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  1. Cutbacks USPS to End Saturday Mail Mailman in Miami on Nov. 15, 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

    1. USPS to End Saturday Mail

    Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will stop the mail, but $15.9 billion in losses will, at least on Saturday. The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce today that it will suspend Saturday mail delivery starting August 1. Packages will still be delivered on Saturday, which is a profitable part of the business, and post offices will remain open on Saturdays so customers can drop off their mail, buy stamps, and check their post-office boxes—although open hours are likely to be reduced. Suspending Saturday mail delivery is expected to save the USPS $2 billion annually, much-needed savings as the postal service said it has lost $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year—three times the loss recorded just a year earlier.

    February 6, 2013 9:15 AM

  2. DOUBLE BLOW Tunisian Islamist Govt. Dissolves Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty

    2. Tunisian Islamist Govt. Dissolves

    Tunisia’s fledgling democracy suffered two major setbacks on Wednesday when its ruling Islamist government dissolved following the assassination of a prominent opposition leader earlier that day. In an effort to calm fierce protests over Chokri Belaid’s death, Tunisia’s prime minister announced on state television that a nonpartisan interim cabinet will replace the ruling party and that elections will be held as soon as possible. Belaid’s death marks the first political assassination in the country since its uprising two years ago, and highlights the country’s still-fragile political climate.

    February 6, 2013 5:18 PM

  3. TRANSPARENCY Obama Releases Drone Advice to Congress PRNewsFoto, Insitu, Inc. / AP Photo

    3. Obama Releases Drone Advice to Congress

    Is that a flip-flop we see? President Obama has backtracked on his previous stance and agreed to give classified Justice Department legal advice authorizing using drones to kill U.S. citizens abroad to congressional intelligence committees. The decision came Wednesday evening, after 11 senators sent Obama a letter demanding the access, calling the withholding of the legal opinions “practicing secret law.” The move comes the day before John Brennan will face his confirmation hearing to lead the CIA.

    February 6, 2013 9:10 PM

  4. POSTPONE Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Gays Tony Gutierrez/AP

    4. Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Gays

    Always be prepared … to delay? The Boy Scouts of America said on Wednesday that the organization is postponing making a decision on whether to admit gay members and Scout masters. They will take up the decision at their national convention in May for the organization’s 1,400 voting members to decide on. The executive board had announced last week it would discuss the organization’s controversial ban on admitting gays, an about-face from statements made only seven months ago. If the organization keeps the ban, it will go against two high-profile board members, Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. President Obama has also called for the Scouts to drop the ban.

    February 6, 2013 11:00 AM

  5. RUMOR MILL Report: Victim Had Affair in Istanbul AP

    5. Report: Victim Had Affair in Istanbul

    The rumors are abounding over the death of 33-year-old New York mother Sarai Sierra, who was found murdered during a vacation in Istanbul. A new suspect, “Taylan K,” reportedly had online communication with Sierra for several months, but denies any part in her disappearance. He has been interviewed by the Turkish police, and now a local newspaper claims the man told authorities he and Sierra met and had consensual sex the day before she disappeared. Another source told the New York Post that the FBI is investigating whether her purpose for the trip wasn’t photography, as is believed, and involved “a criminal element.”

    February 6, 2013 8:23 PM

  6. LIVEWRONG Feds ‘Actively’ Investigating Armstrong Armstrong in February 2011. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty)

    6. Feds Investigating Armstrong

    Lance Armstrong's Tour de Redemption just hit a major speed bump. High-level sources tell ABC News that “an active criminal investigation” into the former cyclist is still very much underway. The news comes on the heels of public comments made by U.S. Attorney for Southern California André Birotte in a Justice Department news conference Tuesday affirming that the case he had spent two years fighting—including drug distribution, fraud, and conspiracy—would not be reopened. “Birotte does not speak for the federal government as a whole,” the source said. According to the report, the fallen champion is still under investigation for “obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation.” Looks like a confessional with Oprah isn’t the forgiver of all sins.

    February 6, 2013 10:26 AM

  7. united AMR, US Airways Near Merger Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    7. AMR, US Airways Near Merger

    Are we ready for the world's largest airline company? US Airways Group and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp., are a week or two away from finalizing a merger deal, according to sources. The new company could have a market capitalization of $10 billion and beat out United Continental Holdings for biggest U.S. airline traffic. The deal would pull American out of bankruptcy protection and not all ownership-splitting details have been hashed out, but it's reported that American creditors would hold 72 percent of the airline and US Airways shareholders would own the rest.

