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  1. TOP SECRET Probe Investigating Petraeus’s Handling of Docs ISAF via Getty Images

    1. Probe Investigating Petraeus’s Handling of Docs

    What does Paula Broadwell know? The mistress in the Petraeus scandal has been the subject of scrutiny after the FBI discovered she had low-level classified material on her computer and documents at her home. A federal investigation is looking into how she obtained these classified records, and whether Petraeus’s staff gave them to her during her research. Anonymous staffers say she repeatedly requested information that she said Petraeus wanted her to have. Broadwell’s top security clearance has already been revoked.

    November 21, 2012 10:12 PM

  2. SYRIA 40 Killed in Aleppo Hospital Getty Images

    2. 40 Killed in Aleppo Hospital

    The rules of warfare are certainly not in play in Syria’s ongoing civil conflict. Rebel leaders say at least 40 people were killed today when an airstrike hit a major hospital in the city of Aleppo. Video shows the blast hitting the front waiting area which is usually densely populated. The same hospital had been damaged earlier this year when an artillery shell struck the maternity ward.

    November 21, 2012 7:57 PM

  3. BUTTING HEADS Rice Shoots Back at McCain Getty Images

    3. Rice Shoots Back at McCain

    U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice is refuting allegations that she spread misinformation after the attack in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. John McCain and other Republicans have widely attacked Rice’s initially false comments alleging the attack stemmed from an anti-Muslim film. On Wednesday, Rice defended her comments to reporters, saying, “I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community,” Rice explained. “I made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers.”

    November 21, 2012 11:17 PM

  4. WHAT TRUCE? Official: Rockets Sent Into Israel Post-Ceasefire Christopher Furlong

    4. Official: Rockets Sent Into Israel Post-Ceasefire

    According to Israeli officials, 12 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel a mere hour after a ceasefire was announced. The truce went into effect 9 p.m. on Wednesday, after eight days of violence that has left more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis dead near the Gaza Strip. The rockets reportedly landed in open areas, causing no damage and, according to an Israeli military spokesman, some were even intercepted by an anti-missile system. It is still unclear what the attack means for the ceasefire.

    November 21, 2012 4:17 PM

  5. AU REVOIR Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    5. Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns

    After somehow winning reelection despite being hospitalized for bipolar disorder for months, Jesse Jackson Jr. handed in his letter of resignation Wednesday. "Over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish," Jackson wrote. "It is with great regret that I hereby resign as a member of the United States House of Representatives, effective today." A special election will be help to fill his congressional seat that represents parts of Chicago.

    November 21, 2012 2:41 PM

  6. DICTATORSHIP Facebook Removes Voting System Getty Images

    6. Facebook Removes Voting System

    Think you have a say over your favorite social network? Think again. Facebook announced new updates that will limit the public’s ability to nix policy changes with comments and votes on Wednesday. Elliot Schrage, head of communications, says at one billion users, the community is too big for the proposed voting system. Instead, the social network says it will be releasing new feedback programs and email policy change notifications.

    November 21, 2012 10:40 PM

  7. PAIN IN THE TURKEY Chicago Fog Delays Thanksgiving Flights Scott Olson

    7. Chicago Fog Delays Thanksgiving Flights

    The long slog to grandmother’s house just got longer. The first nightmare stories from one of the busiest travel days of the year have started to roll in, with airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare airport forced to cancel more than 140 flights and delay over 500 more due to a dense fog that caused zero visibility. In New York City, train service in and out of Penn Station was shut down completely for about an hour due to switch problems, cutting off Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad service. Throngs of waiting passengers crowded the streets outside Penn Station while waiting for service to resume—which it has with crippling delays.

