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  1. 'Big Tom' Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies Jeff T. Green/AP

    1. Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies

    Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Foley has died at the age of 84, his wife confirmed Friday. The son of a judge from Spokane, Washington, Foley considered the 30 years he represented Eastern Washington in Congress as his greatest achievement. In 1994, the Democrat became the first Speaker of the House to lose a reelection vote in 134 years. But he made a comeback as U.S. ambassador to Japan. He was known for his stoicism and dedication to his work as well as his ability to laugh at himself.

    October 18, 2013 12:05 PM

  2. ACCUSED Kenya Mall Attack Suspect ID'd Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty

    2. Kenya Mall Attack Suspect ID'd

    Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a Somali-born Norwegian man, has been named as a suspect in last month's deadly attack on a Kenyan mall—the first of the possibly four gunmen to be identified. Norway said last week it had received information that a Norwegian citizen of Somali origin may have been involved, and police sent an investigator to Kenya. According to relatives, the 23-year-old had taken so many long “vacations” back to Somalia recently that they couldn't remember the last time they spoke to him. The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 61. Two foot-long boxes of charred body parts and AK-47's recovered from the part of the mall that collapsed in the attack have been sent to the morgue to determine whether they may belong to the terrorists. 

    October 18, 2013 1:30 PM

  3. rest in peace Rep. Bill Young Dies at 82 Jonathan Ernst

    3. Rep. Bill Young Dies at 82

    One of the longest-serving members of the House, Rep. Bill Young of Flordia, died on Friday night at the age of 82. Young's family said the death was caused by complications from a chronic injury. The Associated Press reports that Young had spent almost two weeks at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center because of back problems related to a plane crash in 1970, the year before he assumed office. Young represented Florida's 13th Congressional District and had announced that he was not seeking another term. House Speaker John Boehner called Young a "dear friend and colleague" in a statement.

    October 18, 2013 9:01 PM

  4. jailbreak 2 Killers Escape Florida Prisons Florida Department. of Corrections/AP

    4. 2 Killers Escape Florida Prisons

    Two convicted murderers walked out of Florida prisons in late September and early October thanks to fake release papers. The incidents launched a statewide check for other attempted escapes using forged release documents, and an investigation into why the papers weren't authenticated. The two men were convicted for separate murders in 1998 and 1999, but documents filed in their cases included forged signatures from the prosecutor's office and the sentencing judge. The judge said that the documents should have raised red flags, since it was rare for judges to order a sentence reduction and even rarer for prosecutors to request it. 

    October 18, 2013 12:08 PM

  5. Milestone Google Stock Price Passes $1000 AFP

    5. Google Stock Price Passes $1000

    It was a milestone Friday for Google, as its stock price surpassed $1000—a rare feat in the business world. The search engine has come a long way since its $85 dollar initial public offering in 2004. Google joins the likes of and the turkey and hog processing company Seaboard in the small but mighty $1000 club. The company closed out the day with a hefty share price of $1,011.41. 

    October 18, 2013 5:43 PM

  6. sorry, spies Snowden: I Didn't Take Secrets to Russia Handout/Getty

    6. Snowden: I Didn't Take Secrets to Russia

    To the undoubted chagrin of President Putin, Edward Snowden arrived for his asylum in Moscow empty-handed. The NSA leaker says he gave away all his classified documents to journalists in Hong Kong, and didn't take any secret files to Russia when he departed "because it wouldn't serve the public interest." He assured that the Chinese government was similarly devoid of documents because, despite U.S. allegations, his knowledge of China's intelligence capacity allowed him to protect his documents from spies. “There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents,” he said. The elusive Snowden also explained his reasons for becoming a whistle-blower, saying that, “The secret continuance of these programs represents a far greater danger than their disclosure.”

    October 17, 2013 6:43 PM

  7. NAH Saudis Reject Security Council Seat Keith Bedford/Reuters

    7. Saudis Reject Security Council Seat

    There’s U.N. skepticism, and then there’s whatever this is. Just hours after it was elected to one of the 10 non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council, Saudi Arabia said it has better things to do with its time. Thanking the other nations that had “given their confidence,” Saudi Arabia complained in a statement that the Council isn’t able to solve any problems—it failed to stop the killing in Syria, to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the Middle East.

    October 18, 2013 7:16 AM

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    8. Study: Sleep 'Cleans' Your Brain

    Sleepyheads, ftw. According to a new study published in the Science this week, our brains utilize sleep time to “remove waste products,” that build up while we’re awake. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center studying the brains of mice found that a waste-draining process, called the “glymphatic system,” is ten times more active during sleep. The nocturnal cleaning system is crucial to our health, ridding our brains of toxins that can eventually lead to conditions like Alzheimer’s. “It’s almost like opening and closing a faucet—it’s that dramatic,” says Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, one of the leading scientists on the study.

