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  1. Tech Savvy George Zimmerman Launches Website Orange County Jail / Miami Herald / AP Photos

    1. George Zimmerman Launches Website

    George Zimmerman’s lawyers confirmed on Monday that the man who claims to have shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in self-defense in February has launched a website to help pay for his living expenses and legal fees. The site, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, was in and out of service on Monday as online users flocked with interest. Zimmerman thanks his supporters, and says that the facts in the case will “come to light.” The site links to a PayPal account where supporters can donate because of what Zimmerman calls his “forced inability to maintain employment.”

    April 9, 2012 10:22 PM

  2. In the Red Study: Obamacare Costs $340B Susan Walsh / AP Photo

    2. Study: Obamacare Costs $340B

    A new study to be released Tuesday says that President Obama’s health-care law will add $340 billion to the national deficit over the next decade. The study stands in direct opposition with the administration’s claim that the bill, which the White House claims will cut Medicare payments, will save the country money in the long run. The study was directed by conservative policy analyst Charles Blahous, who oversees Medicare financing. He was appointed by Obama in 2010 as a public trustee for Medicare and Social Security. “Does the health-care act worsen the deficit? The answer, I think, is clearly that it does,” Blahous said.

    April 9, 2012 8:14 PM

  3. UH OH North Korea Prepares Nuke Test Pedro Ugarte / AFP-Getty Images

    3. North Korea Prepares Nuke Test

    South Korean intelligence officials warned that the North is preparing a nuclear weapons test to follow its controversial long-range missile test, according to reports Monday. According to South Korean intelligence, North Korea is preparing a site, where nuclear tests were held in 2006 and 2009, for a third demonstration to come after the missile test. The 2006 and 2009 tests put an end to an agreement reached in 2005 for the country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The planned rocket launch, scheduled to take place later this month, has the region and the world on edge, and Japan has announced it has readied its missile-defense systems.

    April 9, 2012 6:02 AM

  4. MOTHER LODE Microsoft Grabs AOL Patents for $1B Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    4. Microsoft Grabs AOL Patents for $1B

    The technology world is in an arms race, and intellectual property is the weapon of choice. Microsoft bought its way toward the front of the pack Monday when it announced a deal with AOL that will give it 800 of AOL’s patents and license to 300 more, all for just slightly north of $1 billion. In the world of mega tech litigation, patents are both offensive and defensive weapons, as companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google regularly go to court to fight over who has rights to basic elements of the devices and software millions use every day.

    April 9, 2012 8:43 AM

  5. PAYDAY Instagram CEO Banks $400M Araya Diaz / Getty Images for TechCrunch

    5. Instagram CEO Banks $400M

    Is Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom the new Mark Zuckerberg? Systrom, who owns 40 percent of the popular photo-sharing service and wrote in a company blog post that he’s “psyched” about the deal, which banks him $400 million in Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of his company. The deal is huge for Instagram, a small, young company with only 13 full-time employees that Systrom and his friend Mike Krieger cofounded just two years ago. Since then it has amassed over 30 million iPhone users alone and millions more since becoming available to Android users last week. In a statement Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the acquisition was “an important milestone for Facebook.”

    April 9, 2012 6:36 PM

  6. Big Money Elizabeth Warren Raised $6.9 Million Elise Amendola / AP Photo

    6. Elizabeth Warren Raised $6.9 Million

    Elizabeth Warren’s first-quarter fundraising total has finally been counted, and it’s huge. The U.S. Senate candidate raised $6.9 million in the first three months of 2012, more than twice the amount Republican incumbent Scott Brown raised in the same period. When Brown’s camp announced its total last week, it predicted Warren would raise more because of her out-of-state fundraising, and indeed Warren’s campaign confirmed that the majority of the money she took in came from donors outside Massachusetts.

    April 9, 2012 12:10 PM

  7. CHAOS Syria Fighting Spills Over Borders Ihlas News Agency / AFP-Getty Images

    7. Syria Fighting Spills Over Borders

    A ceasefire in Syria brokered by the U.N. looked unlikely Monday as violence raged in Damascus and on Syria's borders with Turkey and Lebanon. At least 105 people were killed on Monday alone, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a clear sign that Assad’s government has no intention of sticking to the peace plan, set for Tuesday. Clashes spilled into Turkey, where one person was killed and three others injured at a refugee camp, fueling tensions between the neighbors. It was reported that a Lebanese journalist was killed by gunfire along the Syrian-Lebanese border after being struck by fire that appeared to come from the Syrian side.

