Morning Must Reads: February 6

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Engine Failed on TransAsia Flight

TransAsia Airways Flight 235 experienced engine failure shortly before it crashed in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, on Wednesday, says the executive director of Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council. The news comes as TransAsia announced that the death toll has risen to 35

Behind the Fifty Shades Boycott

A social-media movement is pre-emptively objecting to the upcoming film’s supposed glamorization of violence, especially violent sex

Jordan Goes to War With ISIS

Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed ISIS targets on Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned a captured Jordanian pilot to death

Katy Perry Getting Mobile Game

Katy Perry this week signed an exclusive, five-year partnership to create a free mobile game with Glu Mobile Inc, the mobile developers that created Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The game will launch on iOS and Android platforms at the end of the year

RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy

RadioShack filed for bankruptcy, marking an ignominious end for the 94-year-old retailer that had sold the first mass-market computer. The company will turn space in 1,750 of its stores over to Sprint

Rebels, Ukrainian Forces Agree on Humanitarian Corridor

The pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine say they have reached an agreement with government forces on a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the epicenter of fighting. More than 5,300 people have been killed since the separatist insurgency flared up in April

Tiger Woods Withdraws From Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods walked off the course after 11 holes, citing tightness in his lower back, eventually withdrawing from game. In his last six tournaments since back surgery last March, he has missed the cut three times and withdrawn from two tournaments

Sacred Sperm Film Explores Jewish Taboos

Like so many parents, Ori Gruder was grappling with how to talk to his 10-year-old son about sex. Being a member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox religious community, which tends to keep discussions of sexuality to a whisper, made the task even more difficult

China May Be Behind the Anthem Attack

State-sponsored Chinese hackers may have been behind the massive cyberattack on the American insurer Anthem that was uncovered last month and resulted in the theft of sensitive information belonging to an estimated 80 million customers

911 Call in Marion ‘Suge’ Knight’s Murder Case Released

A 911 recording made by a witness to a hit-and-run incident involving Marion “Suge” Knight has been released. The 49-year-old rap mogul has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering Terry Cater and attempting to kill Cle “Bone” Sloan

Undersea Volcanoes May Be Impacting Climate Change

A new study claims that volcanic eruptions along the ocean floor may impact earth’s climate cycle and that predictive models, including those that analyze humanity’s impact on climate change, may need to be modified

Potheads Finally Have Their Own Dating App

A company in Denver has come up with a dating app similar to Tinder, but geared toward marijuana users. With High There!, users create profiles and swipe through the photos of potential dates, optimizing possible matches according to consumption preferences

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