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  1. HOLD UP Morsi Issues Facebook Message Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    1. Morsi Issues Facebook Message

    Morsi's big mouth means big problems. In an official Facebook message issued early Monday, the Egyptian president put on hold the measures of raising sales taxes on a wide range of consumer goods and services that were made public Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, opposition groups rejected the president’s attempt to rescind his near-absolute authority decree, calling it “relatively meaningless.” As protests outside the palace raged on, Morsi order the military to "keep order" and protect the state institutions. The fighting—which has already killed 8 and wounded up to 700—is likely to continue until the Dec. 15 vote on the new referendum.

     

    December 10, 2012 12:00 AM

  2. RISKY BUSINESS Bloomberg Considers Buying the FT Kathy Willens / AP Photo

    2. Bloomberg Considers Buying the FT

    American mall goers aren’t the only ones with the shopping bug this season. Michael Bloomberg’s media group is considering purchasing The Financial Times Group, which includes the paper and a half interest in The Economist, according to three sources close to the situation.  Bloomberg—who has long held an affinity for the newspaper—initially visited its London headquarters in October. “It’s the only paper I’d buy,” he told one associate. Friends say the paper’s “punchy and to-the-point” articles match his own clever demeanor. The Financial Times Group is valued at about $1.2 billion, and is not up for sale yet, but could be early next year.

    December 9, 2012 10:50 PM

  3. LET'S DO THIS Obama, Boehner Meet on Fiscal Cliff (L) Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images (R) J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    3. Obama, Boehner Meet on Fiscal Cliff

    Hopefully this went better than Saturday Night Live's version of a fiscal cliff compromise. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met in ongoing negotiations Sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff. It was the first meeting of the two since Election Day. A spokesperson for the two said the contents of the conversation will remain private, but that communication remains open. Obama has continued to push for higher taxes on the wealthy as a solution to the automatic tax increases set to kick in the beginning of 2013. The GOP has continually refused this plan, resulting in a bitter stalemate that has been plaguing Washington for weeks.

    December 9, 2012 6:43 PM

  4. FAILED ATTEMPT Prank Station Tried to Contact Hospital Southern Cross Austereo Sydney / AP Photo

    4. Prank Station Tried to Contact Hospital

    The radio station that aired a prank call that was put through to the hospital caring for Kate Middleton had called the hospital multiple times in order to discuss what the call recorded. “We attempted to contact them on no less than five occasions,” the head of the company that owns the radio station said. “We wanted to speak to them about it.” In addition, the call was vetted by lawyers before being aired. The nurse that put through the phone call was later found dead of an apparent suicide. The hospital called the prank “appalling.”

    December 9, 2012 9:45 PM

  5. DEVASTATING Singer Jenni Rivera Killed in Plane Crash Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    5. Singer Jenni Rivera Killed in Plane Crash

    The wreckage of the aircraft believed to be carrying reality TV star and singer Jenni Rivera has been found with no survivors, according to authorities. The small plane—which was discovered in Nuevo Leon state—went missing early Sunday morning after it took off from the Monterrey, Mexico airport at 3:30 a.m. Aviation authorities lost contact with the Learjet about 10 minutes after takeoff. Rivera was traveling with a handful of other people, including her lawyer, makeup artist, and publicist. Born in California, Rivera has sold 15 million records worldwide and is known for her starring role on I Love Jenni, a reality show on the Mun2 network. 

    December 9, 2012 7:20 PM

  6. UNWELL George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

    6. George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized

    Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital for the third week in a row. The 88-year-old is in stable condition, but suffering from a bronchitis-related cough. Methodist Hospital doctors say Bush’s health is improving but that they aren’t in a rush to release him. Jean Becker, Bush’s chief of staff, said the illness isn’t life-threatening, but there were fears it could turn to pneumonia.

    December 9, 2012 3:30 PM

  7. VOWS First WA Same-Sex Couples Wed Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

    7. First WA Same-Sex Couples Wed

    Three days after picking up their marriage licenses, couples celebrated Washington state’s first same-sex marriages early Sunday morning. Courthouses in some counties opened at midnight to accommodate the happy couples, and judges conducted ceremonies pro bono at Seattle City Hall. In November, Washington, Maryland, and Maine became the first states to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage by popular vote. On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the issue of gay marriage in the coming year.

    December 9, 2012 7:38 AM

  8. NFL TRAGEDY Cowboys’ Brent Held on $500,000 Bond Kevin C. Cox

    8. Cowboys’ Brent Held on $500,000 Bond

    It’s a tough time in football. Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is being held on $500,000 bond the day after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in a drunk-driving accident that killed close friend and teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. “I’d say the bond is 16 times higher than it would have been for anybody that doesn’t play for the Dallas Cowboys,” his lawyer George Milner said. The charge means Brent could face from two to 20 years in prison. Brown, who was found unresponsive at the scene and later pronounced dead, was set to be a new father in two months.

