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  1. What a Race! Kucinich Out in Ohio Primary

    1. Kucinich Out in Ohio Primary

    Two longtime members of Congress were forced to face off in a heated battle in Ohio after district lines had been redrawn. Well-known Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who made bids for the presidency in 2004 and 2008, was beaten out in the Ninth District by fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur, another Democrat. Kaptur carried 94 percent of the vote in her home county compared with just 73 percent for Kucinich in his stomping grounds, with Kaptur winning four out of five counties in their contested district. Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in Congress, is projected to take on Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber” from the 2008 campaign. Running in the primary as a Republican, Wurzelbacher led by less than 500 votes with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting.

    March 7, 2012 1:09 AM

  2. It's Mitt! Romney Claims Epic Ohio Victory Richard Shiro / AP Photo

    2. Romney Claims Epic Ohio Victory

    Mitt Romney took a much-needed victory in sparsely-populated Idaho and then finished off the night with a blockbuster win in Ohio, fending off a surging Rick Santorum in what turned out to be a super Super Tuesday. Romney had 38 percent of the vote compared to Santorum's 37 percent. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney collected 450,543 votes to Santorum's 438,515 in a primary that brought out over 1.24 million voters compared to 1.1 million in 2008. Santorum had won in North Dakota (which Romney won in 2008), as well as Tennessee and Oklahoma. But Romney sealed the night after wins in Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Idaho to go along with his W in Ohio.

    March 7, 2012 12:41 AM

  3. DIPLOMACY Iran to Allow Nuclear Inspections Majid Asgaripour, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Iran to Allow Nuclear Inspections

    Global powers dealing with Iran’s nuclear program said Tuesday that they have agreed to resume talks, which Iran proposed in a letter last month. Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign-policy chief, said she responded to the letter, opening the door for talks to resume after they were broken off more than a year ago. Nations involved include the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council—the U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia—as well as Germany. Western powers suspect that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, but the country denies the charge. Iran also agreed to allow inspections of its nuclear sites.

    March 6, 2012 5:00 PM

  4. TRAGEDY Obama: Syria Is ‘Heartbreaking’ Gianluigi Guercia / AFP-Getty Images

    4. Obama: Syria Is ‘Heartbreaking’

    As more violence was reported in Syria Tuesday, President Obama said the U.S. should work to isolate the country—and he said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will eventually fall. He dismissed attempts to liken Syria to Libya, saying, “The notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military, that hasn’t been true in the past, and it won’t be true now.” Assad has said he will continue to fight “terrorism” in his country, and forces loyal to him shelled towns held by rebel activists Tuesday.

    March 6, 2012 10:48 PM

  5. UNMASKED Members of Anonymous Charged Mario Tama / Getty Images

    5. Members of Anonymous Charged

    A prominent member of the amorphous hacker-activist collective Anonymous was reportedly turned by the FBI, leading to the arrest of five hackers in three countries. Prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against the men, spread across Britain, Ireland, and Chicago, and alleged that they have been engaged in attempts to steal information from the computer systems of U.S. companies and hack government websites. The officials alleged that the five were involved in the recent hacking of Stratfor, a Texas-based intelligence company that had documents leaked on the Internet after WikiLeaks got a hold of them. The FBI was led to the five men by an informer, Hector Xavier Monsegur, a hacker who was arrested in June and began cooperating with law enforcement.

    March 7, 2012 1:17 AM

  6. NEW ROUTE Netflix Mulls Cable Partnership Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    6. Netflix Mulls Cable Partnership

    CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix has reportedly been meeting with cable companies to discuss partnerships that would involve tying online video streaming into existing cable services. According to sources familiar with the conversations who spoke to Reuters, Netflix may be added into a subscriber’s existing cable program, if some of the talks prove fruitful. A Netflix spokesperson declined to speak on talks the company has had with cable providers. Netflix has widely been seen as a threat to the traditional cable industry.

