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  1. THANKS FOR NOTHING Brennan Hearing Revealed Little on Drones Brennan meeting with Sen. Feinstein on Jan. 31. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

    1. Brennan Hearing Revealed Little on Drones

    One day after John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA, was grilled by a Senate committee, Washington is complaining about the lack of information he provided on drones, torture, and the war on terror. Brennan said drones were used only “to save lives and when there is no other choice,” but little else. In response to questions about the harsh interrogation techniques used at secret CIA prisons after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he claimed he had expressed objections about waterboarding to “agency colleagues,” but “did not take steps to stop the CIA’s use of those techniques. I was not in the chain of command of that program.”

    February 8, 2013 7:30 AM

  2. ARMED AND DANGEROUS LA Suspect Sent Package to Cooper Christopher Jordan Dorner. (The Orange County Register, via AP)

    2. LA Suspect Sent Package to Cooper

    A week before allegedly killing a police officer and injured two others, former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner mailed a package to CNN host Anderson Cooper, according to a network spokeswoman. The parcel apparently contained a note, a DVD, and a bullet hole-riddled memento typically given out by the police chief. A massive manhunt is currently under way for Dorner, who is possibly connected to two more victims. An abandoned, burning truck that's believed to belong to the suspect was found by authorities Thursday night and a flight restriction was announced over Big Bear, where Dorner is believed to have fled. Authorities warn he is “armed and extremely dangerous.” 

    February 7, 2013 11:15 PM

  3. DEFENSE Panetta: No Clues of Benghazi Attack J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    3. Panetta: No Clues of Benghazi Attack

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified before the Senate on Thursday that there was not enough time to get American ground forces to the scene of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. “On that tragic day, as always, the Defense Department was prepared for a wide range of contingences, but unfortunately, there were no specific indications of an immediate attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi,” Panetta said. He also insisted the Pentagon would try to bolster diplomatic security overseas in response to the attack. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, conceded in his testimony that “there are some places where the U.S. has some intel gaps, and I think northern Africa is one of them.”

    February 7, 2013 12:28 PM

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

    4. 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

  5. SAY IT, DON'T SEND IT JPMorgan Internal Emails Exposed JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in Manhattan. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    5. JPMorgan Internal Emails Exposed

    The truth always finds a way out. When an independent analysis of JPMorgan Chase exposed “serious flaws” in the company’s home loans, it did what Wall Street does best: hid the evidence. In documents released this week, officials found proof that the company “adjusted” the critical reviews it received by buying and selling a new set of home-loan portfolios—creating a “sanitized” pool of data in the process. The move allowed the financial powerhouse to gloss over serious faults in its loans and sell mortgages that appeared healthy to the consumer. The suit, which includes a “trove of internal emails and employee interviews,” may be an important stepping stone in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s landmark $200 billion case.

    February 7, 2013 9:44 AM

  6. REJECTED Iran’s Ayatollah: No Talks with U.S. Khamenei in Oct. 2012. (Office of the Supreme Leader, via AP)

    6. Iran’s Ayatollah: No Talks With U.S.

    Was it something we said? Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday rejected proposals by the U.S. for direct talks on the nuclear standoff and other issues. “Talks will not solve any problems,” Khamenei said in a statement posted on his website. “You are holding a gun against Iran, saying you want to talk. The Iranian nation will not be frightened by the threats.” After months of vague proposals about talks with Iran, Vice President Joe Biden last week called for the U.S. and Iran to discuss the nuclear standoff “when the Iranian leadership, the Supreme Leader, is serious.” Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., are scheduled for more nuclear negotiations later this month.

    February 7, 2013 6:33 AM

  7. DON'T FEAR THE WAND Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill Returns BSIP

    7. Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill Returns

    Well, ladies, you chose to have an abortion, so if you can stomach that procedure, you should really be strong enough to take one last look at your doomed fetus. In the words of Michigan Republicans who are trying to push the intrusive transvaginal ultrasound into legislation, the procedure “further protects the interests of the women seeking an abortion by assessing the viability of the fetus and confirming the approximate gestational age of the fetus,” because these things are necessary to determine “appropriate medical care” for the lady who’s about to kill her baby. Republicans in Tennessee and Alabama are also looking to push new ultrasound bills at a time when party elites are trying to distance themselves from anti-abortion radicals.

