Tue October 8, 2013

Top Stories: Nobel Prize In Physics; Possible Debt Ceiling Vote

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 10:15 am


Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:14 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks at a news conference last week on the government shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

The Associated Press reports:

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Tue October 8, 2013
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Book News: Without A Shortlist, Nobel-Watchers Turn To Bookies

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:30 am

Haruki Murakami is the author of such books as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore.
Elena Seibert Knopf

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Higgs Boson Researchers Awarded The Nobel Prize In Physics

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:09 am

British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs (left) and Belgian theoretical physicist Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their theory of how particles acquire mass, the Swedish committee announced Tuesday.

The prize was given "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."

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Mon October 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Former French Leader Sarkozy Is Cleared In Corruption Case

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 6:36 pm

The decision to dismiss charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, seen here in Paris Monday, could clear the way for him to return to politics.
Thomas Samson AFP/Getty Images

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been cleared in a scandal over the finances of his 2007 presidential campaign. The examining magistrates' decision to dismiss the case may clear the way for a return to politics for Sarkozy.

"I am delighted about this decision, which I expected," said Sarkozy's lawyer, Thierry Herzog, after the announcement, the AP reports. The news agency adds, "After leaving a private meeting on Monday at the main Paris mosque, Sarkozy nodded to cameras but did not speak to journalists."

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