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  1. ‘HE MUST SUFFER’ Steenkamp's Father Gives Seething Interview Photo from funeral of Steenkamp on Feb. 19. (Schalk van Zuydam/AP)

    1. Steenkamp's Father Gives Seething Interview

    On the heels of a South African judge’s decision to grant Olympic double amputee Oscar Pistorius $113K bail, the father of Reeva Steenkamp—who died after sustaining four gunshot wounds on Valentine’s day—spoke to the press Saturday. Barry Steenkamp told the South African newspaper Beeld that Pistorius "will have to live with his conscience" if he is in fact lying about the events that unfolded in his home on February 14. June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, also spoke to Beeld, saying that the flowers their daughter’s ex-boyfriend sent to their home meant "nothing.” While Pistorius maintains that he shot the 30-year-old model by accident—mistaking her for a thief—Steenkamp's father remains skeptical. "If it didn't happen the way he says it did," he said, "he must suffer and he will suffer."

    February 23, 2013 11:21 AM

  2. SEQUESTER Obama Asks GOP to Compromise Pres. Obama on Feb. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty)

    2. Obama Asks GOP to Compromise

    In Washington, “compromise” is a dirty word. But in President Obama’s weekly Saturday address to the nation, he urged Republicans to do just that. In order to avoid the looming sequester that will bring $85 million in cuts on March 1, Obama said the GOP will have to agree to adding new tax revenues and cutting less of the budget. Obama said the cuts will be extremely detrimental to the government and "will eliminate good jobs,” potentially causing 800,000 civilian employees to be furloughed. GOP lawmakers have been adamant in their fight to avoid revenue increases. Sequestration could still be averted, says Obama. "We just need Republicans in Washington to come around."

    February 23, 2013 11:16 AM

  3. CONCLAVE Vatican Slams Media Pope delivers his blessing on Feb. 17. (Franco Origlia/Getty)

    3. Vatican Slams Media

    The Vatican is lashing out at the media over recent newspaper reports that it claims are defamatory attempts to influence the election of the next pope. The reports in question come from various Italian newspapers and a secret dossier on the origins of the Vatileaks scandal assembled for Pope Benedict XVI by three cardinals. Italian media sources claim the dossier and even gay sex scandals within the church factored into the pope's decision to step down. The Vatican claims the unsourced reports are an attempt to influence public opinion and the vote of the three cardinals. 

    February 23, 2013 6:00 PM

  4. So it Begins? McCain, Obama to Meet on Immigration Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    4. McCain, Obama to Meet on Immigration

    Get ready. President Obama's most direct involvement to date with immigration-reform negotiations will take place Tuesday when he'll meet with Senator John McCain and a bipartisan group of senators to discuss legislation. During a visit to Mexico, McCain said there are "still a number of agreements" that need to be made, but that he is "guardedly optimistic" about reaching a deal by the end of next month. Both President Obama and the senators are weighing legislation that will provide a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million immigrants already in the U.S., tighten border security, and crack down on businesses employing illegal workers.

    February 22, 2013 10:15 PM

  5. THATS ENOUGH, WINTER New England Preps for Third Snowstorm Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune, via Landov

    5. New England Preps for Third Snowstorm

    New England is on a roll, getting ready to go three for three on snowstorms. Bracing for its third blizzard in three weekends, governments in the region had crews working hard Saturday morning—salting roads and trimming trees in preparation for what has the potential to be another historic storm. The snow and sleet scheduled to hammer the northeast, blanketed the Midwest earlier in the week. Winter storm warnings are in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, with up to a foot of snow in the forecast for some areas. Hopefully after strike three, winter will be on its way out.

    February 23, 2013 11:02 AM

  6. JUDGMENT Oscar Pistorius Granted $113K Bail Pistorius leaving courthouse in Pretoria on Friday. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty)

    6. Oscar Pistorius Granted $113K Bail

    Despite claims from the prosecution that he would flee the country, Oscar Pistorius was granted bail with $113,000. The South African court said they would deny his release until the cash was delivered. The double amputee and Olympic track competitor faces a charge of premeditated murder—the country’s most serious murder charge—for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claims to have mistaken his girlfriend for a robber locked in his bathroom. The trial, the judge decreed, will pick up on June 4. Until then, Pistorius must surrender his passports and avoid his home and any potential witnesses. 

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM

  7. In Need of Repair Pentagon Grounds Stealth Fighters U.S. Navy / Getty Images

    7. Pentagon Grounds Stealth Fighters

    Anyone know a good mechanic? The Pentagon grounded the U.S. military’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters after discovering a crack in the engine of one earlier this week. Though it’s considered the Pentagon’s main future fighter, this is the fourth full or partial stand-down of F-35s in just two and a half years. There are around 100 F-35s in three models. Because the three models share an engine design, a crack in one could signal a problem with all the others.

