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  1. HARSH Obama: We Are Not a Deadbeat Nation Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

    1. Obama: We Are Not a Deadbeat Nation

    Tell Congress what you really think, President Obama. In his last press conference of his first term, the president insisted Monday that he would not negotiate on the debt ceiling—although he said he is open to more spending cuts. “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay their bills on time,” Obama said. “The full faith and confidence of Americans is not a bargaining chip.” Insisting the country is “not a deadbeat nation,” Obama told Congress that they couldn’t “tell me to spend X and then not give me the authority to go ahead and pay the bills.” House Speaker John Boehner responded within hours, saying the House will pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling—but he remained firm on enacting spending cuts.

    January 14, 2013 1:39 PM

  2. got your back U.S. to Aid to France in Mali Franch Defense Minister speaks on operations in Mali. (Thibault Camus/AP)

    2. U.S. to Aid to France in Mali

    Fear not, France, the U.S. is here. Pentagon officials have announced that they are preparing to offer logistical support to France in its fight against Islamic militants in Mali. The French military has begun carrying out air strikes in an attempt to push back rebels and militants to secure the region for African peacekeeping forces. “We have a responsibility to make sure that al-Qaida does not establish a base for operations in North Africa and Mali.  We’ve been very concerned about AQIM and their efforts to establish a very strong base in that area," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The extent of support has not be named, and is expected to be limited, but the U.S. is already assisting with intelligence gathering.

    January 14, 2013 9:29 PM

  3. second amendment Most Americans Want More Gun Laws Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

    3. Most Americans Want More Gun Laws

    In a post-Newtown world, Americans are hoping to make some firearms a little harder to get. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans favor gun control measures such as banning assault weapons and expanding background checks for those who buy weapons and ammunition. Support for banning high-capacity ammunition magazines is at a new high, with 65 percent in favor, and 51 percent agree with the NRA's suggestion of armed guards in schools, though more people view the group's leadership unfavorably.

    January 14, 2013 5:50 PM

  4. REVENGE Islamists Vow to Destroy France Michel Euler/AP

    4. Islamists Vow to Destroy France

    Islamist forces in northern Mali vowed on Monday to retaliate for France’s military campaign against them. The leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, an al Qaeda offshoot, said, “France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France.” France launched the offensive alongside the Malian Army on Friday to stop the Islamist insurgents who had threatened to advance on the capital of Bamako. A town in central Mali, however, had fallen as of Monday morning. The offensive killed 60 Islamists in the city of Gao alone on Sunday.

    January 14, 2013 10:15 AM

  5. Postmortem Charges Against Swartz Dropped Pernille Ironside/AP

    5. Charges Against Swartz Dropped

    The Department of Justice announced on Monday that they had dropped the charges against Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz after he died from an apparent suicide on Friday. Swartz, 26, had been accused of breaking into a computer at MIT and downloading 4.8 million documents from JSTOR, an academic-articles subscription service. He faced up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. His trial was set to start in April. In a statement on Saturday, Swartz’s family blamed prosecutors for being overzealous in pursuing the charges against him.

    January 14, 2013 3:17 PM

  6. HE NEVER DOES THAT! Clarence Thomas Breaks Silence Michael Dwyer / AP Photos

    6. Clarence Thomas Breaks Silence

    From the SCOTUS to the STANDUP. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t said anything during oral arguments—for nearly seven years. Monday, Thomas finally broke his streak to make fun of his alma matter Yale. Thomas reportedly said that a Yale degree could mean that a lawyer is “incompetent, not competent, capital trial counsel.”

    January 14, 2013 3:33 PM

  7. Foul Play? Natalie Wood Autopsy Hints at Assault NBC

    7. Wood Autopsy Hints at Assault

    A year after the LAPD reopened the 1981 drowning case of Natalie Wood, a new autopsy report suggests the late actress may have been assaulted before she plunged into the Pacific Ocean. The coroner has amended Wood’s cause of death from accidental drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors,” detailing bruises on her body that “appeared fresh” along with scratches down her legs. It remains unclear whether the abrasions resulted from falling off the dinghy, attempting to climb back on, or something potentially darker. There were also conflicting statements as to when Wood went missing and whether or not she had a confrontation with her husband, Robert Wagner.