    February 7, 2013 12:21 PM

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    8. NYC Prep School Emails Reject List

    Hello, Upper East Siders, this is a scandal right out of Gossip Girl. The Dalton School, a New York City private school, reportedly sent out a list of students rejected by the institution—as part of a fundraising effort. The über-exclusive school reportedly sent a letter to boosters and alumni listing families with applications pending, students who pulled their applications (it’s rumored that in-the-know parents pull their children’s bids if they hear they will be turned away), and the names of students rejected from the school. The letter’s baffling purpose is reportedly part of a fundraising drive to get money from recently rejected kids to improve relations with the school—or as part of some pay-for-acceptance plan. Some parents are rumored to be considering suing. Dalton acknowledged that a “breach” happened and promised it would not happen again.

    February 7, 2013 7:54 AM

  9. WELCOME BACK Robin Roberts to Return to ‘GMA’ Rick Diamond / Getty Images Entertainment

    9. Robin Roberts to Return to ‘GMA’

    We’ve missed you, Robin. The Good Morning America anchor will return on February 20, the show announced on Thursday. Roberts has been on medical leave since September as she recovered from bone-marrow surgery, treatment for the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). “I cannot wait for the return to my GMA family,” Roberts said. To mark her return, ABC will air a 20/20 special about her on February 22. Her doctors have cleared her return.

    February 7, 2013 11:04 AM

  10. too far 12-Year-Old Charged in Kutcher Prank Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP / Getty Images

    10. 12-Year-Old Charged in Kutcher Prank

    Pranking the king of pranksters could be fun, but this may be taking it a bit too far. In October a 12-year-old boy prank-called the police saying that people armed with guns and explosives had entered Ashton Kutcher’s L.A. residence. Police are now charging the young boy with several crimes in connection to the prank, dubbed “swatting,” which was also played on an L.A. bank later in the month, possibly by the same kid.

    February 7, 2013 9:51 PM

  11. GLAD YOU CAME The Wanted Get Reality Show The Wanted after People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9. (Christopher Polk/Getty for RCA)

    11. The Wanted Get Reality Show

    How many screaming fans can appear on television at once? British boy band the Wanted will be getting their own reality show on E! called The Wanted Life, they announced Wednesday. The show will chronicle on the band’s move to Los Angeles to record their third album. “I don’t think there’s anything off limits, to be honest,” said band member Siva Kaneswaran. The Wanted Life will begin in June, ahead of the album’s release.

    February 7, 2013 7:40 AM

  12. DISASTER Blast at Mexican Gas Plant Kills 25 Guillermo Gutierrez/AP

    12. Blast at Mexican Gas Plant Kills 25

    At least 25 people are dead and more than 100 are injured after an explosion Thursday at the headquarters of state oil company Pemex in Mexico City—while rescuers are desperately searching for more survivors. “An explosion took place in the B2 building of the administrative centre,” the company tweeted. “There are injuries and damage on the ground floor and mezzanine.” The cause is not yet known, but this is the second incident involving the oil giant recently. Just four months ago, 26 people were killed when a Pemex gas plant exploded in northern Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called for an investigation into Pemex, which has a 75-year monopoly in the country.

    February 7, 2013 10:45 PM

  13. FINDING NEMO Boston Closes Schools Friday George Rizer/The Boston Globe, via Getty

    13. Boston Closes Schools Friday

    Looks like no kids in Boston are doing their homework tonight. Mayor Thomas Menino canceled classes in all public schools for Friday, one day ahead of a massive snowstorm that could deliver up to two feet of snow in the region. Menino also asked all residents to stay off the roads as of noon Friday. New England is expected to be slammed with a “potentially historic” blizzard, which is forecast to start out as a few flakes early Friday morning but then expected to start falling at a rate of about one to two inches per hour between 6 and 7 p.m.

