October 22nd, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Giants pound Cards 9-0 to advance to World Series

San Francisco punished St. Louis 9-0 to claim the seventh and deciding game of the National League Championship Series Monday night.  Now, the Giants are ready to do battle with American League champ Detroit in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday.

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Coroner: Director had anti-depressant, sleep aid in system before death
Tony Scott died August 19 in Calfornia.
October 22nd, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Coroner: Director had anti-depressant, sleep aid in system before death

Tony Scott - the British film director behind films such as  "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II" - had an anti-depressant and a sleep aid in his system when he jumped to his death in August, the Los Angeles County coroner's department said Monday.

Scott died after jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, California, into the Pacific Ocean. The coroner's department determined the final cause of his death as "multiple blunt force injuries," with drowning another "significant" factor.

Read more about the director's life and death at CNN.com/Entertainment

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Tropical Storm Sandy has Jamaica in its sights
Tropical Storm Sandy was about 200 miles noth of Panama and about 400 miles south of Jamaica on Monday afternoon.
October 22nd, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Tropical Storm Sandy has Jamaica in its sights

A tropical storm that developed Monday in the Caribbean Sea is likely to hit Jamaica and Haiti with strong winds and plenty of rain this week, forecasters say.

Tropical Storm Sandy, churning about 395 miles south-southwest of Jamaica on Monday afternoon, could start affecting Jamaica by Tuesday night and cross it or pass close to it on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Syrian civil war in photos
October 22nd, 2012
05:02 PM ET

More than 100 killed in Syrian violence today

At least 180 people were found dead in Syria on Monday, victims of the ongoing civil war, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.

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No jail for student in FAMU hazing death
Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion, 26, died in November.
October 22nd, 2012
03:38 PM ET

No jail for student in FAMU hazing death

One of the students who was involved in the death of Robert Champion during a hazing initiation was sentenced Monday to six months of community control, two years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Another student had said he saw Bryan Jones holding the Florida A&M University band member in a bear hug.

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Suspected gunman's wife among those killed in Wisconsin
Radcliffe Haughton was found dead after he allegedly killed three people.
October 22nd, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Suspected gunman's wife among those killed in Wisconsin

Zina Haughton, wife of the alleged gunman, was one of the three victims in Sunday's shooting at a Wisconsin salon.

The Waukesha County medical examiner's office released the names Monday of those killed in suburban Milwaukee: Cary Robuck, 35; Maelyn Lind, 38;  and Zina Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer.

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Lance Armstrong over the years
October 22nd, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France wins, banned for life

Editor's note:  Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the seven cycling titles that made him a legend. The decision follows this month's finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that there is "overwhelming" evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

[Updated as 1:43 p.m. ET] An insurance company that covers the performance bonus for Lance Armstrong says it wants all of the money paid to the cyclist returned.

SCA Promotions said it "is considering all legal options to pursue a return of the funds paid."

"Mr. Armstrong is no longer the official winner of any Tour de France races and, as a result, it is inappropriate and improper for him to retain any bonus payments made by SCA."

The BBC has estimated the total amount is $7.5 million.

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Early voting begins in Wisconsin
Residents cast their ballots Monday in Milwaukee as early voting gets under way in Wisconsin.
October 22nd, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Early voting begins in Wisconsin

We're about seven hours from the final presidential debate.

While both candidates will spend their time trying to reinvigorate their base and sway undecided voters, some people already have made up their mind. These include residents who began early voting Monday in GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's home state, which is also a battleground state.

Lebanon on edge after officer's death
October 22nd, 2012
01:33 PM ET

Threat by text, then Lebanon official killed in bombing

[Updated at 1:33 p.m. ET] A team from the FBI is going to Lebanon to assist in the investigation, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m. ET] Lebanon's top intelligence official was going to be briefed about threats made by text message, a member of parliament told CNN on Monday.

The meeting was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Brig. Gen. But Wissam Al-Hassan never made it. He was killed Friday in a Beirut car bombing.

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October 22nd, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Helicopter makes emergency water landing

[Updated 12:29 p.m.] All 19 people who were on the helicopter are accounted for, UK officials tell CNN.

[Updated 12:01 p.m.] A helicopter with 19 people on board made an emergency water landing Monday in Scotland.

