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Katie’s FYINovember 23, 2014Katie Couric

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Well, we all knew it was coming. President Obama addressed the nation last night and unveiled his plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation... What happens when your personal webcams, security cams and nanny cams are being used to spy on you?... Are you saying "I'm sorry" too often? Probably… And, your cell phone is absolutely disgusting (as in dirtier than a subway toilet – ew!) These stories and more in today's FYI.

OBAMA ACTS ON IMMIGRATION, ANNOUNCING DECISION TO DEFER DEPORTATIONS OF 4 MILLION

"President Obama used a legal and moral argument Thursday to try to convince the American public that his decision to unilaterally protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation is consistent with the law and necessary to begin repairing a dysfunctional immigration system. In an evening address from the White House, Obama outlined a plan to provide administrative relief and work permits to as many as 3.7 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, as well as an additional 300,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children…"


U.S. LAYS OUT LIMITS IT SEEKS IN IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

"As six world powers and Iran race to meet a Monday deadline for an agreement that would constrain Iran’s nuclear program, the United States has staked out an ambitious goal for what an accord should accomplish. American officials say the agreement should slow the Iranian nuclear program enough that it would take Iran at least a year to make enough material for a nuclear bomb if it decided to ignore the accord…The logic behind the goal is clear: to give the United States and its allies the time to react diplomatically or with fresh economic sanctions, leaving the option of using military force as a last resort…"


NEW COSBY ACCUSERS INCLUDE LOU FERRIGNO'S WIFE

"In two new interviews, two new women detail incidents involving Bill Cosby and unwanted sexual advances that happened years ago. Therese Serignese, 57, a registered nurse from Boca Raton, Fla., lays out a story of a meeting, a drugging and a rape to The Huffington Post. And Carla Ferrigno, wife of bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno, tells The Daily Mail of a night long ago when Cosby forced a kiss on her…"


FERGUSON OFFICER DARREN WILSON IN TALKS TO RESIGN; GRAND JURY DECISION NEARS

"As a grand jury gets closer to announcing its decision, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said. The grand jury hearing evidence is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session. A decision on whether to charge Wilson in the death of the unarmed teen could come the same day, law enforcement officials have said. Wilson maintains he has done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in Brown's death, the sources said…"


FSU GUNMAN WAS IN ‘STATE OF CRISIS’ DURING SHOOTING, INVESTIGATORS SAY

"Earlier this month, Myron May turned up at his old high school in tiny Wewahitchka, Fla. It was an unexpected visit, but a pleasant one, said Jay Bidwell, May’s former basketball and track-and-field coach…“Mr. May had a written journal, and videos, where he expressed fears of being targeted, and he wanted to bring attention to this issue, of targeting,” DeLeo said at a press conference Thursday. “A preliminary review of these documents and videos demonstrate that Mr. May was in a state of crisis.”…"


NSA CHIEF WARNS CHINESE CYBER ATTACKS COULD SHUT U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE

"China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together…"


U.S. INCREASING NON-LETHAL MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE

"The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said. The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with a Russian-backed separatist movement in its east, is expected to be announced on Thursday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden. The officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, described it as an expansion of U.S. support for Ukraine's armed forces, but one that was unlikely to significantly alter the conflict…"


HOW RUSSIAN WEBSITE IS SPYING ON THOUSANDS OF PRIVATE MOMENTS

"A baby is seen sleeping in a crib in Orange, California. A woman is watched as she sits at her kitchen table reading the newspaper in Burlington, New Jersey. An office in Plano, Texas, is shown just as the work day begins. They're all scenes from the 4,591 webcams in the United States that are being broadcast on a Russian website. The cameras haven't been hacked. They're simply unsecured, making them easy targets for the Moscow-based website, which ABC News has visited but will not name out of concern for users' privacy…"


COUNTRY SINGERS COME OUT AS GAY -- TY HERNDON AND BILLY GILMAN

"There are plenty of country songs about how to be a man. One way is to face the music, and two country crooners did that on Thursday. Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His revelation inspired Gilman to do go public as well. Gilman posted a message to YouTube, thanking Herndon for breaking the ice. He preferred telling his fans directly, from the comfort of home, to sitting down with the press, he said. But an encounter with a journalist also prodded him to spill the beans before someone else did. The reporter bumped into Gilman in a public place and snapped a photo of him -- with his partner…"


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

MILLENNIALS ARE DIFFERENT, JUST NOT THE WAY YOU THINK

"Millennials are just the worst. It’s all over the media: Millennial graduates have been scolded for being the "least knowledgable graduating class in history" and dubbed the "boomerang generation" because they won’t leave their parent’s house and financial umbrella. They have "a level of optimism that most people think is almost silly." They are impatient, self-centered and clueless. They have confusing, contradictory consumer habits that are "particularly baffling to marketers and researchers." Or maybe, they are just like their parents, only younger…"


15 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR (THOUGH YOU THINK YOU DO)

"Often, we apologize because we worry too much about what other people think, or because we put their feelings above our own needs. There are many situations where an apology is unnecessary. Here are 15 things you should never apologize for, even if you think you should…"


THE SECRET LIFE OF PASSWORDS

"…Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, book passages. Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive. Perhaps my biggest surprise has been how willing, eager actually, people are to openly discuss their keepsakes. The friends I queried forwarded my request, and before long I started receiving passwords from complete strangers…"


DIRTY SECRETS: 12 STRANGE AND DISTURBING PHONE FACTS

"Your smartphone. You touch it all the time, and keep it close when you’re not holding it. It’s probably your constant companion and, when you factor in the cost of wireless plans, the most expensive piece of electronics you own. It is also a teeming pit of filth and despair…"


WHY THE MOST MEANINGFUL BIRTHDAYS END WITH 9, AS IN 29 AND 39

"The year before we age into a new decade — at 29, 39, 49 and so on — we’re more likely to back up and take a hard look at our lives. Year 9, that time leading up to a new chapter, can prompt us to take action, making us more likely to run a marathon, cheat on our partners or even take our own lives, according to research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As one chapter closes and another one opens, research suggests, it’s human nature to start searching for something…"


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