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  1. COMMAND Morsi Gives Himself Sweeping Powers Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Imagges

    1. Morsi Gives Himself Sweeping Powers

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday banned any opposition to his decrees—and he ordered a retrial of those accused of shooting at protesters during the 2011 demonstrations that brought down former president Hosni Mubarak. It’s unclear if the retrial will affect Mubarak himself, who is currently serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting. Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Morsi is attacking like a “new pharaoh” as thousands have gathered this past week at Tahrir Square in demonstrations demanding political reform. Morsi has gained new power after taking a role as an international mediator during the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

    November 22, 2012 5:04 PM

  2. NABBED Tel Aviv Bombing Suspects Arrested Daniel Bar-On / AFP / Getty Images

    2. Tel Aviv Bombing Suspects Arrested

    Several people have been arrested in the Tel Aviv bus bombing that injured 21, Israeli authorities announced on Thursday. A handful of Palestinians from the West Bank and an Arab individual with Israeli citizenship were taken into custody for Wednesday’s bombing, which injured at least 20 people and is being considered a terrorist attack. Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, said the suspects were arrested within hours of the bombing. It was the first attack in Tel Aviv in six years. The names of the suspects haven’t been released.

    November 22, 2012 7:26 PM

  3. DEFENSIVE Israel’s Iron Dome Cost $25–$30M Jack Guez, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Israel’s Iron Dome Cost $25–$30M

    Israel’s Iron Dome system, which intercepts Palestinian rockets, cost between $25 million and $30 million during the eight days of fighting, the Israeli government said Thursday. The five truck–towed Iron Dome batteries shot down 421 of the 1,500 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip from Nov. 14–21. The Israeli military said the Iron Dome had a success rate of 90 percent, because the system only goes after rockets that threaten populated areas. Israel’s civil defense minister said, “Were the Iron Dome traded on the [Tel Aviv] stock exchange or Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share value several times over.”

    November 22, 2012 1:25 PM

  4. MADNESS Black Friday Starts Thursday Geroge Fray / Landov

    4. Black Friday Starts Thursday

    Happy Thanksgiving, time to celebrate at your local Walmart. Black Friday kicked off around 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving—excluding the online sales, some of which also started on Thursday. Walmart and Toys R Us both opened at 8 p.m., as did Sears, which will be open from 8 p.m. Thursday until 10 p.m. Friday, and Target opened its doors at 9 p.m. Thursday. Overall, about 17 percent of shoppers are expected to take part in the Thanksgiving sales, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs survey. But expect some problems on Friday: Walmart workers are planning to protest the Thanksgiving hours.

    November 22, 2012 7:46 PM

  5. COMEBACK Congolese Army Starts to Fight Back AFP

    5. Congolese Army Starts to Fight Back

    The Congolese army on Thursday began fighting back against a vast swarm of rebels who had overtaken Goma and several other cities in the north, pounding the area and causing tens of thousands of civilians to flee. According to witnesses, government troops and local militia ambushed the rebels outside the city of Sake, about 15 miles west of Goma, as residents fled the area, causing some aid workers to worry about a coming refugee crisis. It was unclear by nightfall which side controlled the town. While the M23, the rebel group, has been accused of atrocities in the area around Goma, one of the local militia who aided the government on Thursday have been accused of massacring civilians.

    November 22, 2012 7:14 PM

  6. SCARY

    6. Two Killed in Texas Car Pileup

    At least two people are dead after a car wreck involving at least 100 vehicles on Thursday on Texas's Interstate 10 near Beaumont. At least 80 were injured in the wreck, some critically. Officials blamed the accident on foggy conditions. The accidents began around 9 a.m., and by 9:30 a.m. the highway had been closed in both directions.

    November 22, 2012 2:55 PM

  7. Giving Thanks Macy’s Parade Seeks to Revive NYC Andrew Kelly / Getty Images

    7. Macy’s Parade Seeks to Revive NYC

    Millions of New Yorkers and tourists lined the sunny city streets for the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade—the city’s largest event in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “As it has during turbulent times in our history, we hope the Macy’s Parade serves as a beacon of hope for all those who tune in and gather with friends and family to give thanks this season, as they continue to heal from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” the parade’s executive producer, Amy Kule, said in a statement. Macy’s also provided 5,000 seats for Sandy’s victims, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city will be donating 26,500 Thanksgiving meals to those affected by the storm. And scandal-plagued Elmo even made an appearance, albeit with a different puppeteer.

    November 22, 2012 1:39 PM

  8. Final World Bin Laden Burial Followed Islamic Law AP Photo

    8. Bin Laden Burial Followed Islamic Law

    Newly released military emails confirm that Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea followed traditional Islamic procedures, but it was witnessed by very few. One email said, “Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed ... The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.” One email suggested that hardly anyone aboard the ship knew of the event that was taking place. It said, “Only a small group of the leadership was informed—less than a dozen. The Department of Defense released 10 redacted emails in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

    November 22, 2012 2:48 PM

  9. TRAGEDY Boxer Hector Camacho Brain-Dead Sebastian Perez / GFR Media / AP Photo

    9. Boxer Hector Camacho Brain-Dead

    Doctors in Puerto Rico said Thursday that they declared boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho brain-dead after performing a battery of tests on the athlete. Camacho, 50, was shot in the face Tuesday night while sitting in a car with a friend outside of a bar. Police found 10 bags of cocaine in the car. The friend did not survive the attack. Camacho’s family must now decide whether to take him off life support. Doctors initially believed they could save Camacho but the bullet severed three of four arteries in his neck, cutting off oxygen to his brain.

