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  1. Surge Dow Gain Biggest of Year Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    1. Dow Gain Biggest of Year

    Finally, some good economic news! The Dow Jones industrial average surged 286 points today, making it the best day so far of 2012. The Dow closed at 12,415, jumping 2.4 percent and turning the index positive for the year. The boost came from the fact that Europe helped ease the debt crisis, coupled with speculation that the Federal Reserve might start another round of bond buying. Additionally, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index jumped 30 points to 1,315, and the NASDAQ composite index rose by 67 to 2,845.

    June 6, 2012 7:41 PM

  2. BREAKTHROUGH Testing Could Spot Disorders in Fetuses Uhb Trust / Getty Images

    2. Testing Could Spot Disorders in Fetuses

    A team of researchers revealed that testing for 3,500 genetic disorders an unborn child could carry can be discovered by taking a blood sample of a woman 18 weeks pregnant and a swab of saliva from the father. Currently, such genetic testing practiced is for Down Syndrome. The practice, which the University of Washington researchers believe will become widely available, could be fodder for abortion foes as some mothers could opt to abort a child that is found to have a disorder. Yet through the research, the unborn child’s genetic code is read by free-floating DNA that makes its way into its mother’s bloodstream, which—paired with a sample of the father’s saliva—can spot which spontaneous genetic mutations had developed.

    June 6, 2012 11:21 PM

  3. COMPENSATION NASDAQ Apologizes on Facebook Mess Bloomberg

    3. NASDAQ Apologizes on Facebook Mess

    In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal, NASDAQ CEO Robert Greifeld said he and other NASDAQ affiliates “owe the industry an apology” for technical problems associated with Facebook’s initial public offering. Having conducted “an entirely clinical, analytical” review of the events May 18 to determine trading losses caused by the IPO, Greifield plans to offer Wall Street brokers $40 million in compensation pending the SEC’s approval. Roughly $26 million of that compensation would be credited through reduced trading costs, while the remaining $13.7 million would be paid to brokers in cash. NASDAQ’s compensation plan falls short of the $100 million in losses estimated by brokers and their clients.  

    June 6, 2012 5:19 PM

  4. Linked Police: Remains ‘Sent From Montreal’ Paul Zinken, dapd / AP Photo; inset: Berlin Police / Reuters

    4. Police: Remains ‘Sent From Montreal’

    Police in Vancouver said Wednesday that two packages containing human remains found at local schools were “sent from Montreal,” connecting them with the grisly dismemberment case of Luke Magnotta there. Magnotta is suspected of killing his lover Jun Lin before fleeing to Europe earlier this month and being arrested Monday in Berlin. Tests confirmed that the body parts, a hand and a foot, belonged to Lin. The packages contained a human foot and hand, the missing body parts in the Magnotta case. “They were the limbs we were looking for,” Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said. Mr. Lin’s head remains missing. Lafreniere said the post was traced back to Montreal and that both packages contained notes. Police also said Wednesday that they had obtained video of Lin's killing and his body being dismembered.

    June 6, 2012 4:12 PM

  5. BLOODSHED Syrian Troops Allegedly Kill 78 Louai Beshara, AFP / Getty Images

    5. Syrian Troops Allegedly Kill 86

    A few hours before the U.N. Security Council was scheduled to meet to talk about the ongoing crisis in Syria, troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were accused of killing 86 people in Mazraat al-Qabeer. Accounts of the Wednesday massacre included the possibility that several women and children were among the dead. The U.N., with 300 monitors in the country, will investigate the claims. The news came on the same day as the U.N. declared that some 1 million people inside of Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance. This figure does not include the 78,000 already living in refugee camps

    June 6, 2012 10:46 PM

  6. ALMOST HOME Shuttle Enterprise Makes Final Voyage

    6. Shuttle Enterprise Makes Final Voyage

    A space shuttle being towed through a river is not something you see every day, even in New York. The space shuttle Enterprise made its final journey on Wednesday as it was towed through the Hudson River to its future home, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The shuttle had been housed in a New Jersey shipyard since Sunday, after being towed across the New York harbor to Kennedy Airport. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the trip was delayed due to inclement weather—and the shuttle sustained some minor damage on Sunday when its right wing grazed a railroad bridge. The shuttle exhibit will open in mid-July.

