Content Section
  1. Sign up For the daily beast's cheat sheet email
  2. DISTURBING Woman Hanged From Tree in India Rafiq Maqbool/AP

    1. Woman Hanged From Tree in India

    Police in Bihar found a 45-year-old mother of four children hanging from a mango tree by her sari on Sunday. Though they are still investigating, there is evidence that she was sexually assaulted and that there was more than one attacker. The incident came days after a 29-year-old woman riding on a bus was raped by seven men and just weeks after the infamous gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi on Dec. 16. The former finance minister of Punjab said, “It is a tragedy but at the same time I am not surprised. Until men fear the law then these types of crime are going to continue.”

    January 14, 2013 6:24 AM

  3. Enthusiastic Powell Endorses Hagel Colin Powell. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    2. Powell Endorses Hagel

    During an appearance on Meet the Press, Colin Powell offered an endorsement of President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Powell called Hagel a “very, very distinguished public service record” and said that he would do a “great job” as defense secretary. Many Republicans have attacked Hagel for being too soft on Iran and not supportive enough of Israel. But Powell said, “This is a gentleman who knows all of these issues in depth. He is a fellow who speaks his mind … he says what he believes and sticks with it.”

    January 13, 2013 1:05 PM

  4. Golden Globes 'Argo,' 'Les Mis' Take Top Prizes Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures, via AP

    3. 'Argo,' 'Les Mis' Take Top Prizes

    It was a big night for the crowd-pleasing and the critically acclaimed alike at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, hosted Sunday night by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Ben Affleck's war thriller Argo took the prize for Best Motion Picture Drama, and Affleck also won Best Director. Les Miserables had a similarly successful night: the Tom Hooper-directed adaptation of the beloved musical won Best Comedy or Musical, and its stars, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, took best acting honors. Other notable dramatic film awards were Daniel Day-Lewis, for best actor in Lincoln, and Jessica Chastain, for best actress in Zero Dark Thirty. On the television side, Lena Dunham's HBO hit Girls had a great night, winning Best TV Comedy series as Dunham won for Best Actress in a TV comedy. Showtime's Homeland won for best dramatic TV series, and star Damien Lewis won for best actor in a dramatic television role. 

    January 13, 2013 11:47 PM

  5. UH, WHAT? Foster Puzzles With ‘Coming Out’ Speech Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    4. Foster Puzzles With ‘Coming Out’ Speech

    Up for a special award, Jodie Foster made a long and stunning speech at the Golden Globes, leaving the audience unsure whether she was coming out of the closet, ending her acting career, or none of the above. Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Foster paid tribute to her 47 years in show business, her casts and crews, and, most touchingly, her mother. She begged for privacy in Hollywood and even had a “coming out,” yelling with her arms open “I'm single!” and requesting a cat call. “Jodie Foster was here. I still am. I want to be seen,” she triumphantly finished with, immediately becoming a Twitter trend and inspiring conspiracy theories of what, exactly, her speech was trying to say.

    January 13, 2013 10:28 PM

  6. FORWARD Obama Wants Immigration Overhaul President Barack Obama. (Pool Photo by Ron Sachs)

    5. Obama Wants Immigration Overhaul

    President Obama will push Congress for an overhaul of the immigration system in the coming months. Obama and Senate Democrats plan to propose one large, comprehensive bill, despite efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces. The bill would include a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country and the president will oppose measures that did not allow immigrants who attain legal status to become American citizens one day. The legislation could be introduced as early as March with a Senate vote to be held before August.

    January 13, 2013 7:50 AM

  7. NOT AGAIN Seven Men Rape Woman on Bus in India AFP/Getty

    6. Seven Men Rape Woman on Bus in India

    Indian police say that a woman was gang-raped by seven men over the weekend after she boarded a bus on Friday night. Police have arrested six of the men and are searching for the seventh. The 29-year-old woman boarded a bus in Gurdaspur district in Punjab, but the bus sped past her stop. The bus driver and his helper than took her to an undisclosed location, where five other men joined and raped her through the night. They dropped her off in her village the next day. The victim said, “They threatened me with a sharp-edged weapon and did wrong things with me. They kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they want.”

