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  1. BREAKTHROUGH Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Military Senior Airman Brett Clashman/USAF

    1. Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Military

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the military ban on women in combat Wednesday, a move that opens up thousands of frontline positions and potential elite commando jobs. The decision gives the U.S. military until 2016 to seek “special exceptions” for jobs they believe should remain closed to women. The highly controversial 1994 ban was brought under scrutiny this past November when four female service members challenged the Pentagon's ban on women in combat.

    January 23, 2013 3:19 PM

  2. Expectations Apple Q1 Earnings Disappoint Eric Risberg/AP

    2. Apple Q1 Earnings Disappoint

    Is iPhone mania over? Probably not, but Apple's reported first-quarter profits caused shares to drop 5 percent in after-hours trading. The year shattered iPhone sales records (by 10 million), but failed to reach analyst expectations. Not to mention the company recently chopped down its order for iPhone 5 parts and the stock has lost a quarter of its value in the just past four months. But it's not as bad as it sounds: Analysts had predicted reports of 48.3 million in iPhone sales and Apple sold 47.8. Total sales rose 17.7 percent, but missed a forecast of $54.7 billion by $200 million. Before you pity Apple remember that the company's sitting on $137.1 billion.

    January 23, 2013 5:41 PM

  3. DEAL House Passes Debt Ceiling Extension Mark Wilson/Getty

    3. House Passes Debt Ceiling Extension

    The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a three-month extension to the debt ceiling, hours after Senate Democrats announced that they will accept the House GOP’s plan to raise the debt ceiling. House Speaker John Boehner and his team have managed to get members to support a plan that would lift the debt ceiling until May 19 in exchange for demands that the Senate and House regularly approve the budget. The new plan drops the previous demand that every dollar in increased borrowing authority be met with a corresponding spending cut. Over in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid promised “regular order” to bring a budget to the Senate floor—for first time since 2009.

    January 23, 2013 11:58 AM

  4. ‘THIS IS PERSONAL’ Clinton Testifies on Benghazi Attack Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    4. Clinton Testifies on Benghazi Attack

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton choked up while testifying before Congress on the Benghazi, Libya, attack Wednesday morning, saying, “For me, this is not just a matter of policy, this is personal.” At one point, Clinton got into a heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson over his accusations that the White House misled the administration. Clinton interrupted him and said, “With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of protests or because there were guys who went out for a walk one night who decided they would kill some Americans? At this point, what difference does it make, senator?” Clinton also indicated that there had been security upgrades to the facility that was attacked. “There were inadequacies in the response,” she said. “Those are the specific kinds of recommendations we are currently implementing.”

    Hillary Clinton close to tears at Senate Benghazi hearing

    January 23, 2013 11:15 AM

  5. campus shooting Police Seek 2nd Houston Suspect Harris County Sheriff’s Office/AP

    5. Police Seek 2nd Houston Suspect

    A 22-year-old Lone Star College student has been charged in the targeted campus shooting that sent four to the hospital on Wednesday near Houston, and police are looking for a possible second suspect. Carlton Berry allegedly shot Jody Neal, who was in the process of enrolling at the school, in "a ridiculous adolescent confrontation," according to Sheriff Adrian Garcia. A college maintenance worker who was nearby was also shot and another nearby student had an anxiety attack. Berry is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, though the weapon has not been recovered and Garcia says there could have been another collaborator.

    January 23, 2013 9:54 PM

  6. ‘EUROPE QUESTION’ Cameron Pledges Referendum on EU Cameron speaks of EU referendum on Wednesday. (Matt Dunham/AP)

    6. Cameron Pledges Referendum on EU

    British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Wednesday to hold a referendum in the first half of the next Parliament to whether the country will stay in the European Union. “It is time to settle this European question in British politics,” Cameron said. “I say to the British people: this is your decision.” Cameron said he will personally fight to stay in the EU, but he nonetheless called for Britain to have a better relationship with Brussels and argued for a more “flexible, willing cooperation” for all members. His speech has already drawn criticism on the continent, where French and German leaders said Britain cannot “cherry-pick” EU membership.

