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  1. FILIBUSTER Senate Delays Chuck Hagel Confirmation Chip Somodevilla

    1. Senate Delays Hagel Confirmation

    Chuck Hagel will spend the next week in political limbo, after Senate Republicans delayed the Defense secretary nominee’s confirmation for another week. Senate Dems ultimately didn’t come up with the 60 votes needed to end the Republicans’ filibuster (the final count was 58 to 40). Thursday’s vote marks the first time a Defense secretary nomination has been filibustered, and in a Google hangout Thursday night, President Obama called the filibuster "unprecedented." It looks likely that the nomination will proceed after a 10-day recess, when a simple 51-vote majority will suffice.

    February 14, 2013 5:54 PM

  2. Pot KETTLE BLACK LaPierre: Obama’s Gun Control a ‘Charade’ Evan Vucci/AP

    2. LaPierre: Obama’s Gun Control a ‘Charade’

    Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, isn't buying Obama's whole keeping-kids-safe thing. At a convention in Nashville Thursday, LaPierre said the State of the Union address exposed President Obama's “charade” that gun control is about “keeping kids safe in schools ... They only care about their decades-long, decades-old gun-control agenda,” he said. “In an hourlong speech, nowhere were the words ‘school safety’ to be found.” While Obama did not, in fact, mention those two words, he did say: “What I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource: our children.” At his Nashville speech LaPierre renewed calls to put armed guards in every school.

    February 14, 2013 6:37 PM

  3. SEWAGE STEAMER Cruise Ship Docks Dave Martin/AP

    3. Cruise Ship Docks

    Miserable passengers arrived in Mobile, Alabama, Thursday night, and have begun to disembark. It’s the end of a five-day nightmare, after a fire in the engine room turned the Carnival Triumph ship into a “floating Petri dish” with sewage oozing down the walls and floating along the decks. Much of the ship’s electric system went down in the fire, causing the sanitary systems to malfunction—and exposing passengers to raw sewage. Additionally, passengers have reported not getting enough to eat, with waits as long as four hours for food. Carnival said it will issue refunds for the trip and give each passenger $500 in compensation, and the cruise line has canceled all voyages on the troubled ship going forward.

    February 14, 2013 10:15 PM

  4. MEDIA Is Time Inc. Being Pushed Out? InStyle on newsstand in Manhattan on Wednesday. (Mario Tama/Getty)

    4. Is Time Inc. Being Pushed Out?

    There might be a lot less Time in that Time Warner logo—and that's because Time Warner is ditching their lowly magazine titles, writes Daivd Carr in The New York Times. Time Warner is reportedly in talks with the Meredith Corporation—publisher of Better Homes, Ladies’ Home Journal and more—to create a new, publicly traded company that includes much of Time Inc.’s magazines and Meredith’s titles as well. It's just the latest example of a company pushing out the unwanted print publications, writes Carr, a trail first blazed by News Corp.'s decision last year to separate their entertainment and print assets. If Time Warner loses so much of Time Inc., it proves how much times have changed in the magazine world.

    February 14, 2013 1:11 PM

  5. UM, WHAT? Boehner Blows Russert a Kiss Speaker Boehner during interview on Wednesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    5. Boehner Blows Russert a Kiss

    This certainly makes for an interesting morning on the Congress beat. House Speaker John Boehner apparently blew air kisses to NBC reporter Luke Russert on Thursday. Russert asked Boehner what he got his wife for Valentine’s Day, to which Boehner responded, “Same thing I got you, honey,” and he blew three kisses Russert’s way. But, Boehner, Russert is just a kid—don’t put those thoughts in his head!

    February 14, 2013 1:58 PM

  6. almost legal Illinois Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage M. Spencer Green/AP

    6. Illinois Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    “It’s a new day in the state of Illinois,” proclaimed Sen. Martin Sandoval before voting to legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples in the Prairie State. The state Senate approved the bill 34–21, and after a vote at the state House, which is held by the Democrats, the state should be on its way to becoming the nation’s 10th to grant equal rights to gay couples. Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill once it arrives on his desk.

