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  1. CRISIS Egyptian Protesters Camp Out Gianluigi Guercia, AFP / Getty Images

    1. 200 Injured in Egypt Clashes

    More than 200 people were injured in clashes at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. There are also reports that two people may have been killed in the clashes. Hundreds camped out outside Egypt’s presidential palace near Cairo on Wednesday, hours after police fired tear gas into the crowd as protesters tried to break through the gates. President Mohamed Morsi returned Wednesday, with a source saying Morsi was already back to work at the palace. Also on Tuesday, at least eight influential newspapers suspended publication in a day of protest against the snap referendum on the draft constitution.

    December 5, 2012 5:30 PM

  2. DISASTER 350 Dead in Philippines Typhoon

    2. 350 Dead in Philippines Typhoon

    The death toll is rising as damage assessment begins in the southern Philippines after a powerful typhoon hit the region Tuesday. About 350 people are presumed dead and nearly 400 are missing. Flash floods destroyed a military camp and two emergency shelters, killing 78 villagers and soldiers, and bringing fear of more floods as rain continued today. The Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for $4.8 million in relief, and the U.S. has pledged to help its ally with the devastation.

    December 5, 2012 10:32 PM

  3. FISCAL CLIFF Obama Lobbies Big Business Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    3. Obama Lobbies Big Business

    With negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over the looming fiscal cliff speeding toward nowhere, President Obama courted big business Wednesday, hoping to convince attendees at the Business Roundtable to lobby for his proposal. Currently, the president says he will not sign off on a proposal that does not increase tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, while Republicans say they refuse to raise tax rates. “I am passionately rooting for your success, because if the companies in this room are doing well, then small businesses and medium-sized businesses up and down the chain are doing well,” Obama told the attendees. Work it.

    December 5, 2012 3:58 PM

  4. NABBED John McAfee Arrested in Guatemala JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP

    4. McAfee Arrested in Guatemala

    Anti-virus software guru-turned-fugitive John McAfee was arrested in Guatemala Wednesday, despite his Bond-esque use of disguises. Guatemala’s interior minister announced that police have arrested McAfee, who’s under suspicion for the death of his neighbor in Belize, and for entering the country illegally. He entered the country seeking asylum for being “persecuted politically because he stopped financing the government,” according to the government.

    December 5, 2012 10:11 PM

  5. NERVE GAS Syria Prepared to Use Chemical Weapons Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    5. Syria Prepared to Use Chemical Weapons

    If the situation in Syria sounds horrendous now, it could be getting much, much worse. Just this week, Syrian government said it would not use chemical warfare on its own people, but Wednesday, U.S. authorities warned that government troops have loaded nerve agents inside aerial bombs and are awaiting final orders from President Bashar al-Assad to use them. “There’s little the outside world can do to stop it” once the orders are given and the sarin bombs—made of a deadly nerve gas—are loaded into planes, an official told NBC. Despite strong warnings by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Syrian government has ordered its Chemical Weapons Corps to “be prepared.” The U.S. previously said it would intervene if chemical weapons were used and Clinton said today that implementing these weapons would be crossing “a red line.”

    December 5, 2012 7:20 PM

  6. RUMBLE

    6. Iran Hit By 5.5 Magnitude Quake

    Eastern Iran was hit with a moderately powerful 5.5-magnitude earthquake Wednesday, injuring 20, and killing at least eight. The earthquake affected the South Khorasan province, which is near the Afghan border, according to local news. Twelve villages were touched by the quake. Just this last August, 300 people died in two large quakes in north-western Iran.

    December 5, 2012 6:15 PM

  7. BUZZKILL Government Clarifies Marijuana Stance RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP

    7. Government Clarifies Marijuana Stance

    Don’t light up just yet. New initiatives legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington aren’t cool with the federal government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office clarified in a statement released Wednesday. Even though Washington’s law allowing the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 6, “Regardless of any changes in state law … growing, selling, or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.” The Department of Justice is still reviewing the legality of the marijuana initiatives that passed on Election Day.

