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  1. data harvesting NSA Collects E-Mail Address Books Handout/Getty

    1. NSA Collects E-Mail Address Books

    Does anything surprise us anymore? New documents from Edward Snowden shows a never-before-disclosed program in which the National Security Agency is gathering hundreds of millions of address books from e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world. The amount of data being harvested is a "sizable fraction" of the accounts in the world, including many Americans, and is being analyzed to hidden connections and map relationships between foreign intelligence targets. Documents show a typical day brings in nearly 700,000 connections from sites like Facebook, Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail, along with 500,000 buddy lists from chat services.

    October 14, 2013 7:40 PM

  2. END IN SIGHT? Sources: Reid Offers McConnell a Deal Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    2. Sources: Reid Offers McConnell a Deal

    With all eyes on the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid has apparently offered Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal—privately. The proposed deal will extend the debt ceiling through next year and keep the government open through mid-December (wait, does this mean we will all have to live through this again in two months?!), sources told Politico on Monday. The proposed deal would also set up larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic spending cuts in the sequester. (Seriously, who knew Democrats still cared about that one?) And apparently Senate Democrats are open to some wiggle room on some distinct parts of Obamacare. But don't get your hopes up too fast: Sen. John McCain said after the meeting that a deal is unlikely Monday.

    October 14, 2013 1:04 PM

  3. STILL OPEN McCann Suspect’s Images Released Metrpolitan Police /Getty

    3. McCann Suspect’s Images Released

    British police released images of a man sought in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished from a Portuguese resort in 2007 when she was three years old. Metropolitan Police created computer-generated pictures of the man who two eyewitnesses said was near the Praia da Luz resort the night Madeleine disappeared. “This man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing him and speaking to him is of vital importance to us,” said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood. “Although Portuguese authorities closed the case in 2008, Metropolitan Police said in July that British authorities and Madeleine’s parents “continue to believe there is a possibility that Madeleine is alive.” Madeleine’s parents will appear on BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday night.

    October 14, 2013 8:15 AM

  4. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN Man Arrested at Buckingham Palace Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

    4. Man Arrested at Buckingham Palace

    Good thing palace security had practiced on Prince Andrew this summer. A knife-wielding intruder was arrested Monday as he allegedly tried to enter Buckingham Palace, Scotland Yard said.  He allegedly tried to enter at the north gate but was stopped immediately and taken to a London police station. The queen was not home at the time.

    October 14, 2013 10:31 AM

  5. he's back GOP Pushes Trump for NY Governor Justin Hayworth/AP

    5. GOP Pushes Trump for NY Governor

    Here we go. The GOP is making a push to get Donald Trump into the New York governor's race. Apparently New York's Republicans are hoping The Donald will be a contender to challenge Governor Cuomo for the New York seat. Trump responded to the effort, saying he was "very flattered," but running for office is "not something that I've ever even thought about." But also launched an attack on Cuomo, saying "people are fleeing New York" under his governance.

    October 14, 2013 4:02 PM

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    6. 4 Killed in Philippines Earthquake

    A 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook central Philippines on Tuesday, reportedly killing four people. The quake was centered near Balilihan, around 390 miles from the capital of Manila, and reached a depth of 35 miles. There was no threat of a subsequent tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but such large earthquakes can sometimes trigger tsunamis within 61 miles.

    October 14, 2013 9:26 PM

  7. INFAMOUS Somali Pirate ‘Big Mouth’ Captured Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty

    7. Somali Pirate ‘Big Mouth’ Captured

    Maybe he was trying to get an early ticket to go see Captain Phillips. Notorious Somali pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Afweyne” or “Big Mouth,” has been detained in Belgium, local news reported Monday. Hassan was detained Saturday in Brussels after arriving on a flight from Nairobi, Belga news agency reported. Despite having been named by the United Nations as “one of the most notorious and influential leaders” of Somalia’s pirates, Hassan had said earlier this year that he would be retiring after eight years—and he urged other pirates to do the same. But retirement or not, Hasan has been linked to the 2008 capture of the Saudi-owned Sirius Star oil tanker, and the 134-day hijack of the Ukrainian transport ship MV Faina in 2008.

