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  1. IT GETS WORSE Mold Found at Meningitis Pharmacy Jared Wickerham

    1. Mold Found at Meningitis Pharmacy

    Who was running this filthy place? The FDA has found mold and bacteria in the clean room where drugs were made at the New England Compounding Pharmacy, the pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak. The FDA, which has remained largely quiet on the outbreak until now, delivered an eight-page report Friday on its inspection of the pharmacy, noting that Massachusetts officials also found fungal material at the center. “There was no investigation conducted by the firm when levels exceeded their action limits,” the report reads. Officials also found “greenish black foreign matter” and “white filamentous material” in the steroid linked to the national outbreak, which has killed 25 people and sickened more than 300.

    October 26, 2012 5:19 PM

  2. FRANKENSTORM U.S. Braces for Sandy Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo

    2. U.S. Braces for Sandy

    The country is bracing itself for Hurricane Sandy, as the powerful storm heads to the eastern United States. After killing 41 in Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba, Hurricane Sandy is expected to enter somewhere near Chesapeake Bay, and cover at least eight states before heading over to Canada. The storm is predicted to merge into a blizzard before then, and shower at least a foot of snow on the unlucky Northeast. Emergency preparations are being implemented, with schools pondering closure, and travelers being warned of delays. Beware, the Frankenstorm is almost here.

    October 26, 2012 10:44 PM

  3. WHOSE LINE? Romney Poaches ‘Change’ Mantra Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    3. Romney Poaches ‘Change’ Mantra

    “Together we can bring real change to this country,” Romney told a crowd at a factory in Iowa Friday. “Wait, wasn’t that my line?” President Obama must have been wondering on a campaign bus somewhere. If the last two days of speeches are any indication, Romney seems to have adapted the president’s famous 2008 campaign slogan in order to argue that his rival has strayed from his original promises. Romney’s aides said this new angle will be the GOP candidate’s last new line of attack against Obama. “True to form, Mitt Romney’s most recent ‘major policy speech’ included dishonest attacks and empty promises of change, but no new policy,” the president’s campaign responded.

    October 26, 2012 9:24 PM

  4. GUILTY Berlusconi Gets Four Years in Jail

    4. Berlusconi Gets Four Years in Jail

    An overachieving Italian court Friday sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud. Prosecutors only asked for a sentence of three years and eight months. Berlusconi and 10 others were being tried in connection with a scheme to purchase broadcasting rights for U.S. movies for the prime minister’s private television networks through offshore companies while falsely declaring the payments to avoid taxes. The 76-year-old politician has the right to appeal the ruling two more times, and won’t be jailed until after the final appeal.

    October 26, 2012 10:47 AM

  5. FOR REAL, GUYS Clinton Dispels Rumors, Again Jewel Samad

    5. Clinton Dispels Rumors, Again

    Sigh. Hillary Clinton has clarified that she is indeed stepping down as Secretary of State, dispelling rumors that she might stay in her position if President Obama is reelected amid a slew of diplomatic disasters. Clinton reiterated her plan to step down after one term in an interview with The Washington Post published Friday. The Secretary of State said she’s “aiming to leave shortly after the inauguration,” though she said she hasn’t been able to have a thorough chat with the busy president. She added that she hoped his reelection “will be finalized shortly” and that they would then talk through her transition. Good luck getting a meeting.

    October 26, 2012 5:51 PM

  6. Big Surprise Chicago Tribune Endorses Obama MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages

    6. Chicago Tribune Endorses Obama

    To be fair, there probably would have been riots in the city if they'd chosen the other guy. The Chicago Tribune editorial board broke with its traditional conservatism for the second election in a row and endorsed President Obama for another term Friday. "Barack Obama, with a quick study and sure gait, led an administration effort to stabilize the U.S. economy," the editorial read. "As for Mitt Romney...[he's] been astonishingly willing to bend his views on the politics of the moment: on abortion, on immigration, on gun laws and, most famously, on health care." 

    October 26, 2012 7:25 PM

  7. NIGHTMARE NYPD: Mom Saw Nanny Stab Herself Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    7. NYPD: Mom Saw Nanny Stab Herself

    Police said on Friday that the nanny suspected of killing two children stabbed herself in the neck as the children's mother walked in the room. Officials said the nanny, Yoselyn Ortega remained in critical condition at a hospital Friday with an allegedly self-inflicted slash to her throat and is in police custody. Marina Krim had left her Upper West Side apartment Thursday afternoon to take one of her children to a swimming lesson, leaving daughter Lucia 6, and son Leo, 2, in Ortega’s care. She returned home to a dark apartment and found her two children dead in a bathtub, and then Ortega allegedly began stabbing herself with a knife. Police have so far found no motive—nothing in Ortega’s background, her relationship with the Krims, or any indication that she or anyone in her family had a history of mental illness.

