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  1. READY OR NOT U.S. to Sue Over S&P Ratings Henny Ray Abrams/AP

    1. U.S. to Sue Over S&P Ratings

    The Justice Department and state prosecutors are planning to file civil charges against Standard & Poor’s for its rating of risky mortgage bonds before the financial crisis, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. If true, the move will be the first federal action against a credit-rating firm in connection with the 2008 meltdown, though the high grades the firms gave to subprime mortgage bonds precipitated the crisis. The charges come after settlement talks between S&P and the Justice Department broke down and reportedly focus on the models S&P used to rate mortgage bonds.  

    February 5, 2013 6:45 AM

  2. in cold blood Alleged Navy Seal Murderer Had PTSD Erath County Sheriff's Office/AP

    2. Alleged Navy Seal Murderer Had PTSD

    In the months before allegedly killing Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield, Iraq war veteran Eddie Ray Routh had checked into a mental hospital twice. "Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through," according to the check-in report. He also told authorities he was suffering from PTSD. Twenty-five-year-old Routh is being charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder for the killing of Kyle and Littlefield at a shooting range in Texas.

    February 4, 2013 10:22 PM

  3. secret child Strom Thurmond's Mixed-Race Daughter Dies Stephen Morton / Getty Images

    3. Strom Thurmond's Mixed-Race Daughter Dies

    Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond, died on Sunday of unknown causes at age 87. Washington-Williams was born of an affair her father had with his black maid, and kept the secret for more than 70 years, only revealing it after the senator's death in 2003. Thurmond spent 47 years in the U.S. Senate and even ran for president on a segregationist platform. Once asked why she kept his secret, Washington-Williams replied, "He trusted me, and I respected him."

    February 4, 2013 8:36 PM

  4. Final Farewell Koch Remembered at Funeral Seth Wenig/AP

    4. Koch Remembered at Funeral

    A who's who of political stars spoke at the funeral service for former New York City mayor Ed Koch, which was held Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. Former president Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg both remembered Koch at the service. Bloomberg said that the onetime mayor must be “beaming” from above over all the attention, and remembered when the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge was dedicated in 2011. Koch stood there for 20 minutes yelling, “Welcome to my bridge,” Bloomberg said. Clinton shared letters he received from Koch over the years, saying “Ed Koch has a big brain. But he had a bigger heart.” Koch passed away Friday at age 88.

    February 4, 2013 11:54 AM

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  6. recovery Malala: 'You Can See I'm Alive' Photo by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via Getty

    5. Malala: 'You Can See I'm Alive'

    On Monday, Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin, announced "The Malala Fund" for girls' education, in an interview with ABC News' Bob Woodruff. Earlier in the day, Malala released her first statement since being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October. In the video, which was taped before she underwent a five-hour surgery on Saturday, Malala said she would continue to fight for girls' education. "Today you can see that I'm alive," she said. "It's just because of the prayers of people, and because of these prayers, God has given me this new life, and this is a second life. This is the new life and I want to serve the people."

    February 4, 2013 6:30 PM

  7. Standoff Alabama Hostage Victim in Hospital Jimmy Lee Dykes. (Alabama Department of Public Safety/AP)

    6. Alabama Hostage Victim in Hospital

    After a seven-day standoff with police, the hostage situation in Alabama is over, and the 5-year-old victim is in the hospital receiving treatment. "The boy is laughing, joking, playing, he's eating; he's very brave, he's very lucky, and the success story is that he is out safe and doing good," FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson told reporters Monday night. Jim Dykes, the 65-year-old man who kidnapped the boy from a bus and held him in an underground bunker, was killed when the FBI raided the holding space, but how he died is unclear.

    February 4, 2013 11:00 PM

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

    7. 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

  9. MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE Confirmed: Skeleton Is Richard III Dan Kitwood/Getty

    8. Confirmed: Skeleton Is Richard III

    One of history’s biggest mysteries may be solved—now is it time for Americans to catch up and find Jimmy Hoffa? Archeologists in Britain said on Monday that they believe “beyond reasonable doubt” that an ancient skeleton found under a parking lot in Leicester belonged to King Richard III, who was killed in battle 500 years ago. DNA tests on the skull proved it belonged to the tyrannical king—and they said there was evidence the king had been tied down where he was buried. Around 10 wounds were found on the skeleton, including eight to the skull, and an arrowhead was found embedded in the spine. The remains were found under a city council parking lot—in a dig that archeologists recently described as a “long shot.” Richard III was described by Shakespeare as having a hunchback, and indeed the skeleton shows evidence of curvature of the spine.

    Watch the celebrated actors who have played Richard III.

    February 4, 2013 7:10 AM

  10. Records Super Bowl Ratings Miss Record Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    9. Super Bowl Ratings Miss Record

    Though early numbers hinted that Sunday night’s Super Bowl may have been the most-watched TV event in history, final numbers reveal that ratings fell below 2012 and 2011 ratings. Just over 108 million people tuned in for the big game, short of 2012's 111.3 million and 2011's 111.0 million. Viewership lulled during the 40-minute blackout, but tweeting spiked, with 231,500 posts per minute, the most of any game event. The second-most tweeted event was Jacoby Jones’s 108-yard kick return, a record of its own. Beating them all was Beyoncé, whose halftime performance inspired 5.5 million Tweets, a fifth of those sent over the course of the entire game.

