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  1. TOO FAR Court: Obama ‘Exceeded’ Authority Obama re-nominated Cordray on Thursday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    1. Court: Obama ‘Exceeded’ Authority

    Chief Judge David B. Sentelle is no more mr. nice guy. A federal appeals-court panel ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the Constitution by making his Labor appointments during a congressional recess—which could invalidate hundreds of decisions. In the holiday recess last year, Obama named three people to the National Labor Relations Board after Republicans had held up the appointments for months.The decision could invalidate all the decisions made by the NLRB since then—and could raise questions about Obama’s nomination of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The White House said Friday that it strongly disagrees with the decision, calling it novel and unprecedented.

    January 26, 2013 8:00 AM

  2. March for Life Thousands Attend Anti-Abortion Rally Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    2. Thousands Attend Anti-Abortion Rally

    Thousands of protest marched through Washington to the steps of the Supreme Court Friday for the annual March for Life rally protesting Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision that legalized abortion. This year’s demonstrations were of course especially significant with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Protesters carried signs with messages such as “Defund Planned Parenthood,” and Rick Santorum was among the day’s speakers. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 63 percent of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.

    January 25, 2013 8:48 PM

  3. TAHRIR SQUARE Egypt Deploys Troops in Suez Hussein Tallal/AP

    3. Egypt Deploys Troops in Suez

    Egyptian armed forces deployed troops to the city of Suez Saturday, after violence erupted there on the two-year anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Nine people are reportedly dead after hundreds of protesters clashed with police Friday, breaking into local government offices, and setting the Muslim Brotherhood’s main building ablaze. Police fired small bombs, firecrackers, and tear gas at the demonstrators in attempt to control the crowd. The protesters are calling for an end to newly elected President Mohamed Morsi’s term.

    January 25, 2013 10:00 PM

  4. WEST WING McDonough Named New Chief of Staff Carolyn Kaster/AP

    4. McDonough Named New Chief of Staff

    Having a job once held by Rahm Emanuel, Jack Lew, and more has got to be some intense pressure. President Obama named foreign-policy aide Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff Friday. Touting McDonough’s work ethic—joking, “I think sometimes Denis likes pulling all-nighters”—Obama called him the “consummate public servant.” McDonough, a deputy national-security adviser, is a longtime trusted ally of Obama’s—key to holding down the chief-of-staff job, considered one of the most influential in Washington despite being behind the scenes. Obama is also expected to announce communications director Dan Pfeiffer as senior adviser and make his deputy, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director.

    January 25, 2013 2:45 PM

  5. Hoaxgate Notre Dame Defends Handling of Te’o Te'o in ESPN interview on Friday. (Ryan Jones/ESPN Images, via AP)

    5. Notre Dame Defends Handling of Te’o

    Shockingly, there’s no official protocol at the University of Notre Dame on how to deal with a hoax involving a star football player and a fake dead girlfriend. As such, the school’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, sent Notre Dame’s board of trustees a letter outlining and defending the university’s actions when the Manti Te’o hoax scandal broke. The letter says administrators quickly decided after learning about the hoax that Te’o hadn’t broken any laws or NCAA rules. Jenkins also said he believes, in the face of intense scrutiny, that Te’o’s story has held up.

    January 25, 2013 5:04 PM

  6. Things Are Looking Up Major Gains for Wall Street John Moore / Getty Images

    6. Major Gains for Wall Street

    We don't want to jinx it, but are things looking up? Friday was a big day on Wall Street, with the Standard & Poor's 500 index closing above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years. High U.S. earnings from Procter & Gamble and other companies were credited for the boost. The Dow Jones industrial average was also up by 0.51 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite Index saw a 0.62 percent jump. This was the fourth week in a row of gains for all three indexes.

