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  1. Bombshell U.N.: Iran Worked on Atom Bomb Emmaniel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images

    U.N.: Iran Worked on Atom Bomb

    This won’t do anything to dampen speculation about an Israeli strike on Iran. The U.N. nuclear agency issued its most direct statement yet about the military goals of Iran’s nuclear program. The agency said it has “serious concerns” that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear weapon. At least until 2003, the agency said, Iran had a formal program to design warheads and test detonators, and, the agency said, “some activities may still be ongoing.” Iran also tried to mount a nuclear payload onto its  Shahab 3 medium-range missiles, which can reach Israel.

    November 8, 2011 2:38 PM

  2. ELECTIONS Ohio Rejects Anti-Union Law Mary Wisniewski, Reuters / Landov

    Ohio Rejects Anti-Union Law

    It’s a victory for labor unions. Ohio voters struck down an anti-union law that would restrict collective-bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of public employees. The controversial law, which was protested earlier this year, sends a strong message to GOP Gov. John Kasich. "It's clear the people have spoken," Kasich said after the measure went down 61 to 39. "I heard their voice. I understand their decision." And the organization that led to its defeat could be a huge boost to President Obama's efforts to win the key swing state, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

    November 8, 2011 10:30 PM

  3. Europe Berlusconi Offers to Resign Eric Feferberg, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Berlusconi Offers to Resign

    Looks like the end of the road for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and it wasn't a bunga-bunga party that did him in. Berlusconi, hammered by a worsening debt crisis in Italy, has agreed to offer his resignation after he oversees the passage of a austerity bill. That vote is expected to happen next week. The leader was able to push through a significant budget vote in Parliament today, but his coalition's majority crumbled away at the same time. The Dow Jones Industrial average did see a slight increase today after the vote.

    November 8, 2011 10:36 AM

  4. OUTNUMBERED Cain Accusers May Hold Joint Presser Matt York / AP Photo

    4. Cain Accusers May Hold Joint Presser

    How would Cain react if all four of his accusers ganged up on him in a joint press conference? The idea was proposed on Tuesday by Karen Kraushaar, the second woman who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Kraushaar confirmed to CBS News that she was interested in convening with the other women in public and that she had indeed filed a complaint against Cain. Her lawyer followed up with an email saying Kraushaar wanted to hold a presser “with as many of the women who complained of sexual harassment as will participate.” Cain’s camp continues to deny all allegations, and his campaign manager even went on the attack, accusing Kraushaar of having a son who worked at Politico. Politico maintains that the man in question, John Kraushaar, was a former reporter who transferred to another media outlet in 2010. Kraushaar himself later tweeted that while he shares Karen’s last name, the two are not related.

    November 8, 2011 11:52 PM

  5. SCANDAL Report: Paterno to Exit Penn State Rob Carr / Getty Images

    5. Report: Paterno to Exit Penn State

    Joe Paterno’s involvement in a sordid sex-abuse scandal will ultimately bring his 46-season career as Penn State’s head football coach to an end, The New York Times reports. Jerry Sandusky served under Paterno as a defensive coordinator, during which time he was believed to have been sexually abusing several young boys. Paterno knew of one boy’s claim that Sandusky had assaulted him in 2002 and failed to inform police—a choice for which he has been heavily criticized. Paterno has not been charged—unlike two top Penn State officials who did the same thing—but his failure to report a sexual assault to authorities has lost him the support of many university board members, initiating his inevitable departure. When Paterno’s tenure will end exactly is unclear.

    November 8, 2011 12:51 PM

  6. PAYBACK Rajaratnam to Pay $92.8M Penalty Justin Lane / EPA-Landov

    6. Rajaratnam to Pay $92.8M Penalty

    The hits keep coming for convicted hedge-fund guru Raj Rajaratnam, who was ordered by a federal judge to pay a $92.8 million penalty on top of the fines ordered last month with his 11-year prison sentence. Today’s penalty is the largest ever imposed on an individual in an insider-trading case assessed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Judge Jed S. Rakoff came up with the figure, which amounts to three times the illegal gains Rajaratnam earned as head of the Galleon Group. Though it’s not entirely clear how much money Rajaratnam has left, Judge Rakoff said his net worth “considerably exceeds” his penalties—a total of $156.6 million.

