, the first black professional NBA player, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Known as “the Big Cat,” the forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games

Virginia to Compensate Forced-Sterilizations Victims

Virginia will now compensate victims of the eugenics program. Advocates for surviving victims won a three-year fight on Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A today, Friday, February 27, at 1 p.m., with editor-at-large for TIME, David Von Drehle, who wrote this week’s cover story, The ISIS Trap. He is the author of four books, including Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year and Triangle: the Fire That Changed America. His other stories can be found here.

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Morning Must Reads: February 25

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Obama Aide: Bibi ‘Destructive’

President Barack Obama’s top national security aide lambasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s plan to address Congress as “destructive [to] the fabric of the relationship” between the two countries, as political fallout continued to mount

Snowstorm to Snarl South

At least 20 million Americans were in the path of a deadly winter storm that was expected to dump snow from Texas to Virginia

Drones Spotted Over Paris Again

Drones were again spotted overnight hovering above Paris, prompting an investigation in the city just a day after they were first spotted

American Sniper Killer Is Found Guilty

A Texas jury found former Marine Eddie Ray Routh guilty in the murder of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh was sentenced to life in prison, in a case that attracted national attention amid the blockbuster, Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Kyle’s book

Chicago Mayor Forced Into Run-off Election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against a runoff opponent aiming to consolidate the support of residents unhappy with how the former White House chief of staff has managed the nation’s third-largest city

Female Wrestler Accuses WWE of Unequal Pay

Inspired by Patricia Arquette’s Oscars speech about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, prominent female wrestler A.J. Lee has spoken out against alleged inequality in the WWE. Womne “receive a fraction of the wages & screen time” as men, she said

Hitler’s Mein Kampf to Be Reprinted in Germany

Reprints of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography will be hitting bookstores across Germany once more — the first time since the Nazi leader’s death. The new edition will be a heavily annotated 2,000-page volume that features criticism and analysis

X-Men: Apocalypse Casts U.K. Actor Ben Hardy in ‘Key Role’

British actor Ben Hardy has reportedly landed a key role in Bryan Singer’s upcoming movieX-Men: Apocalypse. Hardy’s part in the comic-book film sequel hasn’t yet been disclosed but reports suggest it will be “important”

Visa Holders’ Spouses Can Now Work

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a major immigration reform, allowing spouses of individuals on the H-1B visa (known as H-4 dependent spouses) to apply for work permits

Pot Is Now Legal in Jamaica

Contrary to its reputation as a toker’s paradise, Jamaica has long banned possession of marijuana. But a law enacted Tuesday decriminalized possession of small amounts, while also laying the groundwork for regulating its cultivation and medical usage

Agency Recommends Changes After Girl Kills Man With Uzi

Arizona’s workplace-safety agency has issued several recommendations that it says could help prevent accidental shootings like the one at a northwestern Arizona shooting range last year involving a 9-year-old girl using an Uzi

Derrick Rose to Undergo Surgery for Torn Meniscus

The Chicago Bulls announced on Tuesday that Derrick Rose will undergo surgery to address a medial meniscus tear, marking the third time he’s undergone knee surgery since May 2012. Rose reported feeling pain in his right knee, which led to an exam and an MRI

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Morning Must Reads: February 23

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Birdman Soars at the Oscars

Birdman took home Best Picture and Best Director while Eddie Redmayne earned Best Actor for The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice.Selma and The Grand Budapest Hotel also took home statues at the 87th Academy Awards

Salary Increases Are Back

A new report says roughly 90% of companies will give raises this year, but don’t hold your breath for a windfall: The majority of bumps will be 5% or less

More Cold for South and Rockies

The Rocky Mountains and Southern Plains are in for snowy and icy conditions Monday as Winter Storm Quantum continues to move across the region

Emma Watson Shoots Down Those Prince Harry Rumors

The British actress took to Twitter in light of recent chatter that she has been secretly dating Prince Harry. “Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!” Watson said

