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  1. escuchando NSA Collected Millions of Spanish Calls Kieran Doherty/Reuters

    1. NSA Collected Millions of Spanish Calls

    Are we surprised? In the newest revelation of international espionage, leaker Edward Snowden disclosed documents showing the U.S. National Security Agency collected data on 60 million phone calls in Spain over the course of December 2012. The news comes after confirmation that numerous world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have had their personal phones tapped. President Obama reportedly apologized to Merkel when she called him last week requesting an explanation.

    October 27, 2013 10:11 PM

  2. a new deal Israel to Release 26 Palestinians Mohammed Ballas

    2. Israel to Release 26 Palestinians

    In compliance with the U.S.-mediated agreement to ressurect Mideast peace negotiations, on Sunday Israel agreed to release 26 Palestinian prisoners. They have all served at least 19 years, and their names will only be released 48 hours before they're let go, giving Israeli families an opportunity to appeal the release (though past precent makes success unlikely). In the nine months of talks, 104 Palestinian prisoners will be released in total. At the same time, Israel announced plans for a new West Bank settlement in an attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appease hard-liners unhappy with the prisoners deal.

    October 27, 2013 4:31 PM

  3. AWKWARD Report: Merkel Bugged from 2002-13 Sean Gallup/Getty

    3. Report: Merkel Bugged from 2002-13

    Yikes, is Angela Merkel replaying in her head every phone conversation she’s had in the past 13 years for any awkward comments about the U.S.? The U.S. has been bugging the German chancellor’s phone since 2002—long before she became chancellor, actually—according to a report published Sunday in Der Spiegel. Whether her calls were actually recorded or just her contacts accessed is still unclear. It gets even worse: apparently Obama was told about the spying in 2010, Der Spiegel claims—despite that he apologized last week but said he knew nothing about it and would have done something to stop it if he had. Merkel is reportedly personally hurt by the alleged spying—especially given her childhood in East Germany, where such practices were common.

    October 27, 2013 9:45 AM

  4. secret keepers Obama Unaware of NSA Programs Ron Edmonds / AP Photo

    4. Obama Unaware of NSA Programs

    President Obama did not know that a National Security Agency program was spying on 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, unnamed U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday. The White House reportedly halted her phone tap and some other monitoring programs after learning of them this year. Apparently, there are so many eavesdropping operations it was considered impractical for the NSA brief the president on all of them. “These decisions are made at NSA,” one official said. “The president doesn’t sign off on this stuff.”

    October 27, 2013 8:32 PM

  5. new blood Ally of Georgian PM to Be President Shakh Aivazov/AP

    5. Ally of Georgian PM to Be President

    Exit polls show that Georgy Margvelashvili will be Georgia's next president after the election on Sunday. The former deputy premier is an ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has said he will step aside soon. Margvelashvili is following a predecessor's 10-year-rule, and means the Georgian Dream party will be leading both the presidency and the government. He is estimated to have about 66.7 percent of votes, while his nearest rival only has around 20 percent.

    October 27, 2013 7:51 PM

  6. THE BLUE MASK Rock Legend Lou Reed Dies at 71 Theo Wargo

    6. Rock Legend Lou Reed Dies at 71

    Lou Reed, one of the most influential songwriters and guitarists of the past 50 years, died Sunday. He was 71. The cause of death is unknown, although he underwent a liver transplant in May. Reed befriended musician John Cale in the mid ‘60s, and later formed the Velvet Underground with Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker. They caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who incorporated the Velvets into his Exploding Plastics Inevitable. Cale wrote of Reed's passing: "The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach ... No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill...broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories - we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us."

    October 27, 2013 1:29 PM

  7. tally Arrested Man Suspected of 79 Murders Carlos Jasso/AP

    7. Arrested Man Suspected of 79 Murders

    This is an unfathomable age-to-murder ratio. A 20-year-old taken into custody by authorities in Mexico has admitted to killing 45 people and is suspected in relation to 34 more murders. Juan Pablo Vazquez brought in by authorities in Monterrey in early October for drug-related activities, according to the state's security spokesman. He became involved in Mexico's organized crime industry at age 15, working first as an informant, then a drug dealer, and hit man.

