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  1. TRAGIC 10 Kids Killed Near Damascus Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo

    1. 10 Kids Killed Near Damascus

    The casualty reports from Syria are getting more horrific by the day. On Sunday, 10 children were killed while playing outside in the village of Deir al-Asafir, eight miles from Damascus. The kids had gone outdoors during a lull in the fighting when fighter jets attacked with cluster bombs. “None of those killed were older than 15 years old. There are two women among 15 people wounded, mostly hit as they were inside the courtyards of their houses,” Abu Kassem, a local activist told Reuters. “There were no fighters inside Deir al-Asafir when the bombing occurred. They operate on the outskirts. This was indiscriminate bombing.”

    November 25, 2012 5:45 PM

  2. PROTEST Egyptian Judges Feud With Morsi AFP / Getty Images

    2. Egyptian Judges Feud With Morsi

    Mo’ Morsi, mo’ problems. Fed up with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s attempt to free his office from judicial checks and balances, the country’s highest judges called for a nationwide strike to protest the power grab, calling it an “unprecedented attack” on the judiciary branch. Egyptians have protested across the country, including in the capital city of Cairo. Not everyone opposes the president’s move for what opponents have called “dictatorial” powers, however—the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a former leader, announced its support for the president and said it would organize counterprotests.

    November 25, 2012 7:12 AM

  3. unscrupulous Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills 112 Hasan Raza / AP Photo

    3. Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills 112

    The 112 workers who perished in a garment factory fire were working overtime making clothes for major American retailers, including Walmart and Sears. Workers' activists— who discovered the clothing labels amid charred remains— say the major retailers are to blame for the dangerous conditions. When the Tazreen Fashion factory went up in flames, a lack of exterior fire escapes delivered a death sentence to the higher floors of the nine-story building. Walmart issued a statement both expressing their sympathy and affirming their committment to fire safety. "We have been working across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh," the statement reads.

    November 25, 2012 8:30 PM

  4. TURMOIL Morsi: New Power is ‘Temporary'

    4. Morsi: New Power Is ‘Temporary’

    As protestors stormed a Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, killing a teenage boy, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed the Thursday decree which has inflamed the nation. “The presidency reiterates the temporary nature of those measures, which are not intended to concentrate power, but to avoid ... attempts to undermine democratically elected bodies and preserve the impartiality of the judiciary,” a statement issued by his office says. Morsi will meet senior judges on Monday, the first step in his commitment to engage “all political forces” in order to reach common ground on the constitution.

    November 25, 2012 5:00 PM

  5. DIGITAL AGE Online Black Friday Sales Hit $1B Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    5. Online Black Friday Sales Hit $1B

    Forget lining up in the cold—online shoppers had the right idea this Black Friday. Online sales jumped 22 percent this year, and consumer spending went above $1 billion, according to ComScore Inc. Meanwhile, in-the-flesh shoppers spent $11.2 billion, which is almost 2 percent less than last year. Mobile access might not be working in the retailers’ favor though. “It’s driving prices down,” says Mia Shernoff of JPMorgan Chase. “Consumers are checking prices in stores and showing the retailer, and the retailer will succumb to the lowest price online so they don’t lose the consumer.”

    November 25, 2012 1:46 PM

  6. DELUGE Britain Battles Heavy Rain, Floods Matt Cardy / AP Photo

    6. Britain Battles Heavy Rain, Floods

    More than 500 homes were flooded and a woman was killed as severe floods swept parts of England. Prime Minister David Cameron pledged government assistance as officials advised against traveling in affected areas. Two hundred fifty flood warnings were in place across the country Sunday morning. Torrential rains continued to lash the South West and Midlands area, flooding portions of main arteries as well as dozens of other roads. The weather seemed to calm early Sunday, but forecasters said more rain may be in store.

