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  1. HANGING ON John Boehner Keeps His Job SAUL LOEB / AFP

    1. John Boehner Keeps His Job

    After a rough two years as House speaker, Rep. John Boehner is saddling up for two more. Despite some rumblings that, following displeasure with his fiscal-cliff negotiations, he faced some uncertainty, Boehner was handily reelected Thursday with 220 votes. Nancy Pelosi received a total of 192 votes, Eric Cantor received three, Allen West won two votes, and, despite not being a member of Congress, Colin Powell had a vote cast for him by Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper.

    January 3, 2013 2:05 PM

  2. WORRIED Chávez Has Respiratory Infection Jorge Silva, Reuters / Landov

    2. Chávez Has Respiratory Infection

    It is appearing less and less likely that Venezuela’s ailing president will be able to make it back home in time for his swearing in Jan. 10. On Thursday, Venezuelan officials revealed that Chávez is suffering from a “severe” respiratory infection after undergoing his fourth surgery in the last year and a half. “This infection has caused a breathing insufficiency that requires Comandante Chávez to comply strictly with medical treatment,” a minister said. In an ominous sign, top officials gathered in Havana to visit Chávez on Thursday. Under the Venezuelan Constitution, a new election will be held if the president is unable to take the oath or dies during his first four years in office.

    January 3, 2013 10:30 PM

  3. ENOUGH Indian Politician Stripped, Beaten NNIS/AP

    3. Indian Politician Stripped, Beaten

    A member of India’s Congress was stripped and beaten by a crowd of women in Assam on Thursday after he was arrested for allegedly raping a woman the night before. A group of local women surrounded Bikram Singh Brahma, a member of the Congress Party in Assam, ripped off his shirt, smacked him in the face and stomach, and then were joined by men who continued to hit him. Brahma is accused of raping a woman while staying at her family’s house. Meanwhile in Delhi, prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old student, which has sparked protests throughout the country.

    January 3, 2013 8:27 PM

  4. WAIT Gay-Marriage Vote Delayed in IL Timothy Hiatt/Getty

    4. Gay-Marriage Vote Delayed in IL

    Despite a hearty endorsement from the chairman of Illinois’s Republican Party, a measure to legalize gay marriage was delayed today in the state’s senate. An assault-weapons ban was also postponed, despite backing from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Heather Steans, the sponsoring senator for the gay-marriage bill, said she had the votes lined up to pass the legislation, but that many lawmakers in their final days of public service didn’t show up. A vote could be taken on Tuesday, the day before the next wave of politicians enter their offices. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, a same-sex-marriage bill is being presented to the General Assembly with the hope it could make the state the 10th to legalize gay marriages.

    January 3, 2013 7:17 PM

  5. UNWANTED Al Jazeera Merger Struggling

    5. Al Jazeera Merger Struggling

    It’s barely been a day, but the Al Jazeera takeover of Current TV isn’t getting the response executives probably hoped for. The acquisition plan was to replace Current TV in 40 million homes with Al Jazeera America. Now it appears many cable companies aren’t interested in the American version of the Qatar-based network. On Wednesday, Time Warner Cable said it would be terminating its contract with Current TV immediately. A source close to cable-TV deals explained to Reuters that “no one wanted to carry Current TV and they want to carry an Al Jazeera channel even less.” Other providers like Comcast, Dish, and DirecTV are already locked into deals to carry the low-rated station for a few more years.

    January 3, 2013 10:09 PM

  6. ON THE MEND Clinton to Return to Work Next Week Pool / Getty Images

    6. Clinton to Return to Work Next Week

    Someone is make a serious ploy for Employee of the Month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to return to work at her office next week, following a brief period of resting at home in New York after being treated for a blood clot. Of course, Clinton never really stopped working, keeping up with her responsibilities by talking with staff and receiving memos. Doctors say Clinton, who is expected to step down from her post as secretary of state in the next few weeks, is expected to make a full recovery.

