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FERGUSON ON EDGE "As reporters flocked back to this St. Louis suburb following the ambush shooting of two officers outside the police department overnight, residents, law enforcement, and protesters were on edge. Many said they were angered that a gunman’s bullets may threaten to interrupt a community on the cusp of significant change." [Mariah Stewart, HuffPost]
PREVENTATIVE POLICING PROGRAMS ARE ON THE RISE A new focus on "community policing," as well as a federal pilot program aimed at "reducing racial bias," could be headed to your city. [AP]
SECRET SERVICE SCANDAL DETAILS KEEP GETTING WORSE Turns out the two agents, who allegedly hit a White House security barricade while driving drunk, also interrupted an active bomb investigation. [WaPo]
UN CONSIDERS DROPPING IRAN SANCTIONS IN LIGHT OF POTENTIAL NUCLEAR DEAL "Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said." [Reuters]
AMERICAN AND BRITISH AID WORKERS CONTRACT EBOLA The first American to contract the deadly virus in months is being flown back to the National Institutes of Health for treatment. [NYT]
FOG DELAYS RECOVERY OF BODIES IN HELICOPTER CRASH "Grieving families and comrades of 11 soldiers and Marines whose Black Hawk helicopter slammed into the water during a training exercise can only wait until the dense fog clears and rough seas calm enough for their bodies to be recovered from the wreckage, which settled in just 25 feet of water." [AP]
SMARTPHONE APP WILL ASSIST RAPE INVESTIGATIONS IN DEVELOPING WORLD "MediCapt will serve as a vital tool in collecting evidence and information on cases concerning sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), TakePart reported. The cell phone app, set to be released in 2016, will digitize the process in which field workers and medical professionals gather and save information provided by rape victims." [Robbie Couch, HuffPost]
A STANFORD NEUROSURGEON'S PARTING WISDOM ON WHAT TIME MEANS IN LIFE "That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing." [WaPo]
COULD YOU LIVE ON $1,000-A-MONTH AS A SINGLE PARENT? Find out. [Play Spent]
THE WORST NFL FREE AGENCY DEALS THIS SEASON These teams have made some horrible mistakes. [Grantland]
ALL THE PHOTOS OF KATE MIDDLETON ON THE SET OF 'DOWNTON ABBEY' You're welcome. [HuffPost]
'FROZEN 2' IS OFFICIAL Parents, ready your earmuffs. [HuffPost]
KATHY GRIFFIN HAS LEFT 'FASHION POLICE' The replacement for Joan Rivers left the show after only seven episodes. [HuffPost]
KERRY WASHINGTON IS SET TO PLAY ANITA HILL In an HBO biopic about the scandal surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's confirmation. [HuffPost]
LONELINESS CAN BE AS BAD AS OBESITY "'Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah looked at nearly 35 years of studies on how loneliness, social isolation and living alone can affect your lifespan and what they found was startling. 'We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously,' the study's lead author Julianne Holt-Lunstad said in a statement." [HuffPost]
MAYOR WALSH: EXAMINING BOSTON'S TECH INNOVATIONS From air quality egg readers to advanced city metrics, Boston is on the cutting edge of innovation as a city. [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
FOR THE MOM WHO SENT HER KID TO SCHOOL WITHOUT SOCKS TODAY "Thank you … We moms can be so hard on ourselves, and, in turn, so hard on one another. I realized then and there that sometimes the nicest thing we can do for each other is just be human." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Internet rage is so much worse than road rage.
~ What happens when Taylor Swift tweets about your EP.
~ The route of the best American road trip.
~ Blake Lively looks beautiful in any decade.
~ HBO wants more than seven seasons of "Game of Thrones," and nobody's mad about it.
~ Historical fact of the day: America is only four presidents' lifetimes old.
~ AMC really wanted a Peggy or Sally "Mad Men" spinoff.
~ Following one of the best climbers in the world.
~ How deaths are determined worthy of presidential notice.
~ College tuition continues to outpace inflation.
~ This parody of privilege in San Francisco is one for the ages.
~ Prince just dropped a single. Casual.
~ Your brain on ‘shrooms.
~ The poop emoji is actually a variant of the ice cream emoji. Mind blown.
~ Watch Robert Downey Jr. give this little fella an actual bionic arm.
~ We have a name and release date for the stand-alone "Star Wars" movie.
~ The play-by-play of what happens when you get a tattoo.
~ And only at SXSW will a St. Bernard dog be sent to your rescue if your phone is dying.
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