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  1. dangers unseen Cheney Disabled Heart Device Function Pool photo by Olivia Harris, via AP

    1. Cheney Disabled Heart Device Function

    Talk about a ticking time bomb. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told 60 Minutes, in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, that he disabled his defibrillator's wireless function out of fear that terrorists might send his heart a fatal shock. "I was aware of the danger...that existed...I found it credible," Cheney says. "I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible." He also reveals that he saw an episode of Homeland several years later where that very terrorist plot was used. Cheney suffered five heart attacks and underwent a quadruple bypass operation, but insists that the stresses of being vice president did not contribute to his health woes.

    October 19, 2013 1:54 PM

  2. resolution J.P. Morgan Nears $13 Billion Deal Neil Hall/Reuters

    2. J.P. Morgan Nears $13 Billion Deal

    And you thought you had a hell of a mortgage. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is nearing a deal on all civil mortgage-bond-related matters with the Department of Justice, a source told The Washington Post. The amount of the settlement grew from $11 billion to a record $13 billion during Friday night negotiations, but does not yet include a release of potential criminal liability for the bank. The deal will likely require J.P. Morgan to cooperate in criminal investigations of employees tied to corrupt mortgage practices.

    October 19, 2013 4:29 PM

  3. bad idea Celtics Legend Bill Russell Detained at Airport Steven Senne/AP

    3. Celtics Legend Bill Russell Detained at Airport

    Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was arrested this week after bringing a loaded handgun into a Seattle airport, police said. The 79-year-old, famous for leading the Celtics to 11 championships before he retired in 1969, was issued a state citation and released, though he could be fined up to $7,500. Russell’s .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was found during a screening of carry-on bags at a TSA checkpoint.

    October 19, 2013 1:04 PM

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    4. Argentine Train Crashes Into Station

    Is this station cursed or something? A commuter train in Argentina crashed into the end of the line at a station in Buenos Aires—the same station where another train crashed and killed 52 people last year. Though there were no reported deaths, 80 people were injured, including an 8-year-old boy. An angry crowd soon formed, broke glass, threw rocks, and chanted "Murderer, murderer!" at the injured train operator before authorities interfered.The driver is now hospitalized under police custody.

    October 19, 2013 2:49 PM

  5. 'music to die to' Violin Played on Titanic Sells for $1.6M AP

    5. Violin Played on Titanic Sells for $1.6M

    That's a lot of money for an instrument you can't even play anymore. A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before it sank sold at an auction on Saturday for more than $1.6 million—a world record for a Titanic artifact, according to collectors. The ocean-corroded violin is believed to have belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandleader whose story is famously portrayed in James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, when Hartley and his band continued playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" on the deck even as the ship sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic. The instrument is engraved with Hartley's name, is believed to have been found with his body a week after the vessel sank, and has been subjected to numerous authenticity tests. Congrats to the rich, anonymous buyer who bid by phone.

    October 19, 2013 3:13 PM

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  7. back in the fray Hillary Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe Justin Sullivan/Getty

    6. Hillary Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe

    She's back! Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton re-entered the political fray when she formally endorsed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe—a former Democratic National Committe Chairman, a strong fundraiser for President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, and the manager of Hillary's 2008 presidential bid—at an event on Saturday. “He will work around-the-clock—you will never find a more energetic chief executive,” she said of McAuliffe. “He will be a 24/7 governor for Virginia.” McAuliffe currently leads over Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race for governor. 


    October 19, 2013 5:03 PM

  8. always prepared Boy Scouts Topple Utah Rock Formation Utah State Parks/AP

    7. Boy Scouts Topple Utah Rock Formation

    Which badge do you get for destroying a 170-million-year-old landmark? A group of Boy Scouts leaders are facing the possibility of criminal charges after deliberately toppling an ancient desert rock formation in Utah and then showing off video of the incident online. The men were leading a group of 14 to 16-year-olds on a trip through Goblin State Park when they say they spotted a loose rock formation and feared the danger it might pose to the kids. Dave Hall, the man who shot the video, told the Associated Press on Friday, “This is about saving lives. One rock at a time.” The case is still being investigated but, depending on how much officials determine the rock was worth, the men could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

    October 19, 2013 1:25 PM

  9. 'A coup' Maldives Police Halt Presidential Election Ishara S.Koddikara/AFP/Getty

    8. Maldives Police Halt Presidential Election

    Just hours before polls were set to open for an election, Maldives police forced procedures to a halt when they surrounded the secretariat of the Elections Commission. Supporters of the leading candidate called the move “a coup” and staged a sit-down protest that brought the city of Male to a standstill. Maldives has been in turmoil since the February 2012 ousting of then-president Mohamed Nasheed, who was in a position to resume office until elections on Saturday were halted. There was apparently confusion over whether the country’s Supreme Court sanctioned the election, as it had cancelled one on September 7. Chief Superintended Abdulla Nawaz said he acted out of concern about “any unrest that might occur in the country as a result of letting the election proceed.” The U.S. and Britain have denounced the delay.