    January 23, 2013 6:54 AM

  7. DEADLOCK Israel Coalition Talks to Begin Leader of Yesh Atid speaks on Wednesday. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

    7. Israel Coalition Talks to Begin

    Well, this is unexpected. Early results on Tuesday from Israel’s election showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party lost a quarter of its seats in government, and he will be forced to form a coalition government with the newly formed Yesh Atid party. Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu alliance still maintained the largest majority, with 31 seats, but Yesh Atid won a shocking 19 seats. Yesh Atid is led by popular former TV presenter Yair Lapid, and has demanded reform of the law that excuses ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students from serving in the military. Lapid’s victory could also cause other headaches for Netanyahu, as Lapid has insisted he will only join a government committed to reviving the peace process with Palestine.

    January 23, 2013 6:49 AM

  8. Faked it? Beyoncé Lip-Syncing Reports Conflict Mark Gail/MCT, via Getty Images

    8. Beyoncé Lip-Syncing Reports Conflict

    Because we won't rest until we know the truth about the queen of pop's alleged Inaugural Ball lip-syncing scandal, the rumors continue. CNN quoted an anonymous "inaugural official" as saying that she did not sing, but lip-synced over a pre-recorded version. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal snagged an audio tape that sounds like Beyoncé is singing over her own voice. The Marine Band accompanying her originally said they pretended to play while she lip-synced, but later retracted the statement, saying they didn't know. When asked about the Beyoncé-gate, presidential spokesman Jay Carney told the White House press corps said he knew nothing and was "glad you guys are focused on the important issues of the day here."

    January 23, 2013 9:29 PM

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    9. Redskins Duped By Fake Woman

    So many NFL imposter stories, so little time. In an incident completely seperate from the Notre Dame Manti Te'o scandal, it seems the Washington Redskins are embroiled in a little case of flase identity of their own. NFL security conducted an investigation into a situation involving a woman, known as Sidney Ackerman, who used pictures of an Internet adult entertainer to establish conversations with members of the team using a twitter account. Ackerman reportedly used the fake twitter identity to message players pictures, and to speak with them as a "diehard" Redskins fan. "You're talking about a lot of guys who are single. I don't fault the guys," the team's director of player development said Wednesday. The fake account has since been deleted. 

    January 23, 2013 6:30 PM

  11. Good Grief! Voice of Charlie Brown Arrested Valerie Macon/Getty

    10. Voice of Charlie Brown Arrested

    First Elmo, now Charlie Brown? A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Wednesday that Peter Robbins, 56, who was the voice of Charlie Brown during A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, was arrested at a border crossing between San Diego and Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said Robbins was arrested after officials discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest by the San Diego Police Department, and was arraigned Wednesday on counts of stalking and making a threat to cause death or great bodily harm. The sheriff’s department did not give any further details and Robbins’s manager declined to comment. Ouch, Charlie.

    January 23, 2013 4:07 PM

  12. Doprah Armstrong Sued Over Books Brandon Malone/Reuters, via Landov

    11. Armstrong Sued Over Books

    So...it is about the bike? Two readers of Lance Armstrong's book It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life and Every Second Counts have filed a federal suit against him and his publishers, saying the books are based on lies. Rob Stutzman, a public affairs consultant, and Jonathan Wheeler, a professional chef, is asking the U.S. District court in California to grant them class-action status on behalf of readers who fell for the false advertising, and they're asking for refunds. They cite Armstrong's confession on Oprah that he doped to win his record seven victories in the Tour de France. A librarian in Australia has already gained attention by promising to file Armstrong's books under "fiction."

    January 23, 2013 7:17 PM

  13. WHAT HAPPENED?! Boehner Joke Prompted Eye Roll Allison Shelley/Getty

    12. Boehner Joke Prompted Eye Roll

    The biggest inauguration mystery that doesn’t involve Beyoncé may be solved. A lip reader tells Inside Edition that the first lady’s epic eye roll during a brunch next to the Boehners may have been sparked by a joke about smoking. It looks as though Boehner asked the president if he had a cigarette before lunch, and then quipped, “Somebody won’t let you do it.” While this hasn’t been confirmed by other lip readers, a Boehner spokesman said it isn’t true. The takeaway: don’t mess with Michelle Obama.

