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  1. DEADLY Congress Expands Meningitis Investigation Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

    1. Congress Expands Meningitis Investigation

    The outrage is also spreading. The House of Representatives said Friday it will be including health regulators in its investigation into the company responsible for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 14 and sickened 184 nationwide. The Massachusetts pharmacy board is being asked to turn over all records and reports regarding the New England Compounding Center, where tainted steroids have been traced to. Apparently, the FDA was aware of possible health risks within the company’s production methods back in 2006, when the pharmacy was accused of infecting a man with another form of meningitis in a 2004 lawsuit.

    October 12, 2012 9:41 PM

  2. TERRIBLE Body of Missing CO Girl Found Westminster Colorado Police Department via AP

    2. Body of Missing CO Girl Found

    After the body of a missing 10-year-old girl was confirmed found in a suburban Denver park, residents of Westminster, CO, are on high alert. “Our focus has changed from the search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica,” Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said. “We realize there is a predator at large in our community.” Jessica Ridgeway was walking from her home to elementary school, but never arrived. Her body was found after a massive search by hundreds of police officers in a park seven miles away from her home. An FBI spokesman warned the community to be on lookout: “It could be your boss, it could be your friend, and ultimately it could be your family member.”

    October 12, 2012 6:45 PM

  3. STRIKING BACK Libya Becomes New GOP Front Stringer / AFP / GettyImages

    3. Libya Becomes New GOP Front

    After Biden said that “we weren’t told” Americans requested extra security for the anniversary of September 11th at the debate, the GOP campaign latched on to the mishandling of the Libya attack to push against their opponents. Congressional testimony shows the administration turned down the request for more security, and the Romney campaign said Friday that Biden was trying “to mislead the American public” about that fact at the vice presidential debate. The White House shot back that Biden’s statements referred to himself, the president, and other top administration members, since diplomatic security requests are handled by the State Department.

    October 12, 2012 10:03 PM

  4. SCARY

    4. Shot Fired into Obama Campaign Office

    Someone has a sick way of showing their discontent with the president. A shot was fired through the window of the Obama campaign’s Denver office window on Friday. Police say people were inside at the time of the shooting, but that no one was injured. No information is yet known about the shooter or his or her motives, though there are reports of a possible vehicle of interest. The Obama campaign has so far declined to comment on the incident.

    October 12, 2012 10:08 PM

  5. KEEPING THE FAITH Clinton: ‘U.S. Will Not Retreat’ Michael Nagle / Getty Images

    5. Clinton: ‘U.S. Will Not Retreat’

    Hillary to the rescue. Quelling fears on the status of foreign policy relations after last night’s vice presidential debate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered remarks on democratic transitions in the Middle East Friday. The Secretary began by addressing Thursday’s announcement that the State Department knew before the attack that more security in Libya was needed. “No one wants to find out exactly what happened more than I do,” Clinton said, adding “there is much we still don’t know.” Clinton described the White House’s plan to continue “fighting terrorism” across the Middle East—and to increase pressure on Assad’s regime in Syria. “The U.S. will not retreat. We will keep leading and we will stay engaged in the Maghreb, and everywhere in the world.”

    October 12, 2012 6:10 PM

  6. DRUM ROLL PLEASE Poll: Biden Won Debate Pool

    6. Poll: Biden Won Debate

    No malarkey jokes please. Vice President Joe Biden was the victor of Thursday night’s veep debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday. Forty-two percent of registered voters crowned Biden winner, while 35 percent tipped their hat to his Republican challenger Paul Ryan. The results were similar among independent voters. Last night, CBS released a poll that said Biden won 50 percent to Ryan’s 31 percent, but that poll was conducted among a sample of uncommitted voters. So while we can’t exactly count on them to vote for Obama, it may be safe to say Biden won last night’s popularity contest.

