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  • RIP    10:02pm ET 
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Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed his death with ABC News. Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta rose to fame in the 1960s, when he began to dress First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Most recently, he designed the gown worn by Amal Alamuddin to her wedding to George Clooney. In addition to his work in fashion, he was a board member for several charitable organizations and cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. His cause of death has not yet been announced.

 
  • look up    9:45pm ET 

On Monday and Tuesday nights, sky watchers can look to the east for the Orionid meteor shower.

Up to 25 meteors could be seen every hour, EarthSky reports. The Orionid shower comes from the constellation Orion, and the meteors are made from pieces of dust and rocks that are debris from Halley's Comet. Although Halley's Comet won't be seen again until 2062, the Orionid meteor shower is visible every year.

In the United States, AccuWeather predicts that skies will be clear in the Midwest and most of the South and Southwest. In the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and High Plains, clouds could block out the shower.

To see the meteors, head outside to a very dark area and let your eyes adapt to the darkness. Then, look to the east and southeast of the sky. The best time to view the shower is between midnight and dawn.

 
  • 2014 Watch    7:43pm ET 

A number of key U.S. Senate races remain close, according to polls released on Monday.

In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) just edges out Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, plus Libertarian candidate David Patterson with 5 percent, according to the new Bluegrass Poll, which is conducted by SurveyUSA for a number of Kentucky media outlets. The survey of likely voters was conducted from Oct. 15 to 19, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

In Kansas, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and Independent candidate Greg Orman are tied at 46 percent each, according to a Monmouth University poll. The survey of likely voters was conducted from Oct. 16 to 19, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percent.

In New Hampshire, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen narrowly leads with 49 percent, to ex–Republican Sen. Scott Brown's (formerly of Massachusetts) 46 percent, according to the new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll. The survey of likely voters was conducted from Oct. 16 to 19, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

 
  • This just in    4:36pm ET 
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Twitter/CNN

Jesse Matthew, the man suspected of abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has been indicted on charges stemming from a separate 2005 sexual assault.

Prosecutors in Fairfax County on Monday said they had indicted Matthew for attempted murder, abduction, and "sexual penetration with an object" in the 2005 case. In that incident, an assailant pulled a woman into the woods and sexually assaulted her before being scared away by another person. Investigators had previously said they believed evidence could link Matthew to other unsolved sexual assaults in the state.

The indictment comes days after investigators uncovered human remains they believe are Graham's.

 
  • Quotables    4:24pm ET 
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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in 2003 that affirmative action should expire within 25 years, but in a new interview with The New Yorker, President Obama says that was a "ballpark figure."

After a white college student charged that she was denied admittance to the University of Texas because of her race last year, the Supreme Court ruled that "schools could use race as a factor if no other 'race-neutral alternatives' for admission could achieve diversity," The Washington Times reports.

Obama says that racial preferences should be considered if there is "value in making sure that folks with different experiences in a classroom will enhance the educational experience of the students."

 
  • Really?    4:11pm ET 
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iStock

Dwight Pink, Jr. was sentenced to more than 25 years in jail for murdering a man in 1998. He has one big complaint about his time behind bars.

Pink is suing the state of Connecticut because its ban on pornography in prison "violates his constitutional rights," The Associated Press reports. According to the lawsuit, which Pink filed in the U.S. District Court in July, prison guards have denied him access to "an art book that depicts how to draw the human form."

On Monday, Connecticut filed its response to Pink's lawsuit, saying that he "has not been harmed by the ban" and that "none of his rights were violated."

 
  • Wait... what?    4:10pm ET 
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Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are being threatened by their city with jail time and up to a $1,000 fine for refusing to perform same-sex weddings, Fox News reports.

Since the chapel is registered as a "religious corporation," city officials say the Knapps must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance, according to Fox.

Same-sex marriages commenced in Idaho on Oct. 15, and the Knapps declined to perform such a service two days later. Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the Knapps, whom he said "are in fear that if they exercise their First Amendment rights, they will be cited, prosecuted, and sent to jail."

The Knapps could face up to 180 days in jail for refusing to perform gay wedding ceremonies.

 
  • Law And Order    3:37pm ET 
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Facebook/Game of Thrones

Whether or not you've actually seen HBO's Game of Thrones, you're probably aware that it contains at least two things: dragons and breasts. But while the fantasy drama is, indeed, packed with female nudity, it turns out that's not just the indulgence of the show's creative team — it's standard HBO policy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, an ongoing lawsuit has allegedly revealed that HBO has a policy that specifically prohibits "the use of 'pasties' in sex scenes." (Depending on context, "pasties" are either delicious baked goods from England or small patches designed to cover nipples. In this case, HBO means the latter.)

The policy came to light as part of a contentious and ongoing legal battle between actress Anne Greene and the producers of Femme Fatales, a soft-core anthology series that airs on Cinemax, a network owned and operated by HBO. Greene is suing the companies behind Femme Fatales for sexual harassment over charges that she would never have agreed to the role if she'd been aware it required extensive nudity (sans pasties) and simulated sex; the companies are counter-suing, arguing that Greene's contract expressly included a nudity rider.

 
  • Ebola    3:35pm ET 
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Facebook/United Nations

U.N. Women issued a statement Monday that a U.N. worker died of Ebola in Sierra Leone on Saturday. Edmund Bangura-Sesay was a driver for the U.N.'s local office.

Bangura-Sesay was quarantined last Tuesday, the U.N. said, when his wife showed symptoms of the disease. She is receiving treatment for Ebola, and all who came into contact with Bangura-Sesay are being "assessed and quarantined" as well, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, said Monday that the WHO "will be fully transparent and accountable" about its failure to handle the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The outbreak has killed at least 4,500 people, according to WHO estimates.

 
  • Discoveries    3:09pm ET 

Scientists have created a digital rendering of King Tutankhamun — and he's not nearly as attractive as his mummy's mask would lead you to believe.

The golden mask shows a handsome young man with killer blue eyeliner. But a "virtual autopsy" has revealed that King Tut actually had a number of physical deformities, because his parents may have been siblings.

Researchers at Italy's Institute for Mummies and the Iceman (yes, that is a real thing) used 2,000 computer scans of King Tut's mummified remains to determine that he had "an overbite, feminine hips, and a club foot," according to The Sunday Times.

King Tut, who ruled Egypt in the 14th century B.C.E., died at 19. The scientist believe he may have died from an "inherited ailment," according to Raw Story. King Tut also suffered from Kohler's disease, a genetic disorder that causes blood loss in the foot.

 
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