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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow 10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways (Oct. 28-Nov. 1)

10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways (Oct. 28-Nov. 1)

Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:

1. SYRIA COMPLETES DESTRUCTION OF EQUIPMENT USED TO PRODUCE CHEMICAL WEAPONS

The announcement by a global watchdog agency is a significant milestone in an ambitious timeline that aims to get rid of all of Damascus' chemical weapons by mid-2014 amid its ongoing civil war.

2. ADMINISTRATION'S TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR WEBSITE PROBLEMS

At a contentious House hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised to have the problems fixed by Nov. 30 even as Republicans opposed to the health care law called for her resignation.

3. SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY SAYS SOME OF NSA'S SPYING 'REACHED TOO FAR'

Leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a letter given to a German lawmaker in Moscow that he would like to testify before Congress about the agency's surveillance but wants the U.S. to drop espionage charges against him.

4. GUNMAN KILLS TSA OFFICER AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The man, who carried a note that said he "wanted to kill TSA," was wounded and taken into custody. The Transportation Safety Administration officer was the first killed in the line of duty in the agency's 12-year history.

5. U.S., PAKISTAN OFFICIALS SAY AMERICAN DRONE KILLS LEADER OF PAKISTANI TALIBAN

Hakimullah Mehsud, who was on U.S. most-wanted terrorist lists, is believed to have been behind a deadly suicide attack at a CIA base in Afghanistan, a failed car bombing in Times Square and other brazen assaults in Pakistan that killed thousands.

6. CHINESE SAY TERRORISTS STRIKE IN THE HEART OF BEIJING

Five people were killed — including three suicide attackers — and 38 wounded when an SUV crashed and exploded at the gate of the Forbidden City beneath Mao's portrait across from Tiananmen Square. The attackers were identified as members of a Muslim minority. Five suspects also were detained.

7. OFFICIALS FIND 92 MIGRANTS DEAD IN SAHARA WHILE TRYING TO FLEE POVERTY IN NIGER

They had begun their journey last month in two trucks and were being smuggled along a route north to Algeria when the vehicles apparently broke down and they set off on foot under the baking sun. There were 21 survivors.

8. FAA EASES RULES ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON PLANES

Airline passengers will be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but they still can't talk on their cellphones through the flight. And how fast the changes occur will vary by airline.

9. HIRSUTE HEROES LEAD BOSTON TO THIRD WORLD SERIES TITLE IN 10 SEASONS

By defeating St. Louis in Game 6, the Red Sox clinched a championship in their 101-year-old home of Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. Their fans savored the moment that generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness.

10. HE WALKED ON THE WILD SIDE: INFLUENTIAL ROCKER LOU REED DIES AT 71

As leader of the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, Reed was the father of indie rock, and an ancestor of punk, New Wave and the alternative rock movements of the 1970s, 1980s and beyond.

 
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