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The operation accidentally killed two hostages.
The hostages were Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian. They were aid workers in Pakistan when they were taken hostage by al-Qaeda in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The operation that killed the hostages involved a drone strike, according to a Wall Street Journal report (paywall). According to the Washington Post, at least eight Americans have been killed by drone strikes since 2002, and only one, Anwar al-Awlaki, was targeted intentionally. Read up on the whole scope of the story at BuzzFeed News.
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It's the Mediterranean Sea.
There were several migrant shipwrecks across the Mediterranean — two off the Libyan coast, and one that ran aground near Greece. For more on the deepening crisis, check out this report by the Associated Press.
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It's Human Trafficking.
It was an anti-human trafficking bill that would create a fund to support victims. The bill was initially uncontroversial, but became a flashpoint after Republicans added language explicitly prohibiting the fund to pay for abortions — something that Democrats staunchly opposed. Read up on the Loretta Lynch vote with this piece by The Atlantic’s Russell Berman.
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EU regulators say Gazprom may have imposed unfair prices on Eastern Europe by artificially limiting its supply to central and eastern European countries. The critique comes a few days after a similar accusation made against Google. Check out the story in this Bloomberg piece about Gazprom.
In 2013, Comcast convinced the co-owners of streaming service Hulu to not sell their company, arguing they could increase the streaming services' value. Due to a prior deal with the Justice Department, Comcast is severely limited in the amount of influence it is allowed to have over Hulu. Critics of the merger are concerned about the market implications — if the merger was successful, the combined company would control up to half of the country’s broadband Internet service. Catch up with the case on The Verge.
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The lawsuit was concussion-related.
In 2013, more than 4,500 former NFL players sued the league for insufficiently protecting them against head injuries and concussions. “The total NFL payouts over 65 years, including interest and $112 million sought for lawyer fees, is expected to exceed $1 billion,” AP’s Maryclaire Dale writes.
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It's called Project Fi.
Customers will be charged a flat fee of $20 a month, plus another $10 for every 1GB of data used. Pretty big deal, for the right kind of the smartphone user. But don't get too excited just yet, though — you can only use the service if you have a Google Nexus 6 and you'll need an invitation... for now. Check out the story on BuzzFeed News.
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It's Steven Seagal.
Known for such B-movie hits like Half Past Dead and Fire Down Below, Seagal has developed a close relationship with Putin over the past few years. To learn more about this strange, but amazing, turn of events, check out BuzzFeed News' Max Seddon and Rosie Gray's investigation into the matter.
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It's Ice Cream.
On Thursday, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream recalled all of its products — including sorbets, frozen yogurts, ice creams, and ice cream sandwiches — from the market. On Monday, a company called Blue Bell did pretty much the same thing. They follow Sabra, the popular hummus brand, which recalled its products on April 2. Listeria is a bacterium that causes listeriosis — which is potentially lethal — and pregnant women, children, and those with weaker immune systems are particularly susceptible to the disease. Check out the story on BuzzFeed News.