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  1. relief efforts Delayed Phillippines Aid Arrives David Guttenfelder

    1. Delayed Phillippines Aid Arrives

    As the United Nations doubled its estimate of those left homeless in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines to nearly two million on Saturday, emergency supplies finally flowed into the region, reaching some who have been left to scavenge for days. Reuters called the relief efforts “still patchy” however, as officials reported hungry survivors attempting to leave the city of Ormoc and residents of Tanauan say they only began receiving significant aid on Friday, after spending subsisting on biscuits and disposing of dead bodies on their own. Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 3,633 and left 1,179 people missing, according to the national count. 

    November 16, 2013 12:47 PM

  2. deadly blast Kabul Explosion Kills 10 Anadolu Agency/Getty

    2. Kabul Explosion Kills 10

    Ten people were killed and at least 20 wounded on Saturday when a suicide car bomber detonated in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The explosion, which the Taliban have taken responsibility for, went off only a few hours after President Hamid Karza announced that negotiators had completed a draft deal of a U.S.-Afghan pact which will be presented to the Loya Jirga, a gathering of 3,000 elders which must approve the deal before it goes to parliament. The gathering will take place only 200 meters from where the car bomb went off. U.S. officials have refused to comment on the draft, saying the effort is an ongoing diplomatic process, while Karzai has said there are still “differences” between the U.S. and Afghanistan on the deal.

    November 16, 2013 11:51 AM

  3. the upper hand Assad Gaining Ground in Civil War AFP

    3. Assad Gaining Ground in Civil War

    Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have been gaining the upper hand in the country’s civil war in recent weeks, with Assad’s forces capturing a string of rebel strongholds and erecting  the Syrian government flag atop crumbled buildings and streets. Opposition forces have been weakened by fractured support among foreign countries uncomfortable with the Islamic extremists who have taken a major role in the rebellion. Western-backed rebels are currently in exile and have little support among the rebels inside Syria. “President Bashar Assad will be heading any transitional stage in Syria, like it or not,” a Syrian parliament member told the Associated Press. 

    November 16, 2013 12:50 PM

  4. moving on Geithner Joins Private Equity Firm Pete Souza/The White House

    4. Geithner Joins Private Equity Firm

    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is officially moving on. Geithner, who played a key role in the government’s response to the 2009 financial crisis, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC as president and managing director. Geithner served as leader of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for five years before becoming Treasury secretary in 2009. He stepped down in late January and was the last of President Obama’s original economic advisers to leave the administration.

    November 16, 2013 3:40 PM

  5. tick tock OPCW Sets Syrian Weapons Deadline Peter Dejong/AP

    5. OPCW Sets Syrian Weapons Deadline

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has approved a deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The organization, jointly with the United Nations, began inspecting Syrian sites in October. In a statement released after the OPCW’s executive council met on Friday, members said that chemical weapons would be taken outside Syria to “ensure their destruction in the safest and soonest manner and no later than June 30, 2014.” The plan states that all declared chemical substances except for isopropanol (which, though used in the production of nerve gas, is also widely used as a solvent) will be removed from the country no later than February 5. 

    November 16, 2013 12:59 PM

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    6. Report: Ford Loyalists Got Raises

    Those who are faithful are rewarded—at least in Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s office. Ahead of a key council meeting where members will vote to reduce Ford’s staff and budget, sources in the mayor’s office told The Globe and Mail that loyal employees were given raises and a new junior assistant was hired. Meanwhile, Ford told councilors that he hired veteran municipal lawyer George Rust-D’Eye to challenge their attempts to curb his power. The embattled Ford recently admitted to smoking crack cocaine while "in a drunken stupor" and made crude remarks about oral sex.

    November 16, 2013 12:54 PM

  8. homicide Missing CA Family’s Remains Found Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

    7. Missing CA Family’s Remains Found

    The remains of the McStay family, who went missing from their home in February 2010, have been found in the southern California desert. Two skeletons found in shallow graves have been identified as 40-year-old Joseph and his wife, 43-year-old Summer. The two smaller skeletons found in a separate grave are believed to be their young sons, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. The family’s death is an apparent homicide, said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, and there is “investigative evidence at the scene that will help complete the investigation.” There were no signs of forced entry at their home or in their SUV, which was found near the U.S.-Mexico border.

    November 16, 2013 1:02 PM

  9. R.I.P. Baby Hope’s Name Added to Grave EMMANUEL DUNAND/Getty

    8. Baby Hope’s Name Added to Grave

    The recently identified four-year-old girl who was killed and packed in a cooler in 1991, who has until recently been known only as “Baby Hope,” had her real name added to her New York City tombstone. Family members and officials attended a grave dedication for Anjelica Castillo at St. Raymond’s Cemetery on Friday. Castillo’s body was found packed under soda cans inside the cooler on a Manhattan highway in July 1991, before investigators determined that the four-year-old had been starved and sexually abused in the days before her death.

    November 16, 2013 1:00 PM

  10. you saved gotham! DOJ Congratulates Batkid The Daily Beast

    9. DOJ Congratulates Batkid

    Five-year-old Miles Scott, a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted his ultimate wish on Friday when San Francisco was transformed into Batman’s Gotham City, which he saved from The Riddler and Penguin while dressed as a tiny version of the Caped Crusader. Thousands of onlookers watched as Scott saved a damsel in distress, stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank, rescued Giants mascot Lou Seal from The Penguin, and got the key to the city. The daylong event was organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. President Obama sent Miles a congratulatory Vine and the Department of Justice issued an indictment for the dastardly villains. “They will have the ability to appeal any verdict, but good luck with that,” read the indictment. “Because even if you get out of jail someday, you will never succeed in your criminal actions as long as Miles, aka ‘Batman,’ aka ‘Batkid,’ is looking out for the citizens of Gotham.”

    November 15, 2013 6:03 PM

  11. watch your mouth Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Suspended Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty

    10. Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Suspended

    Ah, so there are consequences for screaming homophobic slurs at reporters. Alec Baldwin got his MSNBC show Up Late suspended for two weeks in the wake of comments he made to a Fox News reporter who asked about a court case Baldwin is involved with. Baldwin apologized for his choice of words in a statement posted on MSNBC’s website. “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry,” Baldwin wrote. “Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable.” Earlier on Friday, Baldwin knocked a photographer’s camera out of his hands and brought out his homosexual hairdresser to tell reporters that Baldwin is not homophobic.

    November 15, 2013 8:29 PM

  12. BAD IDEA Obamacare Fix Worries Insurers Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    11. Obamacare Fix Worries Insurers

    President Obama’s attempt Thursday to quiet the growing furor over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was met with universal disdain by regulators and insurance companies, who said changing the rules after the fact would disrupt the new insurance marketplace and cause premiums to rise. Louisiana’s insurance commissioner said the patch would cause “market disruptions” and premium hikes, and Washington’s top regulator simply refused to allow people to keep plans that had been made obsolete by the healthcare law. “I do not believe his proposal is a good deal for the state of Washington,” he said. Insurers described the complexity of un-canceling millions of plans they’ve already canceled and planned to phase out as “staggering.”

    November 15, 2013 7:29 AM