    November 21, 2012 7:35 PM

  8. GOODBYE TWINKIE Hostess Liquidation Approved Scott Olson / Getty Images

    8. Hostess Liquidation Approved

    The era of Hostess treats appears to be truly over. After mediation yesterday failed to create a solution, the company's motion for bankruptcy was approved by a New York court Wednesday. Falling victim to the Hostess Brands closure are 570 bakery outlet stores, 565 distribution centers, thousands of delivery routes and roughly 18,500 jobs. The company says it will keep on 3,200 employees to help with the initial phase of the shutdown, which is expected to take a year.

    November 21, 2012 4:24 PM

  9. HAMMING IT UP Obama Pardons Two Turkeys Jim Watson, AFP / Getty Images

    9. Obama Pardons Two Turkeys

    What a meaningful tradition. President Obama pardoned two turkeys at the traditional pre-Thanksgiving ceremony Wednesday. “Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it,” Obama joked. “The guy’s amazing. He predicted these guys would win.” The two four-month-old turkeys will live the rest of their lives at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home. This year was the first time that Americans were able to use a Facebook poll to vote on which of two turkeys would become the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Cobbler won with 2,513 “likes” compared with Gobbler’s 2,230.

    November 21, 2012 4:04 PM

  10. DROP OUT Chevy Chase Leaving ‘Community’ John Shearer

    10. Chevy Chase Leaving ‘Community’

    There’s now one less Human Being at Greendale Community College. Actor Chevy Chase, who plays curmudgeonly community college student Pierce Hawthorne, is exiting the cult-favorite NBC sitcom Community, effective immediately. The departure is a mutual agreement between the SNL vet and the show’s creative team, Deadline reported Wednesday. The news follows several tumultuous events, including a public feud between Chase and Community’s former showrunner, Dan Harmon, and a tirade last month in which Chase used the n-word. Chase will appear in all of the episodes that have already been filmed for the show’s upcoming season, which premieres Feb. 7.

    November 21, 2012 6:11 PM

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  12. GROSS Cannibal Cop Planned ‘Girl Meat’ Elizabeth Williams / AP Photo

    11. Cannibal Cop Planned ‘Girl Meat’

    No wonder the Cannibal Cop was denied bail for Thanksgiving. New York City prosecutors said that Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer known as the “cannibal cop” for his plan to cook and eat his victims, planned a Thanksgiving feast of “girl meat” before being caught. According to prosecutors, Valle told a co-conspirator that turkey alone wouldn’t satisfy him this year, and he was planning to eat “some girl meat.” Valle allegedly said his victim “has to be abducted. I know where she lives. I will grab her from her house.” Valle’s attorney insists this is all “fantasy,” which she compared with “Star Trek geeks and science-fiction movie guys who dress up and go to conventions.” A judge denied Valle’s bail request, and his trial has been scheduled for Jan. 22.

    November 21, 2012 10:02 AM

  13. GET NAKED San Francisco Bans Public Nudity Jeff Chiu / AP Photo

    12. San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

    Time to cover up, San Francisco: the city’s lawmakers passed a ban on public nudity on Tuesday night—and angry protesters immediately stripped down. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who co-sponsored the bill, said the issue has evolved past a few naked men in the Castro district and is a growing problem. “It’s no longer a quirky part of San Francisco, it’s seven days a week,” Wiener said. Nudity defenders have called the ban an attack on personal expression. The law allows undressing in public at private beaches, on private property, and at special permitted events, such as Bay to Breakers and the Folsom Street Fair. Children under 5 years old will also get a free pass.

    November 21, 2012 7:03 AM

  14. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Rihanna Apologizes for Ignoring Press Simone Joyner / Getty Images

    13. Rihanna Apologizes for Ignoring Press

    The title of Rihanna’s new album, Unapologetic, proved to be a bit ironic Tuesday, when the pop supernova was forced to apologize to peeved press members on her seven-countries-in-seven-days 777 promotional tour. Despite launching the tour, which carted 250 journalists and contest winners across the globe, with a champagne party, Rihanna quickly went M.I.A., irking the press with her lack of access and availability. At one point, attendees started chanting “Just One Quote,” while a person passed out fake “Missing: Rihanna” signs. “It’s impossible to spend time with everybody, and I’m sorry I didn’t,” the star told the press, citing health issues. “But this was excellent and I would definitely do it again.”

