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  1. Mr. Popular Rand Paul Mulls Presidential Run Charles Dharapak/AP

    1. Rand Paul Mulls Presidential Run

    Like father, like son. After nearly 13 hours of nonstop filibuster, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul seems to have set his mind of something a little more presidential. In an interview with Politico, the Tea Party Republican said he was “seriously” considering a 2016 run for president. “I think our party needs something new, fresh and different,” he said. “What we’ve been running—nothing against the candidates necessarily—but we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.” Maybe this will inspire his father to finally sit it out a cycle.

    Stuff and nonsense! Watch highlights of the Rand Paul filibuster that still has Washington buzzing.

    March 7, 2013 9:59 PM

  2. FINALLY Senate Confirms John Brennan Alex Wong/Getty

    2. Senate Confirms John Brennan

    Despite Rand Paul’s best efforts Wednesday night, the Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan to take over as CIA chief. Brennan had been set to be approved on Wednesday, until Senator Paul filibustered for 13 hours, wanting to draw attention to the Obama administration’s use of drones. On Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder told Paul in a letter that drones would not be used on U.S. soil, and Paul said he was satisfied with the answer. Paul insisted the filibuster was “worth it” to get that letter from the Obama administration.

    Here's your guide to the U.S. drone program.

    March 7, 2013 3:55 PM

  3. Captured Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Indicted via YouTube

    3. Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Indicted

    U.S. prosecutors confirmed on Thursday night that Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law has been indicted and has been taken to New York to be arraigned on Friday. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who appeared in in videos representing al Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been charged with conspiracy to kill Americans. Abu Ghaith is the one of the highest-ranked al Qaeda officials to undergo a civilian trial in New York, where the courthouse is just blocks away from the World Trade Center. According to NBC News, Abu Ghaith was sent with a group of other al Qaeda operatives to Iran after the September 11th terrorist attacks, where they were promptly captured and detained. It's unclear how Abu Ghaith got to Turkey, where he was captured by the U.S.

    March 7, 2013 11:33 PM

  4. Vehicular Manslaughter Hit-and-Run Suspect Charged Julio Acevedo. (NYPD, via AP)

    4. Hit-and-Run Suspect Charged

    Julio Acevedo, suspected in the hit-and-run that killed a Brooklyn couple and their newborn baby earlier this week, is expected to be charged on Friday with vehicular manslaughter. Acevedo was arrested Wednesday after surrendering to police in Pennsylvania on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident, and three counts of criminally negligent homicide were included, according to the New York Police Department. Acevedo is accused of crashing into a hired car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber on their way to the hospital in Brooklyn on Sunday.

    March 7, 2013 9:59 PM

  5. Hindsight Is 20/20 Bill Clinton: DOMA Unconstitutional Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

    5. Bill Clinton: DOMA Unconstitutional

    Bill Clinton knows even presidents aren’t always right. The former president penned a Washington Post op-ed that went online Thursday night that calls for the end of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He explains that at the time DOMA was viewed as defusing an effort to create a gay marriage ban as a constitutional amendment. “As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution,” he writes, saying that, “the law is itself discriminatory.”

    March 8, 2013 6:30 AM

  6. SERVED China Backs N. Korea Sanctions Kim Jong Un inspecting firing exercise on Feb. 22. (KNS/AFP/Getty)

    6. China Backs N. Korea Sanctions

    The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve new sanctions punishing North Korea for its continued testing of nuclear weapons—and this time China threw its support behind the sanctions. The announcement comes hours after North Korea unleashed a nuclear threat against the United States, vowing to “engulf Washington in a sea of fire.” An anonymous spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry earlier insisted that the country planned to exercise its right for “preemptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors.”

    March 7, 2013 7:05 PM

  7. Facelift Facebook Unveils New Newsfeed via Facebook

    7. Facebook Unveils New Newsfeed

    Facebook’s cleaning up. The social-media juggernaut unveiled a redesigned Newsfeed on Thursday, an interface that is cleaner and less cluttered than the current iteration. The company calls the design “mobile inspired,” because it was crafted to remain consistent across different screen sizes and platforms. The most eye-catching change is the switch from a three-column template to two-column, with a focus on photo, video, and visual content sharing, all of which appear much larger on the stream. The new interface also retools its “Like” system to start recommending content from people and pages you’ve indicated you’re interested in—for example, about Taylor Swift, if you’ve liked her on Facebook.

    March 7, 2013 1:49 PM

  8. May the Force Be With Them Ford, Hamill, Fisher Returning to ‘Star Wars’ AP Photo (Star Wars)

    8. Ford, Hamill, Fisher to Return to ‘Star Wars’

    Here we go again. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Star Wars director George Lucas said his iconic trio—Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia—will return to the big screen in Star Wars: Episode VII. That means 70-year-old Harrison Ford, 61-year-old Mark Hamill, and 56-year old Carrie Fisher are going back to a time long, long ago and a galaxy far, far away. The deal had apparently been worked out even before Lucasfilm’s $4 billion purchase by Disney. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do,” said Lucas. Disney, meanwhile, would not confirm: “George couldn’t say whether they were signed or not and neither can we. As Yoda said, ‘Always in motion is the future.’ Stay tuned.”

