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  1. ALL CLEAR Jacksonville Airport Reopens After Scare OSCAR SOSA

    1. Jacksonville Airport Reopens After Scare

    On Tuesday night, hundreds were evacuated from Florida’s Jacksonville International Airport after “suspicious packages” were found in the area. According to one report, a man claiming to have a bomb was apprehended by authorities, and later two men were handcuffed, one inside the airport and one outside. A bomb squad was reportedly en route to the area. Flights have been delayed, and at least some planes have been unable to depart. At 11:15 p.m., it was announced that the airport had reopened.

    October 1, 2013 7:39 PM

  2. ‘NOT HOW ADULTS ACT’ Obama: Gov’t Shutdown Did Not Need to Happen Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    2. Obama: Gov’t Shutdown Did Not Need to Happen

    “Congress has to stop governing by crisis,” President Obama said on Tuesday during a statement on the goverment shutdown. Only thinly veiling his frustration with the Republicans in Congress, Obama defended the Affordable Care Act, calling it a “life-changing opportunity” for the 15 percent of Americans without health insurance. This is “not how adults operate,” he said of Republicans’ determination to defund the act, adding that he “will not negotiate over Congress’s ability to pay bills it’s already racked up.” On a brighter note (sort of), Obama said that over 1 million people visited the Obamacare website before 7 a.m. this morning and that is why it has been running so slowly. He’s promised to speak more on the debt limit in the coming days.

    October 1, 2013 1:14 PM

  3. rough sentence 'Angola 3' Inmate Released Robin Nelson

    3. 'Angola 3' Inmate Released

    Terminally ill inmate Herman Wallace was apparently just released from the notorious Angola Prison and had a murder sentence vacated after serving more than 40 years in solitary confinement. Wallace was one of the "Angola 3," a group of inmates who attempted to bring attention to injustices at the Louisiana penitentiary in the 1960s and 70s. He was serving time for armed robbery, when he was controversially indicted in 1972 on charges of killing a prison guard. Now 71 years old with terminal liver cancer, he will likely be moved to hospice by his family.

    October 1, 2013 9:26 PM

  4. WHAT SHUTDOWN? WWII Vets Storm D.C. Memorial Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    4. WWII Vets Storm D.C. Memorial

    About 90 World War II vets from Mississippi arrived in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, determined to visit the World War II Memorial—shutdown or no shutdown. When they reached the barricaded memorial, the red, white, and blue–clad gang—many of them in wheelchairs—just kept moving, knocking down gates to get inside. All national parks and monuments may be closed today, but these people fought the Nazis, dammit! They’re not going to let a couple of measly gates get in the way of visiting their memorial. 

    October 1, 2013 12:14 PM

  5. sad day NYC Opera Is Also Shutting Down Carol Rosegg/New York City Opera, via AP

    5. NYC Opera Is Also Shutting Down

    Is anything out there staying open? Besides the government, the New York City Opera announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. The seven-decade-old opera launched an emergency appeal for funds in mid-September but did not meet its need of $7 million. Alan Gordon, national executive director for the American Guild of Musical Artists, was not shy about calling out those who are to blame for the demise of the opera: “City Opera’s demise is the fault of people with a lot of money but no common sense, from Susan Baker’s absurd flirtation with Gerard Mortier to (board chairman) Charles Wall’s foolish support of George Steel when the singers and orchestra unanimously had no confidence in Steel’s artistic vision,” he told the Associated Press.

    October 1, 2013 4:28 PM

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    6. Treasury Sets Deadline for Debt Limit

    Since the government is so good at deadlines, the Treasury just set another one: Oct. 17. That's the date the nation's debt limit is set to exceed $16.7 trillion, according to Secretary Jacob Lew. On Tuesday, Lew sent a warning to Congress that in little more than two weeks, the Treasury will run out of borrowed money, which, by law, cannot be exceeded. He requested an increase of the limit, and noted the department has already taken the final measures to extend borrowing.

