'JIHADI JOHN' REPORTEDLY KILLED IN AIRSTRIKE "U.S. officials reportedly told ABC News that Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John,' was believed to be killed as he left a building in Raqqa, Syria. One official called it a 'flawless' and 'clean hit' with no collateral damage." [Reuters]
OBAMA'S TOP DONORS STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN IN THE RACE About 80 percent of them haven't jumped into the fray for Hillary or Bernie. [WSJ]
HOW GUN TRAFFICKING WORKS "In response to mass shootings in the last few years, more than 20 states, including some of the nation’s biggest, have passed new laws restricting how people can buy and carry guns. Yet the effect of those laws has been significantly diluted by a thriving underground market for firearms brought from states with few restrictions." [NYT]
UTERUS TRANSPLANT TO GIVE INFERTILE WOMEN NEW HOPE The first operation of its kind is planned in the next few months in the U.S. [NYT]
THIS MAKEUP ARTIST TO POLITICS' ELITE HAS BECOME A VOICE FOR THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC After Kriss Blevens' daughter died of a heroin overdose, she found herself talking to those she works with about the drug epidemic rocking the country. [Sam Stein, HuffPost]
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS A look inside Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama's tenuous relationship. [Amir Tibon and Tal Shalev, HuffPost]
MEET THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI'S INTERIM PRESIDENT Michael Middleton, a criminal defense attorney and law professor, has long been an advocate for black students on campus after being the third black student to graduate from Missouri's law school. [Tyler Kingdale, HuffPost]
INTRODUCING SAHAR SPEAKS, AN INITIATIVE TO EMPOWER AND TRAIN AFGHAN WOMEN JOURNALISTS "Sahar Speaks will train Afghan women as reporters and multimedia-minded journalists. With guidance and support from a network of experienced mentors, these women will produce news packages that’ll be featured on The Huffington Post and our social media channels, marking the first time female Afghan correspondents are published in a global media outlet."[HuffPost]
MEET THE NEW WATCHMEN OF NEW ORLEANS Inside the unconventional private security firm roaming the streets of the Big Easy. [HuffPost]
TURKEY PRICES ARE GOING UP THIS YEAR Better snag yours fast. [HuffPost]
WE FINALLY HAVE A NEW MISSY ELLIOT VIDEO The real star of the Super Bowl is back and here to stay. [HuffPost]
HOW GENE EDITING COULD WORSEN THE PARENTAL WARS "Just because more of us are helicopter parents, it doesn’t therefore follow that we should start using genetic drones to influence the shape of our children ever earlier in their development." [Aeon]
THE 2015 POP MASH-UP IS HERE It might finally replace "Sorry" as our go-to song on repeat (and its Part II is worth the click). [HuffPost]
A SECRET SERVICE AGENT WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXTING Someone he believed to be a fourteen-year-old. [Reuters]
THE FIRST CROWD-FUNDING APP AIMED AT ENDING WORLD HUNGER "As the app mentions upon login, 'Smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to 1,' and its goal isn’t just to get people to help feed hungry children via the World Food Program -- first in Lesotho and, once the funding goal is met there, other hunger-ravaged countries -- but to get people to give and keep giving." [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ This week, the "So That Happened" team recaps the GOP debate insanity and whether or not the $15 minimum wage will come up at the democratic debate tomorrow.
~ Donald Trump appears to be taking the Robert Moses route.
~ Sign us up for life in this trailer park.
~ Time Warner is in talks to buy a stake in Hulu.
~ The secret horrors of Ph.D. students.
~ ICYMI, how Instagram captions are the next vanguard for bloggers.
~ This judge might be a bigger Taylor Swift fan than you are based off this ruling.
~ It's the second-best day of the year after baseball opening day: the first day of college basketball.
~ A seven-year-old owns the world's most expensive diamond bought at an auction.
~ This skier fell 1,600 feet and lived to tell the tale.
~ A quest to sneak 48,000 cans of Heineken into Saudi Arabia.
~ And because it's Friday -- goats on a trampoline.
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