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  1. ENDA an Era Gay Rights Bill Advances in Senate Julie Jacobson/AP

    15. Gay Rights Bill Advances in Senate

    A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity advanced in the Senate Monday with the help of 7 Republican votes. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which already had the support of the entire Democratic caucus, was backed by GOPers Ayotte, Collins, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, Portman, and Toomey. The final 61-30 vote virtually guarantees passage later this week.

    November 4, 2013 11:27 AM

  2. Enough NJ Mayor: Shots Fired in Mall @JessicaWCBSWLNY

    2. NJ Mayor: Shots Fired in Mall

    Witnesses say a gunman opened fire at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on Monday night right before it closed around 9:30. Around an hour later, officials confirmed police were responding to an "active shooter," who, according to police scanner descriptions, is a man wearing full body armor, a helmet, and armed with an assault rifle. Customers inside the mall reported what sounded like fire crackers and say they were ordered to drop to the ground as lights inside the stores were switched off and the mall was put under lockdown. Mayor Rich LaBarbiera spoke out following the incident stating, "everyone is safe. No one has been injured."

    November 4, 2013 10:22 PM

  3. inside that house Knight: Castro Tied Me Up Tony Dejak/AP

    3. Knight: Castro Tied Me Up

    Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight detailed to Dr. Phil the torture she sustained at the hands of her captor, Ariel Castro. At one point, she remembered, he used an extension cord to hang her on the wall for days. "I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall," Knight said. She was also chained to a pole in the basement and left with a motorcycle helmet over her head. Castro kept three women imprisoned in his house for a decade, and committed suicide in prison after being sentenced to life plus 1,000 years. The full interview airs Tuesday and Wednesday night.

    November 4, 2013 3:41 PM

  4. now what? BlackBerry Calls Sale Off Joe Raedle/Getty

    4. BlackBerry Calls Sale Off

    Does this mean a longer wait for Facebook phones? On Monday, BlackBerry announced it was abandoning plans to sell the company and that CEO Thorsten Heins was stepping down to be replaced in the interim by John Chen. Prospective buyers initially included the likes of Facebook, and a tentative offer from stakeholder Fairfax Financial Holdings for $4.7 billion didn't pull through. Monday's changes sparked a 16 percent dive in stock share prices, but the new leadership is still optimistic. Chen, who comes from software company Sybase, has pledged to rebuild the company and turn it around in six quarters. "I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business," he said.

    November 4, 2013 9:36 PM

  5. ANGRY Thousands Protest in Iran AFP/Getty

    5. Thousands Protest in Iran

    Just as relations between the U.S. and Iran begin to thaw, tens of thousands of protestors packed around the former U.S. embassy in Tehran. It was the largest anti-American demonstration in years, and highlighted the passionate support hard-liners still command when it comes to relationships with Washington. The protests take place every year to commemorate the 1979 takeover of the embassy during the Islamic Revolution, but this year crowds were especially large after the Revolutionary Guard called for a significant show.

    November 4, 2013 2:51 PM

  6. #MINDBLOWN 40 Billion ‘Earths’ Discovered Ian Mckinnell/Getty

    6. 40 Billion ‘Earths’ Discovered

    Do they come in peace? Astronomers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Hawaii released a study Monday saying there are likely around 40 billion planets with Earth-like characteristics in our galaxy. The closest one? 12 light years away, or 72 trillion miles. And just in case you weren’t blown away yet, experts now believe that one in five stars similar to our sun have a planet the same size as earth with a temperature favorable to life.

    November 4, 2013 5:27 PM

  7. phew All Clear Issued at Conn. School Kiara Gupton/AP

    7. All Clear Issued at Conn. School

    This is how we like to hear of school threats ending. The all clear was given at Central Connecticut State University after the 12,000-student campus was put on lockdown this afternoon when a possible gunman was reported to police. The mayor of New Britain, Conn., reported that a person was taken into custody, though all classes and events for the day were canceled. School authorities said "someone was seen either with a gun or was thought to have a gun," while one student reported seeing a man wearing body armor and carrying a sword and sheath.

