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  1. WATCHDOGS U.S., Britain: New Sanctions on Iran Majid Asgaripour, Mehr News Agency / AP Photo

    1. U.S., Britain: New Sanctions on Iran

    The U.S. announced Monday that it was implementing tougher sanctions on Iran, a day after a U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency report expressed renewed concerns over “the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the new sanctions also target Iran’s oil and gas business, which has caused the U.S. to name Iran a “primary money-laundering concern.” Clinton said the sanctions will be carried out in tandem with Britain and Canada in an effort to keep a closer watch on Iran’s “sources of income and its illegal activities.” After the U.N. report was released, Britain cut all financial ties with Iran; Canada’s sanctions will also prohibit nearly all financial transactions with Iran’s government. The European Union already has specific sanctions in place, but European diplomats said they will likely follow the U.S. in imposing even tougher sanctions. In response to the new sanctions, Iran says that its nuclear program is peaceful and that the U.N.’s report is “politically motivated.”

    November 21, 2011 9:15 PM

  2. BRIGHT SIDE Supercommittee Flop May Trim Debt Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    2. Supercommittee Flop May Trim Debt

    The supercommittee may have been a super failure, but there may be some good news to come out of the dead debt talks: a sharp drop in annual federal deficits. On Monday, the debt panel announced it would not be able to make $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. Now, per an earlier agreement in Congress, spending cuts will kick in automaticaly, with at least half coming from defense spending in 2013. Plus, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of 2012. Together, the new cuts and taxes would cut the annual deficit by half. President Obama has blamed the GOP for the failure of the talks and said he’ll veto anything that aims to roll back the automatic cuts.

    November 21, 2011 11:48 PM

  3. NO THANKS Egypt Cabinet Quits Over Crackdown Khaled Desouki, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Egypt Cabinet Quits Over Crackdown

    Fed up with a violent crackdown on protests, Egypt’s cabinet ministers have submitted their resignations en masse, state television reported on Monday. Clashes have continued for the third day, with demonstrators taking to Tahrir Square to speak out against a perceived clampdown on power by the ruling military junta in the run-up to parliamentary elections. Response to the protests was violent, with security forces leaving at least 33 dead and 1,500 injured over the weekend. Egypt’s culture minister, Emad Abu Ghazi, was the first to quit on Monday. Cabinet members said they wouldn’t leave immediately; resignations have not yet been accepted.

    November 21, 2011 10:15 PM

  4. PUNISHMENT UC Davis Suspends Top Police Officer AP Photo

    4. UC Davis Suspends Top Police Officer

    Another shoe dropped at UC Davis, where the university has put its police chief on administrative leave over a viral video in which police officers are shown pepper-spraying peaceful student protesters on campus. The two officers who used the pepper spray have also been put on leave. In a statement, the president of the University of California network said he was “appalled” by the video, and also ordered a review of campus law-enforcement policy across the system's 10 locations. Students were participating in a sit-in to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. This incident won't be forgotten anytime soon. Lt. John Pike is now an Internet phenomenon, as the "Casually Pepper Spraying Cop" meme (in which pictures of Pike are photoshopped to famous paintings) are going viral.

    November 21, 2011 11:29 AM

  5. RIGHT … Gingrich: Child-Labor Laws ‘Stupid’ Isaac Brekken / AP Photo

    5. Gingrich: Child-Labor Laws ‘Stupid’

    At least kids don’t get to vote in presidential elections. Newt Gingrich blamed unions for “crippling” children and called child-labor laws “truly stupid,” in a speech about changing the “culture of poverty in America.” He said, “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, in child laws, which are truly stupid.” He added, “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor, and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they’d have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.” Gingrich, who said over the weekend that Occupy Wall Street protesters need to “get a job,” is currently leading in the race for the nomination, according to the latest CNN poll. The survey found that 24 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would support Gingrich, while just 20 percent said they would support Mitt Romney.

    November 21, 2011 5:02 PM

  6. TRAGIC Kenyan Runner Has Feet Amputated

    6. Kenyan Runner Has Feet Amputated

    Kenyan runner Marko Cheseto had both his feet amputated after suffering from frostbite. The 28-year-old from the University of Alaska Anchorage disappeared in a snowstorm on Nov. 6 because of what police called a “personal crisis.” He was found three days later with his shoes frozen to both feet. Doctors cut off both his feet above the ankle last Thursday. Last season, Cheseto did not run because a fellow Kenyan teammate had committed suicide.

