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Morning Must Reads: October 1

Ebola Comes to America

Doctors in Dallas, Tex. have confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. Until now, the only cases of Ebola in the country have been in Americans who were infected abroad and came back for treatment. Here’s everything you need to know

HK Protests Cloud National Day

Chaotic scenes stole the show from Chinese National Day celebrations in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as thousands of pro-democracy activists set up camp

Calif. Enacts Gun-Safety Law

California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative’s firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence

Twilight to Get Facebook Release

Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer will rekindle the vampire-themed saga with a series of films posted on Facebook. The short films are to be made by aspiring female film directors selected by a group of female panelists, including actress Kristen Stewart

Ex-Con Rode Elevator With President Obama

An armed security contractor with three prior criminal convictions was allowed to ride with Obama, a violation of Secret Service protocol. Reports add another line to the program’s growing list of blunders, the focus of congressional scrutiny

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7 in Kabul, Wound 21

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past 2014

AMC Theaters Will Boycott New Netflix Film

AMC joined two other major theater chains, Regal and Cinemark, that are refusing to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which Netflix produced with Weinstein Co. Together, the three chains operate 247 of the 400 IMAX theaters in North America

California Mayor Shot to Death by Wife, Investigators Say

The mayor of the Los Angeles–area city of Bell Gardens, Calif., was shot and killed on Tuesday during what authorities said was a domestic dispute with his wife and son. Daniel Crespo Sr. was mayor of the town of about 42,000 people

Panama Opens Frank Gehry–Designed Museum

Panama has opened a biodiversity museum designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It’s his first project in Latin America and a long time coming, construction having started in 1999. The Biomuseo presents a tour of the Central American nation’s diverse ecosystems

Tens of Thousands of Walruses Gather in Alaska

Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Morning Must Reads: September 30

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Protesters Set Deadline

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy group Occupy Central called on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to grant citizens the right to nominate and directly vote for candidates for the city’s highest office. Leung replied that Beijing would not be moved and refused to resign

Women’s Colleges Turn to Men

Women’s colleges are going co-ed in an effort to combat years of decline in revenue. Enrollment at women-only colleges fell 29% since 2000

Secret Service Under Fire

A report released ahead of a congressional hearing on presidential security reveals the White House fence-jumper got further inside than thought

See Newlywed Photos of George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin

The intimate wedding that took place in Venice on Sept. 27 is featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, in conjunction with Hello! magazine internationally, and includes 25 exclusive photos of the ceremony, celebrity-packed parties and other candid moments

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

The deal, which will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year, was signed in Kabul on Tuesday. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, sworn into office a day earlier, said it signaled a fundamental shift in Afghanistan’s relations with the world

Va. Kidnapping Suspect May Be Linked to 2009 Murder

Authorities say Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, may be connected to the abduction and murder of another young woman in the area five years ago

Louisiana Restaurant Gives a 10% Discount for Packing Heat

Kevin Cox, owner of Bergeron’s Restaurant in Port Allen, is bucking a corporate trend by encouraging, rather than banning, firearms in his Cajun food establishment. “I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun,” he said

Marijuana Legalization Spreads Across 2014 Ballots

Referendums on legalizing marijuana across the country this year, from Florida to Alaska, have the power to shape the ongoing fight ahead of an even bigger battle in 2016. Here are the pot votes that will matter most in 2014

Netflix Plans to Release First Original Movie

Netflix has announced plans to release its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s martial-arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — to all subscribers in August 2015, charting new territory for the streaming service

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by More Than Half

A new WWF report that measured more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish found a 52% decline between 1970 and 2010, with even grimmer statistics for some species like freshwater dwellers

No, Snapchat Hasn’t Been Hacked

Snapchat denied being hacked after some users reported receiving spam messages from their friends advertising a weight-loss site. User login data may have been taken from other sites and used to access Snapchat for the spam

Iceland Plans for Men-Only Conference on Gender Equality

Iceland has plans to organize a gender-equality conference that won’t have any female attendees. The conference will be conducted in January and will be co-hosted by the South American nation of Suriname, according to the Icelandic government

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Morning Must Reads: September 29

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Hong Kong Braces for Clashes

