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  1. clandestine CIA Increases Iraq Support Alex Wong/Getty

    1. CIA Increases Iraq Support

    The CIA is going to escalate support for Iraqi antiterrorism units in the hopes of arming them against al Qaeda operatives. The U.S. is apparently stepping up the mission out of concern for potential spillover from the neighboring Syrian civil war. The Iraqi al Qaeda affiliate is known to have close ties to a militant group controlling parts of northern Syria. According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House secretly called for CIA support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service between 2011 and late 2012.

    March 11, 2013 10:55 PM

  2. REMEMBRANCE Japan Marks Tsunami Anniversary Pool photo by Junji Kurokawa

    2. Japan Marks Tsunami Anniversary

    On Monday, Japan marked the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that claimed 16,000 lives and led to the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, forcing 160,000 to evacuate. A national ceremony began in Tokyo on Monday, as mourners across the country observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m., the exact time the tsunami struck. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s northern Pacific coast, triggering the tsunami that destroyed thousands of homes. The Fukushima plant went into meltdown, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. In the aftermath, all the country’s nuclear plants were shut down, although Japan plans to restart them all later this year.

    March 11, 2013 6:41 AM

  3. FIZZLED OUT NYC Soda Ban Overturned Mario Tama / Getty Images

    3. NYC Soda Ban Overturned

    Let the soda fountains flow! On Monday, a New York Supreme Court judge overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of supersized sugary drinks in New York City restaurants and other venues. Judge Milton Tingling ordered the city is “permanently restrained” from “enforcing the new regulations,” which are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.” He added that the “loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule.” Many city restaurants and other businesses had already begun preparing for the ban, which was set to take effect on March 12. The judge’s ruling is a big blow to Mayor Bloomberg, who has stressed public-health initiatives throughout his tenure.

     

    Last fall, The Daily Beast took to the street to see what New Yorkers thought of the soda ban.

    March 11, 2013 3:56 PM

  4. HIGH SECURITY? Delhi Rape Suspect Hangs Himself Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty

    4. Delhi Rape Suspect Hangs Himself

    The main suspect in the brutal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi has allegedly committed suicide in jail. Prison authorities say that the 33-year-old man—one of six charged with raping and fatally beating a woman on a bus in December—hanged himself from the grills of his high-security cell using only his clothes. At the time, however, there were other inmates present, as well as a guard. While the man is said to have been on suicide watch, the jail is being blamed for lax security. The man’s father says that his son was murdered—and that he had been threatened many times while incarcerated.

    March 11, 2013 6:50 AM

  5. ESCALATION North Korea Nullifies War Truce KCNA via KNS/AP

    5. North Korea Nullifies War Truce

    No visit from Dennis Rodman could solve the problems between North and South Korea. South Korea has a heightened sense of anxiety as the U.S. and South Korea conducted joint military drills Monday. Despite increased tensions, no skirmishes have been reported along the border. In a recent poll, two thirds of South Koreans advocated that the country develop its own nuclear arsenal. The new South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, is the daughter of a military strongman who made a name for himself by standing tough against North Korea—and Park’s very election reflects the changing attitudes of the country.

    March 11, 2013 12:31 PM

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    6. InTrade Gave Founder $2.6M

    Details behind the abrupt shuttering of betting company InTrade are seeping out. Apparently an audit concerned with “significant financial irregularities” revealed the site’s founder had received $2.6 million in payments that weren’t thoroughly documented in 2010 and 2011. The company, which allows bets to be placed on events from presidential elections to the papacy, posted a note Sunday saying it was suspending all trading and freezing customer accounts. Its founder, John Delany, died in 2011 on Mount Everest.

    March 11, 2013 8:15 PM

  8. Holy Matrimony Vatican Building Houses Gay Sauna Dan Kitwood/Getty

    7. Vatican Building Houses Gay Sauna

    Talk about unlikely neighbors. Apparently, the Holy See purchased $21 million in shares of a Rome apartment block that's home to Europe’s biggest gay sauna. Cardinal Ivan Dias, head of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, lives in an apartment in the palazzo, mere yards from the sauna's entrance. The Vatican owns 18 apartments total. The sauna is known for its "bear nights," in which, according to its website, “a hairy, overweight pastor of souls, is free to the music of his clergyman, remaining in a thong, because he wants to expose body and soul.”

    March 11, 2013 3:42 PM

  9. MEMORY Test May Detect Alzheimer’s Sooner Marion Berard/AFP/Getty

    8. Test May Detect Alzheimer’s Sooner

    A new test for Alzheimer’s being developed by British researchers could lead to a diagnosis in the disease’s earliest stages, meaning it could be caught decades earlier, which could result in better treatment all around. The test would look for proteins that linked to Alzheimer’s, and researchers said it could be technically possible to distinguish between a healthy person and a person with Alzheimer’s. If the test is successful, it could determine what risk someone has of getting the disease—and could target the disease for those who are at risk.

