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  1. NEW POLL Pew: Romney Pulls Even With Obama

    1. Pew: Romney Pulls Even With Obama

    Pew Research has some more bad news for President Obama. The organization released the results of its poll on Monday, the first national survey since last week's debate,  showing that Mitt Romney’s strong performance has erased the president’s lead. Registered voters are now evenly split between the candidates at 46 percent each. In September, Obama had a commanding nine-point edge. But perhaps more worrisome for the president is the fact that Romney now has a 49-45 percent lead among likely voters. The debate also helped Romney with his favorability rating, which hit 50 percent for the first time in a Pew poll. Obama’s favorability numbers declined from 55 to 49 percent.

    October 8, 2012 4:33 PM

  2. NO HOLDING BACK Sandusky Blames Conspiracy in Statement Rob Carr / Getty Images

    2. Sandusky Blames Conspiracy

    Jerry Sandusky blamed a broad conspiracy and slammed "false allegations" in a radio-aired statement Monday night ahead of Tuesday's sentencing. After not speaking for the entirety of his trial, the disgraced former Penn State coach let loose during a three-minute rant, pointing to "a young man who...always sought attention" and a "well-orchestrated effort" by the media, Penn State, and other accusers that led to his guilty conviction. 

    October 8, 2012 7:04 PM

  3. BAD NEIGHBORS Turkey–Syria Shelling Continues Adem Altan

    3. Turkey–Syria Shelling Continues

    Turkey's president warned on Monday that conflict with Syria had reached a "worst-case scenario," as the neighboring countries exchanged fresh cross-border shelling for a sixth straight day. President Abdullah Gul called on the international community to help end the civil war in Syria that many now fear will engulf the region as a whole. Earlier in the day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had warned that the situation on the Syrian–Turkish border was indeed "extremely dangerous."

    October 8, 2012 4:06 PM

  4. SCARY CDC: Thousands at Risk for Meningitis Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

    4. CDC: Thousands at Risk for Meningitis

    A major oversight by the FDA may have put thousands of people at risk of contracting meningitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. Thirteen thousand people have potentially been exposed to a tainted steroid linked to the latest meningitis outbreak, which has killed 8 people and sickened 97 others across 23 states. The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., which the CDC believes began shipping the contaminated steroids used for back pain on May 21, voluntarily shut down last week and recalled all products made at its facility.

    October 8, 2012 9:50 PM

  5. POWER Chávez Supporters Celebrate Win Juan Barreto / AFP-Getty Images

    5. Chávez Supporters Celebrate Win

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won reelection by a generous margin Sunday, according to the National Electoral Council. With 90 percent of the country’s votes counted, Chávez held 54.4 percent of the vote, compared with 44.9 percent for challenger Henrique Capriles. “Viva Venezuela, viva the people of Bolívar, viva Oct. 7,” Chávez said to socialist supporters in an appearance Sunday night outside Venezuela’s presidential palace. About 80 percent of eligible voters are thought to have turned out for the election, keeping Chávez in power despite a flagging economy, rising crime, and an increasingly divided electorate.

    October 8, 2012 7:38 AM

  6. PEACEFUL MITTENS Romney: Obama Failed in Mideast Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    6. Romney: Obama Failed in Mideast

    Did Mitt Romney channel Reagan or Chevy Chase? In a speech titled “The Mantle of Leadership,” the Republican candidate dipped into the testy waters of foreign policy Monday. His stance on Syria: arm the rebels, they’re just like us! Libya: Al Qaeda and freedom-haters attacked the embassy. Palestine: Ignore my “47 percent” videotape comments and let’s form a democratic state. The speech,  given at the Virginia Military Institute, showcased Romney as a peace-loving leader—unlike Obama. The president’s traveling press secretary Jen Psaki thinks Mitt’s bonkers. “The only person who has offended Europe more is probably Chevy Chase,” she said.

    October 8, 2012 12:45 PM

  7. HIPPOCRATIC WIN Gurdon, Yamanaka Win Medicine Nobel Kyodo / Reuters-Landov

    7. Gurdon, Yamanaka Win Medicine Nobel

    Two scientists who discovered that mature cells can be turned back into stem cells won the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday. John Gurdon of Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan made the revolutionary find that cells could be reprogrammed, groundbreaking research that may make radical new treatments possible. The Nobel committee said the pair’s work has “revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop.” Gurdon, a 79-year-old professor at Cambridge University, made the first crucial breakthroughs in his research in 1962.

