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  1. CITY OF FAREWELLS Thousands March with Chávez Coffin Ariana Cubillos/AP

    1. Thousands March With Chávez Coffin

    Not a happy face could be found on the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, as thousands of mourners accompanied late leader Hugo Chávez's coffin to the Military Academy, where it will be until Friday. A flag-clad hearst drove at 5 miles per hour as crowds dressed in red walked alongside. Chávez, who ruled for 14 years, died Tuesday at 58 after a battle with cancer. The government announced that the country will be in mourning for seven days.

    March 6, 2013 10:42 PM

  2. EPIC Rand Paul Ends Filibuster Chris Maddaloni/Getty

    2. Rand Paul Ends Filibuster

    Maybe he needed a drink of water? After nearly 13 hours, Rand Paul ended his filibuster blocking the confirmation of John Brennan for CIA director. The Kentucky Republican took to the floor at 11:45 a.m. and refused to yield the floor, using the opportunity to object to the Obama administration’s use of drones. He spoke for three hours alone before being joined by Utah Republican Mike Lee. After that he was joined by seven others, including Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Paul left the Senate floor to a round of applause. He still fell short of the longest Senate filibuster on record, when Strom Thurmond blocked the Civil Rights Act of 1957 for over 24 hours.

    March 7, 2013 12:48 AM

  3. PRINT FLOUNDERS Time Inc. Separates From Time Warner Jin Lee/Bloomberg, via Getty

    3. Time Inc. Separates From Time Warner

    After a spell of negotiations, it looks like Time Inc. won’t be broken up and sold off. In an internal email to staff, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes wrote that the print division will become an independent and publicly traded company. Time Warner had been in talks with Meredith Corp. for the entertainment and women’s titles, but had been struggling to sell off Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Money. Instead the company’s magazine portfolio will stay together. “I am confident that you have the fortitude to stay focused on what Time Inc. does better than anyone: produce great journalism that your readers and audiences love,” Bewkes wrote. “That great legacy will live on as Time Inc. embarks on this new journey as a publicly-traded company.”

    March 6, 2013 5:50 PM

  4. BRAVERY Giffords Returns to Scene of Shooting Joshua Lott/Getty

    4. Giffords Returns to Scene of Shooting

    Gabby Giffords is not backing away from her demons. The former Arizona congresswoman returned to the Tuscon parking lot where she was nearly killed, and six others were killed, by a gunman two years ago. “Be bold. Be courageous. Be for background checks,” said Giffords, urging Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake to back legislation to require background checks on all gun transfers or purchases. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly founded a gun-control advocacy group to challenge the National Rifle Association’s power in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. In November Jared Loughner, the Tuscon gunman, was sentenced to life in prison.

    March 6, 2013 10:59 PM

  5. life and death Valerie Harper: I Have Terminal Cancer Charley Gallay / Getty Images

    5. Valerie Harper: I Have Terminal Cancer

    Valerie Harper, who played beloved character Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, revealed to People magazine that she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now,” said Harper, who also starred in the sitcoms Rhoda and Valerie. According to her doctor, she may have just three months left. The 73-year-old actress survived lung cancer in 2009, later telling Yahoo Health, “I’m of the thinking that we’re all terminal; no one is getting out of this alive. So you shouldn’t start sitting Shiva before it’s time. Live the best life you can.”

    March 6, 2013 2:56 PM

  6. Hostage U.N. Peacekeepers Held Near Syria Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters, via Landov

    6. U.N. Peacekeepers Held Near Syria

    The United Nations confirmed Wednesday that roughly 20 peacekeepers have been detained by an armed group near Syria. The peacekeepers are being held in the controversial Golan Heights territory, on the border of Syria and Israel. A video of a man claiming to be part of the group “Martyrs of Yarmouk” says he will not release the captives until Syrian government forces withdraw from the village of Jamla. “If no withdrawal is made within 24 hours, we will treat them as prisoners,” the captor said. 

    March 6, 2013 12:50 PM

  7. Roe v. Wade Arkansas Adopts Strict Abortion Law Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    7. Arkansas Adopts Strict Abortion Law

    Roe v. Wade, Schmo v. Wade, according to Arkansas politicians. The state’s House enacted into law Wednesday what is by far the most restrictive abortion law in the country, making it illegal to terminate any pregnancy after 12 weeks. A veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who called the new law “blatantly unconstitutional,” was overridden by the state's Senate on Tuesday. The lawsuit contradicts Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the body—usually at 24 weeks. Pro-choice groups have promised a lawsuit to challenge the new law.