    January 25, 2013 4:16 PM

  7. Making Amends Armstrong Will Help ‘Clean Up Cycling’ Laurent Rebours/AP

    7. Armstrong Will Help ‘Clean Up Cycling’

    Lance Armstrong's Tour de Redemption continues. The disgraced athlete’s attorney told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong plans to cooperate with efforts to “clean up cycling.” Armstrong also plans to appear before the International Cycling Union’s “truth and reconciliation” commission. Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman also warns, however, that if the USADA truly hopes to clean up the sport, it must turn to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union to take the lead. It’s unclear at this point, but there’s a possibility that if Armstrong cooperates, his lifetime ban from the sport may be scaled back to eight years, the Associated Press reports.

    January 25, 2013 9:44 PM

  8. Back to Alaska Sarah Palin Leaving Fox News Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

    8. Sarah Palin Leaving Fox News

    More time for moose hunting? Sarah Palin adds another “former” to her title, as the former Alaskan governor and vice-presidential candidate is ending her run as an on-air contributor at Fox News. A source says Palin, who has been with the network for three years, was offered a new contract, but decided not to renew. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion,” the source said. It’s unclear whether Palin plans to shop her services around to other news networks.

    January 25, 2013 5:27 PM

  9. Swiss Please Tina Turner Turning in Her Passport MARK RALSTON / Getty Images

    9. Tina Turner Turning in Her Passport

    This is one relationship she doesn’t need out of. Tina Turner loves her adopted home on the shores of Lake Zurich so much, she’s decided to give up her U.S. citizenship and go full Swiss. “I’m very happy in Switzerland, and I feel at home here...I cannot imagine a better place to live,” Turner told a German-language paper. The singer is still waiting on federal authorities to approve her application for a Swiss passport but plans to give up her American one once she gets it.

    January 25, 2013 1:22 PM

  10. What Would Jared Do? Subway Apologizes for Footlong Snafu PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

    10. Subway Apologizes for Footlong Snafu

    Well, this is embarrassing. Subway, which swears this normally never, ever happens, is facing the ire of its customers after a man posted a photo of his “Footlong” sandwich next to a tape measure that revealed it to only be 11 inches. The photo, and subsequent outrage, went viral, and the chain quickly released a statement saying the bread length could vary between franchises. On Friday, however, the company was even more apologetic, saying it will work extra hard to “ensure consistency and correct length” in all its sandwiches and regrets “any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers.” Don’t worry, Subway, it doesn’t make you any less of a chain.

    January 25, 2013 3:27 PM

  11. WHERE'S THE HOLOGRAM? Coachella 2013 Performances Announced The Hives perform at 2012 Coachella. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

    11. Coachella 2013 Performances Announced

    This pair will certainly go down as an unlikely duo. Coachella 2013 will be anchored by British pop band Blur and longtime alternative-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, the festival announced Thursday. Also on the roster for the multiday event: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, Skillrex project Dog Blood, and Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels. Remaining tickets will go on sale Jan. 29 on Coachella’s website. The festival is set to take place the weekends of April 12 and April 19 in the desert city of Indio, California.

    January 25, 2013 8:08 AM

  12. Replaced ExxonMobil Is Most Valuable Co. John Gress / Getty Images

    12. ExxonMobil Is Most Valuable Co.

    Apple is no longer the world’s most valuable company. As of Friday, the coveted title is held by ExxonMobil. The switch seems to have been caused more by a faltering on Apple’s part than a particular surge in ExxonMobil’s stock, as less than stellar iPhone sales, leadership shake-ups, and serious competition from fellow smartphone and tablet producers has hobbled Apple since CEO Steve Jobs resigned in 2011. Still, Jobs’s baby leads Google and Microsoft as the most valuable tech company.

    January 25, 2013 12:05 PM

  13. HARSH WORDS Jindal to GOP: Stop Being ‘Stupid’ Party Jindal speaking in June 2012. (Scott Olson/Getty)

    13. Jindal to GOP: Stop Being ‘Stupid’ Party

    So this is one way to (maybe) run for president: criticize your own party. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal closed out the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting on Friday by calling on the party to “stop being the stupid party.” “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments,” Jindal said. “I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.” Jindal said the GOP “might need to change just about everything else we’re doing” while still keeping the party’s values. Jindal took special aim at Washington insiders, saying conservatism really thrives outside Capitol Hill. It appears the GOP agrees with him: hours before his speech, Republican leaders promised to release a report in March that will outline recommendations for the party to survive.