    February 14, 2013 3:35 PM

  7. EDGE OF STEEL Oscar Pistorius Kept Guns in Bedroom Gallo Images

    7. Pistorius Kept Guns in Bedroom

    As a celebrity figure, South African Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius apparently felt more threatened than most. Arrested and charged for murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp early on Valentine’s Day, Pistorius allegedly kept multiple firearms in his bedroom. In an interview with the Daily Mail last year, the Paralympic athlete said he slept with a pistol next to his bed and kept a machine gun by his window. In another profile, he admitted his cure for insomnia was firing off rounds of his 9mm handgun at a nearby shooting range. Pistorius also allegedly has a history of violence. In 2009 he spent a night behind bars after a woman claimed he’d assaulted her at a party.    

    February 14, 2013 4:10 PM

  8. HIT THE 57 Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Heinz Historic Heinz factory sign in Pittsburgh. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

    8. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Heinz

    One of America’s most successful investors went shopping again this week—this time in the food section. Warren Buffett’s massive conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway has reportedly teamed up with Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital to buy ketchup empire H.J. Heinz for $28 billion. Speaking to CNBC, Buffett expressed excitement about the deal. “Heinz is our kind of company with fantastic brands,” he said. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 cash for each share of common stock they own—a 20 percent premium of Heinz’s closing price of $60.48. You say tomato, Warren Buffett says ... whatever he wants.

    February 14, 2013 11:15 AM

  9. Eureka!

    9. FDA Approves 'Bionic Eye'

    The Food and Drug Administration has a very special Valentine's Day surprise for the visually impaired. For the first time ever, a new treatment has been approved that will give blind people limited vision. This exciting new device—which involves something called the "artificial retina"—will give some the ability to detect things like stove burners, cars, or people in front of them, and crosswalks on a street. In some cases, patients who receive the artificial retina may also be able to detect oversized numbers or letters. 

    February 14, 2013 4:30 PM

  10. Bookface Zuckerberg's Sister Gets Book Deal Virginia Mayo / AP Photo

    10. Zuckerberg's Sister Gets Book Deal

    It's called Dot Complicated, get it? Randi Zuckerberg, the social media executive and entrepreneur who left her CEO brother Mark's Facebook in 2011, has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins. Dot Complicated, the same name as her newsletter, will be a memoir that includes her thoughts on the digital age, covering her years as Facebook's marketing director to 2011, when she became a mother. The second book will be a children's story. We hope she can dish a little on Mark as well.

    February 14, 2013 4:15 PM

  11. MILE-HIGH MATCH AMR, US Airways Approve $11B Merger Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    11. AMR, US Airways Approve $11B Merger

    The skies are about to become more united. US Airways and AMR, the parent company for American Airlines, have reportedly agreed to a $11 billion merger that will make the combined carrier the largest airline in the world. The new company will be called American Airlines, but will be headed by Doug Parker, the CEO of US Airways. In a statement to the media Thursday, Parker conveyed his hope for the future of the company. “The combined airline will have the scale, breadth, and capabilities to compete more effectively and profitably in the global marketplace,” he said. The merger gives 72 percent of ownership to AMR creditors, and US Airways shareholders will have the rest.

    February 14, 2013 7:30 AM

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  13. BLADE RUNNER Olympic Amputee Arrested for Murder AFP/Getty

    12. Olympic Amputee Arrested for Murder

    South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was arrested Thursday after a woman was found shot to death in his home in Pretoria. Pistorius, 26, a double-amputee Olympic sprinter known as Blade Runner, was taken into custody early Thursday after police responded to a call about a shooting at his home. According the the Associated Press, the woman he killed was 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, a self-described “cover girl for FHM Models.” Investigators gave no indication of motive, and a police spokeswoman disputed earlier reports in South African media that he mistook Steenkamp as a burlgar. He is expected to appear in court on Friday. The South African Paralympian—a fan favorite—took home two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 London Paralympics, and a gun-enthusiast.