    February 22, 2013 4:51 PM

  8. unconstitutional Obama Opposes DOMA in Supreme Court Brendan Smialowski/Getty

    8. Obama to Supreme Court: Get Rid of DOMA

    The Obama administration called on the U.S. Supreme Court  to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on Friday. The stand marks the first time a president has endorsed same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court. The legal brief presented by U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli urges the court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling that found DOMA unconstitutional. "The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples," wrote Verrilli. The justices will hear the case on March 27.

    February 22, 2013 9:00 PM

  9. happy friday House GOP Unveils Alternate VAWA Proposal BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

    9. House GOP Unveils Alternate VAWA Proposal

    A version of the Violence Against Women Act was released by House Republicans Friday and is on the fast track to a floor vote. The proposal falls short of the aggressive reform many activists were hoping for and which were included on the already-passed Senate version of the bill. The House GOP’s scaled-down version of VAWA fails to guarantee equal coverage for LGBT, Native American, and illegal immigrant victims of domestic violence. In particular, it doesn’t protect LGBT victims from discrimination by service providers, and it creates hurdles for tribal courts to prosecute non-Native Americans who have been assaulted on tribal lands.

    February 22, 2013 3:58 PM

  10. MYSTERIOUS BLAST  India Death Toll Climbs Mourners at victim's last rites in Hyderabad on Friday. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty)

    10. India Death Toll Climbs

    The death toll continues to rise following dual explosions in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. Now at least 16 people have died in two different private hospitals. Families of 14 of the victims have already been reunited with the bodies. The entire country of India has been ordered on general alert for the last two to three days while an investigation into what caused the blasts continues. Many in India believe bombing attacks were to blame, motivated by the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru for his involvement in the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament.

    February 22, 2013 11:00 AM

  11. Office Space Yahoo Bans Working Remotely Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    11. Yahoo Bans Working Remotely

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is demanding that all employees swap their PJs for office attire. Announcing a new HR plan Friday, Mayer is requiring that all employees who used to work for the company remotely relocate to the company’s facilities. The announcement means several hundred remote workers will have to make the decision to either comply or quit. According to All Things D, impacted staffers are furious “because they felt they were initially hired with the assumption that they could work more flexibly”—and maybe a little because now they’re going to miss Ellen.

    February 22, 2013 5:11 PM

  12. Auction Over $100M Offered for Boston Globe Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    12. Over $100M Offered for Boston Globe

    Though it only announced the decision this week, the New York Times Co. received a bid of more than $100 million for the Boston Globe last month, reports Keach Hagey of The Wall Street Journal. The bidding group includes former Boston Globe president Rick Daniels and the managing director of Boston Post Partners. The bid remains on the table. According to Hagey, the group has been in quiet talks with the Times Co. for the past year, though the Times had hoped that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. would make an offer for the Globe. But because News Corp. owns a television station in Boston, they are prohibited from owning a newspaper in the same market.

    February 22, 2013 7:06 PM

  13. BEHIND BARS Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years Drew Peterson in court for sentencing on Thursday. (Tom Gianni/AP)

    13. Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years

    A judge handed Drew Peterson a sentence of 38 years in prison on Thursday. The four years Peterson has already served in custody will, however, count as part of his sentence. The former Chicago-area police sergeant was convicted in September of the murder of his third ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, but requested a new trial. The judge denied that request before giving Peterson his sentence. The defendant's lawyers promised to continue the fight for an appeal, insisting, “Wouldn’t you be angry if you were wrongly convicted?”

    February 22, 2013 7:21 AM

  14. Suit Up! Timberlake, Jay-Z Announce Tour

    14. Timberlake, Jay-Z Announce Tour

    Dreams do come true! Justin Timberlake and his “Suit and Tie” collaborator Jay-Z have confirmed that they will embark on a summer stadium tour, dubbed Legends of the Summer. The 12-concert tour will kick off July 17 in Toronto; hit cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver; and wrap up August 16 in Miami. Tickets go on sale February 28, and Timberlake's third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, will be released March 19 on RCA Records.

    February 22, 2013 2:46 PM

  15. Splitsville Divorce for Josh Brolin, Diane Lane Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    21. Divorce for Josh Brolin, Diane Lane

    Hollywood power couple Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are separating after eight years of marriage, a spokesman for the stars announced Friday. People reports that Lane signed divorce documents on Valentine's Day—though a source close to the couple says they have been separated for several months. Brolin and Lane were married in August 2004, and a few months later Brolin was arrested for spousal battery. Charges were later dropped. The two have no children together.

