8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Oct 05 2015

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Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of Kunduz following an “inexcusable” air strike that destroyed its hospital and killed 22 people.

A suspected American air strike hit an Afghan trauma center on Saturday, killing 22 people and forcing Doctors Without Borders, the humanitarian organization that ran the damaged facility, to evacuate. While the intended target is believed to have been Taliban insurgents, the strike killed 12 Doctors Without Borders workers and 10 patients, including three children. The international charity is seeking an independent investigation, calling the tragedy a “war crime.” (New York Times)

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Amber Rose’s L.A. SlutWalk drew hundreds; its male detractors' messages continue to pour into inboxes and DMs across the nation.

In defiance of her own slut-shaming exes and a misogynist society that continues to teach women that certain outfits or behaviors encourage rape, model and bad bitch guru Amber Rose held a SlutWalk in Los Angeles. Rose led hundreds of topless and pastie-ed and proud women in a march aiming to reclaim and re-contextualize gendered epithets like “slut” and dismantle rape culture. Even Rose’s mother got into the spirit, walking with a sign that read “FUCK YO 30 showers,” a reference to derogatory comments Kanye West made comparing Rose, his ex, with current wife Kim Kardashian. (Huffington Post)

Israeli police limited Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s Old City.

After two knife attacks left a young Israeli boy wounded and four dead, including the assailants, Israeli police imposed a two-day restriction on Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s Old City. Officials have banned any Palestinian who isn’t an Old City resident from entering the walled area and men younger than 50 from attending the Al-Aqsa mosque. Acceptable worshippers will only be able to access the mosque using one specific gate. (The Guardian)

The Oregon shooter’s father has urged Congress to adopt stricter gun legislation.

The nation has been left to mourn yet another senseless shooting after Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old Oregon student, opened fire at Umpqua Community College, killing nine members of a writing class in which he was enrolled. Ian Mercer, the shooter’s father, expressed his shock in an interview with CNN and condemned the laws that allowed his son to amass 13 guns, six of which were brought to the Umpqua campus. “It has to change. How can it not? Even people that believe in the right to bear arms, what right do you have to take people’s lives,” Mercer said. “That’s what guns are, the killers. Simple as that.” (CNN)

Google dropped “Don’t Be Evil” from its code of conduct, expect to now hear some maniacal laughter whenever you conduct a Google search.

After announcing its plans for a new corporate structure back in August, Google, Inc. has finally become Alphabet. The transition has introduced some changes, including one update to the code of conduct that seems just a little insidious. While Google famously touted “Don’t Be Evil” as it’s company-wide mantra, new parent company Alphabet only advises employees to “Do the right thing.” Since doing the right thing generally precludes perpetuating evil, we probably don’t have any reason to worry...or do we? (The Verge)

A real man named Santa Claus is running for office in North Pole. Finally, a candidate we can believe in.

Yes, Virginia — there is a Santa Claus and he wants to know whether he can count on your vote. Sixty-eight-year-old Santa Claus, née Tom O’Connor, is pursuing a city council seat in North Pole, Alaska. The Nevada native — who really does look like jolly old Saint Nicholas — legally changed his name back in 2005 and is no stranger to politics: he previously ran for president, twice; and North Pole’s Chamber of Commerce. (New York)

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The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for a cargo ship that disappeared near the Bermuda Triangle during Hurricane Joaquin.

Along with causing catastrophic flooding and downpours in South Carolina that have shut down interstate highways and left three dead, Hurricane Joaquin somehow caused a 790-foot cargo ship to disappear within the infamous Bermuda Triangle. U.S. Coast Guard teams have discovered oil sheen and debris, like life preservers and jackets, off the coast of the Bahamas, the ship’s last known location, but the El Faro and its 33 crew members haven’t been found. (International Business Times)

One bride’s mother had to dive into a New Jersey landfill to save her daughter’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress.

There is nothing stronger than a mother’s love — it can shield you from the world’s cruelty, lift up cars when a child is endanger, and even tolerate the smell of a New Jersey dump long enough to locate a wedding dress that was accidentally discarded. New Yorker Lucinda Ballard spent an hour clawing through bags of strangers’ refuse in order to find her daughter’s Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, which was intended to be packed away and preserved post-nuptials but instead made it into a New York City garbage truck after a label was misread. The dress was eventually found, “a bit crumpled, but fully protected.” (Elle)
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