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A gathering of happenings from throughout the week.

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Oct. 24

How the mighty have fallen: Libya's transitional government says body of dictator Muammar Qaddafi will be buried in secret grave in desert ... Harvest of democracy: Islamist party wins elections in Tunisia, first "Arab Spring" country to hold them ...

Tuned out: Netflix stock plunges after company announces it's lost 800,000 US subscribers since it adopted two-tier pricing system ... Locked out: White House launches new program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure; critics say it's not enough ... Frozen out: New Hampshire campaign staffers of one-time GOP presidential frontrunner Michelle Bachmann quit en masse, say they were treated rudely and not paid ... Starved out: Wikileaks says it's out of money because banks will no longer process donations.


Oct. 25

Cancer, schmancer: Controversial new campaign ad for Republican hopeful Herman Cain shows chief of staff Mark Block puffing cigarette ... In spite of (or maybe because of) the ad, Cain tops GOP field in new poll, 4 points ahead of Mitt Romney ... Meanwhile Rick Perry, struggling in third place, shakes up staff, hires George W. Bush's old campaign manager Joe Albaugh ... Ounce of prevention: Centers for Disease Control recommends boys as well as girls receive human papilloma virus vaccine to prevent cancer ... Digging for dirt: Dr. Phil will pay to exhume body of Rebecca Zahau, found dead under strange circumstances in San Diego mansion of billionaire boyfriend in July.


Oct. 26

Turning ugly: Police tear gas canister fired at Occupy Wall Street protesters in Oakland, CA fractures skull of Scott Olsen, Marine veteran of Iraq war ... Nice raise, guys: Congressional Budget Office report says richest 1 percent more than doubled their share of nation's income over last 30 years ... To the bone and beyond: Democratic members of congressional "super committee" to propose up to $3 trillion worth of debt-cutting measures, including massive Medicare cuts ... A few too many: Coroner rules Amy Winehouse died from alcohol overdose, says her blood alcohol level was more than five times the drunk-driving limit ... Commanding performance: Performance artist Marni Kotak of Brooklyn gives birth to a healthy 9-pound, 2-ounce boy in a New York art gallery as about 20 patrons look on.


Oct. 27

The better part of valor: Libya's transition government say Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar, ready to surrender to International Criminal Court rather than share his father's fate ... Happy days are here again, temporarily: European political leaders and banks reach deal to contain spiraling debt crisis; Wall Street reacts with big rally as Dow Jones Industrial Average soars almost 3 percent; S&P 500 Index up 13 percent this month ... Running true to form: Republican members of "super committee" propose debt reduction plan featuring big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, big tax breaks for corporations ... Death toll from earthquake in Turkey climbs over 500; thousands homeless ... The irony's so thick you can cut it with a knife: Charlie Sheen, fired from "Two and a Half Men" for fighting with producers, will star in new sitcom on FX titled "Anger Management."


Oct. 28

Kicking it up a notch: Demonstrators return to Oakland plaza after wounding of ex-Marine Scott Olsen and pitch tents despite request by Mayor Jean Quan not to camp there ... Banksters backpedal: JP Morgan Chase & Co. and other big banks decide not to follow lead of Bank of America and charge debit card fees - for now ... Tin-cupping: Klaus Regling, head of Eurozone's bailout fund, asking China to chip in $100 billion to stave off debt crisis ... Better take another look: Under fire for loans to Solyndra, White House announces independent review of loans to other energy companies ... Blowin' in the wind: Mitt Romney tells crowd at fundraiser "we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet," opposite of what he said in June ... Royal flash! In news that could be highly important to you if you're a member of the royal family, Britain changes 300-year-old rule to make females equal with males in determining who succeeds to throne. But Roman Catholics still not allowed to rule.


Oct. 29

Replay of last winter? Freakish early-season storm dumps over a foot of snow on East Coast; millions without power, at least three killed ... Suicide bomber kills 12 Americans in Kabul, Afghanistan; Taliban claims responsibility ... Don't mess with Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warns US and NATO that if they take action against his regime they'll cause an "earthquake" and "burn the whole region" ... Meanwhile Assad's forces hit rebels in town of Homs with fighter jets and tanks; at least 21 killed across country.


Oct. 30

Occupy the Pearl! Portland cops arrest about 30 Occupy protesters after they refuse to leave park in the ever-so-chic Pearl District ... So much for the "peace dividend": US planning massive buildup of troops in other Middle East countries to deal with Iran threat after pull-out from Iraq ... A little too much reality? Tonya Cooley of "Real World Chicago" cast files suit against MTV, charges two male cast members sexually assaulted her ... Did he mean that in a good way or a bad way? Steve Jobs's sister Mona Simpson, who was at her brother's side when he died, says his last words were, "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." ... Don't call him a pussy: "Puss in Boots," starring voice of Antonio Banderas, grosses $34 million in first weekend, best ever for a Halloween weekend opening.


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