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  1. KEEP ‘EM COMING Murdoch Hit With 600 New Hacking Claims

    1. Murdoch Hit With 600 New Hacking Claims

    Just when you thought everybody in Britain had their phones hacked by the News of the World journalists, apparently there could be more. Sources told The Guardian on Friday that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has been hit with 600 new hacking claims, some new victims, and some people who had earlier decided not to sue. Scotland Yard’s new information reportedly comes from a former suspect turned informant for the police. The news comes just days before Britain’s high court will hear arguments from more than a dozen people—including Cherie Blair and David Beckham’s father—who settled last fall with News International, News Corp.’s British wing. With the new claims, the investigation into hacking at News Corp. could last well into 2015.

    March 15, 2013 9:59 PM

  2. Right to Life ND Approves Strict Abortion Laws Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    2. ND Approves Strict Abortion Laws

    “It’s a good day for babies,” North Dakota Rep. Bette Grande said Friday. It’s a bad day, however, for women seeking abortions in the state. The North Dakota Senate approved two anti-abortion bills Friday. One bill bans abortions as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. The other prohibits terminating pregnancies because of genetic defects like Down syndrome. They would be the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation if the governor signs them into law. Supporters of the measures say the goal is to challenge Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. Currently, the only North Dakota abortion clinic is in Fargo, and these measures could very well shut that center down.  

    March 15, 2013 5:30 PM

  3. YIKES! U.S. to Add Missiles on West Coast Pool photo by Jason Reed/Getty Images

    3. U.S. to Add Missiles on West Coast

    Chuck Hagel is certainly taking the “defense” part of Defense Secretary seriously. Hagel announced on Friday that the U.S. will be building up its missile-defense system on the West Coast in response to threats from North Korea. Fourteen missile interceptors will be added in California and Alaska, a 50 percent increase from the current levels of 26 interceptors in Alaska and four in California. Hagel said the buildup is especially necessary now due to North Korea’s improvement in long-range missile technology and since the communist country has launched a missile into space.

    March 15, 2013 3:50 PM

  4. HE’S FINE Reuters Suspends Matthew Keys Facebook (L), Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty (R)

    4. Reuters Suspends Matthew Keys

    Reuters is apparently sympathetic of Matthew Keys’s plight. The company has suspended its deputy social-media editor with pay after he was indicted Thursday for allegedly conspiring with the hacking collective Anonymous. The government alleges that Keys helped Anonymous gain access to the Tribune Co. in December 2010 by providing log-in information after he was fired by the company. Anonymous then used the info to hack into the Los Angeles Times and tweak a news story. Though technically still employed at Reuters, Keys faces up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. He will be arraigned April 12, and his lawyer said on Friday that Keys “maintains his innocence.”

    March 15, 2013 4:32 PM

  5. Developing Report: Lil Wayne in Critical Condition Gustavo Caballero/Getty

    5. Report: Lil Wayne in Critical Condition

    TMZ reported Friday that rapper Lil Wayne is in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, though the rapper then tweeted, "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love." Friends of the rapper have also tweeted that Wayne is "alive and well." The 30-year-old was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night after suffering multiple seizures but was released Wednesday. According to TMZ, only hours passed before one of his bodyguards discovered him unconscious on the floor of his bedroom and rushed him back to the hospital, where he did not stabilize. High amounts of codeine allegedly found in his system suggest the star went on a Sizzurp binge after being released Wednesday. 

    March 15, 2013 8:38 PM

  6. Don't Play With Fire Firework Blast Kills 11 Pilgrims in Mexico AFP/Getty Images

    6. Firework Blast Kills 11 Pilgrims in Mexico

    At least 11 people were killed and 36 injured on Friday when a truck containing fireworks ignited in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. The explosion, which was triggered when a stray firework fell into the truck, happened just outside the village of Tepactepec, where the fireworks were going to be used in a Catholic procession honoring the village's patron saint, Jesus Tepactepec.

