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  1. SHAKEN Massive Quake Hits Guatemala Moises Castillo

    1. Massive Quake Hits Guatemala

    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake shook a mountainous region of Guatemala near the Mexico border Wednesday morning. At least 48 have been reported dead, with a hundred missing and hundreds more injured. The powerful quake impacted all but one region of the country and was felt as far as 600 miles away in Mexico City. It is the strongest earthquake to have hit Guatemala since 1976. President Otto Pérez Molina flew to see the damage in the most affected region. “One thing is to hear about what happened and another thing entirely is to see it,” he told the Associated Press. “As a Guatemalan I feel sad … to see mothers crying for their lost children.”

    November 7, 2012 10:37 PM

  2. SWITCHOVER Chinese Communist Party Opens Congress Andy Wong / AP Photo

    2. Chinese Communist Party Opens Congress

    China’s getting ready for a once-in-a-decade transfer of power within the Communist Party. More than 2,000 delegates will attend the week-long congress session, where they will choose a central committee to select the highest decision makers to the Standing Committee of the Politburo. Seven politicians are expected to step down, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. The transfer of power will be "of great importance, when China is in a crucial stage of building a modern and prosperous society in all respects,” said a party spokesman.

    November 7, 2012 8:53 PM

  3. FISCAL CLIFF Boehner: Rise Above Dysfunction Win McNamee / Getty Images

    3. Boehner: Rise Above Dysfunction

    Making his first public speech following the reelection of President Obama, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said it’s time to get straight to business, especially with the deadline for reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff looming less than two months away. Boehner declared that the GOP is willing to accept “more revenue” as part of a fiscal deal, though he maintains that he’s still against tax hikes. Instead, he wants new revenue in the form of “reform” and “growth.” “Mr. President, this is your moment,” he said. “We are ready to be led … We want you to succeed.”

    November 7, 2012 4:11 PM

  4. STORM 2.0 Athena Leaves 60,000 Without Power Mario Tama / Getty Images

    4. Athena Leaves 60K Powerless

    As if Sandy wasn’t enough, Mother Nature has sent another snow storm to the east coast: Athena. High winds caused around 60,000 new power outages Wednesday—as 672,000 other storm victims are still without electricity—according to the U.S. Energy Department. The coastal regions are expected bring floods of three feet, and more than a thousand flights were canceled. Residents in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy last week were ordered to evacuate again. "I know everyone's patience is wearing thin," John Miksad, a senior VP at Con Ed in New York, said.

    November 7, 2012 11:00 PM

  5. TOO CLOSE Florida Still Counting Votes Edward Linsmier / Getty Images

    5. Florida Still Counting Votes

    America may already know who its president is, but Florida still doesn’t know who it elected. More than 24 hours after polls closed, election officials are still tallying votes in a handful of counties. The race in the Sunshine State is still so close that a winner may not be officially announced until sometime over the weekend. While Florida’s results won’t change the fact that President Obama has been reelected, its 29 electoral voters could close the gap in the electoral count should Mitt Romney win. As of Wednesday evening, the candidates were separated by just 49,963 votes, with Obama holding 49.87 percent and Romney 49.27 percent.

    November 7, 2012 8:34 PM

  6. BOYS ONLY Syrian Opposition Elects All-Male Leadership STR / AFP / Getty Images

    6. Syrian Opposition Elects All-Male Leadership

    Women apparently need not apply. The main opposition group in Syria elected an all male leadership body early Thursday morning, prompting outrage from its female members and rebukes from international powers. Several members of the Syrian National Council demanded that women be retroactively added to the 40-member leadership panel. Made up of exiles and influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, the council has been heavily criticized as ineffective. The U.S. has stated it wants a more diverse but unified opposition group to challenge President Bashar al-Assad. American diplomats have reiterated that the United States won’t intervene militarily.

    November 7, 2012 8:38 PM


    7. Bono Widow Loses House Seat

    It's a tough day for the Mack household. For the first time in her 14-year political career, California Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) has been defeated. Her Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz, an emergency-room doctor, eked out a 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent victory over Sonny Bono's widow, who had held the seat since 1988. This despite her campaign's attack that Ruiz was a "radical" for participating in a Native American protest of Thanksgiving in the 90s. Meanwhile, Mack's husband, Connie Mack IV, lost a bruising Senate battle across the country in Florida.

    November 7, 2012 5:54 PM

  8. Guilty ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Producer Sentenced Bret Hartman / Retuers / Landov

    8. ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Producer Sentenced

    Mark Basseley Youssef, the producer behind the incendiary anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, has been sentenced to one year in federal prison. The sentence—delivered by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Synder—came after Youssef admitted to using fake identities and obtaining a fraudulent California license. The 55-year-old has been in custody since Sept. 27, when he was arrested on eight counts of probation violations. Since his inflammatory film trailer surfaced, Youssef has been associated with several names: Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Youssef. Allegations related to his film—which set off a chain of violence in the Middle East—were not involved in his sentencing.

