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  1. Assault 3 Americans Dead in Algerian Raid Anis Belghoul/AP

    1. 3 Americans Dead in Algerian Raid

    Three Americans are among those killed in a deadly raid last week in Algeria to rescue hostages taken when Islamic militants overtook a gas facility. Seven Americans made it out safely. The FBI has identified the three Americans as Victor Lynn Lovelady, Frederick Buttaccio, and Gordon Lee Rowan. The death toll currently stands at 57, but nearly 800 hostages are believed to have escaped. Meanwhile, Algerian officials have acknowledged that some of the hostage takers were captured alive. Officials had initially said that all 32 hostage takers were killed, but at least five militants were nabbed while alive.

    January 21, 2013 2:46 PM

  2. The Big Day Obamas Dance to 'Let's Stay Together' Justin Sullivan/Getty

    2. Obamas Dance to 'Let's Stay Together'

    For as much press as there was devoted to what President Obama would say in his inaugural address Monday, there may have been just as much—if not more—coverage of what First Lady Michelle Obama would wear to the inaugural balls. The answer: a ruby chiffon and velvet gown designed by Jason Wu. It may be a bit of a controversial choice, as Wu is the same designer Obama wore four years ago to the inaugural balls, and many fashion critics were hoping she’d use the occasion to champion an up-and-coming designer. After debuting her gown, she and the president danced to “Let’s Stay Together” performed by Jennifer Hudson. “I’ve got a date with me here,” the president told the crowd. “She inspires me every day.”

    January 21, 2013 9:20 PM

  3. Motive

    3. Shocking Details in NM Massacre

    The New Mexico teen who shot his mother, father, and three siblings Saturday said he had “anger issues” and was “annoyed with” his mother before he went on his killing spree, according to a police statement. Nehemiah Griego, who is 15, said he had homicidal and suicidal thoughts before he grabbed a rifle from his parents’ closet and shot his mother in her head. His nine-year-old brother was sleeping next to her and got upset, so Griego shot him, too, and then his two sisters who came into the room crying. He then waited in a bathroom for his father to get home and shot him, too.

    January 21, 2013 3:03 PM

  4. RECONQUEST French Forces Retake Mali Town ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

    4. French Forces Retake Mali Town

    French and Malian on Monday forces retook the key town of Diabaly, which had been held for weeks by rebels that are linked to al Qaeda. Diabaly, located just more than 200 miles from the capital, Bamako, had been the main stronghold of the rebels, and one resident said the rebels had fled the town on Monday. Officials said that Malian and French troops also retook the town of Doutenza, one day after the rebels were reported to have also been retreating from the mountainous region of Kidal. The French-led invasion of Mali began on Jan. 11, while about 150 African troops have joined in the fight so far.

    January 21, 2013 2:03 PM

  5. Get This Party Started 1 Million Gather for President Obama’s Second Inauguration Mladen Antonov

    5. 1 Million Gather for Inauguration

    President Obama has taken his oath, delivered his inaugural address, and walked the parade route, and estimates are now coming in reporting that upwards of one million people gathered to watch the festivities. That’s a paltry number in comparison with Obama’s first public swearing-in, which had a record 1.8 million attendees, though it could still be the biggest crowd ever to see a second inauguration. The president was formally sworn in during an intimate, private ceremony on Sunday—the constitutionally mandated date for inauguration. Later tonight, the Obamas will keep the party going late into the night with two inaugural balls.

    January 21, 2013 5:30 PM

  6. Sex Abuse L.A. Priest Abuse Cover-Up Revealed

    6. L.A. Priest Abuse Cover-Up Revealed

    For decades, top officials in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles maneuvered to cover up for molesting priests, keep sex-abuse stories quiet, and provide damage control for the church, according to church personnel files. The records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese reveal how retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and his aides failed to take meaningful action against priests accused of sex abuse. Priests suspected of abuse were sent away for treatment, but often only after long delays, and many cases slipped under the radar. In a statement Monday, Mahony said he was “naïve” in how he handled the scandals and apologized for his mistakes, saying he keeps the names of 90 abuse victims on index cards and prays for them every day.

