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  1. FINAL-FRONTIER PIONEER Second Earth-Orbiting Astronaut Dies Michael Brown

    1. Second Earth-Orbiting Astronaut Dies

    And then there was only John Glenn. Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the earth, died at age 88 in Denver after suffering a stroke last month. Now the only survivor of the original Mercury 7 program astronauts alive is Glenn. After surviving a disastrous landing 288 miles off target, Carpenter left the space program and refocused on the ocean floor. During one mission, he spent 30 days underwater as part of a Navy program. “Conquering of fear is one of life’s greatest pleasures and it can be done a lot of different places,” he once said.

    October 10, 2013 7:18 PM

  2. c'mon guys Obama, GOP Fail to Agree on Debt Limit J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    2. Obama, GOP Fail to Agree on Debt Limit

    President Obama and the House Republicans didn't reach an agreement on a debt limit extension during a Thursday meeting, but the GOP offer was seen as a step toward ending the current budget stalemate, and negotiations will continue. House Speaker John Boehner led a group of 20 Republicans to the White House, where they presented an offer to increase the Treasury's borrowing authority through late November and asked Obama to consider negotiations for a long-term deficit and tax overhaul deal. "We had a long, frank conversation about it," Rep. Paul Ryan said. The GOP proposal could be voted on as soon as Friday.

    October 10, 2013 7:55 PM

  3. surprise, surprise Poll: Shutdown Damaging to GOP J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    3. Poll: Shutdown Damaging to GOP

    Talk about backfiring. In a new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the majority of Americans blame the GOP for the federal closure, and in turn, the party's popularity is declining to a historically low level. It found 53 percent of respondents find the Republican Party at fault, and only 24 percent retain a favorable opinion of them. By eight percentage points and with only one year until midterm elections, Americans say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to one controlled by the GOP.

    At The Daily Beast's Hero Summit, Sen. John McCain said he's worried about the GOP.

    October 10, 2013 10:39 PM

  4. We Have a Winner Alice Munro Wins Literature Nobel Peter Morrison/AP

    4. Alice Munro Wins Literature Nobel

    The Swedish Academy announced Thursday that Alice Munro, the Canadian author known for her short stories about life in southwestern Ontario, is the 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 82-year-old author told Canadian press that she was delighted at the news, but also "terribly suprised." "I never thought I would win. At this moment, I can't believe it," she said. "But it's quite wonderful." Munro has published 13 short-story collections, including her debut, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), which won her first Governor award, and The Progress of Love, which won the award exactly three decades later. Her final story collection, she said, was 2012's Dear Life, and she announced in June that she had retired from writing.

    October 10, 2013 7:24 AM

  5. SHUTDOWN Military Death Pay to be Reinstated Patrick Smith/Getty

    5. Military Death Pay to be Reinstated

    The Senate voted to reinstate military death benefits for the families of fallen soldiers, a day after the House passed the measure, and is now on its way to President Obama. Although Congress had passed a law to pay the military during the shutdown, it did not address death payments–usually around $100,000 to cover costs of the funeral and related expenses. A charity, the Fisher House Foundation, offered to cover the payments and be reimbursed after the shutdown ends, but both Republicans and Democrats agreed the government should step in. Twenty-nine members of the military have been killed since the shutdown began. Paying for their funerals is the least we can do.

    October 10, 2013 5:07 PM

  6. Sorry for your loss Cory Booker’s Father Dies at 76 Pool photo by Michael Bryant

    6. Cory Booker’s Father Dies at 76

    Cary Booker, Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s father, died at age 76 in Las Vegas on Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mayor Booker’s campaign confirmed the news. City spokesman James Allen spoke out about the elder Booker, who moved to North Carolina to New Jersey in 1969 and was married for 49 years. “Many people in our city came to know and love Cary Booker. Mayor Booker's father was an inspiration to him and someone the mayor has often credited with being a principal reason for him entering public service," he said. Cory, who is running for Senate, has suspended all campaign events at this time.

    October 10, 2013 5:01 PM

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  8. JUSTICE Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years Bill Pugliano/Getty

    7. Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years

    Karma's a bitch. The scandal-ridden politician and former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison Thursday, seven months after being convicted on corruption charges. Once dubbed the “hip hop mayor of Detroit,” Kilpatrick raked in millions for his family through a secret “money-making racket” which he ran out of city hall. As Detroit crumbled around him, Kilpatrick got rich—stooping low enough to use funds allotted for needy citizens to pay for his own yoga. Judge Nancy Edmunds condemned Kilpatrick’s actions during the sentencing. “One thing is certain,” she said. “It was the citizens of Detroit who suffered.”

