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Synagogue Shooting: Police say 11 people were killed when a man walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and started shooting Saturday. Several others were hurt, including a few responding police officers. The suspect, Robert Bowers, eventually surrendered and is due in court today. Court documents say he made it clear he wanted to "kill Jews." The victims range in age from 54 to 97. Hundreds of people gathered last night to honor the lives lost. World leaders, from Israel's prime minister to the pope, condemned the violence. A group of Muslim activists already raised more than $50,000 for the victims and their families.
Read more: AP, NYT, CNN, FOX News, Mashable
'Gab' Backlash: Companies are standing up against hate by cutting ties with a fairly new social network called, Gab. It's the site where Saturday's alleged gunman posted an anti-semitic message minutes before the shooting. Gab was founded in 2016 as a 'free-speech' alternative to Twitter, but it's attracted hate groups and extremists. Paypal just cut ties with the site. Apple had already refused to put the app in its app store.
Read more:The Verge
Mail Bomb Arrest: The FBI says it has the guy responsible for sending more than a dozen explosive devices in the mail last week. Cesar Sayoc, 56, faces five federal charges and up to 58 years in prison. Authorities identified him via one fingerprint on one of the packages and possibly some DNA on two of the homemade bombs.
Read more:The Washington Post,TIME
Calls for Unity: It's the last full week of campaigning before the midterm elections on Nov. 6th, and many lawmakers and political candidates are hoping to ease tensions a bit. Some called for unity on the Sunday political talk shows, while others held moments of silence for Saturday's victims before campaign events.
Read more:WSJ,The Hill,NYT,AP
Megyn Kelly Leaves 'Today': Megyn Kelly's segment on 'Today' is officially canceled. This week, other anchors will host, and Kelly's future is uncertain at NBC. She's still under a multi-million dollar contract but may negotiate a full exit. Remember: she faced criticism after suggesting blackface on Halloween was OK.
Read more:THR,USA Today,CBS News
World Series Winner: How about some good news? Well, it's good news for Boston Red Sox fans, at least! The Red Sox are now the 2018 World Series champions! The LA Dodgers won only one game in the series, and it was thelongest gamein World Series history. Red Sox fansfilled the streetsto celebrate last night...
Read more:USA Today,Boston.com,CBSLA
Lavender Study: Have anxiety? A new study says you may want to try breathing in a component of lavender. It at least worked on mice. The mice apparently reacted to the alcohol component of lavender odor in a similar way they react to Valium (but without the negative side effects). But, experts say too much can dull the potential positive effect.
Read more: NYT,Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
IMB + Red Hat: It's the largest software acquisition ever. IBM is set to buy Red Hat for $34 billion. Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source cloud software.
Read more: Business Insider,TechCrunch
Weekend Box Office: That's two weekends in a row at the top for the movie,Halloween. The sequel to the 1978 original is now the biggest film in the franchise's history and one of the highest-grossing slasher films ever.
Read more: Variety,USA Today
Most Expensive U.S. Home: It's the most expensive home on sale in America, and it's going for $245 million. It's in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles. It's 25,000 square feet and has a 12,000 bottle wine cellar, a tennis court and a covered parking area for 40 cars.
Read more: LA Times