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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 19, 2014

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Happy Hump Day! Here are a few newsy bits to inspire conversation.


Mom of Twins Acts as a Speed Bump to Save Her Kids in Runaway Car
Mindy Tran, a 22-year-old mother of twin daughters, laid down on the street behind her car to stop it from rolling out into the street while her toddlers were strapped inside. “I laid down horizontally, using my body as a speed bump to stop the car,” the Massachusetts mom said. While she’s currently suffering from a broken leg and a dislocated shoulder and hip, something tells me she’d do it again. “I knew at that time it was either [my life] or theirs,” she responded in regards to her parental instincts. “I don’t consider myself a hero, I am just a mother.”

Students to Sue Google For Data-Mining Their Email
Nine students are seeking a class-action lawsuit against Google for monitoring their email. Google has admitted to mining the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by students that have used the company’s Apps for Education (an app that consists of a suite of educational tools). The app has over 30 million users worldwide–mostly students under 18. A Google rep stated that the company uses the email data for possible advertising, among other purposes. This story will only get more interesting as the suit proceeds, mainly because it possibly affects anyone who uses Gmail. Photo: Georges Gobet


Say Hello to a Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone 5C (and Goodbye to iPad 2)
Since the iPhone 5C never really hit its stride with consumers, Apple is shifting gears and now offering an even cheaper version at only 8GB (compared to the regular 16GB) at a lower price in foreign markets. The new iPhone 5C is expected to be available in the U.S. very soon. And the iPad 2? Goodbye–it’s now officially obsolete technology. The previous iPad with retina display is now back in stores instead.

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Ted Cruz Responds to Photoshopped Posters of His Tattooed Likeness in LA
Republican Senator, visiting LA this past Saturday to speak at an event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was greeted by numerous posters throughout Hollywood showing him with a buff body loaded with tattoos and smoking a cigarette. The senator recently responded on Twitter, saying, “Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don’t smoke cigarettes.”


Mick Jagger Speaks on Passing of Girlfriend L’Wren Scott
“I’ll never forget her,” said rocker Mick Jagger in a statement regarding the apparent suicide of his girlfriend of 13 years, designer L’Wren Scott. “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” he wrote. Scott was found Monday hanging from her favorite scarf in her Manhattan apartment. The Rolling Stones have postponed their Australia and New Zealand tour.

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