    October 12, 2012 6:17 PM

  7. GET EXCITED Report: iPad Mini Unveiling Oct. 23 Courtesy of Apple

    7. Report: iPad Mini Unveiling Oct. 23

    It’s officially almost official. Apple Inc. will unveil its iPad Mini on Oct. 23, a source familiar with the event told Reuters. Though the company has remained mum on its smaller, less expensive version of the iPad, techie insiders have leaked some deets about this new-and-improved tablet. The Mini is rumored to sport a screen between 7 and 8 inches—the perfect size for a tablet designed to compete with Kindles and Nexuses, which have 7-inch screens and are modestly priced at $199. According to the anonymous source, Apple is strategically unveiling its new tablet days before Microsoft unveils its new Surface tablet on Oct. 26.

    October 12, 2012 5:08 PM

  8. SUGAR RUSH Bloomberg Soda Ban Going to Court Daniel Acker, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    8. Bloomberg Soda Ban Going to Court

    The saga of Bloomberg vs. Big Soda continues. The American soft-drink industry, along with several partners,filed a lawsuit Friday against New York Mayor Bloomberg’s new restrictions on soda sizes. Starting in March, sweet drinks over 16 ounces will not be allowed at restaurants, street carts, entertainment venues, or sports stadiums. The suit was filed to the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, and claims the Board of Health does not have authority to pass the rules. It’s backed by the Teamsters representing soft-drinks workers, the National Restaurant Association, and the American Beverage Association.

    October 12, 2012 5:21 PM

  9. UH-OH Wyclef’s Haiti Charity Under Fire Ramon Espinosa, File / AP Photo

    9. Wyclef’s Haiti Charity Under Fire

    As Wyclef Jean puts all his effort into promoting his new memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, his charity in Haiti has reportedly failed. An article in The New York Times says Jean, who claims that his organization, Yéle, “is Haiti’s greatest asset and ally,” has not commented on the fact that the charity effectively went out of business last month, leaving Haiti with little support. A New York attorney general’s investigation into the charity also revealed financial blunders, and suggests millions in donations for earthquake victims went into Yéle’s offices, employee salaries, consultants’ fees, and projects that never came to fruition.

    October 12, 2012 6:14 PM

  10. CHURCH AND STATE Anti-Obama Film to Screen in Churches

    10. Anti-Obama Film to Screen in Churches

    The film that recently garnered attention for earning $33.5 million at the box office—despite not being released nationwide—is moving to the pulpit. A handful of churches will soon show 2016: Obama’s America, a critical documentary about the president, but the church screenings could be violating tax law. The IRS restricts tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from actively supporting or opposing a particular candidate. “If a church wants to speak out about candidates in that way, [church leaders] should have the right to do so, but current IRS regulations say that they don’t,” the organizing group’s legal counsel said.

    October 12, 2012 10:48 PM

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  12. YouTube Bieber Videos to Hit the Web? Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    11. Bieber Videos to Hit the Web?

    Justin Bieber may be in for a very unpleasant surprise this Friday after someone going by the Twitter handle "gexwy" threatened the 19-year-old superstar with footage from his stolen computer. A laptop belonging to Bieber was stolen from his tour manager's office on Wednesday, and the thief apparently didn't have much trouble getting into its files. To prove it's the real deal, @gexwy has already posted two backstage videos from the computer to YouTube, with a promise of more damaging footage to come.

    October 12, 2012 7:30 AM

  13. In Memoriam Bali Marks Bombings’ 10th Anniversary Chris McGrath / Getty Images

    12. Bali Marks Bombings’ 10th Anniversary

    Commemorations were held in Bali on Friday in honor of the anniversary of the bombings that killed 202 people 10 years ago. On October 12, 2002, an Islamist militant group attacked Paddy's Irish bar and the Sari Club in the Kuta tourist district, resulting in the deaths of people from 21 countries. This Wednesday, police in Bali warned of the possibility that visiting dignitaries might once again be subject to attack on the anniversary, so security at memorial services on Friday was tight. 