    January 21, 2013 8:50 PM

  7. Traffic Nightmare

    7. Ohio Pileup Involved 86 Cars

    A spate of car pileups plagued Ohio Monday as the state suffered winter weather and slick roadways. There were at least four pileups, including one in Cincinnati that involved at least 86 cars and left a 12-year-old girl dead. The girl had gotten out of a damaged vehicle and stood on the median of the roadway near a cable barrier, which snapped and struck and killed her when another vehicle hit the barrier. In addition, at least 20 others were injured, and Interstate 275 was shut down for hours. Another pileup on I-75 in southwest Ohio involved 50 cars.

    January 21, 2013 10:25 PM

  8. PONG Atari Files for Bankruptcy Andreas Rentz / Getty Images News

    8. Atari Files for Bankruptcy

    Another relic of the 1980s bites the dust. The U.S. wing of early video-game giant Atari filed for bankruptcy on Monday. But don’t fret if you are an Atari fan: this does not necessarily mean the end. Although Atari will be seeking buyers for its logo and games catalog—which includes more than 200 games, including the classic Pong—the company is still hoping to grow in mobile and digital gaming. The move is an effort to break away from its unprofitable French parent company. France’s Infogrames first acquired a stake in Atari in 2000 and then bought the company outright in 2008. But since then, the rise of PC and mobile-device games has damaged the videogame industry.

    January 21, 2013 4:19 PM


    9. ADHD Cases Skyrocket

    Hey, it turns out all those kids who have Adderall may need it after all. The number of kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose 24 percent between 2001 and 2010, according to a wide-reaching study published Monday. About 5 percent of the 843,000 children with ADHD were diagnosed during that period. Rates rose the most in minority children, with 70 percent more black children being diagnosed with ADHD—and 90 percent more black girls—than when the study began. White children still constitute the highest number of cases, and three quarters of those diagnosed came from families in which parents had an income of $50,000 or more. Conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Institute, the study differs from previous ones in that it offered a comprehensive look at medical records, rather than relying on reports from parents and schools.

    January 21, 2013 5:32 PM

  10. Captain Wales Prince Harry: I've Killed in Afghanistan John Stillwell

    10. Prince Harry: I've Killed in Afghanistan

    Spoken like a true prince? Harry, Prince of Wales, admitted to killing insurgents before flying out of Afghanistan on Monday, ending his four-month tour as an Apache copilot gunner. "Yeah, so lots of people have," Harry, 28, told reporters. "If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose," he said in one of several interviews released to the media. Having previously served as a combat soldier in the same region, Harry was deployed to Afghanistan four months ago, shortly after the media went wild over nude pictures of him in Vegas. "I let my family down," he said of the Vegas saga. "But it was probably a classic example of me being too much Army, and not enough prince."

    January 21, 2013 3:16 PM

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  12. INSURGENT Three Suicide Bombers Hit Kabul Shah Marai/AFP, via Getty

    11. Three Suicide Bombers Hit Kabul

    Three suicide bombers launched an attack outside the headquarters of the traffic police in Kabul on Monday. Two additional attackers, armed with automatic rifles, stormed the area and fought with security forces for nearly eight hours. The assault killed three police officers and all five attackers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the second on a government building in less than a week. One government official said, “Honestly speaking, this type of attack, at the start of the year, indicates the coming months are going to be tough.”

    January 21, 2013 7:35 AM

  13. INAUGURATION Obama Gives Message of Unity Jason Reed/Reuters, via Landov

    12. Obama Gives Message of Unity

    The president took to the podium after taking the oath of office Monday and quoted the Declaration of Independence—while also saying that “fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges.” The speech, which was longer than President Bush’s second inaugural address but shorter than President Clinton’s second address, hit on some very specific themes: climate change, gay marriage, ending the war in Afghanistan, and women’s rights. Quoting “we hold these truths to be self-evident: all men are created equal,” Obama said that it is "this generation's task" to follow through on those rights. The president strove for a unifying message in his speech, saying that “this generation of Americans has been tested by crises that have steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.”

