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  1. SHUTTING DOWN Boehner: It's Not My Fault Alex Wong/Getty

    1. Boehner: It's Not My Fault

    Washington's next act in the shutdown spectacle: John Boehner defends himself. “I didn't come here to shut down the government. I certainly didn't come here to default on our debt,” the House Speaker told Congress Tuesday afternoon. Taking aim at Obama after the president called the GOP “irresponsible,” Boehner said he was “disappointed” at the White House’s failure to negotiate. “We can't raise the debt ceiling without doing something about what's driving us to borrow more money,” he said. Boehner avoided the question centered on what he’ll do in the event that October 17 arrives and no deal has been reached. Comforting.

    October 8, 2013 5:05 PM

  2. 'irresponsible' Obama: Shutdown Hurts Our Credibility Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    2. Obama: Shutdown Hurts Our Credibility

    "To all the American people, I apologize you have to go through this stuff every three months," President Obama said at a press conference on Tuesday, where he called on Congressional Republicans to end the deadlock, saying that those considering a default are "irresponsible" and "out of touch with reality." A large portion of Republicans know they're being unreasonable, but are too scared of Tea Party challengers to go against the grain, Obama said, calling for "every member of congress be on record" with their position. The president addressed calls to invoke the 14th Amendement to raise the debt limit, and said there was too much legal controversy over the authority—and he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. The president also said the shutdown has caused the U.S. to miss opportunities abroad after he had to cancel an Asia trip. "It's almost like me not showing up to my own party," he said.

    October 8, 2013 2:42 PM

  3. repercussions White House Denies Halting Egypt Aid Mohammed Abu Zaid/AP

    3. White House Denies Halting Egypt Aid

    As violence ressurges in Egypt, CNN and Reuters reported the United States has decided to suspend aid to the embattled nation in the coming days. But the White House issued a statement shortly after that allegations "that we are halting all military assistance to Egypt are false," and said the future of the relationship would be announced in coming days. Reports say it could be most of that package, excluding the counterterrorism section, and CNN reports Egypt has not yet been informed of the plan. Egypt recieves nearly $2 billion in total aid an average per year from the United States, with $1.3 million going toward the military. Earlier Tuesday, the State Department announced it was "deeply concerned" by the recent violence, after a spate of attacks hit the country yesterday in retaliation for 53 protestors killed by government troops on Sunday.

    October 8, 2013 9:01 PM

  4. mrs. federal reserve Obama to Announce Yellen Nomination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty

    4. Obama to Announce Yellen Nomination

    Amidst the chaos of a closed government, here comes another nomination process. President Obama is preparing to announce Janet Yellen as his pick to lead the Federal Reserve as soon as Wednesday. Yellen has been the vice chairwoman of the reserve for three years, and will face numerous challenges in the coming days if she replaces Ben Bernanke. The U.S. Treasury predicts it will already be low on cash by Oct. 17 if the debt ceiling remains at the current level.

    October 8, 2013 6:53 PM

  5. Busted Undercover Cop in Biker Attack Arrested

    5. Undercover Cop in Biker Attack Arrested

    The off-duty undercover New York City police officer who rode with the biker gang that attacked a family in their Range Rover last month was arrested on Tuesday. Though he told investigators that he left the scene as soon as riders began attacking the vehicle, video of the incident showed the detective pounding his fists on the back of the vehicle. His arrest will mean automatic suspension from the Police Department. Four other men have been charged and police are actively searching for others.

    October 8, 2013 8:29 PM

  6. All Clear Reports of Gunfire at Princeton Unfounded

    6. Reports of Gunfire at Princeton Unfounded

    Shortly after reports of shots fired at Princeton University's were investigated on Tuesday night, police gave the all clear. No injuries have been reported and no weapon was found. Earlier in the night, the university's Nassau Hall, where the gunshots were reported, was cordoned off while police investigated. It is now believed that no shots were fired and that the reports of gunfire were unfounded, according to an update on the university's Twitter account.

