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  1. SENATE RACE Brother Says Ted Kennedy Jr. May Run Stephen Lovekin

    1. Brother Says Ted Kennedy Jr. May Run

    Looks like Ben Affleck might have some competition. U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy says his brother Ted Kennedy Jr. may throw his hat into the ring for the Massachusetts Senate seat that will become vacant if U.S. Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as the nation’s next secretary of state. Ted Kennedy Jr., who currently lives in Connecticut and is the president of a financial services firm, has allegedly been receiving calls from friends of the Kennedy family urging him to weigh the option of running, should Kerry be confirmed.

    December 22, 2012 4:22 PM

  2. CIAO Italian Prez Dissolves Parliament Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images

    2. Italian Prez Dissolves Parliament

    The changing of the guard has begun. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano signed a decree dissolving parliament on Saturday. The motion is meant to make way for the general elections on February 24-25, and come a day after Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned. It’s not yet clear whether Monti will run for office, but he is expected to announce his decision on Sunday. According to polls, the center-left Democratic Party is on track to win.

    December 22, 2012 6:11 PM

  3. DEMOCRACY Egypt Constitution Likely to Pass Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

    3. Egyptian Constitution Likely to Pass

    Looks like Egypt will soon be implimenting its disputed constitution. Preliminary results released by the Muslim Brotherhood show more that a total of 70 percent voted in favor of the consitution draft between voting last week and on Saturday. The results show there was a turnout of about 30 percent for this second round, which covered rural areas with more Islamist sympathizers. Rights groups in the country reported some violations, including illegal campaigning by Islamists, irregularities in registrations, and late-opening poll stations. Also on Saturday, Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekky resigned from his post, citing the likely elimination of the office under the country’s potential new Constitution.

    December 22, 2012 9:30 PM

  4. MOVING ON Sandy Hook to Go Back to School Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images

    4. Sandy Hook to Go Back to School

    Newtown, Conn., is slowly attempting to return to a normal state of affairs after a tragic school shooting, including plans to reopen Sandy Hook Elementary School on January 3. Although the school building will not be used, classes are set to resume in a refurbished middle school in neighboring Monroe. Other plans include the emotionally difficult process of consolidating the school's first-grade classes, which lost students in the attack. Most of the school's teachers will also return.

    December 22, 2012 12:24 PM

  5. Veep No More Report: Egypt's VP Resigns Daniel Berehulak/Getty

    5. Egypt’s VP Resigns

    Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekky resigned Saturday, citing the elimination of the office under the country's potential new Constitution. Although the Constitution was not in place at the time of the announcement—the measures (which include the elimination of vice president and the granting of sweeping powers to the president—are expected to pass as Egyptians vote Saturday. Mekky was integral in hosting December's “national-unity talks” with President Mohamed Morsi, which most in the opposition to the constitutional changes did not attend.

    December 22, 2012 3:45 PM

  6. FURIOUS Riots Flare After Delhi Gang Rape Raveendran/AFP, via Getty

    6. Riots Flare After Delhi Gang Rape

    Indian police fired water cannons to push back protesters marching in Delhi against the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in a bus. The rioters, mostly college students, broke police barriers and headed for the presidential palace. They don’t think the government’s pledge to seek life sentences for the perpetrators is enough—they want the death penalty. After last Sunday’s attack, the government has said it would launch measures to make Delhi safer for women.

    December 22, 2012 10:31 AM

  7. DRAMATIZATION CIA: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Not Realistic Jonathan Olley via Columbia Pictures

    7. CIA: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Not Realistic

    In a rare public statement by the tight-lipped, top-secret CIA, acting director Mike Morell announced to agency employees that the new movie Zero Dark Thirty is a “dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts.” Morell expressed specific concerns with the film’s depiction of waterboarding as “crucial” to the hunt for Osama bin Laden and took issue with the appearance of only a few agents in the hunt. “The operation was a team effort-and a very large team at that,” he said. The CIA’s public affairs office did interact with Zero Dark Thirty’s filmmakers, but reportedly had zero control over the final product.

    December 22, 2012 2:05 PM

  8. HOLY IT'S OK Pope Pardons VatiLeaks Butler Vincenzo Pinto, AFP / Getty Images

    8. Pope Pardons VatiLeaks Butler

    It's a Christmas miracle. Pope Benedict XVI pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, on Saturday, wishing to "offer him the possibility of returning to a serene family life." Gabirele was sentenced in October to 18 months in prison over the "Vatileaks" scandal after he divulged the pope's private papers to the press. After the pope visited on Saturday to pardon him in person, he was sent immediately home. The pope also named Rev. Robert W. Oliver, who handled the sex abuse scandal under Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, as the new sex crimes prosecutor.

    December 22, 2012 8:12 AM

  9. NOT FUNNY Possible Charges in Royal Prank Getty Images (2)

    9. Possible Charges in Royal Prank

    Scotland Yard announced on Saturday that it may press charges in the case of the prank phone call two Australian DJs made to the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated in early December. The police submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will investigate potential offenses in the case and determine whether to prosecute anyone over the tragic hoax. The call preceded the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred the call that resulted in the unwitting release of confidential information.

    December 22, 2012 10:45 AM

  10. MAD LITIGIOUS Nas Sued by Kidnapping Victim Lisa Lake / Getty Images

    10. Nas Sued by Kidnapping Victim

    This is what happens when you’re a no-show, Nas. A concert promoter who says he was held captive for 50 days by Angolan promoters is suing the rapper for $10 million after Nas failed to show up for a New Year’s Eve concert—that he had already been paid for. Patrick Allocco says he was taken hostage December 2011 by the concert promoters and their “henchmen” who wanted Nas’s $300,000 advance fee back. Allocco is claiming he suffered physically, financially, and psychologically as a result of the kidnapping.