    February 22, 2013 4:53 PM

  16. Before They Were Famous Pauly Shore Interviewed Child Bruno Mars Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

    16. Pauly Shore Interviewed Child Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars’s sky-high coif has been around for decades. A video recently surfaced of Mars being interviewed by Pauly Shore when the pop star was just a pintsize 4-year-old Elvis Presley enthusiast. In the interview, Shore touts Mars as “The World’s Youngest Elvis Personator,” a title the tyke proves he earned by showing off his best Elvis lip snarl and hip shakes. As a bonus, the “Just the Way You Are” singer does the Moonwalk.

    February 22, 2013 11:04 AM

  17. Tough Crowd Ann Coulter Booed By Libertarians Fernando Leon/Getty

    17. Ann Coulter Booed By Libertarians

    Ann Coulter isn’t one for pleasantries. Presumably, anyone going to hear her speak is prepared for this. Still, the 1,400 libertarians who went to see Coulter debate Fox Business’s John Stossel at the International Students for Liberty Conference in D.C. Friday were so put off by what came out of her mouth that they could not resist booing her. The resounding heckle came after Coulter stated that gay people can, in fact, get married—“They have to marry a member of the opposite sex.” She also reportedly (it was bleeped) called libertarians pussies. It’s probably safe to say the audience didn’t appreciate that either.

    February 22, 2013 11:56 AM

  18. QUESTIONABLE Arias’s ‘Pedophilia’ Claim Challenged Jodi Arias during cross examination on Thursday in Phoenix. (Pool photo by Tom Tingle)

    18. Arias’s ‘Pedophilia’ Claim Challenged

    Some of Jodi Arias’s charges against her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, just don’t add up. Arias, accused of murdering Alexander, has argued that she acted in self-defense against a violent man who was also a “sexual deviant.” But the claim that she ran away in horror after catching Alexander looking at photos of naked boys was contradicted in court Thursday by phone and text-message records, as well as Arias’s personal diary entries. According to phone records, Arias and Alexander exchanged five phone calls back and forth between them on the day the alleged pedophilia incident is said to have occurred. The prosecution also pressed Arias on a diary entry that included details of sexual encounters between the couple involving Tootsie Pops and Pop Rocks candy as props. Through it all, Arias stuck to her story with a steady voice.

    February 22, 2013 8:13 AM

  19. ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’ Russia Condemns U.S. Handling of Syria Scene of bomb explosion in Damascus on Thursday. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty)

    19. Russia Condemns U.S. Handling of Syria

    The United States treats Syria with a double standard, Russia charged Friday, blaming Washington for preventing the U.N. Security Council from disparaging the Damascus car bombings that killed 53 people on a busy highway Thursday. “We are disappointed that, as a result of the United States’ position at the United Nations Security Council, the terrorist act in Syria was not condemned,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference. “We believe these are double standards and see in it a very dangerous tendency by our American colleagues to depart from the fundamental principle of unconditional condemnation of any terrorist act.”

    February 22, 2013 7:12 AM

  20. ON THE RUN Vegas Shooting Sparks Manhunt Scene of gun battle in Las Vegas on Thursday morning. (David Becker/Getty)

    20. Vegas Shooting Sparks Manhunt

    A multistate manhunt has commenced after a drive-by shooting that left three people, including aspiring rapper Kenny Clutch, dead outside a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. A black Range Rover SUV, occupied by a group of men, shot at two people in a Maserati following an altercation in the valet area of Aria Resort & Casino. The shooting caused a multi-car crash in which a taxi exploded, killing the two people inside. “Clearly the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and safety of others,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie at a news conference Friday. It is unclear how many people were in the now hunted Range Rover, but they are reportedly armed and dangerous. If you spot them, Gillepsie says, “you should not take action. Instead, call your local police department.”

    February 22, 2013 8:15 AM

  21. Splitsville Divorce for Josh Brolin, Diane Lane Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    21. Divorce for Josh Brolin, Diane Lane

    Hollywood power couple Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are separating after eight years of marriage, a spokesman for the stars announced Friday. People reports that Lane signed divorce documents on Valentine's Day—though a source close to the couple says they have been separated for several months. Brolin and Lane were married in August 2004, and a few months later Brolin was arrested for spousal battery. Charges were later dropped. The two have no children together.

    February 22, 2013 4:53 PM

  22. PHEW! Soledad O’Brien Going Solo Journalist Soledad O'Brien on Feb. 6. (Jennifer Graylock/Getty for The Heart Truth)

    22. Soledad O’Brien Going Solo

    We can all finally breathe a collective sigh of relief with the knowledge that Soledad O’Brien will be just fine after her CNN morning show ends. The beloved journalist will go on to start her own production company, Starfish Media Group, with the help of CNN and its new boss, Jeff Zucker. She is already slated to make three documentaries for the network and will reprise her role as host of the yearly documentary series Black in America. We missed you already, Soledad.