    November 7, 2012 6:06 PM


    9. Anti-Obama Riot at Ole Miss

    This wasn’t the America the president spoke about in his speech last night. A 400-person election protest at the University of Mississippi featured some rioters yelling racial epithets. One photo on Twitter showed the mob burning an Obama campaign sign, but it’s unclear if that really happened on campus. Word spread on Twitter as the student journalists tweeted a “riot” video. Two were arrested.

    November 7, 2012 6:49 PM

  10. FUNNY MAN Biden to Cameo on Parks and Rec Steve Helber / AP Photo

    10. Biden to Cameo on Parks and Rec

    We thought Leslie Knope’s crush was on Hillary? Vice President Joe Biden will be celebrating his reelection by making a guest appearance on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He’ll play himself when Leslie (Amy Poehler) and her fiancé Ben win a trip to the White House and she gets to meet her No. 1 crush—Biden. Her character once described her ideal man as having “the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden.” Let’s see if Ben can keep her attention with another political dreamboat in the picture.

    November 7, 2012 11:05 PM

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  12. STAR WARS Harrison Ford May Reprise Han Solo AP Photo

    11. Harrison Ford May Reprise Han Solo

    Well, he already butchered Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is reportedly open to returning to play Han Solo in the recently announced Star Wars sequels, which are set to be released in 2015, according to highly placed sources. “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one source. This may come as a surprise to some. In a 2010 interview, Ford said, “As a character, he was not so interesting to me,” adding, “I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom … George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”

    November 7, 2012 7:53 AM

  13. CHANGE MD, MA Pass Gay Marriage Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    12. MD, ME Pass Gay Marriage

    It's a landmark day for supporters of same-sex marriage. Voters in Maryland and Maine voted to legallize gay marriage, marking the first time states approved the initiative through popular vote. In Maryland, voters also supported the DREAM Act ballot measuret. The DREAM Act will allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state’s colleges if certain conditions are met, making Maryland the first in the nation to approve the DREAM Act legislation by popular vote. 

    November 6, 2012 11:56 PM

  14. FISCAL CLIFF House GOP Still Won’t Raise Taxes Al Behrman / AP Photo

    13. House GOP Still Won’t Raise Taxes

    President Obama had better prepare for a spirited debate on taxes, because the renewed GOP majority in the House of Representatives still doesn’t want a tax increase. House Speaker John Boehner insisted on Tuesday that the “American people want solutions—and tonight they’ve responded by renewing our majority. With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising taxes.” One political scientist theorized that only a “looming catastrophe” would cause the GOP to support raising taxes and that the party will also be emboldened on entitlement reform. “If I am a conservative Republican, I take this as an indication that entitlement reform is not necessarily a killer issue,” he said.

    November 7, 2012 7:29 AM

  15. ALL OVER Mitt Romney Concedes Presidency Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    14. Mitt Romney Concedes Presidency

    That’s a wrap. After more than 17 months of campaigning, a mostly unemotional Mitt Romney conceded the presidency to Barack Obama on Tuesday night, as networks gave the incumbent an 100 electoral vote lead. Speaking to supporters in Boston, the former Massachusetts governor—who earlier in the night said that he had only prepared a 1,118-word victory speech—said that he wished the president well. “This is a time of great challenges for America,” Romney said. Thanking running mate Paul Ryan and his wife Ann, Romney called his campaign an unprecedented effort for the GOP. “The nation as you know is at a critical point,” Romney said. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle.”

    November 7, 2012 1:05 AM

  16. BUMMER Dollar Falls After Obama Win Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

    Dollar Falls After Obama Win

    After President Obama’s reelection win, the U.S. dollar dropped against all but two of is 16 major peers, amidst speculation that the U.S. will maintain the Federal Reserve’s current monetary stimulus policies. On Wednesday, the dollar fell 0.3 percent to $1.2848 per euro after falling 0.1 percent yesterday. Mitt Romney had disagreed with the Federal Reserve’s policies and had announced plans to replace Chairman Ben Bernanke in 2014. One expert said, “The idea of unchanged Fed policy is slightly supportive of equities, slightly weaker dollar, and I think that is how people are playing it today.”

