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  1. INVESTIGATION Border Killing Was Likely Friendly Fire Guillermo Arias / AP Photo

    1. Border Killing Was Likely Friendly Fire

    The shooting that killed one border agent and injured another this week was probably the result of friendly fire, the FBI reported on Friday. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was responding to a sensor alarm on the Arizona border when he was killed. Mexican authorities detained two suspects Thursday, but it’s unclear what their relation to the incident is. The FBI’s investigation is continuing.

    October 5, 2012 4:44 PM

  2. OUTBREAK Meningitis Cases Climb to 47 Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

    2. Meningitis Cases Climb to 47

    The meningitis scare is getting, well, scarier. There are now 47 cases reported in seven states: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Five people have died from the outbreak so far, which has been tied to a New England pharmacy’s contaminated steroid injections. Over 600 vials of the injection were recalled after being sent to 23 states. The Center for Disease Control says the strain of meningitis is a non-contagious, fungal form of the disease.

    October 5, 2012 6:36 PM

  3. DEAL Report: Syria Won’t Cross Turkey Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Report: Syria Won’t Cross Turkey

    Looks like Syria is capable of making deals after all. Turkish media reported Friday the country has agreed to keep its army six miles away from the Turkish border, in light of recent shellings that killed five Turkish citizens and wounded nine more. The report has yet to be confirmed by the Syrian government. Timing on the reported deal couldn’t be more timely: on Thursday, Turkey’s parliament approved a bill allowing its military to launch raids at any time within the next year if they deemed it necessary. “We are not interested in war,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “But we’re not far from it either.”

    October 5, 2012 10:13 PM

  4. RUDE Panetta Scolds Karzai’s Manners Scott Olson / Getty Images

    4. Panetta Scolds Karzai’s Manners

    What would Miss Manners have to say about this? U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticized Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday for not being more grateful for America’s help. “I think it would be helpful if the president, every once in a while, expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for Afghanistan, rather than criticizing them,” Panetta told reporters. On Thursday, Karzai had complained that American troops are failing to hit militants in Pakistan’s safe havens. Tensions between the two countries have escalated recently with a recent spike of Afghan forces opening fire on foreign coalition troops.

    October 5, 2012 10:24 PM

  5. SLIPPING Obama’s Lead Narrows Postdebate David Goldman / AP Photo

    5. Obama’s Lead Narrows Postdebate

    Watch out, Mr. President: the gap is narrowing. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday, Obama holds a mere 2-point lead—46 to Romney’s 44 percent—after Wednesday’s debate. The survey finds a third of voters feel more positive about Romney after the debates, while a fifth feel more negative about Obama. The president had a 5-point lead just a day after the debate, but despite going on the offensive, his margin seems to be shrinking. A Rasmussen Reports poll taken Thursday night in the swing state of Ohio also showed voters favoring Romney 51 percent over Obama’s 48 percent.

    October 5, 2012 3:14 PM

  6. Retaliation 12,000 South African Miners Fired Stephane De Sakutin / AFP-Getty Images

    6. 12,000 South African Miners Fired

    After three weeks of wildcat strikes against their wages, 12,000 South Africans at Anglo America Platinum were fired Friday. The incident is one of many in a string of wildcat strikes that have hit the region. The ANC Youth League—a branch of Africa’s Congress—said it was “deeply disturbed” to learn the company fired the workers whose “blood, sweat, and tears” helped them reap astronomical profits. Earlier Friday, officials denied accusations that a striking protester had been shot dead by police. A commission of inquiry into the 34 protesters shot and killed by police Aug. 16 began earlier this week.

    October 5, 2012 3:52 PM

  7. VIRAL VIDEO Hanky or Notes: Did Mitt Cheat? Nicholas Kamm, AFP / Getty Images

    7. Hanky or Notes: Did Mitt Cheat?

    A Romney spokeswoman says it was a handkerchief, but the Internet isn't buying it. A video circulated on Friday showing Romney pulling an item out of his pocket and putting it on the podium before his debate with Obama. The liberal blogosphere immediately suggested he had prepared notes, which is assumed to be against the debating rules. The Commission on Presidential Debates has not released debate rules for 2012, but in the past, the commission has said that "no props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by any candidate."

