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  1. WARNING Polio Outbreak Threatens Europe AFP/Getty

    1. Polio Outbreak Threatens Europe

    As polio makes a comeback in Syria after a 14-year absence, health experts in Europe are warning that the disease could easily reemerge on the continent as refugees from the war-torn Middle East flood in. Martin Eichner, a professor at the University of Tuebingen, warned in a letter to the medical journal The Lancet that the disease could enter Europe via unsuspecting refugees, who could carry the virus without being affected by it. In addition to areas cut off from vaccination in Syria, polio has recently appeared in Africa, as well as sewage samples from Israel and Egypt. The polio virus is spread through feces and currently has no cure. So far this year, 322 cases have been reported worldwide.

    Watch how the world reacted to the polio outbreak in Syria.

    November 8, 2013 11:54 AM

  2. Scandal U.S. Admirals Probed for Bribery AFP

    2. U.S. Admirals Probed for Bribery

    Two U.S. admirals are being investigated for their roles in a major bribery scandal, Navy officials announced in a statement on Friday. Top intelligence officer Vice Adm. Ted Branch and the Navy's director of intelligence operations, Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, face probes for their involvement with a Singapore-based defense contractor, whose CEO who was arrested in September for bribing Navy officers for access to classified documents in exchange for money and prostitutes. Though the statement did not say what tipped off authorities about Branch and Loveless's possible involvement, it said that the alleged misconduct occurred before either of them became admirals. Branch and Loveless have had their access to classified materials suspended and have been placed on leave. 

    November 8, 2013 9:59 PM

  3. NATURAL DISASTER Typhoon Haiyan Hits Philippines Getty

    3. Typhoon Haiyan Hits Philippines

    Nearly 750,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, Friday, as Typhoon Haiyan, likely the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit land, hit the Philippines. Four people so far have reportedly been killed in the storm and several provinces lost power and communications. Still, officials said the typhoon's rapid pace actually saved the island nation from suffering more damage, as it moved on quickly before it could wreak even worse havoc. 

    November 8, 2013 8:06 AM

  4. drug war Mexican Mayor Found Dead Carlos Jasso/AP

    4. Mexican Mayor Found Dead

    There's one less voice in Mexico fighting back against the drug cartel plague. A mayor from the Mexican state of Michoacan, Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza, was found dead on Thursday in his truck in neighboring state Guanajuato. On Friday, authorities said that Lopez had been abducted, tortured and killed. State prosecutors said he died of "asphyxia secondary to neck trauma." Lopez had been outspoken about the extortion demands from cartels that targeted small local governments like his. Drug-war violence has claimed the lives of 47 mayors in the last eight years, according to the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico.

    November 8, 2013 7:25 PM

  5. QUESTIONABLE SOURCE Publisher Pulling Benghazi Book CBS

    5. Publisher Pulling Benghazi Book

    So much for Dylan Davies’s book. The Simon & Schuster subsidiary Threshold Editions announced Friday that it was pulling the controversial Benghazi source’s account of the 2012 terror attack, titled The Embassy House, and requesting that stores return their copies to the publisher. The decision was reportedly made “in light of information that has been brought to our attention” since the book was published just a week ago. The account of the night of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that Davies shared in the book, as well as on CBS’s 60 Minutes, has been called into question after a conflicting FBI report on Davies’s experience that night was leaked to the press.

    November 8, 2013 3:20 PM

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  7. IDENTITY THEFT IRS Paid Thieves $4 Billion Susan Walsh/AP

    6. IRS Paid Thieves $4 Billion

    Identity thieves continue to get the best of the Internal Revenue Service, despite its efforts to crack down on fraud. Just last year, the IRS issued $4 billion in tax refunds to people using stolen identities all over the country and the world. A single address in Lithuania received 655 tax refunds from the IRS. Another one in Shanghai raked in 343. Identity thieves in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Houston also managed to score fraudulent returns, using stolen Social Security numbers from young, old, and dead people—anyone who doesn’t have to file a return—but the American city with the most con artists was Miami.

    November 8, 2013 1:41 PM

  8. Wait and See Kerry: No Iran Deal Yet GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

    7. Kerry: No Iran Deal Yet

    After arriving in Geneva Friday amid rising hopes for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized that the parties still have significant ground to cover. "I don't think anybody should mistake that there are some important gaps to be closed," Kerry said, echoing the position of other world leaders. Even before Kerry's arrival, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the proposed agreement, which would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for loosened economic sanctions, would be the “deal of the century” for Iran, and a “grievous historic error.” 

