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  1. RECRUITER Bloomberg to Hillary: Run for Mayor Matt Rourke / AFP / Getty Images

    1. Bloomberg to Hillary: Run for Mayor

    Worried about the crop of candidates shaping up for next year’s mayoral race, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did some recruitment of his own. According to The New York Times, in a call several months ago, Bloomberg tried to persuade Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run. Clinton, who is considered a leading Democratic contender for president in 2016, said she wasn’t interested. Bloomberg and Clinton are friends from their parallel careers in New York politics in the early 2000s, but Bloomberg has also signaled his support for likely candidate Christine Quinn, currently a city council member.

    December 3, 2012 9:24 PM

  2. Fiscal Cliff Dems Rebuff GOP Counteroffer J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    2. Dems Rebuff GOP Counteroffer

    A White House spokesman responded to the GOP's fiscal cliff counteroffer late Monday, saying it "does not meet the test of balance." Erskine Bowles of the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission also criticized the offer. The proposal from House Republicans calls for $800 billion in tax increases, about half of what Obama proposed, which Republicans say can be achieved without raising tax rates. The proposal cuts $4.6 million from the deficit over ten years and saves $600 million from Medicare and other health programs.

    December 3, 2012 10:21 PM

  3. CHAOS Thousands Flee Philippines Typhoon

    3. Thousands Flee Philippines Typhoon

    More than 40,000 people in the southern Philippines fled their homes Tuesday as Typhoon Bopha made landfall at dawn. Touching down on Mindanao island—home to 10 million people—packing gusts of up to 130mph, the government raced to open nearly 1,000 government shelters for the displaced to take refuge. While there have been no immediate reports of causalities or major damage, all aviation and shipping services have been suspended and school holidays in Mindanao and the central Philippines declared. President Benigno Aquino allegedly ordered army troops with search and rescue boats to help evacuate villagers.

    December 3, 2012 10:20 PM

  4. BROKEN NOSE New Photo of Zimmerman Leaked Sanford Police Department / AP Photo

    4. New Photo of Zimmerman Leaked

    Could this help his self-defense claim? A new photo of George Zimmerman was released Monday, taken on the night that he shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin. In the photo, Zimmerman clearly has a broken nose, and there is blood on his face. The image was released as part of the state’s ninth supplemental discovery, and more documents could follow, Zimmerman’s lawyers say. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the February killing of Martin, but claims that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

    December 3, 2012 3:57 PM

  5. WARNING SIGNS Belcher Punched Window in College Jamie Squire / Getty Images

    5. Belcher Punched Window in College

    No one could have predicted the tragic murder-suicide that took place Saturday, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, just 25-years-old, shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before taking his own life. Belcher did, however, have a history of domestic abuse, USA Today revealed Monday. While in college at the University of Maine, Belcher reportedly got “upset over a girl and punched out a window,” severing his thumb and lacerating his wrist. In a separate incident, campus police were called to his dorm room after someone called in a complaint “about the raised voices” of Belcher and a girlfriend. No physical abuse was reported.

    December 3, 2012 9:00 PM

  6. BULLET DODGING Ailes Told Petraeus to Run for President Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

    6. Ailes Told Petraeus to Run for President

    The Petraeus scandal could have been a whole lot more embarrassing for the U.S. government. Back in 2011, Fox News chairman and Republican media czar Roger Ailes advised Gen. David Petraeus—then the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan—to run for president, The Washington Post reports. In a message passed to Petraeus by Fox News national-security analyst Kathleen T. McFarland, Ailes told the general that he should turn down President Obama’s offer to become CIA director and only accept an appointment as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Should he not get the appointment, Ailes said Petraeus should launch a presidential campaign, which he was considering retiring from Fox News to manage himself. Rupert Murdoch was apparently also keen on a Petraeus presidential run.

    December 3, 2012 11:15 PM

  7. OH CAPTAIN! Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group John Moore / Getty Images

    7. Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group

    A major Tea Party is without its dear leader. Dick Armey, the longtime conservative leader and former congressman, resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks Friday, in a split that appears to be less than amicable. FreedomWorks was a key organization in the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, owing much to Armey’s leadership. "The top management team of FreedomWorks was taking a direction I thought was unproductive, and I thought it was time to move on with my life," Armey told Mother Jones. Declining to go into specifics of what caused the rift with the organization he was so instrumental in fostering, Armey only said, "They were matters of principle. It's how you do business as opposed to what you do. But I don't want to be the guy to create problems."