    March 11, 2013 7:08 AM

  10. Breach of Privacy Beyoncé, Clinton Among Hacked Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

    9. Beyoncé, Clinton Among Hacked

    Ever wondered what Beyoncé’s Social Security number is? Twelve celebrities and politicians are victims of a hacker who posted information about their finances online, including their Social Security numbers, credit-card information, and mortgage amounts. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, and Joe Biden are among those who were hacked. According to TMZ, the LAPD and FBI are both investigating the incident.

    March 11, 2013 4:51 PM

  11. Spoiler alert! ‘The Bachelor’ Makes His Decision Rick Rowell/ABC

    10. ‘The Bachelor’ Makes His Decision

    This season’s Ken-like bachelor, Sean Lowe, made the decision of his life Monday night. After weeding through 25 other girls, Lowe made the grueling decision to give his final rose to Catherine Giudici on The Bachelor’s season finale Monday night. Lindsay Yenter, the dumped runner-up, tearfully left, while Lowe and his new bride-to-be literally rode off into the sunset together on the back of an elephant. Oh, young love.

    March 11, 2013 10:37 PM

  12. Dirty Politics Former Detroit Mayor Convicted Paul Sancya/AP

    11. Former Detroit Mayor Convicted

    From City Hall to the clink. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday on a raft of corruption charges, ensuring a trip back to prison for the notoriously scandal-ridden politician. Jurors convicted Kilpatrick on charges including racketeering and conspiracy, following a five-month trial that detailed how he accepted bribes, rigged contracts, and ran a “private profit machine” while in office until fall 2008. Among the most damning allegations: he used a nonprofit fund that was supposed to benefit Detroit’s most in-need residents to pay for his own yoga lessons, golf clubs, and camp for his children.

    March 11, 2013 11:13 AM

  13. Falling Star Bieber Cancels Portugal Concert Jim Dyson / Getty Images

    12. Bieber Cancels Portugal Concert

    Is all of Justin Bieber’s bad press catching up to him? The pop star canceled his Portugal concert Tuesday after sales weren’t up to his expectations. According to TMZ, it was a “business decision” to scrap the show, with sources saying that ticket sales were “good … more than 60 percent … just not good enough.” Bieber’s Portuguese fans who bought tickets are sure to swoon about being “not good enough.” Says TMZ, “It’s pretty common for lesser artists to bail when sales are bad, but unusual for singers on Justin’s level.”

    March 11, 2013 10:36 AM

  14. Crimson Tide Harvard Explains Email Spying Darren McCollester / Getty Images

    13. Harvard Explains Email Spying

    Such snoops at Harvard! Top officials at the university released a statement Monday explaining why it secretly monitored the Harvard.edu email accounts of at least 16 deans. The snooping followed the leak in September of a confidential email that explained how students involved in last year’s cheating ring would be dealt with. According to the statement, officials were concerned that documents that were even more sensitive could be leaked. Are professors pleased? One called the search “dishonorable” and another “one of the lowest points in Harvard’s recent history—maybe Harvard’s history, period.” It seems as if they are not.

    March 11, 2013 2:16 PM

  15. Behind the Image Story of Shocking Syria Photo Revealed Thomas Rassloff/EPA, via Landov

    14. Story of Shocking Syria Photo Revealed

    Six weeks ago, a photo that will likely go down as one of the Syrian war’s iconic images went viral. It showed the corpses of men in a dried-out river, their hands bound behind their backs, and gunshot wounds in the back of their heads. Now an investigation by The Guardian reveals the story behind the photo—and the 110 men who were massacred before it was taken. The victims were all male and of working age, and all had vanished either in regime areas or on their way to reach regime areas. It is believed that the men were executed in a park about four kilometers upstream from where the bodies were found and the photo taken. Though Syrian officials claimed a terrorist group was behind the massacre, nobody The Guardian interviewed believes that is true.

    March 11, 2013 10:21 AM

  16. OBIT Sweden’s Princess Lilian Dies Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

    15. Sweden’s Princess Lilian Dies

    Sweden’s Princess Lilian, who married her true love, Prince Bertil, after waiting more than 30 years, died Sunday. She was 97. Lilian, a Welsh-born model, and Prince Bertil met and fell in love during World War II, but she was already married. She divorced her husband two years later, but she and Bertil could not marry until 1976, because his father, King Gustaf VI Adolf, refused to give his blessing since she was a divorced commoner. The prince’s older brother had died in a plane crash, and another brother married a commoner, giving up his right to the throne. Bertil was next in line to the throne until his nephew Carl Gustaf was old enough. Carl Gustaf became king in 1973, and Bertil and Lilian were married soon after. Bertil died in 1997.