    November 8, 2013 12:30 PM

  9. CONVICTED Pinkberry Co-Founder Found Guilty Bloomberg

    8. Pinkberry Co-Founder Found Guilty

    Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee was found guilty on Friday of beating a homeless man with a tire iron. The victim, Daniel Bolding, had been panhandling in East Hollywood in June 2011 when he approached Lee’s car and showed off a tattoo of a couple of stick figures having sex. The former frozen yogurt mogul (he’s no longer involved with Pinkberry) became so incensed by this that, after driving away, he came back later with another man to beat Bolding. The L.A. County Superior Court Judge who oversaw the three-week-long trial said the evidence made it clear that Lee was a “threat to the community.” He faces a maximum seven years in state prison and will be sentenced on January 14.

    November 8, 2013 4:52 PM

  10. Reefer Madness Lady Gaga Gives Up Ganja Dimitrios Kambouris

    9. Lady Gaga Gives Up Ganja

    Lady Gaga’s love of ganja went way beyond the occasional or even nightly joint. The pop star told the U.K.’s Attitude magazine that she’s currently the “soberest” she’s been in five years, following a “brain-numbing” marijuana addiction that escalated to smoking 15 joints a day following her hip injury earlier this year. “I would break the habit and it would sneak back in, and I would break it and sneak back in,” she said, noting that at the peak of her addiction, her life consisted of sleeping, singing, and smoking. Gaga also admitted that she’s used drugs to cope with the sexual pressure that accompanies stardom. “I went through terrible experiences early in my career climbing through swine and swine of men in the music industry,” she said.

    November 8, 2013 11:29 AM

  11. HOT MESS New Rob Ford Video Surfaces Chris Young/The Canadian Press, via AP

    10. New Rob Ford Video Surfaces

    After stunning Canadians with the admission he smoked crack during one of his many “drunken stupors,” a new video shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford apparently in just such a condition—ranting, swearing, and threatening murder. Pieces of the video published simultaneously by the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star show Ford shouting during an unidentified event. “I’m going to kill that fucking guy!” he says. “I’m telling you, it’s first-degree murder. I’ll fight him … either he dies or I die, brother.” Ford explained that he was “extremely inebriated” in the video, and that it was “embarrassing.”

    November 8, 2013 7:32 AM

  12. Whoops Obama ‘Sorry’ For Lost Insurance Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    11. Obama ‘Sorry’ For Lost Insurance

    President Obama is sorry. He's sorry he promised America that anyone who liked their health insurance plans could keep them even after the Affordable Care Act went into effect, despite reportedly knowing since 2010 that the law could result in millions of Americans losing their insurance plans. And he's sorry that's now exactly what's happening to some people. "I'm sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," the president said during an interview with NBC News on Thursday. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

    November 7, 2013 6:22 PM

  13. WINNER Ortiz Takes 3rd in Mayor’s Race Jared Wickerham/Getty

    12. Ortiz Takes 3rd in Mayor’s Race

    Big Papi may have a bright political future ahead after he decides to quit baseball. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz finished third in the Boston mayoral election last week, with 560 write-in votes from fans still high on Ortiz's dazzling performance in the 2013 World Series. The write-ins put Ortiz third behind mayor-elect Martin Walsh and runner-up John Connolly, who were vying to fill the spot vacated by longtime mayor Thomas Menino. The mayoral vote wasn't the only vote of confidence Ortiz got this fall: he also won the World Series's MVP award, the Silver Slugger, and an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

    November 8, 2013 10:39 AM

  14. MISTAKES WERE MADE CBS Apologizes for Benghazi Story Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    13. CBS Apologizes for Benghazi Story

    CBS News's Lara Logan apologized on-air Friday morning after her 60 Minutes report on the Benghazi consulate attack fell apart under scrutiny from the New York Times and other critics. "Nobody likes to admit they made a mistake, but if you do you have to stand up and take responsibility," Logan said. She explained that Dylan Davies, a security officer for the U.S. in Benghazi, had given a different account of the events of September 11, 2012 to the F.B.I. than he gave to CBS. CBS had continued to stand by the story even as questions were raised, and Davies told The Daily Beast that the F.B.I report had been fabricated to smear him. Dylan had also written his account of the night in a book he wrote under the psuedonym Morgan Jones, which 60 Minutes failed to disclose was published by a subsidiary of CBS.

