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  1. MENINGITIS Vaccine Company Has Sordid History Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

    1. Vaccine Company Has Sordid History

    We might be more understanding if the saying was “there’s a second time for everything.” Apparently, the compounding pharmacy that is linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 12 and infected 130 may have done this before. In 2004, the New England Compounding Center settled a lawsuit alleging it was responsible for the death of an 83-year-old man infected with a different form of meningitis, possibly by a shot produced by the company. To add to that, a drug company also owned by Ameridose was accused this year of mixing sterile and non-sterile products in the warehouse. And just this summer, an organization that links hospitals with drug suppliers cancelled a contract with Ameridose, saying their poor quality control “rose to a level of concern for patient safety.”

    October 10, 2012 8:06 PM

  2. ESCALATION Turkey-Syria Tensions Escalate Louisa Gouliamaki

    2. Turkey-Syria Tensions Escalate

    It doesn’t look like Turkey and Syria will mend their fences anytime soon. Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane suspected of carrying “nonmilitary cargo” to land in Ankara Wednesday, and threatened increasingly forceful retaliation if Syria continues its cross-border shelling. Turkey’s state television said two warplanes were dispatched to intercept a Syrian Airbus A320 en route from Moscow to Damascus with 35 passengers and two members in tow—far fewer than the plane’s capacity. Turkish authorities seized military communication devices on board before permitting the plane to continue its journey. Turkey’s foreign minister declined to say what exactly was seized, though he declared the material “troublesome.”

    October 10, 2012 6:23 PM

  3. REALLY? Sandusky, Wife Blame Victims Gene J. Puskar / AP Photo

    3. Sandusky, Wife Blame Victims

    Well that’s just tacky. Instead of apologizing, Jerry and Dottie Sandusky laid out a brutal attack against the victims of his sexual assaults in letters to Judge John Cleland. “What would be the outcome if all the accusers and their families who were investigated?” Sandusky wrote. “Nobody mentioned the impact of abandonment, neglect, abuse, insecurity and conflicting messages that the biological parents might have had in this.” His wife even belittled the credibility of their adopted son Matt, who admitted to being molested as well. “People need to know what kind of person he is,” she wrote. These letters all but guaranteed a maximum sentence because judges are known to dislike accusatory notes, said legal analysts. Pennsylvania’s Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan, called Sandusky’s behavior “banal, self-delusional, completely untethered from reality. It was entirely-self-focused, as if he himself were the victim.”

    October 10, 2012 10:11 PM

  4. CLOSING IN Obama Pollster: ‘Polls Don’t Matter’ AP Photo (2)

    4. Obama Pollster: ‘Polls Don’t Matter’

    What’s the order of those stages of grief again? The Obama campaign seems to be in denial, shrugging off a recent drop in the polls that shows Romney pulling ahead of Obama nationally. David Simas, director of opinion research and Obama’s poll guru, said in a campaign webcast for volunteers Wednesday that polls won’t predict the election. “Polls will go up, polls will go down. At the end of the day, polls don’t matter,” the pollster said.  He also reassured that if the race were today, Obama would “absolutely be reelected.” Based on what data?

    October 10, 2012 10:59 PM

  5. DESKTOPS PC Sales Crash Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    5. PC Sales Crash

    Fans of PCs are far and few between. The former tech giant is heading into a tailspin as consumers snap up tablets and buy less PCs amid sluggish economic conditions. A report from HIS iSuppli estimated PC shipments for 2012 will have declined for the first time in 11 years by 8 percent—the largest drop in sales since 2001. Microsoft is unveiling Windows 8 along with fancy new gadgets later this month, which they hope will revive struggling sales.

    October 10, 2012 11:10 PM

  6. PINKY SWEAR? Romney: I Won’t Raise Taxes Jamie Sabau / Getty Images

    6. Romney: I Won’t Raise Taxes

    Mitt Romney’s latest sweeping claim: “I’m not going to raise taxes on anyone.” The pledge airs in a new commercial that debuted Wednesday, the day after the GOP candidate claimed he will not change any abortion laws. As Romney campaigned in the key battleground state of Ohio, President Obama spent a rare day at the White House, as aides began to shape expectations for Thursday’s vice-presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden. For Ryan, that meant hyping his planned responses on spending issues and domestic policy, while Biden is expected to be stronger on foreign policy.