Most Americans Think Rich Should See Tax Hike, Poll Shows

The Associated Press–GfK poll, which comes in the wake of President Barack Obama’s proposals in his 2016 budget to raise investment taxes on high-income American families, found overall that 56% of respondents think their own federal taxes are too steep

Why Washing Dishes by Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies

A new study suggests that hand washing dishes might lead to a significantly lower risk of developing allergies “If you are exposed to microbes, especially early in life, you stimulate the immune system in various ways and it becomes tolerant,” says the study author

Legendary Jazz Musician Clark Terry Dies at 94

Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Clark Terry, whose illustrious career spanned more than seven decades, died in the company of family, friends and students. The legendary trumpeter played along some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time

Ukraine’s Protest Anniversary Met With Bombs

Violence erupted in eastern Ukraine’s largest city as thousands of people commemorated the anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled the nation’s pro-Russia administration and sparked a separatist revolt that has killed more than 5,000 people

Australian Leader Outlines Antiterrorism Measures

Australians who hold dual nationality and flout antiterrorism laws will have their citizenship suspended or revoked, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced during an address on national security. “The threat to Australia is worsening,” he said

Homeland Security Goes on Offense Against Congress

The Obama Administration made a last-minute plea for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, sending Secretary Jeh Johnson on a talk-show tour. Johnson used appearances on all five Sunday morning political talk shows to press his case

Swine Flu Deaths in India Pass 800

Swine flu has claimed 38 more lives in India, taking the total nationwide death toll to 812, according to the latest figures released by the country’s health ministry. The total number of people affected by the H1N1 virus has now crossed 13,000

Young Evangelical Loses Book Deal After Coming Out

A prominent Christian publisher canceled a book project this week after the author refused to say that he did “not condone, encourage or accept the homosexual lifestyle.” Brandan Robertson’s book will no longer be published, he tells TIME

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Morning Must Reads: February 20

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The Big Chill Is Here

The central and eastern U.S. woke to a blast of record-breaking cold, snow and ice Friday after already frigid temperatures shattered all-time lows from Chicago to Florida, and left 15 dead in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky

Walmart Ups the Ante

The nation’s largest private employer giving half-a-million workers a raise could pressure other low-wage employers to pay their workers more

Why Your Favorite Comfort Food Is Hyping Health

Kraft really wants consumers to know its signature comfort food has a healthy side. In a new series of ads, the company is pushing its Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as packed with protein

Inside Chris Hansen’s Comeback Campaign

The controversial host of To Catch a Predator, the hidden-camera show that made him a star journalist and one of the most recognizable faces at NBC, discusses his return to television with Killer Instinct

What Jon Stewart Wants from the Next Daily Show Host

After hosting The Daily Show for a decade and a half until recently announcing that he will step down at the end of the current season, comedian Jon Stewart wants his successor — whoever that may be — to take the show’s concept to the next level

What the War on Terror Can Learn from the War on Gangs

Dangerous street gangs and violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria both depend on recruiting disaffected youths with the promise of a sense of belonging.

Oregon Colleges Brace for Legal Pot

College administrators across the state are tinkering with policy language and testing out marketing campaigns to make sure that, come July, their students know that no matter what the state law says, pot is still not allowed on campus

NSA Helped British Agencies Steal Cellphone Codes

Leaked documents suggest Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide

Apple Wants to Produce an Electric Car

Apple wants to start producing its own cars by the year 2020, Bloomberg reports, citing sources privy to the company’s plans. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has also accused Apple of offering his employees generous inducements to jump ship

Obama Claims Republican Rhetoric Could Help ISIS

Those who identify the black-clad extremists with their religious roots, President Obama argued repeatedly at an anti-extremism summit Thursday, are peddling a “lie” that will drive recruitment by the nation’s enemies and ultimately hurt U.S. interests

Black Hole Emits ‘Fierce Winds’ That Stop Stars Forming

Researchers say that new data from a black hole 2 billion light years away indicate that it emits powerful winds in all directions that help to regulate its growth as well as the growth of the galaxy around it

USDA Releases Updated Dietary Guidelines

New proposed U.S. dietary guidelines released on Thursday included the surprise suggestion that cholesterol should not be a nutrient of special concern—but added that sugar and saturated fat are still worth worrying about

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Morning Must Reads: February 19

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Record Cold Targets Eastern U.S.