    October 1, 2013 10:32 PM

  8. could it get worse? Shutdown Hurts Kids With Cancer Douglas C. Pizac/AP

    7. Shutdown Hurts Kids With Cancer

    You can’t do much worse than angering WWII veterans and hurting kids with cancer, Washington. Every week the government is shut down, 10 children with cancer will be barred from starting clinical trials due to the National Institutes of Health’s furloughing nearly 75 percent of staff. An estimated 200 patients will be delayed each week of the congressional impasse, around 10 of whom are children with cancer, because there will be no new patients enrolled in trials or new trials beginning during the shutdown.

    October 1, 2013 7:21 PM

  9. WHY STOP NOW? Senate Rejects House Budget Conference Evan Vucci

    8. Senate Rejects House Budget Conference

    This only happens every 17 years or so, so why stop now? The Senate voted 54-46 Tuesday morning to reject a House Republican plan to negotiate on the budget. The vote was along party lines. Meanwhile, President Obama is scheduled to give a press conference on the shutdown at 12:25 p.m. ET. Speaker John Boehner gave a statement on the House’s vote to meet on the budget, but didn’t really mention that the shutdown was happening.

    October 1, 2013 10:20 AM

  10. VIOLENT UPRISING Buddhist Mob Slays 94-Year-Old Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

    9. Buddhist Mob Slays 94-Year-Old

    Violence erupted in Myanmar Tuesday when an angry mob of Buddhists set fire to dozens of homes and fatally stabbed a 94-year-old woman in an anti-Muslim raid. Local police estimate that roughly 800 rioters descended on Thabyuchaing, a village just 20 miles north of Thandwe, where President Thein Sein was making his first trip as president. An estimated 250 people have been killed as a result of sectarian violence in Myanmar since June 2012. Another 140,000—mostly Muslim—have fled their homes in fear.

    October 1, 2013 5:20 PM

  11. get ready, Internet YouTube Launches Award Program Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

    10. YouTube Launches Award Program

    Because we desperately need another awards show. On November 3, YouTube will be premiering its first-ever music awards hosted by Jason Schwartzman and headlined by Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire. The performances will be livestreamed under the direction of Spike Jonze. “[I]nstead of bands performing to an audience on a stage, we're going to have a warehouse with all these different sets and try to make live music videos throughout the night,” Jonze says. The nominees will be announced on October 17, and crowdsourced voting will take place on YouTube and other sites.

    October 1, 2013 3:26 PM

  12. INDIA Doctor Building ‘Baby Factory’

    11. Doctor Building ‘Baby Factory’

    One Indian doctor plans to open up a “baby factory,” to provide money for low-income women and children for Westerners willing to shell out the dough. Dr. Nayna Patel’s clinic in Gujarat, India, will have apartments for surrogates and childless couples, an IVF department, and even restaurants and a gift shop. Patel has already produced 600 babies from an existing surrogacy program. She charges $28,000 for each surrogate and pays the surrogate $8,000—and an extra $2,000 if the woman produces twins. “I definitely see myself as a feminist. Surrogacy is one woman helping another,” Patel says in the documentary House of Surrogates.

    October 1, 2013 4:17 PM

  13. ROAD RAGE Two Bikers Arrested in SUV Assault

    12. Two Bikers Arrested in SUV Assault

    Two have been arrested after a gang of motorcyclists on Manhattan’s West Side Highway burst into an extreme case of road rage Sunday, beating up an SUV driver after he accidentally hit one of the bikers. The man, driving a Range Rover with his wife and 2-year-old daughter inside, pulled over after the accident. The motorcyclists then surrounded the car and began beating it, breaking a window, and slashing the tires. The driver pulled away in response, hitting three other bikers, and prompting the rest of the gang to chase the SUV down and attack the driver, who was treated for injuries to his face. One biker has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and endangering the welfare of a child.