    November 4, 2013 5:06 PM

  8. OOPS Memo Warned Admin. on Health Care Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    8. Memo Warned Admin. on Health Care

    Health-care adviser David Cutler warned in a May 2010 memo to Larry Summers that the White House did not have the “relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.” In particular, Cutler stressed his concerns that the people working to carry out the reform had little experience in the complicated world of startups—and the technology itself would pose a problem. Cutler also warned about the myriad difficulties in implementing the new regulations and policy objectives. Since launching a month ago,, the website where consumers can purchase insurance, is still the target of public and political ire.

    November 4, 2013 9:36 AM


    9. Taliban Denounces The Daily Beast

    Everyone is a media critic now. The Taliban denounced The Daily Beast for violating “the basic principles of journalism” for our November 1 article detailing top-secret meeting the terrorist group held near Islamabad. Not content merely to criticize The Daily Beast's journalistic ethics, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid argued that this website is run by “famous intelligence agents” (we’re conducting an internal investigation). Our knuckle-dragging critics also lectured the The Daily Beast for not contacting the Taliban’s media spokesman or regurgitating its semi-literate press releases. “Attributing false statements to the Islamic Emirate and associating with [sic] unknown figures with us violates the basic principles of journalism,” Mujahid says. Thanks for the tip, Taliban! It’s always fun to be lectured about ethics by a terrorist organization dedicated to bringing the world back to the seventh century.

    November 4, 2013 12:16 PM

  10. sunlight diet Michelle Pfeiffer Was in a Cult Clemens Bilan / Getty Images

    10. Michelle Pfeiffer Was in a Cult

    Don't take diet advice from a cult. When Michelle Pfeiffer first landed in Hollywood as an impressionable 20-year-old, she was controlled by a cult that forbade food and water. The actress admitted in an interview that she was told to subside on sunlight by a couple who "believed that people in their highest state were breatharian." She said she didn't realize what she was part of until her first husband, Peter Horton, was doing research for a movie about cult followers, and she saw the similarities.

    November 4, 2013 7:38 PM

  11. MYSTERY Milly Dowler Notes Disappeared Matt Dunham/AP

    11. Milly Dowler Notes Disappeared

    Notebooks covering the case of murdered teenager Milly Dowler went missing at the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World, according to the prosecution at a London court Monday in the phone-hacking trial of former News International chief Rebekah Brooks and seven others. Prosecutors allege former Brooks and others hid the evidence, the defendants deny all the charges. When the allegations about the tabloid hacking Dowler’s phone emerged, the public uproar caused News International to shut down the paper in July 2011. Brooks, her husband Charlie Brooks, and six former News International staffers are on trial in connection to phone hacking.

    November 4, 2013 10:03 AM

  12. IN MEMORY ‘Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Wallace Angela Weiss/Getty

    12. ‘Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Wallace

    Oh Bart, way to break our hearts. The Simpsons on Sunday gave a touching farewell to Marcia Wallace, the actress who voiced Bart’s teacher Mrs. Krabappel who died last month. In the credits of the season premiere, Bart wrote on the chalkboard “We’ll really miss you, Mrs. K” and the episode (appropriately titled “Four Regrettings and a Funeral”) ended with a picture of Mrs. Krabappel laughing and the words “In Loving Memory of Marcia Wallace.” Prior to the season premiere, Fox re-aired a classic episode, “The Ned-liest Catch,” which featured Mrs. Krabappel dating Ned Flanders and delves into Mrs. K’s backstory. Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said that they will retire Wallace’s character.

    November 4, 2013 7:41 AM

  13. Terror Deadly Spiders Hatch Out of Bananas Nature's Images/Getty

    13. Deadly Spiders Hatch from Bananas

    A British family had to flee their house for three days after they saw “venomous” spiders begin to hatch out of a bunch of bananas as they were eating them. Consi Taylor only realized what the “funny looking spots” were mid-way through a Colombian Fairtrade banana, saying “I was so scared I started crying.” The family was sent to a hotel after a warning from a pest control firm that the arachnids could be deadly Brazilian Wandering Spiders. Sainsbury’s, the British supermarket chain that sold the fruit, paid $1,600 in fumigation, dry cleaning, and hotel stay bills.

