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  1. MEMORIAL Giffords Attends Candlelight Vigil Anonymous / Getty Images

    1. Giffords Attends Candlelight Vigil

    One year ago on Jan. 8, Jared Loughner stormed into a crowd in Tucson, Ariz., and opened fire, killing six people and shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head. Giffords, who has since partially recovered in remarkable fashion, and her husband Mark Kelly visited the Safeway market which was where the shooting took place and the hospital she was rushed to for treatment. At 10:11 a.m. (the exact time Giffords was shot in the head), bells were rung 19 times, symbolizing the 19 people who were killed or wounded by the attack. Giffords then attended a candlelight vigil at the University of Arizona on Sunday night, where she led a crowd of 1,000 people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    January 8, 2012 10:45 PM

  2. NUCLEAR Report: Iran to Enrich Uranium FILE / Getty Images

    2. Report: Iran Begins Enriching Uranium

    Iran has begun enriching uranium in a bunker deep inside a mountain, the leading hard-line newspaper Kayhan reported Sunday, in another show of defiance against Western powers. The country's move to continue refinement work in Fordow, a facility near the city of Qom in central Iran, will likely complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the charges against Iran that it is trying to make a nuclear weapon—charges that Iran denies, saying it's only using uranium for energy. The fact that enrichment is taking place in underground labs shielded from aerial surveillance and protected against airstrikes by 300 feet of mountain rock will not help matters.

    January 8, 2012 12:41 PM

  3. DOWNWARD Pay Cuts For Wall Street Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    3. Pay Cuts For Wall Street

    Uh oh. The reports you’ve heard about Wall Street’s dismal year are about to get real—for Wall Street workers, that is. As fourth-quarter results come in and banks decide on final bonuses for the past year, The Wall Street Journal reports that compensation is likely to fall to its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Goldman Sachs will see 2010 paychecks cut in half, while fixed-income trading businesses may get smaller by 60 percent. Morgan Stanley will reportedly cut bonuses by 40 percent. Goldman employees received about $431,000 on average in 2010—that number will fall to $385,000 in 2011. (In 2007, employees received an average of $661,000 each.) The pay worries were only increased in the last months with stocks rising and falling and anxiety over global markets.

    January 9, 2012 12:27 AM

  4. BFFS Ahmadinejad Lands in Latin America Vahid Salemi / AP Photo

    4. Ahmadinejad Lands in Latin America

    The United States wants Iran to be friendly, but not this friendly. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in Venezuela Saturday for part of his four-nation tour in Latin America. He plans to meet with Hugo Chávez and Cuba’s Raul Castro. While the trip is Iran’s reaction to strict economic sanctions from Europe and the United States, the nation has not kept promises it’s made to Latin American allies in the past. After visiting Chávez, Ahmadinejad will go to Nicaragua, then Cuba and Ecuador.

    January 8, 2012 11:16 PM

  5. NEGATIVE Romney, Gingrich Spar on Ads Chip Somodevilla / FILE / Getty Images

    5. Romney, Gingrich Spar on Ads

    A day after Newt Gingrich bought an ex-Romney adviser's anti-Mitt video, the former speaker of the House was asked whether he stood by calling Romney a liar and a predator during Romney's days at Bain Capital. Gingrich said he was only referring to news reports that Bain “looted” companies, and asked Romney whether he stood by his super PAC's negative ads. “Anything wrong I'm opposed to,” Romney said, but challenged Gingrich on what in the ads was wrong, checking off points that he thought were accurate. Both candidates perhaps came off as whining about the ads while partaking in negative campaigning themselves.

    January 8, 2012 10:48 AM

  6. FREEDOM Malaysia Leader Not Guilty of Sodomy Mark Baker

    6. Malaysia Leader Not Guilty of Sodomy

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is not guilty of sodomy. A judge threw out the two-year case Sunday, saying that the prosecution’s DNA evidence was not reliable. Anwar was accused of having a sexual relationship with a male aide. The 64-year-old could have faced 20 years in prison in Malaysia, where sodomy is illegal. Anwar said that the government was trying to derail his political campaign. Thousands of supporters waited outside the courtroom, where a blast rang out shortly after the verdict.