    October 1, 2013 7:17 AM

  14. VICIOUS Scissor Attack in NYC Park Ronald Martinez

    13. Scissor Attack in NYC Park

    At least four people, including a child, were rushed to hospitals this morning after being slashed or stabbed with scissors at Riverside Park in New York City’s Upper West Side. The section of the park where the attacks occurred, bustling with joggers, bikers, and people on their way to work when the stabbings started, has been closed off. One police spokesman described having a “male, emotionally disturbed person” in custody, according to Gothamist, but no other details on his identity have been released.

    October 1, 2013 10:07 AM

  15. For Real Bitcoin Erotica E-Book to Be Released

    14. Bitcoin Erotica E-Book to Be Released

    After taking it to the streets, bitcoins are taking it to the bedroom. Brought to you by the author of books like Cougars Like It Dirty and Cougars Like It Hard, comes an erotic e-book centered on ... you guessed it, bitcoins. King of the Bitcoin, written by Kayleen Knight, follows the life a 19-year-old Bitcoin miner named Atlas Fawkes. After a major financial collapse in 2019, Fawkes comes out of the struggle stronger than before and becomes “fabulously wealthy” and then a “sexual king.” With wildly explicit sex scenes, it’s already been deemed “unacceptable” for teens under the age of 17.

    October 1, 2013 3:38 PM

  16. IN DAMASCUS Chemical Inspectors Arrive in Syria Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

    15. Chemical Inspectors Arrive in Syria

    A team of international chemical-arms inspectors arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to begin destroying Syria’s arsenal—the first time the organization has been asked to scrap chemical arms during a war. What’s more, Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, said that seven of the 19 declared chemical-weapons sites are in active combat zones. Syria is believed to have more than 1,000 tons of sarin gas, the deadly nerve agent used in an August 21 attack that killed an estimated 14,000 civilians. Under the agreement by the U.S. and Russia, the inspectors will destroy all the equipment used for mixing and delivery by November. The whole arsenal is supposed to have been dismantled by next year.

    October 1, 2013 6:58 AM

  17. NOT GENERATION DRUGGED Psychiatric Drugs Prescribed Less in Young Children Peter Dazeley/Getty

    16. Psychiatric Drugs Prescribed Less in Young Children

    It might not be so easy to get Adderall for young kids after all. Psychiatric drugs are being prescribed less in very young children after reaching a peak in the mid-2000s, according to a study released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. The decrease occurred despite an overall increase in the number of children diagnosed with behavior disorders. Between 1994 and 1997, 1 percent of all preschoolers were prescribed psychotic drugs—but that number spiked to 1.5 percent between 2002 and 2005 before going back down to 1 percent between 2006 and 2009. The results come on the heels of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launching a review into the use of anti-psychotic drugs on children younger than age 17 in the Medicaid system.

    October 1, 2013 7:24 AM

  18. LOOK AT ME South Korea Shows Off Missiles Ahn Young-joon/AP

    17. South Korea Shows Off Missiles

    So now North Korea isn’t the only country on the Korean Peninsula that likes to brag about weapons. In a military parade Tuesday, South Korea put on public display two of its own missiles that are designed to hit North Korea’s weapons and long-range missiles. The ballistic Hyeonmu-2 has a range of 190 miles, and the cruise missile Hyeonmu-3 has a range of 620 miles—and both have been deployed since North Korea’s February nuclear test. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, on a four-day visit to South Korea, watched the parade from a podium at a military airfield just south of Seoul. South Korea reached a deal last year with the U.S. to expand the range of its missiles.

    October 1, 2013 7:20 AM

  19. NOT HAPPENING NBC Pulls Hillary Movie Ramin Talaie/Getty

    18. NBC Pulls Hillary Movie

    There will be no Hillary Clinton films after all. NBC on Monday canceled its plans to air a film about Clinton’s life, just hours after CNN made the same move. The network said in a statement that the film was canceled after “reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development,” but the director of the CNN film said that they were forced to cancel after pressure from Clinton’s allies and on the other side, the RNC. In effort to pull the plug on the films, the RNC had banned both NBC and CNN from hosting debates—although now both networks are technically eligible again. Lucky for us?

