Trending In Our News Feeds – White House reveals four American drone deaths. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed yesterday the Obama administration has killed four Americans with drone strikes, in a letter addressed to Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Holder defended the strikes as necessary to protect American citizens. He says the president has signed a classified document restricting drone strokes on foreign nationals. The administration will now only target enemies who pose an imminent threat to U.S. security, and who cannot be captured – the same criteria used to target Americans. Today, Obama will announce plans to place the military in charge of the U.S. drone program in a speech at the National Defense University, according to officials briefed on White House plans. He will also discuss plans to transfer Guantánamo detainees to their home countries.
Attackers mutilate British soldier in broad daylight. Two men brutally killed a British soldier yesterday in the middle of a busy street in the London district of Woolwich. The attackers hacked their victim with large knives before making a statement to a passerby. In the video, the attacker says, “I apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.” A police officer shot the attackers and took them into custody. The Guardian reports one of the attackers expressed interest in aiding Al Qaeda in Somalia, and identifies one of the men as Michael Adebolajo. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the atrocity as an attack on Britain and a “betrayal of Islam” when he addressed Britain this morning. Members of Woolwich’s Muslim community have placed flowers at the site of the attack.
Boston bombing suspect implicated in triple homicide. Massachusetts police shot and killed an acquaintance of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev yesterday, according to police reports. Police say they shot the man, Ibragim Todashev, after he lunged at them during questioning. CNN reports Todashev confessed he and Tsarnaev killed three drug dealers in 2011 after a “drug ripoff” in order to avoid identification by the police. Authorities found the drug dealers with their throats slashed, covered in marijuana and cash.
Climbers break Everest records. Two climbers broke Mt. Everest records this week. Today, 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura became the oldest man to scale the mountain. Miura climbed Everest with his son and eight others, using the same route as Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to scale Everest. In a phone call to his family from the top of the mountain, he said, “This is the best feeling in the world. I never imagined I would become the oldest man to get here, at 80. There's no greater feeling in life, but I've never felt this tired either.” On Tuesday, Arunima Sinha became the first amputee to climb Everest. The 26-year-old lost her left leg below the knee in a train accident. Want to experience Everest without having to risk your life? Check out Google’s street view of Everest’s South Base Camp.
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Twitter’s 25 Most Hilarious Anthony Weiner Jokes (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayres) – The twittersphere lost no time in roasting Anthony Weiner after the controversial politician announced his plan to run for mayor of NYC. These jokes are the best of the bunch.
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To Fix Our Education System, Entrepreneurs Need to Do Their Homework (Barbara Kurshan, @bkurshan) – Everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Bill Gates is looking for a quick fix for the problems plaguing our education system, but they’d do well to remember what they learned in school before they begin.
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The case for an international minimum wage (Gawker).
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Big data is about to get uncomfortably personal (MIT Tech Review).
Inside the birth of the Muslim liberal arts college (New Yorker).
You company’s office plan could be making you less happy, and more sick (Quartz)
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