The Scottish navy said the chopper ditched a term for making a forced landing near the southern tip of Shetland.

Lifeboats were launched to help bring people safely back to land.

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People we've lost in 2012
October 22nd, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Native American activist Russell Means dies

Native American activist Russell Means died early Monday from throat cancer, an Oglala Lakota Sioux nation representative said.

Means led a 71-day uprising on the sacred grounds of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973.

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Poll of Polls: Dead heat for Obama, Romney
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will face off for a final time Monday night.
October 22nd, 2012
09:41 AM ET

Poll of Polls: Dead heat for Obama, Romney

It's a dead heat for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney heading into Monday night's final debate.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls  an average of five nonpartisan national surveys of likely voters over the past week finds each of the two candidates has the support of 47% of likely voters.

For details and all the latest political news, follow the CNN Political Ticker.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics
October 22nd, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Monday's live events

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney face off tonight in their third and final debate of the election season.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your election coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

11:30 am ET - Biden in Ohio - Vice President Biden spends his day campaigning in Ohio, starting with an event at a community center in Canton.  He'll then speak with a high school in Lorain at 3:15 pm ET.

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October 22nd, 2012
06:12 AM ET

Israeli airstrikes target militants, kill 3 in Gaza

[Updated at 10:35 a.m. ET] A third Israeli airstrike targeted a militant group and killed one person, according to security and medical sources in Gaza.

No other injuries were reported. The strike comes a day ahead of the expected visit of Qatar's emir to Gaza.

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October 22nd, 2012
04:58 AM ET

Castro scoffs at death rumors: 'I don't even remember what a headache is'

Cuba has stepped up efforts to douse speculation over the health of its former leader Fidel Castro by publishing an article under his name in state-run media in which he scoffs at recent rumors and those who circulated them.

The article, published on the official website Cubadebate early Monday, is accompanied by photos of Castro, 86, walking with a cane in a garden and looking at a copy of Granma, the state-run newspaper.

"I don't even remember what a headache is," Castro writes in the article, saying the photos are "proof of what liars" those responsible for the rumors are.

The article comes after a former Venezuelan vice president said Sunday that Castro was "doing very well" and showed reporters a snapshot of the former Cuban leader that he said was taken the day before.

Speculation has surged over Castro's health in recent weeks. He has not been seen publicly since March, when he met with Pope Benedict XVI during the pontiff's visit to Cuba.

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October 22nd, 2012
04:02 AM ET

Beirut still simmers after weekend clashes

[Updated 6:02 a.m.] At least three people are killed Monday, including two in Tripoli and one in the city of Sidon, according to NNA, the official Lebanese news agency.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States will provide assistance in the investigation a car bombing Friday that killed several people, including Lebanon's intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan.

[Updated 4:22 a.m.]  The youth wing of the March 14 coalition has called for a rally in Beirut's Martyrs’ Square in Beirut. It said the rally will be peaceful.  The March 14 movement is an anti-Syrian regime coalition that emerged after the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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October 22nd, 2012
03:27 AM ET

Relative shoots costumed girl after mistaking her for a skunk

A little girl was fighting for her life early Monday after she was shot outside a Halloween party by a relative who mistook her costume for a skunk.

Police in western Pennsylvania's New Sewickley Township said the 9-year-old girl was dressed in black with a black hat for the Saturday evening party.

As the two to three dozen guests milled about, the girl went to hide on the edge of a hill.

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October 22nd, 2012
02:58 AM ET

Man in critical condition after fall at New York Giants game

A football fan is in critical condition after falling from an escalator after the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game Sunday, police said.

The 42-year-old man was leaving the stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey,  after the Giants beat the Redskins 27-23 when he fell over the side of an escalator and landed on a metal stage, said Sgt. Adam Grossman of the New Jersey State Police.  It's not clear why he fell and the incident is under investigation.

The man is being treated at Hackensack University Hospital where he was airlifted, Grossman said.

Horrified fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts and to seek details.

In September, a man fell to his death during the Tennessee-North Carolina State football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta when he tumbled over a railing, falling to the level below.  He landed on another man who suffered minor injuries, a stadium official said.

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