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  1. TARGETS 115 Dead in Pakistan Bombings Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty

    1. 115 Dead in Pakistan Bombings

    It's been one of Pakistan's deadliest days. On Thursday, an estimated 115 people were killed in a series of bombings accross the country. A twin explosion in a billiard hall in the city of Quetta killed 81 and injured more than 160, according to police. The second bombing, just ten minutes after the first, killed police, journalists and rescue workers who had arrived on the scene. Militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed mostly minority Sunnis. Another attack in the country targeting soldiers killed 12, and an explosion in a crowded Sunni mosque left 22 dead.

    January 10, 2013 3:00 PM

  2. GUNS IN SCHOOL Cali Shooter Had ‘Intended Targets’ Rich Legg/Getty

    2. Cali Shooter Had ‘Intended Targets’

    The 16-year-old student who opened fire in a classroom Thursday morning had specific targets, police say. The suspect entered Taft Union High School in Kern County, Calif., with a 12-gauge shotgun and shot one student between two and four times in the chest and tried to shoot another, but missed. A teacher and supervisor talked him into putting the gun down and evacuated the classroom. “They did a great job of protecting the kids,” said Ed Whiting, the chief of the Taft Police Department. “We can’t thank them enough for what they did today.” One victim is in critical condition, and the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound on his head.

    January 10, 2013 5:00 PM

  3. CULTURE Biden to Meet Videogame Industry Biden meeting with interest groups on Thursday. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

    3. Biden to Meet Videogame Industry

    Will there be some test playing of Call of Duty? Joe Biden will turn to the videogame industry Friday to examine the cultural forces that may contribute to violent behavior in the latest meeting of the vice president’s task force that will present recommendations to President Obama next week to prevent gun violence. On Thursday, Biden spent more than 90 minutes in a closed-door meeting with leaders of the NRA, which was described as open and frank discussion—but neither side showed any sign of budging on the issue. Biden also met with representatives from the entertainment industry, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America, on Thursday. Biden said he will present his thoughts from the task force to the president Tuesday.

    January 11, 2013 6:55 AM

  4. RESHUFFLE Obama Nominates Lew Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty

    4. Obama Nominates Lew

    It’s official! President Obama on Thursday nominated his current chief of staff, Jack Lew, to be the next secretary of Treasury. Lew would replace Timothy Geithner, who Obama said “will go down as one of our finest secretaries of the Treasury.” Officials close to the process said Lew was the only person Obama seriously considered for the position, and Lew’s time as budget director under former president Clinton—when there were three years of budget surpluses—was considered key in Obama’s decision. Obama also got in a dig about Lew’s signature, which has been widely received as fairly loopy, joking that he considered “rescinding the nomination” at the news. Lew, for his part, joked that he and Geithner “share a common challenge in penmanship.”

    January 10, 2013 2:03 PM

  5. BBC New Report on Jimmy Savile Sex Scandal Evening Standard / Getty Images

    5. New Report on Jimmy Savile Sex Scandal

    The late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted up to 500 children and adolescents—some as young as 10—during his four decades of pedophilia, according to a new report to be released Friday. The 30-page report, “Giving Victims a Voice,” was led by the Metropolitan police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It will expose intimate details of Savile’s sexual crimes, including the names of the institutions, hospitals, and clinics where he targeted his victims, as well as the specific health services and agencies that turned a blind eye. Savile died in 2011 after a severe case of pneumonia.

    January 10, 2013 5:37 PM

  6. Scary U.S. Faces Flu Vaccine Shortage Flu shot administered in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    6. U.S. Faces Flu Vaccine Shortage

    The annual flu season has gotten off to an early start with an aggressive variant of influenza, a large and early outbreak of norovirus or "stomach flu," and the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years, with 42,000 confirmed cases. The flu outbreak is one of the worst in more than 10 years, leading to a shortage of the vaccine and Tamiflu treatment for children. “At this point we are not able to make any more vaccine because we are gearing up for next year's vaccine,” said a spokesman for Sanofi, one of the largest manufacturers of the flu vaccine. Boston’s mayor has declared a public health emergency due to widespread cases in the state. On a national scale, deaths and hospitalizations are still below epidemic thresholds, but experts believe that will change. 

    January 10, 2013 8:45 PM

  7. REVERSAL Pastor Backs Out of Inauguration Jason Merritt / Getty Images Entertainment

    7. Pastor Backs Out of Inauguration

    Maybe now President Obama can find someone without allegations of homophobia? Sources said Thursday that the Rev. Louie Giglio backed out of giving the benediction at the Obama inauguration two days after he was chosen—and one day after allegations of homophobia in his past leaked out. Giglio is the pastor of the Passion City Church in Georgia, and the liberal website ThinkProgress reported Wednesday that he delivered a sermon in the mid-1990s calling homosexuality a sin and called for “recovery” for gay people.

