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Thursday's Morning Email: Why Putin 'Probably' Approved Assassination Of Former KGB Agent

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TOP STORIES

PUTIN 'PROBABLY' SIGNED OFF ON KILL ORDER FOR FORMER KGB AGENT "President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by Russia's FSB security service to kill former agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died three weeks after drinking tea laced with poison at a London hotel, a British judge said Thursday." Read the full report here. [AP]

INSIDE THE WALL STREET SLUMP The S&P 500 fell to its lowest since February 2014. Here's what you need to know about the upheaval in the global markets. [Reuters]

WE MIGHT GET A NINTH PLANET BACK Sorry, Pluto, it's not you. [Sam Levine, HuffPost]

STORM JONAS IS GOING TO BURY THE EAST COAST IN SNOW No one is going to be able to go anywhere from Friday through Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic region. [AP]

ISIS USES SYRIAN DAM TO HIDE "Islamic State militants are using Syria’s largest dam as a fulcrum of power, hiding high-value prisoners and sheltering senior officials there in the conviction the U.S. won’t bomb it for fear of unleashing a giant flood, three people familiar with the matter said." [WSJ | Paywall]

WALMART PAY RAISES TO GO INTO EFFECT NEXT MONTH "Average pay for hourly employees will hit $13.38 for full-timers and $10.58 for part-timers." [Dave Jamieson, HuffPost]

WHY BERNIE'S HEALTH PLAN IS 'UTOPIA' HuffPost's Jonathan Cohn dissects how the democratic candidate's plan is out of reach. [Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost]

WHAT’S BREWING

AMY SCHUMER HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF STEALING JOKES She has denied all accusations. [HuffPost]

INTRODUCING NEXT LEVEL LIVING "The project explores the science behind our habits, from why we need rest to why we crave social connections … Think of it as a guide to hacking your life through science." [HuffPost]

SORRY, 'STAR WARS' FANS Episode VIII's release date has been pushed to next December. [AP]

THE MOVIES YOU SHOULD BE EXCITED TO SEE AT SUNDANCE That aren't the Anthony Weiner documentary. [HuffPost]

'THE LONG GOODBYE' "An intimate look at dementia after 62 years of marriage." [HuffPost Australia]

WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'D LOOK LIKE IN DOG FORM? This Twitter user can help. [HuffPost]

$28 TRILLION That's reportedly the amount we could add to the global economy if there was instant gender parity. [HuffPost]

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WHAT'S WORKING

JOE BIDEN URGES CULTURE CHANGE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN "Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday told world business leaders not to relax efforts to help women make economic progress, reminding them that they must also help change the culture of sexual harassment and abuse." [HuffPost]

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BEFORE YOU GO

~ What you should be holing up with for a snowstorm.

~ Your scented candle could be making you sick.

~ Looking into a show dog's murder.

~ Good luck with our Sarah Palin's Donald Trump endorsement Mad Libs.

~ The Buffalo Bills have hired the first full-time woman coach for the NFL.

~ We finally know the world's largest prime number.

~ Looking at the rise of preschools in nursing homes.

~ A surgeon is reporting a successful monkey head transplant, but the rest of the scientific world isn't quite so sure about it.

~ Check out this list to find out if your favorite shows survived the axe for next season.

~ After this bride-to-be's fiance called off the wedding, she threw a party for homeless women.

~ And could we have a Loch Ness monster sighting?

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