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  1. Hit Two-Year Low Obama Approval Ratings Are Grim Olivier Douliery / Getty Images-Pool

    1. Obama Approval Ratings Are Grim

    President Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to figures matching his lowest in two years, with 49 percent of respondents in the latest New York Times/CBS news poll disapproving of the president’s job performance and only 30 percent expressing belief that Obama cares “a lot” about their needs and problems. More respondents disapproved than approved of Obama’s performance on topics across the board, including foreign policy, health care, the economy, and the federal budget deficit. But not all is lost: despite the low numbers, the majority of Americans still are against Republicans’ effort to stop funding for Obama’s health-care program, set to go into place next month. Fifty-six percent of Americans would prefer that Congress uphold the health law and make it work as well as possible.

    September 25, 2013 10:33 PM

  2. CHILLING FBI Releases Video of Navy Yard Shooter Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

    2. FBI Releases Video of Navy Yard Shooter

    Talk about chilling. The FBI on Wednesday released video of Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis entering a building, loading his rifle, and eventually searching nearly empty office space for more victims. The FBI said that Alexis believed he was being controlled by "extremely low frequency" electromagnetic waves. The FBI also released photos related to the shooting, including of his shotgun, with some showing engraved messages on the gun. Some of the messages he sawed into the weapons were “Not What You Say!” and “End the Torment!” The video chronicled Alexis driving his rental car into a parking garage, then walking into the building. He then loaded his gun in an empty hallway and searched offices and other hallways.

    September 25, 2013 1:57 PM

  3. FRIGHTENING Police Search for LI Shooting Suspect Frank Eltman/AP

    3. Police Search for LI Shooting Suspect

    Hundreds of police are searching for Sang Ho Kim, a man described as a disgruntled business associate who reportedly walked into an office near the Roosevelt Field mall in East Garden City, New York, on Wednesday morning and opened fire. Two people were shot at, and one was killed. The attack was said to be targeted to a specific person in the office "over a bad business deal," according to Nassau County police. Nearby schools and businesses were put on lockdown. Authorities are now saying that the search includes the tri-state area.

    September 25, 2013 7:44 PM

  4. Next Step Senate Votes to Debate Funding Bill Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    4. Senate Votes to Proceed With Funding Bill

    So much for the faux-buster. Shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour filibuster-like anti-Obamacare speech, the Senate voted unanimously to proceed with the House’s resolution to continue to fund the government. The Senate is expected to return the funding for Obamacare that House Republicans stripped and which Cruz was pushing for. Debate began with Sen. John McCain calling Cruz out for comparing “pundits” who oppose defunding Obamacare with politicians who appeased Nazi Germany.

    September 25, 2013 2:55 PM

  5. WELL OKAY THEN Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Marriage Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    5. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Marriage

    Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara served as witnesses Saturday at a same-sex marriage in Maine. The couple, Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, owns a store in Kennebunk and have known the Bushes for years. When the Bushes accepted the invitation to the wedding, Clement and Thorgalsen then asked them to be witnesses. "This is such a wonderful time for change in our legal system," Clement said. "Who would be best to help us acknowledge the importance of our wedding as our friends and as the former leader of the free world."

    September 25, 2013 7:09 PM

  6. STUNNING VICTORY Oracle Team Wins America’s Cup Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    6. Oracle Team Wins America’s Cup

    The Oracle team made a stunning comeback to win the America's Cup sailing championship Wednesday. The team had fallen behind 8–1 only to win the next eight contests to take the trophy 9–8 against the Emirates Team New Zealand. It was only the third time in the regatta’s 162-year history that it came down to the winner-take-all final race. This year’s race took place in the San Francisco Bay, which made the event expensive, and only four teams participated.

    September 25, 2013 4:57 PM

  7. sports tragedy Ex-Chargers Player Commits Suicide Michael Conroy/AP

    7. Ex-Chargers Player Commits Suicide

    Former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home on Tuesday night, in what a medical examiner has ruled a suicide. Police have said that Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 29-year-old played four seasons with the Chargers and is remembered as easygoing by his ex-teammate Antonio Gates. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Chelsea, and two children.