    November 21, 2011 9:57 PM

  7. BACK ON EARTH

    7. Soyuz Capsule Lands in Kazakhstan

    That’s one long voyage. After spending 165 days in space, a Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts landed safely in Kazakhstan on Tuesday morning. NASA’s Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency are all in good condition. NASA’s Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin remain on board the International Space Station. Having arrived there last Wednesday, they are expected to return to Earth in March. Next month another launch will bring three more astronauts to the station, which normally has a six-person crew.

    November 21, 2011 10:14 PM

  8. IVY LEAGUE Harvard Swamped With Early Applications Students walk across campus at Harvard University. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

    8. Harvard Swamped With Early Applications

    As if annihilating Yale 45-7 in Saturday’s football game weren’t enough for Harvard, the school has hurt its rival in another category: early applications. In its first year of having early applications—which permit a student to file for admission early for one private college—since 2007, Harvard received 4,245 applications. That’s double the expected freshman class and nearly 6 percent higher than its 2007 number. Meanwhile, Yale received only 4,310 early applications, an 18 percent decrease from the year before.

    November 21, 2011 9:21 PM

  9. HOCKEY STAR Sidney Crosby Returns to NHL Gene J. Puskar / AP Photo

    9. Sidney Crosby Returns to NHL

    He’s back. Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby made his return to the NHL Monday, after missing 320 days. Crosby, who has struggled to return after suffering concussions, scored his first goal less than six minutes into the game. He added another goal and two assists in the Penguins' 5-0 win over the New York Islanders. In his short career, the 24-year-old has led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup and scored the winning goal for Team Canada in the Olympic gold-medal game.

    November 21, 2011 10:34 PM

  10. MIFFED Fox News Chief Infuriated at Palin Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    10. Fox News Chief Infuriated at Palin

    Fox News has always been loyal to Sarah Palin, so when the former Alaska governor announced on another program that she wouldn't be running for president in 2012, Fox chief Roger Ailes was so ticked off he even considered pulling her off the air entirely. After she made the Oct. 5 announcement on Mark Levin's conservative talk-radio show, Ailes apparently felt Palin had robbed Fox News of a well-deserved exclusive that could have potentially skyrocketed the network's ratings. "I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network," Ailes allegedly told Bill Shine, Fox's executive vice president and Palin's main point of contact with the network. But Palin apparently made the decision because she was miffed that Fox News had given a platform to Karl Rove, one of her biggest critics. Levin, meanwhile, had become her biggest fan among conservative commentators. Palin's contract with Fox News ends in 2013, and while Shine has tried to smooth things over, it's unclear whether the conflict with Ailes will interfere with her future on the network.

    November 21, 2011 7:32 PM

  11. PROGENY Woody Allen’s Son Is a Genius Riccardo S. Savi / WireImage-Getty Images

    11. Woody Allen’s Son Is a Genius

    Looks like this family has more than one wise guy. Ronan Farrow, Woody Allen’s son from his relationship with actress Mia Farrow, has been selected as a Rhodes scholar. Farrow graduated from Bard College in 2004, and graduated from Yale Law School in 2009, when he was only 20. He currently serves as a special adviser to the secretary of state for global youth issues. Thirty-one other American students received the prestigious scholarships, which provide all expenses for study at Oxford University.

    November 21, 2011 1:47 PM

  12. COUNTRY STRONG Taylor Swift Wins Big at AMAs Matt Sayles / AP Photo

    12. Taylor Swift Wins Big at AMAs

    At the American Music Awards Sunday, Taylor Swift took home the night’s top honor for the second time in her career. "This is crazy!" Swift said in her acceptance speech for artist of the year. She also won favorite country album and favorite female country star. Swift went up against Adele, who had the best-selling record of the year. Nicki Minaj, who wore sneakers on her derrière, also picked up awards for favorites rap/hip-hop album and artist, and Maroon 5 won favorite pop-rock band. Katy Perry won a special honor for having five No. 1 singles on the album Teenage Dream.

    November 20, 2011 11:24 PM

  13. HOPE Shepard Fairey Takes On OWS Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo

    13. Shepard Fairey Takes On OWS

    Chances are you won’t catch President Obama down at Zuccotti Park wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. But artist Shepard Fairey’s latest poster offers an idea of what a protesting Obama might look like. The man behind the now-iconic “Hope” poster has tweaked the image both in support of Occupy Wall Street and in support of the president. “Mister President, we HOPE you’re on our side,” the poster says. “As flawed as the system is, I see Obama as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive," he wrote on his website, adding, "I still see Obama as the closest thing we have to ‘a man on the inside’ that we have presently.”

