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November 13, 2012

7
Percent increase in donations to cancer charity Livestrong since Aug. 23, when Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles

15
Percent increase in donations since mid-October, when mountains of evidence of Armstrong's doping was released

8
Livestrong donors who have asked for their money back in light of the doping scandal  The Week Staff

This just in
8:40 a.m. ET

Christopher Starks, a Savannah State University junior, died of gunshot wounds after an altercation at the school's student union, The New York Times reports. No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.

Located in Savannah, Georgia, SSU is a historically black university of about 5,000 students.

According to a spokesperson, administrators have few details on the incident. "While it may be natural to want to protect an associate," spokeswoman Loretta Heyward said in a statement urging anyone with information to come forward, “the lack of disclosure may do more harm than good in the long run." Jeva Lange

Cars
8:39 a.m. ET

"This is it, the best car Consumer Reports has ever tested," says Jake Fisher, the consumer magazine's auto test director, standing next to the Tesla Model S P85D sedan. "Simply put, the fully electric car is a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry." How impressed was Consumer Reports with the luxury car? It originally gave it 103 out of 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its rating system so the P85D got a mere 100 — still beating the regular Tesla Model S, which scored 99 in 2013, under the old system.

Along with being the highest-rated, it's also the fastest car the magazine has tested, and more efficient than even the regular Tesla Model S, Fisher said. But there's one more superlative to come: At $127,820, it's also the most expensive car Consumer Reports has ever tested. And "it has imperfections," Consumer Reports says. "The interior materials aren't as opulent as other high-ticket automobiles, and its ride is firmer and louder than our base Model S."

But in terms of performance, efficiency, and speed — going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a silent electric motor is "frighteningly eerie," and the car is "so explosively quick that Tesla has created an 'insane' driving mode," the magazine said, creating "near-instant g-forces" that "can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building— literally" — this Tesla is "the closest to perfect we've ever seen," Fisher says. Elon Musk is probably not blushing. After all that gushing, you can watch Tesla's P85D in action below. Peter Weber

Only in America
8:30 a.m. ET
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A Massachusetts boarding school is being sued by parents who claim the school's Wi-Fi signal is making their child sick, says Scott O'Connell at the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette. The plaintiffs say their 12-year-old son has endured headaches, nosebleeds, and nausea caused by "electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome" ever since the Fay School activated a more powerful wireless signal in 2013. School officials say their Wi-Fi is well within "applicable safety limits." The Week Staff

Clinton Emails
8:15 a.m. ET
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Newly uncovered State Department emails obtained by ABC News reveal that Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to accept invitations for "lucrative speaking engagements" in the notoriously repressive countries of North Korea and Congo. Ultimately, Bill turned down both speaking engagements.

The invitation to Congo offered a $650,000 speaking fee, but would have required Bill to pose for photos with the dictators of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of whose countries have a "particularly grim human rights record," ABC News says. In the instance of North Korea, Bill pretty assumed the State Department would shoot him down even though he still sent an email to double check that it was "safe to assume [the U.S. Government] would have concerns." He got a quick response from a State Department employee: "Decline it."

This system worked out by Bill and Hillary was set up prior to Hillary's confirmation as Secretary of State. In the interest of avoiding conflicts of interest, Bill "volunteered to submit information for proposed paid speeches to the Department of State's ethics agency to review," ABC News reports. Still, even without the speaking fees from the engagements turned down, Bill managed to earn more than $48 million in speaking fees while Hillary was Secretary of State, delivering 215 speeches in four years. Becca Stanek

Ancient artifacts
7:43 a.m. ET
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A large burial ground in East Kazakhstan has archaeologists puzzled over the headless corpses discovered occupying the graves, Tengiri News reports. The bodies, which belong to ancient Huns and Sarmatians, are laid out in a line, with some burial mounds surrounded by circular fences of closely stacked stones, which researchers believe were used to drive away evil spirits. However, of all the bodies found, none of the skeletons had skulls.

There are several possible theories for the decapitated corpses: Grave robbers may have stolen the skulls as a precaution to prevent spirits of the dead from taking revenge; or perhaps the heads were collected by nomadic tribes of the Early Iron Age who believed the fertility of their women depended on the number of skulls they accumulated. Others experts believe that the heads of rulers and leaders were traditionally used as objects of worship; in another version, the skulls might have been gifted to brides as macabre wedding gifts. Or perhaps the heads were simply taken by the researchers of Catherine the Great, or nabbed by enemies as war trophies.

Other bodies in the region have also been found without their heads, in mounds dating back to the first centuries B.C. and A.D. Jeva Lange

Crisis in Iraq
7:04 a.m. ET

On Thursday, two explosives-laden U.S.-made Humvees exploded near an Iraqi army convoy outside Ramadi, killing two generals. Islamic State, which captured Ramadi in May, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, which it says was carried out by four militants. In Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended Thursday's funeral of Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Abu Ragheef, the acting chief of the Anbar Operations Command, and Brig. Gen. Safeen Abdulmajid, the head of the Iraqi Army's 10th Division.

The death of the commanders was another setback in the apparently faltering U.S.-backed effort to retake majority-Sunni Anbar Province and Ramadi, its regional capital. ISIS likely captured the Humvees from Iraq's army over the past year; such seizure of Iraqi Army equipment has allowed ISIS to carry out attacks like Thursday's. After the funeral, Iraqi officials vowed vengeance, eventually. "We will get revenge for them sooner or later," said an Iraqi military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool. "We have lost commanders before during the battle against ISIS, but we will never stop until we defeat them." Peter Weber

Europe's Migration Crisis
6:07 a.m. ET
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On Friday, Austrian police raised the number of dead bodies found Thursday inside a refrigerated truck outside Vienna to 71, including eight women, three children, and one infant. At least some of the dead were migrants from Syria, and all of them likely suffocated to death, said Hans Peter Doskozil, the police chief in Austria's eastern Burgenland province. Hungarian police detained seven suspects overnight, he added, and arrested three of them: two Bulgarians and one suspect with Hungarian identity papers.

The grisly discovery was made as European Union leaders were meeting in Vienna to discuss the largest wave of migration in Europe since World War II. The summit concluded without any decisions and amid protestations from Serbia and Macedonia that other EU countries aren't doing enough to help the influx of migrants who have started entering Europe through the Balkans. Peter Weber

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