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  1. HORRIFYING Nanny Allegedly Stabs NYC Children

    1. Nanny Allegedly Stabs NYC Children

    It's a parent's worst nightmare: On Thursday, a mother returned to her luxury Upper West Side apartment and found two of her children fatally stabbed in the bathtub. The nanny lay nearby with an allegedly self-inflicted slash to her throat, holding a bloody knife. A neighbor said she heard the mother “screaming in a psychotic state” and the building superintendent yelling, “You slit her throat!” The nanny has not been identified, but was arrested and taken to the hospital, where she is not expected to survive.

    October 25, 2012 8:02 PM

  2. SHHH Democrats Attempt to Capitalize on Mourdock Michael Conroy / AP Photo

    2. Democrats Attempt to Capitalize on Mourdock

    Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock’s comment implying God intended women to get pregnant from rape is dominating the election discussion, much to Republican chagrin. Democrats have already spent $1.1 million on an ad in Indiana that attempts to implicate Romney, who says he disagrees with the comment, but will continue to support Mourdock for Senate. “God intended that a woman be raped and become pregnant? Even Mitt Romney and (gubernatorial hopeful) Mike Pence believe Richard Mourdock goes too far,” the ad says. President Obama also responded to the comments on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday night. “Rape is rape," Obama said. "This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s healthcare decisions.”

    October 25, 2012 7:42 PM

  3. RETALIATION China Blocks NYT Website Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    3. China Blocks NYT Website

    The New York Times dared to mess with China, and now it has been banned. The paper published a blockbuster investigation into Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's finances yesterday, reporting that his family has risen from poverty to extraordinary wealth since he took power. Wen's mother, a 90-year-old widow, accumulated millions—at least on paper—without much in the way of details, the paper reported. Jiabao’s relatives, including his wife, control assets worth at least $2.7 billion. The Chinese government accused the Times of a "smear" campaign against Wen, and then blocked the paper's website as well as references to the article on blogging platforms. The Times story comes just days before Wen transitions power over to the next generation of leaders.

    October 26, 2012 6:17 AM

  4. ‘BILLION-DOLLAR DISASTER’ Hurricane Sandy Ravages Cuba AFP

    4. Hurricane Sandy Ravages Cuba

    Terrifying mutant storm Hurricane Sandy—dubbed the “S’noreastercane” because of its potential to mix snowfall with hurricane weather—hit Cuba Thursday, unleashing 105-mph winds on the city of Santiago de Cuba, killing 11, according to state media. Heavy rains and high winds have already begun in Florida, and forecasters predict that Sandy could reach New England—the area ravaged last year by Hurricane Irene—by early next week. “It’s going to be a high-impact event,” forecaster Bob Oravec said. A hurricane specialist working for private forecaster Weather Underground predicts it could be a “billion-dollar disaster,” due to the storms potential to mix with snow.

    October 25, 2012 4:44 PM

  5. CLOSE CALL Assassination Attempt on Congolese Activist Fabio Berrie / Getty Images

    5. Assassination Attempt on Congolese Activist

    The world nearly lost one of its most important activists when four armed men attempted to assassinate Dr. Denis Mukwege in the Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday night, killing his security guard instead. Mukwege is known worldwide as an advocate women’s rights and survivors of sexual abuse in his country, and narrowly escaped the assassination by throwing himself on the ground to avoid gunfire. Dr. Mukwege is a recipient of numerous international awards including the U.N. Human Rights Prize, African of the Year, the Olof Palme Prize and the Clinton Global Citizen Award. He has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. The identity of the armed men and their whereabouts are unknown.

    October 25, 2012 8:50 PM

  6. BANNED Bo Xilai Expelled From Office Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

    6. Bo Xilai Expelled From Office

    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been stripped of his last official position and kicked out of the country’s legislature after a scandal involving his wife and the death of a British businessman shook the country’s political structure. Bo was expelled from the Communist Party last month, but this final step clears the way for the congress to begin criminal proceedings over suspicion of corruption and obstruction of justice. His wife, Gu Kailai, was found guilty in August and received a suspended death sentence.