    November 25, 2012 7:20 AM

  7. FALSE POSITIVE Bias May Taint Big-Pharma Research Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    7. Bias May Taint Big-Pharma Research

    Are researchers shilling for pharmaceutical companies in The New England Journal of Medicine? That’s the question raised by a Washington Post investigation that found that a disproportionate number of research articles in the leading journal were funded by drug companies and in many cases authored by a researcher who had accepted money from the company. And the journal is hardly the only offender. While the tangle of money and science may not lead directly to unscientific behavior, one can hypothesize that it increases the likelihood for some health-care hanky-panky.

    November 25, 2012 7:39 AM

  8. SYSTEMS FAIL Casey Anthony Web Search Overlooked Red Huber, Pool / Getty Images

    8. Casey Anthony Web Search Overlooked

    Maybe Casey Anthony has a Twitter account we haven’t looked at, too? The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said Sunday that it had missed a Google search for suffocation methods from June 16, 2008—the day Caylee Anthony was last seen alive. Orlando television station WKMG first reported the oversight, which Capt. Angelo Nieves attributed to the computer investigator in the sheriff’s department. The search was reportedly made on a browser used primarily by Casey Anthony. The mother was acquitted of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.

    November 25, 2012 11:59 AM


    9. 19 Bodies Found Near Mexican Border

    The bodies of 19 have been discovered in Chihuahua, Mexico’s northern border state, officials reported Sunday. Authorities found 11 of the bodies in mass graves where they appeared to have been buried over two years ago. The other eight bodies were tossed near a road close to Rosales where they appear to have been tortured before being shot in the head. The area where the mass graves were discovered, Ejido Jesus Carranza, is located near the border with the United States. The area of sand dunes is sought-after spot for picnickers from nearby towns, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

    November 25, 2012 11:10 PM

  10. BAD IDEA ‘Rise of the Guardians’ Falls Flat DreamWorks Animation

    10. ‘Rise of the Guardians’ Falls Flat

    Oh, so that’s what it’s about! Rise of the Guardians, the new DreamWorks Animation flick apparently conceived as a “no-brainer blockbuster” has failed miserably at the box office with only a shade over $30 million over five days. The film joins the lovable (?) characters Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman as some sort of A-Team-esque crimefighting squad. It stood no chance against Edward Cullen and James Bond.

    November 25, 2012 1:59 PM

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  12. CRAY Chris Brown Attacks Jenny Johnson Kevin Winter

    11. Chris Brown Attacks Jenny Johnson

    No really, don’t wake him up. Chris Brown—currently on tour in Europe for his newest album—lashed out at comedy writer Jenny Johnson on Twitter Sunday, spewing a plethora of misogynistic, vulgar tweets at the former TV producer. Johnson, named one of 2012’s 25 funniest people on Twitter is known for using Brown as Twitter fodder. The  brawl began with a simple tweet from the pop star: “I look old as f--k! I’m only 23…” To which, Johnson sent the reply: “I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a person.” Brown's bold responses prove he doesn't need back up. But if he did, Rihanna—judging by her Twitter—has got his back.

    November 25, 2012 6:12 PM

  13. HITCHHIKING Florida Woman Rides Manatee Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

    12. Florida Woman Rides Manatee

    Ma’am, dismount that manatee. Fifty-three-year-old Florida woman Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was arrested Saturday for hopping aboard one of the sea cows protected by Florida law. The second-degree misdemeanor could cost her $500 or 60 days in jail. Gutierrez stepped forward after realizing she was the woman caught astride a manatee in photos released by the Pinellas County sheriff. She said she was new to the area and didn’t know playing cowgirl with the creatures was a no-no. Police arrested Gutierrez at Sears in St. Petersburg, where she works.

    November 25, 2012 7:40 AM

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

    13. ‘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

  15. CHINA Ping An Made Premier’s Family Rich Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP / Getty Images

    14. Ping An Made China Family Rich

    Wen in China, get filthy rich. Relatives of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao profited enormously from shares they held in Ping An Insurance—a company Wen intervened personally to keep intact when he was serving as head of the country’s central bank, according to a New York Times investigation. Relatives of Wen acquired shares in the company after the now-premier’s intervention. The $50 billion Ping An is now the single greatest source of wealth for a family that has built a tidy hoard since Wen came to power.