    January 21, 2013 11:56 AM

  14. MYSTERY Alleged Te’o Mastermind May Confess Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport

    13. Alleged Te’o Mastermind May Confess

    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo may come clean about his role in the bizarre hoax involving Manti Te’o, Tuiasosopo’s uncle said Sunday. Tuiasosopo has been accused of being the mastermind behind the hoax involving Te’o’s fake girlfriend, with whom Te’o had an online relationship. Te’o said his girlfriend had died, but a Deadspin investigation last week found that the woman, Lennay Kekua, never existed. Te’o has maintained that he was duped, presumably by Tuiasosopo, who is a classmate of the woman whose pictures were used as Lennay Kekua. Te’o’s family had claimed that the quarterback met Kekua, and Te’o’s mother allegedly tried to convert the fake Kekua to Mormonism via text. Te’o and his parents will be interviewed by Katie Couric in an episode that will air on Thursday.

    January 21, 2013 10:20 AM

  15. SUPERSTAR Jessica Chastain Wins Box Office Universal

    14. Jessica Chastain Wins Box Office

    Jessica Chastain was the queen of the box office this weekend, starring in Hollywood’s two highest-grossing films. Mama, a supernatural thriller, took the top spot this weekend with a gross of $28.1 million. The Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, also starring Chastain, added $17.6 million to its haul, landing in the No. 2 spot. Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was No. 3. Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest, The Last Stand, debuted in 10th place with $6.3 million. He probably won’t be back.

    January 21, 2013 8:31 AM

  16. Inauguration Day Obama Sworn In Mark Wilson/Getty

    15. Obama Sworn In

    Welcome back, Mr. President. Obama took the ceremonial oath of office at 11:51 a.m. on Monday, flanked by Vice President Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, members of the Supreme Court, and more—and around 600,000 bystanders who cheered “Obama” as the president took the podium. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, delivered the prayer, the first time a woman has done so. Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by Obama, administered the oath of office to the vice president—who refrained from calling himself the president this time around—while Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to the president. And the whole affair wasn't flub-free: Obama slightly stumbled over the line "and the office of the President of the United States." Oops.

    January 21, 2013 11:51 AM

  17. The Scoop Katie Couric to Interview Te’o Te'o in ESPN interview on Friday. (Ryan Jones/ESPN Images, via AP)

    16. Katie Couric to Interview Te’o

    Katie Couric will have the first interview with star linebacker Manti Te’o, ABC announced Sunday. The interview will air Thursday on Katie, Couric’s new syndicated talk show. Among the many questions Couric is likely to have for Te’o, one may be just how early he revealed his hoax to the Notre Dame. According to an in-depth report in the South Bend Tribune, Te’o told the university about the scandal on Dec. 26, and a private investigation funded by the university launched early in January, and investigators searched “several sophisticated databases” for information on Lennay Kekua. The investigators, however, did not actually talk to Te’o or his family, and no one contacted Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who Deadspin reported may be involved with the fake Twitter account. 

    January 20, 2013 3:30 PM

  18. THE BIG DAY Inauguration Ticket Prices Slashed Mario Tama/Getty

    17. Inauguration Ticket Prices Slashed

    Tickets for the official inauguration events have been slashed in recent days in order for planners to reach their $50 million fundraising goals to pay for the balls, the parade, and other activities. An email sent last week announced “special rates we have negotiated for you” for various tickets. Tickets to one of the two official balls were going for $500, less than half of what people were paying previously. It suggests that donors have not been as generous as they were in 2009, when fundraisers took in closer to $53 million for the event. Planners had announced that they would take corporate donations this year to ease pressure on individual donors, but only a few companies have donated. “It’s been a tough slog,” one person involved in fundraising said.