     

    January 14, 2013 2:23 PM

  8. TRAGIC Military Suicides Hit Record in 2012 Jerry Englehart Jr. / ZUMA Press via Corbis

    8. Military Suicides Hit Record in 2012

    The number of military suicides in 2012 rose to 349—a record number that exceeds the 295 people who died in combat deaths, the Associated Press reported on Monday. The Army had the most suicides among active-duty troops with 182, but suicide among the Marine Corps increased by 50 percent. In 2011, there were 301 reported military suicides.

    January 14, 2013 1:07 PM

  9. CONFESSIONS Lance Armstrong Admits Doping Peter Morrison/AP

    9. Lance Armstrong Admits Doping

    Cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, the talk-show host said Tuesday. Winfrey said, “We were mesmerized and riveted” by Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” Armstrong reportedly plans to testify against cycling officials who allegedly knew about his drug use. Armstrong also is believed to have issued a mea culpa to the staff of his charity, Livestrong, and called members of the cycling community to apologize for allegedly lying and misleading them. Winfrey also announced the interview had been spread over two nights, and will now air Thursday and Friday.

    January 15, 2013 8:15 AM

  10. GETTING BETTER George H.W. Bush Out of Hospital

    10. George H.W. Bush Out of Hospital

    Hopefully, the only Bush admitted to the hospital in 2013 will be Jenna Bush Hager when she gives birth. Former president George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after spending nearly two months there for bronchitis-related issues. Bush, 88, was admitted on Nov. 23, and his stay included a weeklong stint in intensive care. On Dec. 29, he was moved back to a regular hospital room, and since then, his condition has been steadily improving while he underwent physical therapy. In addition to bronchitis, his staff said he had a bacterial infection. Bush is the country’s oldest former president, and he and his wife, Barbara, celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on Jan. 6—the longest-married presidential couple.

    January 14, 2013 2:31 PM

  11. OBIT ‘Schindler’s List’ Survivor Dies Carlo Allegri / Getty Images Entertainment

    11. ‘Schindler’s List’ Survivor Dies

    The youngest survivor on Schindler’s List, Leon Leyson, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. As a 13-year-old, Leyson had to stand on a box to reach the machinery at Oskar Schindler’s factory; he was called “Little Leyson” by Schindler. Leyson moved to California in 1949 and worked as a teacher for 39 years in Huntington Beach. He lived in obscurity until the film came out in 1993, but after, he embarked on a public-speaking career talking about his experiences during the Holocaust. Leyson saw Schindler years later and began to introduce himself, only to have Schindler interrupt him and say, “I know who you are. You are Little Leyson.”

    January 14, 2013 5:01 PM

  12. THE MOMENT Foster’s Speech Gets Mixed Reviews Paul Drinkwater/AP

    12. Foster’s Speech Gets Mixed Reviews

    Jodie Foster made a controversial speech at the Golden Globes, so of course celebrities are sharing their opinions on Twitter. Questo of the Roots tweeted, “...so Jodie Foster is single eh?” Rosie O’Donnell called the speech “rather amazing.” Actress Kristen Chenoweth tweeted bluntly, “I love Jodie Foster.” But not everyone was a fan of the speech. Writer Bret Easton Ellis called it “Hollywood hypocrisy,” and actor Zach Braff wrote that it was “so inspiring to watch Jodie Foster give her speech in character as Nell.” In The Wall Street Journal, Eric Sasson said the speech was disappointing and called it “confrontational, defensive, disjointed,” adding, “it seems a bit less than gracious, and something of a stretch, for Foster to conflate the public’s desire to know her orientation with a fragrance-toting, prime-time-reality-show-mugging celebrity culture.”

