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  1. OUTBREAK Meningitis Cases Break 200 Pouya Dianat / AP Photo

    1. Meningitis Cases Break 200

    The number of people diagnosed with fungal meningitis has risen to 205 across 14 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday. The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. The company recalled its products, but more than 13,000 people may have used the medication. The death toll from the outbreak still stands at 15. Tennessee leads the country with the most cases—53 in total so far and six deaths. Michigan has also been hit hard with 41 cases and three deaths, according to the CDC.

    October 14, 2012 7:08 PM

  2. MALALA UAE Sends Aid for Pakistani Girl Asif Hassan, AFP / Getty Images

    2. UAE Sends Aid for Pakistani Girl

    The United Arab Emirates sent an air ambulance to aid the teenage Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban Sunday. A source told Al Jazeera that 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who has drawn the attention of the world, may have “very limited” chances of making a recovery. UAE medics say they will evacuate Yousafzai if doctors deem it necessary for treatment. The girl was shot in the head by the Taliban along with two classmates on the way home from school.

    October 14, 2012 7:38 AM

  3. CIVIL WAR Syrian Troops Retake Historic Mosque

    3. Syrian Troops Retake Historic Mosque

    Innocent civilians and ancient sites alike have fallen victim to the latest clashes in Syria. The 12th-century Umayyad Mosque was damaged by fire on Saturday as rebels and troops fought over the historic Aleppo mosque, which the government army has reportedly regained control over. Aleppo is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but parts of its medieval marketplace were already destroyed in September. The head of the U.N. agency asked both sides to be careful and warned the Umayyad Mosque is “severely endangered.” In an exceptionally bloody day, opposition activists say 220 were killed across the country on Sunday.

    October 14, 2012 9:58 PM

  4. OOPS Jackson Jr. Being Investigated Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    4. Jackson Jr. Being Investigated

    Jesse Jackson Jr.’s reelection might not go according to plan now that the Chicago congressman is being investigated for improper use of campaign money. A federal probe is looking into allegations that Jackson allegedly used the money to decorate his home. The Jackson family recently put their D.C. house on the market, apparently to pay for medical bills. Jackson is currently undergoing treatment for bipolar depression and is on leave from office but is up for reelection this November.

    October 14, 2012 9:02 PM

  5. VOTE Libya Elects New Prime Minister Georges Gobet / AFP / Getty Images

    5. Libya Elects New Prime Minister

    Libya’s General National Congress elected Ali Zidan as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday. A former member of the legislative body and a human rights lawyer, Zidan eked out the win, receiving 93 votes, with his rival Mohammed Al-Harari getting 85. Just a few days ago, the congress sacked Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur after he failed to win approval for his cabinet. Abushagur took the helm just after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed, and had been in office for less than a month. His ousting is seen as a sign that the country’s fractious political atmosphere will be difficult to change.

    October 14, 2012 4:44 PM

  6. OBIT
 Arlen Specter Dies, Age 82 Alex Brandon / AP Photo

    6. Arlen Specter Dies, Age 82

    Longtime Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was confirmed dead by his son Sunday, according to The Associated Press. The 82-year-old legislator succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at his Philadelphia home. Specter first made his mark on Washington as an assistant counsel for the Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He served two terms as Philadelphia district attorney, but lost a bid to become mayor of the city in 1967. He ran for a Senate seat in 1980 and took office the next year. He would serve for three decades. He briefly considered a presidential run in 1995, but dropped out after a few months.

    October 14, 2012 1:09 PM

  7. GERONIMO! Baumgartner Free-Falls 24 Miles Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

    7. Baumgartner Free-Falls 24 Miles

    He made it! Daredevil Felix Baumgartner survived a leap from 24 miles above the earth Sunday. He rode a balloon to an altitude of 120,000 feet this afternoon, then stepped out of the capsule and free-fell most of the distance back to earth—the highest jump ever accomplished by man. On the way down, he reached speeds in excess of 700 miles per hour and may have become the first sky diver to break the sound barrier. Baumgartner broke the jump record set in 1960, when Joe Kittinger jumped from 102,800 feet. Some previous attempts to break the record have ended in death.

    October 14, 2012 2:30 PM

  8. ‘ABHORRENT’ Amb. Stevens’s Dad: Pols Should Lay Off U.S. State Department / AP Photo

    8. Amb. Stevens’s Dad: Pols Should Lay Off

    The father of the American ambassador killed in Benghazi has spoken out in a new interview against his son’s death being used as stump-speech fodder. “It would be really abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” said 77-year-old Jan Stevens of the death of his son Christopher. The late ambassador’s family is in the midst of preparations for a memorial service to be held next week. “The security matters are being adequately investigated,” Stevens said, brushing aside charges made repeatedly by the Republican ticket that warning signs were ignored. “We don’t pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined.”