    October 10, 2013 1:58 PM

  9. THAT WAS QUICK Libyan Prime Minister Freed Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP

    8. Libyan Prime Minister Freed

    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan has been freed after being kidnapped in a dawn raid on his hotel in Tripoli, a spokesman said Thursday, but gave no further information. Just hours before, Zidan was snatched by gunmen from the hotel where he lives. It appeared that the Libyan government forces intervened in some way after the raid, and that the abductors did not hand Zidan over peacefully. The abduction was apparently retaliation for an American raid that seized a Libyan al Qaeda suspect over the weekend and raised the ire of both the government and some militant groups.

    October 10, 2013 6:47 AM

  10. UGLY Did Castro Die While Masturbating? Tony Dejak/AP

    9. Did Castro Die While Masturbating?

    Ariel Castro may not have ended his life on purpose after all. Ohio officials say the Cleveland kidnapper was found hanging in his cell with his underwear around his ankles, leading them to consider death by autoerotic asphyxiation, a way of intensifying orgasm during masturbation by depriving the body of oxygen. Castro left no suicide note; officials found him with pictures of his family out and a Bible open to the Gospel of John. A new report says prison guards failed to properly make the rounds the night Castro died, and that he was not en route to the hospital until an hour after he was found hanged.

    October 10, 2013 12:47 PM

  11. Good On Her Report: Sheryl Crow Saw Armstrong Dope Chris Polk, FilmMagic / Getty Images

    10. Report: Sheryl Crow Saw Armstrong Dope

    We're not ready to put those years of lies and deception to bed just yet. A new book about Lance Armstrong, called Wheelman, alleges that the cycling star's former girlfriend, country singer Sheryl Crow, was privy to Armstrong's doping habits and told federal investigators after witnessing a banned blood transfusion. "He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program," Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell write in the book, which comes out Tuesday. Crow and Armstrong broke up in 2006 after three years together.

    October 10, 2013 3:21 PM

  12. FINALLY Report: Baby Hope ID’d as Angelica Ramirez Seth Wenig/AP

    11. Report: Baby Hope ID’d as Angelica Ramirez

    After 22 years, New York police finally identified Baby Hope, one of the city’s most famous cold cases. Her name was Angelica Ramirez, the New York Post reported Thursday. The little girl, believed to have been between ages 3 and 5, was found tied up in a cooler along a New York highway in 1991, likely having been strangled to death. Police also found evidence of sexual abuse. A tipster recently came forward, saying she knew Baby Hope’s sister, and police were able to track down the girl’s mother, who said she never reported the girl missing because she feared her abusive husband. Police are now investigating the girl’s father.

    October 10, 2013 1:05 PM

  13. SCARY Study: Catastrophic Heat in 30 Years Channi Anand/AP

    12. Study: Catastrophic Heat in 30 Years

    A terrifying new study released Thursday predicts that by 2047, the planet will see historic temperatures that will drastically disrupt what we know as normal. In just three decades, temperatures will surpass all records set since they began being kept in 1865, scientists concluded in the study, published in the Oct. 9 issue of Nature. At that point, the coldest temperatures on earth will be higher than the current hottest temperatures. The researchers argued that if greenhouse-gas emissions are stabilized, the catastrophe could be delayed as much as 20 years. In that case, the warming wouldn’t reach its full potency until 2069. “Within my generation, whatever climate we were used to will be a thing of the past,” lead researcher Camilo Mora said.

    October 10, 2013 11:56 AM

  14. LET IT OUT You Can Drunk Dial Congress J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    13. You Can Drunk Dial Congress

    Cancel your plans tonight. You’re drunk dialing Congress. No, really. A new website called Drunk Dial Congress prompts you to enter in your phone number, and then it connects you to a random member of Congress. “Mad at Congress over the shutdown? Have a drink and tell them,” the website advertises. There’s no testing of your blood-alcohol content, but your comments are probably better while drunk. So start making your list of gripes right now and also maybe start the party a little early today (nobody will judge you for day drinking if it’s to end the government shutdown).

    October 10, 2013 12:41 PM

  15. Hero Summit McCain: Obama Mishandled Egypt Scott Henrichsen/The Daily Beast

    14. McCain: Obama Mishandled Egypt

    Sen. John McCain spoke Thursday at The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit, where he said that Obama’s foreign policy is in large part to blame for Egypt’s downward path to insurgency and terrorism. During an interview with editor in chief Tina Brown, McCain asked: “We’re going to suspend some aid, but not other aid. What is the message to [Egyptian] General [Abdul Fattah] al-Sisi? ... We should abide by our rule of law. But we didn’t do that.” McCain further emphasized that the shutdown is negatively impacting people’s confidence in the government, which could have long-term consequences.