    December 5, 2012 7:05 PM

  8. AURORA SHOOTING New Holmes Emails Revealed RJ Sangosti-Pool / Getty Images

    8. New Holmes Emails Revealed

    Newly released emails reveal that James Holmes, the man who stands accused of a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater, had few friends—but did briefly have a girlfriend—during his time as a student at the University of Colorado. The school, where Holmes studied neuroscience before the July 20th massacre, released more than 2,000 records in response to a public-records request. Much of the material was redacted because of federal statutes that prohibit releasing academic and medical information. Holmes allegedly killed 12 and injured 58 at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

    December 5, 2012 6:00 PM

  9. DOMINATING ‘50 Shades’ Wins National Book Award Gilbert Carrasquillo

    9. ‘50 Shades’ Wins National Book Award

    E.L. James’s inner goddess is surely doing the tango right now. The Fifty Shades of Grey author took home the prize for most popular book of the year at the U.K.’s National Book Awards last night, beating out well-regarded novelists Kate Mosse, JoJo Moyes, and Victoria Hislop. Hilary Mantel won the coveted Booker Prize for the second year in a row, while Claire Balding beat out Salman Rushdie for biography of the year. The accolade for Fifty Shades comes less than a week after James was crowned “publishing person of the year” by Publishers Weekly, which noted how the “success of the series continues to reverberate throughout the industry in a number of ways ... and turned erotic fiction into a hot category.”

    December 5, 2012 4:28 PM

  10. TROPHY TIME Gotye, Swift Up for Grammys Best Record Mike Marsland, WireImage / Getty Images

    10. Gotye, Swift Up for Grammys Best Record

    A show to announce nominees for another show? What will they think of next? On Wednesday, the Grammys held a Nominations Concert with the likes of Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, who announced the nominees for February’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Competing for Best Artist will be Frank Ocean, The Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, and the Lumineers. Taylor Swift, the Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Gotye and Frank Ocean are up for Record of the Year.

    December 5, 2012 10:56 PM

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  12. OSCAR WATCH ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Wins Best Picture Jonathan Olley via Columbia Pictures

    11. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Wins Best Picture

    Has Zero Dark Thirty just charged to the front of the pack of Best Picture Oscar contenders? Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review Wednesday, beating out contenders like Lincoln and Les Miserables. The film also won Best Actress for Jessica Chastain and Best Director for Bigelow. Best Actor went to Bradley Cooper for the rom-com Silver Linings Playbook, while Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western Django Unchained and Ann Down took Best Supporting Actress for the indie Compliance. The cast of Les Miserables was awarded a prize for Best Ensemble.

    December 5, 2012 2:42 PM

  13. YIKES Frankie Muniz Has ‘Mini-Stroke’ David Livingston / Getty Images Entertainment

    12. Frankie Muniz Has ‘Mini-Stroke’

    Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz said on Wednesday that he “couldn’t say words” after he suffered a “mini-stroke” last week. “My fiancé was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language,” Muniz said. Muniz, who turned 27 on Wednesday, said he was riding his motorcycle when he lost vision in one eye. His doctors told him he suffered a mini-stroke, which happens in less than 10 percent of people younger than 45—and is especially rarer for somebody like Muniz, who says he does not smoke, drink, or use drugs.

    December 5, 2012 9:26 AM

  14. WORKFORCE

    13. 118,000 Jobs Created in Nov.

    The payroll-processing firm ADP reported that 118,000 private-sector jobs were created in November—but estimated that 86,000 were lost due to Hurricane Sandy. The firm, which releases a monthly jobs report the same week as the Labor Department, recently revamped its methodology to more closely fit the final, official numbers. Despite adding the new jobs, the report wasn’t all rosy: Hurricane Sandy hit the manufacturing, retail, and leisure and hospitality sectors particularly hard, the report said.

