OREGON SCHOOL SHOOTER KILLS 9, WOUNDS 7 Chris Harper Mercer was identified as the shooter who killed nine people and wounded seven others before killing himself Thursday at Umpqua Community College, a small community college in Roseberg, Oregon. According to initial reports, Mercer allegedly targeted Christians in his rampage, which he may have hinted at on online messaging boards the day before. President Barack Obama made an impassioned speech following the shooting, asking for an end to gun violence that we've become "numb to." This is the 45th school shooting this year. [Andy Campbell, Matt Ferner and Michael McLaughlin, HuffPost]
RUSSIA: AIRSTRIKES COULD LAST 3 TO 4 MONTHS The declaration from Russia’s parliament of the length of the airstrikes comes on the heels of condemnation from Turkey and its partners in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. Take a look at the mapped battle for Syria. [Reuters]
AT LEAST 15 MILLION CUSTOMER RECORDS STOLEN FROM T-MOBILE Names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and passport numbers were all stolen in the hack, which the company discovered in mid-September. [Reuters]
VATICAN: KIM DAVIS MEETING 'NOT A FORM OF SUPPORT' "The Vatican said Friday that Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, 'should not be considered a form of support of her position.'" [AP]
WATCH YOUR MORNING NEWS Check out HuffPost's new morning newsbrief. [HuffPost]
EAST COAST PREPARES FOR HURRICANE JOAQUIN It’s still unclear where the Category 4 hurricane will actually make landfall. [NYT]
HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER: MIGRANTS 'LOOK MORE LIKE AN ARMY THAN ASYLUM SEEKERS' "Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that while he did not reject the right of any country to try to solve its demographic problems 'with young men from the Arab world who look like warriors,' it was unacceptable 'to have this forced upon Hungary.'" [AP]
HOW MUCH MOBILE ADS COST ON EACH WEBSITE How much you're paying for ads versus editorial content on your phone. [NYT]
AMERICA'S SWEETHEART GOES AFTER DONALD TRUMP Jennifer Lawrence said this week that a Trump presidency would be the "end of the world." She also managed to stuff a bunch of marshmallows in her mouth, because she's the best. [HuffPost]
SBARRO: TRYING TO MOVE OUTSIDE THE MALL The pizza chain would like to be the next Domino's. [WSJ]
NOBODY LIKES CHINA'S RICH KIDS "The fuerdai, China’s second-generation rich kids, are the most loathed group in the country. They’re also its future." [Bloomberg]
THIS MAN HAS MORE THAN 100 CHILDREN They literally call him the "babymaker." [GQ]
HOW IT FEELS TO BE OLD "Everywhere I look now, I seem to stumble upon new writing about old age by those who are themselves old, personal and creative accounts of the many subcultures and subjectivities of old age, and I feel increasingly ashamed of my earlier ignorance of this blossoming body of work." [The New Yorker]
GIVING SEX OFFENDERS A SECOND CHANCE "Since 1988, the [Hawaii] program has treated more than 800 sex offenders like Conner, setting them on a path to a crime-free life at a remarkable rate: Just 20 of its 'graduates' have returned to prison for a new sex crime." [HuffPost]
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SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE "When you're doing everything, something has to give. What gave was my health. I wasn't working out. I wasn't eating right. And above all, I wasn't sleeping." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ This wedding photo in Sydney could not be any more unbelievably gorgeous.
~ Bad news bears: Dunkin' Donuts is closing 100 stores in the U.S.
~ The crew on this week's "So That Happened" runs through why Elizabeth Warren consistently proves that all the politicians in D.C. could use a reality check.
~ As Vulture asks, how many Nicholas Sparks tropes can you spot in this movie trailer?
~ Nope, you can't unsee this photo of Donald Trump with a man bun.
~ How science thinks you should commute.
~ Cam Newton can give one helluva dead-eyed stare.
~ We only love Kate Winslet more after hearing why she keeps her Oscar in her bathroom.
~ Serena Williams opened up about the loss that “broke her heart.”
~ Is H&M Beauty the new Sephora?
~ Tips on how to survive your first marathon.
~ Who is sucking up the most water in Bel Air?
~ Since winter is coming, "Game of Thrones" has a new coloring book to tide you over.
~ How to be the best kind of wedding date.
~ Harry Potter fans are trying to free Dobby in the U.K., because us Muggles are the best.
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