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  1. 'Legitimate Rape' Akin Apologizes, Won’t Quit Race Kevin Dietsch, UPI / Landov

    1. Akin Apologizes, Won’t Quit Race

    Todd Akin is sorry he said that awful thing about women not being able to get pregnant in cases of "legitimate rape." Still, he's not about to resign his candidacy for U.S. Senate, despite calls from many in both parties for him to do so. "I'm not a quitter," the Republican from Missouri told Mike Huckabee on his radio show Monday. "We all make mistakes. The many people who supported me know that, when you make a mistake, what you need to do is say you're sorry." Still, rumors swirled Monday afternoon that the Congressional hopeful may, in fact, be moving towards dropping out. Nothing has been confirmed, though. President Obama also weighed in, calling the comments "offensive." Obama added that distinguishing between types of rape "doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."

    August 20, 2012 1:20 PM

  2. WARNING Obama Threatens Syria on Chemical Weapons Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photos

    2. Obama Threatens Syria on Chemical Weapons

President Obama issued his most direct warning yet to Syria Monday, threatening military action if evidence is found that President Bashar al-Assad and his regime were moving its arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. “We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us,” Obama said. The concern stems from the intensifying of the Assad and his government’s efforts to defeat the rebel uprising. Obama said there was no evidence that the weapons have been moved yet, but he can’t be confident under current circumstances that the government would not try to deploy them.

    August 20, 2012 7:16 PM

  3. ‘ABSOLUTELY FALSE’ Scott Didn’t Have Brain Cancer Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    3. Scott Didn’t Have Brain Cancer

    After numerous outlets reported that filmmaker Tony Scott, who jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge Sunday, suffered from inoperable brain cancer at the time of his death, the Top Gun director’s family is calling the rumors “absolutely false.” TMZ reports that Scott’s wife told investigators that there was no truth to the brain cancer report, and that her husband had no other severe medical issues that would have caused him to commit suicide.

    August 20, 2012 8:58 PM

  4. NAKED TRUTH  FBI: No Skinny-Dip Investigation Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

    4. FBI: No Skinny-Dip Investigation

    Though a report surfaced Sunday night that the FBI was investigating an incident in which 20 GOP lawmakers and staff, including Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, went skinny-dipping in Israel, sources now tell The Wall Street Journal that the FBI was investigating a separate trip that New York Rep. Michael Grimm took to Cyprus when it stumbled upon the details of the bathing in the buff. “Last time I checked, skinny-dipping anywhere, including a foreign country, is not a federal crime,” says Jan Baran, head of an election law group. Yoder has already apologized for “any embarrassment I have caused.”

    August 20, 2012 10:38 PM

  5. EQUALITY Augusta Admits Condoleezza Rice David J. Phillip / AP Photo

    5. Augusta Admits Condoleezza Rice

    One of the nation’s staunchest boys’ clubs has been broken. Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that the club for the first time had added to its rosters two female members: former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and prominent South Carolina banker Darla Moore. It’s a hole in one for gender equality that’s 75 years in the making and something both women will surely savor when they don the club’s most distinctive garment. “These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf, and both are well known and respected by our membership,” said Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall.”

    August 20, 2012 11:20 AM

  6. TRAILBLAZER Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies Charley Gallay / Getty Images

    6. Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies

    Legendary comedian Phyllis Diller—a trailblazer for females in the industry—died Monday at age 95. The outspoken comic, known for her brazen style, unmistakable voice, and trademark cackle, launched her career in 1952, becoming a household name thanks to her involvement in Bob Hope’s TV specials in the 1960s. She starred in The Phyllis Diller Show and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, and was a regular on the variety program Laugh In. In 2005, she had a breakout turn in the documentary The Aristocrats with her blushworthy version of the famous X-rated joke. Diller had recently fallen, TMZ reports, and her health quickly declined after the incident.

    August 20, 2012 3:33 PM

  7. iRecord Apple Breaks Company Value Record Michael Nagle / Getty Images

    7. Apple Breaks Value Record

    Apple shattered two records on Monday, beating its own all-time stock price and stealing away from Microsoft the crown as the most valuable public company ever. The house that Jobs built now has a market value of $622 billion, storming right past the upper limit set by Microsoft’s 1999 value of $618.9 billion. The tech-market dynamics that kept Microsoft in the lead through the first decade of the 21st century now lean toward Apple, with the company’s iPhone sales alone netting more than the entirety of Microsoft. The growth has come fast: Apple held a market value of $100 billion in 2009.

    August 20, 2012 12:42 PM

  8. JUMP SHIP Groupon Investors Cash Out Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

    8. Groupon Investors Cash Out

    One of the companies that drove hopes of a new boom now has investors fretting over another bust. Major investors in Groupon, including Silicon Valley guru Marc Andreessen, have decided in recent months to completely or partially unload their stakes in the daily-deals site, as the once lauded Internet company has failed to meet expectations. Yet analysts said that the companies would never have generated so much buzz in the investment world had these backers never jumped on board in the first place. “Groupon would never have gotten this big without that late-stage money,” said venture capitalist Bill Gurley. “The guys that backed Groupon early—even at today’s prices—they made lots of money.”