    January 8, 2012 11:03 PM

  7. INTRIGUE Body on Queen’s Estate Is Missing Girl

    7. Body on Queen’s Estate Is Missing Girl

    British police have identified the mystery body that was found on the Queen’s Sandringham estate as 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva, who’s been missing since August. The body was found by a dog walker on New Year’s Day in the woods about a mile from the main gate of Sandringham. Dmitrijeva was last seen alive on August 31, and the area where her body was found is used often for pheasant shoots, one of which took place on Dec. 28. Police had said they were tracing the movements of a green Lexus GS300.

    January 8, 2012 2:08 PM

  8. OBIT Columnist Tony Blankley Dies Paul J. Richards, AFP / Getty Images

    8. Columnist Tony Blankley Dies

    Conservative columnist and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times Tony Blankley died Sunday. The 63-year-old suffered from stomach cancer. Blankely was the press secretary and adviser to GOP candidate Newt Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. He also had many positions in the Reagan administration. Born in London, Blankley acted on TV’s Lassie, among other shows, and was in movies with Humphrey Bogart. More recently, he served as a regular commentator on the politics show The McLaughlin Group.

    January 8, 2012 4:40 PM

  9. GOD & FOOTBALL Tebow Leads Broncos to Victory Doug Pensinger

    9. Tebow Leads Broncos to Victory

    Though the Pittsburgh Steelers were badly bruised—quarterback Ben Roethlisberger limped at times with a bum ankle, running back Rashard Mendenhall was out—and some sportswriters predicted the Broncos would win, Tim Tebow pulled out another “miracle” victory in Sunday night’s NFL playoff game. The Broncos won 29-23 in overtime after Tebow threw a touchdown pass on his first toss of the extra period. Tebow knelt, or “Tebowed,” in the endzone. The Broncos notched their ninth win of the season and will now take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

    January 8, 2012 8:53 PM

  10. COLLABORATION Man: Blue Ivy Ruined Hospital Visit Peter Kramer / AP Photos

    10. Man: Blue Ivy Ruined Hospital Visit

    Not everyone is so excited over the birth of Blue Ivy Carter. Neil Coulon, whose wife gave birth to premature twins at Lenox Hill Hospital over the weekend, claims that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s security team took over the hospital and prevented him from seeing his children. Coulon said that he was repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal unit and that bodyguards cleared his relatives from a sixth floor waiting room. Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly paid over $1.3 million to seal off a wing of the hospital, in order to protect their privacy. Coulon said, “This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children.”

    January 8, 2012 8:00 PM

  11. RACIST Papa John’s Apologizes for Slur

    11. Papa John’s Apologizes for Slur

    Not sure if an apology is enough. Papa John’s Pizza is saying sorry after a New York employee typed a racial slur on a receipt to a customer, describing her as “lady chinky eyes.” Minhee Cho posted an image of the receipt on Twitter, causing a firestorm. The employee was fired, and the company said it was reaching Cho to apologize.

    January 8, 2012 11:57 AM

  12. PRINCESS Beyoncé Gives Birth to Baby Girl Jemal Countess / Getty Images

    12. Beyoncé Gives Birth to Baby Girl

    It's a girl! Beyoncé gave birth to her first child in a New York City hospital via C-section Saturday night. Proud dad Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, was there as well. The couple named her Blue Ivy Carter—though it was first reported to be Ivy Blue Carter, forcing celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow to correct others on Twitter. Congratulations are pouring in. Rihanna wrote: "Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih." Russell Simmons tweeted: "Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z."

    January 8, 2012 8:18 AM

  13. BLAST FROM THE PAST Perry Remembers Three Departments Jessica Rinaldi / Landov

    13. Perry Remembers Three Departments

    Eureka! At Sunday morning's GOP debate in New Hampshire, Rick Perry finally remembered the three government agencies he'd get rid of—Education, Commerce, and Energy—but it's probably way too late. Perry forgot that last one in a debate in October, leading to his biggest "oops!" moment and contributing to his sinking campaign. Though he finished far behind in the Iowa caucuses, Perry is soldiering on with his eye on South Carolina's upcoming primary.