    February 14, 2013 12:11 PM

  14. WHAT HAPPENS IN MEXICO Vatican: Pope Hit His Head Recently Pope Benedict XVI during the Vatican's Ash Wednesday mass. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

    13. Vatican: Pope Hit His Head Recently

    Good to know that even the pope has an embarrassing Mexico story. The Vatican confirmed Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI hit his head during a trip to Mexico—but the Vatican denied that the injury had anything to do with his shocking decision earlier this week to resign. Italy’s La Stampa newspaper reported that Benedict, 85, fell when he woke up in the middle of the night, hit his head, and bled—with blood staining his hair and sheets. While Benedict has known to be in poor health for some time, new details are only just emerging about how gravely ill he is. The Vatican admitted for the first time Tuesday that Benedict has a pacemaker and had its batteries replaced just three months ago.

    February 14, 2013 8:43 AM

  15. Disturbing

    14. FreedomWorks Interns Starred in Creepy, Unaired Video

    FreedomWorks is undergoing an internal investigation, and as a result, some of the Tea Party advocacy group and super PAC’s dirty little secrets are bound to be exposed. For example, a promotional video featuring a FreedomWorks intern dressed in a panda suit simulating oral sex on another intern wearing a Hillary Clinton mask. For some reason, this tasteful homage to The Shining was never shown at the conservative conference featuring Glenn Beck for which it was taped, but now it has come back to haunt those in charge, including Adam Brandon, the group’s executive vice president, under whose supervision the video was produced.

    February 14, 2013 1:15 PM

  16. INVESTIGATION Turkish Police Seek Homeless Man Sarai Sierra. (AP)

    15. Turkish Police Seek Homeless Man

    Turkish police are reportedly seeking a 46-year-old homeless man in the murder of a Staten Island, New York, woman who had been vacationing in Istanbul, a Turkish newspaper reported Thursday. Referred to by police just as Z, the man apparently regularly frequented the part of Istanbul where Sarai Sierra disappeared. They suspect Z may have tried to accost Sierra. He has been missing since her body was found February 2. Sierra’s funeral will be Thursday in Staten Island.

    February 14, 2013 10:15 AM

  17. KIMYE Kim and Kanye Breach Security at JFK West and Kardashian in Oct. 2012. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    16. Kim and Kanye Breach Security at JFK

    Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don’t like taking their shoes off for security. The power couple were pulled from a flight Tuesday after bypassing security at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, causing their plane to be delayed for an hour. Kardashian and West were transferring flights in New York after vacationing in Brazil, and a TSA agent apparently let them go through a nonpublic area to bypass security, violating safety protocol. The couple made their connecting flight, but then were pulled from the plane when the breach was discovered. The two then underwent a private security screening, causing the flight to be delayed about an hour.

    February 14, 2013 7:38 AM

  18. HOOF, WOOF Britain: Horsemeat Drug in France Brand of lasagna containing horsemeat. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty)

    17. Britain: Horsemeat Drug in France

    British ministers said Thursday that horsemeat containing a harmful drug called bute had entered the food chain in France, carried by horses from British slaughterhouses. Environment Minister David Heath told Parliament that eight horses from British slaughterhouses had tested positive for the equine drug and three may have entered the food chain in France, although frozen lasagna sold by the same manufacturers had tested negative for bute. Meanwhile, the scandal spread on the continent, with tainted lasagna being found in Germany, having been discovered as coming through a middleman in Luxembourg. German retailers said they have started pulling the product from the shelves.

    February 14, 2013 6:59 AM

  19. TAKE-BACKSIES Knight: We Regret Paying Jonah Lehrer Lehrer in May 2008. (Thos Robinson/Getty for World Science Festival)

    18. Knight: We Regret Paying Jonah Lehrer

    Look on the bright side, Knight Foundation. Maybe Jonah Lehrer will use this money for an ethics class. The nonprofit group wrote in a blog post Wednesday that it “regretted” paying disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference. “We started considering Lehrer as a speaker before his plagiarism scandal broke last year,” the Knight Foundation wrote. But, the foundation said, they “accepted the risk” after the scandal broke, thinking that his tale would be “poignant” at a decision-making conference. The group has been widely criticized since Lehrer’s talk Tuesday, especially after Knight Foundation president Erik Wemple described it as “significantly more about [Lehrer] than I had expected.”

