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A run down of news events in recent days.



Oct. 10

Winning hearts and minds: United Nations report says prisoners in Afghanistan hung by hands, beaten with cables and have genitals twisted until they pass out ... Let the "good times" roll: Research shows US household incomes have fallen more since recession (supposedly) ended than during recession ... Getting really bad reviews: Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr sentenced to year in jail and 90 lashes for making movie government didn't like ... Down to the wire: Amber Miller, 27, runs Chicago Marathon while 39 weeks pregnant, goes into labor, gives birth to 7-pound, 13-ounce baby girl shortly after finishing. "Everybody just kind of stared as I'm running by," she says.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

You couldn't make this stuff up - or could you? Justice Department accuses Iran of trying to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador to US with explosives in bizarre plot involving used-car salesman and Mexican drug cartels ... No jobs for you: Senate Republicans, as expected, block President Obama's jobs bill ... Stand by your man: GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney asks rival Rick Perry to disavow preacher who called Romney's Mormon religion a "cult"; Perry won't ... Bringing it home: Occupy Wall Streeters protest in front of NYC homes of Rupert Murdoch, David Koch and other billionaires ... Wife-beater's paradise: City council in Topeka, KS, short on money for law enforcement, repeals ordinance against domestic violence ... Polish that candelabra: Michael Douglas to play Liberace in HBO drama about the glittery piano player and his young lover.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

We said, they said: Iran denies plot to kill Saudi ambassador, claims US fabricated case; US officials say evidence is solid ... Why not just hold it on Labor Day? After Nevada moves date of its presidential caucus to Jan. 14, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner threatens to move state primary to December to preserve first-in-nation status ... Leader of the pack, for now: Pizza mogul Herman Cain leads GOP presidential field in new poll; Romney second, Newt Gingrich third ... It's not just Murdoch: FBI charges Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, FL with hacking emails of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other celebs and posting nude pics on-line ... A lot to pay for a piece of ass: Nigel "Spud" Ely, former British soldier who obtained part of buttock from bronze statue of Saddam Hussein that was pulled down early in US invasion, will auction it off, expects to get more than $15,000.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Eviction notice: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Occupy Wall Street protesters must leave Zuccotti Park temporarily so it can be cleaned up; protesters are suspicious ... He'll be going "inside" for a while: Billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam gets 11 years for insider trading, longest such sentence ever; judge says his crimes "reflect a virus in our business culture" ... Technically speaking, it's baloney: Inspirational quote on Massachusetts Sen. Ron Brown's website found to have been lifted verbatim from speech by Elizabeth Dole; staff blames "technical error."

Friday, Oct. 14

Power to the people: After being flooded with phone calls and emails, owner of Zucotti Park backs off decision to remove Occupy Wall Street campers ... Revolutionary concept: Rick Perry says he can create 1.2 million energy jobs. How? By removing regulations ... Not above the law: Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, MO, becomes first Catholic bishop indicted for failure to report priest who took porn photos of little girls ... When geeks go wild: Facebook titan Mark Zuckerberg and Napster co-founder Sean Parker get into shouting match outside Hollywood club; witnesses say they were boozing heavily ... I'm hanging up now: Study estimates as many as one in six cellphones in Britain contaminated with fecal matter that could spread E. coli ... This time it's for real. No, really for real: California preacher Harold Camping, who predicted The Rapture would happen in 1992 and 1994 and again this year, says it'll happen Oct. 21.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Don't do as the Romans do: Occupy Wall Street protests begin fourth week; 92 arrested in Times Square in NYC; police use tear gas and water cannons against rioting anarchists in Rome ... The money game: Third-quarter campaign finance reports show Obama has $61 million cash on hand, four times as much as closest Republican rival Rick Perry ... Lighten up already: Robert Downey Jr., at awards show, says Hollywood should forgive Mel Gibson for anti-Semitic remarks and other nastiness. "Unless you are without sin - and if you are, you are in the wrong f**king industry - you should forgive him and let him work," he says ... This couldn't have been easy: Brothers Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander William Jones, 25, of New Castle, PA charged with dismantling, carting off and selling a 50-foot-long bridge.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Even in Bend: "Occupy Bend" demonstrators make camp in vacant lot on Wall Street ... Here we go again: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of House Intelligence Committee, says military force against Iran shouldn't be ruled out ... California dreamer: California Gov. Jerry Brown declares Steve Jobs Day in state, says Apple founder "embodied the California dream" ... Speed kills: Horrific 15-car wreck at Indy Car race in Las Vegas kills driver Dan Wheldon ... Bum rap? In new book, Pulitzer-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith say Vincent Van Gogh probably was victim of homicide, not suicide. But he really did cut off his own ear.

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