NUMBER 5 - BILL CLINTON GIVES CANDID INTERVIEW
Former President Bill Clinton appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan live Wednesday night for a candid interview. Clinton touched on many issues including politics, international affairs, the economy and celebrity musicians. On Tuesday, Bono entertained the crowd at Clinton's Global Initiative meeting with a Clinton impersonation, and Wednesday night, Clinton turned the tables with a spot-on parody of the U2 front man.
NUMBER 4 - TWITTER EMERGENCY ALERTS
Twitter is launching a new alerts system that allows emergency officials to directly communicate, via texts and Twitter notifications, with users who opt in. More than 60 organizations have signed up, including FEMA and emergency management departments in several states. Those who sign up can decide which alerts they will get. Twitter says the goal is get credible info out when other communications services may be down.
NUMBER 3 - ARMY CHANGES TATTOO POLICY
The U.S. Army is about to change its policy on tattoos. According to the Stars and Stripes newspaper, the secretary of the army has approved new regulations that will ban tattoos below the elbows and knees, along with those above the neckline. New soldiers would have to pay to get those tattoos removed. Current soldiers may be allowed to keep theirs. The sergeant major of the army told Stars and Stripes it's a matter of maintaining a uniform look.
NUMBER 2 - AARON ALEXIS VIDEO
Alarming video of Aaron Alexis, the man who went on the deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, was released Wednesday. You can see Alexis running through hallways with a sawed-off shotgun. Alexis killed 12 people and wounded several others. The FBI says Alexis acted alone and there was no evidence he was targeting particular people. Agents also say phrases were scrawled onto Alexis' shotgun, reading "end to the torment," "not what y'all say," and "better off this way."
NUMBER 1 - CRUZ GIVES IN
He spent more than 21 straight hours railing against any government funding for Obamacare. But in the end, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas joined the other 99 senators from both parties Wednesday in voting to move ahead on a spending plan expected to do just that. The rare 100-to-0 vote means the spending measure that would avoid a government shutdown can now be amended by Senate Democrats, to restore funding for President Obama's signature health care reforms, which had been eliminated last week by House Republicans.