    October 19, 2013 1:12 PM

  10. victory St. Louis Cardinals Advance to World Series Matt Slocum / AP Photo

    9. St. Louis Cardinals Advance to World Series

    Looks like the power of Brian Wilson's beard wasn't enough to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory. The St. Louis Cardinals pummeled the Dodgers in a Friday night victory of 9-0, meaning they will advance to the World Series. Cardinals player Carlos Beltran gushed after the game, as his teammates sprayed champagne on him, “I’m so happy right now. I woke up this morning with a feeling that we were going to do it. I don’t know, man.” The Cardinals have now played 32 home games without losing two in a row. 

    October 19, 2013 3:51 PM

  11. wedding bells Kristen Bell Is Married Now Jason /Getty

    10. Kristen Bell Is Married Now

    Was a cute baby sloth involved in the proposal? Actress Kristen Bell confirmed her marriage to longtime boyfriend Dax Shepard on Twitter on Friday, writing, “Wife coffee tastes way better than regular coffee in the morning.” The star couple were married on Thursday in a courtroom ceremony in Beverly Hills, according to TMZ. Both are parents to a baby girl named Lincoln, who was born on March 13.

    October 19, 2013 1:30 PM

  12. victoria's secret Autopsy on Shoplifter's Fetus Inconclusive Kathy Willens/AP

    11. Autopsy on Shoplifter's Fetus Inconclusive

    A New York City Victoria’s Secret store made news this week when a fetus was found in a 17-year-old shoplifter’s bag. Despite early reports suggesting the baby was alive when it was born and then asphyxiated, the city medical examiner’s office said on Friday that an autopsy on the fetus was inconclusive and more tests will be needed to determine how it died. The teen told detectives that she was carrying the remains because she had delivered the day before and didn’t know what to do. Police believe that she delivered at a friend’s house.

    October 19, 2013 1:08 PM

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    12. Blast in Damascus Kills 16

    Rebels in Syria detonated a suicide car bomb on Saturday during an attack on a checkpoint in a pro-government suburb of Damascus. Activists say that 16 soldiers were killed, though the state news agency SANA did not confirm the number of casualties. Britain's Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the rebels—led by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra, or the Nusra Front—engaged in heavy fighting after the blast. 

    October 19, 2013 10:29 AM

  14. long time no see Malala Reunited with Friends from Attack Pool Photo by Yui Mok

    13. Malala Reunited with Friends from Attack

    Malala Yousafzai can add one more notch to her long list of accomplishments: She now holds an honorary master’s degree from Edinburgh University. The 16-year-old survivor of an assassination attempt by the Taliban was reunited for the first time at the event with two friends who were in the school bus when Yousafzai was attacked. It was a busy week for Malala in England: She also met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

    October 19, 2013 1:15 PM

  15. good talk, guys Iran Holds 'Substantive' Nuclear Talks Pool Photo by Fabrice Coffrini

    14. Iran Holds 'Substantive' Nuclear Talks

    In a meeting with the U.N. Security Council and Germany in Geneva, Iran held “substantive and forward-looking” talks about Tehran’s nuclear program, according to a joint statement. The talks were the first since Hassan Rouhani became president of Iran and more talks are scheduled in Geneva on November 7 and 8. Though Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would not go into detail, U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman told CNN on Wednesday, “Foreign Minister Zarif and his delegation came prepared for detailed, substantive discussion with a candor that I certainly have not heard in the two years I’ve been meeting with Iranians.”

    October 19, 2013 1:22 PM

  16. immigration controversy Deported Girl Allowed to Return to France AP

    15. Deported Girl Allowed to Return to France

    The 15-year-old girl whose deportation from France caused mass student protests—and put President Francois Hollande under fire from far left groups, as well as his own Socialist party—has been allowed to return to France, but without her family. Leonarda Dibrani was taken by police as she got off a school bus while on a trip with classmates and detained. Dibrani, however, says that she will not return to France without her family, who are Gypsies. A government report published on Saturday ruled that the police followed the law in deporting the Dibrani family back to Kosovo, but that the matter was handled insensitively. 

    October 19, 2013 1:19 PM

  17. ticket to ride San Francisco Transit Workers on Strike Stephen Lam/Reuters

    16. San Francisco Transit Workers on Strike

    A midnight strike by San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit workers has disrupted the commutes of over 400,000 riders, causing heavy traffic delays. This despite the fact that the strikes took place on a Friday, the lightest commute workday, signaling that much worse will come on Monday. This is the second time this year BART workers have gone on strike after contract negotiations went past their deadline without a deal. Both sides were close to an agreement on wages, health insurance and pensions, but could not agree on management’s demand for more control over work rules, scheduling, overtime pay and how paychecks get delivered.

    October 19, 2013 1:28 PM