Demonstrations have grown at a speed that seems to have surprised protesters and police alike, with crowds continuing to mass around key areas of the city. The ground situation remains fluid, but here are five takeaways from Hong Kong’s season of unrest

Obama: ISIS Surprised Us

President Barack Obama said in a new interview that the U.S. underestimated the threat that Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria posed in the region

Assange Hologram Speaks Out

The face of WikiLeaks spoke about Google, martyrs and political asylum as he was beamed in from the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Wake Up! Today Is National Coffee Day

Fake marketing holiday or not, Monday is being celebrated as National Coffee Day, and that means free (or nearly so) coffee can be had at several donut, fast food and coffee specialists around the U.S. Here’s where to score an extra jolt of caffeine on the cheap

New Afghan President Sworn In After Disputed Vote

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new President, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban

Jeter Leaves Baseball With 9-5 Win Over Red Sox

Three days after an emotional farewell in New York City, pinstripe-wearing fans filled Boston’s Fenway Park for Jeter’s finale, chanting for him and the visiting Yankees and standing for each of his at-bats. The final hit raised Jeter’s lifetime batting average to .310

California Adopts ‘Yes Means Yes’ Sex-Assault Rule

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating reports of sexual assault

The Simpsons Kills Off Character in Season Premiere

“The most respected man” in the community, voiced by comedian Jackie Mason, was killed off the show’s first episode of its 26th season. But this wasn’t a surprise, as a producer said last year that a character would meet his maker in the premiere

Tobacco Companies Step Up E-Cigarette Warnings

When it comes to e-cigarettes, large tobacco companies are suddenly stepping up warnings about their own products, in some cases using more than 100 words to warn smokers of nicotine’s ill effects. Experts say the move is merely corporate image enhancement

India’s Modi Comes Full Circle at Madison Square Garden

Tens of thousands of Indian-Americans turned out to welcome the visiting leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His entrance after a series of musical and dance warm-up acts sent the audience into a frenzy

How Secret Service Bungled White House Shooting in 2011

A new report shows that the Secret Service bungled its response to a shooting outside the White House in 2011, taking four days to realize that shots had actually hit the building. An Idaho man fired at least seven bullets into the house’s upstairs residence

Ukrainian Protesters Topple Massive Lenin Statue

Ukrainian protesters in Kharkiv, a city in the nation’s restive east, toppled a prominent statue of Soviet icon Vladimir Lenin late on Sunday. Police did not intervene as thousands celebrated the statue’s fall and raced to the wreckage to collect makeshift souvenirs

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Morning Must Reads: September 26

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How the World Botched Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that cases of Ebola could pass the 1 million mark by January if trends continue. From a slow response to a lack of approved drugs, here are five mistakes that allowed things to spiral out of control

Obama Mulls Holder Successor

The White House is working with a list of potential successors to outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic sources familiar with the matter said

Behind the Newest Terror Threat

The name Khorasan, a reference used by U.S. officials, sheds light on the grandiose, even apocalyptic vision that drives many Sunni radicals

Jeter Hits Walk-Off Single in Final Yankee Stadium At-Bat

Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest — and perhaps last — storybook moment in his charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

Police, Protestors Scuffle After Ferguson Apology

Police and protestors clashed briefly in Ferguson, Mo., just hours after the St. Louis suburb’s police chief issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer last month

Ray Rice Video Was Sent to NFL in April, Official Says

The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée inside an elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law-enforcement official says. The NFL has denied seeing the footage until TMZ Sports released it

San Francisco and L.A. Threaten Ride-Share Crackdown

District attorneys for the California cities are threatening legal action against the ride-share companies, which they say are in violation of California law and represent “a continuing threat to consumers and the public,” unless large structural changes are made

Clippers’ New Microsoft-Linked Owner May Ban iPads

One of Steve Ballmer’s first acts as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers might be to do away with the team’s iPads. The former Microsoft CEO revealed that the fate of the Apple devices used by the team’s staff was one of the first things head coach Doc Rivers brought up

A Lot of Our Water Is Older Than the Sun

Up to about half of the water on our planet is older than the sun, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. Researchers say the fact that Earth’s water is so old bodes well for our hunt for wet environments, and for life, elsewhere in the universe

