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  1. OCCUPY CAIRO Thousands Camp in Tahrir Sq. Egyptian Presidency / AP Photo

    1. Thousands Camp in Tahrir Sq.

     At least 10,000 Egyptians are spending Saturday night in Tahrir Square—the same site where protests raged during Arab Spring. Demonstrators are protesting a new constitutional declaration made by President Mohamed Morsi giving him power over the judiciary branch. The country’s top judges are calling the move an “unprecedented attack,” and the Obama administration has expressed concern over the implications for the separation of powers in the already fragile democracy.

    November 24, 2012 6:40 PM

  2. SHOPAHOLIC Online Thanksgiving Sales Jump Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    2. Online Thanksgiving Sales Jump

    Well, at least if shoppers stay at home, they’re less likely to attack each other. Web-savvy retailers saw a huge increase in online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. According to a new IBM report, during the holiday itself, online sales rose 17.4 percent. On Black Friday, many customers avoided stampeding lines and shopped online—technology company ShopperTrak finds that consumers spent $11.2 billion at stores across the U.S. That figure is down 1.8 percent from last year's total. 

    November 24, 2012 3:35 PM

  3. SAFEGUARD Thousands Rally in Mali

    3. Moderate Citizens Rally in Mali

    Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the capital of Mali on Saturday to show support for nonradical Isalm. The rally comes as the international community contemplates military intervention after Islamic extremists took control of the northern part of the country. Led by the country’s Muslim leaders, the rally came in support of “the authentic Islam,” which they describe as a religion based on “tolerance and peace.” Joining in the demonstration was Capt. Amadou Sanogo, military leader of the failed April coup d’état that destabilized Mali enough to allow an al Qaeda–led, ultrahardline Islamic group to overtake the country.

    November 24, 2012 9:15 PM

  4. ECONOMIC BOOST Bloomberg Aids Sandy-Hit Businesses Mario Tama / Getty Images

    4. Bloomberg Aids Sandy-Hit Businesses

    On the post-Thanksgiving "Small-Business Saturday," New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced a new grant program to help small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The program offers $5.5 million in matching funds to help small ventures recover after days without power and damages from the storm. "Small businesses account for 98 percent of all businesses," Bloomberg said. "They employ 50 percent of the people in this city ... they really are the job creators of New York City." Meanwhile, New Yorkers are furious that the Long Island Power Authority has issued estimated normal bills for residents and businesses in areas that spent weeks without electricity.

    November 24, 2012 12:33 PM

  5. BLAZE Fire at State Dept. Injures Three Getty Images (FILE)

    5. Fire at State Dept. Injures Three

    Three people were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department in Washington, officials report. A spokesman said the flames erupted Saturday when crews were performing routine maintenance work on the building. Workers were able to successfully exit, but three were injured in the process, with one reportedly sustaining life-threatening injuries. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no government employees were in the building.

    November 24, 2012 6:03 PM

  6. BE PREPARED Report: White House Wrote Drone ‘Rule Book’ MSgt. Scott Reed, U.S. Air Force / AP Photo

    6. White House Wrote Drone 'Rule Book'

    Among the plethora of worries that plagued the Obama administration weeks before the election, chief among them may have been leaving behind the drone-strike program to a successor. According to two administration officials, “accelerated work” was done in the weeks before the election to prepare explicit rules for continued targeted killing of terrorists through unmanned drone strikes. “There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,” one official told the New York Times. Contained in the rules were “clear standards and procedures” to ensure Mitt Romney had the correct information to target and kill terrorists. In Obama’s first term, the CIA was responsible for 300 drone strikes, causing the deaths of 2,500 people.

    November 24, 2012 7:28 PM

  7. Boom! Gas Leak Explodes at Strip Club Jessica Hill / AP

    7. Gas Leak Explodes at Strip Club

    Patrons of a Springfield, Mass., strip club got more excitement than they bargained for when the building exploded Friday night, injuring 18. The explosion destroyed the strip club and damaged more than 40 surrounding buildings as well. City officials are inspecting 63 buildings Saturday in order to determine whether the area is safe to return to. The explosion was felt by areas up to 10 miles away.

    November 24, 2012 4:00 PM

  8. BIEBER BUSTER ‘Gangnam Style’ Sets YouTube Record Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    8. ‘Gangnam Style’ Sets YouTube Record

    Move over, Justin Bieber, there's a new YouTube favorite in town. South Korean pop artist Psy's catchy dance tune "Gangnam Style" became YouTube's most-watched video on Saturday, registering over 803 million views and squeezing out Bieber's "Baby" from the top spot. Is it because Psy's dance moves are more fun than Bieber's? Because women would rather be Psy's "sexy lady" than Bieber's "baby"? Did Obama's endorsement help? Whatever it is, we now know that China's no threat to American culture. It's South Korea we have to watch out for.

