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  1. Tragedy 2 Americans Dead in Philippines Dondi Tawatao

    1. 2 Americans Dead in Philippines

    Two Americans are among the 10,000 thought to be killed in the monsterous typhoon that has devastated the Philippines. The State Department announced the number and said it could rise as more information comes in. The U.S. Embassy in Manila is assisting families of the victims, and a team will travel to the affected area on Wednesday. International aid efforts have been scrambling to provide assistance to the more than 9 million people impacted by the storm, including 600,000 displaced.

    November 12, 2013 10:17 PM

  2. 'expansion of aloha' Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage M. Spencer Green/AP

    2. Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    Now gay couples can have the same tropical-destination weddings as the everyone else. On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. The state's senate passed a same-sex marriage bill by 19 to 4 votes Tuesday. "I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii and today's vote makes me even prouder," President Obama said in a statement. Gay couples and tourists will be allowed to start marrying on Dec. 2, and it is expected to give a $217 million boost to the tourist industry in the next three years. "This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii," said Sen. J. Kalani English.

    November 12, 2013 6:07 PM

  3. 13 years later Central Park Five Case Will Settle Courtesy of Daily News/Getty Images

    3. Central Park Five Case Will Settle

    A little Ken Burns can go a long way. In 2003, the five juveniles released from a decade behind bars on a wrongful rape convinction sued the City of New York for the handling of their case. They came to be known as "The Central Park Five," and were the focus of a 2012 documentary by Burns. On Tuesday, the director told HuffPost Live that mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has agreed to settle the long-running case. "[T]hough this is justice delayed way too long...they will see some closure, they will be able to be made whole," Burns said.

    November 12, 2013 7:13 PM

  4. diplomatic Kennedy Sworn In As Ambassador Kyodo /Landov

    4. Kennedy Sworn In As Ambassador

    It's a poignant month for Caroline Kennedy, whose father, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated 50 years ago this month. On Tuesday, she was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Japan by Secretary of State John Kerry. Back in September, during her unanimous confirmation hearing in front of the Senate, the former first daughter paid homage to her father. "As a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific, he had hoped to be the first sitting president to make a state visit to Japan," she said. Kennedy was an active supporter of President Obama's first campaign, which was the first time she endorsed a non-family candidate.

    November 12, 2013 5:17 PM

  5. too soon NASCAR's Bayne Diagnosed With MS Todd Warshaw / Getty Images

    5. NASCAR's Bayne Diagnosed With MS

    The youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 in NASCAR history has just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the nervous system causing limb numbness and loss of vision. Trevor Bayne won says he still plans to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship next year and the 22-year-old driver has been cleared by doctors to compete. Despite the chronic nature of the disease, Bayne says he feels good and "in the best shape I've ever been in." MS does not have a cure, but the disease can be slowed with treatment and most people affected have average life expectancy.

    November 12, 2013 2:51 PM

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  7. paddles down Francis Bacon Sells for $142.4M VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty

    6. Francis Bacon Sells for $142.4M

    Francis brought home the bacon. Selling for an incredible $142.4 million, a triptych by Francis Bacon depicting Lucian Freud shattered the record for art sold at auction at Christie's on Tuesday night. The three-panel piece, called Three Studies of Lucian Freud, was sold for $20 million more than Edvard Munch's The Scream, which held the record. It also broke the record for highest pre-sale estimate, which was set at nearly $85 million.

    November 12, 2013 7:54 PM

  8. mark vs. mark Democrat Leads Virginia AG Race Steve Helber/AP

    7. Democrat Leads Virginia AG Race

    In the Virginia attorney general race that was too close to call for much of the week, Democratic candidate Mark Herring took a 163-vote lead over his Republican contender, Mark Obenshain, on Tuesday night. The vote tally was due at midnight, but will probably be challenged with a recount later in the month. If Herring emerges victorious he will be the first Democrat in 19 years to hold the job, and complete his party's domination on the entire state's top positions. The position is thought be a gateway into the governor's office.