    December 3, 2012 8:28 PM

  8. OMFG Kate Middleton Pregnant Alastair Grant / AP Photo

    8. Kate Middleton Pregnant

    It’s bloody well about time! Kate Middleton is officially pregnant with Prince William’s child. The couple announced that they were expecting in a statement from St. James's Palace. England has had royal baby fever for quite some time now, with tabloids jumping on all the clues that there was a bun in the oven, from Kate’s bangs and “preg-face” to Prince William accepting a baby romper from a fan that read “Daddy’s little co-pilot.” The palace also confirmed that the Duchess was admitted to a hospital this afternoon with “Hyperemesis Gravidarum” (translation: “very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients”). Not sparing us the juicy details, the palace added that her pregnancy is in its “very early stages,” and “Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

    December 3, 2012 11:52 AM

  9. WISEN UP Clinton Threatens Syrian Intervention Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images

    9. Clinton Threatens Syrian Intervention

    The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had better take note. Hillary Clinton drew a line in the sand on Monday, threatening to intervene in the country’s 20-month-old civil war if his troops use chemical weapons. “Suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action” if the threat looks imminent, the secretary of state said. Syrian officials countered that they were not planning to use any weapons of mass destruction. The United Nations announced that it is withdrawing all nonessential staff from the country because the security situation continues to devolve.

    December 3, 2012 1:53 PM

  10. THIS AGAIN? Travolta Sued by Alleged Lover Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images

    10. Travolta Sued by Alleged Lover

    The John Travolta rumor mill keeps on churning … much to the chagrin of John Travolta. The actor’s former pilot, Doug Gotterba, recently dished to the National Enquirer on what he claims was a secret gay relationship with Travolta. Now, Gotterba is suing Travolta, claiming that the actor’s attorney, Marty Singer, sent him a threatening letter after the Enquirer story came out. The letter reportedly told Gotterba that he would be sued for violating a confidentiality agreement he signed when he stopped working for Travolta in 1987. Gotterba says he never signed it. Singer calls the lawsuit “ridiculous,” saying that Gotterba filed it to get his 15 minutes of fame. “We plan to get this meritless case promptly dismissed,” he added.

    December 3, 2012 9:31 PM

  11. DECIDE!
 SCOTUS: No Action on Gay Marriage Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    11. SCOTUS: No Action on Gay Marriage

    Those wily justices! In a much-anticipated "orders list" released on Monday, America’s top judges revealed...nothing...about their intentions to take up gay-marriage cases. The Supremes had met on Friday to discuss whether to hear a challenge (or two) to the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, and court watchers thought they'd tip their hand in Monday's announcement. Alas, we'll have to wait at least another week to know their decision. 

    December 3, 2012 10:03 AM

  12. SHOELESS NYC Homeless Man Hides Gifted Boots NYPD

    12. NYC Homeless Man Hides Gifted Boots

    Help toes in need. The New York City homeless man who received a gift of $100 boots and thermal socks from a police officer can’t wear them because they’re too valuable. “Those shoes are hidden,” Jeffrey Hillman told The New York Times of his gift from officer Lawrence DePrimo. “They are worth a lot of money.” The 54-year-old, whose bare feet got the country’s attention when a tourist snapped a photo of DePrimo’s act of generosity, said he could “lose his life” wearing the pricey boots on the streets.

    December 3, 2012 9:34 AM

  13. Wizardry BBC to Adapt ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Lefteris Pitarakis / AP Photo

    13. BBC to Adapt ‘The Casual Vacancy’

    This was almost the biggest news to come out of the U.K. today. The BBC has announced plans to adapt J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy as a television series. The new show will air in 2014, with the number and length of the episodes “to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun.” Rowling will be a close collaborator on the project, which will be produced by an independent production company. Rowling said, “I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television, and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”

    December 3, 2012 11:42 AM

  14. POLICE Alaskan Murder Suspect Kills Self Anchorage Police / AP Photo

    14. Alaskan Murder Suspect Kills Self

    An Alaskan murder suspect may have been linked to as many as seven other killings across the country, police said Sunday. Israel Keyes had confessed to murdering a couple in Vermont and was suspected in the slaying of a coffee-shop barista in Anchorage. Keyes died in what appears to have been a suicide in his cell, according to investigators. The 34-year-old is thought to have been involved in the deaths of five more people, including four victims in Washington state and another in New York. Authorities have not said how Keyes, who was alone in his cell at the time, took his own life.

    December 3, 2012 7:17 AM

  15. TRAGIC

    15. U.Va. Student Killed by Boat

    Sad news for the University of Virginia. Senior Casey Schulman was killed Saturday while in the last leg of her Semester at Sea program, when a boat backed into her while she was swimming. The 22-year-old was set to return home this week. The accident happened at the ship’s final stop on the island Dominica. Several students were in the water snorkeling at the time, but police said Schulman was the only one hit by the propeller.

