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  1. GAZA STRIP Israeli Strike Kills 11 Adel Hana / AP Photo

    1. Israeli Strike Kills 11

    Eleven Palestinian civilians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza, according to Palestinian medics. Three women, six children, and a man are said to have been in the three-story building when it was attacked. Fighting in the region entered its fifth day Sunday as Israel mounted airstrikes in response to rocket attacks by Hamas militants. The 11 civilian fatalities are the most in any single incident so far. Rescue workers at the site were combing through the rubble for survivors.

    November 18, 2012 10:30 AM

  2. NEGOTIATIONS Israel, Hamas Hold Talks in Egypt Jack Guez, AFP / Getty Images

    2. Israel, Hamas Hold Talks in Egypt

    Representatives of both Hamas and Israel held separate meetings with leaders in Egypt Sunday after an Israeli bomb killed 11 people in Gaza earlier in the day. Seventy Palestinians have been killed since Wednesday, including 20 children, pushing Hamas toward its newly Islamist neighbors, like Egypt, for support. Hamas officials say there’s only one condition that will put an end to the string of rocket attacks on Israel: an overthrow of the blockade of the Gaza territory that would allow for free movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza along with a guarantee that Israel will stop all attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to "significantly expand" military operations.

    November 18, 2012 10:40 PM

  3. SHOCKING Gilad Sharon: ‘Flatten All of Gaza’ BRIAN HENDLER Brian Hendler, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Gilad Sharon: ‘Flatten All of Gaza’

    With tensions rising in Israel, extremist voices are surfacing on both sides. In an op-ed former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son, Gilad, argues that Israel needs to step up its strikes on Gaza. “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza,” he writes. “The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas.” He continues with a comparison of the current situation to dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese in World War II. And concludes that “there’s no middle path here.”

    November 18, 2012 9:15 PM

  4. RECOVERY NYC to Demolish 100s of Homes Allison Joyce / Getty Images

    4. NYC to Demolish 100s of Homes

    Three weeks later, Hurricane Sandy is still taking its toll. New York City has said that it will have to bulldoze about 200 homes damaged by the storm in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The buildings were judged to be a danger to the public and other nearby structures. About 500 more damaged sites are still being inspected by the buildings department. “We’ve never had this scale before,” said Robert L. LiMandri, buildings department commissioner.

    November 18, 2012 7:38 AM

  5. TOPLESS TURMOIL  Violence at Paris Gay Marriage Protest Jean-Baptiste Quentin / Landov

    5. Violence at Paris Gay Marriage Protest 

    An anti-gay marriage demonstration in Paris turned violent Sunday when a group of topless Ukranian feminists showed up to challenge the Catholic-lead protest. Members of Femen, the notoriously half-nude cohort, sprayed white powder as they chanted "in gay we trust" at the protestors who, in return, hit and pushed the Femen activists to the ground. Photos showed others spraying the activists with mace. The Catholic group Civitas had organized the demonstration in opposition to a draft law to legalize gay marriage in France.

    November 18, 2012 5:03 PM

  6. GENERAL CONDUCT Generals’ Perks Draw Second Look Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    6. Generals’ Perks Draw Second Look

    Massive homes. Personal jets. Twenty-eight-motorcycle police escorts. They’re just part of the deal for an elite few of America’s highest-ranking military officers—but now that high-flying lifestyle is coming under scrutiny as the scandal around former CIA director David Petraeus continues to unfold. The posh benefits the generals are accustomed to drew attention as the Petraeus circle grew to include Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, who regularly hosted top officers at her home. Others, however, say the privileges are not excessive and that the generals earn them with their decades of service fighting America’s wars.

    November 18, 2012 7:30 AM

  7. HOLA, WE’RE THE GOP Some in GOP Push Immigration Reform Eric Thayer / Getty Images

    7. Some in GOP Push Immigration Reform

    Republicans aren’t giving up the Latino vote that easily. After years of resistance, some members of the party are now saying that they’ll explore a path to citizenship for about 11 million people in the United States illegally. President Obama has said that he has spoken with members of Congress on the issue and plans to introduce a bill “very soon” after the beginning of his second term. “For too long, both parties have used immigration as a political wedge issue,” said Republican Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. “But the time has come to find a bipartisan solution.”

