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  1. UNSAFE HOUSE Nevada Shooter Got Gun at Home Kevin Clifford/AP

    1. Nevada Shooter Got Gun at Home

    The 12-year-old who used 9mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun on Monday in a shooting at a Nevada middle school obtained his gun at his home. The student, whose name has not been released, shot two students and killed a teacher before shooting himself. The parents, who are cooperating with authorities, could face charges as well. No motive for the shooter has been found. "Everybody wants to know why — that's the big question," Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller said. "The answer is, we don't know right now."

    October 22, 2013 4:45 PM

  2. my bad Nuclear Missile Officers Neglected Doors Joe Raedle/Getty

    2. Nuclear Missile Officers Neglected Doors

    This is reassuring. Twice just this year, officers have accidentally left open the blast door to their underground command post that holds nuclear-tipped missiles—because they were napping. The Air Force officers, entrusted with keeping the doors closed to prevent intruders entering the area, are not supposed to leave them open while a crew member is asleep. Two launch crew commanders and two deputy commanders were given administrative punishments earlier this year, but in an investigation the Associated Press found numerous problems including a failed safety inspection and officers unfit for duty.

    October 22, 2013 9:56 PM

  3. cold case Tsarnaev Tied to Triple Homicide Boston Globe/Getty

    3. Tsarnaev Tied to Triple Homicide

    In an added twist to the Boston Marathon bombings, prosecutors now say another man tied to the brothers told investigators that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in a 2011 triple homicide that included a friend of his among the victims. The information was gleaned from the record of an interview with Ibragim Todashev, who was fatally shot at his Orlando home after allegedly turning violent during questioning with the FBI and two Massachusetts state troopers. The information became public knowledge Monday after lawyers for Tsarnaev's surviving brother, Dzhokhar, sued for access to documents relating to the case.

    October 22, 2013 10:51 PM

  4. backwards U.S.: Afghanistan Battle to Escalate AFP

    4. U.S.: Afghanistan Battle to Escalate

    Syria may be the headlining news, but military officials in Afghanistan are preparing for an escalation coming this winter to disrupt next year's spring presidential elections and a larger Western withdraw of forces. Normally, winter is a quiet point for the country, but as the season approaches, the Taliban is plotting a campaign aimed at "high-profile attacks," and "targeted killings of political officials, election officials and candidates," says an American military officer. In February, the number of U.S. troops is set to drop from 50,000 to 34,000.

    October 22, 2013 7:15 PM

  5. OOH AAH Apple Unveils 'iPad Air' Robert Galbraith/Reuters

    5. Apple Unveils 'iPad Air'

    Compared to past keynotes, it was a bit of a yawn. Apple announced a snazzy new operating system, Mavericks, and a shot-across-the-bow to Microsoft with iWork, both of which will be given away for free. But everybody was waiting for the iPad announcements. Only 2.5 mm thick and starting at $499 ($629 for cell coverage), the new iPad Air weighs only 1 pound. It will be available to more carriers worldwide and have better wi-fi. Apple also unveiled an updated iPad Mini for $399 ($599 with cell coverage), which will now get a retina display. The iPads will go on sale November 1. Expect big sales, as for the first time it will go on sale simultaneously in China. 

    October 22, 2013 2:42 PM

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  7. online anonymity White House Official Fired for Tweets Bloomberg/Getty

    6. White House Official Fired for Tweets

    Tormenting the people you work with and for via Twitter probably isn't the best way to keep your job. Last week, Jofi Joseph, a White House national security official, was fired when he was revealed to be running the mysterious Twitter account that has been insulting White House employees and leaking internal infromation about the Obama administration for two years. Joseph was a director in the non-proliferation area of the White House's National Security. He had been tweeting under the name @natsecwonk, which was shut down last week.

    October 22, 2013 9:14 PM

  8. NOT THERE YET Job Growth Slowed in September Justin Sullivan/Getty

    7. Job Growth Slowed in September

    The U.S. added just 148,000 jobs in September, slowing down gains made during the summer, according to the latest jobs report released on Tuesday. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped to 7.2 percent, its lowest level since November 2008. The weaker-than-expected jobs numbers are a sign that the economy was weakened before the costly government shutdown, which economists estimate could result in as much as 0.6 percent loss in the fourth-quarter GDP. The release of the official jobs numbers was delayed due to the government shutdown.

    October 22, 2013 9:20 AM

  9. HIGH TIMES Majority Support Pot Legalization Uriel Sinai

    8. Majority Support Pot Legalization

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Over the past year, support for legalizing marijuana has jumped 10 percentage points, and now a clear majority, 58 percent, of Americans say yes to making pot legal for recreational use. When the question was first asked in 1969, only 12 percent favored such a change. Also significant – 38 percent of Americans now say they have tried the drug at least once, which may have affected the change in approval. 

