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  1. LETHAL BLAZE Four Firefighters Shot, Two Killed Courtesy ABC 13 / WHAM

    1. Four Firefighters Shot, Two Killed

    Four firefighters were shot Monday—two fatally—after responding to an early morning fire in Upstate, N.Y., which appears to have been set as an ambush. Officials say the suspected gunman, 62-year-old William Spengler, started shooting when the firefighters arrived, killing two, and injuring two others. Spengler was found dead on the scene, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A motive for the crime is still unclear. Spengler had previously served 17 years for manslaughter in the death of his grandmother.

    December 24, 2012 3:00 PM

  2. INSIDER ATTACKS U.S. Aide Killed by Afghan Policewoman Musadeq Sadeq / AP

    2. U.S. Aide Killed by Afghan Policewoman

    One U.S. civilian aide was killed at police headquarters in Kabul on Monday by a woman wearing an Afghan police uniform. The same day, at least five local police were killed by another officer in a separate attack in northern Afghanistan. The two incidents are just the latest rogue insider attacks by Afghan security forces against their own colleagues or foreign personnel. In fact, Afghans in police or army uniforms have killed more than 50 members of the NATO initiative in the country. But Monday’s shooting in Kabul was the first carried out by a woman. The suspected shooter has been detained and is believed to have Taliban ties.

    December 24, 2012 9:56 AM

  3. HOLIER THAN THOU Pope Hosts Xmas Eve Mass Franco Origlia

    3. Pope Hosts Xmas Eve Mass

    The newly Twitterfied Pope Benedict XVI asked worshipers to consider whether they can find room for God and others in their technology-focused lives. “Do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have time and space for him?” he asked. At St. Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff also lead prayers for peace in Israel, Syria, and other war-torn countries, saying he hoped "Christians in those lands where our faith was born maybe be able to continue living there” and that Christians and Muslims “build up their countries side by side in God’s peace.” Yesterday, in his annual Christmas message, the pope strongly denounced gay marriage, calling it a “manipulator of nature.”

    December 24, 2012 7:32 PM

  4. BIG BROTHER Ron Paul Slams NRA Proposal Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    4. Ron Paul Slams NRA Proposal

    Everybody’s favorite libertarian has some choice words for the NRA’s proposal to have armed officers guard every school. “School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America,” the Republican congressman said in a statement Monday. Paul is the first GOP member in Congress to publically oppose the NRA’s plan. “Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?” Paul asked. The congressman also shunned the proposal for more gun control, saying it only provides the illusion of government protection. So, what should we do, Ron?

    December 24, 2012 4:29 PM

  5. SOFT Retailers Report Slow Windows 8 Sales Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images

    5. Retailers Report Slow Windows 8 Sales

    Americans just aren’t doing Windows like they used to, and that’s bad new for Microsoft. The high-profile launch of Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system, isn’t giving the traditional boost to personal computer sales. From late October through early December, sales of Windows PCs were off 13 percent from the year before, according to research firm NPD. And all the momentum seems to be in tablets and smart phones. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said the lower sales could be due to the new, unfamiliar design, which may be making consumers “cautious.”

    December 24, 2012 12:32 PM

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  7. DEVELOPING SEAL Commander Death Possible Suicide John Moore / Getty Images

    6. SEAL Commander Death Possible Suicide

    The death of Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price is being investigated as a suicide, officials told ABC News. The SEAL Team 4 commander was in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, overseeing stability operations at the time of the “non-combat-related injury” that resulted in his death. One of the military officials—who confirmed that his death is being investigated as self-inflicted—said Price was discovered on the base with what looked like a gunshot wound. The SEAL team that Price commanded—separate from the now famous SEAL Team 6—was one of the Navy’s eight Special Operations teams that deploys to Afghanistan. The rest are based stateside.

    December 24, 2012 8:28 AM

  8. RUB-A-DUB-DUB Amsterdam Museum Shaped Like Bathtub Sander Nieuwenhuys, Hollandse Hoogte / Redux, Sander Nieuwenhuys/Hollandse Hoogte/Redux

    7. Amsterdam Museum Shaped Like Bathtub

    After several years and several millions of dollars, Amsterdam has finally been graced with the new Stedelijk Museum, and it’s shaped, drum roll please, like a bathtub. Yes, a $170 million, 130,000-square-foot bathtub now sits along the backside of the the old Stedelijk—a 19th-century red-brick building that looks positively stuffy in comparison. While the old Stedelijk was a pioneer in modern art collections as well as post-war European design, writes New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, the new bathtub design looks like Amsterdam’s desperate attempt to compete with Bilbao’s Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim. Here’s hoping Amsterdam will have more than three men in their tub.