Meteorologists predict large swaths of the eastern U.S. will see historically low temperatures on Thursday and Friday thanks to a cold front called the “Siberian Express.” Regions of New England can also expect heavy snow

The American History Class Fight

It’s a question of American exceptionalism — though it’s nearly as old as the nation to which it refers, its meaning is still up for debate

Ukraine Wants U.N. Peacekeepers

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the U.N. to intervene in his country’s escalating internal crisis on Wednesday

The Sneaky Way Movie Theaters Are Making Up for Falling Ticket Sales

Fewer people are actually going to the movies, but that hasn’t stopped AMC Entertainment from making money. Here’s how they’re doing it

These Are the Worst Paid College Majors

Engineering majors earn on average $57,00 per year, almost twice that of the average high school graduate in the same field. But some majors aren’t so lucrative. One study has identified those that barely earn more than the average high school educated colleague

‘We Are Not at War With Islam,’ Obama Says

President Obama took pains to avoid characterizing extremism as solely a byproduct of Islam, noting “no religion is responsible for violence and terrorism,” and saying the best antidote to ISIS’s ideology is making everyone feel they have a rightful place in society

Kate Brown Becomes First Openly Bisexual U.S. Governor

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in as the governor of Oregon Wednesday, after the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber last week. Brown will be the first openly bisexual U.S. governor in history, the sixth woman currently to lead a state

District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Is Making an Alien Sequel

Sci-fi fans rejoice: Neill Blomkamp — lauded director of District 9 and the upcoming Chappie — is set to helm a sequel to Alien. Sigourney Weaver, who starred in the 1979 original, said that she would be open to starring in the new film

Why Hundreds of Sea Lion Pups Are Washing Up in California

There are now so many young sea lions being stranded on the West Coast that officials can’t keep up. Since Jan. 1, rescuers in California have taken in about 1,000 pups — nearly four times the typical total for the first four months of the year

‘Revenge-Porn King’ to Plead Guilty

The owner of a “revenge porn” website, accused of posting stolen nude photos of women online, has agreed to plead guilty to federal computer-hacking and identity-theft charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday. He faces up to seven years in prison

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Upends the Notion of the Silent Justice

The oldest Supreme Court Justice has been on a media tear recently, making headlines with interviews about everything from feminism to her workout routine, even slyly revealing that she was “not 100 percent sober” during the State of the Union

Read an Eye-Witness Account of the Battle of Iwo Jima

70 years ago, on Feb. 19, 1945, U.S. Marines struck the island of Iwo Jima, the start of one of World War II’s bloodiest battles. Read TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod’s account of the horror and bravery of this defining moment in history

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Morning Must Reads: February 18

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I’m Not George!

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will proclaim Wednesday that “I am my own man,” in an effort by the all-but-certain 2016 Republican presidential contender to distance himself from the legacies of his father and brother

The Minimum Exercise You Need

A study shows that women who work out much more than moderate exercisers do not necessarily lower their risk of heart-related problems

This Is How Much It Costs to Have Starbucks Delivered to Your Doorstep

The Seattle-based coffee behemoth has launched a new service to bring premium coffee beans to monthly subscribers

Last Week Tonight Gets 2 More Seasons

John Oliver will be launching into viral rants against the powers-that-be for years to come. The late-night comedian’s news commentary show has been renewed through 2017, HBO announced. The show will get two more seasons of 35 episodes each

Ukrainian Troops Withdraw From Key City

The Ukrainian army has withdrawn 80 percent of its troops from the strategic railroad junction Debaltseve, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on his official Twitter account. The eastern city has seen fierce fighting in recent days

Subzero Cold Coming to Iced-Over South

Hundreds of thousands across the Southeast were still without power Tuesday evening, and with another deep freeze arriving Wednesday, utility crews were in for a long week. In Nashville, Tennessee, the forecast low for Thursday morning is 2 below zero

