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  1. sorry, merkel Feinstein: Obama to Stop Allied Spying Cliff Owen/AP

    1. Feinstein: Obama to Stop Allied Spying

    Time to pull the taps, spies. According to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein, the White House has decided to halt the spying programs targeting allied governments. "Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers," she said in a response to revelations that the National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on 35 foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Feinstein added that the Senate intelligence panel would launch "a major review" into the collection programs.

    October 28, 2013 5:33 PM

  2. 'a catastrophe' Gunmen Steal $54M in Libya Heist Bela Szandelszky

    2. Gunmen Steal $54M in Libya Heist

    Grabbing a haul worthy of an action flick, 10 gunmen in Libya overpowered a bank van landing in Sirte and made off with $54 million meant for the country's central bank. "The robbery is a catastrophe for the whole of Libya," the head of the Sirte council said. The robbery is an example of the lawlessness that has plagued the country since end of its civil war in 2011. The cash, in Libyan, U.S. and Euro currency, had been flown in from the capital, Tripoli, and was apparently only protected by one security vehicle.

    October 28, 2013 7:21 PM

  3. wait a second... Millions Must Change Insurance Plans Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    3. Millions Must Change Insurance Plans

    Despite assurances that those content with current insurance plans could keep them after Obamacare becomes law, an estimated 50 to 75 percent of those with individual health coverage will have to replace their polices—and the Obama administration has known for three years. Sources in the Affordable Care Act say many Americans will receive a "cancellation" notice due to their policies not meeting standards of the upcoming law. The original policy stipulated policies from March 23, 2010, and on would be honored, but tweaks by the Department of Health and Human Services amended it to mandate a cancellation if any part of the policy was significantly changed after that date.

    October 28, 2013 8:26 PM

  4. NOT SO FAST Texas Abortion Restrictions Blocked Erich Schlegel/Getty

    4. Texas Abortion Restrictions Blocked

    A federal judge has ruled that major provisions of the strictest-in-the-nation abortion law enacted in Texas this year are unconstitutional. The law, set to go into effect tomorrow, banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and required that providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals along with other restrictions that would have forced many clinics to close. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, called the restrictions on providers, “a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her.” He also struck down a provision that limited abortion-inducing drugs to their labeled use. The attorney general is expected to file an emergency appeal.

    October 28, 2013 3:45 PM

  5. cowabunga Surfer Rides Estimated 100-Foot Wave Miguel Barreira/AP

    5. Surfer Rides Estimated 100-Foot Wave

    This is a whole new breed of storm chasers. Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle is believed to have broken the world record for riding an estimated 100-foot wave during St. Jude's storm off the coast of Portugal. The previous record was set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara in 2011 with a 78-foot wave, and the exact size of Burle's wave has not yet been determined. What's more: he accomplished the feat shortly after saving a fellow Brazilian surfer from drowning after she had to be dragged unconscious from the water and resuscitated.

    October 28, 2013 10:01 PM

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  7. CASE CLOSED? Penn State to Pay 26 Sandusky Victims Patrick Smith/Getty

    6. Penn State to Pay 26 Sandusky Victims

    Penn State announced Monday that the university will pay 26 men $59.7 million over claims of sexual abuse by former coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted last year of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Penn State said it had concluded the year-long negotiations, with 23 of the deals signed and the other three having agreements in principle. The school faces six other claims, but it says those do not have merit. Sandusky has maintained his innocence and is seeking to appeal his 30 to 60 year sentence.

    October 28, 2013 1:43 PM

  8. TRAGEDY Car Smashes Into Tiananmen Square Reuters

    7. Car Smashes Into Tiananmen Square

    At least five people are dead and dozens more were injured Monday when a car slammed into Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the site of the 1989 riots. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying would not comment if it was a terrorist attack, given the symbolic history of the site. The car crashed directly into the main entrance of the Forbidden City, where there is a huge portrait of Mao Zedong. All three people in the car were killed.

    October 28, 2013 6:50 AM

  9. CLEAN BREAK Four Inmates Escape from Okla. Jail Caddo County Sheriff's Office

    8. Four Inmates Escape from Okla. Jail

    Four inmates are on the run after escaping from an Oklahoma jail, which officials had thought to be “escape proof” on Sunday morning. Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, Prime Tounwin Brown, 23, Anthony James Mendonca, 24, and Triston Cheadle. 32, were set to be transferred to state prison for charges ranging from drugs to guns, but managed to get away by breaking a lock and slipping through a shower hatch that led to an unlocked door where they just walked right out. “They wasn’t armed when they left, but we don’t know what they got when they get out,” the local sheriff said. Reassuring.

    October 28, 2013 1:13 PM

  10. dangerous post Spokesman: Yemen Explosions Fireworks Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters

    9. Spokesman: Yemen Explosions Fireworks

    The explosion and heavy gunfire reported near the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Sanaa on Monday night was fireworks from a wedding party, the country's Washington spokesman posted on Twitter. The person responsible was detained by police, he wrote. Yemen is home to one of the world's most dangerous al Qaeda offshoots and in August, American and British diplomatic staff were evacuated from the country after getting wind of a possible attack against a diplomatic post.