    March 15, 2013 9:35 PM

  7. Naughty

    7. Man Banned from Every Library on Earth

    And that's why you don't masturbate in libraries, folks. A 20-year-old Wisconsin man has been banned from "all the libraries on the face of the earth" as a condition of his $1,000 bond, after being accused of openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library last week. Tyree S. Carter has been charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behavior and disorderly conduct. Investigators were told Carter was not trying to conceal his act, and was committing the act out in the open--but for what it's worth, he did apologize to responding police officers.

    March 15, 2013 5:51 PM

  8. Bad Boy

    8. NY Assemblyman Katz Caught With Pot

    You can't deny the irony here. Putnam County, NY Assemblyman Steve Katz was ticketed for marijuana possession Thursday after he was stopped for speeding at 80 mph in a 65 mph zone on the New York State Thruway, state police said. Katz, a Republican who voted against a marijuana legalization bill last year, was found in possession of small bag during the speeding stop after a state trooper noticed the odor of marijuana coming from his car. 

    March 15, 2013 10:06 PM

  9. Playing the Field Maxim Put Up for Sale Charley Gallay / Getty Images

    9. Maxim Put Up for Sale

    Channeling many of its readers, Maxim is playing the field. The iconic lad mag’s parent company, Alpha Media Group, announced Friday that it is exploring both the sale of the property and finding new investors, touting that Maxim “made the successful transition from a magazine property to a multichannel brand.” The magazine was sold to Quadrangle in 2007, before being inherited by six private-equity firms in 2009. Sales and ad pages predictably have dipped since, but the brand remains immensely popular with the military and has strengthened its multiplatform presence. But the mag’s not whoring itself to just the highest bidder. “If the price is not right or the best offer is not found, they will hold,” Ben Madden, the magazine’s president, says.

    March 15, 2013 4:46 PM

  10. Lighten Up NBC Exec and Leno Clashed Over Jokes Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images (FILE)

    10. NBC Exec and Leno Clashed Over Jokes

    What, NBC can't take a joke? Though the network has denied rumors that it plans to replace The Tonight Show host Jay Leno, three executives told The New York Times this week that Leno and Robert Greenblatt, the network’s top entertainment executive, have clashed over Leno’s jokes about NBC. Greenblatt complained in an email to Leno about monologue jokes that the host made last month in the wake of NBC’s fall to fifth place in the February sweeps, behind even Spanish-language channel Univision. Among the host’s jokes were one-liners like, “It’s so bad, The Biggest Loser isn’t just a TV show anymore; it’s our new motto.” And: “It’s so bad, NBC called Manti Te’o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers.”

    March 15, 2013 10:21 PM

  11. HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW? Judge Judy Gets Served Judge Judy Sheindlin on set of "Judge Judy" in 2006 (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

    11. Judge Judy Gets Served

    TV’s favorite judge just got served. After news broke that a close friend of celebrity Judge Judy’s (whose real name is Judy Sheindlin) was suing her for $500,000 over flatware, the spitfire judge fired back: “I don’t owe this lady a cent.” In a surprising turn in the bizarre case Friday, Patric Jones, the model who launched the case, says she’ll drop it if Judge Judy returns the Christofle Renaissance cutlery and Marly china that her husband allegedly sold to the jurist without his wife’s knowledge. Sheindlin is accused of spending over $500,000 on china and flatware from the model’s ex-husband.

    March 15, 2013 8:20 AM

  12. DAILY DOUBLE Matt Lauer: Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host? Jemal Countess / Getty Images

    12. Matt Lauer: Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host?

    Game Show Hosts for $400. Here’s the clue: “He could replace Alex Trebek as the next host of Jeopardy.” The answer, in the form of a question: “Who is Matt Lauer?” The Today show host is being strongly courted to replace Jeopardy’s longtime emcee when he steps down in 2016, The New York Post reports. Lauer’s own Today contract expires in 2015, meaning that should he choose not to renew, the timing would work out perfectly. Sources also tell the Post that feelers are being put out to Anderson Cooper for his interest in taking over as Jeopardy quizmaster. But the real burning question is, will the replacement grow Trebek’s iconic mustache?

