Morning Must Reads: November 7

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Bin Laden Killer Revealed

The identity of the Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011 was a closely held secret until a site operated by former SEALs recently disclosed the name, pushing Robert O’Neill, a 38-year-old Montana native, to come forward

Why People Text and Drive

A new study surveyed 1,000 drivers and found that 98% of those who text every day and drive frequently say the practice is dangerous

Home Depot Hack Hit Emails

The hack earlier this year compromised 56 million credit-card accounts, but a new report finds 53 million customer email addresses were also exposed

U.S. Service Members in Iraq Reported Chemical Exposure

More than 600 American service members who served in Iraq since 2003 told medical personnel they may have have been exposed to chemical warfare agents. A Pentagon review reveals it did not offer sufficient tracking and treatment to those who came forward

Air Bag Manufacturer Takata Hid Flunked Tests

Japanese company Takata, under fire for producing faulty air bags that have led to the recall of more than 14 million automobiles worldwide, reportedly hid the results of 2004 tests that revealed their products could rupture and cause injury or death

Court Upholds Gay Marriage Bans in Four States

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Attorneys for gay plaintiffs will ask the high court to hear their arguments, and the new split among the federal appeals courts makes it more likely the justices will agree

Toy Story 4 Is Happening

Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are coming back to the big screen in June 2017 for yet another film in the iconic Pixar series. And John Lasseter — who created Toy Story in 1996 — will return for the film, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during a quarterly-earnings call

Slim Majority of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

Fifty-one percent of Americans support the legalization of pot, according to a new Gallup poll that was conducted from Oct. 12 to 15. That figure is down from 2013, when 58% said they were in favor, but similar to the numbers from 2011 and 2012

Prosecutors Drop Hit Man Charge Against AC/DC Drummer

Prosecutors in New Zealand dropped the “attempting to procure murder charge” against Phil Rudd on Friday morning, a day after he was arrested during a police raid. However, Rudd still faces charges of “threatening to kill” and two counts of drug possession

Obama Sent Secret Letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader

President Barack Obama wrote a secret letter to Iran’s Ayatullah Ali Khamenei last month, laying out a shared interest in fighting the militant group ISIS. Khamenei has been critical of U.S.-led strikes, claiming the West is using the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria as an excuse to intervene in the Middle East

Man Accused of Running First-Ever Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

A Texas man was charged with fraud in New York on Thursday, in what authorities claim is the first ever Ponzi scheme involving the digital currency Bitcoin. Trendon Shavers, 32, allegedly raised the equivalent of $4.5 million by offering investors massive rates of return

Haiyan Survivors Still Struggle One Year After Supertyphoon

Supertyphoon Haiyan was the world’s strongest recorded storm when it tore through the eastern Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, claiming 6,300 lives and displacing millions. Despite international relief efforts, survivors are still in the process of rebuilding their lives

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