    January 23, 2013 8:46 AM

  14. HE WOLF Shakira Welcomes Baby Boy UNICEF/AP

    13. Shakira Welcomes Baby Boy

    Colombian singer Shakira welcomed a baby boy Tuesday, the pop star's first child with Spanish soccer boyfriend Gerard Piqué. The singer revealed her son's name, Milan Piqué Mebarak, several hours later on her website. "The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification," the announcement reads. Born in Barcelona, Milan reportedly weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. "Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth." Shakira is one of the newest mentors on the NBC's popular show The Voice.

     

    January 22, 2013 8:30 PM

  15. CLEAN SLATE Gen. John Allen Cleared of Misconduct AFP

    14. Gen. Allen Cleared of Misconduct

    Some key players in the Petraeus scandal are suddenly making headlines again—though it may be the last we hear of them. The Pentagon has cleared Gen. John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of any wrongdoing following an investigation into a rumored-to-be-inappropriate email exchange with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. As it turns out, Allen has been “completely exonerated” of violating any military prohibitions in his emails with Kelley, who was harassed by General Petraeus’s mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Kelley flatly denied reports that she and Allen exchanged suggestive emails.

    January 22, 2013 6:23 PM

  16. FAIR ENOUGH Obama ‘Will Not Oppose’ House GOP J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    15. Obama ‘Will Not Oppose’ House GOP

    Looks like Washington is still licking its fiscal cliff wounds. President Obama announced Tuesday that he “will not oppose” the House Republicans’ new proposal to suspend enforcement of the federal debt limit until May 19. The measure—which will be brought to the House for a vote Wednesday—would give the Republicans "breathing room" in order to avoid another debt-limit confrontation with Obama. Under the proposal, the government's legal borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion would remain the same until May 18. If successful, the approach will be the first of its kind to succeed since WWII.

    January 22, 2013 10:14 PM

  17. WATCH YOUR TWEETS Rio Cop Fired Over ‘Offensive’ Tweet Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty

    16. Rio Cop Fired Over ‘Offensive’ Tweet

    A Brazilian police officer lost his job after tweeting that of the 14 women staff at the Rio de Janeiro station, “only one had the talent, courage and determination needed for police work.” The head of Rio’s police force, a woman, had Pedro Paulo Pinho replaced by a female officer. Pinho insists that he is being treated unfairly, and his tweets also included praise for women police officers. Pinho said he wrote the tweet after a female co-worker, with whom he claims the station had a “history of problems,” did not show up for work on Monday.

    January 23, 2013 7:18 AM

  18. BEYONCÉGATE Aretha Laughed at Beyoncé Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    17. Aretha Laughed at Beyoncé

    Aretha Franklin weighed in Wednesday on the lip-sync (ironically) heard round the world, saying she “really laughed” when she heard the news that Beyoncé’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s inauguration was prerecorded. “I thought it was funny, because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees, and for most singers that is just not good singing weather,” the Queen of Soul said. She added—some think rather cattily—that when she performed at the 2009 inauguration, she sang live, because she “wanted to give people the real thing, and prerecording never crossed my mind.” But, you know, Beyoncé “did a beautiful job with the prerecord.”

    January 23, 2013 2:25 PM

  19. FORGET-ME-NOT Transgender Girl Writes to Obama Rob Carr, Pool/Getty

    18. Transgender Girl Writes to Obama

    President Obama’s historic use of the word “gay” in his inauguration speech on Monday was cheered in the LGBT community. But one transgender 11-year-old girl named Sadie wondered why she wasn’t included, too. “Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else,” Sadie reminded the president in a hand-written essay that has been making the rounds on the Internet. “It really isn't that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else."

    January 23, 2013 10:09 AM

  20. UM, WHAT? McCain: Waterboard Kerry McCain and Kerry on Dec. 3, 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

    19. McCain: Waterboard Kerry

    Things are really getting intense on Capitol Hill. Sen. John McCain said on Tuesday that he will get answers from Sen. John Kerry in his confirmation hearings—even if it means that McCain will have to waterboard Kerry. “We will look forward to interrogating him at his hearing next week, mercilessly,” McCain said. “We will bring back for the only time waterboarding to get the truth out of him.” Kerry will appear Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer questions about his nomination as secretary of state, and is expected to easily win approval.

