Wednesday's Morning Email: U.S. Takes Responsibility for Deadly Kunduz Airstrike

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U.S. TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEADLY KUNDUZ HOSPITAL AIRSTRIKE "The U.S. military took responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, calling it a mistake and vowing to hold people accountable. Saturday's strike on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), killed 22 people and deeply angered the medical charity." MSF is calling for an "independent fact-finding mission" about the tragedy. And watch Gen. John Campbell discuss the fatal mistake. [Reuters]

MEET THE THREE WHO WON THE NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar received the honor for their work in the "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." [Jade Walker, HuffPost]

AP: NUCLEAR SMUGGLERS TRIED TO SELL RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL TO ISIS "In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium -- enough to contaminate several city blocks -- and specifically sought a buyer from the Islamic State group." [AP]

HOW A CHEMICAL ATTACK CAN FOREVER CHANGE A FAMILY A look into the human consequences of chemical warfare. [NYT]

MASS KILLERS BUILD OFF EACH OTHER'S BLUEPRINTS "As mass shootings have become ever more familiar, experts have come to understand them less as isolated expressions of rage and more as acts that build on the blueprints of previous rampages. Experts in violence prevention say that many, if not most, perpetrators of such shootings have intensively researched earlier mass attacks, often expressing admiration for those who carried them out." And here's why gun control laws remain untouched. [NYT]

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U.S. TO RELEASE 6,000 FEDERAL INMATES BY NOV. 2 The "largest one-time release of federal prisoners" will "reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades." [WaPo]

LINKEDIN MAY OWE YOU $1,500 The company is paying out the cash to users whose emails they used to spam potential new LinkedIn users. [Dominique Mosbergen, HuffPost]

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LATINOS BREAK THE MOLD "It's hard to define Latino identity. Some people, when they think of Latinos, think of stereotypes: short people with dark hair and bronze skin. They don't realize there are no limits to what we can look like. " [HuffPost]

INTRODUCING TWITTER'S MOMENTS The new feature highlights the best on Twitter for the day -- even if you're not following the person. [The Verge]

INSIDE THE BATTLE AGAINST WHOLE MILK "U.S. dietary guidelines have long recommended that people steer clear of whole milk, and for decades, Americans have obeyed. Whole milk sales shrunk. It was banned from school lunch programs. Purchases of low-fat dairy climbed. ... Whether this massive shift in eating habits has made anyone healthier is an open question among scientists, however. In fact, research published in recent years indicates that the opposite might be true: Millions might have been better off had they stuck with whole milk." [WaPo]

SCIENCE THINKS YOU SHOULD CUDDLE WITH CATS MORE Normally we're puppy people, but hey, if science says so ... [HuffPost]

'TWILIGHT' IS NEVER REALLY OVER Stephanie Meyer has released a new book where she swaps the genders of the protagonists. Bella becomes Beau and Edward becomes Edythe in the book released on the 10th anniversary of the teen classic. [HuffPost]

VULTURE DECODES NETFLIX'S STRONG FEMALE LEAD CATEGORIES Featuring "What to Watch When You’ve Done Something Terrible (and Want to Feel Better About It by Watching Somebody Do Something Significantly More Terrible)" and "When Being an Adult Is Too Hard (and You Need to See Other People Doing an Even Worse Job at It)," among others. [Vulture]


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UK GRANDPARENTS JUST GOT SOME BABYSITTING LEEWAY "While in the U.S., new parents are still fighting for paid maternity and paternity leaves, in the U.K., grandparents can take their turn at nappy-changing. Under the plan that was just announced, parents are allowed to transfer part of their year-long family leave to their new child's grandparents." [HuffPost]


WIFE AND WIDOW "One does not cancel out the other. I can be both a wife to a man on this earth whom I love, and the widow to a man I fulfilled my vows to -- a man I will always love. I often have people ask me if I ever stop missing him or thinking about him -- especially since I'm re-married now. The answer is simple. No." [HuffPost]


~ Start stockpiling pumpkin everything: Experts warn the pumpkin crop this year may not be enough for the pumpkin pie demand in November.

~ Six were charged in a U.N. corruption scheme that saw a former General Assembly president take in over $3 million in bribes.

~ In light of AB InBev's $104 billion play for SABMiller, check out the 100 best beers in the world.

~ Succulents in pumpkins? Yes, DIY Halloween is officially here.

~ Historical fun fact of the day: Women in Illinois used to be able to drink at 18 as they were considered more mature than men.

~ Kourtney Kardashian posed nude for Vanity Fair.

~ McSweeney's nails it with its "Nihilistic Password Security Questions."

~ Tom Hanks found someone's ID in the park, and is trying to get it back to her, in the most Tom Hanks-iest nice guy thing ever.

~ There are a whole lot of ominous drums in the newest "Hunger Games" trailer.

~ The Atlantic asks: When do workers stop getting raises?

~ Rihanna talks her breakup and reunion with Chris Brown in Vanity Fair's November cover story.

~ How genetics play into catching the bubonic plague.

~ Inside JoJo's comeback.

~ And the big thing you missed on "How I Met Your Mother."

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