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  1. busted JPMorgan Reports First Quarterly Loss Dimon on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2012. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    1. JPMorgan Reports First Quarterly Loss

    After Washington regulators imposed a whopping $9.15 billion in legal charges, JPMorgan Chase reported its first-ever loss this quarter. “While we had strong underlying performance across the businesses, unfortunately, the quarter was marred by large legal expense,” CEO Jamie Dimon announced in a statement. In September, the bank agreed to pay $1 billion in charges for the "London Whale" disaster, a trading misstep that cost more than $6 billion in losses to the bank and which employees then attempted to cover up. The total legal charges for the quarter were up 1,337 percent from normal.

    October 11, 2013 8:41 PM

  2. Bad Behavior Air Force Fires Man in Charge of Nukes

    2. Air Force Fires Man in Charge of Nukes

    The Air Force fired Major General Michael Carey—the No. 2 officer for nuclear missiles—on Friday following an inspector general's investigation into "reports of misbehavior" while on assignment. The Air Force's statement on Carey's dismissal gave barely any details on the investigation or the reported misbehavior, but a spokesman did make clear that the allegations involve neither sexual misconduct nor his responsibility for nuclear weapons. Just two days earlier the Navy's deputy commander for nuclear forces was reassigned for allegedly using counterfeit chips at a casino. 

    October 11, 2013 1:24 PM

  3. PEACE PRIZE Chemical-Weapons Group Wins Nobel Peter Dejong/AP

    3. Anti-Chemical Weapons Group Wins Nobel

    Oslo’s Nobel Institute has awarded its prestigious peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Hague-based group tasked with implementing the international chemical-weapons treaty and that is overseeing the destruction of Syria’s stockpile. No small task. Since the 1990s the OCPW has conducted over 5,000 inspections in 86 countries and destroyed 80 percent of the world’s chemical weapons. The weapons watchdog beat out favorite Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and girls, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year.

    October 11, 2013 5:55 AM

  4. PROGRESS? House Proposes End to Budget Fight Win McNamee/Getty

    4. House Proposes End to Budget Fight

    We still don’t know what exactly is on the negotiating table, but House Republicans are awaiting a response from the White House after proposing legislation that would end the budget fight and partial government shutdown. The proposal comes on the heels of unresolved late-night talks Thursday between Obama and House GOP leaders; Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are apparently being more conciliatory now, proposing fewer spending cuts in exchange for curbs in Obama’s benefit programs, including raising the cost of Medicare. Obama reportedly asked that their proposal include funding to reopen the government.

    October 11, 2013 12:37 PM

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

    5. 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

  6. WEDDED BLISS Gay Marriage a Go in New Jersey Julio Cortez/AP

    6. Gay Marriage a Go in New Jersey

    Sorry, Chris Christie. A New Jersey Superior Court has ruled against the state’s request to delay same-sex marriages until the appeal of an earlier decision allowing them is finished, clearing the way for couples to walk down the aisle in as little as two weeks. New Jersey permits civil unions, which, because of a previous Supreme Court ruling, deny New Jersey couples federal benefits. “Granting a stay,” Judge Mary Jacobson wrote, “would simply allow the State to continue to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be considered a public interest.” The state, of course, is appealing.

    October 11, 2013 6:33 AM

  7. WWLD Vatican Medals Misspell ‘Jesus’ Pool photo by Filippo Monteforte

    7. Vatican Medals Misspell ‘Jesus’

    Lesus Christ, Italian State Mint! The money manufacturer often makes special medals for the Vatican to commemorate a new pontiff, but there was a little problem with the new ones made to celebrate Pope Francis' papacy: the name of Jesus was spelled “Lesus.” Kind of an important one to get right. The Vatican has had to pull over 6,000 of the gold, silver, and bronze collectibles, but not before four made their way into the hands of buyers, who may benefit from the error. Experts are predicting the value of the medals will soar.

