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  1. CLOSING IN Romney Gets Small Bounce

    1. Romney Gets Small Bounce

    Four national polls released Sunday show Mitt Romney narrowing in on Obama, but the Republican candidate’s bounce from the debate seems to have been muted. Romney’s polling has been fairly steady since Saturday: Obama had been leading by an average of 3.7 points between the convention and the debate and now is only 1.7 points ahead. But New York Times poll expert Nate Silver says Romney’s failure to make further gains can be read as “mildly disappointing for him.”

    October 7, 2012 9:10 PM

  2. Close Call Chávez Wins Re-Election in Venezuela Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo

    2. Chávez Wins in Venezuela

    Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez survived a close race with an energetic challenger, election officials in the country said Sunday night. The announcement was based on partial results from Sunday's election, which brought thousands of Venezuelans flooding to polling stations across the South American nation and at consulates in the U.S. Henrique Capriles challenged Chávez on crime and cronyism, and opened a national debate on what type of government the citizens of Venezuela wanted. Capriles was seen as a threat because of his vigor on the campaign trail, which was a sharp comparison to Chávez's recent feeble health.

    October 7, 2012 10:56 PM

  3. THREATENED Israel Flies Mock Lebanon Raids Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

    3. Israel Flies Mock Lebanon Raids

    On Sunday, Israeli fighter planes flew mock raids over Lebanese villages to show their muscle after an unmanned aircraft was discovered and shot down in Israel this weekend. The incident is being investigated, but Lebanon’s guerilla group, Hezbollah, is suspected of being behind the drone that was flying deep in Israeli airspace before being destroyed. Raids flew low over towns known to have Hezbollah ties, as Israel has done in past tense times. The drone was not carrying explosives, but could have been gathering intelligence. "It is an Iranian drone that was launched by Hezbollah,” asserted Israeli lawmaker Miri Regev, a former chief spokeswoman for the Israeli military, on Twitter. “Hezbollah and Iran continue to try to collect information in every possible way in order to harm Israel.”

    October 7, 2012 6:32 PM

  4. RESIGNATION Libya’s PM to Step Down Mahmud Turkia / AFP / Getty Images

    4. Libya’s PM to Step Down

    That was fast. Libya’s prime minister–elect, Mustafa Abu Shagur, is stepping down after he failed to win parliamentary approval to form a new cabinet. His latest offer had called for the formation of an “emergency government” with just 10 ministries, down from his earlier offer, which had called for 29. The General Congress voted 125-44 against the proposal. Last week, protesters stormed the Congress building, demanding Shagur’s resignation. Shagur was elected in September, beating out interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril.

    October 7, 2012 2:44 PM

  5. MODERN WARFARE Pakistan Blocks Drone Protest A Majeed / AFP / Getty Images

    5. Pakistan Blocks Drone Protest

    Pakistan’s military blocked a convoy of thousands of Pakistanis and U.S. antiwar activists from entering the region of South Waziristan to protest U.S. drone strikes Sunday. The group was led by Imran Khan, who has long been critical of the drone strikes and the Pakistani government’s cooperation with Washington. After negotiating for hours, Khan announced that the group would head to the city of Tank, where he delivered a speech to the crowd of 10,000 people. “We want to give a message to America that the more you carry out drone attacks, the more people will hate you,” Khan said.

    October 7, 2012 2:09 PM

  6. SCARY 91 Sick in Meningitis Outbreak Libero Ajello / CDC via AP Photo

    6. 91 Sick in Meningitis Outbreak

    The latest meningitis outbreak has left seven people dead and 91 sick, and now federal health officials have warned that New England Compounding Center sold 17,676 vials of an unsafe steroid to pain clinics in 23 states. A shortage of steroids has led doctors to turn to compounding companies, which create batches of drugs on their own and often at a discount. In 2011 alone, 2.5 million Medicare patients received such steroids. One expert warned, “The Food and Drug Administration has more regulatory authority over a drug factory in China than over a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.”

    October 7, 2012 4:42 PM

  7. TAKE A WALK Gas Prices Rise in California Frederic J. Brown / AFP-Getty Images

    7. Gas Prices Rise in California

    Now is not the time to buy a Hummer. The average price of gasoline in California rose to $4.65 on Sunday—84 cents higher than the national average. Gas prices in the state have been on the rise all week and jumped almost 20 cents to $4.49 on Friday, then continued increasing Saturday and Sunday. California often has gas shortages at this time of year, as refiners switch to fall gasoline blends to meet state pollution standards. But this year, rationing has caused gas stations to close pumps, created gas lines, and pushed prices above $5 in some areas of the state.

