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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cheat Sheet - U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

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October 20, 2014
While the U.S. leads a coalition against ISIS, truckloads of American foodstuffs, medical supplies, and even whole clinics are going toward building ISIS's "caliphate." U.S. aid convoys often have to pay off ISIS leaders to let them deliver their goods to needy civilians trapped in their strongholds, reports Jamie Dettmer. Meanwhile, ISIS feels no disgrace taking charity from their foe.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass Sunday night to break a tie with Brett Favre and snag the NFL's record for career touchdown passes. Manning hit the milestone just three years after spinal fusion surgery, in what has been a remarkable restart to his career. Flash bulbs lit up around Sports Authority Field as Manning moved past Favre with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers. The game marked Manning's 246th regular-season start, while Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 regular-season starts. With 509 touchdown passes, Manning is now 135 passes ahead of the next active quarterback, the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, who has 374 career scoring passes. The pass to Thomas gave Manning three touchdowns in the game and made it his 89th career game with at least three touchdown passes. The Broncos won, 42-17.

America swoons over Cory Booker, but his actual constituents are not nearly as keen on the charming senator from New Jersey. As mayor of Newark, Booker cut the police force while homicides and violent crime spiked, reports Olivia Nuzzi. Now that Booker is in D.C., he may face bigger questions about alleged Jersey-style corruption.

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be officially free of the Ebola virus. Nigeria has not had a confirmed case of the disease for 42 days, or two incubation periods of 21 days. WHO also declared Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday. Nigeria's success is drawing attention from many fighting the spreading virus who are impressed that the country's efforts to contain the disease with an underfunded and ill-equipped health system. "It's possible to control Ebola. It's possible to defeat Ebola. We've seen it here in Nigeria," said Onyebuchi Chukwu, the country's health minister. The country experienced 20 cases of Ebola, and the virus ultimately killed eight people. Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone continue to struggle with thousands of cases and deaths.

The hair of a wallaby at the Buffalo Zoo helped scientists confirm that Ebola is tens of millions years old. Knowing Ebola evolved during the rise of mammals may help us understand why certain animals can act as carriers and be unharmed by the virus, reports Michael Daly. Discovering how Ebola has survived may hold the key to its defeat.

San Francisco Bans Lorde's 'Royals'
Until the World Series is over.
2 Japanese Ministers Resign Hours Apart
Allegations of misuse of funds and election violations.
ISIS Attempts Rebel Kidnapping in Turkey
ISIS active within NATO borders.
Ex-Nazis Got Millions in Social Security
As part of deals to leave the U.S.
Liberian President on Ebola: Save Us
Sirleaf urges global response in open letter.

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