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  1. VICTORY Romney Takes Arizona, Michigan Bryan Mitchell / Getty Images

    1. Romney Takes Arizona, Michigan

    What a day for Mitt. In what was a dogfight in the former Massachusetts governor’s home state, Romney slithered past Rick Santorum in Michigan as major news outlets projected wins in both Arizona and Michigan. Michigan was the story of the day—as it has been for much of the last few weeks—and Romney held a 30,000-plus vote lead when outlets declared the state for Romney, who had been taken by surprise by a surging Santorum, who had captured contests in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota earlier this month. The projected win in Michigan came after Romney was immediately marked as the winner when Arizona polls closed at 9 p.m. EST. Romney wins all 29 of Arizona’s delegates in a winner-takes-all format. Michigan will split the delegates according to the final results. He led Santorum by 40 to 36 percent when Romney was projected the winner by outlets. Catholic voters were said to have deserted Santorum at the polls, the influential voting bloc instead swaying toward the Mormon Romney. Santorum vowed to fight on, taking positives from his effort in Michigan."We came into the backyard’s of one our opponents and they said we had no chance,” Santorum said in a speech in Grand Rapids. A source told CNN that before he stepped on the stage to speak he had called Romney, essentially conceding the state to his opponent.

    February 28, 2012 10:26 PM

  2. STUMPING Paul and Gingrich to Fight On Evan Vucci

    2. Paul and Gingrich to Fight On

    As the election returns rolled in from Arizona and Michigan, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich were in Virginia and Georgia, respectively, trying to garner votes ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries, which will take place next week. Speaking to supporters in Virginia, Paul said he was amassing delegates despite coming in on the bottom half in both primaries tonight. Paul also railed against government spending and sending our troops overseas. Gingrich, who has plunged in the polls recently, delivered a long-winded concession speech before the polls closed, assailing President Obama’s energy policy and his apology for the burning of the Quran.

    February 28, 2012 9:51 PM

  3. ALL DONE Maine’s Sen. Snowe Retires AP Photo

    Maine’s Sen. Snowe Retires

    Battered and beaten by the harsh world of Capitol Hill politics, Olympia Snowe, the well-known moderate senator from Maine, announced Tuesday that she wouldn’t seek reelection. Snowe, 65, made sure to note that she was in good health and felt physically up to running this fall but claimed that the partisanship in Washington had finally gotten under her skin. “Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” she said in a statement. “So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate.” Snowe was set to run for her fourth term in office this fall.

    February 28, 2012 6:15 PM

  4. SPREE Ohio Shooter Chose Random Targets Aaron Josefczyk, Reuters / Landov

    4. Ohio Shooter Chose Random Targets

    T.J. Lane, the 17-year-old accused shooter blamed for killing three and wounding two at Chardon High School in Ohio, has admitted to firing 10 shots with a .22-caliber pistol, according to prosecutor David Joyce, who presented evidence at a juvenile-court hearing. Joyce also said that Lane chose random targets when he opened fire in the school’s cafeteria on Monday. Lane will be held in custody for the next 15 days, and prosecutors have until March 1 to file charges. Officials wouldn’t say what the motive was for the shootings, but some students have said Lane was an outcast who was often bullied.

    February 28, 2012 4:59 PM

  5. Hooray Dow Closes Above 13,000 Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    5. Dow Closes Above 13,000

    Hooray! After flirting with closing above 13,000 last week, the Dow Jones industrial average finally hit the mark Tuesday after a consumer-confidence report was better than expected. The high note is the first time the market has passed the number since the 2008 financial crisis hit. The Dow closed at 13,005. Meanwhile, European markets gained Tuesday after Angela Merkel secured Germany’s approval for the second bailout of Greece.

    February 28, 2012 4:14 PM

  6. MONEY HUNGRY Romney Solicits Donations Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    6. Romney Solicits Donations

    Mitt Romney had the look of a relieved man on Tuesday night as he declared victory in his home state. Romney squeezed out a win over Rick Santorum in Michigan, leading 41 to 37 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting. BuzzFeed politics reporter Zeke Miller declared it was the first time Romney had solicited money in a stump speech after the GOP frontrunner asked supporters to go to his website and donate what they could while also pledging support in other ways. Romney went after President Obama in his speech, saying the nation needed a “recovery from the recovery,” claiming Obama had failed to get the economy moving following the 2008 recession.

