Monday's Morning Email: Inside The Mysterious Russian Plane Crash

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OFFICIAL: RUSSIAN PLANE DID NOT CRASH BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL FAULT "The Russian airline whose jet crashed in Egypt killing everyone on board said on Monday the crash could not have been caused by a technical fault or human error. The crash, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, could only have been the result of some other 'technical or physical action' which caused it to break up in the air and plummet to the ground, said Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of the airline, Kogalymavia." The remains of more than half of the 224 victims were flown back to St. Petersburg today. Scenes of the crash show the devastation of the plane, which reportedly broke up at a high altitude. [Reuters]

ROYALS WIN WORLD SERIES Congrats to the Kansas City Royals, who won their first pennant since 1985 in a spectacular 12-inning rally. Check out the front page of the Kansas City Star. [Erick Fernandez]

GOP CANDIDATES FIGHT FOR MORE CONTROL OF DEBATES And the rift between 2016 contenders and the RNC widens. [WaPo]

A NEW ERA OF EARLY PRISON RELEASES "From Friday to Monday, more than 6,000 federal prisoners will be released earlier than they once expected, although nearly one-third of them are foreign citizens who will be handed over for likely deportation. Over the next few years, as a result of an across-the-board adjustment of federal drug penalties by the United States Sentencing Commission, tens of thousands more inmates may benefit from reductions in their terms, and new sentences will be somewhat shorter than they were in recent decades." Obama is set to announce a plan today to help former inmates reintegrate back into society. [NYT]

FRED THOMPSON HAS DIED Tributes have poured in for the former senator and actor, who died at 73 of lymphoma. [AP]

PARENTS IN CHINA, HOLD UP The two-child policy will not go into effect until it is approved by Chinese Parliament in March. And here's a look back at the devastation the one-child policy has caused in China. [Reuters]

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MEET THE WINNERS OF THE NYC MARATHON Kenya's Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany both finished in under two and a half hours. Pretty sure a marathon would take us two and a half days, so congrats guys. [AP]

CHIPOTLE CLOSES AT LEAST 43 STORES OVER E. COLI OUTBREAK At least 22 have fallen ill after eating at the contaminated stores in Oregon and Washington. [HuffPost]

HEIDI KLUM'S COSTUME WON HALLOWEEN And LeBron's rendition of "Purple Rain" as Prince isn't half bad either. [HuffPost]

ARBITRATION, A 'PRIVATIZATION OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM' "Over the last 10 years, thousands of businesses across the country -- from big corporations to storefront shops -- have used arbitration to create an alternate system of justice. There, rules tend to favor businesses, and judges and juries have been replaced by arbitrators who commonly consider the companies their clients, The Times found." [NYT]

HALLOWEEN WAS THE WORST BOX OFFICE WEEKEND OF 2015 Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock both had a flop. [Variety]

NICK LACHEY IS ABOUT TO MAKE ZILLIONS OFF POT IN OHIO How he and Jessica Simpson have turned into titans of business, we're not really sure. [WaPo]

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET TO GERMANY "'I thought Germany was supposed to be paradise. Everyone used to think that as soon as you got to Berlin, everything would be OK,' says Ahmed Kanaan. The 19-year-old Syrian migrant is one of nearly 1.5 million new refugees who are expected to enter Germany by the end of the year." [Vice]

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GOOGLE'S SECRETS TO AN AWESOME WORKFORCE "A new site launched Thursday, re:Work, is dedicated to sharing what one of the world's best corporate HR teams has learned about how to get the best out of its workers." [HuffPost]


SLEEP AND YOUR WEIGHT "Lack of sleep may not just be making you cranky and unable to concentrate. It could be one of the reasons why you're struggling to take off that extra five (or 10, or 20) pounds." [HuffPost]


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