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  1. MITT HAPPENS Romney Wins New Hampshire Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe via Getty Images

    1. Romney Wins New Hampshire

    After winning the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney thanked his campaign supporters in the Granite State and touted his victory: “Tonight we made history,” he told a cheering crowd. "Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work." Now that the odds of Romney winning the Republican nomination are seemingly inevitable, the frontrunner dedicated the rest of his speech to bashing his general-election competitor, President Obama. "This president wakes up every morning, looks out across America, and is proud to announce, 'It could be worse,'" he said, adding, “The president has run out of ideas—and now he’s running out of excuses.” Romney even jabbed at “desperate Republicans” who have recently chosen to make economic arguments that many consider to be more liberal than conservative. Political commentators noted that Romney seemed more prepared for his victory speech in New Hampshire than in Iowa. Romney has more reason that just New Hampshire to celebrate: his campaign has reportedly raised $25 million in the last quarter.

    January 10, 2012 8:59 PM

  2. REBUKE U.S. Condemns Assad’s Speech Handout / Reuters

    2. U.S. Condemns Assad’s Speech

    The U.S. and France decried Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech on Tuesday—his first since June—in which he blamed the country’s unrest on “foreign planning” and vowed to fight “terrorists with an iron fist.” A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said Assad had thrown “responsibility on everybody but back on himself,” adding that the nearly two-hour-long speech “confirmed our view that it is time for him to step aside.” France's foreign minister concurred that Assad’s rare statement was a “denial of reality.” An Arab League monitoring team has done little to stem violence, which the United Nations estimates has killed more than 5,000 people since security forces began cracking down on demonstrations 10 months ago.

    January 10, 2012 10:52 PM

  3. WE'RE No. 4! Gingrich, Santorum Vow to Fight On Khue Bui for Newsweek

    3. Gingrich, Santorum Vow to Fight On

    This isn't very reassuring for his campaign. Apparently Newt Gingrich's headquarters was completely empty (aside from the press) after results for first, second, and third place were announced. "I'm at Gingrich NH HQ and there's no one here! Just came from jammed Huntsman HQ. At least they like their also-ran," tweeted journalist Jonathan Alter. This did not deter Gingrich from vowing to fight on, saying that he will "shock the country" and put America back on track. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum (who shocked the nation last week), is fighting with Gingrich for fourth place and has pledged that he too will stay in the race.

    January 10, 2012 11:00 PM

  4. 7.3 Magnitude Strong Quake Shakes Indonesia Yusaf Ahmad / Landov

    4. Strong Quake Shakes Indonesia

    A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, early Wednesday, calling for a tsunami alert to be issued—though it's since been lifted. Around half of the 230,000 victims of the deadly 2004 tsunami lived in Aceh. Residents of Aceh and other coastal cities poured onto the streets after the midnight quake, and a police spokesman said there did not appear to be any immediate damage or deaths.

    January 10, 2012 4:00 PM

  5. HARD TIMES Fannie Mae CEO Resigns Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    5. Fannie Mae CEO Resigns

    Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Michael Williams announced his resignation Tuesday, saying he will officially step down as soon as the mortgage-finance giant names a successor. Williams didn't specify a reason for his departure except to say that "the time is right to turn over the reins to a new leader." He may be smart to get out now as the firm continues to struggle with its finances. In November, Fannie Mae reported a net third-quarter loss of $5.1 billion, forcing them to ask for another $7.8 billion in federal funding. After the financial crisis in 2008, regulators forced Fannie Mae and its sibling, Freddie Mac, to depend on government help to cover losses on owned or guaranteed mortgages. Both Williams and Freddie Mac CEO Ed Haldeman have been scrutinized for their large paychecks ($6 million each, with bonuses), and Haldeman announced in October that he plans to resign at some point in 2012 as well.

    January 10, 2012 8:13 PM

  6. NO GOOD

    6. Court Rules OK Sharia Ban Unconstitutional

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court that had blocked Oklahama’s controversial “Sharia ban,” intended to keep Islamic law out of American courts. In a 37-page decision, the court dismissed Oklahoma’s claims that the law did not discriminate against Muslims. More than 70 percent of Oklahoma citizens voted the ban into law, until a district court in the state ruled it unconstitutional and issued an injunction to suspend it. Similar laws are currently being considered in as many as 20 other states.

