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  1. TRAGIC Report: D.C. Crasher Was Delusional Mark Wilson/Getty

    1. Report: D.C. Crasher Was Delusional

    Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, has been identified as the woman shot by Capitol Hill police after she attempted to drive her vehicle into a barricade near the White House, setting off a police chase that led to her death. According to the Associated Press, Carey was delusional and reportedly believed the President had communicated with her. Her mother also told ABC News that Carey suffered from postpartum depression. “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed … She was hospitalized.” Her child, a 1-year-old girl named Erica, was taken to a hospital and is now in protective custody.

    Watch raw footage of the D.C. car chase.

    October 4, 2013 7:27 AM

  2. week of madness Man Who Set Himself on Fire Dies Gary Cameron/Reuters

    2. Man Who Set Himself on Fire Dies

    The man who lit himself on fire yesterday on the National Mall has died at the hospital from his injuries—which are so severe that DNA and dental records will have to be used to identify the body. Witnesses say around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, the man doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze. Nearby joggers took off their shirts to extinguish the flames. Police say he was breathing and conscious when firefighters arrived and airlifted him to a hospital. His death comes just two days after a woman was shot and killed by police after ramming into gates near the White House. Did someone taint the water in D.C.?


    October 4, 2013 5:50 PM

  3. did we skip fall? Winter Storm Atlas Hits Midwest Steve McEnroe/AP

    3. Winter Storm Atlas Hits Midwest

    Wyoming and South Dakota have seen winter come early. Winter Storm Atlas knocked out power to over 9,000 homes in the two states, caused millions of dollars worth of damage, and dumped over three feet of snow in South Dakota. The combination storm system also brought a series of tornadoes to Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, causing the destruction of buildings, but thankfully no loss of life. The snow is expected to end later on Saturday, but a blizzard rages on in Badlands National Park, where an already fallen 19 inches has set a new record, according to officials. The National Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms as Atlas moves east, affecting areas from Wisconsin to Arkansas. Global warming, what?

    October 4, 2013 7:43 PM

  4. IT’S TIME Wendy Running for Texas Guv Erich Schlegel/Getty

    4. Wendy Davis Running for Texas Governor

    To paraphrase the words of one of the people who introduced her, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is changing out of her pink sneakers and into combat boots. Davis announced her bid for governor at an event in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City. She gave an 11-hour filibuster of SB-5 in July, going against a proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks, which sparked nationwide debate. In her gubernatorial announcement, she touched upon education and her single-mom background and promised a “better tomorrow for everyone.” Some believe that Davis can mobilize Democrats in Texas, a traditionally red state. Pro-life groups are already gearing up attack ads against Davis, set to start airing this weekend. A poll puts Davis behind her likely Republican challenger, 29 percent to 21 percent.

    October 3, 2013 5:32 PM

  5. What can I help you with? Woman Behind Siri's Voice Revealed YouTube/CNN

    5. Woman Behind Siri's Voice Revealed

    Susan Bennett is the best friend you've never met. The Georgia woman has revealed herself as the voice behind Apple's virtual assistant, Siri. The voiceover actress didn't know her voice was used to power the project until friends told her when the iPhone 4S came out two years ago. She had originally been hired for a project for ScanSoft, which was later acquired by Nuance, which powers Siri. Apple declined to comment on the mystery voice, but an audio forensics expert confirmed the match.

    October 4, 2013 9:05 PM

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  7. RED STATE ALERT Hurricane Brews, Meteorologists Stranded AP Photo/NOAA

    6. Hurricane Brews, Meteorologists Stranded

    Get aready for this to become the latest political prop in the shutdown battle. With a “near 100 percent” chance that Tropical Storm Karen, currently barreling toward Louisiana, will turn into a hurricane, and other possible weather disasters on the horizon, many of the nation’s meteorologists are stuck at home, due to the government shutdown over stalled budget negotiations. Essential personnel are still on the job, but administrators who might help connect offices have been furloughed and most government websites are not being maintained. Obama has been recalling furloughed FEMA employees in case of emergency.

