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  1. ACCOMMODATIONS Sandusky Seeks Prison Move

    1. Sandusky Seeks Prison Move

    America's most famous prisoner isn't happy with his new digs. Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Karl Rominger says his client is being housed in a severe Level 5 condition prison, even though he is on Level 2 of a five-level security classification. The disgraced former Penn State coach is kept alone for 23 hours a day during the week, and at all times on the weekend. Rominger plans to write to the prison's warden in order to find a "middle ground," and says Sandusky would be safe in the prison's general population. "It's a tough life, Level 5," Rominger said. "And I know some people in the public will say, 'Who cares?' But the answer is, I thought we believe in equality in America. And while he's a convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania, he would like to be treated like every other convicted sex offender."

    December 7, 2012 8:34 PM

  2. 'Gang of Eight' Senators Tasked with Immigration Reform Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

    2. Senators Tasked With Immigration Reform

    Let’s hope the nickname is a motivator to work as a team. Eight senators (nicknamed the "Gang of Eight") have begun assembling to discuss immigration reform, several sources tell Politico. It's good news on Capitol Hill, where the issue is expected to become the top legislative priority of the year. The bipartisan octet includes Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, and Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. “Graham and I are talking to our colleagues about this right now and I think we have a darn good chance using this blueprint," Schumer said on Meet the Press. Many of the members are already key voices on immigration, including McCain, who was an integral part of Congress' last major attempt at immigration reform five years ago.

    December 7, 2012 3:14 PM

  3. RELIEF Obama Requests $60.4 Billion for Sandy Allison Joyce / Getty Images

    3. Obama Requests $60.4B for Sandy

    President Obama requested a $60.4 billion aid package from Congress Friday, to distribute across eastern states decimated by Hurricane Sandy. But that sum is not high enough, according to many leaders in states affected. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are asking for at least $82 billion for emergency repairs and infrastructure work. Lawmakers are hopeful that more funds will be granted as needs are revealed. “This supplemental is a very good start, and while $60 billion doesn’t cover all of New York and New Jersey’s needs, it covers a large percentage,” a group of the area’s senators said in a statement, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called it “the first good news New York has had in a while.”

    December 7, 2012 10:00 PM

  4. Egypt 10,000 Protestors Storm Presidential Palace Gianluigi Guercia, AFP / Getty Images

    4. 10,000 Protestors Storm Palace

    Egypt's political crisis continued to escalate Friday as 10,000 protestors broke through a barbed wire barricade, guarded by army tanks, outside the presidential palace. Despite Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s offer to hold talks between all major political factions on Saturday, Egypt's liberal-activist opposition showed no signs of backing down. Morsi's adversaries insist that he first withdraw his November 22nd decree, an unprecedented power-grab that sent the nation up in flames. The "all out fight for Egypt's future," will likely continue for another week at least, until the new Constitution is up for a nationwide referendum on December 15.

    December 7, 2012 1:00 PM

  5. SUPREME RULING Justices to Take Gay-Marriage Cases Marcus Donner, Reuters / Landov

    5. Justices to Take Gay-Marriage Cases

    Thousands of same-sex relationships hang in the balance. The Supreme Court announced Friday that they will be taking up two key gay-marriage cases. The justices will be looking at the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as California’s Proposition 8, a voter initiative that banned gay marriage in the state less than six months after it was legalized by the state's supreme court. Alas, a decision won't be likely until June. 

    December 7, 2012 3:21 PM

  6. STALEMATE Boehner: ‘No Progress’ Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty Images

    6. Boehner: ‘No Progress’

    House Speaker John Boehner emerged from fiscal cliff talks with President Obama Friday echoing the “we’re nowhere” theme of this week with the words, “no progress.” While the Obama administration insists that income tax rates be increased for wealthiest Americans, Capitol Hill’s top Republican reiterated his demand that Obama come up with a new plan for evaluation. On Monday, the president rejected the Republicans offer of $800 billion in new tax revenue, calling the plan “nothing new.” Now, the GOP says it’s Obama’s turn. “It’s time for the president, if he’s serious, to come back to us with a counter-offer,” said Boehner.

    December 7, 2012 2:44 PM

  7. MILLIONAIRE Second Powerball Winner Announced Scott Olson / Getty Images

    7. Second Powerball Winner Announced

    Arizona Lottery Officials say the second winner in last week’s record $577.5 million Powerball jackpot is a man in his 30s from Fountain Hills, Ariz. The winner, who still remains anonymous, bought the ticket at a convenience store northeast of Phoenix. He has opted to take the $192 million cash option. Although a news conference was scheduled in Phoenix on Friday afternoon, he declined to take part. Officials say he plans to use his new fortune to create a charity. Last week, Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., claimed their half of the multistate Powerball prize.