Westminster Dog Show Names Best in Show Winner

Miss P, a beagle from the hound group, ran off with the prestigious Best in Show title Tuesday at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. “It was a tough lineup,” handler William Alexander said post-win. “I’m speechless”

Texas Judge Says State’s Gay-Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in just the latest of numerous rulings striking down bans across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on same-sex marriage nationally later this year

Obamacare Signups in 2015 Enrollment Top 11 Million

More than 1 million people enrolled during the last nine days until the Feb. 15 deadline, the White House said Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell added the final day was the biggest open enrollment day ever, this year or last

Endangered Species List Strikes Off Its First Fish

The Oregon chub became the first fish ever removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals on Tuesday. The minnow, unique to the state’s Willamette River Basin, was listed in 1993, when the population dipped below 1,000

Carnegie Mellon Accidentally Admits 800 Students

The Carnegie Mellon admissions office mistakenly sent an acceptance email Monday to about 800 applicants to the master’s program in computer science, a program that usually receives just over 1,200 applicants. The college swiftly revoked the letters

Man Listens to 168 Hours of Nickelback for Charity

Jesse Carey, from Relevant magazine’s podcast, began a self-imposed “ultimate test of endurance” Monday when he started listening to the entire Nickelback catalog, on repeat, for a week — a total of 168 hours — to raise funds for drinking water in developing nations

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Morning Must Reads: February 17

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Judge Blocks Immigration Plan

A Texas judge has ordered an injunction on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, attributing it to a failure to “comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.” The move stalls Obama’s orders, which could spare up to 5 million people from deportation

Mindfulness Boosts Myriad Skills

A new trial published in Developmental Psychology suggests that kids can boost everything from social skills to math scores by improving mindfulness

Ice Storm Hits South

Snow and ice from Mississippi to the Carolinas left 250,000 without power on Tuesday morning, as another storm barreled up the East Coast

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Are Getting Married

Gaga, 28, and Kinney, 33, have been dating for about four years, and the boundary-pushing singer has hinted at an engagement in recent months. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!” the singer wrote on Instagram Monday

Ukraine Truce Hangs by a Thread

The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appears to be near collapse just 48 hours after being implemented, as separatist fighters and government troops continued to engage in tit-for-tat fighting this week. Western leaders launched fresh appeals for restraint

Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Chapel Hill Shootings

A North Carolina grand jury indicted Craig Hicks, the man accused of killing three Muslim students, on three counts of murder on Monday. The killings sparked outrage over perceived media religious and racial biases

 

Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Oil Spill

A train carrying crude oil in southern West Virginia derailed Monday, setting at least one house on fire and spilling oil into the state’s largest river. No injuries have been reported, but authorities ordered residents within a mile and a half of the derailment to evacuate

 

Pharrell Williams Has Deal for ‘Happy’ Picture Book

The Grammy Award–winning performer has an agreement with Putnam Books for Young Readers for four picture books, starting with one inspired by his hit song “Happy.” Putnam announced Tuesday that the first book will be published on Sept. 22

Lance Armstrong Must Pay $10 Million to Dallas Promoter

The disgraced cyclist lost an arbitration award decision Monday in favor of the Dallas company, SCA Promotions, that insured several of his bonuses for winning the Tour de France. His lawyer called the decision “unprecedented.”

Greece and the Euro Zone Dance on the Precipice

Another fraught meeting between Greece and its creditors ended in deadlock on Monday, with the euro zone giving Athens an ultimatum to say by Friday what it will do to keep its bailout deal alive, and Greece continuing to insist that it wants the agreement torn up

Recruiting Site Starts Monitoring 6th Grade Prospects

The recruiting website Rivals.com has begun actively monitoring its first two sixth-grade college-football prospects, it announced on Friday. The site added two Class of 2021 prospects to its database: running back Tyson Thornton and quarterback Daron Bryden

Global Coffee Intake Projected to Rise

As more of the globe turns to the brewed drink, demand for coffee will increase by nearly 25% in the next five years, according to the International Coffee Organization. Populous nations like India and China are increasingly becoming fans of coffee