    February 22, 2013 7:37 AM

  23. FROM EGYPT TO INFINITY Protesters: Send Morsi to the Moon Morsi in Berlin on Jan. 30. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

    23. Protesters: Send Morsi to the Moon

    Egyptian opposition groups are so desperate to get rid of President Mohamed Morsi, they’re getting creative. The April 6 Youth Movement—one of the major protest groups responsible for leading the 2011 uprising that took down former dictator Hosni Mubarak—has entered the country’s Islamist president’s name in an online drawing for a trip to space. On its Facebook page, April 6 wrote of the contest, “For sure no one in the universe can put up with blatant lies, reneging on promises except for the brotherly people of the moon.” In a world gone to hell, the moon’s starting to look good.

    February 22, 2013 7:19 AM

  24. MANIFESTO Sheryl Sandberg Forging Female Revolution Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Stephen Lam/Getty)

    24. Sheryl Sandberg Forging Female Revolution

    Sheryl Sandberg champions women—and she is anxious to prove it. With the upcoming release of her new book, Lean In, the Facebook COO hopes to launch a movement that will address and eliminate the obstacles still faced by modern working females. It's a noble quest but leads to a pivotal question: will anyone join her? In The New York Times's review, reporter Jodi Kantor is skeptical. “Even her advisers acknowledge the awkwardness of a woman with double Harvard degrees...a 9,000-square-foot house and a small army of household help urging less fortunate women to look inward and work harder.” Whether or not Sandberg will successfully reach the women she’s targeting is impossible to predict. As the Times points out, it’s a “social experiment” in the making.

    February 22, 2013 11:10 AM

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    25. Taxes Bite Olive Garden Sales

    First came Walmart, then came Darden Restaurants, proprietor of middle-brow restaurants chains like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse. The company said that a triple-whammy of harsh winter weather, rising gas taxes, and higher payroll taxes are putting a dent in customer traffic and earnings.

    February 22, 2013 12:01 PM

  27. THAT’S WACK Frankenstein, Hitler on Indian Ballot Frankenstein, as portrayed in 1947. (AP)

    26. Frankenstein, Hitler on Indian Ballot

    If you thought this election season was a circus, check out the tiny Indian state of Meghalaya. Among the list of 345 people running for state assembly are Frankenstein and Adolf Hitler. Really. The small state in northeast India is well known for its obsession with strange names, a fascination that is perfectly illustrated on its ballot. Obscurely named Frankenstein Momin likely has a better chance than Adolf Hitler, who was—literally—named after the dictator. Shout-outs to American presidents are another popular trend, with candidates like Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem and Jhim Carter Sangma. Some are so wacky, we can’t help but pull for them. Go get ’em, Billykid Sangma and Field Marshal Mawphniang. You got this.

    February 22, 2013 7:18 AM

  28. IT’S ON! Women in the World 2013 Tickets On Sale Winfrey, Longoria and Ferrera. (Getty; Invision/AP)

    27. Women in the World 2013 Tickets On Sale

    Get ’em while they’re hot! Tickets to the fourth annual Women in the World Summit are on sale today. The event, hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, will take place at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 4 and 5 and will feature speeches and panel discussions lead by such prolific women as Eva Longoria, Oprah Winfrey, and actress America Ferrera. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Women in the World Foundation, which promotes the advancement of women and girls worldwide.

    February 22, 2013 8:17 AM

  29. GOOD TO KNOW Flu Shots for Elderly Only 9 Percent Effective Flu shot given at Brooklyn Hospital in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

    28. Flu Shots for Elderly Only 9 Percent Effective

    Flu season is hardly over. But as people continue to queue up at doctors’ offices and pharmacies to get the vaccine, there is one thing the older set should consider: for senior citizens—the group for which the flu poses the biggest threat—shots are only 9 percent effective. This year, people older than 65 have been hospitalized for the flu at the highest rate in a decade, and this new discovery by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be why.

    February 22, 2013 7:09 AM

  30. covert affairs FBI Battles Internal Sexting Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

    29. FBI Battles Internal Sexting

    Apparently FBI agents are mixing work with play a little too much. CNN obtained confidential internal memos scolding employees for a variety of violations, including bugging a boss's office, paying for sex in a massage parlor, sending nude pictures to coworkers, and "a rash of sexting cases." "When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use. It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress. That is not why we provide you an FBI BlackBerry,"  FBI assistant director Candice Will told CNN. She added that though she thinks she's seen it all in her time at the FBI, she continues to get files that surprise her.

    February 21, 2013 9:38 PM