Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 8:33 PM UTC
Today's top stories include Lady Gaga, Jerry Sandusky and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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- A police officer walks past a burnt-out shopping mall in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigerian soldiers, who were angry about the killing of an officer, razed buildings and shot dead more than 30 civilians Monday in a northeastern city long under siege by a radical Islamist sect. (AP/Abdulkareem Haruna)
- Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked Penn State University and brought down football coach Joe Paterno. (AP/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison
- Lady Gaga visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum. Assange is wanted in Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. (The above picture is from an earlier visit to Italy.) (AP)
Lady Gaga visits WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
- Protesters in Athens meet Merkel (Banner reads "Merkel leave") on her first visit to the country since the euro zone crisis began. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Greece
- In this combination of photos made Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, American physicist David Wineland, left, poses at his home in Boulder, Colo., and French physicist Serge Haroche speaks to the media in Paris after they were named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. The French-American duo shared the prize for experiments on quantum particles that have already resulted in ultra-precise clocks and may one day help lead to the development of computers many times faster than those in use today. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, left; Michel Euler, right)
French and American physicists win Nobel Prize
- Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed waves as he walks back home after prayers in Male, Maldives, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Nasheed, who resigned this week but later insisted he had been ousted by coup plotters in a political dispute. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)
Maldives ex-president appears in court
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2012 Election campaigning enters final month
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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