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Katie’s FYIOctober 22, 2014Katie Couric

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The U.S. is cracking down on airport screenings for Ebola and the CDC is stepping up its game, too, issuing new guidelines to keep health workers safe… Many are mourning the death of larger-than-life Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who’s being remembered for Watergate as well as his role in a major story that rocked another Washington-area landmark. I knew him and he was quite a guy... Midterm elections are right around the corner, but who is being allowed to vote is getting almost as much attention as the candidates themselves. Find out why… And holy Walter White! Parents bristle at Toys R Us “Breaking Bad” action figures. Check out Bryan Cranston’s tweet… These stories and more in today's FYI.

DENVER TEENS SET OUT FOR SYRIA TO JOIN EXTREMISTS; PARENTS, FBI BRING THEM BACK

"Three teenage girls who set out from a Denver suburb apparently bound for Syria to join extremists fighting there are back home after their parents alerted authorities and the trio was stopped in Germany, U.S. officials said. The teens -- two sisters of Somali descent and a friend whose family is Sudanese, according to a Denver community leader -- were detained when their flight landed in Frankfurt on Friday after the FBI flagged their passports. They were flown back to Denver on Sunday, officials said. Parents of the girls called the FBI after becoming concerned the girls may have been traveling to Turkey…"


EBOLA AIRPORT CHECKS EXPAND; NURSES GET TRAINING

"The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease. Under the rule going into effect Wednesday, air travelers from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must enter the United States through one of five airports doing special screenings and fever checks for Ebola. A handful of people had been arriving at other airports and missing the checks…"


JEFFREY FOWLE, AMERICAN HELD BY NORTH KOREA, TO RETURN HOME TODAY

"In Jeffrey Fowle's hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio, north of Cincinnati, the sense of excitement and relief is palpable. "We're thrilled; we're overjoyed," said Jim Shihady, assistant pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, which the Fowle family attends. "My phone's been ringing. The texts have been coming in and people wanting to make sure we've heard the good news," Shihady told CNN affiliate WHIO. The good news is that Fowle is coming home from North Korea, where he spent five months in detention, accused of leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors..."


BEN BRADLEE, LEGENDARY WASHINGTON POST EDITOR, DIES AT 93

"Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines. His charm and gift for leadership helped him hire and inspire a talented staff and eventually made him the most celebrated newspaper editor of his era…"


HONG KONG PROTESTERS MARCH AFTER FRUITLESS TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT

"About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijing loyalists…"


REPORT: AUTOPSY SHOWS MICHAEL BROWN WAS SHOT IN HAND AT CLOSE RANGE

"Michael Brown's gunshot wounds included a shot in the hand at close range, his official autopsy shows, according to an analysis reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The detail could lend credence to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's account that he and the unarmed black teenager scuffled at his patrol car before Brown was shot and killed. Wilson told investigators that in a struggle for his pistol inside a police SUV, Brown pressed the barrel of Wilson's gun against the officer's hip, the Post-Dispatch reported, citing a source with knowledge of his statements…"


IS FIGHTERS SEIZE WEAPONS CACHE MEANT FOR KURDS

"Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State group. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press' reporting of the event. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which bases its information on a network of activists on the ground, said the militants had seized at least one cache…"


BOARD APPROVES SAYREVILLE FOOTBALL COACHES’ SUSPENSIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL HAZING CASE

"The Sayreville school board on Tuesday night unanimously approved the suspensions of the head football coach and four other coaches at Sayreville War Memorial High School amid a hazing and sexual abuse scandal that has led to charges against seven players and divided a suburban New Jersey town where football has long been a uniting force…Many attending the meeting wore the team’s blue Sayreville Bombers sweatshirts. At times, some in the crowd yelled at the board and argued that it should have done more to train the coaches to prevent bullying…"


MICHAEL SAM RELEASED BY COWBOYS: LATEST DETAILS, COMMENTS AND REACTION

"For the second time in two months, an NFL team has waived Michael Sam. On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys released the rookie defensive lineman from their practice squad. According to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com, the Cowboys waived Sam to sign linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida…As Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com noted, Sam's journey to the NFL has hit a snag, but it's hardly the end of the road for him…"


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Voting Rights

"A law requiring all voters to present a photo ID at the polls was killed by Arkansas' highest court. Just two days before that decision was handed down, a similar law was upheld in Texas. Voter ID laws and other restrictions, like bans on early voting and limits on same-day registration, are also being debated in more than a dozen other states. The buzz about voting regulations is growing louder as the elections draw closer, and much of the controversy stems back to a decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court a year ago that overturned key articles of the Voting Rights Act."


PARALYZED MAN WALKS AGAIN AFTER ‘MIRACLE’ SURGERY

"A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down has learned to walk again after Polish doctors transplanted cells from the patient’s nose into the damaged part of his spine. This pioneering research offers hope for treatment to millions of people around the world with spinal cord injuries. The patient, 38-year-old firefighter Darek Fidyka from Poland, was left with a completely severed spinal cord after being stabbed four years ago..."


"BREAKING BAD" ACTION FIGURES COOK CONTROVERSY AT TOYS R US

""Breaking Bad" is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of the past decade, but when it comes to the show's new Toys R Us line, opinions are more split. A Florida mom started a petition to de-shelf a "Breaking Bad" action figure line, saying the toys set a bad example for kids. "I was very shocked and appalled," Susan Schrivjer told Today Parents. The figure for Walter White, the former high school chemistry teacher gone meth dealer, comes equipped with a duffel of cash and a bag of meth…"


THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR FIVE SENSES

"Does the following sound familiar? I wake up in the morning. Instead of turning to my husband to snuggle, I reach for my phone to check emails. If there’s time I check the weather and Pinterest. By this time, my husband is out of bed and in the shower. I get up, bleary-eyed, go downstairs to make some tea or coffee and turn on the laptop. Time to check Facebook, which I purposely don’t keep on my phone because I don’t want it going everywhere with me. I then answer some emails, write for an hour, and then check Facebook, Twitter, maybe a news site and a couple of favorite blogs. Have I eaten breakfast? Oh yes, I poured myself some cereal and ate it an hour ago. Did I even taste it? Not really…"


CONCUSSION RESPONSE PLANS ARE LACKING AT SOME NCAA UNIVERSITIES, STUDY FINDS

"The scientific evidence and anecdotes are mounting: Football poses dangerous consequences for a player's brain. In the short term, a hard enough hit can kill, as we've tragically seen this fall in high school football. In the long term, professional players have been facing chronic neurological diseases, as researchers have discovered in autopsies of deceased players' brains. Yet concussive injuries at the college level aren't consistently reported. Earlier this month, researchers at Harvard and Boston University released a disturbing statistic…"


FUN FOOTNOTE

WACKY WEDNESDAY

Little Girl In An LED Minnie Mouse Costume Is Precious

"Not only is this adorable, but the costume itself is receptive to noise and changes color when it detects sound nearby. Looks like someone's going home with lots of candy this year..."




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