    January 10, 2012 4:45 PM


    7. U.S. Saves More Iranians at Sea

    Can’t we all just get along? The U.S. Coast Guard saved six Iranian sailors from a flooded vessel in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, the second time it has rescued Iranians at sea in the past week. Ahmadinejad’s nation has been fuming about the presence of American ships in the Gulf, showing off with blustery naval exercises, but today’s rescue comes only a few days after an American mission that saved 13 Iranians from a pirated fishing boat in the same area. Iran gave thanks for that mission, calling it a “humanitarian act,” but has not commented on the latest one. The U.S. is currently dialing up sanctions on the Middle Eastern country over its burgeoning nuclear program.

    January 10, 2012 12:37 PM

  8. TIPSY 38M Indulged in Binge Drinking in '10 Toby Talbot / AP Photo

    8. 38M Indulged in Binge Drinking in '10

    That’s a lot of alcohol. Federal officials said that more than 38 million Americans—17.1 percent of the population and led by households with incomes above $75,000—engaged in binge drinking at least four times a month in 2010,. At 25 percent, Wisconsin had the highest number of binge drinkers as well as the “most-intense” sessions—meaning nine drinks on average. Binge drinking is defined as having four drinks in two hours for women, or five drinks for men.

    January 10, 2012 9:26 PM

  9. BLUFFING Republicans Vote 'Independent' in N.H. Bill Sikes / AP Photo

    9. Republicans Vote 'Independent' in N.H.

    Apparently Republicans in New Hampshire were hesitant to define themselves as such. Nearly half of voters (47 percent) declared themselves independents, while 48 percent voted as Republicans. But a closer look at their ideology and voting behavior in the past suggests these so-called independents are indeed Republicans. 85 percent of them say they voted in a previous Republican primary, while Ron Paul earned votes from those who said they'd never voted in a GOP primary (37 percent). Romney, Paul, and Huntsman were tied in overall independent votes, with 29 percent backing Romney and Paul and 25 percent supporting Huntsman. Despite the independent surge, the ideology was similar to the 2008 primary, when 55 percent of Republicans said they were conservative or very conservative, in comparison to 52 percent this year.

    January 10, 2012 11:43 PM

  10. PROBE No New Evidence in Natalie Wood Case AP Photo

    10. No New Evidence in Natalie Wood Case

    Nearly two months after the LAPD reopened the case of Natalie Wood, the actress who drowned in 1981, detectives have found no new evidence suggesting her death was a homicide. While detectives are still looking into some aspects of the case, authorities have ruled that her death was an accident. Ever since reopening the 30-year-old case when sources came forward with new information, detectives have reviewed the entire original case file and even inspected the boat where Wood was last seen alive, according to a top sheriff. The lifeguard who first learned Woods was missing told the Los Angeles Times the actress could have been saved if officials had been notified sooner.

    January 11, 2012 12:21 AM

  11. EXPOSED '90210' Star Tweets Topless Pic Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    11. '90210' Star Tweets Topless Pic

    It wasn’t quite on the level of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl, but actress AnnaLynne McCord accidentally sent out a topless TwitPic. The Beverly Hills 90210 star was sending a self-portrait to a fan, but failed to crop the picture high enough to leave out her nipple. McCord took the sexy picture down and recropped it after a fan alerted her to the extra skin she was showing—much to the chagrin of teenage boys everywhere.

    January 10, 2012 1:41 PM

  12. YOU’RE FIRED! Polling-Station Crowd Taunts Romney Emmanuel Dunand, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Polling-Station Crowd Taunts Romney

    Yikes, it can’t be good when holding a baby on a campaign stop backfires. Mitt Romney was heckled Tuesday for his comments the day before about firing people. At a polling station at a high school in Manchester, N.H., while his supporters chanted, “Let’s go, Mitt,” a rowdy crowd chanted for Ron Paul and asked Romney if he wanted to fire the baby he was holding. The critics were referring to a comment Romney made during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday where he said, “I like being able to fire people who provide a service to me.” He tried Tuesday to explain that he was talking about firing insurance companies.

