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  1. beginning of the end Obama: Put the Shutdown Behind Us Charles Dharapak/AP

    1. Obama: Put the Shutdown Behind Us

    As it appears the weeks of stalemate are coming to a close, President Obama briefly addressed the press room on Wednesday night, lauding the Senate-approved bill which would end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling but which is still waiting for a House vote. He pledged to sign the agreement and re-open the government "immediately" after the compromise passes, saying he's "convinced Democrats and Republicans can work together to make progress for America." Congress has "got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis," Obama said before leaving the podium. "Isn't this going to happen again in a few months?" a reporter called after him. "No!" he shouted back. The president will address the nation again at 10:35 a.m. on Thursday.

    October 16, 2013 8:25 PM

  2. we're back in business House Passes Budget Deal Andrew Burton/Getty Images

    2. House Passes Budget Deal

    Are we dreaming, or is the two-week long shutdown truly over? On Wednesday evening, a deal to fund the government passed the House with a 285 to 144 vote, with a prominent nay vote from Paul Ryan, after Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz voted no in the Senate. Obama then signed the bill after pledging reopen the government “immediately.” Republicans were upset the deal lacks any major legislative changes to Obamacare, but on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner announced he’d “absolutely” take the bill and push for its passage. The deal comes just a day before the debt ceiling deadline and will fund the government until January 15, while raising the debt limit through February 7. It also will give back pay to furloughed government employees, who are expected to return to work Thursday.

    October 16, 2013 11:45 PM

  3. we have a winner Cory Booker Wins U.S. Senate Seat Mel Evans/AP

    3. Cory Booker Wins U.S. Senate Seat

    Good news for Newark mayor Cory Booker: We'll all be calling him Senator Booker soon. On Wednesday night the Associated Press declared Booker as winner of the New Jersey special election for the Senate seat left behind by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Booker ran against Republican Steve Lonegan. Precinct votes are still being counted, but as of 9:45 p.m., Booker led with more than 55 percent of votes. Booker tweeted his thanks to voters, writing, "Thank you so much, New Jersey. I'm proud to be your senator-elect."

    October 16, 2013 9:33 PM

  4. BOOYAH Mark Cuban Found Not Guilty LM Otero/AP

    4. Mark Cuban Found Not Guilty

    This will give him something to talk about. Notoriously outspoken billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban  was found not guilty on Wednesday of insider trading. He had been accused by the SEC of illegally selling 600,000 shares of after receiving information from the owner of the website. The high-profile trial was part of a recent spate of public crackdowns by the SEC as it tried to salvage its reputation post-financial crisis.

    October 16, 2013 3:55 PM

  5. snowden casualties NSA Director, Deputy Expected to Depart Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    5. NSA Director, Deputy Expected to Depart

    It's time for a good old-fashioned makeover at the National Security Agency. Director Army General Keith Alexander is planning to step down by spring, and Deputy Director John "Chris" Inglis will depart by the end of the year, according to U.S. officials who spoke to Reuters. The NSA has been rocked by massive document leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden, revealing widespread monitoring of telephone, e-mail, and social media accounts. Both men are leaving voluntarily, and the vacancies are seen as an opportunity for President Obama to revamp the leadership and public image of the NSA.

    October 16, 2013 6:10 PM

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  7. refugees beware Bulgaria Plans Fence to Block Syrians Dimitar Dilkoff / Getty Images

    6. Bulgaria Plans Fence to Block Syrians

    In stark contrast with Syria's other welcoming neighbors, Bulgaria announced plans to build a 19-mile, $3.4 million fence on its border with Turkey to halt the flow of illegal Syrian immigrants overwhelming the country. The country has seen 6,800 illegal immigrants arriving since the beginning of this year, and 70 percent are Syrian. Bulgaria is the European Union's poorest member and its refugee agency has only been able to formally grant refugee status to 17 people. 965 have been given humanitarian status that lets them leave shelters, but the rest are cramped within reception centers.