    January 10, 2013 1:00 PM

  8. BEATEN ‘Feminist and the Cowboy’ Author Abused Stephen J. Boitano/Getty

    8. ‘Feminist and the Cowboy’ Author Abused

    A controversial new memoir by author Alisa Valdes, extoling the virtues of embracing femininity and renouncing anti-male feminism, has been updated with unfortunate news. On Wednesday, the Feminist and the Cowboy author posted on her blog that she had broken up with her masculine ranch-manager boyfriend because he had abused her. The post was susequently taken down, but apparently Valdes is still sticking with her newfound anti-feminist viewpoint, writing, “Feminism stole my womanhood.”

    January 10, 2013 7:13 PM

  9. AWARDS ‘Lincoln’ Dominates Oscar Nods Oscar Nominations Hosts Stone and MacFarlane. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

    9. ‘Lincoln’ Dominates Oscar Nods

    And the enevelope please ... The 2013 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, with Lincoln cleaning up with 12 nominations. The film earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Actress (Sally Field), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tommy Lee Jones), and Best Director (Steven Spielberg). Acting nominees included Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables), Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, and nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (the youngest nominee ever). As for snubs, directors Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck for Argo failed to make the cut. 

    January 10, 2013 8:39 AM

  10. BOOTYLICIOUS Destiny’s Child Has New Album Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    10. Destiny’s Child Has New Album

    Destiny’s Child fans, stifle your squeals. Beyoncé announced on her website Thursday morning that the R&B trio will be releasing their first new album in eight years. Love Songs, which will be released Jan. 29, is a collection of romantic songs recorded by Destiny’s Child between 1997 and 2004, and it includes one brand-new original song, “Nuclear.” The news comes as another act who’s been MIA in recent years, Justin Timberlake, announces a new album coming “soon.” J.T. is also working on a new song with Beyoncé. The “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” singer is slated to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 3. Could her fellow Destiny’s Children and a former ’N Sync–er be joining her?

    January 10, 2013 12:29 PM

  11. GOOD SHOW ‘Hunger Games’ Leads People’s Choice Jennifer Lawrence stars in "The Hunger Games." (Lionsgate)

    11. ‘Hunger Games’ Leads People’s Choice

    May the odds be ever in your favor. The Hunger Games dominated the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night, taking home five awards, including Favorite Movie and Favorite On-Screen Chemistry for the film’s three young stars. Jennifer Lawrence took home two awards, one for Favorite Face of Heroism for her role as Katniss Everdeen and the non-film-specific Favorite Movie Actress. Host Kaley Cuoco, who said Wednesday that she was “not prepared” for the ceremony, ended the night on a high note, as her sitcom The Big Bang Theory took home best comedy. In the music categories, Katy Perry dominated, winning Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Music Video, and Favorite Music Fan Following.

    January 10, 2013 7:30 AM

  12. 26.8 PERCENT Greece Unemployment at Record High Petros Giannakouris / AP Photo

    12. Greece Unemployment at Record High

    The ongoing Greek tragedy takes another bleak turn. New data reveal the latest unemployment rate for Greece has soared to 26.8 percent—the highest rate ever recorded in the European Union. The data, which cover October 2012, show Greece surpassing Spain, awarding it with the undesirable title of most unemployed country in Europe. Greece has been struggling financially since 2009, forcing it to pass strict austerity measures in 2012 that included canceling Christmas. The country is now relying on $315 billion in rescue loans coming from the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission.

    January 10, 2013 10:31 AM

  13. HA-HA MacFarlane Gets Mixed Reax Jennifer Graylock

    13. MacFarlane Gets Mixed Reax

    As this year’s Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane has already set tongues wagging with his cheekiness while announcing the nominees. Joined by actress Emma Stone, MacFarlane gave viewers a preview of what’s to come when the curtain goes up Feb. 24, taking a few jabs at Harvey Weinstein and cracking Hitler jokes in between announcing Best Picture nods. While Piers Morgan thought MacFarlane’s approach to this whole Oscar nominations thing was a hoot, Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly called MacFarlane “smug” and “condescending,” but added that he’s excited to see him cause commotion during the show, and wrote, “It may be one for the ages.”

    January 10, 2013 12:18 PM

  14. BATTER UP MLB to Expand Drug Testing Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    14. MLB to Expand Drug Testing

    Lock it up sluggers, there's a new sheriff in town. Major League Baseball and the players' association reached an agreement to expand the sport's drug program, including random in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and a new test to catch players using testosterone. The move puts the baseball world on an elevated playing field in comparison with the NFL, which has yet to enforce tests for either HGH or testosterone. It’s the first step in commissioner Bud Selig's plan to turn baseball into the strictest professional sport on drug use. Eight baseball players were suspended for drug use in 2012.