    November 7, 2012 7:20 AM

  17. SYRIA Rebels Shell Government Strongholds SANA / AP Photo

    16. Rebels Shell Government Strongholds

    Explosions rattled Damascus as mortar attacks hit government strongholds on Wednesday. The Houran Freeman Brigade claimed responsibility for the attacks, which struck Mezze 86, a hilltop neighborhood near the presidential palace that serves as a residence for many members of Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect. The Mezze military airfield and the prime minister’s administrative complex were hit, though activists said mistakes caused them to miss the presidential palace and hit Mezze 86 instead. “We are planning to escalate our attacks in the areas of the government thugs,” one member of the Free Syrian Army vowed.

    November 7, 2012 7:03 AM

  18. Other Election News Dems Keep Control of Senate Getty Images (2)

    17. Dems Keep Control of Senate

    There was other election news on Tuesday night: the Democrats kept control of the Senate, Todd Akin legitimately lost the Senate race in Missouri to Claire McCaskill and in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren beat out Scott Brown and became the first female elected to the Senate from the state. Colorado and Washington also made history at the polls, becoming the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Additionally, Maryland and Maine voted to legalize gay marriage.

    November 7, 2012 8:25 AM

  19. ALLIES Netanyahu Congratulates Obama Gali Tibbon, Pool / File / AP Photo

    18. Netanyahu Congratulates Obama

    Despite reports of tension between the two leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President Obama on his reelection victory on Tuesday night, and called the alliance between the United States and Israel “stronger than ever.” In a written statement released after Obama’s victory speech, Netanyahu said, “I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests that are vital for the security of Israel’s citizens.”

    November 7, 2012 6:39 AM

  20. FLASHBACK Florida Race Too Close to Call Wilfredo Lee / AP Photo

    19. Florida Race Too Close to Call

    Floridians must really love attention. President Obama won the election decisively, but the race in Florida remained too close to call. At dawn on Wednesday, Obama was leading the state by 0.53 percentage points, or 45,000 votes, out of a total of 8.27 million, with 99 percent of the votes counted—but the head of elections for Florida’s Miami-Dade County said final results would not be available until Wednesday afternoon. The county accounts for 10 percent of the state’s 12 million voters. The Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections blamed “an extremely high volume of absentee ballots” and long lines that kept some polls open for hours after the official closing time.

    November 7, 2012 6:28 AM

  21. FORWARD Obama’s Youth Support Slips Mladen Antonov / AFP-Getty Images

    20. Obama’s Youth Support Slips

    He’s probably not complaining. The youth support that helped make President Obama victorious in 2008 seems to have slipped this time around, according to exit polls from Tuesday night’s election. The president still maintained a comfortable 22-point lead nationally among 18- to 29-year-olds. He took 59 percent of the demographic compared with 37 percent for Mitt Romney. But in 2008, Obama took 66 percent of the demo compared with the 32 percent who supported John McCain. But youth support was up for Obama in key swing states, like Ohio, where he won the demographic by 29 points compared with just 25 points in 2008.

    November 7, 2012 10:48 AM

  22. HE’S BACK Anthony Weiner Returns to Twitter Mario Tama

    21. Anthony Weiner Returns to Twitter

    Some politicians embarked on their triumphant returns to the White House Wednesday morning. Disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner made his triumphant return to Twitter. Weiner, whose political career was ruined when he tweeted a photo of his unmentionables and then failed in his attempt to cover up the goof, hasn’t tweeted in more than a year. This time, instead of exposing himself, he is exposing the devastation suffered in Rockaway Beach, New York, during Hurricane Sandy, posting a video of the damage and making a plea for assistance in the area. Prior to the storm, his most recent tweet was on June 1, 2011.

    November 7, 2012 1:39 PM

  23. CLOSE CALL Tester Wins Reelection Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    22. Tester Wins Reelection

    Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester won reelection Wednesday, beating Republican Danny Rehberg in one of the tightest Senate races of the election. No stranger to close calls—he won by a mere 3,562 votes in 2006—Tester remained confident throughout the mostly tied race that he would pull ahead. “Thank you for fighting with me—for Montana values,” he told supporters. The defiant senator became a major target for the Republican party—hoping to take over the Senate. More than 100,000 campaign ads ran on Montana television during the campaign—in what some are calling a “perverse media marathon” that incurred costs close to $30 million. Tester's win dashed GOP hopes of regaining control of the Senate.

    November 7, 2012 12:00 PM

  24. NOR'EASTER Bloomberg: Get Off the Road Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    23. Bloomberg: Get Off the Road

    Still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers are bracing for a new storm barreling toward the region on Wednesday, with snow already piling up in Long Island. "The city is taking significant precautions in advance of the storm," Bloomberg said in a statement, including halting construction, closing city parks, and urging drivers to stay off the road after 5:00 p.m. Up to three inches of snow are predicted for Philadelphia with wind gusts of more than 30 mph and snowfall of six to 12 inches in southeastern New York and New England. Bloomberg also warned that the storm could impact aid relief in areas hit hard by Sandy. 

