In the Know: November 7, 2014

“Our democracy is messy and we’re diverse and we’re big, and there are times when you’re a politician and you’re disappointed with election results. But maybe I’m just getting older. It doesn’t make me mopey, it energizes me. It means that this democracy is working.” President Obama, regarding the midterm election results

Nation
Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, One World Trade Center (America’s tallest building) is open for business. Publishing giant Conde Nast is the first tennant.

Investigators are still trying to find out what went wrong when the Virgin Galactic experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke up above the Mojave Desert, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot. Setback in the space tourism industry, that’s for sure.

World
The shelling of a high school in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk has reminded the nation that the cease-fire agreed upon in September only really existed on paper.

In Jerusalem this week, two separate cars drove into crowds of Israeli pedestrians, killing three and fueling concerns as tensions rise.

Politics
Welcome to a new Congress: Republicans took hold of the Senate for the first time since 2006. Review results here.

A federal appeals court upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

Business
Because drones aren’t enough, Amazon is testing out taxis to speed up its deliveries.

Microsoft unveiled new, free Office apps for the iPhone. iWork more now. 

Health
29-year-old Brittany Maynard chose to end her life this week under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, and in doing so, brought a face to the debate.

Science
Get ready for “Polar Vortex, the Sequel.”

According to a new United Nations report, the risks of global climate change are even worse than we thought.

Women’s Affairs
Congress now includes 100 women for the first time in U.S. history, with 80 women in the House and 20 in the Senate. Of course, at less than 20 percent, that’s still a pretty meager number.

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