From the Wires

Facebook introduces 50 gender options

BBC: Users will be able to customize their gender in a way that "allows people to express themselves in an authentic way," Facebook said in a post.

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable

Reuters: Comcast Corp. will purchase Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion.

CDC: 5 ways diseases in other countries pose a threat

CNN: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Health Security Agenda alongside more than 25 nations and international organizations to accelerate progress towards a infectious disease-free world.

Francois Hollande honored at U.S. state dinner

BBC: The French president and President Barack Obama toasted to the nations' centuries-old friendship at a White House state dinner.

The rise of Goodreads

The Atlantic: The social network for bookworms now has more than 25 million users.

Hollywood's Shirley Temple dies

BBC: The former Hollywood child star has died at the age of 85.

Slow growth among young U.S. tech companies

Reuters: The number of technology firms aged five years or younger has fallen to below 80,000.

Facebook founder named top U.S. philanthropist

BBC: Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated 18 million Facebook shares to a Silicon Valley foundation.

Smoking cigarettes tied to breast cancer

Reuters: Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer.

New guidelines designed to prevent strokes in women

Forbes: The American Heart Association published a guideline that focuses on preventing stroke in women.

Jay Leno bids farewell to 'The Tonight Show'

CBS: After 22 years, Leno said goodbye to the late-night program Thursday.

Violent video games hold back 'moral maturity' in teens

BBC: A study in Canada found teenagers who played violent video games for long periods of time lacked empathy.

Subway to remove chemical from bread

USA Today: The sandwich chain is removing a chemical commonly used in shoe rubber from its bread.