    October 26, 2012 2:06 PM

  8. PULLING AHEAD Poll: Obama Leads in Ohio Getty Images ; AFP / Getty Images

    8. Poll: Obama Leads in Ohio

    With a week and a half to go before this madness is over, a new CNN/ORC International poll is showing the president with a substantial four-percentage-point lead in Ohio, arguably the most important battleground state. The poll, out Friday and conducted postdebate this week, has Mitt Romney coming in at 46 percent and President Obama holding 50 percent of the support in the state. Polls conducted last month showed Obama beating Romney by seven to 10 points, but after his poor performance in the first debate, the president’s lead in the state all but disappeared—until now. But don’t place your bets on this latest result just yet: the president’s advantage is still within the poll’s sampling error.

    October 26, 2012 4:46 PM

  9. SCARY Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized @Blasky / Twitter

    9. Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was rushed to the hospital following a six-car crash near Las Vegas on Friday. Senator Reid’s caravan accounted for four of the cars involved in the accident, which happened shortly after 1 p.m. PST on a major highway in Nevada. A source close to Reid’s family told the Las Vegas Sun that “he’s OK” and was taken to the hospital out of caution, but he had no visible injuries.

    October 26, 2012 5:12 PM

  10. <3 Obama Targets MTV Vote Getty Images

    10. Obama Targets MTV Vote

    The coolness factor is back—after a string of late-night show appearances, Obama is aiming young: MTV-viewer-young, to be exact. There are 45-million voters between the ages of 18 and 29, which is a make-or-break chunk—if they get to the voting booth. In an interview with MTV Friday, the president talked climate change, same-sex marriage, college tuition, and gender equality. He even talked about his daughters, saying they’re not allowed on Facebook for security issues. “Dates, that’s fine. She’s got secret service protection,” he joked. The network has also reached out to Romney for a similar interview, which they hope to air before election day.

    October 26, 2012 9:51 PM

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  12. KISS AND TELL Taylor Swift Dishes on Exes Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    11. Taylor Swift Dishes on Exes

    The world continues to be Taylor Swift’s diary. The country supernova dished about her ex-boyfriends with Katie Couric in an interview that will air on her talk show Friday. Asked about her ex John Mayer’s claim that one of her songs “humiliated” him, she groaned, “Oh, come on.” As to whether her famous former beaus are irked by her songs about them: “Well, some of them like to write really long emails.” She also admitted, “I don’t know how to have a normal relationship … I don’t really know that much about love, it turns out.” Then again, if she’s looking for normal, maybe she shouldn’t date a Kennedy.

    October 26, 2012 7:23 AM

  13. ‘YUCKY’ BBC’s Savile Denied ‘Underage Sex’ Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

    12. BBC’s Savile Denied ‘Underage Sex’

    As the investigations into the late, eccentric BBC presenter Jimmy Savile’s alleged sex abuse ramp up in Britain, a rare interview the Jim’ll Fix It star gave in 2006 was uncovered on Friday. Police are “moving into the arrest phase” in the investigation of a cover-up of Savile’s alleged rape and child sex abuse, of which there have been 300 potential victims identified. It makes Savile’s voluntary statement in that 2006 UTV interview—“I don’t do underage sex or any of them things”—all the more alarming. In the interview, Savile also said he “never loved” the children he worked with on Jim’ll Fix It, but he “respected them” and “wasn’t yucky to them.”

    October 26, 2012 9:54 AM

  14. HORRIFYING Nanny Allegedly Stabs NYC Children

    13. 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

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    14. Cannibal Cop Registered for Cookware

    Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer dubbed the “Cannibal Cop” because of his alleged plans to cook and eat upward of 100 women, had a wedding registry brimming with cookware. Normal, sure. But given recent developments, also nauseatingly ironic. Valle and his now estranged wife, Kathleen Mangan, had registered for baking pans, stainless-steel pots, an immersion blender, a food processor, and Rachael Ray’s Oven Lovin’ $137, 10-piece cookware set. Non-human-eating-related items included pillows and a Downton Abbey DVD set. Also unearthed is Valle’s OkCupid profile, where he says he enjoys “telling corny jokes [and] finding humor in most situations.” He also goes into a lengthy description of his favorite book, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.