    January 14, 2013 12:17 PM

  13. Royal Spawn Will and Kate’s Baby Due in July Stefan Rousseau/PA, via Landov

    13. Will and Kate’s Baby Due in July

    The first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton is due in July, it was announced today. St. James’ Palace released a statement saying, “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July. The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.” Sources also said that, despite rumors, Kate’s 12-week scan showed she is not pregnant with twins. It now appears the child was conceived in mid-October, which would mean that Kate was not pregnant in the topless photographs that were published by an Italian magazine.

    January 14, 2013 7:18 AM

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  15. MAGAZINE How Men See Rape in India Altaf Qadri/AP

    14. How Men See Rape in India

    In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a student on a bus in India, some appear to be blaming women for the sexual violence in the country. Influential men have called for coeducational institutes to be shut down, premarital sex to be outlawed, and girls to dress in more modest clothes as a way of preventing rape. Managing editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhury calls the anger against the state that has risen up in the wake of the rapes “hugely legitimate,” but writes that it is masking “the giant shadow” in Indian society. “How endemic is the prejudice that stalks our society? What creates the idea of women as ‘fair game’ for sexual violence? What, in effect, do Indian men think about women?” she asks.

    January 14, 2013 7:34 AM

  16. SANDY HOOK Newtown Debates Fate of School Jessica Hill/AP

    15. Newtown Debates Fate of School

    Many residents of Newtown, Conn., met in the auditorium of Newtown High School on Sunday for the first of several meetings to discuss the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School building—the site of the shooting that killed 26 people in December. Currently the school remains a crime scene, and its 400 students have been attending a formerly shuttered school in Monroe, Conn. Opinions varied sharply on whether to tear the school down, renovate and reopen it, or turn it into a shrine or a park. Alternative ideas on Sunday included turning the school into a planetarium or converting it into a center for peace education. One resident, who advocated the building’s destruction, said, “I cannot ask my son or any of the people at the school to ever walk back into that building, and he has asked to never go back.”

    January 14, 2013 7:12 AM

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

    16. '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

  18. SCARY

    17. Teacher Spoke of Stabbing Students

    A Manhattan middle-school teacher was so frustrated by her students that she spoke openly about stabbing them, according to school investigators. Jacqueline Baffoni, a former teacher at Collaborative Academy of Science, Technology and Language Arts, allegedly made the comments in class after she found out she might be fired. A student told investigators that Baffoni said, “I feel like stabbing some of these kids—I have a knife here.” Another student claimed she said, “I have a knife in this room, and I wish I could stab them.” Baffoni denied the allegations, saying, “I would never wish to harm any of my students,” and calling the claims “false allegations” and “slanderous rumors.”

    January 14, 2013 10:12 AM

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

    18. 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

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

    19. 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

  21. UNCENSORED Pollution Angers Chinese Media Ed Jones/AFP, via Getty

    20. Pollution Angers Chinese Media

    The Chinese media heaped criticism on the government after pollution in Beijing hit record levels on Saturday and dense smog hovered in 30 other cities in northern and eastern China. Officials blamed the extreme pollution on a lack of wind and cold weather, but an editorial in the state-run China Daily said that there was no reason “for us to not reflect on what we’ve contributed to the smoggy days.” People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, called the smog a “suffocating siege.” The tabloid Global Times called China the “biggest construction site in the world” and called on the government to “publish truthful environmental data to the public.”

