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  1. RELIEF Stocks Soar on Global Bank Deal Ralph Orlowski / Getty Images

    1. Stocks Soar on Global Bank Deal

    Six major central banks took coordinated action Wednesday to prevent the mushrooming European debt crisis from overtaking the global economy—and the markets love it. In the U.S., the Dow Jones spiked nearly 500 points, climbing back into positive territory for 2011. In the agreement, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and the Swiss National Bank said they would lower the cost of existing U.S. dollar swaps by 50 basis points from Dec. 5 until Feb. 1, which will make it cheaper for banks to get U.S. dollar liquidity when they need it. European stock indexes jumped on the news as well, and the euro rallied against the dollar.

    November 30, 2011 4:00 PM

  2. 2012 Cain Pledges to Stay in Race Rick Osentoski / AP Photos

    2. Cain Pledges to Stay in Race

    The Cain train will keep on going, at least for now. The Republican candidate told a crowd of supporters in Ohio that he would stay in the presidential race, contrary to reports earlier this week that he was “reassessing” whether to continue his campaign after an Atlanta woman claimed she had had a 13-year affair with him. “The American people are going to raise some Cain in 2012!” he told the crowd. “They want you to believe that we can’t do this. They want you to believe that with enough character assassination on me, I will drop out!” When the crowd shouted, “No!” Cain said, “Well, the American people have a different idea.” His decision is expected in a week.

    November 30, 2011 7:30 PM

  3. DIPLOMATIC RESPONSE Britain to Expel Iranian Diplomats FarsNews / Getty Images

    3. Britain to Expel Iranian Diplomats

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Wednesday that Iranian diplomats in London will be expelled, effective immediately. Hague’s announcement came just one day after Iranian students attacked the British Embassy in Tehran, and days after Britain backed harsher U.S. sanctions against Iran. Hague said relations between Britain and Iran were now at their lowest level, but Britain is not severing ties with Iran entirely. Iran, for its part, condemned the attack, describing it as “unacceptable behavior by a small number of protesters.”

    November 30, 2011 9:37 AM

  4. ELECTIONS Islamists Win Majority in Egypt Amr Nabil / AP Photo

    4. Islamists Win Majority in Egypt

    As early Egyptian voting results filter in, the Islamists are on track to capture a 65 percent majority in Parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood’s party was the big favorite, winning 40 percent of the vote so far. Surprisingly, the ultraconservative Islamists, or Salafis, have nearly 25 percent. In Egypt, where the liberal parties and young activists sparked the revolution, the organized Islamists seem to have taken control. When voting is opened to more conservative rural areas, the Islamists are expected to continue to gain steam. The transfer of power will not be without conflict: the Brotherhood said Wednesday that the Islamist majority would name a prime minister soon, but the military government said that choice remains up to the ruling generals. There are two more rounds of voting before January.

    November 30, 2011 11:54 PM

  5. Evangelism Billy Graham Hospitalized Najlah Feanny / Corbis

    5. Billy Graham Hospitalized

    The Rev. Billy Graham is once again in the hospital for a lung ailment. The 93-year-old preacher is undergoing tests for pneumonia, for which he has previously been hospitalized. Graham’s spokesman said he was admitted to the Mission Hospital in Ashville, N.C., on Wednesday with congestion, a cough, and a slight fever.

    November 30, 2011 4:00 PM

  6. UPTOWN ‘Occupy’ Protests Obama Event Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images

    6. ‘Occupy’ Protests Obama Event

    Occupy Wall Street protesters headed uptown Wednesday night to call out President Obama. More than 100 protesters set up shop outside the Sheraton Hotel at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, where Obama was expected to show up for a fundraising event. Demonstrators donned Obama masks and carried signs deriding the president as “a corporate puppet” and a sellout. Police attempted to keep protesters at bay with barricades in front of the hotel.

    December 1, 2011 12:20 AM

  7. ATTACK Paul Ad Hits Gingrich on ‘Serial Hypocrisy’ Alice Keeney / AP Photo

    7. Paul Ad Hits Gingrich on ‘Serial Hypocrisy’

    Is there anyone who can stop Newt Gingrich’s surge? Enter Ron Paul. In a scathing new campaign video titled “Serial Hypocrisy,” Paul’s campaign takes aim at the Republican frontrunner. In clips mostly from the last week, the video portrays Gingrich as a lobbyist and Washington insider who’s been able to make money from companies like Freddie Mac. It also shows him supporting liberals; conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Paul Ryan slam Gingrich as well. The video, which will be emailed to conservatives and not seen on television, is to “debunk the myth” of who Gingrich “really” is.

