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  1. ATTACK Obama Talks with Egypt and Israel MOHAMMED ABED

    1. Security Council Meets on Gaza

    An emergency U.N. Security Council was called Wednesday night after Israel carried out rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, killing a Hamas military commander in response to days of rocket fire out of Gaza. President Obama also spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Wednesday about the airstrikes, reiterating his support for Israel’s right to self-defense, but urging the country to avoid civilian casualties. The attack tragically killed the baby of BBC Arabic employee Jihad Misharawi.

    November 14, 2012 9:32 PM

  2. NEW LEADER Xi Jinping Becomes China’s New Leader Pairoj, AFP / Getty Images

    2. Xi Jinping Becomes China’s New Leader

    It doesn’t happen often, but change is coming to China’s leadership. Vice President Xi Jinping is taking over for outgoing President Hu Jintao as chief of the Communist Party and its military, and in March, he will assume the presidency. The party also reduced the number of seats on its all important Standing Committee from nine to seven, in order to help with consensus building. Along with Xi, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli will be controlling the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years.

    November 14, 2012 10:12 PM

  3. ROUGH TIMES

    3. Official: Petraeus’s Last Days Strained

    General David Petraeus wasn’t doing so hot during his last days. The CIA was embroiled in scandal over its role in Benghazi, and criticism was coming from all sides at the general, a senior official told The Wall Street Journal. Apparently,  Petraeus wanted aides to publish a timeline of the events in Libya, even after the Pentagon objected. His Army background also didn’t mesh with the relaxed attitude at the CIA, according to agency officers, who said Petraeus was surprised when disagreed with, and was controlling.

    November 14, 2012 11:05 PM

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COME TOGETHER Euro Nations Protest Austerity
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    4. Euro Nations Protest Austerity


    Workers in Greece, Spain, and Portugal held synchronized protests on Wednesday against austerity measures, with the demonstration in Madrid in particular taking a violent turn as police charged with billy clubs. Large factories in Spain shut down production, and retail traffic was slow. In Athens, 5,000 people took to the street in a mostly peaceful protest. More demonstrations are scheduled in Madrid and Greece as the day goes on, although analysts warned that the frequent protests have caused the government to tune them out.

    November 14, 2012 12:45 PM

  5. SORE LOSER Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s ‘Gifts’ Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    5. Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s ‘Gifts’

    In a conference call Wednesday, Mitt Romney blamed his loss in the presidential election on “gifts and initiatives” President Obama gave to young, African-American, and Hispanic voters. He said Obama followed the “old playbook” of catering to specific demographics. He added that for young people, forgiveness of college loan interest was “a big gift,” as was free contraceptives. He said free health care “was a big plus” for Hispanics and African-Americans voters, too. Louisiana Governor and rumored 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal slammed Romney's excuses Wednesday, saying "that is absolutely wrong...we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent."

    November 14, 2012 6:00 PM

  6. COLORADO James Holmes Attempted Suicide RJ Sangosti, Pool / AP Photo

    6. James Holmes Attempted Suicide

    James Holmes, who is on trial for the massacre in an Aurora movie theater, doesn’t seem to be faring too well in jail. According to law enforcement, Holmes has made multiple suicide attempts in recent days—though apparently he isn’t trying very hard. Sources said Holmes’ attempts have been “half-hearted” and include running into a wall and jumping off his bed. But a Tuesday trip to the hospital followed one of those attempts, and defense attorneys have asked for a Thursday hearing to be postponed as a result.

    November 14, 2012 8:50 PM

  7. MENINGITIS House Panel Investigates FDA Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

    7. House Panel Investigates FDA

    Congress sure was busy today. A House oversight committee slammed The Food and Drug Administration for being too slow to shut down the New England Compounding Center, after the pharmaceutical firm released thousands of vials of tainted steroids. “After a tragedy like this, the first question we all ask is: could this have been prevented?” Chairman Cliff Stearns asked FDA officials at a hearing Wednesday. “The answer here appears to be yes.” FDA officials said the agency doesn’t have the authority to regulate compounding pharmacies. Thirty-two people have died, and 461 others have gotten sick as a result of the tainted medication.