    February 4, 2013 11:49 AM

  11. UNDEAD ‘Warm Bodies’ Wins Box Office Summit Entertainment

    10. ‘Warm Bodies’ Wins Box Office

    Zombies are the new vampires. The zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies topped the weekend box office, bringing in $20 million—although ticket sales were down 26 percent from last year’s Super Bowl weekend. The film was a hit among younger viewers, with 65 percent of tickets going to those younger than 25, and it hit the target demographic of those least interested in the Super Bowl: women and girls, who made up 60 percent of the audience. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came in second, falling 44 percent from its opening weekend, and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook came in third, bringing its total grosses to over $80 million. Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head came in a disappointing sixth, raking in just $4.5 million.

    February 4, 2013 7:38 AM

  12. Burger Queen

    11. U.S.'s Youngest Female Billionaire Found

    Meet America’s youngest female billionaire: Lynsi Torres, heir to beloved hamburger chain In-N-Out. Torres keeps a low profile, but the little that’s known about her is fascinating. At 30, she’s a thrice-married competitive drag racer who lives in a seven-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion in California. Bloomberg reports that she inherited the company after a series of deaths in the family, including a plane crash and a prescription-drug overdose. She currently has half ownership of the company through a trust and will get full ownership when she turns 35. What she’ll do with In-N-Out is anyone’s guess.

    February 4, 2013 4:18 PM

  13. Rigged 680 Soccer Matches Suspected of Fixing Giuseppe Bellini/Getty

    12. 680 Soccer Matches Suspected of Fixing

    680 soccer matches--including qualifying games for the World cup--are suspected of being fixed. Global law enforcement officials announced the results of a 19-month investigation, Monday, which implicates at least 425 people from over 15 countries in a multi-million dollar scheme. "This is a sad day for European football, and more evidence of the corrupting influence of organized crime," said Rob Wainright, director of Europol--one of the entities that helped in the investigation.

    February 4, 2013 11:14 AM

  14. CHAMPIONS Ravens Fans Take to the Streets Patrick Smith/Getty

    13. Ravens Fans Take to the Streets

    Hundreds of Ravens fans took to Baltimore streets Sunday night to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory in New Orleans, with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake even dancing and singing alongside the fans—although she urged fans to celebrate peacefully while police were on call in case of any incidents. Rawlings-Blake said the city will hold a parade for the victory on Tuesday, starting at City Hall and ending up at Ravens’ stadium. No. 1 in fans’ hearts was Ray Lewis, the only player to still be on the team since its move to Baltimore in 1996. “We have to do it for Ray,” said Darren Lewis, 40. “It’s not all about Ray. It’s 90 percent for Ray and 10 percent for the city of Baltimore.”

    February 4, 2013 6:48 AM

  15. crazy in love Beyoncé Fires Up Halftime Show Christopher Polk/Getty Images

    14. Beyoncé Fires Up Halftime Show

    Well she certainly wouldn't dare to lip sync this time, right? Opening with "Crazy in Love," and complete with a frenzied dance routine, fireworks, and an army of digital doubles, Beyoncé took the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans by storm. But the party didn't truly start until Destiny's Child—in full leather ensembles—appeared for a rendition of the classic "Bootylicious" and joined in on Beyoncé's hit "Single Ladies." Excuse us, we're feeling a bit emotional. Here's to hoping this reunion lasts.

    February 3, 2013 8:25 PM

  16. GOP SCRAMBLE Report: Tagg Romney to Run for Senate Bill Pugliano/Getty

    15. Report: Tagg Romney to Run for Senate

    Could there really be a senator named Tagg? A report in the Boston Herald on Monday suggests it’s a real possibility: Mitt Romney’s son could be eyeing a run for Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat—although at least two sources close to the family tried to quash the rumor, telling ABC's This Week it was not happening. Romney, 42, the oldest of Mitt’s five sons, was a regular on his father’s campaign trail in both 2008 and 2012, although his political experience is pretty scant. It might not matter, though, as Massachusetts Republicans have been searching somewhat desperately for a candidate for the race after former U.S. senator Scott Brown said he wouldn’t run. Democrats Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch will face off in a primary, possibly joined by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone.

    February 4, 2013 10:58 AM

  17. Rocketman Ahmadinejad Wants to Go to Space ATTA KENARE / Getty Images

    16. Ahmadinejad Wants to Go to Space

    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants everyone to know he has the utmost confidence in his country’s space program. A week after sending a monkey into space—or photographing two different monkeys strapped into launch pods, as some claim—the provocative president announced that he is “ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists.” Ahmadinejad is known for making colorful public statements, so it’s unclear how serious he is, but he has fallen out with Parliament and will be looking for a new job come June. Iran’s space program, of course, is widely seen as cover for developing ballistic missiles with nuclear capability.

