The Skinny: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

New day. Hump day. Skin-nay. Here we go.

 

Israel/Gaza Truce!? 

Many Gazans have returned to their homes in the midst of a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Gazans are taking the opportunity to hit the market for food and goods and to check on abandoned homes. Israeli and Palestinian delegations are in Cairo, Egypt discussing a longer-last truce.

U.S. General dies in Afghanistan

Yesterday, an Afghan soldier opened fire at an Afghan training base, killing an American two-star general and wounding 15 other coalition forces. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene is the highest ranking American officer killed in the Afghanistan war.

The General has more on the story.

Ebola

There has been intense social media outcry against bringing known infected patients with Ebola into the United States. Response to such criticism has cited the fact that the Ebola virus does not spread particularly easily (only through direct contact of bodily fluids), that American hospitals are well-equipped to manage Ebola, and common-sense hygiene can stop its spread.

Two Americans who were infected in West Africa were recently flown to Atlanta for treatment; they both received a top secret medicine that appears to have significantly helped their cases.

New NSA Leaker

A new story published on Intercept this week cites classified documents from the National Counterterrorism Center dated August 2013, which is after Edward Snowden fled the U.S.. Government officials are investigating to find the identity of the leaker.

1.2 Billion Internet Passwords Stolen

A U.S. security firm said yesterday that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion Internet usernames and passwords in what is quite possibly the largest digital security breach in history. Cyber security experts are citing users’ tendency to use the same password across many different login platforms, allowing hackers to turn a single hacked password into a full-access card.

Economy

Yesterday: Dow: 16,429, -140 (-0.84%)    S&P 500: 1,920, -19 (-0.97%)

The Dow dropped 140 points yesterday for its 4th loss in 5 sessions. Investors appear to remain tentative about geopolitical tensions in Ukraine. Source: Market Snacks.

Sports

Golf

PGA starts tomorrow at Valhalla. No word on Tiger yet. Rory is the favorite. Fowler and Garcia are names to watch.

NBA

The San Antonio Spurs hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach yesterday, making her the first female coach in NBA history.

MLB

About 50 games left.

NHL

October 8th.

Football

Coming real, real soon. We’re nearing fantasy draft time.

Hollywood

Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules (2014), Get On Up, and Dawn of The Planet of The Apes are the top movies in America right now. Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the $100 million mark yesterday.

Trending

Zuck’s Internet.

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Super Important Fact

A ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

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A lot going on in the world. We’ve got serious tensions in the Gaza Strip, in Ukraine, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and elsewhere. We’ve got the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, feared to spread outside that region. We’ve got the economy tanking 4 of the last 5 days. We’ve got the PGA Championship starting tomorrow, football season starting in about a month, hockey, basketball, and baseball postseason starting a month after that. There’s just a lot going on. Get involved. Have a day.

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Sources: CNN, Bleacher Report, Cover Photo

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