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    California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina was hospitalized Tuesday morning for an infection related to her treatment earlier this year for breast cancer.

    Fiorina, who learned she had breast cancer in 2009, underwent breast reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer-free, according to a statement issued by her campaign Tuesday. But the former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat an infection related to her surgery. Her campaign offered no other details and canceled her schedule for the day.

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  • Omar KhadrOmar KhadrUntil yesterday, the Obama administration faced a thorny problem in its effort to show that it had achieved fair and effective results in revamping the system for trying accused terrorists in military tribunals. The first person scheduled to stand trial in the new system, Canadian-born Omar Khadr, had been just 15 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan, so he wasn't exactly the perfect poster boy to showcase the reforms.

    But thanks to a bit of conventional legal deal-making, that problem has now been solved. On Monday, the government announced a plea deal with Khadr, in which he admitted to throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002, and to planting roadside bombs while working with al-Qaida. A panel will decide the length of Khadr's jail term, but it appears that under the terms of the deal, it won't exceed eight years, in addition to the eight he's already been detained.

    As a candidate for president, Barack Obama criticized the Bush administration's network of military tribunals, which had produced only a handful of convictions, while also provoking a 2006 Supreme Court ruling striking down part of its procedural handling of terrorism cases as unconstitutional. Once in office, the new administration halted the tribunals, working with Congress to set up new rules that offered greater protection for defendants. The White House restarted the system last November.

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  • Latest debate flap: Aide texts during Florida candidate forum

    Alex Sink turns to Rick Scott during Monday's Florida Governor debate.SinkDuring a commercial break in Monday's televised Florida gubernatorial debate, Democratic nominee Alex Sink was handed a cell phone displaying a text message from Sink's staff. Unfortunately for Sink, her Republican opponent noticed.

    "The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break, and your campaign did with an iPad or an iPod," Republican Rick Scott said on air once the debate resumed.

    Following the debate, Sink confirmed that an aide had violated the debate rules by handing her the message -- even though the gadget in question was a Droid phone, not one of the Apple suite of smartphone products. Sink then acknowledged she had fired the aide in question.

    The goal of a debate is for the public to learn more about candidates in their own words. But thanks to the candidates' frenetic positioning for advantage, the debates themselves can become fodder for further campaign-related controversy. Below, we map out some past debate SNAFUs that ended up making headlines:

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  • Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video
    Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video

    With Shark Week on the Discovery Channel just ending, it's understandable that you may have the carnivorous fish on the mind and think that such a dangerous predator should be avoided at all costs. A certain grouper clearly didn't think so. In this video, which was featured on the front page of Reddit, we see the two fish circling each other right before the 4-foot shark gets caught on a fisherman's line.

  • Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

    By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The restrictions come as California struggles through its third year of a catastrophic drought that has threatened a half-million acres of farmland, dried up reservoirs and shrunk the mountain snowpack that provides drinking water for millions of people.     “What we’re trying to prohibit is someone who makes a decision to empty their pool and then refill it," said Jonathan Volzke, spokesman for the Santa Margarita Water District, which implemented a ban on filling pools this month in several suburbs south of Los Angeles.

  • Motorcyclist Pulls Off Miraculous Recovery After Collision With Car
    Motorcyclist Pulls Off Miraculous Recovery After Collision With Car

    Usually a collision on the highway would means injuries are sure to follow, but what happens in this video ends in a completely unexpected manner. The incredible nature of the chain of events will most likely cause you to watch the footage a couple of times. At first, it just looks like a normal drive on a bridge, when suddenly, a motorcycle comes into view and goes full speed into another vehicle in front of it. What's astonishing is that the rider doesn't go down. Instead, the motorcyclist goes full-on Spider-Man and appears to land on the roof of the car he or she collided with.

  • Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US
    Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US

    Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, estimated that more than 100 US citizens have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the conflict. They have traveled to join radical groups including the Islamic State (IS), militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria who have expanded into neighboring Iraq. "We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria -- foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans -- that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict" more than three years ago, said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

  • Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6
    Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6

    An image showing the alleged rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to the same component for the 5.5-inch version has been leaked from a source “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” BestTechInfo reports. In case you’re wondering, the same publication previously published on YouTube a hands-on review of an actual backplate for the 4.7-inch model, and has posted similar YouTube videos last year showing back shells for 2013 iPhones before they became official, so it has a pretty decent track record. FROM EARLIER: This is what the iPhone 6 might look like compared to Samsung’s iPhone 6 ‘killer’ According to the source, only a few such 5.5-inch iPhone 6 shells are available in the factory where the photo

  • Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'
    Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'

    BERLIN (AP) — Police and security services in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report published Thursday.

  • Man's Subway Stunt Lands Job Interviews, Internet Fame
    Man's Subway Stunt Lands Job Interviews, Internet Fame

    It can be challenging to get an interview for a new job, especially straight out of college. After applying for 300 jobs and not getting a single favorable response, one young man decided to take a different approach. Alfred Ajani, 22, stood in a London subway station during rush hour with a sign that said he recently graduated with a 2.1 bachelor of honours degree in marketing and offered up his résumé. (embedding subway pic) He posted a picture of himself holding the sign onto his Twitter page, which quickly gained hundreds of retweets, got him trending in London, and also brought in some promising prospects.

  • Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
    Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.

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