    December 24, 2012 12:05 PM

  9. GET OUT Petition to Deport Piers Morgan Hits 31,400 Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    8. Petition to Deport Piers Morgan Hits 31,400

    The gun-loving people of America have had just about enough of Piers Morgan and his snobby British ways and want him out of this country. Who does he think he is, advocating for gun control in a country that’s not his own and calling gun advocates—like the one who appeared on his CNN show last week—“unbelievably stupid”? More than 31,400 people have signed a petition to have the English TV personality deported back to the motherland—it only needs 25,000 signatures to demand a response from the White House. Morgan finds the petition humorous, urging his haters to “bring it on” and tweeting, “If I do get deported from America wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?”

    December 24, 2012 8:03 AM

  10. CLAUSQUEST NORAD Tracks Santa’s Route Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    9. NORAD Tracks Santa’s Route

    No really, he's coming to town. Volunteers at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) are tracking Santa Claus’s progress as he delivers gifts around the world. The online map currently shows he’s just passed Pakistan and has already delivered 2 billion presents. Volunteers have fielded more than 24,000 phone calls with questions from kids asking when their presents will arrive, how reindeer fly, and if they were on the naughty or nice list. The program started in 1955 when a typo in a newspaper ad sent Santa-seekers to the local air-defense command.

    December 24, 2012 1:50 PM

  11. OBIT Actor Jack Klugman Dies Michael N. Todaro

    10. Actor Jack Klugman Dies

    Jack Klugman, the actor widely known for playing opposite Tony Randall in The Odd Couple, died today at age 90. Klugman also starred in the NBC TV series Quincy, M.E., and in the classic film 12 Angry Men. In 2005, a year after Randall’s death, Klugman published Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship, about his close relationship with the late actor. His attorney announced that Klugman passed away peacefully at his home in Northridge, Calif., with his wife by his side.

    December 24, 2012 6:30 PM

  12. OH, CRAPO Idaho Sen. Faces Jan. Court Date Alexandria Police Department / AP

    11. Idaho Sen. Faces Jan. Court Date

    An apology isn’t going to get Senator Crapo out of this one. The Idaho Republican—and supposedly observant Mormon—may feel bad about getting a DUI, but eventually he’s going to have to face the law. The drunk-driving social and fiscal conservative will go to court Jan. 4. Mike Crapo, who has claimed he abstains from alcohol because of his Mormon faith, was released on $1,000 bond after being pulled over for running a red light and being taken into custody for driving under the influence early Sunday morning.

    December 24, 2012 8:33 AM

  13. OLD FRIENDS Russia, India Sign Billion-Dollar Arms Deal Mustafa Quraishi, AFP / Getty Images

    12. Russia, India Sign Billion-Dollar Arms Deal

    All they want for Christmas is billions of dollars worth of weapons. Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, that is. Putin celebrated Russia’s newly invigorated alliance with its old–Cold War buddy Monday as officials from both countries signed billion-dollar weapons deals that include contracts for the delivery of 71 Mil Mi-17 military helicopters and an agreement to build 42 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets in India with Russian components. “We agreed to further strengthen the traditions of close cooperation in the military and technical areas,” said Putin.

    December 24, 2012 10:41 AM


    13. Over 100 Killed by Syrian Warplanes

    More than 100 people, lined up for bread at a bakery in central Syria, were killed in an airstrike by Syrian warplanes, antigovernment activists say. An amateur video reportedly shows bodies splayed outside a collapsed building, and blood pouring into the street. One activist who had been in the area at the time said that hundreds of people lined up for bread upon hearing that, after days without flour, the bakery had just received a shipment from Turkey.