    October 5, 2012 1:41 PM

  8. SUPREME COURT Scalia: ‘Homosexual Sodomy’ Should Be Crime Luis M. Alvarez / AP Photo

    8. Scalia: ‘Homosexual Sodomy’ Should Be Crime

    At least we know how Justice Antonin Scalia will be leaning as new cases arrive at the Supreme Court this year. He offered a glimpse into his decision-making process during an event at the American Enterprise Institute. “The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state,” he said. Scalia also took issue with justices who try to interpret the values of the Constitution for the changing world, because such justices may decide that “the Constitution means exactly what I think it ought to mean.”

    October 5, 2012 1:07 PM

  9. WELL DONE ‘New Yorker’ Cover Skewers Obama The New Yorker

    9. ‘New Yorker’ Cover Skewers Obama

    Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand pundits. And next week’s New Yorker cover—which depicts Obama’s performance at Wednesday’s debate—is a fine illustration of just that point. The cover, called “One on One,” and illustrated by Barry Blitt, depicts Romney gesturing presidentially next to an vacant podium. And the kicker? Behind that podium is that famed empty chair.  “This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate,” says Blitt, “but I’m not sure I realized how hard it is to caricature furniture.”

    October 5, 2012 5:59 PM

  10. HIGH VOLTAGE David Blaine Set to Get Electrified Emmanuel Dunand, AFP / Getty Images

    10. David Blaine Set to Get Electrified

    Master illusionist David Blaine isn’t scared of a few jolts of electricity. Or, for that matter, one million. On Friday night, Blaine began his latest stunt: standing on a pier in Manhattan for 72 hours straight while a musician plays a keyboard that will send a million jolts of electricity through his body. The magician will be wearing chainmail-style armor and won’t sit or eat for the entirety of the show. If you can bear it, you can watch the electrifying livestream here.

    October 5, 2012 10:34 PM

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  12. ATWITTER Jack Welch Slams Jobs Report Peter Foley / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    11. Jack Welch Slams Jobs Report

    The latest jobs numbers were a pleasant surprise to many, but former General Electric CEO Jack Welch found them to be downright unbelievable. The unemployment rate fell to below 8 percent for the first time since President Obama took office. But Welch quickly took to Twitter to accuse the Obama team of manipulating the newly released numbers. “Unbelievable jobs numbers ... .these Chicago guys will do anything ... can’t debate so change numbers,” he tweeted. Mitt Romney offered a less inflammatory response to the jobs numbers. Pointing out that the U.S. added fewer jobs in September than in August and that the "real unemployment rate" is still closer to 11 percent, Romney said, "This is not what a real recovery looks like."

     

    October 5, 2012 9:45 AM

  13. HAPPY CAMPER Obama Touts New Jobs Numbers Pablo Martinez Monsivais

    12. Obama Touts New Jobs Numbers

    Somewhere in Virginia, Obama’s humming "Hallelujah." Following a dull debate performance earlier in the week, the president received much-needed good news Friday morning—the lowest unemployment rate since 2009. Delivering a speech in Virginia following the news, he was all smiles, “Today, I believe that as a nation, we are moving forward again.” The young crowd screamed in excitement as he added, “For all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry—someone is finally getting tough on Big Bird. Elmo, too.”

    October 5, 2012 12:24 PM

  14. Heist Julianne Moore Reports Theft Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    13. Julianne Moore Reports Theft

    She may have just won an Emmy, but into every life a little rain must fall. Julianne Moore has filed a complaint alleging that jewelry worth $127,000, including a $33,000 Cartier tennis bracelet, went missing from her New York brownstone over the summer. Her six-bedroom house was being remodeled between June 6 and Aug. 28, and 15 to 25 workers had access to it during that time.

    October 5, 2012 7:22 AM

  15. Violent American Opens Fire in Israeli Hotel Eliraz Getah / AP Photo

    14. American Opens Fire in Israeli Hotel

    An American gunman was killed by a military counterterrorism squad after a shootout in a hotel in the Israeli city of Eilat. Authorities say the man “grabbed a weapon from a security guard and shot a hotel worker,” who later died. The gunman then barricaded himself in the kitchen, shooting at police who had surrounded the hotel, until he was finally shot dead. Eilat has been targeted by militants before, but officials say that the motive appeared to be criminal, not political, as the gunman was a former employee of the hotel.