    December 9, 2012 4:00 PM

  9. MONKEY BUSINESS Monkey Found in Toronto IKEA @Broniewyn / Twitter

    9. Monkey Found in Toronto IKEA

    A wool-coat-and-diaper-clad monkey shocked shoppers at an Ikea in Toronto, and now the little guy's owner has come forward to face the consequences. The man responsible says the 7-month-old monkey made a daring escape from its crate and the car it was in. The monkey has been taken by the Toronto Animal Services and its owner is facing charges of having a banned animal.

    December 9, 2012 8:10 PM

  10. JAMES BOND Box Office: ‘Skyfall’ Back at No. 1

    10. Box Office: ‘Skyfall’ Back at No. 1

    If Bond’s taste in martinis taught us anything, it’s that a little shake up is a good thing. Three weeks after losing the top spot, Skyfall was resurrected to No. 1 at the box office this weekend after its fifth week out. It also broke the record for the highest grossing Sony release of all time, with $261.1 million in North America. The film has crushed recent Bond release numbers, but still pales in comparison to the massive moneymakers of the ‘60s like Thunderball and Goldfinger. Guess everything Adele touches really does turn to gold.

    December 9, 2012 6:25 PM

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  12. HOLLYWOOD ISSUE Oscar Actresses Get ‘Wide-Awake’ AP Photo (2)

    11. Oscar Actresses Get ‘Wide-Awake’

    This is ... something. The New York Times Magazine presents “Wide-Awake,” a collection of 13 videos featuring actresses “whose performances defined the year in film.” What exactly does that mean? Well, Jennifer Lawrence, seemingly dressed like Britney Spears in full snake-charming gear, rolls around with a garden hose. Rebel Wilson sleeps on the ground while little kids pelt her with balls—then she goes swimming. It’s all very dramatic. Other actresses include Keira Knightley, Kerry Washington, Marion Cotillard, and Beasts of the Sourthern Wild’s little star, Quvenzhané Wallis.

    December 9, 2012 10:11 AM

  13. LANDFALL Second Storm Nears Philippines Bullit Marquez / AP Photo

    12. Second Storm Nears Philippines

    A weakened typhoon is approaching the Philippines days after the year’s most powerful storm caused 540 deaths and nearly $200 million in damage. The storm, which first made landfall Tuesday, headed out to the South China Sea before changing course and heading back toward the Philippines. Eight hundred fifty people remain missing, and 1,000 were injured in the storm, which hit with winds higher than those that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. President Benigno Aquino declared a state of national calamity in areas ravaged by the typhoon.

    December 9, 2012 7:42 AM

  14. RAID

    13. U.S. Taliban Kidnap Victim Rescued

    An American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban was rescued in a raid by U.S. forces Sunday, according to a statement from the NATO force in Afghanistan. Intelligence showed that Dr. Dilip Joseph was “in imminent danger of injury or death,” causing U.S. Gen. John Allen to order the raid, according to the statement. Joseph was abducted in Kabul province Wednesday, according to the statement. “Today’s mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban,” Allen said.

    December 9, 2012 7:44 AM

  15. RECOVERY Zuma Visits Mandela in Hospital Schalk van Zuydam / AP Photo

    14. Zuma Visits Mandela in Hospital

    Ninety-four-year-old anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is “comfortable and in good care” after a night in the hospital, President Jacob Zuma said Sunday. South Africans gathered anxiously across the country after the man who helped lead their country out of the horrors of racial division was admitted to a military hospital Saturday. Mandela has mostly absented himself from public life over the past decade, last making an appearance during the 2010 World Cup for soccer. On Saturday, Zuma’s office issued a statement saying only that Mandela was receiving care “consistent for his age.”

    December 9, 2012 7:11 AM

  16. UPRISING Key Syrian Rebels Tied to al Qaeda Manu Brabo / AP Photo

    15. Key Syrian Rebels Tied to al Qaeda

    One of the most successful groups fighting Bashar al-Assad in Syria is an al Qaeda offshoot, according to officials in Iraq. Fighters from the Nusra Front have distinguished themselves in battle, and isolating the group has become a top priority as American officials eye what appears to be a tottering regime. “This is just a simple way of returning the favor to our Syrian brothers that fought with us on the lands of Iraq,” one al Qaeda veteran who has fought in Syria said. The group may prove hard to blacklist in Syria because of its successes fighting Assad’s forces.