    October 26, 2012 4:09 PM

  16. ETHNIC STRIFE Burma Death Toll Tops 100 Soe Than Win, AFP / Getty Images

    15. Burma Death Toll Tops 100

    The Burmese government is pleading for an end to the ethnic strife in the region, as mob violence between the Buddhist Rakhine community and the Muslim Rohingya has caused the death toll on Friday to surge to 112, including 10 children. An additional 72 people have been reported injured during the conflict. The government warned that continued clashes could harm the country’s reputation as it attempts to transition to democratic rule. As entire villages are torched in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the violence “deeply troubling,” calling on authorities to “take urgent and effective action to bring under control all cases of lawlessness.”

    October 26, 2012 7:16 AM

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

    16. 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

  18. EXCLUSIVE Bill Bain Breaks Silence Justine Schiavo / The Boston Globe via Getty Images

    17. Bill Bain Breaks Silence

    Bill Bain is Mitt Romney's oldest mentor, the man who envisioned Bain Capital, the most-attacked company in campaign history. But as millions of dollars have been spent slamming his name, Bain has stayed silent—until now. Speaking exclusively to The Daily Beast, Bain dismisses criticism of the firm. “The unfair attacks are not worth responding to,” he said. He also defended Bain Capital's record, saying “Bain Capital was founded in 1984 to create value," Bain said. "The founding partners took risk in starting this venture, but succeeded in raising their first fund and in investing it well to create value for their investors.”

    October 26, 2012 7:07 AM

  19. IN THE CLEAR? Meningitis: ‘Light at End of Tunnel’ Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

    18. Meningitis: ‘Light at End of Tunnel’

    Finally there’s a reassuring development in the U.S. meningitis outbreak. Public-health officials said on Thursday that there is “light at the end of the tunnel,” pointing to findings from the Centers for Disease Control that confirm the majority of those exposed to potentially contaminated steroid injects have passed the period of highest risk. The risk of death or stroke from meningitis dissipates 42 days after exposure. The contaminated medication issued by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts was recalled in late September. Thus far 328 cases and 24 deaths have been blamed on the meningitis outbreak.

    October 26, 2012 6:32 AM

  20. ENOUGH ALREADY Obama: Stay Out of Women’s Health Tony Dejak / AP Photo

    19. Obama: Stay Out of Women’s Health

    Count the president among those who have just about enough of the controversies surrounding Republicans’ comments about rape. President Obama urged politicians to stay out of women’s health issues during an interview Thursday night that aired on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams. “These attempts to redefine rape in some way make no sense to me, and I don’t think they make sense to the majority of women across the country,” he said, directly referring to Richard Mourdock’s recent comments about rape. Voters, he said, don’t want “politicians, the majority of them male, making a series of decisions about women’s-health-care issues.”

    October 26, 2012 7:12 AM

  21. TRAGIC Afghan Suicide Bomb Kills 40 Musadeq Sadeq / AP Photo

    20. Afghan Suicide Bomb Kills 40

    An estimated 40 people were killed Friday morning when a bomb detonated at a mosque in Faryab province during a prayer gathering marking the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. Over half of those killed are reportedly police, officials said. The Taliban is suspected to have carried out the attack. The bomber’s target appeared to be regional police chief Gen. Abdul Khaliq Aqsai, as the explosives were detonated as soon as he got in his vehicle. Aqsai survived the attack. The incident happened just before President Hamid Karzai repeated his call for the Taliban to join the government.

    October 26, 2012 6:28 AM

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

    21. 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

  23. GRAY LADY FALLS NY Times Co. Stock Plummets Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

    22. NY Times Co. Stock Plummets

    It is a historic day for The New York Times Co.—just not the good kind. The publisher's shares on Thursday had its biggest one-day drop since at least 1980—and then its stock plunged to $8.31 Friday. The surprise decline reflects falling ad sales and mounting challenges facing the newspaper industry as advertisers continue to be wary in an uncertain economy. Print-ad sales for the company during the third quarter dropped 11 percent, and overall ad revenue fell 8.9 percent—a downward trend that’s expected to continue into the fourth quarter. It looks like incoming CEO Mark Thompson is forging into rough waters.