    March 7, 2012 1:50 AM

  7. OUCH Moldova to Castrate Pedophiles Getty Images

    7. Moldova to Castrate Pedophiles

    A new law passed by the Moldovan Parliament says that both citizens and foreigners found guilty of sexual violence against children will face chemical castration. The punishment, which will also apply to rapists under some circumstances, will be meted out on a case-by-case basis. According to a legislator who championed the bill, there have been 15 Moldovan pedophiles who have reoffended in recent years. According to the Associated Press, a large number of Moldovans believe that their country is a popular destination for sexual tourists who come from around the world.

    March 7, 2012 1:12 AM

  8. SLUT FUROR Obama, Axelrod Slam Rush Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    8. Obama, Axelrod Slam Rush

    President Barack Obama and David Axelrod made their feelings clear about talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh’s comments on birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke during a press conference Tuesday. At a news conference Tuesday, Obama addressed the controversy Limbaugh incited head-on, drawing on his experience as a father, and said people should be able to engage in public disputes without “being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.” Meanwhile, more advertisers continued to drop Limbaugh’s show, bringing the total number of advertisers lost to 17.

    March 6, 2012 10:46 PM

  9. COLLISION COURSE Moon to Blame for Titanic Sinking? AP Photo

    9. Moon to Blame for Titanic Sinking?

    The events leading up to one of the worst maritime disasters in history may have been spurred by celestial events months earlier, an astronomer says. Donald Olson of Texas State University–San Marcos says that a full moon in January of 1912 may have led to a confluence of strong tides and southbound icebergs that swept along into the path of the Titanic. In fact, Olson says, the moon was the closest to the earth it had been since 796 AD. Other astronomers doubt the theory, however, saying that tides in early January of 1912 weren’t even especially powerful.

    March 7, 2012 1:13 AM

  10. OUT Colts Plan to Drop Peyton Manning Frederick Breedon / AP Photo

    10. Colts Plan to Drop Peyton Manning

    The Indianapolis Colts plan to allow Peyton Manning to become a free agent, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The formal announcement will reportedly come at a press conference Wednesday. The four-time league MVP intends to continue to play, the source said, but the Colts have decided not to take on the $28 million bonus and four years remaining on his contract (NFL contracts are not guaranteed). Manning missed the 2011 season after an injury that required surgery on neck vertebrae, but reports are that his physical condition has considerably improved in recent months. Early rumors put the Arizona Cardinals as the frontrunner as to who might acquire Manning. The Miami Dolphins are also said to be in the running.

    March 6, 2012 10:19 PM

  11. UNDER FIRE Kirk Cameron Defends Antigay Remarks Win McNamee / Getty Images

    11. Kirk Cameron Defends Antigay Remarks

    Kirk Cameron has been criticized widely since he called homosexuality “unnatural” in a Friday interview on CNN with Piers Morgan. Now, the star of 1980s comedy “Growing Pains” said that he’s the one being treated unfairly. “I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community,” Cameron said in a statement Tuesday. The actor, whose comments were condemned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has said his gay friends have been supportive. “Cameron used his platform to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie,” a GLAAD spokesman said.

    March 6, 2012 8:20 PM

  12. FASHION Second Kanye Line a 'Bit Better’ Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP

    12. Second Kanye Line a 'Bit Better’

    Arguably the Beau Brummell of our times, Kanye West burnished his reputation as a tastemaker by releasing his second fashion collection Tuesday at Paris Fashion Week. The show was a rebound attempt after a debut effort crashed and burned like a repurposed Maybach 57S last year. At a show in Paris that featured plenty of leather pants and go-karts, West premiered his designs in front of a celebrity audience that included Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys, and Sean Combs. At one point in the show, Anna Wintour is reported to have smiled, meaning that whether or not the collection is received well (which is still up in the air), Kanye can live a long, happy life.

    March 6, 2012 9:40 PM

  13. RALLY NATO Protests Planned in Chicago Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    13. NATO Protests Planned in Chicago

    Protesters said on Tuesday that the White House’s decision on Monday to move the G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David won’t change their plans to protest in the city this spring. A major NATO meeting is still scheduled to take place in Chicago over the same period, and organizers say they anticipate tens of thousands to turn out for the rally. “Guess what? The protests are going to happen anyway because if [protesters] are upset about G8, they have just as much reason to be upset about NATO,” said Andy Thayer, a protest planner and Chicago activist. The Obama administration said that the meeting of the Group of Eight was moved to the secluded presidential retreat to “facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G8 partners.”

