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Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. “This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly,” McConnell said. “But it’s far better than what some had sought.” The deal does not include any major tweaks to the Affordable Care Act, but it does require people getting subsidies under the program to verify their income. It also calls for a conference committee to settle bigger budget issues like the sequester cuts, the Washington Post reports. Read more on Newser…

Armed Man Busted At Buckingham Palace

Armed Man Busted At Buckingham Palace

A man carrying a knife tried to muscle his way into Buckingham Palace today but was stopped by police and arrested. He tried to get in through the everyday entrance to the right of the ceremonial central gates, the Daily Beast reports. The 44-year-old is now being held at a London police station, the Guardian notes. Read more on Newser…

Miley Cyrus Wins $10K Toilet In “Wrecking Ball” Bet

4 Things I Would Tell Miley Cyrus If She Was Willing To Listen To And Consider Any Criticism

Tucked into a New Yorker profile of producer Dr. Luke is this fun tidbit picked up by Complex Music. Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, knows hits. (He’s worked with Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and more.) But he apparently doesn’t know them that well, or at the very least, he vastly overestimated America’s musical tastes—because he didn’t think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” would be a hit. So he told Cyrus he’d buy her the super-expensive Numi toilet (among other things, its Bluetooth receiver can stream music from your phone) if he was wrong, and, well… Read more on Newser…

NYC Driver Chased, Beaten By Biker Mob

NYC Driver Chased, Beaten By Biker Mob
This Is All Kinds Of Fucked Up

What started as a minor fender-bender between an SUV and a motorcycle on a New York City highway turned into chaos after the driver was reportedly surrounded and beaten by a mob of angry motorcyclists. And it was all caught on video by a biker’s helmet cam. Read more on Newser…

Toll Hits 59 In Kenya Mall Attack

Toll Hits 59 In Kenya Mall Attack

The attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants al-Shabab yesterday at an upscale mall in Nairobi has now killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya’s interior secretary said today. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted this morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. “The priority is to save as many lives as possible,” Joseph Lenku said, reassuring the families of hostages in the upscale Westgate mall. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said. Lenku said there are 10 to 15 attackers involved, and Kenyan forces have control of the security cameras inside the mall. Read more on Newser…

Amanda Knox: I Can’t Go Back

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Amanda Knox won’t be returning to Italy for her retrial, she confirmed in an interview today. “It’s not a possibility,” she told Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”. “I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can’t relive that.” When Lauer asked if she were worried that would look like an admission of guilt, she replied, “I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest. … It’s common sense not to go back.” Read more at Newser…

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