    October 16, 2013 3:57 PM

  8. OUCH Dutch Diplomat Beaten in Moscow AFP

    7. Dutch Diplomat Beaten in Moscow

    If they could just sit down and talk it out…diplomatically. The Netherlands and Russia have been under serious diplomatic strain lately, ever since Russia seized a Dutch-registered Greenpeace ship. Then a Russian diplomat said he was beaten by police at The Hague. And now a Dutch diplomat has been beaten by two men in Moscow. His assailants left behind a drawing of a pink heart containing the letters for "LGBT." Activists in Russia have seized on the attack as further evidence of Russia’s intensifying animosity towards gays.

    October 16, 2013 4:02 PM

  9. WEAK Apple Trims iPhone 5C Orders Justin Sullivan

    8. Apple Trims iPhone 5C Orders

    Price matters, but not in the way Apple thought it would. Due to weak consumer demand, Apple has reportedly cut orders for its cheaper iPhone 5C model. Last month Apple introduced the 5C along with the high-end 5S, which saw high demand particularly for its gold-colored model. Apple’s move to introduce a competitively priced phone was seen as a response to Samsung’s recent strength in the smartphone market. The lack of interest in a cheaper iPhone could mean that part of the allure of Apple is that its products are seen as luxuries.

    October 16, 2013 5:26 PM

  10. surfing the oceanic web Researchers Test Underwater Wi-Fi University of Buffalo

    9. Researchers Test Underwater Wi-Fi

    A group of researchers from the University of Buffalo, New York, have been experimenting with an "underwater wi-fi" network—but not so you can continue using your iPhone on a submarine. The "deep-sea Internet" would analyze sound waves to detect tsunamis and make underwater communications easier. Currently, information gathered by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is unable to quickly transfer to the U.S. Navy because they use different infrastructures—something the University's team hopes to eliminate by creating a shared standard. Their research will be presented next month in Taiwan.

    October 16, 2013 5:40 PM

  11. WE CAN'T STOP Miley Cyrus Album Number One Rick Diamond

    10. Miley Cyrus Album Number One

    It's her party and she can do what she wants. Miley Cyrus appears to be backing up her controversy-courting behavior with real success. Her album, Bangerz, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 by selling 270,000 copies in its first week. With hits like “Wrecking Ball” (the fourth most downloaded song of the week with 128,000 downloads) and “We Can’t Stop” dominating the airwaves, it’s no surprise the former Disney star is now on top. The second most-purchased album is Panic! at the Disco's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die with 84,000 copies sold.

    October 16, 2013 4:38 PM

  12. It's a Go Senate Approves Budget Deal Win McNamee/Getty

    11. Senate Approves Budget Deal

    Hallelujah! The Senate on Wednesday approved a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The bill passed with a vote of 81 to 18 and will now head to the House, where Speaker John Boehner is ready to push it forward. There's no indication at this point that Republicans will block it—even the obstructionist Sen. Ted Cruz. The agreement funds the government through January 15, and raises the debt ceiling through February 7. There are also reports that the deal will provide back pay for federal workers who were furloughed during the shutdown. A separate Senate motion is in the works to commit the two chambers to working on long-term revenue deal. 

    October 16, 2013 1:15 PM

  13. dirty laundry Harry Belafonte Sues MLK Estate Matthew Eisman / Getty Images

    12. Harry Belafonte Sues MLK Estate

    Harry Belafonte is taking his grievances with the estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. public. The 86-year-old singer is suing for rights to three documents: an outline of "Casualties of the War in Vietnam" speech, the "Memphis Speech," and a condolence letter from President Johnson. he says were given to him by the civil rights leader and his widow, Coretta Scott King. Their daughter, Bernice King, disputed Belafonte's ownership when the documents were taken to Sotheby's for sale in 2008, but they were withdrawn from the collection and remain stored at the auction house.

    October 16, 2013 5:25 PM

  14. NEVERMIND Houston Paper Revokes Cruz Endorsement Joshua Roberts/Reuters

    13. Houston Paper Revokes Cruz Endorsement

    Ouch, no hometown love. Ted Cruz’s hometown paper, the Houston Chronicle, took back their endorsement of him on Wednesday—and even claimed they only endorsed him with “many reservations” in the first place. Yikes. The op-ed calls for a return to the principles of Texas conservative Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the former senator whose seat Cruz eventually won. Adding insult to injury, the Chronicle also mentions they did not endorse Cruz in the primary, only in the general election. “We feel certain she would have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in crafting a workable solution that likely would have avoided the shutdown all together,” the paper writes. Too late guys, too late.