    November 18, 2012 7:33 AM

  8. AWARDS Bieber, Minaj & Swift Win at AMAs Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    8. Bieber, Minaj & Swift Win at AMAs

    All the usual suspects turned out to collect their trophies at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The New Artist of the Year went to Carly Rae Jepsen. Justin Bieber took the prize for Best Male Pop/Rock Artist, while Taylor Swift won her fifth country female artist award and Nicki Minaj took her second trophy for favorite rap/hip-hop album. There were performances from all of the above and more, including Kelly Clarkson, Usher and Christina Aguilera.

    November 18, 2012 11:22 PM

  9. Q&A

    9. Tina Brown Says Goodbye to Print

    Soak it up, media junkies. Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief gives a candid Q&A to magazine veteran Michael Kinsley in this week’s New York, discussing the demise of her magazine’s print edition and sharing thoughts on David Petraeus, Hillary Clinton, and more. “Let’s face it—when I look back on it, taking over Newsweek, it just seems completely insane,” Brown says, citing a horrific ad climate and the $42 million cost of the printing process alone. Elsewhere, Brown calls David Petraeus’s affair “piffling” and hopes for a “short and dignified” penance. Brown also says she’d “hike across America” in support of Hillary Clinton if she were to run for president in 2016.

    November 18, 2012 11:10 PM

  10. TYPICAL ‘Twilight’ Tops Box Office Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

    10. ‘Twilight’ Tops Box Office

    Not to be outdone by itself, the finale of the Twilight series has shown the box office who's boss. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 hauled in $141.3 million domestically at the box office, with a worldwide gross of a whopping $340.9 million. The last of the cult-followed series landed eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, along with two other films in the saga. The vampires even managed to bump James Bond's Skyfall down a notch on the box office list, to second place.

    November 18, 2012 4:24 PM

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  12. LIVE, FROM NEW JERSEY Chris Christie Drops by ‘SNL’

    11. Chris Christie Drops by ‘SNL’

    Does anything instill confidence like Bruce Springsteen and a man in a fleece? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped by Saturday Night Live to talk Hurricane Sandy recovery with “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers, thanking New Jerseyans for their “patience” in the aftermath of the superstorm. The governor said his signature fleece jacket is “basically fused to my skin at this point. I’m gonna die in this fleece.” But he also took a whack at New Jersey mayors who downplayed the threat Sandy posed, saying, “When you ignore me, it makes you look like a real Seth Meyers.”

    November 18, 2012 7:45 AM

  13. SINGLE LADIES Gomez Hits the Town With Swift Jason Kempin

    12. Gomez Hits the Town With Swift

    Newly single Selena Gomez has been spending a lot of time with Taylor Swift lately, which can only mean one thing: trouble. The two were spotted having dinner in L.A. the night after Gomez and on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber got in a major fight that resulted in Bieber being locked out of her house. Swift, who’s dealing with a recent breakup of her own, has become notorious for writing songs about her exes. So does Tay taking Selena under her wing mean we should expect a breakup ballad about Biebs in the near future? Stay tuned.

    November 18, 2012 11:41 AM


    13. Police Choppers Collide Near L.A.

    Officials will take a closer look at a Saturday accident involving two Los Angeles police helicopters that left six people injured. Both helicopters were seriously damaged after the rotators of one touched those of another chopper, according to police. Five police officers and a civilian were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after the accident. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they will take a closer look at the incident.

    November 18, 2012 7:44 AM

  15. Upheaval Hamas Gets Some International Support Mohammed Abed, AFP / Getty Images

    14. Hamas Gets International Support

    As the death toll in Gaza rose to 45 Saturday, neighboring countries began to take sides. The Arab League announced it supports Palestinian and Egyptian efforts to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Especially important for Gaza occupiers is the backing of Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey, all U.S. allies with democratically elected governments. Not only does this represent a shift in the Middle East overall, where many leaders were once wary of Hamas’s hardline Islamist ideology, but the group’s new friends will help to give it a stronger reputation internationally. What that reputation will be has yet to be determined.

