5 Things to Know on Oct. 7

A look at the news you need to know today. Check out our full morning briefing: http://nyti.ms/1jNMQ7C
  1. At the White House’s request, Kickstarter is raising money for Syrian refugees in its first social service campaign.
  2. The Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates from federal prisons in less than a month, as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding.
  3. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three scientists who mapped and explained how cells repairs DNA.
  4. Today is the 14th anniversary of the U.S-led invasion of Afghanistan, which sought, among other things, to topple the Taliban. Recently, the Taliban has made gains in Afghanistan.
  5. European Union vessels today are patrolling the southern Mediterranean, aiming to board and seize boats being used for human smuggling.