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  1. BEND OVER  Greece Passes New Austerity Budget Philippe Huguen, AFP / Getty Images

    1. Greece Passes New Austerity Budget

    In an unusually propitious scene from the ongoing Greek tragedy, lawmakers approved the country’s 2013 austerity budget. Greece hopes the move will persuade international creditors to unblock a massive rescue loan installment, the only thing standing between it and bankruptcy. Finance ministers from the 17 eurozone countries met in Brussels following the news, but German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said they won’t be rushed to approve the loan. The decision comes on the heels of a separate bill, passed by a smaller majority Thursday, which will implement deep-spending cuts over the next two years.

    November 11, 2012 6:44 PM

  2. HARDBALL Obama Plans PR for Tax Hike Alex Wong / Getty Images

    2. Obama Plans PR for Tax Hike

    The White House is hoping to drum up support for a proposed budget deficit solution that increases taxes on the wealthy and cuts spending. President Obama will be meeting with labor and business leaders next week and plans to travel outside Washington to garner support for the plan that will try to avert automatic cuts that are scheduled to begin in January. In recent days Republicans have appeared to loosen their stringent opposition to Obama’s proposals, and House Speaker John Boehner even said a higher tax revenue could play a part in the deal. Obama’s defecit reduction plan includes letting tax rates rise to 39.6 percent (from 35 percent) on income over $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. According to the White House, this would raise roughly $440 billion over the next 10 years.

    November 11, 2012 8:25 PM

  3. BUNGLED? FBI Discovered Affair in Summer ISAF / AP Photo

    3. FBI Discovered Affair in Summer

    Talk about a slow leak: apparently, high-level officials at the FBI and the Justice Department were notified late this past summer that the bureau’s agents had uncovered CIA Director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair. But the FBI did not notify anyone else until this past week because there was a lack of evidence that security had been breached. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee said she would “absolutely” demand an explanation. The case “could have had an effect on national security,” she told Fox News. “I think we should have been told.”

    November 11, 2012 10:46 PM

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

    4. 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

  5. BUT WILL THEY? Boehner to House GOP: Wisen Up Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    5. Boehner to House GOP: Wisen Up

    How thorough was the electoral trouncing last Tuesday? The muttered support House Speaker John Boehner got from members of his party on a conference call Wednesday might be one of the most accurate barometers. “Most members were just taught a lesson that you’re not going to get everything that you want,” said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole of the new House GOP effort to line up behind the speaker. “It was that kind of election.” Boehner has long had trouble corralling his party’s fractious House members, but doing so will be crucial if they are to present a significant voting bloc.

    November 11, 2012 7:14 AM

  6. UNITED Syrian Opposition Signs Unity Deal Sezayi Erken, AFP / Getty Images

    6. Syrian Opposition Signs Unity Deal

    Various factions from Syria’s opposition had been in talks in Doha, Qatar, this week with little in the way of results, until a tentative agreement was signed Sunday mandating an umbrella coalition. This organization will help the movement see foreign military aid and diplomatic recognition and bring legitimacy to the fighters. “Today in Doha is the first time the different factions of the Syrian opposition are united in one body,” said Riyad Farid Hijab, a former Syrian prime minister. The president of the newly minted National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces is Sheikh Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, a respected national figure in the country.

    November 11, 2012 10:26 PM

  7. OUT OF HER LEAGUE Broadwell Flaunted Petraeus Access C-SPAN Book TV / AP Photo

    7. Broadwell Flaunted Petraeus Access

    Paula Broadwell got a lot of attention while she was working on her biography of David Petraeus—much of it for her form-fitting clothes and slim résumé. “She was relentlessly pro-Petraeus,” a policy expert who met Broadwell in Afghanistan said. “She wasn’t a reporter. She struck me as an acolyte.” Officers who worked with the general in Afghanistan said that his official biographer—alleged to be the other woman in a career-ending extramarital affair—also caught their eye when she posted sensitive military information on her Facebook page. But others in the general’s circle said they were struck by Broadwell’s work ethic and idealism. The FBI reportedly learned of the affair after uncovering “harassing” emails sent from Broadwell to a woman both she and Petraeus knew.

