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Hurricane Patricia barreling toward land, Paul Ryan runs for House Speaker & more

It's the end of the week, but the news never stops. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. This is the hearing that never ends...

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton spent 11 hours getting yelled at by the Benghazi committee. They questioned her about everything from her emails — those damn emails, as Bernie Sanders would say — to holes in Benghazi security. This is the eighth congressional investigation into what happened in Benghazi and almost no new information was revealed at the hearing. Clinton remained calm and poised throughout. Some might even say she acted, ahem, presidential. — The New York Times

More: 7 Things we learned from Hillary Clinton's emails

2. It's official

Paul Ryan is officially running for House Speaker. Earlier in the week, he set forth demands for the Republican Party, including changing some rules, allowing him more time with his family than the average Speaker and supermajority support within his party. The Republicans nodded and said, "Whatever you say, Honey." Next week they'll vote to make it official. Meanwhile, Sheryl Sandberg took some heat for giving Paul Ryan her "Lean In Award of the Day." She publicly praised his concerns about family time, while forgetting that he also voted against equal pay for women and has a horrible voting record on equal rights. Oops. — Washington Post / Gawker

3. Back off, Patricia

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever measured, is currently barreling towards southwest Mexico. The storm has been upgraded to a Category 5 and is sustaining winds up to 200 miles per hour. Experts warn it could trigger catastrophic flooding and waves over 40 feet. It's headed directly for the Mexican tourist capitals of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. It should make landfall late this afternoon or in the early evening. Residents have been warned to prepare for the "worst case scenario." — NBC News

More: How to prepare for a hurricane in 10 simple steps

4. A horrific accident

A horrific bus crash in southern France has left 42 people dead. The bus collided with a logging truck and both vehicles erupted in flames. The majority of the bus passengers were retirees on a day trip through the French wine country. More than 60 firefighters responded to the crash, which is one of the worst in French history. Authorities are investigating the route to figure out what caused the accident and if future catastrophes can be prevented. — The Guardian

5. So sad

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has paid out $1 million in restitution to a handful of his victims. Each will get about $100,000 to use for counseling, support and other assistance. As part of a plea deal, Fogle will plead guilty to child pornography and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors. He'll also serve between five and 12.5 years in prison. It should be more like 12.5 decades. — CNN

6. We love this guy

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy came out as gay in a touching ESPN profile. He admitted feeling ashamed for winning an Olympic medal but still not being brave enough to come out for fear of losing fans and sponsors. Kenworthy says at his next competition, he wants the camera to cut to a cheering face in the crowd and have the caption read, "Gus Kenworthy's boyfriend." We're so inspired by his honesty and wish him all the love in the world. — ESPN

More: Captain Underpants creator reveals a gay character in kids' series

7. Squee!

British pop superstar Adele will release a new single today. The track is called "Hello" and will be featured on her upcoming album 25. The album will be Adele's first release since her Grammy-winning 2011 album 21. It's expected to be out Nov. 20, just in time for holiday gift-buying. A few days ago, the singer penned a letter to fans about the album saying, "Sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened." We get it, Adele. We totally get it. — Billboard

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