    October 12, 2012 6:59 AM

  14. SLITHERIN’ 10-Foot Snake Found at Airport Bonnie Kamin

    13. 10-Foot Snake Found at Airport

    Thank goodness it didn’t make it through security. A 10-foot-long snake was discovered catching some rays Thursday outside Key West International Airport in Florida, right near the edge of the airport’s commercial ramp. Authorities didn’t confirm what kind of snake it was or where it came from. They did, however, pose for a picture with the frighteningly large reptile before turning it over to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    October 12, 2012 12:01 PM

  15. RIP Scientist Keith Campbell Dies at 58 Paul Clements, File / AP Photo

    14. Scientist Keith Campbell Dies at 58

    Cell biologist Keith Campbell, 58, died on Friday at his home in England. Campbell and a colleague were the first scientists to successfully clone a mammal from an adult animal. That mammal was, of course, Dolly the sheep, born in Scotland during the summer of 1996. The experiment proved what many had thought impossible: that cells from an adult animal can produce a viable clone. It also caused controversy and resulted in multiple countries banning the cloning of humans. But why a sheep? Campbell was a pragmatist, saying that "sheep in Scotland are very, very, very cheap."

    October 12, 2012 7:19 AM

  16. MALALA YOUSAFZAI Pakistan Has Day of Prayer Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo

    15. Pakistan Has Day of Prayer

    Pakistan called for a day of prayer on Friday in honor of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who is still fighting for her life after being shot in the head by the Taliban earlier this week. Yousafzai was transferred to an intensive-care unit at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, and doctors say her progress over the next few days is “critical.” The Taliban targeted Yousafzai for “promoting secularism” for her work advocating for better schooling and girls’ rights. On Tuesday, two armed men stopped a van packed with about a dozen schoolgirls and asked them which one was Yousafzai. When she identified herself, he fired three shots, hitting her in the head and injuring two others. Three suspects, aged 17 to 22, were arrested for their involvement with the shooting Friday.

    October 12, 2012 6:53 AM

  17. On Trial Former Walker Aide Pleads Guilty in Wisconsin Dinesh Ramde / AP Photo

    16. Former Walker Aide Pleads Guilty in Wisconsin

    As if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker didn't have enough problems. One of his former aides, Kelly M. Rindfleisch, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of felony misconduct in public office in a plea bargain. She has been charged with four felony counts for spending government time working as a fundraiser for then-lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis. Rindfleisch was Walker's deputy chief of staff when he was the Milwaukee County executive before his 2010 election to the governor's office.

    October 12, 2012 7:01 AM

  18. Bling Newly Discovered Planet Is a Giant Diamond NASA / AP Photo

    17. Newly Discovered Planet Is a Giant Diamond

    Diamond vendors are going to have to get ready for some serious competition. Astronomers have discovered a new planet, glamorously named "55 Cancri e," that is twice the size of Earth and made largely of diamond. The planet orbits a visible star in the Cancer constellation, going around its sun so quickly that a year on Planet Bling lasts only 18 hours. The planet is also incredibly hot, with temperatures reaching 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't expect any space jewelry any time soon, though: Earth's fancier cousin is about 40 light years away.

    October 12, 2012 7:26 AM

  19. REAX Polls: No Winner Yet in VP Debate Win McNamee / Getty Images

    18. Polls: No Winner Yet in VP Debate

    Malarkey aside, who was the winner of Thursday night’s vice presidential debate? CNN’s early poll results had respondents split down the middle, with 48 percent saying Paul Ryan won the debate and 44 percent backing Vice President Biden—but the debate audience was more Republican than the country as a whole. According to Reuters, the two men fought to a draw and a tie always goes to the incumbent. According to a CBS News poll of uncommitted voters, 50 percent thought Biden won, 31 percent thought Ryan was the victor, while 19 percent thought it was a tie. Pundits agreed that Biden managed to put an end to the Obama campaign’s terrible week while also energizing Democrats.