    December 7, 2012 5:52 PM

  8. Kate Prank-Gate Advertiser Pulls From Prank Station Matt Cardy, AFP / Getty Images

    8. Advertiser Pulls From Prank Station

    The first advertiser, a supermarket chain, has pulled its business from the Australian radio station responsible for the prank call to a London hospital that turned tragic. A receptionist at the King Edward VII hospital committed suicide Friday days after being fooled by two Australian DJs posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, who were given sensitive information about Kate Middleton’s condition. The DJs issued an apology, deleted their Twitter accounts, and announced that they will be suspending themselves from the radio station. But they have a history of crude calls—including one that forced a 14-year-old girl to admit she had been raped on-air.

    December 7, 2012 10:20 PM

  9. GIRLS Lena Dunham’s Book Proposal Leaked Amy Sussman / Getty Images for The New Yorker

    9. Lena Dunham’s Book Proposal Leaked

    Ever since Girls creator Lena Dunham’s collection of essays was snapped up for an astronomical $3.7 million by Random House, the literary world has been wondering: what’s in it that’s so great? Thankfully, Gawker acquired a copy of her 66-page proposal, which includes a diary of what Dunham ate in 2010, “a collection of emails that screw the pooch, jump the gun, and terrify men,” as well as her concern that she has the “beginnings of a FUPA” (google it). Gawker calculated that the 26-year-old’s proposal is worth about $56,000 a page. Ca-ching.

    December 7, 2012 4:58 PM

  10. BAD NEWS Sheen’s Ex OD’s on Drugs Gregg DeGuire, WireImage / Getty Images

    10. Sheen’s Ex OD’s on Drugs

    Charlie Sheen seems to bring bad luck to anything—or one—he’s associated with. Brooke Mueller, one of Sheen’s ex wives, was rushed to the hospital this morning after overdosing on drugs, according to TMZ. Mueller was apparently abusing drugs for several weeks, and her friends have been “deeply concerned.” Mueller is rumored to be conscious, but the former actress has a past history with addiction, having been in rehab more than 15 times.

    December 7, 2012 7:29 PM

  11. Baby Mama Gisele Bundchen Has Baby Girl Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP / Getty Images

    11. Gisele Bundchen Has Baby Girl

    No word on whether her mother will teach her to cuss out Patriots receivers after the games. Model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady welcomed their second child into the world. Baby girl Vivian was reportedly born on Wednesday. Her older brother, Benjamin, was born three years ago on Saturday in his parent’s bathtub. It is not known if Vivian was also born at home. Brady also has a 5-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan. 

    December 7, 2012 8:26 AM

  12. cheat Russia Not Optimistic on Syria Talks Odd Andersen, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Russia Not Optimistic on Syria Talks

    Russia and the United States are holding talks with international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi aimed at resolving the Syria crisis, but Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday that he is not “optimistic” they will succeed. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that officials will meet “for a brainstorm and an exchange of opinions on how to move forward toward a resolution,” but added, “I would not make optimistic predictions … It remains to be seen what will come of this.” Lest anyone get overexcited, he added that all parties understand the chances of success are “far from 100 percent.”

    December 7, 2012 7:17 AM

  13. The Troubles Bombs Found in Northern Ireland Peter Muhly, AFP / Getty Images

    13. Bombs Found in Northern Ireland

    Four men were arrested in Northern Ireland on Thursday after authorities discovered a homemade bomb in a car in the city of Londonberry—just one day before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was due to arrive. A letter bomb was found in another part of Northern Ireland after a man was seen acting suspiciously near a mailbox. Officials said it was “a viable device capable of causing death or serious injury.” They come amidst renewed tensions between Unionist groups, who support ties with Britain, and dissident Republicans.

    December 7, 2012 7:04 AM

  14. TRAGIC Chiefs to Pay for Belcher’s Funeral Tony Gutierrez / AP Photo

    14. Chiefs to Pay for Belcher’s Funeral

    The Kansas City Chiefs have offered to pay for Jovan Belcher’s funeral and have also offered assistance to the family of his murdered girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Belcher’s family has accepted and the organization will pay for Belcher’s memorial in Kansas City and his actual funeral in New York. It is not known if the Perkins family has accepted, but a spokesman for the Chiefs said, “We are assisting both families with arrangements … We just prefer not to get into specifics of what we are doing or have done.”

