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  1. 'Pending' Cheney: Why I Resigned

    1. Cheney: Why I Resigned

    Well this is a surprise. On March 28, 2001, just 67 days after taking office, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a letter of resignation to President Bush. In light of his poor health, and realizing there was no contitutional provision to replace an incapacitated vice president, Cheney took the preemptive step by drafting a "pending" resignation. Bush was "a little surprised. But he thought it was a good idea," the controversial former vice president said in a revealing interview with Sanjay Gupta on Sunday's "60 Minutes." A new book written with Cheney's cardiologist reveals the decades of medical treatments he's undergone, including a heart transplant at the age of 71.

    October 20, 2013 8:12 PM

  2. Mob Trial Twist Bulger Witness Killed by Cyanide Michael Dwyer/AP

    2. Bulger Witness Killed by Cyanide

    In the most classic of mob trial twists, the alleged extortion victim of James "Whitey" Bulger who was set to testify at the gangster's trial was killed by cyanide poisoning, the coroner said. But authorities don't believe Stephen Rakes's July death was in relation to the trial, and his business associate was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly poisoning his iced coffee. His associate apparently owed Rakes money. Bulger is being sentenced next month after being convicted of 11 killings and dozens of other crimes.

    October 20, 2013 5:35 PM

  3. VIOLENCE Syrian Suicide Bomber Kills 30 Sana/Reuters

    3. Syrian Suicide Bomber Kills 30

    A truck carrying a suicide bomb exploded Sunday at a security checkpoint in Hama on Saturday, killing at least 30. The state-run news agency Sana blamed the Syrian rebels, while the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed an al Qaeda-linked group, al-Nusra Front. The attack is believed to have targeted government soldiers, although most of those killed were civilians. Hama was once the site of some of the biggest protests against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, but government forces stormed the city in the summer of 2011 and have maintained control ever since. Meanwhile, the Arab League announced Sunday that the international-led peace talks between Assad and the rebels will begin on November 23.

    October 20, 2013 1:16 PM

  4. PRISON BREAK Escaped Killers Captured in Florida Florida Dept of Corrections/Reuters

    4. Escaped Killers Captured in Florida

    Authorities on Saturday captured two men who escaped from prison using forged release papers—apparently tipped off by a friend. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were serving life sentences at the Franklin Correctional Facility in northern Florida when they walked out (Jenkins on September 27, Walker on October 8) with the forged paperwork—which shaved 15 years off their sentences. Within days of leaving prison, they both registered as felons without anyone realizing the paperwork was bogus—until one of the murder victim’s families contacted prosecutors. A "close associate" infomed authorities that Walker and Jenkins were in the area, hours after their families pleaded in a press conference that they turn themselves in.

    October 20, 2013 11:58 AM

  5. the corrupt seas Navy Officials Bribed by Lady Gaga Tix Heng Sinith/AP

    5. Navy Officials Bribed by Lady Gaga Tix

    Could you turn down tickets to see Lady Gaga? Last month, two senior Navy officials and two defense contractors were arrested on corruption charges after Michael Misiewicz, former commandor of the USS Mustin, and John Beliveau II, once NCIS agent of the year, allegedly traded information about ship schedules in exchange for cash, hotel rooms, and female escorts to accompany them to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand. The Navy claims Glenn Defense Marine, the contractor, used the supplied information about deployments—and an occasional ship redirection to the company's ports—to overcharge the Navy millions of dollars. Three contracts with the contractor have since been terminated.

    October 20, 2013 3:12 PM

  6. burn Jeb Bush to Cruz: Show Self-Restraint

    6. Jeb Bush to Cruz: Show Self-Restraint

    Critics of grandstanding Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are revealing themselves to be a bipartisan bunch. On Sunday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush questioned Cruz's tactics for defunding the Affordable Care Act, which contributed to a two-week-long government shutdown. Advising him to have a "bit of self-restraint," Bush agreed with the goal, but said, "I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative." He noted that Cruz's strategy actually put a dent in the GOP's public image and has made future reformation of the act much more difficult.