    October 4, 2013 7:29 AM

  8. GROUND CONTROL TO GOV. TOM PA Governor: Gay Marriage Is Like Incest Mario Tama / Getty Images

    7. PA Governor: Gay Marriage Is Like Incest

    This week in offensive homophobic comparisons: Pennsylvania’s Republican governor, Tom Corbett, compared same-sex relationships to incest during a TV interview that aired Friday. In response to a court filing in which his administration’s lawyers compared gay and lesbian couples to children, Corbett said: “It was an inappropriate analogy, you know. I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?” He later apologized, saying he intended to give examples of the types of individuals barred from obtaining a marriage license in his state.

    October 4, 2013 3:52 PM

  9. awful timing

    8. Prisoner Dies Days After Release

    A 71-year-old prisoner who was released on Tuesday after spending 41 years in solitary confinement at the Lousiana State Penitentiary at Angola, died on Friday from terminal liver cancer. Herman Wallaces had been serving a 50-year sentence for armed robbery when he was convicted in the stabbing death of a prison guard. His participation in a group who protested for better prison conditions led them to be dubbed the "Angola 3." On Tuesday, a judge ordered him released and granted him a new trial based on an unconstitutional grand jury selection.

    October 4, 2013 6:46 PM

  10. TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE Undercover Cop Rode With Biker Gang

    9. Undercover Cop Rode With Biker Gang

    Last weekend a pack of motorcyclists descended upon New York City and attacked a young family in their car, dragging the driver from his seat and beating him. Making matters worse, the New York Post reported Friday that an off-duty, undercover NYPD officer was riding with the bikers. He did not interfere with the beating, because, according to a law-enforcement source, “he didn't want to blow his cover.” The undercover officer came forward Wednesday night and has since lawyered up. None of the bikers who assaulted the SUV driver are under arrest—and new photographic evidence suggests that as many as five bikers attacked the driver while his wife and 2-year-old were in the car. 

    October 4, 2013 3:59 PM

  11. she's been educated Lauryn Hill Released from Prison Kena Betancur/Getty

    10. Lauryn Hill Released from Prison

    The Imprisonment of Lauryn Hill is over: the Grammy-winning songstress was released from a Connecticut prison on Friday after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion. She was released early for good behavior and other factors, her attorney said, and will spend three months in home confinement as part of a year of probation. Hill was convicted of evading $1 million in taxes in May, telling the judge she meant to pay but wasn't able to after leaving the music industry.

    October 4, 2013 7:34 PM

  12. HISTORIC Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap Dies Claro Cortes/Reuters

    11. Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap Dies

    Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese general who pushed the U.S. out of Vietnam, died Friday. Believed to be 102 years old, Giap was one of the last living members of a generation that lived through a revolutionary transition from colonial rule to communism and fought a war against the United States. Giap went from a former teacher and journalist with no military training when he joined an informal communist insurgency in the 1940s to one of the most highly revered military figures of the 20th century. 

    October 4, 2013 2:35 PM

  13. #getmoney Twitter Files for IPO Jemal Countess/Getty

    12. Twitter Files for IPO

    Twitter finally submitted its S-1 filing on Thursday, giving the world its first glimpse of Twitter’s finances and users. Twitter, which will list under the handle TWTR, boasts over 200 million monthly active users. Co-founder Evan Williams stands to gain the most from an IPO, since he owns 12 percent of the company. Co-founder Jack Dorsey comes in second with 4.9 percent, and CEO Dick Costolo owns 1.6 percent, followed by other shareholders including Peter Fenton, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, and Rizvi Traverse. The company’s initial valuation is expected to come in around $10 billion. The bad news? The filing also contained the news that Twitter has been losing money every year since 2011, with $69 million lost in the last six months. 

    October 3, 2013 5:55 PM

  14. PUSHBACK Alex Rodriguez Sues the MLB Charles Cherney/AP

    13. Alex Rodriguez Sues the MLB

    Scandalized New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball, claiming he was the subject of a "witch hunt" intended to end his baseball career. In the suit, Rodriguez claims that MLB paid an investigator $150,000 for stolen records of his and $5 million to the former head of the Biogenesis clinic for his cooperation in the performance-enhancement scandal that resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 12 other players. The lawsuit, which names MLB commissioner Bud Selig as a defendant, was filed this week. Rodriguez has been in an arbitration hearing for record 211-game suspension as a result of the Biogenesis scandal. Selig, Rodriguez claims, has targeted him specifically in an effort to sabotage him. 

