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7:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

Mac OS and Linux operating systems are most at risk for the Shellshock bug.
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Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 10:15 am

Hundreds of millions of computers and networks are at risk after a bug called Shellshock was found this week. It turns out it's actually been around for a while — it took 22 years to discover this bug. If exploited by hackers, the impact could be huge.

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The Two-Way
7:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Ex-Teacher At Center Of Rape Sentencing Controversy Gets 10 Years In Jail

Stacey Dean Rambold
Montana Department of Corrections

After a long-running controversy over his original punishment, a convicted rapist in Montana was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Friday.

As we've reported, Stacey Dean Rambold was originally sentenced to 30 days in jail for raping one of his 14-year-old students.

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Television
6:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman

Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura on the new drama Transparent on Amazon Prime.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:00 pm

Thanks to Netflix, many of us are familiar with the concept of new TV series that premiere not on broadcast or cable television, but on a streaming entertainment service. And Netflix isn't the only streaming service getting into the act. Starting Friday, Amazon Prime subscribers have access to the entire first season of a new series called Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor.

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Cities Project
6:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development.
Courtesy of New Meadowlands

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 10:10 pm

It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey, devastating cities throughout the region. As cities and towns along the coast consider how to prepare for future weather patterns, and avert the kind of damage that happened in 2012, a two-pronged response has emerged — a kind of municipal fight-or-flight response.

One option is to retreat — encourage residents to move away from the water. The other is to resist — armor the coast so it can take a battering without flooding city streets.

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The Salt
6:15 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

How did that genetically modified wheat end up in a field in Oregon? Investigators still don't know, but now they've found GMO wheat in Montana, too.
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Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:38 pm

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) say that they cannot figure out how genetically engineered wheat appeared, as if by magic, in a farmer's field in eastern Oregon in the spring of 2013.

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The Two-Way
5:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The 'Bond King' Leaves His $2 Trillion Kingdom

Bill Gross
AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:24 pm

Heavy drama played out this week — and not just on Shonda Rhimes' TV shows.

The bond-investing world was roiled by news that Bill Gross — the man known as "The Bond King" — has abruptly left the huge investment firm he founded in 1971. The departure left a lot of people scratching their heads on Wall Street.

"The natural question is: What's going on at PIMCO?" said David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors. "There's all kinds of speculation" about why Gross left.

"And the answer is, it's speculation — and so we don't know," Kotok said.

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This Week's Must Read
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:59 pm

Many sobering statistics have emerged from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but one number in particular has stuck with me: More than 200 health care workers have died so far.

It is hard for me to conceive of the bravery required to take care of people with this awful, contagious disease. And yet, when I recalled Connie Willis' groundbreaking, Hugo Award-winning science-fiction novel Doomsday Book, the resonances came back to me with the sound of tolling bells.

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Goats and Soda
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The Ebola Survivor Who Works In An Ebola Ward

Patients recovering from Ebola at the Kenema treatment center must remain behind white plastic fencing until they are officially discharged.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 9:50 pm

Dauda Fullah works in the tent where he faced his own death.

The skinny 23-year-old was an Ebola patient at the treatment center set up at Kenema Hospital in Sierra Leone.

Fullah's father had contracted the disease a few months ago and died a few days later. He helped bury his dad; that night he came down with a fever.

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Sports
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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Global Health
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Ebola Coordinator Says U.S. Response Will Be 'Combined' Effort

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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