    November 12, 2013 10:47 PM

  9. OUTSPOKEN Clinton: Obama Should Keep Promise AFP/Getty

    8. Clinton: Obama Should Keep Promise

    In an interview with, former President Bill Clinton declared that President Obama should keep his promise that people who like their current healthcare plans can keep them, even if it means changing the law. “I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said in the interview on Tuesday. Clinton also became one of many public figures to tell the story of somebody he met who saw their policy cancelled and replaced with one with much higher premiums. While the White House has pushed back on the notion of widespread coverage drops, President Obama did suggest last week that he might be amenable to a change that allows policies to be “grandfathered in.”

    November 12, 2013 11:34 AM

  10. RELIEF Egypt Cancels State of Emergency Maya Alleruzzo/AP

    9. Egypt Cancels State of Emergency

    The interim government of Egypt has announced an end to its nearly three-month-old state of emergency on Tuesday, after an Egyptian court ruled that it had expired. The decree, which was issued on August 14 amidst violent crackdowns on protests following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi, was supposed to end two days later, on Thursday. The government had issued an extension of the state of emergency and curfew in September. The curfew, however, will not be lifted.  Meanwhile, ousted Presdient Mohammed Morsi had his first in-depth meeting with his lawyers in prison near Alexandria. He was moved to the prison last week after being held in secret military detention since the July 3 removal.

    November 12, 2013 4:03 PM

  11. ‘A REAL BUMMER’ ‘All My Children’ Canceled … Again All My Children/Facebook

    10. ‘All My Children’ Canceled … Again

    ‘All My Children,’ the beloved American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years and revived as an online series, has been canceled again. Debbi Morgan took to Twitter to share the news, posting "The show is not coming back, Jane...It's so sad & just a real bummer..." Co-star Cady McClain explained on Facebook that the cast was told the show would have another season, and only recently informed it wouldn't be going back online. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead," she wrote.

    November 12, 2013 5:39 PM

  12. GOTCHA Kevin Trudeau Found Guilty José M. Osorio/Getty

    11. Kevin Trudeau Found Guilty

    The jury just wasn’t buying what he was selling. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt on Tuesday after airing misleading infomercials from a diet book. Trudeau, 50, defied a decade-old order from the FTC to stop making misleading ads promoting his diet books. In 2006 and 2007 he ran infomercials claiming to have discovered a secret weight-loss plan that would permanently keep off weight. According to prosecutors, Trudeau claimed to be selling a cure, when in fact he “lied about what was in the book to make more money.” The jury deliberated for only an hour before handing down the sentence. Meanwhile, another federal judge failed Trudeau to get to him to cough up alleged millions hidden overseas to pay a $37.6 million FTC fine.

    November 12, 2013 5:07 PM

  13. skeptic Palin: Pope Francis Sounds Liberal Andrew Burton/Getty

    12. Palin: Pope Francis Sounds Liberal

    Watch out Pope Francis, you may have Sarah Palin to reckon with. "He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me," the former Alaskan governor told CNN, adding that she interprets his messages for herself and doesn't trust the media reports. Palin also noted that although she is against bullying, it's understandable people comment on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's weight because it's "been extreme." She has a new book called "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas."

    November 12, 2013 4:27 PM

  14. DEVASTATION U.S., Britain Aid Philippines Jay Directo/AFP/Getty

    13. U.S., Britain Aid Philippines

    The U.S. and Britain are sending aid vessels to the Philippines as the United Nations said Tuesday that the country will need $301 million to recover from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Authorities said the official death toll had reached 1,700, though as many as 10,000 are feared dead and the number could climb, as rescue workers say the region is difficult to access. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the devastation in the region as “heartbreaking” as the international body pledged a large-scale humanitarian effort, and some 33 countries offered to send aid. Another typhoon is expected to hit the region Tuesday.

    November 12, 2013 7:02 AM

  15. AUTOPSY Renisha McBride Shot in Face Joshua Lott/Reuters, via Landov

    14. Renisha McBride Shot in Face

    Detroit woman Renisha McBride was shot in the face on Nov. 2 as she sought help after a car accident, according to an autopsy released Monday. Police said a Dearborn Heights homeowner accidentally discharged his weapon, killing the 19-year-old black woman. McBride’s family believes that she was racially profiled by the man, although police said they had no indication race had anything to do with the shooting. McBride had been involved in a single-car crash just before 1 a.m., but police were slow to arrive because it was considered a low priority. A source close to the investigation said McBride was allegedly confused after the accident, and repeatedly said she “wanted to go home.”