    January 8, 2012 9:37 AM

  14. BULLY PULPIT Experts: Obama Sidelined Senate Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Getty Images

    14. Experts: Obama Sidelined Senate

    Republicans are up in arms about President Obama's decision last week to make "recess appointments" by sidestepping a sitting Senate (which was only in session for some 30 seconds, anyway) to confirm several officials—and they’ve got the support of some constitutional scholars, too. Critics say the move will signify the end of the Senate's rightful role to provide advice and consent on presidential appointments that amounts to a check on executive power, even though Senate Republicans had been using procedural rules and filibusters to block some 200 nominations. Eric Ueland, chief of staff to ex-senator Bill Frist, said Obama's move gives presidents "undiluted power," and David S. Addington, chief of staff to former vice president Dick Cheney, said Obama has violated constitutional law.

    January 8, 2012 7:25 AM

  15. TEA PARTY Obamas Threw ‘Wonderland’ Bash Jewl Samad / AFP / Getty Images

    15. Obamas Threw ‘Wonderland’ Bash

    The Obamas are Tea Party members after all! The first couple allowed Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to throw an Alice in Wonderland costume ball at the White House in Halloween of 2009, in the depths of the recession. According to The Obamas, a tell-all book by New York Times's Jodi Kantor that comes out on Tuesday, the mad tea party was so over the top that George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle. Burton turned the State Dining Room into the Mad Hatter's tea party—Depp was in full costume—to peg to the release of his Alice film. Meringue cookies were bone-shaped, fruit punch was served in blood vials, and there was a magic show in the East Room. “White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans,” the book says. But the White House was apparently not shy about making sure more humble Halloween festivities earlier that day were well reported.

    January 8, 2012 8:46 AM

  16. UH-OH U.S. Base Missing ‘Sensitive’ Equipment Ted S. Warren / FILE / Getty Images

    16. U.S. Base Missing ‘Sensitive’ Equipment

    A military base in Washington state is under lockdown after it was reported that “sensitive” equipment was missing Sunday. Nearly 100 soldiers have been confined to the Lewis-McChord base after equipment, including scopes and night lasers, were found to be missing. It’s not clear how long the equipment has been lost.

    January 8, 2012 7:59 AM

  17. NFL Texans Win First Playoff Game Ever Tony Gutierrez / Getty Images

    17. Texans Win First Playoff Game Ever

    The Houston Texans played as if they were playoff veterans even though it was only their first post-season game ever—and it led to their first-ever playoff win, after a 31–10 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals. Arian Foster rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans while Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three interceptions to end Cincinnati's chances. The Texans will next face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC. Meanwhile in the NFC wild-card game, the New Orleans Saints beat the Detroit Lions in a 45–28 shootout. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 466 yards, enough to overcome Lions receiver Calvin Johnson hauling in 211 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints will take on the San Francisco 49ers next.

    January 8, 2012 8:14 AM

  18. GOING NEGATIVE Newt to Mitt: Drop ‘Pious Baloney’ Alex Wong / Getty Images

    18. Newt to Mitt: Drop ‘Pious Baloney’

    It looks like David Gregory forgot that Mitt Romney was in the room—all the other candidates piled on the attack, and the moderator didn't help. Gregory's first slow pitch in Sunday morning’s Republican debate focused on why Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich think the frontrunner is unelectable. Santorum answered by faulting Romney for not seeking reelection after his Massachusetts governorship, and said he himself had run in a district that was more Democratic than Massachusetts and managed to win. Romney replied that he “longs for a day” when people don’t go to Washington forever and become “career politicians.” Gingrich picked up the ball: “Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney?” he said in a scathing line. “This idea that suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind—just level with the American people! You've been running since at least the 1990s!”

