The Upshot

FIRST SHOTS: Travel alert issued for Europe, Baby Boomers need sex ed

The Upshot

Welcome to "First Shots," a daily roundup of early-bird news and a preview of what's to come.

• The State Department is warning Americans to be vigilant when traveling in Europe. The alert comes days after intelligence officials discovered a plot to replicate "Mumbai-style" attacks. (Associated Press)

• The Supreme Court begins its new term today with a docket that includes anti-gay protests at military funerals and immigration reform. Justice Elena Kagan will make her debut, although she's recused herself on dozens of cases. (CNN)

• Good news for millions of Verizon users — the company said it incorrectly charged up to 15 million cellphone users for data or Internet sessions and now plans to issue $90 million in refunds. (New York Times)

• President Obama will discuss the economy today with the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. The president is expected to push partnerships between private industry and community colleges. (Reuters)

• The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the latest attacks on NATO convoys in Pakistan. (Agence France-Presse)

• More than 130 former members of Congress joined together to pen a letter telling current members to end partisanship in Washington and start getting things done. (Politico)

• Interest groups are spending five times more on this election than they did on the last midterms in 2006, and they're disclosing less than ever about the origins of their funding. (Washington Post)

• The Journal of Sexual Medicine this morning released the largest survey of American sexual behavior available since 1994. Among the findings -- it's baby boomers, not teens, who could use some more sex ed.  (Time)

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