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  1. FIRE SALE Gun Ownership in U.S. Homes Down March on Washington for Gun Control on Jan. 26. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty)

    1. Gun Ownership in U.S. Homes Down

    Finally, some good news on guns. The number of American homes with guns has fallen over the last four decades, according to a national poll. It gets better: some drops are in the gun-lovin’ South and Western mountain states. The General Social Survey, taken even two years, shows a clear drop in the rates across many demographics in America. In the ’90s, 43 percent of households had guns, while in the 2000s, only 35 percent had firearms. In 2012, 34 percent of households had guns. The numbers are a sharp contrast with the idea that gun sales have been skyrocketing after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre—which may suggest that existing gun owners are just buying more.

    March 10, 2013 10:49 AM

  2. THREATS Karzai: U.S. and Taliban Colluding Jason Reed/AFP/Getty

    2. Karzai: U.S. and Taliban Colluding

    A press conference that would have featured new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai was canceled Sunday due to security threats. The cancellation also came after Karzai accused the U.S. of colluding with the Taliban to convince Afghans that the violence will get worse if the foreign troops leave—a charge American and NATO top commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford, called “categorically false.” Karzai said two suicide attacks Saturday that killed 19 people were an attempt by insurgents to show that there will be chaos after foreign troops leave in 2014.

    March 10, 2013 12:27 PM

  3. New Twist India Rape Suspect Commits Suicide Prabhjot Gill/AP

    3. India Rape Suspect Commits Suicide

    Add another gruesome twist to India’s horrific gang-rape scandal. One of the six suspects charged with raping and fatally beating a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi this past December has committed suicide. Ram Sigh hung himself in his jail cell using his clothes, according to the director general of prisons. The men’s trial begins in February, and they could face the death penalty. The female victim was honored by the U.S. State Department with a International Women of Courage award. “Her bravery inspired millions of men and women to come together with a simple message ‘No more,’” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a ceremony on Friday.

    March 10, 2013 10:43 PM

  4. AFTER HUGO Venezuela Elections Will Be April 14 Mario Tama/Getty

    4. Venezuela Elections Will Be April 14

    For the first time in 14 years, the Venezuelan election is up for grabs. The first election after Hugo Chávez’s death will be held April 14—and this time, the opposition actually believes it has a chance of winning. Acting president Nicolás Maduro—who Chávez said should succeed him in death—will face opposition leader Henrique Capriles, whose party boycotted Maduro’s swearing in Friday, calling it unconstitutional. Chávez died March 5 after a long battle with cancer. Maduro has decreed that Chávez’s body will be embalmed “like Lenin and Mao Zedong,” and millions have visited Chávez’s coffin since it went on display last week.

    March 10, 2013 7:51 AM

  5. Place Your Bets Betting Site InTrade Shuts Down intrade.com

    5. Betting Site InTrade Shuts Down

    A controversial online betting site called InTrade abruptly shut down on Sunday, according to a memo posted by its board of directors. The Irish-based service allowed gamblers to bet on political races and other event outcomes. It was sued in November by a U.S. regulator, and was blocked for U.S.-based users. The enigmatic memo cites “circumstances recently discovered” that “may include financial irregularities” as cause for requiring “immediate further investigation.” It appears they might not be gone forever, though. The memo ends by saying, “[We] hope you will bear with us as we do all we can to resume operations as promptly as possible.” Who wants to bet?

    March 10, 2013 8:50 PM

  6. GET READY FOR 2016 Jeb Bush Defends Immigration Reform Joseph Kaczmarek/AP

    6. Jeb Bush Defends Immigration Reform

    Prepping a highlight reel for 2016? Everyone knows denial is the first step. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush insisted Sunday that he has not changed his views on immigration—and that he is not taking a shift to the right in the wake of a possible 2016 presidential run. In Bush’s new book, he backs the U.S. writing policy that will provide permanent residence for undocumented immigrants, although in the past he had recommended a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Bush insisted “I haven’t changed” on CBS’s Face the Nation and said he still supports a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. Bush also defended former president George W. Bush’s legacy, saying, “History will be kind to my brother.”

    March 10, 2013 10:20 AM

  7. Tragic 6 Teens Killed in Crash WKBN

    7. 6 Teens Killed in Crash

    An SUV carrying eight teens crashed near Warren, Ohio, on Sunday, killing six and injuring two. According to officials, the car struck a guardrail, turned over, and crashed into a pond. Apparently none of the teens, ages 14 to 19, were wearing seatbealts; five were found in the vehicle, and the sixth had been ejected during the wreck. An investigation is pending into the cause of the crash.