    November 11, 2012 9:18 AM

  8. ‘WAR ZONE’ Indianapolis Fire Razes Homes Indianapolis Fire Department / AP Photo

    8. Indianapolis Fire Razes Homes

    Two people were reported dead in an explosion and blaze that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood Saturday. The force of the explosion shattered windows in houses as far as a block away, and could be felt for three miles. “It looks like a war zone here right now,” fire-department spokeswoman Lt. Bonnie Hensley said of the inferno that erupted after two neighborhood homes exploded around 11 p.m. local time for unknown reasons. Three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed in the fire that resulted. Rescue workers combed the area repeatedly and took displaced residents to a shelter at a nearby school.

    November 11, 2012 12:45 PM

  9. BOND ‘Skyfall’ Grosses $87.8 million Sony Pictures Releasing / AP Photo

    9. ‘Skyfall’ Grosses $87.8 million

    007’s still got it. After four years off the big screen, the Bond series made a triumphant return this weekend with its newest action thriller, Skyfall, which grossed a record-breaking $87.8 million in its first three days. The number shatters the previous opening-weekend record, set in 2008, when Quantum of Solace brought in a whopping $67.5 million. Already the biggest debut in the Bond series’s 23-film history, Skyfall may not be done breaking records. As the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches, some predict it will be the first Bond flick to pass the $200 million mark. Some things are worth waiting for.

    November 11, 2012 2:49 PM

  10. LA-LA-LA-LOVE Behind the Bieber-Gomez Split Mike Coppola / Gety Images

    10. Behind the Bieber-Gomez Split

    He was late to a taping. She cried at a friend’s party. An emo Instragram. The signs were there that Justin Bieber’s two-year relationship with Selena Gomez was, as Katy Perry would say, “crashing from the high.” People reports on a few specific incidents that foreshadowed the union’s demise: in June, Bieber was late to a TV spot, citing a fight with Gomez; in July, Gomez was “crying about Justin” at Ashley Tisdale’s birthday party; and last month Bieber posted an Instagram photo of himself with the caption “Just me.” Bieber was also spotted hanging with Victoria’s Secret models in N.Y.C. this week. He took two brunettes to The Lion King on Broadway, too. So life isn’t that bad.

    November 11, 2012 1:47 PM

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  12. NEWLYWEDS Timberlake, Biel Are Sandy Volunteers Jonathan Leibson, WireImage / Getty Images

    11. Timberlake, Biel Are Sandy Volunteers

    What a couple! Fresh from their wedding in Italy, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel went to the Far Rockaway neighborhood of New York City on Saturday to volunteer in the area devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The newlyweds handed out backpacks full of supplies for more than three hours along with music producer Timbaland. Singer John Legend also lent some star power to relief efforts on Saturday, saying that the damage wreaked by the storm is still “kind of overwhelming.”

    November 11, 2012 7:36 AM

  13. MASTER SPY Broadwell Sent ‘Harassing’ Emails Michael Gottschalk, dapd / AP Photo

    12. Broadwell Sent ‘Harassing’ Emails

    What did the FBI and CIA know about former CIA director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair and when? That’s what members of Congress will want to know when they meet with newly minted FBI Acting Director Michael Morell this week. Petraeus was busted after the FBI uncovered “harassing” emails sent from Paula Broadwell to a woman both she and Petraeus knew. Morrell and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce will meet with leading members of the House intelligence committee, who will have questions about how the investigation uncovered Petraeus’s career-ending infidelities, a senior congressional staffer told The Associated Press. The White House also stands to be questioned on when the administration was first given word of Petraeus’s actions.

    November 11, 2012 7:20 AM

  14. INVESTIGATION Legal-Drug Overdoses on the Rise Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

    13. Legal-Drug Overdoses on the Rise

    Prescription drugs have fueled a wave of overdoses over the past decade, a Los Angeles Times investigation shows. While federal efforts to curb the abuse of painkiller medications have focused on illegally obtained drugs, many overdoses have taken the lives of patients who were prescribed the medications by their physicians. Drug overdoses from prescription drugs now claim more lives in the United States than heroin and cocaine together, the Times reports.

