A National Park Service employee uses an edge trimmer as workers tend to the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, after a 16-day partial government shutdown was resolved by lawmakers late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:08 am
10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways
By The Associated Press
1. PARTIAL SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT, DEBT CEILING CRISIS END WITH BIPARTISAN DEAL
The 16-day showdown began when Republicans tried unsuccessfully to derail Obama's landmark health care law.
2. LIBYAN AL-QAIDA SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TERRORISM CHARGES
Abu Anas al-Libi, also known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was captured Oct. 5 by American commandos in Libya and faces civilian prosecution in the 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.
3. FORMER TOP PENTAGON LAWYER NOMINATED TO HEAD DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
The choice of Jeh C. Johnson suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack.
4. EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CENTRAL PHILIPPINES
At least 171 people were killed as the 7.2-magnitude quake dealt a serious blow to the region's religious and cultural heritage by damaging a dozen or more churches, some hundreds of years old.
5. FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TOM FOLEY DEAD AT 84
The Democrat who served 30 years in the U.S. House became the first speaker to be voted out of office by his constituents since the Civil War. He also was U.S. ambassador to Japan in the Clinton administration.
6. COREY BOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON
After winning a special election in New Jersey, the 44-year-old former Newark mayor brings to the Senate a celebrity status and a penchant for Twitter.
7. BEST THEORY YETI: SCIENTIST SAYS ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN MYSTERY MAY BE SOLVED
DNA analysis of hair samples by an Oxford genetics professor suggests that the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas may have been a descendant of an ancient polar bear.
8. THANK HANS RIEGEL IF YOU HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR GUMMI BEARS
The German who turned candy maker Haribo and its signature product into a worldwide hit died at age 90. His father founded the company that made the chewy, fruity treat.
9. LIKE MONEY IN THE BANKSY
The British graffiti artist caused a sensation in New York, saying that - unannounced - he set up a stall for one day only and sold a few of his artworks for up to $60 apiece. That's far below the thousands they typically fetch.
10. THE BULLPEN COP AND HIS PHOTO OP
Boston police officer Steve Horgan became a viral sensation when photographers captured him raising his arms to celebrate Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's game-tying grand slam - just as Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter flipped over the wall at Fenway. Boston won the game, 6-5, in the American League playoffs.