The Upshot
  • Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

    • Out of all the world's females, American women are among the least likely to flirt. (Badoo)

    • A 24-year-old Florida kindergarten teacher has been accused of running a drug-trafficking and counterfeiting operation. (Orlando Sentinel)

    • For all the antagonism between Hollywood and the American right, conservatives produce some of television's biggest hits. (Hollywood Reporter)

    • A candidate to chair the House Energy Committee believes that God promised in the Bible that the Earth would never suffer any damage from climate change. (Gawker)

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  • rsz_ap090910026575When Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff back in September to run for mayor of his hometown, Chicago, the last thing he was probably thinking of was dealing with an irascible tenant. The blustery former congressman had rented his Chicago home to Robert Halpin, a self-described industrial real-estate developer, while he performed his White House duties.

    There was just one problem: Halpin wouldn't agree to move out--not even to allow Emanuel and his family to move into the basement unit to re-establish their local bona fides in the city that Rahm hopes to run.

    "I have no plans to move," Halpin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    As Halpin explained back in September, he'd just renewed his lease with Emanuel earlier in the month--days before the city's current mayor, Richard M. Daley, announced his decision to resign. Had Emanuel been aware that the post he calls his "dream job" was about to come open, he wouldn't have extended Halpin's lease. Emanuel offered Halpin a generous sum to opt out of the extended lease -- what Halpin would pay Emanuel in rent over six months -- but Halpin didn't budge. He runs his business out of the home, he explains; and besides, he has two children happily enrolled in a nearby school.

    Here's where it gets really interesting: Halpin is considering running for mayor against Emanuel, his landlord.

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  • In well-being survey, D.C. is number one

    Washington DCWashington DCTo judge by the rhetoric from the midterm elections, Washington, D.C., is a veritable hellmouth. So it might come as a surprise to learn that in terms of well-being, the capital region seems to be doing just fine.

    Washington, D.C., ranks first among the 10 major metro areas on an index that measures education, income and life expectancy, according to a new study by the Brooklyn-based Social Science Research Council, the Washington Post reports. The capital is followed, in descending order, by the metro areas of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston.

    A remarkable 47 percent of people in the Washington area, which includes the northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs, have at least a bachelor's degree. The median household income in the area — fueled by growth over the last decade in the lobbying and defense contracting sectors — is a sky-high $85,000, according to the latest census figures.

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  • Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a "sad and tragic" reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. ...

  • Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues
    Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body. The study published Wednesday is based on data gathered from 106 patients diagnosed with Ebola at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone from May 25 to July 18. Some of the data on this group was incinerated because of fears that the nurses' station where the records were kept became contaminated. ...

  • These pictures show one way Apple could have made the iPhone 6 even better

    It’s safe to say that the iPhone 6 is the biggest smartphone hit of 2014, which is entirely to be expected given the wide acclaim it’s received and the enthusiasm that iPhone users have for the product. However, there are always things to improve with every device and these pictures posted by Gizmodo show that Apple could actually learn a thing or two when it comes to maximizing display size while minimizing extra space used for side bezels, cameras and microphones. RELATED: This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think As we’ve seen in a previous comparison between the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus, LG actually does a better job than Apple does of

  • 'Proud to be gay': Twitter reacts to Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement
    'Proud to be gay': Twitter reacts to Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement

    The announcement was applauded by many on Twitter, where both Cook's name and the phrase "proud to be gay" quickly began trending.

  • Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow
    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.

  • Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain
    Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

    The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London.

  • Dylan to release new album in 2015
    Dylan to release new album in 2015

    Rock legend Bob Dylan will release a new album in 2015, he has confirmed, after he unexpectedly put out a cover of a Frank Sinatra song. A note in the boxed-set says simply: "'Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night,' New album coming in 2015." In May, Dylan hinted at the album by releasing on his website a picture of himself with the title, "Shadows in the Night," behind blue bars in the style of a record cover. Dylan also at the same time put out a cover of "Full Moon and Empty Arms," a pop song based on a work by classical pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff that was most famously performed by Frank Sinatra in 1945.

  • Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China
    Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China

    By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday. Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city's future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral. The protesters have blocked key intersections for a month in their demand for fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017. ...

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