    October 12, 2012 6:40 AM

  20. STALLION Ryan Aide: Photos ‘Poor Judgment’ Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call / Getty Images

    19. Ryan Aide: Photos ‘Poor Judgment’

    The only “poor judgment” was keeping those weapons of mass destruction hidden for so long, am I right?! Paul Ryan’s aide isn’t too pleased that Time magazine published pictures of the candidate wearing a red baseball hat, curling dumbbells, and seemingly channeling Saved by the Bell’s Zack Morris and every generic self-shot MySpace picture of the early 2000s. The photos were taken for Time’s “Person of the Year” issue, and the magazine said that it never promised the photos wouldn’t be published. But are those rippling biceps strong enough to knock out Biden?

    October 11, 2012 6:13 PM

  21. CRASH Possibly Down

    20. Possibly Down

    A flurry of Twitter griping Friday morning signaled that may have been down for some users. An overwhelming number of tweets from disgruntled online shoppers said that they were not able to use the site, and the service revealed that the online retailer was either down in certain regions or was timing out sporadically. Amazon has yet to comment on what was going on.

    October 12, 2012 10:35 AM

  22. Defense Panetta Warns of Cyberattack Thierry Charlier, AFP / Getty Images

    21. Panetta Warns of Cyberattack

    Looks like we have more to worry about on the Internet than the latest cat videos. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday of the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" as a consequence of increasingly vulnerable cybersecurity measures in the United States. Among the institutions on which he claims foreign hackers could wreak havoc are the nation's power grid, transportation systems, financial networks, and even the government itself. But don't worry. The cat videos are probably safe.

    October 12, 2012 6:49 AM

  23. SMELLS LIKE PLAGIARISM Did Ryan Steal Cobain’s Anecdote? Saul Loeb / AFP

    22. Did Ryan Steal Cobain’s Anecdote?

    A brazen act of plagiarism—or a ridiculous conspiracy theory? During Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate, Paul Ryan defended his stance on abortion by telling a story about how his daughter earned the nickname “Bean”: she resembled one on her ultrasound. Skeptics were quick to point out that it’s the same anecdote late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain told when explaining how his daughter, Frances, got the middle name Bean. Ryan is a “devoted” Nirvana fan, so the theory could be true. Although on the other hand, Ryan and Cobain can’t be the only two people to compare an ultrasound photo with a bean.

    October 12, 2012 12:55 PM

  24. ‘I’m Not a Monster’ Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands Gets 99 Years Tony Gutierrez / AP Photo

    23. Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands Gets 99 Years

    Elizabeth Escalona, the 23-year-old mother who glued her daughter’s hands to the wall, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison. The Texas mom—who assaulted her own mother at the age of twelve—was arrested in September 2011 after her daughter was found in a coma with the skin torn off of her hands. The horrific beating to then two-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo was allegedly punishment for a potty-training slip-up. Prosecutors portrayed her in court this week as a “monster,” forcing her to look at graphic images of her daughter’s brutally beaten body. “Ms. Escalona, if you can do it, you can look at it,” prosecutor Eren Price yelled.

    October 12, 2012 1:28 PM

  25. United EU Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP Photo

    24. EU Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

    Well, the thought is nice. The European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, despite the coalition's current financial woes. The Nobel committee, which praises the institution for changing Europe "from a continent of wars to a continent of peace," seems to have awarded the prize as a morale booster: the committee chairman revealed that the decision was a reminder of what the world would lose "if the Union is allowed to collapse." But with the current euro-zone crisis, the award just might be ringing a little hollow.

    October 12, 2012 6:32 AM

  26. NOT A GOOD LOOK Secret Service Agent Cuffed Jouni Ta Ka

    25. Secret Service Agent Cuffed

    Has every Secret Service agent misbehaved on trips? In the latest Secret Service scandal, a belligerently drunk agent was arrested for "disorderly intoxication" in Miami on Friday morning, hours after President Obama left town. Aaron Francis Engler was found passed out on a street (classy) and faces charges for resisting arrest, in addition to his charge for being a drunken fool.