    December 5, 2012 9:48 AM

  15. RUMORS Fleetwood Mac to Reunite AP Photo

    14. Fleetwood Mac to Reunite

    Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, Fleetwood Mac. The band will go on tour this year and release a new album, singer Stevie Nicks told Billboard on Tuesday. “These songs sound like they’re 30,” Nicks said. “It’s really wild to me … We sound extremely young to me because when you keep working, things don’t change.” Nicks said they have already recorded three songs, one she describes as an “old Buckingham Nicks song” (referring to her and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham) and two that stem from jam sessions between Buckingham, bassist John McVie, and drummer Mick Fleetwood. The group will tour 34 cities, starting on April 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and wrapping up on June 12 in Detroit.

    December 5, 2012 7:31 AM

  16. BABY-BUMP WATCH Palace: Kate ‘Feeling Better’ Paul Rogers, Pool / AP Photo

    15. Palace: Kate ‘Feeling Better’

    Buckingham Palace said Tuesday that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is “continuing to feel better” after being hospitalized earlier this week with extreme morning sickness—a sentiment that must have been shared by her husband, Prince William, who left the hospital smiling on Tuesday. Catherine, 30, is pregnant with the couple’s first child and is being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum. But the duchess is not expected to leave the hospital for a few more days. The palace also said that William and Catherine are “immensely grateful” for all the support they have received.

    December 5, 2012 7:15 AM

  17. OBIT Longtime Texas Rep. Jack Brooks Dies Lana Harris, File / AP Photo

    16. Longtime Texas Rep. Jack Brooks Dies

    Jack Brooks, who represented southern Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives for 42 years, died on Tuesday after a sudden illness. He was 89. Brooks was one of the last of the once-powerful Texas Democrats and one of “Sam’s Boys,” the name given to the state’s protégés of Sam Rayburn. “I’m just an old man like Rayburn,” Brooks said. “Just a Democrat, no prefix or suffix.” Brooks was in the Dallas motorcade in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed—and Brooks stood behind Jacqueline Kennedy as his fellow Texan Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office the same day aboard Air Force One in Dallas’s Love Field.

    December 5, 2012 7:14 AM

  18. BENCHED Fox News: Keep Rove Off Air Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    17. Fox News Pushing Rove Off Air

    Should we send Megyn Kelly in to make sure this is true? Fox News programming chief Bill Shine has issued a directive to the network’s producers mandating that they obtain permission before booking Karl Rove or Dick Morris for future shows. The order reportedly comes from higher up, with Fox News chief Roger Ailes apparently humiliated by Rove’s election-night antics. A Fox spokesperson confirmed the benching, saying that Shine is sending the message that “the election’s over.”

    December 4, 2012 7:35 PM

  19. REMORSE Costas: ‘Mistake’ to Talk Gun Control Evan Agostini / AP Photo

    18. Costas: ‘Mistake’ to Talk Gun Control

    NBC’s Bob Costas said Tuesday that he made a “mistake” when he blamed a lack of gun control for playing a role in Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide. Belcher allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before fatally shooting himself on Saturday—which came as a shock to the NFL and Chiefs’ fans. During the Sunday Night Football broadcast, Costas said, “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would still be alive today.” Costas backtracked from those comments, saying he did not take the time to properly discuss the issue.

    December 5, 2012 7:25 AM

  20. BACK TO WORK L.A. Port Workers to End Strike Robyn Beck, AFP / Getty Images

    19. L.A. Port Workers to End Strike

    It’s back to work on the Los Angeles and Long Beach docks on Wednesday after leaders of the 800-member clerical union agreed to end a weeklong strike that had crippled the region’s docks. A tentative deal was made late Tuesday night between International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Union and the Harbor Employers’ Association after a marathon round of negotiations backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was a union leader prior to holding elected office. Although the local chapter of the ILWU is relatively tiny, the strike was backed by 10,000 regional members of the ILWU—and the strike had caused 20 ships to be diverted to rival ports in Oakland, Calif.; Ensenada, Mexico; and Panama. The strike began Nov. 27, when the clerical workers’ union had expressed frustration over jobs being shipped overseas.

