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Uber executives paid $100,000 to hackers to cover up a massive security breach. In 2016, the hackers stole personal data – including names, email addresses and phone numbers – of 50 million Uber riders worldwide. The personal information of some 7 million drivers was also accessed. Uber did not report the attack. Instead, company executives paid the hackers to delete the data, and asked them not to make the breach public. "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it … We are changing the way we do business," said Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. The company has fired its chief security officer and one of his deputies over the incident. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the attack. – BLOOMBERG

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Actor, singer and former teen idol David Cassidy has died at age 67. Cassidy was receiving care at a Florida hospital after suffering from liver and kidney failure. He shot to fame in the early 1970s when he played Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom "The Partridge Family". The show was canceled in 1974, and Cassidy began a music career that led to collaborations with the Beach Boys and George Michael. His late career was marred by scandals, including reports of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as several DUI charges. Earlier this year, Cassidy revealed that he was battling dementia. – ROLLINGSTONE

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Former Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to be named the country’s interim leader on Friday. Zimbabweans took to the streets on Wednesday to celebrate the resignation of Robert Mugabe, the strongman who ruled the country for 37 years. Mugabe was forced to step down when he lost support from the army and the ruling party. Mnangagwa, who fled the country after Mugabe fired him in early November, is expected to return to Zimbabwe today. He is set to take over leadership of the government until elections take place next year. In comments to CNN, opposition leader Douglas Mwonzora applauded Mugabe's ousting, but lamented that a system that held in power for four decades remains in place. "Therefore we have to work towards conditions for free and fair elections. The Zimbabwean people still have to choose a president by themselves," he said. – CNN

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President Trump said that even though GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore faces accusations of sexual misconduct by several women, he is a better choice than his Democratic rival. When a reporter asked him if "an accused child molester" would be better than a Democrat, Trump said: "He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also." Trump made light of the accusations against Moore saying that the alleged incidents happened long ago. "He's run eight races and this has never come up, so 40 years is a long time." Trump, who also faces accusations of sexual misconduct from several women, said he is glad that high ranking men in the film and media industry have been exposed as sexual predators. "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women and I'm very happy." – NBC

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Though the partner of Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez, who died from injuries sustained while on duty, is in stable condition, questions remain about the specifics of the incident. It is not clear whether the agents were attacked or fell into a culvert near Van Horn, Texas, where they were later found. The FBI believes that they might have been victims of a "potential assault." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest while President Trump tweeted that those responsible for the incident should be brought to justice. He also renewed calls for the construction of a border wall. – CBS

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A former Bosnian Serb army commander has been sentenced to life in prison for genocide. The UN Hague war crimes court has found Ratko Mladić, who was known as "the butcher of Bosnia," guilty of multiple offenses over his role in the ethnic cleansing that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The court found that Mladić "significantly contributed" to the genocide in Srebrenica, where some 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed. Judge Alphons Orie said Mladić’s crimes "rank among the most heinous known to humankind and include genocide and extermination." Mladić was one of the world’s most wanted criminals until he was captured in Serbia in 2011. His trial lasted for four years and included evidence from around 600 people. – GUARDIAN

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John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney, will take a leave of absence from the company over what he terms "missteps" that made colleagues uncomfortable. In a memo to staff, Lasseter – who also serves as CCO of Pixar Animation Studios – said he wanted to apologize "to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way." Lasseter issued the memo as The Hollywood Reporter was preparing to release a story detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against him. The report is based on unnamed sources who say that Lasseter is known for "grabbing, kissing [and] making comments about physical attributes." Lasseter directed the first two "Toy Story" films and has won two Oscars. – HR

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A U.S. Navy transport plane with 11 people on board crashed near the Japanese island of Okinawa on Wednesday. Eight people were rescued but three are missing, the Navy said in a statement. The U.S. and Japan are using boats and planes to search for the missing. The plane was carrying passengers and cargo from a Marine Corps base near the Japanese city of Iwakuni to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. It’s not known why the C2-A Greyhound plane went down. The Reagan is taking part in a military exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japan’s naval defense force. – CNN

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A second U.S. federal judge has ruled against President Trump's ban on transgender troops. District Court Judge Marvin Garbis in Maryland said the ban discriminates against transgender people. In his ruling, Garvis said that transgender people currently serving in the military are entitled to sex-reassignment surgeries. The Trump administration wanted to stop funding the surgeries while a case filed against the government by transgender service members moved forward. The plaintiffs argue that the transgender ban that Trump announced on Twitter in July is unconstitutional. – CNN

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Russia’s meteorological service has found high levels of a radioactive isotope in the southern Urals. The agency said that levels of ruthenium-106 were almost 1,000 higher than normal in Argayash, which is near Mayak, a facility that reprocesses nuclear fuel. The plant issued a statement saying that it is not responsible for the radioactive pollution. Experts said the high levels of ruthenium-106 do not pose a health hazard. Paddy Regan, a nuclear physics professor at the University of Surrey, told Reuters that the ruthenium probably came from a leak at a fuel or reprocessing plant that separates ruthenium, because if it had come from a major nuclear accident other isotopes would have been detected as well. – GUARDIAN

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s conflict with the NFL progressed on Oct. 15 when he filed a grievance against the league. Kaepernick claimed that team owners had colluded to keep him out of a job, not because of his athletic ability, but because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

Since then, a number of teams have struggled with lackluster quarterbacks and injuries, yet Kaepernick has remained unsigned. As Robert O’Connell writes for The Atlantic, teams “would rather lose without him than win with him,” but why?

“The rationale offered by those who pass on Kaepernick has remained the same since the summer: He would have too much to learn, in too little time,” O’Connell writes.

But the problem is no longer about whether Kaepernick can still throw down the field or grasp a playbook, according to O’Connell. Instead, it’s become about what will go on off the field as controversy continues to surround player protests and Kaepernick’s collusion case rolls out.

Owners have since been asked to turn over cell phones, and league officials are waiting for word on depositions. Meanwhile, teams are struggling to make do with the quarterbacks they have in the pocket. As time goes on, Kaepernick’s absence is growing from suspicious to “damning,” O’Connell argues. Furthermore, there appears to be no end in sight.

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