    March 6, 2013 3:35 PM

  8. BLAME GAME Hit-and-Run Suspect Surrenders Julio Acevedo. (NYPD, via AP)

    8. Hit-and-Run Suspect Surrenders

    Julio Acevedo, the man suspected of killing a young Brooklyn couple and their baby in a hit-and-run, surrendered to police in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Earlier Wednesday, a goodwill pre-Passover event between the NYPD and New York’s Jewish community turned combative when a rabbi attacked Police Commissioner Ray Kelly over the hit-and-run earlier this week, which killed the couple and their unborn son. Rabbi David Niederman, the head of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, demanded to know why Acevedo wasn’t stripped of his driver’s license after being arrested on a DWI charge weeks before the fatal accident. Kelly said in a press conference that Acevedo’s release on bail was standard practice. The NYPD does not decide who is released on bail or whose licenses are revoked.

    March 6, 2013 5:38 PM

  9. BIG CATS Lion Kills Sanctuary Intern

    9. Lion Kills Sanctuary Intern

    A 26-year-old intern was killed when the lion she was tending attacked her at an exotic-cat sanctuary in California. Before authorities got there, employees attempted to distract the lion, but the woman died on the scene after a sheriff’s deputy arrived and killed the 350-pound feline, Cous Cous. “They are wild animals, end of story,” animal expert Jack Hanna said. “No matter what anyone says, they are wild animals.”

    March 6, 2013 10:58 PM

  10. OBIT WWE’s Paul Bearer Dies WWE Inc./AP

    10. WWE’s Paul Bearer Dies

    William Moody, better known as the WWE’s Paul Bearer, died Tuesday, WWE confirmed. He was 58. No cause of death has been released, although TMZ reported that Moody had complained of a blood clot in the days prior to his death. Moody hosted a show on WWE called The Funeral Parlor and was famous for his pasty-white makeup and signature phrase “Ooohh yesss.” Moody joined the WWE in 1990 and quickly became associated with the performer the Undertaker, a character who claimed he had mystical powers and was undead. Moody, originally from Alabama, had a real-life degree in mortuary science.

    March 6, 2013 11:29 PM

  11. LEFT OUT Consultant Sues Gore for Current Sale MARIO ANZUONI

    11. Consultant Sues Gore for Current Sale

    A media consultant claims he came up with the idea for Current TV’s sale to Al Jazeera and that Al Gore unceremoniously cut him out of the $500 million deal. John Terenzio filed a lawsuit against network co-founder Gore, saying the former vice president was initially opposed to the idea after Terenzio presented it to a member of Current’s board of directors in 2011. “Plaintiffs are informed and believe that Gore was adamant in his rejection of the proposal to sell his liberal, environmentally friendly network to the oil-rich Qataris who owned Al Jazeera,” the lawsuit says. “Apparently, Gore had a change of heart.” Current TV was sold, in January, to these very same oil-rich Qataris.

    March 6, 2013 8:50 PM

  12. Safe … or Sorry? In NYC: Take Free Condom, Get Arrested? Stan Honda / AFP

    12. In NYC: Take Free Condom, Get Arrested?

    The New York City Department of Health is a major proponent of safe sex. It distributed 35.5 million free condoms last year, and even launched an app that directs users to the nearest place to pick them up. But increasingly, according to the Village Voice, the mere possession of those free condoms could be used as cause for arrest. Studies and experts—and some prostitutes themselves—say that the possession of condoms is often used by police as evidence of “loitering for the purposes of prostitution,” an arrestable offense. Worse, some police are reportedly setting up undercover operations near places of condom distribution in order to sting sex workers, problematically causing some of them to be wary of carrying condoms at all.

    March 6, 2013 3:26 PM

  13. Yikes! Vick’s New Dog Is Dangerous Breed Jacquelyn Martin / AP (Vick speaks at a church in 2009)

    13. Vick’s New Dog Is Dangerous Breed

    Why is this guy allowed to own a dog again? Convicted dog killer Michael Vick’s new pooch is a dangerous breed, according to the breeders themselves. The Belgian Malinois is often used by police and military because of its ability to be trained. In the wrong hands, the American Belgian Malinois Club and Rescue says, the dog is particularly susceptible to being used for dangerous purposes like fighting. 