    March 10, 2013 7:03 PM

  8. OOPS Harvard Spied on Deans Elise Amendola/AP

    8. Harvard Spied on Deans

    Maybe Columbia University will have to undertake similar measures to deal with the Nutella scandal. Harvard University administrators apparently searched emails of 16 resident deans last year in hopes of finding out who was leaking information about the school’s cheating scandal, sources told The Boston Globe on Sunday. The resident deans are on Harvard’s administrative board, which is handling the cheating case. The deans were not told about the spying beforehand, and only one was told afterward. The school apparently searched email accounts that were meant to be used for work matters, not personal. Resident deans are not professors, but they teach, raising concerns about privacy issues.

    March 10, 2013 12:57 PM

  9. WE FOUND LOVE Timberlake Rules on ‘SNL’ NBC

    9. Timberlake Rules on ‘SNL’

    Get the Emmy reel ready. Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time Saturday in one of the top episodes of the season, performing as both the musical guest and the host. Timberlake opened the show with a monologue with “Five-Timers Club” members Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, and Candice Bergen. Timberlake brought back some of his familiar characters, including the overzealous billboard seller, singing versions of “We Found Love” and a vegan twist on “Harlem Shake.” And yes, Timberlake brought back his “Dick in a Box” co-star Andy Samberg for a game-show appearance on “It’s a Date” with original SNL star Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin reprising their roles as the Festrunk Brothers. Timberlake also sang “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z and “Mirrors.”

    March 10, 2013 8:43 AM

  10. blockbuster ‘Oz’ Dominates Box Office Merie Weismiller Wallace/Disney Enterprises, via AP

    10. ‘Oz’ Dominates Box Office

    The producers of Oz the Great and Powerful are breathing a sigh of relief after their big-budget flick brought in $150 million domestically and abroad over opening weekend. The film is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. It cost a reported $200 million to make and is currently No. 1 the box office, ahead of Jack the Giant Slayer, which turned out to be a costly bust.

    March 10, 2013 5:26 PM

  11. GET WELL SOON Nelson Mandela Released From Hospital Schalk van Zuydam/AP

    11. Nelson Mandela Released From Hospital

    Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital Sunday morning after spending the night there to undergo tests. The 94-year-old was hospitalized for three weeks in December for a lung infection and underwent a procedure for gallstones. Mandela’s ill health comes as the country has been soul-searching while his party, the African National Congress, has been split. While poverty has long plagued the country, South Africa has lately faced a number of setbacks, including several high-profile violent incidents. Just a few days ago, Mandela’s wife appeared at a memorial service for a Mozambican taxi driver found dead in a Johannesburg jail after allegedly being dragged from a police vehicle, and she warned of “big trouble” if police are responsible for the driver’s death.

    March 10, 2013 10:30 AM

  12. BLADERUNNER Pistorius a ‘Broken Man’ AP

    12. Pistorius a ‘Broken Man’

    One of Oscar Pistorius’s close friends says the Olympian is “on the verge of suicide” as he awaits the trial for premeditated murder in the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Mike Azzie, who is close to Pistorius, spoke to a BBC3 documentary and said that Pistorius has been forced to sell his belongings, including his racehorses, to pay his legal fees. “I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide,” said Azzie. Pistorius was released on bail and is living at his uncle’s mansion.

    March 10, 2013 9:31 AM

  13. WHO NEEDS MITT? Ryan: We'll Repeal Obamacare Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

    13. Ryan: We'll Repeal Obamacare

    Isn’t it about time we cut the mike? Failed Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is still talking—mostly because he’s the chairman of the House Budget Committee. And he’s coming after you, President Obama. “Yes, our budget does promote repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a better system,” Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. The proposed budget will be rolled out later this week. Ryan, we should note, had lunch with Obama at the White House on Thursday.

    March 10, 2013 12:24 PM

  14. BLAST FROM THE PAST Falklands to Vote on British Status Tony Chater/AFP/Getty

    14. Falklands to Vote on British Status

    Is this 1982 again? The Falkland Islands will go to the polls Sunday and Monday to vote on whether to remain part of Britain—and are expected to answer with an overwhelming yes. Argentina has long claimed it should control the tiny cluster of islands, 30 years after the 74-day conflict between Argentina and Britain for control. Even if the population votes to stay part of Britain as expected, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has said the inhabitants’ wishes are irrelevant. Many Argentines believe the islands should be part of their country—and the recovery of them is in the national Constitution.