    October 14, 2013 8:06 AM

  8. 2016 gets interesting Sikh Leader's Son to Challenge Ryan Damian Dovarganes/AP

    8. Sikh Leader's Son to Challenge Ryan

    Amar Kaleka, the son of a Sikh temple president who was killed by a white supremacist in the August attack on his Wisconsin temple, is planning to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan for the congressional seat next year. The Wisconsin eight-term politician's ratings have been slipping in his district, and Kaleka says he blames Ryan for the government shutdown. “There’s a fever in the nation, and specifically in this district, for our leaders to stop playing politics and do their jobs,” Kaleka said. “All I want to do is bring democracy—a government of, for and by the people—back to America." Ryan has a strong cash flow and political clout, but Kaleka says his strategy is to tap into Indian and Arabic donor bases.

    October 14, 2013 5:14 PM

  9. WTF Dry Ice Bomb Explodes at LAX Reed Saxon/AP

    9. Dry Ice Bomb Explodes at LAX

    Sounds like a fourth-grade science experiment gone wrong. A “dry ice bomb,” or a plastic bottle filled with dry ice, exploded in a bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night, causing delays, but luckily no injuries. An employee reported hearing an explosion around 7 p.m. in the Terminal 2, Gate 27 restroom, and discovered the bottle. LAPD’s bomb squad arrived to investigate, and cleared the area with normal operations resuming around 9 p.m. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI.

    October 14, 2013 8:08 AM

  10. zombies FTW 'Walking Dead' Hits Record 16.1M Viewers Gene Page/AMC

    10. 'Walking Dead' Hits Record 16.1M Viewers

    Remember when we were impressed by Breaking Bad's 10.28 million finale viewers? On Sunday, The Walking Dead shattered records with 16.1 million viewers tuning into its fourth season premiere, making it the most watched cable show ever and top-rated entertainment series this season. Don't forget: the show's Sunday night spot paired it up against Sunday night football. Zombies: 1, Football: 0.

    October 14, 2013 6:01 PM

  11. HA HA? Assad: I Should Have Gotten Nobel YURI KADOBNOV / AFP

    11. Assad: I Should Have Gotten Nobel

    This is not an Onion report. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joked over the weekend that he should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a Lebanese newspaper sympathetic to his regime printed on Monday. Al-Akhbar newspaper reported that Assad said the Nobel, which went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, “should have been mine.” Al-Akhbar claims Assad said in 2003 that all nations in the region should hand over their chemical weapons. OPCW is currently working to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal by mid-2014. The U.S. State Department has estimated that 1,400 people died in August in a chemical weapon attack in Syria, which has been blamed on Assad, although he has claimed innocence. So, um, Assad apparently is joking about this now?

    October 14, 2013 12:05 PM

  12. MAMBO KINGS Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies Stephen J. Boitano/AP

    12. Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies

    Oscar Hijuelos, the first Latino author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died Saturday at the age of 62. His wife said Hijuelos collapsed while playing tennis and never regained consciousness. Born in Manhattan to Cuban immigrants, Hijuelos grew up in a Spanish-speaking family. His first novel, Our House in the Last World, was published in 1983. Hijuelos stayed away from political writing and instead was more poetic, writing about the Latin immigrant experience. In 1989, he won the Pulitzer for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

    October 14, 2013 8:16 AM

  13. GOOD GIRL GONE BAD Thai Bar Owner Arrested After Rihanna Tweets Cameron Spencer/Getty

    13. Thai Bar Owner Arrested After Rihanna Tweets

    Is anyone even going to allow Rihanna back into Thailand? Thai officials arrested a bar owner in Phuket on Monday, two weeks after Rihanna tweeted about naked dancers at the club. Authorities apparently learned about the bar after Rihanna tweeted about it, and finally were able to catch the bar owners violating the law on Saturday night. The bar owner faces charges of obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit. This isn’t the first time Rihanna’s social media use on this very trip got locals in trouble: her Instagramming while in Thailand led to the arrest of two men who illegally had a slow loris, a protected primate. So is the lesson here to not let Rihanna take her iPhone in anywhere?

    October 14, 2013 10:52 AM

  14. OOPS! Banksy Sells Art for $60 in NYC banksyny/Instagram

    14. Banksy Sells Art for $60 in NYC

    Hey New York, get it together. Banksy put some of his original signed pieces up for sale at a Central Park booth on Saturday for just $60—they have an estimated value of over $40,000 each—and hardly anyone stopped to buy them. “A lady buys two small canvases for her children, but only after negotiating a 50 percent discount,” Banksy wrote on his website Sunday. The stunt netted $420 on the day. Banksy, who arrived in New York earlier this month, has taken the Big Apple by storm, with some entrepreneurs in Brooklyn charging people to see one of Banksy’s works. Seriously though, who stops at 5th Avenue and Central Park South to look at art? You’re lucky to get out of that part of the park without being run over by a hansom cab.