    October 25, 2012 10:27 PM

  7. +1 Obama Casts Early Ballot Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images

    7. Obama Casts Early Ballot

    When times are tough, it’s good to know you can always count on yourself for support. The president took a moment out from his busy touring schedule Thursday to cast an early vote in the 2012 election. “I can’t tell you who I’m voting for,” he told a crowd in Tampa. “It’s a secret ballot. But Michelle says she voted for me.” By casting the early vote, Obama became the first sitting president to vote before Election Day. Obama said he hopes others will follow his example and vote early in order to avoid a close election like one that forced a recount in 2000. No word yet on whom Romney is voting for.

    October 25, 2012 6:01 PM

  8. iCOMPETITION Report: Apple Launching Online Radio

    8. Report: Apple Launching Online Radio

    The Apple tree is growing yet another new branch. Bloomberg News is reporting the company is in advanced talks with major music labels to launch an online radio service to rival Pandora. Should all go well, Apple addicts could be grooving to ad-supported Taylor Swift stations within the first three months of 2013. In order to one-up Pandora, Apple is seeking licensing agreements with labels that would forgo requirements about how often users can skip tracks or listen to a particular artist in an hour. The company is also working on deals that would allow it to access new releases sooner. Their strategy seems to be working already—Pandora stock slid Thursday after the report was published.

    October 25, 2012 4:20 PM

  9. UM, WHAT?

    9. NYPD: Cop Wanted to Cook Women

    Is cooking your victims a new trend or something? An NYPD officer was charged on Thursday in a plot to kidnap and cook his girlfriend—and maybe as well as 100 other women. Gilberto Valle, 28, an officer in the 26th precinct in Manhattan, allegedly used instant messaging to communicate with a co-conspirator, reportedly even talking about how to cook a person “over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.” Valle also allegedly accessed a law-enforcement database without authorization, reportedly developed his own database—with photos—of 100 potential victims, and had started staking out their homes and business. Valle was arrested Wednesday after a three-month FBI investigation. He is not known to have participated in any of the acts he talked about.

    October 25, 2012 12:42 PM

  10. UNDERACHIEVER Lolo Jones Makes U.S. Bobsled Team Stu Forster / Getty Images

    10. Lolo Jones Makes U.S. Bobsled Team

    Famous hurdler (and even more famous virgin) Lolo Jones failed to medal at two consecutive Summer Olympics. Now, she may get another chance—only this time, it’ll be a little chillier outside. Jones was announced as one of the 24 members of the U.S. bobsled team Thursday. As part of the elite squad, she’s eligible to compete on the World Cup circuit this winter and, potentially, at the 2014 Sochi Games. Surprisingly, she’s not the only track and field star to have made the transition to the sled. Sprint gold medalist Tianna Madison was also named to the team.

    October 25, 2012 3:54 PM

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  12. UNINTENDED Mourdock: Dems ‘Twisted’ My Words Michael Conroy / AP Photo

    11. Mourdock: Dems ‘Twisted’ My Words

    Guess Richard Mourdock has learned one lesson from Todd Akin: don’t back down. The Indiana Republican Senate candidate insisted Wednesday that he would not apologize for his controversial comments that pregnancy from rape can sometimes be “something God intended to happen.” Mourdock said Democrats had “twisted” his words, but said he stood behind the sentiment, and “for speaking from my heart, from the deepest level of my faith, I cannot apologize.” But one of his key backers may feel differently: Arizona Senator John McCain, who campaigned with Mourdock last week, has now called on him to apologize. Mitt Romney’s campaign had denounced the remarks, but insisted they still “support” Mourdock.

    October 25, 2012 7:08 AM

  13. COMMANDER IN LAUGHS Obama on Leno: 'Rape Is Rape' Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Obama on Leno: 'Rape Is Rape'

    President Obama joked to Jay Leno on Wednesday night that there would be “candy for everyone” at the White House this Halloween, despite Michelle giving out fruit last year. On a more serious note, Obama criticized Richard Mourdock’s comments about rape, saying “rape is rape” and that “this is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health-care decisions.”

