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  1. UNREST Madrid Protests Turn Violent Andres Kudacki / AP Photo

    1. Madrid Protests Turn Violent

    Protesters in Madrid clashed with police on Saturday for the third time in less than seven days outside the Parliament as demonstrations continue over a new round of austerity measures. The protests were peaceful Saturday until police began using batons to clear the area about midnight and some demonstrators threw rocks and bottles in response. The conservative Spanish government has proposed a draft budget for 2013 that would cut spending by €40 billion by freezing public-sector pay and slashing unemployment. Portugal has instituted similar cuts in exchange for a €78 billion bailout.

    September 29, 2012 9:25 PM

  2. cheat Fire Consumes Historic Aleppo Market

    2. Fire Consumes Historic Aleppo Market

    A fire devoured a historic market in Aleppo on Saturday, as government forces and rebels clashed in Syria. The fight for Aleppo has lasted more than two months, and has begun to take its toll on the country’s infrastructure and historic landmarks. A YouTube video showed gunfire erupting at the Souk Madina, a centuries-old marketplace, though the authenticity of the video hasn’t been verified. At least 94 people were killed across Syria in fighting Saturday, according to opposition groups.

    September 29, 2012 9:02 PM

  3. OBIT NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Dies Anthony Camerano / AP Photo

    3. NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Dies

    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times from 1963 to 1992—and then chairman of its parent company until 1997—has died at the age of 86. Sulzberger, who passed the reins on to his son when he retired, is credited with transforming the paper into a national brand, notably overseeing its Pulitzer Prize-winning publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. "You're not buying the news when you buy The New York Times," Sulzberger famously said once. "You're buying judgment."

    September 29, 2012 10:25 AM

  4. SUPREME COURT Justices Prep for New Term Kris Connor / Getty Images

    4. Justices Prep for New Term

    The Supreme Court returns to work on Monday, and the new term could be even more contentious than the last when the justices decided by a slim majority to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The court will hear arguments on several contentious issues—including voting rights and gay marriage—that many analysts believe could lead to rulings just as controversial and impactful as the recent health-care opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts is sure to be closely watched this term, after he provided the crucial fifth vote to uphold the ACA and its individual health-care mandate. Court watchers will be looking for further signs as to whether he’s moving to the ideological center.

    September 29, 2012 7:37 PM

  5. Approved NFL Refs Head Back to Work Rob Carr / Getty Images

    5. NFL Refs Head Back to Work

    Football fans can breathe a sigh of relief—and go back to yelling at the usual referees. On Saturday morning the zebra-striped union approved a new eight-year deal with the NFL by a vote of 112 to 5. The vote, which took place in Irving, Texas, was quickly followed by a mad dash to the airport so the refs could get to Sunday games all over the country in time for kickoff. The deal ends a three-week lockout during which the NFL used replacement referees—an increasingly frustrating decision for fans fed up with disputed calls.

    September 29, 2012 10:12 AM

  6. TOTAL RECALL Arnold Confirms Second ‘Hot Affair’ Fabrice Coffrini, AFP / Getty Images

    6. Arnold Confirms Second ‘Hot Affair’

    Oops, he did it again. In his new tell-all, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms rumors that he had an affair with Brigitte Nielsen, his co-star in the 1985 film Red Sonja, the Associated Press reports. He was dating Maria Shriver, his future wife, at the time. Details of the affair first made headlines last year when Nielsen wrote in her memoir that the two shared an “outrageous affair” while filming. In Schwarzenegger’s memoir, Total Recall, out Monday, he confirms Nielsen’s claim, saying the two did indeed have a “hot affair.” He also describes the relationship as a “fling” that only made him want to marry Maria Shriver more. Nielsen, meanwhile, later married Schwarzenegger’s good friend Sylvester Stallone.

    September 29, 2012 1:54 PM

  7. DEMOTED Apple Changes Map App Language Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images

    7. Apple Changes Map App Language

    Apple used to advertise its Maps app as “the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.” But now the company is backing off from language that praises the application. Chief executive officer Tim Cook released a statement on Apple’s website Friday, saying the company is “extremely sorry for the frustration” and is working to make Maps better. Maps was designed to take the place of Google Maps on iOS 6, but the software mislabeled landmarks and left out important roads. Apple hasn’t said when it will release an update to the software, but Cook’s letter suggested that customers look into alternative apps like MapQuest in the meantime.

    September 29, 2012 10:04 PM

  8. IT'S OVER Ex-Governor Paterson, Wife Split Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    8. Ex-Governor Paterson, Wife Split

    Former New York governor David Paterson and his wife, Michele Paige Paterson, are splitting after 19 years of marriage, The New York Post reported on Saturday. Although they have not formally filed for divorce, the couple has allegedly been separated "for some months." Each has admitted to affairs in the past, but there is no word on whether that may have played a part in their breakup. Paterson, who endured a rocky tenure in office after taking over for Eliot Spitzer, must also reckon with the tell-all memoir his wife was said to be shopping earlier this year.