    October 7, 2012 12:54 PM

  8. MUSCLE POWER South Korea Triples Missile Range Jung Yeon-je / AP Photo

    8. South Korea Triples Missile Range

    This would be the exception. The United States has agreed to let South Korea double its range of ballistic missiles, as fears over a strike from North Korea mount. The agreement also lets South Korea use powerful drones to carry weapons. The nation can now deploy missiles at up to 500 miles—making it possible to hit any target in North Korea, though not endanger China or Japan. The move makes sense, given the rants of belligerent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    October 7, 2012 8:42 AM


    9. Naked Student Shot in Alabama

    He was unarmed. A University of South Alabama police officer shot and killed a naked student who repeatedly confronted him. The officer was investigating a banging on a window of the station when he found an 18-year-old unclothed man acting “erratically” Saturday morning. The student ran at the officer several times before taking a bullet to the chest. An investigation into the tragedy has been launched.

    October 7, 2012 9:04 AM

  10. TAKING NAMES ‘Taken 2’ Tops Box Office Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

    10. ‘Taken 2’ Tops Box Office

    Liam Neeson battled his way to the top of the box office this weekend, as Taken 2 snags the No. 1 slot. In the sequel to 2009's popular action flick, Leeson plays retired CIA agent Bryan Mills who goes on a rescue mission to save his kidnapped wife. It's predicted to take in $49 million and is the third Fox film to top the box office this year. That's good news for the studio, which had been ranked fifth this year in domestic revenue.

    October 7, 2012 7:58 PM

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  12. SIZZLIN’ Kunis Named Sexiest Woman Alive Jeff Kravitz, Filmmagic / Getty Images

    11. Kunis Named Sexiest Woman Alive

    Is Mila Kunis good for men? If you ask Esquire, the answer is a resounding yes. The magazine voted Kunis 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive. The 29-year-old actress starred in this year’s hit movie Ted and is well known for her roles in Family Guy and That ‘70s Show. Kunis was also ranked ninth on FHM’s 2012 hot-100 list and was named GQ’s 2011 Knockout of the Year.

    October 7, 2012 1:43 PM

  13. WHERE’S SEACREST? ‘Idol’: Minaj and Carey Are Fine Michael Becker / FOX via AP Photo

    12. ‘Idol’: Minaj and Carey Are Fine

    This gives a whole new meaning the word “passionate.” American Idol producers say it’s just all fun and games among judges—and Nicki Minaj doesn’t want to kill Mariah Carey. “We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing,” they said in a statement to Access Hollywood. This is totally acceptable, if you ignore that Carey—who is currently walking around with extra bodyguards—told Barbara Walters that Minaj said that if she had a gun she would “shoot the bitch.” Minaj has also gone on a Twitter rant against the pop singer.

    October 7, 2012 9:35 AM

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

    13. 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

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

    14. 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

  16. DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS Obama Raises $181M Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    15. Obama Raises $181M

    When you have money like this, who needs a good debate? The Obama campaign snatched $181 million in September, crushing its fundraising record for 2012. It’s also more than anything Mitt Romney raised this season—though he hasn’t released his September numbers. This cash bump and the unemployment dip are good news for Obama, who pundits say “stunk” in the debate against Romney. Ninety-eight percent of the money came from small donations of less than $250. It looks as though voters were energized by the Democratic National Convention. Well done, Bill.

    October 7, 2012 8:46 AM

  17. LET’S BE FRIENDS Philippines and Rebels Strike Peace Plan Jay Directo / AFP-Getty Images

    16. Philippines, Rebels Strike Peace Plan

    Syria, take note. A major Philippines rebel group will put down its guns after striking a peace deal with the government. For 30 years, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has fought for the independence of the southern Muslim island of Mindanao. In the agreement with the nation’s president, Mindanao will now have its own governing entity—as long as the rebels no longer fight for an independent state. The national government will still control defense, foreign policy, and other major actions. The most important move, however, is the demilitarization of the rebels, who have an army of 11,000.

    October 7, 2012 8:26 AM

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

    17. 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

  19. HE SAID SHE SAID Romney: Obama Lied on Tax Reform David Goldman; Eric Gay / AP Photo

    18. Romney: Obama Lied on Tax Reform

    What’s $5 trillion between political friends? Apparently, it’s the hottest talking point in the presidential campaign. The Romney campaign has released a new ad that claims that the president “continues to distort Mitt Romney’s economic plan,” specifically the claim of a $5 trillion tax cut. Romney says his cuts will boost growth. In a clip, Obama’s deputy campaign manager is shown saying that “it won’t be near $5 trillion.” The Obama campaign has repeatedly said that Team Romney is being dishonest. So who’s telling the truth? November can’t come soon enough.

    October 7, 2012 9:27 AM

  20. BIG BIRD HURT Poll: Romney Leads Obama Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    19. Poll: Romney Leads Obama

    So much for a landslide. Mitt Romney is leading the president 49 to 47 percent after Wednesday’s Denver debate, according to a Rasmussen poll. The results, the first full post-debate survey, are based on nightly interviews and a three day “rolling-average basis.” The polling company said it can’t predict whether this is just a temporary boost for Mitt. In the eleven swing states, the news isn’t much better for Obama: while he’s still ahead, Romney is closing the gap and only trails Obama 47 to 49 percent—though these numbers were tallied before the presidential debate. Scott Rasmussen did note that incumbent president don’t usually do that hot in their first debates.

    October 7, 2012 12:15 PM