    January 10, 2012 2:11 PM

  13. RESCUE

    13. Alaska Towns Trapped by Snow

    Heavy snowfall so far this winter has trapped one Alaska town in snow and one in ice—causing the National Guard to be called in to dig them out, while a Russian oil tanker attempts to deliver fuel. Fifty-seven National Guardsmen arrived Monday in Cordova, a fishing town with about 2,000 residents, to dig out the town from under the 10 feet of snow that has fallen in the past two weeks. Some roofs have collapsed or are partially caved in from the snow, and the town issued a disaster declaration on Friday. Meanwhile, about 700 miles northwest, the gold-rush town of Nome has been iced in and is facing dwindling oil supplies as a Russian oil tanker—moving only two miles per hour due to the shifting ice—attempts to deliver fuel. Two other northwestern towns, Noatak and Kobuk, are also just about out of oil.

    January 10, 2012 11:16 AM

  14. Twinkies Hostess Filing for Bankruptcy Interstate Bakeries Corporation / AP Photo

    14. Hostess Filing for Bankruptcy

    Twinkies may be indestructible, but Hostess is having some trouble. Hostess Brands Inc. is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, possibly as soon as this week. The company carries more than $860 million in debt and owes more than $50 million to vendors, plus it's under pressure from rising prices for sugar and other ingredients. It would be the second restructuring for the company in the last several years. The company spent four years in bankruptcy court beginning in 2004, but it has continued to struggle even after restructuring. When it files for bankruptcy, Hostess will likely try to reduce debt and renegotiate labor contracts.

    January 10, 2012 6:40 AM

  15. DEADLY 29 Killed in Pakistan Bombing Mohammad Sajjad / AP Photo

    15. 29 Killed in Pakistan Bombing

    At least 29 people were killed and another 44 people were wounded Tuesday in a bombing in northwest Pakistan, in the region used as a supply route for NATO forces into Afghanistan. No one has taken responsibility for the explosion yet, which took place near a fuel station in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal region. The Khyber region is a stronghold for Taliban in Pakistan and al Qaeda affiliates, groups that have been responsible for 4,700 deaths in the region since July 2007. The deadly bombing came one day after Pakistani authorities recovered the bodies of 10 soldiers in an exchange for bodies of Taliban soldiers killed in a clash two weeks ago.

    January 10, 2012 9:09 AM

  16. DOLLAR BILLS Apple CEO’s 2011 Package: $378M Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    16. Apple CEO’s 2011 Package: $378M

    Note to employers: a compensation package like this will most likely keep your employee happy. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, will receive $378 million worth of compensation for last year, the majority of which is from restricted shares. Cook’s salary in 2011 was only $900,000, but he’s set to get $376.2 million in shares that will be cashed in over the next 10 years. The stocks were given to him so he wouldn’t pursue another job. Though Steve Jobs had 5.5 million shares of the company when he died, his annual compensation was only $1.

    January 9, 2012 11:10 PM

  17. Results Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire Emmanuel Dunand, AFP / Getty Images

    17. Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire

    Mitt Romney has officially won the New Hampshire primary with 35.6 percent of the vote, becoming the first non-incumbent Republican to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. Second place surprisingly goes to Ron Paul who's currently claiming 24.3 percent and is trailed just slightly by Jon Huntsman at 18 percent. Romney is reportedly "ecstatic" that Paul is winning second place. Paul beat Romney 48 to 23 percent among voters under 30, though the two were tied for the 30-something demographic. Romney dominates older voters--a demographic with which Gingrich is also very popular. The New York Times reports that turnout for the G.O.P. primary this year is on pace to be less than in 2008.