    March 6, 2012 8:44 PM

  14. SLOWLY BUT SURELY Newt: ‘I’m the Tortoise’ Evan Vucci / AP Photo

    14. Newt: ‘I’m the Tortoise’

    Newt Gingrich stepped out to address supporters at his Georgia headquarters after winning the state’s primary. Gingrich made his entrance to the song “Real American,” Hulk Hogan’s theme music and the same song President Obama jokingly walked out to after releasing his birth certificate. After reviewing the Republican candidates who have come and gone, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Gingrich compared them all to hares. And he’s “the tortoise,” he said, referencing poll numbers as the one who has stuck around in the race the longest with frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Newt reiterated his claim that he is the only candidate who can take on Obama in a debate.

    March 6, 2012 9:24 PM

  15. Super Tuesday Ohio: Romney Wins the Catholic Vote Mario Tama / Getty Images

    15. Ohio: Romney Wins the Catholic Vote

    Exit polls are showing that Mitt Romney has captured the Catholic vote in Ohio by a 41 percent to 30 percent margin, though the state remains too close to call. Romney also made good with voters who changed their minds in "the last few days," another exit poll showed, leading that count by 50 percent to just 28 percent for Rick Santorum. Santorum had led in the Ohio polls by as much as 10 points before Romney seemingly closed the gap in what was a deadlocked race going into Super Tuesday. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is projected the winner in his home state of Georgia, while Romney has been projected to win in both Virginia and Vermont.

    March 6, 2012 7:50 PM

  16. BROADWAY FEUD Julie Taymor Fights Countersuit Peter Kramer / AP Photo

    16. Julie Taymor Fights Countersuit

    The plot thickens in the ongoing feud between Julie Taymor and the producers of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, whom Taymor sued after she was fired as director of the $75 million musical. In a recent court filing, Taymor claimed the producers’ countersuit was “highly sensational, false and misleading” and “aimed at assassinating her character and professional reputation.” In her original suit, Taymor had argued that they blamed her for the show’s problems (actor injuries, technical difficulties) as an “opportunistic way” to reassure investors that the show would improve once it was “re-imagined.” She also said the producers continued to ask for her direction despite their plans to fire her, which they allegedly referred to as “Plan X.” The latest court filing includes a recounted email from Glenn Berger, her co–book writer, that reveals they were all conspiring against her. In the email, Berger writes about a meeting being postponed after Bono showed up drunk, “but the producers assured me the new plan was to implement JT’s vision for the next three weeks and…if they feel like they don’t have a hit, they’re going to shut down and implement ‘Plan X.’”

    March 6, 2012 7:05 PM

  17. OOPS! Singer, 66, Mistaken for Lindsay Lohan Dan Steinberg / AP Photo

    17. Singer, 66, Mistaken for Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan and Debbie Harry sort of look alike—never mind their 41-year age difference. Harry, formerly of the rock band Blondie, stepped out of the swank New York Mercer Hotel on Sunday to a swarm of paparazzi who snapped photos of the 66-year-old wearing a hooded sweatshirt and large sunglasses. Several of the photographers later told outlets that they believed they were taking pictures of Lohan, who had hosted Saturday Night Live the evening prior and was staying at the same hotel earlier in the week. Lohan’s TV comeback has been marred by discussion of her appearance, which shows signs of plastic surgery on her face that many believe make her look older, not younger.

    March 6, 2012 5:06 PM


    18. Romney: I Will ‘Save the Future’

    “We’re going to take your vote,” Mitt Romney told ebullient supporters Tuesday in Boston, swelled by his Super Tuesday successes, “and take that victory all the way to the White House.” He was introduced by his wife, Ann, who thanked state and national politicians for their support. Romney scooped up Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts early as results poured in Tuesday—but he had failed to capture the real prize, Ohio, by 10 p.m. ET. Romney positioned himself as a champion of the American people in the face of a feckless White House, saying, “You have not failed. You have a president that has failed you. And that’s going to change.”

