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  1. FAST & FURIOUS Nationwide Race Ends in Catastrophe Larson into fence at Daytona speedway on Saturday. (John Raoux/AP)

    1. Nationwide Race Ends in Catastrophe

    NASCAR’s Nationwide Race ended in catastrophe Saturday when driver Kyle Larson’s car went flying through the catch fence—sending his engine barreling toward the stands and nearly breaking the vehicle in two. Ambulances rushed to scene, where several attendees are thought to be injured. Larson allegedly made it through the crash unscathed, a claim that authorities have yet to confirm. The crash comes just one day before the long-awaited “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500.

    February 23, 2013 4:48 PM

  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. NO ONE IS SAFE Pistorius 'Thanks for Prayers' Tweet Fake Carl (right) and Oscar Pistorius on Feb. 15 (Gallo Images, via Getty)

    3. Pistorius 'Thanks for Prayers' Tweet Fake

    Hacking is the new black. On the heels of reported hackings into Burger King, Jeep, and Apple’s Twitter accounts, comes a more unusual one—the Twitter account of Oscar Pistorius’s older brother, Carl. Among other tweets—one of which claimed that the Olympic double amputee would be granting media interviews —came a feigned thank you note to the world. "Thank-you to every person that has prayed for both families, Osca," the tweet reads. A spokesperson for Pistorius confirmed Saturday that the tweet was fake. Carl has since deleted all of his social media accounts. Hide your Twitter, hide your Facebook….they’re hacking everybody up in here.

    February 23, 2013 6:00 PM

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  5. GOING NUCLEAR Radioactive Waste Tanks Leaking Measuring for radiation at Nuclear Reservation in 2004. (Jackie Johnston/AP)

    4. Radioactive Waste Tanks Leaking

    Where's a Swiffer quicker picker-upper when you need one? Six tanks of radioactive and toxic waste at Washington state's Hanford nuclear reservation are leaking, announced state officials on Friday. Although the governor stated that the leaks pose no immediate risk, it would be years before the waste reached groundwater, the situation still doesn't sound good. At least one of the tanks is leaking at a rate of 150 to 300 gallons a year. Paging the Creature from the Black Lagoon: we have an opportunity for you.

    February 23, 2013 2:48 PM

  6. 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

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

    6. 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

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

    7. 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

  9. WATCH YOURSELF, AMERICA N. Korea Warns of ‘Miserable Destruction’ Joint U.S. and S. Korea exercise on Feb. 7, east of Seoul. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

    8. N. Korea Warns of ‘Miserable Destruction’

    Tension between America and North Korea escalated on Saturday when Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean army, warned U.S. military commanders that their forces would face “miserable destruction” if they go ahead with a planned military drill in South Korea. Led by the Key Resolve, the computer-run stimulation war drill is held annually. The two-month event, scheduled to commence March 11, is said to be purely for defense purposes. The threatening message from North Korea was delivered by phone to General James Thurman, who is currently the acting commander of the U.S. Forces Korea.

    February 23, 2013 12:24 PM

  10. AW SNAP, FLOTUS! Michelle Obama Does the 'Dougie' Lloyd Bishop/NBC, via AP

    9. Michelle Obama Does the 'Dougie'

    She wears Wu, she rocks bangs, and…does the Dougie? On Friday night’s edition of ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ First Lady Michelle Obama performed an extraordinary interpretation of the “Evolution of Mom Dancing” alongside a drag-clad Jimmy. The dance evolved from the “Go Shopping, Get Groceries” move to "Just The Hands Part of Single Ladies," and finally to the famous “Dougie.” The dance moves were in part to promote Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” fitness initiative, and in part to prove that she is now, officially, the coolest First Lady of all time.  

    February 23, 2013 11:22 AM

  11. LITTLE QUEEN Kimye Expecting Baby Girl Francois Mori/AP

    10. Kimye Expecting Baby Girl

    Unless you've managed to ignore the force of tabloid nature that is Kimye, you know that Kayne West and Kim Kardashian are expecting a baby in July. Although the couple claimed they would not be announcing the sex, a source close to Kardashian apparently told Us Weekly that they are having a girl. No doubt she'll benefit from her parents', shall we say, extravagant fashion sense. Suri had better watch her back. 

    February 23, 2013 2:46 PM

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

    11. 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

  13. RUMOR MILL Joy Behar May Move to CNN Joy Behar in Nov. 2012. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    12. Joy Behar May Move to CNN

    ‘View’ fans, you might want to sit down for this one: Joy Behar may be moving to CNN. The charismatic host, who also works as a presenter at Current TV, was spotted meeting with CNN chief Jeff Zucker, Page Six reported Saturday. The rumors are not hard to believe. Behar is set to leave her Current gig soon, and she has worked with CNN before. But don't look for a Behar News Hour any time soon: she's said to be considering a late-night comedy show.

    February 23, 2013 12:12 PM

  14. DRONE WARS U.S. Troops Launch Drone Base in Niger French military during conflict in Mali on Feb. 6. (Jerome Delay/AP)

    13. U.S. Troops Launch Drone Base in Niger

    Another country will become home to a U.S. drone base soon, President Obama announced. At least 100 troops have been deployed to Niger to set up a station for unarmed drones. According to defense officials, the drones will be used purely for surveillance. The announcement came in the form of a letter to Congress, defending the action as necessary to "facilitate intelligence sharing" with French forces in Mali as well as other regional associates. It will also help fight extremism without sending many ground forces, he wrote.

    February 23, 2013 12:18 PM


    14. 5-Year-Old Boy Shot in Bedroom

    A five-year-old boy was shot in his bedroom in The Bronx on Saturday morning, an incident into which police have just begun investigating. The boy, who was found by his parents with a bullet wound in his shoulder, is in stable condition at the hospital. Police believe it was an accident caused by either the boy, or his eleven-year-old brother, while their parents were in another room. The boy was discovered bleeding in his father’s car.

    February 23, 2013 12:30 PM