    November 20, 2012 7:55 PM

  15. UNBELIEVABLE Grinnell’s Jack Taylor Scores 138 Points Cory Hall, Grinnell College / AP Photo

    14. Grinnell’s Taylor Scores 138 Points

    Nothing but net, baby. Grinnell guard Jack Taylor had a poor shooting weekend, but he came roaring back on Tuesday night when he scored 138 points in a single game—smashing the NCAA Division III records. The sophomore made 52 of 108 shots overall, dunking 27 of 71 three-point attempts. “It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” Taylor said after the game. Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis held the previous NCAA scoring record—113 points in a single game in 1954.

    November 21, 2012 7:03 AM

  16. GAZA CONFLICT Clinton Presses for Ceasefire Avi Ohayon / GPO via Getty Images

    15. Clinton Presses for Ceasefire

    Delivering remarks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday evening, Secretary of State Clinton appeared confident that a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants was close at hand. "The rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside Gaza on Israeli cities and towns must end," she said. Earlier Tuesday, Hamas announced that a "calming down" in violence was expected, while Egyptian and Palestinian officials called a ceasefire “imminent.” After seven days of deadly fighting, the death toll in Gaza has surpassed 122. Clinton is due in Cairo Wednesday morning to meet with Egyptian leaders who are in contact with Hamas.

    November 20, 2012 10:18 PM

  17. BUDGET BUFFET Food Stamps Surge for Thanksgiving Joe Raedle

    16. Food Stamps Surge for Thanksgiving

    More Thanksgiving dinners will be purchased this year using food stamps than ever before. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps when Thursday rolls around. For perspective, that’s equal to roughly the populations of California and Connecticut combined. That’s a 70 percent increase since 2007, and the cost to feed all of those people hit a record $72 billion last year. According to the Food Stamp Challenge, the budget of a person on food stamps is $1.25 per meal.

    November 20, 2012 10:48 PM

  18. TAKE THIS OB/GYNs Endorse Prescription Change BSIP / UIG / Getty Images

    17. OB/GYNs Endorse Prescription Change

    Will Sandra Fluke get on board? The U.S.’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that birth-control bills should be sold over the counter and without a prescription—although a change is not likely to come soon. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said that half the nation’s pregnancies remain unplanned—a rate that hasn’t changed in 20 years—and a key way to remedy that would be to make birth-control pills more easily available. A contraceptives company would first have to seek government approval before the change is made, and it’s unclear what the effect would be for women if it is no longer covered by insurance.

    November 21, 2012 7:03 AM

  19. NOT LOOKING GOOD EU, IMF Fail to Make Greek Deal Petros Giannakouris / AP Photo

    18. EU, IMF Fail to Make Greek Deal

    Euro-zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund failed for the second week in a row to come to an agreement on lowering Greece’s debt to a sustainable level. Without a deal, Athens cannot receive the emergency aid it needs to avoid bankruptcy—and Greece’s next debt repayment is due in mid-December. The IMF has refused to give Greece its extra two years to meet its debt target, and the euro zone has refused to write off Athens’s loans—the two options that could make Greece’s targets easier to reach.

    November 21, 2012 6:50 AM

  20. DIPLOMACY Clinton Meets With Abbas AFP / Getty Images

    19. Clinton Meets With Abbas

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met early Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank, and will also sit down in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She will then travel to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who has been attempting to negotiate a ceasefire. Clinton will stay in the West Bank and Jerusalem during her trip and not travel to Gaza, which is run by Hamas, a group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also meet with Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, violence in Tel Aviv and continued airstrikes shook Israel and Gaza.

