OBAMA TO LEAVE 5,500 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN "President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor." [AP]
U.S. CUSTOMS COMPUTERS WORKING AGAIN U.S. Customs and Border Protection is unclear on what caused its systems to go down for 90 minutes Wednesday night. [Kelly Chen, HuffPost]
CONGRESSMAN CONFIRMS BENGHAZI COMMITTEE DESIGNED TO GO AFTER CLINTON "Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth," Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) said. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
149 KIDS RESCUED IN SEX TRAFFICKING BUST The FBI arrested 150 pimps and saved 149 kids across the country in a sex trafficking sting. [Andy Campbell, HuffPost]
WHY BERNIE SANDERS DIDN'T LOSE THE DEBATE While pundits declared Hillary Clinton the winner, poll numbers and a $1.4 million fundraising haul suggest Bernie Sanders did pretty well for himself. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
DETAILS EMERGE IN LAMAR ODOM COLLAPSE Authorities released the 911 call and said Odom had been taking cocaine and sexual performance-enhancing supplements in the days before being found unconscious. Odom is still hospitalized in critical condition. [Andy Campbell, HuffPost]
A TODDLER HAS SHOT HIMSELF OR OTHERS ONCE A WEEK THIS YEAR "[There are] at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself." [WaPo]
INTRODUCING 'NOW WHAT WITH RYAN DUFFY' The 10-episode original docu-series hosted by former Vice correspondent Ryan Duffy kicks off its first episode with an exploration of the heated fight against global warming in the Amazon rain forest, where illegal gold mining and logging is causing massive deforestation. [HuffPost]
SOUTHWEST FLIGHTS ARE GOING FOR $49 Wanna get away? [WaPo]
MEET THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS FAN OF ALL TIME And pack some tissues for this profile of Marvin Jarman. [SB Nation]
COULD THIS BE THE END OF TIPPING? Legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer is ending tipping at all of his NYC restaurants. [NY Eater]
ADDING TO WEIRD FLORIDA LORE Monkeys are a booming business in the craziest state. [Bloomberg]
'IS WAR BECOMING MORE HUMANE?' "Devices like laser-guided bombs and nonlethal weapons have the potential to reduce civilian casualties and wanton suffering. But as these new technologies emerge, are humans actually becoming more ethical about waging war, or is killing just becoming easier?" [Gizmodo]
THE GUY WHO EDITS ALL YOUR WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES "Since joining Wikipedia a decade ago, 32-year-old Justin Anthony Knapp (username 'koavf') has established himself as the the site’s most active contributor of all time. He has made an astonishing 1,485,342 edits (an average of 385 per day), ranging in topic from Taylor Swift to the history of blacksmithing." [Priceonomics]
JORDANIAN COUPLE SHARES WEDDING FEAST WITH REFUGEES "A newly married couple in Jordan made their wedding day even more magical by sharing their first dinner as husband and wife with over 200 refugees living in the country's capital. Newlyweds Mutaz Mango and Basma Omar teamed up with local nonprofit Collateral Repair Project to invite refugees from Amman's Hashmi al-Shamali neighborhood to their wedding party on Oct. 2." [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ The ten best restaurants in the U.S. (Warning: NYC has a bit of a monopoly).
~ "America's Next Top Model" is calling it quits after 22 cycles. But have you mastered your fierce look yet?!?
~ Bernie Sanders can bust a move.
~ Guards really didn't care that El Chapo's jail cell sounded like a construction site.
~ What black holes sound like.
~ What the Internet giveth, it can take away.
~ The investment secrets of Al Gore.
~ Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Murphy are teaming up for a musical dramedy.
~ We hardly recognize Ben Affleck after he shaved his beard.
~ Behind the Skype sounds you all know and love.
~ Someone in the MLB needs to draft this swordsman, stat.
~ The 24-year-old woman running for Congress.
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