    October 16, 2013 10:05 AM

  15. DOUBLE STUFFED Study: Oreos as Addictive as Cocaine

    14. Study: Oreos as Addictive as Cocaine

    Tell us something we don’t already know. A new study by undergraduates at Connecticut College has found that Oreos, and their creamy white filling in particular, are very addictive. So addictive, in fact, that lab rats in their study were just as focused on obtaining Oreos as they were powerful drugs like cocaine and morphine. The study was intended to show how addiction to foods with lots of fat and sugar is a significant part of the obesity epidemic.

    October 16, 2013 2:50 PM

  16. BIG BUCKS Ebay Founder Bankrolling Greenwald EVARISTO SA / AFP

    15. Ebay Founder Bankrolling Greenwald

    EBay founder Pierre Omidayer will be funding Glenn Greenwald in his “new media venture,” they announced on Wednesday. Greenwald, who shot to international fame when he published leaks from NSA contractor Edward Snowden this summer, announced Tuesday he would be quitting the Guardian, where he blogged. Greenwald said Tuesday that he will still be based in Rio de Janerio, but the new venture will have outposts in New York, Washington, and San Francisco. His partner on the Snowden project, Laura Poitras, is also reportedly on board, along with journalist Jeremy Schaill. Omidyar, 46, has a net worth of an estimated $8.5 billion—and is funding the project out of his own pocket.

    October 16, 2013 10:45 AM

  17. OH GOD Conservative Groups Urge Default Win McNamee/Getty

    16. Conservative Groups Urge Default

    So these must be the Ted Cruz supporters. The conservative group Club for Growth sent an alert to its members Wednesday urging them to vote no on the Senate's proposed deal to end the shutdown and avoid default. Apparently the plan gives too many concessions to Obamacare. Club for Growth warned they would punish those who vote for it on their national scorecard. Charming. Freedworks and Heritage Action made similar threats on Tuesday, although Heritage Action walked it back Wednesday, saying on Fox News "everybody understands" that Obamacare can't be repealed. So, wait, what was all this about? Meanwhile, a Pew poll released Tuesday found that a majority of Republicans and 38 percent of Independents said the country could go past the debt ceiling “without major economic problems” occurring.

    October 16, 2013 2:35 PM

  18. OLDIES Rock Hall of Fame Nominees Announced Martyn Goodacre/Photoshot/Getty

    17. Rock Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

    Cue music aficionado outrage. Sixteen nominees for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, including Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Much of the buzz will focus on Nirvana getting the nod 25 years after their debut, and the first nomination for Linda Ronstadt, who recently announced her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Nominees who failed to make it through last year will also be on the ballot, including LL Cool J, N.W.A. and Deep Purple. For the second time, the public will be able to participate in selecting the eventual inductees by voting online.

    October 16, 2013 10:26 AM

  19. NO ENTRY Nazi’s Body Moved to Italian Airport Franco Origlia/Getty

    18. Nazi’s Body Moved to Italian Airport

    An Italian military airport is now holding the body of convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, officials said Wednesday. Priebek’s funeral had been scheduled to take place in Albano Laziale, south of Rome, but was called off after angry protesters surrounded the office of the Catholic group that had been planning the funeral. The Vatican had placed an unprecedented ban on holding the funeral at the Vatican, but a splinter group, the Society of St. Pius X, offered to hold the ceremony. Priebke, 100, had been convicted of being one of the SS officers who killed 335 Italian men and boys at Rome’s Ardeatine Caves in 1944, a massacre said to ordered by Hitler himself. Priebke admitted his role in the massacre, and never expressed any remorse.

    October 16, 2013 7:47 AM

  20. SCARY LAX Worker Arrested for Ice Bomb Patrick Fallon/Reuters

    19. LAX Worker Arrested for Ice Bomb

    All that hubbub over a disgruntled employee? Los Angeles Police arrested Dicarlo Bennett, 28, an airport employee, in connection to this week’s dry-ice bomb incidents. He has been charged with possessing and exploding a “destructive device near an aircraft.” Sources said that Bennett took the dry ice from a plane and placed it in an employee restroom Sunday night, where it exploded. Dry ice is used to keep plane food fresh. Police did not give any motive, but they had indicated earlier it could be the work of a disgruntled employee. Bennett works for ground handling company Servisair.