    December 9, 2012 7:01 AM

  17. FISTICUFFS Mitt Takes in Pacquiao-Márquez Bout Al Bello / Getty Images

    17. Mitt Catches Pacquiao-Márquez Bout

    Politics and pugilism met Saturday as Mitt Romney viewed a Las Vegas matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez. “Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney said in a prefight visit to Pacquaio’s dressing room, according to the brawler’s publicist. Romney was joined by his wife, Ann, for the fight at the MGM Grand hotel arena. A bloodied Márquez secured a victory in the sixth round Saturday, dropping Pacquaio to the mat with a snarling right punch and bringing an end to a four-fight rivalry.

    December 9, 2012 7:47 AM

  18. ONE PERCENT Sen. Corker: Higher Tax Rates OK J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    18. Sen. Corker: Higher Tax Rates OK

    Sen. Bob Corker is the latest Republican to jump on board as the president pushes for higher taxes on Americans who make more than $250,000 a year. Lawmakers should be able to push through a deal on the fiscal cliff within the next three weeks, Corker said. Giving the president a higher tax rate for the top 2 percent of American earners may be the best way for Republicans to shift the debate back to entitlements, according to Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee. Meanwhile, President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday to negotiate a compromise though both sides are keeping mum about their discussion.

    December 9, 2012 10:52 AM

  19. RELAPSE Chávez Says He Needs Cancer Surgery Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo

    19. Chávez Needs Cancer Surgery

    Hugo Chávez talked of a successor for the first time after admitting Sunday that he would return to Cuba for more cancer treatments. The Venezuelan president only returned from his last round of cancer treatments Friday. Chavez said that it is “absolutely necessary, absolutely essential,” that he returns for more surgery. Supporters should vote for current Vice President Nicholás Maduro should anything happen to Chávez in the course of treatment, the leader said, speaking from the Venezuelan capital. Chavez has been battling unspecified cancer in his pelvic region since June 2011.

    December 9, 2012 7:14 AM

  20. HORRIFIC Father’s Gun Goes Off, Kills Son Lew Robertson / Corbis

    20. Father’s Gun Goes Off, Kills Son

    A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy died in a parking lot Saturday after his father’s handgun went off accidentally, police said. Craig Loughrey and his father, Joseph, were climbing into their truck after a brief visit to a local gun store when Joseph’s 9mm suddenly fired. The father told police that he did not know there was a bullet in the chamber, and no charges have been filed against him. The young boy reportedly died instantly after being hit in the chest by the bullet.

    December 9, 2012 9:51 AM

  21. NEXT ACT Hillary’s Choices Hinge on 2016 Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images

    21. Hillary’s Choices Hinge on 2016

    Choices for Hillary Clinton’s next chapter may range from president of Yale to president of the United States—and every move depends on 2016. Whether Clinton spends time penning a memoir or relaxing in upstate New York depends largely on whether another campaign may be in her future. For the moment, Clinton herself may not know what her next move is, apart from a period of rest and relaxation, according to aides and friends. People clamoring for a spot on her calendar have been told to not even call again until at least April.

    December 9, 2012 7:08 AM

  22. GUNFIRE

    22. 3 Shot Dead on Indian Reservation

    A blaze of gunfire left three people dead and four more wounded on the Tule River Indian reservation in California on Saturday night. Police responded to a 911 call on the reservation shortly before 8 p.m. and found two bodies in a trailer and a third in a nearby shed. The man believed to be responsible for the shooting, Hector Celaya, attempted to flee with his two daughters. After a low-speed chase—sometimes as slow as 15 miles per hour—the suspect was stopped by Tulare County detectives. Celaya, 31, was injured in the exchange of gunfire that ensued.

    December 9, 2012 12:54 PM

  23. NOT FUNNY Aussie Radio Station: Backlash ‘Unfair’ Southern Cross Austereo Sydney / AP Photo

    23. Aussie Radio Station: Backlash ‘Unfair’

    Two Australian radio hosts who made a prank call heard around the world are being made the subject of a “witch hunt,” a rep from their station says. “Prank calls have been going on for 50 years in the radio industry,” says Sandy Kaye, a spokeswoman for Southern Cross Austereo. “It is not designed to humiliate or embarrass.” Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at the King Edward VII hospital, was found dead after receiving a prank call from two 2Day FM DJs who pretended to be the queen and asked to speak with Kate Middleton.

    December 9, 2012 10:19 AM

  24. AMBITION Booker Weighs Governor, Senate Run Mel Evans / AP Photo

    24. Booker Weighs Governor, Senate Run

    Can Newark’s golden boy capture the Garden State? Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in an interview Sunday that he’s considering his next step. “I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration,” the hero mayor said on Face the Nation. A try for governor may prove an uphill climb, even for the Democrat known for such swashbuckling antics as rescuing his neighbors from their burning home. Booker would be up against Chris Christie, whose post-hurricane approval ratings reached 67 percent in the most recent poll.

    December 9, 2012 2:44 PM