    March 6, 2012 10:32 PM

  19. HERO Woman Loses Legs Saving Kids in Tornado Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    19. Woman Loses Legs Saving Kids in Tornado

    An Indiana woman who saved her two children during last week’s devastating tornados lost both of her legs after they were crushed by falling debris. Stephanie Decker, a 36-year-old sleep specialist, tied her two children together with a blanket and covered them with her body to protect them from the house falling down around them. The house completely disappeared, but Decker’s 5- and 8-year-old children were unscathed. Her husband, who was at his job teaching at the local high school when the storm hit, said, "I told her, 'They're here because of you.’ I said, 'You're going to be here for your kids, and you get to see them grow up.' "

    March 6, 2012 2:02 PM

  20. NEWS CORP. Two Murdoch Reporters Attempted Suicide Lefteris Pitarakis / AP Photo

    20. Two Murdoch Reporters Attempted Suicide

    Two senior Murdoch reporters apparently tried to commit suicide after 300 million emails and internal papers were turned over to investigators pursuing the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the company over the past year. The pair were checked into a hospital at the expense of News International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s News Corp. Sources inside the company said journalists are “terribly stressed and many are on the edge,” and have been informed that the company will provide psychiatric help if needed.

    March 6, 2012 4:56 PM

  21. PULLING AHEAD Romney Takes Fourth Win in ID Jae C. Hong

    21. Romney Takes Fourth Win in ID

    Mitt Romney added another notch to his delegate belt on Tuesday night as the networks called Idaho for the GOP frontrunner. Coming out of Super Tuesday, Rick Santorum made a strong showing behind Romney, while Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul showed no signs they’d be dropping out of the continuing Republican battle. The results and the candidates’ reactions to them, however, may have meant little in the protracted slog toward choosing the GOP’s nominee. Romney scooped up Vermont, Virginia, and Massachusetts early in the evening before capturing Idaho. Meanwhile, victories were called for Santorum in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. The candidates seemed to favor a prolonged contest, with Gingrich calling himself the “tortoise” who’d win through sheer persistence, and Santorum’s spokesman telling reporters that the former Pennsylvania senator’s campaign was ready to fight for the nomination all the way to the convention.

    March 6, 2012 11:19 PM

  22. SUPER TUESDAY Exit Polls: Romney Likely to Win Ohio Jim Watson / Getty Images

    22. Exit Polls: Romney Likely to Win Ohio

    As Republican voters headed to the polls in 10 states on Tuesday, exit polls showed that Mitt Romney is likely to win the key battleground state of Ohio and indicated that voters in all the states say gas prices and the economy are the top concerns. A Quinnipiac poll showed Romney with 34 percent support in the Buckeye State, with Santorum trailing with 31 percent. Only four out of 10 Ohio voters said they strongly backed their candidate, and the electorate in that state is more educated and higher-income than in 2008. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich held a lead as the candidate in his home state of Georgia as the most likely to beat President Obama—a sign that Gingrich could pick up the lead there.

    March 6, 2012 6:58 PM

  23. IN RETROSPECT Murkowski Regrets Contraception Vote Mark Thiessen / AP Photo

    23. Murkowski Regrets Contraception Vote

    It’s too late now, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) would have voted differently on contraception if she could do it all over again. In an interview with Anchorage Daily News, Murkowski said she wouldn’t have voted in favor of Roy Blunt’s amendment if she could go back in time, and that she’d taken heat from Alaska women for supporting it. “I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me,” Murkowski said. Blunt’s amendment would have allowed employers to opt out of providing birth control or any coverage mandate on moral or religious grounds. Murkowski had intended to make a statement on religious freedom, not against contraception coverage for women. She said Blunt’s amendment was a “messaging amendment” that “both sides know is not going to pass.” The Senate voted 51–48 against the amendment, with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) the only Republican who voted against it.