    January 14, 2013 6:26 AM

  22. DISTURBING Woman Hanged From Tree in India Rafiq Maqbool/AP

    21. 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

  23. WHAT HAPPENED? MIT Probes Swartz Case Pernille Ironside/ThoughtWorks, via AP

    22. MIT Probes Swartz Case

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is launching an internal investigation into its role in Aaron Swartz’s persecution. Swartz, who was found dead Friday, was facing 35 years in prison for stealing 4.8 million scholarly-journal articles and documents from JSTOR, which were stored on the MIT computer network. JSTOR chose to drop its charges against Swartz. Meanwhile, Anonymous claimed credit for hacking into MIT’s website Sunday night and posting messages commemorating Swartz’s life and calling for overhauling intellecutal-property laws—the same ones Swartz allegedly ran afoul of. A group of Swartz’s supporters started a petition Monday to remove U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who had supervised the prosecution of Swartz’s case.

    January 14, 2013 11:02 AM

  24. GROSS Man Spit at Secret Service Agent Cook County Sheriff's Office

    23. Man Spit at Secret Service Agent

    A Chicago man was officially charged Sunday with spitting in the face of a Secret Service agent guarding President Obama’s house. Kevin Lawrence, 46, is being held on $50,000 bail. According to police records, Lawrence reportedly approached a vehicle with an agent inside and then allegedly spit inside the car, hitting the agent’s face and neck. Lawrence was arrested Saturday at his home, which is less than a mile from Obama’s house. Chicago police did not comment on why there was a two-week lag between the incident and the arrest.

    January 14, 2013 10:07 AM

  25. ‘HORRIFIC’ Syrian Humanitarian Crisis ‘Staggering’ Achilleas Zavallis/AFP, via Getty

    24. Syrian Humanitarian Crisis ‘Staggering’

    The violent conflict in Syria has created a “staggering” humanitarian crisis, according to the International Rescue Committee. The carnage has killed more than 60,000 people since it began in March 2011. But it has also internally displaced an estimated 2 million people, and an additional 600,000 Syrians have fled the country. The IRC also described the level of rape and sexual violence taking place in the country as “horrific” and said that many refugees have cited rape as the main reason they left Syria. International aid has been “drastically insufficient” for a “steadily worsening crisis” the group warned.

    January 14, 2013 6:21 AM

  26. I-SAD Apple Cuts Orders of iPhone 5 Parts Eric Risberg/AP

    25. Apple Cuts Orders of iPhone 5 Parts

    Apple has cut orders for the components of its iPhone 5, and it’s probably due to weaker-than-expected demand. The company has cut orders for iPhone 5 screens by about half of what it had previously planned to order for the January-March quarter. Sources say there have been cuts to orders for other components as well. Apple has recently been facing challenges from Samsung and other smartphone makers. Apple's stock plunged Monday by more than $15 on the news. It's nearly 30 percent lower than it was at it's peak.

    January 14, 2013 12:30 PM

  27. ESPIONAGE Cyber-Spy Campaign Discovered in Russia Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty

    26. Cyber-Spy Campaign Discovered in Russia

    Several government and diplomatic organizations around the world have been the targets of a cyber-spy campaign since 2007, a Russian cybersecurity firm declared Monday. Kaspersky Lab issued a report saying that “several hundred” organizations have been infiltrated by this sophisticated campaign--the majority of which were based in Russia and then Kazakhstan--which was designed to steal files, emails, passwords, take screenshots, capture browsing histories as well as calendars, text messages among other personal information from computers and smartphones. Whoever is behind the cyberespionage campaign appears to speak Russian but Kaspersky said it does not believe a nation state is responsible.

    January 14, 2013 2:31 PM

  28. SOFT DRINKS Coca-Cola to Address Obesity Rodger Macuch/AP

    27. Coca-Cola to Address Obesity

    Will this affect the Christmas polar-bear ads? Coca-Cola announced on Monday that it will be tackling obesity in a new ad campaign that will air during the three 24-hour news networks’ highest-rated shows. But rather than talk about the impact of soda on health, the ad instead highlights Coca-Cola’s efforts over the past few years of providing drinks with fewer calories and notes that weight gain is associated with any sugar drink, not just soda. Recent research has not been so kind to soda and the city of Cambridge, Mass., has suggested it will follow New York in banning large sodas.

    January 14, 2013 5:06 PM