    February 6, 2013 6:53 PM

  8. SNOW-GO Massive Winter Storm Eyes New England Andrew Burton/Getty

    8. Winter Storm Eyes New England

    Snowblowers, start your engines. A massive winter storm racing toward New England has the potential to pound the region with more than two feet of snow, according to forecasters. Meteorologists say the storm’s impact hinges on whether the cold front currently moving in from the north collides with a rainy front heading in from the south. The “near-perfect timing of an influx of cold air mixing with moisture” could mean colossal amounts of snow, in Massachusetts specifically. Boston airport officials announced that all flights will be cancelled starting Friday afternoon. While it’s not incredibly likely that the two fronts will collide, New Yorkers’ memory of the 2010 blockbuster snowstorm that trapped all five boroughs under a foot of snow is proof enough: anything can happen.

    February 6, 2013 1:15 PM

  9. Ouch Karl Rove’s PAC Attacks Ashley Judd Dario Cantatore/Getty

    9. Karl Rove’s PAC Attacks Ashley Judd

    Karl Rove’s super PAC didn't wait for Ashley Judd to make a bid for the Senate before launching a mocking ad. The television spot, which will run for two weeks in Kentucky, is a parody of a Judd campaign ad that sarcastically lauds the actress for being a “radical Hollywood liberal” and knocks her for saying “Tennessee is home.” The ad concludes by calling Judd “an Obama-following, radical Hollywood liberal, who’s right at home in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky.” There has been speculation that Judd might run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, but she hasn’t made any public statements on the matter. In December the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Judd trailing McConnell by four points.

    February 6, 2013 12:27 PM

  10. True Love? Rihanna Accompanies Brown to Court David McNew

    10. Rihanna Accompanies Brown to Court

    Has she forgotten why he’s there in the first place? Chris Brown arrived at the L.A. Courthouse today to face the district attorney’s allegations that he violated his probation and lied about completing the 180 days of community service he was sentenced to after assaulting Rihanna in 2009. Rihanna, who accompanied Brown to court, reportedly blew him kisses and attempted to cheer him up after the hearing. The judge ultimately said he needed more time to review the D.A.’s evidence and ordered Brown to meet with his probation officer within 48 hours. 

    February 6, 2013 5:55 PM

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  12. USE THE FORCE Disney Plans Stand-Alone ‘Star Wars’ Films Director Abrams on Jan. 8. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

    11. Disney Plans Stand-Alone ‘Star Wars’ Films

    Help Disney, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed on Tuesday that the company will create three stand-alone Star Wars films that will not be connected to the saga. The films will instead focus on character development. Star Wars VII, VIII and IX will be released over a roughly six-year period starting in 2015. Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has signed on to write the first film, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams.

    February 6, 2013 7:50 AM

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    12. FRC Shooter Sought Gay Rights Opponents

    On Wednesday, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges, including committing an act of terrorism while armed, after an August shooting in the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. In a bizarre stance for marriage equality, Corkins planned to shoot staffers at the pro-family organization and smear the 15 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches he bought into their faces. Thankfully, two staffers wrestled the gun out of his hands, injuring the security guard in the process. “They endorse Chick-Fil-A and also Chick-Fil-A came out against gay marriage, so I was going to use that as a statement,” prosecutors say Corkins told investigators. He will be sentenced in April and faces up to 70 years in prison.

    February 6, 2013 3:20 PM

  14. Financial Guru Geithner Plans Book Chris Usher, CBS News / AP Photo

    13. Geithner Plans Book

    Now that he has stepped down as Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner has a lot more time on his hands. He said today he's joining the Council on Foreign Relations and will also write a book on how he dealt with the financial crisis, due for publication in 2014, according to the Associated Press. Geithner hasn't started writing the book yet, but Twitter has plenty of ideas for a title, all under the hashtag #geithnerbooktitles. The World According to TARP, Lender's Game, and the Bridge Loans Diary are a few of the many, many entrants.

    See the best of Twitter's #GeithnerBookTitles!