    November 24, 2012 11:46 AM

  9. TRAGIC Boxer Hector Camacho Dies Tom Pidgeon / Allsport

    9. Boxer Hector Camacho Dies

    Legendary boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho died Saturday after a mysterious attack. The 50-year-old pugilist had been sitting with a friend in a parked car in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when an unidentified gunmen shot them both on Tuesday. The friend died on the scene, and Camacho was taken to the hospital where his family decided to take him off life support this morning due to his deteriorating condition. He was known as an agile and flamboyantly talented boxer who had 88 fights in his distinguished career. His son Hector Camacho Jr. followed his father's footsteps into the profession as a middleweight boxer.

    November 24, 2012 11:54 AM

  10. BREAKING BOX ‘Twilight’ and ‘Skyfall’ Win on Black Friday Andrew Cooper, SMPSP / Summit Entertainment

    10. ‘Twilight’ and ‘Skyfall’ Win on Black Friday

    After the horror of all those bloody noses and black eyes at malls around the country on Black Friday, a trip to the movies was looking better than ever. The result: a triumphant day at the box office, with early estimates naming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall first and second place, respectively, in box-office sales. Breaking Dawn Part 2—which some critics are calling the lamest installment in the Twilight series—raked in an incredible $17.4 million, putting it on track to hit $63.5 million by Sunday. The newest Bond flick came in second, bringing in an estimated $14.7 million—making it the first in the series to gross more than $200 million domestically. Not too far behind in third was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which grossed $9.9 million.

    November 24, 2012 3:51 PM

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  12. OBIT ‘Dallas’ Actor Larry Hagman Dies Everett Collection

    11. ‘Dallas’ Actor Larry Hagman Dies

    Larry Hagman, who became a TV icon with his starring roles on Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie, died from complications of cancer on Friday in Dallas, Texas. "It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for," Hagman's family wrote in a statement. Hagman, who was on TV again this year on TNT's reboot of Dallas, is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, actress Maj Axelsson.

    November 23, 2012 11:35 PM

  13. Unrest Bangkok Ralliers Protest Thai PM Christophe Archambault, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Bangkok Ralliers Protest Thai PM

    In the first major protest against the current prime minister of Thailand on Saturday, over 100 demonstrators were arrested after the gathering got out of hand. But that number is low compared to the number of people who attended the rally, which was around 20,000, a number that includes many members of Thailand's royalist movement. Police had been warned of possible violence, but after deploying 17,000 officers and 10 cans of tear gas, they allowed the rally to continue. The rally is expected to last through the weekend.

    November 24, 2012 9:12 AM

  14. TREMOR

    13. 4.9-Magnitude Quake Strikes Japan

    Can Japan catch a break? An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.9 struck Tokyo and the surrounding area Saturday morning. Although there were no immediate reports of major damage and the Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning had been issued, several trains were temporarily stopped. The reported origin of the quake was 50 miles beneath Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo.

    November 24, 2012 8:01 AM

  15. SCANDAL MONGER ‘Nude Kate’ Tabloid Editor Resigns Peter Muhly, AFP / Getty Images

    14. ‘Nude Kate’ Tabloid Editor Resigns

    Tabloid editor Michael O'Kane resigned from the Irish Daily Star on Saturday as a consequence of his decision to publish topless photos of Kate Middleton in the September 15 issue of the paper. The well-publicized scandal, involving shots of Middleton sunbathing on a private vacation, resulted in a threatened shutdown of the tabloid and O'Kane's near-immediate suspension. Now that he's gone, maybe Duchess Kate can put this whole mess behind her.

    November 24, 2012 8:37 AM

  16. Big Brother Student’s ID Protest Goes to Court

    15. Student’s ID Protest Goes to Court

    Andrea Hernandez probably didn't think her Christian beliefs would cause a problem at her San Antonio, Texas, high school. But when she refused to wear a school ID badge implanted with an RFID tracking chip on grounds that it signified the Mark of the Beast (from the biblical Book of Revelation), she sparked a court battle and prompted discussions about how far schools should go in keeping track of their students. Hernandez, who was initially told she would be expelled from her magnet school on Monday if she continued her refusal, was granted a temporary restraining order allowing her to attend classes pending further hearings next week.