    October 5, 2012 6:32 AM

  16. Sex Slavery Honors for The Beast Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds took two Russian women into her apartment, after reading about their plight on a blog. (Credit: Michael Edwards)

    15. Honors for The Beast

    The National Women’s Political Caucus honored The Daily Beast with a journalism award Thursday night for a story about a young Manhattan woman who saved two Russian students from potential sexual slavery on Coney Island. The story, “How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery,” written by Abigail Pesta, describes how Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds boldly injected herself into the lives of two young Russians in danger, simply because she read about them online. After learning of their plight from a blogger on the site MetaFilter, she intercepted the women from a strip club, taking them into her tiny apartment and defying a likely mafia trafficking ring. The story sheds light on exactly how women are trafficked in the $32 billion global trade. Pesta is the editorial director of Women in the World at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Other award winners included Liz Brody of Glamour magazine; Carole Zimmer, Simon Clark, and Cam Simpson of Bloomberg News; Sheila Weller and Jan Goodwin of Good Housekeeping; Jenny Deam of Prevention; and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of the documentary Miss Representation, among others.

    October 5, 2012 2:16 PM

  17. AIR SCARE American Airlines Cancels Flights Matt Rourke / AP Photo

    16. American Airlines Cancels Flights

    Well, that’s reassuring. After airplane seats came loose on three separate planes last week, American Airlines is trying to explain its publicity fiasco Thursday. Officials say the problem stems from a combination of wear, poor design, and spilled soda that is causing pins to pop out of their place. For some reason these seats—which haven’t been problematic in 20 years of usage—are suddenly malfunctioning now. The company is scrambling to install a new locking mechanism on the 48 planes that have been pulled out of service, resulting in several canceled flights.

    October 4, 2012 10:19 PM

  18. TIMING IS EVERYTHING Nat Geo to Air Bin Laden Movie Getty Images

    17. Nat Geo to Air Bin Laden Movie

    Mitt Romney’s newfound luck couldn’t last forever. The National Geographic Channel plans to air a feature film about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Nov. 4, two days before the presidential election. SEAL Team 6: The Raid on Osama bin Laden is a re-creation of the events President Obama authorized. It will also begin streaming on Netflix on Nov. 5. But executives of the National Geographic Channel, which is majority owned by News Corp., say the scheduling is not political. The channel’s president said, “Other than being commercially opportunistic, we weren’t considering the election.”

    October 5, 2012 7:16 AM

  19. Desperate Greek P.M.: ‘Cash Box Is Empty’ Aris Messinis, AFP / Getty Images

    18. Greek P.M.: ‘Cash Box Is Empty’

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Friday that his country needs the next block of international aid, warning that Greece cannot manage past November. Telling a German newspaper that “the key is liquidity,” Samaras said that “the next credit tranche is so important for us.” The Greek economy is hanging on by a thread, he said, and it can only last “until the end of November. Then the cash box is empty.” He also suggested various means of helping, saying the European Central Bank could lower interest rates on Greek debt holdings.

    October 5, 2012 6:30 AM

  20. Benghazi Attack Two Suspects Held in Turkey Alex Wong / Getty Images

    19. Two Suspects Held in Turkey

    Two suspects have been detained in Istanbul in the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others, Turkish television reported Friday. The suspects are being described as Tunisian citizens, and officials decided to hold them after they tried to enter Turkey using fake passports. Four Americans, including Stevens, were killed last month when gunmen stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    October 5, 2012 7:44 AM

  21. New and Improved Romney Takes Back ‘47 Percent’ Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    20. Romney Takes Back ‘47 Percent’

    Maybe President Obama is right and the new Mitt Romney really is an “impostor.” Romney reversed his position on his now infamous “47 percent” comment on Fox News on Thursday night. “Now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case I said something that’s just completely wrong ... This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president, it’ll be about helping the 100 percent.” Previously he had said that the comments were “not elegantly stated” and “off the cuff.”

    October 5, 2012 6:26 AM

  22. TSK TSK U.N. Condemns Syrian Attack Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

    21. U.N. Condemns Syrian Attack

    A mortar attack from Syrian troops that left five dead in a Turkish border town was strongly condemned by the United Nations Security Council Thursday. A U.N. statement demanded “such violations of international law stop immediately and are not repeated.” The Syrian attack on the Turkish border town occurred Wednesday, with Turkey retaliating with targeted strikes in Syria later that day and Thursday. Turkey's prime minister has said his country has no intention of starting a war with Syria.

