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October 26, 2013

10 things to know about this week

By The Associated Press

Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:

1. HEALTH CARE WEBSITE PROBLEMS GET SCRUTINY FROM CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE

Nearly a month into the rollout, Obama administration officials say they have identified dozens of problems that need fixing and have tapped a private company to take the lead.

2. GERMANY, FRANCE WANT US TO AGREE ON RULES TO CURB SPYING

German spy chiefs will travel to Washington to talk with officials about the espionage allegations that have angered European leaders, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency.

3. ONCE A RISING STAR IN CHINA, EX-OFFICIAL NOW HEADING TO PRISON

Former Politburo member Bo Xilai lost his appeal of a life sentence for embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power, and is expected to serve his term at a facility that houses offenders from the political elite.

4. US AND PAKISTAN VOW COOPERATION AFTER STRAINED TIES

The Pakistani PM emphasized during a meeting with Obama the need to end US drone strikes, which have raised resentment after reports that large numbers of civilians have been killed.

5. DEMOLITION OF SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEGINS

Workers have started razing the building in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last December.

6. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA TRANSIT WORKERS END STRIKE

The tentative contract that ended the four-day BART strike includes a pay raise but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.

7. PORTUGUESE AUTHORITIES REOPEN MADELEINE McCANN CASE

More than six years after the British girl’s disappearance during a family vacation, officials have resumed the investigation, citing new evidence.

8. WORLD SERIES TIED AT ONE GAME APIECE

The Red Sox and Cardinals head west to St. Louis for the next three games in the Fall Classic after a split in Boston.

9. NOEL HARRISON, WHO SANG “WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND,” DIES AT 79

The British actor, musician and Olympic skier was the son of actor Rex Harrison. The Academy Award-winning song was the theme of the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

10. ROYAL CHRISTENING DRAWS A CROWD

Britain’s 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was dressed in a lace and satin gown for the ceremony, which brought together four generations at St. James’ Palace, led by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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