New Details on Niger Ambush

The U.S. military’s top general has revealed new details about the deadly Niger attack that killed four American soldiers in early October. During a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday, General Joseph Dunford also acknowledged that many questions remain and asked for patience as the investigation continues. Read the story from The AP.

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Stephen Hawking Crashes Cambridge Site

Demand for Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis (read it on Scribd) on expanding universes was so high that it crashed the Cambridge University website on Monday, the first day the 100-page document was available online. Read the story on NPR.


It’s Time for a Digital Universal ID

A special preview from PC Magazine explains why we need an alternative to the Social Security number in the aftermath of the massive Equifax hack. Read the article on Scribd now before it hits newsstands on Friday.


Dog Doping Scandal

The committee in charge of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race identified four-time champion Dallas Seavey as the musher whose four dogs tested positive for a banned opioid pain reliever after finishing the race in 2017. Seavey denies any wrongdoing and withdrew from the 2018 race in protest. Read the story from The AP.


Tillerson’s Surprise Visits

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made unannounced visits to Afghanistan and Iraq on Monday, where he met with President Ashraf Ghani and other officials. Tillerson reaffirmed U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, while calling on Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorist groups. Read the story from NPR.


Comey Incognito on Twitter

Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed publicly on Monday that he is behind the Twitter account of Reinhold Niebuhr, after a Gizmodo reporter traced the account back to him. Comey, who has kept a low-profile recently, says he will “try to tweet in useful ways.” Read the story from NPR.