    January 23, 2013 6:55 AM

  21. SHOCKER Serena Williams Out at Australian Open Williams reacts during match with Sloane. (William West/AFP/Getty)

    20. Serena Williams Out at Australian Open

    Is this the changing of the guard in tennis? Sloane Stephens, 19, won an upset victory against Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian open on Wednesday. Williams won the first set 6–3, but Stephens came back to dominate the second set 7–5 before capping off the match with a 6–4 victory. Williams said she suffered a back injury at a point close to the net, but the match overall proved frustrating—causing her to take out her anger on her racket, which she broke when she slammed it down during the second set. On Tuesday, Williams and sister Venus lost in the doubles quarterfinals.

    January 23, 2013 7:23 AM

  22. HAPPY DAYS No Election ‘Despair’ for Ryan JEWEL SAMAD/AFP

    21. No Election ‘Despair’ for Ryan

    Rep. Paul Ryan may not have been standing where he wanted to be on Inauguration Day, but he’s trying to look on the bright side. Although the former Republican vice-presidential candidate has been keeping a low profile since his November defeat, he told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he’s not feeling glum, because the race was closer than people think—coming down to about 500,000 votes. The Wisconsin representative also admitted that he couldn’t help pondering what could have been during President Obama's inauguration speech, but he is remaining chipper, because he gave up feeling despair for Lent last year. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons ...

    January 23, 2013 1:12 PM

  23. SMACKDOWN Rand Paul: Should Have Fired Hillary Saul Loeb/AFP

    22. Rand Paul: Should Have Fired Hillary

    It seems not everyone was satisfied with Hillary Clinton’s testimony this morning. During the congressional hearing, Tea Party favorite Rand Paul criticized Clinton for a “failure of leadership” over the attack in Benghazi, Libya, and called it the “greatest tragedy since 9/11.” He added, “Had I been president, I would have relieved Secretary Clinton of her duties.” Shortly after the hearing, Paul sent out a video clip of the exchange to his supporters. Paul has previously said he is “interested” in running for president in 2016.

    January 23, 2013 1:04 PM

  24. HEARTLESS Two Arrested for Girl Scout Theft Matt Slocum/AP

    23. Two Arrested for Girl Scout Theft

    Who would try steal money from the Girl Scouts when there are cookies available? Two Massachusetts men were arrested Tuesday after attempting to steal $400 from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies—and even allegedly injured their troopmaster in the process. Police say Nicholas Taverna, 22, and Cassidy Michalski, 25, tried to steal the cash box from a Girl Scout cookie station at Walmart in Northampton. The adult supervising the Scouts suffered a broken nose and arm injuries when trying to stop the would-be thieves. The pair have been charged with unarmed robbery, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon. Not listed in the charges: heartless.

    January 23, 2013 11:53 AM

  25. ‘LUDICROUS’ Ex-Coach: I Didn’t Throw Super Bowl Brian Bahr/Getty

    24. Ex-Coach: I Didn’t Throw Super Bowl

    Former Oakland Raiders Coach Bill Callahan is denying claims made by two players that he “sabotaged” Super Bowl XXXVII, leading his team into an embarrassing 48–21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a statement released Tuesday, Callahan called the players’ allegations “defamatory” and asked that they be retracted. “Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches, and fans, is flat-out wrong,” he said. Callahan’s defense comes just one day after former Oakland receiver Jerry Rice publicly agreed with ex-teammate Tim Brown’s claim that he deliberately led his team to failure. Callahan now coaches for the Dallas Cowboys.

    January 23, 2013 11:34 AM

  26. GUNFIRE Lone Star College Suspect Charged Collecting evidence after shooting on Tuesday. (Patric Schneider/AP)

    25. Lone Star College Suspect Charged

    Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault after opening fire at Lone Star College in north Houston on Tuesday. Berry is currently being treated at Northwest Medical Center after apparently shooting himself when he mishandled his weapon. Berry allegedly opened fire after an altercation with another student, injuring that student and a janitor. The identities of the other man in the altercation, declared a “person of interest” by police, and the janitor have not yet been released. The incident, which prompted a campuswide lockdown, stoked fears of another deadly, mass school shooting—especially with memories of the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting still fresh in everyone’s minds.

    January 23, 2013 6:44 AM