    October 22, 2013 3:09 PM

  10. UNANIMOUS Reports: Drone Strikes Illegal S.S Mirza/AFP/Getty

    9. Reports: Drone Strikes Illegal

    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called out the U.S. for “illegal” drone strikes in separate reports released on Tuesday. Amnesty focused on nine strikes in Pakistan between May 2012 and July 2013, claiming more than 30 civilians were killed in the strikes. HRW investigated six selected strikes in Yemen since 2009, finding that 57 of the 82 people killed were civilians. Each specific incident had coverage by local and even international news outlets, but the reports go more in depth by interviewing survivors, other witnesses, and government officials. These findings come just days after a United Nations report which found that as many as 600 of the 2,200 people killed by drove strikes in Pakistan were civilians. 

    October 22, 2013 6:57 AM

  11. FELONY CeeLo Charged With Drugging Woman Pool photo by Mel Melcon

    10. CeeLo Charged With Drugging Woman

    CeeLo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he slipped MDMA, also known as Molly, a form of ecstasy, into a woman’s drink at a Los Angeles restaurant. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to charge the singer with raping the woman while intoxication. Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, could face up to four years in prison if he is convicted. Sources said Green admitted to drugging the woman in a documented phone call after the July 2012 incident. He surrendered to police on Monday, and immediately posted the $30,000 bond.

    October 22, 2013 7:47 AM

  12. FINAL RESTING PLACE Cemetery: Remove Spongebob Grave Kara Walker/AP

    11. Cemetery: Remove Spongebob Grave

    Cemetery officials in Cincinnati have ordered a seven-foot tall headstone of Spongebob in an Army uniform be removed, saying the tribute to the Iraq war veteran is inappropriate for a traditional resting place. Kimberly Walker, 28, was found strangled and beaten to death in a Colorado hotel room in February, and her boyfriend, an Army soldier stationed nearby, has been charged with her murder. Walker’s family says she was a devoted Spongebob fan, and they had planned to erect a matching headstone for her twin sister, Kara Walker (Kara’s would be wearing a Navy uniform, since she is an information technician in the Navy). Cemetery officials said they will meet with the Walker family on Tuesday to discuss other options.

    October 22, 2013 10:12 AM

  13. BIG BROTHER TSA Adds More Security Checks Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    12. TSA Adds More Security Checks

    Those old parking tickets are now going to be common knowledge when you’re going through airport security. The Transportation Security Administration will now be accessing government and private databases that include information such as car registration and employment information even to people traveling within the U.S. borders. That information had previously only been available to people entering the U.S. The TSA is aiming to offer lighter screenings by the end of the year—travelers may soon not have to take off their shoes and jackets—and frequent fliers will soon be able to bypass security by undergoing a criminal background check beforehand.

    October 22, 2013 3:10 PM

  14. INDIA Murder Charges After Indian School Lunch Deaths AFP/Getty

    13. Teacher Charged in School Lunch Deaths

    Indian officials on Tuesday charged two people with murder after 23 children died in eastern India after eating pesticide-contaminated lunches in July. The school's head teacher, Meena Devi, and her husband could face the death penalty if convicted. The police say the couple stored the pesticide meant for use on their farm at the school—and it ended up in the food provided during lunch. The children were between the ages of five and twelve.

    October 22, 2013 12:44 PM

  15. TO THE CURB Poll: Kick Out Congressional GOP Jason Reed/Reuters

    14. Poll: Kick Out Congressional GOP

    Look at the bright side, Republicans: at least this isn't an election year. A whopping 75 percent of Americans think most Congressional Republicans should not be re-elected, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday. Even worse for the GOP, Democrats had an eight-point advantage over Republicans in early match-ups for the 2014 midterms. A majority of those questioned blamed the Republicans for the shutdown, with nearly 8 in 10 said the shutdown was bad for the country (who are the other 20 percent?)—and 7 in 10 said another shutdown is likely. At least Republicans have Ann Coulter back on their side. Coulter said Monday that the shutdown was “so magnificent, run beautifully” by Republicans. Her version of sounds so much more fun than what the rest of the country lived through.

    October 22, 2013 7:26 AM

  16. EW 'White Widow' Wrote Poem for Bin Laden Interpol/AP

    15. 'White Widow' Wrote Poem for Bin Laden

    The most wanted woman in the world was also apparently a poet. Samantha Lewthwaite, the U.K-born  woman nicknamed the “White Widow” for her connection with the 2011 bomb plot in Kenya, also wrote a love poem to Osama bin Laden, which was recently found by police on her computer at her home in Kenya. The 34-line poem contained sickening lines like “Oh sheik osama [sic] my father, my brother, My love for you is like no other.” Lewthwaite recently garnered international fame when rumors suggested she was a part of a recent mall shooting in Nairobi. Interpol has issued a “Red Notice” for her arrest.

    October 22, 2013 11:30 AM

  17. LOVE CHILD Jersey Shore's Pauly D. is a Dad Janette Pellegrini/Getty

    16. Jersey Shore's Pauly D. is a Dad

    Pauly D. is DTF: Down to Father. The Jersey Shore star tells TMZ that a baby conceived with a 26-year-old woman last year in Las Vegas is indeed his. The mother has filed court papers in New Jersey to establish paternity, but the 33-year-old aspiring DJ has already stepped up to the plate, saying, “I'm proud I'm a father. I am excited to embark on this new part of my life." Although he reportedly doesn’t have a relationship with the mother, a source told E! News that “is hoping to develop” one. How refreshingly responsible.