    September 25, 2013 8:29 PM

  8. CHARM OFFENSIVE Iran Prez: Americans ‘Dear to our Hearts’ Pool photo by Brendan McDermid, via AP

    8. Iran Prez: Americans ‘Dear to our Hearts’

    Citing a new “era of relations” willed by the Iranian people, newly elected President Hassan Rouhani offered “greetings to the people of America who are very dear and near to the hearts of the Iranian people” in an interview with CNN. The sit-down was another move in what some are calling the leader’s charm offensive; he has promised never to build nuclear weapons, ordered the release of political prisoners, and exchanged letters with President Obama. Rouhani also acknowledged the Holocaust, something his predecessor openly questioned. “Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created towards the Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable," he said.

    September 25, 2013 1:51 PM

  9. 'Now I'm Blushing' Cory Booker DM’d a Stripper Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

    9. Cory Booker DM’d a Stripper

    Kudos to Newark super-mayor Cory Booker, who can save humans from burning buildings, befriend Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—and score the affections of a vegan stripper from Portland, Oregon. On Wednesday BuzzFeed introduced us to Lynsie Lee, a Bookerphile who, along with the mayor, was featured in Follow Friday the Film, a movie about Twitter. Booker follows Lee on Twitter; she follows him too. On Wednesday Lee put her crush on blast by tweeting a screenshot of her direct-message conversation with the mayor, who wrote to her, “And the East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me.” “Well now I'm blushing,” replied Lee, who threw in a smiley face. Booker’s reply? “It’s only fair.” Lee told BuzzFeed that Booker was only “flattering” her in response to her tweet that said the West Coast, especially Lee, loves him.

    September 25, 2013 5:29 PM

  10. EXPLAINS IT ALL Melissa Joan Hart Did a Lot of Drugs Danny Moloshok/AP

    10. Melissa Joan Hart Did a Lot of Drugs

    It turns out that Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart was just the teensiest bit wilder than the characters she played on TV. As part of the promotion for her new memoir, Melissa Explains It All, the 37-year-old dished to Life & Style about her “year and a half” of experimentation with “weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms, and mescaline” around 1999. Hart graciously includes a story about the time she was on Ecstasy at the Playboy Mansion, made out with another girl on the limo ride home, and then did a Maxim photo shoot while still high the next morning. Oh, and she once made out with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Ah, the ’90s.

    September 25, 2013 9:03 PM

  11. WARNING U.S. to Run Out of Money Soon Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty

    11. U.S. to Run Out of Money Soon

    Talk about a spoiler. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent a letter to Congress Wednesday morning declaring that the U.S. will no longer be able to pay its bills after October 17, unless the debt ceiling is raised. The announcement by Lew is the first time the administration has given a specific deadline. Many are watching Congress with trepidation, as it appears the two sides are nowhere near close to coming up with a solution to the impasse over the debt limit.

    Does this sound familiar? It's because it is.

    September 25, 2013 10:36 AM

  12. GUN CONTROL Kerry Signs U.N. Arms Treaty Jason DeCrow/AP

    12. Kerry Signs U.N. Arms Treaty

    Will the next gun-control battle be fought over a U.N. treaty? Secretary of State John Kerry signed a treaty designed to regulate trade in conventional arms like tanks, artillery, and guns. It’s designed to stop the flow of weapons to countries where they could be used for genocide or terrorism, but Republican lawmakers and gun-rights advocates claim that it could be used to regulate the sale of weapons in the U.S. (The U.N. denies that it could apply to domestic gun laws.) Opposition in the Senate means that despite Kerry’s signature, the U.S. probably won’t ratify the treaty in the near future. Nevertheless, people on Twitter are accusing Kerry of treason.

    September 25, 2013 11:54 AM

  13. BOOTY Pirate Treasure Found From Shipwreck Stephan Savoia/AP

    13. Pirate Treasure Found From Shipwreck

    Ahoy! Divers off the coast of Cape Cod have found a pirate ship treasure that’s been submerged since the early 1700s. Barry Clifford discovered the wreck site of the Whydah, the only pirate ship to sink in U.S. waters, in 1984 and has been pulling up thousands of artifacts ever since. But in early September, Clifford found evidence that there may be hundreds of thousands of gold coins yet to be recovered. Days before it sank in a massive storm in 1717, the Whydah plundered two ships and took 400,000 gold coins. Clifford’s crew has found several concretions, or rocky masses that form when metals like gold react with seawater. Whether they find the coins or not will be a mystery that will have to wait until diving season starts back up again next year around June.