    October 12, 2012 1:21 PM

  27. Mo’ Money Big Banks Report Big Earnings Frank Franklin II / AP Photo

    26. Big Banks Report Big Earnings

    Two of the U.S. largest banks, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, reported big quarterly profits on Friday—with JPMorgan Chase having a third-quarter profit of $5.7 billion, up 34 percent from last year. The economy is adding jobs, the housing market is recovering, and the federal reserve provides money for free. Which means it is a great time to be a bank. Earnings at Wells Fargo were up 22 percent for the third quarter, or $4.9 billion profit. Chase’s profits come in the aftermath of the “London whale” trading debacle.

    October 12, 2012 8:31 AM

  28. DEBATE Romney Attacks Biden on Libya Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

    27. Romney Attacks Biden on Libya

    Mitt Romney would like a chance to respond. The GOP candidate is calling out Biden for claiming at last night’s debate that “we did not know” the Benghazi post had requested extra security for Sept. 11. Testimony from State Department officials disclosed this week that they had asked for more resources for the anniversary. “The vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials,” Romney told supporters at a rally in Virginia. “He’s doubling down on denial.” During the debate, Biden accused Romney of reacting unprofessionally in the aftermath of the attacks.

    October 12, 2012 3:15 PM

  29. CAN’T LOSE FNL Accuses Romney of Plagiarism Bill Records / Getty Images

    28. FNL Accuses Romney of Plagiarism

    It’s no secret Romney’s a fan of Friday Night Lights, but the show’s creator isn’t the least bit flattered by Mitt’s adoption of its catchprase. Writer-director Peter Berg has accused Romney of “stealing” the show’s oft-quoted pre-game chant, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” in a frank and slightly flippant letter to the GOP candidate. “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg writes. "The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity—who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.” Ouch. At least Romney’s got a friend in Friday Night Lights author and Daily Beast columnist Buzz Bissinger, who recently endorsed the candidate.

    October 12, 2012 3:06 PM

  30. SCUFFLE Egyptian Protesters Clash Khaled Desouki / AFP

    29. Egyptian Protesters Clash

    An altercation broke out at a rally in Egypt on Friday between two groups within the several hundred protesters after one faction began chanting perceived insults against new Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The protest was organized to demand more action from the fledging leader after his first 100 days in office. Specifically, activists were calling for more diversity on the panel writing Egypt’s new constitution, which they say is stacked with Islamists and members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood members were in the square protesting the acquittals of 24 loyalists of former president Hosni Mubarak on manslaughter and attempted-murder charges.

    October 12, 2012 11:57 AM

  31. BUDGET Deficit Tops $1 Trillion … Again Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

    30. Deficit Tops $1 Trillion … Again

    Take that, Romney. The federal deficit topped $1 trillion for a fourth year in a row, but was down $207 billion from last year—a noteworthy improvement. The Treasury Department announced the $1.1 trillion total deficit for the 2012 budget Friday, which showed a 6.4 increase in tax revenue from last year. The government’s revenue grew in conjunction with job and income growth, while government spending was down 1.7 percent to $3.5 trillion. That dip was in part a reflection of less defense spending in Iraq as U.S. troops came home. Obama has pledged to cut deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade if reelected by ending Bush-era income tax cuts for higher-income Americans and by cutting back on spending—something he’s already achieved.

    October 12, 2012 4:11 PM

  32. PUNK’D Bieber’s Laptop Theft a Hoax

    31. Bieber’s Laptop Theft a Hoax

    We’re not sure Justin Bieber has what it takes to be the next Ashton Kutcher. Only two days after an alleged stolen laptop containing “personal footage” sent the blogosphere buzzing about a possible Bieber sex tape, the whole incident has turned out to be a PR stunt promoting the pop star’s latest video. Twitter user “gexwy” claimed to have the scandalous tapes, and threatened to release them today during an exchange with the pop star—but turns out the footage was just the music video for “Beauty and the Beat” with Nicki Minaj. "Since i was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. nude pics, drugs, my family, my character ... but today ... today i get to be in on it ..." he tweeted.

    October 12, 2012 4:46 PM