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  1. DANGEROUS WEATHER Bus Crash Kills Nine in Oregon Oregon State Police

    1. Bus Crash Kills Nine in Oregon

    Nine people were killed and 20 injured Sunday when a tour bus lost control on an icy Oregon interstate. The vehicle went through a guardrail and tumbled a few hundred feet down an embankment off eastern Oregon’s Interstate 84. Rescue workers had to use ropes to retrieve victims—about 40 people were on the bus, police estimate. It is still unknown who owns the bus and where the passengers were traveling. It was the second deadliest crash in Oregon on Sunday; a 69-year-old man died earlier that morning in a rollover also caused by ice.

    December 30, 2012 7:30 PM

  2. Newtown Tragedy Body of Adam Lanza Claimed for Burial

    2. Body of Adam Lanza Claimed for Burial

    The body of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who allegedly shot 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, has been claimed for burial, according to the chief medical examiner's office in Connecticut. The office has yet to release the name of the person who has claimed his body. A funeral for Lanza's mother, Nancywhom he reportedly shot before heading to the schooltook place several days ago. Recent news that Lanza suffered from autism has sparked controversy surrounding his mental state at the time of the shooting. 

    December 30, 2012 10:05 PM

  3. NOT WELL Venezuela Cancels New Years Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo

    3. Venezuela Cancels New Years

    Will a “global outpouring of love” heal Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez? That’s what his recently-designated political successor called for as the country’s leader suffers “new complications” following his fourth cancer operation. In the meantime, Venezuela has canceled its New Year's celebration out of respect for its ailing leader. Vice President Nicolas Madura said Chávez was fighting a respiratory infection in the wake of surgery, adding that his condition is “delicate” and his current treatment is “not without risks.” Chávez’s allies have reportedly discussed the possibility that death or illness may prevent him from swearing in for his third six-year term on Jan. 10.

    December 31, 2012 6:00 PM

  4. DEVELOPING Hillary Clinton Admitted to Hospital Kevin Lamarque/AP Photo

    4. Hillary Clinton Admitted to Hospital

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital Sunday after doctors found a blood clot related to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, the State Department confirmed in a statement. She will be treated with anti-coagulants and monitored for the next 48 hours as doctors “continue to assess her condition” and “determine if any further action is required,” her spokesman said. Clinton was sick with a stomach virus when she fainted and banged her head in mid-December, causing a concussion. She was set to return to work next week after a three-week hiatus.

    December 30, 2012 8:00 PM

  5. UPROAR India Rape Victim’s Body Cremated Dar Yasin/AP

    5. India Rape Victim’s Body Cremated

    The body of a 23-year-old Indian woman who was gang-raped was flown back to New Delhi for cremation Sunday. The victim, whom police have not yet identified, died in a hospital in Singapore while being treated for severe organ failure. Hours upon returning to India, she was taken to her residence for cremation. The brutal rape at the hands of six men on a bus has shaken India, leading to protests about women’s safety in the nation and calls for harsher punishments for the perpetrators. Right now they are being held on murder charges. After mostly peaceful marches Sunday, tensions were flaring as of nightfall.

    December 30, 2012 7:43 AM

  6. OOPS German Mag. Runs Bush Sr. Obit JOHANNES EISELE / Getty Images

    6. German Mag. Runs Bush Sr. Obit

    Der Spiegel got a little ahead of itself Sunday when it accidentally published an obituary for George H.W. Bush. Bush has been ill lately—hospitalized since the end of November with a brief stint in intensive care when he came down with a fever just before Christmas. But while he may be sick, the former U.S. president is—by all accounts—still kicking. The respected German newsweekly apologized for its error via Twitter, noting that “All newsrooms prepare obituaries for selected figures.” Though the unfinished obituary only appeared online for a few minutes before it was removed, it was not very flattering, describing Bush senior as “a colorless politician” whose reputation only improved when compared to that of his son. Ouch.

    December 30, 2012 3:19 PM

  7. CLIFFHANGER Reid: No Vote on Sunday (L) J. Scott Applewhite/AP (R) Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    7. Reid: No Vote On Sunday

    Congress, you best sleep well on this one. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that there will be no vote on the fiscal cliff this evening, but talks will continue through the night and everyone will reconvene Monday morning at 11:00 AM for their last chance to make a deal before the midnight, end-of-year deadline. Negotiations reportedly hit a “major setback” Sunday when the GOP demanded that any deal include a change to the way Social Security benefits are adjusted for inflation—a measure called the “chained CPI.” As of Sunday evening, Senate officials declared the Social Security issue—nicknamed the “poison pill"—officially off the table.