    March 6, 2012 11:18 AM


    24. Two Shot Dead at Florida High School

    Two people were killed at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon. Both of those killed were adults, and police said no students were involved. The school did not go on lockdown, and police said there was “no outstanding suspect on the loose.” An unconfirmed report from a local newspaper indicated that the shooting involved a maintenance man and an administrator.

    March 6, 2012 4:49 PM

  25. Tense Israel: We Can’t ‘Wait Much Longer’ Amos Ben Gershom, GPO / Getty Images

    25. Israel: We Can’t ‘Wait Much Longer’

    Judging by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC Monday night, he wasn't convinced by President Obama's urging to be patient with Iran. Criticizing those who doubt Iran is building a nuclear weapon and invoking the Auschwitz death camp, he said, "None of us can afford to wait much longer" to act against Iran. Hours before, Obama asked Netanyahu to wait for sanctions and diplomacy to have time to work on Iran. Obama has spent the last several days urging Israel not to launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear program.

    March 6, 2012 6:30 AM

  26. HACKING News Corp. Troubles Extend to Russia Warren Allott, AFP / Getty Images

    26. News Corp. Troubles Extend to Russia

    It may not have the name recognition of other past or present Murdoch properties, but News Outdoor Russia, a billboard company and former subsidiary of the News Corp. empire, has caught the eye of the feds as they continue an investigation of the company. News Corp. has been roiled by police prodding into its U.K. operations, and the FBI is interested in whether News Outdoor paid off local officials to get preferred billboard placement, sources told The Wall Street Journal. A News Corp. spokesman declined to speak to the Journal, itself a News Corp. property, about the investigation in Russia.

    March 6, 2012 12:23 AM

  27. SEIZURE Kochs Try to Take Over Cato Institute Bo Rader, Wichita Eagle / MCT / Getty Images

    27. Kochs Try to Take Over Cato Institute

    One of the most respected names in Washington—the libertarian Cato Institute—is facing a forcible takeover by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have made a name for themselves funding right-wing advocacy. Though Charles Koch was a founding member, he has not been involved in Cato for the past two decades. Now he’s trying to force in new board members to turn Cato into a Republican-aligned war machine providing “intellectual ammunition” to other Koch groups like the anti-tax Americans for Prosperity. Executives and scholars at Cato, who are known for working all over the political spectrum, are strongly opposed to the takeover, and many have promised to resign if they end up under Koch leadership.

    March 6, 2012 1:03 PM

  28. BUYING TIME DSK’s Court Hearing Postponed Scott Eells / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    28. DSK’s Court Hearing Postponed

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s defense team will have a few extra weeks to prepare for the civil suit filed against him by the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. A New York court postponed a March 15 hearing in Manhattan on the suit filed by Nafissatou Diallo, rescheduling the hearing for March 28. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn last year, but Diallo has continued to seek monetary damages in civil court. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers think the suit should be dismissed, arguing that the former IMF chief had diplomatic immunity. Strauss-Kahn himself is not required to attend the hearing, which will help him avoid extra attention in the media. Meanwhile, Diallo’s lawyer told the Associated Press that she “can't wait to get to trial."

    March 6, 2012 5:15 PM

  29. Not Again Fire May Hit Second Congo Arms Depot Patrick Fort, AFP / Getty Images

    29. Fire May Hit Second Congo Arms Depot

    Days after a massive explosion at a Congo arms depot killed at least 213 people, officials are fighting to keep the fire from spreading to yet another munitions stockpile, with even heavier weapons. The first fire buckled buildings—including two churches—and shattered windows miles away from depot, and smaller explosions have continued to shake Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of the Congo.

    March 6, 2012 6:53 AM

  30. FAILING GRADE Thousands Protest UC Tuition Hikes Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

    30. Thousands Protest UC Tuition Hikes

    About 70 demonstrators were arrested in Sacramento after they stormed the Capitol to protest tuition hikes. The protesters, who said they wanted to “occupy the capitol,” massed in a plaza on the west side of the building, chanting, “They say cut back, we say fight back!” State Senate president Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat who’s voted to make cuts in the past, addressed the crowd, saying the gouging has been forced upon lawmakers: “We’ve cut billions of dollars, and I’ve hated every minute of it.” The activists shouted several demands, including a tax on millionaires they hope to place on the November ballot. 