    November 11, 2012 7:34 AM

  15. PROSECUTION Afghan Villagers Recount Massacre Allauddin Khan / AP Photo

    14. Afghan Villagers Recount Massacre

    There was only one. Afghan villagers who escaped a March massacre in an Afghan village said they saw only one U.S. soldier during the attack. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 villagers, acted with “chilling premeditation,” government prosecutors have said. They are seeking the death penalty for what they say involved two attacks on one bloody evening in March. The three witnesses Saturday testified at the hearing in Washington state via a video link from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

    November 11, 2012 7:28 AM


    15. 6.8 Earthquake Rattles Burma

    A dozen people may be dead after a magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook Myanmar on Sunday. A gold mine and a bridge were destroyed in the quake, which also damaged a number of historic Buddhist pagodas. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 72 miles from the city of Mandalay, but no major damage was reported in the country’s second-most-populous urban center. Burma has little in the way of an official disaster-response system, and the quake seems to have affected mostly people in rural regions.

    November 11, 2012 7:19 AM

  17. TECH TRUCE Apple, HTC Call Quits in Patent War Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    16. Apple, HTC Call Quits in Patent War

    Your iPhone is safe. Tech titans Apple and HTC have buried the hatchet in one of the largest patent battles yet to erupt as companies fight for the lucrative smartphone market. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the global patent settlement between the two companies. The two companies also agreed to a 10-year licensing deal, though neither company offered specifics. The feud erupted when Apple accused HTC, which makes smartphones that use the Android operating system, of infringing on its iPhone patents.

    November 11, 2012 7:24 AM

  18. GAZA STRIP Rockets Strike Southern Israel Tsafrir Abayov / AP Photo

    17. Rockets Strike Southern Israel

    At least 45 rockets have been fired into Israel by Palestinian militants since Saturday, according to Israeli police. The Israeli Air Force responded to the attacks with a series of strikes on sites in the Gaza Strip, where the rockets were thought to be made, stored, and launched. Israel Radio reported that Hamas had claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, which injured three Israelis. Six Palestinians are reported to have been killed in the weekend fighting.

    November 11, 2012 7:17 AM


    18. Egyptian Baby-Selling Ring Busted

    Until recently, a ring of traffickers in Egypt would sell you a baby for $570. Police said Sunday that they had smashed the criminal enterprise based in Cairo, rounding up two nurses and a hospital doctor among five suspects in the case. In a nod to Islamic law, adoption is illegal in Egypt, and many of the babies trafficked by the ring were sold to couples who could not conceive. About 300 babies are thought to have been sold over three years.

    November 11, 2012 9:52 AM

  20. HEROES Obama Marks Veterans Day Brendan Smialowski, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Obama Marks Veterans Day

    President Obama visited Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday morning to mark Veterans Day. The president observed a moment of silence and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “The memory of your loved one carries on not just in your hearts, but in ours, as well,” Obama said in remarks at Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. “Whenever America has come under attack, you’ve risen to her defense.” America needs to better serve its newest veterans, Obama said, calling the men and women who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan some of the most dedicated in the nation’s history.

    November 11, 2012 11:43 AM

  21. FUTURE PLANS Hillary: I Want My HGTV Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

    20. Hillary: I Want My HGTV

    The New York Times today offers yet more speculation about Hillary Clinton's political future, but at least there are some relevant new details. For example, Clinton tells Gail Collins that she loves the HGTV program Love It or List It—in which couples must choose to either refurbish or sell their homes—and is looking forward to watching more such fare when she retires from State. She also wants to “sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years.” As for her White House plans, nothing new to report here.

    November 11, 2012 2:57 PM

  22. ANGRY EMAIL ‘Other Woman’ Named in Petraeus Affar Cliff Owen / AP Photo

    21. ‘Other Woman’ Named in Petraeus Affar

    The target of Paula Broadwell’s harassment emails is reportedly the State Department military liaison named Jill Kelley, the The Associated Press has revealed. Kelley lives in Tampa, Florida, and allegedly received angry messages from Petraeus' mistress. ABC News reports that Petraeus told his friends that his relationship with Broadwell began after he left the Army in August 2011. The general also reportedly was the one to break off things with Broadwell. The mistress' harassing emails to Kelley have sparked rumors about whether she was jealous at the possibility of there being an “other woman” in Petraeus’s life.

    November 11, 2012 2:49 PM