    October 8, 2013 9:42 PM

  7. all over again Jury Selection Begins in Madoff Case Stuart Ramson / AP Photo

    7. Jury Selection Begins in Madoff Case

    Five years later, and the $20 billion lost in financier Bernard Madoff's long-running scam is still seeing courtroom justice. On Tuesday, the selection began for a dozen jurors to sit for the fraud trial of five ex-employees of Madoff. Two hundred prospectives gathered in New York, and were told names like Steven Spielberg, Sandy Foufax, Kevin Bacon, and Zsa Zsa Gabor could be brought up at the trial. Madoff himself is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence.

    October 8, 2013 8:50 PM

  8. sí se puede 8 Congressmen Arrested at Immigration Rally Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty

    8. 8 Congressmen Arrested at Immigration Rally

    Police arrested 8 Democratic congressmen at a rally for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Rep. John Lewis, Joe Crowley, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky, Keith Ellison, Al Green, and Charlie Rangel were among around a hundred activists staging a peaceful sit-in, blocking a street in front of the Capitol. Thousands more protestors showed up as part of a pro-immigration reform rally planned by El Camino Americano and designed to pressure lawmakers into beginning negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform. It is unclear whether the congressmen or any of the protestors arrested will face any charges.

    October 8, 2013 4:34 PM

  9. outrageous Shutdown Stops Military 'Death Gratuity' Shah Marai/AFP/Getty

    9. Shutdown Stops Military 'Death Gratuity'

    Did halting medical trials for children with cancer not outrage you enough? Now, military families are up in arms after the government shutdown put a stop to the $100,000 wired to families in the three days after a death in order to cover funeral or travel costs. Known as the death gratuity, it would normally have been sent to familes of the 10 servicemen and women who died abroad over the weekend. Last week, Congress agreed to pay military during the shutdown, but the Pentagon determined it was unable to cover the costs of death gratuity. Republican aides say they are drafting legislation to restore the funds, which could be voted on as soon as Wednesday.

    October 8, 2013 5:40 PM

  10. SECRET IS OUT Bruce and Kris Jenner Separate Charley Gallay / Getty Images

    10. Bruce and Kris Jenner Separate

    Double the reality show opportunities. After 22 years of marriage—many of which have been publically broadcast into your living room—Bruce and Kris Jenner have official separated and are living apart. "We are much happier this way," they told E! News, saying they "will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority." Rumors about marriage troubles have been flying for months, but until now the couple has denied them. The couple have reportedly been separated for a year, but divorce papers have yet to be filed.

    October 8, 2013 6:26 PM

  11. HONORED Higgs, Englert Win Nobel for Physics Fabrice Coffrini, AFP / Getty Images

    Higgs, Englert Win Nobel for Physics

    Fan favorites win the Nobel. Britain’s Peter Higgs and Belgium’s François Englert won the Nobel Prize in Physics for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle that explains why elementary matter has mass. In a statement, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences gave credit for Higgs and Englert for discovering the particle that “describes how the world is constructed.”

    October 8, 2013 7:18 AM

  12. put your pencils down Americans Score Terribly on Global Test Radius Images

    12. Americans Score Terribly on Global Test

    Maybe we're just bad test-takers, OK? Compared to our international competition, American adults score below average on tests measuring math, reading, and problem-solving using technology. The study, released on Tuesday by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, also found the United States faces the greatest challenges for overcoming the education gap between generations. American adults were trumphed in all three areas by Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, and numerous other countries.

    October 8, 2013 4:25 PM

  13. ‘MELT METAL’ Fiery Explosions Rock NSA Data Center Patrick Semansky/AP

    13. Fiery Explosions Rock NSA Data Center

    Trouble in spying paradise. Massive electrical surges at a data-storage facility for the National Security Agency led to the destruction of hugely expensive machinery and delayed its opening for a year, officials revealed Tuesday. In the past 10 months alone, the facility has experienced 13 electrical surges, which officials describe as “a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box.” The melting metal that results from the fiery explosions causes the circuits to fail and prevents NSA workers from using the computers. A spokeswoman for the NSA insists, despite no clear culprit for the explosions, that the issues “have been mitigated.”