    November 14, 2012 5:53 PM

  8. BOOKWORMS National Book Winners Announced Dawn Villella/ AP Photo

    8. National Book Winners Announced

    All the top literary nerds gathered Wednesday evening in Manhattan for the annual National Book Awards. For fiction, the prize went to Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Katherine Boo won best nonfiction work for Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Taking the stage, Boo joked she felt like Mitt Romney, since she didn’t have a prepared speech. David Ferry’s Bewilderment won for poetry. The winners each received $10,000.

    November 14, 2012 10:45 PM

  9. OUCH Livestrong Drops Lance’s Name Gary Miller / Getty Images

    9. Livestrong Drops Lance’s Name

    Well, this is awkward. The Lance Armstrong Foundation is making its informal “Livestrong” title official—in order to further distance the organization from its disgraced founder. Armstrong created the charity 15 years ago, after being diagnosed with cancer, but resigned as chairman on Oct. 17 after a USADA report concluded he had been part of the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” “For most of its life, the organization has been known as the Livestrong Foundation, but making that change official is necessary and appropriate during a time of change for the organization,” said spokeswoman Katherine McLane. At the foundation’s office, seven of Amstrong’s Tour de France victory jerseys were taken off the walls.

    November 14, 2012 8:05 PM

  10. REVEALED Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Unmasked Michael Tran / Getty Images

    10. Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Unmasked

    The identity of the man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with a minor has been revealed. The Smoking Gun reports 24-year-old Sheldon Stephens, a struggling actor and model from Pennsylvania, was the man behind the allegation. Stephens later recanted, saying his relationship with Clash was an “adult consensual relationship.” TSG also uncovered that Stephens has been arrested a handful of times since 2009 for passing bad checks, reckless driving, and two felony counts of receiving stolen property. Stephens had allegedly robbed a music manager at knife-point and fled with $250,000 worth of jewelry, according to TSG.

    November 14, 2012 7:41 PM

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  12. DOMESTIC DISPUTE?  Hope Solo’s Fiancé Arrested Drew Hallowell / Getty Images

    11. Report: Hope Solo Weds Arrested Fiancé

    It's not exactly the most romantic start to a marriage. People Magazine is reporting that Olympian Hope Solo has wed NFL star Jerramy Stevens, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting her, according to police. Court documents say Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, had recently argued over where they would live together. Stevens was released Tuesday when a judge concluded there was no evidence of assault, but police say an investigation is still pending.

    November 14, 2012 3:14 PM

  13. EPIC, BRUTAL, GLORIOUS Guy Fieri’s Restaurant Brutally Panned John W. Ferguson / Getty Images for Tabasco

    12. Guy Fieri’s Restaurant Panned

    Just over 1,000 words and entirely composed of angry questions, The New York Times’s review of Guy Fieri’s restaurant Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar is ruthless, unrelenting, and brutal. The host of NBC’s short-lived Minute to Win It and the Food Network’s Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives, known for his blond highlights and seemingly Red Bull–induced high energy, probably didn’t see this coming. Instead of trying to explain this epic slamming, here we offer a few quotes from the review: “Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are?” “Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret—a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers—called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?” “Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste?”

    November 14, 2012 9:29 AM

  14. MAGIC MIKE People’s Sexiest Man: Channing Tatum Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    13. People’s Sexiest Man: Channing

    Must have been those stripteases in Magic Mike. People magazine named Channing Tatum 2012’s Sexiest Man Alive after the 32-year-old actor had a breakout year, starring in the hit comedy 21 Jump Street. “My first thought was, Y’all are messing with me,” Tatum said. A former stripper, Tatum is married to actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum and is currently in training to play an Olympic athlete in next year’s Foxcatcher.

    November 14, 2012 8:49 AM

  15. DOWN

    14. Retail Sales Dip

    Retail sales, a strong point in recent months, fell unexpectedly in October. Sales were off 0.3 percent from September, but still up 3.8 percent from October 2011. Reading in between the lines, it’s clear that Sandy’s disruption of logistics and supply chains played a role—by sandbagging vehicle sales, online commerce, and mail-order business.