    November 4, 2013 6:06 PM

  14. ACCIDENT King Tut Mystery Solved Stan Honda/AFP via Getty

    14. King Tut Mystery Solved

    Now that’s one heck of a cold case. Since Tutankhamun died in 1323 BC and was found in 1922, his death has been shrouded in mystery. Now, British experts believe they have solved the young pharaoh’s cause of death—a chariot crash. Using a “virtual autopsy,” researchers found a series of injuries on one side of the body that, combined with the mummy’s missing heart, led them to conclude that a chariot crashed into him when he was kneeling. This destroyed his ribs, pelvis, and heart. Chemical tests also revealed that the burned flesh on bones at Liverpool University were due to a bungled mummification that caused the body to spontaneously combust.

    November 4, 2013 12:30 PM

  15. ENDA an Era Gay Rights Bill Advances in Senate Julie Jacobson/AP

    15. Gay Rights Bill Advances in Senate

    A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity advanced in the Senate Monday with the help of 7 Republican votes. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which already had the support of the entire Democratic caucus, was backed by GOPers Ayotte, Collins, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, Portman, and Toomey. The final 61-30 vote virtually guarantees passage later this week.

    November 4, 2013 11:27 AM

  16. GOTCHA SAC Capital Pleads Guilty Louis Lanzano/AP

    16. SAC Capital Pleads Guilty

    For the first time in nearly thirty years, a Wall Street firm has admitted guilt for securities fraud. SAC Capital, the uber-successful hedge fund run by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, on Monday pled guilty to insider trading—and will cough up a record $1.2 billion penalty. As part of the deal, SAC will no longer manage money for investors outside the company, which essentially leaves it with just Cohen’s substantial fortune. The case against Cohen, a high-flying consumer of pricey art, was many years in the making and has many on Wall Street worried that the success will encourage authorities to go after other major corporations. It’s the first plea of its kind since the 1980s, when junk bond investor Michael Milken at Drexel Burham Lambert paid about $1 billion (adjusted for inflation) in fines. 

    November 4, 2013 11:40 AM

  17. GET WELL SOON Texan Coach Gary Kubiak Collapses David J. Phillip/AP

    17. Texan Coach Gary Kubiak Collapses

    The Colts-Texan game Sunday took a dramatic turn when Texan Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed as he tried to walk off the field during halftime. Kubiak, 52, was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, and a source said Kubiak did not suffer a stroke. He reportedly never lost consciousness, and the team said Kubiak had a strong heart rate and underwent an MRI. “He was evaluated by a number of specialists … obviously, there’s a lot of info,” said Texans general manger Rick Smith. Smith said the team “will have to assess” when Kubiak can return. After Kubiak’s departure, the jilted Texans lost their 18-point lead, and ended up losing the game 27-24.

    November 4, 2013 7:17 AM

  18. YEP, I'M GAY Maine Rep. Comes Out Joel Page/AP

    18. Maine Rep. Comes Out

    There’s officially more out members of Congress (now seven in the House, plus Sen. Tammy Baldwin) than members of the fabled Singing Senators Quartet. Maine Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud announced he is gay in editorials running in newspapers across Maine on Monday, writing that there was an attempted smear campaign against him that forced him to come out. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’” Michaud wrote. Michaud is running for governor in 2014, and he would be the first LGBT governor in the country if elected. There’s a campaign slogan for you right there.