    March 6, 2013 4:14 PM

  14. Late-Night Drama Howard Stern May Replace Fallon Stuart Ramson / AP Photo

    14. Howard Stern May Replace Fallon

    Even for late night, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be tame enough for network TV. After it leaked last week that Jimmy Fallon is likely to take Jay Leno’s 11:30 p.m. time slot in 2014, new rumors are abounding as to who will take Fallon’s late-show spot. One of the rumored contenders? Shock jock Howard Stern. A source at NBC tells the New York Post that Stern is seriously being considered for the gig. Stern’s agent and NBC have so far declined to comment on the rumor.

    March 6, 2013 10:52 AM

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  16. BACK OFF South Korea to North: Don’t Mess With Us S. Korean soldiers at Demilitarized Zone on Feb. 27. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty)

    15. South Korea to North: Don’t Mess With Us

    South Korea would like Pyongyang to check itself before it wrecks itself. The nation warned its neighbor to the north that if it “carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute resolutions.” South Korea doesn’t typically react to the North’s blustering, but its most recent threat to end the Korean War truce and attack both the U.S. and South Korea with “lighter and smaller nukes,” in response to potential new and tougher sanctions from the U.N. Security Council, seems to have hit a nerve.

    March 6, 2013 7:37 AM

  17. CALM AND COOL Martha Stewart Testifies Seth Wenig/AP

    16. Martha Stewart Testifies

    She’s back! In court, that is. Nine years after going to prison for insider trading (without speaking under oath), Martha Stewart appeared in New York State Supreme Court Tuesday to testify on which retailers should be able to sell her goods. Macy’s brought the lawsuit against Stewart and JCPenney for allegedly violating a contract with Macy’s when the lifestyle queen made a deal to sell merchandise at JCPenney’s. The trial was filled with interesting quotes (Stewart said that critics used to say, “Oh, poor people don’t do their laundry as often as rich people, so they don’t want light colors.”) and odd moments—she snapped pictures of the courtroom during a break.

    March 6, 2013 8:22 AM

  18. ‘ALL HANDS ON DECK’ Yahoo Policy Meant to Boost Morale CEO of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty)

    17. Yahoo Policy Meant to Boost Morale

    Marissa Mayer is not trying to be a buzzkill, she just wants to boost morale. That’s how Yahoo explains its CEO’s much-ballyhooed decision to ban working from home, requiring her employees to come into the office and collaborate in person with one another. Current and former Yahoo employees have agreed that Mayer’s move was not a declaration of war on telecommuting in general, but a solution specifically tailored to the problems plaguing Yahoo, such as low morale and hordes of employees whose work-from-home arrangements resulted in little work actually done for the company and enough free time to work on their own startups.

    March 6, 2013 7:42 AM

  19. It's Personal Bolshoi Ballet Attackers Confess AFP

    18. Bolshoi Ballet Attackers Confess

    Pavel Dmitrichenko, the principal dancer of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, confessed Wednesday to orchestrating the acid attack on the company’s artistic director Sergei Filin, covering his face, neck, and eyes with third-degree burns, back in January. Two other men confessed to carrying out the mission, and the three now face up to 12 years in prison. “I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened,” Dmitrichenko told Russia’s Channel One news. Police said the assault was planned based on “personal resentment related to his work.”

    March 6, 2013 8:47 AM

  20. TRAGIC MILESTONE Number of Syrian Refugees Hits 1 Million Syrian refugees in northern Syria on Feb. 19. (Hussein Malla/AP)

    19. Number of Syrian Refugees Hits 1 Million

    One million refugees have fled Syria since the crisis took hold of the country two years ago. The U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees marked the milestone number as evidence that “Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster,” noting that, as violence has escalated, thenumber of people fleeing Syria for neighboring countries in the first few months of this year had jumped and resources are wearing thin. According to refugee agency officials, between 7,000 and 8,000 Syrians flee the country every day—most of them traumatized children under the age of 11. Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt are the most popular destinations for refugees.

    March 6, 2013 7:06 AM

  21. COPYCATS Best Buy Ends Work-From-Home Spencer Platt/Getty

    20. Best Buy Ends Work-From-Home

    Look out, telecommuters, you might be the next to lose the precious privilege of working from home. In the wake of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s ban on telecommuting, Best Buy has decided to end its own work-from-home program. It’s not really as bad as it sounds. Some of the 4,000 nonstore employees who enjoyed the widely popular Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) program that allowed them to make their own flexible schedules or work from home may still be permitted to do so; they just now need to get permission from a manager. “It used to be a right about which a manager had no say. Now it’s a conversation,” a Best Buy spokesperson explained. “We believe in employee flexibility but are looking for it to come in the context of a conversation between that employee and their manager.”