    November 14, 2012 10:48 AM

  16. SESAME SAFE Elmo Accuser Recants Michael Tran / Getty Images

    15. Elmo Accuser Recants

    Collective sigh of relief: One day after the jarring news that Kevin Clash—the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo for the past 28 years—had been accused of sex with a minor, the accuser has recanted his claim. Although the identity of the now 24-year-old is still unknown, the law firm representing him, Andreozzi & Associates, confirmed his retraction Tuesday evening. “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” the statement reads. Clash has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to address the allegations. 

    November 13, 2012 6:03 PM

  17. SCANDAL NATO Chief: ‘Confidence’ in Allen Alex Wong / Getty Images

    16. NATO Chief: ‘Confidence’ in Allen

    The head of NATO said on Wednesday that he has “full confidence” in Gen. John Allen, the U.S. and NATO’s top commander in Europe who is currently under an FBI investigation for his relationship with Jill Kelley. Allen has denied any wrongdoing with Kelley, who has been linked to Paula Broadwell, the woman who had an affair with retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, resulting in his resignation as director of the CIA. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned that nobody should jump to any conclusions about Allen, although he called his decision to put Allen’s nomination for NATO top general on hold “prudent.”

    November 14, 2012 6:46 AM

  18. SANDY LI Power Company Sued Over Outages Craig Ruttle / AP Photo

    17. LI Power Company Sued Over Outages

    The head of Long Island Power Authority  resigned on Tuesday after a group of customers filed a class-action lawsuit accusing LIPA of being “grossly negligent” in its response to Hurricane Sandy, which left 945,000 of its customers without power. An estimated 45,000 are still without power in the area. LIPA chief Michael Hervey’s resignation comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of a commission to investigate how prepared power companies were for the storm.

    November 14, 2012 7:21 AM

  19. COUNTERINTUITIVE Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Shakil Adil / AP Photo

    18. Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban

    Freeing prisoners to foster peace? That’s what Pakistan did, releasing Afghan Taliban captives who may be “useful” in talks. The move is seen as a gesture that Islamabad is on board for Afghan peace. It’s widely thought that before 2014, when NATO troops pull out, an agreement with the Afghan government and insurgents would be ideal. It’s unclear which top Taliban members have been freed.

    November 14, 2012 6:52 AM

  20. PETRAEUS AFFAIR Kelley Tried to Stop Investigation Tim Boyles / Getty Images

    19. Kelley Tried to Stop Investigation

    There are no take-backsies in FBI investigations. Jill Kelley learned that the hard way after triggering the probe into a series of threatening emails that ultimately led to the resignation of David Petraeus and the unveiling of a convoluted sex scandal. Kelley initially complained to the FBI after receiving harassing emails eventually traced to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’s mistress and biographer, but attempted to stop the investigation upon realizing that it could cause her personal life to unravel. (Whoopsie, it has.) In another new development, Broadwell apparently didn’t just send disturbing emails solely to Kelley. She also sent messages denigrating her to senior military officials.

    November 13, 2012 9:30 PM

  21. HARDBALL Obama Sets High Tax Target Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    20. Obama Sets High Tax Target

    President Obama will begin negotiations over the fiscal Friday, and, gauging by early reports, he plans to play hardball. He will open talks with a proposal to raise $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue from the wealthy over the next decade, which is double the $800 billion that was on the table during discussions in the summer of 2011. Though House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently revealed he was open to raising taxes on the wealthy, it’s unlikely that he or GOP leaders will approve a proposal so much more aggressive than what was discussed during the last round of negotiations.

    November 13, 2012 9:05 PM

  22. SERIOUSLY? FBI Investigating Broadwell’s Files Chuck Burton / AP Photo

    21. FBI Investigating Broadwell’s Files

    Senior law-enforcement officials told The Washington Post that Paula Broadwell, the woman who had an extramarital affair with Gen. David Petraeus that eventually led to his resignation as CIA director, is being investigated for classified documents. The FBI searched Broadwell’s Charlotte, N.C., home on Monday night, leaving with several boxes of material that they are currently snooping through, with one official calling it an “issue of national security.” Both Broadwell and Petraeus have denied that Broadwell, who wrote a biography of Petraeus, had access to classified documents.