British Magnate Gives His Staff Unlimited Vacation

The chairman and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson said his personal staff of 170 can “take off whenever they want for as long as they want,” no approval necessary, as long as they feel 100% “comfortable” their absence won’t “damage the business”

Most Excellent! Bill & Ted 3 Is Probably Happening

Actor and director Alex Winter, the renowned Bill of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, said in an interview that he will co-star with Keanu Reeves for the follow-up, which fans have been awaiting for 23 years since 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was released

North Korean Leader’s Absence Fuels Speculation

What has happened to Kim Jong Un? That’s the question everyone seems to be asking, amid various rumors following the North Korean dictator’s three-week absence from the public eye. The 31-year-old was last seen alongside his wife at a concert in Pyongyang on Sept. 3

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Morning Must Reads: September 25

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GOP Uses Democrats’ Playbook

Two years after Democrats held the White House by painting Mitt Romney as a callous plutocrat, Republicans are using the same playbook in a bid for control of the Senate in the midterms, and Hillary Clinton may find herself on the receiving end of such attacks in 2016

9 Email Rules From a Google Exec

Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt shares nine insightful rules for emailing (or gmailing!) like a professional

Apple’s iPhone Headache

The sale of a record 10 million new iPhones quickly gave way to reports of bent phones and a faulty operating system update that Apple had to pull

U.K. Counter-Terrorism Raid Nabs 9 in London

Police arrested nine men on Thursday on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being members of and supporting banned groups. The arrests were not a response to any immediate public safety risk, but part of an ongoing probe into Islamist-related terrorism

Suspect Captured in Case of Missing Virginia Student

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested in the Texas community of Gilchrist, authorities said Wednesday night, less than a full day after police announced they had probable cause to arrest him on charges of abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham

Sierra Leone Restricts Travel in Bid to Stop Ebola

More than a third of its population is under quarantine after officials restricted travel into and within three more “hotspots” of Ebola, where 1.5 million people live; Sierra Leone is one of the hardest-hit countries in the outbreak believed to have killed at least 2,900 people

Navajo Nation to Receive $554 Million Settlement From U.S.

The U.S. will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million, the largest agreement won by an American-Indian tribe, settling a 2006 lawsuit by the Navajo Nation that alleged that the American government improperly handled Indian assets for more than five decades

Marathon Bombing Trial Stays in Boston

A defense request to move the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial outside Massachusetts has been denied by a federal judge in Boston, who did not agree with the contention that finding an impartial jury in the state would be impossible

Surfers Beat Billionaire in Landmark California Beach Case

A California court issued a milestone ruling on Sept. 24 that may restore public access to a beach that requires traveling across privately owned land, the latest turn in a multiyear legal battle that has pitted surfers against venture capitalist Vinod Khosla

AC/DC Has Good News and Bad

A statement on the iconic rock band’s website says that their new album, called Rock or Bust, will be launching on Dec. 2, featuring 11 tracks recorded in Vancouver. The bad news is that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will be retiring permanently because of illness

American Held in North Korea Begins 6 Years of Hard Labor

Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested in North Korea in April and sentenced to six years of hard labor for acts “hostile” to the regime. There are no details of where he will serve his sentence or the type of labor he will perform

‘Senior Moments’ Could Be Early Signs of Dementia

So-called senior moments, like failing to recall your missing sunglasses are perched on your head, might not be just benign mishaps but early harbingers of Alzheimer’s disease, reports a new paper. Scientists hope that early detection of signs may help prevent deterioration

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Morning Must Reads: September 24

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Fresh Air Strikes Hit ISIS in Syria

Military aircraft carried out raids against ISIS in northern Syria on Tuesday night, according to a monitoring group. Reports say planes hit Sunni militants near Kobani, where thousands of civilians are fleeing. Since Friday, almost 140,000 refugees have crossed the border into Turkey

College: Pricier Than You Think

Nearly 9 out of 10 freshmen think they’ll earn their bachelor’s degrees within four years, according to a nationwide survey. In reality, fewer than half will

Coke, Pepsi Pledge Calorie Cuts

The U.S.’s three largest soda companies promised on Tuesday to reduce the calories in sugary drinks by 20% over the next decade

A Quarter of Millennials Will Never Get Married

The number of Americans who have always been single and will never marry is at a historic high, according to a new Pew Research report, partly because they don’t have jobs and partly because marriage is becoming less highly regarded