    October 14, 2012 11:52 AM

  9. ARTSY LEPIDOPTERIST Hirst Killed 9,000 Butterflies Oli Scarff / Getty Images

    9. Hirst Killed 9,000 Butterflies

    In a particularly messy piece of artistic metamorphosis, the Tate Modern in London revealed that 9,000 butterflies died during the 23-week run of a work by artist Damien Hirst. Titled In and Out of Love, the work featured live butterflies, some of which inevitably died and were replaced over the artwork’s run in batches of 400 a week. A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned the loss of butterfly life, saying that there “would be a national outcry if the exhibition involved any other animal” and that butterflies “deserve to be treated with kindness.”

    October 14, 2012 8:06 AM

  10. TELL-ALL Lohan to Talk to Barbara Walters Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    10. Lohan to Talk to Barbara Walters

    After a recent blow out with her mom, child star-turned-troublemaker Lindsay Lohan has apparently agreed to an interview with Barbara Walters. TMZ reports that sources close to the actress say Walters reached out to Lohan—and that the two have been close for years. Sources say the interview is slotted for next month, and will focus on comparisons of Lohan and Elizabeth Taylor, who she’s portraying in an upcoming movie.

    October 14, 2012 10:41 PM

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  12. DRAWDOWN UK to Withdraw Thousands from Afghanistan Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    11. UK to Withdraw Thousands from Afghanistan

    Britain will pull thousands of its troops out of Afghanistan next year, said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Sunday. The substantial drawdowns will come a year ahead of the slated withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2014. “I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority,” Hammond said. Four hundred twenty-four British troops have been killed in Afghanistan during the more than a decade that coalition forces have been in the country.

    October 14, 2012 7:40 AM

  13. EAGER BEAVERS Obama Leads Among Early Voters Zach Gibson / AP Photo

    12. Obama Leads Among Early Voters

    Well, they didn’t watch the first debate. President Obama leads Mitt Romney 59 percent to 31 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll. While opinion polls show the candidates in a tight race, and while the sample size is still small, the large lead is a good sign for Team Obama (in 2008 early voting gave the campaign a much-needed boost). Of those polled, 7 percent said they had already cast a ballot. As Election Day approaches, the candidates would like those who have made up their minds to vote soon, so that the campaigns can focus efforts on undecided voters. Or so that the blitz of ads in the coming weeks don’t change voters’ opinions.

    October 14, 2012 7:42 AM

  14. STRONGMEN Militias Enforce the Law in Libya Abdullah Doma, AFP / Getty Images

    13. Militias Enforce the Law in Libya

    The government in Libya is still struggling to rein in the fractious but powerful local militias that became targets after the killing of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi. While the armed groups have sometimes served as local police forces under Libya’s interim government, they have proven a dangerous nuisance as the United States attempts to hunt down those who killed Stevens and three other Americans. Tens of thousands of Libyans mounted protests last month to spur the government to crackdown on the militias—but militia leaders say breaking up the groups has only led to more local unrest.

    October 14, 2012 7:41 AM

  15. KREMLIN Russia Holds Gubernatorial Votes Kirill Kudryavtsev, AFP / Getty Images

    14. Russia Holds Gubernatorial Votes

    Russians headed to the polls Sunday for the first electoral test of Vladimir Putin’s power since he retook the presidency. The round of gubernatorial elections—the first for the country in eight years—comes amid a downturn in approval ratings for Putin, who repealed a ban on the election of governors after massive protests last year. Polls taken by the Civil Society Development Fund showed candidates backed by the ruling United Russia party leading in all five contested gubernatorial districts, though some mayoral and other local races looked ripe for the opposition’s picking.

    October 14, 2012 7:37 AM

  16. ROUND TWO Candidates Prep for Second Debate Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images

    15. Candidates Prep for Second Debate

    Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama surrounded themselves with debate coaches this weekend as they prepared for their second encounter. The president in particular, whose first debate appearance was widely criticized as moribund and lackluster, was said to be honing his linguistic cutlery with advisers at a resort in Williamsburg, Va. “Governor Romney has been making pitches all his life,” said Obama spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki of the president’s opponent. Obama missed prep sessions before the first debate, in several cases because of the assault on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    October 14, 2012 7:38 AM


    16. 5 Royal Marines Charged With Murder

    Five British Marines were charged with murder Sunday in a 2011 incident in Afghanistan. Nine arrests have been made in what is thought to be the first such case to come out of the Afghanistan conflict. While the Ministry of Defence said Sunday that it “would be inappropriate to comment further on the ongoing investigation,” Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the ministry would ensure “that rules of engagement” be strictly followed. The ministry has also said that no civilians were involved in the incident.