    January 3, 2013 4:24 PM

  7. EMPATHY Giffords to Visit Newtown Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

    7. Giffords to Visit Newtown

    This is a woman who can truly offer support to the community of Newtown, Conn. Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords will visit the town on Friday, and attend a private event at a house there. Giffords has made a spectacular recovery after being shot in the head two years ago when a gunman opened fire at a campaign event at a mall in Tucson, Ariz. Six people died that day. Earlier this week, she met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss gun control.

    January 3, 2013 6:26 PM

  8. TRUST ISSUES Google to Change Business Practices Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP / Getty Images)

    8. Google to Change Business Practices

    The Federal Trade Commission today announced the end of a 20-month-long investigation into allegations that Google was using its search results to unfairly hurt its competitors and abusing its patents. In a major victory for Google, the commission found that even though the company changed its algorithm to favors its own products when listing search results, it had not violated any antitrust or anticompetition statutes. F.T.C. chairman Jon Leibowitz said that the company's actions were "not undertaken without legimitimate justification." But the commission did rule that Google had misused broad patents on cellphone and wireless technology that must be licensed in order to make wireless devices like gaming consoles and smartphones. Google agreed to make that tecnology available to its competitors. 

    January 3, 2013 2:15 PM

  9. HATE ON HATERS State Department Fires Back at Fox Drew Angerer

    9. State Department Fires Back at Fox

    Now that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is out of the hospital, the State Department is fighting back against those who questioned the legitimacy of her health scare—in particular Fox News correspondent Justin Fishel. In a letter directed at Fishel, State Department spokesperson Philippe Reines sarcastically apologized for including Fishel’s expressed doubts about Clinton’s condition in a press briefing last week. “Because after what we and her doctors explained over the weekend regarding her health, you couldn’t possibly have been insinuating the ulterior motive that the question implies. No way. No credible journalist would do that without any basis whatsoever,” Reines wrote. So far, Fishel hasn’t responded. Let the feuding begin.

    January 3, 2013 3:41 PM

  10. BUSTED Frank Ocean Caught With Pot Alberto E. Rodriguez

    10. Frank Ocean Caught With Pot

    As he would say, too many bowls of that green, no lucky charms. Frank Ocean has learned the hard way that driving 90 miles-per-hour with a suspended driver’s license and weed in your pocket might not be the smoothest move. Cops pulled over the singer’s black BMW on New Year’s Eve and—prompted by the unmistakable stench of pot coming from the car—searched the singer and discovered he was indeed carrying a small bag of marijuana. Cops reportedly confiscated Ocean’s license, and cited him for marijuana possession. Well, Happy New Year to you too.

    January 3, 2013 4:59 PM

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    11. Benghazi Police Captain Abducted

    Captain Abdel-Salam al-Mahdawi, the head of Benghazi’s criminal-investigation police unit, went missing Wednesday night after police say he was seized by armed men. At the time of his abduction, Mahdawi was reportedly prepared to name suspects in the murder of a former Benghazi police chief last November. A body charred by hydrochloric acid was found in the city, but it has not been identified and police will neither confirm nor deny whether it is Mahdawi.

    January 3, 2013 12:50 PM


    12. Over 200 Arrested for Child Porn

    A worldwide child-pornography investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resulted in the arrest of over 200 adults, the agency announced on Thursday. So far 123 child victims have been identified in relation to this investigation, 110 of whom are from the U.S., with the rest scattered across six other countries. ICE Director John Morton said the investigation is part of an effort to crack down on both child abuse and pornography by rescuing victims and arresting perpetrators.

    January 3, 2013 12:15 PM

  14. HIT LIST Drone Kills Top Pakistani Militant Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

    13. Drone Kills Top Pakistani Militant

    Pakistani militant Mullah Nazir has been killed by an American drone strike, Pakistani officials said on Thursday. The leader of one of four major militant factions in Pakistan, Nazir had been credited with sending fighters to back the Taliban over the border to Afghanistan to fight Americans. While considered a dangerous to Americans, he was seen by Pakistan as an important to keeping peace in the region—and his death could have serious consequences on the already fraught U.S.-Pakistani relations. Four others were reportedly killed in the attack in South  Waziristan, including Nazir’s deputy, Ratta Khan.