    August 20, 2012 6:16 AM

  9. COMEBACK  Michael J. Fox Series Lands at NBC Jason Kempin / Getty Images

    9. Michael J. Fox Series Lands at NBC

    Will be based on his battle with Parkinson’s.
    Michael J. Fox is returning home. The sitcom veteran’s new comedy series, which sparked a “feeding frenzy” of a bidding war when he pitched it to networks last week, has been picked up by NBC--the network he first broke out on three decades ago as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties. Fox’s new series is inspired by his own life, following a husband and father of three who is battling Parkinson’s disease. It’s his first regular TV role since departing Spin City in 2000.

    August 20, 2012 9:04 PM

  10. REPORT Nicki Minaj Joins ‘American Idol’ Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    10. Nicki Minaj Joins ‘American Idol’

    Hopefully, she’ll have this moment for life. Nicki Minaj will be joining American Idol as a judge, sources have confirmed to Us Weekly. (Fox has not confirmed these reports). One source said the rapper is “100% confirmed to judge American Idol.” Minaj’s latest album debuted at No. 1 in April and it had two top-10 singles. Minaj is also set to headline her own world tour starting Oct. 21. Mariah Carey has already confirmed that she will be appearing as a judge next season, while Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams are reportedly being considered for the third judge’s seat. Randy Jackson is reportedly being moved into a “mentoring role.”

    August 20, 2012 4:59 PM

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  12. SEARCH More Pussy Riot Members Wanted Marcus Brandt, AFP / Getty Images

    11. More Pussy Riot Members Wanted

    Two more members of the Russian band Pussy Riot are wanted by police. Three people from the punk group were sentenced to two years in prison last week after being convicted of “hooliganism” for a protest in which they sang a song critical of Vladimir Putin. Five band members wore hoods for the February performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. “The criminal case is ongoing, and a search is underway” for the group’s two other members, said an Interior Ministry spokesperson. It is not clear whether police know the identities of the group’s remaining members. The detention, trial, and conviction of the musicians have drawn widespread outrage and condemnation.

    August 20, 2012 9:36 AM

  13. SENTENCED Gu Kailai Gets Suspended Death Sentence AP Photo/CCTV via APTN

    12. Gu Kailai Gets Suspended Death Sentence

    Gu Kailai, the wife of shamed Chinese politician Bo Xilai, has received a suspended death sentence for killing a British businessman. A former family aide was also sentenced as an accomplice to nine years in prison. Gu is expected to have her sentence commuted to life imprisonment after a few years served. Bo was dismissed from his post as party secretary of Chongqing after the scandal broke.

    August 19, 2012 10:22 PM

  14. CUDDLY GOP Seeks to Repackage Romney Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

    13. GOP Seeks to Repackage Romney

    Imagine a warmer, fuzzier Mittens. That’s the task that’s been given to an ad hoc crew of Romney advisers, designers, and consultants who are working on a program for the Republican National Convention that they hope will reintroduce the GOP candidate to America. On Sunday the new tactic was apparent as the campaign allowed reporters to follow Romney into Mormon services. “This is an opportunity for us to tell the Mitt Romney story in a way that people might not have seen,” said Romney adviser Russ Schriefer. “This is our chance to lay out the arguments for why Barack Obama has failed and why Mitt Romney would do better,” and all in front of 39 million people, he said.

    August 20, 2012 6:01 AM

  15. SPEECH Burma Abolishes Censorship Khin Maung Win / AP Photo

    14. Burma Abolishes Censorship

    Burma said Monday that it will stop censoring media before publication, according to the country’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division. While newspapers and other outlets would no longer have to be approved by state censors, journalists in the country could still face steep consequences for what they write and say. “From now on our department will just carry out registering publications for keeping them at the national archives and issuing a license to printers and publishers,” said PSRD chief Tint Swe. Burma has gradually relaxed its tight hold on the country’s media in recent years and will continue to censor films, according to an official.

    August 20, 2012 7:09 AM

  16. BACKTRACK Akin: I Misspoke on 'Legitimate Rape' Jeff Roberson / AP Photo

    15. Akin: I Misspoke on 'Legitimate Rape'

    Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican from Missouri who is running for Senate, said in an interview released Sunday that women's bodies have a defense mechanism that keeps them from getting pregnant if they are the victims of "legitimate rape." "First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin told KTVI-TV. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down." After the comments went viral, Akin said on Twitter that he "misspoke," and released a statement clarifying that the comment "does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."

    August 19, 2012 7:48 PM

  17. BRASS General Addresses Afghan Attacks Massoud Hossaini, AFP / Getty Images

    16. General Addresses Afghan Attacks

    After a string of attacks in which Afghan police and soldiers have killed international troops serving in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Kabul on Monday to meet with leaders. “He’s certainly talking about a number of issues, including progress with the [military] campaign and the like,” said spokesman Jamie Graybeal. “He’s also obviously talking about the insider attacks.” In an attack Sunday an American soldier—the 10th in two weeks—was killed when Afghan police fired on U.S. troops.

