TERRORISM FEARS GROW IN CANADA “Long a target of extremist threats, Canada has for decades avoided foreign-linked terrorist killings on its soil. But the deaths of two soldiers in the past three days in separate attacks has fueled fears of an uptick of such violence.” Here’s a map of the trail of the Parliament shooter who terrorized Ottawa yesterday, and meet Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms, who calmly took out the shooter with his own gun. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the nation would not be intimidated by such acts of terrorism. [WSJ]
SYRIAN FORCES TO BE TRAINED TO DEFEND “The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom are concerned that the approach is flawed.” [WaPo]
NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVELERS FROM WEST AFRICA All incoming travelers from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone must self-report their temperatures for 21 days after arriving in the U.S. [NYT]
ACCOUNTS BACK OFFICER’S STORY IN MICHAEL BROWN CASE “Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body … more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events…” The Justice Department has decried the series of leaks in this contentious case as a ploy to “influence public opinion.” [WaPo]
THESE STATES IMPRISON MORE PEOPLE PER CAPITA THAN RUSSIA Louisiana has a lot of people in lock-up. [HuffPost]
FOUR BLACKWATER GUARDS CONVICTED IN 2007 SHOOTINGS “Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that they had shown ‘a grave indifference’ to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail.” [AP]
ANOTHER WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER This one got stopped pretty fast by two dogs. [CNN]
APPLE PAY HAS BEEN DOUBLE CHARGING Some Bank of America customers have been charged twice for transactions. [HuffPost]
ROYALS TIE UP THE SERIES The Kansas City Royals’ bats rallied last night for a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. [AP]
UNC ATHLETES BUFFERED GPAs WITH FAKE CLASSES “It was November 2009, and alarm was spreading among the academic counselors charged with bolstering the grades of football players at the University of North Carolina. For years the players and others had been receiving A’s and B’s in nonexistent classes in the African studies department, but the administrator who had set up and run the fake classes had just retired, taking all those easy grades with her.” [NYT]
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS WASN’T THE ACADEMY’S FIRST CHOICE TO HOST He was the fourth. [The Hollywood Reporter]
MEET GOOGLE’S INBOX Email as you know it is over. [Google Blog]
INTRODUCING THE CHESTNUT PRALINE LATTE Because that pumpkin spice latte is so September. [Grubstreet]
FREE SHIPPING GETTING EXPENSIVE “Retailers including Amazon.com Inc., Best Buy Co. and Gap Inc. are boosting the amount online shoppers must spend to qualify for free shipping, hoping to cover the growing cost of providing the perk. On average, a customer now has to spend $82 on merchandise to qualify for free shipping, based on July data from 113 major retailers—up from $76 the same month a year earlier, according to StellaService Inc., which collects data about online shopping.” [WSJ]
IT’S ALMOST ENGAGEMENT SEASON How much should you be spending on that ring? [Who What Wear]
GARDENS FOR THE BLIND AND DEAF “There has been a growing movement to include what are known as ‘sensory gardens’ in many schools for children with disabilities, as well as many botanical gardens and children’s hospitals. Sensory gardens are gardens that are designed not only to be accessible to people with disabilities, such as having winding paths appropriate for wheelchairs, but to ‘systematically and sensitively nourish the five basic senses...’”[Daily Beast]
WATCH OUT FOR THE ECLIPSE TONIGHT Find out the best time to watch it in your area. [HuffPost]
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STRUGGLES OF A SINGLE PARENT “I am terrified of failing my girl. This terror is like white-knuckled hands tightly gripping my neck. Some days I am more terrified than others. I don't want to be scared, but I am.” [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The FSU marching band’s rendition of “All the Single Ladies” will brighten your Thursday morning.
~ Billy Bob Thornton discusses those blood vials he had with Angelina Jolie.
~ If you’re faking being comatose, don’t go shopping in a grocery store.
~ Here’s Johnny Depp in his wolf costume for “Into the Woods.”
~ People still drink a lot of Smirnoff Ice.
~ Facebook rolled out a midterm elections dashboard.
~ How we really feel at art museums.
~ Based off the first full trailer, are all our superhero favorites going to die in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”?
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