Man Charged With Abduction in Case of Missing Student

The man believed to be the last person seen with missing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham is wanted on charges of abducting her, as police continue to search for both him and Graham. The suspect has not been seen since Sept. 20

Iraq’s New Premier Is ‘Happy’ With Anti-ISIS Coalition

Iraq’s newly appointed Prime Minister Haider al-abaci said in an interview on Tuesday he was “happy” that the U.S. and Arab coalition had joined the fight against ISIS. Al-Abadi says ISIS controls at least a quarter of Iraq and is very close to Baghdad

Fear of Job Loss Can Increase Asthma Risk, Study Says

A study found that for every 25% increase in job security that a worker felt, the likelihood of developing asthma increased by 24%. For people who told researchers it was more likely than not that they would lose their job, the risk of developing asthma climbed 60%

Kansas Makes October Its ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’

Kansas has named October “Zombie Preparedness Month,” urging locals to stock up on canned food and batteries. But there’s a serious purpose behind the wacky move — namely an attempt to encourage residents to think about disaster preparedness in general

Vince Vaughn Joins Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective

HBO announced that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will serve as the leads in the second season of the network’s hit drama, ending what feels like years of speculation. Justin Lin (The Fast & The Furious, Community) will direct the first two episodes

Texas’ Plan for Booze at Gun Shows Gets Shot Down

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission withdrew a proposal to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows after receiving a barrage of public comments against the plan. Many critics, including gun show operators, felt that mixing the weapons and alcohol was “unwise”

University of Baltimore to Offer Course on Marvel Movies

The course, offered in the spring, will focus on how films like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy shed insight on modern culture. The class will analyze how the history of adventure has translated into Marvel’s franchises

Indian Spacecraft’s Orbit Means Mars Mission Is Successful

Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan entered Mars orbit on Wednesday, making India the first Asian country to accomplish the feat. The South Asian nation is the only country to enjoy success on a maiden Mars mission, which at $67 million is also the cheapest ever

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Morning Must Reads: September 23

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U.S., Allies Strike ISIS in Syria

U.S. and allied forces have launched airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria for the first time, the Pentagon confirmed. The strikes were aimed at key targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria as well as a secretive al-Qaeda offshoot

The 50 Best Places to Live

MONEY ranks the best small cities in America, taking into account great jobs, strong economies, affordable homes, excellent schools and much more

U.S. Aims to Curb Firms Moving Overseas to Dodge Taxes

The Treasury Department said it will take steps to prevent companies from moving headquarters overseas by cutting tax benefits of those transactions

WHO Warns of Ebola ‘Catastrophe’

A new World Health Organization study warns that Ebola cases worldwide could triple to 20,000 by November if authorities fail to ramp up efforts to combat the deadly virus. About half of those cases would be found in Liberia, among the hardest-hit nations in West Africa

Israeli Military Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet

The Israeli military used the Patriot air defense system to shoot down a Syrian fighter jet that “infiltrated” its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning, marking the first such downing in decades and heightening tensions in the volatile plateau

U.S. Pledges $15 Million to Help Cut Methane Emissions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pledged $15 million to back the World Bank’s initiative to cut methane emissions. “It is about time that world leaders come to the United Nations to recognize this threat in the way that it requires and demands,” he said

Pink Floyd Announces New Album

The album, named The Endless River, is the band’s first since 1994’s The Division Bell. The recording is completely instrumental, save for a track called “Louder Than Words,” and does not feature bassist and co-vocalist Roger Waters. Its release is set for Nov. 10

More Than 700 Babies Exposed to Tuberculosis at Texas Hospital

The El Paso, Texas, Department of Public Health said more than 700 babies and 40 health workers were exposed to tuberculosis in a city hospital. A Providence Memorial Hospital employee with TB entered the hospital and worked in close proximity with infants

Climate-Change Activists #FloodWallStreet

Activists staged a sit-down protest on Wall Street against the role of large corporations in global warming on Monday, a day after an estimated 400,000 people demonstrated at the People’s Climate March in New York City

Hollywood’s Gender Gap Is as Gaping as Ever

According to a new report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, only 23% of the films distributed internationally from 2010 to 2013 featured female protagonists and only 31% of the speaking characters were women

