- dismissed House Republican efforts to come up with their own plan to end the government shutdown as too partisan; President Obama meets with House Democrats instead this afternoon, while Republicans have abandoned their plan. The Senate, meanwhile, is reportedly close to a deal that would raise the debt limit on a short-term basis, until February. The White House
- The Obama Administration is arguing the Supreme Court should decline to hear a challenge to the NSA’s telephone metadata surveillance operations.
- LAPD officer Mary O’Callaghan was charged with assault under color of authority for participating in the 2012 beating death of Alesia Thomas.
- Two girls in Florida, aged 12 and 14, were charged with felony aggravated stalking for allegedly bullying a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide.
- San Diego’s former mayor Bob Filner, who resigned earlier this year amid more than a dozen complaints of sexual harassment, was charged with one count of felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery. Hat trick!
- A new book by investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez makes the case that drugs and money, not homophobia, were the primary motivation in the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming.
- Researchers say they’ve found a blood-filled mosquito fossil in shale sediment in Montana, the first time such a specimen’s been identified.
- The blue screen of death was spotted on the iPhone 5S, appearing just before an unexpected reboot.
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