    November 4, 2013 7:05 AM

  19. BROADCAST YOURSELF YouTube Holds Music Awards Vivien Killilea/Getty

    19. YouTube Holds Music Awards

    YouTube must want to give the VMAs a run for their money. The video-sharing site held its first-ever Video Music Awards Sunday night, hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and with fans picking all the winners. Despite live performances by Lady Gaga and Eminem, the overall feeling was confused. The event sought to break down boundaries between YouTube viewers and stars. Arcade Fire, for example, kicked things off by leading the crowd through a call-and-response, and frontman Win Butler declared “if you tried this at the VMAs, you’d be [screwed].” But the weird reigned supreme, with Rashida Jones handing out babies (um?) as awards and hosts having to eat cake to find the winner of the response of the year award. 

    November 4, 2013 7:40 AM


    20. AL Airport Reopens After Threat

    The Birmingham, Alabama, airport reopened Sunday after being shut down for two hours due to a bomb threat. According to a Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport security spokeswoman, an airport employee found a bomb threat note around 4 p.m., leading to the terminal to be shut down until about 6:30 p.m. About a dozen flights were delayed or diverted. FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said the agency’s bomb technicians teamed up with local police in the search.

    November 4, 2013 7:02 AM

  21. JUSTICE Group Arrested in Journo Deaths Gilles Gesquiere/ECPAD, via AP

    21. Group Arrested in Journo Deaths

    A Malian official said Monday that around six people were arrested by French forces in connection to the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists. Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were kidnapped by four men on Saturday and reportedly shot point-blank. Police found the dead bodies next to the attackers’ car, and the intelligence official said the French troops tracked the attackers in sand before making the arrests.

    November 4, 2013 7:01 AM


    22. 13 Killed in Mexican Shootouts

    Three gunfights left 13 people dead in the Mexican city of Matamoros, just across the U.S. border from Brownsville, Texas. Two of the shootouts were between gunmen and police, and a woman had been killed earlier in clashes between unidentified armed groups. Drug cartels in the past few years have tried to gain access to border routes to the U.S., leading to shootings and executions along the border route.

    November 4, 2013 7:03 AM

  23. YIKES Paul Responds to Plagiarizing Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    23. Paul Responds to Plagiarizing

    Dueling didn’t work out so well for Alexander Hamilton. Just saying. The Kentucky senator said Sunday that he takes accusations of plagiarism “as an insult” and “if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know it’d be a duel challenge.” Paul acknowledged on This Week that the “footnote police” had been watching him, and he said he didn’t think the “spoken word” should be held to the same standard as “if you’re giving a scientific paper.” Regardless, Paul’s speech on his website was quietly updated Sunday to include footnotes to the Wikipedia article on the film Stand and Deliver. Paul insists that “98 percent” of his speeches are extemporaneous.

    November 4, 2013 7:16 AM

  24. DEFIANT Morsi: I’m ‘Legitimate President’ Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty

    24. Morsi: I’m ‘Legitimate President’

    Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s murder trial began Monday under tight security—and the trial was promptly delayed until January. Morsi defiantly told the court he is the “legitimate president,” while also refusing to wear a uniform while he and his 14 codefendants chanted "illegal, illegal." Morsi and the 14 otherMuslim Brotherhood figures are charged with inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. The trial had been due to take place at the Tora prison, but had moved to another location in Cairo in an apparent attempt to ward off protests. That didn’t work. Protests still took place outside Cairo’s High Court and the Supreme Constitutional Court in the south.

    November 4, 2013 8:27 AM

  25. NICE TRY U.S. Rejects Clemency for Snowden AP

    25. U.S. Rejects Clemency for Snowden

    Guess Washington is not digging Edward Snowden’s goatee look. The White House and several top members of Congress on Sunday rejected Snowden’s plea for international help in dropping the espionage charges against him. “Mr. Snowden violated U.S. law,” said White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer. “He should return to the U.S. and face justice.” German MP Hans-Christian Stroebele met with Snowden in Moscow last week, where the fugitive leaker has started working as an IT specialist. “Speaking the truth is not a crime,” Snowden wrote in a letter seeking help. But the White House was not swayed, saying Sunday that no clemency offers were being discussed.

    November 4, 2013 7:00 AM

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