Morning Must Reads: October 7

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Nurse Contracts Ebola in Spain

A nurse in Spain who treated two Ebola victims has tested positive for the deadly virus, becoming the first known person to have contracted the disease outside of Africa, the Spanish Health Minister said on Monday. Two tests confirmed the Ebola diagnosis

Gay Marriage Could Boost GOP

Some strategists hope Monday’s legal decision, which cleared the way for same-sex marriages in five states, helps push the issue off the political agenda

ISIS Enters Key Border Town

Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria entered the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani after intense street fighting with Kurdish forces

2 Japanese, 1 American Win Nobel Prize in Physics

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, an efficient, environment-friendly light source that triggered a transformation of lighting technology scientists had struggled with for decades

People Are Complaining the iPhone 6 Rips Out Their Hair

Some users of Apple’s newest phones are complaining their hair has gotten caught on the devices whenever they make calls. Specifically, they vented that pieces were getting stuck in the seam between the phone’s glass screen and its aluminum back

Meet the Lawyers Fighting for Religious Freedom

Arguing for a Muslim prisoner’s right to grow a beard is just the latest effort for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the small, non-profit public interest law firm that won the Hobby Lobby case, and whose lawyers are shaking up Washington for a simple reason: they win

Enterovirus Killed 4-Year-Old Boy, Says Medical Examiner

The illness that has sickened more than 500 people across the U.S. is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, a state medical examiner determined. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that four people infected with the virus had died

Hong Kong Student Leaders, Government Agree to Talks

The leadership of Hong Kong’s democracy movement agreed to engage in formal dialogue with the government on Monday night, after the ninth day of protests began with protesters visibly flagging from their prolonged occupation of three key areas of the city

Facebook Completes Its Massive Purchase of WhatsApp

The popular instant-messaging app has been operating independently since agreeing to an acquisition by the social-media giant back in February, but the finalizing of the deal is undoubtedly a step toward greater support, and control, from Facebook

Coffee-Bean Prices Hit Highest Level in 2 1/2 Years

Arabica-coffee prices reached their highest level in two and a half years on Monday, after projections for continued dry weather in Brazil sowed worries about lackluster future harvests. The country’s recent harvest was the smallest in three years

Seattle Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Seattle City Council followed in Minneapolis’ footsteps on Monday and unanimously approved the redesignation, which acknowledges that Native Americans were living in North America well before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492

Shatner Cameo Rumored for Star Trek 3

William Shatner is rumored to be reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk for a cameo in Roberto Orci’s Star Trek 3. However, the star himself has anything but confirmed the gossip, tweeting: “Right now it’s just rhetoric to cause hype”

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