    December 22, 2012 10:00 PM

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  12. UNBANNED Court Halts Gay Therapy Ban Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    11. Court Halts Gay Therapy Ban

    Looks like gay-conversion therapy might not be getting the boot in California just yet. On Friday a federal appeals court put a hold on the state’s new law that would stop therapists from trying to revert a minor’s sexual orientation. The state was sued on the grounds that the law, which was to take effect Jan. 1, is unconstitutional and violates free speech rights. Their first court case was lost, but the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to block the law as it investigates.

    December 21, 2012 10:27 PM

  13. HERE WE GO Second Weekend of Egypt Voting Mahmud Hams/AFP, via Getty

    12. Second Weekend of Egypt Voting

    Polling stations opened in Egypt on Saturday for the second round of voting on a referendum to change the country's Constitution. Voting began in the 17 provinces where it was not available last week, where analysts expect the results to confirm the alterations. The referendum, which gives sweeping powers to President Mohamed Morsi, has caused conflict across the country, including clashes in Alexandria on Friday. In the sharply divided conflict, the president has the upper hand, having received 56 percent approval in last week's vote, which had a 32 percent turnout rate.

    December 22, 2012 8:47 AM

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    13. 52-Year-Old Convicted as Juvenile

    Yes, you read that right. No, it has nothing to do with time travel. A man who raped and killed his neighbor 36 years ago was convicted on Friday for the crime--as a juvenile. The 52-year-old was 15 at the time of the murder, but the case went unsolved and was not reopened until 2010. His punishment will not be determined until January, so the courts have plenty of time to ponder what should happen: will he be sentenced under current juvenile codes, which emphasize rehabilitation over punishment, or those from 1976? Will his criminal history in the intervening years be taken into account? Will he be able to go to a prison for adults?

    December 22, 2012 8:41 AM

  15. 'DIRECT CONFLICT' Judge Blocks Missouri Birth-Control Law Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    14. Judge Blocks Missouri Birth-Control Law

    A federal judge on Friday struck down a new Missouri law that mandated the availability of insurance plans that exclude contraceptive coverage if employers or their insured employees object to birth control on moral or religious grounds. The law was passed after the state's legislature overrode a September veto by the Democratic governor. Apparently it was vetoed for a reason: In striking down the law, the judge asked the Missouri Department of Insurance how the new law would not be a "direct conflict" with federal laws mandating contraceptive coverage regardless of moral compunctions. The department offered no response.

    December 22, 2012 8:31 AM

  16. BIGGER = BETTER FDA Approves Genetically Altered Fish Robert F. Bukaty/AP

    15. FDA Oks Genetically Altered Fish

    Genetically engineered salmon are inching ever closer to your dinner plate. But that's not as scary as it sounds. Friday, the FDA approved the fish, whose only modification is that they grow twice as quickly as normal salmon. The approval, which ruled that the fish do not pose an environmental threat and are just as safe to eat as the normal kind, was a key hurdle for the company responsible for the animal and has predictably added more fuel to the fire that is the genetic-engineering controversy. Until the approval is finalized (or not) in two months, however, the controversy will just have to wait.

    December 22, 2012 8:50 AM

  17. Vacation Obama Arrives in Hawaii for Christmas Jim Watson/AFP, via Getty

    16. Obama Arrives in Hawaii for Christmas

    Even the president needs a vacation every once in a while. The Obamas arrived in Hawaii for Christmas early Saturday morning, just hours after the president urged Congress to take one last shot at compromising to avoid the ever-looming fiscal cliff. Although he claimed he would be back next week to strike a deal once and for all, it is unclear whether he or House Speaker John Boehner will be back to work that soon, despite the threatening Jan. 1 tax hikes and spending cuts should a compromise not be made. But for now, Obama is having at least a few days of relative relaxation. Mele Kalikimaka.

    December 22, 2012 8:26 AM

  18. HERO GIRL Malala: Don't Name School After Me Asif Hassan/AFP, via Getty

    17. Malala: Don’t Name School After Me

    Malala Yousafzai, who survived after being shot in the head by the Taliban in October for advocating girls' education, has already run into problems with her fans. In November, a Pakistani provincial government changed the name of its Government Girls Degree College to Government Malala Yousafzai Girls Degree College. But students soon began protesting, fearing that being linked with such a controversial figure put their lives in danger. Yousafzai called the government on Monday to request that students' wishes for another name change be heeded and was told that those in charge would "consider" her wishes. In the meantime, the school has been closed in the wake of student protests.

    December 22, 2012 8:35 AM

  19. VENGEANCE Mob Kills Man Who Burned Koran Muhammed Muheisen/AP

    18. Mob Kills Man Who Burned Koran

    Concerns around Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws were intensified Saturday morning when a man being held in a police station for burning a copy of the Koran was himself burned by an angry mob. The man, described as "mentally unstable," was arrested Friday night after burning the holy book in a mosque where he was staying. As he was being held at the police station for questioning, a mob of about 200 people stormed the station, beat the man to death, and burned his body. This is not unheard of in Pakistan: the country's laws against nebulously defined blasphemy call for a death sentence or life in prison, although citizens often take the law into their own hands after an accusation.

    December 22, 2012 8:20 AM

  20. FINALLY Ashton, Demi Head to Divorce Court Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    19. Ashton, Demi Head to Divorce Court

    Twitter’s most beloved couple will soon be over forever. One rehab stint (Demi) and cheating rumor (Ashton) later, the couple are heading to divorce court to finally end the marriage they broke up last year. Kutcher hired an attorney and submitted a petition for divorce this week. According to TMZ, he had originally hoped Moore would file the paperwork, but she didn’t.

    December 21, 2012 10:43 PM