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  1. back to the grind Hagel Recalls Pentagon Workers Bruce Smith/AP

    1. Hagel Recalls Pentagon Workers

    Are we inching back to normalcy? On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that most of the Department of Defense's 400,000 civilian employees have been ordered back to work according to Pentagon interpretations of the Pay Our Military Act. The act, which was passed on Tuesday, ensures that members of the military will continue to be paid on time as they work throughout the shutdown. It also allows room for Pentagon-affiliated civilians who provide defense support. Perhaps more excitingly, it also means that nearly half of the 800,000 government employees furloughed will be back at work on Monday.

    October 5, 2013 2:43 PM

  2. 15-Year Manhunt

    2. U.S. Captures al Qaeda Leader in Libya

    U.S. forces captured Abu Anas el-Liby, an al Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in a joint mission by the military, the C.I.A. and the F.B.I., officials said Saturday. Abu Anas is now in American custody, and officials said he will be brought to the U.S. for trial. Abu Anas was one of the government's most-wanted fugitives; over the course of a 15-year manhunt, the U.S. offered as much as $5 million for information leading to his arrest. 

    October 5, 2013 7:20 PM

  3. SPECIAL OP SEAL Team Targets al-Shabab Leader MILpictures by Tom Weber

    3. SEAL Team Targets al-Shabab Leader

    A Navy SEAL team targeted the leader of the terrorist group al-Shabab in a Saturday morning raid on a base in the beachfront town of Baraawe, Somalia. Reports differed Saturday night on whether the target was captured or killed. The mission, undertaken with the blessing of the Somali government, was meant to diminish the al-Qaeda linked group’s ability to perpetuate further attacks after a massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate mall killed over 65 people last month. A witness said that one Somali man was killed in the attack and claims a dozen other militants planning to go on another mission were staying at the house. 

    October 5, 2013 4:56 PM

  4. CASH MONEY House Votes to Pay Workers Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    4. House Votes to Pay Workers

    At least they can agree on something. The House unanimously passed a bill ordering back pay for around 800,000 furloughed government employees, five days after failed budget negotiations took them off their jobs. The Senate could pick up the bill later today and President Obama is expected to sign it. Payment puts displaced workers no closer to actually going back to their posts, though. And if the continued public squabbling is any clue, it might be some time before an agreement is reached. “It’s encouraging to see both parties come together to provide fairness for the 800,000 federal workers hurt by this shutdown," Speaker Boehner said. "Now we should do something about the 800,000 jobs being destroyed by the president’s health care law." 

    October 5, 2013 1:01 PM

  5. WASN'T HER White Widow Not Involved in Attack Interpol/AP

    5. White Widow Not Involved in Attack

    Four to six gunmen carried out the attack on a Nairobi shopping center last month that left over 65 dead, according to Kenyan police—less than half the original estimate of 10 to 15. And the British woman Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the  “white widow” in the press because of her marriage to a suicide bomber responsible for the 2005 London blasts, was not among the attackers, despite a bevy of reports of her involvement and an arrest alert issued by Interpol. “There was no woman," the police chief said, citing CCTV footage showing four other armed attackers searching through the mall.

    October 5, 2013 6:03 PM

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

    6. 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

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

    7. 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

  9. Family Planning CA Allows Kids 3+ Legal Parents Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    8. CA Allows Kids 3+ Legal Parents

    Cue rants about the destruction of the American family. On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing children to have more than two legal parents. The bill is mostly geared toward children of same-sex couples to allow both biological parents and a parent’s same-sex partner to retain parental rights, which will in turn make such things as custody and child support easier for courts to determine. Of course, opponents are pleading for lawmakers to think of the children, claiming that the new approach will be damaging and confusing.

    October 5, 2013 11:20 AM

  10. Fossil Furlough T-Rex Skeleton Stopped by Shutdown Toru Yamanka/AFP/Getty

    9. T-Rex Skeleton Stopped by Shutdown

    It’s not just humans—or even living creatures—that are getting furloughed: a rare Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is also suffering from the shutdown. The 68 million-year-old dino is one of just a few complete skeletons of the species and was set to be the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. A sendoff party from the skeleton’s Montana hometown, which was planned for next Friday’s National Fossil Day, was canceled and the specimen’s arrival at the museum put off until next spring. Some creatures just can’t catch a break.

