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Katie’s FYIMarch 28, 2015Katie Couric

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Friday, March 27, 2015

19 people were injured when an explosion rocked NYC's East Village yesterday... Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House during his visit in September (Take a look at his first two years as Pope)... Say it ain't so! It's official: Downton Abbey will end after Season 6... And, during my interview with Ken Burns and Dr. Sid Mukherjee, we discussed one of cancer's most controversial surgeries. These stories and more in today's FYI!

FEDS: GUARDSMAN, COUSIN PLOTTED TO ATTACK ILLINOIS MILITARY BASE, FIGHT FOR ISIS

"Aurora cousins Hasan and Jonas Edmonds had been aspiring terrorists for months when they arrived at the Joliet Armory on Tuesday to scout out a brazen attack, federal authorities say. In the car, Hasan Edmonds, a specialist with the Illinois National Guard who had trained at the facility since 2011, talked with his cousin and an accomplice about where the soldiers might be stationed inside, which rooms to avoid and the firepower that would be required, according to prosecutors…"


NEW YORK BUILDINGS COLLAPSE IN POSSIBLE GAS BLAST, 19 HURT

"Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said. The blast shortly after 3 p.m. sent flames leaping into the sky and rocked the residential area in Manhattan. Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said…"


SENATE PASSES REPUBLICAN BUDGET WITH DEEP SAFETY NET CUTS

"The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding. The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It came at the end of a marathon 18-hour session that saw approval of dozens of amendments ranging from Iran sanctions to carbon emissions and immigration policies…"


GERMAN POLICE FIND NO 'SMOKING GUN' IN CRASH PILOT'S HOME

"Police searching a home of the German co-pilot who officials say appears to have deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps said Friday they had seized evidence but no "smoking gun". Officers combing through a flat kept by Andreas Lubitz in the western city of Duesseldorf said they had seized "various items and papers", police spokesman Marcel Fiebig told AFP…"


U.S. AIRSTRIKES ON ISIS IN TIKRIT PROMPT BOYCOTT BY SHIITE FIGHTERS

"By Day 2 of the American airstrike campaign against militants holed up in Tikrit, the mission appeared beleaguered on several fronts on Thursday: Thousands of Shiite militiamen boycotted the fight, others threatened to attack any Americans they found, and Iraqi officials said nine of their fighters had been accidentally killed in an airstrike…"


POPE FRANCIS WILL VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE

"Pope Francis will meet with President Obama during his trip to the United States later this year, the White House announced Thursday. The Pope will visit the White House on September 23, according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest..."


FINAL MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENT FOR IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

"The United States and Iran proceeded Thursday with a final round of talks on Iran’s nuclear future, even as they backed opposing sides in a war for control of Yemen. Meetings, the first after a week’s break, resumed between Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also attended, as did his counterpart on the Iranian side, Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and Helga Schmid, the deputy secretary general of the European Union…"


RURAL INDIANA COUNTY STRUGGLES AS 'EPICENTER OF THE HIV OUTBREAK'

"As a nurse and manager of the only medical office in Austin, Ind., Jeanni McCarty finds herself at the heart of the state’s worst-ever outbreak of HIV, so bad that on Thursday the governor declared a heath emergency. McCarty, 42, grew up in Austin, but she scarcely recognizes it now…"


DEAN SMITH REMEMBERS PLAYERS IN WILL

"Dean Smith got a chance to thank his players one last time. The former North Carolina coach, who died last month at 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. "We never expected anything like this," said Jeb Barlow, who lettered at UNC from 1980-1982. "But it doesn't surprise me that this was done."…"


DOWNTON ABBEY TO END AFTER SIX SERIES

"The next season of ITV's period drama Downton Abbey will be its last, its makers have announced. "Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame. Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s…"


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

YAHOO NEWS

Watch My Interview: Cancer’s Most Controversial Surgery

"Today, about 60 percent of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer choose to undergo lumpectomy surgery followed by radiation as their course of treatment. It’s a choice that was hard-won. The most common procedure to treat invasive breast cancer in America was once the most controversial surgery in the medical community. The new documentary film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” a six-hour, three-part film series airing on PBS March 30, 31, and April 1, tells the story of cancer’s complicated past and the doctors who questioned convention in search of a cure…"


GERMANWINGS CRASH INVESTIGATION

"Yahoo News and Finance anchor Bianna Golodryga speaks with retired airline captain John Ransom about the latest developments in the crash of Germanwings flight 9525."


ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY WILL RETURN FROM A YEAR IN SPACE BOTH OLDER AND YOUNGER THAN HIS TWIN BROTHER

"Today NASA’s Scott Kelly, along with two Russian cosmonauts, blasts off for the International Space Station (ISS), where they plan to spend 342 days. Kelly’s identical twin brother Mark, also a (retired) astronaut, will stay on Earth to serve as the other half of an unprecedented experiment…"


9 SIMPLE TIPS TO SAVE TIME DURING YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

"If you're not a morning person, that struggle to get up and out of the house every work day can be seriously hard work. Hell, even if you are a morning person, sometimes it's still an effort. We have some tips and tricks that might help you shave valuable minutes off your morning routine, so you leave on time…"


AT THE WORLD'S HIPPEST PIZZA JOINT, SNAPCHAT IS YOUR JOB APPLICATION

"Let’s say you’re opening a new pizza joint, and part of your artistic and culinary vision includes a staff curated from the coolest pool of applicants possible. How do you make sure you’re choosing from the crème de la millennial crème? First, do away with passé concepts like introductory handshakes and pen-and-paper applications. Next, turn to something like Snapchat—which is exactly what a pizza place coming to Austin has chosen to use as the first step in its hiring process…"


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

Watch Sound Extinguish Fire

"George Mason University engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran encountered plenty of doubters when they settled on an idea for their senior project. Even the typically experimental thinkers of academia thought a fire extinguisher that puts out flames with sound waves was outrageous. And in a sense, they were right. Robertson and Tran did invent something outrageous. But they also invented something that works…"




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