    November 30, 2011 8:43 PM

  8. GERMANY WWII Bomb Forces Evacuation of City Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

    8. WWII Bomb Forces Evacuation of City

    If you live in Koblenz, Germany, forget brunch this Sunday. Half the city, or 45,000 residents, will evacuate after officials found one of the largest unexploded bombs in history. The bomb, thought to have been dropped by the British Royal Air Force during World War II, weighs 4,000 pounds—3,000 of which are explosives. The bomb was found in the Rhine River, where the water level has dropped recently. If exploded, the bomb could cause destruction over a radius of more than 70 yards. The bomb will be defused, even though it’s in 16 inches of water, and the detonation fuse is partially blocked.

    November 30, 2011 10:03 PM

  9. AWARDS Kanye and Adele Lead Grammy Noms Matt Sayles / AP Photo

    9. Kanye and Adele Lead Grammy Noms

    The Grammy nominations are in, showering praise on Kanye West, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more. West led all nominees with seven nods, but his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was conspicuously absent from the Album of the Year category. The albums that did make the cut are Adele’s 21, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Rihanna’s Loud, and Bruno Mars’s Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Adele followed Kanye West with six nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Rolling in the Deep."

    November 30, 2011 11:26 PM

  10. REALITY TV Humphries: Marriage to Kim a Fraud Evan Agostini / AP Photo

    10. Humphries: Marriage to Kim a Fraud

    Apparently, Kris Humphries is among the many who believe his marriage to Kim Kardashian was a fraud. In fact, he listed it on Superior Court papers today as the reason for his desire to have the marriage annulled. If not granted an annulment, Humphries would rather have a legal separation than a divorce. The NBA player’s wedding to the reality star was broadcast in a two-hour extravaganza on E! Seventy-two days later, Kardashian filed for divorce.

    November 30, 2011 9:21 PM

  11. SSSURPRISE Charmer Lets Loose Bag of Snakes AP Photo

    11. Charmer Lets Loose Bag of Snakes

    You never know what kind of tricks a snake charmer has up his sleeve. An angry man in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dumped a sack full of snakes in a land-revenue office on Tuesday, causing officials and visitors to run from the building and jump on tables. A local journalist told the BBC that the snake charmer has petitioned various government offices over the years for a plot of land where he can “conserve” his snakes. Backed by a band of supporters, the man unleashed dozens of snakes that “were climbing up the tables and chairs,” according to the local journalist. No one was bitten or injured, but the snakes and the charmer are still on the loose.

    November 30, 2011 2:00 PM

  12. STUDY Foster Children Take Too Many Psychiatric Drugs David Sucsy

    12. Foster Children Take Too Many Psychiatric Drugs

    Foster children in Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, Michigan, and Texas are being prescribed mood-altering drugs at higher doses than the maximum approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, many are taking five or more at the same time that are not proven to work simultaneously or to be safe to combine. A new report from the Government Accountability Office argues that the federal government needs to be doing more to oversee foster children’s use of psychiatric medication.

    November 30, 2011 6:08 PM

  13. PHOTO OP Arizona Gun Club Offers Santa Pictures Scottsdale Gun Club / AP Photo

    13. Arizona Gun Club Offers Santa Pictures

    This will certainly stand out on the refrigerator. A Scottsdale, Ariz., gun club is offering a chance for its members to create holiday cards for which children and their families pose with Santa—and a cache of pistols and other military-style rifles. One image shows a sitting Santa with snowflakes and a Christmas tree behind him, flanked by an $80,000 machine gun and a tripod-mounted rifle. Ron Kennedy, the general manager of the gun club, said it got the idea last year when a member came in dressed as Santa and other members wanted a photo taken while holding their guns. “Our members have been looking for a fun and safe way to express their holiday spirit and passion for firearms,” Kennedy said.

    November 30, 2011 10:10 AM

  14. EXPECTING Kourtney Kardashian Pregnant Walik Goshorn / Retna

    14. Kourtney Kardashian Pregnant

    Looks like the Kardashian clan will be keeping the same number of members after all. Kourtney Kardashian, 32, announced in this week’s Us Weekly that she’s expecting her second baby with boyfriend Scott Disick, 28. The reality star said she’s nine weeks' pregnant. The birth of their first baby, Mason Dash Disick, in December 2009 was watched by 4.8 million people in E!’s most-watched telecast ever at the time. The news comes almost a month after Kourtney’s sister Kim announced that she and her husband, Kris Humphries, were getting a divorce after 72 days of marriage.

