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  1. $$$ Obama Taps Walmart Foundation Prez AP

    1. Obama Taps Walmart Foundation Prez

    The country's next budget chief might come from the nonprofit sector. According to a White House official, President Obama is planning to nominate Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She would be the second woman to hold the role at a time when $85 billion in across-the-board spending reductions are being implemented. Burwell would replace Jacob Lew, who was recently confirmed as Treasury secretary.

    March 3, 2013 9:58 PM

  2. UNDERSTATEMENT Accused Scottish Cardinal Apologizes Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images News

    2. Accused Scottish Cardinal Apologizes

    The Scottish cardinal who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with three priests and a former priest apologized on Sunday for his “sexual conduct” and said he had “fallen beneath the standards expected of me.” Cardinal Keith O’Brien is Britain’s most senior Catholic official, and he said on Sunday that he would not take part in “the public life” of the church. O’Brien said he initially contested the allegations due to their “anonymous and nonspecific” nature, but now he admitted that there were times when “my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop, and cardinal.” O’Brien had been set to retire next month when he turned 75.

    March 3, 2013 1:39 PM

  3. ethnic tension Bomb Kills 45 in Pakistan Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty

    3. Bomb Kills 45 in Pakistan

    A powerful blast ripped across a Shia-majority area in Karachi, Pakistan, killing at least 45 people and injured 150 during evening prayers Sunday. The bomb, which exploded near a mosque as worshippers left evening prayers, destroyed several buildings and caused a power cut in the area. Residents and rescue workers have been struggling to search for survivors trapped in the rubble as night falls. "I saw people burning to death and crying with pain. I saw children lying in pools of their own blood and women running around shouting for their children and loved ones," a resident told Reuters. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

    March 3, 2013 4:43 PM

  4. GUESS WHO’S BACK? Romney: ‘Convinced We’d Win’ Fox News

    4. Romney: Convinced We’d Win

    Guess somebody wasn’t reading FiveThirtyEight. Mitt Romney said on Sunday that he was “convinced” he would win the White House up until election night—when he saw the results from Florida. “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done,” Romney said on Fox News Sunday, his first televised interview since the election. The Republican nominee admitted he had a “weakness” winning minority votes, and he said he blames only himself for the infamous “47 percent” comments—although he said it is not what he believes. Romney also accused President Obama of “campaigning” rather than dealing with the sequester—and his wife, Ann, said Romney would have already dealt with the sequester by now.

    March 3, 2013 10:38 AM

  5. GET WELL SOON Queen Admitted to Hospital Ian Gavan/Getty

    5. Queen Admitted to Hospital

    Queen Elizabeth was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for symptoms of gastroenteritis, a Palace spokesman has confirmed. The 86-year-old had canceled several engagements this weekend in Wales, and now canceled a trip to Rome. She is expected to spend two days in the hospital and is said to be in good spirits. Gastroenteritis can be caused by norovirus, which has been sweeping Britain. The queen is very rarely ill, although her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was hospitalized twice last year.

    March 3, 2013 10:51 AM

  6. miraculous Doctors: Baby Cured of HIV Benoit Marquet/AFP/Getty

    6. Doctors: Baby Cured of HIV

    Could this be the beginning of the end of one of the most destructive diseases of our time? On Sunday, doctors announced that an HIV-positive baby had been cured of the virus that causes AIDS. The child, born in rural Mississippi, was treated with antiretroviral drugs around 30 hours after birth, and now, a year off treatment at 2.5 years old, has shown no signs of the virus. The findings will be presented Monday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, and if confirmed will be the second case of a person cured of HIV.

    March 3, 2013 5:53 PM

  7. ROAD TO DEMOCRACY Kerry Urges Egyptian Unity Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    7. Kerry Urges Egyptian Unity

    John Kerry is certainly diving right in. On his first trip overseas in his position, the new U.S. secretary of State urged Egyptians to come together to solve their country’s impending economic crisis. On Sunday Kerry will meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who lately has faced fierce opposition after just one year in office. Kerry met with some key leaders of Morsi’s opposition forces on Saturday, and he reportedly promised he would address the impending elections in a closed-door meeting with the Egyptian president. Meanwhile, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s retrial will begin on April 3, Egypt’s appeals court said on Sunday. Mubarak has been sentenced to life imprisonment after allegedly ordering soldiers to fire on protesters.