    December 7, 2012 8:18 AM

  15. Hard Times Washington Post to Add Paywall? Haraz N. Ghanbari, File / AP Photo

    15. Washington Post to Add Paywall?

    Well, Washington does usually follow the trends in New York. The Washington Post will start charging readers for access to its online edition next year, according to sources close to the situation. The paper will set up a metered paywall—similar to the one used by The New York Times, introducing digital subscriptions and charging readers once they pass a certain number of articles. The price of the print edition sold on newsstands is also likely to increase. The New York Times paywall now has more than 600,000 digital subscribers and has caused no significant losses to casual readers or print subscribers. 

    December 7, 2012 7:47 AM

  16. HAPPY DAYS Jobless Rate Hits 4-Year Low Gregory Bull / AP Photo

    16. Jobless Rate Hits 4-Year Low

    Happy holidays, everyone. The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, causing the jobless rate to drop to a four-year low of 7.7 percent. The better-than-expected numbers surprised economists, who had expected a bleak report due to Hurricane Sandy. But the news wasn't all good: economists said part of the reason for the drop was that people gave up the search for work. Also, the numbers for September and October were revised downward to show that 49,000 fewer jobs had been added than previously reported.

    December 7, 2012 8:32 AM

  17. DO NOT PASS GO McAfee Returned to Prison Jorge Dan Lopez / Reuters / Landov

    17. McAfee Returned to Prison

    Heart attack, schmart-attack. Anti-virus software tycoon John McAfee was sent back to Guatemalan prison Thursday night—just hours after he suffered two heart attacks and was sent to the hospital. McAfee’s request for asylum in Guatemala has been denied, and it’s possible he may be back in the arms of Belize’s police force before the weekend. McAfee is under suspicion for the death of his neighbor in Belize, and for illegally seeking asylum in the country. But the fight isn’t over—his attorney claims his petition was unlawfully rejected, saying, “Due process has been violated. The right to defense has not been respected.”

    December 6, 2012 11:11 PM

  18. OP-ED Vet to Obama: Don’t Choose Kerry Ron Edmonds / AP Photo

    18. Vet to Obama: Don’t Choose Kerry

    Having sought to undo vilification against Vietnam vets, why is President Obama considering John Kerry—one of the most polarizing figures in the Vietnam narrative—for secretary of either State or Defense? Former vet Seth Lipsky poses this question in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, writing that Kerry, a Navy lieutenant during the war, “did so much to tarnish the reputation of American GIs and exploit the misdeeds of a few for the benefit of the antiwar movement.” Lipsky revisits Kerry’s scandal with the Swift Boat vets, who “torpedoed” his 2004 presidential campaign and debunked the senator’s “claims to heroism.” If Kerry is to be considered for either post, Lipsky concludes, perhaps he should testify on his role in the war beforehand.

    December 7, 2012 11:01 AM

  19. Homecoming Hamas Leader Returns to Gaza Marco Longari, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Hamas Leader Returns to Gaza

    Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, returned to Gaza on Friday for the first time since leaving after the Six Day War in 1967. He entered Gaza through Egypt, beginning a three-day tour of Gaza, which a Hamas spokesman described as “a fruit of the victory of the resistance over the occupation.” Meshaal is expected to address a huge rally in Gaza City on Saturday and to discuss reconciliation with the Fatah movement, which now controls much of the West Bank. Upon his return, he said in a statement, “I consider this moment my third birth, and I pray to God that my fourth birth will be the moment when all of Palestine is liberated.” Hamas says in its charter that is committed to the destruction of Israel.

    December 7, 2012 7:46 AM

  20. ‘Pure Hitchcock’ Hitchcock Found Religion in Final Days AP Photo

    20. Hitchcock Found Religion in Final Days

    Mark Henninger, a Jesuit priest who led mass for Alfred Hitchcock in the filmmaker’s final days, can clearly recall the religious services performed in Hitchcock’s study. But Henninger writes in The Wall Street Journal on Friday that the 81-year-old man who would cry during communion is a far cry from the unflattering portrait being painted of the director in recent biographies and Hollywood productions. Despite recent assertions that Hitchcock refused to see a priest in his final days, Henninger writes, “Weighing one's life with its share of wounds suffered and inflicted in such a perspective, and seeking reconciliation with an experienced and forgiving God, strikes me as profoundly human.”