    November 12, 2013 7:38 AM

  16. WTF Cohen: People 'Gag' on De Blasios Frank Franklin II/AP

    15. Cohen: People 'Gag' on De Blasios

    Oh dear. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen threw in an off-hand comment about interracial marriage in his Tuesday column, causing an Internet storm. When writing about how Chris Christie won't be able to overcome the Tea Party (an argument that's kind of stretch anyway), Cohen writes "people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York--a white man married to a black woman with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)" Obviously, the Internet was outraged, with Gawker calling his column "insane," Slate predicting this could finally cost Cohen his job.

    November 12, 2013 11:18 AM

  17. SHE’S BACK Jenna Jameson Returns to Porn Valerie Macon/Getty

    16. Jenna Jameson Returns to Porn

    It’s all about the money, kids. Porn star Jenna Jameson announced Monday that she will be returning to the industry—but just to feed her family. Jameson announced five years ago that she would “never ever ever spread my legs again in this industry. Ever.” But times have been tough since then, with Jameson recently losing her house to foreclosure. Jameson has returned as a webcam model, and also stripping and performing sex acts online in exchange for tips.

    November 12, 2013 7:43 AM

  18. WHOOPS Corn Ethanol Hurts Environment Tim Boyle/Getty

    17. Corn Ethanol Hurts Environment

    Corn-based ethanol, long seen as a boon for clean energy, is severely damaging the environment, an Associated Press investigation released Wednesday found. Farmers clamoring to cash in on government ethanol mandates have wiped out over five million acres of land once set aside for conservation, polluted water supplies, and destroyed habitats. The mass use of fertilizer by farmers also contributed to the expanding dead zone killing marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite environmentalists and scientists now declaring corn-based ethanol bad for the environment, the Obama administration has continued to support it as an alternative energy source, pointing to its economic impact for farmers. The report met with fierce resistance from the ethanol industry, as Congress is now reviewing a mandate that requires oil companies to blend ethanol into their gasoline.

    November 12, 2013 12:29 PM

  19. BUT NO CIGAR Kerry: So Close to Iran Nuke Deal Pool photo by Jason Reed

    18. Kerry: So Close to Iran Nuke Deal

    Sometimes being close just isn’t enough, and John Kerry of all people should know that. The secretary of State said Tuesday that the world’s powers and Iran came “extremely close” to a deal over Iran’s nuclear program, but there were still lingering doubts that the Islamic Republic might pursue a nuclear program. “We haven’t been speaking in 35 years,” Kerry told the BBC. “We just talked more in 30 hours than we have in 30 years prior.” It’s still unclear what exactly caused the talks to break down—early reports said France adopted a hard line on a heavy-water plant being built in Arak, while U.S. diplomats have said a major sticking point was the Iranian government’s insistence on its “right” to enriched uranium. Kerry said Iran backed out of a deal on the last day of talks. Diplomats are expected to meet again Nov. 20 to pick up where they left off.

    November 12, 2013 7:07 AM

  20. TAKEOFF U.S.-American Merger Approved

    19. U.S.-American Merger Approved

    We are now ready for takeoff. The proposed merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways has achieved a preliminary agreement with the Justice Department. As a result of the tentative deal, the two companies would part with 104 slots at Reagan National in Washington, 34 slots at La Guardia in New York and other slots in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The agreement would avert a trial on the lawsuit by the DOJ, and was a condition of a ruling allowing American to exit from bankruptcy proceedings. The deal still must be approved by the Federal District Court in the District of Columbia.

    November 12, 2013 12:48 PM

  21. HE’S IN Stelter to Host ‘Reliable Sources’ Cindy Ord/Getty

    20. Stelter to Host ‘Reliable Sources’

    Welcome to television. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter will be leaving the paper to host CNN’s Reliable Sources, he confirmed on Tuesday via tweet (naturally). Stelter, 28, has been a star reporter for the Times and has become well known throughout media for his Twitter presence—and his ability to break news via social media. Stelter once said he “would not leave the Times for a television job.” Never say never, Brian. In other gossip for media people, New York Times magazine editor Hugo Lindgren is reportedly leaving after three years. Lindgren’s time at the helm of the magazine had been tumultuous, including several personnel changes.