    March 7, 2013 6:38 PM

  9. Get Well Soon Kelly Osbourne Suffers Seizure Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    9. Kelly Osbourne Suffers Seizure

    In the midst of filming a scene for her show Fashion Police in Los Angeles, Kelly Osbourne suffered a seizure on Thursday in front of a full studio audience. Apparently, she turned to Melissa Rivers and said, "I don't feel good," and fell from her chair, shaking. She was rushed away by an ambulance on a stretcher with white sheets held up to shield her from the media. According to TMZ, it's the first time the star has had a seizure.

    March 7, 2013 5:58 PM

  10. danger to society Chris Brown Flips Out at Valet Chris Brown in Nov. 2012. (Jason Merritt/Getty)

    11. Chris Brown Flips Out at Valet

    If there was any doubt in our minds over whether Chris Brown should be allowed in public settings, this just about seals it. The rapper got into a confrontation with a parking attendant over a $10 fee after a charity function he attended in Los Angeles last night. TMZ posted footage of the fight, which shows a member of his crew trying to calm Brown down, saying, "We got the money, don't worry about it," and Brown yelling, "F--k ass 10 dollars!" It's unclear whether he paid the attendant. Brown has an April 5 court date over allegations that he faked the community sentence he was ordered to do after allegedly assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

    March 7, 2013 3:57 PM

  11. PSST, IT'S A BOY!

    12. Pregnant Simpson Spills the Beans

    Too bad she already used one of the trendiest boy names for her daughter. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, Jessica Simpson revealed that she and fiancée Eric Johnson’s baby-to-be is a boy. Simpson spilled the beans while making a crude quip about her morning sickness: “I never knew a wiener could make me nauseous.” The Fashion Star host expressed instant remorse at the insensitivity of the comment. “I can’t believe I just did that. That was not planned,” she said. “I just did it so crude, I feel awful!” She feels awful now? Just imagine when she tells her 18-year-old son how the world heard he was coming. #Awkward.

    March 7, 2013 9:34 AM

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

    13. 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

  14. EPIC Rand Paul Ends Filibuster Chris Maddaloni/Getty

    14. 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

  15. BIG CATS Lion Kills Sanctuary Intern

    15. 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

  16. FACTS ARE FACTS Study: States Strict on Guns, Fewer Gun-Related Deaths Rally for gun control legislation in Hartcord, Conn. on Feb. 14. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    16. Study: States Strict on Guns, Fewer Gun-Related Deaths

    It’s hard to argue with facts, but National Rifle Association crusader Wayne LaPierre will no doubt find a way. A new study released by Boston Children’s Hospital on Wednesday found that states with stricter gun legislation present fewer gun-related deaths. The research shows the mortality rate in states with the most gun laws to be 42 percent lower than states with the the fewest gun laws. Eric Fleegler, the study’s lead investigator, hopes the new information will encourage lawmakers to pass gun reform. “Our research gives clear evidence that laws have a role in preventing firearms deaths,” he said. Critics of the research argue that a few key factors—such as gun-ownership rates—were not taken into consideration when conducting this study.

    March 7, 2013 7:18 AM

  17. BIPARTISAN PARTY GOPers Give Obama Date Thumbs-Up Sen. McCain after dinner with Pres. Obama and Rep. Senators on Wednesday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

    17. GOPers Give Obama Date Thumbs-Up

    Looks like President Obama’s Wednesday-night date with Senate Republicans was a success. John McCain and Tom Coburn, at least, gave reporters a thumbs-up as they left the Jefferson Hotel’s private dining room, where they dined with fellow GOPers and the president, who picked up the tab—out of his own pocket. Last night’s dinner was the first stop on Obama’s courtship tour of the Republican Party, as he aims to repair a fractured relationship that has thwarted cooperation on such crucial deals as preventing the sequester.

    March 7, 2013 7:25 AM

  18. GO RUN ON DUNKIN’ Doughnut Robbery Stopped With Coffee Ramin Talaie/Getty

    18. Doughnut Robbery Stopped With Coffee

    Who needs a gun when you’re armed with a piping-hot cup of joe? That’s the only thing a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, identified as Angelica, in West Haven, Connecticut, needed to prevent a robbery while manning the drive-through window late Saturday night. According to reports, a man tried to climb through the window and rob the Dunkin’ Donuts, prompting Angelica to throw a steaming cup of hot coffee in his face. The robber jumped back into his Ford Explorer and sped off as our hero further proved her dedication to her employer, yelling, “Go run on Dunkin’.”

    March 7, 2013 6:23 AM

  19. GUILTY Berlusconi Sentenced to One Year in Jail Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi on March 1. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty)

    19. Berlusconi Sentenced to One Year in Jail

    How “the Knight” has fallen. Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to one year in jail for publicizing a recording of a confidential phone call related to a 2005 banking scandal. The former Italian prime minister received his sentence Thursday. This is just the beginning for Berlusconi, who is also anticipating trial for accusations of alleged tax fraud and sex with an underage prostitute. Under Italian law, he has the opportunity to seek appeal and won’t have to serve any time until all appeal trials are completed.