    At The Daily Beast's Hero Summit, Sen. John McCain explained why he was worried about the GOP.

    October 10, 2013 11:47 AM

  16. STILL A GOD Kimmel, Kanye Make Up Randy Holmes/ABC

    15. Kimmel, Kanye Make Up

    Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West made nice in a long, awkward interview Thursday night that followed a Kimmel parody of West’s self-aggrandizing pronouncements. The feud began when Jimmy Kimmel Live! ran a segment that featured a child actor reading quotes from an interview on BBC Radio 1 in which West referred to himself as a “genius” and a “god.” West exploded on Twitter, heaping all-caps abuse on Kimmel for several days. Kimmel said he “felt bad” about it and that he realized West was just being honest about considering himself a genius. “For me not to say I’m a genius, I’d be lying to you,” West agreed.

    October 10, 2013 7:50 AM

  17. SNIFF TEST Peanut Butter Can Detect Alzheimer’s Scott Olson/Getty

    16. Peanut Butter Can Detect Alzheimer’s

    The key to detecting Alzheimer’s may be as simple as a scoop of peanut butter. Researchers at the University of Florida and the McNight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste have discovered that Alzheimer’s can be identified by a loss of smell and often a strong disparity in smell sensitivity between nostrils. The researchers measured the distance at which 18 patients with suspected Alzheimer’s disease, 24 with mild cognitive impairment, 26 with other types of dementia, and 26 control patients could smell a tablespoon of peanut butter with their eyes closed, one nostril at a time. They discovered that the ability of patients in early stages of Alzheimer’s to detect the peanut butter varied greatly between nostrils.

    October 10, 2013 10:01 AM

  18. INSUFFICIENT FUNDS U.S. Pulls Back on Aid to Egypt AP

    17. U.S. Pulls Back on Aid to Egypt

    Money talks. The Obama administration has signaled its disapproval of Egypt’s ruling generals by cutting military aid to Cairo, a State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday. It’s unclear how much of the annual $1.5 billion program will be halted (which explains why the White House on Tuesday denied reports that “all” assistance would be cut) but the official noted that “large-scale military systems,” for example, will no longer be funded. The diplomatic maneuver is seen as a response to the generals’ violent crackdown on peaceful supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Controversial in some policy circles, the decision will be reversed when Egypt makes “credible progress” toward establishing a civilian government.

    October 9, 2013 5:51 PM

  19. INVESTIGATION Two Ex-Navy Football Players Face Court-Martial U.S. Navy Football team/AP

    18. Two Ex-Navy Football Players Face Court-Martial

    Two former Navy football players will face a court-martial for their alleged roles in the alleged sexual assault of a female midshipman, the U.S. Naval Academy announced on Thursday. Joshua Tate, 21, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and making false statements, and Eric Graham, 21, has been charged with abusive sexual contact and making false statements. The third player charged, Tra’ves Bush, 22, will not face court-martial. The decision to court martial came from Academy Superintendent Michael H. Miller, who the alleged victim has asked to be recused from the case due to bias. A judge blocked that request earlier this week. The alleged victim said investigators tried to intimidate her and questioned her closely about her drinking the night of the alleged assault and how she performed oral sex.

    October 10, 2013 11:39 AM

  20. DOVE TALE Yellen Nominated for Fed Chair Win McNamee

    19. Yellen Nominated for Fed Chair

    President Obama formally nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, which she has served as vice-chair since 2010. Yellen has been the frontrunner for the nomination since Larry Summers pulled out of the race last month. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman to serve at the central bank’s top post. Democrats are rallying behind her—and they control the Senate 54-46—so Yellen would only need six Republican votes to be confirmed, but the GOP are less impressed by her expected strategy of continuing Bernanke’s dovish policies. "Ms. Yellen subscribes to the liberal school of thought that the best way to handle our nation's fiscal challenges is to throw more money at them," said Texas Republican John Cornyn. It's never easy.

    October 9, 2013 4:03 PM

  21. DEAR BENEDICT Assange Pens Letter to Cumberbatch AP

    20. Assange Pens Letter to Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in a new WikiLeaks film, and the government dissident is none too pleased about it. Assange denounces the film as “deceitful” and “toxic” in an open letter to the British actor—a long overdue response to Cumberbatch’s request to meet the WikiLeaks founder before filming The Fifth Estate. Assange declares himself a fan of Cumberbatch, but urges him to “reconsider your involvement” in a film that “will resurrect and amplify defamatory stories which were long ago shown to be false.” In short, the two will not be having tea anytime soon. “By meeting with you, I would validate…the talented, but debauched, performance that the script will force you to give,” Assange concludes.