    October 27, 2013 6:26 PM

  8. RAPE CULTURE Mumbai Rapists Did Not Fear Law Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty

    8. Mumbai Rapists Did Not Fear Law

    The five men who allegedly raped a photojournalist in Mumbai earlier this year did not fear the law when they singled her out (as a "beautiful deer") and took her to a ruined building—after all, none of their previous victims had ever gone to the police. The New York Times on Sunday takes a look into India’s rape culture nearly a year after the Delhi rape that caused riots, and concludes that a key problem still remains: predators view rape as mischief, not a violent crime. There's also a culture of entitlement for men, take for example, the mother of one of accused who told the Times "obviously the fault is the girl's" for even going "into that jungle" and "she was wearing skimpy clothes."

    October 27, 2013 8:50 AM

  9. TRAGEDY Five Dead in Brooklyn Stabbing Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

    9. Five Dead in Brooklyn Stabbing

    A woman and her four children were stabbed to death Saturday night in Brooklyn, and police arrested a 25-year-old mentally ill relative for the brutal crime. The suspect, who neighbors said lived at home, was reportedly found at the scene soaked in blood and arrested with his feet bare. Police seized a machete and scissors from the scene as evidence, sources told the Post. The children were all under the age of 10, with the youngest being an 18-month-old boy. The toddler and two girls—ages nine and six—were dead upon the police’s arrival, and the 37-year-old mother and her eight-year-old son were later pronounced dead at the hospital.

    October 27, 2013 10:49 AM

  10. lucky baby Sudeikis, Wilde Expecting Baby Kevin Mazur

    10. Sudeikis, Wilde Expecting Baby

    If they're looking to adopt too, we'll offer ourselves up. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are expecting their first child together, according to People magazine. The pair met in 2011 on the set of Saturday Night Live, and started dating six months after before getting engaged this January. Earlier this year, Wilde said in an interview that she was looking forward to starting a family with Sudeikis. “He’s so good with kids,” she said. “I’m open-minded about how many, but three is like a little party.”

    October 27, 2013 6:59 PM

  11. WILD Cardinals Win on Obstruction Call Jared Wickerham/Getty

    11. Cardinals Win on Obstruction Call

    You weren’t imagining that collective WTF cry from Boston just after midnight on Sunday. Seriously, isn’t the Red Sox curse supposed to be over? The Cardinals walked away with a Game 3 victory on an obstruction call in one of the wildest victories in a World Series Games ever. Here’s how it went down: in the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at 4, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who had already tagged the Cardinals' Yadair Molina out at home) to third baseman Will Middlebrooks—but the throw was wide, and Middlebrooks dove for the catch and the ball instead bouncing off him. Cardinal Allen Craig tripped over Middlebrooks (who hadn't made the catch) as he headed toward home. Craig was tagged at home, but it was too late—the third base umpire called obstruction. The call put the Cardinals ahead 5-4 at the bottom of the ninth, thus winning them the game. The Cardinals lead the series 2-1.

    October 27, 2013 9:48 AM

  12. FOREVER Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault Michael Loccisano/Getty

    12. Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault

    Now that the World War II memorial, the Zoo, and the White House tours are open again, Chris Brown has no excuse to be so angry in Washington, D.C. Brown was arrested for felony assault Saturday night at a Washington nightclub on Saturday night. Brown’s bodyguard was also reportedly arrested. According to TMZ, two women asked Brown if they could take a picture with him, and while they were snapping the picture, two men rushed in too. Brown allegedly said “I’m not into this gay sh**, I’m into boxing” and allegedly punched one of the men. The man reportedly never threw any punches, and is being treated at a local hospital for a broken nose. Brown is still on probation for his 2009 conviction of beating up Rihanna.

    October 27, 2013 12:30 PM

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  14. TURN OF FATE Calif. to Free Woman Who Killed Pimp California Department of Corrections/AP

    13. Calif. to Free Woman Who Killed Pimp

    A California woman will soon be freed from prison, 18 years after being sentenced to life without parole after killing her pimp, after Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday allowed a parole board’s decision to go through. Sara Kruzan was 16 when she killed the man who had sexually abused her and groomed her since age 11 to work as a child prostitute. At age 17, she was sentenced to life without parole, and now 35, she has become a high-profile example of juveniles who are given harsh sentences. In September, Brown signed a bill that would give special consideration to juveniles who have served 15 years of lengthy of sentences—a move advocates said would already make 1,000 prisoners eligible for parole.