    October 20, 2013 6:20 PM

  7. never trust the clown Clown Kills Mexican Cartel Leader Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy

    7. Clown Kills Mexican Cartel Leader

    Assassins don't get much more creative than this. On Friday, the former leader of Mexico's brutal Tijuana Cartel was shot by two gunman, one apparently donning a clown costume, at a family party in Baja California. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix had relinquished control over the cartel in 1993, but it was passed through the family and is curerntly under the leadership of his nephew, known as "The Engineer." The attack occured at a "party venue" hotel in Cabo San Lucas, and authorities have yet to make an arrest.

    October 20, 2013 4:00 PM

  8. MYSTERY Blonde Girl Found at Roma Camp Greek Police/AP

    8. Blonde Girl Found at Roma Camp

    Greek authorities are launching an international investigation after a blonde girl was discovered at a Gypsy camp in central Greece as the couple who called themselves her parents likely will face kidnapping charges. The four-year-old girl was found last week in a raid for weapons and drugs in the camp north of Athens, and DNA tests concluded she is not related to the people claiming to be her parents. Authorities are investigating if she could be related to rumors of child trafficking in the Roma community—rumors that have been linked to four-year-old Madeleine McCann disappearance in 2007. Investigators are determined to find out her identity so they can learn more about the alleged child trafficking ring.

    October 20, 2013 11:49 AM

  9. sea creatures Another Rare Oarfish Found on CA Coast Mark Bussey/AP

    9. Another Rare Oarfish Found on CA Coast

    Soon to invade your nightmares: A nearly 14-foot oarfish was found washed ashore on the coast of southern California. It's the second carcass of the rare fish to emerge in California this week, which is unusual for the sea creature that lives 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface. The other was 18-feet long, which is nothing compared to the 50-feet marine biologists say it can grow to. The fish was cut into segments and packed into coolers for study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    October 20, 2013 4:31 PM

  10. VIOLENCE ‘Gravity’ Wins Box Office Michael Gibson/Sony Pictures

    10. ‘Gravity’ Wins Box Office

    Moviegoers can’t get enough of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Gravity topped the box office for the third week in a row, bringing in $30 million and overtaking Carrie, which finished a disappointing second with $17 million and coming in just behind Captain Philips. Carrie had been projected to run neck-and-neck with Gravity, which has grossed $170 million so far. The weekend’s other openers, Escape Plan and The Fifth Estate also did poorly. The action-flick Escape Plan only took in $9.8 million, and the film based on WikiLeaks flopped with just $1.7 million—the worst opening of any movie this year. Bravo to Julian Assange for getting his way?

    October 20, 2013 3:31 PM

  11. HEALTHCARE Report: 476,000 Apply for Obamacare Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    11. Report: 476,000 Apply for Obamacare

    An estimated 476,000 people have applied for medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act since it became law on October 1, administration officials told the Associated Press on Saturday. But the White House has refused to say how many have actually been enrolled in the insurance marketplace, which could be an indication of the problems plaguing the law. The president is said to be frustrated with the glitchy rollout—and apparently told advisers there were no excuses for not having the website ready in time. President Obama is expected to hold a press conference Monday to discuss the rollout, and Cabinet officials and other top administration officials will be traveling the country over the next few weeks to encourage sign-up.

    October 20, 2013 9:02 AM

  12. VICTORINO! Red Sox Advance to World Series Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports/Reuters

    12. Red Sox Advance to World Series

    Meet us in St. Louis. Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino’s grand slam clinched ALCS Game 6 for the Boston Red Sox, sending them to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Detroit had a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning, when Boston loaded the bases. Victorino fell behind on the count before roaring to life with the grand slam, giving Boston the 5-2 lead. The Red Sox became the seventh team since 1990 to go to the World Series after finishing a season in last place. They’ll face the Cardinals on Wednesday at Fenway Park. It’s a repeat of the famed 2004 series, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals to end their 86-year drought. The Cardinals clinched the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