    October 8, 2012 7:45 AM

  8. WHY? Man Dies After Roach-Eating Contest Ken Lucas, Visuals Unlimited, Inc. / Getty Images

    8. Man Dies After Roach-Eating Contest

    Let this be a lesson for those who crave insects a là carte. The winner of a roach-eating contest near Miami, Fla., died after ingesting dozens of live cockroaches and worms, authorities said Monday. Edward Archbold, 32, fell ill shortly after the contest at a reptile store and collapsed outside. All of the other contestants emerged from the contest without so much as a stomach ache, officials said, and that Archbold’s autopsy results had not yet been released. Experts said most cockroaches are not toxic and allergies are rare. Here’s hoping they find out what was bugging him.

    October 8, 2012 11:17 PM

  9. PRINCESS OF AWK Lena Dunham Scores Mega Book Deal

    9. Lena Dunham Scores Mega Book Deal

    Fire up the blogosphere! Lena Dunham, the media-darling creator of a critically hyped television show and little-known indie film, has inked a mega book deal with Random House. While the final advance has not been confirmed, publishers said bidding passed $3.5 million. The multihyphenated (she writes, acts, directs, etc.) 26-year-old Emmy nominee had publishers scratching off each other’s vintage eyeglasses over a collection of essays to be titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned. The book, which Random House said will be in the “tradition of Helen Gurley Brown, David Sedaris, and Nora Ephron,” will be comprised of Dunham’s advice on life, love, sex, and success.

    October 8, 2012 12:31 PM

  10. POWER COUPLE Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman Split Dan Steinberg / AP Photo

    10. Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman Split

    Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman are parting ways after more than 30 years of marriage, the couple’s representative told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday. The actor and actress, who worked together on the sitcom Taxi, have been married since 1982, and have three children together. The two met at an off-Broadway play in 1970 and lived together for more than a decade before marrying. They also appeared together in the feature film Matilda, and founded Jersey Films, a production company.

    October 8, 2012 1:22 PM

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  12. WATCH THIS! YouTube to Expand Channels Overseas YouTube

    11. YouTube to Expand Channels Overseas

    It’s not just cat videos any more on YouTube. The video site owned by Google said it plans to take its original programming channels to Europe in a bid to attract more advertising bucks with a host of programming options tailored by country. The launches planned for France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, along with new programs for the U.S., will total about 60 new channels. The site has been on a drive to promote its original content channels since last year when it launched about 100 of them in its first major expansion.

    October 8, 2012 8:04 AM

  13. GENDER BENDER

    12. Italy Busts Transsexual Sex Ring

    An Italian prostitution ring that brought in transsexuals from Latin America has been smashed, police say. Twenty-four of the 28 prostitutes nabbed are already in prison, and the arrests took place over the Italian regions of Lazio, Umbria, and Campania. Allegedly recruited from poor areas in Brazil and other Latin American countries, the prostitutes were sent to cities elsewhere in Europe before jetting in to Italy. The police also seized a dozen properties that they think were used by the ring.

    October 8, 2012 9:54 AM

  14. SABRE RATTLING Drone Shows Israel Penetrable Israeli Defense Forces via AP video

    13. Drone Shows Israel Penetrable

    Israel’s airspace is penetrable, an Iranian official said Monday after an unmanned drone evaded the country’s air defenses over the weekend. It is not yet certain where the drone, which was shot down by the Israeli Air Force, came from. The breach is a sign that Israel’s anti-missile system “does not work and lacks the necessary capacity,” said deputy coordinator Jamaluddin Aberoumand of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Israel’s Iron Dome is designed to shoot down missiles and other weapons, but not aircraft.

    October 8, 2012 7:49 AM

  15. RESCUE ME Obama Stumps in Los Angeles Jason Redmond / AP Photo

    14. Obama Stumps in Los Angeles

    The denizens of Tinseltown know this: one bad performance can end a career. As the Obama campaign races to retool after the president’s bland debate showing last week, the candidate visited Los Angeles on Sunday to rally entertainment-industry donors. Obama held a two-hour closed-door meet-and-greet at DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s home, then spoke to 6,000 supporters at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre. “Everything we fought so hard for in 2008 is on the line in 2012,” Obama told attendees at the event, which also featured Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson. “And I need your help to finish what we started.”

    October 8, 2012 7:36 AM

  16. MPG CA Governor Acts on Gas-Price Surge Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    15. CA Governor Acts on Gas-Price Surge

    California Governor Jerry Brown took emergency action Sunday as gas prices in the Golden State soared. The California Air Resources board has been ordered to allow refineries to make a production switch that could increase output by between 8 and 10 percent. The move came as California drivers saw red at the pump, with drivers in San Francisco paying as much as $4.73 per gallon of regular on Sunday. The production switch would allow the refineries to begin making winter-blend gas four weeks earlier than usual.