    March 15, 2013 11:30 AM

  13. UH-OH Grand Jury Probes Sen. Menendez Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on March 3. (Susan Walsh/AP)

    13. Grand Jury Probes Sen. Menendez

    New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez’s shady relationship with a top donor has taken an even more serious turn. A grand jury is reportedly investigating Menendez over two different incidents with his close friend and major financial backer Dr. Salomon Melgen. One allegation suggests Menendez helped Melgen get a port-security contract in the Dominican Republic; the other, that he participated in the doctor’s fradulent overbilling of Medicare. Earlier this year, the senator admitted to reimbursing Melgen for two or three personal trips to the Dominican Republic, but denied claims that Melgen hooked him up with prostitutes during his tropical travels. Three sources told The Washington Post that the grand jury has subpoenaed Melgen’s financial records.

    March 15, 2013 8:18 AM

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  15. MOMMY WARS Study: More Moms Seek Full-Time Jobs K.Magnusson/Cutlura, via Corbis

    14. Study: More Moms Seek Full-Time Jobs

    Marissa Mayer, eat your heart out. More mothers are interested in working full time than there were five years ago, says a new Pew Research survey. According to the data, 37 percent of moms want to work around the clock—up from 21 percent in 2007. The poll found a “strong correlation” between financial well-being and how much mothers want to work, with roughly 47 percent of those who claim they “don’t have enough to meet basic expenses” saying full-time work would be ideal. The study also found that women who are wealthy are just as happy to work part-time jobs—or not at all.

    March 15, 2013 7:16 AM

  16. ‘KING OF CLAY’ Nadal Beats Federer at Indian Wells Nadal against Federer on Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

    15. Nadal Beats Federer at Indian Wells

    What knee problems? After being sidelined for seven months with a nasty joint injury, Rafael Nadal crushed former rival Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday with a final score of 6–4, 6–2. Rafa showed no signs of aches and pains on the court after keeping tennis watchers on the edge of their seats with his pesky knees over the last year (“I suffer [from] tendonitis”), which forced him to drop out of the London Olympic Games last summer—“one of the saddest days of my career.” If anyone looked injured in Thursday’s match, it was Federer, who wasn’t gliding around the court as effortlessly as usual after suffering a back twinge early on in the tournament. Nadal’s take on the match? “Roger didn’t seem to fight as much as usual. Maybe it was back problems.”

    March 15, 2013 7:38 AM

  17. OUT OF PATIENCE Syria Threatens Strike Against Lebanon A Syrian rebel crosses the street in Aleppo on March 11. (JM Lopez/AFP/Getty)

    16. Syria Threatens Strike Against Lebanon

    On the two-year anniversary of the start of its uprising, Syria is as angry as ever. On Friday the warring nation’s foreign ministry warned the Lebanese government that it may strike if the Lebanese rebels hiding near the border are not stopped. Over the course of two days, a “large number” of rebels have sneaked into Syria’s Tel Kalakh, targeting Syrian people and ignoring their laws. Although Syria has exercised restraint toward Lebanon thus far, its warning could mean impending doom for Lebanon. Heads up, Lebanon. When Syria says it’s angry, it means it.

    March 15, 2013 7:13 AM

  18. c'mon guys Senate: JPMorgan Ignored Controls Mark Lennihan/AP

    17. Senate: JPMorgan Ignored Controls

    As always, more good news from the banking world. A new Senate report shows that last year JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, manipulated documents and ignored internal controls as they built up trading losses. Jamie Dimon, the chief executive, also withheld information from regulators. The 300-page report was released the day before the Senate plans to question bank leaders and regulators at a hearing. “While we have repeatedly acknowledged significant mistakes, our senior management acted in good faith and never had any intent to mislead anyone," a spokeswoman for the bank said.