    January 21, 2013 7:41 AM

  19. INDIA RAPE Trial May Be Moved Out of New Delhi Raveendran/AFP, via Getty

    18. Trial May Be Moved Out of New Delhi

    The Supreme Court of India announced it would consider moving the gang-rape trail out of New Delhi, after the lawyer for one of the defendants submitted a plea. M.L. Sharma, the lawyer for defendant Mukesh Singh, said in his petition that anger over the rape and killing of the 23-year-old student “has gone into the root of each home in Delhi” and his client “cannot get justice in Delhi.” The trial was set to begin Monday in a special “fast track” court designed to deliver a swift ruling. But the father of the victim said, “It is the duty of the court and the judges to ensure that the final order to punish all the accused is handed down quickly and all the men are hanged.”

    January 21, 2013 7:39 AM

  20. RECOVERY Ballet Chief ‘Regaining Sight’ Yuri Kadobnov/AFP, via Getty

    19. Ballet Chief ‘Regaining Sight’

    Doctors said that the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director will have sight in at least one eye when he recovers from an acid attack. An eyesight specialist said Sergei Filin “is regaining sight faster in one eye, but I think that we are going to even things out for both,” and added that the recovery process “will take a lot of time.” Filin suffered third-degree burns to his face when a masked man cornered him near his Moscow home and attacked him with sulfuric acid. Several dancers have since reported infighting at the Bolshoi, but choreographer Svetlana Adyrkhayeva said, “This is just theater. Normal people do not behave in this manner.”

    January 21, 2013 8:25 AM

  21. BRRR Snowstorm Sweeps Across Europe AFP/Getty

    20. Snowstorm Sweeps Across Europe

    Hundreds of flights were canceled in Europe after a snowstorm and freezing rain swept across the continent on Sunday. Heathrow airport in London canceled hundreds of flights, while Frankfurt canceled all activity due to the weather conditions. Weather is expected to improve in some areas by tomorrow morning, but Heathrow, which is Europe's central hub, issued a statement saying, “It is possible that weather conditions at other European airports will increase the number of cancellations.”

    January 20, 2013 7:00 PM

  22. VPOTUS Biden Hints at 2016 Run Taylor Hill/Getty

    21. Biden Hints at 2016 Run

    Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly said he was “proud to be president of the United States” at a ball Saturday, but that was not the only hint he dropped over the weekend of his future ambitions. That mere fact that he stopped by the Iowa-sponsored ball was a show of respect for the state that holds the first nominating contest of the presidential campaign. Biden also selected Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is of Hispanic heritage, to administer his oath of office Sunday. Democratic National Committee ex-chairman Ed Rendell said, “If Joe Biden were to run for president, some of these early contacts may prove very useful for him.”

    January 21, 2013 8:20 AM

  23. SCORE 49ers Advance to Super Bowl Ezra Shaw/Getty

    22. 49ers Advance to Super Bowl

    No Bay Area, you're not dreaming. The San Francisco 49ers overcame a questionable call on a catch and beat the Atlanta Falcons 28–24 Sunday night, securing their spot in Super Bowl XLVII. It will be the 49ers’ first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years. The team will be facing the Baltimore Ravens or New England Patriots in two weeks. If the Ravens move on, the Super Bowl would pit Jim Harbaugh against his brother, John Harbaugh, Baltimore's head coach. 

    January 20, 2013 7:45 PM

  24. Buzzkill Lupe Fiasco Escorted Offstage at Obama Inauguration Party NBC

    23. Lupe Fiasco Escorted Offstage

    Here’s a bright idea: let’s have a rapper who has called President Obama a “terrorist” headline the performance at one of his inaugural parties...and then watch the drama ensue. Lupe Fiasco was escorted offstage last night after the 30-year-old Chicago rapper reportedly dissed Obama for some 30 minutes in an antiwar song at the start of the show. Event organizers for the StartUp RockOn concert celebrating Obama’s reelection have refused to admit Fiasco’s rant was inappropriate given the context, instead insisting that they were forced to end a “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally unsatisfied.”

    January 21, 2013 11:50 AM