    March 5, 2012 7:18 PM

  31. Collectibles Woman Sells McNugget for $8K

    31. Woman Sells McNugget for $8K

    A Nebraska woman got quite a return on her 99-cent investment. Three years ago she noticed one of her McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets resembled President George Washington, and she put it in the freezer. Then, trying to raise money for her church’s summer camp, she unearthed the Washington nugget and posted it on eBay. The winning bid: $8,100. EBay took down the nugget at first, saying it violated its rules regulating expired food, but then the woman got an email saying the company was “willing to make exceptions to help your cause.”

    March 6, 2012 6:56 AM

  32. SNOWE-BALL Former Gov. Runs for Snowe Seat Joel Page / AP Photo

    32. Former Gov. Runs for Snowe Seat

    The independent-minded folks in the Pine Tree State thought Angus King so nice they elected him twice, in 1995 and 2003. Now the former Maine governor says he’s going to run for Senate, announcing Monday that he’ll pursue the seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, who announced last week that she would not be running for reelection. The 67-year-old King is likely to draw support from Democrats, and has pitched himself as an outsider willing to buck the system, telling a crowd at Bowdoin College, “If you want a shot at changing it [the system], join me.” Candidates have until March 15 to throw their hats into the ring.

    March 6, 2012 12:30 AM

  33. Super Tuesday Candidates Make Final Pitches Getty Images

    33. Candidates Make Final Pitches

    Today's the day. The GOP candidates are spread across the country, vying for last-minute votes in the 10 states holding primaries today. The biggest Super Tuesday trophy: Ohio, where polls show Mitt Romney with a slight lead over Rick Santorum. Both frontrunners made closing arguments there yesterday, trying to connect with blue-collar workers, a group Romney has so far failed to woo. Newt Gingrich is expected to cruise to victory in Georgia, the biggest state voting today, while Romney is supposed to easily take Massachusetts, Vermont, and Virginia. Ron Paul is aiming for Alaska, North Dakota, and Idaho. Tennessee is neck-and-neck, while Santorum leads in Oklahoma.

    March 6, 2012 5:59 AM

  34. Get Out the Vote Putin’s Chechnya Turnout: 107 Percent Musa Sadulayev / AP Photo

    34. Putin’s Chechnya Turnout: 107 Percent

    Allegations of fraud abound in Russia’s recent election, but Chechnya is perhaps the most brazen case. Chechnya, the region that Vladimir Putin practically declared war on in 1999, voted for him by an astonishing number—by more votes, in fact, than there are people on the rolls. In one precinct Putin got 1,482 votes, while his communist opposition got one. There are only 1,389 people registered to vote there, giving the precinct a turnout of 107 percent. Russian forces detained hundreds of protesters during demonstrations yesterday. More than 20,000 people came out to call for Putin's ouster.

    March 6, 2012 6:35 AM

  35. Dynasty U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Dies Susan Walsh / AP Photo

    35. U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Dies

    After months of suffering from colon cancer, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne died Tuesday. The 77-year-old Democrat was the dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation. He was New Jersey's first—and currently the only—black congressman, having represented the state's 10th District in Congress for 23 years and creating one of Newark’s most influential political dynasties, which includes his son and brother. He announced last month that he was undergoing cancer treatment but, despite his positive outlook, was hospitalized at Georgetown University hospital and then sent back to New Jersey when his health got worse. “He’s had a tremendous impact on the state, country, and the world,” said William Payne, his brother and political partner. 

    March 6, 2012 9:44 AM

  36. Would You Rather

    36. Voters: Sell Us Cars, Santorum!

    If the presidential campaign doesn't work out, Rick Santorum could always become a used-car salesman. According to a recent Craigslist poll, 60 percent of Republican voters would feel comfortable buying a used car from the former Pennsylvania senator, while only 46 percent would purchase one from Mitt Romney. However, a Hill poll found that more voters would rather have a sitdown meal with Mitt than Rick.