    June 6, 2012 11:47 AM

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    7. Texting Teen Gets Prison Time

    Eighteen-year-old Aaron Deveau was sentenced to two years in prison for causing a fatal car crash by texting while driving. Deveau will also lose his license for 15 years. He was the first person in Massachusetts to face the charge, to which he had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors claimed Deveau was texting in February 2011, when he swerved over the center line and collided with Daniel Bowley’s truck in Haverhill, Mass., killing the father of three. The judge said that deterrence “really seems to come to play in this case,” adding that people need to “keep their eyes on the road.”

    June 6, 2012 9:15 PM

  8. BLOCKED Opponents Stop Gay Marriage in WA

    8. Opponents Stop Gay Marriage in WA

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law earlier this year allowing same-sex couples to marry, but opponents of the measure have collected enough signatures to stop it from taking effect. Preserve Marriage Washington submitted about 240,000 signatures to state officials, who will review whether there are enough valid signatures to send the issue for a public vote. Washington’s secretary of state suggests that activists collect about 150,000 signatures to have a cushion, so it appears the issue will make it onto the ballot easily.

    June 6, 2012 5:32 PM

  9. HACKED 1.5M eHarmony Passwords Stolen Jake Wyman / Corbis

    9. 1.5M eHarmony Passwords Stolen

    It was a day of mixing business with pleasure—and not in a good way. After LinkedIn, the business-minded social-networking site, was said to have had 6.5 million passwords leaked online Wednesday, eHarmony, the popular online-dating site, had some 1.5 million of its passwords hacked. Officials believe that the same hackers are responsible for both cases, posting the combined eight million passwords on the website EHarmony did confirm that some passwords were stolen—though not all of the reported 1.5 million.

    June 6, 2012 10:23 PM

  10. RIP Author Ray Bradbury Dies

    10. Author Ray Bradbury Dies

    Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury died Wednesday in Los Angeles, his biographer has confirmed. He was 91. The science-fiction author was born in Illinois, a descendant of Mary Bradbury, a woman who was tried and hanged as a witch in the Salem witch trials. His first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival, was published in 1947, and a chance encounter in a Los Angeles bookstore put him in touch with respected critic Charles Isherwood, who then gave a glowing review to The Martian Chronicles. Three years later, Bradbury became a household name with the publication of Fahrenheit 451, the story of a book-burning future. The author of 11 novels, Bradbury also published numerous short-story collections, plays, screenplays, and graphic novels. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

    June 6, 2012 10:42 AM

  11. Country Boys Obama, Romney to Attend CMT Awards

    11. Obama, Romney to Attend CMT Awards

    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are putting their differences aside for the good of America, or at least country music. The two presidential candidates will take the stage at tonight’s CMT Music Awards, the network's “highest-rated night of the year,” according to CMT President Brian Philips. “They’re each great sports. They’re in on the joke, and they each went out of their way to deliver great moments for CMT.” Obama is no stranger to the country-music ceremony, having made a cameo along with then-competitors Hillary Clinton and John McCain back in 2008. 

    June 6, 2012 4:27 PM

  12. PARTY IN THE USA Cyrus, Hemsworth Engaged Chris Pizzello / AP Photo

    12. Cyrus, Hemsworth Engaged

    This makes the decision easy for Katniss. Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth and pop star Miley Cyrus are getting married, their reps confirmed on Wednesday. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Cyrus, 19, told People magazine. Hemsworth, 22, proposed on May 31 with a 3.5-carat ring from jeweler Neil Lane. The pair have been dating three years.

    June 6, 2012 8:43 AM

  13. QUID PRO QUO Walters Regrets Syrian Blunder

    13. Walters Regrets Syrian Blunder

    One of TV’s most respected news anchors and interviewers is now in the hot seat. In a statement Tuesday, Barbara Walters said she regrets trying to help the daughter of a former Bashar al-Assad ambassador land an internship and get into college in the U.S. Shererzad Jaafari, 21, had previously helped arrange an exclusive interview between Walters and Syria’s president last December. London’s Telegraph obtained emails exchanged between Jaafari and Walters in the aftermath of the interview, along with an email from Walters to a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism asking that he consider Jafarri as a master’s student. In the email, Walters added that she had already recommended Jaafari for an internship with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Nothing came from either opportunity.