    December 5, 2012 7:08 AM

  21. WHOLE NEW WORLD Netflix Buys Rights to Disney Movies AP Photo (2)

    20. Netflix Buys Rights to Disney Movies

    To infinity and beyond, right, Netflix? The video-on-demand service struck a deal Tuesday to buy exclusive rights to Disney movies—putting them in direct competition with mainstream TV channels such as HBO and Showtime. The deal is an especially crushing blow to Starz, which currently has the rights to broadcast Disney movies, including Pixar animated films and Marvel superhero flicks, as soon as eight months after they are released in theaters. Disney also agreed to give Netflix the rights to their older animated movies, including Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland. “It’s a bold leap forward for Internet television,” said Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. Netflix shares soared on Tuesday after the announcement.

    December 5, 2012 7:11 AM

  22. NO FEAR Wall Street Unfazed by Fiscal Cliff Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    21. Wall Street Unfazed by Fiscal Cliff

    The view from that cliff isn’t looking so bad on Wall Street. Despite the dire warnings from Washington about the lack of a deal to prevent the so-called fiscal cliff, Wall Street investors are pretty much unfazed. With a few exceptions, the stock market has remained fairly static since the election—despite taking a nosedive immediately afterward. “Wall Street and Washington are different worlds and speak in different languages,” said one analyst, Chris Krueger. Analysts almost universally agree that a recession is likely if no deal is made to prevent the automatic draconian spending cuts from taking effect and the Bush tax cuts from being repealed—some have indicated that the short-term consequences would not be quite so dire.

    December 5, 2012 6:51 AM

  23. Obit Rupert Murdoch’s Mother Dies Robert Prezioso / Getty Images

    22. Rupert Murdoch’s Mother Dies

    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch has died at the age of 103. She died peacefully in Australia at Cruden Farm, an estate that was given to her as a wedding present. Born on Feb. 8, 1909, she became a debutante and married newspaperman Sir Keith Murdoch in 1928, and was widowed 24 years later. Dame Elisabeth was the mother of four children, including Rupert Murdoch, and has 77 direct descendents. She gave extensively to charity and is known to have helped 100 organizations directly. She was created a dame after heading the planning committee for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

    December 5, 2012 10:07 AM

  24. Social-Media Wars Instagram Disables Twitter Posts Nicholas Kamm, AFP / Getty Images

    23. Instagram Disables Twitter Posts

    But what will the hipsters do all day long now? Instagram on Wednesday disabled the ability for Twitter to properly display Instagram photos on its website. Twitter users could previously see Instagram photos displayed directly in a tweet, but users must now click a link that will redirect them to Instagram’s site to view such a photo. Instagram’s CEO said, “We’ve decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram website. Obviously things change as a company evolves.” He added that the company intends to completely disable the ability to embed Instagram pictures on Twitter’s website. Relations between Twitter and Instagram have soured since Instagram was acquired by Facebook.

    December 5, 2012 11:34 AM

  25. OVERREACTION

    24. Man Shoots GF After ‘Walking Dead’

    The possibility of a zombie apocalypse deserves serious discussion, but it’s not worth getting shot over. Unfortunately for Jessica Gelderman, her boyfriend didn’t agree. Gelderman and 26-year-old Long Islander Jared Gurman got into a heated debate over whether a zombie apocalypse could actually happen. Gelderman left her boyfriend’s house, but the fight continued via text message, and when she returned to check on Gurman at 2:30 a.m., he was waiting outside his door with a .22 caliber rifle. He shot her in the back, shattering a rib and piercing her diaphragm and a lung. She is now in stable but critical condition.

    December 5, 2012 10:38 AM

  26. OOPS! Kate’s Hospital Prank-Called Matt Cardy, AFP / Getty Images

    25. Kate’s Hospital Prank-Called

    To be fair, Sarah Palin has also been tricked by prank callers. King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, said on Wednesday that they “deeply regret” giving out personal information about Catherine to prank callers from an Australian radio station. Presenters from 2Day FM posing as the queen, Prince Charles, and corgis got personal information from a private nurse of the duchess’s. The hospital’s chief executive called it a “foolish prank that we all deplore,” while the palace refused to comment. At least the nurse has some company: all of the royal family has been prank-called before.