    November 21, 2012 7:22 AM

  21. PUNISHMENT India Hangs Mumbai Attacker PTI / AP Photo

    20. India Hangs Mumbai Attacker

    Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that left 166 dead, was hanged in prison on Wednesday. Indian television covered the execution with blanket coverage, showing Kasab in a black shirt and wielding an automatic weapon. During the 60-hour siege in Mumbai, Kasab and an accomplice carried out an assault on a railway station, killing 52 people. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was given far less coverage in his home country, which offered no official statement on the hanging.

    November 21, 2012 6:49 AM

  22. BACK AT IT General Allen Returns to Afghan Command Musadeq Sadeq / AP Photo

    21. Gen. Allen Returns to Command

    Nothing to see here. Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, returned to his post on Wednesday, a week after his name became ensnared in the ongoing investigation of former CIA director David Petraeus. Petraeus, Allen’s predecessor, resigned on Nov. 9, citing an extramarital affair with a woman later to be unmasked as his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who allegedly threatened a second woman, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Allen is currently under investigation for sending tens of thousands of “potentially inappropriate” emails to Kelley. Since then, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has put on hold Allen’s nomination for commander of the U.S. European Command and top NATO general.

    November 21, 2012 6:41 AM

  23. LIBERATION Congolese Rebels Head for Capital TONY KARUMBA / Getty Images

    22. Congolese Rebels Head for Capital

    After capturing the eastern city of Goma, rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set their sights on the capital, Kinshasa—and President Joseph Kabila. The African nation’s leader has been holding talks with the heads of government in Rwanda and Uganda—two countries a United Nations panel of experts accused of backing M23, the rebel group. M23 has accumulated 2,000 fighters from the Congolese Army and 700 policemen since it first assembled on the heels of an Army mutiny in April. On Tuesday, speaking to a crowded football stadium, the group’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Vianney Kazarama, declared “the journey to liberate [D.R.] Congo has started now.”

    November 21, 2012 11:20 AM

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    23. Fat Duck Chefs Killed in Crash

    Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal’s British restaurant, the Fat Duck, were killed in a taxi crash earlier this week in Hong Kong. Jorge Ivan Arango Herrera and Carl Magnus Lindgren were in Hong Kong for a private event when their taxi was crushed between two buses. The police force said that one bus had hit two cars, then crossed into the other lane, and crushed the chefs’ taxi. The taxi driver was also killed, along with 56 others. Blumenthal, who was also visiting Hong Kong, reportedly identified the two chefs. The bus driver was arrested for dangerous driving that resulted in death, but then released after posting $645 bail.

    November 21, 2012 2:06 PM

  25. DEADLY Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv Oded Balilty / AP Photo

    24. Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv

    At least 22 people were wounded on Wednesday when a bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what Israeli officials immediately denounced as a “terrorist attack.” An Israeli who witnessed the attack told Army Radio that the bus was “completely charred.” The explosion reportedly occurred near the Israeli Defense building. Celebratory gunfire was reportedly heard in Gaza after news of the explosion. In Gaza at least 26 more Palestinians were killed on Wednesday, bringing the death toll of Palestinians up to 138 since the violence began. Five Israelis have died, including two killed by rockets on Wednesday.

    November 21, 2012 9:37 AM

  26. SACRÉ BLEU! U.S. Hacked Sarkozy’s Computers: Report AFP

    25. U.S. Hacked Sarkozy’s Computers: Report

    Where’s Inspector Clouseau when you need him? According to French magazine l’Express, the U.S. government used a malware system called Flame to hack into computers belonging to senior French officials—including those in former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s office—during the last days of his presidency. It’s the same malware system that was initially developed to spy on and sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. U.S. officials may have been able to record conversations, screenshot intel, and copy files from the computers they hacked. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would not confirm or deny the story.