    January 10, 2012 8:18 PM

  18. Standoff Indiana Dems End Walkout Darron Cummings / AP Photo

    18. Indiana Dems End Walkout

    Indiana House Democrats are back at the office after walking out Wednesday in protest of an anti-union bill. The so-called right-to-work bill would make it so employees at unionized private workplaces would not be required to pay union dues. Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has made the law his top legislative priority, lauded the Democrats' return. But House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer warned him not to get ahead of himself: “You know, we’re not chained to these seats ... If the majority does things radically wrong, we still have the right to break the quorum and move on for a day or two.” The House is back in session and the House Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committee will meet tomorrow morning to consider amendments, clearing the way for a full House debate.

    January 10, 2012 6:36 AM

  19. Champions Alabama Crushes Louisiana State Andy Lyons / Getty Images

    19. Alabama Crushes Louisiana State

    The Alabama Crimson Tide took the Bowl Championship Series national title after shutting down the Louisiana State Tigers 21–0 at the Superdome. Alabama's defense—which has been stellar all year, allowing an average of just 8.8 points per game during the regular season—held LSU to five first downs and 92 yards of offense. Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw was chosen as the game’s defensive Most Valuable Player, and quarterback A. J. McCarron, who completed 23 of 34 passes for 233 yards, was the offensive MVP. Alabama place kicker Jeremy Shelley set a record for the BCS title game, making five field goals last night.

    January 10, 2012 6:54 AM

  20. NUCLEAR U.S. Warns Iran FILE / AP Photo

    20. U.S. Warns Iran

    The U.S. has shot back at Iran, saying the enrichment of uranium has escalated the nation's violations of U.N. resolutions. Earlier, diplomats confirmed Iran's claim that it's begun the enrichment at a secure underground bunker. Iran's state media claimed that enrichment has begun at the country's Fordo site near the holy city of Qum. The Fordo centrifuges are reportedly producing uranium enriched to 20 percent, far higher than the 3.5 percent made at Iran's primary plant. The new uranium can more easily be made into warhead material, and the bunker—underground and protected by air defenses—is difficult to attack. If Iran is using the uranium for a weapon, American officials estimate they would have six months to a year to react before Iran finished enriching weapons-grade uranium. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad met in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez—and the joked about the bomb.

    January 9, 2012 11:45 PM

  21. Democracy Opposition Leader Will Run in Burma EPA / Landov

    21. Opposition Leader Will Run in Burma

    Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi may finally get to take office after 15 years spent under house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate confirms that she will run for Parliament this April. She was under house arrest during the 2010 elections, the country's first in 20 years. That vote replaced the ruling military junta, but the government remains strongly tied to the Army. The military itself is guaranteed about a quarter of the seats in Parliament, and the main pro-military party holds 80 percent of the remaining elected seats. Still, a victory would give Suu Kyi a voice in government.

    January 10, 2012 6:17 AM

  22. TRAGEDY Green Bay Coach’s Son Found Dead Oshkosh Police Department / AP Photos

    22. Green Bay Coach’s Son Found Dead

    The son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was found dead Monday. Michael Philbin, 21, was visiting friends in Oshkosh, Wis., and was reported missing Sunday. A dive-rescue crew recovered his body from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin’s Oshkosh campus. Michael Philbin was last heard from on a Sunday-morning cellphone call. At about the same time as the call, authorities got word that someone had fallen into the river.

    January 10, 2012 2:38 PM

  23. NEW HAMPSHIRE Primary Vote Begins in Dixville Notch Cheryl Senter / AP Photo

    23. Primary Vote Begins in Dixville Notch

    Voting for the 2012 Republican presidential primaries began at midnight in Dixville Notch, N.H., ending in a tie between Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, who each scored two votes. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich got one vote each, as nine registered residents of the first precinct to report returns cast their ballots. Given the small number of voters in the tiny resort town—three registered Republicans, four undeclared voters eligible to vote for either party, and two registered Democrats—the results took only moments to report. In the past, Dixville Notch has been the forerunner for the rest of the state. Primary voters in 2008 selected then-senator Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain, who went on to win their party’s nominations.

