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  1. FINALLY Obama Wins Florida Wilfredo Lee / AP Photo

    1. Obama Wins Florida

    It’s finally over. Florida declared President Obama has won the state’s 29 electoral votes, giving the president 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. In the end, Obama captured 50 percent of the state, with Romney taking 49.3 percent—giving Obama a 74,000-vote lead. The state finished counting its ballots on Saturday, although Romney conceded the state to Obama on Friday.

    November 10, 2012 1:00 PM

  2. COME TOGETHER Syrian Opposition Agrees on Ideals Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

    2. Syrian Opposition Agrees on Ideals

    Syrian opposition groups have been holding talks in Doha, Qatar, this week to discuss the increasingly dire situation in Syria. While they have not hammered out a detailed plan against President Bashar al-Assad, the factions agreed on a basic principle Sunday. “We have agreed on the main points of the formation of a Syrian national coalition for the forces of the opposition and the revolution. We will continue our discussions on the details on Sunday,” opposition figure Suhair Atassi said. The groups hope to erase skepticism in Washington by forming a 60-member civilian group that will elect a 10-member transitional government. Since March 2011, more than 37,000 people have died in the uprising against Assad, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    November 10, 2012 9:36 PM

  3. HURRICANE SANDY N.Y., N.J. Warn of Long Recovery Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    3. N.Y., N.J. Warn of Long Recovery

    Nine days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, the governors of New York and New Jersey are warning residents that the recovery will be long—especially in coastal areas where thousands of homes were destroyed. Power hasn’t yet returned to certain areas of the states, and New Yorkers are dealing with gasoline rationing for the first time in decades. At least 120 people in the U.S. were killed by the storm, which has caused an estimated $50 billion in damages and economic loss. “This is our Katrina,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

    November 9, 2012 9:48 PM

  4. ABOUT TIME Florida to Review Voting Procedures Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    4. Florida to Review Voting Procedures

    Florida will take a closer look at how it holds elections, especially in counties where people had to wait for more than four hours to cast a ballot, Gov. Rick Scott announced Saturday. Secretary of State Ken Detzner will meet with county election officials to gather their input about the process. The Sunshine State saw 8.5 million residents cast a ballot this year, up from 8.3 million in 2008. The increase came despite the fact that state officials cut early voting down from two weeks to eight days. Earlier this year, Scott stirred up controversy when he directed local elections boards to remove people they deemed ineligible from the voting rolls.

    November 10, 2012 6:42 PM

  5. TAKING THE BLAME BBC Director Resigns Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    5. BBC Director Resigns

    The BBC’s director-general, George Entwistle, has resigned from the network after a controversial program about child abuse aired on Newsnight. The broadcast wrongly implicated a political party member, Lord McAlpine, in the abuse case—which Entwistle later claimed he knew nothing about. “In the light of what has happened here I wish this was referred to me, but it wasn’t. I found out about the film the following day,” he told an interviewer. On Saturday, Entwistle released a statement saying stepping down was the “honorable thing to do” and that "the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader.” Tim Davie will step in as acting director-general before a permanent successor is chosen.

    November 10, 2012 5:01 PM


    6. Report: FBI ‘Stunned’ by Petraeus

    Wow, this must have been a surprise. The FBI apparently accidentally discovered director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair after being asked to investigate “harassing” emails sent by his biographer and alleged mistress Paula Broadwell, a government official briefed on the case told The New York Times on Saturday. The official said the investigation “started with two women,” but “in the course of the investigation, they stumbled across him. We were stunned.” The retired four-star general announced on Friday that he had resigned from the CIA due to an extramarital affair, reportedly with Broadwell.

    November 10, 2012 2:07 PM

  7. HURRICANE SANDY Recovery Elusive for NYC’s Poor Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    7. Recovery Elusive for NYC’s Poor

    It’s a tale of two cities. As New York deals with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, life has returned to normal for many of her victims—but not those victims in the poorest parts of the city. Communities along the southern shores of Brooklyn and Queens still don’t have power or heat and are desperate for supplies. Local residents are picking up the slack, organizing volunteers and collecting donations for those in need. But compounding the problem is that so many people don’t even know what government agencies are supposed to be helping—mainly because there were so few people on the ground.