    February 7, 2013 12:58 PM

  14. GIRLS Lena Dunham Tweets: I Voted! Lena Dunham on Feb. 2. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

    14. Lena Dunham Tweets: I Voted!

    Lena Dunham wants everyone to take a chill pill. After a report Wednesday night claiming that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham—who filmed an ad for President Obama—did not vote in the 2012 election, the actress responded on Twitter with the full story about her voting experience. According to the blog Room Eight, Dunham registered in 2008 to vote in 2008, but did not vote in the 2012 general election. Dunham was in India during the election. On Thursday, Dunham tweeted, "So not to be a martyr about it but I flew to New York to vote. I wasn't sure if my change of address had officially been registered so I went to my old polling place with my dad, where they let me vote by affidavit (which was totally allowed.)" Dunham's jestful kicker: "Obviously I voted for Romney. I hope everyone has a nice day."

    February 7, 2013 7:37 AM

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  16. MISSING Police Revive Search for Kevin Collins Parents of Kevin Collins on March 2, 1984. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

    15. Police Revive Search for Kevin Collins

    San Francisco police on Wednesday revived the 29-year-old search for Kevin Collins by publicly naming a suspect after finding skeletal remains in the person’s basement. Collins, 10, disappeared in February 1984 and became known as one of the first missing children to be featured on milk cartons. Police named the suspect as Wayne Jackson, who has gone by four different names and lived across the street from the Catholic grammar school Collins attended. Jackson has a history of sex crimes against children and died in 2008. Police had searched Jackson’s home at the time and found nothing, but a recent search by cadaver dogs and jackhammers found skeletal remains in his basement—although preliminary tests show they appear to belong to an animal.

    February 7, 2013 7:11 AM

  17. SCANDAL Mexican Girl, 9, Gives Birth Mexican hospital where 9-year-old girl gave birth. (Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty)

    16. Mexican Girl, 9, Gives Birth

    A 9-year-old girl has given birth in Mexico, police said Wednesday—and authorities are searching for the 17-year-old believed to be the baby’s father. Police spokesman Lino Gonzalez said the baby girl was born last week in a hospital in Guadalajara, and the mother and baby are both doing well. Gonzalez said the girl’s parents alerted police after the alleged father had not been seen around the neighborhood. The girl referred to the teenager as her boyfriend. Gonzalez said that if the 17-year-old is proven to be the father, he could face child-sex-abuse charges.

    February 7, 2013 7:14 AM

  18. FAIR AND BALANCED Poll: 46 Percent Don’t Trust Fox News Scott Brown in Nov. 2012. (Alex Brandon/AP)

    17. Poll: 46 Percent Don’t Trust Fox News

    How’s this for fair and balanced? A Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday found that 46 percent of those questioned do not trust Fox News—although another 41 percent reported loyalty to the network. Beyond that, Democrats trust any other network more than Fox, while Republicans trusted only the network. Surprisingly, Democrats’ most trust network is not MSNBC, it’s PBS (are they all just enjoying Downton Abbey first?), with MSNBC coming in third. Meanwhile, Fox News could get a new high-profile name: Scott Brown. The former Massachusetts senator is reportedly in talks with the network to offer commentary.

    February 7, 2013 7:36 AM

  19. OUTRAGE Report: Indian Sex Abuse ‘Common’ Child boarding train in New Delhi in Nov. 2012. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

    18. Report: Indian Sex Abuse ‘Common’

    Sexual abuse of children in India is “disturbingly common,” and the victims are often mistreated and humiliated by police, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch. Citing the recent fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus, the report blames authorities for failing to protect children from sexual abuse—and for traumatic and insensitive treatment. Sexual abuse is particularly common in child-care facilities and schools, the report said. A 2007 government study found that two of every three children in India were physically abused, and 53 percent of those surveyed reported one or more types of abuse. Child-rights activists believe many cases also go unreported.

    February 7, 2013 6:37 AM

  20. REBUTTAL Rubio Will Give GOP Response Sen. Rubio on Tuesday. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty)

    19. Rubio Will Give GOP Response

    Getting ready for the 2016 convention, perhaps? Republicans on Wednesday chose Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to deliver their official response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Rubio, elected in 2010, is one of the Republican Party’s fast-rising stars—and the most prominent Hispanic face in the GOP. Although Obama is expected to address immigration in the speech, Rubio is expected to instead focus on how Republicans can grow the middle class. But don’t think Republicans are ceding any Hispanic votes: Rubio will give the speech in Spanish as well as English.

    February 7, 2013 7:07 AM