    February 6, 2013 12:03 PM

  15. CHANCE Cat Becomes Monopoly’s New Token A cat is the newest Monopoly token. (Steven Senne/AP)

    14. Cat Is Monopoly’s New Token

    Of course the internet chose the cat. Monopoly’s token iron is out—and a cat will join such stalwarts as the Scottie dog and the shoe. Hasbro announced the change on Wednesday, after closing an online vote on Tuesday night, with people from 120 countries participating. The unpopular iron lost after being neck and neck for elimination with the shoe and the wheelbarrow in the Facebook vote. Monopoly’s original tokens were created when the niece of game creator Charles Darrow suggested using charms from her charm bracelet in 1935. Scottie the dog and the wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s. The cat beat out a helicopter, a guitar, a robot, and a diamond ring.

    February 6, 2013 8:44 AM

  16. Rescue Bombs Found in AL Hostage Bunker Dykes's bunker in Midland, Ala., on Tuesday. (FBI, via AP)

    15. Bombs Found in AL Hostage Bunker

    Details are beginning to emerge about the rescue of a 5-year-old boy who had been kidnapped and held in an underground bunker in Alabama. Federal agents practiced the rescue in a mock bunker near the scene, while watching the movements of the 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes through a camera they’d snuck into his hideout. On Monday, after observing Sykes holding a gun, four agents approached the bunker as if to deliver food, which they’d done for nearly a week. Instead, they delivered a stun grenade, and Dykes shot at them, law-enforcement officials say. They returned fire, killing him. Authorities say they found two explosives in the bunker. The boy, Ethan, is in good condition and celebrates his 6th birthday today.

    February 6, 2013 9:57 AM

  17. war on terror CIA Ran Secret Base in Saudi Arabia Massoud Hossaini/AP

    16. CIA Ran Secret Base in Saudi Arabia

    The CIA has been hitting al Qaeda militants in Yemen with clandestine drone stikes from a base in Saudi Arabia for over a year, according to an investigative New York Times report published Tuesday night. The base was first used to kill U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. The program has been controversial, with some saying it has exacerbated anti-American sentiment. The architect of the drone strikes program, John Brennan, will face the Senate on Thursday for a confirmation hearing to become CIA director.

    February 5, 2013 10:42 PM

  18. Assassination Tunisian Opposition Leader Killed Wife of Chokri Belaid (center) mourning his death on Wednesday. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty)

    17. Tunisian Opposition Leader Killed

    This doesn't bode well for Tunisia's fledgling democracy. A prominent secular opposition leader was shot to death Wednesday, with the government blaming extremist radical Muslims for his death. Chokri Belaid, 48, was the leader of the leftist Popular Front, and his family said he regularly received death threats—including one on Tuesday. Belaid had been an outspoken critic of Tunisia’s government, especially the powerful moderate Islamist party Ennahda. On Saturday Belaid accused "mercenaries" hired by Ennahda of attacking a Democratic Patriots meeting. Since its uprising two years ago—largely credited with kicking off revolutions throughout the Arab world—Tunisia has struggled to find balance between radical Islamist groups and more moderate parties. It's the first political assassination since Tunisia's revolution.

    February 6, 2013 6:46 AM

  19. IN HER OWN WORDS Jodi Arias: Alexander ‘Attacked Me’ Matt York/AP

    18. Jodi Arias: Alexander ‘Attacked Me’

    Jodi Arias, 32, the Arizona woman charged with stabbing and shooting her lover to death, took the stand in her defense on Tuesday, describing a past full of physically and mentally abusive ex-boyfriends. Arias is accused of slashing and stabbing Travis Alexander 27 times—including slitting his throat—before shooting him in the head in June 2008. Arias said Alexander, a successful businessman and motivational speaker, invited her over for a day of sex but he turned violent, although prosecutors claim Arias killed him in a jealous rage. On Monday Arias admitted she killed Alexander, saying “he attacked me and I defended myself.” After the June 2008 crime, Arias had initially denied any involvement in his death, first blaming masked intruders. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

    February 6, 2013 7:34 AM

  20. PENALTY RBS Fined $615M in Rigging Settlement RBS building in Bishopsgate, London. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty)

    19. RBS Fined $615M in Rigging Settlement

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the fine. The Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $615 million to U.S. and British authorties to settle charges that it rigged the London interbank offered rate, which is used as the benchmark to set loan prices around the world. It's the second-largest penalty so far in the international investigation into more than a dozen banks that have been accused of manipulating the interest rates set by Libor. Swiss bank UBS has already been slapped with a $1.5 billion fine for interest-rate rigging, and Britain’s Barclays has paid $450 million for its part in the rate-rigging scheme.

