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  1. PROMISE Cuomo to Ease Abortion Limits Mike Groll/AP

    1. Cuomo to Ease Abortion Limits

    Yes, you're reading that right: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is preparing legislation that will guarantee all women have access to late-term abortions when the health of the mother is at risk or the fetus is not viable, according to a report in The New York Times on Sunday. The much-reviled procedure has been banned in most states—and New York allows it only if the life of the mother is at risk—but those bans are largely symbolic. The proposed law’s chances of being passed are uneven at best, as the Democratic-controlled state Assembly seems likely to pass it, but the State Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans, has leaned away from supporting new abortion laws.

    February 17, 2013 11:00 AM

  2. OOPS GOP Bashes Leaked Immigration Plan AFP/Getty

    2. GOP Bashes Leaked Immigration Plan

    The GOP is lashing out against the leaked White House immigration plan that would allow illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens within eight years, a draft of which was acquired by USA Today on Saturday. Sen. Marco Rubio called it "half baked and seriously flawed," and said it "would be dead on arrival in Congress." The White House did not directly comment on the report, but instead released a statement on Saturday saying the president “has made clear the principles upon which any commonsense immigration reform effort should be based.” According to USA Today, illegal immigrants could apply for a new visa called the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, and if approved, they could also apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country. There is also tighter security proposed: employers will be required to check the legal status of new hires within four years.

    February 17, 2013 4:43 PM

  3. DEADLY Iraq Car Bombing Kills 37 Khalid Mohammed/AP

    3. Iraq Car Bombing Kills 37

    Multiple car bombings that exploded within minutes killed at least 37 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Sunday morning. The blasts hit in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of the capital, targeting outdoor local markets as many were out shopping to start the local workweek. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, although the blasts are similar to attacks ordered by Sunni extremists—and al Qaeda’s local affiliate. More than 100 people have been killed so far this month in sectarian violence in Iraq, and 178 were killed in January.

    February 17, 2013 10:34 AM

  4. VIVA IL PAPA! Pope Mobbed at Vatican Appearance Riccardo De Luca/AP

    4. Pope Mobbed at Vatican Appearance

    Say a little prayer for him. Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics to pray for both him and his successor at his penultimate address at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday. The crowd, which numbered more than 50,000 people, chanted “Long live the pope!” as the pope pleaded in Spanish for Catholics to “continue praying for me and the next pope.” He will not speak again until next Sunday. Meanwhile, oddsmakers are banking on the pope being from the developing world, with Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana currently coming in at 5–2 odds. Archbishop Angelo Scola from Italy has 7–2 odds, and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet is currently standing at 5–1.

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

  5. Speedy Danica Patrick Wins Daytona 500 Pole Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images

    5. Danica Patrick Wins Daytona 500 Pole

    Women are taking over the tracks. On Sunday, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole to qualify for the iconic race. She posted an impressive lap speed of 196.434mph. “I'm proud of all the hard work that goes into making a pole car,” Patrick said afterward. “I'm happy for them [the team]. It was a fast Chevy.” She even beat Jeff Gordon, who congratulated her, saying, “It's great to be part of history. I can say I was the fastest guy today.” The Daytona 500 is next Sunday, and all drivers except Patrick and Gordon will still have their spots determined this week.

    February 17, 2013 4:57 PM

  6. WHOA NASA: Russian Meteor Nuclearlike Nasha Gazeta/AP

    6. NASA: Russian Meteor Nuclearlike

    So the reports of the Russian meteor explosion were not exaggerated: the meteor that hit the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday was even bigger than originally suspected, NASA said Saturday. The meteor is the largest to hit Earth since the asteroid explosion in Tunguska in 1908, which flattened trees across 820 miles of the Siberian forest. NASA officials said the asteroid was 50 feet wide and weighed 7,000 tons and zoomed toward space at a velocity of 40,000 miles per hour—and was momentarily brighter than the sun. On Saturday, thousands of Russian emergency workers cleared the damage from the meteor, with divers focusing on a lake near Chelyabinsk where a hole several feet wide had opened up—but no fragments had been recovered yet.

    February 17, 2013 10:52 AM

  7. hole in one Obama, Tiger Woods Play Golf Joe Raedle/Getty

    7. Obama, Tiger Woods Play Golf

    Talk about an epic tee off. President Obama and Tiger Woods took to the green for their first golf outing together on Sunday at the Floridan Golf Club in Palm City, Florida. Yesterday, Obama got some tips from Woods's former coach, Butch Harmon, so hopefully he won't embarass himself in front of the golfer who is 1 for 1 in PGA Tour events so far this season. Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest tweeted that this was a "historic day in golf."