    October 4, 2012 7:14 PM

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    22. Snow Falls in Denver

    It’s been a big week for Denver. The city had its first snowfall of the season Friday morning. Such early snow is rare—the average first snow in Denver does not come until Oct. 19. Temperatures also dipped below freezing for the first time this season. Temperatures are expected to get up to 46 degrees Friday before falling to 27 later on, and more snow is expected this evening. Unfortunately, early snowfall does not necessarily mean early skiing—temperatures in the mountains have been higher, and officials do not expect them to see any snow Friday.

    October 5, 2012 10:38 AM

  24. Good News U.S. Adds 114,000 Jobs in Sept. Rick Bowmer, File / AP Photo

    23. U.S. Adds 114,000 Jobs in Sept.

    Jack Welch may not believe it, but the U.S. added 114,000 jobs in September, helping to push the unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent—a figure not seen since President Obama took office in January 2009. There were other unexpected nuggets of good news, too: numbers for July and August were revised upward to show 86,000 more jobs created than previously reported. The numbers could have a crucial effect on the presidential election, in which Mitt Romney has been running on the weak economy.

    October 5, 2012 8:02 AM

  25. Defective Sony Stops Sales of Tablet PRNewsFoto / Sony Electronics, Inc. / AP Photo

    24. Sony Stops Sales of Tablet

    Everyone probably wanted the iPad anyway. Sony has stopped sales of its Xperia tablet, which first went on sale in the United States on Sept. 7 and was then released elsewhere in the world. The new tablet is supposed to be water-resistant, but a manufacturing defect left the tablets susceptible to water damage. One hundred thousand tablets have already been shipped, but the company says it will fix any that have already been sold.

    October 5, 2012 7:13 AM

  26. GRANDE PROBLEM Pumpkin Latte Shortage at Starbucks Johannes Simon / Getty Images

    25. Pumpkin Latte Shortage at Starbucks

    It’s a java disaster. Starbucks’ feverishly anticipated and epically popular Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in short supply this fall, as the special syrup used to flavor the limited-run drink is going out-of-stock at company cafes across the country. A Starbucks spokesperson denies a widespread shortage of the magic pumpkin potion, but says some locations may be experiencing a “pumpkin emergency” due to infrequent deliveries. Dismayed addicts, denied their autumnal beverage, are taking to Twitter to lament their withdrawal. “My world almost ended this morning when the local Starbucks told me they were out of Pumpkin Spice Latte,” tweeted one Kentucky consumer.

    October 5, 2012 6:38 PM

  27. RETALIATION Syrian Rebels Down Turkish Aircraft Gary Dawson, Barcroft Media / Landov

    26. Syrian Rebels Down Turkish Aircraft

    Syrian rebels downed a military aircraft near Damascus on Friday, as fighting between the two nations—which began when a Syrian mortar shell killed five in Turkey—continued. The status of the four officers on board is still unknown. The attack came hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Syria to stop testing Turkey’s patience. “We do not advocate war, but we are not far from it,” he said. On Thursday the United Nations condemned Syria’s attack on Turkey, saying the strike violated international law. Although the country is retaliating, Turkey’s prime minister says his country has no intention of starting a war with Syria.

    October 5, 2012 5:18 PM

  28. Love Triangle Chris Brown: I Love Rihanna and Karrueche Kevin Winter / Getty Images Entertaiment

    27. Chris Brown: I Love Rihanna and Karrueche

    It looks like Rihanna and Chris Brown won’t be entering a new phase of their relationship. TMZ reports that Brown has released a new video in which he appears to express his love for both Rihanna and his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. But not to worry, he promises, “I’m not trying to be a player … I just care too much sometimes.” Brown broke up with Tran after he was spotted out with Rihanna earlier this week. He also says, “Is there such a thing as loving two people? I don’t know if that’s possible but for me I just feel like that.” A few hours before the video’s release, Rihanna tweeted, “Ain’t nobody bidness…..But mine and my baby!”

    October 5, 2012 11:50 AM