    January 10, 2013 1:35 PM

  15. GUN COUNTRY NRA: 100,000 New Members

    15. NRA: 100,000 New Members

    It's not a bad day to be Wayne LaPierre. The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members since the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn, which killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 children. Politico reports that the number of paid members now stands at 4.2 million. But the NRA is just getting started. “Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over,” the association said in a statement. The report comes just one day after Vice President Joe Biden told the press that he was “determined to take action” on gun-control legislation, calling it a “critically important” issue for the White House. Biden plans to meet with the NRA today.



    January 10, 2013 11:34 AM

  16. CREEPY

    16. Rapper Live-Tweets Suicide

    Rapper Freddy E. Buhl died over the weekend of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound—and he apparently live-tweeted the moments leading up to his death. Buhl tweeted Saturday that “this day couldn’t get any worse” and then began describing his “heart break” and even wrote, “If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than live alone.” Freddy E. was recently linked to the rapper Honey Cocaine, who tweeted later “This is crazy” after saying some had blamed her for Freddy E.’s death.

    January 10, 2013 7:35 AM

  17. INFECTED 44 States Report Widespread Flu Charles Krupa/AP

    17. 44 States Report Widespread Flu

    Start washing your hands and sneezing into your elbows, folks. The national flu epidemic has spread to three more states, bringing the total number of states reporting widespread sickness to 44. On Wednesday, Boston declared a public health epidemic after18 were killed and 700 sickened by the virus. Cases were at just 70 this time last year. The Center for Disease Control reports hospital patients seeking treatment for the flu has doubled in the past month. Officials urge vaccinations for everyone over six months.

    January 9, 2013 8:10 PM

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  19. REALLY? Sandusky to Appeal Conviction Sandusky after sentencing in October 2012. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

    18. Sandusky to Appeal Conviction

    Looks like Jerry Sandusky will not disappear quietly into prison. The disgraced former Penn State football coach is due back in court Thursday to appeal his conviction on 45 charges of sexual abuse of young boys. He has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period. Sandusky claims that his lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for the trial—and that they were overwhelmed by a deluge of materials from the prosecution. The attorney general’s office argued in a brief last week that Sandusky and his attorneys were made aware as early as 2008 that he had been accused of sexual assault.

    January 10, 2013 6:50 AM

  20. THANKS, FED!

    19. Fed Gives $88.9B to Government

    When you can print money, it’s not hard to make it. The Federal Reserve announced this year that it had a net income of $91 billion and would remit $88.9 billion of that to the federal government; the rest goes toward the Fed’s budget. The Fed makes money from interest payments from the hoard of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt it owns, and as its balance sheet has tripled in size since August 2008, so have its profits. It handed over $75.4 billion in 2011 and $79.3 billion in 2010. In more normal years, like 2003, 2004, and 2005, its payments to the Treasury averaged $20.5 billion.

    January 10, 2013 11:30 AM

  21. ROYAL DECREE Queen: Princess Title for Daughter Chris Jackson / Getty Images

    20. Queen: Princess Title for Daughter

    What would the Downton Abbey clan have to say about all these changes in titles? The queen has signed a royal decree that the firstborn child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have title prince or princess. Previously only the eldest son held the prince title; a firstborn daughter would get the title of lady. The decree comes as the queen has put in motion changes to allow a firstborn daughter to inherit the throne regardless of whether she is followed by a boy. The law is likely to be changed in time for the birth of William and Catherine’s firstborn, expected later this year.

    January 10, 2013 9:59 AM

  22. MISUSE Report: Half the World’s Food Wasted Food consumption in Madrid. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty)

    21. Report: Half the World’s Food Wasted

    Half the world’s food, up to 2 billion tons, is “just thrown away,” according to study released Thursday. Four billion tons of food is produced each year, but between 30 percent and 50 percent of it is never eaten, partially due to factors such as poor infrastructure and storage facilities, strict expiration dates, “get one free” offers, and, lastly, consumer fussiness. Half the food in Europe and the U.S. is thrown away after it is bought. Meanwhile, the study said, the demand for water in food production could reach 10 million to 13 million cubic meters a year by 2050—more than triple the amount of fresh water used by humans today.