    March 11, 2013 7:32 AM

  17. DOUBLE JEOPARDY Can Ashley Judd Really Win? Rick Diamond/Getty

    16. Can Ashley Judd Really Win?

    How do you move from Hollywood into politics? As Ashley Judd considers running for a Senate seat in Kentucky—she’ll reportedly announce her candidacy in May—people from former staffers to celebrities turned politicians think that she may just be able to beat Mitch McConnell in a race. Some tips for her from experts: move to Kentucky right now, keep the campaign inside the state, minimize the harm of having a well-documented celebrity career (too bad for Google). Either way, Republicans will have plenty of stuff to jump on when the race heats up.

    March 11, 2013 1:42 PM

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

    17. ‘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

  19. FOR REAL Dead Lawyer’s Trial Delayed Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    18. Dead Lawyer’s Trial Delayed

    How can a dead man defend himself? That’s a legitimate question for the courts in Russia, as the trial of a dead lawyer was delayed Monday to allow the defense more time to prepare. Sergei Magnitsky died while in jail in 2009, but his trial was scheduled to begin Monday for allegedly helping the investment fund Hermitage Capital evade $17.4 million in taxes. Not even in the Soviet days did a dead man go on trial, but a recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed police to conduct posthumous investigations. Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 and died a year later from untreated pancreatitis, which is believed to be the result of being severely beaten.

    March 11, 2013 7:30 AM

  20. STILL ON THIS? GOP Still Wants to Repeal Obamacare Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    19. GOP Still Wants to Repeal Obamacare

    Maybe Republicans are hoping Americans were too distracted by the Tom Cruise–Katie Holmes breakup to notice the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare in June. The GOP is resuming its efforts to repeal Obamacare, with Senate Republicans pushing for a vote this week to delay funding for the health-care law. And in the House, Rep. Paul Ryan said on Sunday he will include a repeal of Obamacare in his budget, which will be unveiled on Tuesday. But Republican governors nationwide have begun to embrace President Obama’s Medicare expansion as a way to deliver health care to the uninsured.

    March 11, 2013 7:06 AM

  21. BLADERUNNER Pistorius Appeals Bail Conditions Themba Hadebe/AP

    20. Pistorius Appeals Bail Conditions

    Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner accused of murdering his girlfriend, are appealing his bail conditions, calling them “unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts.” Pistorius has insisted he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on February t14 because he mistook her for an intruder, but prosecutors have alleged that Pistorius killed her intentionally after an argument. In particular, Pistorius’s lawyers take issue with the bail condition that requires Pistorius to surrender his passport and all travel documents. The appeal also claims there is “no basis in fact or law” to justify that Pistorius be supervised by probation or correctional officer. The olympian is currently staying at his uncle’s home in a suburb of Pretoria.

    March 11, 2013 7:05 AM

  22. HE’S BACK? Tiger Woods Wins Doral Wilfredo Lee/AP

    21. Tiger Woods Wins Doral

    It only took three years, but it looks like Tiger Woods might be back. The onetime reigning golf champion won Sunday at the Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Resort, shooting a 71, or 19 under par. “That’s how I know I can play,” Woods said. In Sunday’s tournament, Woods made 27 birdies, one shy of the record. Things are looking up for Woods: it’s the first time in five years that he has two wins before the Masters. Last year Woods ended his 30-month drought with a win at Bay Hill, where he will play again March 24. If he wins there, he could retake his No. 1 position.

    March 11, 2013 7:33 AM

  23. IT’S A DATE Justin Timberlake Gets High ‘SNL’ Ratings Dana Edelson/NBC

    22. Timberlake's ‘SNL’ Ratings Soar

    The Five-Timers Club turned out to be good for ratings. Justin Timberlake’s star-studded Saturday Night Live earned the show its best ratings in 14 months—a big promotion before Timberlake appears on Jimmy Fallon every night this week. Saturday Night Live had a 5.9 rating among metered households and a 15 share, as well as earning a 3.7 rating among the coveted adults ages 18 to 49. Final numbers will be available later in the week.

    March 11, 2013 1:04 PM

  24. Rumor Control Hasselbeck Not Leaving ‘The View’ Jason Kempin / Getty Images

    23. Hasselbeck Not Leaving ‘The View’

    Rumors of all the comings and goings at The View are enough to fill up the show’s entire “Hot Topics” segment. Despite widely circulated reports late last week saying that she was fired, Barbara Walters confirmed on Monday’s show that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is staying at The View. “We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show,” Walters said. “Elisabeth helps give the show perspective and balance.” Joy Behar, on the other hand, stated last week that she is leaving the program. Current reports have Brooke Shields and Ali Wentworth as potential replacements.

    March 11, 2013 11:27 AM