The City of Light is on lockdown. Terrorists have killed at least 150 in six attacks across the French capital tonight. Police say that all the attackers have been killed after launching an assault at the Bataclan Theatre where about 100 were reportedly killed. Two suicide attacks, the first ever in France, in addition to an explosion near the Stade de France, left Parisians reeling just 10 months after the attack on Charlie Hebdo. President Francois Hollande declared a national state of emergency, adding border controls and mobilizing 1,500 troops in and around Paris.
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This one was personal. The American military has confirmed that it carried out a drone strike in Syria aimed at killing Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born British militant who infamously beheaded journalist James Foley and other Western hostages. While a senior military source said there’s a “high degree of certainty” that Emwazi was hit in the attack near Raqqa, the Pentagon has yet to confirm this. Kurdish fighters, meanwhile, have reportedly seized the ISIS-controlled town of Sinjar, which means the jihadis are having a pretty bad day.
She has a winning smile. Officials have declared Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy the winners of last weekend’s election with an outright majority, signaling an end to decades of military-backed rule. The news comes five years to the day after the famed human rights campaigner was released from house arrest. She cannot constitutionally be president, so the NLD will choose a colleague for the post in January. But Suu Kyi has vowed to lead, and the current president and military say they will respect the people’s will.
This tough guy is free. The alleged NYC mobster has been found not guilty of all charges related to the 1978 Lufthansa Airlines cargo theft that netted millions and inspired the popular mob flick. The courtroom — especially prosecutors who’d spent years building their case and garnering high-ranking Mafia testimony — was stunned by the verdicts. But the jury simply didn’t buy it, rejecting the notion that the 80-year-old helped engage in murder or racketeering, and dashing hopes of solving what was once the largest cash heist in U.S. history.
Nicht gut! The eurozone saw economic growth slow in the third quarter, owing to falling demand for its exports. France notably returned to growth during that period, with GDP up 0.3 percent. But Deutschland — the EU’s biggest economy — led the slump. It also saw 0.3 percent growth, but that was lower than Germany’s second-quarter 0.4 percent rate. France might just net its strongest year of growth since François Hollande took over in 2012, but the overall downturn is likely to force the European Central Bank to expand stimulus efforts.
Donald Trump: Iowans ‘stupid’ to believe Ben Carson. (NYT)
American B-52s flew near controversial South China Sea islands. (Reuters)
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to tackle abortion … again. (Bloomberg)
EU plans refugee crisis talks with Turkey. (DW)
U.S. lifts sanctions against Liberia. (VOA)
Utah judge reverses order to take foster child from gay couple. (ABC)
Their luck has run out. The embroiled track and field team may not be able to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics after being suspended from international competition following the exposure of a widespread and state-sanctioned doping program. It’s the first time the International Association of Athletic Federation has chosen to suspend a nation with members voting 22-1 in favor, saying that cheating at any level “will not be tolerated.” Russia has nine months to prove its program is clean, a tight timeframe if they have any hopes of making it to Rio.
It could be the mother of medical innovations. The Ohio hospital will soon attempt the first American transplant of its kind, giving hope to those with uterine factor infertility, a condition where a woman is born without a uterus or has it removed. In a forthcoming study, doctors will perform the surgery — which only Sweden has successfully carried out so far — on 10 women. A year after the procedure, frozen fertilized embryos will be implanted into the healed wombs, which will be removed again after one or two successful births.
They can fly … in price. With 8 million of the big birds wiped out by the bug this year, consumer prices for America’s preferred Thanksgiving meal are higher than ever. Experts say it’ll be hard to get birds weighing over 20 pounds — a big part of holiday sales — because the outbreak forced farmers to sell poultry earlier than usual. Supplies of frozen birds are at a 30-year low, and diners who prefer fresh ones, normally 20 percent of the market, may have to go cold turkey.
She shook it off. The pop star found herself in tune with the court when Judge Gail Standish threw out a legal suit over Swift’s “Shake It Off” lyrics. Songwriter Jessie Braham alleged that Swift had stolen a song he penned called “Haters Gone Hate,” repurposing it for her 2014 hit. But Standish said he lacked enough evidence and cited Swift’s lyrics in her decision. While acknowledging that Braham might try again, she wrote, “But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them.”
Was your Tindering hindered? Millions couldn’t use their favorite apps after the iPhone giant failed to renew a security certificate for the Mac App Store. Making matters worse, some people tried to delete and reinstall their apps, which didn’t fix the problem and instead swamped helpless developers at other firms with misdirected complaints. Apple corrected the issue within a few hours, renewing their certificates through 2035. But the error highlights the risks of a closed ecosystem, where one provider controls the flow of many of our daily software services.
He might be a game-changer. At 22 and 6-foot-9, this forward could be the hope of the declining Lakers, as well as the start of a trend toward more defensive basketball. Though offense has been the name of the game for the last decade, the league is increasingly valuing a virtually positionless offensive game that prioritizes spacing. Nance displays more versatility — rebounding, shot blocking, speed and defensive intensity — giving jacks-of-all-trades like him a very good shot at the big time.