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Cheat Sheet - The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord

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October 27, 2014
Abu Omar al-Shishani, the ISIS figurehead, learned intelligence operations from the U.S. during murky post-Soviet conflicts in Eastern Europe. Some say his older brother, who has a similar striking red beard, may be the real genius behind ISIS. The Daily Beast goes to Georgia to track down their mother and father and discover how two boys grew up to become the world's most feared terrorists.
With the West African Ebola epidemic still raging out of control, Americans, confronted with their first few cases, are taking on the tough questions: Can Ebola be transmitted by a bowling ball? Kent Sepkowitz argues that the New York-New Jersey quarantine, despite Sunday's "loosening," is counterproductive, unscientific, and panic-inducing.

Gia Soriano, one of four students wounded in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle last Friday, has died, hospital officials said. The girl, who was 14, suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the shooting spree by another teenager, identified as Jaylen Fryberg. She had been in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," Dr. Joanne Roberts said in a statement on behalf of Gia's family. "Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her." Another teenager, Zoe Galasso, also was killed in the attack; she was mourned during a candlelight vigil at the school Sunday.


St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed Sunday in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, police confirmed. Taveras' girlfriend, identified by local media as Edilia Arvelo, also died in the crash. Taveras, 22, was considered one of the top hitting prospects in baseball since his first at-bat in the minor leagues. He and his girlfriend died in an accident on a stretch of highway as they were heading toward his hometown of Sosua. The Cardinals released a statement expressing condolences as well as shock at the sudden absence of their rising star. "I simply can't believe it," General Manager John Moseliak said in a club statement. Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. added: "We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family." The cause of the crash was not immediately known. 

Liberian pastors are linking the virus to homosexuality, making gay people literally afraid to walk the streets. Jay Michaelson discusses how homophobes, conservatives, and liberals alike all tend to blame "the other" when things go wrong.

S. Korea Ferry Captain Could Be Executed
Prosecution calls for death penalty.
Cuomo Loosens NY Ebola Quarantines
Christie hangs tough with small concession.
Boko Haram Uses Girls as Fighters
Kidnapping victims.
Quarantined Ebola Nurse Hires Top Lawyer
Defending her civil rights.
'Kotter' Star Marcia Strassman Dies
Succumbs to breast cancer at 66.

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