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  1. ‘VERY SEVERE’ Major Cyclone Hits Indian Coast Adnan Abidi/Reuters

    1. Major Cyclone Hits Indian Coast

    A severe cyclone whacked the east coast of India Saturday evening, forcing some 800,000 people to evacuate their homes. At least five people have been reported dead already. Cyclone Phailin is expected to surge to at least 10 feet and cause “extensive damage” to coastal mud houses. People were asked to leave mud houses and fishermen were warned to stay out of the sea. The last time a deadly cyclone hit the same area was in 1999, and more than 10,000 people were killed, but Indian officials say they are more prepared now.

    October 12, 2013 9:45 PM

  2. NEW APPROACH Senate Taking Lead on Shutdown Talks Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    2. Senate Taking Lead on Shutdown Talks

    House Republicans are deferring to the Senate to deal with debt ceiling negotiations, confirming Saturday morning that they have nothing new to offer the White House since Obama shot down their proposal for a short-term extension of the debt ceiling. "I'm disappointed that the president has rejected the offer that we put on the table," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "I know that he's trying to see which Republican senator he can pick off the Senate. I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice." Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is working on a bipartisan budget proposal that extends the debt ceiling through January and includes a stopgap bill that funds the government through March. "I'm trying to give the House a serious option to consider," said Collins. "And that's been one of my goals since their first strategy was clearly a very flawed one." 

    October 12, 2013 11:30 AM

  3. THAT PERFORMANCE One of Miley’s Dancing Bears Felt ‘Less Than Human’ Rick Diamond/Getty

    3. One of Miley’s Dancing Bears Felt ‘Less Than Human’

    SNL may have inadvertently hit the nail on the head with a joke in last week’s cold open featuring Miley Cyrus, in which a man in a giant teddy bear costume leaves rehearsal for Cyrus’s VMA appearance crying, “We shouldn’t be doing this!”  Hollis Jane writes on her personal blog that she was one of the little people hired to dress up as a bear and dance behind Miley on stage at the VMAs—and the experience was one to forget. “I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked at,” the 24-year-old wrote,  recalling that she walked out of the first dress rehearsal at the Barclays Center shaking and crying. “I was being stared at and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a  prop...as something less than human.” Jane noted that the performance forced her to “draw my personal line in the sand,” prompting her to turn down an offer to join Miley on tour. “I wondered if it was worth feeling less than human again,” she wrote. “And frankly, it wasn’t.”

    October 12, 2013 10:36 AM

  4. GET IT TOGETHER Obama to GOP: Don’t Let U.S. Default Before the Holidays Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    4. Obama to GOP: Don’t Let U.S. Default Before the Holidays

    Another day, another round of debt ceiling negotiations. As the government shutdown slogged into its 12 day, President Obama urged Republican lawmakers to extent the country’s debt limit for longer than the six weeks they’ve already proposed. “It wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. House Republicans, who are being blamed by the president and, according to polls, by a majority of Americans, for causing the government shutdown, will meet re-evaluate their options for a debt ceiling agreement at the Capitol on Saturday.

    October 12, 2013 10:42 AM

  5. STATES TO THE RESCUE Statue of Liberty, Other Monuments to Reopen Mike Segar/ Reuters

    5. Statue of Liberty, Other Monuments to Reopen

    While Congress remains incapable of finding a suitable solution to our looming debt ceiling problem, some states have figured out how to keep their national monuments open in spite of the government shutdown. States are stepping up and providing the funds currently withheld by the National Park Service to reopen the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. “Every day that Liberty Island is closed means we are losing visitors who would otherwise be spending at our local businesses,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement announcing the state’s agreement to carve out $61,600 a day from its tourism budget to keep Lady Liberty open to the public while lawmakers and the president sort out their differences. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees have been furloughed since the government shut down 12 days ago, halting the average flow of about 715,000 visitors per day to the country’s 401 national park sites.

    October 12, 2013 10:46 AM

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  7. DANGEROUS JOURNEY Migrant Boat Capsizes, Kills 27 in Mediterranean Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

    6. Migrant Boat Capsizes, Kills 27 in Mediterranean

    A boat carrying over 200 migrants capsized 70 miles off the Italian Island of Lampedusa, leaving 27 people—including three children—dead in the Mediterranean. The vessel was spotted by the Maltese air force, which managed to rescue a reported 147 people and take them back to Malta. Italian crews picked up 56 more. The nationalities of the people on board the boat are still unknown, but Lampedusa, situated between Tunisia and Sicily, is a popular destination for African migrants headed toward Europe.  Just last week, a boat filled with over 500 migrants, mostly from Somalia and Eritrea, sank near the island killing at least 319. “We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a cemetery,” said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, urging the European Union to boost its search and rescue patrols in the area.

    October 12, 2013 10:55 AM

  8. ON TOUR Gabby Giffords to Attend NY Gun Show Samantha Sais/Reuters

    7. Gabby Giffords to Attend NY Gun Show

    Former U.S. Rep. and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords will attend a gun show in New York to promote a state law enacted earlier this year which creates a gun ownership registry, taxes bullets and limits magazines to seven bullets, requires reports on threats from mental health professionals and expands the military-grade weapons ban. Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are campaigning for more stringent background checks on gun sales and suggest the New York law, passed a month after the Newtown school shooting, should be a national model. “The state’s model helps keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them—like criminals and the dangerously mentally illwithout infringing on our second Amendment rights,” said Kelly.

    October 12, 2013 11:01 AM

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

    8. 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

  10. CREEPY Your Online Endorsements May Soon Be Ads Chris Jackson/Getty

    9. Your Online Endorsements May Soon Be Ads

    You can run but you can’t hide on the Internet and Google’s new search settings aim to make it even harder to fly under the radar. According to an announcement Friday, the search engine will soon be able to gather any photos, comments or ratings people post on social networks and use them in advertisements. While Google argues the changes are meant to make the user’s Internet experience more personal, privacy advocates say companies using personal information in a way other than that which it was originally intended by the person who posted it can feel like a violation. “We set our own boundaries,” said Deborah Peel, a psychoanalyst and founder of the advocacy group Patient Privacy Rights. “We don’t want them set by Google or Facebook.” If you agree with Peel, be careful what you “like.” Starting November 11, your name could show up in ads for that brand you follow on Google Plus.

    October 12, 2013 11:05 AM

  11. TRAGIC ‘MasterChef’ Finalist Reportedly Killed Himself Nico Stipcianos/Getty

    10. ‘MasterChef’ Finalist Reportedly Killed Himself

    MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was found dead in his Chicago home Friday night after apparently shooting himself in the head. According to an acquaintance and two relatives who were on the scene, the 26-year-old chef and reality TV competitor was schizophrenic and bipolar. Marks was arrested back in July for assaulting a police officer at the University of Chicago and, at the time, police said he claimed to have been possessed and turned into God by Gordon Ramsay, the host of the Fox cooking show.  

    October 12, 2013 11:08 AM

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

    11. 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

  13. Seismic Activity Earthquake Hits Greek Island Barbara Eddowes/Getty

    12. Earthquake Hits Greek Island

    An earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete on Saturday, reportedly damaging houses and shops. While the U.S. Geological Survey clocked the quake in at a magnitute of 6.4, the Athens Observatory reported it was a 6.2. Regardless, it shook the island but was also felt in other parts of the earthquake-prone country. This is the second Greek earthquake in two days, but the 4.4 magnitude convulsion that hit the northern part of the country didn't cause any damage. 

    October 12, 2013 10:56 AM