    October 11, 2013 11:03 AM

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  9. OOPS CIA Ignored Snowden Warnings Handout/Getty

    8. CIA Ignored Snowden Warnings

    Someone at the CIA is saying “I told you so” this morning. Before Edward Snowden caused a huge headache for the government by leaking thousands of secret documents related to the U.S. domestic spying program, he was written up by his supervisor at the CIA, who raised concerns about a change in work habits and a suspicion that he was trying to access classified computer files without authorization. A note went into his personnel file, but either no one saw it, or the red flags went unheeded. “The weakness of the system” one lawmaker said, is that Snowden, “could still keep his security clearance and move to another job, and the information wasn’t passed on.”  

    October 11, 2013 7:44 AM

  10. FOWL Salmonella Chicken Plants Stay Open Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

    9. Salmonella Chicken Plants Stay Open

    The California poultry plants linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened around 300 people in 18 states will stay open after submitting a plan to the USDA to improve conditions. The regulatory body lifted a threat to close down the Foster Farms plants that had cited unsanitary conditions, including instances of fecal material on chicken carcasses. Gross, but the conditions aren’t unique, and apparently Foster Farms has a decent safety record. Samples taken at the plant show salmonella rates on par with industry standards. Salad, anyone?

    October 11, 2013 6:50 AM

  11. horrible Adrian Peterson's Son Dies Tom Lynn/Reuters

    10. Adrian Peterson's Son Dies

    The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson died on Friday afternoon after being badly beaten by his mother's boyfriend. The boy was taken to the hospital on Wednesday night after police were called to the child's mother's house and found he was not breathing. Her boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, was arrested at the time and charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. Before the news broke of his son's death, Peterson told reporters he would be playing in Sunday's game because football "gets me through tough times."

    October 11, 2013 5:57 PM

  12. STATE SOLUTION Utah National Parks to Reopen Beth Harpaz/AP

    11. Utah National Parks to Reopen

    What shutdown? Utah’s parks are open for business, or they will be by Saturday. The Beehive State has reached a deal with the U.S. Department of the Interior to reopen eight national parks for up to 10 days. Utah agreed to pay the National Park Service $1.67 million for access, the balance of which would be returned in the event that the shutdown ends sooner than that. “Utah’s national parks are the backbone of many rural economies, and hardworking Utahns are paying a heavy price for this shutdown,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. October is an especially busy season for the state’s parks; officials estimate a monthly profit of $100 million.

    October 11, 2013 6:55 AM

  13. LOOK AT THAT Study: Elephants Understand Pointing Sue Ogrocki/AP

    12. Study: Elephants Understand Pointing

    Elephants totally get the point, a rarity in the animal kingdom, according to a new study published this month in the journal Current Biology. In the experiment, researchers secretly loaded buckets with fruit, then silently extended a finger to show African elephants where the food could be found. They observed that elephants were able to read the visual cue of pointing, picking the right bucket two thirds of the time—a slightly better rate than a 1-year-old human. The scientists say pointing could be a social thing, since elephants live in packs that require cooperation and communication. Next the researchers will study whether elephants use their own trunks to actually point at stuff. Stay tuned.

    October 11, 2013 7:27 AM

  14. ALL BY HERSELF Miley ‘Obsessed’ With Singledom Andy Kropa/Invision, via AP

    13. Miley ‘Obsessed’ With Singledom

    At least one person is “really happy” with Miley Cyrus. It’s Miley Cyrus! The “Wrecking Ball” singer is on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. She says that since her public breakup with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth, “I really am genuinely happy finally with myself,” and she is enjoying the alone time. “I’ve never been able to just be alone, and I’m obsessed with being alone and like hearing my thoughts.” Cyrus also talks about her new album, Bangerz, calling the songs a reflection of her time with her ex. “I feel like you can really find like this arch of, like, growth,” she says. Totally.

    October 11, 2013 7:29 AM

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

    14. 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

  16. FINALLY Military Death Pay Reinstated Jose Luis Magana/AP

    15. Military Death Pay Reinstated

    President Obama signed a bill passed in the Senate that reinstates military death benefits for the families of fallen soldiers. 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 that the government should step in. Twenty-nine members of the military have been killed since the shutdown began.

    October 11, 2013 6:31 AM