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Morning Must Reads: February 13

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Deep Freeze

Millions of Americans across the Northeast were warned by forecasters to prepare this weekend for some of the coldest temperatures in two decades, expected on the back of yet another winter storm that threatens to dump a foot of snow on the region

New Phone Feature Stops Thieves

Smartphone theft has dropped by double digits in some cities since the introduction of a “kill switch” feature, enabling users to shut devices remotely

Big Apple’s Big Record

New York City — home to 8 million people — went 10 days without a murder as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, breaking a record set in 2013

The Breakfast Club Is Returning to Theaters

The John Hughes film, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be screened across the U.S. on March 26 and March 31 courtesy of Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and BY Experience

Journalist David Carr Dies at 58

David Carr, the veteran New York Times journalist and writer of the newspaper’s Media Equation column, died on Thursday after collapsing in the newsroom. The 58-year-old journalist joined the Times in 2002 and became a leading voice on media

22 Marines Injured During Training

Twenty-two people were injured during a training drill at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Thursday. Reports say the injuries were caused by the inhalation of noxious fumes released from a fire extinguisher

Drake Drops a Surprise New Album

Drake has taken the Internet by surprise and announced a brand new 17-track album called If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The album features guest appearances by Lil’ Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott

Ginsburg Says Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t think there would be widespread backlash if the high court decides to legalize same-sex marriage across the country this year. “I think it’s doubtful that it wouldn’t be accepted,” Ginsburg said

At Least 19 Killed in Attack on Pakistani Mosque

At least 19 people are dead and 40 injured after attackers entered a Shiite mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar, according to police officials. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack

Former NBA Star Anthony Mason’s Health Has Improved

NBA veteran Anthony Mason has recovered slightly after a massive heart attack that had him “fighting for his life” on Thursday, according to reports. The 48-year-old was at the hospital getting a checkup when the attack happened

Saudi Women Released After Defying Driving Ban

Two women’s-rights campaigners from Saudi Arabia, who were detained for defying a ban on female driving, have been released after two months in prison, a fellow activist said. It is unclear whether the two still face charges, or if conditions were attached to their release

1980s Pop Pioneer Steve Strange Has Died

Steve Strange, the former lead singer of popular 1980s band Visage, best known for the breakout single “Fade to Grey,” died of a heart attack in Egypt on Thursday. He pioneered a look and sound that inspired many of the era’s biggest acts

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A today, Friday, February 13 at 1 p.m., with TIME political reporter Zeke Miller, who has recently written about David Axelrod’s claim in his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, that President Obama misled the public about his true position on same sex marriage, and Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC’s short-lived chief technology officer, Ethan Czahor. His other stories can be found here.

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Morning Must Reads: February 12

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Big Fat Lie

A little fat may not be harmful, while too much of it can be unhealthy, and even fatal. But in the latest review of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong

Ukraine Ceasefire Agreed

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the warring parties in the Ukrainian conflict have agreed on a ceasefire beginning midnight on Saturday

Obama: ISIS Is ‘Going to Lose’

President Obama said ISIS is “going to lose” during statements Wednesday about the war powers request he sent to Congress

House of Cards Season 3 Briefly Shows Up on Netflix Early

Season 3 of House of Cards made a surprise debut on Netflix on Wednesday, before disappearing again just as suddenly. Netflix had announced that the political drama would premiere on Feb. 27 on its site, but the first 10 episodes (of 13) appeared early

60 Minutes Correspondent Bob Simon Killed in Car Crash

Bob Simon, the award-winning CBS News reporter and correspondent for the network’s iconic 60 Minutes news show, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night. The accident took place in New York City. Simon was 73 years old

University of North Carolina Mourns 3 Slain Students

A large crowd gathered at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, campus on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Deah Barakat, 23; his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, three Muslim students shot near campus on Tuesday

Congress Passes Keystone Bill, Sets Up First Veto in 5 Years

Congress passed a bill to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up the first veto since 2010 and only the third in the Obama presidency. The pipeline would help link up to 830,000 Alberta barrels a day down to Gulf Coast oil refineries

