Skimm for October 24th
"Was it like one of those classical love stories, like when, I don't know, Ross first saw Rachel? You know that show, 'Friends?'" — Zach Galifianakis, asking Brad Pitt about the first time he laid eyes on Angelina.
Yesterday, another US citizen was diagnosed with Ebola. This time it's in a small town called New York City.
Craig Spencer, a doctor, was working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea treating Ebola patients. He returned 10 days ago and per new protocol, had his temp taken at the airport and was cleared. Yesterday morning, Spencer developed a fever, and was immediately taken to an NYC hospital and placed in isolation. Earlier this week, he took the subway, an Uber, and went bowling – though it's unclear if he was showing any symptoms at the time. Friendly reminder: Ebola is only contagious once a person starts showing symptoms.
NY Gov. Cuomo says don't. He said it's believed that only four people came into close contact with Spencer, and authorities are on it.
The good news: the New York hospital where Spencer is being treated has been preparing to deal with the virus for a while now. And Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just gave $100 million towards the global crisis. But this is yet another reminder that Ebola is a virus without borders.
Meet your new hero. Vickers is the Sergeant-at-Arms for Canada's House of Commons -- and the one who shot and killed the gunman who attacked parliament earlier this week. Yesterday, Vickers got a standing ovation in parliament. And Canada announced it is fast tracking new anti-terror measures that would toughen the country's homeland security laws. The laws would give authorities more power to track, investigate, and even preemptively detain suspected terrorists. The suspected gunman had applied for a passport recently, and was believed to be heading to Syria. He was still waiting for approval when he attacked the capital, killing one soldier. Officials are still investigating, but believe this was a lone wolf attack.
Walking can be good for you. Yesterday, Audi recalled hundreds of thousands of cars because of an airbag problem. This comes as automakers have recalled more than seven million cars that could have faulty airbags. The bad bags, all made by airbag supplier Takata, can send shrapnel into the faces of passengers in a crash. The airbags have caused at least three deaths and dozens of injuries so far. If you feel like you're having deja-vu, it's probably because this has been the worst year ever for auto recalls. Recently, General Motors has had to recall millions of cars due to a faulty ignition switch that stopped airbags from opening.
Boko Haram. The Islamic militant group has reportedly kidnapped more women and girls in Nigeria. This comes just days after the Nigerian government announced it had worked out a truce with the group to bring home more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped earlier this year. Reminder: Boko Haram is the group whose name means something along the lines of 'We Hate Western Education.' It's been terrorizing Nigeria for years, but got the international spotlight in April when news of the schoolgirls' kidnapping broke. Looking like that truce is off...
Glad I'm not getting graded anymore. Yesterday was a big earnings day for US companies, and names like Microsoft and Comcast were the teacher's pets. Microsoft pulled out a win this quarter courtesy of its cloud software business and recent Nokia acquisition. Comcast's earnings were up thanks in part to its growing high-speed Internet business. Which company didn't make the grade? Amazon. It reported its worst quarterly loss in years, and it doesn't look like the holidays are going to help it out. Plus, Amazon's been buying up so many new businesses and launching new services that investors are worried it's put too many things in its cart and is stretching itself too thin. But US markets managed to party on without the 'Zon -- thanks to the other solid earnings and good economic news, stocks were up in a big way.
Chicken doesn't talk back. A woman stayed in a KFC for an entire week after a bad break-up. Because why not?
"Some Luck" by Jane Smiley
It just came out. It's getting a lot of buzz. This book follows one American family through decades, starting on a farm and spoiler: moving to the big city. Think: "Little House on the Prairie" meets "Modern Family." Kind of.
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