    October 25, 2012 7:30 AM

  14. Durable! Durable Goods Orders Surge David Goldman / AP Photo

    13. Durable Goods Orders Surge

    The Census Bureau report released on Thursday showed orders, shipments, and inventories of durable goods – stuff like planes, appliances, and cars – showed new orders jumping up 9.9 percent in September. This $19.6 billion increase followed a dip in August. The durable goods sector with the largest jump was transportation equipment, with orders up $16.8 billion, or some 31.7 percent.

    October 25, 2012 9:52 AM

  15. KUNG FU PANDA! Giants Win Game 1 of World Series Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    14. Giants Win Game 1 of World Series

    This one will go down in the record books. The San Francisco Giants took Game 1 of the World Series 8-3 on Wednesday, propelled by Pablo Sandoval’s three home runs—a feat only previously accomplished by Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols in the World Series. The 26-year-old third baseman became the first Giant to hit a homer in the first inning of a World Series game since 1933, when the Giants were still in New York—and by the fifth inning and his third home run, he hit the ball so powerfully that he broke his bat. “I was stepping on second base and thinking, ‘Wow,’” Sandoval said after the game about the record-tying home run. “I can’t believe I hit three home runs in a game.”

    October 25, 2012 7:36 AM


    15. Arrests Made in Malala’s Shooting

    Pakistan has announced that they’ve arrested six men suspected of being involved with the almost-fatal shooting of 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai. The main suspect, Atta Ullah Khan—who’s a 23-year-old chemistry student—remains at large, though police have detained his mother, brother, and fiancée. Yousafzai, an outspoken Taliban critic, remains in stable condition and is making progress in a hospital in England after being shot twice at close range. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack and have sworn to kill her if she recovers.

    October 24, 2012 10:57 PM

  17. ENMITY Seven Killed in Burma Clashes AP Photo

    16. Seven Killed in Burma Clashes

    At least seven people have been killed over the past few days in western Burma amid sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims, the government said Thursday. The fighting has led to more than 1,000 houses being set on fire, wounding dozens. Extra security has been dispatched to Rakhine, and authorities have extended overnight curfews in the region. In Rakhine, the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, has claimed persecution at the hand of Burma’s authoritative government. The clashes between the Rohingya and the Buddhist majority flared up in May, after police arrested three Muslim men on the accusation that they had raped and killed a Buddhist woman.

    October 25, 2012 7:02 AM


    17. Polls: Candidates Neck-and-Neck

    With two weeks to go until the big day, the presidential race is closer than ever. Gone are the days of Romney’s wide lead or Obama’s wide lead—a Washington Post/ABC News poll found the race almost tied at 49 percent for Romney and 48 percent for Obama (and within the poll’s margin of error). The key battlefield seems to be Ohio, where a Time magazine poll along with a CBS News/Quinnipiac poll showed Obama holding a 5-point lead. Another survey out today by Gallup gave Romney a lead of 3 points countrywide, just outside the 3-point margin of error.

    October 24, 2012 7:31 PM

  19. SNOR’EASTERCANE Hurricane/Snowstorm Mix Could Hit East Coast John Moore / Getty Images

    18. Hurricane/Snowstorm Mix May Hit East

    Don’t be fooled by the mild fall temperatures, East Coast. A snowstorm/hurricane hybrid could be headed this way. Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the area between Florida and Maine next week, and with a predicted snow storm, the region might be in for a rare weather scenario. There is potential for several inches of snowfall on or around New York City, and with a potential 3.4 impact, one meteorologist has called Sandy “a potential billion-dollar storm for the Mid-Atlantic and New England.” The Wall Street Journal’s weather blog predicts two-out-of-three odds that Greater New York will be significantly impacted by the storm. 

    October 24, 2012 10:30 PM

  20. BRILLIANT British Recession Over Julian Finney / Getty Images

    19. British Recession Over

    Happy days are here again in London—especially after three months of partying have caused the recession to end. The British economy grew by one percent in July through September 2012, propelled by the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee in the previous quarter. The result? The recession is officially over after nine months, according to the Gross Domestic Product figures released on Thursday. But despite the growth, the economy has still not reached its pre-2008 levels. The opposition Labor party questioned whether the numbers were indicative of long-term growth.

