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  1. IN THEIR HANDS Senate Close to Finalizing Deal Andrew Burton/Getty; Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    1. Senate Close to Finalizing Deal

    It's all in the Senate's hands now. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are close to finalizing a deal to reopen the government and avoid debt default ahead of the midnight Thursday deadline—and the House could vote on that deal to save time and get it to Obama by Thursday. The Senate left Tuesday night at 10 p.m. with nothing firm in place, will reconvene at noon Wednesday. All eyes are on them to hammer out a deal after House negotiations fell apart Tuesday night.

    October 16, 2013 6:47 AM

  2. thinking ahead Obama to Pursue Immigration Reform Charles Dharapak/AP

    2. Obama to Pursue Immigration Reform

    Don't think that debt ceilings and shutdowns have distracted President Obama from immigration reform. While speaking with Univision's Los Angeles affiliate on Tuesday, the president vowed to pursue a House vote on the matter the "day after" Congress finally reaches a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. "Once that’s done, you know, the day after—I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he said. "And if I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I’m going to do so because I think it’s really important for the country. And now is the time to do it." The president also reasserted that the only reason the Senate's immigration bill hasn't passed yet is because "Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives."

    October 15, 2013 10:23 PM

  3. Warning U.S. 'AAA' Rating Threatened Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    3. U.S. 'AAA' Rating Threatened

    More doom and gloom. Fitch Ratings has put the US government’s AAA credit rating on ‘rating watch negative’ Tuesday as negotiations on the U.S. debt ceiling fail to come up with a solution. After the announcement the S&P 500, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq all saw significant drops. In 2011, during the last major debt ceiling fight, ratings agency S&P took the major step of being the first to downgrade the US rating.

    October 15, 2013 5:45 PM

  4. BRAVO Afghan War Hero Gets Medal of Honor Mark Wilson

    4. Afghan War Hero Gets Medal of Honor

    William D. Swenson, 34-year-old former Army captain, was presented with the nation’s highest military honor by President Obama on Tuesday. As a trainer and mentor with the Afghan National Security Forces, Swenson was involved in a drawn out battle against the Taliban that left five Americans, a translator, and 10 Afghan soldiers dead. During the battle, Swenson risked his life to rescue the dead and injured. The sixth living member of the military from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to  receive the Medal of Honor, Swenson’s initial medal nomination was lost. Recent recipient Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer was also in the battle. Amazing footage of Swenson’s heroic actions was captured by a video camera on his helmet.

    October 15, 2013 3:40 PM

  5. sea serpent 18-Foot Oarfish Found in CA KTLA

    5. 18-Foot Oarfish Found in CA

    Who says the Loch Ness monster isn't real? A snorkeling marine science instructor made the discovery of a lifetime on Tuesday when she discovered the carcass of an 18-foot-long oarfish, a serpent-like creature. "We've never seen a fish this big," said a senior captain of a sail training ship at the Catalina Marine Institute. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long." Sightings of the oarfish, which can grow up to 50 feet, are extremely rare since the animal dives more than 3,000 feet deep into the ocean. The fish appears to have died of natural causes and will be buried in the sand to decompose then its bones will be reconstituted for display.

    October 15, 2013 9:08 PM

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  7. off the record Hillary Clinton: I Backed Bin Laden Raid Ramin Talaie/getty

    6. Hillary Clinton: I Backed Bin Laden Raid

    Frenemies much? At an off-the-record gathering on Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered a question about the raid on Osama bin Laden by saying she supported the operation—and Joe Biden didn't. According to a Republican state representative who was there, "Without turning the knife too deeply, she put it to [Vice President Joe] Biden." The representative, Tom Taylor of Georgia, said that Clinton depicted herself and former CIA director Leon Panetta as supporters of the raid and Biden as an opponent. Both Biden and Clinton are considered top 2016 potential presidential nominees.

    October 15, 2013 9:41 PM

  8. Welcome to America Accused Terrorist Brought to NY Handout/Reuters

    7. Accused Terrorist Brought to NY

    Abu Anas al-Liby, the Libyan man the U.S. kidnapped from Libya last week and accused of being responsible for a 1998 attack on two U.S. embassies in Africa, arrived in New York, where he could be arraigned as early as Tuesday. Initially, investigators believed al-Libys would be held at sea for some time while interrogators debriefed him, but he required specialized medical attention (Al-Liby's wife told The Daily Beast that he has Hepatitis C). Al-Liby and his family have maintained his innocence in the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 225 people.