    October 26, 2012 11:17 AM

  24. RECOVERY Economic Growth Rate Improves Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    23. Economic Growth Rate Improves

    Good news for the holiday season: The U.S. economy expanded at a two percent annual rate from July to September, slightly faster than the 1.3 percent rate in the last quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. While the growth was modest, the factors contributing to it—an uptick in consumer and defense spending—are encouraging. With the election just two weeks away, it’s a number that both presidential candidates will attempt to spin in their favor. Obama will say that it proves his economic plan is working. Romney will point out that the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 so far is lower than last year’s 1.8 percent growth, and is still too weak to boost hiring.

    October 26, 2012 9:12 AM

  25. MONEYBAGS Obama, Romney on Pace to Raise $2B Getty Images ; AP Photo

    24. Obama, Romney on Pace to Raise $2B

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both billion-dollar men. The presidential candidates, with the help of their respective parties, are each on track to raise more than $1 billion by Election Day, according to financial disclosures filed by their campaigns on Thursday. By Oct. 17, with just over two weeks to go to the election, the Democrats have raised $1.06 billion for Obama, while Republicans collected $954 million for Romney. The stark difference, however, is the source of the funds. Wall Street, super PACs, and an establishment of business leaders contributed heavily to Romney’s campaign, while Obama has relied on Silicon Valley, retirees, and small donors—roughly 55 percent of Obama’s funds came in donations of less than $200.

    October 26, 2012 6:24 AM

  26. NOT SO CURRENT Al Gore’s Current TV for Sale Joe Kohen / Getty Images

    25. Al Gore’s Current TV for Sale

    Losing hurts—luckily Al Gore has practice. The former vice-president’s Current TV progressive news channel —is up for sale, according to the New York Post.  CEO Joel Hyatt told the Post that the move was inevitable. “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” he said, “As a consequence, we thought it might be useful to engage expertise to help us.” Launched in 2005, the network struggled to find its voice, first aiming at a youth-centric vibe, then shifting towards heavier news when that proved unsuccessful—and had a high-profile failure with Keith Olbermann, who Current TV hired in 2011 but subsequently fired in March 2012.

    October 26, 2012 12:20 PM

  27. ‘FIRST TIME’ Dunham Makes Ad for Obama Amy Sussman / Getty Images for The New Yorker

    26. Dunham Makes Ad for Obama

    Lena Dunham lost her virginity to Barack Obama—voting virginity, that is. The Girls star talks all about it, too, in a new ad stumping for the president called “Your First Time.” Dunham talks about casting her ballot for Obama in a clip that’s chock full of innuendos: “Your first time shouldn’t be just with anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.” She then explains why Obama’s policies are good for young women, and talks about why she cast her vote for the president. Conservatives are predictably hot and bothered over the maybe-a-little-edgy ad, calling it “disgusting” and “a new low” for Obama.

    October 26, 2012 7:27 AM

  28. cheat Levi Johnston to Tie the Knot Robyn Beck

    27. Levi Johnston to Tie the Knot

    Levi Johnston, studly baby daddy of two, is set to marry girlfriend Sunny Oglesby this weekend in Wasilla, Alaska. Johnston, 22, and Oglesby, 20, have been together for more than a year and welcomed a baby girl last month, naming her Breeze Beretta (yes, he actually named his child after an Italian firearms manufacturer). Johnston almost walked down the aisle with Bristol Palin before she dumped him for the second and final time in 2010. He has since accused the Palin clan of keeping him from seeing Trigg, his 4-year-old son with Bristol. But happier days are ahead for Johnston, who is expecting another child with Oglesby. For other firearms-inspired baby names, we recommend Benelli, Kimber, and Browning.

    October 26, 2012 2:42 PM

  29. MUTANT WEATHER East Coast Preps for ‘Frankenstorm’ Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo

    28. East Coast Preps for ‘Frankenstorm’

    Just in time for Halloween, Mother Nature is unleashing a weather monster. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 41 lives in the Caribbean and is barreling toward the U.S., where it could bring a horrifying mix of high winds, heavy rains, extreme tides, and even snow as early as Sunday. At least $1 billion of damage is anticipated as the storm creeps up the East Coast, with officials lining up out-of-state work crews in preparation for expected power outages and destruction, governors declaring states of emergency, and New York City officials considering closing down mass transit ahead of landfall.

     

    October 26, 2012 4:54 PM