    November 8, 2011 9:58 PM

  7. DISTURBING Air Force Admits Losing Remains Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force Admits Losing Remains

    After a yearlong investigation, the Air Force revealed that its mortuary had twice lost the remains of service members killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Three senior Air Force officials will be disciplined for “gross mismanagement,” and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for a separate investigation. All remains of the war dead go to the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where they are identified, autopsied, and prepared for transfer. In both 2009 cases of lost body parts, the service members’ available remains were returned to their families; the mishandled portions had been separated from the remains. Officials said they do not suspect foul play, criminal acts, or deliberate mishandling. The Air Force also determined that the mortuary’s top leadership failed to respond to clear signs of weakness in the accounting for human remains.

    November 8, 2011 4:27 PM

  8. PHONE HACKING P.I. Spied on Princes for NotW Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

    8. P.I. Spied on Princes for NotW

    Private investigator Derek Webb said that Prince William, Prince Harry, Chelsy Davy, Daniel Radcliffe, and Attorney General Lord Goldsmith were among the 90 people News of the World asked him to spy on as part of a covert investigation. A former policeman and surveillance expert, Webb said he worked for the now-defunct newspaper News of the World for eight years. He says he has come forward now because he believes he is owed bonuses and loyalty payments. News International, the British wing of News Corp., the company that owned News of the World, confirmed Monday that two lawyers who had investigated the phone hacking were among the victims of the secret surveillance program.

    November 8, 2011 3:17 PM

  9. Obit Rapper Heavy D Is Dead Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo

    9. Rapper Heavy D Is Dead

    The legendary rapper Heavy D died today at the age of 44. His cause of death is unknown. A 911 call was made from his home at 11:25 this morning to report an unconscious man in the walkway, and when help arrived Heavy D was conscious and speaking. He was brought to a nearby hospital and died a short time later. Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, played at the BET Awards last month and appeared to be in good health.

    November 8, 2011 5:42 PM

  10. SEE YA Ratner Out as Oscar Producer Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

    10. Ratner Out as Oscar Producer

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise for those familiar with Brett Ratner’s reputation. After making a series of inappropriate remarks on Howard Stern's radio show, the Tower Heist director was forced to relinquish his role as producer of this year’s Academy Awards. Discussing his sex life with Stern didn’t reflect well on the Academy, but jaws dropped when he told the radio host in reference to the awards show, “Rehearsal is for fags.” In a statement released Tuesday, Ratner apologized for the “hurtful and stupid things I said” and announced he would not be producing this year’s Oscars. He added that he was “grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase the awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised.”

    November 8, 2011 7:50 PM

  11. Broadway Taymor Sues 'Spider-Man' Producers

    Taymor Sues 'Spider-Man' Producers

    Julie Taymor isn’t going down without a fight. After being ousted from her troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, she has filed suit against the show’s producers, saying they violated her creative rights and failed to compensate her for her work. Taymor was fired and replaced in March after the show was critically panned, its opening indefinitely delayed, and its cast repeatedly injured. Since it opened in June, the show has been doing strong enough business to stay viable, even with a $75 million budget that makes it the most expensive Broadway musical of all time.

    November 8, 2011 4:34 PM

  12. SOUVENIR Saddam’s Toilet Goes to Museum Ali al-Saadi, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Saddam’s Toilet Goes to Museum

    The U.S. plans to hand over its military base in Baghdad to the Iraqi government in December, but it will take at least one thing with it during the switchover: Saddam’s toilet. The stainless-steel souvenir was used by the dictator while imprisoned by the U.S. military for two years before his execution. It will be displayed at an American military-police museum. Soldiers have gotten to work packing up the Versailles-style palaces where the war command was once stationed since President Obama announced that all forces would be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

    November 8, 2011 12:55 PM

  13. NEVERENDING FAMILY Duggars Expecting 20th Baby Beth Hall / AP Photos

    13. Duggars Expecting 20th Baby

    As if they didn’t have their hands full already, reality-TV parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced Tuesday that they are expecting their 20th child. The stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting revealed on the Today show that, at 45, Michelle is three and a half months pregnant. “I was not thinking that God would give us another one, and we are just so grateful,” she said. Michelle’s last pregnancy was a dangerous one, involving gallbladder issues and requiring that their daughter be delivered three and a half months early, at just 1 pound 6 ounces, in order to save her life. The Duggars also have two grandchildren.

