Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her “heroic struggle” to promote education for girls. The 17-year-old, who became an international icon when she survived a Taliban shooting, shares the $1.1 million prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India. Although the last year has seen conflicts spread in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, the committee received a record 278 nominations, including nods to Pope Francis and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Presidential Daily Brief
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday blocked Wisconsin election officials from requiring voters to present photo identification in November, while a federal trial court struck down a similar law in Texas. Both courts said the laws placed unfair burdens on voters. Critics of such laws argue that they disproportionately disenfranchise poor, older and minority voters, and that cases of impersonation are rare. The decision in the Wisconsin case is a blow to conservative GOP governor Scott Walker, who faces a tough reelection campaign.
North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire, Yonhap news agency reports, as the North commemorates the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party. Meanwhile, North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong Un, was conspicuously absent from an anniversary ceremony, fueling international rumors that he’s seriously ill or has been deposed. A source close to the leadership claims Kim simply pulled a tendon during military drills and South Korea has asserted its belief that the 31-year-old is “ruling normally.”
Oil prices sank to their lowest level since 2010 yesterday on traders’ fears that global demands won’t match a steadily growing supply. Prices for Nymex November WTI crude dipped to $84.41 per barrel, while ICE November Brent – the global oil benchmark – sank as low as $88.11. Economic troubles for major consumers China, Germany and Brazil are helping the slide. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia cut prices last week, signaling a price war as U.S. production hit a 30-year high.
UN envoy warns 700 still trapped in Syrian border town. (BBC)
Fresh protests in St. Louis after shooting of black teen. (NYT)
West African leaders call for more Ebola support. (LAT)
Hong Kong activists rally as talks collapse. (Al Jazeera)
Tesla’s new dual-motored D as peppy as a Porsche (CNN Money)
Airline officials in hazmat suits remove passenger for Ebola joke (SFGate)
How should women ask for raises? They shouldn’t, says Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO. He told an audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing that they should trust “the system” to give them the rewards they deserve, and that not asking for raises is “good karma.” Nadella was roundly rebuked by anyone who’s looked at unequal pay data — starting with his onstage interviewer, Microsoft board member Maria Klawe. He later apologized for the gender-gap gaffe, saying, “I answered that question completely wrong.”
Hackers have gained access to as many as 200,000 private photos sent by Snapchat users. The images appeared Thursday night on an Internet messaging board that has recently helped to spread celebrity nudes. The company confirms the breach but blames “illegal” third-party apps that stored the images instead of allowing them to disappear. The incident is troubling because half of Snapchat’s users are between 13 and 17 years old. Hackers claim they have spent years collecting 13 gigabytes of stolen photos.
Amazon is going offline. Insiders report that by Christmas the Web giant will open its first physical store near the Empire State Building in Manhattan. The outlet, which is basically planned as a mini-warehouse, will let customers pick up online orders, make returns and get same-day delivery on some items. But is that all? Some observers suggest that Amazon is playing for a share of the difficult groceries market, one of the only areas in which it still struggles to compete.
When Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine, one passenger was apparently wearing an oxygen mask. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans revealed that an Australian victim was found with a mask at the crash site, indicating that passengers knew that the plane was in trouble. The assumption had been that the plane broke up instantly after being struck by a missile. Timmermans apologized for the disclosure, saying that “the last thing” he wanted was to compound relatives’ suffering.
The defense is crumbling. NFL teams didn’t discipline players in “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic abuse incidents over three decades, says a former Chicago general manager. Jerry Angelo says he now regrets the inaction that followed news of abuse: “We knew it was wrong … I was part of that, but I didn’t stand alone.” Angelo’s remarks will heat up the crisis that began with the video of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée and led to accused players sitting idle – but still collecting paychecks.
A Houston all-news radio station has dramatically shifted gears. At 9 a.m. Wednesday, a traffic report transitioned – without explanation or warning – into all-Beyonce-all-the-time programming. In its three years on the air, News 92 FM failed to find a sustainable business model, prompting the out-of-the-blue news blackout and the sudden reign of Queen B. It’s another step on Knowles’ road to world domination: A Chicago campaign calls for a Hillary-Beyonce ticket in 2016.