    June 6, 2012 2:16 PM

  14. YIKES 6.5M LinkedIn Passwords Leaked

    14. 6.5M LinkedIn Passwords Leaked

    Social networking site LinkedIn confirmed on Wednesday that some of the reportedly 6.5 million encrypted passwords said to be compromised were hacked and posted online on a Russian hacker website. LinkedIn, home to 150 million users, suggested the breach is limited to 10 percent of the professional network’s users—but that’s a huge number of people. The network had already received negative press this week with reports that its iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from a device’s calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text.

    June 6, 2012 10:16 AM

  15. OVERREACTION Bynes: Obama, Get Rid of My DUI Los Angeles Conty Sheriff's Department / AP Photo

    15. Bynes: Obama, Get Rid of My DUI

    When you ask the president to take away your DUI, you might want to start putting things in perspective. Actress Amanda Bynes was officially charged on Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol in an April 6 incident—and then she tweeted to President Obama to “fire the cop who arrested me.” “I don’t drink,” Bynes tweeted to the Obama presidential campaign. The actress was arrested on April 6 when she was pulled over in West Hollywood at 3 a.m. after allegedly sideswiping a police car. The criminal complaint also says Bynes refused to take a Breathalyzer or drug test.

    June 6, 2012 7:07 AM

  16. Health Scare Sheryl Crow Has Benign Tumor Cliff Owen / AP Photo

    16. Sheryl Crow Has Benign Tumor

    She’s already survived breast cancer, but now singer Sheryl Crow, 50, has revealed she has a brain tumor. The singer told a reporter that she had an MRI after worrying about her memory and doctors found that she had a very common form of brain tumor called a meningioma. “And I was, like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong,’” Crow said. “I haven’t really talked about it … But it’s benign, so I don’t have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit.” Her representative elaborated on the singer’s comments, saying, “[Crow] has no symptoms and everything is fine … She is doing great and is healthy and happy.”

    June 5, 2012 6:08 PM

  17. Seamus Report: Romney’s Email Hacked Jim Watson, AFP / Getty Images

    17. Report: Romney’s Email Hacked

    A hacker claimed to have gained access to Mitt Romney’s personal email account on Tuesday, allegedly by answering the security question “What is your favorite pet?” The anonymous hacker told Gawker about the feat and claimed to have changed the password, but did not provide screen shots to prove it. The hacker also did not say whether or not the answer to the security question was Seamus, the dog whom Romney famously strapped to the roof of his car. A Romney campaign spokeswoman said that "proper authorities are investigating this crime," but she declined to say who was investigating or if Romney still uses the account in question.

    June 5, 2012 8:45 PM

  18. BACK IN THE SQUARE Egyptian Protesters Return Manu Brabo / AP Photo

    18. Egyptian Protesters Return

    Egyptian protesters returned to Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, former president Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown. Protesters said on Tuesday that Shafiq will forever be tainted by holding office during the 18 tumultuous days when 800 protesters were killed. “If Shafiq wins, we will overturn everything into fire and destruction,” said demonstrator Amr Sayed, who said he will be voting for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the presidential election to prevent Shafiq’s victory. Egypt’s rulers set a 48-hour deadline on Wednesday for the political parties to finalize the formation of the 100-member panel to write the constitution—or else lawmakers said they will write their own.

    June 6, 2012 6:33 AM

  19. CELEBRATIONS Calls for Jubilee Inquiry Ben Stansall, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Calls for Jubilee Inquiry

    Former deputy prime minister John Prescott called for an official inquiry after a report on Tuesday that 30 unpaid jubilee workers were forced to sleep under the London Bridge during Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Prescott wrote a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate the claims that security firm Close Protection UK had broken its industry’s standards, and he is calling for the government to review the company's contract for the Olympics. CPUK issued a “sincere apology” on Tuesday for the “London Bridge incident,” but insisted they were not exploiting anyone and were instead providing work experience.  Thousands attended the five-day jubilee, which included a pop concert on Monday and a four-hour boat ride through London.

