POLLS TIGHTEN IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Polls are showing a tightening presidential race nationally after a strong debate performance last week by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. However, President Obama's campaign argued that his challenger's momentum was stopped somewhat by a Friday jobs report showing the unemployment rate fell to 7.8
percent, the lowest level of Obama's presidency. Seeking to solidify his gains, Romney gave a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute Monday (October 8th) in which he said the U.S. under Obama hadn't led aggressively enough on the world stage, saying that America should use its power, quote, "wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively." Meanwhile, Obama told donors in San Francisco yesterday that it's time to get,
quote, "almost obsessive" in their efforts to persuade friends and relatives in battleground states to vote for him. He stated, "I very much intend to win this election."
CDC: UP TO 13,000
outbreak of fungal meningitis, a rare, non-contagious form of the disease. However, it's not clear how many of those people are at risk, since officials don't know how many of the shots may have been contaminated. Additionally, the number includes not only people who got the shots in the back, who are most at risk, but also those who got them in other places, such as knees and shoulders, who aren't believed to be at risk. The number of confirmed cases across several states rose to 105 on Monday, with nine deaths. Steroid maker
MEXICO ARRESTS CARTEL LEADER SUSPECTED OF U.S. JET SKIER DEATH: Mexican officials said Monday (October 8th) that they'd arrested a suspected drug cartel leader who's believed to be responsible for the murders of dozens of migrants as well as an American man
who was killed as he jet skied with his wife on a lake on the border with Texas. Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, known as "Squirrel," was arrested Saturday. Mexican authorities said he was the mastermind of the murders of 72 migrants from Central and
in boats who opened fire as the couple tried to speed away. Hartley was shot twice before going under, and his body was never recovered.
NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE AWARDED FOR ADULT
embryo-like stem cells. This avoids the need to destroy embryos to get stem cells, which it's hoped can eventually be used in the treatment of conditions like Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries. Gurdon began work in the field five decades ago, and Yamanaka capped it in 2006 with an experiment that produced mouse stem cells from adult mouse skin cells. The two men will share the $1.2 million prize.
set by Joe Kittinger in 1960.
the Great Recession while it fell 39 percent for the average American. The Post analyzed the financial disclosure forms and public records for all Congressional members from 2004 to 2010, and among its findings were: by 2010, the median estimated wealth for members of the House of Representatives was $746,000 and $2.6 million for senators; there was virtually no difference between the wealth of Republicans and Democrats in 2010; and just 27 percent of Congressional members saw a decline in their net worth between 2004 and 2010.
The top 10 wealthiest members of Congress, according to the Post, are:
Maximo Altez, told the Associated Press that a woman named Leidy Figueroa Uceda
is registered as a conjugal visitor for van der Sloot, but he can't confirm
that she's pregnant. Peruvian media last year identified Figueroa as Van der
Sloot's girlfriend and said they'd conceived a son together, but she denied it.
ANGRY BIRDS ANNOUNCES NEW
known about the new game are that the Angry Birds characters will take on the roles of Star Wars figures, including the Red Bird as Luke Skywalker and a piggy Darth Vader, and familiar Star Wars locations will be seen. The Angry Birds franchise has been downloaded over one billion times since its December 2009 debut.
Teaser for Angry Birds Star Wars:
TEXANS DOWN JETS 23-17: The Houston Texans downed the New York Jets 23-17 in Monday Night Football last night (October 8th) in the Jets home stadium, leading
teams left this season.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS:
SANDUSKY DECLARES INNOCENCE AHEAD OF TODAY'S SENTENCING: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced today (October 9th) after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse for abusing 10 boys over 15 years. The 68-year-old is expected to be sentenced to life in prison. Before that happens,
committed the, quote, "alleged disgusting acts," and that his wife has been his only sex partner, adding, "That was after marriage." He lamented, "Why didn't we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What's the purpose? Maybe [the case] will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity."
GREEN DAY CANCELS FESTIVAL SHOW AS BAND OPENS UP ABOUT BILLIE
STONE SOUR’S COREY TAYLOR RECALLS ALMOST SINGING FOR ANTHRAX: While
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was in the running at one point to take over the lead singer position in Velvet Revolver, and even recorded demos with the group, it has
been largely forgotten that Taylor was also rumored at one point to be joining a fourth band: the veteran thrash metal act Anthrax. That group parted with short-lived singer Dan Nelson just before recording was scheduled to begin on its latest album, and
But how close did he actually come? In a new interview with Radio Metal,
fun, not only as a friend but as a fan too, to see where the demos could go
after my involvement."
Wild star will host an NBC reality competition series next summer called Get
Out Alive, which will feature two teams testing their survival skills in
the wilderness. He said in a statement, "'Get Out Alive' will be raw,
tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that
one day may just save your life. The goal is to empower people with the
ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward --
but first there must be some pain."
17% OF PARENTS DRINK MORE AFTER
to alcohol to ease the pain of parenthood. A survey of hundreds of parents of under-16s found that one in six increased their alcohol intake after the birth of their first child. The poll of 575 men and women found that while many drank less after the arrival of their first baby, 23 percent drank as much as usual -- and 17 percent increased their intake. Worryingly -- 5 percent of the mothers questioned saying they drank more than usual while pregnant. (Daily
HAPPY PIGS=TASTIER BACON:
one of the main causes of stress is a lack of things to bite at." (news.com.au)
FACEBOOK 'LIKES' BECOME
the wearer every time they receive a 'like' on Facebook. Designed by MIT student Melissa Chow, the 'Like-A-Hug' is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook. The vest inflates when friends 'Like' a photo, video, or status update on the wearer's wall. Air pockets inside the jacket inflate when the phone sends a signal a page has been liked. The founder explained, 'Connecting it to Facebook conceptually was simply a way to explore how social media might push past the traditional graphic user interface.' Check
it out: http://bit.ly/QMbMZA
EQUALLY-EMPLOYED WOMEN LOSING OUT IN DIVORCES: Couples' assets at the end of a marriage are divided on the basis of equality with their various needs taken into account. Often the partner with the smaller salary can end up with a larger share of the equity of their home because they are judged to be less able to get a mortgage to buy somewhere new
to live. Both spouses will need rehousing and if the husband's income is lower than his wife's, his mortgage capacity will also be lower. However, many women still find it hard to believe that they will receive less than their husbands when they divorce, especially when they still seem to do the greater share of work around the house. (Telegraph)