    October 16, 2013 7:38 AM

  21. TECH BUBBLE Twitter Losses Grow in 3rd Quarter Mary Turner

    20. Twitter Losses Grow in 3rd Quarter

    Talk about tweetering on profitability. As popular social media network Twitter Inc. prepares for its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, new financial details highlighting its struggles have come to light. In a filing, Twitter disclosed that its net loss for the third quarter in 2013 was $64.6 million, up from $21.6 million in the same quarter a year ago. On the other hand revenue has grown steadily, doubling to $168.6 from the previous year’s third quarter of $82.3 million. Continuing the theme of good and bad news, the average price of each ad it has sold is down over 75 percent, but users are clicking on or retweeting those ads 15 times more than in 2012. While an exact date for Twitter’s IPO hasn’t been announced, some analysts expect the company will get the ball rolling around the end of October. Twitter now has 232 million active users worldwide, compared to Facebook’s 1.2 billion.

    October 16, 2013 10:26 AM

  22. DEADLY Japanese Typhoon Kills 17 Kyodo/Reuters

    21. Japanese Typhoon Kills 17

    A powerful typhoon slammed the Japanese island of Izu Oshima, south of Tokyo, on Wednesday, causing mudslides and leaving at least 17 dead and another 50 unaccounted for. Typhoon Wipha, which brought nearly five inches of rainfall, is the strongest storm to hit the Japanese region in 10 years. Operators worked to protect the Fukushima nuclear plant in preparation of the storm, and luckily the damaged facility seemed to be spared the worst of the storm. In Tokyo, flights were canceled, bullet trains suspended, and schools closed on Wednesday. “I heard a crackling sound and then the trees on the hillside all fell over,” one woman told the local news in Izu Oshima. “Then mud slid as far as the house."

    October 16, 2013 7:34 AM

  23. START THE MUSIC Lady Gaga Teams Up with Muppets D Dipasupil/Getty for The Daily Front Row

    22. Lady Gaga Teams Up with Muppets

    Set your DVRs right this second. Lady Gaga is making a holiday show with the Muppets, E! News reported on Wednesday. Since she once wore a dress made out of the Muppets on the red carpet—and took Kermit as her date to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards—the special is sure to be exciting. Shooting reportedly just wrapped on ABC’s holiday show, which is rumored to feature a recording of “White Christmas” and “Orange-Colored Sky.”

    October 16, 2013 7:50 AM

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

    23. 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

  25. JITTERY Shutdown Keeps Markets on Edge Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    24. Shutdown Keeps Markets on Edge

    Nobody is going to say the U.S. government wasn’t warned. Investors are on edge Wednesday as the country inches closer and closer to a possible debt default, although the hint of a deal helped keep financial markets steady in their opening Wednesday. “The markets have been going sideways for a while now and they seem pretty hopeful that we will get this compromise deal and that is what is getting us through it,” said HSBC G10 currency strategist Darah Maher. But things were bleak on another front: Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday it could pull the U.S.’s AAA rating—causing S&P, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq to all drop on the news.

    October 16, 2013 7:25 AM

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

    25. 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

  27. RELIEF Russian Opposition Leader Spared Jail Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

    26. Russian Opposition Leader Spared Jail

    A Russian appeals judge on Wednesday suspended the sentence of anti-corruption crusader and blogger Aleksei Navalny, granting him freedom but also prohibiting him from traveling outside Moscow. Navalny, who had an unexpectedly strong showing in Moscow’s mayoral election last month, said that while he is happy to be spared jail, Wednesday’s verdict is “nothing to celebrate” since it hinders his political career. In case that many considered rigged, Navaly was sentenced in July on embezzlement charges, but he used a window of freedom during his appeals case to run for mayor—and he finished second, with 27 percent of the vote. Wednesday’s ruling seemed to indicate that the Kremlin is willing to let the opposition free—if they stop criticizing Putin, that is.

    October 16, 2013 7:44 AM