    June 6, 2012 7:04 AM

  20. JOB SAVED Walker Wins Recall in WI Steven Senne / AP Photo

    20. Walker Wins Recall in WI

    As numbers continue to be tallied, Gov. Scott Walker has been declared the projected winner in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night, beating out Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, whom he had defeated in the 2010 race. Precincts had reported just around 30 percent of polls when NBC News first projected the race to go in favor of the sitting governor, with other networks quickly following. Walker is seen as surviving a union-backed recall race. Mitt Romney phoned Walker on Tuesday night, also issuing a statement congratulating the governor on his win.

    June 5, 2012 10:46 PM

  21. CRISIS Greece: We’re Almost Broke Dimitri Messinis / AP Photo

    21. Greece: We’re Almost Broke

    Greek officials said on Wednesday that despite the most recent bailout, they could run out of money as soon as July—shortly after the country’s pivotal elections. Greek leaders said that despite the €130 billion bailout—roughly $161.7 billion—they still face a shortfall of €1.7 billion due to tax revenue and other potential income drying up. In the worst-case scenario, the government could be forced to temporarily stop paying salaries and pensions, and halt the imports of fuel, food, and pharmaceuticals. The European Central Bank met Wednesday in Paris, and was expected to leave interest rates unchanged at 1 percent. But the meeting came amid the news that Moody’s had downgraded six German banks, including the country’s second-largest lender, Commerzbank.

    June 6, 2012 6:29 AM

  22. PRIMARIES Calif. Races Shake Up House Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    22. Calif. Races Shake Up House

    Move over, Wisconsin, the new district map in California could make it a battleground state for the U.S. House. Under the state’s new top two primary system, runoff elections will take place in all of California’s congressional, Assembly, and Senate districts—although not all the candidates will be from different political parties. Even before Tuesday’s races, eight veterans of the U.S. House were driven into retirement—although Democrats believe they can pick up five seats, and send Nancy Pelosi back into the House speaker’s chair. But Republicans also believe they can win big with the new system over the long term—saying that it could make the GOP a competitive party in the state. Meanwhile, California voters approved a new term-limit system, but defeated a measure to raise the tobacco tax for the first time in decades—a measure that had heavy support from the American Cancer Society.

    June 6, 2012 6:26 AM

  23. CREEPY ‘Vampire Skeletons’ Unearthed

    23. ‘Vampire Skeletons’ Unearthed

    Looks like Dracula might not have been such a stretch after all. Archeologists in Bulgaria said on Wednesday they had unearthed skeletal remains of two medieval persons with iron rods through their chests—a practice used to keep people from turning into vampires. The practice had apparently been used for people considered bad who were thought to return to feast on the blood of humans. Other archeological sites have been unearthed in the area. Bulgaria is believed to be home to 100 known “vampire skeleton” burials.

    June 6, 2012 12:14 PM

  24. DEADLY NATO Strike Kills Afghan Civilians STRDEL / AFP / Getty Images

    24. NATO Strike Kills Afghan Civilians

    A local Afghan official said Wednesday that 17 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike, although NATO officials said there were only two light injuries to civilians. The airstrike also reportedly killed six Taliban fighters. The target of the strike was the house of a tribal elder in the Baraki Barak district in Logar province, the head of the Logar provincial council said, and he said that Barak and 16 members of his family were killed. Meanwhile, two suicide bombers in Kandahar reportedly killed 22 civilians and wounded another 50 in an attack on a market.

    June 6, 2012 6:24 AM


    25. NY Census Data Searchable by Name

    Curious to know where J.D. Salinger lived in Manhattan? As of midnight on Wednesday, Americans can perform a name search on an online census to access personal data about New York state residents dating back to 1940. Previously, users needed to provide the exact addresses of the person they were searching for on the free census site, The new technology will allow people across the country to trace their family trees to immigrants who came to the U.S. through Ellis Island. New York census data from 1915 and 1925 is now also accessible online to anyone with a New York ZIP code.

    June 6, 2012 4:02 PM


    26. Man Chomps Victim’s Face

    Add one more to the tally of freakish incidents of cannibalism sweeping the nation: a Louisiana man named Carl Jacquneaux allegedly attacked his neighbor over a domestic issue, biting off a chunk of the neighbor’s face. The neighbor defended himself by spraying the assailant with wasp poison. Jacquneaux then held another neighbor at knife point while stealing a handgun. A friend says he knows Jacquneaux was doing bath salts, the drug associated with several of the other “zombie” crimes.

    June 6, 2012 2:55 PM