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  1. Lights Out Power Outage Hits Syria Fighting in Aleppo on Saturday. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

    1. Massive Power Outage Hits Syria

    This has got to make matters worse. A problem with a high-tension line plunged Damascus and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida into darkness on Saturday. Meanwhile, in northwestern Syria, an activist group reported that pro-government gunmen have kidnapped more than 300 people. The action is reportedly in retaliation for the snatching of 42 Shia Muslims on Thursday. The eye-for-an-eye kidnappings, which happened in a predominantly Sunni area, could trigger more sectarian violence. The kidnapped Shia, mostly women and children, were taken from a bus while traveling between villages.

    February 16, 2013 3:00 PM

  2. Sunni Strike Pakistan Market Bomb Kills 84

    2. Pakistan Market Bomb Kills 84

    Extremists from Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim majority carried out a bomb attack in Quetta on Saturday that killed at least 64 people, including schoolchildren. A spokesman for the Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibiity for the bomb, which caused casualties in the town's main bazaar, a school, and a computer center. Police said the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device fitted to a motorcycle. Most of the victims were Shi'ites. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi also bombed the town last month, killing nearly 100 people in one of Pakistan's worst sectarian attacks.

    February 17, 2013 9:35 AM

  3. Boom! Russian Meteor Injures 1,200 AP Video

    3. Russian Meteor Injures 1,200

    Fans of outer space had a field day on Friday when a 10-ton meteor exploded over Siberia on the same day an asteroid passed perilously close to Earth. The meteor blew out windows throughout the area, and although 1,200 were reported injured—including 200 children—there were apparently no deaths. Although meteors exploding 20 or 30 miles above Earth is not unusual, the fact that this one still sent debris (about 5 percent of its mass) hurtling downward is surprising. Scientists chalk that occurrence up to the meteor possibly having been made of iron. But it was the sonic boom on the meteor's entry that shattered windows and dishes for miles. That's some powerful noise.

    February 16, 2013 11:26 AM

  4. Rabbit Hole Judge Orders Release of Church Documents Father Marciel and Pope John Paul II in Nov. 2004. (Pliino Lepri/AP)

    4. Judge: Release Church Documents

    On the heels of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication, a Rhode Island judge ordered the release of documents relating to the internal affairs of priest group Legion of Christ on Friday. The pope had ordered investigations of the group in the past. Legion of Christ's founding member sexually abused seminarians and has fathered children by at least two women. The group has also been accused of defrauding a widow of tens of millions of dollars and using questionable fundraising tactics. The documents are expected to give new insight into the scandal, many years after the first allegations were filed in 1998.

    February 16, 2013 10:38 AM

  5. Not Dead Yet! Venezuela Releases Chávez Photos Miraflores Presidential Press Office/AP

    5. Venezuela Releases Chávez Photos

    You still there, Hugo? The Venezuelan government released new photos of President Hugo Chávez on Friday after national debate about his health grew ever more heated. Photos have not been released since his cancer surgery in Cuba a whopping nine months ago. The pics show him in bed flanked by his two daughters—small comfort to the opposition. Although the president has difficulty breathing and speaking, officials say he is "working tirelessly" from his hospital bed in Havana, Cuba, and making government decisions by writing notes to his aides.

    February 16, 2013 11:03 AM

  6. WHAT HAPPENED?! Report: Pistorius Tried to Revive GF Pistorius in court on Friday in Pretoria. (Antoine de Ras/AP)

    6. Report: Pistorius Tried to Revive GF

    And the plot thickens. The South African newspaper Beeld reports that after the shooting Oscar Pistorius ran down the stairs carrying his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and then attempted to resuscitate her. Citing sources close to the investigation, the paper reports that the security guards at the house saw this—and a trail of blood would suggest the Olympic runner's path. The paper also says that police think that the model was sitting on the bathroom sink when Pistorius shot her through the door.

    February 16, 2013 12:36 PM

  7. Sci-Fi Week

    7. Fireball Spotted Over California

    If recent news reports are to be believed, we are now living in a science-fiction movie. After a meteor exploded over Russia and an asteroid skimmed past Earth, a fireball was seen in the sky over western California on Friday night. A flash of light was reported at 7:45 p.m. in Santa Rosa, appearing green at first before slowly turning yellow as it descended. Scientists say it was probably a “sporadic meteor,” an unremarkable event that happens several times a day all around the world. There is reportedly no connection between the fireball, the meteor, and the asteroid, but who are we to stop the conspiracy theorists?