    September 25, 2013 2:54 PM

  14. HERE IT COMES Obamacare Rates Lower Than Expected John Gress/Reuters

    14. Obamacare Rates Lower Than Expected

    As Sen. Ted Cruz's faux filibuster continues, the Obama administration has announced that insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act will be lower than expected. Rates vary state by state, but unsubsidized monthly premiums could be as low as $70 per month for an individual and as high as $1,200 for a family of four. The average premium for an individual will be $328 in 2014, before tax credits that most people who use the exchanges will qualify for. However, the rate announcement will give some fuel to Obamacare critics: part of the reason the rates came in lower than expected is because insurance companies created special plans with fewer in-network doctors and hospitals.  

    September 25, 2013 11:16 AM

  15. NOW WHAT? Al-Shabab: 137 Hostages Killed Ben Curtis/AP

    15. Al-Shabab: 137 Hostages Killed

    Militants from the al Qaeda-linked network al-Shabab said Wednesday that 137 hostages had been killed in the terror attack at a Kenyan mall, although that number could not be verified. President Uhuru Kenyatta said 67 people died, including six security personnel. The siege killed five militants and another 11 suspects have been arrested, including a British national. It’s still unclear if Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-called “white widow” of a London 7/7 bomber, is among those militants killed. Kenya has begun three days of national mourning, and the BBC reported that the shopping center remained largely silent overnight, although light smoke was still seen coming from the building.

    Terrorist group al-Shabab was tweeting throughout its Kenyan mall takeover, in spite of Twitter's efforts to shut down al-Shabab's accounts.

    September 25, 2013 6:56 AM

  16. UM WHAT?!

    16. Man Grows Second Nose on Forehead

    Doctors in China have used tissue expanders to grow a second nose on a patient’s forehead. The man, identified as Xiaolian, had a nose that was damaged from an infection after a car accident. Once the new nose is ready, it will be surgically removed from the 22-year-old’s forehead and implanted on his face along with cartilage from his rib, which will give it added structure. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Maryland said the new nose will work almost just as well as Xiaolian’s old one and that he should still have his sense of smell.

    September 25, 2013 6:36 PM

  17. Nirbhaya Ostracism for a Delhi Rapist's Widow Tsering Topgyal/AP

    17. Ostracism for a Delhi Rapist's Widow

    When Akshay Kumar Singh was sentenced to death in the brutal New Delhi gang rape case, it sent a strong message from a country that still struggles mightily with violence toward women. But for Singh’s wife, Punita Devi, the verdict brought a sentence of her own: destitution, ostracism, and an uncertain future. As a woman without a husband, she is left without means of support in a traditional countryside where women cannot work outside the home. "I am not educated. Our traditions are such that I cannot even step out of the house," Devi told The Wall Street Journal. "Who will earn money to feed me and my son?"

    September 25, 2013 11:12 AM

  18. TOILET SCENE! REMEMBER? ‘Dumb & Dumber 2’ Happening Jim Carrey

    18. ‘Dumb & Dumber 2’ Happening

    This has got to hurt the Best Actor nominees. Jeff Daniels, Emmy winner for The Newsroom, said Tuesday that Dumb and Dumber 2 is on—and even tweeted a photo from the set. “The intellectual freefall from McAvoy to Harry Dunn, imagine if you will,” Daniels said. Daniels teased some of the scenes in the sequel, saying there are “some things we’re going to do in Dumb & Dumber 2 that make the toilet scene [in the original] seem lame.” Can’t wait to see Will McAvoy’s reaction to that.

    September 25, 2013 7:42 AM

  19. COMPETITION Samsung Introduces Gold Galaxy 4 Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

    19. Samsung Introduces Gold Galaxy 4

    In an effort to keep up with the new iPhone, Samsung is releasing its own gold phone. The Gold Edition Galaxy S4 will come in either gold pink or gold brown. The company has released pictures of its new product on its social-media sites in the United Arab Emirates. It's not clear whether Samsung's gold phones will make it to the global market, as the phones appear to geared toward a wealthier demographic.