    November 14, 2012 6:55 AM

  23. TRAGEDY

    22. Woman Refused Abortion Dies

    Irish officials said on Wednesday they are investigating two Catholic hospitals that reportedly refused to treat a woman who died after seeking an abortion while undergoing a miscarriage. Savita Halappanavar’s family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying. Her family says the hospitals refused to perform an abortion because there was still a fetal heartbeat. Halappanavar, 31, died on Oct. 28. An autopsy has confirmed she died of sepsis. Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, said she suffered “in agony” for several days, but a consultant told them that “as long as there is a fetal heartbeat, there is nothing we can do.” Abortion is illegal in Ireland except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.

    November 14, 2012 7:18 AM

  24. In Charge Nancy Pelosi Stays Put Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    23. Aide: Pelosi to Stay in House

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will remain in charge of the Democratic Caucus in the 113th Congress. Today’s announcement ends a week of speculation regarding her future. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn are keeping their positions as well. Pelosi said that the reason she was staying was to help guide the new caucus, which has a majority of non-white men for the first time ever, something Pelosi called “historic.” Meanwhile, the Senate Republicans reelected Mitch McConnell as their leader, an aide said.

    November 14, 2012 11:13 AM

  25. PRESSER Obama: ‘No Evidence’ Info Leaked Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images

    24. Obama: ‘No Evidence’ Info Leaked

    President Obama said on Wednesday that there is “no evidence” that any classified evidence leaked in the scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus and U.S. Gen. John Allen. Obama said the FBI has their own protocols on the investigation involving Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, whose home was searched Monday for classified information. Meanwhile, the president also insisted that he is pushing the House of Representatives to come to a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the term that refers to what will happen when the Bush tax cuts expire iat the end of the year and a set of draconian spending cuts phase in. Obama said he had heard “Republican after Republican” say they need more revenue from the wealthiest Americans, and he said the “math tends not to work” in simply closing loopholes to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    November 14, 2012 1:48 PM

  26. 'SPUTTERING' Plane Crashes Into Mississippi Home Rogelio V. Solis / AP Photo

    25. Plane Crashes Into Mississippi Home

    A single-engine plane heading for a Federal Aviation Administration safety conference crashed into a Mississippi home. The plane was “spitting and sputtering” as if it needed fuel, then crashed through trees and slammed into a house, setting it on fire. The three men on board, all pilots, were killed in the crash. One person in the house was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

    November 14, 2012 6:53 AM

  27. GET READY Petraeus to Testify to Congress Karen Bleier, AFP / Getty Images

    26. Petraeus to Testify to Congress

    Resigning hasn’t stopped Congress. Gen. David Petraeus will reportedly still testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees this week about the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. Petraeus resigned last week as head of the CIA after his extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell was exposed, and since then, the scandal has widened to include Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Acting CIA director Michael J. Morrell has agreed to testify in Petraeus’s place, but sources confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that Petraeus would still be there.

    November 14, 2012 10:51 AM

  28. CRIME Grand Jury Indicts Patz Suspect AP Photo

    27. Grand Jury Indicts Patz Suspect

    A New York grand jury on Wednesday indicted Pedro Hernandez, the man who confessed to killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. He has been charged with murder and kidnapping, a source said. Hernandez’s attorney, Harvey Fishbein, claimed his client suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinations, and the entire case is based on the word of someone who is mentally ill.

    November 14, 2012 2:09 PM

  29. ECONOMIC WOES Obama Claims Tax Mandate Scott Eells, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    28. Obama Claims Tax Mandate

    In a press conference Wednesday at the White House, President Obama said voters prefer his tax plan—and that he will not back down when it comes to putting a higher tax burden on the wealthiest Americans. “What I'm not going to do is to extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent that we can’t afford and, according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy,” the president said. Things are looking increasingly hopeful for a potential deal, after Republicans indicated they would be open to possible tax reform in order to increase revenue and avoid the looming fiscal cliff that will be put in motion in January.

