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  1. POTUS Obama Backs Senate Immigration Plan Jim Watson

    1. Obama Backs Senate Immigration Plan

    Your move, Congress. President Obama unveiled his plans for immigration reform, embracing the bipartisan Senate proposal and outlining the steps illegal immigrants could take to apply for citizenship. He called on Congress to take up his comprehensive approach to finally deal with the "11 million undocumented immigrants who are in this country right now,” adding that he would send up his own bill if they don't act now. Despite predictions that Obama would take up a more liberal approach than John McCain and Marco Rubio, Obama said he was on board: “For the first time in 80 years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together.”

    January 29, 2013 3:27 PM

  2. MASSACRE Dozens of Bodies Found in Syria Thomas Rassloff/EPA, via Landov

    2. Dozens of Bodies Found in Syria

    An unthinkable massacre in Syria: activists report that dozens of bodies of men in their 20s and 30s—covered in mud, hands bound, and shot in the back of the head—were found near the banks of a river in a city north of Aleppo. There are reports of anywhere between 50 and 80 bodies in the Bustan al-Kaser neighborhood, a mostly rebel area. A video purported to be shot at the scene shows some corpses stuffed into a metal container, others on the street next to a pickup truck, and civilians in surgical gloves examining the bodies. It’s unclear who the people are or why they were killed, though the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights flagged the incident.

    January 29, 2013 12:35 PM

  3. mr. popular Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    3. Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State

    It's been a long road for John Kerry—28 years in the Senate, a run at the presidency and a chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—to get to this moment. But on Tuesday afternoon, Kerry was officially confirmed as secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton, who called him the "right choice" for the position. The foreign relations committee unanimously approved him this morning, and he won the full Senate approval by 94-3. Clinton's last day is on Friday, and Kerry could be sworn in as early as then.

    January 29, 2013 4:44 PM

  4. oversight Boeing Knew of Battery Problems Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP, via Getty

    4. Boeing Knew of Battery Problems

    Secrets don't make friends, Boeing. Earlier this month all Boeing 787 jets were grounded after battery failures led to unsafe conditions--and apparently Boeing was made aware of issues months earlier. All Nippon Airways, the biggest operator, told The New York Times that it had replaced 10 batteries already before the fires, and reported the issues to Boeing. They were not reported to safety regulators because no flights had been cancelled. The Transportation Safety Board says it will now include battery replacements in inquiries. Boeing officials said the battery issues suggested safeguards may have kicked in, and acknowledged the batteries weren't lasting. The incidents are being investigated.

    January 29, 2013 10:05 PM

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    5. Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Low

    Looks like Sarah Palin got out right in time. January ratings for cable news show Fox News got its worst prime time ratings among 25-54 year olds since 2001, and its lowest total daytime ratings in five years. Another suprise was Rachel Maddow, whose MSNBC show was bumped from 14th place last January to 10th this one. But the culprit for the past few months is fairly clear: Fox News viewers tend to tune out of Democratic event coverage, and liberal viewers eagerly turned on MSNBC for the inauguration, Democratic convention and post-election coverage.

    January 29, 2013 9:16 PM

  6. HI THERE, KIM JONG-UN Google Maps North Korea Pyongyang, North Korea. (Google)

    6. Google Maps North Korea

    At least it wasn’t Apple Maps, right North Korea? Google on Monday unveiled detailed maps of North Korea—streets, gulags, you name it—weeks after the company’s chairman visited the isolated country. North Korea has long been a blank slate to Google Maps users due to limited data—after all, the information used to create the maps is provided by the public, and North Korea is famously secretive and only several hundred people in the country have access to the Internet. The map of the capital, Pyongyang, shows hospitals, subways, and schools, while maps of the country are hazier but definitively show gray zones that represent the reeducation camps where some 200,000 people are imprisoned.

    January 29, 2013 7:00 AM

  7. 2016? Hillary Confirms New Memoir Craig Ruttle/AP

    7. Hillary Clinton Confirms New Memoir

    Will new BFF Barry Obama blurb the book? Hillary Clinton said during the "Global Townterview" event Tuesday morning that she plans to work on another book after she steps down as Secretary of State. "Yes, I will write a memoir," Clinton said. "I don't know what I will say in it yet." She laughed off a question about whether she'll run for president in 2016, but she did say her immediate plans will be "catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation." Clinton's first memoir, Living History, came out in 2003. Her husband Bill's memoir, My Life, was published a year later.