    December 5, 2012 9:06 AM

  27. FAVORITE THINGS 2.0 Oprah Picks New Book AP Photo (left)

    26. Oprah Picks New Book

    At least her book club is doing better than OWN. Oprah has selected Ayana Mathis’s debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, as her next book-club pick. The talk-show queen never selects a new book unless she “really, really loves” it, and Oprah says that before she finished the first chapter of Twelve Tribes, she knew she would select it. Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 launched this summer, and readers participate via Facebook, Twitter, VYou, and Oprah.com. This is Oprah’s 67th book-club selection, and she says that while reading it, “I knew I was having the privilege of witnessing a great writer’s career begin.”

    December 5, 2012 9:36 AM

  28. Back and Forth Boehner: Obama Not ‘Serious’ Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    27. Boehner: Obama Not ‘Serious’

    House Speaker John Boehner told a closed meeting of his Republican colleagues that if President Obama is against the GOP counteroffer, the president “has a responsibility to put forward a plan that can pass both chambers of Congress,” according to sources in the room. President Obama has indicated he will not meet with Boehner until he agrees to some tax increases. The two have reportedly not spoken in a week, and their respective staffs have not communicated in several days. Boehner said, “If the president is serious about averting the fiscal cliff, he’s done nothing to demonstrate it.”

    December 5, 2012 12:22 PM

  29. Asylum Report: Assad Scopes Out South America Remy De La Mauviniere / AP Photo

    28. Report: Assad Scopes Out South America

    Syria’s ambassador to Venezuela has denied reports that President Bashar al-Assad is thinking of fleeing to Latin America. Haaretz had reported that Syria’s deputy foreign minister held meetings in Cuba, Venezuela, and Ecuador last week and that he brought personal letters from Assad to the country’s leaders. But Syria’s ambassador to Venezuela said: “It is not worth honoring these claims with a response. You can ask our Venezuelan counterparts. In several interviews Assad has said he was born in Syria and will die in Syria. Right now he is not afraid. He is in a strong position. There is no probability that this news is true.”

    December 5, 2012 12:40 PM

  30. ‘TRANSFORMATION’ Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    29. Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs

    We know 11,000 people who aren’t too excited about these “transformations.” Citigroup announced that it will absorb a tax charge of $1 billion for the quarter and eliminate about 11,000 jobs. The CEO of the third-biggest U.S. bank said that the move was a “logical” step in the bank’s transformation. Under the reduction, 1,900 jobs will be eliminated in the institutional clients division, 6,200 will be removed from the consumer banking business, and 2,600 in the operations and technology group. The announcement comes amid internal turmoil: last month, Citigroup's chairman pushed out the chief executive, Vikram Pandit, and handpicked Pandit's successor. That move came one day after the bank reported higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

    December 5, 2012 11:56 AM

  31. TRAGIC Philippines Typhoon Kills 200 Karlos Manlupig / AP Photo

    30. Philippines Typhoon Kills 200

    At least 200 people have been killed so far in a deadly typhoon in the Philippines as the storm continued to tear through the island nation on Wednesday. Typhoon Bopha caused landslides and flash flooding on the coast and in farming and mining towns in the southern Mindanao region. “The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood,” said Arthur Uy, the governor of Compostela Valley in Mindanao. Damage to the area is expected to reach $98 million, as the typhoon destroyed 70–80 percent of plantations, Uy said. The storm weakened on Wednesday as it battered resort towns in northern Palawan.

    December 5, 2012 7:00 AM

  32. GUESS WHO’S BACK Eminem’s Daughter Attacks Taylor Swift Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    31. Eminem’s Daughter Attacks Taylor Swift

    Sounds like Eminem’s daughter inherited at least one trademark trait from her father: a foul mouth. A Twitter user claiming to be Hailie Mathers—Eminem's 16-year-old daughter—lashed out at Taylor Swift for dating “the love of my life Harry_Styles.” She tweeted: “Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you’re only doing it so you can make another album.” After backlash on Twitter, the user apologized for her “immaturity” and deleted the account. Kids these days, right Slim Shady?