    February 17, 2013 5:34 PM

  8. CONCESSION McCain: Hagel ‘Probably’ Has Votes NBC News

    8. McCain: Hagel ‘Probably’ Has the Votes

    Will they be BFF again? John McCain conceded on Sunday that his former colleague Chuck Hagel “probably” has enough votes to be confirmed as secretary of Defense—and he insisted the Republican filibuster is “reasonable” to go over Hagel’s records. Republicans in the Senate voted last week to block the former Nebraska senator’s nomination, but McCain insisted on Meet the Press that the filibuster is the result of “the positions Senator Hagel has taken” rather than personal. The Obama administration has complained the long confirmation process—which has consumed Congress for the past few weeks—for a Defense secretary is unprecedented—and it is coming at an especially unhelpful time, as automatic defense cuts known as the “sequester” loom.

    February 17, 2013 1:12 PM

  9. LIFE IS BUT A DREAM Beyoncé: I Want Another Baby Larry Busacca/Getty

    9. Beyoncé: I Want Another Baby

    One is never enough for Beyoncé. The singer told Oprah that she would like to have another baby—but to check back in after her four-month tour is over. In an interview that aired on Oprah’s OWN the same night as Beyoncé’s self-produced documentary Life Is but a Dream premiered on HBO, the singer said, “Motherhood made everything make sense.” Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, born last year, made a cameo in Life Is but a Dream.

    February 17, 2013 11:20 AM

  10. ABOUT A BOY Hugh Grant Welcomes Son Jemal Countess/Getty

    10. Hugh Grant Welcomes Son

    The famously private actor Hugh Grant announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had welcomed a son with Tinglan Hong. “In answer to some journos, am thrilled to announce my daughter now has a brother,” he tweeted on Saturday night. “Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum.” He followed up with a second tweet: “And to be crystal clear. I am the Daddy.” Hong gave birth to a daughter in 2011, but a spokeswoman said at the time that the baby was the result of a “fleeting affair” but Grant could not be “happier or more supportive.”

    February 17, 2013 11:23 AM

  11. same old drink Maker’s Mark Won’t Cut Proof Ed Reinke/AP

    11. Maker’s Mark Won’t Cut Proof

    Maker's Mark has learned the hard way that Americans won't let anyone water down their whisky. Last week, a huge backlash followed the company's announcement to cut the alcohol volume in its product from 45 percent to 42 percent, due to a supply shortage. “While we thought we were doing what was right, this is your brand—and you told us in large numbers to change our decision,” the company wrote on its website Sunday. “Thanks for your honesty and for reminding us what makes Maker’s Mark, and its fans, so special.”

    February 17, 2013 1:19 PM

  12. DISCOVERY Bloody Bat Found at Pistorius’s Home Lucky Nxumalo/Citypress, via AP

    12. Bloody Bat Found at Pistorius’s Home

    A bloodied cricket bat was found at Oscar Pistorius’s home, with South African media reporting on Sunday that the Olympic athlete may have used it to attack girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before shooting her to death. According to South Africa’s City Press, police believe Pistorius may have used the bat to break down the bathroom door where Steenkamp was hiding or that she used it to defend herself from Pistorius. Steenkamp reportedly suffered from a fractured skull in addition to the bullet wounds to the head, arm, hand, and hip. Although Pistorius’s family has insisted he mistakenly thought Steenkamp was an intruder, a source told the City Press that “it was clear that both of them slept in the bed.”

    February 17, 2013 10:28 AM


    13. Seven Foreigners Kidnapped in Nigeria

    Gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped seven foreigners at a Lebanese construction company in the northern city of Jama’are, police said. The abductees included a Briton, an Italian, a Greek, and four Lebanese workers, including two women. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the raid, but the region has been plagued by kidnappings by Muslim extremists—and an al Qaeda–linked group took responsibility for the kidnapping of a French national in December. Local police chief Mohammed Ladan said gunmen attacked a prison overnight before storming the construction firm’s compound.

    February 17, 2013 10:58 AM

  14. FASHION André Leon Talley Leaving Vogue? Larry Busacca/Getty

    14. André Leon Talley Leaving Vogue?

    From Vogue to late-night television? It’s possible: sources said on Saturday that longtime Vogue fashion contributor André Leon Talley is leaving the fashion bible—and he’s developing a late-night talk show at NBC. Vogue reportedly was not too pleased with Talley’s decision to move to television, despite that he has represented Vogue on America’s Next Top Model, Entertainment Tonight and even the Sex and the City movie. Talley also has signed on as a editor at large for Numero Russia magazine and is reportedly headed to Moscow for the job.

    February 17, 2013 11:18 AM