    March 3, 2013 7:46 AM

  8. troublemaker Olbermann Vies for ESPN Comeback Mark J. Terrill

    8. Olbermann Vies for ESPN Comeback

    Everyone's favorite rabble-rouser is apparently hoping for a spot back at his old network stomping grounds: ESPN. President of the network, John Skipper, says Keith Olbermann reached out and the two had dinner in New York. “Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back,” Skipper said. Olbermann worked at ESPN from 1992 to 1997, showing himself as a prodigal talent, albeit difficult to work with. “I had the privilege to spend some time with John Skipper,” he told The New York Times. “His vision and charm were readily apparent, and judging by his leadership, his family name was prophetic.” The journalist is currently in the midst of a $70 million lawsuit he filed against his latest employer, Current TV. 

    March 3, 2013 10:31 PM

  9. THE WORM Rodman: Kim Jong-un ‘So Honest’ Lynne Sladky/AP

    9. Rodman: Kim Jong-un ‘So Honest’

    Holy cow, there really was a bromance struck up during Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. In an interview on ABC’s This Week, Rodman said “I love him” of Kim Jong-un and also called the dictator “so honest.” “No, it’s not scary,” the former NBA star said of North Korea, which has some of the harshest prison camps in history. “It’s amazingly wild, man.” Repeatedly pointing out that Kim is just 28 years old, Rodman said he “hates the fact” that Kim has such a poor human-rights record, but Rodman insisted that Kim is “a human being, though.” Rodman also said Kim “just wants Obama to call him” and that Kim “don’t want war.”

    March 3, 2013 2:26 PM

  10. climbing the beanstalk ‘Giant Slayer’ Brings in $28M Warner Bros.

    10. ‘Giant Slayer’ Brings in $28M

    Despite its seemingly impressive $26 million weekend, Jack the Giant Slayer isn’t quite meeting its larger-than-life expectations yet. The big-budget epic starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor cost around $200 million to make. The flick took the weekend’s top box office spot, but has a long way to go. “The male audience has kind of checked out so far this year, and Jack the Giant Slayer was really relying on that male audience to come out and support the movie,” as Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for, told USA Today.

    March 3, 2013 7:50 PM

  11. Report Chad: We Killed Algeria Attack Planner Moktar Belmoktar. (SITE Intel Group/AP)

    11. Chad: We Killed Algeria Attack Planner

    Chad's military claimed victory Saturday, saying it killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind behind the seizure of an Algerian gas plant that killed 37 hostages in January. The Chadian army says it located a base in Mali and killed several terrorists, including Belmokhtar. The French defense minister said he could not confirm the report but said French forces are seeking confimration of the killing. Chad is fighting against Islamist militants in Mali as part of an international force led by France. 

    March 2, 2013 5:25 PM

  12. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER SpaceX Capsule Arrives at Station John Raoux/AP

    12. SpaceX Capsule Arrives at Station

    A privately owned Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, a day late, delivering much-needed supplies to the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon, which has struggled since its Friday launch, is carrying more than one ton worth of supplies for the crew and the crew’s experiments. After the launch, things went slightly awry on the Dragon: a clogged pressure line or stuck valve caused the thrusters to shut down, and it took controllers several hours to gain control.

    March 3, 2013 7:49 AM

  13. MYSTERY Search Called Off for Sinkhole Victim Edward Linsmier/Getty

    13. Search Called Off for Sinkhole Victim

    Florida officials said on Sunday that they will abandon the search for Jeff Bush, who is believed to have died when a sinkhole opened up underneath his Tampa-area home on Thursday night. The house will be demolished, officials said. Bush, 37, was at home when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed him and much of his bedroom. Five family members inside the house—who said they heard a scream and a crash—managed to escape. The whole house could be consumed by the ever-growing sinkhole, officials said. Two neighboring homes, also at risk of being consumed by the sinkhole, will be evacuated as well.

    March 3, 2013 7:55 AM

  14. JOKE’S ON THEM Onion Mocks Itself for Offensive Tweet Justin Sullivan/Getty

    14. Onion Mocks Itself for Offensive Tweet

    At least it can laugh at itself. The Onion published a satirical piece on Friday mocking itself after the company was forced to apologize for a tweet that called 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis a “c--t.” “At press time, the editorial staff of The Onion said that they could not remember ever having felt so happy in general with their lives, nor more content with the state of the world as a whole and their place in it,” the article read. The article claimed that “a record number of Onion readers” considered the “last five or six days in particular” a “veritable high watermark for the company.”