    October 25, 2012 6:39 AM

  21. THUMBS UP! Powell Endorses Obama Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    20. Powell Endorses Obama

    Sorry, Mitt. Colin Powell has once again endorsed President Obama. The former secretary of state said that Obama has pulled the nation out of an economic dive and “we’re starting to gain altitude.” Powell, who has the “utmost respect” for Romney, doesn’t feel too confident about the his “moving target” foreign policy position. He also has trouble with Romney’s “very strong neoconservative views.” Though Powell remains a Republican, this is the second time he’s given Obama his highly-coveted thumbs up.

    October 25, 2012 8:50 AM

  22. POLL Obama Sweeps Early Ohio Vote MANDEL NGAN / AFP

    21. Obama Sweeps Early Ohio Vote

    Vote early, vote often, right? President Obama leads by 5 points in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio, according to a Time poll released Thursday. The poll counts Buckeye State residents who say they will vote on Nov. 6 and those who plan on voting early, finding that Obama has a 49 percent to 44 percent lead, with a margin of error of 3 points. But his biggest lead is among the respondents who already voted, with 60 percent having voted for Obama and 30 percent for Romney. Meanwhile, President Obama will vote early in Chicago on Thursday.

    October 25, 2012 11:30 AM

  23. EXIT INTERVIEW Clinton May Stay at State Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

    22. Clinton May Stay at State

    Hillary Clinton is certainly keeping them guessing. The Secretary of State told the Wall Street Journal  in an interview published Thursday that it’s “unlikely” that she’ll remain at the State Department after the election, but she admitted that “a lot of people have talked about me staying.” While Clinton laughs at the possibility of a 2016 run for president, she conceded that “I will always want to be in service to my country.” Clinton said this period, the days and weeks following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three others, has been one of the “most challenging” of her tenure.

    October 25, 2012 6:39 AM

  24. GITMO INFO WikiLeaks Releases U.S. Detainee Files Patrick Sinkel / AP Photos

    23. WikiLeaks Releases U.S. Detainee Files

    Uh oh. WikiLeaks is publishing Defense Department documents that reportedly cover detainment policies in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay post-9/11. Julian Assange said that the files show a “dark space” where law and rights don’t necessarily apply. The documents also reveal a harsh but “formal” interrogation policy—as well as a policy of destroying interrogation recordings.

    October 25, 2012 9:46 AM

  25. Claims Calm Down Initial Jobless Claims Drops John Bazemore / AP Photo

    24. Initial Jobless Claims Drops

    The Labor Department’s report on initial jobless claims – people filing for unemployment – showed a decrease of 23,000 to 369,000 for last week. The four-week moving average of claims, which is less volatile than the week-to-week number, moved to 368,000, an increase of 1,500 from last week’s average of 366,500. The four-week moving average is down more than 32,000 from this time last year, when it hit 400,750.

    October 25, 2012 9:49 AM

  26. EXPLETIVES Obama Hints Mitt's a ‘Bulls—ter' Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    25. Obama Hints Mitt's a ‘Bulls—ter'

    In an interview to be published in Rolling Stone this month, President Obama doesn't censor himself in assessing his opponent. When the magazine's executive editor tells Obama that his six-year-old daughter is rooting for the president, Obama grins and responds,“You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bulls—ter. I can tell.’” In the issue, which comes out Friday, the president also hits on the “47 percent” and Wall Street. Less than two weeks to go--how much uglier can it get?

    October 25, 2012 9:56 AM

  27. TRUCE Syrian Army Promises Cease-Fire Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    26. Syrian Army Promises CeaseFire

    The Syrian army is calling least for four days. The military will cease operations starting Friday in observance of the Muslim holiday Eid, though it promises that it will continue to respond to any gunfire. Hours before the cease-fire was announced Thursday, violence continued to plague Syria. A resident of Damascus reported to Al Jazeera that the area is being “pummeled” by tanks and rockets from President Bashar al-Assad's rebels. Doubts remain as to whether the truce will hold, with residents claiming “no one is taking the ceasefire seriously.” An earlier truce in April collapsed after only days.

