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Reality Check Recap: May 27th, 2014

Posted May 27th, 2014 @ 11:30am

Officials are going through evidence gathered from the Los Angeles-area homes of the 22-year-old who went on a shooting and stabbing rampage Friday night.
The man killed six people in his apartment, a sorority house, and a deli before killing himself. Memorial services for those killed have already begun taking place. Three victims remain in local hospitals. If you saw the hashtag #YesAllWomen over the weekend, it was in reaction to this shooting (as in, Yes, all women are upset about the shooter’s female-hating manifesto).


The Nigerian military says it now knows where more than 200 kidnapped girls are located, but says it won't use force to rescue them. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls seven weeks ago. Most in the Nigerian military feel a rescue attempt would put the girls in danger. There are circulating reports that a deal was in the works to exchange the girls for Boko Haram prisoners, but it was called off at the last minute.


Three people are missing in a huge mudslide in western Colorado –the mud is estimated to be 250 feet deep in many places. The three missing men were identified as 51-year-old Clancy Nichols, 24-year-old Danny Nichols, and 46-year-old Wes Hawkins. The massive slide moved with so much force and velocity that it roared down a hill, and plowed up and down another hill.


And a massive survey of 450,000 people has found that you actually can put a price on happiness. In America, that price is $75,000 per year. People who earn 75,000 per year are generally the happiest people, with the greatest life satisfaction. Those who earn less want more so they can purchase things and services that provide them greater comfort. Those who earn more deal with added unhappiness and stress.


And the most common age in the US is 22. Thanks to immigration and aging, there’s a higher concentration of 22-year-olds than any other age. It’s believed this shift actually happened in 2011.


And the White House accidentally outted one of the CIA's top spies in Afghanistan over the weekend. To 6,000 journalists. It gave the press a list of U.S. officials participating in President Barack Obama's “surprise visit” to the troops. One of the names was listed under "Chief of Station" in Kabul. That term is reportedly used by the CIA for the highest ranking spy in country. When White House press officials in Afghanistan were asked if the inclusion of the chief of station was intentional, they quickly sent out a revised list without the chief of station's name included.
The Post withheld the station chief's name in its reporting at the request of the White House and because it could endanger the lives of the officer and his family. The White House and CIA declined to comment publicly.


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