From the Wires

U.S. spies listened to pope

Reuters: An Italian magazine said on Wednesday that a United States spy agency had eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls.

Google cars drive themselves better than people do

MIT Technology Review: The head of Google’s autonomous-car project says that data from its  cars, all Prius and Lexus models, demonstrate more defensive and smoother driving practices when self-driven than when they are driven by humans.

Amount of candy consumed on Halloween is worrying

About 4% of all candy consumed in the U.S. occurs on Oct. 31.

WHO confirms polio outbreak in Syria

BBC: The World Health Organization confirmed 10 cases of polio in Syria, the first outbreak in the country in 14 years.

Banksy calls WTC a 'betrayal'

CNN: British graffiti artist Banksy criticized the design of One World Trade Center, calling it a "betrayal."

Dick Cheney cancels Canada trip for being too dangerous

National Post: Dick Cheney canceled a planned trip to Toronto, citing concerns that Canada is too dangerous.

Benefits of 'de-Americanization'

Reuters: The current bout of Washington inanity has accelerated a trend that has been gathering steam for at least the last five years: the move away from a Washington-centric world.

New species discovered in 'lost world'

CNN: Scientists discover lizard, frog species in untrod Australian rainforest.

FDA proposes stricter pet food rules

NBC News: The Food and Drug Administration proposed new standards for pet and other animal food.

Samsung profit jumps 26 percent

BBC: Samsung Electronics has reported a 26% increase in profit in the third quarter driven by strong smartphone sales and a recovery in its memory chip business.

Consumers bypass insurance exchange

Reuters: Americans hitting roadblocks on the new U.S. government-run healthcare website have been contacting insurers directly and enrolling in plans away from the federal marketplace.

Study finds young people suffering more strokes

Sky News: The global rate of stroke among young and middle-aged people has risen significantly according to a new study.

Wikipedia's volunteer workforce shrinking

MIT Technology Review: Wikipedia's volunteer workforce has shrunk by more than a third since 2007.