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  1. MANHUNT L.A. Arson Suspect Identified Mike Meadows / AP Photo

    1. L.A. Arson Suspect Identified

    Authorities have identified and arrested Harry Burkhart, the man detained Monday as a potential suspect in the recent L.A. arson spree. Burkhart, 24, allegedly sparked more than 50 fires throughout the city, causing $2 million in damage, authorities said Monday. He will make his first court appearance on Wednesday. Police said Tuesday that they feel “very good” they have the right guy, but stress that they still have a long way to go and the investigation is ongoing. Law-enforcement sources say Burkhart is a native of Germany who has been in a dispute with immigration officials over his mother's possible deportation.

    January 3, 2012 1:15 PM

  2. CAUCUS EVE Paul Doesn’t Envision Presidency Eric Gay / AP Photo

    2. Paul Doesn’t Envision Presidency

    On the eve of Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Ron Paul—who is near the top of the polls in the state—dropped a bomb when he told reporters that he didn’t see himself as president of the United States. When asked whether he envisioned himself in the position, Paul answered honestly: “Not really, but I think it’s a possibility.” He even said he didn’t want to seem “overconfident” while expressing confidence in his campaign, and admitted he was rallying for a movement to change politics in America as much as he was campaigning to be president. Newt Gingrich is even more certain of his own defeat, telling reporters on Monday, “I don’t think I’m going to win.

    January 2, 2012 10:55 PM

  3. CRACKDOWN Arab League: We've Failed in Syria © Handout . / Reuters

    3. Arab League: We've Failed in Syria

    Despite Syria's efforts to withdraw the military to the outskirts of cities, snipers are still a threat and gunfire continues, the head of the Arab League said Monday. Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said gunmen are still an insidious presence on rooftops, although security forces have pulled tanks and heavy weapons out of urban centers. Arab League observers have been in the country since Tuesday to oversee a peace plan, but they are now saying that, so far, they have failed to end the violence. Syrian activists say observers have led Arab League officials to the outskirts of protest hubs rather than to the violent hotspots, and while some are optimistic that the mission will be successful, others are more skeptical.

    January 2, 2012 10:15 AM

  4. Jumping the Gun Romney: 'We're Gonna Win!' Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    4. Romney: We’re Going to Win

    He may be in a three-way tie with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum for the lead in Iowa, but don’t tell that to Mitt Romney. Monday night in front of a crowd of 500 voters at an Asphalt warehouse in Iowa, Romney announced, “We’re gonna win this thing with all of our passion and strength and do everything we can to get this campaign on the right track to go across the nation and to pick up other states and to get the ballots I need and the votes I need to become our nominee.” Romney’s campaign, however, pulled back on the statement, saying the candidate meant he would win the nomination—not necessarily the Iowa caucuses. Those in attendance clapped and whistled loudly at the statement. Meanwhile, Mitt’s wife, Ann, went on the offensive too, saying that her husband “is the guy that is going to beat Barack Obama.” Is the campaigning getting to Romney? Perhaps. In a speech, he created a minor Twitter storm after accidentally saying that his wife looks like the youngest daughter of his family, but is actually his girlfriend.

    January 3, 2012 4:50 AM

  5. Shooting Mount Rainier Gunman Dead AP Photo

    5. Mount Rainier Gunman Dead

    Authorities believe they have found the body of Benjamin Colton Barnes, who was a suspect in Sunday's fatal shooting of park ranger Margaret Anderson at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Police on Monday located from the air the body of a white male lying in the snow with no heat signature, and ground teams have been dispatched to identify him. He likely died in chest-deep snow while attempting to escape police who were searching for him. Barnes, an Iraq War veteran, was also wanted in connection with a shooting Sunday in a Seattle suburb that left four people wounded. Barnes is believed to have shot Anderson at a traffic stop, then fled into the park, which has since been locked down.

    January 2, 2012 3:49 PM

  6. FALLBACK Ron Paul’s Plan to Be Kingmaker Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    6. Ron Paul’s Plan to Be Kingmaker

    Presidential candidate and libertarian champion Ron Paul might be in a three-way tie in Iowa right now, but BuzzFeed reports that he doesn't actually plan to win the GOP nomination. Instead, his plan is to become influential enough at the Republican National Convention to be a kingmaker to a Mitt Romney challenger. Paul's super-organized staff and devoted young supporters—resemblances to President Obama's campaign in 2008—could actually enable him to win all the caucus states, which have a nomination system that favors the well prepared. Campaign chairman Jesse Benton said Paul is primed to win states like Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, and Louisiana—places that Romney has ignored so far. Although big primaries like those in New York and California could shut him out, Paul's strategy is perfect for the long haul, giving him a shot at gaining considerable influence in the later stages.