    November 10, 2012 3:39 PM

  8. DEBUT. BEST DEBUT. ‘Skyfall’ Could Set Bond Record Francois Duhamel / Sony Pictures

    8. ‘Skyfall’ Could Set Bond Record

    James Bond has never settled for less than the best. In typical fashion, the spy thriller’s newest installment has beat out all competition on Friday, on its first day at the box office—and it’s on track to have the highest opening for a Bond film yet. Raking in $30.8 million on Friday’s debut, the film is estimated to make around $77 million over the weekend. Quantum of Solace set the previous record with $67.5 during its opening weekend in 2008.

    November 10, 2012 3:17 PM

  9. Not a Belieber Anymore Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Split Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

    9. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Split

    Ah, young love. So fickle. The Canadian pop star and Disney girl Selena Gomez have broken up after over a year of dating. A source claims that the split was due to "their crazy schedules.” It must be tough to maintain a healthy relationship when one party spends his time at work being screamed at by rabid 13-year-olds. There is a bright side for Gomez, though: now that Bieber has been spotted with a 19-year-old Victoria's Secret model, fans have a new woman to hate.

    November 10, 2012 9:06 AM

  10. SENATOR JUDD? Ashley Judd Won’t Rule Out Senate Run Kris Connor / Getty Images

    10. Ashley Judd Won’t Rule Out Senate Run

    Election season may have just finished, but actress Ashley Judd isn’t ruling out a run for Senate in her home state of Kentucky. Judd is a supporter of Tennessee Democrats and has been mentioned as a potential challenger of Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. In response to her name floating in the election, she replied by saying, “I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward.” Don’t tease us, Ashley!

    November 10, 2012 10:28 PM

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  12. Reefer Madness Marijuana Charges in WA Dismissed David McNew / Getty Images

    11. Marijuana Charges in WA Dismissed

    Close on the heels of Tuesday's vote in Washington to legalize recreational marijuana, two of the state's most populous counties are already taking the first steps to its enactment. Although the new law won't take effect until next month, prosecutors in King and Pierce counties, homes to Seattle and Tacoma, have already decided to drop 225 possession cases currently making their way through the court system. Explaining his reason for dropping the cases early, the King County attorney general stated that "there seems to be no point in continuing to prosecute.”

    November 10, 2012 9:26 AM

  13. Tense Situation Iraq Cancels $4.2B Russian Arms Deal Alexei Nikolsky / RIA / Getty Images

    12. Iraq Cancels $4.2B Russian Arms Deal

    Iraq has called off a recent $4.2 billion purchase of arms from Russia due to concerns about corruption within the Iraqi prime minister's team, although one Russian military expert believes the cancellation is tied to pressure from Washington. The deal, said to include attack helicopters and missiles, was just signed in October. It would have made Russia the second-biggest supplier of weapons to Iraq after the United States.

    November 10, 2012 8:28 AM

  14. 'Extraordinary Service' Obama: ‘Prayers’ With Petraeus Jacquelyn Martin / AP photo

    13. Obama: ‘Prayers’ With Petraeus

    President Obama released a statement on Friday about Gen. David Petraeus's resignation as director of the CIA, although the statement does not address the extramarital affair behind the resignation, the president did note his “thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus.” The retired four-star general resigned Friday after an FBI investigation revealed the affair, allegedly with Petraeus’s biographer, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell is reportedly being investigated for improperly trying to access Petraeus’s email. The CIA has put deputy director Michael J. Morrell in Petraeus’s place at the head of the agency, and Obama insisted the CIA “will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission.”

