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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Mexico’s First Lady of Murder

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October 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Mexican officials were digging up another unmarked grave in the hopes of finally finding 43 missing student teachers. Meanwhile, the hunt goes on for the most wanted woman in Mexico, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa. Michael Daly reports that it was the wife of the mayor of Iguala who allegedly ordered the police chief to execute the teachers when she thought they would disrupt her party.


An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket holding 5,000 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station exploded in a mass of flames in midair shortly after being launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares rocket blew up six seconds after launch and produced huge flames and loud booms along the eastern Virginia coast. No injuries or deaths were reported, but there's likely to be infrastructure damage in the area. What was left of the spacecraft and rocket plummeted back to earth, causing even more flames on impact. This was the third of eight resupply flights run by Orbital Sciences going to the ISS. A video of the fiery explosion has been posted here.


Roughly 12,000 ads run to save Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come from the mysterious Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a "social-welfare" nonprofit. The Center for Public Integrity reports that this shadowy organization is being run by none other than a Karl Rove crony.


Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources tell The Washington Post. The breach resulted in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion. White House officials said the intruders did not damage any of the systems and that to date there's no evidence the classified network was hacked. The FBI, Secret Service, and National Security Agency are all investigating the intrusion, to which U.S. officials were alerted by an ally. Recent reports by security firms have identified cyberespionage campaigns by Russian hackers thought to be working for the government.


In what can only be seen as a defeat for bros—and a triumph for good taste, Fireball whiskey has been recalled in some European countries. Tim Mak reports that the insanely popular drink was found to have too much of a chemical used in antifreeze.

Supreme Court Stays Missouri Execution
Prisoner's legal counsel was ineffective.
Fed Investigator Busted for Prostitution
While investigating prostitution scandal.
Serial Rapist Fugitive Caught
Wanted in multiple states for rape.
Man Beheads Mom, Jumps in Front of Train
In apparent murder-suicide.
Jose Canseco Shoots Off His Finger
While cleaning gun.

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