    January 2, 2012 1:57 PM

  7. Tense Iran Test-Fires New Missiles EBRAHIM NOROOZI / Getty Images

    7. Iran Test-Fires New Missiles

    Iran isn't backing down. The country announced Monday that it successfully test-fired two long-range missiles in the Gulf that could hit Israel and U.S. bases. Yesterday Iran claimed that its scientists had produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a major step forward in the country's nuclear program, and one that came as a surprise to the West. The military drills and nuclear announcements come shortly after Iran warned it could shut the Strait of Hormuz if sanctions were placed on its oil exports.

    January 2, 2012 6:26 AM

  8. ARMED Man Brings Machine Gun on NYC Subway

    8. Man Brings Machine Gun on NYC Subway

    A man carried a loaded machine gun into a Manhattan subway station Sunday night—and as if that's not enough, he had a loaded handgun in his waistband as well. A police officer stopped the man after he went through the turnstiles without paying, then noticed he was heavily armed and arrested him. The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Allen Reggie from South Carolina, and has been booked on criminal possession of loaded firearms and other charges.

    January 2, 2012 11:43 AM

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    9. Wendi Murdoch’s Twitter Account a Fake

    Looks like there aren’t any problems in the Murdoch household after all: it turns out the Twitter account thought to belong to Wendi Deng Murdoch was a fake. After Rupert Murdoch opened an account on New Year’s Day, someone with the Twitter handle @Wendi_Deng immediately began tweeting back at him. The tweets ranged from innocuous ones like “very proud of @rupertmurdoch for getting on twitter. never too old to start!!!” to ones that were critical of the media tycoon. There were rumors Monday that Rupert was irked with his wife over the tweets, but there's no need for him to be angry: the twitterer admitted Tuesday that “it's time to confirm that yes, this is a fake account. I’m not Wendi.”

    January 3, 2012 10:30 AM

  10. THE FORCE ‘Star Wars’ Swordsman Bob Anderson Dies

    10. ‘Star Wars’ Swordsman Dies

    Everyone recalls the first time Darth Vader emerges and unveils his red light saber to do battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, but few knew that it was Bob Anderson behind the mask. The former British Olympic swordsman who worked on many of history’s best-known movies has died at the age of 89. The role of Vader was played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones, but hardly anyone knew it was Anderson who fought the legendary duel until Luke Skywalker—Mark Hamill—revealed it in an interview in 1983. Anderson also choreographed many of the characters’ fights in Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean.

    January 2, 2012 12:48 PM

  11. TV STAR Bachmann Hits the Air in Iowa Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

    11. Bachmann Hits the Air in Iowa

    Just in time for the Iowa caucuses, Michele Bachmann is back on TV. The candidate, lagging in the polls, is running her first ad in the state since August, when she triumphed at the Ames straw poll. But her TV exposure won't be very big—the ad is slated to run just 14 times on the local NBC station, at a cost of $7,600. “Born and raised in Iowa, only one candidate has been a consistent conservative fighter," the ad trumpets, as the words "Titanium Spine" appear on the bottom of the screen.

    January 2, 2012 10:28 AM

  12. OFFENSIVE Nazi Garb Used in Israel Protests Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

    12. Nazi Garb Used in Israel Protests

    Politicians and representatives of Holocaust survivors denounced Sunday protests in Israel that saw ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing uniforms associated with concentration camps and reenacting scenes of Holocaust horror. The protests were a reaction to the growing criticism of ultra-Orthodox attempts to impose theocratic demands on Israeli society, including strict separation of men and women. Ultra-orthodox Jews make up about 10 percent of Israel’s population, and have become increasingly aggressive in the belief that their way of life is under attack.

    January 1, 2012 8:56 PM

  13. 2012 Ron Paul Downplays Iowa Eric Gay / AP Photo

    13. Ron Paul Downplays Iowa

    Does Ron Paul want to win Iowa? His campaign schedule indicates he might not. Most polls have him within a few percentage points of victory, if not outright in the lead, yet he went home to Texas for the holiday weekend and his Iowa campaign schedule has been unusually light. Politico notes that he rarely asks explicitly for someone’s vote, and concludes that Paul’s campaign is all about sending a message, something he could do with a second- or third-place finish. “This is ideological,” he said in an interview Friday, his last campaign stop of the year. “So it isn’t a numbers game. It has to do with determination.”