    November 10, 2012 8:23 AM

  15. Infinity and Beyond China to Launch Spacecraft in 2013 STR / AFP / Getty Images

    14. China to Launch Spacecraft in 2013

    Houston, we have company. China announced plans on Saturday to launch its Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in early June 2013, representing a huge step for a country that hopes to construct its own space station by 2020. The new shuttle is expected to carry three astronauts. The announcement comes on the heels of the successful launch of the Shenzhou 9 ship last June, which was China's fourth manned mission since 2003—and put its first woman in space.

    November 10, 2012 8:51 AM

  16. Getting There! ConEd: 98 Percent Power Restoration Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    15. Con Ed: 98 Percent Power Restoration

    NYC is back up and running ... almost. Con Edison, which supplies power to the city and Westchester County, said on Saturday that 98 percent of homes that lost power during Hurricane Sandy and the more recent nor'easter have their lights back on. But that means about 20,000 customers are still waiting. The 98 percent figure also does not include the 35,000 in Staten Island, Brooklyn, or Queens whose homes are damaged to the point of not being able to accept power right now. On Long Island, LIPA is struggling to restore power for about 160,000 of their customers, still without power 10 days after Sandy.

    November 10, 2012 12:04 PM

  17. Anonymous Petraeus Link to ‘Times’ Letter? Karen Bleier / AFP / Getty Images

    16. Petraeus Link to ‘Times’ Letter?

    After news broke of Gen. David Petraeus's resignation from the CIA following an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, newshounds were quick to investigate past stories pointing to the revelation—and found a letter written to The Ethicist column published in The New York Times on July 13. In it, an anonymous man, now speculated to be Broadwell's husband, sought advice on whether to expose his wife's affair with a "government executive" whose work "is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership.” Ethicist columnist Chuck Klosterman advises the letter-writer to not to “expose the relationship in any public way,” but also says somewhat tellingly he “halfway suspects” the letter-writer hoped the people involved in the affair would read it—and proclaims “that’s not ethical either.” David Carr tweeted late Saturday that the ethicist column was "NOT about the Petraeus affair."

    November 10, 2012 8:25 AM

  18. Paying Respect Pakistan Funds School for Malala Day Arif Ali / AFP / Getty Images

    17. Pakistan Funds School for Malala Day

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot last month for working to support girls' education, is continuing to benefit education in her country even while she recovers in a British hospital. On Friday, Pakistan's president added his signature to a petition asking the government to pay stipends to needy families sending their children to school. The move comes just in time for Malala Day, declared by the government in support of Yousafzai's education campaign.

    November 10, 2012 8:26 AM

  19. Scary Twin Car Bombs Explode in Syria Philippe Desmazes / AFP / Getty Images

    18. Twin Car Bombs Explode in Syria

    Two car bombs exploded in Deraa, Syria, Saturday morning, killing at least 20 soldiers and wounding dozens more. The two cars, packed with explosives, were detonated at a military camp in what appeared to be targeted attacks. The tactic is a favorite of various groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, although no organization has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday's events and Syrian state media has released no details.

    November 10, 2012 8:48 AM

  20. Violence 27 Die in Sri Lanka Prison Riot Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP / Getty Images

    19. 27 Die in Sri Lanka Prison Riot

    At least 27 people were killed and 59 injured overnight when Sri Lanka's biggest prison erupted in violence. The riot began when officers searched the prison for drugs and illegal cellphones. Prisoners began attacking the police with rocks and eventually with weapons stolen from the prison's armory. The Army was eventually brought in to bring the 4,500-inmate prison under control.

    November 10, 2012 8:27 AM

  21. SUPREME COURT Justices to Rule on Voting Rights Act Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    20. Justices to Rule on Voting Rights Act

    After dozens of states tried to modify their voter identification criteria this election cycle, the Supreme Court will take up a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 is a key part of the law that requires that states with a history of discrimination receive federal approval before changing their voting laws. State officials in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia are challenging the law, arguing it’s outdated. Congress reauthorized the law in 2006 by huge margins in both the Senate and the House.

    November 9, 2012 5:03 PM