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Carl Icahn’s Bad Advice

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

October 24, 2014

Apple should reject an activist shareholder’s suggestion that the company buy back its own stock to raise its share price. … Read More

Miss Manners: Young lady walks away from lewd men on street

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 24, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was taken aback by my elders’ reactions to an anecdote about an encounter with a strange man who accosted me in a public place. I have suddenly found myself to be a young lady, gradually achieving independence in the world, and, I am told, quite attractive. I have been approached by strangers with increasing frequency in the past few years, and as I am usually by myself and on foot, I have made it my policy that a brief exchange of polite conversation is acceptable, bu … Read More

Friday News Roundup - International

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 24, 2014

Canadian authorities said they still had no clear motive for a shooting rampage at Parliament. But a picture has emerged of the gunman as a troubled man who was frustrated by delays in his plans to go to Syria. Iraqis expressed relief that four former Blackwater security guards were convicted in a deadly Baghdad shooting. Hong Kong officials met with students for the first time since pro-democracy protests began. And the governor of the Mexican state where 43 students disappeared has resigned. A … Read More

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 24, 2014

A doctor in New York City has been diagnosed with Ebola after returning from treating patients in Guinea. Federal health officials announce they will begin monitoring travelers from West Africa for 21 days after their arrival in the U.S. for signs of the virus. A massive airbag recall that could affect nearly eight million U.S. cars is announced this week, with at least two deaths blamed on the defect. This year is projected to have the most expensive midterm election ever, set to cost nearly $4 … Read More

New Efforts To Expand Options For Terminally Ill Patients

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 23, 2014

In a video that has been viewed by millions in recent weeks, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard explains her plan to end her life on Nov. 1, 2014. Maynard suffers from terminal brain cancer. Instead of waiting for the disease to kill her, she decided to move to Oregon with her husband and mother so that she could legally obtain a lethal prescription and end her life on a day of her choosing. Currently, her plan is a legal option in only five states. Advocates say it can be a critical component of end- … Read More

The Role Of Turkey In The Fight Against ISIS

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 23, 2014

For the small Kurdish force defending the Syrian town of Kobani against ISIS, it’s been a brutal battle for more than a month . Coalition forces have supported defenders of the town just across Turkey’s border with air strikes and drops of weapons and ammunition have helped. Now Turkey has agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross its borders and lend support on the ground. Turkey’s delayed and somewhat muted response to the embattled city’s plight reflects the c … Read More

Canada Can Be Tough on Immigration

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

October 23, 2014

American warriors for tighter immigration and a weaker social safety net are often one and the same. What they miss is this: Though public benefits might attract certain needy immigrants they also force a country to ensure that newcomers become exemplary taxpayers. Canada has made that connection which is why . . .   CANADA CAN BE TOUGH […] … Read More

Canada Can Be Tough on Immigration for 10/23/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

October 23, 2014

Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him down. The reason? The psychology professor’s 4-year-old son, Kurt, had autism. Treating autism would have been too costly for the government’s health care system. Americans often think of Canada a ... Updated: Thu Oct 23, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Distracted conversations make phone calls mostly annoying

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 22, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I returned a phone call from a cousin, he asked why it had taken nearly two weeks for me to do so. I told him I wanted to be sure he’d receive my undivided attention when returning his call, and that was the reason for the delay. Read full article >> … Read More

Women And Online Harassment

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 22, 2014

“GamerGate” has put the issue of women and online harassment in the headlines. It started as an ex-boyfriend’s rant, turned into a debate about the video game industry then devolved into a campaign of cyber threats against female game developers and critics. Anonymous messages on Twitter became so violent that three women have fled their homes, while others were forced offline. Yet, no arrests have been made, and the cyber attacks continue. This case is extreme, but it reflects … Read More

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