Brazil Says No to Global Forest Plan

Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global antideforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official disputed that claim

Ballsy Study Finds Narwhal Tusk Size Correlates With Virility

In a study published in Marine Mammal Science, researchers suggested that a tusk’s length signals to female narwhals which males are the most fertile and would make the best mates, meaning that narwhal tusks aren’t unlike peacock feathers or antlers

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Morning Must Reads: September 22

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Earth’s Most Dangerous Waters

The world’s most perilous seas for piracy, as the U.N. recently declared, aren’t the waters of the West Indian Ocean, where young Somali brigands brandish Kalashnikovs. Rather, they’re in Southeast Asia — and for criminals they offer sumptuously rich pickings

NASA’s MAVEN Enters Mars’ Orbit

The spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit Sunday, beginning a yearlong journey during which scientists hope to discover what happened to the Martian atmosphere

Masses Demand Climate Action

Massive crowds demanded Sunday that the U.N. take action on global warming in what is believed to be the largest-ever demonstration on the issue

Rockefeller Charity to Pull Out of Fossil Fuels

After making an immense fortune off oil, the Rockefeller family is set to divest its charity foundation from fossil fuels. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund — an $860 million philanthropic organization — has already replaced its investments in coal and tar sands

Republicans ‘Aren’t Yelling’ This Year — At Least in N.C.

Standing in the Guilford County Republican Party Headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, TIME’s Joe Klein recently found that candidates and their constituents aren’t aligning yet with the right-wing radio trope

‘Somebody Knows’ What Happened to Missing Student

The first wave of volunteers, numbering more than 1,600, spread out around Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday to search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who vanished a week earlier after an off-campus party

Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Play Edward Snowden in Film

Director Oliver Stone reportedly already offered the part of the asylum-seeking NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Gordon-Levitt, who in turn said he’d come aboard for the upcoming biopic, but no formal deal has been signed yet

More Than 200,000 GM Cars Are Recalled for Brake Defect

The latest in a series of recalls from General Motors was announced over the weekend, this time over defective parking brakes. The problem has been reported in the 2013–15 Cadillac XTS and the 2014–15 Chevrolet Impala, and 221,558 vehicles have been recalled so far

At Least 100,000 Flee ISIS in Syria for Turkey

At least 100,000 refugees flooded across the border into Turkey over the weekend as Islamist militants launched an offensive against Kurds in northern Syria. Activists say the militants routed dozens of towns and executed at least 11 people in the villages near Kobani

Millennials Are Finally Leaving Their Parents’ Homes

New census data shows that while 18 to 34 year olds are less likely to live with their parents than they were at the height of the recession, their economic prospects lag behind the broader population; they’re moving in with friends and relatives, not buying homes

White House Security Is Heightened After Breach

The Secret Service is boosting security outside the White House following two security incidents in 24 hours, including Friday’s breach in which an intruder with a knife made it all the way into the White House before agents managed to stop him

The Maze Runner Runs Away With Weekend Box Office

The postapocalyptic young-adult adaptation became the weekend’s No. 1 movie with a $32.5 million gross in North America, but the star-studded This Is Where I Leave You got left behind in third place with $11.9 million in takings

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Morning Must Reads: September 19

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Scots Choose U.K. — and Change

The U.K. has survived, but the surge in support for independence means almost half of Scotland is disappointed. Although voters opted for reform, not revolution, the referendum unleashed a process of transformation set to extend far beyond Scotland’s borders

Alibaba Is Biggest U.S. IPO Ever

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will price its shares at $68 apiece, raising $21.8 billion to make it the biggest U.S. initial public offering ever

Congress Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels

The Senate voted late Thursday to approve a measure that authorizes the Obama Administration to arm and train “moderate” opposition fighters, following a favorable vote in the House on Wednesday

Grand-Jury Process Suggests Difficulty of Ferguson Indictment

More than a month after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a decision on whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged, and the proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn’t indicted

Obama Campaign Aims to Prevent Campus Sexual Violence

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce a new public awareness and education campaign Friday that is designed to change the culture on college campuses and prevent sexual assault before it happens

Home Depot Breach Exposed 56 Million Credit Cards

The company said that cyber thieves had placed malware software on cash registers in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada from April to September, costing Home Depot at least $62 million in a breach even larger than the attack on Target last year