    March 14, 2013 10:31 PM

  19. TOO SOON? Boeing: 787s Back in ‘Weeks’ Nam Y. Huh/AP

    18. Boeing: 787s Back in ‘Weeks’

    This is supposed to be comforting? Boeing said Friday that it will resume commercial 787 flights in “weeks, not months”—although the company said it had not yet pinpointed what caused the aircraft’s battery to fail. About a third of the safety tests have been completed, and Boeing chief project engineer Michael Sinnett said the new design has measures to contain fires from spreading if the battery overheats or there is a fire.

    March 14, 2013 11:34 PM

  20. CHANGE OF HEART Sen. Portman Reverses Gay-Marriage Stance Sen. Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    19. Sen. Portman Reverses Gay-Marriage Stance

    Same-sex marriage advocates: 1, Defense of Marriage Act: 0. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stunned Washington on Thursday when he told a local Ohio newspaper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, that he has had a “change of heart” on the issue of same-sex marriage. “I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, get married.” A co-sponsor of the controversial 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Portman says the reversal of his stance on gay marriage began when his son Will told him that he was gay in 2011. The Ohio native says he is now approaching the topic “from the position of a father” who wants all his children, including his son, to be able to get married.

    Watch Senator Portman tell CNN's Dana Bash about his "change of heart."

    March 15, 2013 7:04 AM

  21. NRA SMACKDOWN LaPierre: Violent Rapists Need to Be Shot Evan Vucci/AP

    20. LaPierre: Violent Rapists Need to Be Shot

    Another day, another incendiary Wayne LaPierre speech. The National Rifle Association head offended Congress once again Friday with a speech at CPAC implying that universal background checks and gun registries are simply vehicles to confiscate guns. LaPierre’s speech took an inflammatory turn when he claimed guns are vital in protecting women against rapists. “The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a good woman with a gun,” he said. Adding a bit of irony to his words, the speech followed a panel discussing the need for Republicans to change their tone.

    The National Rifle Association CEO offered some words of advice to women defending themselves against rapists at CPAC.

    March 15, 2013 12:43 PM

  22. BURN BABY BURN Obama Unveils New Energy Blueprint David McNew/Getty

    21. Obama Unveils New Energy Blueprint

    POTUS plans to unveil a “blueprint for a clean and secure energy future” for the U.S. on Friday that seeks $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next 10 years to pay for research on clean-energy vehicles. White House officials say President Obama will announce the new plan as part of his “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” which includes an increase in oil and gas development, funding for clean-energy sources, loan guarantees for new nuclear plants, and research into long-term alternatives to fossil fuels. The president has thrown the towel in on pushing comprehensive climate-change legislation through Congress, focusing instead on smaller-scale solutions that don’t require new revenue sources.

    March 15, 2013 7:37 AM

  23. NOT GIVING UP Benghazi Suspect Caught STR

    22. Benghazi Suspect Caught

    There’s finally forward movement in the investigation into the September attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. One man suspected of being involved in the deadly attacks is being detained in Libya, according to CNN. Faraj al-Shibli was detained sometime in the past two days and has been interviewed by the FBI in the presence of U.S. authorities. It’s still unclear what al-Shibli’s role in the attack was or even if he was present at the time. It’s also still unclear how many people may have been involved in the planning and execution of the incident.

    March 15, 2013 11:42 AM

  24. SEXTING SCANDAL Snapchat Child Porn at NJ High School Thomas Coex

    23. Snapchat ‘Child Porn’ at NJ High School

    In high school there’s always a few girls who get in trouble for showing off their budding breasts. But in the age of smartphones and social media, teenagers exchanging nude photos might be hit with child-porn charges. That may be the fate of some students at a New Jersey high school, where two freshman girls sent naked pictures of themselves using the popular sharing app Snapchat, which deletes pictures almost immediately after another user receives them. Naturally, one tech-savvy young boy screengrabbed the images before they disappeared, uploaded them on Instagram, and exposed them to all eyes on the Internet in the process. Lesson learned? Probably not.