    April 9, 2012 9:02 PM

  8. Legal No Grand Jury in Trayvon Case Mike Segar / Reuters

    8. No Grand Jury in Trayvon Case

    The special prosecutor tasked with deciding whether to press charges against the man who shot Trayvon Martin has decided not to hand the case to a grand jury. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will now decide whether or not to press charges against shooter George Zimmerman. "We want to believe that this would be a positive sign that the prosecutor has enough information to arrest Trayvon Martin's killer," said the attorney for Martin's family. Meanwhile, Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton said that she's "prayerful" that Zimmerman will be arrested.

    April 9, 2012 3:56 PM

  9. Climate Change U.S. Has Warmest March Ever J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    9. U.S. Has Warmest March Ever

    The eastern U.S. was hit with record-breaking temperatures last month, making it the warmest March since record-keeping began in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature was 51.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 8.6 degrees higher than the 20th-century average for March. All 50 states recorded at least one record daily temperature during the month. In all, over 15,000 temperature records were broken. It wasn’t all sun and games, however. Washington, Oregon, and California experienced cooler than average months, while Alaska had its 10th coolest March ever.

    April 9, 2012 5:59 PM

  10. OBSESSED Alec Baldwin Stalker Arrested Amy Sussman / Getty Images

    10. Alec Baldwin Stalker Arrested

    Women just can’t accept that Alec Baldwin is settling down. A Canadian actress caught lurking outside the 30 Rock star’s apartment building last night has been arrested for stalking, the New York Post reports. Genevieve Sabourin, 40, met Baldwin on the set of the 2002 movie The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Officials said she has since sent him emails and texts saying she loved him and wanted to have his baby. Oh, and that she needed some cash. The stalking started at his home in the Hamptons over the same weekend that Baldwin, 54, became engaged to 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.

    April 9, 2012 10:50 AM

  11. FASHION Raf Simons Takes Over at Dior Giuseppe Cacace, AFP / Getty Images

    11. Raf Simons Takes Over at Dior

    The 66-year-old house of Dior has a new master. Designer Raf Simons is to take over as artistic director, Dior will announce Wednesday, filling the post left empty after John Galliano was booted last year. Other notable designers, including Marc Jacobs, were considered for the job as Dior struggled to find the right match in Galliano’s wake. Yves Saint Laurent tried to pick up Simons, 44, in 2010. He has designed for Jil Sander and runs his own menswear business. He’ll have big shoes to fill—Galliano singlehandedly revitalized the famous fashion house after he was appointed to the head job in 1996.

    April 9, 2012 1:39 PM

  12. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Trayvon Supporters Close Police Dept. Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel / MCT

    12. Trayvon Supporters Close Police Dept.

    Six protesters donned hoodies and forced the closure of the Sanford Police Department on Monday, asking for more attention to be paid by authorities to the Trayvon Martin case. The act of civil disobedience gained the demonstrators a community-forum meeting, set for April 19, to discuss the case. The protesters, part of the group the Dream Defenders, said the police in Sanford had made little effort to find evidence that would convict shooter George Zimmerman in the case that has consumed national attention. The protesters blocked the doors of the department, forcing its closure for much of the late morning and early afternoon.

    April 9, 2012 4:49 PM

  13. PREGNANCY Autism, Maternal Obesity Linked Dimitri Vervitsiotis / Getty Images

    13. Autism, Maternal Obesity Linked

    Maternal obesity may contribute to autism and other developmental disorders, new research shows. A study of 1,000 California children found that those born with developmental issues were more likely to have mothers who were obese or diabetic. “Our findings raise concerns that these maternal conditions may be associated with neurodevelopmental problems in children and therefore could have serious public health implications,” the researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. It is estimated that one American child out of every 88 falls somewhere along the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    April 9, 2012 7:52 AM

  14. OFFSPRING British Man ‘Fathered’ 600 Children Getty Images

    14. British Man ‘Fathered’ 600 Children

    He was fruitful; they multiplied. Bertold Wiesner, a British man who founded a London fertility clinic with his wife more than 50 years ago, may have helped hundreds of women conceive using his sperm, according to two men who have researched the clinic. The men, both of whom were conceived at the clinic, conducted DNA tests on 18 other people conceived there, and found that two thirds of them were Wiesner’s progeny. They extrapolated that number out over the around 1,500 babies conceived at the clinic to arrive at their estimate of 600 little Wiesners.