    September 29, 2012 11:51 AM

  9. TRIBUTE Eulogy for Victim in Lewis Case Jason Kirk / Getty Images

    9. Eulogy for Victim in Lewis Case

    The crime was so gruesome that the victim’s name wasn’t even mentioned in some reports: Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis murdered an 81-year-old woman and dismembered her cat, police say. So Taylor Negron wrote a eulogy for the victim, his friend Catherine Davis. Davis, he says, was a "kind and loving" mother figure who rented out her California home—dubbed the "Writer's Villa”—to struggling creative types, including not only Negron and Lewis but also Parker Posey, Thomas Jane, Paula Poundstone, and others. “Johnny Lewis isn’t accused of murdering an 81-year-old woman,” Negron writes. “He is accused of murdering a saint.”

    September 29, 2012 12:20 PM

  10. NETHER REGIONS Tabloid Denies Printing New Kate Pics Tony Prcevich / AFP / GettyImages

    10. Tabloid Denies Printing New Kate Pics

    Well I never! Even though Danish tabloid Se Og Hor unapologetically published a 16-page spread of topless Kate Middleton pictures, the magazine denied Saturday that it had anything to do with new “bottomless” pictures that were leaked earlier this week. The blurry pictures were purportedly of Middleton without her bikini bottoms on. Several publications in France, Ireland, and Italy have published topless photos of the duchess that were taken while she was on vacation with Prince William in France.

    September 29, 2012 5:52 PM

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  12. 99 PROBLEMS Protests Erupt at Jay-Z’s Show Getty Images

    11. Protests Erupt at Jay-Z’s Show

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn kicked off its first day with a sold-out performance from Brooklyn-native and superstar Jay-Z. But not everyone was thrilled. Activists protested Friday night against the new $1 billion Center, which will be used as the new home for the Brooklyn Nets. Concerned residents are worried that the proposed $4.9 billion in developments will ruin the neighborhood and support big corporations. A spokesman for the developer replied to the protesters, saying, “We are 100 percent committed to the affordable housing, jobs, and other benefits of Atlantic Yards and welcome those who were against them at the start to work with us to achieve them going forward.”

    September 28, 2012 10:17 PM

  13. Speed Dial Romney & Obama Talk to Bibi Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    12. Romney & Obama Talk to Bibi

    President Obama and Mitt Romney each placed calls to Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu on Friday, within hours of each other. Though neither party released many details on what was discussed, both conservations touched upon the looming threat of a nuclear Iran, with Obama vowing to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and Romney claiming he will also stop the country from going nuclear but that he doesn't believe military force is necessary.

    September 29, 2012 7:55 AM

  14. FLIP FLOP Spy Chief Defends Libya Intel Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images

    13. Spy Chief Defends Libya Intel

    James Clapper, the chief spy for the United States, issued a statement Friday explaining the recent change in opinion that the Libya attack was an act of terrorism linked to al Qaeda, rather than a spontaneous occurrence. The statement claims it only became clear afterwards that the strike was “a deliberate and organized terrorist attack.” A spokesman for Clapper clarified: “In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo.” Despite recent concerns, Clapper says the “intelligence community continues to work around the clock to gather details and understand exactly what happened in Benghazi.”

    September 28, 2012 10:01 PM

  15. THE GOVERNATOR Maria Didn’t Want Arnold to Run J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    14. Maria Didn’t Want Arnold to Run

    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new tell-all memoir isn’t leaving any stone unturned. The former governor reveals that his wife, Maria Shriver, asked him not to run in California’s 2003 recall election for the sake of their family. But when she told her mother, Eunice, how she felt, the elder Shriver informed Maria that the women in their family “always support the men when they want to do something.” Schwarzenegger says his now ex-wife reversed her decision soon after. He also writes about a discouraging meeting with Karl Rove, during which he was told Condoleezza Rice was Rove’s first pick to run for California governor. A representative for Rice says she doesn’t remember a conversation like that.

    September 28, 2012 9:52 PM

  16. Tragic 19 Die in Everest Plane Crash Prakash Mathema, AFP / Getty Images

    15. 19 Die in Everest Plane Crash

    Nineteen people were killed in a plane crash near Mount Everest on Friday when their aircraft hit a bird shortly after taking off from the airport in Kathmandu. The passengers—seven British, five Chinese, and four Nepalese on their way to Mount Everest, plus three crew members—all perished in the crash 1,600 feet from the runway. Nepal's aviation safety standards are far behind the global average, and this was the country's seventh fatal plane crash in just over two years.

