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  1. Developing Gunmen Attack Nairobi Mall Jason Straziuso/AP

    1. Gunmen Attack Nairobi Mall

    Tragedy struck a Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday when several gunmen attacked shoppers with AK-47s and grenades. Kenya's president announced there were at least 39 dead and 150 wounded. As many as 36 hostages remain inside. Witnesses say the gunmen told Muslims in the mall to stand up and leave, as only non-Muslims would be targeted. Authorities surrounded the mall to contain the situation, which the Kenyan Secretary of the Interior deemed "under control" six hours after it started. The Al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack: "For long we have waged war against the Kenyans in our land, now it's time to shift the battleground and take the war to their land #Westgate," the group tweeted.

    September 21, 2013 4:00 PM

  2. Never Mind North Korea Calls Off Cross-Border Reunions Park Dong-ju/AP

    2. North Korea Calls Off Cross-Border Reunions

    So close! After what seemed like a turning point in relations between the two Koreas, another setback. North and South Korea agreed last month to schedule several cross-border reunions for families separated by the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago. But North Korea on Saturday backed out of the plan, which was scheduled to begin next Wednesday for the first time in three years. To blame? Certain conservatives in Seoul, who are accused of a "reckless and vicious confrontation racket" -- a claim Pyongyang makes often. Can't we all just get along?

    September 21, 2013 10:47 AM

  3. so, where are they? Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Details AFP

    3. Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Details

    The dirty laundry is coming out. Syria is finally revealing details of its not-so-secret chemical weapons cache for the world to see—almost. On Friday, the international organization tasked with monitoring and destroying the weapons said Syria has begun sending in details of the stockpiles, which are apparently very long and being translated from Arabic. But the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons postponed a Sunday meeting to discuss the disarmament implementation worked out by the U.S. and Russia. Problems of execution are already arising, and the two powers are clashing over how to establish whether Syria violated the weapons agreement.

    September 20, 2013 9:38 PM

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    4. Baghdad Funeral Attacked By Suicide Bombers

    An already-tragic event was made worse on Saturday when two suicide bombers attacked a funeral in a Shiite Baghdad. One bomber detonated his explosives-packed car near a funeral tent while the other blew himself up close by. The attacks killed 54 at the funeral and wounded upwards of 70 more. Several cars also caught fire in the attack. It's the latest in a recent wave of sectarian killings, including two others in different parts of the country earlier on Saturday. The death toll from all three of the day's attacks is currently at 65.

    September 21, 2013 1:57 PM

  5. Trade Secrets Chinese Hackers Focused on Drone Technology Oliver Berg/AP

    5. Chinese Hackers Focused on Drone Technology

    When we talk about improvements in international communication, this isn't what we mean. A Chinese hacking operation targeted at least 20 defense contractors worldwide over the course of two years, the New York Times reported on Friday. The hackers reportedly have a strong focus on drone technology, and affected companies believe they are looking to turn China into a world leader in drone manufacturing for both domestic use and export. The country's Foreign Ministry even claims to be a victim itself. But here's where things get complicated: the hacking group, called the Comment Crew, has been tracked to a People's Liberation Army building near Shanghai.

    September 21, 2013 10:54 AM

  6. Stressed Overwork Hampers Background Checks Getty

    6. Overwork Hampers Background Checks

    Overworking employees in the name of efficiency is never a good thing. Take the case of USIS, the security firm that vetted both Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. No evidence has emerged that the company cut corners during the background checks of the two men, but former employees report that, due to tight deadlines and heavy caseloads, they did not feel able to do their job as well as they wanted to. With up to 10 cases due in a day, employees drove from one interview to another, wondering whether they had gone deep enough before moving on to the next case.

    September 21, 2013 10:56 AM

  7. 'bout time Alabama Sororities Invite Black Pledges Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News via AP

    7. Alabama Sororities Invite Black Pledges

    Right in time for the 21st century. After a national media frenzy around a campus news piece investigating widespread racial discrimination at sororities at the University of Alabama, the school claims diversity is on the rise. "This campus will be a place of inclusion and opportunity for all," President Judy Bonner said in the video statement. "We will do the right thing, for the right reason, the right way." Last week, 14 pledges were offered to minority students, and 6 accepted.

    September 20, 2013 10:08 PM

  8. Circular Motion Fed Jolts Economy, Stocks Reverse Effect Seth Wenig/AP

    8. Fed Jolts Economy, Stocks Reverse Effect

    Things were looking pretty good for the economy when the Fed decided to keep up its stimulus earlier this week. But then stocks fell, and we ended up right back where we started. How did it happen? The Fed's decision caused stock and bond prices to rise, but the excitement faded quickly, reversing the effect and pointing to continuing slow economic growth—and that's not to mention fears relating to the upcoming budget debate, which promises to be unpleasant. Friday was also a "quadruple witching," meaning that both index and individual options and futures all expired on the same day.

    September 21, 2013 11:02 AM

  9. Drill, Baby, Drill California Passes Its First Fracking Laws Justin Sullivan/Getty

    9. California Passes Its First Fracking Laws

    Is it easy being green? California's governor on Friday signed a sweeping anti-fracking law, a first for the state. The legislation requires drillers to disclose what chemicals they are using and to get a permit before beginning the process. They will also need to test groundwater and tell neighbors before starting to drill. The legislation paves the way for some fracking in the Monterey Shale, which potentially holds 15.4 billion barrels of oil. It's concerning for environmental groups, who are earlier this week called for a moratorium until health officials could research the practice's effects. But a compromise is in effect: while there will be no moratorium, health officials must complete a study by January 2015.

    September 21, 2013 11:05 AM

  10. STAND DOWN Photog: Jon Gosselin Pulled a Gun on Me Michael Buckner/Getty

    10. Photog: Jon Gosselin Pulled a Gun on Me

    This is beyond a mid-life crisis. A photographer alleges Jon Gosselin, former star of TLC’s reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, pulled a gun on her while she was trying to get a shot of his Pennsylvania cabin. Some pretty scary photos obtained by TMZ show Gosselin shouting at the woman and reaching for what looks like a gun. The photographer had followed the ex-of-Kate, from his new job waiting tables at a restaurant called Black Dog. Gosselin told her to get off his property and fired a warning shot before she fled. Scary.

    September 21, 2013 2:15 PM

  11. 'Moorish National' Man Claims Sovereignty Over Bethesda Mansion Tracy A. Woodward/Getty

    11. Man Claims Sovereignty Over Bethesda Mansion

    A man in Maryland is definitely a contender for Weirdest Defense Strategy of the Year -- or possibly the century. Lamont Butler stood accused of burglary after he broke into an unoccupied Bethesda mansion earlier this year and claimed it as his own. His reasoning? As he said defending himself in court, he is a "Moorish American National" with American ancestral ties dating to before the country's founding. As a result, he claimed, North America is still part of a giant Moroccan empire, giving him sovereignty over large amounts of land. But don't go scrambling to your genealogy charts just yet: the defense didn't fly, and a jury found Butler guilty of five crimes on Friday.

    September 21, 2013 11:06 AM

  12. We've Got News The Daily Beast Roars On

    12. The Daily Beast Roars On

    The Daily Beast's interim CEO announced in a staff memo on Friday that the site "is not for sale and is not closing." Barry Diller, the chairman of parent company IAC, said in a statement: “The story of The Daily Beast is one of excellence in reporting, in design, and in digital distribution." With readership growing 22 percent this year alone, "The Daily Beast roars on," said executive editor John Avlon. Thank you for reading!

    September 20, 2013 1:49 PM

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