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Katie’s FYIOctober 31, 2014Katie Couric

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Friday, October 31, 2014

People in PA slept a little easier last night after one of the FBI's most wanted men, alleged cop killer Eric Frein, was finally captured after a nearly seven-week manhunt. Authorities say they will seek the death penalty… Despite earlier reports of a possible resignation, Thomas Jackson (the Ferguson police chief) says he's here to stay… Malala Yousafzai continues to inspire us all - she donated $50,000 to help rebuild a war-damaged school in the Gaza Strip… Marriage has its perks, but being married could also mean greater economic success. Cha-Ching! These stories and more in today's FYI.

CAPTURED: ERIC MATTHEW FREIN, ALLEGED COP KILLER AND ‘MOST WANTED’ FUGITIVE

"A massive 48-day manhunt for survivalist Eric Matthew Frein ended Thursday evening at an abandoned rural airport in Monroe County, Pa., some 40 miles from the state police barracks where he allegedly ambushed two state troopers, killing one and seriously injuring the other. After Frein was captured, police used the slain trooper’s handcuffs to secure him. Officials said the U.S. Marshals Service had a team at the airport Thursday as part of a regular routine in the search for Frein. Marshals saw him and ordered him to surrender. He knelt down, raised his hands and admitted his identity. Frein was then transported to the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. — the scene of the alleged crime — and turned over to state police…"


HAWAII CALLS IN NATIONAL GUARD AS RIVER OF LAVA CREEPS ONWARD

"A delegation of 83 National Guard troops headed to Hawaii on Thursday to provide security for the Big Island community of Pahoa as a stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to creep toward the small town. Though the lava is traveling at less than five yards per hour and has been approaching for the last several weeks, residents fear that looters will raid evacuated houses. Residents of about 50 houses in what officials are calling “a corridor of risk” have been told to be ready to leave, according to Reuters…"


NTSB WAITING TO INSPECT PLANE IN WICHITA AIRPORT CRASH

"Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have been unable to inspect a small plane that crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas, killing four people. Leah Yeager with the NTSB said late Thursday that investigators will enter the Flight Safety Building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport once it's deemed structurally sound. Heavy equipment will arrive Friday to remove portions of the building, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell told the Associated Press. The twin-engine Beechcraft lost power in one of its engines during takeoff Thursday morning before crashing into the building, according to the FAA. Its pilot, Mark Goldstein, was killed…"


DEFIANT MAINE NURSE KACI HICKOX EMERGES AT CENTER OF DEBATE ON EBOLA AND CIVIL RIGHTS

"The U.S. Ebola debate Thursday centered on a small town in Maine, a governor vowing to use the “full extent” of his power to quarantine a humanitarian nurse, and the defiant nurse herself taking a rogue bicycle ride. Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he plans to turn to legal measures to force Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, to remain quarantined at her home until any risk she might be infected with the virus has passed. LePage said negotiations with Hickox and her attorneys had broken down “despite repeated efforts by state officials” to find a compromise, such as allowing her to go outside while keeping her distance from public places or other people…"


THREATS PROMPT NEW SECURITY WARNINGS FOR MILITARY

"Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group. The responses to that threat are being driven not just by the need to ensure protective measures are taken, but also to address increasing concerns being voiced by troops and family members who are worried about safety for their loved ones and themselves. It marks a shifting mindset, from one of full confidence that the military community was safe on its home turf to an unsettling sense that that is where they are newly vulnerable…"


ISRAEL REOPENS AL-AQSA MOSQUE AHEAD OF MUSLIM PRAYERS

"Israel reopened Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday ahead of the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police. The streets of east Jerusalem were calm ahead of the prayers at midday, following an Israeli clampdown on the shrine, which is holy for Muslims and Jews alike. Clashes erupted when Israeli police on Wednesday night shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner. The closure was the first for decades and prompted a spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to condemn the move as an Israeli "declaration of war"..."