    January 8, 2012 9:31 AM

  19. HULK Huntsman Gets Angry at Debate Win McNamee / Getty Images

    19. Huntsman Gets Angry at Debate

    Uh-oh, you don't want to get this guy angry or ... he'll email Mitt Romney! Jon Huntsman got a round of applause during Sunday morning's New Hampshire debate when he said he's been criticized for putting his country first—a criticism leveled at him by Romney, who attacked Huntsman’s service to Obama as his ambassador to China. The Huntsman campaign, quick as a flash, emailed a response to Romney: “The fundamental difference in this campaign is Jon Huntsman puts country first, Mitt Romney puts politics first. Governor Romney’s evolution as a candidate is attributable to his desire to do whatever it takes to win an election and illustrates the cynical nature of politics.” Ouch!

    January 8, 2012 9:51 AM

  20. NORTH KOREA Video: Kim Heir Threatens War AP Photo

    20. Video: Kim Heir Threatens War

    This was even before he has any power. North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-un—the 20-something son of the late Kim Jong-il—threatens war in footage from 2009 newly aired by the country's Korean Central Broadcasting Station. The young Kim was shown watching a long-range rocket launch, and the video quoted him as saying that he was determined to wage war if any enemies intercepted the rocket. In 2010 the young Kim was named a four-star general.

    January 8, 2012 7:33 AM

  21. TURMOIL Musharraf to Return to Pakistan Lefteris Pitarakis / AP Photo

    21. Musharraf to Return to Pakistan

    Things are about to get even more shaky in Pakistan. Former President Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that he’ll be back in Pakistan this month to prep for the elections. Pakistani prosecutors, however, say they will detain him if he steps foot in the country on a 2008 charge that he didn’t provide protection for P.M. Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated. The Army, some believe, will not let the arrest take place—meaning current unpopular President Zardari may have to step in. Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai.

    January 8, 2012 5:43 PM

  22. FALL FROM GRACE Mexican Soccer Star Arrested Hans-Maximo Musielik / AP Photo

    22. Mexican Soccer Star Arrested

    Former Mexican soccer star Omar Ortiz has been arrested on suspicion of working for a gang of kidnappers, reportedly having admitted to helping to pick out wealthy victims, according to government security spokesman Jorge Domene. Domene said Ortiz allegedly worked with a gang responsible for at least 20 kidnappings that sought an average $73,000 per victim. The 35-year-old international goalie, nicknamed El Gato, with a trademark goatee, allegedly received a cut of more than $7,300 for each case. Victims reportedly included the husband of pop singer Gloria Trevi.

    January 8, 2012 2:03 PM

  23. DEBATE Romney Stands Up for Gay Rights Charles Krupa / Getty Images

    23. Romney Stands Up for Gay Rights

    Reporter Andy Hiller flung one of the hardest questions of the Sunday-morning GOP debate at Mitt Romney, asking whether he will support the gay community, as he claimed in the ’90s. Romney delivered a confident and decisive answer: "If people are looking for someone who discriminates against gays, they won't find that in me." Hiller: "When was the last time you stood up for increasing gay rights? "Right now," Romney said with his head held high, to a round of applause. Hiller doesn't miss a beat and turns to Rick Santorum: “Would you?” Santorum replies that, “Just because you don't agree with someone's desire to change the law doesn't mean you don't like them.” Hiller pressed him on what he'd do if his son was gay, and Santorum delivered an emotional response: “I would love him as much as I did the second before he said it.”

    January 8, 2012 10:12 AM

  24. GO IT ALONE Arabs Forego U.N. Help in Syria Anonymous / FILE / Getty Images

    24. Arabs Forego U.N. Help in Syria

    Leaders of the Arab League stopped short of asking for the United Nations to help end a brutal crackdown in Syria as they met in Egypt to discuss what to do with the country. Monitors sent by the coalition failed to stop or even slow the violence. The foreign ministers renewed another round of calls to end the violence, and said they would "enhance the technical abilities of the monitors' commission" instead of asking the U.N. to step in—this despite their observation of a peace plan is being criticized as toothless.

    January 8, 2012 1:41 PM