    December 30, 2012 6:45 PM

  8. FISCAL CLIFF Pentagon Prepping for Furloughs AFP-Getty Images

    8. Pentagon Prepping for Furloughs

    It seems like we’ve been talking about what will happen if the president and Congress don’t agree on a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts, but the actual effects of tumbling over the dreaded fiscal cliff are finally starting to set in. The Pentagon, which will be forced to cut its budget by 10 percent in the first nine months of 2013—that’s around $55 billion in spending—is preparing to tell 800,000 civilian employees to prepare to take mandatory leave without pay if no deal is reached. The Pentagon isn’t the only government agency that will be impacted if the cuts go into effect. Some companies that do business with the government—as well as other agencies—will have to lay off some workers.

    December 30, 2012 1:48 PM

  9. NIGHTMARE Hate Crime in Subway Push Joshua Lott/Reuters, via Landov

    9. Hate Crime in Subway Push

    A commuter’s nightmare, with a hate-crime twist. A New York woman was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder after pushing a man onto subway tracks because she thought he was Muslim or Hindu. The man was crushed by a train. “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims. Ever since 2001, when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up,” 31-year-old Erika Menendez was quoted as saying in a statement. The victim was Sunando Sen, born in India and reportedly raised Hindu. Menendez could face life in prison.

    December 30, 2012 7:57 AM

  10. KIMYE Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo

    10. Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant

    Looks like somebody will be celebrating without alcohol this New Year's. Kim Kardashian is pregnant with boyfriend Kanye West’s baby, she confirmed Monday after he had announced it at a show. The Internet exploded with Kardashian confirmations, with sister Khloé tweeting, “Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!!” Big sis Kourtney added, “Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can!” Kimye—surely the name of their baby too?—have been dating since April.

    December 31, 2012 7:30 PM

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  12. TICKETS ‘Hobbit’ Wins the Box Office Warner Bros. Pictures

    11. ‘Hobbit’ Wins the Box Office

    Les Misérables is doing better at the box office than expected, securing the titles of best opening for a musical and second-best Christmas Day opening ever. Still, much like that of the character played by Anne Hathaway, the film adaptation of the Broadway hit’s dream of staying at No. 1 is over. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained—luring in much larger female audiences than expected—has soared past Les Mis to the No. 2 spot with a box-office total of $64 million in the six days since it opened. At No. 1 for the third weekend in a row, however, is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, having grossed $222.7 million in North America alone and $600 million worldwide.

    December 30, 2012 1:30 PM

  13. CLOSING ARGUMENTS Obama Blames the 'GOP' Pete Souza / The White House

    12. Obama Blames the 'GOP'

    Is it almost over? The president gave his closing arguments on the fiscal-cliff fiasco in a rare appearance on Meet the Press Sunday. Obama blamed the GOP’s “trouble saying yes” for the failure to strike a deal. Referring to gun control, the president turned to Lincoln. “One of the things that you learn, having now been in this office for four years, is the old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s,” he said. “That with public opinion, there’s nothing you can’t do, and without public opinion, there’s very little you can get done in this town.” Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly says that the chances of a deal passing are “exceedingly good” and "hats off to the president" on his victory.

    December 30, 2012 9:19 AM

  14. REFLECTION Obama: Newtown Was My Worst Day Alex Wong

    13. Obama: Newtown Was My Worst Day

    President Obama has had some trying experiences since he took office in January 2009, but this month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was the toughest. On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning, the president reflected on the tragic incident, saying, “That was the worst day of my presidency, and it’s not something I want to see repeated.” Obama also  incited public demand for gun-control laws and expressed concern over the push to arm school staff.

    December 30, 2012 12:59 PM

  15. ‘DJANGO UNCHAINED’ Katt Williams: No N Word, Tarantino Matt Sayles/AP

    14. Katt Williams: No N Word, Tarantino

    This is ugly. Comedian Katt Williams told TMZ that Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino has no right to use the N word in his film. (This apparently happens several times.) But Williams, probably basking in the spotlight, didn’t stop there. “I checked with all of n---adom, and nobody knows where he got his pass from. I hope he didn’t get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx, cause they aren’t going to help you when I see you,” he said. In case you were wondering, he opened the interview saying that he’d punch Tarantino in the face.

