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  1. phew Obama OK's Military Pay During Shutdown Rahmat Gul/AP

    1. Obama OKs Military Pay During Shutdown

    Here's something everyone can agree on: the need to pay our service men and women abroad when the government goes dark. On Monday night, President Obama signed a last-minute bill ensuring the armed forces and civilian employees of the Defense Department and Pentagon will continue to get paid when the shutdown is set to go into effect at midnight. It was approved by the House and approved by the Senate earlier without disputea near-miracle in the current political climate.

    September 30, 2013 10:32 PM

  2. IT'S HAPPENING U.S. Federal Government Shuts Down Evan Vucci

    2. U.S. Federal Government Shuts Down

    It's really happening. As of midnight Tuesday, the federal government has shut down after Congress failed to pass the spending bill. The Office of Management and Budget directed executive agencies to shut down just before midnight on Monday. The memo read: "We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations." Still, Obama reassured that Obamacare is still in effect. From the president's Twitter account: "'The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. You can't shut it down.' —President Obama #Obamacare"

    September 30, 2013 11:57 PM

  3. Developing Emergency Declared at UC Berkeley Daily Californian Online Managing Editor Seung Y. Lee took video footage

    3. Emergency Declared at UC Berkeley

    Officials declared a campus emergency and ordered an evacuation at the University of California, Berkeley, after an explosion was reported Monday night. The cause was thought to be from an electrical vault, according to fire-department chief Gil Dong. Several injuries were reported, and many were stuck in elevators due to the loss of power. "Smells kinda like burnt rubber. Smoke is very visible," one person tweeted of the scene.

    September 30, 2013 11:15 PM

  4. INSIDE THE BELTWAY Shutdown Could Cost $200M a Day Mike Theiler/Reuters

    4. Shutdown Could Cost $200M a Day

    This is just what the economy needs to fully recover. The shutdown could cost the Washington area up to $200 million a day—and that’s not even counting the losses when all the tourist sites are closed, local economists said Sunday. More than 700,000 jobs in the Beltway are likely to be affected, coming just months after 26,500 jobs were affected by the sequester in August. “This is serious,” said economist Stephen Fuller. “For the Washington area, this is a tsunami.” In addition to the government contracts directly affected and national tourist sites shut down, federal agencies such as Social Security will not be able to process any new applications and basic agencies for the city, like trash collection, will be halted. Asian markets already took a hit Monday on fears of the shutdown.

    September 30, 2013 7:16 AM

  5. negligence 2 Marine Generals Asked to Resign Alex Brandon/AP

    5. 2 Marine Generals Asked to Resign

    For the first time since the Vietnam War, a Marine Corps commandant requested the retirement of two generals for failing to adequately guard a base in Afghanistan. In 2012, two Marines were killed and a dozen aircraft destroyed when 15 Taliban fighters stormed Camp Bastion. Gen. James Amos says asking for the retirement of Maj. Gens. Charles Gurganus and Gregg Sturdevant was "hardest decision I have had to make as commandant of the Marine Corps." But, he said: "In their duty to protect their forces these two generals did not meet that standard."

    September 30, 2013 6:12 PM

  6. terrifying 5 Dead in Colorado Rock Slide John Kieffer

    6. 5 Dead in Colorado Rock Slide

    Could this trump sinkhole as the most terrifyingly unexpected way to go? On Monday morning, five hikers were killed by a sudden rock slide while hiking at the popular Agnes Vaille Falls in Colorado. The rocks, according to the sheriff, were "half the size of a car." Luckily, a 13-year-old girl trapped in the rocks was freed, but recovery crews have been scaled back from the area because the situation is too dangerous.

    September 30, 2013 8:24 PM

  7. ready for a shutdown? Senate Votes to Kill House Amendments Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    7. Senate Votes to Kill House Amendments

    Around 9:30 p.m., the Senate voted to kill the amendments injected into a bill to fund the government and delay the Affordable Care Act mandate for a year proposed by the House, and sent it back for a vote. The bill was probably the last offer before the government is set to shut down at midnight tonight, and had passed the House with a 228-201 vote. "One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election," Obama said of the proposal.