    February 28, 2012 11:46 PM

  7. GAME ON VA Senate Approves Abortion Bill Steve Helber / AP Photo

    7. VA Senate Approves Abortion Bill

    The Virginia Senate on Tuesday voted 21-19 to approve a measure that would require women to have an external ultrasound before having an abortion. It scaled back the legislation—which originally called for transvaginal ultrasounds—at the behest of Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell because the measure had prompted large-scale protests. McDonnell, an abortion opponent, indicated he would sign the bill. The bill exempts women who have reported to authorities that they are the victims of sexual violence, but it will still be required of women who have medical documentation that their fetus has a birth defect.

    February 28, 2012 3:52 PM

  8. BUSTED Anonymous Hackers Nabbed Petros Giannakouris / AP Photo

    8. Anonymous Hackers Nabbed

    Interpol has announced that 25 suspected members of the hacking group Anonymous have been arrested throughout Europe and South America. The arrests in Argentina, Colombia, and Spain were nabbed by national law enforcers working under Interpol’s Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime. Most recently, Anonymous has been at the center of WikiLeaks’ latest release of “Shadow CIA” emails. The hacking collective is believed to be the original source of the documents being released by WikiLeaks.

    February 28, 2012 7:03 PM

  9. SURPRISE! Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Have Baby Boy Kevin Winter / NBCUniversal / Getty Images

    9. Garner, Affleck Have Baby Boy

    It’s a boy! Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have welcomed a son to their family, a source confirmed to People. This is the celebrity couple’s third child, and the little guy will no doubt be well loved by his sisters, Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3. Back in September, Garner told Ellen DeGeneres that having a boy “would be so weird” but also “cool and different.” The baby’s sex may have come as a surprise to the rest of the world, but Garner told Jay Leno in January that she and Affleck knew what they were having. Mum's still the word on the baby’s name for now.

    February 28, 2012 9:53 PM

  10. INVESTIGATION Houston’s Death Ruled Accidental Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images

    10. Houston’s Death Ruled Accidental

    Whitney Houston’s death will officially be ruled an accident, E! News reports. This is what the singer’s family has believed since she died on Feb. 11. The cause of death had been listed as “deferred” on her death certificate, as officials waited for toxicology results. The source tells E! there were no marks on Houston’s body to suggest foul play.

    February 28, 2012 6:52 PM

  11. AID Euro Stocks Rise on Greek Deal Simon Dawson, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    11. Euro Stocks Rise on Greek Deal

    Stocks rose on European markets Tuesday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her country’s approval for a second bailout of Greece. Merkel has warned that Greece must stay in the euro zone and that removing the country would do “incalculable” damage. The latest bailout for Greece totals €130 billion, approximately $175 billion. Analysts say that there is room for European markets to continue to rise, pointing in particular to the German economy’s expected growth over the coming year.

    February 28, 2012 6:21 AM

  12. MAMA UMA Uma Thurman Pregnant at 41 Francois Guillot / AFP-Getty Images

    12. Uma Thurman Pregnant at 41

    Add Uma Thurman to the list of reasons that 40 is the new 30. It was revealed Monday that the 41-year-old actress will have her third child and first with financier Arpad Busson, whom she has been with since 2007. Thurman has two kids—a daughter, Maya, 13, and a son, Levon, 10—from her marriage to Ethan Hawke. Busson, 49, and Thurman split briefly in 2009 but have been together ever since. The Kill Bill star is set to appear in a five-episode arc on the new NBC show Smash, the first airing next Monday, March 5.

    February 27, 2012 9:58 PM

  13. AWARDS

    13. Daily Beast Nabs 3 ASME Noms

    The American Society of Magazine Editors has nominated The Daily Beast for three Ellies, its annual digital-media award. The Beast earned mentions in the categories of digital design, special section (for Book Beast), and commentary (for Michelle Goldberg). The site was nominated for two awards last year for “general excellence” and also for Book Beast. The winners will be announced at a lunch in New York City on March 20.