    October 14, 2012 8:02 AM

  18. AHOY U.S. Submarine Collides With Cruiser EPA / Landov

    17. U.S. Submarine Collides With Cruiser

    No personnel are reported to have been injured after a U.S. Navy submarine collided with an Aegis cruiser Saturday afternoon. The rare collision off the East Coast of the United States left both ships operating under their own power. “We have had circumstances where Navy vessels have collided at sea in the past, but they’re fairly rare,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura. The Los Angeles–class nuclear-powered fast attack sub and the Aegis-class missile cruiser involved in the accident were being evaluated for the extent of the damage Sunday. The Navy said the sub’s nuclear power plant was “unaffected by the collision.”

    October 14, 2012 10:36 AM

  19. BRONX BUMMER Derek Jeter Out for Postseason Alex Trautwig

    18. Derek Jeter Out for Postseason

    New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is out for the playoffs after fracturing his ankle Saturday night while diving to make a catch against the Detroit Tigers. The shortstop is expected to recover in about three months, said team manager Joe Girardi, and be back in pinstripes by next season. While Girardi said that the injury will not be career ending for the 38-year-old Bronx Bomber, the shock of losing their captain in the postseason had Jeter’s teammates reeling Saturday night. “For him to lay down on that field, I knew something was broke or torn completely,” pitcher Andy Pettitte said. The Yankees threw a ninth-inning comeback to lose 6–4.

    October 14, 2012 9:59 AM

  20. DICTATOR Report: Assad Cluster Bombs Civilians Tauseef Mustafa, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Report: Assad Cluster Bombs Civilians

    The Syrian military has used weapons banned by international law against civilian targets over the past week, Human Rights Watch said in a report Sunday. Soldiers dropped cluster bombs over areas populated by noncombatants as they fought opposition forces to regain control of Maarat al-Numan, which sits on the vital roadway connecting the capital, Damascus, to the city of Aleppo. Human Rights Watch previously drew attention to the use of cluster bombs dropped by Syrian forces from helicopters and other aircraft in July and August.

    October 14, 2012 7:39 AM

  21. EMPEROR UNCLOTHED DSK Seeks to Forge New Image Sergei Chuzavkov / AP Photo

    20. DSK Seeks to Forge New Image

    It’s a novel variation on an old lesson—a room full of beautiful naked people is probably too good to be true. Disgraced former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will likely strive to keep that in mind as he stages a very public transformation from libertine to respectable citizen. “I was too out of step with French society,” Strauss-Kahn said in an interview with a French magazine. “I was wrong.” Nevertheless, he’s trying to regain his stride as he embarks on a lecture tour and work with a new consulting company.

    October 14, 2012 1:53 PM

  22. OOPS Mauritanian President ‘Accidentally’ Shot Isaac Kasamani, AFP / Getty Images

    21. Mauritanian President ‘Accidentally’ Shot

    The president of Mauritania was shot and slightly wounded Saturday in what the government of the West African country is calling an accident. The president’s convoy was fired on by an Army unit, and a source in the military disagreed with the government’s story, saying the attack was intentional. A government spokesman said President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was “slightly wounded” and was taken to a hospital, where he “got out of the vehicle unassisted upon arrival.”

    October 14, 2012 8:04 AM

  23. RAWR Obama to Tackle Bain Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    22. Obama to Tackle Bain

    President Obama is taking a page from the Joe Biden debate handbook. Obama campaign staffers are saying that the president will take a more aggressive tone in Tuesday’s debate, subtly hinting that Obama will hit Mitt Romney on his Bain record. Campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “Gov. Romney has been making pitches all of his life, and he knows how to say what people want to hear, whether that was his time at Bain or during the dozens of town halls he did during the primary.” Psaki added that Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, “left him vulnerable on a number of issues.” Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said Obama is making “adjustments” and that the president will be more aggressive.

    October 14, 2012 10:49 AM

  24. BREAK UP Russell Crowe and Wife Split Lisa Maree Williams

    23. Russell Crowe and Wife Split

    It’s not a good week for celebrities with long-standing marriages. Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, are reportedly no longer together. The two met on the set of the 1990 movie The Crossing and have two children together. Could an affair be behind the breakup? The Aussie musician is rumored to have been spotted with her dancing partner from Australia’s Dancing With the Stars.

    October 14, 2012 4:07 PM