    September 30, 2013 9:34 PM

  8. STRATEGIZING Bibi Warns Obama of Iranian ‘Sweet Talk’ Getty

    8. Bibi Warns Obama of Iranian ‘Sweet Talk’

    A crowd of protesters chanted “Try Bibi for war crimes,” as Benjamin Netanyahu’s limousine pulled up to the White House Monday. The Israeli prime minister is in Washington to urge President Obama to take a tougher stance against Iran over its nuclear program. Though Obama said he was optimistic following his phone call with Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani that a “resolution” to Iran’s dispute with the West is attainable, Netanyahu is more skeptical and has warned Obama not to be wary of Iranian “sweet talk.” Bibi is expected to insist that any diplomatic solution to the standoff between Iran and the West include the demand that Iran dismantle its nuclear weapons program. 

    September 30, 2013 12:19 PM

  9. Come Together Obama: Shutdown 'Doesn't Have to Happen' Charles Dharapak/AP

    9. Obama: Shutdown 'Doesn't Have to Happen'

    "It does not have to happen," said President Obama, Monday afternoon. "I'll repeat this, it does not have to happen." The President took to the White House press room to deliver a sober explanation of what, exactly, will happen if the government shuts down at midnight, pointing a finger at House Republicans for refusing to reach a budget deal in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. The part of Obamacare that's set to go into effect tomorrow, he insisted, will do so no matter what. "You can't shut it down," he said, arguing that "keeping the people's government open is not a concession to me." Obama said he hopes that "in the 11th hour" Congress will be able to come together to prevent a shutdown.

    With a government shutdown looming, President Obama said that the GOP doesn't reserve the right to shutdown the government.

    September 30, 2013 4:43 PM

  10. DROPPING LIKE DOMINOES NBC Cancels Clinton Miniseries Mark Lennihan/AP

    10. NBC Cancels Clinton Miniseries

    Following in the footsteps of CNN—who canceled plans for a Hillary Clinton documentary early Monday—NBC announced that they will no longer be make a miniseries about the former secretary of state. "After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries," NBC said in a statement. Echoing sentiments shared by Charles Ferguson, the would-be director for the CNN documentary, NBC claims it was Clinton's aides who talked them out of the project. The cancelations make both networks once again eligible to host a Republican primary debate.

    September 30, 2013 5:30 PM

  11. TRUTH De Blasio's Dad Committed Suicide Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    11. De Blasio's Dad Committed Suicide

    Bill de Blasio’s apparent silence over his deceased father was broken Monday when the New York Post tracked down public records showing that Warren Wilhelm died in 1979 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A former WWII veteran, Wilhelm was gravely ill with cancer when he decided to end his own life. An article in the New Milford Times from 1979 describes how a woman “found a man dead in vehicle” on a July morning. De Blasio released a statement in response to the news, confirming that his father “tragically ended his life while suffering terminal cancer," adding that it's a "private part" of his family's life.

    September 30, 2013 3:16 PM

  12. UNTIMELY PASSING Another Tragedy for Bridget Jones Carsten Koall/Getty Images

    12. Another Tragedy for Bridget Jones

    We didn't see this one coming. Helen Fielding, the author of the Bridget Jones novels, revealed that she killed off her protagonist's love interest, Mark Darcy, in her third installment of the series, titled Mad About the Boy. In the book, which will be released next month, Bridget is a 51-year-old single mother of two who is romantically involved with Roxster, a man who is 21 years her junior. Hugh Grant's character, Daniel Cleaver, returns as the godfather of Jones' two children.

    September 30, 2013 3:29 PM

  13. LAST MINUTE Senate GOP Gauges Support for Stopgap Mark Wilson/Getty

    13. Senate GOP Gauges Support for Stopgap

    Mitch McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans are reportedly assessing whether they can shore up enough support for a stopgap measure that would delay the looming government shutdown. Meanwhile, President Obama still believes a government shutdown can be averted before midnight. After a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, Obama said he’s “not at all resigned” to a government shutdown and that he plans to speak to congressional leaders in hopes of coming to some sort of resolution, if only House Republicans would cooperate. “The Senate has passed a bill that keeps the government open, does not have a lot of extraneous issues to it, allows us to then negotiate” a longer term budget, he said. 