    November 8, 2011 1:14 PM

  14. LOOK UP! Asteroid to Pass by Earth NASA / JPL, Caltech

    14. Asteroid to Pass by Earth

    The asteroid 2005 YU55 looks like it’s going to make its way past Earth as predicted on Tuesday, around 6:28 p.m., Eastern standard time. NASA has been tracking the 8,000-mile-wide asteroid for six years and predicts that it will pass us at a distance of 201,700 miles—closer than the orbit of the moon. Experts insist there is no need to fear the asteroid, as they are “100 percent confident” it will not collide with Earth. Though the soaring space rock isn’t a threat, it is an opportunity for scientists to study an asteroid at a closer distance than ever before and to start preparing in the event that one may come closer to our planet.

    November 8, 2011 11:58 AM

  15. BOXING LEGEND Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier Dies Jeff Christensen / AP Photo

    15. Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier Dies

    Former boxing champion Joe Frazier passed away late Monday at age 67. The heavyweight champion, who battled in the ring with Muhammad Ali three times and was the first to beat him, suffered from liver cancer. His family released a statement saying that he died at his home in Philadelphia. Frazier, who was diagnosed last month and had been visiting hospitals since early October, spent the last week in hospice treatment.

    November 7, 2011 11:19 PM

  16. BEHIND THE SCENES Sarkozy Calls Netanyahu ‘Liar’ Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    16. Sarkozy Calls Netanyahu ‘Liar’

    After speaking publicly for a G20 press conference last Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama reportedly got into a heated exchange in which Sarkozy declared he could not “stand” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called him “a liar.” The French website Arrêt Sur Image posted the report on Monday, which said the conversation turned to Netanyahu after President Obama berated Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would vote in favor of Palestinian membership in UNESCO. The report claims that neither president knew his microphone was still on when they started venting to one another about Israel’s prime minister. Obama reportedly responded with equal fervor to Sarkozy, saying, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!” The website says reporters were asked to sign papers promising they wouldn’t leak the secret conversation.

    November 7, 2011 10:01 PM

  17. SCARY Huge Storm Threatens Alaska Eric Engman / AP Photo

    17. Huge Storm Threatens Alaska

    An “extremely dangerous and life-threatening” storm with near hurricane-force winds, more than a foot of snow and, severe coastal flooding is moving closer to Alaska, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin Monday. The National Weather Service predicted this storm will intensify into “one of the most severe Bering Sea storms on record.” The storm is expected to move over the Bering Sea toward Alaska’s west coast on Tuesday, as blizzard warnings were issued for the entire coastal region. Winds between 65 to 70 miles per hour are expected, which could generate sea swells as high as 20 feet and sea levels to rise eight to nine feet above normal Tuesday night into Wednesday. The storm is expected to last through Wednesday.

    November 8, 2011 8:27 AM

  18. Brave Firebombed Mag Prints New Issue

    18. Firebombed Mag Prints New Issue

    Last week the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed after it ran an issue “guest edited” by the Prophet Muhammad with a cartoon on the cover. So how did Charlie Hebdo respond? By putting a cartoon on the cover of a Muslim man making out with another man. The headline on the cartoon is “Love Is Stronger Than Hate,” and the background shows the ashes of the firebombed office. The magazine does not suggest, however, that the Muslim man is supposed to be Muhammad.

    November 8, 2011 6:26 AM

  19. Art Feds OK Christo’s Next Art Project Jacques Demarthon, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Feds OK Christo’s Next Art Project

    "The Gates" may soon finally have a sequel: the Interior Department has approved plans for Christo’s next art project in which he hopes to drape 5.9 miles of fabric over a stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado. Christo has been working on the project, expected to cost a total of $50 million, since 1992. (He will fund the project on his own through selling artwork.) The Interior Department said in a 1,686-page report that Christo has taken steps to mitigate the project’s environmental impact; he also has the support of Colorado’s governor. He will still need, however, the approval of state transportation agencies and two counties. He hopes the project will be ready in August 2014.