    August 20, 2012 6:22 AM

  18. OBIT Scott McKenzie Dies Ingo Wagner, dpa / Corbis

    17. Scott McKenzie Dies

    One of the voices of the Summer of Love has died. Scott McKenzie, known for “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” passed away Saturday in Los Angeles, according to a statement on his website. He was 73. The artist suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease that afflicts the nervous system. “San Francisco” was written by the Mamas and the Papas leader John Phillips, and McKenzie toured with the group later in his career. He also had a hand in writing “Kokomo,” a hit for the Beach Boys.

    August 20, 2012 7:10 AM

  19. ‘LEGITIMATE RAPE’ GOP Worried by Akin Remarks Orlin Wagner / AP Photo

    18. GOP Worried by Akin Remarks

    Republicans are taking prophylactic measures after Rep. Todd Akin said Sunday that pregnancies are rarely caused by “legitimate rape.” “For God’s sake,” a Republican operative in Missouri said after hearing Akin’s comments. “Defcon 5. Panic for the rest of the ticket. Major intervention needed.” Akin is going head-to-head with incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. “He likely doesn’t understand the severity of his comment, and his response was weak,” one anonymous Republican operative told Politico. “No Republican official or operative has any close bond with him, so no one will defend him.”

    August 20, 2012 7:31 AM

  20. WIKILEAKS Assange Takes Aim at U.S. Carl Court, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Assange Takes Aim at U.S.

    After two months spent conspicuously absent from the public eye, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a defiant speech from the balcony of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Sunday. The 41-year-old Australian warned of government encroachment on freedom of expression around the world and said he feared extradition to the United States. “As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies,” Assange said. “I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks.” Ecuador decided last week to grant asylum to Assange, who is fighting extradition to Sweden on rape allegations.

    August 20, 2012 6:19 AM

  21. LABOR South African Miners Face Deadline Themba Hadebe / AP Photo

    20. South African Miners Face Deadline

    Thousands of miners on strike in South Africa stand to lose their jobs Monday if they do not return to work after management imposed a deadline. Seventeen percent to 25 percent of workers are estimated to have returned for the first shift Monday morning, mine owner Lonmin reported. Thirty-four miners were shot and killed by police Thursday. “Expecting us to go back is like an insult,” said one miner after the company extended its deadline only two days after the shooting. “Many of our friends and colleagues are dead. Then they expect us to resume work. Never.”

    August 20, 2012 7:06 AM

  22. ‘LEGITIMATE RAPE’ Romney: Akin ‘Inexcusable’ Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    21. Romney: Akin ‘Inexcusable’

    Let the damage control begin. Mitt Romney was quick to denounce Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, telling National Review Monday morning that Akin’s comments are “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.” As other Republicans squirmed over Akin’s embarrassing comment and feared it would cost them the majority in the Senate, Romney said that he and his campaign, “like millions of other Americans,” found the comments “offensive.” Akin said Sunday that pregnancies are rarely caused by “legitimate rape.” Romney assured National Review and everyone else appalled by the remarks that he has “an entirely different view” and that what Akin said was “entirely without merit.” Among others in Akin's own party disturbed by the remarks, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown called on his fellow Republican to resign his nomination for Missouri's seat in the Senate. 

    August 20, 2012 11:49 AM

  23. PUNISHMENT Pakistani Girl Arrested for Blasphemy B.K. Bangash / AP Photo

    22. Pakistani Girl Arrested for Blasphemy

    A Pakistani Christian girl has been arrested after being accused by her neighbors of burning pages from the Quran. Few details on the young woman have become available, but she has been reported to be between the ages of 11 and 16. There have been some reports that she is mentally handicapped. Police said that 500 to 600 angry neighbors gathered outside the girl’s home and that they posed a physical threat to her if she was not taken into police custody. Pakistanis face life imprisonment or even capital punishment under the country’s severe blasphemy laws, and the presence of Islamic extremists gives some minority groups additional cause for concern. Police said that the girl will be held for 14 days while an investigation is ongoing.

    August 20, 2012 1:28 PM

  24. ROYALTY Prince Harry Parties in Vegas Courtesy of Jasmine Jae

    23. Prince Harry Parties in Vegas

    Britain’s most eligible bachelor spent a weekend in Las Vegas, lounging poolside with friends at the MGM Grand and idling away an evening at the craps table. The blueblooded playboy mostly kept a low profile and steered clear of the paparazzi, though photos of him poolside and joking with a Sin City police officer did find their way on to the Internet. It was the second visit to Las Vegas for the 27-year-old, who recently said that he is “too old to go out anymore,” after he rode into town last year on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from a nearby Air Force base where he was training.

    August 20, 2012 8:20 AM