    March 6, 2012 3:16 PM

  37. Relatable? Ann Romney: I Don't Feel Wealthy

    37. Ann Romney: I Don't Feel Wealthy

    Ann Romney took a page out of her husband’s playbook and tried, somewhat awkwardly, to relate to everyday Americans. When asked on Fox News whether the extremely wealthy family would be able to understand the struggles of most Americans, Ann responded, “You know, we can be poor in spirit. I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing. It can be here today and gone tomorrow.” The candidate’s wife’s comments can obviously be mocked when taken out of context—Mitt’s net worth is about $200 million—but Ann was clearly trying to explain that being wealthy is not her defining characteristic. “How I measure riches,” she goes on to say, “is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life, and that’s where my values are and that’s where my riches are.”

    March 6, 2012 11:02 AM

  38. The Future Robot Breaks Speed Record DARPA

    38. Robot Breaks Speed Record

    Meet your new overlords—or their great-grandparents, anyway. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency revealed a new robot, called “Cheetah,” capable of running 18mph, a record for a machine with legs. “It’s the first time we’ve had a robot that gallops,” said the president of Boston Dynamics, who is working with DARPA to create robots that can outrun and evade humans on foot. The previous record for a legged robot was 13.1mph, set by a bipedal robot in 1989. Boston Dynamics is also working on a humanoid robot called Atlas and a doglike robot named BigDog.

    March 6, 2012 6:54 AM


    39. Woman Killed By Cannonball

    Today in Bizarreville: a 33-year-old woman was struck and killed by a cannonball that blew through her mobile home early Tuesday morning in a rural community outside San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reports. Here’s the kicker: the woman’s husband and another man were working on the cannon nearby when it exploded. Authorities say one of the two men was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. Why they were fumbling around with a cannon remains unclear, though the incident reeks of foul play. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is currently looking into it.

    March 6, 2012 12:39 PM

  40. AIPAC Santorum: Obama 'Turned' On Israel Kevin Dietsch, UPI / Landov

    40. Santorum: Obama 'Turned' On Israel

    President Obama isn’t the only one meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week. Rick Santorum declared that Obama has “turned his back on the state of Israel." The Republican presidential candidates—except Ron Paul—will take their turn speaking to the influential lobbying group on Super Tuesday. They slammed Obama’s speech to AIPAC earlier this week, in which he insisted that he is committed to stopping the production of an Iranian nuclear weapon and would consider all options to do so.

    March 6, 2012 9:17 AM

  41. PRESSER Obama Cools Down Iran War Talk Charles Dharapak / AP Photos

    41. Obama Cools Down Iran War Talk

    Obama hosted his own Super Tuesday today, taking questions at his first press conference of the year. Though he started out cheering good economic data and unveiling a housing-relief plan for military members, the conversation kept going back to Israel and Iran at Q&A time. The president clarified that his declaration that America has Israel's back is a confirmation that the U.S. will continue to cooperate with Israel for its defense, like it does with other allies. However, he insisted, while the U.S. is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, he still thinks this issue can be solved diplomatically, deriding presidential candidates who speak casually about war. "They don't have a lot of responsibilities. They're not commander in chief," he noted. "This is not a game, there's nothing casual about it."

    March 6, 2012 1:11 PM

  42. COURTSHIP Tim Tebow the Next ‘Bachelor’? Harry How / Getty Images

    42. Tim Tebow the Next ‘Bachelor’?

    It could be a match made in heaven for one lucky female sports fan. Tim Tebow has reportedly been approached by the host of the hit ABC show The Bachelor about starring on the reality show—but the host says he doesn’t think it likely the NFL star will say yes. Chris Harrison reportedly popped the question in a one-on-one with Tebow, and he said the devout quarterback seemed interested, but “it never happens,” Harrison said. The 24-year-old star reportedly signed with talent agency William Morris Endeavor recently.