    October 28, 2013 5:51 PM

  11. Tragic Accident Jason Aldean's Tour Bus Kills Man Erika Goldring/Getty

    10. Jason Aldean's Tour Bus Kills Man

    While touring in Indiana, country singer Jason Aldean's tour bus hit and killed a man on a highway Monday morning. The singer took to his Facebook page following the accident: "In all the years I've been touring and all the miles we've driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen, I'm praying for Albert Kennedy's family and friends today and ask that you do the same," Aldean wrote.

    October 28, 2013 7:14 PM

  12. FACE THE JUDGE Brooks, Coulson Trial Begins Getty

    11. Brooks, Coulson Trial Begins

    The trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson kicked off Monday, two years after they were arrested for their alleged roles in News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal. Brooks, the former editor of the now-defunct News of the World and the Sun as well as the chief executive of News International, faces charges of conspiracy to intercept voicemails, conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office, and charges related to alleged payments from journalists to public officials. Coulson, who was Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief and the former editor of the News of the World, faces charges related to phone hacking and the alleged payments from journalists to public officials. Five others also face charges related to phone hacking.

    October 28, 2013 9:05 AM

  13. a little bit of lou Lou Bega: I'm Not Dead Tony Barson/Getty

    12. Lou Bega: I'm Not Dead

    Their first names might be the same, but could "Heroin" and "Mambo No. 5" be any more different? Singer Lou Bega, famed for his hit '90s cover of the catchy, girl-loving song, took to Facebook to pay tribute to recently deceased rockstar Lou Reed and set the record straight on his mortality. "I have been receiving Tons of condolences because of a Journalist confusing our Identities," he posted under a selfie photo on Monday. "Lou Bega sends his condolences to mr.Reeds Family."

    October 28, 2013 6:00 PM

  14. expecting harassment PA: No Touching Baby Bumps Kristian Sekulic/Getty

    13. PA: No Touching Baby Bumps

    Hands off the stomach. A pre-existing law making it illegal to touch a pregnant woman's stomach without permission will be revived in Pennsylvania after a recent harassment lawsuit brought the statute into the public eye. Authorities will issue a new warning about the law, reminding citizens that it can be seen as a violation and warrant a harassment charge. All expecting mothers with an aversion to random strangers placing their hands on you, better head to Pennsylvania.

    October 28, 2013 4:33 PM

  15. BATTERED Hurricane-Force Storm Hits Britain Dylan Martinez/Reuters

    14. Hurricane-Force Storm Hits Britain

    Britain’s largest storm in a decade—with hurricane-force winds—battered the southern region of the country on Monday, killing at least two people and leaving 270,000 without power in London. Falling trees killed a 17-year-old girl in Kent and a man in Watford. The Environment Agency issued 131 flood warnings in England and Wales, and 130 flights have been canceled out of Heathrow Airport. Network Rail said more than 100 fallen trees have been found on lines, as the country braced for chaos on their morning commutes. The strongest winds were recorded at England’s Isle of Wright, clocking in at 99 mph.

    October 28, 2013 6:52 AM

  16. HOLY MIDI-CHLORIANS Lost ‘Return of the Jedi’ Footage Found 20th Century-Fox/AP

    15. Lost ‘Return of the Jedi’ Footage Found

    Watch it while you can because George Lucas is not going to let this one stay out there for long. Lost footage from the Return of the Jedi has been found on a LaserDisc that was used to demonstrate ‘80s editing software. Most of the clips are of Luke Skywalker’s last visit to Yoda on Dagobah, but there’s also another full minute of R2-D2 repairing Skywalker’s damaged X-wing. The origin of the LaserDisc is unknown, but it’s believed that it once was used to edit Lucasfilm’s EditDroid station, one of the first editing systems sold nearly 30 years ago (although Lucas himself never used EditDroid). Oh and here’s the kicker: someone bought the LaserDisc off eBay for $699.

    October 28, 2013 7:39 AM

  17. TELL US WHAT YOU REALLY THINK Banksy: 1WTC an ‘Eyesore’ Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    16. Banksy: 1WTC an ‘Eyesore’

    That Banksy really makes friends everywhere he goes, huh? The street artist slammed One World Trade Center in an op-ed on his website on Sunday, calling it the “biggest eyesore in New York.” “It would be easy to view One World Trade centre [sic—remember, Banksy is British, after all] as a betrayal of everyone who lost their lives on September 11th, because it so clearly proclaims the terrorists won,” Banksy writes. “Those 10 men have condemned us to live in a world more mediocre than the one they attacked, rather than be the catalyst for a more dazzling new one.” Oh and he got a Canada dig in there too: he said One World Trade Center looks like “something they would build in Canada.” He submitted the op-ed to The New York Times, but it was rejected.