    February 16, 2013 11:57 AM

  8. 'Floating Petri Dish' Carnival Corp. Hit With First Lawsuit Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard, via Getty

    8. Carnival Hit With First Lawsuit

    Let the deluge of lawsuits begin. Less than 24 hours after the cursed Carnival Triumph docked, a passenger has sued Carnival Corp. for “horrifying” conditions, which included wading through human feces after a fire knocked out the ship’s power and sewage system. Cassie Terry of Texas alleges that Carnival “failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and sanitary conditions” to its passengers and is seeking compensation for physical and emotional harm, anxiety, nervousness, and the “loss of enjoyment of life,” according to court documents. Surely Terry will not be the only one unsatisfied with the company’s $500 and free cruise as compensation for enduring five days of truly wretched conditions.

    February 15, 2013 3:23 PM

  9. Recognition First LGBT Count Yields New Statistics Same-sex couple at marriage license protests on Thursday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

    9. First LGBT Count Yields New Statistics

    That took long enough. Gallup, in cooperation with UCLA, has released statistics from its first-ever state-by-state demographic count of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans—the biggest population survey group to do so. The results? North Dakota has the lowest LGBT population at just 1.7 percent of the state's population, while Washington, D.C., has the highest at 10 percent. On average, the LGBT population hovers around 4 percent. Interestingly, every state that has an LGBT population of 4 percent or higher also has anti-discrimination laws for those groups. The biggest thing researchers learned? Visibility does appear to matter.

    February 16, 2013 10:33 AM

  10. Her Last Wish Pistorius GF’s Reality Show Airs Waldo Swiegers/AFP, via Getty

    10. Pistorius GF’s Reality Show Airs

    Reeva Steenkamp’s last wish, according to her family, was for them to watch her in Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality-TV show that went on air in South Africa on Saturday night, only two days after Steenkamp was found dead at boyfriend Oscar Pistorius's home. The model and law graduate was “proud of being in the show,” said her cousin, Sharon Steenkamp. The show's producers, who did not contact the family for permission to air it, say that going ahead with the program is what Steenkamp would have wanted.

    February 16, 2013 3:25 PM

  11. OH, YES HE IS Kyle Chandler Starring in ‘The Vatican’ Noel Vasquez

    11. Kyle Chandler Stars in ‘The Vatican’

    First the pope resigns, then Kyle Chandler gets cast in Showtime’s upcoming The Vatican—could this TV drama be more stacked for success?! Chandler, who has been one of the most sought-after actors this pilot season, will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, “the charismatic yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York.” Showtime has described The Vatican as a “provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics,” that explores the “relationship and rivalries as well as the mysteries” within the modern-day Catholic Church. With Ridley Scott as director, Paul Attanasio (House) as scribe and a mega-talented cast, we’ve officially found a replacement for House of Cards. Stay tuned for a premiere date.

    February 15, 2013 6:46 PM

  12. PSST Rumor: Ford to Reprise Han Solo Role AP Photo

    12. Rumor: Ford to Reprise Han Solo Role

    Hollywood was atwitter Friday after Latino Review reporter Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez appeared on Fox News Latino to break the news—still unconfirmed—that Harrison Ford would be reprising his iconic role as Han Solo. Rumors that Ford would come back for Star Wars VII have been swirling since November, but Gonzalez is the first to claim he has confirmation. “I found out yesterday. I did my due diligence, like I do with everything. Triple checked. Legitimate sources ... His deal is done,” Gonzalez said. Ford and Lucasfilm have declined to confirm the allegation. The Latino Review has a strong reputation for breaking film news, but its track record isn't perfect. Grab Chewie and rev up the Millennium Falcon, it looks like Han Solo is back—or at least we hope.

     

    February 15, 2013 1:39 PM

  13. Busted Jackson Jr. Charged With Campaign Fraud Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

    13. Jackson Jr. Charged With Campaign Fraud

    It's been a rough year for former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who was charged Friday with misusing $750,00 of campaign funds for personal use. The congressman stepped down last year, due to ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder and the federal investigation. He faces felony charges including conspiracy. Among the reported items Jackson purchased with campaign funds: Martin Luther King Jr., Bruce Lee, and Michael Jackson memorabilia. A campaign to fill his seat in Chicago is ongoing.

    February 15, 2013 4:13 PM

  14. FALLEN HERO Pistorius Breaks Down in Court Antoine de Ras/Independent Newspapers Ltd South Africa, via AP

    14. Pistorius, Victim Were Planning Future

    If it's true, it sure is sad. "We are in a state of total shock," Anthony Pistorius' uncle said in a statement Saturday, adding the couple "had plans together and Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time." Oscar Pistorius appeared in court Friday with his head in his hands as prosecutors announced they’d be pursuing a “premeditated murder” charge against him for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistrorius is denying the charges “in the strongest terms.” Police were called early Thursday morning to Pistorius’s house, where they found Steenkamp dead, with four gunshot wounds to her head and upper body, as well as a 9mm pistol.

    Watch the history of Oscar Pistorius, from double-amputee baby to Olympic sprinter to murder suspect.

    February 16, 2013 10:00 AM