Good morning, and TGIF! Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. U.S.-led airstrikes have failed to slow ISIS
According to data exclusively provided to NBC News from IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center's (JTIC) database, U.S.-led airstrikes haven't slowed down ISIS militants. The terrorists have actually killed more people and increased attacks since they conquered the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10. Airstrikes began in August, and the pace of the attacks and killings continued on their accelerated pace after a short-lived slowdown in September. “The airstrikes certainly aren't impairing their ability to intensify their attacks or carry out their campaign,” said Matthew Henman, head of the JTIC. “They’re not cowed by them, they’re not afraid.” Read more in NEWS.
2. Tenth Ebola patient headed to U.S. for treatment
A Sierra Leonean surgeon with U.S. residency will be flown to Nebraska Saturday for treatment. The condition of the surgeon, who contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, will determine whether the person will be treated at Nebraska Medical Center. The center has treated two other Ebola patients since August. Read more in NEWS.
3. Deep chill affects most of the country
Four feet of snow? A shivering Florida? This is only November! Parts of Wisconsin accumulated 48.3 inches of snow in the past two days alone. And it's not over yet — a large part of the Plains, Midwest and interior Northeast could see snow straight through the weekend and until Monday, according to Weather.com. Meanwhile, a whopping 70 percent of the country was waking up to temperatures between 15 and 40 degrees lower than average on Friday. Read more in WEATHER.
4. During visit, Obama says Myanmar not done with reform
Myanmar's Democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi said that, regardless of some differing views, Myanmar's relationship with the United States was good. Suu Kyi can't run for president because her sons are British, as was her late husband. Myanmar has a rule barring candidates with strong allegiances to a foreign national. "I don't understand a provision that would bar somebody from running for president because of who their children are. That doesn't make much sense to me," President Barack Obama said on his trip, adding that Myanmar's reform process is still "incomplete." Read more in NEWS.
5. Two civilian officers hurt confronting attacker at naval base
A "non-compliant" man with a knife attacked a civilian officer at the Groton submarine base in Connecticut Thursday night. The officer, who sustained a stab wound, started shooting, and another officer got caught in the crossfire. Both were admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and released late Thursday night. The suspect is in the custody of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Read more in NEWS.
6. WVU suspends all frats and sororities after freshman injury
All fraternities and sororities at West Virginia University were suspended Thursday after a freshman was found unconscious and not breathing inside a fraternity house on Wednesday night. The student, Nolan Michael Burch, 18, is in intensive care. University officials and the college's Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic councils said that all Greek organizations affiliated with the university had been suspended after the "catastrophic medical emergency." Read more in NEWS.
… What’s trending today?
A robot made by the Google-owned company Boston Dynamics practices his balancing skills — which are not easy to come by at 6'3 and 330 pounds — by performing some "Karate Kid" inspired moves.