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  1. SYRIA Allies May Be Withholding Rebel Aid Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

    1. Allies May Be Withholding Rebel Aid

    Publicly, Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be calling for more aid to Syrian rebels, but in reality, they’re holding back aid. That according to officials from the two nations, who tell The New York Times that their countries have been withholding heavier weaponry like shoulder-fired missiles that could help rebels take down government forces. The Arab allies say the United States has discouraged them from supplying heavier weapons out of fear they could end up in the hand of terrorists. Unfortunately for Syrian rebel forces, this has meant only having just enough weapons to maintain a stalemate with Assad’s forces.

    October 6, 2012 6:57 PM

  2. VIRAL Meningitis Spreads to Eighth State Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

    2. Meningitis Spreads to Eighth State

    A meningitis infection sickened its 52nd victim and claimed another life Saturday, bringing the death toll for the outbreak to seven. The disease spread to Minnesota, where two women are reported to be suffering from the virus. The disease has been traced to infected steroid injections used for back pain prepared at New England Compounding Center, which has since suspended operations. The vials were sent to 76 facilities in 23 states, and it’s unknown how many patients could still be at risk.

    October 6, 2012 4:36 PM

  3. SCARY Israel Shoots Down Drone David Buimovitch, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Israel Shoots Down Drone

    This can’t be good. The Israeli military has confirmed that its Defense Forces shot down an unmanned drone Saturday. It is still unclear where the drone originated, although Israeli officials confirmed that it hovered near the Gaza Strip. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement that the military is taking this threat “very seriously” and is still considering its response. Soldiers are still searching for the remnants of the drone.

    October 6, 2012 12:59 PM

  4. ON EDGE Turkey Fires Back at Syria AP Photo

    4. Turkey Fires Back at Syria

    Turkey continued retaliations against Syria on Saturday after three Syrian mortar bombs—allegedly aimed at Turkish rebels on the border—landed inside the country’s borders. The incident nullifies what seemed like a promising report out of Turkey yesterday, saying Syria had agreed to keep military action six miles away from the border. Today’s incident marks the fourth day of Turkish retaliation, which began Wednesday when Syrian forces killed five Turkish civilians. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he did not want to go to war with Syria, but warned that they not make a “fatal mistake” by testing his resolve.

    October 6, 2012 5:57 PM

  5. MONEY BAGS Obama & Dems Bring In $181M Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    5. Obama & Dems Bring In $181M

    And he’s only got a month to spend it! President Obama and Democrats pulled in $181 million in September, the campaign announced today, setting a new record for monthly fundraising. Aides highlighted small donations, reporting that 1.8 million people had given, and that 500,000 of them had not contributed before. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and the Republicans, who have been giving Obama a run for his money in the fundraising game but fell behind in the August totals, have yet to release their figures for September.

    October 6, 2012 10:46 AM

  6. SPARRING Stewart/O’Reilly Livestream Crashes Peter Kramer / AP Photo

    6. Stewart, O’Reilly Duke It Out

    We knew it'd be a good show. TV hosts Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly faced off Saturday night for “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” and the billing lived up to its name. “My friend Bill O’Reilly is completely full of shit,” Stewart said, opening the debate. But perhaps the most shocking moments came when O’Reilly admitted that “we should not have gone into Iraq” and that Obama has “done a good job on terrorism.” Arguments got heated over Medicare and welfare, especially when Stewart revealed that O’Reilly’s father had been a recipient of disability payments, and O’Reilly responded that Stewart had no idea what the difference between the public and private sectors are. They did agree on a few things, like immigration reform and the right to chose your soda size. “I appreciate the fact that a man built like a yeti can move so fluidly,” Stewart told O’Reilly, who responded, “I admire someone who’s been in rehab six times and is still as successful as Stewart is.”

    October 6, 2012 9:41 PM

  7. JUSTICE Terror Suspects Face U.S. Courts Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

    7. Terror Suspects Face U.S. Courts

    The partially blind and hook-handed terror suspect Abu Hamza al-Masri entered no plea Saturday to charges he conspired to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998. Al-Masri and four other terror suspects arrived in the U.S. after being extradited from London Friday night. The other suspects, who pleaded not guilty, include Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary, who were indicted on charges of participation in the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa that killed 224. Two other suspects were brought over on charges that they funded terrorism operations in Afghanistan and Chechnya. All five men face life imprisonment.

    October 6, 2012 6:26 PM

  8. APPLE Foxconn Denies Strike at iPhone Factory Kin Cheung / AP Photo

    8. Foxconn Denies Strike at iPhone Factory

    Foxconn Technology Group—a Taiwanese electronics giant under fire for unsafe working conditions in an iPhone5 plant—denied reports Saturday that the factory is being crippled by a widespread strike of factory workers. China Labor Watch reported the incident Friday, claiming between 3,000 and 4,000 workers at a plant in Zhengzhou are striking. Foxconn said there were two “isolated, small-scale” disputes but that production continued uninterrupted. Xinhua, a Chinese state news agency, said workers were unhappy when Apple increased quality inspections of the iPhone after getting complaints about aesthetic flaws.

    October 6, 2012 4:23 PM

  9. CRASH 19 Injured in Bus Accident Bill Kostroun / AP Photo

    9. 19 Injured in Bus Accident

    A Canadian bus tour of Seventh Day Adventists overturned on an off-ramp in New Jersey early Saturday morning, injuring 19 passengers. According to passengers, the bus was on its way to a Seventh Day Adventist event when it slid down an embankment and off a highway exit. Eight people are listed in critical condition, but none have life-threatening injuries.