    October 14, 2013 8:19 AM

  15. MATERIAL GIRL Austin Theatre Chain Bans Madonna Jason Merritt

    15. Austin Theatre Chain Bans Madonna

    The iconic Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre in Austin has banned Madonna until she “apologizes to movie fans” after she was caught texting during the 12 Years a Slave premiere in New York. So pretty much for life then. According to film critic Charles Taylor, a former student asked Madonna (texting in black lace gloves to top it off) to stop texting on her BlackBerry during the film, and she allegedly responded “It’s for work … ENSLAVER!” So, um, Madonna still uses a BlackBerry? That must be why she needed those black lace gloves. Alamo Drafthouse CEO Steve League said he is “serious” about enforcing the ban, although he added “I don’t think it affects her life much.” Until the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens in Brooklyn, that is.

    October 14, 2013 1:23 PM

  16. NOT IMPRESSED Assange: ‘Fifth Estate’ Will Fail Focus World/AP

    16. Assange: ‘Fifth Estate’ Will Fail

    Thanks for the tips on narrative structure, Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks creator said Saturday in a rare interview that The Fifth Estate will fail because it doesn’t give people the underdog story they want. Speaking to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the fugitive leaker also slammed the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. What movie has he seen lately that he liked? There Will Be Blood, apparently (not a euphemism). Fifth Estate star Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be taking Assange’s criticism seriously—he laughed off a cell phone ringing during the film’s New York premiere as “Julian calling and he’s calling to tell you not to watch!” Assange wrote Cumberbatch a letter imploring the actor to “seriously reconsider your involvement” in the film.

    October 14, 2013 8:39 AM

  17. PULLS YOU IN 'Gravity' Nears $45M at Box Office Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

    17. 'Gravity' Nears $45M at Box Office

    Gravity is defying the odds. The 3D space film, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, continued to soar at the box office this weekend, bringing in a massive $12.7 million on Friday setting it up for what could turn out to be a $45 million weekend. If it does reach that feat, the film will break the record for the lowest drop in numbers for a film in its second weekend (just an 18 percent drop). Following bravely behind Gravity is Tom Hank’s newest adventure Captain Phillips—expected to bring in $25 million in its first weekend.

    October 13, 2013 5:32 PM

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  19. EXCLUSIVE Malaysian Court: Only Muslims Can Use ‘Allah’ Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty

    18. Malaysian Court: Only Muslims Can Use ‘Allah’

    This isn't going to make things confusing at all. A Malaysian court ruled Monday that the phrase “Allah” can only be used by Muslims, despite the fact that all faiths in the country use the word for their gods. Christians in the country argue they have used the word for centuries, and the ruling violates their rights. “If we are prohibited from using the word Allah, we have to retranslate the whole Bible,” said Ester Moiji from the Sabah state. Monday’s ruling overturned a 2009 court decision that the government could not stop a Catholic newspaper from using “Allah” to describe the Christian god—a decision that sparked widespread violence at churches and mosques.

    October 14, 2013 8:11 AM

  20. MIDDLE CLASS Report: Prince George’s Godparents Will Be Commoners Michael Middleton/AP

    19. Report: Prince George’s Godparents Will Be Commoners

    Does Kate Middleton even remember that she married into royalty? They might have bad hairlines, but the Windsors are still royalty after all. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are naming three school friends—aka commoners—to be Prince George’s godparents, according to Britain’s Sunday Times. This comes on the heels of the news that Charles’s brothers and sister are all apparently not attending. Prince George is set to be christened on October 23 at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace, instead of Buckingham Palace, where William and his father were both christened. If this is just going to be a christening filled with normal people, Pippa is bound to be the most exciting person there.

    October 14, 2013 8:35 AM

  21. MARKETS Wall Street Glances Wearily at Washington Richard Drew/AP

    20. Wall Street Glances Wearily at Washington

    If everyone in the world is in near-universal agreement that Congress should end this impasse and raise the debt limit by October 17, maybe Congress should start listening? Just a thought. European shares and oil opened weakly on Monday as the yen rose while many investors sought safer assets. “This feels a lot like Sunday night on Lehman weekend,” said Westwood Capital Managing Partner Daniel Alpert. The government currently has $30 billion in cash in the bank with a little more room to borrow. But if an agreement isn't reached by Thursday, the U.S. will reach its debt limit—that means no more borrowing.

    October 14, 2013 7:59 AM