    January 29, 2013 8:04 PM

  8. Stoked Surfer Rides 100-Foot Wave Surf off Nazare, Portugal in Nov. 2011. (Armando Franca/AP)

    8. Surfer Rides 100-Foot Wave

    That wave sounds gnarly, brah. Surfer Garrett McNamara has reportedly broken a world record by riding a 100-foot wave. McNamara says he caught the massive wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. The claim must still be verified, but if it is confirmed, then McNamara will have broken his own world record. He set the previous record in 2011 when he surfed a 90-foot wave, also in Nazaré. At the time, a fellow surfer said, “Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves ... Most people would be scared, but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer.”

    January 29, 2013 9:28 AM

  9. MEOW Study: Cats Kill Billions of Animals John Moore

    9. Study: Cats Kill Billions of Animals

    A new study published Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications reveals that felines kill—literally—billions of animals per year. By the numbers, cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, like chipmunks, for example. The study's co-author, Pete Marra (an animal ecologist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute), said he and his colleagues focused specifically on bird deaths that resulted from felines. Not so fast, cat-people haters, the majority of the mortality ratings sprang from un-owned cats.

    January 29, 2013 7:02 PM

  10. splitsville Ashley Judd to Divorce Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

    10. Ashley Judd to Divorce

    Actress Ashley Judd and her husband Dario Franchitti are calling it quits after 11 years of marriage, her spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. Judd released a statement saying the couple will "always be family" and will always cherish their relationship. Franchitti, a Scottish race car driver, has won the Indianapolis 500 race three times. Judd starred in the ABC series "Missing" last year and went as a Tennesse delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

    January 29, 2013 10:58 PM

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  12. DANGEROUS Egypt Army Warns of ‘Collapse’ Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

    11. Egypt Army Warns of ‘Collapse’

    Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Tuesday that there will be “grave repercussions if the political forces do not act” in his country—including a collapse of the government. “The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations,” wrote Sisi in a Facebook post. Sisi’s comments come after five days of clashes that have left 52 people dead and hundreds more wounded. On Monday, thousands of protesters took to the streets chanting “Down, down with Mohamed Morsi” during a protest of a state-sanctioned curfew in Suez, Port Said, and Ismailia.

    January 29, 2013 6:40 AM

  13. UM, WHAT? Australian ‘First Bloke’ in Hot Water Gillard and Mathieson in April 2012. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty)

    12. Australian ‘First Bloke’ in Hot Water

    And you thought “first dude” Todd Palin was bad. Tim Mathieson, the longtime partner of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has made a high-profile blunder: he joked that men getting their prostates checked should seek small, female Asian doctors to do the exam. Mathieson made the comments with Gillard right behind him, causing one witness to remark that the prime minister’s face “performed a remarkable transition—jolly, carefree smile to impenetrable stone on the turn of a phrase.” Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, made international headlines last month when she railed against institutional sexism and misogyny. Mathieson, who has been a government men’s-health ambassador, apologized for the comments, saying they were in “poor taste.”

    January 29, 2013 7:25 AM

  14. PETRAEUS SCANDAL White House to Nominate General Allen Virginia Mayo / AP Photo

    13. White House to Nominate Gen. Allen

    The White House will go ahead with the nomination of Gen. John Allen as Europe’s NATO commander, after the Pentagon cleared him of misconduct Tuesday. The Pentagon says its investigation cleared Allen of any professional wrongdoing in the General Petraeus scandal, particularly in relation to email exchanges between Allen and Jill Kelley. Allen’s nomination must be resubmitted to Congress for approval. Also on Tuesday, the White House confirmed that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be leaving his post after four years of service. 

    January 29, 2013 10:37 AM

  15. Doping A-Rod in Miami Steroid Probe Carlos Osorio/AP

    14. A-Rod in Miami Steroid Probe

    The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera are among the athletes mentioned in records from Biogenesis, an anti-aging company that may actually have been involved in selling performance-enhancing drugs. The now-closed clinic in Miami was run by 49-year-old Anthony Bosch, who had been investigated for allegedly providing Manny Ramirez with banned substances. The clinic’s records mention at least a dozen other star athletes and baseball pros. In a statement, the MLB said: “We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances and have been active in the issues that have emerged in South Florida ... Banned substances ... have no place in our game.”

    January 29, 2013 10:22 AM

  16. MEA CULPA Murdoch Apologizes for Cartoon Murdoch in Aug. 2012. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

    15. Murdoch Apologizes for Cartoon

    And now for something completely different. Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a cartoon that ran in London’s Sunday Times that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall that trapped the bodies of Palestinians. On Twitter, Murdoch wrote that the artist who drew the cartoon “has never reflected the opinions of The Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.” In Britain, fierce debate raged over the cartoon, which some Jewish activists likened to “the worst of anti-Semitic libel.” The cartoon ran on Sunday, Britain’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, although the artist said he “very much regrets” the timing of it.