    September 29, 2012 7:42 AM

  17. Defeated Kenya Deals a Blow to Al-Shabab Kenya Ministry for Defense / AP Photo

    16. Kenya Deals a Blow to Al-Shabab

    Kenyan forces have subdued a group of al Qaeda-linked Somali militants known as Al-Shabab, Kenyan officials said on Friday. The terror group’s last stronghold, the Somali city of Kismayu, was stormed by Kenyan troops and Somali allies in an amphibious operation on Thursday night and was captured Friday afternoon. Although this development temporarily ends Al-Shabab's ability to hold and control large territories, it could lead to an even more dangerous underground guerilla phase of the conflict.

    September 29, 2012 7:51 AM

  18. Removed Iranian Group Taken Off Terrorist List John Moore / Getty Images

    17. Iranian Group Taken Off Terrorist List

    The Iranian dissident group Mujahedin Khalq has been removed from the United States' official list of terrorist organizations, the State Department said Friday. The group, known popularly as MEK, has not committed any acts of terrorism in the past 10 years and has recently cooperated with the United States in removing some of its members from a U.S.-protected area. But it's not all forgive and forget: the department's statement says it "does not overlook or forget the MEK's past acts of terrorism."

    September 29, 2012 7:44 AM

  19. Small Comfort Ryan's New Job: Reassuring Pundits Ed Andrieski / AP Photo

    18. Ryan's New Job: Reassuring Pundits

    He never calls just to talk anymore. Sources tell the National Review that Paul Ryan has been granting private press talks, via phone, to a variety of conservative pundits. The Republican running mate has reportedly asked for assessments, answered questions, granted reassurances about November, and even acknowledged 'missteps' in his ticket's campaign. He’s said to have talked to such figures as The Washington Post’s George Will, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, and Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot. And although the calls may look strategic, a campaign source claims they just reflect Ryan's good relationship with the conservative press.

    September 29, 2012 7:38 AM

  20. Money Consumer Spending Jumps in August Danny Johnston / AP Photo

    19. Consumer Spending Jumps in August

    The bad news from the Commerce Department’s latest report is that wages aren't growing quite as quickly as everyone would hope. The good news is that spending is up anyway, rising 0.5 percent in August—the biggest jump since February. Still, analysts worry that the rise isn’t sustainable, since consumers were dipping into their savings to make the purchases, and a good chunk of the spike may be attribute to higher gasoline costs.

    September 29, 2012 7:48 AM

  21. Escalation Over 90 Dead in Aleppo Miguel Medina / AFP / GettyImages

    20. Over 90 Dead in Syria

    Intense fighting continued in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday as rebel and government forces clashed in what’s being described as a “decisive battle” to push out those still loyal to president Bashar al-Assad. Once considered an Assad stronghold, Aleppo has seen the fighting intensify since July. A YouTube video showed gunfire erupting at a medieval marketplace, though the authenticity of the video hasn’t been verified. At least 94 people were killed across Syria in fighting Saturday, according to opposition groups. Meanwhile, the U.S. has warned Iran to stop shipping weapons to the Assad regime, as the Obama administration recently pledged $45 million in new aid to Syrian opposition forces.

    September 29, 2012 3:44 PM

  22. UNREST Protests Continue in Spain, Portugal Dani Pozo / AFP / GettyImages

    21. Protests Continue in Spain, Portugal

    As the financial situation worsens in parts of Western Europe, tens of thousands of Spanish and Portuguese citizens took to the streets Saturday to vent their anger over austerity measures. Protesters rallied against tax hikes and government spending cuts that are being implemented at a time when unemployment is at its highest levels in years. In Spain, where protests continue for a third day, the conservative government has proposed a draft budget for 2013 that would cut spending by €40 billion by freezing public-sector pay and slashing unemployment. Portugal has instituted similar cuts in exchange for a €78 billion bailout.

    September 29, 2012 4:41 PM

  23. Trying Times Pope’s Butler Heads to Trial L'Osservatore Romano / AP Photo

    22. Pope’s Butler Heads to Trial

    One of the biggest embarrassments of the current papacy is heading to court. On Saturday, the Vatican opened to the public the trial of the pope’s butler, who is accused of leaking papal correspondence to news outlets. In the first day, judges threw out some evidence and decided to try the butler's partner in crime separately before quickly adjourning until Tuesday. The trusted servant, who dressed the pontiff each morning and served him his meals, has already confessed, saying he leaked the documents to expose the Holy See’s “evil and corruption,” but he hopes for a pardon from his former boss. Experts say that’s a given if he is convicted, but he still faces up to four years in jail.

    September 29, 2012 9:45 AM