    December 30, 2012 9:02 AM

  16. STANCE Obama to IL: Legalize Gay Marriage Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images

    15. Obama to IL: Legalize Gay Marriage

    President Barack Obama is urging the general assembly in his home state of Illinois to legalize gay marriage, ahead of a vote expected to take place in January. White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times that Obama does not often get involved with state legislatures, but that this is an issue he feels strongly about. “His personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so,” said Inouye. The legislation, formally the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, is led by state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Greg Harris. It will likely be put up for a vote in January.

    December 29, 2012 8:09 PM

  17. UP IN THE AIR Flying Safest Since Dawn of Jet Julio Cortez/AP

    16. Flying Safest Since Dawn of Jet

    This has nothing to do with Denzel Washington and Flight. With only 22 fatal crashes this year, air travel is officially the safest it’s been since the dawn of the jet age. The Aviation Safety Network reports that the number is down 28 from 2011 and more than 10 from a 10-year average. The last U.S. crash was near Buffalo, N.Y., in 2009. Of the 10 passenger-aircraft crashes in 2012, only three were Western-built planes. Unfortunately seven were Russian-built. The study was compiled before this Moscow crash.

    December 30, 2012 8:05 AM

  18. SECOND CHANCE Biden and NRA Butt Heads Carolyn Kaster/AP

    17. Biden and NRA Butt Heads

    We’re all watching, Joe. After the Newtown, Conn., massacre, Vice President Joe Biden will attempt to push through legislation on gun control by Jan. 15 that would reinstate his expired ban on assault weapons. Biden, who clashed with a voter who displayed semiautomatic rifle in a video question at a 2007 presidential-primary debate, has been vocal in his fight with the NRA. Those in favor of restrictions say there’s no better man than Biden, who’s been fighting for 30 years. The NRA says he’s a ideologue who isn’t fit to have a “conversation” on guns. Biden owns two shotguns.

    December 30, 2012 8:22 AM

  19. JUST JUMP! Fiscal Cliff Deadline: Sunday 3 P.M. Susan Walsh/AP

    18. Fiscal Cliff Deadline: Sunday 3 P.M.

    Fiscal cliff negotiations have hit yet another standstill, the Senate announced Sunday afternoon. With only two days left before the nation barrels off the fiscal cliff, Senate leaders negotiated into the night over a new plan on taxing the rich, among other things. While the House and Senate are closed until Sunday afternoon, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell were working hard—aides carried papers between the two leaders’ offices, only 60 steps apart. Reid confirmed Sunday that McConnell had made an offer Saturday night but said Sunday, "at this point we are unable to make an offer." He's reached out to Vice President Joe Biden for help. The deadline is Jan. 1, but Reid and McConnell have set Sunday at 3 p.m. as when the “clock ends.” That way, legislation will be set by Sunday night, and a vote will be held Monday afternoon. But you know how that goes.

    December 30, 2012 7:38 AM

  20. UNBELIEVABLE Moscow Plane Crash Caught on Video Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP, via Getty

    19. Moscow Plane Crash Caught on Video

    Dramatic video out of Russia: a passenger plane slams on to a highway, killing five on board. The 30-second footage was taken from a car that manages to avoid the remnants of the plane and pull over to the side of the road. Another car is seen being hit by debris and swerving to the side. The discount carrier, Red Wings, was carrying eight people and crashed while attempting to land at the Vnukovo airport. It reportedly overshot the runway and skidded onto the highway.

    December 30, 2012 8:10 AM

  21. MILITANT SURGE Bomb Kills Pilgrims in Pakistan Banaras Khan/AFP, via Getty

    20. Bomb Kills Pilgrims in Pakistan

    Violence rocked Pakistan early Sunday as militants killed 41 people in two separate incidents. Suicide bombers struck a bus convoy of Shiite pilgrims, killing 20 and injuring dozens more. Meanwhile in the north, 21 paramilitary soldiers who were being held by militants were executed. The brutal incidents are part of a surge in militant attacks in recent weeks. The U.S. has pressured Pakistan to crack down on such groups.

    December 30, 2012 8:53 AM

  22. LIGHT-GREEN ALERT U.S. Stops Olympic Star Stu Forster/Getty

    21. U.S. Stops Olympic Star

    He’s not a terrorist—he’s an Olympic champion! Britain’s Mo Farah, who won two gold medals in distance running in London, says he was detained and questioned by U.S. customs in Portland on suspicions that he was a terrorist. Farah, who captured the world’s attention with his story of coming to the U.K. and training in the U.S., blamed his “Somali origins” for the mishap. Farah whipped out his medals to prove who he was.

    December 30, 2012 8:58 AM