    October 15, 2013 7:20 AM

  9. BENCHING BAD Workout Supplement Sorta Like Meth Shutterstock

    8. Workout Supplement Sorta Like Meth

    Meth-heads and juicers unite! Scientist found that craze, a sports supplement that was recently listed by as the “New Supplement of the Year," contains a synthetic chemical called N,alpha-DEPEA, which is derived from methamphetamine. Harvard scientists began investigating the product after two athletes were banned from international competitions following failed anti-doping drug tests. The manufacturer of Craze, Driven Sports, does not list the ingredient, which is surprising since according to the Boston Globe, the owner has already served a prison sentence for “selling and transporting a highly toxic industrial chemical packaged as a weight loss supplement that resulted in a young woman’s death.” The FDA has said it cannot review the findings by the scientists due to the shutdown.

    October 15, 2013 4:24 PM

  10. SAYONARA Glenn Greenwald Leaving Guardian Eraldo Peres/AP

    9. Glenn Greenwald Leaving Guardian

    It’s really too bad somebody leaked this before he was ready to announce. Glenn Greenwald, the crusading blogger who came to international recognition this year for his part in the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, is leaving his perch at the London-based Guardian. Greenwald will join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, though specifics about the project are still unknown. In a blog post on Tuesday, Greenwald said that he was given a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity" and had to go for it. Both Greenwald and the Guardian said the parting is amicable. Never one to over-hype his next big thing, he says that, “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it.” 

    October 15, 2013 5:02 PM

  11. $24 Million Kutcher Is Highest Paid U.S. TV Actor ChinaFotoPress/Getty

    10. Kutcher Is Highest Paid U.S. TV Actor

    Best award ever? For the second year in a row, Ashton Kutcher topped the list of highest paid actors on U.S. television, with a yearly earning of $24 million, Forbes said Tuesday. His Two and a Half Men co-star, Jon Cryer, was right behind him with $21M. The show's "half man," Angus T. Jones, came in seventh place on the list that estimates earnings for the 12 months from June 2012-2013. Ray Romano ($16M), Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Harmon ($15M), and Patrick Dempsey ($13M) rounded up the top five. 

    October 15, 2013 9:55 PM

  12. MAC PERSON Apple Hires Burberry CEO Samir Hussein/Getty for International Herald Tribune

    11. Apple Hires Burberry CEO

    The mass exodus from Burberry continues. CEO Angela Ahrendts is leaving for Apple, with Christopher Bailey succeeding her at the helm of the fashion company. Ahrendts, who is credited with Burberry’s digital success, will become Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, reporting to Tim Cook. Bailey, meanwhile, will retain his role as chief creative officer as well as CEO. The upheaval caused Burberry’s stock to drop 6.4 percent in London, the steepest decline on FTSE. Looking back at 10 years of transforming Burberry into a hip, young brand, Ahrendts is “going out on a high,” said analyst Rahul Sharma.

    October 15, 2013 8:36 AM

  13. FANBOY Sir Anthony Hopkins Writes 'Breaking Bad' Actor Ursula Coyote/AMC

    12. Sir Anthony Hopkins Writes 'Breaking Bad' Actor

    Bryan Cranston probably gets fan mail all the time, but this one had to stand out. Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote a letter to the Breaking Bad star after binge-watching the whole series in two weeks, telling Cranston “your performance as Walter White is best acting I have seen—ever.” “I have never watched anything like [Breaking Bad],” Hopkins wrote. “Brilliant!” And it’s real, folks: a spokesman for Hopkins confirmed the letter’s authenticity.

    The Internet reacts to the 'Breaking Bad' finale.