    November 21, 2011 11:32 AM

  14. Scandal Michigan Rep. Denies Sex-Abuse Charge Scott J. Ferrell / AP Photo

    14. Michigan Rep. Denies Sex-Abuse Charge

    Rep. Dale Kildee, a Michigan Democrat, has released a letter denouncing allegations in a local news report that he sexually abused his second cousin 50 years ago. Kildee called the charges “completely false and shameful,” saying his second cousin accused him only after he recently refused him money and federal benefits. Kildee’s cousin Patrick was 12 at the time that he says the abuse happened; the news report included interviews with Patrick’s mother, stepfather, and sister. Kildee says Patrick and his family have “a long history of mental illness and multiple run-ins with the law,” and he released audiotapes that he says reveal Patrick’s wife plotting to blackmail him. Kildee is set to retire at the end of his term.

    November 21, 2011 6:26 AM

  15. INVESTIGATION Iran May Have Given Libya Artillery Shells Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    15. Iran May Have Given Libya Artillery Shells

    This doesn’t help Iran’s résumé. The U.S. is investigating whether Iran gave Libya artillery shells used for chemical weapons. The former Libyan rebels recently found the shells, filled with mustard gas, when raiding sites in the nation. While it’s not known for certain where the shells came from, a senior U.S. official said that they suspect Iran. Iranian officials have blasted the report as U.S. propaganda. In 2004 Muammar Gaddafi promised to the international community that Libya would destroy all its chemical weapons.

    November 20, 2011 9:16 PM

  16. Profiles White House Suspect Fought MMA U.S. Park Police / AP Photo

    16. White House Suspect Fought MMA

    In July, four months before he allegedly fired an assault rifle at the White House, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez made his debut as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in Idaho—and pummeled his opponent in an easy victory. A Monday New York Times profile offers a revealing glimpse into Ortega-Hernandez’s mind. The fight was a rare victory in an otherwise troubled life. Before his arrest, he had been acting increasingly strange, including a 45-minute speech on politics at his birthday party, and a video he made in September begging Oprah to book him because, he said, “I am the modern-day Jesus Christ.” One doctor tells the Times that Ortega-Hernandez appears to be “a textbook case” of schizophrenia.

    November 21, 2011 6:42 AM

  17. Ugly NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama Alan Diaz / AP Photo

    17. NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama

    President Obama’s pollsters may want to write off “NASCAR dads” for 2012: First lady Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR event Sunday, along with Jill Biden. The two had showed up at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to support Joining Forces, an initiative to hire veterans, but seemed less than welcome when they were introduced at the start of the race. However, the women received a standing ovation at the earlier pre-race drivers’ meeting, according to the Associated Press.

    November 21, 2011 6:38 AM

  18. Royalty Prince Harry Enjoys Free Drinks AP Photo

    18. Prince Harry Enjoys Free Drinks

    Just because he’s royalty doesn’t mean he can't enjoy a freebie: on a recent trip to Vegas, Prince Harry “couldn't believe you got free
 drinks from gambling at the blackjack tables,” a source tells People. The prince sneaked away to Vegas during a break from his military training in Arizona. When he wasn’t gambling and drinking for free, Harry and his friends visited nightclubs Tryst and XS. He also attended a performance by Cirque du Soleil, after which he was “all smiles.”

    November 21, 2011 7:00 AM

  19. 2012 Gingrich to Occupy: ‘Take a Bath’ PAUL J. RICHARDS / Getty Images

    19. Gingrich to Occupy: ‘Take a Bath’

    Newt Gingrich fought his way to the top of the Republican presidential field the old-fashioned way: making fun of hippies. “Go get a job, right after you take a bath,” Gingrich advised Occupy Wall Street protesters as he spoke to a Republican crowd in Iowa Saturday. Gingrich attacked the protesters, saying they “start with a premise that we all owe them everything.” He continued, “They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for.”

