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These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from black people and the poor

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August 28th, 2014 | 8:11 PM

Nearly 8% of Ebola deaths are amongst health workers. Since the start of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, 240 health workers have contracted the virus and 120 have died from it. The victims include five of the authors of a genetics study of the virus that was published today in Science. According to the World Health Organization, 1,552 people have died of Ebola since July.

August 28th, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Another twist in the T-Mobile US ownership saga. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s biggest shareholder, would listen to offers for the fourth-largest US wireless carrier worth $35 a share, Bloomberg reports. That is below the $40 a share Sprint was expected to offer before it walked away, but above the $33 a share offer France’s Illiad has put on the table. Reuters, citing its own sources, has contested the report.

August 28th, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Carnage and capture in Syria. President Barack Obama said the US does not yet have a strategy to tackle the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in the Middle East, in a statement from the White House today. Islamic State militants claimed they executed hundreds of members of the Syrian army, after seizing an airbase in the northeast. In the south, the UN said 43 of its peacekeepers were captured by “an armed group” on the Syrian side of Golan Heights; 81 other peacekeepers are trapped.

August 27th, 2014 | 8:14 AM
Chart of the Moment

Cities like Ferguson are wringing revenue from black people and the poor

August 28th, 2014 | 3:20 PM

The NFL gets tough on domestic violence. America’s richest sports league said players will be suspended for six games after their first offense of domestic violence or sexual assault, and face a lifetime ban after the second. Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for the two-game suspension dealt to a player accused of assaulting his fiancée. “I didn’t get it right,” Goodell wrote to team owners.

August 28th, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Get ready for a bumper harvest. After interviewing locals, measuring ears, and counting bean pods in the rural US midwest, “crop tourists”—it’s a thing (paywall)—have forecast record yields this year for corn and soybeans. The plentiful harvest should help ease grain prices and restock other agricultural markets that aren’t experiencing optimal weather.

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