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Operation game inventor tries crowdfunding to pay for own operation.

slate.com — Fifty years ago John Spinello invented the hit game Operation, but now the 77-year-old needs help paying for a real life operation of his own. Despite the popularity of his invention, the $25,000 price tag for oral surgery is out of reach for Spinello, who sold the rights to Operation...

Prosecution will appeal South Africa’s Pistorius verdict and sentence.

slate.com — South African prosecutors, dissatisfied with Oscar Pistorius' jail term for killing his girlfriend, have pledged to appeal the judge's ruling and sentence. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. The highly publicized trial of the Olympic athlete resulted in a 5-year sentence being handed down...

Jogger runs through David Cameron’s security, collides with prime minister.

slate.com — What appears to be a case of daytime jogging gone wrong unsettled U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's security detail on Monday. Cameron was leaving a meeting in Leeds, and heading for his car, when a man came careening around the corner, straight through the prime minister's security detail, and collided...

ISIS reportedly used chemical weapons in Iraq.

slate.com — American officials are investigating reports that ISIS used chemical weapons in clashes with Iraqi police officers last month. Iraqi officials say the Islamist group used chlorine gas when fighting Iraqi forces north of Baghdad in what appears to be the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by the group, the...

Slate’s mistakes for the week of Oct. 20.

slate.com — In an Oct. 23 Video, Daniel Hubbard​ misidentified victims of England's Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, as victims of Satanists in the '80s. The images have been replaced. In the headline of an Oct. 22 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated prematurely that the Canadian soldier who was attacked near the Parliament had died....

Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped dozens more girls in Nigeria.

slate.com — The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has conducted another mass kidnapping of dozens of women and girls in Nigeria, according to local residents. Nigerian officials have not confirmed the abductions in the northeastern region of the country, where the group has a stronghold. Local journalists, news reports, and a Catholic...

North Korea bans foreign tourists due to Ebola fears.

slate.com — North Korea isn't exactly Italy when it comes to its tourism industry, but apparently that doesn't mean it's not concerned about Ebola arriving on its shores. And since the country is no stranger to going way over-the-top on just about anything, North Korea announced it is banning all foreign tourists...

Swiss company Migros apologizes for Hitler coffee creamer packets.

slate.com — "You cannot put Pol Pot or a terrorist on a milk creamer." That truism comes courtesy of a spokesman for the Swiss retail giant, Migros, via the New York Times. That seems like a pretty easy rule to live by-unless you're Migros, apparently. The company apologized this week for shocking...

CDC announces new guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

slate.com — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new, revised guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients on Monday. The new protocol comes in the wake of two nurses treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas contracting the virus. The changes called for increased training, heightened supervision, and new...

Chicago shortens yellow lights makes $8 million off new tickets.

slate.com — How long is a yellow light? Most people would-reasonably-have no idea the exact length of time before a traffic light goes from yellow to red. The answer is: A minimum of three seconds, according to federal safety regulations. What happens when a mere tenth of second is shaved off that...
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Oct 29, 2014

@laurenalixb great story. I will work on my ban peanuts on airplanes to save the planet treatise starting...now.

Oct 29, 2014

@missanabeem Oh god, what was I going on about again last night? Does this mean I was totally right or totally wrong? I can't remember.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @minakimes: why is everyone assuming new yorkers are gonna panic? this city is full of rational, independent thinkers pic.twitter.com/2Bt4Z7VuA2

Oct 23, 2014

RT @nickbilton: There are more experts on CNN right now talking about Ebola in America than people with ebola in America. pic.twitter.com/lRNMDzZMjr

Oct 23, 2014

RT @madeleine: .@ConanOBrien I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien - but that might be too far fetched.

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