    November 21, 2011 6:58 AM

  20. CLOSE CALL N.Y. Jihadist an Hour Away From Bomb Mario Tama / Getty Images

    20. N.Y. Jihadist an Hour Away From Bomb

    The suspected “lone wolf” jihadist who was arrested on terrorism charges in New York was reportedly just an hour away from finishing constructing a bomb, investigators said. Police say Jose Pimentel, a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer from Washington Heights, meant to use the bomb to assassinate U.S. soldiers returning from war. Authorities built a duplicate of the device that he was allegedly building, and the detonation blew apart a car, police said. Pimentel, though inspired by the likes of the late cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden, only infrequently attended Muslim services, drank, and smoked marijuana.

    November 21, 2011 10:41 AM

  21. TRAGEDY Seattle Mariners Outfielder Killed Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

    21. Seattle Mariners Outfielder Killed

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death Monday morning in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, local police said. The baseball player was 24. His 22-year-old brother was arrested and is being questioned. Halman, who was born in the Netherlands—in the city of Haarlem—played in Dutch leagues and was part of the gold-medal winning 2007 European championship squad. He appeared in 35 games for the Mariners last season and hit .230.

    November 21, 2011 10:03 AM

  22. ESPIONAGE CIA Spies Kidnapped in Mideast Getty Images

    22. CIA Spies Kidnapped in Mideast

    More than a dozen U.S. spies in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and could potentially be executed, according to an ABC News investigation. Those kidnapped had been recruited by the CIA to spy on Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon, a group that was responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any other terrorist organization prior to 9/11. A former CIA officer who’s worked against Hizbullah said, “If they were genuine spies, spying against Hizbullah, I don’t think we’ll ever see them again. These guys are very, very vicious and unforgiving.”

    November 21, 2011 10:15 AM

  23. PHONE-HACKING Hugh Grant Slams British Tabloids Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    23. Hugh Grant Slams British Tabloids

    Hugh Grant didn't hold anything back when he testified Monday at a highly anticpated, nationally televised hearing into media ethics in Britain. Public figures and other victims of hacking and stalking by the press are due to appear this week. Grant told the Leveson Inquiry that Rupert Murdoch's newspapers weren’t the only publications that hacked his phone for stories. In addition to their eavesdropping on calls, Grant also described a suspicious break-in at his London apartment that resulted in no property stolen but a detailed description of his home in a newspaper. He also accused the Daily Mirror of getting hold of his medical records.

    November 21, 2011 1:39 PM

  24. DAMAGE CONTROL Former FBI Chief Heads Penn State Probe Ralph Wilson / AP Photo

    24. Ex–FBI Chief Heads Penn State Probe

    Embattled Penn State University has tapped former FBI director Louis Freeh to lead an independent investigation into the sex-abuse scandal that's rocked college sports. Freeh said the probe will be "leaving no stone unturned." Meanwhile, the boy who first came forward to accuse former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual assault had to leave high school in the middle of his senior year because of intense harassment. Former head coach Joe Paterno’s attorney told Good Morning America that the coach strongly condemns bullying. That might be little comfort for the victim—his mother said students are blaming her son for the firing of Paterno.

    November 21, 2011 11:08 AM

  25. RESISTANCE Two ‘Occupy’ Protesters Sue NYC Mario Tama / Getty Images

    25. Two ‘Occupy’ Protesters Sue NYC

    Two Occupy Wall Street protesters are suing the city of New York on Monday for alleged unlawful searches and arrests after participating in a demonstration at a Citibank branch in Greenwich Village on Oct. 15. Heather Carpenter, a student, and her fiancé, Colombian immigrant Julio Jose Jimenez-Artunduaga, are filing a federal civil-rights lawsuit. Carpenter and other protesters closed their Citibank accounts that day, but an undercover police officer reportedly manhandled her. "He grabs her, bear-hugs her, and actually ends up lifting her, literally, by her breasts with either hand and drags her into the vestibule of Citibank," her attorney Ron Kuby said. Both Carpenter and Jimenez were cuffed and charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass, although the charges were later dropped.

    November 21, 2011 5:32 PM

  26. Bully Pulpit Obama Threatens Veto Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    26. Obama Threatens Veto

    President Obama threatened to veto any changes to the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect in 2013 if Congress is unable to come up with other ways to reduce government deficits. Obama said the automatic cuts should remain in place in order to add pressure and get results. The threat came just hours after supercommittee co-chairs Jeb Hensarling and Patty Murray released a statement, saying deficit talks were dead. "It will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee's deadline," the statement reads. The Dow Jones industrial average took a big hit Monday, sliding nearly 250 points, or about 2 percent, on news that Congress’s supercommittee on deficit reduction would announce its failure.

    November 21, 2011 7:15 PM