    February 28, 2012 1:55 PM

  14. BACK STORY Ohio Suspect Had Troubled Family

    14. Ohio Suspect Had Troubled Family

    A review of court records in Geauga County, Ohio, shows that the family of T.J. Lane, the teenager who was identified by fellow students and his family’s lawyer as the shooter at Chardon High School Monday, had a history of violence. Lane’s father was reportedly arrested multiple times for violence against women, including against Lane’s mother. Between 1995 and 1997, Lane’s mother and father faced charges for committing acts of domestic violence against each other, and Lane’s father was charged with assaulting a police officer. The man also served time for attempting to suffocate a woman he married after Lane’s mother. The current relationship between father and son is not known. Another student at the school told ABC News that Lane was "a quiet kid...He just went about his business."

    February 28, 2012 10:09 AM

  15. ADRIFT Stalled Cruise Ship Towed to Safety AP Photo

    15. Stalled Cruise Ship Towed to Safety

    Another cruise nightmare: an Italian ship with more than 1,000 passengers and crew is being towed to safety by a French fishing vessel after a generator fire caused the luxury cruiser to lose power. The Costa Allegra, which belongs to the same fleet as the capsized Costa Concordia, was adrift in the Indian Ocean—in an area rife with Somali pirates—without air conditioning and almost without radio after the generator failed. All of the passengers are safe, according to the ship’s owner, and Italian authorities have sent four other ships to help the stranded vessel.

    February 28, 2012 10:13 AM

  16. EVICTED Occupy London Camp Dismantled Sean Dempsey, Press Association / Landov

    16. Occupy London Camp Dismantled

    The encampment was inspired by New York’s Zuccotti Park, and it met a similar end. Bailiffs and police officers surrounded the Occupy London camp in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the early hours of Tuesday morning, bringing an end to four months of protest in London. In a statement published by The Telegraph, St. Paul’s said it regretted that the settlement had to be broken up by police. According to police, some of the protesters resisted the eviction, and at least 20 were arrested. Most occupiers reportedly left peacefully, however.

    February 28, 2012 6:52 AM

  17. GREED Feds After 120 for Insider Trading FBI

    17. Feds After 120 for Insider Trading

    As federal authorities investigate about 120 individuals for insider trading, they’ve turned for help to a man who made himself synonymous with Wall Street power plays by starring in the 1987 film Wall Street, actor Michael Douglas. In a new FBI public service announcement, Douglas renounces the “greed is good” ethos his character espoused in the film, saying, “In the movie Wall Street I played Gordon Gekko, a greedy corporate executive who cheated to profit while innocent investors lost their savings.” The FBI is reportedly trying to get out the word on the dangers of risky investment practices. “The movie was fiction,” Douglas says, “but the problem is real.”

    February 28, 2012 6:43 AM

  18. AT THE PUMP Rick: Blame Gas Prices for Recession Alex Brandon / AP Photo

    18. Rick: Blame Gas Prices for Recession

    Speaking in Michigan Monday, Rick Santorum said high gas costs took too much money out of the pockets of homeowners, prohibiting them from paying their mortgages and thus sparking the financial collapse. It’s a pet theory that’s not found much favor among economists, who point to subprime mortgages as the reason the housing bubble burst. Even Santorum backpedaled when pressed by reporters, saying, “I said that was a factor. I’m sorry. I’ll make sure I’m much more specific when I talk.” And though Santorum seems to be the first to hypothesize that gas prices were at the root of the financial crisis, he’s sticking to his guns: “They were spiking in 2008; that’s a fact.”

    February 28, 2012 6:19 AM

  19. DANGER U.N. Council Denounces Syria AFP / Getty Images

    19. U.N. Council Denounces Syria

    The United Nations Human Rights Council is meeting Tuesday to issue its fourth condemnation of Syria and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In a resolution drafted by three Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, the body rebukes Syria for “the use of heavy artillery and tanks to attack residential areas ... that have led to the death of thousands of innocent civilians.” Some of the worst aggression on the part of Assad’s forces has been in and around the city of Homs, where combatants and civilians alike have endured weeks of shelling. Last Wednesday, an artillery strike on a house in Homs claimed the lives of Western journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik. Paul Conroy, a photographer who was wounded in the strike, was sneaked out of the city by resistance forces and has been evacuated to Lebanon.