    October 8, 2013 10:55 AM

  14. BREAKTHROUGH U.S. Scientists Come Closer to Nuclear Fusion Philip Saltonstall/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    14. U.S. Scientists Come Closer to Nuclear Fusion

    Scientists at a California lab announced Tuesday that they had made a major breakthrough in the process of nuclear fusion, the process of harnessing the power of sun to make energy. Scientists at the National Ignition Facility used 192 beams from the world’s most powerful laser to compress a small pellet of hydrogen fuel, causing more fuel to exceed the amount of fuel absorbed. This stopped just short of ignition, where nuclear fusion generates as much fuel as the lasers supply, due to “inefficiencies” in different parts of the system. But that doesn’t mean this latest achievement isn’t a breakthrough in the half-century search for nuclear fusion, which could drastically cut fuel costs.

    October 8, 2013 9:29 AM

  15. HEALTH Tom Hanks: I Have Type 2 Diabetes Craig Barritt/Getty

    15. Tom Hanks: I Have Type 2 Diabetes

    There’s a reason Tom Hanks has lost so much weight recently: he has Type 2 diabetes, he told David Letterman on Monday night. Hanks, 57, said he has struggled with high blood pressure since he was 36, and diabetes is “controllable.” “Something’s going to kill us all, Dave,” Hanks said. Also, his doctor told him he should aim for his "high school weight" to attain complete health. “And I said to her, ‘Well I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes then,’” Hanks said. “There was no way I was gonna weight what I weighed high school … I was 96 pounds.”

    October 8, 2013 2:38 PM

  16. DIALOGUE?!? Obama Calls Boehner Pete Souza/The White House via Getty

    16. Obama Calls Boehner

    Is there a special phone for this, like FDR’s red phone? President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but don’t get too excited about a deal being worked out: the president told Boehner that he will not negotiate. Obama “repeated what he told [Boehner] when they met at the White House last week,” said a White House statement of the 10:45 a.m. call. Which is, the White House will not speak to Republicans until they end the shutdown and agree to raise the debt limit. House Republicans, meanwhile, have called for a “supercommittee” to negotiate, which New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer immediately dismissed as a “gimmick” similar to the 2011 debt-ceiling compromise. Obama plans to speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

    October 8, 2013 12:58 PM

  17. SAGA CONTINUES Steubenville School Employee Arrested Andrew Welsh-Huggins

    17. Steubenville School Employee Arrested

    An employee of the high school in Steubenville, Ohio was arrested and charged on Tuesday with perjury, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence in the infamous rape case that thrust the town into the spotlight. William Rhinaman, 53, is the school’s district director of technology, and is the first adult in the school charged. It’s unknown if more people will be charged after the massive grand-jury investigation into whether school employees knew about the rape allegation but failed to report it. A judge found Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, delinquent in the sexual assault the 16-year-old girl, who was reportedly so drunk she couldn’t move. The assault first came to the attention of police when a video turned up online.

    October 8, 2013 1:21 PM

  18. REVOLUTIONARY Drugmaker: We Found Malaria Vaccine USDA, via AP

    18. Drugmaker: We Found Malaria Vaccine

    British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says it discovered the world’s first malaria vaccine, which the pharmaceutical giant said had already cut rates of the disease in African children. Malaria, spread by mosquitos, is the leading cause of death by disease, killing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. The trial for the new drug involved 15,500 children in 7 countries, and found that 18 months after vaccination, children from 5 to 17 months had a 46 percent reduction in clinical malaria—although it was less effective when given to babies ages 6 to 12 weeks. The company is now seeking FDA approval.