    October 4, 2013 11:25 AM

  15. INSTAGRUMBLE Instagram to Launch Ads Tim Pannell/Corbis

    14. Instagram to Launch Ads

    Photo-sharing social site Instagram announced to its 150 million users it has “big ideas for the future,” namely to put ads in its feed. The move, long expected by tech watchers and dreaded by users, was announced in a company blog post. “In the next couple months, you may begin seeing an occasional ad in your Instagram feed if you’re in the United States. Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow,” the statement read. Further, the company hopes its new targeted ads are “enjoyable and creative.”

    October 4, 2013 7:37 AM

  16. TIME OUT Preschool Programs Close in Shutdown Brian Snyder/Reuters

    15. Preschool Programs Close in Shutdown

    The latest victim of the budget battle in Congress: preschoolers. Thousands of poor children have been cut from the federal Head Start program in ten states that lost funding on October 1. One of the states, Massachusetts, has provided a stopgap measure, and other states are trying to do the same to keep the pre-K programs open. “I cannot afford to pay child care. I am a single mother with low income and no help from my child’s father,” one Florida mother wrote in a letter to her senators.

    October 4, 2013 7:48 AM

  17. BUILD-A-BABY Baby Gene-Predicting Patent Approved JGI/Jamie Grill/Corbis

    16. Baby Gene-Predicting Patent Approved

    Bioethicists are up in arms about a genetic testing company recently awarded a patent for its Famly Traits Inheritance Calculator, which could technically allow prospective parents to choose their child’s genes. The company, 23andMe, specified in its patent application that its “inheritance calculator” could predict traits like eye color and lactose tolerance. Parents could then use appealing gametes via in vitro fertilization that would produce the baby of their choice. One bioethicist said there’s nothing wrong with screening for diseases, but choosing other characteristics based on DNA borders on eugenics.

    October 4, 2013 11:35 AM

  18. trouble in oregon Teenager Kills 2 in Hunting Camp Seth Perlman/AP

    17. Teenager Kills 2 in Hunting Camp

    A 14-year-old boy was captured after shooting and killing two men at a deer hunting camp in eastern Oregon around midnight on Wednesday. The boy ran away after the killings, but returned to the cabin after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. In a statement on Thursday, a local sheriff declined to describe a motive or a relationship between the teenager and the two victims. The camp is located near Granite, Oregon, in the Blue Mountains.

    October 3, 2013 9:51 PM

  19. STUDY Walking Lowers Breast Cancer Risk Caterina Bernardi/Corbis

    18. Walking Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

    A new report has found that at least seven hours of walking a week lowers the risk of breast cancer in women, adding to existing evidence that lifestyle, not just genetics, influences the disease. The exhaustive study followed 73,000 women for 17 years, and observed that women who walked an average of an hour each day had a 14 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who walked three or less. More intense exercise lowered the risk even further, but you've got to start somewhere.

    October 4, 2013 7:49 AM

  20. future besties? Miley Invites Sinéad to Meet Up Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP; PicSol/Retna Ltd/Corbis

    19. Miley Invites Sinéad to Meet Up

    The strange relationship between feisty Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor and twerk-extraordinare Miley Cyrus continues. After writing an open-letter to the young star telling her not to get naked just for the record execs, Cyrus took to Twitter to say she didn't have time to respond, but "if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)" O'Connor had posted on her website: “The music industry doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what you wanted.”

    October 3, 2013 10:36 PM

  21. 40 years later Palestinians Reclaim Acres of Settlement Mohammed Ballas/AP

    20. Palestinians Reclaim Acres of Settlement

    In a rare legal victory, a group of Palestinian farmers were granted the rights back for 500 acres of land they had lost 40 years ago to an Israeli settlement. The government had seized the area from residents of Burka in the West Bank. It was used to build the Homesh settlement, which was bulldozed eight years ago during the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, but the original owners were barred from returning. Last week, the military lifted those restrictions and allowed the farmers back onto their land.

    October 3, 2013 9:56 PM