    March 10, 2013 8:18 AM

  15. NOT COOL Seattle Bar Bans Google Glasses Jeff Chiu/AP

    15. Seattle Bar Bans Google Glasses

    But where will all the hipsters go if a dive bar is off limits? A Seattle dive bar has declared war on Google’s Project Glass, the new glasses that have the Internet enabled and are currently in the testing phase. Dave Meinart, owner of the 5 Point Café, said the “culture” of the bar is “sometimes seedy, maybe notorious,” and “people want to go there and not be known ... definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.” The glasses reach the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and respond to a user’s commands. Still in the testing phase, Meinart said it’s never too early, since his bar is near Amazon’s headquarters, and “tech geeks” have patronized the watering hole.

    March 10, 2013 8:28 AM

  16. #STANDWITHRAND Rand Paul: Filibuster Just the Start Senate Television/AP

    16. Rand Paul: Filibuster Just the Start

    Despite standing for nearly 13 hours with breaks only for water and candy, Wednesday’s 13-hour filibuster was worth it, says Sen. Rand Paul in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post. Paul insists in the piece that the filibuster is just the first step in shining light on balance of power in Washington, and he writes that the “support I received this past week shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them.” During the filibuster, Paul writes, he could not get off the floor and only had water and candy from the Senate desks to revive him—although he admitted that Ted Cruz’s reading of the supporting tweets also helped.

    March 10, 2013 7:56 AM

  17. HELLO AGAIN Susan Rice Could Be Next NSA Craig Ruttle/AP

    17. Susan Rice Could Be Next NSA

    Sorry, John Kerry, it looks like Susan Rice is still the White House’s favorite. Sources hinted Sunday that the embattled United Nations ambassador is the president’s top contender to become the next national-security adviser—a position that does not need the Senate’s confirmation. Rice had been the president’s top choice to be the next secretary of State, but her prospects crashed and burned after questions arose over her reaction to the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Senate Republicans vowed to fight her every step of the way. Rice had stayed out of view since her public downfall, but reemerged this week with an appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and sources said she still has the support of the Obama administration.

    March 10, 2013 8:20 AM

  18. BIG LAUGHS Obama Jokes About Woodward, Rubio Carolyn Kaster/AP

    18. Obama Jokes About Woodward, Rubio

    Get ready for some competition at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Conan O’Brien. Proving once again that the president is one of the nation’s best comedians, Obama led the annual Gridiron dinner Saturday night with jokes about Bob Woodward, Sen. Marco Rubio’s water bottle–gate, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Nate Silver. Obama said he was “surprised” by the fight between Woodward and White House economic chief Gene Sperling, since “who knew anybody named Gene could be so intimidating?” Obama ribbed Rubio’s drink of water during his State of the Union response, joked that Kerry has been showing up for work in “disturbing” pantsuits, and called attention to New York Times columnist Silver, calling him somebody “very special in my life.”

    March 10, 2013 8:22 AM

  19. ROLLING IN THE DEEP Adele to Sing at First Lady’s 50th Jason Merritt/Getty

    19. Adele to Sing at First Lady’s 50th

    Mark your calendars for the biggest bash of 2014: Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday on January 17. Adele has reportedly signed on to sing at the first lady’s birthday party and will be joined by Beyoncé. Sources said Michelle Obama “adores” both Adele and Beyoncé, and the party is a private affair, paid for by the Obamas personally. Guess the Obamas have forgiven Beyoncé for the whole lip-sync debacle at the inauguration.

    March 10, 2013 8:45 AM

  20. IS THIS SAFE? 900 Dead Pigs Float in Chinese River Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

    20. 900 Dead Pigs Float in Chinese River

    Over 900 dead pigs were found floating in a river near Shanghai, and Chinese officials said Sunday that they had launched an investigation into what happened—and if drinking water has been compromised. There is no sign that the pigs were dumped there or died as part of an epidemic, officials said, and they are trying to determine where the dead pigs came from. Officials also insisted that the drinking water is being tested for contamination, as the Huangpu River is a major water source for Shanghai.

    March 10, 2013 8:30 AM