    March 3, 2013 8:50 AM

  15. HISTORIC Cameron Pledges Aid to End Female Genital Cutting Marvi Lacar/Getty

    15. Cameron Pledges Aid to End Female Genital Cutting

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce the “largest-ever” international investment to end female genital mutilation, London’s Sunday Times reported. M.P. Lynne Featherstone will lead the drive that aims to reduce female genital cutting by 30 percent in five years and completely eradicate it within a generation. Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is banned in Britain, but it’s estimated that up to 24,000 girls are at risk of being sent abroad to undergo the procedure, which is believed to make girls more marriageable in some cultures.

    March 3, 2013 1:29 PM

  16. HEIR AND SOME SPARES ‘Downton’ Adds Six New Cast Members © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

    16. ‘Downton’ Adds Six New Cast Members

    Time to start the countdown to new episodes of Downton. The British soap will add six new characters, The Hollywood Reporter reported Saturday. Among the new additions will Tom Cullen, who will play an old family friend with a history with Lady Mary, Nigel Harman as a visiting valet, Dame Harriet Walter as a friend of the Dowager Countess, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as a singing houseguest, Joanna David as the Duchess of Yeovil, and Julian Ovenden as the aristocrat Charles Blake. Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Lord Grantham’s mother-in-law in the Christmas episode. The news comes as the show has seen some significant reshuffling—especially with Siobhan Finneran confirming last week that she will not be returning next season as evil maid Sarah O’Brien.

    March 3, 2013 8:54 AM

  17. UH-OH Adelson Casino ‘Likely’ Violated Law Wong Maye-E/AP

    17. Adelson Casino ‘Likely’ Violated Law

    Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. apparently admitted in Securities and Exchange Commission findings this week that it “likely” violated bribery laws. In the filing, the Sands reported that it appeared that several officials had violated a federal law against bribing foreign officials in China, where the Sands is already under investigation for its activities. This is the first public acknowledgment of any possible wrongdoing by the Sands Corp., which has made Adelson billions in its Asian outposts.

    March 3, 2013 8:21 AM

  18. SERIOUSLY? Amazon Pulls ‘Rape On’ Shirts Reed Saxon/AP

    18. Amazon Pulls ‘Rape On’ Shirts

    Another day, another insensitive rape joke. Amazon has removed T-shirts with the slogan “Keep Calm and Rape On” after a Twitter outcry—and company officials insisted the shirts were never for sale. Also pulled were T-shirts emblazoned with “Keep Calm and Hit Her.” Available on Amazon’s British site, the U.S.-based company Solid Gold Bomb apologized and said the shirts were computer-generated and the company did not deliberately create them. There are more than 540,000 Solid Gold Bomb items for sale on Amazon, and the shirts are printed on demand when a customer orders one. The offending shirts were never printed, but that didn’t stop them from causing a firestorm on the Internet.

    March 3, 2013 8:18 AM

  19. NO SERIOUSLY, WHAT? CT Lawmaker: Male Interns Only

    19. CT Lawmaker: Male Interns Only

    Keep digging yourself into that hole, Ernest Hewett. The Democratic Connecticut state representative is refusing to step down after making what many believe to be a lewd comment about a teenage girl last week. On Wednesday, the girl, testifying on behalf of the Connecticut Science Center, said her internship had made her less shy and helped her lose her fear of snakes, and Hewett said to her: “If you’re bashful, I’ve got a snake sitting under my desk here.” Making things worse, Hewett said he “purposely will not have female interns” because he found it “totally weird” that the female interns “just sit in my office all day.” “I don’t get to choose … they may give me female, but I don’t want another female intern,” Hewett said. “That may sound sexist, but I really don’t.”

    March 3, 2013 8:47 AM


    20. Expectant Couple Dies, Baby Survives

    A pregnant woman and her husband were killed in a deadly car wreck on their to the hospital to deliver the baby—but the baby has survived. Ultra-Orthodox couple Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were taking a car service to get to the hospital for the delivery for their first child when the vehicle was struck at an intersection in Brooklyn. The driver who hit the couple’s car fled. The baby was delivered at the scene and is in serious condition at a city hospital.

    March 3, 2013 8:24 AM