    November 30, 2011 8:03 AM

  15. AILING George Michael Has Pneumonia Scare Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo

    15. George Michael Has Pneumonia Scare

    English pop star George Michael was forced to put his current tour on hold when he came down with a nasty case of pneumonia. Michael is now resting in a Vienna hospital and “improving steadily,” Austrian doctors said on Wednesday. But the case was severe, and the former Wham! singer was in intensive care. Despite rumors that Michael was being treated for other ailments, the medical team said that “other than the underlying pneumonic disorder … no further measures had to be taken.”

    November 30, 2011 8:02 AM

  16. SCANDAL DSK: Diallo Incident ‘Consensual But Stupid’ Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    16. DSK: Diallo Incident ‘Consensual But Stupid’

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn is telling his side. In a new book due to be published Thursday in France called Affaires DSK: La Contre-enquête (DSK Affairs: The Counter-Investigation) by DSK biographer and confidant Michel Taubmann, the disgraced French politician and former IMF chief provides his version of the infamous May 14 incident in the Times Square Sofitel's room 2806. According to excerpts provided Wednesday by the weekly glossy Paris Match and recapped by Reuters, Strauss-Kahn called his sexual relations with chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo “consensual but stupid.” Taubmann writes that Diallo gave the would-be French presidential candidate—just out of the shower and nakeda look that he took to be an invitation to quick, consensual sex. Strauss-Kahn saw criminal attempted-rape charges against him in the case dropped but still faces a civil suit. DSK, who has also been embroiled in a prostitution-ring scandal in France, admits to participating in sex parties, but tells Taubmann in the book that he abhors prostitution.

    November 30, 2011 2:50 PM

  17. MEDIA Laura Lang Named Time Inc. Chief Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    17. Laura Lang Named Time Inc. Chief

    Time Warner named Laura Lang, the head of the digital advertising firm Digitas, as the new CEO of Time Inc., the company’s magazine division. The magazine firm is the largest in the world, and includes globally known titles such as Time, People, and Sports Illustrated. The division is seen as technologically backward, and the selection of a digitally minded leader suggests the company is making a major effort to overhaul it.

    November 30, 2011 1:18 PM

  18. BIG MONEY Gingrich Introduced Clients to Pols Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    18. Gingrich Introduced Clients to Pols

    Read Newt’s lips: he is not a lobbyist. As GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich climbs in the polls, there has been increased scrutiny on his private business practices since he left Congress in 1999. The Gingrich Group consulting firm and the Center for Health Transformation, both Gingrich concerns, have netted $55 million in 10 years while helping clients boost sales and gain access to government officials. A New York Times investigation shows through previously unreported archived records that, while at the Center for Health Transformation, Gingrich would pitch his clients’ ideas to lawmakers in Washington for $200,000 a year in membership fees. Gingrich’s camp remains adamant that his position never changed when working with clients, and that he’s not a lobbyist, but a visionary instead.

    November 29, 2011 10:14 PM

  19. SCANDAL New Syracuse Victim May Step Forward Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

    19. New Syracuse Victim May Step Forward

    A fourth person may step forward to accuse former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of child molestation, according to the New York Daily News. Robert Hoaston, the president of the victims-support group Road to Recovery, says he’s spoken with a family member of a possible new victim, who has reported the alleged abuse to Syracuse police. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, meanwhile, is defending himself for standing by Fine when the accusations first surfaced. “I supported a friend,” he said. “I think it’s important what I did. I’m proud I did that. I’ve known him for 46 years.”

    November 30, 2011 6:16 AM

  20. BUSINESS Was Facebook Forced to Go Public? Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

    20. Was Facebook Forced to Go Public?

    Why is Facebook going public in a weak economy? It may not have a choice. According to The New York Times, the company has been handing out so many shares that federal regulations are kicking in. The law says companies with more than 500 shareholders must file reports, including financial audits, to the SEC. Facebook likely passed that mark this year, thanks to two events: longtime employees exercising their options and selling their shares to private investors; and the $1.5 billion in shares the company sold to private investors through Goldman Sachs. Facebook will be required to begin disclosing the new information by April 2012.