    November 25, 2012 7:15 AM

  16. CEASEFIRE Cleric: Breaking Gaza Truce ‘Sinful’ Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

    15. Cleric: Breaking Gaza Truce ‘Sinful’

    Peace-loving people approved the recent Gaza ceasefire, and now a leading cleric does, too. A top Islamic cleric in Gaza issued a fatwa saying that it would be “sinful” to violate the recent truce struck between Israel and Hamas, conferring religious legitimacy on the deal. Suleiman al-Daya wrote that the ceasefire was sponsored by Egypt and that respecting it “is the duty of each and every one of us. Violating it shall constitute a sin.” Eight days of bloodshed ended with a truce struck Wednesday.

    November 25, 2012 7:15 AM

  17. HO HO NO Report: Black Friday Sales Down Rogelio V. Solis / AP Photo

    16. Report: Black Friday Sales Down

    There were more shoppers in stores on Black Friday, according to one report, but they might have bought less. Retail industry watcher ShopperTrak found that 3.5 percent more people endured the madness of Black Friday than in 2011—but sales dipped 1.8 percent. Some of that money may have gone to even earlier sales some stores held on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart, Sears, and Target were among the retailers that decided to hold Thursday savings deals this year.

    November 25, 2012 7:19 AM

  18. NEXT TIME Powerball Goes Without Winner Orlin Wagner / AP Photo

    17. Powerball Goes Without Winner

    It could be you! But almost definitely not. The Powerball jackpot now totals $425 million after the latest drawing failed to come up with a winner. It’s now the largest jackpot in the game’s history. In the drawing Saturday, $325 million in prize money was up for grabs, which would have been the fourth-largest sum given out. But Iowa lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said the prize total may just keep growing in the days before Wednesday’s drawing, as more people buy tickets.

    November 25, 2012 7:40 AM

  19. ELDER STATESMAN McCain Denounces Morsi Power Grab J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    18. McCain Denounces Morsi Power Grab

    The John McCain train rolled Sunday, as he criticized Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for a controversial power grab that has sparked days of protest in the country. “This kind of power is unacceptable to the United States of America,” McCain said in his appearance on Fox. McCain also said that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice still has a chance to woo him for the top job at the State Department. The Arizona senator has been nipping at Rice’s heels regarding the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying earlier this month that he would do “everything in my power” to block her from becoming the next secretary of state.

    November 25, 2012 11:10 AM

  20. UNBELIEBERABLE Bieber Not Sorry For Overalls Justin Bieber / Twitter

    19. Bieber Not Sorry for Overalls

    Justin Bieber’s questionable fashion choices extend beyond the stage. On Friday the teen pop star stirred outrage when he accepted a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper while clad in striped, off-the-shoulder overalls and a backward hat. Bieber hasn't apologized for the look, tweeting, "Overauhls, lol" after the ceremony, and Harper doesn't seem to mind looking a bit silly in his suit and tie, making the photo his main Facebook picture.

    November 25, 2012 12:05 PM

  21. DECLASSIFIED Report: Police Docs Used as Confetti Charles Sykes / AP Photo

    20. Report: Police Docs Used as Confetti

    Can’t sweep this case under the rug. Confidential police documents including Social Security numbers and incident reports somehow ended up among the confetti dropped during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, according to Manhattan’s WPIX. The papers, which seem to have come from the Nassau County Police Department, even include details about Mitt Romney’s motorcade to the first presidential debate, according to the station. Nassau County police spokesman Kenneth Lack said he is “very concerned about this situation,” and Macy’s said that it had nothing to do with the very public shredded-document leak.

    November 25, 2012 1:17 PM