    February 4, 2013 10:05 AM

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  19. PROGRESS India Toughens Sex Crime Laws AFP/ Getty

    17. India Toughens Sex Crime Laws

    India passed sweeping legislation on Sunday to crack down on sexual assault and trafficking in the wake of the horrific gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in December. The new laws are the most wide-ranging yet in India, where many have blamed the government for not doing enough to prevent sexual assault. Still, some said these new laws had not gone far enough, since they do not address marital rape nor deal with the thorny issue of sexual assault in the military. The new laws go into effect immediately and change the definition of rape, which in the past had applied to penetration only and anything short of that had carried only a light penalty for “intent to outrage” a woman’s “modesty.”

    February 4, 2013 6:51 AM

  20. Super Bowl XLVII Ravens Pull Out Narrow Win Chris Graythen / Getty Images Sport

    18. Ravens Pull Out Narrow Win

    A power surge that killed the lights at the Superdome in New Orleans just moments into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII seemed to turn around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers, who proceeded to score 17 points in a four-minute period. Knocked on their heels, the Baltimore Ravens could only manage a pair of field goals as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set a Super Bowl record with a 15-yard touchdown. But Baltimore was in luck: the 49ers hit a snag in the fourth quarter when they were unable to score despite driving to the Baltimore 5-yard line. The Ravens were able to hold them off and run out the clock to win 34–31.

    February 3, 2013 10:50 PM

  21. REALLY Iran: We Did Send Monkey to Space Mohammad Agah/ISNA, via AP

    19. Iran: We Did Send Monkey to Space

    We’ll believe it when we hear from the monkey. Iranian officials insisted over the weekend that they had sent a monkey into space and differences in the photographs were due to an error by the state media. Senior space official Mohammad Ebrahimi said that state media used archived photos from a monkey that died in 2011 during a launch, and “they just mixed that footage with the footage of the 2013 successful launch.” Iran had said last week that it had successfully launched into space a monkey that survived, but before photos showed a monkey with a mole, and the animal that returned did not have one, causing many to wonder if it was a hoax.

    February 4, 2013 7:33 AM

  22. TRAGEDY Calif. Bus Crash Kills Eight Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

    20. Calif. Bus Crash Kills Eight

    At least eight people were killed and more than 30 wounded when a tour bus crashed on the road to Big Bear in Southern California on Sunday night. All of the fatalities reportedly came from the bus, which had 38 passengers, including children. Caltrans spokeswoman Michelle Profant said the bus lost control while going down the mountain and rolled over a truck, crushing it. It took rescuers more than two hours to extricate the wounded, and rescuers said the severity of the deaths made it difficult to identify the exact number of the dead. Personal items, such as backpacks and more, from the bus were scattered along the highway—along with debris from the truck.

    February 4, 2013 7:13 AM

  23. INVESTIGATION Dozens Questioned in Istanbul Murder AP

    21. Dozens Questioned in Istanbul Murder

    Turkish police have questioned at least two dozen people in the murder of a Staten Island woman in Istanbul but had not yet made any arrests by Monday morning. Sarai Sierra, 33, had been on the last day of her trip to Istanbul—her first trip overseas—when she disappeared. She was found over the weekend about three and a half miles from where she went missing. Istanbul’s police chief Huseyin Capkin dismissed claims that Sierra had been acting as a foreign agent, insisting “she was a tourist, walking around by herself.” So far, it’s clear only that she communicated with one person upon her arrival, a man Turkish police identified only by his first name, Taylan—and Sierra was in touch with him on the day she died.

    February 4, 2013 6:46 AM

  24. MOVING ON Obama: Drop Gay Ban, Boy Scouts AFP/ Getty

    22. Obama: Drop Gay Ban, Boy Scouts

    President Obama on Sunday urged the Boy Scouts to drop their ban on gay members, saying that “nobody should be barred” from the organization. The Boy Scouts of America is expected to vote this week on whether or not to end the national ban on admitting gay members and scout masters—a ban that the organization had reinforced only seven months ago. Ending the ban has caused intense debate among current and former scouts, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying on Saturday that the ban should stay in place. Perry, the author of the 2008 book On My Honor: Why American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For and an Eagle Scout, said the organization should not be swayed by “popular culture.”

    February 4, 2013 7:11 AM

  25. Spaced Out McCain Tweets Racist ‘Monkey’ Joke Saul Loeb / AFP

    23. McCain Tweets Racist ‘Monkey’ Joke

    Sen. John McCain’s Twitter stand-up isn’t a hit with everyone. McCain tweeted a joke calling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a monkey. The tweet read, “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space—wasn’t he just there last week?” and linked to a news article about Iran launching a monkey into space. When many Twitter users blasted McCain for the joke’s insinuation, he told them to “lighten up.” Arab-American Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) then tweeted back at McCain, “Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes.”

    February 4, 2013 1:31 PM