    March 15, 2013 10:14 AM

  25. UNSINKABLE Titanic’s ‘Most Important’ Relic Revealed Titanic leaves Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. (AP)

    24. Titanic’s ‘Most Important’ Relic Revealed

    Remember that scene in Titanic when a violinist and other band members played music on deck as passengers climbed into lifeboats, while Rose and Jack were freezing their buns off in the belly of the sinking ship? Well, the music thing actually happened—and the bandmaster’s salt-stained, water-damaged violin has been declared the “most important artifact” related to the ship by Titanic auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, who spent seven years confirming its authenticity. The instrument is worth six figures and will likely be sold in auction in the near future, but for now will be exhibited in Wiltshire, England, and later in Northern Ireland, where the ship was built.

    March 15, 2013 8:46 AM

  26. OUCH!

    25. Hedge Fund Will Pay $600M in Settlement

    CR Intrinsic, a unit of the giant hedge fund SAC Capital, has agreed to pay $600 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it engaged in insider trading. Federal authorities had charged that the hedge fund, run by billionaire Steven Cohen, profited by trading on inside information about clinical trials involving drugs made by the Elan Corp. and Wyeth. The settlement is the largest in the SEC's history.

    March 15, 2013 3:55 PM

  27. Rogue Raccoons Rabid-Organ Transplant Kills MD Man

    26. Rabid-Organ Transplant Kills MD Man

    Aren't organ transplants supposed to save lives? Health officials say that a man in Maryland has died of rabies, which he contracted from an infected kidney transplant more than a year ago. Three other patients who received the donor's heart, liver, and kidney have been treated as well. The donor died of raccoon rabies in Florida in 2011, though doctors from the Centers for Disease Control say they did not suspect rabies as the cause of death in the donor and thus did not test for it. CDC officials also said in a statement that, despite the case, the benefits or organ transplantation "generally outweigh the risks."

    March 15, 2013 3:24 PM

  28. GOT YO’ BACK Vatican Deflects Dirty War Charges L'Osservatore Romano / Getty Images

    27. Vatican Deflects Dirty War Charges

    When Jorge Bergoglio emerged in all his white-smoke glory to don the papal robes and assume the title of Pope Francis, one of the biggest criticisms against his selection was that he failed to speak out against human-rights violations made during the "dirty war" era in his native Argentina. Hogwash, the Vatican says. “There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. Adding that Bergoglio had never been charged with anything, Lombardi called the allegations against him “anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the church.”

    March 15, 2013 10:03 AM

  29. Passing the Torch Romney Speaks at CPAC NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

    28. Romney Speaks at CPAC

    From the ashes of defeat rises a politically influential phoenix? Mitt Romney addressed the crowd at CPAC Friday, his first major public speech since losing the presidential election to Barack Obama last year. The theme of the speech seemed to be passing the torch, as Romney used to occasion to tout the stars who could be the future leaders of the GOP, including Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, Rick Snyder, and Scott Walker. He also encouraged Republicans to learn from his election missteps. “It’s up to us to make sure that we learn from my mistakes, and from our mistakes, so that we can win the victories those people and this nation depend upon.”

    March 15, 2013 2:41 PM

  30. DEVELOPING

    29. Three Killed in Fla. Plane Crash

    At least three people were killed on Friday when a small plane crashed into parked vehicles in a warehouse near Ft. Lauderdale. Rescue officials said the three people who died had been aboard the aircraft, which had just taken off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. After the flight took off, it veered to the right and crashed into the parked vehicles. The cause is not yet known.

    March 15, 2013 5:49 PM