    November 30, 2011 6:28 AM

  21. TELL ALL Cain Accuser: Affair Was 'Casual' Greg Bluestein / AP Photos

    21. Cain Accuser: Affair Was 'Casual'

    Ginger White, the woman who has alleged a 13-year extramarital affair with Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, said Wednesday that they were engaged in a “very casual” relationship and it was “not a consistent love affair.” White said it was “on and off” over 13 years, and she acknowledged that she has received “gifts and money” consistently from Cain for the past two and a half years. White said that after going public with the affair, she has been “absolutely humiliated and embarrassed,” and she “can’t imagine waking up one morning and deciding to come out with this if it was not true.” Meanwhile, Cain’s campaign said Tuesday that they are “reassessing,” but Cain clarified that message via Twitter, tweeting that “the definition of reassess is: To consider again, esp. while paying attention to new factors. Doesn’t sound like dropping out …”

    November 30, 2011 10:27 AM

  22. EASY Alan Dershowitz Fixes the Middle East Sergei Chuzavkov / AP Photo

    22. Alan Dershowitz Fixes the Middle East

    Meet your next Nobel Peace laureate: Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer and Harvard professor, has brought peace to the Middle East by sending an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I recently sent a copy of [the] ‘Palestinian Chicken’ [episode] that Larry David gave me, to Prime Minister Netanyahu—with the suggestion that he invite [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas over to watch it together,” he told The Columbia Current. “And maybe if they both get a good laugh, they can begin a negotiating process.” Dershowitz said he knows Netanyahu received the DVD but is not sure yet if he has watched it.

    November 30, 2011 6:43 AM

  23. OUCH

    23. Teen Pepper-Sprays Classmates

    California's pepper-spraying cop is apparently an inspiration to children. A 14-year-old in New York City pepper-sprayed her classmates Tuesday in a classroom, sending eight of them to the hospital with minor injuries. Police have issued a summons to the student, who attends the Academy for Social Action in Harlem. The school’s principal did not respond to a request for comment from the New York Daily News.

    November 30, 2011 6:50 AM

  24. AFRICA Gbagbo Charged With Murder, Rape Aristide Bodegla / AP Photo

    24. Gbagbo Charged With Murder, Rape

    The International Criminal Court charged Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast leader, with murder, rape, and inhuman acts Wednesday. Gbagbo was arrested after trying to cling to power last year. He is the first head of state taken into custody by the ICC since its creation in 2002, and is charged as an “indirect perpetrator” of violence against his opponent’s supporters. In The Hague, he will share a cell block with former Liberian strongman Charles Taylor, who is awaiting his verdict from a tribunal.

    November 30, 2011 6:18 AM

  25. EVICTED Police Raid Occupy L.A., Philly Lucy Nicholson, Pool / AP Photo

    25. Police Raid Occupy L.A., Philly

    Two of America’s final big Occupy encampments have come down after police raids early Wednesday in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. About 200 people were arrested in L.A., where police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs and used a cherry-picker to remove protesters from trees. The L.A. encampment had been the largest in the country after New York's was dismantled. In Philadelphia, 40 protesters were arrested and two police officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

    November 30, 2011 6:11 AM

  26. OPTIONS Cain Tells Staff He May Drop Out John L. Russell / AP Photo

    26. Cain Tells Staff He May Drop Out

    Herman Cain is down, and he may be out soon. The National Review and The Des Moines Register report that Cain told senior staffers on a conference call this morning that he's "reassessing" whether to stay in the presidential race, and he'll decide within a few days. "We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some people’s minds," Cain said. The GOP hopeful also canceled a private dinner with New York's "media elite," scheduled for Sunday, in case he drops out fo the race. The accuser, a woman named Ginger White, told Fox 5 Atlanta that their affair ended shortly before Cain announced his candidacy. Cain tried to preempt White by announcing the accusation first, declaring, “Here we go again.”

    November 29, 2011 9:30 PM

  27. Epidemic AIDS Rate Rises in China Elizabeth Dalziel / AP Photo

    27. AIDS Rate Rises in China

    China has acknowledged that it has a growing AIDS problem, with the number of officially registered HIV carriers and AIDS patients expected to jump from 346,000 to 780,000 by the end of 2011, according to state media. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of HIV-positive men 60 and older soared from 483 cases in 2005 to 3,031 in 2010. Infections among younger men rose as well. "The distribution of HIV/AIDS cases in our country is now wider and more scattered than ever, posing great difficulties for prevention and control efforts," said the director of the center. People with HIV/AIDS in China say they are often stigmatized, and in the 1990s the government attempted to cover it up when hundreds of thousands of farmers became infected through a blood-selling scheme.

    November 30, 2011 12:11 PM

  28. DIPLOMACY Hillary Clinton Visits Burma Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

    28. Hillary Clinton Visits Burma

    Hillary Clinton landed in Burma Wednesday in what is the country’s first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in more than 50 years. Clinton said her intention is to assess recent reforms by the country’s ruling junta, including the release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political protesters. "I will obviously be looking to determine for myself what the intention is of the current government with respect to continued reforms," said Clinton. Her plans include a dinner with Suu Kyi.