    January 25, 2013 7:20 AM

  14. LONE STAR SHOOTING Second School Shooting Suspect Arrested Police collect evidence on Tuesday. (Patric Schneider/AP)

    14. Second School Shooting Suspect Arrested

    Trey Foster was arrested at home early Friday morning, the second suspect in the Lone Star College shooting to be taken into police custody. The 22-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault in Tuesday’s campus shooting, which wounded three people. The case continues to unfold, as who exactly was holding the weapon at the time of the shooting is still being disputed. Court records name Foster as the gunman, but authorities previously charged Foster’s friend Carlton Berry with two accounts of aggravated assault in conjunction with the shooting.

    January 25, 2013 9:19 AM

  15. NEVER SMILE South African Police to Join Croc Hunt Crocodile in Edeni Game Reserve in S. Africa. (Cameron Spencer/Getty)

    15. South African Police to Join Croc Hunt

    South African police said Friday that they will be joining in a massive hunt for 10,000 missing crocodiles. The crocodiles escaped during a storm, during which they may have been washed into one of the area’s largest rivers. Crocodile farmers, local residents, and police have already trapped thousands of reptiles, using plastic bands to tie their legs behind their backs, and then piled them into pickup trucks. The floodgates at the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe were open in the search, and police in Zimbabwe have issued strong warnings against swimming. Crocodile farms provide skins from the animal for the fashion industry.

    January 25, 2013 7:49 AM

  16. BRAVERY Mali Militants’ New Fight: Music Khaira Arby in July 2011. (C Brandon/Redferns, via Getty)

    16. Mali Militants’ New Fight: Music

    As French-led troops capture more towns held by rebels linked to al Qaeda in Mali, it’s become clear who some of the victims of one of the most vicious campaigns are: musicians. With the ancient cultural center of Timbuktu in its borders, Mali has always been a stronghold for the arts. But since the country became overrun by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the musicians are still singing—only they are fighting for their lives just by doing it. “They’ve said that when they capture music, they will cut out my tongue,” says Khaira Arby, who is known as as Mali's “Nightingale of the North.”

    January 25, 2013 10:17 AM

  17. DUCKING OUT Georgia Senator Plans to Retire Alex Wong / Getty Images

    17. Georgia Senator Plans to Retire

    Saxby Chambliss is quitting while he’s ahead. The senator from Georgia would rather avoid a fight with the Tea Party for the Republican nomination than run for a third term next year. The 69-year-old conservative caught a lot of flack this year for participating in the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Six in hopes of coming to a debt compromise, despite his career-long loyalty to the GOP. A congressional aide made the announcement anonymously Friday, but Chambliss is expected to speak on his planned exit soon.

    January 25, 2013 11:11 AM

  18. FINALLY Monday Set for Sandy Aid Vote Damage repair in the Rockaways on Jan. 15. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    18. Monday Set for Sandy Aid Vote

    Maybe they were shamed into doing it by Jon Stewart? The Senate has scheduled a vote for Monday to allocate the rest of an aid package for the victims of superstorm Sandy. The $50 billion–plus package passed the House of Representatives last week, but has been held up in the Senate by Republican lawmakers, who have claimed it has too many unrelated amendments, or pork. The House speaker pulled a vote on the aid package during the last session of the 112th Congress, drawing heavy criticism from GOP darling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as many irate New York and New Jersey residents. After the uproar, Congress passed a $9 billion flood-insurance bill and pledged to soon pass the rest of the aid package.

    January 25, 2013 7:16 AM

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  20. WE’RE OK Home Sales Dip, but Housing Still Back Home for sale in Andover, Mass in Dec. 2012. (Elise Amendola/AP), Elise Amendola

    19. Home Sales Dip, but Housing Still Back

    The U.S. Department of Commerce presented some bad news and some good news about housing Friday. Single-family home sales took a 7.3 percent dip last month, according to the department, but median sale prices are on the rise, and the housing sector is still looking good in the grand scheme of economic recovery. Indeed, the success of the housing market is expected to help make up for the pain of this year’s tax hikes. Andrew Grantham, an economist at CIBC World Markets in Toronto, says the news isn’t worth worrying about. “This should prove to be a temporary blip as the U.S. housing market continues its gradual recovery,” he said.