    December 23, 2012 6:30 PM

  15. HOLIDAY SPIRIT Pope’s Christmas Message: Gay Marriage Is Wrong Eric Vandeville / Vatican Pool via Getty Images

    14. Pope’s Christmas Message: Gay Marriage Is Wrong

    Tis the season … to denounce gay marriage? Pope Benedict XVI used his annual Christmas message to tell his followers that gay marriage is a “manipulation of nature” that will destroy the “essence of the human creature.” Gay marriage, the pope said Friday, is a threat to world peace—just like everyone’s other favorite issues, abortion and euthanasia. LGBT activists protested Benedict’s statements in St. Peter’s Square. Roughly 59 percent of American Catholics are in favor of gay marriage, which may be why the pope felt he had to reaffirm the Church’s stance against it. Meanwhile, on Sunday in Illinois, more than 250 clergy members endorsed legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

    December 23, 2012 5:55 PM

  16. PAYING TRIBUTE Obama Attends Sen. Inouye’s Memorial Marco Garcia/AP

    15. Obama Attends Sen. Inouye’s Memorial

    Hawaii’s late Senator Daniel Inouye was honored at a dignitary-filled memorial service Sunday. President Obama and Harry Reid attended the ceremony, which included a 19-gun cannon salute as the coffin arrived to be buried at Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. "Daniel was the best senator among us all,” Reid said in a eulogy. “Whenever we needed a noble man to lean on, we turned to Sen. Dan Inouye. He was fearless.” Senator Inouye, a noted World War II veteran, passed away following respiratory complications a week ago. He was the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history.

    December 23, 2012 5:45 PM

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    16. Gay Activist Richard Adams Dies

    Early gay activist Richard Adams died Monday at age 65, following a brief illness. Married to his partner in 1975, Adams was one of the first public same-sex marriage proponents. He filed a lawsuit after his husband’s residency application was rejected—and included an anti-gay slur from U.S. immigration—which was the first federal lawsuit seeking recognition for married gay couples. In 1975 , Adams and his partner were one of the first gay couples to receive a marriage license from a county clerk in Boulder, Colo., along with five other same-sex couples. Also on Sunday, Pope Benedict denounced same-sex marriage as a “manipulation of nature” in his annual Christmas message.

    December 23, 2012 4:10 PM

  18. HERO SEAL Team 4 Commander Dies In Afghanistan U.S. Navy, via AP

    17. SEAL Team 4 Commander Dies

    SEAL Team 4 Cmdr. Job W. Price died in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to Pentagon officials. The details of his death were unclear, but the Defense Department said in a statement that it wasn’t combat-related, and the incident is still under investigation. The 42-year-old Price, from Pottstown, Penn., was working on stability operations in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. He’s the second SEAL Team member to die in Afghanistan this month. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, from the famed SEAL Team 6, was killed in eastern Afghanistan during a rescue mission.

    December 23, 2012 3:57 PM

  19. REALITY Bethenny Frankel, Husband Split Jeff Christensen / AP Photo

    18. Bethenny Frankel, Husband Split

    After two years of marriage, reality star Bethenny Frankel and her husband, Jason Hoppy, are splitting up. “This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family,” Frankel said of their breakup. “We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.” The couple’s courtship and marriage were documented in two reality series for Bravo.

    December 23, 2012 3:04 PM

  20. WON’T BACK DOWN NRA Stands Firm on Gun Laws William B. Plowman/NBC NewsWire, via Getty

    19. NRA Stands Firm on Gun Laws

    In case its stance wasn’t already clear, the National Rifle Association reaffirmed its opposition to any new gun laws drafted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “I know this town wants to argue about gun control,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA vice president, said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “I don’t think it will work.” LaPierre reiterated his suggestion that all U.S. schools should have armed guards. "If it's crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy," he said, insisting that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s push to reinstate the now-expired assault-weapons ban will do nothing to protect children. So far, Republican leaders have been hesitant to back the NRA's proposed plan. 

    December 23, 2012 3:00 PM

  21. LAWBREAKER/MAKER Senator Crapo Apologizes for DUI Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    20. Senator Crapo Apologizes for DUI

    He was just so worried about the fiscal cliff. Mike Crapo, Idaho’s Republican senator, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday after running a red light—and was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Crapo was released on a $1,000 bond, and apologized in a statement late Sunday, saying, “I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents, and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.”

