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national lead

October 18th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

'Holy Spirit' inspired stenographer's outburst on House floor

It was a surreal moment Wednesday night, when stenographer Dianne Reidy had her outburst on the floor of the House of Representatives.

She rushed the dais and started shouting, as members were finishing voting on the bill to reopen the government, and avoid bumping up against the debt ceiling.

No one knew why this, in the words of her husband, "sweet," "level-headed" woman was suddenly scolding Congress, screaming that "a house divided will not stand."

Now Reidy is saying God made her do it. In a statement to Fox News, she said, "For the past two and a half weeks... The Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me... through my reluctance and doubt... to deliver a message in the House chamber. That is what I did last night."

In her rant to members of the floor, Reidy said "a House divided will not stand," and after 16 days of a partial government shutdown, Congress can probably be best described as "limping."

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pop lead

October 18th, 2013
05:53 PM ET

'12 Years a Slave' and the trauma of enslavement

The race for Oscar gold is on, and one of the leading contenders opens this weekend – '12 Years a Slave' tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup.

It was a trap, a buisness deal gone bad that cost Solomon Northup 12 years of his life.

Northup a freed black man living in New York was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery from Washington D.C., to a plantation in Louisiana. For 12 years he was separated from his wife and children. Shortly after he regained his freedom, Northup penned a best selling memoir while the nation was on the brink of Civil War. His chilling account of slavery would help change a nation.

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money lead

October 18th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

The story of Amazon's rise to internet superpower

Amazon is the source for one-click shopping, for everything from running shoes, to movies, to inflatable unicorn horns for cats.

But while Amazon.com famously began as just an online bookstore in the paleolithic age of the internet, it's mastermind and CEO Jeff Bezos always planned on the site evolving into much, much more.

It's all the subject of the new book, "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," by senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek Brad Stone. Check out the most surprising thing he uncovered about Bezos in the video above.

CNN's Edward Meagher contributed to this report.

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politics lead

October 18th, 2013
05:45 PM ET

Carlson: Tea Party caucus like 'vampires'

It's quite an image, the way Politico tells it. The Speaker of the House taking a drag on a cigarette and explaining to the president off the record that he had been "overrun" by a faction of his own party, about 20 tea party House Republicans.

But is that really what happened? And with less than three months to go to the next fiscal fight, what can be expected from Speaker Boehner?

"The absolute best case you can make for John Boehner's leadership over the last few weeks ... is basically he gave the faction that overran him enough rope to hang themselves with, and let them run through the shutdown, and get it out of their system, and now maybe things are going to be a little saner," said Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist with The New York Times.

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buried lead

October 18th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

Privately-owned drones rise in popularity, as FAA navigates potential risks

Drones is a loaded word that has been flying off politicians' tongues for years now. But to be clear: this story is not about the unmanned military aircraft used to strike foreign targets.

This is a story about small, privately-owned drones, equipped with cameras and technology that can, and will, change the way we live our lives.

Each month at a rural airport near Washington D.C., Tim Reuter organizes one of several nationwide groups of hobbyists and hopeful entrepreneurs dedicated to expanding drone use.

"We really believe the sky is the limit with this technology, and we really want to incentivize people to start thinking about how to apply this to real world problems using low cost drones that an individual or a community could conceivably own," said Reuter.

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