    October 10, 2012 6:24 PM

  7. LIBYA HEARING Top Official Testifies on Benghazi Brendan Hoffman

    7. Top Official Testifies on Benghazi

    The former top U.S. diplomatic security official in Libya testified in front of a Congressional committee Wednesday, telling a House panel that security resource requests in Benghazi before last month’s attack were “considered seriously and fastidiously.”.  Eric Nordstrom said he had never before witnessed an attack of such “ferocity and intensity” in Libya nor during his tenure with the State Department, but warned officials not to overreact to the attack. The hearing was highly politically charged, as Congressional Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for various missteps related to the attack and the damage control that ensued.

    October 10, 2012 4:30 PM

  8. COLOR BLIND Supreme Court Weighs Affirmative Action Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    8. Supreme Court Weighs Affirmative Action

    Get ready for this debate to resurface. Supreme Court justices are going to decide whether race should be weighed in college admissions. The court heard the case of Abigail Fisher Wednesday, a 22-year-old Texan who’s suing the University of Texas on claims she was denied admission because she’s white. The question of affirmative action was last discussed in the court in 2003, when it was decided that a limited use of racial preference could be used. Likely swing vote Justice Kennedy hinted where he leans Wednesday saying "I thought the whole point was that sometimes race has to be a tiebreaker.” A decision on the case is expected in the spring.

    October 10, 2012 3:22 PM

  9. OH LILO Police Called to Lohans’ LI House Toby Canham / Getty Images

    9. Police Called to Lohans’ LI House

    This is not a good start to the day. Police confirmed on Wednesday that they had been called to intervene after a “verbal dispute” between actress Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina, at the family’s Long Island home. Police said the call came in just after 8 a.m. There was no criminality involved and no arrests made, and the cause of the dispute is still unknown. Last month Lohan, 26, was involved in an altercation outside the W Hotel in New York City after arguing with a man over alleged cellphone photos.

    October 10, 2012 11:51 AM

  10. CRIMES & MISDEBIEBER Bieber’s ‘Personal Footage’ Stolen Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    10. Bieber’s ‘Personal Footage’ Stolen

    Suddenly, vomiting on stage seems like only a minor embarrassment. Justin Bieber tweeted Wednesday that “personal footage” from a computer and a camera was stolen from him, complaining that it “really sucks. people should respect other’s property.” Of course the vague labeling of “personal footage” sent minds racing: Does Justin Bieber have a sex tape? All those inflicted with Bieber Fever just collectively fainted.

    October 10, 2012 4:40 PM

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  12. OOPS! Fla. Gov. Gives Out Phone Sex Number Edward Linsmier / Getty Images

    12. Fla. Gov. Gives Out Phone Sex Number

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott may have just earned himself a few new male voters. During a Tuesday cabinet meeting, Scott relayed what he thought was a toll-free number for the state’s meningitis hotline set up in the wake of a deadly outbreak that has killed 12 people so far. But, instead of connecting callers with the Florida Department of Health, the number lead to a phone sex operator who answered the call saying, “Hello boys. Thank you for calling me on my anniversary.” The governor gave out the correct number later in the meeting but several news organizations had already reported the wrong one.

    October 10, 2012 12:43 PM

  13. CELEBRITY JUSTICE No Charges for Baldwin Louic Venance, AFP / Getty Images

    13. No Charges for Baldwin

    New York’s district attorney must be a 30 Rock fan. The Manhattan D.A.’s office announced on Wednesday that it will not prosecute Alec Baldwin over his scuffle with a photographer earlier this year. The incident took place on June 19, when Daily News photographer Marcus Santos caught Baldwin leaving the City Clerk’s office after getting a marriage license. At the time Santos claimed that the actor punched him on the chin. But prosecutors decided to drop the matter, and a source said “no charges will be brought. The matter has been dropped entirely. His conduct did not rise to the level of a crime.”

    October 10, 2012 10:30 AM

  14. CLOSET GOP Stacey Dash Defends Romney Support Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

    14. Stacey Dash Defends Romney Support

    Does this mean she doesn’t want to party with the Haitians? Clueless actress Stacey Dash defended her pro-Romney stance on Tuesday after facing a social-media firestorm for her support of the GOP candidate. On Tuesday, Dash tweeted a patriotic photo of herself and wrote “vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” She then received a flood of criticism, including racial attacks. Georgetown student and activist Sandra Fluke rushed to defend Dash, tweeting “So disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but #racistattacks unacceptable.”

