Friday's Morning Email: Gunmen Take 170 Hostages in Mali

Friday's Morning Email: Gunmen Take 170 Hostages in Mali

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"Islamist gunmen stormed a luxury hotel packed with foreigners in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, taking 170 hostages in a former French colony that has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years." [Reuters]

Republicans are reportedly drafting bills that would deny access to asylum seekers. [Bloomberg]

Police have identified the final body as a woman. [AP]

"U.S. and European counterterrorism officials believe Islamic State has changed its operational tactics by borrowing from al Qaeda’s playbook, deploying trusted lieutenants to engineer larger, more coordinated plots against the West." [WSJ]

Starting in January, the State Department will revoke or reclaim your passport if you have serious tax debt. [WSJ]

The U.S. had held the former U.S. Navy officer as a prisoner for 30 years after he was convicted of passing classified documents to Israeli handlers. [AP]

After he pled guilty to charges of child pornography and traveling for illicit paid sex with minors. [Reuters]

"The nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday that it may pull out of the Obamacare exchanges after 2016 – forcing more hundreds of millions of people to find other coverage – after low enrollment and high usage cost the company millions of dollars." [USA Today]

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A rundown on how the major metropolitan areas are increasing their security presence. [HuffPost]

Do we plan to stay in and play it on repeat while eating ice cream and watching black and white Katharine Hepburn movies while tears stream down our face? Maybe. No judgement. [HuffPost]

"You start to think, 'Why would he do this to us?' It dawned on me that it was the stigma surrounding mental illness -- especially for guys on college campuses -- that keeps someone from reaching out." [HuffPost]

You can now elect to not see your ex as much, so Facebook isn't quite as much of a torture trap post-break-up. [HuffPost]

Your guy friends eat more pizza when women are around. It's apparently now scientifically proven. [Slate]

With a cool $50 million so far. [Variety]

"To approach the subject of red mercury is to journey into a comic-book universe, a zone where the stubborn facts of science give way to unverifiable claims, fantasy and outright magic, and where villains pursuing the dark promise of a mysterious weapon could be rushing headlong to the end of the world. " [NYT]

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"'As long as I have great teams around me -- it's all made possible by the teams, our leadership teams,' Dorsey said." [HuffPost]

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"The portraits of black professors, the ones that bring me and so many other black students feelings of pride and promise, were defaced. Their faces were covered with a single piece of black tape, crossing them out of Harvard Law School's legacy of legal scholarship." [HuffPost]

"Most of the times I was on camera were when I'd had the numerous implants removed and was experimenting with less-noticeable changes to my face, like injectable fillers and fat transfers. None of them last very long or are worth the money." [HuffPost]


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~ Looking at all the most successful entrepreneurs' failures.

~ When you turn off JavaScript and your life changes forever.

~ On this week's So That Happened, the team talks to a congressman who thinks "just bombing everyone" maybe isn't the best path after all.

~ And DIY'ing your wedding? Do you have seven bajillion hours?

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