    September 25, 2013 11:11 AM

  20. REALLY? Making Sandwiches in Hopes of a Proposal Silvia Jansen/Getty

    20. Making Sandwiches in Hopes of a Proposal

    If a man said to get in the kitchen and make him a sandwich, any self-respecting woman would probably drop him like a sack of potatoes. But New York Post Page Six reporter Stephanie Smith has apparently taken the old adage “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” quite literally. Smith revealed that she is behind the blog 300 Sandwiches. It details how she prepares a gourmet sandwich every day in return for the promise of an engagement ring, because her clock is ticking and she wants to get married and have kids and live a perfect life in her perfect Brooklyn apartment, OK? She has more than 120 sandwiches to go. Apparently, her computer-programmer boyfriend, who is in love with sandwiches—err, with Stephanie—tells her every morning, “You’ve been up for 15 minutes, and you haven’t made me a sandwich?” Smith seems to be oblivious to the underlying sexism involved in all of this, as seen on her Twitter: “What's the conflict? Do you not know if you like sandwiches or not?” Cue eye roll.

    September 25, 2013 1:27 PM

  21. BAD SIGN Khloe Drops ‘Odom’ on Instagram Bio Casey Rodgers/AP

    21. Khloe Drops ‘Odom’ on Instagram Bio

    Could Khloe Kardashian (Odom?) get any more cryptic? The reality star dropped her husband’s last name from her Instagram account on Tuesday, hinting at the long-rumored marital woes between her and Lamar Odom. Kardashian’s rep insisted that she had dropped Odom and Kardashian from her bio, and now it simply reads “Khloe” (whatever that means). Her Twitter handle has always been @khloekardashian. Kardashian and Odom, who have been married since 2009, have been the subject of tabloid rumors since Odom’s alleged drug habit became public this summer.

    September 25, 2013 7:46 AM

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  23. WATCH OUT PAPS Calif. Gov. Signs Anti-Paparazzi Bill Todd Williamson/Invision/AP

    22. Calif. Gov. Signs Anti-Paparazzi Bill

    Those Jolie-Pitt kids are going to laugh one day about how easy the kids of celebrities have it when it comes to paparazzi. It soon will be a misdemeanor in California to photograph or film a child in a harassing manner if the child’s parent is a celebrity, according to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The law will take effect on January 1. The measure had drawn considerable support from Hollywood, with actresses Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry both testifying in favor of it. The penalty for harassment will now carry a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

    September 25, 2013 7:34 AM

  24. FILIBUSTERISH Ted Cruz Ends 21 Hour Speech AP

    23. Ted Cruz Ends 21 Hour Speech

    Quick, to the bathroom! After 21 hours, Ted Cruz ended his epic tirade against Obamacare. Cruz vowed Tuesday to “talk until I am not longer able to stand,” although his talking had no effect on today's vote because the Senate had already decided to limit debate. So what Cruz did is not really a fillibuster. (Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid called it "a big waste of time.") The Senate later advanced a House bill supported by Cruz that would continue to fund the government but defund Obamacare. The Senate will almost certainly strip the Obamacare-defunding part out and send it back to the House. In case you missed it, here are the 11 craziest moments from his fauxlibuster.

    Watch highlights of Ted Cruz's epic Senate speech, from his reading "Green Eggs and Ham" to his quoting "Duck Dynasty."

    September 25, 2013 3:00 PM

  25. NEVER TOO LATE Iowa Woman, 99, Graduates High School Nick Ut/AP

    24. Iowa Woman, 99, Graduates High School

    Don’t drop out of high school. Audrey Crabtree, 99, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said her biggest regret was never receiving her high school diploma—up until now, that is. Crabtree graduated from Waterloo High School Monday, 81 years after she was originally scheduled to. “And I feel so much smarter,” she joked. Crabtree was one credit short of graduating after a swimming and diving accident had forced her to miss several days—but to return to school in 1932 meant that she would have had to delay plans to marry her first husband. Her family today includes five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, although she had long voiced regret over not graduating.