    October 8, 2013 7:25 AM

  19. RECOVERY Inhofe Feels ‘Great’ After Heart Surgery Alex Wong / Getty Images News

    19. Inhofe Feels ‘Great’ After Heart Surgery

    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday that he feels “great” after undergoing emergency quadruple bypass surgery on Friday. Inhofe, 78, had been rushed into surgery after a routine test showed he had five arteries severely blocked. Inhofe said he had never had any heard problems before and hadn’t felt any symptoms of blocked arteries. Inhofe decided to have the surgery in Tulsa, so his children and grandchildren could visit him. “I’m going to be an Olympian,” he joked to The Oklahoman. He said it will be a few days before he is well enough to fly back to Washington.

    October 8, 2013 9:46 AM

  20. GOT US ‘Prankvertising’ Stunt Stuns New Yorkers Youtube

    20. ‘Prankvertising’ Stunt Stuns New Yorkers

    Well played, Sony. The international marvel “prankvertising” made a jaw-dropping debut this week at a New York City coffee shop when a woman magically hurled people, tables, and books across the store after a man spilled coffee on her. Executed by Sony to promote the upcoming horror adaptation Carrie, the stunt tricked customers (allegedly nonactors) into believing the woman had telekinetic powers. Sony pulled off the trick using remote-controlled tables, spring-loaded books, and a fake wall to suspend a man into the air. A clip of the scheme went viral, amassing 3 million views by Tuesday morning. Prepare to be amazed.

    October 8, 2013 11:28 AM

  21. BETTER OFF Miley ‘Happiest She’s Ever Been’ Mark Davis / Getty Images

    21. Miley ‘Happiest She’s Ever Been’

    No achy breaky heart for her. After a scandalous summer of twerking, twitter fights, and a public break up with ex- fiancé Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus is doing just fine. "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life," she said on the Today show. And her daddy agreed, telling Entertainment Tonight that he noticed Miley got that spring in her step after the split. "Somewhere along the stress and strain of different things I didn't see her smiling as often for a little while," Billy Ray said. "All of a sudden she's like the sun, and when she smiles it's light." Aw, dads.

    October 8, 2013 2:15 PM

  22. Adaptation Jennifer Ehle Cast in ‘Fifty Shades’ Neilson Barnard/Getty for The New Yorker

    22. Jennifer Ehle Cast in ‘Fifty Shades’

    So there will also be plot in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Actress Jennifer Ehle has been cast in the Fifty Shades film adaptation as Anastasia Steele’s mother, her rep confirmed Monday. Wait, there are parts of Fifty Shades that aren’t straight-up S&M? Who knew? She joins Dakota Johnson, who plays the heroine, and Charlie Human, who plays 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey.

    October 8, 2013 7:49 AM

  23. SHUTDOWN Obama: Vote Now on Clean Bill Charles Dharapak/AP

    23. Obama: Vote Now on Clean Bill

    The never-ending shutdown drama continues. President Obama and other Democrats pushed Monday for Congress to pass legislation that would increase the debt limit by $1 trillion ahead of the looming October 17 deadline of when the government will run out of money and risk default. Obama, for his part, called on House Speaker John Boehner to hold a vote on a “clean” spending bill, or a short-term, stopgap measure that would last only a few weeks, but would prevent the U.S. economy from going over the brink. Boehner has insisted he would not have the votes for such a bill and has refused to schedule it, although Obama has dared him to schedule the vote. Meanwhile, House Republicans are reportedly quietly discussing a bill to pay nonfurloughed federal employees.

    October 8, 2013 6:49 AM

  24. PLEA Michael Douglas: Let My Son Out of Solitary Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

    24. Michael Douglas: Let My Son Out of Solitary

    Michael Douglas and his ex-wife, Diandra Douglas, have sent an email to high-profile friends asking for help with their son, Cameron, who has been held in solitary confinement for over a year. Cameron, 25, was sent to prison for five years in prison in 2010, but that sentence nearly doubled in 2011 when he was caught dealing drugs there. He was put in solitary in January, when he tested positive for drugs, and he reportedly had his leg broken by another inmate. “We have not seen our son for over a year, and the government is telling us we cannot see our son for TWO YEARS,” Diandra Douglas wrote in the email, which was addressed to Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Yoko Ono, and others. She asked friends to sign and forward a petition from for Cameron’s release.