    April 9, 2012 7:02 AM

  15. REALITY CHECK Newt: Romney ‘Most Likely’ Nominee Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    15. Newt: Romney ‘Most Likely’ Nominee

    Planet Newt may still be the center of the Gingrich universe, but the former speaker of the House knows his presidential stars aren’t aligned this election cycle. On Sunday, Gingrich told Fox News that “you have to be realistic” about the way the GOP race will turn out, saying that rival Mitt Romney “is far and away the most likely Republican nominee.” Running for president is “much harder than I thought it would be” he said. Newt will plug on, though, and asked whether or not he thought Rick Santorum should drop out of the race, Gingrich said the decision is Santorum’s alone.

    April 9, 2012 6:23 AM

  16. BEHEMOTH Facebook Acquires Instagram Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

    16. Facebook Acquires Instagram

    We guess it was only a matter of time? Facebook has bought the popular mobile photo-sharing application Instagram, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a statement today. “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.” The social-media behemoth shelled out a reported $1 billion in the acquisition, which comes just days after Instagram began streaming its service on Android phones in addition to iPhones.

    April 9, 2012 1:32 PM

  17. DIAGNOSIS

    17. FDA Approves Alzheimer Scan

    The Food and Drug Administration approved a new test for Alzheimer’s disease Friday that experts say may change the way doctors diagnose and treat memory impairment. The system developed by Eli Lilly & Co. detects the presence of proteins in the brain that have been linked to the disease by using a radioactive chemical that marks them. The test can be used to determine whether or not someone has Alzheimer’s only after a patient reports trouble remembering things, however. The presence of these proteins used to be detectable only through an autopsy.

    April 9, 2012 6:50 AM

  18. STANDOFF Four NYPD Cops Shot Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    18. Four NYPD Cops Shot

    A Brooklyn standoff ended in a hail of bullets Sunday when four police officers were wounded as they brought an end to a hostage situation. Three of the officers were hit in the leg while a fourth had his face grazed—all were reported to be in good condition. Thirty-three-year-old suspect Nakwon Foxworth was in critical condition after attempting to barricade himself in his gun-strewn apartment, along with his girlfriend and 4-month-old boy. The standoff began after Foxworth got into an argument with movers in front of his building.

    April 9, 2012 6:47 AM

  19. Can't Make It Hillary Clinton to Skip DNC Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    19. Hillary Clinton to Skip DNC

    Hillary Clinton has long been a stable figure at Democratic conventions—a consistent presence dating back to the infamous 1968 convention in Chicago, her spokesman pointed out. But the secretary of state is sitting out this year’s convention in North Carolina, as part of her commitment to avoiding political activity (she’s actually banned from taking part by federal law). Her husband, Bill, however will make an appearance at the Democratic gathering. 

    April 9, 2012 9:39 AM

  20. Goner Lamar Odom Splits From Mavs Tony Gutierrez / AP Photo

    20. Lamar Odom Splits From Mavs

    Reality TV can’t keep a pro athlete’s career alive, it seems. The Dallas Mavericks announced Monday that Lamar Odom will be on the inactive list for the rest of the season—and won’t be playing for the team in the future. Odom had been traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Mavs just before the start of the season, but after performing poorly in 50 games with the team, both parties appeared ready to put the partnership behind them. General Manager Donnie Nelson said, “Look, it’s been a frustrating situation. Lamar hasn’t performed like he wants to perform, is capable of performing ... We just need to move on.”

    April 9, 2012 7:34 PM

  21. HORRIFIC Syria Peace Plan Crumbles Bassem Tellawi / AP Photo

    21. Syria Peace Plan Crumbles

    Hopes for a peace plan brokered by the United Nations through envoy Kofi Annan showed signs of crumbling, with the Syrian government making a failed demand that the rebels give a written guarantee of a ceasefire on the eve of the withdrawal deadline. Fifty-nine more people were reported killed in violence Sunday. Meanwhile, more than 100 people, the majority of them civilians, have been executed by Syrian troops over the past four months, said the international rights organization Human Rights Watch. And that number could be low, as the group only included cases backed up by witnesses. Reports of other executions of civilians were not uncommon in the country where troops have implemented draconian measures to put down a more-than-yearlong uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

    April 9, 2012 6:21 AM

  22. STAND UP Bill Cosby Weighs In on Trayvon Peter Kramer / NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

    22. Bill Cosby Weighs In on Trayvon

    The problem is clear, legendary comedian Bill Cosby told reporters: “When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.” In his first public comments on the February shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Cosby said it is imperative that guns be taken out of the hands of neighborhood watchmen. “Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,” the Cosby Show star said. “The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations.” The humorist is known for his warm style of comedy, and over the past decade has taken public stances on issues affecting the African-American community.