    November 12, 2013 10:06 AM

  22. Defiant Toronto Mayor Won’t Step Down Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty

    21. Toronto Mayor Won’t Step Down

    So what if he's smoked crack? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is “not going anywhere, guaranteed.” Ford reaffirmed his refusal to step down, despite admitting to smoking crack cocaine, after giving a Remembrance Day speech in honor of Canada's veterans. The scandalous mayor was questioned by reporters about a city council motion to enact a law in Ontario that would force him to step down even if he doesn’t willingly agree to take a leave of absence. As of now, Ford can’t legally be removed from office unless convicted of a crime. “Let’s get it on,” he said.

    November 11, 2013 9:28 PM

  23. BIG BUCKS Apple-Samsung War Heads to Court Ahn Young-joon/AP

    22. Apple-Samsung War Heads to Court

    There’s nothing like an old-school patent war. Apple and Samsung will head to federal court on Tuesday in the latest round in their bitter patent war, as Apple has accused Samsung of stealing vital iPhone features for Android phones. Samsung, meanwhile, insists that Apple’s patents are invalid—and that Apple has copied Samsung technology in the past anyway. “This trial is just about money,” said Stanford University law professor Mark Lemley. “Though several hundreds of millions of dollars is at stake, this isn’t going to make or break either of the companies involved.” Apple and Samsung have been back and forth in court over the years—and more appeals are expected after this particular case, too.

    November 12, 2013 7:40 AM

  24. As You Wish ‘Princess Bride’ Project Revealed

    23. ‘Princess Bride’ Project Revealed

    The beloved Princess Bride is coming to a stage (near you, hopefully). Disney Theatrical Productions announced its plans for a stage adaptation of the 1987 fantasy-adventure film. The major details, like who's involved, opening night, or whether it's a musical or play, have yet to be revealed. This new attempt, however, isn't related to previous plans to turn the movie into a musical.

    November 11, 2013 5:33 PM

  25. HORRIFYING Report: North Korea Executed 80 Wong Maye-E/AP

    24. Report: North Korea Executed 80

    North Korea publicly executed 80 people in a stadium, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean entertainment, according to a report in a Seoul newspaper on Monday. The daily  JoongAng Ilbo quoted just a single source about the public execution, but a news agency run by North Korean defectors has reported rumors of killings in seven cities throughout the country. According to JoongAng Ilbo, 10,000 residents packed into a stadium in Wonsan and watched as the condemned were tied to poles, hooded, and then shot by a firing squad. “I heard from residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterward,” the source said. No one executed was reportedly guilty of capital crimes.

    November 12, 2013 7:12 AM

  26. HYPOTHETICAL Poll: Christie Leads 2016 GOP Kena Betancur/Getty

    25. Poll: Christie Leads 2016 GOP

    It’s only been one week since Chris Christie trounced his opponent in New Jersey, so naturally there’s already chatter about 2016. According to an NBC News poll released Tuesday, Christie would get 32 percent of likely Republican voters in a GOP primary—although 31 percent said they would prefer another (unnamed) candidate. Christie certainly has his base nailed down: 57 percent of Northeast Republicans back him, but party members in other parts of the country don't seem so sure, with just 29 percent of Southern voters backing him. And there’s the Hillary Clinton challenge: 44 percent of all adults back Clinton, with just 34 percent throwing their support behind Christie. Clinton leads in every region and every ethnicity—and she has 65 percent support of her own party.

    November 12, 2013 7:14 AM

  27. TRAGEDY Jim Inhofe’s Son Dies Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    26. Jim Inhofe’s Son Dies

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, Perry Inhofe, died Sunday in a plane crash in their home state. The twin-engine plane, which Perry was believed to be piloting, crashed at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area near Owasso, a Tulsa suburb. Investigators said it could take a while to figure out exactly what happened, given the fiery crash and the location. Inhofe, 52, was an orthopedic surgeon who lived in Tulsa, and has had his commercial pilot’s license since 2009.

    November 12, 2013 7:46 AM