    January 2, 2012 6:31 AM

  14. NAIL-BITER Final Poll: Dead Heat in Iowa Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    14. Final Poll: Dead Heat in Iowa

    The Iowa primary is shaping up to be a nail-biter, with Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum all within two points of each other in a new poll. According to Public Policy Polling, Paul leads with 20 percent of likely caucus-goers, Romney follows with 19, and the surging Santorum finishes with 18. Romney is responding to Santorum's rise by stepping up attacks, calling him a career politician, even as his campaign downplays the significance of winning Iowa and turns toward New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida.

    January 2, 2012 1:27 PM

  15. HEROIC Passersby Save Children From River Chris Wilden / AP Photo

    15. Passersby Save Children From River

    Here’s your feel-good story for the day. A crash on Saturday left three children and their father trapped in their car, overturned in an icy Utah river and filling with water. Fortunately former police officer Chris Willden jumped in the water and shot out a window. When he couldn’t reach the children, eight other passersby climbed down the embankment and helped. One girl had found an air pocket and was breathing fine; another had to be given CPR. Everyone in the car survived.

    January 2, 2012 6:55 AM

  16. BALLAST Coast Guard Plans for Fatter Riders Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    16. Coast Guard Plans for Fatter Riders

    The Coast Guard officially recognized that people are heavier than they used to be, raising the assumed average weight of passengers to 185 pounds, rather than the 160 pounds it’s been for the last 50 years. Many big boats, such as ferries in Washington State and Georgia, have responded to the rules by lowering their vessel’s capacity. But other boat owners have decided to undergo new stability tests to show they can handle heftier passengers without lowering their capacity or risking safety.

    January 2, 2012 7:13 AM

  17. AWFUL Karzai Orders Girl's Torture Investigated Massoud Hossaini / FILE / AFP / Getty Images

    17. Karzai Orders Girl's Torture Investigated

    Afghan President Hmid Karzai has calling for an investigation into the torture of 15-year-old Sahar Gul, who was rescued from the basement of her in-laws' house last month. Sahar had been starved and brutally tortured for resisting prostitution. She said her 30-year-old husband and his family imprisoned and abused her for months. Karzai also ordered the arrest of those responsible.

    January 2, 2012 6:59 AM

  18. RESPECT Aretha Franklin Gets Engaged Rick Diamond / Getty Images

    18. Aretha Franklin Gets Engaged

    Grammy-winning recording artist Aretha Franklin was in a joking mood when she announced her engagement today, telling The Associated Press: “No, I’m not pregnant.” The 69-year-old soul singer, who has been married twice before, is marrying her longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson. The couple is considering a summer wedding in Miami Beach, Fla., with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht and a gown designed by either Donna Karan, Valentino, or Vera Wang. The “Respect” singer’s first marriage to Ted White in 1961 lasted eight years. She then tied the knot with actor Glynn Turman in 1978, but they divorced six years later.

    January 2, 2012 3:14 PM

  19. SEXY BEAST Romney: Obama Is Like Kardashian L to R: Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo; Evan Agostini / AP Photo

    19. Romney: Obama Is Like Kardashian

    Mitt Romney might be in a dead heat with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum in Iowa, but he's proving himself to be the frontrunner in keeping up with pop-culture gossip. “I've been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama—then-candidate Obama—going through Iowa making promises,” Romney said while campaigning Sunday in the state that's about to hold the nation's first caucuses. “The gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I've seen since, well, the Kardashian wedding and the promise of ‘till death do us part.’” That zinger—comparing Obama to Kim Kardashian, who is famously divorcing Kris Humphries after only 72 days—got a laugh this morning from Romney's wife, Ann. “He likes to have fun,” she told Fox News Monday, saying her two daughters-in-law, who read gossip magazines, help Mitt get a leg up on the important pop-culture news of the day.

    January 2, 2012 10:46 AM

  20. REALITY CHECK Newt: I Don’t Think I’ll Win David Goldman / AP Photo

    20. Newt: I Don’t Think I’ll Win

    Newt Gingrich is admitting defeat. Lagging in the polls just a day before Iowa’s caucuses, the former speaker said that attacks from other candidates have made it nearly impossible for him to pull off an upset. “I don’t think I’m going to win,” he told reporters. “If you look at the numbers, that volume of negativity has done enough damage.” Still, Gingrich said he’d persevere, and “tomorrow night will be a victory because I’m still standing.” The latest poll out of Iowa, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum in a dead heat for first.

    January 2, 2012 1:23 PM