    October 27, 2013 10:46 AM

  15. BACKLASH Jay-Z Not Backing Out of Barney’s Deal Olivia Harris/Reuters

    14. Jay-Z Not Backing Out of Barney’s Deal

    He’s got 99 problems, and now Barney’s is one of them. Jay-Z issued a statement Saturday that he will not be dropping his deal with Barney’s, despite the recent high-profile cases of the store targeting African-Americans. Jay-Z didn’t criticize the store, but rather said “I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys.” He did, however, take shots at the media reports that he should respond, saying “why am I being demonized, denounced, and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?” But his non-statement wasn’t enough for Derick Bowers, 28, who launched a Change.org petition for Jay-Z to pull out of his holiday collection.

    October 27, 2013 11:35 AM

  16. OLD FEUD McDonald's to Drop Heinz Ketchup Don Ryan/AP

    15. McDonald's to Drop Heinz Ketchup

    Some feuds never die. McDonald's said Friday that it will stop using Heinz ketchup. The reason? Because Heinz hired former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees to head up Heinz. Isn’t it a little comforting to know that in these wild times, McDonald's still hates Burger King? McDonald's only uses Heinz ketchup in two U.S. markets (Pittsburgh and Minneapolis), with the product mainly being used overseas. But it’s still a pretty big rift: McDonald's has had a relationship with Heinz for over 40 years. Burger King, meanwhile, uses Heinz in 80 percent of its markets.

    October 27, 2013 10:52 AM

  17. UM WTF Julianne Hough: Sorry for Blackface Fame Pictures

    16. Julianne Hough: Sorry for Blackface

    Here’s a quick lesson, Julianne Hough: it’s never ok to wear blackface. The actress and former Dancing With the Stars performer apologized Saturday after a photo went viral of her in blackface. Hough dressed as “Crazy Eyes” from Orange Is the New Black, and insisted it was “never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”

    October 27, 2013 11:37 AM

  18. AT THE WHEEL Saudi Women Protest Driving Ban

    17. Saudi Women Protest Driving Ban

    Get ready for cliché jokes about women behind the wheel. Despite the Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers, dozens of Saudi women went behind the wheel on Saturday to openly flout the law. An estimated 60 female drivers braved the streets despite warnings from prominent clerics. The website of the October 26 Women's Driving Campaign was hacked. “We don’t want to break any laws,” said Madiha al-Ajroush, 60. “We are looking for a normal way of life.” When it comes to women’s rights, Saudi Arabia is one of the most restrictive countries in the world. 

    October 27, 2013 9:55 AM

  19. R.I.P. ‘Simpsons’s Marcia Wallace Dies Kevin Winter/Getty

    18. ‘Simpsons’s Marcia Wallace Dies

    Actress Marcia Wallace, famous for her work on The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons, died Friday. She was 70. She died from complications of pneumonia. native of Iowa, Wallace appeared regularly game shows such as The Merv Griffin Show, Hollywood Squares, and Match Game. For the past 26 years, she had voiced Bart Simpsons’s long-suffering teacher, Mrs. Krabappel. Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said the character would probably be retired, and the next new episode, set to air November 3, will feature a tribute to the actress.

    October 27, 2013 11:32 AM

  20. PLAYING IT SAFE NYSE Performs Twitter IPO Dry Run Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

    19. NYSE Performs Twitter IPO Dry Run

    Remember the fiasco of Facebook’s glitchy entrance to the stock market? Well, the New York Stock Exchange sure does: for the first time ever, the NYSE on Saturday performed a simulated initial public offering for Twitter’s market debut, which could happen as early as November 7. Twitter intends to sell 70 million shares between $17 and $20 each, the biggest Internet IPO since Facebook (which sold 421 million shares for $38 each in May 2012). The high volume of trading caused glitches in Nasdaq’s system, causing major market investors to lose an estimated $500 million in the IPO. The NYSE tested for two things on Saturday: to make sure it could handle the volume of exchanges, and to make sure any firms that placed orders could receive prompt replies.

    October 27, 2013 9:52 AM