    March 6, 2012 12:20 AM

  43. SLIDE Dow Closes 200 Points Down Seth Wenig / AP Photo

    43. Dow Closes 200 Points Down

    After 45 days without a triple-point loss, the Dow Jones took a major hit on Tuesday, with the index closing nearly 204 points down at 12,759. An approaching deadline on Greece’s bond swap, combined with some discouraging new economic data, appeared to give investors the jitters. The Dow finishes with its biggest decline of 2012 and since Nov. 23. Just two weeks ago, the market cracked 13,000 for the first time since 2008. It wasn’t a great day for the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index or the NASDAQ composite index, either, which lost 1.5 and 1.4 percent respectively.

    March 6, 2012 4:55 PM

  44. VERDICT Stanford Guilty in $7 Billion Ponzi David J. Phillip / AP Photo

    44. Stanford Guilty in $7 Billion Ponzi

    Texas tycoon Allen Stanford will be trading in his yacht for a prison cell. Stanford has been found guilty by a Houston jury of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme that financed his luxurious lifestyle. Stanford allegedly swindled clients by issuing certificates of deposit from a bank he owned that was based in Antigua and Barbuda. He treated the bank as “his personal ATM,” according to prosecutors, and pocketed as much as $2 billion for himself. He now faces 20 years in prison—or possibly more, depending on the sentencing.

    March 6, 2012 1:34 PM

  45. EXODUS 29 Advertisers Dump Limbaugh Chris Carlson / AP Photo

    45. 29 Advertisers Dump Limbaugh

    Consumers and advertisers aren’t buying Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student he accused of being a “slut” and a “prostitute” for advocating that the government mandate that health insurance cover birth control. Twenty nine brands have pulled their ads from Limbaugh’s show, including Bare Escentuals skin products and Sensa weight-loss products. Other companies are fielding customer complaints and weighing their options, which are complicated by complex ad-time deals through other advertising companies. Meanwhile, Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, who had tweeted in support of Limbaugh, deleted her Twitter account.

    March 7, 2012 12:30 AM

  46. Hall of Fame

    46. Missouri Legislature to Honor Limbaugh

    The Missouri State Legislature announced plans to honor Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday by placing a bust of the controversial radio host in the capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians. Sen. Claire McCaskill from Missouri reacted to the plan by posting a poll on her website, asking readers what they think about this decision. The post notes, "Just last week, Rush launched into a vitrolic [sic] attack of a law student who decided she wanted to utilize her first amendment rights to stand up for something she believed in. Limbaugh called her a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' for simply expressing her opinion." 

    March 6, 2012 2:04 PM

  47. RACE TO THE FINISH Santorum Touts Small-Town Values KAREN BLEIER

    47. Santorum Touts Small-Town Values

    Flanked by his wife and children, Rick Santorum extolled the virtues of small towns and conservative values from his headquarters in Steubenville, Ohio, after Oklahoma’s primary Tuesday was called for the former Pennsylvania senator. “We’re going to win a few, we’re going to lose a few,” Santorum said of the Super Tuesday contests. But he said his campaign was sure to head home with “a whole passel full of silver medals.” Santorum said that the road the country is on is “the beginning of the end of freedom in America.” With the race in Ohio still too close to call, Santorum took aim at Republican nemesis Mitt Romney, denouncing the White House and Obamacare. “We need a person running against President Obama who is right on the issues and truthful with the American public,” Santorum said.

    March 6, 2012 9:42 PM

  48. Cha-Ching! Romney Outspends Rivals Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    48. Romney Outspends Rivals

    Mitt Romney and the super PACs that support him have outspent Santorum and Co. four to one in Super Tuesday states, according to data passed along to BuzzFeed by a Democratic source. While Romney and Restore Our Future spent $7.82 million in states holding primaries today, Santorum and PACs Red White and Blue Fund and Susan B. Anthony's List spent only $1.84 million. Gingrich and his major super PAC, Winning Our Future, spent $2.76 million for Super Tuesday. Specifically, Romney and PAC nearly outspent Team Santorum four to one in Ohio alone, and they've spent 63 percent more than Gingrich and his PAC in Georgia, where Newt is leading.

    March 6, 2012 4:26 PM