    October 8, 2013 7:46 AM

  25. DEADLY Typhoon Fitow Slams into China STR/AFP/Getty

    25. Typhoon Fitow Slams into China

    Typhoon Fitow slammed into China on Tuesday, killing four and destroying thousands of homes and farms. Another four people are missing, and flight and train services were suspended to the Zhejiang province. The powerful storm packed winds of up to 94 mph before weakening into a tropical storm, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Fitow is the 23rd typhoon to hit China this year.

    October 8, 2013 7:14 AM

  26. COMPETITION U.S. Workers Lag Behind in Skills Mikolaj Molenda/Getty

    26. U.S. Workers Lag Behind in Skills

    No wonder Michele Bachmann thinks end times are near. American adults fared poorly in math and technical skills needed for the modern workplace when compared with other nations, according to a new study. Following the trend of U.S. students doing worse on test scores and dropping college graduation rates, young Americans did not have as many math, technical, and literacy skills as those in other countries. Even worse, middle-aged Americans, arguably the best-educated generation ever, barely did better. The study, developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, studied people in 23 countries.

    October 8, 2013 7:29 AM

  27. NO FRIENDS Poll: 70 Percent Disapprove of GOP Mark Wilson/Getty

    27. Poll: 70 Percent Disapprove of GOP

    So the GOP is not really winning hearts and minds during the budget battle. Seventy percent of Americans disapprove of the way congressional Republicans are handling the crisis, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. What’s more, 51 percent of those said they disapproved “strongly” of the GOP’s actions. Congressional Democrats didn’t fare much better: 61 percent disapprove of their actions. President Obama’s approval rating, meanwhile, ticked up slightly, with 45 approving of the way he has handled the negotiations, up from 41 percent last week. He still has an overall 51 percent disapproval rating, with 39 disapproving “strongly.”

    Although most Americans blame the GOP for the fiscal crisis, Republicans are pointing fingers at Democrats for being unwilling to compromise.

    October 8, 2013 7:10 AM

  28. Bravery Elizabeth Smart: I Told 100 Percent of Story Rick Bowmer/AP

    28. Elizabeth Smart Tells 100 Percent

    Elizabeth Smart’s new book tells “what it was like every single day” of the nine months that she was held by two religious fanatics, she told Anderson Cooper on Monday. Now 25, Smart was abducted by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Brazee, when Smart was just 14, and was held for nine months and raped and abused constantly. Smart’s book on the kidnapping will be released Tuesday. “I didn’t want to go 10 percent and sugarcoat the rest,” Smart said. “I want to reach out to those survivors and those victims. I want them to know that these things do happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to be defined by it for the rest of your life.”

    October 8, 2013 7:43 AM

  29. WORK IN PROGRESS White House: We’ll Fix Obamacare Website Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    29. White House: We’ll Fix Obamacare Site

    One week after went live, the world hasn’t ended—but the website still has glitches. The White House insisted that it is working hard to fix the site where Americans can sign up for new coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The site has had an estimated 8.6 million unique visitors in the past week. But IT specialists told Reuters that the glitches could also be linked to flaws in the site’s architecture. White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted that although they are “increasingly moving more users through the system,” they are still “not satisfied with the performance.”

    October 8, 2013 7:00 AM

  30. IN THE STREETS Brazil’s Teacher Strike Turns Violent Felipe Dana/AP

    30. Brazil’s Teacher Strike Turns Violent

    Thousands of striking teachers and their supporters clashed with police Monday night in Rio de Janeiro after a small group of protesters threw fireworks, grenades, and tear gas. Police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd. Masked protesters also destroyed banks in a surrounding area and lit a bus on fire. Teachers have been calling for better pay and an overhaul of the country’s educational system, while some said Monday’s protests were part of a larger social movement in the wake of Brazil spending money on the Olympics and the World Cup instead of on public works. Police said 10,000 demonstrated, but the teachers’ union estimated that it was closer to 50,000.

    October 8, 2013 6:56 AM