    December 7, 2012 10:18 AM

  21. Super Obama, Romney Spent $2B AFP / Getty Images (2)

    21. Obama, Romney Spent $2B

    What recession? During their race for the White House this year, President Obama and Mitt Romney spent a combined total of well over $2 billion, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by the campaigns and party committees released on Thursday. The reports show that in the first election in which donors could give unlimited contributions, Obama’s reelection team spent $1.123 billion and Romney’s spent $1.019 billion. These figures do not include last-minute ads bought by wealthy mega-donors like Sheldon Adelson. The reports also show that Obama outraised Mitt Romney in the final stretch of the campaign—between October 18 and November 26, Obama’s reelection team raised $111 million compared to Romney’s $100 million.

    December 7, 2012 7:14 AM

  22. Scary 7.3 Earthquake Hits Japan Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP / Getty Images

    22. 7.3 Earthquake Hits Japan

    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan and set off a minor tsunami on Friday. The one-meter tsunami came ashore in the prefecture of Miyagi, where officials closed some roads and suspended rail services, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was much weaker than the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country in March 2011, causing 30-foot tsunamis that killed 15,000 people. Though it shook buildings in Tokyo, Friday’s earthquake actually took place 287 miles out to sea—much further than the 2011 quake. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it did not create a widespread tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean.

    December 7, 2012 6:09 AM

  23. Typhoon Bopha Philippines Death Toll Hits 418 Bullit Marquez / AP Photo

    23. Philippines Death Toll Hits 418

    The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Bopha rose on Friday to 418 people, while 383 remain missing. One general involved in recovery efforts explained that lack of equipment has hindered rescue-and-retrieval efforts. “Some of the dead are buried in knee-deep mud and we only have our hands and shovels,” he said, adding, “We are thinking of burying the unclaimed bodies on health concerns.” The governor of Compostela Valley, one of the hardest-hit provinces, estimated that “half of the missing could be dead by now.” He also indicated that most of the dead would be buried in mass graves if the bodies are not claimed within the next two to three days.

    December 7, 2012 7:03 AM

  24. UPDATE Haley: I’m Not Taking DeMint’s Seat Gerry Broome / AP Photo

    24. Haley: I’m Not Taking DeMint’s Seat

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has revealed little about a possible successor for Sen. Jim DeMint—except that it won’t be her. In an updated statement following DeMint’s announcement Thursday that he would leave office at the end of the month, Haley said she wanted to “make two things clear”: first, she will certainly not appoint herself to fill his seat, and second, she’ll appoint someone with “the same philosophy of government” that she and DeMint share. So much for an update.

    December 7, 2012 11:36 AM

  25. OPPA WHAT NOW? Psy Made Anti-American Rap Lisa Lake / Getty Images

    25. Psy Made Anti-American Rap

    Psy may be gleefully dancing across America’s favorite talk shows, delighting viewers with performances of his hit “Gangnam Style,” the music video for which recently became the most successful music video ever. But his attitude towards Americans wasn’t always so warm. Back in 2004 during a protest against the U.S. military presence in Iraq following the beheading of a Korean missionary, Psy wrapped about torturing and killing American soldiers and families. “Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” was one choice line. Psy is set to perform for President Obama on Sunday … awkward.

    December 7, 2012 2:48 PM

  26. PHOTO OF THE DAY Captured: Obama Takes Mitt’s Concession Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

    26. Captured: Obama Takes Mitt’s Concession

    "What's that, Governor Romney? It’s hard to hear you with the 47 percent cheering over here.” A photo of President Obama sitting on the back of his chair (and looking about as cool as he's ever looked) while taking Mitt Romney's concession call went viral Friday. The image, taken by White House photog Pete Souza, was posted to the White House Flickr page along with other photos taken in November, including scenes from election night, Obama's trip to Asia, and the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning.

    December 7, 2012 1:10 PM

  27. EMERGENCY Text-to-911 Service By 2014? ASIF HASSAN / AFP

    27. Text-to-911 Service By 2014?

    “LOL there’s an emergency ;)” The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that the four wireless juggernauts are working with the commission to accelerate the availability of text-to-911 emergency services for its consumers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are working to majorly deploy the service in 2013, with the goal of having it available nationwide to 90 percent of consumers by May 15, 2014. The idea behind the service is that in some situation, a phone call could endanger a caller, or something could prevent a person from being able to call during some emergencies. “Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

    December 7, 2012 2:40 PM