    January 13, 2013 7:53 AM

  8. TRY, TRY AGAIN Court Orders Mubarak Retrial Khaled Desouki/AFP, via Getty

    7. Court Orders Mubarak Retrial

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be retried, after a court granted his appeal of his life sentence on charges that he failed to prevent the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising. Habib el-Adly, Mubarak’s security chief, who is also serving a life sentence on the same charges, will also be retried. No date has been set for either retrial. But Mubarak isn’t out of the woods yet. Prosecutors placed a new detention hold on Mubarak while they investigate allegations he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Egypt’s top newspapers as a show of loyalty during his regime.

    January 13, 2013 7:46 AM

  9. FRANCE Marriage Protests Rock Paris Charles Platiau/Reuters, via Landov

    8. Marriage Protests Rock Paris

    The majority of French support legalizing gay marriage, but you wouldn't have guessed it on Sunday. A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow couples to adopt or conceive children prompted an estimated 340,000 people to march across Paris. The demonstration converged on the Eiffel Tower, where protesters waved flags and held signs against President François Hollande's plan, which is expected to be introduced on Tuesday. If the French Parliament approves the plan, the country would become the 12th, and most influential, to legalize same-sex marriage.

    January 13, 2013 4:25 PM

  10. CROWNED Miss New York Wins Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America. (David Becker/Getty)

    9. Miss New York Wins Miss America

    Miss New York, 23-year-old Mallory Hytes, beat out 52 other contestants to be named Miss America 2013 on Saturday night. Hytes comes from Brooklyn and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. She plans to obtain a degree in cosmetics and fragrance marketing, but her platform issue is child sex abuse prevention. At Saturday night’s show she won the swimsuit competition and performed a tap dance to James Brown’s Get Up Offa That Thing. Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina, was named the runner-up.

    January 13, 2013 7:57 AM

  11. BOMBSHELL Book: Cruise Wants to Vanquish Aliens Larry Busacca / Getty Images

    10. Book: Cruise Wants to Vanquish Aliens

    Not a bad gig. In a bombshell book on Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright explores Tom Cruise’s status in the church—and what the ultimate goal of the church is. This, reportedly, is to stop destructive aliens from living in our bodies and destroying the world. The Risky Business star is No. 3 on the totem poll and has signed a whopping billion-year contract to serve the church. Here come the lawsuits.

    January 13, 2013 2:02 PM

  12. Tax Evasion Depardieu Sides With Putin Alexei Nikolsky/AP

    11. Depardieu Sides With Putin

    French actor Gerard Depardieu is singing the praises of controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin and blamed opposition for not having a political program. "I like this man very much, he is a very powerful political activist. He has political wisdom," he said of Putin, according to a translation on a Russian TV channel. "The Russian opposition has no program, nothing. There are very smart people there, like (former world chess champion Garry) Kasparov, but what works well for chess is completely unsuited to politics." The French actor was recently granted Russian citizenship from Putin after leaving France to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax on millionaires and his comments have quickly drawn ire from opposition activists in Russia, where recent crackdowns on dissent are incrasingly concerning for the global community.

    January 13, 2013 4:57 PM

  13. ‘HAZARDOUS’ Beijing Air Pollution Soars Ed Jones/AFP, via Getty

    12. Beijing Air Pollution Soars

    The U.S. Embassy in Beijing recorded the highest levels of air pollution on Saturday since it began its monitoring system in 2008. The Environmental Protection Agency deems air pollution levels between 301 and 500 to be “hazardous,” meaning people should avoid all outdoor activity. On Saturday night the air-quality monitoring device above the U.S. Embassy in Beijing took a reading of 755, which the embassy’s @BeijingAir Twitter feed called “Beyond Index.” Using the same standards, the air quality index in New York City was found to be 19 at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

    January 13, 2013 8:30 AM

  14. TIGHT ENDS 49ers Beat Green Bay 49ers running back Frank Gore. (Stephen Dunn/Getty)

    13. 49ers Beat Green Bay

    The San Francisco 49ers scored a big victory over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. The 45–31 victory puts the 49ers within one win of going to the Super Bowl. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran 181 yards—a new record for an NFL quarterback in a regular or postseason game. “It’s been amazing. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he said. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens will be headed to the AFC championship game after besting Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a double overtime 38–35 win. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, “That football game did the game of football proud.”