    November 7, 2012 12:36 PM

  25. FORWARD Obama: The Best Is Yet to Come Jewel Samad / Getty Images

    24. Obama: The Best Is Yet to Come

    In front of a crowd of thousands of dancing, flag-waving supporters, the newly minted two-term president thanked the country for reelecting him to the Oval Office for four more years. “The task of perfecting our union moves forward,” he said. “It moves forward because of you.” Obama congratulated Romney for a hard-fought campaign, and pledged to sit down with the former governor to discuss “how we can move this country forward.” He also gave shout-outs to his wife, Michelle (“I’ve never loved you more"), his daughters (“one dog is probably enough"), and his VP, Joe Biden (“America’s happy warrior”). And he promised to make good on his campaign slogan. “That is where we need to go … Forward.” he said, mentioning the ending war and recovering economy. “For the United States of America, the best is yet to come … I’ve never been more hopeful about our future,” he said. Interestingly, after Romney called Obama to concede, the president called Bill Clinton to thank him for his help.

    November 7, 2012 2:04 AM

  26. NOT SO FAST Original Patz Suspect Released Pennsylvania Department of Corrections / AP Photo

    25. Original Patz Suspect Released

    Jose Ramos—the man long considered the main suspect in the Etan Patz disappearance case—was released from prison briefly Wednesday, then immediately taken into custody for providing an outdated license. Under Megan’s Law, Ramos is required to provide police with an address of where he will be staying. The one he offered, although a real address, hasn’t been occupied by anyone he knows for years. Focus shifted from Ramos in May when Pedro Hernandez—who worked at a convenience store near where the 6-year-old Patz disappeared in 1979—confessed to killing him.

    November 7, 2012 1:44 PM

  27. Not a Great Sign

    26. Stocks Plunge After Obama Win

    President Obama has his work cut out for him. Stocks plunged on Wednesday, the first day of trading after Obama’s reelection. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 2.3 percent, or more than 300 points. The benchmark Dow was trading below 13,000, its lowest level since Aug. 3. Investors are likely reacting to Mitt Romney’s loss and the looming “fiscal cliff,” with one expert saying that the “chances of going off the cliff probably just increased.” One former Obama administration adviser has put the odds at zero that the president and Congress will have a meaningful compromise by the year’s end.

    November 7, 2012 12:16 PM

  28. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Calif. Voters Defeat Prop 34 Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    27. Calif. Voters Defeat Prop 34

    California voters checked death on their ballots. The state voted to reject Prop 34, which would have repealed the death penalty. Inmates with current death sentences would have had them retroactively replaced with a sentence of life without parole. Only 47.3 percent of voters were in favor of the initiative, even though supporters estimated that the state would save at least $130 million by ceasing capital punishment. “We thank the voters of California for rejecting Prop 34 and standing up for those who no longer have a voice,” the group No on Prop 34 said in a statement.

    November 7, 2012 3:18 PM

  29. PEACE AND FREEDOM Roseanne Places Fifth in Election Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    28. Roseanne Places Fifth in Election

    Outspoken former sitcom star Roseanne Barr’s initial bid for president may have been met with laughs, but the comedienne actually managed to finish in fifth place in the race for the White House. Barr won 48,797 votes, besting former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson by nearly 15,000 votes. Barr and her running mate, Cindy Sheehan, ran on the Peace and Freedom ticket, with a platform that included marijuana legalization, environmental preservation, and equal rights. She may have lost in the end, but she tweeted her satisfaction with Obama’s victory: “CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA! #barr2016.”

    November 7, 2012 3:19 PM

  30. PRIDE Gay-Marriage Supporters Call Early Win Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

    29. Gay-Marriage Supporters Call Early Win

    When you know, you know. Gay-marriage supporters in Washington are declaring an early victory Wednesday after an estimated 50 percent of the state's ballots are showing that 52 percent of voters chose to legalize gay marriage in the state. “We’re really feeling good,” said Zach Silk, a spokesman for Washington United for Marriage, “the numbers point to victory.” Referendum 74—the law to legalize gay marriage in Washington—was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but must be held until it is officially passed by the state. Since Washington is a vote-by-mail state, ballots will likely continue to arrive throughout the week.  

    November 7, 2012 4:39 PM

  31. STORMSTRUCK Gaga Donates $1M for Sandy Relief Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

    30. Gaga Donates $1M for Sandy Relief

    This native New Yorker takes care of her little monsters. Lady Gaga posted on her blog that she’s pledging $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief—on behalf of her parents and sister. She thanked the city for “helping me build my spirit” in places like the Lower East Side, Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. “I will now help you rebuild yours,” she wrote.

    November 7, 2012 5:30 PM