    October 18, 2013 12:42 PM

  9. Speaking Out Daisy Coleman Blogs About Alleged Rape David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT, via Getty

    9. Daisy Coleman Blogs About Alleged Rape

    Daisy Coleman took to, Friday, with a gut-wrenching account of the events surrounding her alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri last January. The teenager's case has captured national media attention recently as the county prosecutor who initially dropped the felony charges against the two 17-year-old boys—accused of sexually assaulting then-14-year-old Coleman and a 13-year-old friend—said this week that he’s reopening the case. "My whole life since January 8, 2012, has been a long, reckless winter," Coleman wrote in Friday's blog post, describing the ridicule and depression she's endured and crediting Anonymous with bringing her case back into the public domain. “I can't ever go back."

    October 18, 2013 11:06 AM

  10. RING-DING-DING ‘Fox’ Halloween Costumes Explode via

    10. ‘Fox’ Halloween Costumes Explode

    Everyone wants to know what the fox says: retailers tell TMZ that fox costumes have been flying off the shelves in response to “The Fox,” the viral music video by the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. Spirithalloween, BuyCostumes, and Amazon all confirmed that sales of fox costumes were “exploding,” and one of the three said sales were up 40 percent from last year. Since the bizarre, hilarious Ylvis video is packed with easy-to-imitate animal costumes, we all knew it was just a matter of time.

    October 18, 2013 7:46 AM

  11. BREAKTHROUGH Skull Fossil Reveals Human Evolution Georgian National Museum

    11. Skull Fossil Reveals Human Evolution

    After spending eight years studying a 1.8 million-year-old skull found in Georgia, scientists believe they’ve made a discovery that could tell a new story of human evolution. In findings published in the journal Science, the team of researches concluded that the skull suggests early hominids may have varied much more widely than previously thought—meaning there were fewer ancestral species separating the first hominids from modern humans. Scientists had always assumed different fossils came from different species, but Skull 5 was found next to four other hominids, and gave them the opportunity to compare characteristics.

    October 18, 2013 7:42 AM

  12. DIRTY SECRETS Congress, CIA Battle Over Torture Report Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty

    12. Congress, CIA Battle Over Torture Report

    In a little noticed angle of the debt-ceiling deal, the Senate voted to confirm Stephen Preston, currently the CIA’s top lawyer, for the same job at the Pentagon. That’s news because Preston’s nomination had been held up by Senator Mark Udall and became a proxy battle in Congress’s struggle with the CIA over a damning 6,000-page report on the agency’s torture program. The report, which cost $40 million, apparently provides definitive proof that the torture program was ineffective, even counterproductive, and was deceptively sold to Congress. The condition of Preston’s confirmation was answers to questions from Sen. Udall, which were obtained by The New Yorker. In his responses to Udall, Preston distances himself from the CIA’s bristling opposition to the torture report.

    October 18, 2013 7:20 AM

  13. BRING THEM BACK France Protests Shocking Deportations Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

    13. France Protests Shocking Deportations

    French students swelled the streets of Paris on Friday in response to the government’s shocking deportations of two teenage girls—a 19-year-old Armenian student and a 15-year-old Kosovar girl who was forcibly taken from a bus during a school field trip to be deported with her family. The deportations came after Manuel Valls, the interior minister of François Hollande’s Socialist government, said in a TV interview that France was “not here to welcome” the Roma minority—who often lives on the borders of large French cities. Despite expectations that the Socialist government would take a gentler approach to immigration than the hard line under conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, Valls has been an enthusiastic supporter of deporting the Roma.

    October 18, 2013 7:36 AM

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  15. too poor for war Pentagon: Army at 'High Risk' Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    14. Pentagon: Army at 'High Risk'

    The budget crisis may be temporarily subdued, but Pentagon and Army officials say declining budgets means the country is ill equip to handle defense. A briefing last month for Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Cartor deemed plans to downsize forces to below the 490,000 active-duty soldiers it plans to have by 2017, at "high risk to meet one major war," and says war is likely to break out again. But critics say the Army just needs to restructure and optimize efficiency, and the non-partisan Stimson Center deemed 450,000 soldiers not too small for a counterinsurgency and stability operations.

    October 17, 2013 10:00 PM

  16. horrifying Fetus Found in Shoplifter's Bag CBS

    15. Fetus Found in Shoplifter's Bag

    Talk about a security guard's worst nightmare. On Thursday afternoon, a guard made a terrible discovery after stopping two 17-year-old girls under suspicion of shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in midtown Manhattan. A stillborn fetus was apparently wrapped in clothes inside a black plastic bag. One girl said she gave birth on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital, and the other was brought to a police station for questioning.

    October 17, 2013 5:31 PM

  17. OVERNIGHT Six Killed in Ohio Crash WBNS 10TV

    16. Six Killed in Ohio Crash

    Residents in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, are waking up to terrible news Friday morning: a car slammed into a police cruiser at an intersection in the early hours of the morning, killing six people, including a small child. All of the victims were in the car; the officer driving the police vehicle is being treated for serious head injuries. The officer was responding to a robbery report when the crash happened, and had his lights and siren turned on. Upper Arlington is a wealthy suburb of a little over 30,000 people, located northeast of Ohio’s capital.

    October 18, 2013 7:26 AM