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  1. Stop the Fighting Syria Minister: Time to Disarm AFP

    1. Syria Minister: Time to Disarm

    Put down your weapons and let’s talk. That’s the message Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, had for the country’s rebels Saturday, claiming that if they disarm and agree to take part in a national dialogue without the intervention of foreign powers, their representatives will be included in a new cabinet with wide executive powers. Al-Moallem made the plea Saturday in a live TV interview, saying, “You will be a partner in building it. Why carry arms." Also on Saturday, rebels clashed with government troops near two besieged compounds in the northeast. Earlier this month, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed calls to step down.

    January 19, 2013 4:58 PM

  2. Gun Violence

    2. Shooting at MLK Parade in Miss.

    In a cruel affront to the memory of the man who championed nonviolence and peaceful protest, a shooting at a parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in Jackson, Miss., has left one injured. The police are currently on the lookout for the gunman, who opened fire at the parade Saturday shortly after noon. The victim, a 23-year-old man, is in stable condition after suffering a wound to the chest. Also on Saturday, three people were shot at a North Carolina gun show when a shotgun was accidentally discharged. Pro-gun activists rallied in 49 states today, in protest of President Obama’s gun control proposals. 

    January 19, 2013 7:31 PM

  3. CRISIS OVER Algeria: 32 Militants, 23 Hostages Killed Two released British hostages in Ain Amenas on Saturday. (Anis Belghoul/AP)

    3. Algeria: 32 Militants, 23 Hostages Killed

    The Algerian army staged a final assault Saturday, in an effort to end an Islamist militant assault at a gas station plant. A provisional death toll issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday reported 32 militants and 23 captives had been killed in the three-day hostage crisis at a remote gas field. Over the course of the crisis, upwards of 685 Algerian and 107 foreign workers were freed. President Obama issued a statement Saturday saying he still wants a "fuller understanding" of what happened in the strike, but added that "the blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out." As Algeria faces the aftermath of the deadly ordeal, Obama said that the U.S. is prepared to provide whatever assistance it can to help officials in the region.

    January 19, 2013 9:30 PM

  4. NRA FURY Pro-Gun Activists Rally in 49 States Outside gun show on Saturday in Penn. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

    4. Pro-Gun Activists Rally in 49 States

    Pro-gun activists launched their pre-planned gun rallies at “high noon” in 49 states across the U.S. Saturday, a movement that they claim is in response to President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence. Organized by a group called Guns Across America, the rallies are reportedly taking place at state capitals. The debate over gun control intensified in America following the Newtown massacre in which 20 children were gunned down. Vice President Joe Biden has promised executive action on gun control as soon as possible. 

    January 19, 2013 12:25 PM

  5. R.I.P. MLB Star Stan Musial Dies Dilip Vishwanat

    5. MLB Star Stan Musial Dies

    St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial died Saturday at age 92. He passed away in his Missouri home surrounded by his family. Musial is perhaps one of the most famous players to have played for the Cardinals, having hit about .300 17 times during his 22-year career. When he retired in 1963, he had a .331 career batting average, and was the National League's then-all-time leader in RBIs, games played, runs scored, hits, and doubles. To this day, he ranks fourth in MLB history in total hits, behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron.

    January 19, 2013 10:23 PM

  6. HALL OF FAMER Legendary Orioles Manager Dies Weaver in Sept. 2012. (Rob Carr/Getty)

    6. Legendary Orioles Manager Dies

    Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver died Friday at 82 years old. The baseball Hall of Famer, who led his team to three World Series, was on a cruise when he passed away. Weaver, known affectionately by fans as the 'Ear of Baltimore,' guided the Orioles through parts of 17 major league seasons that included a near-perfect record (one loss) in 1986. “Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball,” said the team’s managing partner, Peter Angelos.

    January 19, 2013 11:14 AM

  7. MYSTERY Manti Te’o Admits to Tailoring His Stories Te'o in ESPN interview on Friday. (Ryan Jones/ESPN Images, via AP)

    7. Manti Te’o Admits to Tailoring His Stories

    In an interview with ESPN, Manti Te’o insisted that he was “never, not ever” involved in scamming the country with the story of his fake girlfriend, “Lennay Kekua.” Although Deadspin broke the story of the Notre Dame linebacker's fake girlfriend, ESPN landed the first interview. “I wasn’t faking it,” Te’o told reporter Jeremy Schaap, but took credit for some misleading details—like telling his father he’d met Kekua in Hawaii when he hadn’t—as a means of keeping the fact from the public that he’d never met his alleged girlfriend. “I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away,” he admitted. Meanwhile, fake-relationship expert Nev Schulman feels for Te’o and is on the case.