    March 6, 2013 6:59 AM

  22. CLOSING ARGUMENTS Cannibal Cop Cries in Court Gilberto Valle on Feb. 25. (Elizabeth Williams/AP)

    21. Cannibal Cop Cries in Court

    It only took one day for the New York City cannibal cop’s attorney to rest his case and place former police officer Gilberto Valle’s fate in the hands of the jury. This made Valle, who has been charged with plotting to kidnap, cook, and eat women, very emotional, and he cried in court as the trial came to an end. The defense argued that Valle’s plots, which were detailed in Internet chats and emails and read aloud in court, were nothing more than “pure fiction.” Whether the jury—likely scarred by a virtual tour of to which the defense lawyers subjected them—agrees remains to be seen.

    March 6, 2013 7:40 AM

  23. BEYOND THE GRAVE Venezuela Ignores Constitution Newspapers announcing death of Chavez on Tuesday. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty)

    22. Venezuela Ignores Constitution

    You didn’t think Hugo Chávez would relinquish power just because he’s dead, did you? The Venezuelan Constitution declares that, in case of the president’s inability to be sworn in, the speaker of the National Assembly should serve in his place in the interim. But Chávez was never one to play by the rules, and the longtime Venezuelan president made sure to name his own successor. As Chávez wished, Vice President Nicolas Maduro—not National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello, will act as interim president for up to 30 days, until the nation calls a formal election. Venezuela is expected to go all out in memorializing Chávez: schools across the country have been closed for the week, and seven official days of mourning were declared.

    March 6, 2013 6:29 AM

  24. NECK AND NECK L.A. Mayoral Race Poised for Runoff Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti on Tuesday. (Getty; AP)

    23. L.A. Mayoral Race Poised for Runoff

    It looks like they’re headed for a runoff. City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel are the two top candidates in the Los Angeles mayoral race, but neither captured enough votes in Tuesday’s election to be declared a winner. The two had long been favored as the frontrunners and, because of their similar stances on most issues, became hard to differentiate from one another. Not only is L.A. in store for a new mayor, but a city attorney, controller, and 15 new city council members will be chosen in this election—bringing in the biggest political changes to the city in almost 10 years.

    March 6, 2013 6:32 AM

  25. RUMOR MILL Is the Royal Baby a Girl? Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday. (Chris Jackson/Getty)

    24. Is the Royal Baby a Girl?

    Rumor has it the royal family may be expecting a little princess. The official word is that the gender of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby is still a secret, but Kate may have accidentally given fans a clue as to what color they’ll be painting the royal nursery. While in public Tuesday, Middleton thanked a supporter who gave her a teddy bear and was reportedly heard saying “I will take that for my d...” before catching herself. The alleged slip-up, of course, elated British tabloids, which blasted “It’s a Girl” headlines in Wednesday’s papers.

    March 6, 2013 8:15 AM

  26. BUSTED Microsoft Slammed With $731M Fine Mario Tama/Getty

    25. Microsoft Slammed With $731M Fine

    Microsoft did not hold up its end of a 2009 bargain with European Union regulators to give its users the option to use Web browsers other than Internet Explorer, and now it must pay. The EU fined the software company $731 million for violating the terms of its agreement. This amount hardly makes a dent in the company’s wallet—it’s only about 1 percent of Microsoft’s 2012 revenues—but it brings the amount of money owed in penalties over the last decade to a whopping €2.24 billion euros, about $2.9 billion. “I hope this decision will make companies think twice,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said at a press conference Wednesday.

    March 6, 2013 8:13 AM

  27. SUPERBUG CDC Warns of ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ CDC

    26. CDC Warns of ‘Nightmare Bacteria’

    There’s no need to panic about any “superbug” until government officials warn you. Well, now is the time to panic. The CDC warns that there is a class of “nightmare bacteria” threatening hospitals across the nation. What does that mean? The bacteria is immune to antibiotics and can be fatal to 50 percent of patients who get bloodstream infections. Finally, the bacteria can pass on resistance to other bacteria within their family. The bacteria is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE. So watch out.