    December 3, 2012 9:18 AM

  16. LIBOR UBS Approaches Rate-Rigging Deal Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    16. UBS Approaches Rate-Rigging Deal

    Check their math. Swiss banking behemoth UBS might be close to striking a deal with authorities in Britain and the United States over a rate-fixing investigation that rattled the financial industry earlier this year. The bank may reportedly fork over as much as $450 million after allegations that its employees manipulated interest rates to increase profits for the bank. UBS’s total fines to settle rate-rigging suspicions may mark the largest total paid by any financial institution to date as a result of the scandal. Barclays agreed to a $450 million settlement in June.

    December 3, 2012 7:01 AM

  17. DISSIDENT Chen Appeals to New Chinese Leader Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA / Landov

    17. Chen Appeals to New Chinese Leader

    It’s time for a change. Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who won his freedom and escaped to the United States earlier this year, in an online video urged new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make reforms. Chen’s nephew was recently sentenced to three years in prison on charges that he assaulted officials. Chen, who won the freedom to travel to the United States to study after a lengthy diplomatic battle, said Chinese officials “have enacted revenge” on his nephew and other family members. The new leader can decide if China “will have the transition in a peaceful way or a violent way,” Chen said.

    December 3, 2012 6:47 AM

  18. MISSILE DEFENSE Japan Braces for N. Korean Launch Kyodo / Landov

    18. Japan Braces for N. Korean Launch

    For the second time this year, Japan ordered its military on standby in advance of a North Korea missile launch planned for later this month. An attempted missile launch in April ended in failure. Japan has reportedly been notified of the trajectory the missile launch will take and is prepared to order its military to shoot down the rocket if it looks as though it will approach Japanese territory. Most of the international community, including China and Russia, have condemned the decision by North Korea to launch the missile.

    December 3, 2012 7:04 AM

  19. TRAGIC

    19. ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Co-Author Dies

    The bad luck following Three Cups of Tea, the 2006 best seller about Greg Mortenson, strikes again. David Oliver Relin, a journalist who chronicled Mortenson’s philanthropic efforts, committed suicide on Nov. 15 in Oregon. The 49-year-old was a passionate writer of humanitarian stories and had suffered emotional and financial distress after the story and charitable organization in Three Cups of Tea were called into question. Relin was plagued by depression, according to his family, and more details will be released from the police report this week.

    December 2, 2012 11:15 PM

  20. HANDFUL OF DUST For Badger Father, Conn. Fire Smolders Tina Fineberg / AP Photo

    20. For Badger Father, Conn. Fire Smolders

    Will New Yorkers help? Matthew Badger, whose three daughters died in a Christmas Day fire in Connecticut last year, revealed that he’s still struggling with their deaths in a new interview. The 47-year-old commercial director and New York City resident also said he’s having trouble raising money for the foundation, the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, that he says is his little angels’ legacy. “I put my three daughters out there. And this is what they’re worth?” Badger said of his frustration raising funds. The distraught chain-smoking dad has traveled the world—even visiting the Dalai Lama—searching for peace since his daughters’ deaths.

    December 3, 2012 9:06 AM

  21. EURO ZONE Merkel May Consider Greek Write-Off Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    21. Merkel May Consider Greek Write-Off

    Angela Merkel said she may consider a write-off of Greek debt if the country reaches a budget surplus. The German chancellor had previously ruled out a write-off deal. “If Greece one day can rely once again on its own revenue without having to borrow, then we’ll have to look at this situation and make an evaluation,” Merkel told a German newspaper. Such a deal would likely not take place until 2014 or 2015, she said. Greece announced Monday that it would begin repurchasing some bonds issued earlier this year.

    December 3, 2012 6:53 AM

  22. POWER STRUGGLE Egypt’s Top Court Joins Strike Nasser Nasser / AP Photo

    22. Egypt’s Top Court Joins Strike

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was looking mighty lonely Monday as his country’s highest court announced that it would be joining a judicial strike against him. The Supreme Constitutional Court put down its gavel indefinitely just as it was supposed to rule on whether two assemblies that support Morsi were constitutionally legitimate. The Egyptian president sparked the largest protests the country has seen since the Arab Spring when he made a grab for broad new powers Nov. 22. Egypt last saw an all-out judiciary strike in 1919.