    October 1, 2013 7:27 AM

  20. ALL AROUND THE WORLD Bieber Carried Up the Great Wall of China @BelieveTUpdates

    19. Bieber Carried Up the Great Wall of China

    To be fair, drop-crotch pants probably make it really hard to climb stairs. An Instagram shot of Justin Bieber being carried on two bodyguards’ shoulders up the stairs of Great Wall of China on Monday appeared on the fan Twitter feed BelieveTourUpdates™. The singer is touring Asia and stopped for a few photo ops on the wall, closely followed by a crew of muscular, dark-shirted men. For more Bieber-in-China shenanigans (Bieber playing with nunchucks! Bieber walking around in a police hat!), click here.

    Bieber has been the subject of many a bizarre headline. Here are some of the best.

    October 1, 2013 10:49 AM

  21. FELINA 10.3M Watched ‘Breaking Bad’ Ursula Coyote/AMC

    20. 10.3M Watched ‘Breaking Bad’

    The cultural moment of a generation? Breaking Bad had 10.3 million viewers Sunday night, shattering its previous record viewership of 6.6 million the week before. What’s more, Nielson often doesn’t count any out-of-home viewing, so those of you who watched it in a bar weren’t even included. The numbers are even more impressive when the show’s stiff competition of Sunday Night Football, Homeland’s premiere, and a new episode of Boardwalk Empire is taken into account. If you didn’t tune in and thought it seemed like your entire Twitter feed had, you weren’t just having a case of FOMO: 1.24 million tweets were sent during the Eastern and Pacific telecasts.

    The Internet reacts to 'Breaking Bad.'

    October 1, 2013 7:34 AM

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

  24. IN THE MAKING OMB Ready for Shutdown for Years Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

    23. OMB Ready for Shutdown for Years

    The government shutdown might have shocked you, but apparently the White House Office of Budget and Management has been prepared for two years—since the 2011 debt-ceiling debate. “We have been prudently planning for this contingency for the last month, and frankly, for the past couple of years because we have faced, and agencies have faced, these contingencies in the past,” said Brian Deese, the deputy director of the OMB. Other preparations took place in Washington on Monday, with National Park Service employees setting up barricades at the monuments and on the National Mall—and shutting off the 45 fountains. At the Capitol, the last tour for the indefinite future was held Monday at 3:10 p.m. 

    October 1, 2013 6:49 AM

  25. SHUTDOWN Obama: ‘I Will Not Negotiate’ Pete Souza/The White House, via Getty

    24. Obama: ‘I Will Not Negotiate’

    The U.S. government shut down Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. when Congress failed to pass a spending bill—and if there’s one thing both sides agree on, it’s this: it’s the other’s fault. “I will not negotiate,” President Obama said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition that will air Tuesday. “This perpetual cycle of brinksmanship has to end.” With the looming threat of the first shutdown in 17 years, the House passed its third proposal in two weeks to try to keep the government funded—but still insisted on delaying parts of the Affordable Care Act, meaning that the funding bill was defeated by the Senate. And Americans aren’t too happy with the finger-pointing: a CNN poll released Monday found that just 10 percent of Americans are satisfied with the job Congress is doing.

    October 1, 2013 6:44 AM

  26. NOT JUST MTV Diddy Backs Music-Video Network Scott Gries/ImageDirect, via Getty

    25. Diddy Backs Music-Video Network

    If you’re sick of Teen Mom and want some music videos, Sean Combs might have the answer for you. The rapper is backing a new music channel called Revolt, which launches next month and will try to bring back music videos. “The way you go to CNN for breaking news or ESPN for sports—in six months to a year, we want Revolt to be that for music,” said Revolt co-founder Andy Schuon. But they might have something to learn from their predecessors: the network’s music-video outpost, MTV 2, averages just 161,000 viewers in primetime, and VH1 Classic has just 39,000.

    October 1, 2013 7:32 AM