    October 10, 2012 7:30 AM

  15. EXPLOSIVES French Police Find Bomb Materials Mehdi Fedouach, AFP / Getty Images

    15. French Police Find Bomb Materials

    French police said on Wednesday that they found “bomb material” during an investigation into radical Islamists in a suburb of Paris. A French prosecutor said that a dozen suspects had been arrested in raids over the weekend in Torcy, and they would be held for an additional 24 hours after the discovery of the chemicals used to make explosives. In Saturday’s raids police shot and killed one man suspected to be linked to a grenade attack against a Jewish supermarket last month. In one garage, police found a handgun, a shotgun, potassium nitrate, sulfur, headlight bulbs, and pressure cookers—and a list of Jewish groups in the Paris area.

    October 10, 2012 6:35 AM

  16. NOTCHY Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Cars Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    16. Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Cars

    Toyota announced on Wednesday a global recall of over 7.4 million cars due to a power window problem that could cause a fire hazard. The company said that the driver’s side window can feel “notchy” and stick during use, which could be caused by uneven application of grease during the switch assembly process and a fire could occur. In the U.S., the recall will affect 2.5 million cars. The recalled units include a variety of models, including the Highlander, Matrix, Tundra, Yaris, Corolla, Camry and RAV4. Toyota shares were down two percent in worldwide training on Wednesday.

    October 10, 2012 7:26 AM

  17. OFF MESSAGE Report: Libya Attack Not Linked to Film AFP / Getty Images

    17. Report: Libya Attack Not Linked to Film

    Was the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya linked to a controversial anti-Islam film? Well, it depends on whom you ask. During a briefing Tuesday, State Department offered a glimpse at discord between the State Department and the White House over who is to blame. State Department officials say they never linked the fatal attack to the angry response to the film, Innocence of Muslims, which raises the question why the White House used the film to explain the attack for more than a week following the events. Asked why that explanation was floated, one official said, “That was not our conclusion,” adding that the question was for “others” to answer.

    October 9, 2012 10:15 PM

  18. GETTING WORSE Meningitis Death Toll Rises Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

    18. Meningitis Death Toll Rises

    Four more deaths blamed on a rare outbreak of meningitis in the U.S. brought the nationwide death toll to 12 Tuesday, setting off further alarms about lax regulation on pharmaceutical-compounding companies like the one responsible for the contaminated steroid injections that caused the outbreak. Members of Congress are calling for tighter regulations, as the number of infected people reaches 121. Health officials worry that it could be November before all patients stricken with meningitis are identified. As many as 13,000 may have received the contaminated injections.

    October 9, 2012 10:43 PM

  19. HOMEWARD BOUND Orphan Walrus Sent to NYC Aquarium Alaska SeaLife Center / AP Photo

    19. Orphan Walrus Sent to NYC Aquarium

    This is the sweetest story you will read all day. A 234-pound orphaned walrus will arrive at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn on Thursday after an improbable journey from Alaska. Mitik, the walrus calf, was shipped from Alaska in a crate the size of a FedEx cargo jet and was accompanied by a veterinarian and a handler. Only a few aquariums in the country even exhibit walruses. Mitik will join 30-year-old Nuka and 17-year-old Kulu at the Coney Island facility.

    October 10, 2012 7:28 AM

  20. NOT-SO-SECRET ANYMORE CIA’s Training Ground Captured? Shaukat Qadir / AP Photo

    20. CIA’s Training Ground Captured?

    Does this mean people are actually using Bing? The whistleblowing website on Tuesday published satellite images purported to be the training site for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The site reportedly used information from the book by a retired Navy SEAL about the bin Laden raid and scoured satellite images of purported CIA facilities in North Carolina—and on Bing maps they were able to locate what appears to be a mock-up of the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. On Google maps, the purported training site, the Harvey Point Defense Testing facility, showed only a clearing in a field.