    January 25, 2013 10:41 AM

  21. THE FORCE J.J. Abrams to Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    20. J.J. Abrams to Direct New ‘Star Wars’

    It’s going to take expert use of “the force” to quell fans’ fears and meet their expectations for the planned Star Wars sequel, but J.J. Abrams is up for the challenge. Abrams is set to direct the polarizing new Star Wars film, The Wrap reported Thursday, and added that he beat out Ben Affleck for the gig. Abrams has a history rebooting sci-fi franchises, having helmed the recent Star Trek smash. Disney already announced that it’s shooting for a 2015 release for the new film. Abrams will also be directing an upcoming biopic of Lance Armstrong.


    January 24, 2013 5:11 PM

  22. LONG WAY TO GO Dreamliner Probe to Take More Time Dreamliner at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Jan. 16. (AFP/Getty)

    21. Dreamliner Probe to Take More Time

    Just what the airline industry needs in the dead of winter. U.S. regulators inspecting the now grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft said Thursday that they would need more time—stoking fears that aircraft’s grounding could be even longer. While the investigators have found “symptoms” of what caused the Jan. 7 battery fire in Boston, the underlying cause still remains a mystery, said Deborah Hersman, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Calling the Dreamliner mishaps an “unprecedented event,” Hersman refused to answer questions about how long the investigation could take. The 787 has been grounded worldwide since two fires aboard aircraft in Japan and the incident in Boston, all of which occurred earlier this month.

    January 25, 2013 6:53 AM

  23. YIKES ‘Triple Dip’ Recession Eyed in Britain Shoppers in central London on Jan. 20. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty)

    22. ‘Triple Dip’ Recession Eyed in Britain

    Britain’s economy continued to shrink in the fourth quarter, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Friday, meaning that the country could be headed for an unprecedented “triple dip” recession. The country’s gross domestic product shrank 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2012, with the economy still below its September 2011 levels and smaller by 3.3 percent than in 2008. Sterling fell Friday to its lowest levels against the euro in over a year, and output by Britain’s manufacturing sector dropped by 1.5 percent in the quarter and 1.8 percent for the year as a whole. Britain entered a recession in September 2011, but briefly rallied earlier this year, buoyed by the London Olympics and the queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    January 25, 2013 6:56 AM

  24. JUSTICE Judges: DSK Knew About Prostitutes Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Dec. 2012. (Jacques Brinon/AP)

    23. Judges: DSK Knew About Prostitutes

    Could Dominique Strauss-Kahn actually face some justice? A panel of French judges will tell the former International Monetary Fund chief that they’ve concluded that he was an “instigator” in a French sex ring, according to a report published in Le Figaro on Friday. Strauss-Kahn, 63, has been charged with voluntarily participating in sex parties hosted by prostitutes. DSK maintains his innocence, claiming that while he did attend these parties, he did not know the women were prostitutes. The judges reportedly plan to use the women’s clothing—“as provocative as it was vulgar”—to back up the ruling. Once considered a top contender for the French presidency, Strauss-Kahn now faces up to 20 years in prison.

    January 25, 2013 8:05 AM

  25. NASTY NEIGHBORS North Korea Threatens South S. Korean soldiers patrolling N. Korean border on Friday. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty)

    24. North Korea Threatens South

    Hey, North Korea, pick an enemy. The country directed its threats toward South Korea on Friday, one day after vowing to launch a rocket at the U.S. as part of “all out” action against its “sworn enemy.” In a statement by the wing of the government that manages the relationship with the South, North Korea called United Nations–endorsed sanctions a “declaration of war” and said things could get worse on the peninsula should the South continue its actions. Although North Korea did not give any clues as to what action it would take against the South, many worry that the two Koreas are coming closer to a full-scale war.

    January 25, 2013 6:52 AM