    October 20, 2013 9:11 AM

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  14. TRAGIC Two BART Workers Killed Stephen Lam/Reuters

    13. Two BART Workers Killed

    A train struck and killed two BART union workers who were performing routine maintenance on Saturday, the third day of a strike by BART employees. A BART spokesman said that while the workers were on strike and trains were shut down, some trains were moving between stations for maintenance and security reasons. A conductor was at the helm of the train, but the train was being run on automatic controls at the moment of impact. One of those killed was a BART employee (and a member of the striking union) and the other was a contractor, a spokesman said. The National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday night that it would be taking over the investigation.

    October 20, 2013 10:18 AM

  15. TIE ME TO DREAM ‘Community’ Will Be Back in January Vivian Zink/NBC, via AP

    14. ‘Community’ Will Be Back in January

    One more step to #sixseasonsandamovie. Community will be back in January, NBC announced on Friday. The fifth season of the show will debut with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, January 2.  Community will return without Chevy Chase and Donald Glover, but with creator Dan Harmon, who had been fired after the show’s third season. Meanwhile, NBC canceled two new shows, Ironside and Welcome to the Family.  

    October 20, 2013 10:24 AM

  16. WTF Book: JFK’s Brain Disappeared AP

    15. Book: JFK’s Brain Disappeared

    This is by far the strangest thing you will read today. Or any day, probably. A new book claims that President John F. Kennedy’s brain disappeared after his autopsy—and his brother Robert may have stolen it. According to a new book, End of Days: The Assassination of John. F. Kennedy,  Kennedy’s brain apparently wasn’t buried with him, and was instead placed in a stainless steel container with a screwtop lid. The container was reportedly stored in a file cabinet of the Secret Service (…ok) before being moved to the National Archives. In October 1966, it was allegedly discovered that brain and other autopsy materials were missing. An investigation by then-Attorney General Ramsey Clark failed to recover the brain (ever), but some suspected Robert F. Kennedy stole the locker. Conspiracy theorists, go!

    October 20, 2013 10:22 AM

  17. YIKES Ted Cruz Gets Threats on Twitter Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    16. Ted Cruz Gets Threats on Twitter

    The FBI and Capitol Police confirmed Saturday that they are investigating threats made on Twitter against Ted Cruz. A person identified as Troy Gilmore Jr. tweeted from the handle @ArmyVet54 Friday to “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home” and then posted Cruz’s home address. Yikes. Also there was these creepy follow-ups: “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!” and Cruz “needs tobe [sic] taught a street wise [sic] lesson.” Of course, the whole thing could be an empty threat, since @ArmyVet54 has zero followers—but a search of Cruz’s name on Twitter yields the tweets.

    October 20, 2013 10:20 AM

  18. WRECKING BALL Miley Dating ‘Rolling Stone’ Photog? Jamie McCarthy/Getty for The General

    17. Miley Dating ‘Rolling Stone’ Photog?

    So maybe Miley Cyrus is not so broken up about the end of her relationship with Liam Hemsworth. The 20-year-old singer has been linked Rolling Stone photographer Theo Wenner, since her nude photoshoot wih him this summer. Oh boy. Wenner, who is Liv Tyler’s ex, is the son of Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner.

    October 20, 2013 10:26 AM

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

    18. 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

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

    19. 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

  21. DISSED Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat Adrees Latif/Reuters

    20. Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat

    So this is something new. Saudi Arabia refused to take a seat on the United Nations Security Council, an unprecedented move that had several other Arab and Muslim states asking them to reconsider. However, the Qatari government reportedly backed the move, along with the Gulf Cooperation Council (the political and economic federation of Gulf states). Saudi Arabia’s surprise announcement on Friday is apparently in response to what the country sees as the U.N.’s failure to end the war in Syria. Saudi Arabia also reportedly has been angered over increased dialogue between the U.S. and Iran.

    October 20, 2013 9:06 AM