    October 10, 2012 7:03 AM

  21. STRATEGIC Report: U.S. Military Sent to Jordan Mohammad Hannon / AP Photo

    21. Report: U.S. Military Sent to Jordan

    The U.S. has secretly sent military advisers to Jordan to help the armed forces with the flood of refugees that have come over the Syrian border, officials told The New York Times on Wednesday. The task force, comprised of about 150 planners and other specialists, will also draw up plans to protect Jordan, a key ally in the region as the Syrian civil war has spilled over into Turkey. Turkey’s chief of staff said Wednesday that they will use “greater force” if shelling continues along the Syrian border. Meanwhile, opposition fighters in Syria claimed on Wednesday to have gained control of Maarat al-Numan, a strategic town in Idlib province.

    October 10, 2012 6:58 AM

  22. NO REGRETS Jack Welch: I Was Right Peter Foley / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    22. Jack Welch: I Was Right

    So much drama for a question mark. The former General Electric CEO insisted in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal that he is right that the jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics last week was artificially inflated by President Obama—and knocked the Democrats for attacking him. “I’m not the first person to question the jobs numbers, and hopefully I won’t be the last,” Welch writes, while he compares being attacked to living in Soviet Russia or communist China. On Tuesday, Welch said the only change he would make would be to add a question mark to the original tweet where he questioned that unemployment had dropped to 7.8 percent.

    October 10, 2012 9:20 AM

  23. PUNK

    23. Court Upholds Pussy Riot Sentences

    A Russian court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of two members of the punk trio Pussy Riot but freed the third by suspending her sentence. A Moscow judge said he was leaving the two-year sentence in place for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, while issuing a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, since she had been prevented from entering the church by a security guard. The women were arrested in February after staging a “punk prayer” at a Russian Orthodox church and in August were convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. 

    October 10, 2012 8:05 AM

  24. RIP Alex Karras Dies at 77 ABC Photo Archives

    24. Alex Karras Dies at 77

    To quote Alex Karras’s Blazing Saddles character, we’re all only pawns in the game of life. The former Detroit Lions lineman turned actor died Wednesday at age 77 after battling kidney disease and stomach cancer. Karras was an NFL star before he turned to acting, first as a horse-slugging bruiser in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles and then in the ’80s ABC sitcom Webster. In April, Karras was the lead plaintiff in a mass concussion lawsuit against the NFL, joining thousands of players who are suing the league for various head trauma injuries. His wife and Webster costar, Susan Clark, said her husband was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and has had symptoms for more than a dozen years.

    October 10, 2012 12:17 PM

  25. ON THE TRAIL Romney: I Won’t Change Abortion Laws Jim Watson, AFP / Getty Images

    25. Romney Won’t Change Abortion Laws

    Base? What pro-life base? Mitt Romney told the Des Moines Register that abortion won’t be a part of his agenda—and Democrats immediately pounced on his words, with the Obama camp saying, “Women simply can’t trust him.” In an interview with the newspaper in Iowa—one of the key swing states—Romney said, “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded by insisting Romney is “proudly pro-life,” a position that Romney has had to defend in the past, especially after he insisted he was pro-choice while running for governor of Massachusetts.

    October 10, 2012 6:36 AM

  26. Not That Into You BAE and EADS End Merger Talks AFP / Getty Images (2)

    26. BAE and EADS End Merger Talks

    At least they broke up before they started dating. Aerospace companies EADS and BAE systems have ended merger talks after European governments failed to reach an agreement. EADS, which manufactures Airbus passenger planes, announced they were in discussions for a merger with BAE in September, and the combined market value of the new company would have been nearly $50 billion. But the governments of France, Germany, and Spain, which are all shareholders in EADS, could not agree about their holdings in a combined company. It was also unclear how BAE Systems could continue to operate in the United States if European governments kept a large stake in the company.

    October 10, 2012 10:02 AM

  27. Unpopular Low Expectations for Biden Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    27. Low Expectations for Biden

    At least this takes some of the pressure off of him. As Joe Biden prepares to debate Paul Ryan on Thursday night, a new Pew Research Center poll has found that just 39 percent of voters have a positive view of the vice president, while 51 percent view him negatively. The same poll found that 44 percent of voters have a positive view of Paul Ryan, and only 40 percent see him negatively. Going into the vice-presidential debate in 2008, 53 percent of voters viewed Biden favorably, and even Sarah Palin was viewed positively by 51 percent of voters.

