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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cheat Sheet - The Ebola Orphans

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October 14, 2014

Ebola's toll on Liberia isn't only counted in casualties: 2,000 children have been orphaned by the disease that's killed their parents, Abby Haglage reports. The tragedy is compounded because neighbors are often afraid to care for these orphans, leaving them forsaken in the midst of a crisis.


On Tuesday, photos surfaced on North Korean state media of Kim Jong Un visiting a housing development and a scientific academy, surrounded by smiling workers. However, no date was indicated on the photos, so it is unclear when the visit occurred. Kim noticeably appeared with a cane to support himself. Last week, North Korean media reported he injured his leg while drilling with military officials. In still photographs broadcast by Pyongyang, Kim appeared sitting, once with a cigarette in his hand while his aides stood and once being driven in a green golf cart. The elusive North Korean leader sparked rumors of a coup or worse by spending more than a month out of the public eye. Questions about his health and leadership only escalated when Kim missed a key political event and a parliamentary session last Friday.


A double-decker tour bus carrying 50 to 60 passengers flipped on to its side early Tuesday morning in Indiana. Authorities say six to eight people were seriously injured and 20 to 25 suffered moderate to minor injuries. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 when the driver attempted to swerve to avoid an accident that occurred about 10 minutes earlier, according to State Police Sgt. Shawn O'Keefe. The roads were also slick from overnight storms, making the driving more treacherous. "The driver apparently didn't see it because of the rain or something and swerved to avoid it. The bus driver swerved and ended up turning the bus over on its side and it went into the median," said O'Keefe. Police have not confirmed who owned the bus, but its destination board said it was headed for Chicago.


All seemed well and good when The New York Times and The Guardian began their cooperative agreement for reporting on Edward Snowden's trove of NSA files last year. Now some at the Gray Lady feel hemmed in by London's total control over the cache, reports Lloyd Grove. While The Guardian may have say over how and when the Times can publish these pieces, Executive Editor Dean Baquet denies any resentment.


Billionaire Chris Cline pulled strings to speed up Wisconsin's ironing-mining permit process, and he helped kick out a freshman Democratic state senator along the way. The tactics of "dark money" groups are rarely revealed, thanks to the 2010 Citizens United ruling. But a recently exposed court filing shows how secret money to nonprofits can buy these groups legislation and the legislators to pass them, reports Theodoric Meyer at ProPublica.

UN Worker Dies of Ebola in Germany
Contracted it working in Liberia.
Weed Reveal
Oregon First Lady Bought Land for Pot
News follows admission about sham marriage.
Russian Hackers Target NATO, EU
Looking for data on Ukraine, energy.
Terror Suspect Had Tony Blair's Address
Six more suspects arrested in U.K.
Catalonia Calls Off Independence Vote
Regional leader insists on unofficial vote, instead.

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