    November 24, 2012 9:06 AM

  17. Destruction Afghan Bomber Hits Govt. Building Mohammed Naser / AP Photo

    16. Afghan Bomber Hits Govt. Building

    Amid violence in the rest of the region, a suicide bomber in Afghanistan exploded his truck on Friday in the government center of a provincial capital, killing three, wounding 90, and leaving the governor without an office. The man drove an explosives-laden truck into the heart of Wardak Province, about an hour from Kabul, and destroyed several government and security buildings, including the gubernatorial seat, and damaged the local prison. Although the area has long been contested with the Taliban, this was the first such attack on the region’s capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

    November 24, 2012 7:49 AM

  18. Crisis African Leaders Call Congo Summit Tony Karumba, AFP / Getty Images

    17. African Leaders Call Congo Summit

    A group of leaders in the Great Lakes region of eastern Africa is meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday to seek an end to ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group has met several times in recent months to solve the crisis brought on by rebel group M23, which has taken over one city and has its eye on the rest of the region. There is rampant speculation about whether M23 receives support from neighboring Rwanda. The president of Rwanda will not be attending the summit in Uganda, and will instead meet with the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo separately.

    November 24, 2012 7:57 AM

  19. Ho Ho Heartless British Chain Nixes In-Store Santas Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    18. British Chain Nixes In-Store Santas

    Santa Claus is coming to town—but only if you aren't shopping at Debenhams. The British department store chain announced Friday that it would not be hosting jolly old St. Nicks in any of its stores this year. But the store isn't as much of a Grinch as it may seem: a spokeswoman chalked up the decision to the good of the children. She explained that due to the influx of Kris Kringles in other stores, "we had complaints from parents saying there were too many, which was confusing their young children." Hopefully the decision won't affect store management's status on the real Father Christmas's naughty-or-nice list.

    November 24, 2012 9:10 AM

  20. INVESTIGATION Arafat to Be Exhumed in Death Probe Abbas Momani, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Arafat to Be Exhumed in Death Probe

    When Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat died in 2004, other Palestinian officials called foul on the Israeli government, claiming he had been poisoned. The accusations were written off at the time, but recent evidence of lethal traces of radioactive material detected in Arafat's clothing have given new life to suspicions Arafat may have met an untimely end. Since tests on the clothing were inconclusive, experts decided to examine Arafat's remains, and an exhumation is now scheduled for Tuesday. Investigators from Switzerland, France, and Russia will each take bone samples to be tested in their home countries.

    November 24, 2012 8:03 AM

  21. Fragile State Morsi's Opponents Call for Protests STR / AFP / Getty Images

    20. Morsi’s Opponents Call for Protests

    Egypt's fragile democracy is once again in a precarious position after President Mohamed Morsi granted himself sweeping powers on Friday, leading to protests in Tahrir Square and elsewhere. Morsi, who took control in the country’s first election after Hosni Mubarak was deposed, gave himself power over the judiciary branch, and the move has united the opposition party and average Egyptians alike against the president. Soon after Morsi's decision, Egypt's top judges called the move an "unprecedented attack" on judicial independence, and the Obama administration expressed concern over the apparent dissolution of the separation of powers. The State Department says the action goes against the intent of the revolution, which was to ensure that "power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution."

    November 24, 2012 1:58 PM

  22. POLITICKING Israeli Candidates Resume Campaigns Gali Tibbon, Pool / Getty Images

    21. Israeli Candidates Resume Campaigns

    Soon after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire was announced on Thursday, a ceasefire of another sort ended. Although there was an understanding among Israeli presidential candidates that no campaigning would occur during the recent Gaza conflict, with the current truce in place all bets are off. However, some believe the campaigning never really stopped: President Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of delaying the announcement of the current ceasefire due to concerns that air-raid sirens toward the end of the conflict would hurt his election prospects.

    November 24, 2012 8:49 AM

  23. TELL-ALL Elizabeth Smart to Publish Memoir Jim Urquhart / AP Photo

    22. Elizabeth Smart to Publish Memoir

    Kidnapping-victim-turned-advocate Elizabeth Smart isn't shying away from her infamous tale. Smart, who was stolen away at age 14 from her bedroom and found nine months later, has been working on a memoir about her experience. Her kidnapper was sentenced to two life terms in March 2011. The book will be written by congressman-elect Chris Stewart of Utah, who says "she has taken a professional outlook on this and is able to talk in an impressive way about these things frankly." Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and speaks regularly about kidnapping prevention.

    November 24, 2012 12:55 PM