    January 10, 2012 12:36 AM

  24. NEW GIG Lohan May Play Elizabeth Taylor Trago / Getty Images

    24. Lohan May Play Elizabeth Taylor

    Lindsay Lohan’s back again—this time with her clothes on. After posing nude as Marilyn Monroe in Playboy, the actress is reportedly in talks to emulate another screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor, in a Lifetime original movie. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news that Lohan would play the lead in Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, which chronicles the star’s epic romance with Richard Burton, a notoriously tempestuous relationship that was the most publicized of its time. The project has allegedly been in the works since last May and is set to be produced by Larry Thompson, who did Lifetime’s Amish Grace. Like Taylor, Lohan has seen plenty of ups and downs in her career, from her starring roles in successful films like The Parent Trap and Mean Girls to stints in rehab and jail. At the end of her life, Liz Taylor’s career achievements made her one of the most admired movie stars ever. Whether Lohan can make a Hollywood comeback remains to be seen.

    January 9, 2012 11:32 PM

  25. TRAGIC N.J. Lawmaker Dies in Statehouse Brian Branch-Price / AP Photo

    25. N.J. Lawmaker Dies in Statehouse

    New Jersey Assemblyman Alex DeCroce died Monday night in the bathroom of the Statehouse, just moments after the 214th Legislature held its final vote. DeCroce, 75, was found collapsed in the first-floor bathroom of the Statehouse around 11:30 p.m. The only physician on hand, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, attended to DeCroce—but he was soon declared dead. The cause of death is not known. An emotional New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom DeCroce helped mentor into politics, was seen arriving at the Statehouse after midnight in a Notre Dame T-shirt under a suit jacket, loafers, and no socks, and hugging lawmakers. Christie canceled Tuesday’s State of the State address and is expected to eulogize DeCroce before the legislature. DeCroce had represented Morris County for more than 20 years and served as the minority leader of the legislature since 2003.

    January 10, 2012 8:41 AM

  26. MISSED CHANCE Huntsman PAC Eyed Romney Doc Alex Wong / Getty Images

    26. Huntsman PAC Eyed Romney Doc

    After previously dismissing it publicly, groups supporting several GOP presidential hopefuls are revealing that they considered buying the upcoming attack documentary about Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital, a film that a Gingrich super PAC eventually bought for $40,000. GOP adman Fred Davis said he presented the film to a pro-Huntsman super PAC after seeing the trailer, but it was too late to consider buying it, and the film’s producer said the Huntsman PAC couldn’t afford it. Politico theorizes that the sudden talk about considering the film suggests Romney’s rivals collectively see it as the best way to slow his snowballing campaign.

    January 10, 2012 10:35 AM

  27. DESPERATE Perry: ‘Give Me a Second Look’ Stephen Morton / AP Photo

    27. Perry: ‘Give Me a Second Look’

    After giving up on New Hampshire, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hanging his last hopes for the GOP presidential race on South Carolina, a state traditionally friendly to his evangelical-flavored anti-government message. “Give me a second look. Look at my record,” Perry told an audience there Monday. “I don't quit. I’m not about to quit on this country.” Polls show Perry in fifth place in South Carolina after his disastrous showing in Iowa.

    January 10, 2012 12:06 PM

  28. POLLS Colbert Leads Huntsman in SC Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    28. Colbert Leads Huntsman in SC

    Jon Huntsman may be headed toward a second-place finish in New Hampshire Tuesday night, but he’s getting beat in South Carolina—by fake candidates. According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, comedian Stephen Colbert is leading Huntsman among Carolina voters 5 percent to 4 percent. Colbert ran a phony presidential campaign in 2008, and offered to sponsor the South Carolina GOP primary if his name was printed on the ballot and a referendum on campaign finance was included.

    January 10, 2012 12:31 PM

  29. PERSONAL Google to Personalize Searches

    29. Google to Personalize Searches

    Your Google searches are about to get a whole lot more personal. Google rolled out personalized search-engine results Tuesday, which incorporate information from your connections—and private information—to customize what shows up in searches. Google Fellow Amit Singhal said Google will now search your “world” rather than just the Web. The new look is one more attempt by Google to compete with Facebook, which, with 800 million users, is one of the most popular websites. But the change is a radical departure for Google, which is looking to combine its dominant search engine with its fledgling social network, Google+.

    January 10, 2012 12:53 PM