    January 29, 2013 7:10 AM

  17. JUSTICE Gang Rape Trial Will Be in Delhi Protesting New Delhi gang rape on Tuesday. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty)

    16. Gang Rape Trial Will Be in Delhi

    India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to move the location of the trial of five men accused of gang-raping a young woman on a Delhi bus, despite pleas from an advocate of one of the defendants that press coverage had created a bias. But the petition was denied because it was filed by advocate M.L. Sharma, who the court ruled did not have authority to represent the accused, not because of the validity of the claim. Five men have been charged in the Dec. 16 rape, and they could face the death penalty if convicted. The young woman’s rape and death sparked weeks of protests and worldwide attention on the safety of women in India.

    January 29, 2013 6:35 AM


    17. Four Fall Ill at London Train Station

    This is not a good start to a morning commute. Four people had to be treated after falling ill at London Bridge railway station on Tuesday morning, with some worried the illness is the result of a chemical spill. The London Fire Brigade sent crews to investigate, and they failed to detect high readings of any chemicals. According to an ambulance service spokeswoman, three of the patients felt “unwell, dizzy or hot,” although a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said there is nothing to link the four people who fell ill. The station has been reopened and trains are running normally.

    January 29, 2013 8:50 AM

  19. militant troubles U.S., Niger Sign Military Agreement Claude Paris/AP

    18. U.S., Niger Sign Military Agreement

    We're inching near, folks. On Monday, the United States signed an agreement with Niger that allows an American military presence on the border of conflict-ridden neighbor, Mali. The U.S. is in the beginning stages of building an intelligence-gathering hub in Niger that will be assisting France with its escalating military campaign and using drones to monitor nearby militants in Mali's northern desert. It is not yet known how many troops will be stationed in Niger or what exactly they will be doing. The agreement comes as French forces move into Timbuktu, and is a major sign of an increased U.S. role in the conflict.

    January 28, 2013 10:15 PM

  20. bad boy Ocean Might Press Charges Against Brown AP

    19. Ocean Might Press Charges Against Brown

    Chris Brown can't seem to stay out of trouble. R&B crooner Frank Ocean is apparently considering pressing charges against Brown, who allegedly started a fight over a parking spot at a recording studio in LA on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sherriff's spokesman says Ocean is "is desirous of prosecution in this incident," during which witnesses say Brown punched Ocean. "Got jumped by chris and a couple guys," Ocean tweeted after the brawl. Brown is already serving five years probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, and could face a revoked probation if more charges are filed. Can't Brown learn to keep his hands to himself?

    January 28, 2013 9:38 PM

  21. AWFUL Father of Newtown Victim Heckled Neil Heslin testified in Hartford on Monday. (Jessica Hill/AP)

    20. Father of Newtown Victim Heckled

    Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown shooting victim Jesse Lewis, was heckled at the Connecticut State Legislature as he testified Tuesday in hearings on the aftermath of the Newtown massacre. Gun enthusiasts shouted “the Second Amendment!” several times while Heslin, holding a picture of his son, wondered why Bushmaster assault-style weapons such as the one shooter Adam Lanza used should be sold in the state. “There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” Heslin said. Around 1,500 people—both pro-gun and anti, who all had to pass through metal detectors—attended the hearings at the Connecticut capitol under heightened security. Hundreds testified, with one lawyer insisting “the local and national debate has been co-opted by the anti-gun agenda.”

    January 29, 2013 7:05 AM

  22. CASTING COUCH Lead Cast in ‘Girl Meets World’ Actress Rowan Blanchard in March 2012. (David Livingston/Getty)

    21. Lead Cast in ‘Girl Meets World’

    Hopefully she is practicing the exact way to say Mr. Feeny right now. Disney announced on Monday that they had cast Rowan Blanchard, 11, to play the lead role in the Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World. Blanchard will play Riley, the daughter of Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who will reprise their roles as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence. “As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” said Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs. If the show gets picked up, it is slated to air on Disney in the 2013-14 season.

    January 29, 2013 7:30 AM

  23. New Sheriff In Town CNN’s VP Resigns Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

    22. CNN’s VP Resigns

    Big changes are underway at CNN as new chief Jeff Zucker proceeds to make his mark. 20/20 co-anchor Chris Cuomo is in, while political consultant Mary Matalin is out. As is Mark Whitaker, who joined the network as vice president and managing editor two years ago. Whitaker explained his decision to leave in a memo obtained by TVNewser, writing, “[With] Jeff Zucker’s arrival, we have a new leader with his own forceful ideas about where to take CNN’s reporting, programming, and brand. For him to succeed, I believe he deserves his own team and management structure and the freedom to communicate one clear vision to the staff.”

    January 29, 2013 12:37 PM