    October 22, 2013 2:01 PM

  18. terror Two Dead in Nevada School Shooting KOLO 8 News Now

    17. Two Dead in Nevada School Shooting

    A 12-year-old student killed a math teacher and critically injured two classmates after opening fire at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada, on Monday morning. The shooter, armed with a semi-automatic gun, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "I heard him saying, 'Why you people making fun of me, why you laughing at me,'" one young witness said. Both injured students are in stable condition, and one underwent emergency surgery. Police have not commented on his motives.

    October 21, 2013 9:27 PM

  19. DEAL BART Strikers Reach Deal Justin Sullivan/Getty

    18. BART Strikers Reach Deal

    San Francisco transit officials and union leaders reached a tentative deal to end the four-day long strike that had halted the city’s public transportation system, BART. Limited service is expected to resume at 4 a.m. Tuesday, and full service is expected in the afternoon. The exact details of the deal are not yet known, although it is the second strike in six months for BART workers. Monday’s deal came days after two workers were killed while doing routine maintenance work on BART trains. According to a federal investigation, an “operator trainee” was running the train that struck the workers.

    October 22, 2013 7:08 AM

  20. SOAKED Hurricane Raymond Drenches Mexico Jesus Solano/Reuters

    19. Hurricane Raymond Drenches Mexico

    Hurricane Raymond weakened slightly as it soaked Mexico’s Pacific Coast, but is still expected to dump between two to four inches of rain. Raymond grew to a Category 3 storm, with winds at 120 mph, but since it is only 25 miles long, the storm remained a distant threat to Mexico. Forecasters say the storm is likely to lose steam Tuesday and then turn westward in the Pacific. A hurricane warning has been issued from Lazaro Cardenas to Tecpan de Galean, which is about 65 miles north of Acapulco. Forecasters also warned that the heavy rains could result in flash floods and mudslides.

    October 22, 2013 7:24 AM

  21. MYSTERY

    20. Irish Police Find Blonde Girl with Roma

    Irish police took a blonde girl from a Roma family in Dublin on Tuesday, less than a week after a similar case in Greece drew international attention on rumors of a Roma child trafficking ring. The Roma couple apparently said the seven-year-old blue-eyed blonde girl was their daughter, but police said they were not satisfied with their documentation and removed her from their care. Last week, Greek officials took a four-year-old blonde girl from a Roma family after a raid on a camp. The little girl, known as Maria, turned out not be genetically linked to the people who said they were her parents.

    October 22, 2013 8:37 AM

  22. HECKUVA JOB, GUYS HealthCare.gov Failed Early Tests Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    21. HealthCare.gov Failed Early Tests

    So this was a bad sign, guys. The Affordable Care Act’s website, HealthCare.gov, apparently did not work in early tests—but the Obama administration decided to go ahead and launch it anyway. Sources told The Washington Post on Tuesday that just days ahead of the October 1 launch, HealthCare.gov crashed when a few hundred people tried to sign on simultaneously. But Kathleen Sebelius, the Heath and Human Services Secretary, said Monday that the website “didn’t have enough testing, specificially for high volumes, for a complicated project.” Sebelius is expected to testify before Congress next week about Obamacare’s rocky rollout. 

    October 22, 2013 7:00 AM

  23. OH MY Nokia Unveils 'Phablets' Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

    22. Nokia Unveils 'Phablets'

    If you think people who take photos with their tablets are annoying, prepare yourself for the phablet, a tablet and a phone all in one. Nokia unveiled the phablet in Abu Dhabi on Monday, an extra-large phone running on the Windows phone system. It’s Nokia’s last major event before it completes the sale of its hardware unit to Microsoft, which agreed to buy the business for $7.6 billion in a deal expected to be completed in early 2014. Microsoft has been trying to crack into the phone business dominated by iOS and Android. The Windows Phone took a 3.3 percent share of smartphone sales in the April-June quarter, with Nokia the most popular brand.

    October 22, 2013 7:45 AM

  24. CONGRATS Kim, Kanye Engaged Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty

    23. Kim, Kanye Engaged

    Well, this was inevitable. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly are engaged. Sources said West rented out San Francisco’s AT&T Park to propose to her in front of friends and family—and all of this happened on Kardashian’s 33rd birthday. Maybe bringing Jesus onstage inspired him. The couple have a four-month-old daughter, North.

    October 22, 2013 7:53 AM

  25. REVIEW Special Prosecutor Appointed in Maryville David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT, via Getty

    24. Special Prosecutor Appointed in Maryville

    A Missouri judge on Monday appointed a special prosecutor to review the sexual assault allegations made by Daisy Coleman in Maryville. Coleman, 14, claimed she was raped by Matthew Barnett, a senior star football player whose grandfather was a state representative, while another student recorded the incident. Both students confessed, but charges were soon dropped. Coleman and her family said they were run out of town after Coleman was allegedly raped. After the case gained international attention last week, the hacking collective Anonymous took on the cause. A rally organized by a group called Justice for Daisy will be held on Tuesday in Maryville.

    October 22, 2013 7:05 AM