    January 19, 2013 7:30 AM

  8. Pop Politics Bieber’s Mom Producing Anti-Abortion Film Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    8. Bieber’s Mom Producing Anti-Abortion Film

    Maybe there were political undertones we missed to Justin Bieber’s song “Baby." The pop star’s mother, Pattie Mallette, is executive producing an anti-abortion short film that’s set to start screening Feb. 29. It’s Mallette’s hope that the film, called Crescendo, will raise $10 million for pregnancy centers. Mallette, who has been outspoken about the addiction and abuse that led to her teenage pregnancy, said she hopes that attaching her name to the film will let young women know that there are  “people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn."

    January 19, 2013 3:13 PM

  9. IT’S ON War Ignites Between NYC Art Moguls Larry Gagosian and Ronald Perelman. (Getty)

    9. War Ignites Between NYC Art Moguls

    Art-gallery mogul Larry Gagosian is fighting back against Ronald Perelman, after his longtime friend and business partner refused to drop his lawsuit over a botched art deal. In court papers, Gagosian referred to the billionaire collector as a “deadbeat” and “bully” who should be sanctioned by the judge for pursuing a “frivolous” suit. Gagosian is asking that Perelman’s case—in which he claims he was cheated in the exchange of several costly works of art—be dismissed. The suit is just one of many troubling developments for Gagosian, who is a major player in the art world.

    January 19, 2013 9:00 AM

  10. Post-Potter Radcliffe Talks Gay Scenes at Sundance Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

    10. Radcliffe Talks Gay Scenes at Sundance

    Harry Potter, this is not. Daniel Radcliffe was on hand in Park City to premiere his new film Kill Your Darlings, about a 1944 murder that brings together writers Allen Ginsberg, played by Radcliffe, Willam Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). The film got largely positive reviews, but is making headlines for its raunchy content. Radcliffe is shown boozing, doing drugs, having oral performed on him, and getting naked and having sex with a man. Asked how filming the scene went, Radcliffe said, “It was something new,” adding that director John Krokidas “was very helpful in furnishing me with a lot of graphic detail of what I would be experiencing at the various stages.”

    January 19, 2013 4:04 PM

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  12. GRAVE ROBBER Man Stole Father’s Body From Cemetery Bright's coffin taken from Gethsemane Cemetary. (Ed White/AP)

    11. Man Stole Father’s Body From Cemetery

    A Detroit man has been accused of stealing his father’s body from the cemetery only hours before it was to be buried. Officers arrested 48-year-old Vincent Bright after finding an empty coffin in his car. Described as a very religious man by Detroit police, the son was allegedly storing his father’s body in the freezer with the hopes that a “miraculous resurrection” would bring him back to life. “It’s an unusual case, it’s not something you see every day,” said Bright’s court-appointed lawyer. 93-year-old Clarence Street’s body went missing Monday morning. Vincent is being held on $75,000 bond; his crime is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

    January 19, 2013 12:40 PM

  13. SEARCHING FOR CLUES Lotto Winner’s Body Autopsied Khan exhumed on Friday. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

    12. Lotto Winner’s Body Autopsied

    The body of poisoned lotto winner Urooj Khan has finally been autopsied, as medical examiners attempt to discover whether the Chicago man swallowed, inhaled, or was injected with the cyanide that killed him. Khan, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, died suddenly last summer, not long after winning Illinois’s million-dollar lottery jackpot. It took “a couple hours” just to remove Khan’s body, which was—in the Muslim tradition—wrapped in a shroud, unembalmed, in a wooden coffin inside a cement vault, for the autopsy Saturday morning. Results not expected for another two to three weeks.

    January 19, 2013 8:25 AM

  14. NEW TRADITIONS Inauguration Weekend Begins U.S. Capitol Building on Friday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

    13. Inauguration Weekend Begins

    Inauguration weekend has begun with President Obama’s National Day of Service—a day of volunteer projects that he added to the 2009 inaugural schedule and hopes will become a presidential tradition. Speaking to a group of volunteers at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Obama called the day an "affirmation that we're all in this together." More than 500 volunteers will join the first family today to help give Burrville a much-needed makeover. First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, will also host the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday, which honors military spouses and children.

    January 19, 2013 2:30 PM

  15. FALLEN ICON Famed French Interior Designer Dies Putman in Paris in Sept. 1999. (Eric Robert/Corbis)

    14. Famed French Interior Designer Dies

    Andrée Putman, the interior designer to whom many major fashion houses turned for unique shop interiors, died Saturday morning at the age of 87. In the seventies, Putman founded Createurs & Industriels with Didier Grumbach—now the president of the Chambre Syndicale—to promote fashion and design. Putman's funeral will be held on Wednesday in Paris; she is survived by her daughter and son.

    January 19, 2013 11:39 AM

  16. HE WONT 'BE BACK' Arnold Goes Soft at Box Office Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from "The Last Stand." (Lionsgate/AP)

    15. Arnold Goes Soft at Box Office

    "That's enough, Arnold" —said, everyone. Box office reports Saturday revealed the new-flick The Last Stand—in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a washed-up lawman—was a major flop at theaters across the nation, landing at 9th place. After a year of "coming clean" about his extra-marital affair with his housekeeper, America seems to have had enough of the Terminator. ”Nobody wants to see Arnold,” one rival studio executive allegedly told reporters, while laughing.  The Western was the former bodybuilder's first solo comeback to the big screen. Sometimes you really can't come home.