    November 7, 2013 9:46 PM

  15. Not Ironic Alanis Musical Headed to Stage Getty

    14. Alanis Musical Headed to Stage

    Finally! A musical theater version of Alanis Morissette’s classic pop album Jagged Little Pill is coming to a musical theater near you. Morissette is adapting the 1995 record that catapulted her to fame for a 2014 workshop. Tom Kitt, the Broadway vet who translated Green Day’s American Idiot to the stage, will handle the arrangements and orchestrations. The show will include enduring favorites like “You Oughta Know” and “Ironic,” as well as some “other songs I’ve written and released, and some I haven’t released, in the past 17 years,” said Morissette. 

    November 8, 2013 11:51 AM

  16. Moving Forward Senate Passes Gay Rights Bill SAUL LOEB/AFP

    15. Senate Passes Gay Rights Bill

    It was a historic afternoon for gay rights, as the U.S. Senate voted to ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation on Thursday. The 64-32 vote in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—better known as ENDA—was the first approval of pro-gay-rights legislation since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed in 2010. While Senate Republicans like John McCain argued that passing ENDA was “the right thing to do,” the legislation still faces significant opposition in the largely socially conservative House of Representatives.

    November 7, 2013 6:04 PM

  17. RELENTLESS S&P Cuts France’s Credit Rating Claude Paris/AP

    16. S&P Cuts France’s Credit Rating

    Less than a year after losing its AAA status, the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s is taking France down another notch, from AA+ to just plain AA. S&P said the current French government’s reforms to taxation and labor seem unlikely to increase its growth prospects or bring down unemployment. French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said the judgement was “critical and inaccurate,” and added that “never has a government carried out so many reforms in such a short time, and in such a difficult economic environment.” Only a few nations now have AAA ratings from all three agencies, including Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.

    November 8, 2013 7:02 AM

  18. FIREBALLS Meteors Light Up California Sky Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

    17. Meteors Light Up California Sky

    Residents of central and southern California have been getting a show the past several days as meteors in the South Taurids stream flash across the sky. Californians on Twitter described the sightings as “flareups” or “fireballs” appearing as if something had entered the atmosphere. Some drivers slammed on their brakes in alarm, and then pulled over to watch. The National Weather Service said the Taurids are known for having unusually bright meteors, and appear annually around the end of October, earning them the nickname the “Halloween fireballs.”

    November 8, 2013 7:41 AM

  19. HISTORIC New Rules Mandate Mental Coverage Chris Schneider/Getty

    18. New Rules Mandate Mental Coverage

    The Obama administration announced Friday that new regulations will require health insurers to treat mental health coverage like all other aspects of healthcare, the culmination of a long effort to achieve parity for mental health coverage and part of Obama’s effort to curb gun violence. The regulations put into effect a 2008 law, and will affect nearly 85 percent of Americans with health insurance. Insurers will be required to pay as much for mental health as they do for medical and surgical procedures, and cannot limit the geographical area where mental health care is covered.

    November 8, 2013 7:37 AM

  20. ABSENTEE Tom Cruise Defends Parenting Todd Williamson/Invision/AP

    19. Tom Cruise Defends Parenting

    Tom Cruise defended his absence from his daughter Suri, in a court deposition taken on Sep. 9 as part of his suit against In Touch magazine over a cover story claiming he “abandoned” Suri after his high-profile divorce from Katie Holmes. Cruise admitted he didn’t see Suri for 100 days beginning on August 4, 2012, but it was only because of his hectic international filming schedule. Cruise said he talked to Suri by phone every day, and got “very good at it. I tell wonderful stories," he said. He said he found that Suri was happy and confident, and has a “very good sense of herself.” Asked if Holmes had left their marriage to protect Suri from Scientology, Cruise said religion was only part of their divorce. “I find that question offensive. … There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.”

    November 8, 2013 7:43 AM

  21. Surprise Hiring Picks Up in October Rick Wilking/Reuters

    20. Hiring Picks Up Strongly in October

    The U.S. economy added 240,000 jobs in October, a surprising gain for a month skewed by the 16-day government shutdown. The unemployment rate ticked up from 7.2 to 7.3 percent, likely because federal workers furloughed by the shutdown were counted as unemployed. In another bright spot in the report, job numbers from September and August were revised upward by 60,000, meaning more jobs were added than originally calculated. The October gain surprised forecasters because the impact of the shutdown had made the month difficult to predict. The Labor Department's report, usually released on the first day of the month, was delayed a week because of the shutdown.

    November 8, 2013 8:38 AM