    April 9, 2012 6:25 AM

  23. HEATED Mubarak’s Spy Chief Runs in Egypt Amr Nabil / AP Photo

    23. Mubarak’s Spy Chief Runs in Egypt

    The Egyptian presidential race grew more contentious Sunday as the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate took aim at his establishment rival. Omar Suleiman served as Hosni Mubarak’s intelligence chief before the Egyptian revolution swept the regime from power, and now he’s running for president himself. “I consider his entry an insult to the revolution and the Egyptian people,” said Khairat al-Shater, who was nominated by the Muslim Brotherhood March 31. “He will only win through forgery and, if this happens, the revolution will kick off again.”

    April 9, 2012 6:44 AM

  24. CAMPAIGN Dolan: Mitt’s Mormonism No Issue Scott Olson / Getty Images; Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

    24. Dolan: Mitt’s Mormonism No Issue

    Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith shouldn’t affect whether or not voters choose him, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday. The New York archbishop said in an interview on CBS that some of the difficulties faced by Mormons are similar to what American Jews and Catholics have endured. Paraphrasing a speech he made at the Anti-Defamation League earlier this year, Dolan said: “There may be reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney as president of the United States. That he’s Mormon cannot be one of them.” The speech got a standing ovation, and Dolan said. “I don’t think Catholics would have any problem voting for a Mormon at all.”

    April 9, 2012 6:31 AM

  25. IN MEMORIAM Interviewer Mike Wallace Remembered CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

    25. Interviewer Mike Wallace Remembered

    The pugnacious Mike Wallace never pulled any punches in his encounters with the powerful figures he interviewed. Wallace, who passed away Sunday in Connecticut, will be fondly remembered as the intrepid interviewer who once asked the Ayatollah Khomeini if he was a “lunatic,” friends and colleagues said Sunday. The man who at one time described himself as “an overachiever” interviewed the world’s most important figures in the second half of the 20th century, including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Vladimir Putin. Wallace premiered his no-holds-barred style in 1956 on his show Night Beat and brought it 60 Minutes.

    April 9, 2012 6:28 AM

  26. MANHUNT

    26. Suspect Sought for Day-Care Killings

    Police are searching for a suspect who fled on a bicycle from a suburban Minneapolis day-care center where three adults were killed Monday morning. Police could not confirm whether children were present at the time of the killings. A neighbor close to the in-home day care said police told him a gunman was on the loose and warned him to stay indoors. No arrests have been made.

    April 9, 2012 1:12 PM

  27. TRADITION Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    27. Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll

    On your mark, get set, roll! The Obamas kicked off the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, with some 30,000 kids and their parents filling the South Lawn for the traditional race and other events. The president and first lady greeted everyone from the South Portico, joined by their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and the Easter Bunny himself. Thousands of little ones took off with their eggs after President Obama blew the starting whistle, and he announced a winner as the first kid crossed the finish line. The event—dubbed “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” as part of Mrs. Obama’s obesity-fighting campaign—included obstacle courses, sports events with NBA stars and Olympic athletes, a yoga garden, and book reading with Malia, Sasha, and the first lady.

    April 9, 2012 3:20 PM

  28. CENSORSHIP ‘Hunger Games’ on Banned-Books List Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    28. ‘Hunger Games’ on Banned-Books List

    The American Library Association has released its annual report, adding The Hunger Games series to its list of “top 10 frequently challenged books.” Suzanne Collins’s popular trilogy about a dystopian future society ranks third on the list of books that people have attempted to ban across the U.S. While any 13-year-old kid can now see the Hunger Games film starring Jennifer Lawrence, the book has been singled out as the root of all evil. Others on the list include My Mom’s Having a Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy along with classic literature like To Kill a Mockingbird and another dystopian novel, Brave New World, which was published 80 years ago but is still making waves among conservative readers.

    April 9, 2012 12:54 PM

  29. SHOOTING Tulsa Suspects Held on $9M Bail Each AP Photo / Tulsa Police Department via Tulsa World

    29. Tulsa Suspects Held on $9M Bail Each

    A judge has ordered that the two men allegedly responsible for a shooting rampage in Tulsa Saturday be held on more than $9 million bail each. The shooting rampage killed three people. Alvin Watts and Jake England are being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm with intent to kill. Police found the two men at a house on Sunday, after anonymous tips identified England as the shooter. Police are now investigating whether both men fired shots or just one of them.

    April 9, 2012 5:05 PM