    March 6, 2013 11:30 AM

  28. Divine Bureaucracy Vatican to Cardinals: Shut Up Andrew Medichini/AP

    27. Vatican to Cardinals: Shut Up

    These are some chatty cardinals. Vatican officials told cardinals to stop speaking to the media, and a spokeswoman for the American cardinals said “concern” has been expressed “about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers.” It appears the conclave to pick the next pope will be delayed beyond early next week, when it was initially expected the cardinals would meet. All but two of the 115 cardinal electors have arrived in Rome for the vote.

    March 6, 2013 11:32 AM

  29. BEST FRIENDS 4EVA Ahmadinejad: Chávez Will Return Ariana Cubillos/AP

    28. Ahmadinejad: Chávez Will Return

    There’s always an encore. Fear not, those mourning the passing of Venezuelan autocrat Hugo Chávez. Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted a letter on his website, promising that the deceased president would “come again” with Jesus and a Muslim prophet expected to redeem mankind. Ahmadinejad called for a day of national mourning for the “Latin American anti-imperialist figure.” In the capital of Caracas, Chávez’s coffin was carried through the streets as 8,000 people gathered outside the hospital where he died and thousands more flooded the streets.

    March 6, 2013 12:21 PM

  30. Epic Guy Rand Paul Wages Filibuster Alex Wong/AP

    29. Rand Paul Wages Filibuster

    Get comfortable, we could be here a while. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and man of many words, is waging a filibuster on the Senate floor. He started at 11:45 a.m. EST and has stayed strong for more than two hours. Paul is attempting to hold up the vote on John Brennan’s confirmation as director of the CIA. Paul, who also wants to bring attention to the issue of drones, promised to not give up “until I can no longer speak” and “until the president says, ‘no’ he will not kill you at a café.” After about three hours of speaking, Paul was joined by Utah Republican Mike Lee. How did Mr. Smith Goes to Washington end?

    "Stuff and nonsense!" Rand Paul quoted "Alice in Wonderland" during his filibuster.

    March 6, 2013 3:32 PM

  31. SNOWQUESTER?! Few ‘Sloppy Inches’ in D.C. Snow falling in Chicago on Tuesday. (Brian Kersey/Getty)

    30. Few ‘Sloppy Inches’ in D.C.

    After slamming the Midwest with about 10 inches of snow Tuesday night; forcing schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois to close; derailing more than 1,100 flights out of Chicago; and causing at least one fatal interstate accident, the March storm made its way to Washington, D.C. Federal-government offices  closed Wednesday, and District residents prepared for power outages, major traffic jams, and other such inconveniences. But in the end, the snowfall amounted to nothing more than “a few sloppy inches” in the District and northern Virginia. Still, hundreds of flights out of Washington’s Dulles and Reagan National airports were canceled.

    March 6, 2013 12:00 PM

  32. Dirty Wars Petraeus Linked to Iraq Torture Centers Haraz N. Ghanbari/U.S. Navy via Getty

    31. Petraeus Linked to Iraq Torture Centers

    Keeping his marriage together might be the least of David Petraeus’s problems now. A documentary report by the Guardian and BBC Arabic links the former CIA director to two veteran advisers of El Salvadorean paramilitary squads who ran Iraqi interrogation centers, where Shiite torture of Sunni prisoners fueled the country’s sectarian violence. Petraeus was tasked in 2004 with organizing Iraq’s security forces and Col. James Coffman became his direct report. Along with Col. James Steele, Coffman hired Shiites to work as police commandos in intelligence centers where, according to a former Iraqi general, committees used torture to make detainees confess. This includes “using electricity or hanging him upside down, pulling out their nails, and beating them on sensitive parts,” according to the general. When word of this got out to the public, Iraq’s already-tumultuous civil war worsened. The kicker? Steele nows works as a motivational speaker.

    March 6, 2013 1:02 PM

  33. LOOK OUT Oberlin Campus on High Alert Mark Duncan/AP

    32. Oberlin Campus on High Alert

    In the wake of a recent flurry of racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay hate speech and vandalism at Oberlin College, two students were removed from campus last week, though one told The Oberlin Review on Wednesday that he is not responsible. The group of perpetrators is thought to be small, but reports of menacing conduct toward student organizers have continued even after the two students were removed, raising fears that new offenders are being inspired to action. Additionally, one student claims to have found Ku Klux Klan–related materials on campus in the weeks before Monday morning’s sighting of a person dressed in KKK robes at the college, but says school officials told her to keep the incident to herself.

    March 6, 2013 4:18 PM