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October 20, 2013

10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

-- — Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:

1. PARTIAL SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT, DEBT CEILING CRISIS END WITH BIPARTISAN DEAL

The 16-day showdown began when Republicans tried unsuccessfully to derail Obama's landmark health care law.

2. LIBYAN AL-QAIDA SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TERRORISM CHARGES

Abu Anas al-Libi, also known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was captured Oct. 5 by American commandos in Libya and faces civilian prosecution in the 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

3. FORMER TOP PENTAGON LAWYER NOMINATED TO HEAD DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

The choice of Jeh C. Johnson suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack.

4. EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CENTRAL PHILIPPINES

At least 171 people were killed as the 7.2-magnitude quake dealt a serious blow to the region's religious and cultural heritage by damaging a dozen or more churches, some hundreds of years old.

5. FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TOM FOLEY DEAD AT 84

The Democrat who served 30 years in the U.S. House became the first speaker to be voted out of office by his constituents since the Civil War. He also was U.S. ambassador to Japan in the Clinton administration.

6. COREY BOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON

After winning a special election in New Jersey, the 44-year-old former Newark mayor brings to the Senate a celebrity status and a penchant for Twitter.

7. BEST THEORY YETI: SCIENTIST SAYS ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN MYSTERY MAY BE SOLVED

DNA analysis of hair samples by an Oxford genetics professor suggests that the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas may have been a descendant of an ancient polar bear.

8. THANK HANS RIEGEL IF YOU HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR GUMMI BEARS

The German who turned candy maker Haribo and its signature product into a worldwide hit died at age 90. His father founded the company that made the chewy, fruity treat.

9. LIKE MONEY IN THE BANKSY

The British graffiti artist caused a sensation in New York, saying that — unannounced — he set up a stall for one day only and sold a few of his artworks for up to $60 apiece. That's far below the thousands they typically fetch.

10. THE BULLPEN COP AND HIS PHOTO OP

Boston police officer Steve Horgan became a viral sensation when photographers captured him raising his arms to celebrate Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's game-tying grand slam — just as Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter flipped over the wall at Fenway. Boston won the game, 6-5, in the American League playoffs.

 

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    April 24, 2014

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

    April 24, 2014

  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

    April 24, 2014

  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

    April 23, 2014

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.

    April 23, 2014

  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

    Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."

    April 23, 2014

  • Beautiful Bulldogs.jpg Lucey is tops in Iowa's 'Beautiful Bulldog' event

    Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday in an unprecedented walkout to honor 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on the mountain, climbers said.

    April 23, 2014

  • FBI investigates suspected serial child molester

    The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.

    April 22, 2014

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