    September 30, 2013 1:20 PM

  14. Legal Woes Ex-Sears Workers Sue for Discrimination Mario Tama/Getty

    14. Ex-Sears Workers Sue for Discrimination

    Shams Uddin and Shamiha Mitwally, two former Sears cashiers, are suing the company for discrimination, claiming they were fired from their jobs at a Connecticut Sears store because they are Muslim. Mitwally is also alleging that she was assaulted by an assistant manager who yelled threateningly in her face, but did not hit her. Both Uddin and Mitwally were fired last month for giving customers discount coupons, even though they claim some of their coworkers did the same thing.  "I suspect there was a relatively new person working there in a position of power who is prejudiced against Muslims," said their lawyer, Anthony Macri, noting that his clients had been "generally mistreated while on the job, especially during the last couple months." 

    September 30, 2013 3:57 PM

  15. BFD Iran to Study Resuming U.S. Flights Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

    15. Iran to Study Resuming U.S. Flights

    Wow, that must have been one powerful phone call. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked for a study into resuming direct flights between his country and the U.S., which have not occurred since the 1979 revolution. The groundbreaking move comes just days after a phone call between Rouhani and U.S. President Obama, the first direct contact between nations. Rouhani’s ultimate goal is to ease Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, but it appears he is willing to expand contact between nations.

    Watch a brief history of the U.S.-Iran relationship.

    September 30, 2013 9:15 AM

  16. PROTEST Pussy Riot Activist in Hospital NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty

    16. Pussy Riot Activist in Hospital

    Jailed musician and activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was moved to a prison hospital today after her seventh day of an ongoing hunger strike. The Pussy Riot member has refused food as a protest against the “slave labor conditions” at the Mordovian prison camp in which she has been held. In an open letter last week, the activist described 17-hour workdays, repeated beatings, and death threats from a camp administrator. Tolokonnikova was jailed after her conviction last year for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for taking part in an anti-Putin, anti-clergy protest at a Moscow cathedral.

    September 30, 2013 11:42 AM

  17. HOLY Popes Will Be Saints April 2014 AP

    17. Popes Will Be Saints April 2014

    Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints in April 2014, Pope Francis announced on Monday. Pope Francis announced the very popular Pope John Paul II would be sainted in July, after attributing a second miracle to the Polish-born pontiff who led the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Pope John XXIII was pontiff from 1958 to 1963 and called the Second Vatican Council, the movement that transformed the church. The double canonization will be the first in history—and two living popes will be present, Pope Francis and Pope Benedict.

    September 30, 2013 7:38 AM

  18. YEAH BITCH ‘Breaking Bad’ Takes Over Internet Ursula Coyote/AMC

    18. ‘Breaking Bad’ Takes Over Internet

    What else could you have been doing other than watching Breaking Bad on Sunday? Although finale ratings weren’t available yet by Monday morning, the AMC’s show’s series finale took over the Internet at least. It was the top Google trending topic Monday morning and remained popular on Twitter. The epic series finale mostly didn’t disappoint fans and critics, with fans tweeting reactions such as “that was the most satisfying finale I’ve ever seen” and “effing awesome.” Even better: any unanswered questions were addressed in a show afterward called “Talking Bad,” with director Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul. Now time for Better Call Saul

    September 30, 2013 7:45 AM

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  20. DARK ANGEL Amanda Knox Retrial Opens Peter Kramer/NBC, via AP

    19. Amanda Knox Retrial Opens

    Amanda Knox’s new trial in Italy opened on Monday morning, although neither Knox nor her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, are expected to make an appearance. The Tuscan appeals court is expected to focus Monday on technical issues. Patrick Lumumba, the bartender whom Knox falsely accused of murder, did come to the court, calling himself the “second victim” of the case. He has already won a defamation suit against Knox. Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, only to have the convictions thrown out in 2011 after a court in Perugia disputed the handling of forensic evidence. A third man, Rudy Guede, was found guilty in a separate, fast-track trial.

    September 30, 2013 7:42 AM

  21. Risky Business Couple Hit by Train While Having Sex Frank Cezus/Getty

    20. Couple Hit by Train While Having Sex

    According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, a couple “failed to overcome their natural passion when walking home” from a friend’s party and decided to stop and have sex on the tracks. They certainly accomplished their goal of experiencing “an extreme sensation near the railroad tracks,” but unfortunately did not get out of the train’s way in time. The woman was killed instantly; her boyfriend survived but lost both of his legs. Police reportedly believe they were both drunk at the time. 