    December 3, 2012 6:44 AM

  23. WEDDING BELLS Report: Hefner to Get Hitched Matt Sayles / AP Photo

    23. Report: Hefner to Get Hitched

    Third time’s the charm. Playboy mogul and idol of teenage boys everywhere Hugh Hefner will marry girlfriend Crystal Harris on New Year’s Eve, a source tells E! The two had previously planned to marry in 2011, before the 26-year-old Harris broke off her engagement to the 86-year-old Hefner five days before the wedding. The two finally patched things up, however, and Harris rejoined Hef at the Playboy Mansion in June. If all goes according to plan, this will be Hefner’s third marriage.

    December 3, 2012 7:08 AM

  24. ‘We’re Nowhere’ Fiscal Cliff Talks Hit Stalemate Alex Wong / Getty Images

    24. Fiscal Cliff Talks Hit Stalemate

    Well this is comforting. The White House and Republican leaders are butting heads over taxing the wealthy as they struggle to forge an agreement that will avoid the U.S. tumbling over the “fiscal cliff.” Both sides point the blame at each other for the current stalemate that focuses on how to raise taxes on the rich. “There’s no path to an agreement that does not involve Republicans acknowledging that rates have to go up on the wealthiest Americans,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Meet the Press. House Speaker John A. Boehner was decidedly pessimistic. “Right now, I would say we’re nowhere, period. We’re nowhere,” he told Fox News Sunday. C’mon guys.

    December 2, 2012 10:32 PM

  25. ANGRY DIPLOMACY Five Nations Protest Israel Plans

    25. Five Nations Protest Israel Plans

    Let’s just take a step back and calm down, everyone. After the U.N. General Assembly upgraded Palestine’s status, Israel made plans to build 3,000 houses in the hotly contested east Jerusalem section of the West Bank. In response to the aggressive action, Britain, Spain, Sweden, France, and Denmark have corralled Israeli ambassadors to protest the move. It’s a harsh diplomatic stance for the nations. While some say that Bibi had to do something in response to Palestine’s gains, others say it’s a bold and unnecessary domestic move in a time of fragile foreign relations.

    December 3, 2012 1:46 PM

  26. MURDER-SUICIDE Police Search for Belcher Motive Jamie Squire

    26. Police Search for Belcher Motive

    No one could have known. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend argued about “normal couple stuff” before the NFL player killed her and himself, a friend said. Belcher had a 3-month-old daughter with his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins. The friend said Perkins, whom Belcher shot Saturday at the couple’s Kansas City home, was “really happy about being a mom.” The Kansas City Chiefs broke an eight-game losing streak Sunday, beating the Carolina Panthers 27–21. “It was an eerie feeling after a win,” said Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn.

    December 3, 2012 6:50 AM

  27. LAURELS President Honors Hoffman, Zeppelin Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    27. President Honors Hoffman, Zeppelin

    The president and first lady joined an unlikely retinue of artists and performers Sunday night for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The members of Led Zeppelin, bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and David Letterman rounded out this year’s selection of honorees. White House speechwriters found it difficult to segue from “ballet to Led Zeppelin,” President Obama noted in his preceremony remarks. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, comedian Stephen Colbert, and Aretha Franklin were among the evening’s VIP attendees.

    December 3, 2012 7:06 AM

  28. HOLY TWEET Pope Benedict Joins Twitter Andrew Medichini / AP Photo

    28. Pope Benedict Joins Twitter

    #religion. Pope Benedict XVI has started a personal Twitter account and will begin tweeting Dec. 12. His holiness’s personal Twitter handle will be @pontifex, which beat out other contenders like @BenedictusPPXVI. The tweets will come from his weekly general audiences, Sunday blessings, and homilies, but they may also include reactions to major world events. Though the pope will send his first tweet himself, most other tweets will be written by an aide, and he will sign off on them. And while he is expected to have many followers, Benedict will not follow anyone. A Vatican spokesman said, “This is the new market of ideas, and the church has to be there. We want to use any method to spread the message. It’s cost-effective and not very labor-intensive, and it is aimed at young people.”

    December 3, 2012 9:37 AM

  29. FOLDED News Corp. Shutters The Daily Spencer Platt

    29. News Corp. Shutters The Daily

    News Corp. digital newspaper The Daily will cease publication Dec. 15, according to a press release issued Monday. Staff from the publication, which Rupert Murdoch launched in February 2011 as an iPad-only newspaper, will be folded into the New York Post, where Daily editor Jesse Angelo will take the helm as publisher. Angelo had formerly been executive editor at the Post in addition to his digital duties. The Daily has by some reports been losing $30 million a year, and Murdoch said in the press release that the publication “could not find a large enough audience quickly enough” to be sustainable.

    December 3, 2012 8:55 AM