    November 22, 2012 5:22 PM

  10. FIGHT CLUB Berry’s Fiancé, Ex Brawl Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

    10. Berry’s Fiancé, Ex Brawl

    That's not a good start to Thanksgiving. Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubrey, and her fiancé, Oliver Martinez, got into a knock-down, drag-out fight Thursday morning when Aubrey brought their daughter back to Berry's home to celebrate the holiday. Aubrey sustained a broken rib and bruises on his face, while Martinez may have broken his hand and suffered a head injury. Tensions have been bubbling up around a custody battle between Aubrey and Berry, who wants to relocate to France with their daughter. Aubrey was arrested for battery and has been ordered to stay 100 feet away from his ex.

    November 22, 2012 8:04 PM

  11. Keeping the Clouds Away Elmo Around Until 2014 Michael Tran / Getty Images

    11. Elmo Around Until 2014

    He’s not going anywhere just yet. Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash may have resigned earlier this week after a sex scandal, but his voice is sticking around, because he has already taped Sesame Street episodes to air through 2014. But the controversy continues. Clash’s latest accuser, who is suing Clash for $5 million, claimed the puppeteer tried to keep his day job a secret. “It was essential to him that I not find out who he actually was,” he said. Meanwhile, Elmo is still appearing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, though a different puppeteer will be on duty.

    November 22, 2012 11:13 AM

  12. SPLITSVILLE Danica Patrick Divorcing Husband Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer / Landov

    12. Danica Patrick Divorcing Husband

    NASCAR star Danica Patrick and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, are calling it quits after seven years of marriage. Patrick wrote on Facebook, “I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this.” The two reportedly met when she visited his physical therapy office for a hip injury and became engaged on Thanksgiving Day in 2004. On Monday, Patrick was named the NASCAR Nationwide Series most popular driver.

    November 22, 2012 10:17 AM

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

    13. 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

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

    14. 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

  15. SYRIA 40 Killed in Aleppo Hospital Getty Images

    15. 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

  16. BUTTING HEADS Rice Shoots Back at McCain Getty Images

    16. 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

  17. HOSTESS Workers Prefer Job Loss to Pay Cuts Terry Schmidt / UPI / Landov

    17. Workers Prefer Job Loss to Pay Cuts

    Hostess has announced plans for a shut down that will cost 15,000 jobs immediately and 3,000 more over the next few months. But Reuters reports that bakers for the company would rather lose their jobs than take pay cuts. One employee said, “They’re just taking from us. I really can’t afford to not be working, but this is not worth it. I’d rather work somewhere else or draw unemployment.” Workers had complained of decreased wages and even cited a $10 per week charge that Hostess claimed was needed to boost company capital.

    November 22, 2012 10:12 AM

  18. POTUS Obama: Holiday Gives ‘Perspective’ Jim Lo Scalzo; Pool / Getty Images

    18. Obama: Holiday Gives ‘Perspective’

    In his Thanksgiving Day Address, President Obama urged Americans to use the holiday to come together after a “passionate” campaign season. “Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective—to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost,” he said, adding, “Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world.” He also said that Americans are a “bold, generous, big-hearted people,” as the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy showed. “When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work—not for the recognition or the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

    November 22, 2012 9:59 AM

  19. VENGENCE Pakistani Taliban Vows India Attack Rafiq Maqbool / AP Photo

    19. Pakistani Taliban Vows India Attack

    The Pakistani Taliban has vowed revenge after India on Wednesday executed a Pakistani man for his role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the attack that killed 160, was hanged on Wednesday in Pune, India. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has said that the group would conduct attacks in India in response, though he did not provide any details. The spokesman also demanded that Kasab’s body be returned to Pakistan for an Islamic burial and criticized the Pakistani government for not requesting that the body be returned.

    November 22, 2012 9:03 AM

  20. PETRAEUS Kelley Awarded High Civilian Honors Tim Boyles /Getty Images

    20. Kelley Awarded High Civilian Honors

    Who knew being a Tampa socialite could be so fulfilling? Jill Kelley received a prestigious award from the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the country’s second-highest civilian honor—in March 2011. She was awarded for her “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for politicians and military officials. Of course, David Petraeus was the one who recommended she receive the award and presented it to her himself at the ceremony. Kelley and her husband are known for lavish parties thrown at their $1.5 million mansion in Tampa. According to her citation, “these events promoted camaraderie, understanding and a better appreciation for coalition and military customs, concerns and abilities.”

    November 22, 2012 9:56 AM

  21. TRUCE Israel, Hamas Both Claim Victory Majdi Mohammed / AP photo

    21. Israel, Hamas Both Claim Victory

    Both Israel and Hamas are claiming victory now that a hastily assembled ceasefire has gone into effect. Senior Hamas leader Khaled Meshal said on Thursday that Israel’s “aim was to deter us. The resistance showed them. This deterrence has failed. Israel has failed in all of its goals.” But the Israeli military disputed this in a statement, saying that the campaign had “accomplished its pre-determined objectives,” devastating Hamas’s infrastructure and killing seven senior militants. In any case, the new truce is still fragile. Israeli media reported that several rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza after the ceasefire went into effect.

    November 22, 2012 8:53 AM

  22. MEDIA BBC Appoints New Director-General Yui Mok / Landov

    22. BBC Appoints New Director-General

    The BBC has appointed 61-year-old Tony Hall, a former director of news at the BBC, as the company’s new director-general. He will succeed George Entwistle, who resigned this month after only 54 days over his handling of the scandal involving late broadcaster Jimmy Savile’s alleged sexual abuse of children. Hall is currently the chief executive of the Royal Opera House and he will start his new position at the BBC in March. The Chairman of the BBC Trust said that Hall is "the right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis and help rebuild public trust in the organization."

    November 22, 2012 10:07 AM