    February 6, 2013 7:09 AM

  21. TOE THE LINE Obama: I Support NARAL President Obama on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty)

    20. Obama: I Support NARAL

    President Obama reaffirmed his support for NARAL Pro-Choice America by sending a video message to the group at its annual dinner on Tuesday night—just days after sending women’s rights groups reeling after he agreed to a compromise on contraception coverage. “Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care,” Obama said. But the speech follows the White House’s decision last week to exempt health-care nonprofits to deny insurance coverage for birth control if they are opposed to it on religious grounds, a move that dismayed many women’s rights groups.

    February 6, 2013 7:14 AM

  22. TRAGIC Solomon Islands Slammed by Tsunami Monitoring earthquake data in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday. (EPA, via Landov)

    21. Solomon Islands Slammed by Tsunami

    At least five people have been killed in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday from a tsunami triggered after a powerful 8.0 earthquake hit in the Pacific. The wave measured three feet and hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruz Island, although official accounts remained vague as there has been difficulty communicating with the worst-hit areas. About 5,000 people live in Lata, but luckily most in the area had cleared out after the tsunami warning. About three dozen aftershocks—with one reaching up to 6.6 magnitude—have been reported.

    February 6, 2013 6:45 AM

  23. WOWZA Largest Prime Number Found Simon Jarratt/Corbis

    22. Largest Prime Number Found

    Get ready for some even tougher answers on those math tests. Mathematicians—with the aid of a giant network of computers—said on Tuesday that they had discovered the largest prime number—and it’s 17,425,170 digits long. Discovered by University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis Cooper, the number—2 raised to the 57,885,161 power minus 1—crushes the last prime number discovered, which had only 12,978,189 digits. “It’s analogous to climbing Mount Everest,” said retired computer scientist George Woltman. The number is also the 48th of a rare group of primes known as the Mersenne Primes, which take the form of 2 raised to the power of a prime number minus 1—first described by French monk Mersenne 350 years ago.

    February 6, 2013 7:32 AM

  24. BINGS REUNITE ‘Friends’ Reunion Planned for ‘Go On’ Perry and Cox in May 2006. (Kevin Winter/Getty for AFI)

    23. ‘Friends’ Reunion Planned for ‘Go On’

    Time to celebrate, Monica and Chandler fans. The Friends couple will reunite on Matthew Perry’s new sitcom, Go On, when Courteney Cox guest-stars in an episode set to air in April. Cox will play a character who is set up with Perry’s character, Ryan. It’s the first time that the pair, who played married couple Monica and Chandler, will reunite on screen, although it’s hardly the first reunion of Friends alums. Cox and David Schwimmer have guest-starred on Lisa Kudrow’s Showtime adaption Web Therapy, Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston have appeared on Cox’s Cougar Town, Aniston also appeared on Cox’s FX series Dirt, and Schwimmer directed two episodes of Matt LeBlanc’s Friends spin-off, Joey.

    February 6, 2013 7:51 AM

  25. WATCH OUT, RUPERT British TV Company to Buy Virgin Media Virgin Media store in Enfield, London. (Virgin Media)

    24. British TV Company to Buy Virgin Media

    Will this stop Rupert Murdoch’s tweeting? Britain’s Liberty Group struck a deal to buy cable-television provider Virgin Media for $16 billion in cash—a move that will pose a direct challenge to Rupert Murdoch in Europe’s pay-TV market. The deal puts John Malone's Liberty in a dead heat with Comcast as the world’s biggest cable company—and opens a new competition with Murdoch, whose satellite provider BSkyB is Britain’s largest pay-TV company. Malone made his fortune in the U.S. by consolidating the cable industry into just a few providers, but he still has a way to go before taking over Britain: Virgin Media has just 4.9 million customers, compared with BSkyB’s 10.7 million.

    February 6, 2013 7:11 AM