    November 21, 2012 12:10 PM

  27. SHOWCASE ‘Price Is Right’ Model Wins Suit Cliff Lipson / CBS

    26. ‘Price Is Right’ Model Wins Suit

    Brandi Cochran’s price wasn’t exactly right, but she will be the lucky recipient of $776,944, courtesy of the classic game show. The 41-year-old former The Price Is Right model sued FremantleMedia North America and The Price Is Right Productions for more than $8 million, claiming producers had unfairly refused to let her rejoin the show after taking maternity leave in 2010. Despite the defendant’s insistence that they were simply satisfactorily staffed with models at the time Cochran sought her old job, the Superior Court jury sided with the plaintiff and determined that she was denied return because of her pregnancy.

    November 21, 2012 3:12 PM

  28. ‘ZERO DARK THIRTY’ Director: Osama Movie ‘Very Accurate’ John Shearer

    27. Bigelow: Osama Movie ‘Accurate’

    Just 19 months ago, Osama bin Laden was assassinated by an elite group of Navy SEALs. And on Dec. 19, a major Hollywood film detailing that raid, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, will hit theaters. Those worried about a Hollywoodization of the ordeal need not worry, Bigelow says, calling it a “very accurate rendition” of what happened. She even built a full replica of the house bin Laden was killed in, so that every detail would be correct, “down to who was on what step when, how they went around a corner.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly alongside screenwriter Mark Boal, Bigelow also dismisses accusations that they were given inappropriate access to classified information.

    November 21, 2012 1:07 PM

  29. Unrest Violent Protests Hit West Bank Abed al Hashlamoun, EPA / Landov

    28. Violent Protests Hit West Bank

    Clashes broke out between Palestinians and the Israeli Army in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. Palestinian youths were hurling stones at soldiers in all three major cities in the West Bank—Ramallah, Hebron, and Nablus. In Nablus crowds chanted, “Strike, strike, Tel Aviv.” Soldiers retaliated with tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, and live ammunition in some cases. At least two Palestinians were reportedly shot in the legs by Israeli gunfire during a demonstration outside a prison in Ramallah. The Israeli military says it fires live ammunition only after they have fired warning shots and “exhausted all possible means” to avoid danger.

    November 21, 2012 12:38 PM

  30. R&R Romney Goes to Disneyland

    29. Romney Goes to Disneyland

    Pumping gas, Twilight, and now Disneyland? Is Mitt Romney having a midlife crisis? The GOP nominee for president, his wife Ann and several of their sons and grandkids were spotted having a ball at "The Happiest Place on Earth" on Tuesday. He even took a spin on the Flying Tires ride. The two were spotted doing normal-person things earlier this week when they went to see Twilight and a disheveled Mitt pumped his own gas. Maybe he should have let his human side shine a bit during the election.

    November 21, 2012 2:10 PM

  31. EATING CROW McCain Backtracks on Rice BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

    30. McCain Backtracks on Rice

    A week after accusing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice of editing the CIA talking points she went on the TV circuit with in the days following the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Sen. John McCain said on Wednesday that he was wrong. In a statement on his website, McCain concedes that Rice’s talking points hardly deviated from what she was given by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. McCain had previously blasted Rice for changing comments on the attacks to cooperate with a White House–mandated narrative, but intelligence officials told CNN on Tuesday that the intelligence community was responsible for omitting details like al Qaeda’s involvement in the attacks for security reasons.

    November 21, 2012 3:05 PM

  32. PEACE? Israel Agrees to Truce Said Khatib, AFP / Getty Images

    31. Israel Agrees to Truce

    Israel has agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced on Wednesday. The ceasefire will take effect at 9 p.m. Cairo time, 1900 GMT. Both sides agreed in principal for a truce, but there was no agreement on the key demands—leading to a second phase of talks that will address the issues that Clinton will be involved in. “There is no substitute for a just and lasting peace,” Clinton said. Israeli sources told Reuters that although the country agreed to a truce, it would not lift the blockade. In the eight days of fighting, more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis have died.

    November 21, 2012 12:33 PM