    December 5, 2012 4:18 PM

  33. DEVELOPING Subway Pusher Suspect Arrested Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    32. Subway Pusher Suspect Arrested

    Police arrested a suspect on Wednesday for allegedly pushing Ki-Suck Han in front of a New York City subway train earlier this week. The NYPD began questioning the suspect—whose name has not yet been released—Tuesday afternoon and took him into custody a day later. Police are still trying to piece together what happened on Monday, using witness descriptions of the suspect and the man’s own statements in which, police say, he implicated himself.

    December 5, 2012 2:13 PM

  34. R.I.P. Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies Kris Connor / Getty Images

    33. Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies

    Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck died Wednesday morning at age 91. “For as long as I’ve been playing jazz, people have been trying to pigeonhole me,” Brubeck once said. “Frankly, labels bore me.” There are, however, some impressive labels that define his career. He’s a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. He received the National Medal of Arts and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His recordings of “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” crossed over to the pop world, he brought jazz into the academic world, and he was among the first to play in black jazz clubs in the deep South in the ’50s. He was one day short of his 92nd birthday.

    December 5, 2012 12:20 PM

  35. Highs and Lows Dow Closes Over 13,000 Spencer Platt

    34. Dow Closes Over 13,000

    The Dow and S&P 500 closed high on Wednesday, with the Dow finishing above 13,000. But not all the news was good for investors: Apple fell more than 6 percent – the worst one-day decline for the company since 2008. The drop came after news broke that COR Clearing is raising the company’s margin requirements from 30 to 60 percent. Apple has now fallen more than 20 percent from its record high of $705 in September. Apple is close to forming a so-called ‘death cross,’ in which its 50-day moving average would fall below the 200-day moving average.  Normally, the death-cross is taken as a sign by investors to sell. But then again, this is Apple.

    December 5, 2012 5:22 PM

  36. HURRICANE AID Obama to Ask Congress for $50B Lucas Jackson, Reuters / Landov

    35. Obama to Ask Congress for $50B

    President Obama will be asking Congress to provide roughly $50 billion in emergency aid to the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. White House officials are putting the request together and say they expect to send it as early as this week. The administration may be in for a tough fight, given the standoff over the fiscal cliff. The request is less than initially expected—governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut wanted a total of $82 billion to deal with the storm’s aftermath. Republicans have suggested cutting the request into two segments, one that would be approved this year to address emergency needs, and one that would deal with long-term recovery next year.

    December 5, 2012 3:06 PM

  37. Popular Starbucks to Add 1,500 U.S. Cafés Alan Diaz / AP Photo

    36. Starbucks to Add 1,500 U.S. Cafés

    Can you say grande pumpkin globalization latte? In taking over the world news, Starbucks announced it is planning to open 1,500 additional cafés in the United States over the next five years, as part of a strategy to “deepen” its presence across the country. Just a few months back, the company said it would open just 1,000 more cafés across the country, but CEO Howard Schultz said the U.S. expansion plans are based “on the current strength of our business.” The company also expects to have more than 20,000 cafés by 2014, up from 18,000 now. Much of the global growth will come in China, which will pass Canada as the company’s second-biggest market.

    December 5, 2012 5:25 PM

  38. 200 THUMBS UP ‘Lincoln’ to Screen on Senate Floor David James, SMPSP, 20th Century Fox / Everett

    37. ‘Lincoln’ to Screen on Senate Floor

    But will there be snacks? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has invited Steven Spielberg to screen his new film Lincoln at the U.S. Senate on Dec. 12. Deadline reports that, while many films have screened at the White House, this may be the first time that one has played in the actual Senate chambers. Reid is reportedly a big fan of the film, which is expected to be a major Oscar player. “The irony is that what’s happening with the fiscal cliff isn’t that different from what’s going on in the movie,” a “film insider” tells Deadline. Considering that Lincoln clocks in roughly four score and seven years long, let’s hope the senators use the time to get inspired.

    December 5, 2012 5:35 PM