    October 5, 2013 11:05 AM

  11. Confession Madonna: I Was Raped at Knifepoint Gareth Cattermole/Getty

    10. Madonna: I Was Raped at Knifepoint

    New York City’s a tough place for newcomers and pop legend Madonna is no exception. In the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Madonna, 55, recounts a traumatic story about her first struggling years in Big Apple when, at 20 years old, she was raped at knifepoint. “New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be,” the singer writes. “It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.” Madonna has previously discussed the attack in a 1995 interview and a 2007 biography, but did not elaborate further in her Harper’s Bazaar essay.

    October 5, 2013 12:10 PM

  12. Family Ties Sisters of D.C. Car-Chase Suspect Speak Mark Wilson/Getty

    11. Sisters of D.C. Car-Chase Suspect Speak

    A day after a woman was shot and killed in Washington, D.C., while fleeing police, her family spoke to reporters about the woman behind the news. One of Miriam Carey’s sisters, speaking outside their Brooklyn home, is “still very confused as to why Miriam is not alive.” Carey, who was reportedly delusional, suffered from postpartum depression and had recently had a head injury, was shot to death by police during a car chase after other efforts to stop her failed. Although the sisters are sure that the situation could have ended differently, they aren’t certain of much else: “We don’t know why Miriam ended up going to DC, we don’t know if her depression contributed to her taking that ride,” said the sister.

    October 5, 2013 11:05 AM

  13. Just Keep Swimming Diana Nyad to Swim 48 Hours for Sandy Relief Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty

    12. Diana Nyad to Swim 48 Hours for Sandy Relief

    Some people just can’t stop. Fresh off her record-breaking swim from Havana to Key West, Diana Nyad is ready for another endurance test: swimming for 48 hours straight. The “Swim for Relief” will raise money for Superstorm Sandy recovery and will take place in a specially-built pool in New York City’s Herald Square. She’s worried that most people outside the affected area have forgotten the storm and stopped relief efforts. “Well, thousands of people haven’t forgotten about it.”

    October 5, 2013 11:05 AM

  14. Sci-Fi MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes YouTube

    13. MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

    Move over, Legos: there’s a new brick in town. The robotics department at MIT has developed a new kind of self-assembling block without any external parts. The simple-looking cubes are actually super-advanced robots that can come together to build modular machines, changing depending on what is needed. Each block has a flywheel inside to give it momentum, accelerating to up to 20,000 rotations per minute and then suddenly breaking in milliseconds. When that happens, all the energy transfers from the flywheel into the cube structure, causing it to flip into position as if by magic. The cubes can roll, climb walls and even jump. Just don’t introduce them to Skynet.

    October 5, 2013 12:10 PM

  15. Doing Fine Investors Not Bothered by Shutdown Spencer Platt/Getty

    14. Investors Not Bothered by Shutdown

    With the government withholding money from all but its necessary functions, you’d think the financial markets would be freaking out appropriately. You’d be wrong. The Dow Jones Industrial Average actually rose 76.10 points on Friday, and the 30-stock average declined just 1.2 percent over the course of the week. Investors seem to see the shutdown as no big deal—yet. Many reportedly don’t think this shutdown will go on long enough to be too much of a problem and are counting on the Fed to keep the economy going. But the debt-ceiling battle in a couple of weeks could cause problems. Said the president this week, “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on U.S. government obligations, then we are in trouble.”

    October 5, 2013 11:20 AM

  16. Apologies John Kerry Excuses Obama’s Canceled Asia Trip Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty

    15. Kerry Excuses Obama’s Canceled Trip

    Well, this is awkward. President Obama was forced to cancel a diplomatic trip to Asia in order to deal with the shutdown battle at home, leaving Secretary of State Kerry to deal with the fallout. Secretary Kerry assured reporters outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Saturday that the canceled trip is not a sign of reduced interest in the region by the United States, but merely a “moment of political silliness.” Still, commentators in the region are worried that the decision is the first step in a journey away from a commitment to the region that would counterbalance China’s rising power.

    October 5, 2013 11:20 AM