FORMER NAVY SEAL TEAM MEMBER INVESTIGATED FOR BIN LADEN DISCLOSURES

"A former member of the Navy SEALs who wrote a best seller about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under criminal investigation for possibly disclosing classified material, according to federal officials and his lawyer. The lawyer for the former SEALs member, Matt Bissonnette, said the investigation was focused on whether Mr. Bissonnette had disclosed classified information in the book “No Easy Day,” published under a pseudonym in 2012. But other people familiar with the inquiry said investigators seemed more interested in paid speeches that Mr. Bissonnette, who says he was one of the members of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 who shot Bin Laden, gave at corporate events…"


FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF: 'I'M GOING TO STAY AND SEE THIS THROUGH'

"The Ferguson, Missouri, police chief insisted Thursday that he won't step down -- despite continued unrest months after one of his officer's fatally shot Michael Brown and high-level talks that could lead to his exit. "I'm going to stay and see this through," Chief Thomas Jackson told CNN. The firestorm around Jackson began August 9, when Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot Brown, an African-American teen. Wilson's defenders have said he acted in self-defense, while Brown's backers note the teenager wasn't armed and claim he had his hands up when the fatal bullets hit him…"


VIOLENT PROTESTS TOPPLE GOVERNMENT IN BURKINA FASO

"The government of Burkina Faso collapsed on Thursday as demonstrators protesting President Blaise Compaoré’s plans to stay in office after 27 years surged through the streets of Ouagadougou, the capital, overrunning state broadcasters, setting fire to Parliament and burning the homes of the president’s relatives. Authorities imposed martial law, according to a communiqué from the presidential palace. After several hours of increasingly violent protests, a government spokesman announced that a bill to extend the term of Mr. Compaoré had been dropped, or at least delayed. Yet the protests continued, and later in the day, Mr. Compaoré announced that the government had been dissolved and promised more talks with the opposition “to end the crisis,” according to a statement read on a local radio station..."


TERMINALLY ILL WOMAN MAY POSTPONE TAKING HER LIFE

"A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon's assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die. Brittany Maynard said in early October she expected to kill herself Nov. 1, less than three weeks before her 30th birthday. She emphasized that she wasn't suicidal, but wanted to die on her own terms and reserved the right to move the date forward or push it back. While she hasn't completely ruled Saturday out, Maynard says in a new video she feels she has some more of her life to live..."


#ICYMI (AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT)

'DINNER LAB' COMPETITION GIVES ASPIRING CHEFS A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

"It's a fine dining reboot. White linens, waiters in tuxedos and food you can't pronounce served on the finest china are gone. All of that is replaced with an abandoned bank turned makeshift restaurant full of community-style tables. New Orleans-based Dinner Lab is a members-only, pop-up restaurant where diners not only get to eat food prepared by some of the best chefs in the country but also give critical feedback to a chef who is front and center in the dining room..."


BEING MARRIED HAS A LOT TO DO WITH ECONOMIC SUCCESS, SCHOLARS SAY

"This year, I’m celebrating 23 years of marriage. In addition to the joy of being wed to my best friend, our relationship has economically lifted my life and that of my nuclear and extended family. Being married has netted results that neither of us could have dreamed of coming from low-income households. And so I readily embrace the findings of a new report that makes the case that the retreat from marriage — especially among lower-income Americans, and the resulting change in family structures — is a major factor contributing to the economic inequality in the United States…"


MALALA YOUSAFZAI DONATES PRIZE MONEY TO REBUILD GAZA SCHOOL

"Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, has donated $50,000 from a separate prize to rebuild a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip damaged during this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, the world body said this week. The United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees said on Wednesday that Ms. Yousafzai was donating all proceeds of the $50,000 World’s Children’s Prize, which she collected in Stockholm on Wednesday…"


4 BIG MONEY ISSUES YOU’LL FIND ON TUESDAY’S BALLOT

"Major economic policy issues probably won't budge this election cycle. But that doesn't mean your pocketbook won't be affected by Tuesday's vote. Midterm elections are fast approaching, of course, and in times of economic uncertainty Americans tend to vote their wallets. But good luck with that this year. “A couple of years ago, people would have predicted that the economy and pocketbook issues would be the big issues everyone is running on, but that’s not true” said Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute. That’s partly because this is a midterm election, which are often more a referendum on the president’s performance than a driver of significant policy changes..."


WHY TIM COOK COMING OUT IS A CRITICAL STEP FOR THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE

"Diversity rights advocates have been eagerly awaiting Apple CEO Tim Cook’s revelation that he is gay. Not Cook, specifically, but someone—anyone—at the helm of a major publicly traded corporation. Until Thursday, no Fortune 500 chief executive had publicly acknowledged being gay, an omission that has silently pressured other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals to hide or tone down their identity. That’s despite all the progress for LGBT individuals in other arenas, including entertainment, media, politics, the military, and even professional sports…"


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