    January 3, 2013 6:38 AM

  15. BIEBS 4 CHANGE Bieber Calls for Paparazzi Crackdown Chris McKay/Getty for Jingle Ball 2012

    14. Bieber Calls for Paparazzi Crackdown

    Justin Bieber on Wednesday called for stricter laws for paparazzi after a photographer was hit by a car and killed after taking a photo of Bieber’s car. In a statement, Bieber said he hoped the tragedy would “inspire meaningful legislation and whatever necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves. A photographer, reported to be Chris Guerra, was struck by a car late Tuesday while crossing over Sepulveda Boulevard, after taking a picture of Bieber’s Ferrari. Bieber himself wasn’t in the car at the time of the accident.

    January 3, 2013 7:35 AM

  16. C’EST LA VIE Depardieu Given Russian Citizenship Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

    15. Depardieu Given Russian Citizenship

    Bad news if you want to be adopted by an American couple, Gerard. Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that actor Gerard Depardieu had been given Russian citizenship. The actor moved to Belgium in December to avoid paying France’s high tax rates, which almost went up to 75 percent for the country’s richest citizens.

    January 3, 2013 7:30 AM

  17. NEW CLASS 113th Congress to Be Sworn in J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    16. 113th Congress to Be Sworn in

    Thanks for the memories, 112th Congress! The new Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, and will be welcomed by issues such as the sequester—huge spending cuts that could take effect in February—and the debt ceiling. First up, though, Congress will vote on sending some $60 billion in aid to victims of superstorm Sandy—legislation that was delayed at the end of the last Congressional session. A vote on $9 billion in immediate aid is set for Friday, and Congress is scheduled to vote on the remaining $51 billion by Jan. 15. As for the incoming Congressional class, Republicans have lost a few seats, and Democrats have expanded their control in the Senate.

    January 3, 2013 6:40 AM

  18. ATTACK Drunken Gunman Kills Three Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

    17. Drunken Gunman Kills Three

    Three people were killed and another two wounded on Wednesday when a drunken gunman opened fire in a Swiss village. The suspect was shot and wounded after threatening officers, and he has been taken into custody. The gunman was reportedly in his 30s and a resident of the village. While shootings in Switzerland are rare, gun ownership is widespread, with an estimated one in three people owning guns.

    January 3, 2013 7:10 AM

  19. LATTES FOR ALL Starbucks to Open in Vietnam Francois May/AFP/Getty

    18. Starbucks to Open in Vietnam

    How do you say “vanilla soy latte” in Vietnamese? Starbucks will open its first location in Vietnam next month, part of the company’s ongoing attempts to expand in Asia. By 2014, China will become Starbucks’ largest market outside the U.S. Vietnam, meanwhile, is the world’s second-largest producer of coffee, behind Brazil. The new coffee shop will be in the capital, Ho Chi Minh City.

    January 3, 2013 7:15 AM

  20. ROAD TO RECOVERY Hillary Released From Hospital Joshua Lott/Landov

    19. Hillary Released From Hospital

    If we can speculate about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personality, she was probably itching to get back to work. After being admitted for a blood clot in her head Sunday, Secretary Clinton was discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital Wednesday evening, and escorted by her husband and daughter. “Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery,” the State Department said. Chelsea even tweeted her joy: “Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital & is heading home. Even more grateful her medical team confident she’ll make a full recovery.”

    January 2, 2013 10:51 PM

  21. IT’S OVER? Obama Signs Fiscal-Cliff Deal Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    20. Obama Signs Fiscal-Cliff Deal

    It’s over, right? President Obama on Wednesday signed the legislation that will avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the end results of a high-stakes deal that will raise taxes on Americans making more than $450,000 a year. Obama, who rejoined his family on vacation in Hawaii, ordered that the official copy of the legislation be signed via autopen. The Senate approved the legislation in the predawn hours of New Year’s Day, 89–8, and the House followed suit the same day, voting 257–167 in favor of the deal. The legislation avoids a series of draconian spending cuts and tax hikes that were set to go into effect on Jan. 1.

