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Threat Assessment: October 17-21

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Upside to Blackberry outage: fewer crashes


With Blackberry service disrupted for three days last week, traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi fell significantly, by 40 percent, with no fatalities; in Dubai, accidents were down 20 percent. [The National]

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Vets' unemployment greater than civilian rate


Military veterans who have returned to the working world in the past decade have a jobless rate of 11.7 percent, outpacing the civilian rate of 9.1 percent. [Washington Post]

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100-year-old man completes marathon


Fauja Singh, nicknamed the "Turbaned Tornado," finished the Toronto marathon Sunday in 8 hours, 11 minutes, making the Briton the oldest person to accomplish the feat. [CBC News]

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Cloud computing opens up worlds of criminal possibilities


More centralized data centralized and easily cracked encryption codes may be a boon to hackers and cyber-criminals. [Technology Review]

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Herman Cain and the Kochs


The GOP presidential frontrunner’s campaign has close ties to the ultraconservative Koch brothers, whose advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has previously employed many of Cain's advisors and staffers. [Washington Post]

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Occupy Wall Street definitely not getting ignored


Coverage increased to 10 percent of all news, compared with 7 percent the previous week and 2 percent the week before that.[Pew ]

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Alcohol Abuse Costs U.S. $224 Billion a Year


Governments pay more than 60 percent of their health care costs for people who drink too much, says the CDC. Also: Alcohol abuse kills 79,000 people a year. [National Journal]

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NYPD disciplines OWS pepper spray copy


Internal review finds Anthony Bologna violated department guidelines when he maced protesters last month. [AP ]

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National Book Award nominates wrong book


Judges picked a book called Shine when they really meant to pick one called Chime; then asked Shine author to drop out. [TIME ]

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Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Pot


The record high is up from 46 percent last year. (In 1969, 12 percent were for legalization, 84 percent against.) [Gallup ]

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