    October 15, 2013 7:41 AM

  14. OMG Hillary Gets Parking Ticket in London Olivia Harris/Reuters, via Landov

    13. Hillary Gets Parking Ticket in London

    Brave traffic warden or bravest traffic warden? Hillary Clinton got a bit of a the commoner experience in London on Saturday when she got a parking ticket—although her security detail did try to stop it. Clinton’s silver Mercedes was parked outside the Chatham House in Westminster—where she was picking up an award—for nearly 45 minutes, without allegedly having paid the £3.30—or $5.25-per hour parking fee. When the traffic warden wrote the ticket, five members of her security detail jumped out, but the warden refused to back down. The £80—about $127—fine can be reduced if she pays it within 14 days (down to £40, or $63). Otherwise, Clinton has until October 25 to appeal, giving the entire world the opportunity to see Hillary Clinton in traffic court.

    October 15, 2013 12:06 PM

  15. DAMAGE Dozens Killed in Philippines Quake STR/AFP/Getty

    14. Dozens Killed in Philippines Quake

    An estimated 73 people were killed Tuesday when a 7.3.-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines—and several historic buildings and churches have been damaged beyond repair. At least 57 people were confirmed dead in Bohol, an area known for its sandy beaches. In the metropolitan hub of Cebu, 15 people were killed, including five people killed port collapsed and three who died a stampede at a sports complex. Churches, bridges, and roads were also damaged, including structures that dated back to the Spanish colonial period in the 1500s-1600s. President Bengino Aquino is expected to visit the affected areas on Wednesday.

    October 15, 2013 7:30 AM

  16. FILTHY FILNER Ex-San Diego Mayor Charged Mike Blake/Reuters

    15. Ex-San Diego Mayor Charged

    This keeps getting weirder. Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned earlier this year after 17 women came forward with graphic allegations of sexual harassment, is now being charged with felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery. The details on what the charges stem from are still sketchy, with the three women are identified as Jane Doe, and the false imprisonment charge only states that it was “by violence, fraud, menace and deceit.” The former 10-term congressman was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.

    October 15, 2013 1:11 PM

  17. (NOT) SHOCKER Reid: No Go on House GOP Bill Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    16. Reid: No Go on House GOP Bill

    That was quick. Hours after House Republicans said they would write their own proposal to end the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that the Senate would never go for it. “It’s nothing more than a blatant attack on bipartisanship,” Reid said. Oh and what’s more—House Speaker John Boehner is even noncommittal about it. “I have made clear for months and months that the idea of a default is wrong and we shouldn’t get anywhere close to that,” Boehner insisted. With all eyes on the Senate to come up with a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit about the October 17 deadline, House Republicans on Tuesday had proposed their own plan that would be slightly less punishing to their party members.

    October 15, 2013 12:29 PM

  18. SHADY DC Car Crasher’s Lawyer Arrested Michael Graae

    17. DC Car Crasher’s Lawyer Arrested

    Hiding in plain sight doesn’t always work.  Eric Sanders, a lawyer notorious for suing the NYPD and now representing the family of Miriam Carey (the Connecticut woman who was shot and killed after crashing into the White House gate) was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals. Sanders was held in contempt by a federal bankruptcy judge for failing to pay $181,666 in settlements – including to one employee who was fired for becoming pregnant – as well as legal fees. The warrant for his arrest has been out since October 7, yet Sanders brazenly joined the Carey family at a public wake on Monday night in Brooklyn to criticize the D.C. police.

    October 15, 2013 11:37 AM

  19. REALLY? Texas Lt. Gov.: Impeach Obama Eric Gay/AP

    18. Texas Lt. Gov.: Impeach Obama

    Let’s get the government running before we discuss impeachment, ok? Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst brought the whole government fiasco to a new level at a Tea Party rally on Monday night when he called for President Obama to be impeached. Yep, he went there. Dewhurst’s spokesman said after the event that the Lt. Gov. feels “very strongly about the tragedy in Benghazi” as well as believing Obama “should be held accountable for Washington’s failure to secure the border and the gross overreach of the federal government under Obamacare.” That’s quite the list.

    October 15, 2013 9:34 AM

  20. SLIM SHADY Eminem Drops New Single Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty

    19. Eminem Drops New Single

    Looks like somebody is taking a cue from Jay-Z and Kanye West in terms of modestly-named singles. Eminem released his new single on Monday, titled “Rap God.” It’s the second single from his upcoming album Marshall Mathers LP 2, which goes on sale November 5. The song calls back to rap history, both his own and general hip-hop history—and he pays tribute to the rappers who inspired him. “I know there was a time when I was king of the underground,” Eminem raps. He already released “Berzerk” off MM2.