    December 23, 2012 9:55 PM

  22. CONTROL Battle Lines Drawn on Gun Control Jason DeCrow/AP

    21. Battle Lines Drawn on Gun Control

    Congress is primed to face off on gun control laws in the wake of public pressure since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the focus should be on mental health and school security, rather than banning assault rifles. “I don’t suggest you take my right to buy an AR-15 away from me, because I don’t think that it will work,” he said. Later, Sen. Charles Schumer said trying to reduce gun violence without restricting the purchasing of them would be “like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes.” Last week, the White House drafted a list of proposed gun-law changes, and advocates say some of these could be put into play without Congress’s approval.

    December 23, 2012 8:40 PM

  23. QUESTIONABLE Egyptian Judges Investigate Constitution Vote Nasser Nasser / AP

    22. Egyptian Judges Investigate Constitution Vote

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood might want to put the celebration on hold. Though they’ve already declared Sunday’s referendum vote a win for their new Islamist-backed constitution, judges are answering calls for an investigation into accusations of voter irregularities. Morsi opponents, who argue that the contentious document is too Islamist and does not protect minority rights, also point out that, while the Muslim Brotherhood’s calculation that 64 percent voted in favor of the new constitution is true, only one third of Egypt’s 51 million eligible voters participated. Judges will announce an official outcome of the vote once they’ve conducted an investigation. Egyptians will likely have to wait until after Monday to find out the results.

    December 24, 2012 10:04 AM

  24. RESPECT Heroism Inspires New Appreciation for Teachers Julio Cortez / AP

    23. Heroism Inspires New Appreciation for Teachers

    “Hug a teacher today,” implores a spray-painted sign outside a building in Newton, Conn. The heroic actions taken by teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School to protect students when Adam Lanza came shooting down their halls has inspired a new appreciation for the people in whose hands parents put their children’s lives every day. In recent years federal and state attempts at education reform have cast a negative light on teachers—scrutinizing their tenure, basing their performances on students’ standardized-test scores, and increasing their responsibilities without increasing their—often very minimal—pay. Many hope that, after seeing the lengths teachers are willing to go to to protect their students, America will adjust its attitude toward educators.

    December 24, 2012 8:14 AM

  25. ENOUGH Cory Booker Lambasts Gun Debate Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    24. Cory Booker Lambasts Gun Debate

    The typically jovial Newark Mayor Cory Booker is downright peeved. He’s sick of this “false” debate over gun control, he told the hosts of ABC’s This Week on Sunday, calling it “a convenient trick to try to divide our country.” The Democrat, and likely Senate hopeful said, “most of us in America, including gun owners, agree on things that would stop the carnage.” Booker then went on to further the public’s image of the New Jersey politician as a real-life superhero by saying, “I don’t know if anybody here has seen someone shot. I have.” But he wasn’t done. “I don’t know if anybody here has had to put their hand in someone’s chest and stop the bleeding. I have.” Of course he has.

    December 24, 2012 9:26 AM

  26. Royal Snub Kate and Will to Spend Christmas With Middletons Simon James, FilmMagic / Getty Images

    25. Kate and Will to Spend Christmas With Middletons

    Royals, they’re just like us! Like most families, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have to make tough decisions about how to split their time between both sides during the holiday season. Unlike most of us, William had to get Queen Elizabeth’s permission to buck Buckingham tradition and spend Christmas in Bucklebury with the Middleton’s. The Queen was cool about it, though. After all, Kate has had a rough couple of weeks, as extreme morning sickness has soured the start of her first pregnancy. And Wills is close with the in-laws, so it’s a win-win for everybody. Bring on the egg-nog.

    December 24, 2012 9:38 AM

  27. OVERREACTION? N. Korea Wary of South's Christmas Tower Lee Jin-man / AP

    26. N. Korea Wary of South's Christmas Tower

    Must you take everything so personally, North Korea? South Korea was just trying to do something nice for its Christian citizens by finally letting them light a Christmas tree-shaped tower for the first time in two years this Saturday, and Pyongyang had to go and accuse Seoul of trying to engage in psychological warfare. Not everything is about you! North Korea is convinced that its southern sibling is jealous of its recent successful satellite launch—the same launch that the U.N. and others believe to be a covert attempt to test prohibited ballistic missile technology. The tree-like tower, North Korean state media claims, is the South’s way of getting Pyongyang back by flaunting Christianity—considered a sign of foreign interference—in its face. North Korea warns of “unspecified consequences” for the Christmas decoration.

    December 24, 2012 10:36 AM