    October 8, 2012 7:51 AM

  17. MAN OF THE PEOPLE Jay-Z Rides Subway to Barclays Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    16. Jay-Z Rides Subway to Barclays

    R you going my way? Rapper Jay-Z had subway riders gawking in New York on  Saturday as he took the R train from Manhattan to Brooklyn for the last of eight shows at the new Barclays Center. If the stadium takes off, it deserves to be known as the House that H.O.V.A. built. The Brooklyn born-and-bred hip-hop prince arrived for his concert via public transportation escorted by police and other security personnel, and waiting fans swooned for the man who has become the public face for the new home of the Nets, even though he owns only one-fifteenth of one percent of the team.

    October 8, 2012 8:10 AM

  18. YUCK U.S. Triples Canadian Beef Recall CDC

    17. U.S. Triples Canadian Beef Recall

    More than 1 million kilograms of beef that could be contaminated with E. coli have been recalled by a Canadian plant, the U.S. food Safety Inspection Service said. The affected meat products entered the United States from a plant run by XL Foods Inc. in Brooks, Alberta. The U.S. had originally estimated that about 404,000 kilograms of products from the facility had been imported and were subject to the recall. Thirty-five percent of Canada’s beef products are processed at the XL plant.

    October 8, 2012 9:37 AM

  19. CAVEAT EMPTOR China’s Huawei a ‘Security Threat’ STR / AFP-Getty Images

    18. China’s Huawei a ‘Security Threat’

    Chinese telecom giant Huawei is a threat to national security, top American lawmakers said. The warning came in a CBS 60 Minutes special before the Monday release of a congressional report that details how Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE are subject to government influence and may constitute a threat to American security. House intelligence-committee chairman Mike Rogers told CBS that American companies should avoid doing business with the firms, which officials believe could cripple American communications at the behest of the Chinese government. American company Cisco unwound its relationship with ZTE in recent months after allegations that Cisco telecom equipment was sold to Iran.

    October 8, 2012 7:42 AM

  20. OPINION

    19. Dark Money Must Be Stopped

    A constitutional amendment turning off the taps on dark money may be the only way to keep the democratic process from drowning, the New York Times editorial board declared Sunday. While it is too early to tell what effect super-PAC spending has had on the ongoing presidential election, it seems clear that voters have not been swamped in the way some feared. “People just aren’t paying attention to political ads the way they used to,” Republican pollster David Winston said. But groups are likely to retool their approach in coming years, focusing more on destabilizing primaries and congressional races.

    October 8, 2012 11:25 AM

  21. DUNCE Obama Bombed Debate Prep Chip Somodevilla

    20. Obama Bombed Debate Prep

    The president barely got a passing grade in debate prep, administration aides told The New York Times. Distracted by other responsibilities, Obama offered erratic performances as he geared up, appearing by turns energetic or insensate, White House aides said. Obama’s mind was elsewhere during one cram session after a memorial service held for the Americans killed at the consulate in Benghazi, and several other sessions were either canceled or cut short. The president’s reelection campaign has been in crisis mode since Obama turned in his moribund performance, and is preparing for the vice presidential debate on Thursday.

    October 8, 2012 10:30 AM

  22. DEBT Euro Zone Launches Bailout Fund Odd Andersen / AFP-Getty Images

    21. Euro Zone Launches Bailout Fund

    A permanent fund established to defend against the spread of the European debt crisis will launch Monday, according to euro-zone officials. The €500 billion (about $653 billion) European Stability Mechanism was put in place by finance ministers to help return equilibrium to the 17-nation common currency. Officials have their eye on Spain, the latest front in the battle against spreading debt, as the fund launches. In July, €100 billion was set aside, and the country is expected to ask for about half that amount in coming months to help recapitalize Spain’s banks.

    October 8, 2012 7:32 AM

  23. AFRICA Sirleaf Hit on Liberian Corruption Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP Photo

    22. Sirleaf Hit on Liberian Corruption

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is soft on corruption, said fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee. Gbowee pointed to the comfy government posts Sirleaf’s sons have received, condemning Sirleaf for not doing enough to aid economic development as the country’s richest citizens profit off political connections. Sirleaf was elected to her job for a second six-year term earlier this year. “Her sons are on the board of oil companies and one is the deputy governor of the central bank,” Gbowee said of Sirleaf. “You are either rich or dirt poor, there’s no middle class.”

    October 8, 2012 1:54 PM