8 Things To Know This AM

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It's been nearly a decade since Queen released a new studio album, but a recent interview with its guitarist, Brian May, revealed that another one featuring unreleased Freddie Mercury vocals is on its way. (Rolling Stone)

Massimo Vignelli, the man behind the iconic Bloomingdale's bags and the still-controversial NYC subway map, has passed away. (Fast.Co)

President Obama, back from his impromptu visit to the Middle East, promised Tuesday that the American pullout from Afghanistan will be completed by 2016. (The New York Times)

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government will not deploy forces to find the missing 300 girls it claims to have found. (Associated Press)

In light of this past weekend's shootings in Santa Barbara, the parents of the victims — Richard Martinez, in particular — are using the opportunity to challenge the NRA for stronger gun control. (Slate)

We're a little over a year away from finding out where the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will take place, and no country wants to play host. Apparently #SochiProblems cut a deeper wound than we'd thought. (Deadspin)

Apple is looking to take a bite out of the "smart home" industry. Since Google, too, has its eyes on that venture, the two are likely to settle their differences and join forces for tech's next big frontier. (Quartz)

Oh, and since the world was (hopefully) busy being outside this weekend, Google changed its logo, because #kerning. (Gizmodo)

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