    September 30, 2013 10:46 AM

  22. ANIMATED DOMINANCE ‘Cloudy 2’ Wins Weekend Box Office Sony Pictures

    21. ‘Cloudy 2’ Wins Weekend Box Office

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 won the box office this weekend, taking in $35 million. The 3-D animated sequel did slightly better than the original, which opened with a $30.3 million haul in 2009 but went on to gross $243 million worldwide. The movie beat out last weekend’s top-grossing film, Prisoners, which made $11.3 million. Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde, came in third with $10.3 million. Baggage Claim and Don Jon rounded out the top five, making $9.3 million and $9 million, respectively.

    September 29, 2013 6:56 PM

  23. GEARING UP North Carolina Voter ID Law Challenged Gerry Broome/AP

    22. North Carolina Voter ID Law Challenged

    Aaron Sorkin must be so happy. The U.S. Justice Department will file a lawsuit Monday challenging North Carolina’s restrictive voter-ID law, charging that it is an illegal form of discrimination against minorities. Enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated parts of the 1964 Voting Rights Act, the North Carolina law limits early voting, eliminates same-day registration at the polls, and requires all voters to have a government-issued ID. Opponents of the law have charged that North Carolina is disproportionately targeting poor, minority, and elderly voters. For example, a study by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has found that voter ID requirements disproportionately affect black voters.

    September 30, 2013 7:30 AM

  24. INVESTIGATION Leaked Qaeda Plot Rocks U.S. Intel Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Reuters

    23. Leaked Qaeda Plot Rocks U.S. Intel

    An al Qaeda plot that was leaked to the media caused more damage to U.S. counterterrorism efforts than Edward Snowden's relevations, according to Monday's The New York Times. Counterterrorism agents have been scrambling to recover since reports in August that the U.S. had intercepted messages between two high-ranking al Qaeda members and leaked details of an upcoming terror plot. Although many intelligence officials had feared that leaks by Edward Snowden about the NSA’s surveillance gathering would hamper counterterrorism efforts, al Qaeda officials mainly discussed that case via their same communication channels.

    September 30, 2013 7:23 AM

  25. DANGER Vietnam Prepares for Typhoon China Stringer Network/Reuters

    24. Vietnam Prepares for Typhoon

    Vietnam ordered the evacuation on Monday of 58,000 people from central coastal areas as the nation braced for a powerful typhoon that already sank three fishing boats in the South China Sea. Seventy-four Chinese fisherman were declared missing, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported, and 14 had been rescued. Typhoon Wutip is the 10th storm to hit Vietnam this year, and storms and floods have already killed 22 people. Wutip, with winds of up to 149 kilometers per hour, is expected to hit Vietnam on Monday and head toward Thailand on Tuesday.

    September 30, 2013 7:26 AM

  26. ONWARD Prop 8 Legal Team Heads to Virginia Joshua Roberts/Reuters

    25. Prop 8 Legal Team Heads to Virginia

    See you, California. The legal aces who successfully fought Proposition 8 in California will be joining the fight against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) announced Monday. Ted Olson and David Boies will join a lawsuit filed in July by a gay couple seeking to strike down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by the backers of California’s Proposition 8 (which had banned gay marriage), and the state refused to defend the law and is allowing gay marriage in the state. After the Supreme Court ruling, Olson and Boies had vowed to continue to challenge same-sex marriage bans if the downfall of Prop. 8 did not lead to marriage equality nationwide.

    September 30, 2013 7:34 AM

  27. EERIE Capitol Quiet Ahead of Shutdown Win McNamee/Getty

    26. Capitol Quiet Ahead of Shutdown

    Spending your day waiting for the other party to blink doesn’t sound like fun, but does anyone really feel bad for Congress? The Capitol was eerily calm on Sunday as the clock ticked down closer to Monday at midnight, when the government will shut down if a stopgap funding measure is not approved. The next high-stakes showdown will be at 2 p.m. Monday, when the Senate will take up the House-approved spending bill, which delays implementing Obamacare for another year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already vowed to reject the House bill. Behind closed doors, House Republicans slammed Democrats for trying to run down the clock and blame the shutdown on Republicans.

    September 30, 2013 7:09 AM