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Cheat Sheet: October 24, 2013

Americans will have an extra six weeks to buy health coverage before facing penalty On Wednesday night the Obama administration said that it will give Americans who buy health insurance through the new online marketplace an extra six weeks to obtain coverage before they incur a penalty. Administration officials said that the adjusted deadline is unrelated to the many technical problems that have emerged with the website, HealthCare.gov, in its first three weeks. Instead, they said, it is designed to clear up a timing confusion about the 2010 law, which for the first time requires most Americans to buy health coverage or face a penalty. (Source) Indian girl dies after being raped and set on fire A girl believed to be 13 was gang raped by three men in her village in India...

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Cheat Sheet: October 23, 2013

Associated Press fires Bob Lewis The Associated Press has fired its veteran Virginia politics reporter Bob Lewis because of an erroneous report about gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The move came as a shock to the politicians and journalists who have worked with Lewis during his two-decade tenure in Richmond. The decision was made on Monday, following an Oct. 9 report in which Lewis alleged that McAuliffe had lied to a federal official investigating a death benefits scam. The AP retracted the story less than two hours after it went up, and Lewis immediately took responsibility for the mistake. Dena Potter, the Richmond-based news editor who edited Lewis’s report, has also been fired. (Source) 14-year-old student arrested in slaying of Danvers High teacher...

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Cheat Sheet: October 22, 2013

Car’s driver killed in crash with Virginia Beach school bus A man was killed and several high school students were taken to hospitals this morning after a school bus crashed into a car at South Independence Boulevard and Holland Road. The driver was ejected and hit by the bus. He died at the scene. His name is not being released until police contact his family. Seven students were transported to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and four to the Sentara Independence free-standing emergency room. All students were expected to be treated and released. (Source) TSA adds more security checks The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that...

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Cheat Sheet: October 21, 2013

Two dead in Nevada school shooting A teacher was killed and two students were injured after a student opened fire at Sparks Middle School in Nevada today. The student/suspect was either killed by a self-inflicted wound or a law enforcement shot. One of the injured students underwent surgery, and the other is “doing well.” The motive in the shooting is still unclear. Law enforcement assures that the school and community are secured at this time. (Source) Female suicide bomber attacks Russian bus, killing six A female suicide bomber attacked a bus in southern Russia today, killing at least six people in the deadliest such blast outside the volatile North Caucasus region in nearly three years. The bombing was likely to raise fears of further attacks by Islamist...

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Cheat Sheet: October 19-20: Weekend Roundup

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s choice for governor: None of the above On Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch made it clear that they didn’t support any of the candidates running for Virginia governor, stating: “The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry’s derision. The third-party alternative has run a more exemplary race yet does not qualify as a suitable option. We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor.” During recent months, numerous editorials in the paper have lamented the gubernatorial campaign, and they said their words should not come as a surprise. (Source) Possible charges for Boy Scouts leaders who toppled rock formation A group of Boy Scouts leaders may face criminal charges after purposely knocking over...

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Cheat Sheet: October 15, 2013

Terrorism suspect brought to U.S. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a Libyan man, was snatched by U.S. Special Operations forces outside his home in Tripoli this month and brought to the U.S. over the weekend because a chronic medical condition prevented them from keeping him detained aboard a Navy ship any longer. Ruqai is charged in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa and is undergoing a medical evaluation in New York. He could be arraigned as early as Tuesday if he is discharged in time. (Source) Medical pioneer slams Jackson for calling in vitro “evil” In vitro fertilization has become an issue in this fall’s statewide election campaign. Dr. Howard Jones, the 102-year-old co-founder of EVMS’ Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, has...

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Cheat Sheet: October 12-13: Weekend Roundup

Dozens killed in Iraq bombings A series of car and roadside bombings killed at least 44 people in Iraq on Sunday and wounded more than 140 others, police officials told CNN. The most devastating attack occurred in Kut when two car bombs exploded in a busy commercial street killing 17 people and wounding 49 others. Two bombs in Baghdad killed nine people and wounded 21 others in a shopping district. In 2013, more than 6,000 people have been killed in Iraq. A sixth of those deaths came in September. (Source) “Baby Hope” has a name A nameless little girl, known posthumously as “Baby Hope,” can now be recognized by her birth name, Anjelica Castillo. Police arrested the girl’s cousin, Conrad Juarez, 52, on Saturday for the murder of Castillo in...

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Cheat Sheet: October 11, 2013

OPCW awarded Nobel Peace Prize The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize or helping eliminate Syria’s stockpile of poison gas. The international chemical weapons watchdog was awarded by the prize committee in Oslo, Norway on Friday, Oct. 11. "It is because of its long-standing efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and that we are now about to reach the goal and do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction,” committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said. “That would be a great event in history, if we can achieve that.” (Source) U.N. sued for Haiti cholera outbrea A class action lawsuit was filed against the United Nations in U.S. federal court for alleged negligence and misconduct in...

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Cheat Sheet: October 3, 2013

Shots fired near Capitol A female driving a black sedan rammed a barricade near the White House today, stemming a chase that ended 16 blocks away. As a result, the woman (whose name has not been disclosed) was shot as she got out of her car, and the U.S. Capitol went on brief lockdown. The woman is believed to be dead, but a child with her was not injured. She had hit a squad car on Pennsylvania Avenue one block from the Capitol, injuring an officer, but she kept driving until she reached Maryland Avenue and 2nd Street NE near the Hart Senate Building, where the shooting occurred. It is thought that the confrontation was an isolated incident and not part of a larger threat. (Source) Tropical Storm Karen gains strength Tropical Storm Karen has strengthened a little and is...

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