    February 14, 2013 7:36 AM

  20. TENSION N. Korea Nuke Test Nets No Radiation Protesters burn effigy of Kim Jong Un on Wednesday in Seoul. (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

    19. N. Korea Nuke Test Nets No Radiation

    There have been no new radioactive isotopes released from North Korea’s underground nuclear test, South Korean experts said Thursday. Finding isotopes can help determine what type of nuclear device was used, but a well-contained test could yield no isotopes. North Korea claimed Tuesday to have carried out an underground nuclear test, and seismic activity trigged by the test has been detected by several nations. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the test, and Australia blocked a visit by North Korea diplomats over it.

    February 14, 2013 6:52 AM

  21. SINCERELY YOURS LBJ and Lady Bird Love Letters Released Stan Wayman / Getty Images

    20. LBJ and Lady Bird Love Letters Released

    It’s Valentine’s Day! Here to regale us with one of history’s greatest romances is none other than our 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson. Starting at 9 a.m., love letters between LBJ and his wife, Claudia Alta Taylor, or Lady Bird Johnson, will be released by the LBJ Presidential Library. Nearly 90 letters written during two and a half months in 1934 will be made available on the library's website, the first time the entire collection has been released. When the 26-year-old LBJ met the 21-year-old Lady Bird, the young congressional aide from Texas proposed to the University of Texas history and journalism graduate after just a few days, much to her shock. He eventually won her over. “Dearly Beloved,” Lady Bird begins one letter. “This sounds like a sermon—it isn’t.”

    February 14, 2013 12:00 AM

  22. EARLY EXIT? Report: Gen. Allen May Retire Alex Wong / Getty Images

    21. Report: Gen. Allen May Retire

    Marine Gen. John Allen may be calling it quits after all. A source tells Politico that Allen is considering retirement, despite being cleared of wrongdoing in the Gen. David Petraeus scandal. Allen allegedly feels he’s “being pushed out for a variety of reasons,” namely the email debacle, which he fears will haunt him in his new post as NATO’s supreme allied commander in Brussels. “He doesn’t have a rabbi” at the Pentagon, the source said, especially with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on his way out. A spokesman for Allen declined to comment on the report.

    February 13, 2013 11:15 PM

  23. RUMOR HAS IT Donor: Hillary Next President Clinton leaving State Dept. on Feb. 1. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    22. Donor: Hillary Next President

    For Hillary Clinton lovers, Valentine’s Day just got even sweeter. A Greek-American real-estate mogul announced Thursday that in a private conversation with Bill Clinton, he was told that Hillary will in fact run for president in 2016. Angelo Tsakopoulos, 76, who claims to have a close relationship with the couple, has been one of the biggest donors to Clinton’s political campaign thus far. “Hillary will be our next president, and she will be a great one,” Tsakopoulos told the Greek Reporter. Clinton bid farewell to her post as secretary of state on February 1 and declined to either confirm or deny a potential 2016 run.

    February 14, 2013 8:44 AM

  24. PLAN B 5.8M Women Have Used Morning-After Pill Joe Raedle/Getty

    23. 5.8M Women Have Used Morning-After Pill

    As many as 11 percent, or 5.8 million, of American women ages 15 to 44 have used emergency contraception, according to a federal report released Thursday. In the first federal study of emergency contraception since the so-called morning-after pill was approved in 1998, the National Center for Health Statistics said it conducted the survey of 12,279 women between 2006 and 2010. Half of the women who used the morning-after pill said they did so because they feared their birth-control method had failed, while the rest said they had unprotected sex. Among women 20 to 24, 23 percent had used emergency contraception, while just 5 percent of women ages 30 to 44 had used it—although researchers said that low percentage could have do with the contraceptive not being on the market during those women's young reproductive years.

    February 14, 2013 7:31 AM