    January 13, 2013 8:24 AM

  15. RAMPAGE More Than 100 Dead in French Strikes French aircraft en route to Mali. (Ecpad, via AP)

    14. More Than 100 Dead in French Strikes

    At least 100 people—including rebels and government soldiers—were killed in Mali during French airstrikes over the town of Konna, according to the Malian military. One Army officer reported that nearly 30 vehicles carrying Islamic rebel forces had been hit. Malian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Diaran Kon told Reuters that the strikes were a success but the fighting is far from over. French troops arrived in Mali on Friday to help the African nation battle the approaching Islamic rebel forces. Neighboring West African states have sped up plans to deploy troops in an effort to prevent Islamist rebels from expanding power. 

    January 12, 2013 5:00 PM

  16. Disturbing Violence Plagues Indian Women Rafiq Maqbool

    15. Violence Plagues Indian Women

    The violent gang rape in New Delhi has drawn attention to a pattern of violence and discrimination against women in India that leads to the deaths of nearly 2 million women every year. Between 25,000 and 100,000 women are killed each year in dowry disputes. Each year 100,000 women are burned to death, and another 125,000 die from violent injuries that are rarely reported as killings. One expert said, “Women are breaking through and advancing toward greater attainment—but in a society that continues to be patriarchal, that is increasing tensions. And one of the manifestations of that tension is increased violence against women.”

    January 13, 2013 9:44 AM

  17. no change

    16. Treasury Rules Out Platinum Coin

    Dreams of a platinum coin are dead. In a statement to Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, a Treasury Department spokesperson said "neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit." Translation: the Treasury won't mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling and if they did, the Federal Reserve wouldn't accept it, making it unusable for the purpose of paying the government's bills. The idea had been endorsed by some journalists, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, and even a few congressmen. Experts expect the U.S. to hit the statutory debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion between Feb. 15 and March 1.  


    January 12, 2013 9:45 PM

  18. WEDDING BELLS Sudeikis and Wilde Engaged Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde. (Corbis)

    17. Sudeikis and Wilde Engaged

    Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis proposed to actress Olivia Wilde after the holidays. The couple met in 2011 and began dating soon after. In October, Wilde said publicly that she was “blissfully, hopefully, wildly in love.” It will be the second marriage for both. Sudeikis was married for four years to 30 Rock producer Kay Cannon, but they split in 2008. Wilde spent eight years married to Italian prince Tao Ruspoli, but got divorced in 2011.

    January 13, 2013 8:32 AM

  19. SCARY

    18. Police Shoot Gunman in Movie Theater

    Police shot a gunman during a screening of Les Miserables at a San Diego movie theater. No one else was injured in the shooting, which took place at the Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain. The gunman has been identified as 20-year-old Tom Billodeaux. Police had been engaged in a manhunt to find Billodeaux after he fought with his girlfriend and brandished a handgun elsewhere in the mall where the theater is located. He was taken to the hospital after being shot in the arm and the chest. Billodeaux had reportedly written a suicide note, though he never threatened anyone else in the theater.

    January 13, 2013 8:19 AM

  20. REDDIT SUICIDE Reddit Cofounder Commits Suicide Swartz in August 2007. (The Boston Globe, via Getty)

    19. Swartz Family Blames MIT

    Reddit cofounder and Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide on Friday in New York City, according to MIT’s newspaper The Tech. The 26-year-old hacker and information specialist had hinted at depression in the past, but his death came as a surprise to those close to him. A statement from Swartz's family Saturday called his death “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach,” and blamed the tragedy on “decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office and at MIT.” Swartz was arrested in July 2011 for attempting to disseminate 4 million academic journals from JSTOR to the wider Internet community, and faced 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. 

    January 12, 2013 8:15 PM