    October 6, 2012 3:12 PM

  10. DRAMA Cannon Weighs In on Mariah Feud Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

    10. Cannon Weighs In on Mariah Feud

    Mariah Carey’s hubby is downplaying the diva drama between his wife and fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj. Nick Cannon told TMZ that the fight is “not a big deal at all.” Rumors of the two singers’ bad relations were confirmed when Minaj had an outburst against Carey that was taped and leaked. Cannon blamed the media for blowing it out proportion and taking attention away from the show. “It’s been overly sensationalized,” he said.

    October 6, 2012 7:44 PM

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  12. THE FORCE IS STRONG New Worm Species Named After Yoda Ron Wurzer / Getty Images

    11. New Worm Species Named After Yoda

    Scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea worm, so of course the most important thing about the discovery is that they named it after a Star Wars character. The deep-sea acorn worm, one of three new species that lives 1.5 miles underwater, is called Yoda purpurata, which can be loosely translated as “purple Yoda.” The worm is, indeed, purple and has large lips on either side of its head not unlike the famed Jedi master’s ears.

    October 6, 2012 8:21 AM

  13. Awkward Romney Helped PBS as Governor Ethan Miller / Getty Images; Randy Holmes, ABC / Getty Images

    12. Romney Helped PBS as Governor

    At least Big Bird can take comfort that Mitt Romney once helped fund PBS. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed a bill for a film tax-credit program that resulted in funding for, among other things, Boston public-television giant WGBH and other producers of public television. The program still provides a good deal of funding for its recipients, which get $1 in film tax credits for every $4 spent filming movies and programming.

    October 6, 2012 1:56 PM

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

    13. 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

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

    14. 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

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

    15. 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

  17. ELECTION DAYS Ohio Early Voting Reinstated Al Behrman

    16. Ohio Early Voting Reinstated

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that if soldiers from Ohio can cast ballots ahead of time, everyone else should have the same opportunity. The court said that the state had not shown compelling evidence for why only one group should be permitted to cast ballots on the three days before Election Day. The decision, strongly advocated by the Obama campaign, will likely lead to more ballots cast from poor and elderly voters. There is no word yet on whether the swing state will appeal the decision.

    October 6, 2012 7:43 AM

  18. FREED Cuba Releases Anti-Castro Blogger Javier Galeano

    17. Cuba Releases Anti-Castro Blogger

    Cuban officials released an anti-Castro blogger Friday after she spent 30 hours in jail for planning to cover the criminal trial of a Spanish politician. Although the current Cuban regime has released many political prisoners, it has also taken to arresting its critics for brief periods to silence negative publicity. This happened again this weekend when Cuba’s best-known blogger, Yoani Sánchez, was arrested Thursday as she planned to cover the trial of Angel Carromero, who is accused of killing a Cuban dissident in a car crash this summer. As news of Sanchez’s arrest spread worldwide, she was released.

    October 6, 2012 7:48 AM

  19. R.I.P. Former Algerian President Dies Fayes Nureldine, AFP / Getty Images

    18. Former Algerian President Dies

    Former Algerian President Chadli Ben Jadid died on Saturday. He served as president from 1979 to ’92, during which he passed increasingly liberal policies, reducing the government’s role in the economy and easing government surveillance of citizens. The policies eventually led to massive rioting in 1988 and an Islamic Salvation Front victory in the 1991 elections.

    October 6, 2012 1:38 PM

  20. Justice 5 Terror Suspects Extradited to U.S. MAX NASH

    19. 5 Terror Suspects Extradited to U.S.

    After losing a long battle to avoid charges, five terror suspects were extradited to the U.S. from Britain—and at least two of them are expected in court in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday. The group, which includes cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who allegedly turned a London mosque into a training ground for radicals, was ordered to the U.S. by a British judge who ruled Friday that the suspects had no more grounds for appeal. The appeals process for the men had lasted between eight and 14 years, during which they claimed they would face human-rights violations in a U.S. prison.

    October 6, 2012 7:39 AM

  21. Convicted Vatican Finds Ex-Butler Guilty Osservatore Romano, AFP / Getty Images

    20. Vatican Finds Ex-Butler Guilty

    A Vatican court found Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler guilty Saturday of stealing sensitive documents—but the pope is expected to pardon him. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in prison, half of the three-year sentence requested by the prosecution. The lighter sentence was given because Gabriele had no prior criminal record. The verdict was delivered after two hours of deliberation on the last day of a weeklong trial during which Gabriele claimed he acted out of a “visceral” love for the Roman Catholic Church. He will, for the time being, be under house arrest in the Vatican.

    October 6, 2012 8:04 AM

  22. Diversity Report: More Gays and Lesbians on TV Jordin Althaus / ABC

    21. Report: More Gays and Lesbians on TV

    And they weren’t even counting Bert and Ernie. The LGBT advocacy group GLAAD has found that there are more gay and lesbian characters on television than ever before. In an assessment of the 97 scripted shows slated for this season, it found 31 regularly appearing gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters who will be gracing the networks, up significantly from 19 last season. The networks might not want to be content with their diversity numbers now, though: 55 percent of the LGBT characters are male, and 78 percent are white.

    October 6, 2012 8:18 AM

  23. WoW Maine GOP Slams Dem’s Warcraft Hobby Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

    22. Maine GOP Slams Dem’s Warcraft Hobby

    The state Senate race in Maine is really heating up after allegations that Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz ... plays World of Warcraft? According to a website run by Maine's Republican Party, the fact that Lachowicz’s videogame alter ego, an orc rogue, likes to stab people and steal their things with no legal repercussions raises questions about her “fitness for office.” Lachowitz, for her part, dismisses the odd allegations, claiming that her opponent’s party is just “out of touch.”

    October 6, 2012 8:14 AM