    October 25, 2012 6:40 AM

  28. DEATH PENALTY Texas Family Seeks ‘Posthumous Pardon’ AP Photo

    27. Texas Family Seeks ‘Posthumous Pardon’

    Has Texas executed an innocent person? The long-discussed question could have a definitive answer if the surviving relatives of Cameron Todd Willingham have their way. Teaming up with the Innocence Project, among other groups, the Willinghams are applying for a “posthumous pardon” in order to clear their son’s name eight years after he was executed for a fire that killed his three children. They say his conviction was based on flawed investigative methods. If the Board of Pardons and Paroles approves the appeal, it will be the first time an official Texas agency admitted that an innocent person was executed in the state.

    October 25, 2012 11:25 AM

  29. Four More Years Washington Post Backs Obama Steve Helber / AP Photo

    28. Washington Post Backs Obama

    The Washington Post is standing by its man. In an editorial published on Thursday, the paper endorsed President Obama for a second term, arguing that the achievements of his first term outweigh “the disappointments.” And they certainly don’t go easy on Mitt Romney. “What kind of case has Mr. Romney made for himself?” the editors ask. “The sad answer is there is no way to know what Mr. Romney really believes. His unguarded expression of contempt for 47 percent of the population seems as sincere as anything else we’ve heard, but that’s only conjecture.”

    October 25, 2012 1:24 PM

  30. MOST WANTED Suspect in Benghazi Attack Killed STR / AFP / Getty Images

    29. Suspect in Benghazi Attack Killed

    A suspect in last month’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was killed Wednesday by Egyptian security forces. Karim Ahmed Essam el-Azizi, a Libyan who had been living in Cairo, was among a group of militants with suspected links to al Qaeda. He was killed by a bomb that he was trying to use against the security forces, according to one official, who did not clarify what role Azizi was suspected of playing in the Benghazi attack. Police also found 15 bombs and an array of weapons in his apartment.

    October 25, 2012 10:07 AM


    30. NYT Profits Down 85 Percent

    The New York Times Company, embattled in labor strife and controversy surrounding its new CEO, Mark Thompson, reported disappointing earnings this morning. Analysts expected profits of 8 cents a share, but profits came in at 2 cents a share, some $2.28 million, while revenue came down slightly to $449 million. Digital subscriptions rose 11 percent from last quarter to 592,000, bringing revenue from circulation (as opposed to advertising) up 7.4 percent, some $234 million.

    October 25, 2012 4:41 PM

  32. LOVE IS DEAD Report: Swift and Kennedy Break Up Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    31. Report: Swift and Kennedy Break Up

    But are they never ever getting back together? Taylor Swift and Connor Kennedy’s fairy-tale/slightly creepy romance (she’s 22, he’s 18 and still in high school) has come to an end, with a “close friend of the country singer” telling Us Weekly that the lovebirds have broken up. In fact, they “quietly parted ways a while ago.” The tabloid power couple—Connor is the son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy—reportedly have not seen each other in over a month, as Swift has been busy taking over the radio and getting all her new songs stuck in your head. She may have been shrewd to choose work over love: Red is on track to sell a million copies in its first week.

    October 25, 2012 1:46 PM

  33. BENCHED Commissioner Stern Retiring From NBA Kathy Willens / AP Photo

    32. Commissioner Stern Retiring From NBA

    On his anniversary of 30 years at the league, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Thursday he’ll be stepping down in 15 months. Stern, who started in 1984, announced Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will be replacing him on Feb. 1, 2014. “Adam is a world-class business executive who has influenced so many areas of our business during his 20-year tenure with the league, from television, to digital, to international, to merchandising, to sponsorships, to team business, to, of course, labor negotiations,” Stern said of his successor in an email to NBA executives. The latter part of his praise must resonate with employees—the NBA endured a two-month lockout last year that ended in a long-term labor agreement.

    October 25, 2012 3:09 PM

  34. SHOOT Court Maintains Handgun Sales Ban Scott Olson / Getty Images

    33. Court Maintains Handgun Sales Ban

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston upheld a ban on the sale of handguns to people under the age of 21 on Thursday, in a major defeat for the NRA. The court ruled against the National Rifle Association, firearms dealers, and individuals who had argued that 18- to 20-year-olds had the right to buy handguns under the Second Amendment and the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled that the current law, passed in 1968, should stand, and added that the nation’s founders believed some groups could be disarmed without violating the right to bear arms.

    October 25, 2012 4:36 PM