    September 25, 2013 7:32 AM

  26. PLAN B Report: Weiner Explored Media Gigs Andrew Burton/Getty Images

    25. Report: Weiner Explored Media Gigs

    If Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign seemed like a reality show, maybe it’s because it was an audition. According to The New York Observer, Weiner explored whether he could make the jump to either television or radio prior to launching his mayoral bid. In February 2013, two months before he began floating the idea of running for mayor, Weiner was talking with agents to find out whether losing the mayor’s race would hurt his chances to land a spot on TV or radio. Before he was forced to resign from Congress because of his sexting scandal, Weiner was a regular on the cable-news circuit. If he winds up on air, his second act will be similar to Eliot Spitzer, another scandal-plagued New York politician, who had a short-lived show on CNN following his resignation from the governor's office.



    September 25, 2013 1:36 PM

  27. Oops MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners Leak

    26. MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners Leak

    It’s Christmas come early for recipients of the MacArthur “genius” grant. Ahead of the foundation’s press embargo, The Sun Herald accidentally published the list of this year’s “genius” grant recipients, a glaring mistake made even more obvious by the caption under their photo, which reads “hold for release at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.” All of the 24 winners, which vary from jazz composers to organic chemists, will receive $625,000 over the course of the next five years—money that they can spend on, virtually, whatever they want. Among the winners is the 32-year-old author of Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

    September 24, 2013 11:02 PM

  28. in a box, with a fox Ted Cruz Recites ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    27. Ted Cruz Recites ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

    Around 8 p.m. EST, Ted Cruz’s fauxlibuster took an odd turn when he decided it would be appropriate to read his daughters a bedtime story. The Texas senator began to recite Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor, with dramatic pause and all. “Green Eggs and Ham has some applicability, as curious as it may sound, to the Obamcare debate,” Cruz said once he had finished. Americans “did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either.” Watch Cruz’s entire rendition here.

    September 24, 2013 9:19 PM

  29. TRAGEDY Pakistan Earthquake Kills Hundreds Shakil Adil/AP

    28. Pakistan Earthquake Kills Hundreds

    A powerful earthquake killed at least 250 people and injured 340 more in Pakistan’s remote southwest province of Balochistan on Tuesday, flattening entire villages and even causing a new small island to appear off near the port of Gwadar. The 7.7-magnitude quake was so powerful that it could be felt as far away as Karachi and even in India’s Delhi. Already a presence in the area due to the separatist Baloch insurgency, Pakistan’s military responded quickly in the regional capital, Quetta, but the mountainous terrain has made it difficult to reach survivors.

    September 25, 2013 7:03 AM

  30. WATCH OUT U.S. Military Moves Drone Fleet Eric Gay/AP

    29. U.S. Military Moves Drone Fleet

    Maybe Djibouti would feel differently if they knew about the pizza delivery drone. The Djibouti government’s fears about accidents and other mishaps has caused the U.S. government to relocate a large fleet of drones in this Horn of Africa nation. The drones have been moved temporarily to a makeshift airstrip from the U.S. military base Camp Lemonnier, the U.S. hub for counterterrorism operations in Yemen and Somalia and the key center of operations in the fight against al-Shabab, al Qaeda’s wing in Somalia that has claimed responsibility for the Nairobi mall siege. The Pentagon has pledged $1 billion to upgrade Camp Lemonnier to a major regional base, but it’s unclear how moving the drones will affect those plans.

    September 25, 2013 7:05 AM


    30. DOJ Rejects JPMorgan’s $3 Billion Offer

    Putting messy litigation behind you isn't as cheap as it used to be. The Justice Department has rejected a $3 billion offer from JPMorgan Chase to settle investigations into the bank's mortgage-backed-securities business, saying it is much too small. JPMorgan has a big incentive to settle—the mortgage investigation is one of at least seven probes the bank is facing, ranging from alleged misbehavior in energy markets to dealing in China. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon reportedly has urged the board to agree to settlements so the bank can get past the steady string of legal headaches.

    September 25, 2013 9:59 AM