    November 30, 2011 6:40 AM

  29. REVOLT Britain Goes on Strike Andy Rain / Landov

    29. Britain Goes on Strike

    Don’t expect to get much done across the U.K. on Wednesday. Two million public-sector workers are set to go on a 24-hour strike against changes to the pension system. The government aims to make union members pay more and work longer to get their pensions. In what has been billed as the largest walkout in a generation, more than 1,000 demonstrations will rock the U.K., striking schools, hospitals, airports, and government offices. Up to 90 percent of schools may be closed because of teachers on strike, while hospitals have postponed non-emergency operations. Meanwhile, Downing Street has rejected the movement, saying that it will “achieve nothing.”

    November 29, 2011 11:23 PM

  30. Serial Killer Police: One Killer In LI Murders Stan Honda / FILE / Getty Images

    30. Police: One Killer In LI Murders

    Police now say a single serial killer is likely to blame for the 10 bodies found on Long Island. They had previously suspected the murders may have been the work of as many as three different people. Investigators now also say the bodies of a man and a toddler may have been connected with the sex trade (the other eight bodies were of women who worked as prostitutes), but they would not elaborate. They also now believe the murderer is a Long Islander. The 10 bodies were found between December and April along a stretch of Ocean Parkway.

    November 30, 2011 12:22 PM

  31. Racism David Duke Arrested in Germany AP Photo

    31. David Duke Arrested in Germany

    News that politically ambitious white supremacist David Duke was speaking to a right-wing nationalist group didn’t go over well with German authorities, who reportedly arrested the former KKK leader and asked him to leave the country. Duke, who once ran for governor of Louisiana, confirmed the arrest on his website. He says he has been released from jail and intends to stay in Germany. He’s asking for money from his supporters to fight the charges against him, among them being an "undesirable foreigner."

    November 30, 2011 1:16 PM

  32. ATTACK Gunman Injures 2 in Turkey Bulent Kilic / AFP-Getty Images

    32. Gunman Injures 2 in Turkey

    Two people were injured Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at the Topkapi Palace, a major tourist attraction in Istanbul. A Turkish soldier and a security guard were hurt before police snipers killed the gunman, a Libyan who had entered the country three days before. The man drove up to the palace in a car with Syrian license plates just moments after Turkey’s president announced harsh new economic sanctions against Syria in protest of the Syrian government’s violent crackdown on protesters. Some tourists threw themselves to the ground to avoid injury when the shots were fired.

    November 30, 2011 3:37 PM

  33. Penn State New Sandusky Accuser Files Suit Landov

    33. New Sandusky Accuser Files Suit

    The first sex-abuse lawsuit filed against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky comes from a new accuser, a man who says Sandusky abused him more than 100 times. The man says he met Sandsuky at the age of 10 through Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile, which the suit names as a defendant along with Penn State. The alleged abuse occurred from 1991 to 1996. The accuser is not one of the eight boys the grand-jury report says Sandusky abused.

    November 30, 2011 11:21 AM

  34. HEARING Prosecutors Fight Hinckley Release Bid Evan Vucci / AP Photos

    34. Prosecutors Fight Hinckley Release Bid

    Prosecutors are arguing against a bid by John Hinckley Jr.’s lawyer to grant him more freedom. Hinckley has been in a mental ward for nearly 30 years after being found guilty of insanity for his 1981 attempt to assassinate then-president Ronald Reagan. In a hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors said Hinckley was spotted browsing books on his former target and other presidential assassins this summer. They also quoted a 1987 diary entry saying doctors “will never know the true John Hinckley.” But his lawyer claimed he’s “not dangerous” and should be allowed to visit his mother more often and eventually be released from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington. He added that Hinckley is treated with an antipsychotic medication and hasn’t acted out since he was admitted to St. Elizabeth’s.

    November 30, 2011 3:25 PM

  35. MIDDLE EAST Egypt Calm Awaiting Election Results Manu Brabo / AP Photo

    35. Egypt Calm Awaiting Election Results

    For the first time in weeks, Cairo's Tahrir Square was peaceful on Wednesday as Egyptians awaited the results of parliamentary elections, the first since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. Citizens voted on Monday and Tuesday for members of the lower house of Parliament, which will be responsible for drafting a new constitution. Clashes broke out in Tahrir Square Tuesday night amid reports of illegal campaigning, but all was calm by Wednesday afternoon. While the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al Noor Salafi Muslim Party claimed a majority of votes, official results aren’t expected until Thursday at the earliest.

    November 30, 2011 2:19 PM