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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Is the Media Holding Back on Snowden Secrets?

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October 14, 2014
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.

The World Health Organization now predicts there could be as many as 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week in just two months. That grim prediction was made by WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Bruce Aylward at a press conference Tuesday. For the past month, there have been around 1,000 new cases each week. The WHO also estimates Ebola's death rate to be at 70 percent, up from the 50 percent it initially said. "A lot more people will die," said Aylward, if the world does not do more to fight the spread of the virus. He said WHO is focusing on providing treatment and combating the challenges of West Africa's broken health system. "It would be horrifically unethical to say that we're just going to isolate people," he said. More than 4,000 have already died.

Amazingly, the Danes, Finns, Hungarians, and Swedes currently say it's legal to have sex with animals as long as the animals are not hurt. But … how would can we tell if an animal enjoys human sex? Barbie Latza Nadeau reports if the law doesn't change, Denmark could become the "Wild West of animal sex tourism."

Facebook and Apple are becoming the first two major U.S. companies to cover costs for female employees who want to freeze their eggs. Facebook has already started covering the procedure, which costs about $10,000 per round plus $500 for annual storage, and Apple will begin to do so in January. Egg freezing allows many women to extend their window of fertility, letting them devote years to working on their careers without worrying about the biological clock. Egg-freezing advocates see the coverage as forward-thinking, which is especially unsurprising for Facbeook, considering its "lean in" COO Sheryl Sandberg. However, the policy may also send a negative message. "Would potential female associates welcome this option knowing that they can work hard early on and still reproduce, if they so desire, later on?" asked Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School. "Or would they take this as a signal that the firm thinks that working there as an associate and pregnancy are incompatible?"


A 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania was charged with homicide Monday in the death of a 90-year-old woman. Police say Tristen Kurilla, 10, repeatedly punched Helen Novak, 90, until she died. Kurilla will be charged as an adult and is locked in Wayne County Correctional Facility without bail. On Saturday, Kurilla visited his grandfather, who was a caretaker for Novak. Kurilla "went into Novak's room and asked her a question and then she yelled for him to get out," according to Kurilla's mother's statement in the affidavit. She said her son "got mad and lost his temper" and put a cane around Novak's throat. He then proceeded to "pull Novak down on the bed and held the cane on her throat. He then punched her repeatedly." After an autopsy was performed on Novak, her death was ruled a homicide.

Jimmy John's Mandates Non-Compete Clause
Workers sue, calling it "oppressive."
Ann Romney: 'Done' With White House Run
Launches medical center for brain diseases.
Kesha Sues Producer for Sex Assault
Dr. Luke worked with her for 10 years.
American Shot Dead in Saudi Arabia
Another wounded by the gunman.

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