    October 9, 2013 8:12 PM

  22. LONG TRIP Snowden’s Father Arrives in Russia Rossia 24 TV/AP

    21. Snowden’s Father Arrives in Russia

    Just as he promised, Lou Snowden, the father of exiled American whistleblower Edward Snowden, has arrived in Russia in hopes of visiting his son. After leaking documents that revealed massive NSA spying and launched a global scandal, Edward Snowden was given asylum in Russia for a year. “I am not sure my son will be returning to the U.S. again,” his father said, expressing “extreme gratitude that my son is safe and secure and he’s free.” Lou Snowden was seen being escorted through Moscow’s airport with his lawyer Thursday, and his comments were played widely on Russian television. Edward Snowden has not been seen in public since he was granted asylum in August.

    October 10, 2013 7:11 AM

  23. YOU GO, GIRL Malala Wins EU Human-Rights Prize Jessica Rinaldi/AP

    22. Malala Wins EU Human-Rights Prize

    European lawmakers announced Thursday that they’ve given Europe’s top human-rights prize to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was catapulted to global fame after surviving a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The Sakharov Prize comes with $65,000 and was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi. Malala beats out American whistleblower Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarussian dissidents for the honor. Malala is also in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced Friday.

    October 10, 2013 6:53 AM

  24. FAIL AP Retracts McAuliffe Story Cliff Owen/AP

    23. AP Retracts McAuliffe Story

    The Associated Press blew up the Virginia gubernatorial campaign Wednesday night when the agency posted, then retracted, a story that claimed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe had lied to a federal official. An alert for the story was sent out at 9:45 p.m., but it was replaced by a rare retraction notice at 11:25 p.m. The story was based on documents from a case against a Rhode Island man who was convicted of identity theft and wire fraud. The AP reported that the documents said a “T.M.” had deliberately lied to a post-office official about a check from the fraud, but did not initially acknowledge that T.M. was not named in the documents, and was not McAuliffe. McAuliffe’s campaign says he was one of many passive investors and had no idea about the scheme.

    October 10, 2013 7:08 AM

  25. UNDERWATER STAR Diana Nyad Completes 48-Hour Swim Jason DeCrow/AP

    24. Nyad Completes 48-Hour Swim

    Is there any underwater challenge she can’t do? Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman who recently became the first person to complete a 53-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, finished her 48-hour swim Thursday after raising $103,000 for superstorm Sandy victims. Nyad, who was joined by Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and Richard Simmons in the 40-yard N.Y.C. pool, said she did it to remind the Sandy victims that she hadn’t forgotten about them. “It’s a year later, and it’s not on the front page of the newspaper, but those people [Sandy survivors] haven’t forgotten.”

    October 10, 2013 10:11 AM

  26. PROTECT AND SWERVE Prosecutor: Biker Cop ‘Terrorized’ Family Youtube

    25. Prosecutor: Biker Cop ‘Terrorized’ Family

    An NYPD undercover detective is among seven bikers facing charges for chasing an SUV through Manhattan; surrounding the vehicle; dragging the driver, Alexian Lien, from his car; and severely beating him while his wife and 2-year-old daughter watched. Wojciech Braszczok, who prosecutors say “terrorize(d) the rest of the driver’s family on the other side of the vehicle” and smashed the rear window, was charged with two counts of felony assault and third-degree criminal mischief. Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino described the 10-year veteran as an “active participant” in the “brutal and brazen attack on the driver and his family.” Braszczok’s attorney denies any guilt, saying his client was merely pursuing the driver after he ran over a biker.

    October 10, 2013 10:05 AM

  27. AMAZING Roman Skulls Found Beneath London Courtesy Crossrails

    26. Roman Skulls Found Beneath London

    Workers digging London’s new Crossrail line beneath Liverpool Street came across something unexpected: a trove of skulls from the city’s distant Roman past. The skulls were buried deep beneath the 16th-century Bedlam cemetery, and archaeologists said they could have been from a Roman burial ground further up the river. The skulls add to the heap of archaeological finds unearthed by the rail project, which will deliver a new suburban line across London. Thousands of skeletons recovered from the Bedlam cemetery are scheduled to be relocated next year.

    October 10, 2013 7:30 AM