    November 17, 2012 3:30 PM

  16. MEME ALERT Photo: Obama Is Not Impressed The White House / Getty Images

    15. Photo: Obama Is Not Impressed

    President Obama proves, once again, that he’s as cool as can be. In a photo op with the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team, Obama and McKayla Maroney did a joint impression of her famously “not impressed” face after she received a silver instead of gold medal in the vault during the London Games 2012. “Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President … ?” Maroney tweeted along with the picture, which, just like her original picture from this summer, quickly went viral.

    November 17, 2012 9:37 PM

  17. PR DISASTER Murdoch: Press Is ‘Jewish Owned’ Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    16. Murdoch: Press Is ‘Jewish Owned’

    Does this mean Murdoch is Jewish? It would follow, since according to him, they own the media. On Saturday night, News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch tweeted: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” Never one to stay out of the spotlight for long, Murdoch’s name has recently been floated as a possible buyer for Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, among other papers.

    November 17, 2012 8:53 PM

  18. CLIFF DIVING ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Takes Toll on Markets Seth Wenig / AP Photo

    17. ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Takes Toll on Markets

    Don’t panic. The world’s markets will do it for you. Stocks around the world took a tumble last week as fears over whether Washington will compromise on the looming “fiscal cliff” intensified. The Congressional Budget Office has issued stark warnings regarding the combination of tax hikes and cuts to spending, saying that they could drag the U.S. back into a recession if not properly addressed. The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen 7.5 percent since Oct. 5.

    November 18, 2012 7:40 AM

  19. BIGGER CONCERNS Obama: Israel Should Defend Itself JASON REED

    18. Obama: Israel Should Defend Itself

    President Obama may be in Thailand, but his mind is elsewhere. As he kicked off the first day of his post-election tour, increased violence in Israel and Gaza turned the president’s focus from the future of American foreign policy in Southeast Asia to the enduring Middle East turmoil. “There is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Obama told reporters Sunday after a meeting with Thailand’s prime minister, backing the Israeli airstrike that killed 10 civilians in Gaza. “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.”

    November 18, 2012 2:01 PM

  20. WORST TO COME? Israel Warns of Gaza ‘Expansion’ Jack Guez, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Israel Warns of Gaza ‘Expansion’

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a possible “expansion” as his country’s assault on Gaza entered its fifth day Sunday. Israeli bombers continued to hit targets in Gaza, broadening the scope of their strikes to include government buildings. A rocket fired by Hamas militants and aimed at Tel Aviv was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system Sunday, not long before Netanyahu held a weekly meeting with his cabinet. “Reservist and conscript soldiers are ready for any order they may receive,” the prime minister told officials.

    November 18, 2012 7:27 AM

  21. OVERSEAS President Obama Visits Thailand Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

    20. President Obama Visits Thailand

    Newly elected, will travel. On Sunday in Thailand, Barack Obama kicked off his first presidential trip abroad since rewinning the office. It’s the first of three Asian nations the president will visit, including Burma and Cambodia. The looming fiscal cliff and the possibility of an expanded conflict in the Gaza Strip cast a dark cloud over the trip, however. The United States has sought to expand its influence in Asia as China has begun to exert an increasing presence in the region.

    November 18, 2012 7:42 AM

  22. MEH Murdoch Tweets a Non-Apology Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    21. Murdoch Tweets a Non-Apology

    You can do better than that, Rupert. Media mogul and ham-handed tweeter Rupert Murdoch issued a Twitter non-apology Sunday after a message he sent Saturday sparked an instant response. Murdoch tweeted, “Why is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?” as Israeli forces carried out airstrikes on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. In a mostly incomprehensible message that had a synonym for “sorry” tucked in there, Murdoch tweeted an attempted mea culpa Sunday: “‘,Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticized, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologise unreservedly.”

    November 18, 2012 1:52 PM