    February 28, 2012 6:10 AM

  20. MOOLAH Casino Mogul Gives More to Gingrich AFP / Getty Images

    20. Casino Mogul Gives More to Gingrich

    The casino billionaire who already gave the former House speaker’s super PAC two $5 million donations has anted up again, according to the Associated Press. Adelson seems to hope that a fresh cash injection for Winning Our Future will help Gingrich’s odds as the candidate struggles to keep his campaign going. The PAC will reportedly direct the money to television advertisements in seven states, including Mississippi, Kansas, and Alabama. And though Rick Santorum seems to be the Republican frontrunner du jour, the ads reportedly take aim at Mitt Romney, who has claimed that he is the most electable of the Republicans running.

    February 28, 2012 7:18 AM

  21. STUDIES Google+ Is a Ghost Town EPA / Landov

    21. Google+ Is a Ghost Town

    Google is touting its social-networking service as a robust competitor in the ferociously competitive market, with more than 90 million users. But according to new data from the Web research firm ComScore, Google+ is a "virtual ghost town" compared with Facebook, which it strongly resembles. Users spend an average of three minutes per month on Google+ compared with six or seven hours on Facebook. Tech analysts say Google has failed to distinguish its product from Facebook, and users are confused about why they need another social timeline–centered network.

    February 28, 2012 9:58 AM

  22. CLOUDY DAY Bribery Alleged at Murdoch’s Sun Carl Court, AFP / Getty Images

    22. Bribery Alleged at Murdoch’s Sun

    Police in the United Kingdom have said that The Sun, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., had a “culture ... of illegal payments.” A deputy assistant commissioner for London Metropolitan police said Monday that journalists at the tabloid were in the habit of paying public officials for tips. Investigations into the paper and its practices are ongoing, even as Murdoch continues to tout a new weekend edition of the paper, The Sun on Sunday. The London investigators said that one official allegedly received the equivalent of $127,000 over several years.

    February 28, 2012 6:41 AM

  23. NOT CLASSY Arrested Actress Demands Apology Michael Kovac / Getty Images

    23. Arrested Actress Demands Apology

    Blade Runner and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective star Sean Young says she wants an apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after she was arrested outside the Governors Ball, the official Oscars after-party. Young allegedly slapped a security guard who tried to remove her from outside the party Saturday evening, and she was placed under citizen’s arrest. Young, dressed in a ball gown, was booked for investigation of misdemeanor battery and released on $20,000 bail. She later wrote on Facebook that she could file suit against the Academy but felt “a public apology to me would be much better.” Young was caught crashing the Vanity Fair after-party in 2006, and in 2008 she entered alcohol rehabilitation after being tossed out of the Directors Guild of America awards. TMZ reports that she had been taking pictures with stars like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Sandra Bullock before the arrest.

    February 28, 2012 9:15 AM

  24. MASSACRE Gunmen Kill 18 Shiites in Pakistan Mohammad Abbas / AP Photo

    24. Gunmen Kill 18 Shiites in Pakistan

    Gunmen disguised in military uniforms flagged down a series of commuter buses and opened fire on 18 Shiite passengers in a northern province of Pakistan, officials said Tuesday. The attackers boarded the four buses and checked passengers’ identities before gunning down the Shiites on board. The Pakistani Taliban, a Sunni Muslim group, claimed responsibility for the massacre. Shiites, a minority sect in Pakistan, have been the victim of several recent attacks by Sunni extremists.

    February 28, 2012 11:01 AM

  25. TRAGIC Third Student Dies in Ohio Shooting Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer / Landov

    25. Third Student Dies in Ohio Shooting

    A high-school junior is the third student pronounced dead after a student gunman opened fire at Ohio’s Chardon High School yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was a “happy young man who loved life,” his family said in a statement. The suspect, identified by witnesses as 17-year-old T.J. Lane although police have not yet named him, will likely face charges as an adult, Ohio’s attorney general said Tuesday. A motive remains unclear; witnesses say the boy shot several students from behind in the school’s cafeteria Monday morning.

    February 28, 2012 1:11 PM

  26. FIRED UP Obama Delivers Barnburner to UAW Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

    26. Obama Delivers Barnburner to UAW

    President Obama addressed the United Auto Workers in Michigan Tuesday, there was no doubt about whether or not it was a campaign speech. “I placed my bet on American workers,” Obama said. “I know our bet was a good one because I’ve seen the payoff firsthand.” Without mentioning him by name, Obama referenced Romney’s now-infamous 2008 “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed, which argued against the auto bailout. “Even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you-know-what,” Obama said.