Poll: 1 in 10 Americans Have Gone to Work High on Pot

A Mashable poll has found that almost 1 in 10 Americans have turned up to work high on marijuana. The poll also found that 28% of poll respondents have gone to work under the influence of a prescription drug, and 7% of those people took it for recreational purposes

Your Dreams Get More Bizarre as the Night Goes On

A small new study published in the journal Dreaming finds that the dreams of 16 people attached with sleep-monitoring gear were “increasing in bizarreness” from the early to late night, the study author said, and also became more emotional

Police: Man Kills 7, Self in Florida Shooting

Authorities in Bell, near Gainesville, are investigating a major shooting that took place Thursday. The shooter was identified as a 51-year-old who apparently called 911, saying he might harm himself and others, before killing seven family members and then himself

Russian Firm to Acquire American Brewery Pabst Blue Ribbon

Oasis Beverages announced this week that the enterprise will be acquiring famed American brewery Pabst Blue Ribbon — 170 years after the company was established in Milwaukee — meaning “America’s Best” beer in 1893 will be Russian-owned

Li Na, China’s Tennis Superstar, Announces Retirement

The Chinese tennis superstar credited with buoying the prestige of Asian tennis to Grand Slam heights announced her retirement on Friday, citing long-term and worsening knee injuries. “As hard as it’s been to come to this decision, I am at peace with it,” she said

Bad Posture Makes You Sad and Afraid, Study Finds

Researchers studied what effect slumped or straightened posture had on the hearts and minds of 74 people in New Zealand. Blood pressure and heart rates were measured as they completed a series of tasks designed to assess their mood, self-esteem and stress levels

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A today, Friday, September 19, at 1 p.m., with TIME national security correspondent Mark Thompson. His articles on The Obstacles in Obama’s New ISIS Plan, What Are Those 1,600 (So Far) U.S. Military Advisers Doing in Iraq (So Far), and Top General Tweaks Obama’s Iraq War Plan can be found here.

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Morning Must Reads: September 18

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Scotland Decides Its Fate

Scotland must decide Thursday whether to become independent from the U.K., with last-minute opinion polls putting the outcome of the referendum on a knife’s edge. Ballots will be cast at 2,608 voting stations until 10 p.m. local time

Heart Rhythm Is the New Password

A team of Toronto scientists has developed a wristband that can use your heart rhythm as an authenticator for accounts and gadgets

California’s Private Pot Police

Security contractors are flying around in helicopters and wearing body armor, clearing illegal marijuana gardens from private property

Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You

The four members of the Irish band tell TIME about another new album in the works—and its secret Apple project that might just save the music industry. The point isn’t just to help U2, but lesser-known artists and others who can’t make money from live performance

House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region; more than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

Arizona Cardinals Deactivate Player After Arrest on Assault Charges

Running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. The Cardinals’ immediate move marked a stark contrast to how other teams have operated in the wake of domestic-abuse charges

Moscow Welcomes More Autonomy for Ukraine Separatists

Russia has welcomed a new Ukrainian law granting autonomy to separatist-held eastern regions as “a step in the right direction,” but some politicians in Kiev criticized the move as unpatriotic, with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko threatening to challenge it in court

Texas Executes Woman for Murder of 9-Year-Old

A Texas woman convicted of starving and torturing her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son to death was executed on Wednesday. Lisa Coleman, the ninth person executed in Texas this year, was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final appeal from her legal team

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day National Lockdown Over Ebola

Citizens in of the three West African nations hit worst by the epidemic will reportedly be banned from leaving their homes as health workers try to identify cases and the streets are kept clear; some experts fear the measures will spread mistrust, doing more harm than good

Senate Passes Bill for Better Sunscreen

The bill’s passage requires the Food and Drug Administration to respond to current pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time — an important factor in ensuring that people have the most up-to-date ways to protect their skin from cancer-causing UVA rays

‘So Help Me God’ No Longer Required During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose, after an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue last week

Occupy Wall Street Activists Suing Over Twitter Account

A group of Occupy activists are suing a former colleague in a Manhattan court for locking them out of the @OccupyWallStNYC Twitter account, which was opened by Adbusters magazine in summer 2011 and later ceded to an activist in the group

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