    November 8, 2011 6:31 AM

  20. CABINET CHANGE Obama’s Chief of Staff Demoted J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    20. Obama’s Chief of Staff Demoted

    In an unusual move for a White House chief of staff, William M. Daley has relinquished his day-to-day management roles as Obama’s top aide after 10 months in the position. According to The Wall Street Journal, Daley’s tense relations with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are behind his role change. He reportedly angered other Democrats in Congress by trying to cut deals on the side with congressional Republicans. President Obama approved the role change, which will see Pete Rouse take over for Daley, in an attempt to smooth over relations in his administration as he prepares his reelection campaign, sources said.

    November 7, 2011 11:32 PM

  21. Guilty Conrad Murray on Suicide Watch Robyn Beck-Pool / Getty Images

    21. Conrad Murray on Suicide Watch

    The Los Angeles County Jail has placed Conrad Murray on suicide watch after he was found guilty of manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, according to the Los Angeles Times. Murray will remain in the jail until Nov. 29, when he is due for sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

    November 8, 2011 6:23 AM

  22. ON THE DEFENSIVE Bialek: I Did "the Right Thing" ABC

    22. Bialek: I Did ‘the Right Thing’

    Sharon Bialek, the latest woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, spent Tuesday morning in a blitz tour of talk shows, defending her decision to come forward. “I’m just doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” Bialek said in one interview. Bialek appeared on CNN, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, and NBC’s Today show, saying she waited years to come forward because she was “embarrassed” by the incident and wanted to move on. In a press conference accompanied by star lawyer Gloria Allred on Monday, Bialek said she had been propositioned by the Republican presidential hopeful in the 1990s before she was fired from her job at Godfather’s Pizza in 1997. Meanwhile, Cain himself will address the accusations in a press conference Tuesday, after calling the allegations “totally fabricated” in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

    November 8, 2011 9:55 AM

  23. ELECTION DAY Strong Early Turnout in Mississippi Rogelio V. Solis / AP Photos

    23. Strong Early Turnout in Mississippi

    Mississippi polls are seeing significant early turnout Tuesday, as many citizens gather to exercise their vote over the controversial Initiative 26, also known as “the Personhood amendment.” Initiative 26 aims to legally define the beginning of life as conception, which would interfere with abortion, certain forms of birth control, and, in some cases, in vitro fertilization. The vote’s controversy helped draw voters in, and early polls indicate it will pass despite that clergy and other church officials are divided over it—with even some pro-life groups calling it “too extreme.”

    November 8, 2011 1:05 PM

  24. DEFENSIVE Cain: Harassment Claims ‘Disturbing’ Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    24. Cain: Harassment Claims ‘Disturbing’

    Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday that while he is taking the sexual-harassment allegations against him “seriously,” he does not remember ever meeting accuser Sharon Bialek. In an interview with ABC and Yahoo News, Cain said the allegations “are disturbing to me,” and he said he had “taken them seriously,” but “there is absolutely no basis to them.” Cain said the allegations had an “emotional impact” on him and his family, and his wife, Gloria, is “angry about it.” While Cain did not mention Bialek by name, he said he did not remember meeting her and said he never acted inappropriately with anyone. Cain is expected to address the sexual-harassment allegations in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, his campaign emailed supporters attacking Bialek as having a “long and troubled history.”

    November 8, 2011 3:36 PM

  25. HEALTH CARE 'Obamacare' Ruled Constitutional Charles Dharapak / AP Photos

    25. 'Obamacare' Ruled Constitutional

    A conservative-leaning Washington appeals court ruled Tuesday that President Obama’s heavily disputed health-care law is constitutional. Last month the Obama administration filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, requesting that the court back the universal health-care mandate—the cornerstone of the president’s health-care legislation. The key cornerstone of the lawsuit had been the requirement that almost all Americans purchase some type of medical insurance by 2014, which the appeals court ruled as constitutional.

    November 8, 2011 11:50 AM

  26. IT’S RAINING WOMEN Another Cain Accuser Revealed Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Another Cain Accuser Revealed

    One of the women first reported to have made a sexual-harassment settlement with the National Restaurant Association over Herman Cain’s behavior has now been identified. The Daily reports that Karen Kraushaar is a 55-year-old former journalist who now lives in Maryland and works as a communications official in the Treasury Department. She is a registered Republican and a graduate of Brown University. Kraushaar would not comment on the settlement, and relatives said it would be “extremely painful” for her to revisit the incident with Cain.

    November 8, 2011 2:58 PM