    October 28, 2013 12:29 PM

  18. BAD VIBES NYC Reschedules Mayoral Debate Pool photo by Kathy Willens

    17. NYC Reschedules Mayoral Debate

    Didn’t anyone notice the significance of October 29 earlier? New York City’s Campaign Finance Board on Sunday moved the final mayoral debate from Tuesday to Wednesday after both candidates asked that the debate not be held on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota issued a rare joint statement saying “this day should be marked with solemn reflection and remembrance.” The candidates spent the weekend visiting areas hardest hit by the storm, and the debate had been scheduled to be held during the exact same time as the peak of the storm. De Blasio leads by almost 40 points.

    October 28, 2013 7:18 AM

  19. HELLO MATE New Species Found in Australia’s ‘Lost World’ Adam Fenster/Reuters

    18. New Species Found in Australia’s ‘Lost World’

    It looks like these are some frogs that really like getting caught in the rain. The boulder-dwelling frog, which has sex in the rain, is one of three completely new species that scientists have discovered in Australia’s “Lost World” in Cape Melville. The other two species are a golden skink and a tail-leaf gecko, which herpetologist Patrick Couper called “the strangest new species to come across my desk in 26 years as a herpetologist.” The scientists who discovered the new species said they were shocked, especially since Australia is considered to be pretty known territory. There are a “host of other species” that may be new to science, the scientists said.

    October 28, 2013 1:02 PM

  20. LBGTV Lesbian Comedy Coming to NBC Kevin Winter/Getty

    19. Lesbian Comedy Coming to NBC

    It's sort of Will and Grace, but with lesbians and a baby. Ellen DeGeneres and NBC are working on a comedy about a lesbian who is impregnated by her straight male BFF just before he falls in love and marries someone else. Liz Feldman, of 2 Broke Girls fame, is writing the script and executive producing. The yet-to-be-titled sitcom adds a point to the LBGT column. Gay-friendly shows have been cancelled by the network recently, among them: The New Normal, Smash, and Go On.

    October 28, 2013 2:05 PM

  21. FREE MAN Conrad Murray Released from Prison Reed Saxon/AP

    20. Conrad Murray Released from Prison

    Conrad Murray, convicted in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter for his alleged role in Michael Jackson’s death, was released from prison early Monday morning. Murray served two of his four-year sentence, since California law gives an additional credit for each day served. A cardiologist, Murray had been hired to serve as Jackson’s personal physician ahead of his comeback tour in 2009, and Murray testified in his trial that he gave Jackson nightly infusions of propofol to treat Jackson’s insomnia. A jury found him guilty of negligence after the marathon two-month trial, although Murray has remained unremorseful. He is no longer licensed to practice medicine.

    October 28, 2013 7:21 AM

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

    21. 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

  23. WILD SERIES Red Sox Win Game Four Dilip Vishwanat/Getty

    22. Red Sox Win Game Four

    Game three ended with a trip-off, and game four ended with a pickoff. The Red Sox tied up the World Series on Sunday night with a 4-2 victory after a crushing defeat 24 hours earlier. Johnny Gomes, who was not originally on the lineup and who was batting 0 for 9 in the series, hit a three-run homer in the sixth, giving the Red Sox the lead 4-1. The Cardinals picked up a run in the seventh, but things got a little nutty in the bottom of the ninth. The Cards' Allen Craig (who scored on an obstruction call the night before) singled with two outs, and the team replaced him with Kolten Wong to pinch run with Carlos Beltran at the plate. But Beltran never got a chance to swing—Wong was picked off at first.

    October 28, 2013 6:49 AM

  24. NOT BFFS Cheney: I’m Not ‘Fishing Buddies’ with Enzi Pool photo by Carl Court

    23. Cheney: I’m Not ‘Fishing Buddies’ with Enzi

    Things are getting personal in Wyoming. Dick Cheney insisted Sunday that his daughter, Liz Cheney, will win the Republican Senate primary in Wyoming—and he said that he is not friends with her challenger, Mike Enzi, no matter what Enzi says. “Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true,” Cheney said on ABC’s This Week. Ouch. Cheney also slammed Enzi for taking money from the Washington elite, claiming 84 percent of Enzi’s contributions come from Washington PACs. Cheney also said that Republicans need a new generation of leaders after they were “whipped” in 2012. Well, tell us how you really think there, Dick.

    October 28, 2013 7:20 AM

  25. OOPS BBC Satire Jokes About Harry’s Drug Use Toby Melville/Reuters

    24. BBC Satire Jokes About Harry’s Drug Use

    Did nobody at Have I Got News for You get the memo that Prince Harry is reformed (well, reformed-ish) now? The BBC satire program is under pressure to apologize after joking Saturday night that Harry snorted cocaine. Comedian Jo Brand, the show’s head presenter, said that Hugh van Cutsem is a “nickname for “Hugh cuts ‘em and Harry just snorts ‘em.” The camera then cut to Paul Merton, who seemed surprised by the joke, and then the other captain Ian Hislop, who remarked “have we lost the lawyers?” Furthermore, the joke had been in relation to Prince George’s christening, and one of his godparents is William van Cutsem, not Hugh. So good job, guys.

    October 28, 2013 7:38 AM

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

    25. 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