The Rewind: The top news and buzzy stories from the week of November 2

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Hey everyone this is Torrey AndersonSchoepe with the #TheRewind on, where we give you a quick rundown of the top news and buzzy stories from the week.

1. President Obama officially rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, bringing a more than 7-year battle to an end between environmentalists and those in support of energy independence.

2. A Russian airplane crashed last weekend killing all 224 people on board, and this week investigators have been trying to find out why. The latest reports indicate ISIS likely planted a bomb on the aircraft and experts say that's a really bad sign.

3. Investigators discovered that an Illinois police officer, whose death resulted in a massive manhunt, had actually carefully planned his own suicide. More bizarre details began to emerge as they dug deeper and found he had been stealing money from his department and tried to hire a hit man to kill someone he thought would divulge his secret.

4. An 18-year-old student at the University of California, Merced went on a stabbing rampage, injuring four people before he was shot by police.

5. Scores of people in Seattle and Portland were sickened after an E. coli outbreak was tied to Chipotle restaurants. All the of the chain's restaurants closed in the region as health officials scrambled to identify the cause.

6. The Republican presidential candidates will face off in their fourth debate next week but two GOP contenders didn't make the cut for the main debate stage. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were relegated to what some refer to as the "kiddie table" due to their low poll numbers.

7. Luke Bryan won entertainer of the year at the 2015 Country Music Awards and Carrie Underwood, who hosted the awards, had everyone talking about her 12 wardrobe changes.

8. An 18-year-old Australian Instagram star who had hundreds of thousands of followers abruptly called it quits. Essena O'Neill said her posts took up too much time and said she was "addicted to social media, social approval, [and] social status."

9. Gwen Stefani confirmed rumors that she and Blake Shelton, her co-star on 'The Voice,' are officially an item.

10. A Taco Bell executive lost his job after he was caught on video assaulting an Uber driver in California.

And that's #TheRewind! To dive deeper into these stories click on the links in this article page. Check back every Friday night to get caught up so you're in the know this weekend.

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The Rewind: The top news and buzzy stories from the week of November 2
A demonstrator, celebrating US President Barack Obama's blocking of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, holds up a sign during a rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC on November 6, 2015. US President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline that Canada sought to build into the United States, ruling it would harm the fight against climate change. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo made from the footage, made available on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, a Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employee examines damaged seats of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Five days after a Russian jetliner broke apart high above the Sinai, Russia and Egypt on Thursday dismissed Western suggestions that a terrorist bomb may have caused the crash that killed 224 people, saying the speculation was a rush to judgment. (Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo via AP)
A sign honoring Lt. Joseph 'G.I. Joe' Gliniewicz is defaced outside Fox Lake, Ill., Police Department, on November 4, 2015. (Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
University of California, Merced junior Vanessa Dias, 20, left, is hugged by Maria Higareda-Marquez, 20, right, during a gathering at Vault Works in downtown Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Students held the gathering in a show of support for one another after a man stabbed four people on the UC Merced campus before being shot and killed by UC Merced police Wednesday morning. (Andrew Kuhn/Merced Sun-Star/TNS via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 03: A person walks past a Chipotle Mexican Grill store location in downtown Portland on November 3, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Chipotle Mexican Grill is temporarily closing more than 40 restaurants in and around Washignton and Oregon, as health officials investigate an E. coli outbreak that has gotten at least 22 people sick. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., speaks at the Iowa GOP's Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa state fair grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at the Nov. 10, GOP presidential debate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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Luke Bryan, winner of the award for entertainer of the year, looks at his award in the press room at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0126 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Gwen Stefani and singer Blake Shelton during a lip synch battle on September 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden fired after violent altercation with an Uber driver

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