    November 14, 2012 3:29 PM

  30. ‘SHIRT GAPE’ Cameron Has Wardrobe Malfunction Oli Scarff / Getty Images (2)

    29. Cameron Has Wardrobe Malfunction

    British Prime Minister David Cameron unknowingly performed another public service Tuesday night when he illuminated us common folk to the rich-people ailment that is “shirt gape.” According to Telegraph fashion columnist Belinda White, “shirt gape” is a wardrobe malfunction in which shoddy buttoning of a tuxedo shirt accidentally exposes a man’s chest and belly. Things that could contribute to the fashion fiasco, according to White: “Too tight shirt. Too big boobs. Too much dinner.” Alas, Cameron succumbed to all of this at Tuesday’s Lord Mayor’s banquet in London. Can’t be unseen.

    November 14, 2012 12:21 PM

  31. BIEBER CASE Judge Rules Paparazzi Law Invalid Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

    30. Judge Rules Paparazzi Law Invalid

    Who knew that Justin Bieber’s car chase case would involve lofty legal questions? A photographer charged with chasing Bieber down a Los Angeles freeway got a little relief Wednesday when a judge ruled the statute that helped charge him was unconstitutional. The law bans photographers from driving recklessly to grab a picture of a celebrity. During the July incident, witnesses saw the cars flying by at speeds close to 100 mph. Two of the four criminal counts against photographer Paul Raef have now been dropped because the judge felt the law suppressed the media. The L.A. City Attorney will likely appeal the ruling.

    November 14, 2012 6:35 PM

  32. Bipartisan? Harry Reid Blasts Scott Brown Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    31. Harry Reid Blasts Scott Brown

    Harry Reid probably isn’t too broken up over Scott Brown’s loss. The Senate Majority Leader dismissed Brown’s calls for more bipartisanship Wednesday, saying that Brown “should look up in the mirror.” Reid said, “I saw his plea for bipartisanship. That is a big joke. It’s travesty. He’s one of the most partisan people…I don’t need any advice from him on bipartisanship.” Reid also expressed confidence that the Democrats will be able to keep John Kerry’s senate seat if Kerry leaves for a cabinet position, despite rumors that Brown might run for the seat. “We feel very comfortable if in fact that it does happen, we feel comfortable in Massachusetts. I already told you how I feel about Scott Brown,” Reid said.

    November 14, 2012 4:01 PM

  33. EXPLOSIONS Hamas Military Commander Killed Mahmud Hams, AFP / Getty Images

    32. Hamas Military Commander Killed

    The message: don’t promote terrorism in Israel. An Israeli airstrike has killed Ahmed al-Jabari, the head of Hamas’s military wing. Jabari was reportedly traveling in a car in Gaza City when the vehicle exploded. He is the seniormost Hamas official to be killed in Gaza in four years, and his death comes just days after Israeli officials said that they were considering assassinating senior figures in Hamas. Israel’s security service said in a statement, “He was the senior commander of the Hamas military wing in the Gaza Strip. As part of his status and activity, Jabari was responsible in the last decade for all terrorist activities against Israel from Gaza.”

    November 14, 2012 9:50 AM

  34. SAY WHAT

    33. McCain and Graham Pledge To Block Rice

    Those post-election pledges of bipartisanship sure didn't last long. Just eight days after the election, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have vowed to block Susan Rice from becoming the next secretary of State because of her role in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack. President Obama appeared angry with the threat at a press conference Wednesday, saying the senators should focus criticism on him alone. Senator McCain certainly did that as well, claiming that when it comes to Benghazi, the president "did not tell the American people the truth" adding that "this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetence, or engaged in a coverup." Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hasn't been nominated for the State Department position yet, but is widely considered a frontrunner.

    November 14, 2012 5:03 PM

  35. SCANDAL UNFOLDS FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Revealed Kevin P. Casey / AP Photo

    34. FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Revealed

    The New York Times claims to have uncovered the identity of the FBI agent who started the investigation eventually resulting in Gen. David Petraeus’s resignation. Fredrick W. Humphries allegedly looked into a complaint from his friend and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley—who had received unnerving emails regarding her relationship with Petraeus. Colleagues say Humphries is “a solid agent with experience in counterterrorism, conservative political views, and a reputation for aggressiveness.” Lawrence Berger, general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, denies the now rampant rumor that Humphries sent Kelley shirtless photos, saying “it was sent as part of a larger context of what I would call social relations in which the families would exchange numerous photos of each other,” and was a “joke.”

    November 14, 2012 6:37 PM