    January 19, 2013 11:49 AM

  17. FAMILY TIES Michael J. Fox: Back Off, Taylor Swift Fox and Swift at Golden Globes on Jan. 13. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    16. Michael J. Fox: Back Off, Taylor Swift

    Michael J. Fox agrees with Tina Fey: Taylor Swift should stay away from his son. When asked whether he’d approve of the pop star dating his 23-year-old, Fox was adamant, “No. No ... Just back off.” The actor admitted to New York magazine blog Vulture that he doesn’t really keep up with entertainment news, yet even he knows that T-Swift has a tendency to use her many relationships for song material. “What a way to build a career.” If Sam brought Taylor home to meet his parents, Fox said he probably wouldn’t know who she was—until he heard her newest ballad on the radio. “Yeah, exactly. ‘Sam, You Piece of Shit.’ Oh ... that was the girl you brought home!”

    January 19, 2013 9:05 AM

  18. BUSTED Former New Orleans Mayor Indicted for Corruption Nagin in June 2011. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

    17. Former New Orleans Mayor Indicted

    Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin made Big Easy history Friday by becoming the first mayor in the city’s record to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. At least 21 charges, in fact, that include taking cash bribes and gifts from city contractors and abusing his power to talk Home Depot into a shady granite-installation contract. One contractor, Mark St. Pierre, for example, allegedly sent the then-mayor and his family on vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica and paid for his cellphone service in exchange for signing exclusive technology contracts with St. Pierre that reportedly allowed his software company to yield at least $7 million from City Hall.

    January 19, 2013 7:40 AM

  19. FALLOUT Part Two of Armstrong Interview Airs Armstrong and Winfrey during interview. (Oprah Winfrey Network, via Getty)

    18. Part Two of Armstrong Interview Airs

    Part two of the highly anticipated interview between Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong aired Friday, and this time, it was all about the fallout. Armstrong said he didn’t expect Livestrong to ask him to consider stepping down. “It was the best thing for the organization, but it hurt like hell,” Armstrong said. The cyclist also said the day he lost his sponsors was a “$75 million dollar day.” Asked by Oprah if he would compete again, Armstrong answered, “Hell yes. Do I think it’s going to happen? No.” Armstrong suggested his punishment was more severe than other players’ more temporary suspensions saying “I’m not sure that I deserve the death penalty.” Armstrong became emotional for the first time while recalling the day he told his children the truth, and said that his mom is “a wreck.”

    January 18, 2013 10:00 PM

  20. LAST STRAW Report: Seven Hostages, 11 Kidnappers Killed Military truck in Ain Amenas, Algeria on Friday. (Anis Belghoul/AP)

    19. Report: 7 Hostages, 11 Kidnappers Killed

    At least seven hostages and 11 kidnappers were killed Saturday as the Algerian Army launched its final assault against the Islamic militants holding hostages at a desert gas field. Earlier in the day, officials reportedly found 15 unidentified burned bodies at the plant, where terrorists took an unconfirmed number of people hostage four days ago. The U.S.  has confirmed that one American—58-year-old Texan Frederick Buttaccio, who was a BP sales-operations coordinator—was among those killed. A senior Algerian official said the government is not planning talks with the militants. “They are being told to surrender, that’s it. No negotiations. That is a doctrine with us.”

    January 19, 2013 7:35 AM

  21. DENIED NY Paper Removes Gun Map Affiliated Police Association demended the map come down. (Jim Fitzgerald/AP)

    20. NY Paper Removes Gun Map

    A New York newspaper, The Journal News, has taken down a map of gun-permit owners in its coverage area, after weeks of withstanding complaints and even threats against its employees. The move comes on the heels of new state legislation that allows permit holders to request confidentiality and imposes a 120-day moratorium on the publication of permit-holder information. In a letter published Saturday, Journal News publisher Janet Hesson defended the paper’s decision to publish the map and clarified that—even after having to hire armed guards to protect their office—the newspaper’s employees still believe their readers have a right to know where the gun-permit holders in their community are.

    January 19, 2013 8:15 AM

  22. SABOTAGE Russian Ballet Director May Lose Sight Sergei Filini in April 2011. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty)

    21. Russian Ballet Director May Lose Sight

    Whoever attacked Sergei Filin may get what was intended, as the artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet may never see again. Doctors are working to save the 43-year-old’s sight from the concentrated acid that was thrown into his face as he returned home late Thursday night. A Bolshoi spokeswoman told Russia’s state-run news agency that it could take at least six months for Filin to recover from third-degree burns. Filin had apparently taken the prestigious ballet company’s key role after months of “fierce rivalry” for the position during which he’d received threatening phone calls, his tires were slashed, and someone tried to hack his Facebook page.

    January 19, 2013 8:20 AM