FRANCE STRIKES BACK The European country launched a series of airstrikes on targets including a command center and training camp of the so-called Islamic state, after the coordinated terrorist attack on Paris Friday night that left at least 129 dead and hundreds more injured. A series of overnight raids across France has "netted dozens of suspects and arms." Here's everything we know about the attackers so far -- and the eighth suspect in the deadly attacks is still on the run and allegedly cornered in a suburb in Belgium. [Reuters]
MASTERMIND ALLEGEDLY IDENTIFIED "A French official identified the suspected mastermind of the attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris on Friday as Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud and said he is believed to be linked to thwarted attacks on a high-speed train bound for the French capital and a church in the Paris area, according to media reports." Here's why Belgium is the new "ground zero" for terrorism, along with the neighborhood at the center of it all. [USA Today]
TIMELINE OF EVENTS Take a look at what has happened since the first bombs went off in Paris, along with the other recent ISIS attacks around the world. The New York Times has a minute-by-minute timeline of Friday's events. And hear what it was like to be in the concert hall from a survivor, along with other survivor stories. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
MEET THE VICTIMS At least 129 are dead and hundreds more are seriously injured. Here are their stories. [Sam Levine, Willa Frej and Andy Campbell, HuffPost]
NEW AGE OF SOFT TARGET TERRORISM "They didn’t try to blow up a naval vessel, an embassy, a military barracks. They did not attack government buildings or police stations. The killers went after people having fun -- dining out on a Friday night, going to a concert or watching a 'friendly' between France and Germany at the soccer stadium." [WaPo]
BALTIMORE HOMICIDES TOP 300 The toll is higher than the murder count in 1999 -- and there's still another month in the year. [AP]
2016 PIVOTS TO FOREIGN POLICY "The assault on Paris has thrust national security to the heart of the presidential race, forcing candidates to scramble and possibly prompting voters to reconsider their flirtations with unconventional candidates and to take a more sober measure of who is prepared to serve as commander in chief." Saturday's democratic debate featured some of this shift. [NYT]
AS DONALD TRUMP'S POLLING FALLS, HIS EGO EXPANDS The First to Last team takes a look at the egomaniacs The Donald is beginning to resemble. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]
'IS IT OKAY TO LISTEN TO R. KELLY?' "F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at once. That, for example, a horrible person might make a wonderful song." [Vulture]
UP YOUR THANKSGIVING PIE CRUST GAME Lattice work, leaf designs, oh my. [HuffPost]
ANGELINA JOLIE AND BRAD PITT'S MOVIE ISN'T DOING SO HOT But this year's Bond movie is picking up steam. [Variety]
THIS DAD FILMED A GOPRO ON SELFIE MODE HIS ENTIRE VACATION Killing it by doing the most dad thing imaginable. [HuffPost]
THIS CITY IS LETTING PEOPLE PAY PARKING TICKETS IN FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS As part of a "Food for Fines" program. [AP]
KANYE WEST SMILED AT THE PAPARAZZI Nothing makes sense in the world anymore. [HuffPost]
TECH COMPANIES CHIP IN AFTER ATTACKS "Home-renting service Airbnb -- which has its largest market in Paris -- urged hosts to house victims and those stranded by delays for free. The company created a site where people can request places to stay and hosts can offer space for no charge. By Sunday afternoon, 19 pages of listings were available." [HuffPost]
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THE GRANDMA SCAM "The voice on the other end of the phone couldn't have been more enthusiastic. 'Hi grandma!' said a late teen/early 20-ish voice. It definitely wasn't one of my grandsons, the oldest of whom is seven." [HuffPost]
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