    February 28, 2012 12:33 PM

  27. SYRIA Edith Bouvier may still be in Homs. AP Photo

    27. Sarkozy: Journalist May Not Be Rescued

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy retracted a claim from earlier Tuesday that French journalist Edith Bouvier had been smuggled out of Homs, Syria, where she had been trapped. Earlier, Sarkozy confirmed that opposition forces had smuggled Bouvier, who was injured last week in the bombardment that killed American reporter Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik, to safety in Lebanon. British photographer Paul Conroy was in fact rescued, but communication about Bouvier has left French authorities confused and uncertain about her safety. Bouvier appeared in a video posted on YouTube on Feb. 23, saying she needed an emergency operation.

    February 28, 2012 3:29 PM

  28. FRONTRUNNER? Santorum Leads in Michigan Poll Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    28. Santorum Leads in Michigan Poll

    Rick Santorum may have gained some momentum in Michigan over the last week, but will it last? The latest data from Public Policy Polling indicates that Santorum holds a small lead over Mitt Romney—38 percent of Michigan residents polled favor Santorum, and 37 percent say they like Mitt. But a deeper look at the numbers shows that Santorum has picked up that narrow lead in the last few days, and there’s no guarantee all those voters will turn out tonight. The poll is another indication that the two candidates are neck and neck as they prepare for the primaries in Michigan and Arizona, which hold 30 and 29 delegates, respectively. Ron Paul trailed in the poll, drawing support from only 14 percent of Michigan voters, and Newt Gingrich brought up the rear with 9 percent. Romney is currently leading the race for delegates, holding 123 to Santorum’s 72.

    February 28, 2012 10:06 AM

  29. My Bad Romney Takes Blame for Mistakes Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    29. Romney Takes Blame for Mistakes

    Mitt Romney admits he's responsible for not having already secured the Republican nomination for the presidency, but he's not willing "to light my hair on fire" to do so. After harming his campaign in the week before Tuesday's crucial Michigan primary with tone-deaf comments about his wife's Cadillacs and his friends' NASCAR teams, the former Massachusetts governor plans to change the tone of his campaign before Super Tuesday. "I'm trying to do better and work harder and make sure that we get our message across," he said in Michigan. Polls on Tuesday have shown Romney and competitor Rick Santorum neck and neck in Michigan's primary. 

    February 28, 2012 3:10 PM


    30. Exit Polls Give Little Hint in MI

    With polls set to close at 9 p.m. ET in Michigan, the information pouring out of the state is giving few clues as to who might walk away a winner in the GOP primary. The New York Times is compiling heaps of data to try to understand the outcome between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, focusing first on the number of Michiganders who consider themselves very conservative (3 in 10). But polls show the state is more of a moderate conservative state than others that had GOP contests earlier this year. The two stats give weight to the opposing candidates. One poll said the last Republican debate has given Romney an advantage, while CNN reports that Democrats have taken to the polls to vote for Santorum, trying to weigh the contest in his favor.

    February 28, 2012 7:54 PM

  31. SHAKE IT ‘DWTS’ Announces New Cast John Sciulli / Getty Images

    31. ‘DWTS’ Announces New Cast

    It’s time! Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars will kick off March 19, and ABC has announced the new cast. Four actors, including Jaleel White, Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, and Jack Wagner, will join the cast in addition to tennis great Martina Navratilova. Opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, and singing legend Gladys Knight have also signed up for DWTS. Gavin DeGraw, William Levy, Sherri Shepherd, and Maria Menounos round out the cast of 12.

    February 28, 2012 3:13 PM

  32. DISTURBING Human 9/11 Remains Dumped in Landfill Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

    32. Human 9/11 Remains Dumped in Landfill

    The Defense Department admitted for the first time Tuesday that partial remains of the 9/11 victims in the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., attacks ended up in a landfill after being incinerated at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary. The dumped remains were unidentified, not unlike those of American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan that were discovered to have also been dumped in a landfill by the same mortuary last year. The review found that following cremation, the remains were given to a biomedical-waste-disposal contractor who, apparently, found residual material that was then deposited in a landfill. Since 2008, the Dover mortuary has changed its policy to bury unidentified incinerated remains at sea. This latest review appears to confirm arguments that the mortuary is badly mismanaged.

    February 28, 2012 2:00 PM