    March 7, 2013 7:24 AM

  20. Love & Basketball Rodman to Broker Peace With N. Korea Jim Rogash / Getty Images

    20. Rodman to Broker Peace With N. Korea

    Forget treaties, sanctions, ambassadors, and good-will missions. What the U.S. has been missing in its efforts to broker peace with North Korea is a neon-haired former NBA star. According to TMZ, Dennis Rodman, fresh off his controversial trip to North Korea with VICE Media, plans to parlay his newfound friendship with Dear Leader Kim Jong-un into a peace deal between the United States and North Korea. Rodman’s publicist says that "the Worm" plans to head back to North Korea sometime in the next six months to host another kids basketball clinic…and convince the dictator to engage in peace talks with President Obama. Easy peezy.

    March 7, 2013 12:59 PM

  21. What ho!

    21. Jeeves & Wooster Return

    If the call comes, Jeeves can buttle with the best of them, but can Sebastian Faulks replace P. G. Wodehouse? The British novelist of Birdsong and A Possible Life, who slipped into the skin of Ian Fleming when he wrote the bestselling James Bond novel Devil May Care in 2008, has signed on to take charge of Wodehouse's beloved novels chronicling the misadventures of foppish gentleman Bertie Wooster and the cleaning up by his valet, the inimitable Jeeves, in the first-ever authorized Wodehouse follow-up, to be published in November. Robert McCrum, author of a biography of Wodehouse, cautioned the effort. "For a P. G. Wodehouse fan to write a new Jeeves novel is a bit like asking a devout Christian to come up with a fifth gospel," McCrum said. "I wish Faulks the very best of luck. If anyone can pull it off, he can."

    March 7, 2013 4:00 PM

  22. GREASY Processed Meat Linked to Early Death Large sirloin steak. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

    22. Processed Meat Linked to Early Death

    Looking for another excuse to start eating like a Mediterranean? Look no further than this new study from the medical journal BMC Medicine. Researchers followed people from 10 European countries over an average of 13 years and concluded that diets heavy in processed meats—bacon, ham, sausage, and the like—are linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and early death. Despite evidence that people who eat a lot of processed meats are also more likely to be smokers, the researchers insist that the meat poses its own lethal health risks.

    March 7, 2013 7:21 AM

  23. WHEN YOU GOTTA GO ... Rand Paul Considered Using a Catheter Alex Wong/AP

    23. Rand Paul Considered Using a Catheter

    After 13 hours, nature calls. That’s what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) learned in the first hours of Thursday morning when his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan as director of the CIA ended at 12:39 a.m. because he had to use the bathroom. “I’ve discovered there are some limits to filibustering, and I’m going to have to take care of one of those in a few minutes,” he said. But speaking with Glenn Beck on Thursday, Paul said he thought of using a catheter to prevent the necessary bathroom break. “I did think about it,” he said. “I’ve put them in before, but I really decided against it.” Enjoy that mental image, and happy Thursday.

    March 7, 2013 11:35 AM

  24. Breaking Bread Obama and Ryan Have Lunch JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

    24. Obama and Ryan Have Lunch

    From election rivals to table mates. President Obama invited former GOP vice presidential nominee—and current House Budget Committee Chairman—Paul Ryan to the White House for lunch Thursday. On the menu: reaching a bipartisan compromise on how to balance the budget. The meeting came the afternoon after Obama hosted a high-profile dinner with a dozen of Republican senators as part of a similar outreach effort. Obama and Republicans are seeking to reach an alternative to budget cuts enacted through the sequester, but the sides remain divided on whether the new deal should include tax hikes.  

    March 7, 2013 4:01 PM

  25. NEW DETAILS Report: Chávez Died of Heart Attack Supporters of Chavez in Madrid on Wednesday. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

    25. Report: Chávez Died of Heart Attack

    On the second national day of mourning (there will be seven) in the wake of the death of Hugo Chávez, it was revealed that a massive heart attack is what killed the contentious Venezuelan leader. Even in his last throes of pain, the head of Venezuela’s presidential guard said Chávez expressed his desire to stay alive. “He couldn’t speak, but he said it with his lips ... ‘I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country,” said Gen. Jose Ornella, who spent the last two years with the president. Chávez was suffering from a respiratory infection following his fourth cancer surgery in December. The type of cancer has still not been specified.

    March 7, 2013 6:21 AM

  26. PROTECTION Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    26. Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

    Six days after the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, President Obama officially signed it into law Thursday. Obama dedicated the ceremony to the “millions of women” who are victims of sexual and domestic assault. Initially passed in 1994, the bill provides funding for programs targeted at preventing and prosecuting domestic and sexual violence. The revised version of the law includes a multitude of new programs, including more rights for Native Americans, gay, lesbian, and transgender victims.

    March 7, 2013 2:36 PM