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MCDONALD'S TO FEEL THE HEAT "McDonald's, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they've been fearing for years. The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Thursday that Browning Ferris Industries, a waste management company, qualifies as a 'joint employer' alongside one of its subcontractors. The decision effectively loosens the standards for who can be considered a worker's boss under labor law, and its impact will be felt in any industry that relies on franchising or outsourcing work." [Dave Jamieson, HuffPost]
AUSTRIAN MIGRANT TRUCK HORROR WORSENS Investigators say more than 70 bodies have been found in an truck abandoned on the Austrian autobahn. The refugees most likely suffocated to death. [Reuters]
HOW DUPONT POISONED A TOWN Welcome to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where residents have been exposed to the toxic chemical C8 for years. [Mariah Blake, HuffPost]
MARKET RALLY MAY BE SHORT-LIVED "A rally spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy and a rebound in commodity prices lost some steam Friday, as European shares and U.S. stock futures slipped." [WSJ]
SENATOR MURPHY: CONGRESS GIVING 'QUIET ENDORSEMENT' TO MURDERERS On this week's "So That Happened" podcast, the crew tackles how to stop the Islamic State, hears from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on why Congress can't get gun control under control and contemplates the potential Biden-Warren showdown. [Zach Carter and Adriana Usero, HuffPost]
NASA: SEA LEVEL UP 3 INCHES Since 1992. [Reuters]
THE NEXT iPHONE RELEASE IS A LOT SOONER THAN YOU THINK As in, 11 days away. [Damon Beres, HuffPost]
HOW TO STOP VIDEO AUTOPLAY ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER Especially in light of the social media horror of the Virginia journalist killings. [Dominique Mosbergen, HuffPost]
FORGET THE INSTA SQUARE You can now take landscape and portrait photos all you want on Instagram. We're old-school, so we're sticking with the square, but we're dinosaurs. [Instagram]
WHAT THE WORLD WOULD LOOK LIKE WITHOUT HUMANS So many large mammals everywhere. [HuffPost]
WE’RE STILL NOT READY FOR THE NEXT KATRINA "Where the city’s geography is unique, its vulnerability is anything but. Just about every coastal city, state, or region is sitting on a similar confluence of catastrophic conditions. The seas are rising, a storm is coming, and critical infrastructure is dangerously exposed." [Wired]
THE SURPRISING FOODS OFF-LIMITS FOR VEGETARIANS No Starbursts?!?! [HuffPost]
THE BITCOIN KING "How a bullied geek forged an empire out of digital currency, and became a suspect in a half-billion-dollar heist." [Rolling Stone]
TALK NERDY TO ME All the nerd wedding ideas. [HuffPost]
THE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS OF THE YEAR ARE UNBELIEVABLE Just breathtaking. [HuffPost]
SO MUCH FOR INADEQUATE ELECTRIC CARS "Its price tag aside, the Tesla Model S P85D is nearly perfect. A year after Consumer Reports published a harsh critique of the electric sedan it once ranked above all other cars, Tesla's new speedy, all-wheel-drive version of the vehicle scored so high it shattered the rating system." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
THAT PARENTING CLICHE "Not all moments in motherhood are enjoyable or precious. In fact, some of them are, quite literally, sh*tty. Just because I don't particularly enjoy having bloody nipples and I don't cherish every dirty diaper I change and I don't like waking up every 45 minutes to receive a pacifier, doesn't mean that I'm not enjoying being a mom, or that I'm not soaking it all up." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The newest way to find cheap flights.
~ How to buy your girlfriend flowers.
~ The evolution of package delivery, from the Pony Express to drones.
~ The most embarrassing Google searches per state.
~ ICYMI, these twins trying to trick their mom into thinking they're asleep couldn't be cuter.
~ How Airbnb figures out the cost of a rental.
~ Betty White is headed to “Bones” as an intern.
~ Meet the traffic king of Reddit.
~ Spending $488 on school supplies is apparently a thing.
~ Always wanted to be Ariel? You can actually go to mermaid school.
~ You can watch the latest "Star Wars" teaser footage on the series’ Instagram account all day long.
~ All the music emojis.
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