    January 10, 2013 7:10 AM

  23. GUESS HE’S STAYING White House: We Won’t Deport Morgan CNN host Piers Morgan. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

    22. White House: We Won’t Deport Morgan

    Piers Morgan can breathe a sigh of relief. The White House insisted Wednesday that nobody—not even CNN hosts—can be deported simply because he or she is in favor of gun control. More than 100,000 people have signed by petition circulated by right-wing radio host Alex Jones to deport Morgan back to Britain after Jones blew up on Morgan’s show. “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of the First,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney wrote in a statement that did not mentioned Morgan by name. Carney insisted the president supports the Second Amendment, but the “Constitution enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press” and “no one should be punished simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment.”

    January 10, 2013 7:15 AM

  24. BACK TO WORK Chinese Newspaper Back in Print Southern Weekly bought in Guangzhou. (Vincent Yu/AP)

    23. Chinese Newspaper Back in Print

    One week after launching a high-stakes protest over censorship, an influential Chinese newspaper resumed publication Thursday after striking a deal with the ruling Communist Party. The latest edition of Southern Weekly had no indication of the battle, which erupted after an editorial was rewritten to praise the party. Fuming, some staff stopped work in protest—and the melee soon spread as a call to end the government’s censorship of media. News of the protests spread quickly on the Internet, and hundreds joined in Monday—only to clash with government supporters calling themselves “new leftists.” The newspaper eventually struck a deal Wednesday in which propaganda officials promised not to directly censor content—and reportedly agreed to not punish editors and reporters for stopping work in protest.

    January 10, 2013 7:05 AM

  25. VIOLENCE Three Kurdish Women Killed in Paris Paris' Kurdish community protest killings. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty)

    24. Kurdish Women Killed in Paris

    Three Kurdish women were found shot to death in Paris early Thursday morning. Among the dead, sources said, was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish autonomy, and another victim was reported to be the Paris representative of the Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress. The bodies were found at the Information Center of Kurdistan in the city center, and police have launched a murder investigation. Police and other sources said the women were likely killed overnight—and the slayings are reportedly politically motivated. The PKK, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey, and the European Union, has been engaged in a 28-year war for independence from Turkey—and the Turkish government recently acknowledged holding talks with the organization’s jailed leader.

    January 10, 2013 6:55 AM

  26. YIKES Lawyer: Delhi Rape Suspects Tortured Lawyer of one of the accused in New Delhi rape case. (Saurabh Das/AP)

    25. Lawyer: Delhi Rape Suspects Tortured

    The men charged with the rape and murder of a New Delhi woman were “tortured” to extract a confession, a potential lawyer for three of the suspects said Thursday. Manohar Lal Sharma, who is likely to represent three of the suspects, said one 22-year-old was “coerced into admission” and tortured for 10 days. The court ruled Thursday that the charge sheet for five of the suspects needed more scrutiny, and no decision was made on moving the case to a fast-track trial. A sixth suspect, believed to be a minor, is expected to be tried separately. Six men have been accused of brutally raping a 23-year-old New Delhi woman on a bus in December, resulting in her death and sparking a national debate in India about the treatment of women.

    January 10, 2013 6:45 AM

  27. POSTMORTEM Junior Seau Had Brain Disease Mary Schwalm/AP

    26. Junior Seau Had Brain Disease

    Former NFL player Junior Seau was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The NIH study found that Seau’s brain had abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy and researchers found that the damage to the brain was similar to autopsies of people “with exposure to repetitive head injuries.” Seau’s family requested the analysis after his suicide, and family members said that he had exhibited odd behavior before his death. His son said, “I don’t think any of us were aware of the side effects that could be going on with head trauma when he passed away.”

    January 10, 2013 9:32 AM

  28. STOP THE VIOLENCE NRA ‘Disappointed’ With Biden Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    27. NRA ‘Disappointed’ With Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden met with the NRA on Thursday, and it did not seem to go well. “We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the NRA’s statement said. For the past week Biden has been meeting with groups on both sides of the gun-control debate to come up with recommendations on how to curb gun violence. Biden says the task force’s suggestions will be announced Tuesday. The task force has also met with medical groups, religious groups, educators, members of the videogame industry, and gun retailers to discuss the issue.

    January 10, 2013 5:00 PM

  29. MAD AS HELL Woman Drags Ex-Husband Behind Truck Volusia County Sheriff's Office

    28. Woman Drags Ex-Husband Behind Truck

    A Florida woman shocked her ex-husband with a stun gun, tied him up, and then dragged him half a mile behind a pickup truck before he could escape. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said 61-year-old Jeanette Morris and two associates carried out the attack on her ex-husband, 54-year-old Robert Hall, after she suspected he had let his girlfriend into her house. They also cut off a lock of his hair and discussed finding a hole to bury him in before he finally escaped. Morris has been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, false imprisonment, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault.

    January 10, 2013 12:27 PM