    October 10, 2012 1:35 PM

  28. YEAH! Americans Win Chemistry Nobel Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP / Getty Images

    28. Americans Win Chemistry Nobel

    Breaking Bad may have the most popular fictional chemists in the nation right now, but these real scientists aren’t too shabby. American doctors Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work decoding the human body’s signaling system between cells. While it was known that adrenaline is involved in the fight-or-flight process (but doesn’t enter cells), the esteemed scientists found receptors on the surface of the cells that detect the presence of adrenaline. As Jesse Pinkman would say, “Yeah [expletive]!”

    October 10, 2012 9:29 AM

  29. RECOVERY Pakistani Girl’s Surgery ‘Successful’ Sherin Zada / AP Photo

    29. Pakistani Girl’s Surgery ‘Successful’

    Take that, Taliban. Surgeons in Pakistan said on Wednesday that they had successfully removed a bullet from a 14-year-old who had campaigned for women’s rights, while the Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting. Malala Yousafzai and two other girls were injured as they left school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Tuesday, with militants saying they targeted her because she “promoted secularism.” Her family told the BBC that they had never thought about getting security because they did not think militants would target a young girl. Yousafzai gained international attention in 2009 when she published her diary about life under the Islamic militants.

    October 10, 2012 6:36 AM

  30. FALLEN HERO Mother of Slain SEAL Bashes Mitt Elise Amendola / AP Photo

    30. Mother of Slain SEAL Bashes Mitt

    The mother of a Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi slammed Mitt Romney on Wednesday for mentioning her son on the campaign trail. At a campaign event in Iowa on Tuesday, Romney said that he once met Glen Doherty, the slain SEAL, at a Christmas party a few years ago and the news of Doherty’s death “broke my heart.” Doherty’s mother, Barbara Doherty, said she doesn’t “trust Romney." Later in the day, Romney aids confirmed the candidate will cease mentioning the slain SEAL in speeches.

    October 10, 2012 1:05 PM

  31. TRAINS Amtrak Reports Record Year Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    31. Amtrak Reports Record Year

    Apparently, people still take trains. Amtrak just completed another record year—31.2 million passengers in fiscal 2012, which ended in September. That’s up 3.5 percent from the previous year. Virtually every sector saw growth, but the numbers were driven higher largely by the fact that on the East coast, trains are taking market share from planes. Traffic on the Boston-Washington corridor, favored by elites and college students, rose 4.8 percent to 11.4 million.

    October 10, 2012 3:04 PM

  32. AVERAGE JOE Poll: Ryan Favored Over Biden Scott Legato / Getty Images

    32. Poll: Ryan Favored Over Biden

    It’s been a tough couple of days for Team Obama in the polls. The latest bit of bad news comes in the form of a new survey from Pew Research Center, which found that 51% of voters viewed running mate Joe Biden unfavorably while 39% viewed him favorably. Heading into Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Republican Paul Ryan has a slight edge, with 44% holding a favorable view of the challenger and 44% holding an unfavorable view. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney continues to make headway. The latest Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released Wednesday has the former Massachusetts governor ahead 45% to Obama’s 44%.

    October 10, 2012 3:28 PM

  33. THE DIRTY DETAILS Lance in ‘Sophisticated’ Doping Ring Riccardo S. Savi

    33. Lance in ‘Sophisticated’ Doping Ring

    It might soon get harder for the world’s greatest cyclist to live strong and prosper. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday that it will make public its entire file on Lance Armstrong, which reportedly says that he was central to one of the most “sophisticated” doping rings in sports history. Armstrong's friend George Hincapie has also come forward and admit to doping. The report will include sworn testimony from 26 people—including former teammates who implicated themselves in the doping ring in order to nail the seven-time Tour de France winner. The agency’s evidence, which climbs to more than 1,000 pages, will be posted Wednesday afternoon on its website. “It’s shocking, it’s disappointing,” says Travis Tygart, chief executive of the agency, of the report. “But we did our job.”

    October 10, 2012 12:05 PM

  34. Money Talks

    34. Bloomberg Takes Aim at Tea Party

    New York’s party-jumping billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, decided against a presidential run of his own, but in a series of big-buck but low-key fundraisers, he’s put his money down to build a bulwark against the Tea Party, reports Capital New York. Despite pushing his own post-partisan brand, where both parties are always equally to blame for gridlock in Washington, six of the 10 Congressional candidates Bloomberg has given money to or raised money for are Democrats—and eight have faced opposition from Tea Party Republicans.

    October 10, 2012 5:04 PM