    January 3, 2013 6:35 AM

  22. STRANGER THAN FICTION Hollywood to Take on Hillary? Kevin Lamarque/Reuters, via Getty

    21. Hollywood to Take on Hillary?

    Primary Colors 2.0? A script for an upcoming film called Rodham is one of Hollywood’s most talked-about new projects, coming out at number four on the Black List last month. Written by 39-year-old Young Il Kim, the script follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham, working as the youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee, as she tries to decide between her career and her boyfriend, Bill Clinton. Kim called the story “a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her profession ambition—both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.”

    January 3, 2013 7:25 AM

  23. PHONE HOME Study: 100 Billion Alien Planets NASA, via AP

    22. Study: 100 Billion Alien Planets

    This means the truth must be really out there, right? A new study released Thursday suggests that our Milky Way galaxy houses at least 100 billion alien planets, and possibly even more. That numbers one planet per star. Researchers from NASA made the estimate after studying a five-planet system called Kepler-32, which is thought to be representative of the galaxy’s many other planets. “I usually try not call things ‘Rosetta stones,’ but this is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says John Johnson, one of the study’s authors. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.”

    January 3, 2013 10:10 AM


    23. Paper Runs Gun Ad by Newton Story

    Talk about poor taste. A Connecticut newspaper, The Advocate of Stamford, is in hot water Thursday after it ran an ad for an antique gun show next to an article about the massacre in Newtown. The Hearst Connecticut Media Group, which owns the paper, apologized, saying it was an insensitive oversight and will not happen again. “Our newspapers should not be running gun ads—including ads for antique and collectible gun shows—next to stories about Sandy Hook,” the group’s publisher said.

    January 3, 2013 3:12 PM

  25. BACK TO SCHOOL Classes Resume at Sandy Hook Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

    24. Classes Resume at Sandy Hook

    With the same desks, artwork, and backpacks from Sandy Hook Elementary School, classes resumed for the students at a nearby elementary school, three weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six children. Workers spent much of the past three weeks transforming the former Chalk Hill middle school—which had closed due to declining enrollment—into an elementary school, and parents and students were allowed to come tour the school on Wednesday. But despite the best effort to keep things the same, there were some major differences: police cars were parked at the local high school, and retired principal Donna Page returned to replace Dawn Hobsprung, who was killed when she tried to stop Adam Lanza from the rampage.

    January 3, 2013 10:05 AM

  26. JUSTICE Indian Victim’s Dad: Hang the Rapists Altaf Qadri/AP

    25. Indian Victim’s Dad: Hang the Rapists

    The father of a woman who died after being brutally gang raped on a bus in New Delhi is calling for her attackers to be put to death by hanging. Prosecutors say they will be seeking the death penalty—which is rare in India—for the accused gang-rapists. Five men and a teenager have been arrested in connection to the Dec. 16 attack, and the adults were charged Thursday with rape and murder. The reported juvenile is expected to be tried in a juvenile court. The 23-year-old medical student’s rape and subsequent death has led to days of protests in India.

    January 3, 2013 2:45 PM

  27. NOT SO SECRET Senate to Probe ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures

    26. Senate to Probe ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    The Senate Intelligence Committee is reportedly launching an investigation whether Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were granted inappropriate access to the CIA during filming of the thriller. The film, which tells the story behind the deadly raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been criticized by some in Washington for its depiction of torture—and the senate panel wants to determine where those descriptions of torture came from. The CIA had no comment on the congressional inquiry, although acting CIA director Mike Morrell has described Zero Dark Thirty as “not a realistic portrayal of the facts.”

    January 3, 2013 9:05 AM