Photo of Loving Couple Wins World Press Photo Award

Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won the 58th World Press Photo contest for his portrait of Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each year, the foundation selects the best images produced over the previous 12 months

Korean Air ‘Nut Rage’ Exec Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison

A Seoul court found a former Korean Air executive guilty of violating aviation-safety law after a trial that stemmed from her tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts on a flight

Tiger Woods to Take a Break From Golf

The golfer announced in a statement Wednesday that he would take indefinite leave from the game, after his world ranking, 62, dropped to its lowest point since he went pro in 1996. “My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf,” he said

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Finally Makes It Into Space

The company successfully launched its first deep-space mission Wednesday evening, after two aborted launches in recent days. The Falcon 9 rocket deployed a satellite that will take up position almost a million miles from Earth.

Solar Energy Can Now Be Converted Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative energy source. Previously, sunlight was converted into hydrogen fuel cells, which made limited headway as an energy source

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A this Friday, February 13 at 1 p.m., with TIME political reporter Zeke Miller, who has recently written about David Axelrod’s claim in his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, that President Obama misled the public about his true position on same sex marriage, and Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC’s short-lived chief technology officer, Ethan Czahor. His other stories can be found here.

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Morning Must Reads: February 11

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Fake Newsman, Real News

Jon Stewart, the comedian turned faux newsman who transformed The Daily Show into a cultural powerhouse, is leaving the show later this year. It’s a sad day for anyone who cares about news — fake or otherwise — writes TIME’s Jim Poniewozik

Brian Williams Suspended

NBC said on Tuesday that the Nightly News anchor had been suspended as managing editor and anchor for six months without pay

Obama Honors Kayla Mueller

President pays tribute to the young American aid worker whose death while being held captive by ISIS was confirmed on Tuesday

SpaceX Launch Canceled Over High Winds

SpaceX called off its sunset launch with just 12 minutes remaining in the countdown because of gusts of 115 m.p.h. several miles up — strong enough to damage the rocket in flight. It was the private company’s second attempt in three days to launch the spacecraft

U.S. Closes Embassy in Yemen

The State Department confirmed late Tuesday that it has closed the U.S. embassy in Yemen and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis and security concerns following the takeover of much of the country by Shi’ite rebels

Yankees Slugger A-Rod Apologizes for Misconduct

Alex Rodriguez apologized to New York Yankees top executives on Tuesday, ahead of his return to professional baseball after a yearlong suspension for steroid use. The Yankees and Rodriguez issued a joint statement on Tuesday

Puerto Rico Could Soon Fine Parents of Obese Kids

Parents in Puerto Rico may soon be fined up to $800 if their children are obese, if a bill currently being debated in the legislature is implemented. Puerto Rican Senator Gilberto Rodríguez said the bill is aimed at improving children’s health

White House Stays Mum on Obama’s Gay-Marriage Views

The White House wouldn’t say definitively Tuesday whether President Barack Obama misled the country about his true feelings on gay marriage during his first presidential campaign, as his former longtime political strategist David Axelrod charges in a new book

Australia Foils ISIS-Inspired Terrorist Plot

Australian counterterrorism officials say they have foiled an imminent terrorist attack after the arrest of two men at a house in western Sydney. Police say a homemade ISIS flag was recovered, as well as a machete and a hunting knife

WWE Star Seth Rollins Apologizes for Nude-Photos Leak

WWE star Seth Rollins took to Twitter on Monday evening to apologize for nude photos that appeared on numerous of his social-media accounts and, because of automatic updates, wound up on the official WWE website

Tokyo Bars Japanese Reporter From Visiting Syria

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered a journalist to surrender his passport after learning last week that he planned to travel to Syria later this month. The action was based on a law that allows the government to take citizens’ passport if it would protect their lives

TV Rights to Top English Soccer Sold for $7.84 Billion

England’s top-flight soccer competition, already one of the richest and most-watched sports leagues in the world, is now much richer. The Premier League has auctioned off broadcast rights to its games for the equivalent of $7.84 billion

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