    October 15, 2013 7:45 AM

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

    20. '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

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

    21. 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

  23. OFF THE CLIFF GOP Disapproval Rises Even More Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    22. GOP Disapproval Rises Even More

    Dear Republicans: there is no shame in giving up when you have no friends left. A new poll released Monday showed things are even more dire for the GOP than before: nearly three-quarters of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans are handling the budget negotiations. That’s up 63 percent from the start of the shutdown. The Washington Post/ABC News poll also found 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Democrats’—and President Obama—handling of the negotiations. But what even worse for Republicans is that less than half the party itself approves of their strategy. Really, sometimes the lesson is to just stop.

    October 15, 2013 7:16 AM

  24. NEW START? Iran Nuke Talks Begin Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty

    23. Iran Nuke Talks Begin

    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the rest of the world powers began Tuesday in Geneva—the first since president Hassan Rouhani took office in August. In fact, in a true sign of the change in Tehran, Iran’s talks will be led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a U.S.-educated diplomat who is a big user of Facebook to communicate.  Temper your expectations for a breakthrough, but Zarif did say he hoped a “roadmap” could be agreed upon to end the decades-long nuclear dispute. The P5+1 group—the U.S., Britain, China, Russia, France, and Germany—have said that they will lift some of the sanctions on Iran if Tehran agrees to specific steps on making nuclear arms.

    A brief history of the U.S.-Iran relationship.

    October 15, 2013 7:26 AM

  25. SHUTDOWN Report: House GOP Pushing Its Own Bill Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    24. Report: House GOP Pushing Its Own Bill

    Since everyone had their eyes trained on the Senate, the House Republicans had to remind us all that they exist. House GOP leaders are reportedly crafting their own bill to reopen the government, raise the debt limit—and, big surprise, modifying Obamacare. The Senate is reportedly close to a deal after a marathon day negotiating on Monday. The details of the Senate's alleged deal are hazy, but it appears that Republicans will have little to show for the shutdown, although Democrats—especially President Obama—will make a few concessions to Obamacare.  But don’t start celebrating yet—it ain’t over until it’s over. It just takes one senator to prevent the debt limit vote (we’re looking at you, Ted Cruz) on October 17. For his part, Cruz said he needs to see the details before he decides how he will vote.


    October 15, 2013 9:58 AM

  26. RISKY Bush Had Serious Heart Problem Mike Stone/Reuters

    25. Bush Had Serious Heart Problem

    Things were more dire with President George W. Bush’s heart surgery this summer than previously reported. They were “life-threatening,” in fact. “With a blockage like that in a main artery, you’re supposed to die,” a source told the National Journal. “He was pretty lucky they caught it.” Bush had a stent put in to clear the blockage, but it was described at the time as a routine procedure. But in reality, a major artery was 95 percent blocked—and he was at risk of a “grave cardiac event,” sources said.

    October 15, 2013 7:37 AM

  27. WTF 4 Dry Ice Bombs Found at LAX Patrick Fallon/Reuters

    26. 4 Dry Ice Bombs Found at LAX

    Are dry ice bombs a thing now? Four dry ice bombs—two of which exploded—were found at LAX since Sunday, as investigators scrambled to figure out how they could have gotten in the airport in the first place. Dry ice bombs are literally a bottle with dry ice inside, but it’s deadly serious—and the suspects arrested could even be tried in federal court. A dry ice bomb exploded in the men’s room in a section accessible only to employees at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, police said. Two similar devices were found in the area. The three devices were found just one day after another dry ice bomb exploded in a men’s room Sunday night.

    October 15, 2013 7:33 AM

  28. going nowhere House GOP Pulls Budget Vote Win McNamee/Getty

    27. House GOP Pulls Budget Vote

    And the saga continues. House Republicans canceled a vote on legislation that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling on Tuesday night, while the House Rules Committee postponed a hearing for the bill. The decision (or lack thereof) comes after House Republicans showed disapproval for a possible Senate deal and the party's leadership then came up with its own bill. Despite the failure in the House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have re-entered talks and are working on a deal. According to a spokesman for both senators, they are "optimistic that an agreement is within reach."

    October 15, 2013 6:24 PM