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  1. Concession Boehner: There’s No Debt Crisis Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    1. Boehner: There’s No Debt Crisis

    Did the president and John Boehner just agree on something? After discussing the budget behind a closed-door meeting with President Obama on Sunday, House Speaker Boehner agreed with the president and said in an interview with ABC's This Week that there is no immediate debt crisis. He did however say that the president and Congress must reform entitlements "that are not sustainable in their current form" because otherwise they will go bankrupt. He also took issue with a statement Obama made in an ABC interview that said it doesn't make sense to "chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance." Boehner countered that balancing the budget in 10 years, in accordance with House Republicans' new spending plan, is a priority important to the economy.

    March 17, 2013 3:50 PM

  2. Bank Crisis Outrage in Cyprus Over Deposit Levy Petros Karadjias/AP

    2. Outrage in Cyprus Over Deposit Levy

    The people of Cyprus have spoken and they want the government's mitts off their money. An unprecedented, onetime levy on all bank accounts in Cyprus (6.75 percent of all deposits below €100,000 and €9.9 percent of those above that amount) in order to meet a bailout was met with widespread anger and rushes to local ATMs to withdraw money from bank accounts. As a result, the euro fell below $1.30, and the government has now frozen bank transfers to prevent mass withdrawals. Cyprus President Nicos Anastassiades went on television to calm people and promise revenues from natural gas reserves for those who keep their money in Cypriot banks for the next two years.

    March 17, 2013 8:46 PM

  3. JUDGMENT DAY Steubenville Boys Found Guilty Keith Srakocic/AP

    3. Steubenville Boys Found Guilty

    Two football players in Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty on Sunday of raping a female classmate at a party in August. The girl testified Saturday that she had no recollection of the alleged crime, and that she was drinking frozen slushies and vodka at the party, and she remembers sitting on the curb the morning after the rape, with her hands between her legs and vomiting in the street. She said she only later learned about the incident after photos and video of the alleged assault were posted online. The boys, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond, could be in prison until they are 21. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also said he planned to convene a grand jury next month to investigate whether anyone else should be charged with possible crimes, including failure to report a felony and failure to report child abuse.

    Ma’lik Richmond broke down in tears as he apologized for what he had done.

    March 17, 2013 7:00 PM

  4. NOT AGAIN Indian Cops Nab Five in Tourist Rape AP

    4. Indian Cops Nab Five in Tourist Rape

    Police said on Sunday that five people have confessed in the rape of a Swiss tourist who was camping in central India over the weekend. The woman and her husband were allegedly attacked while vacationing in Madhya Pradesh by a group of about eight or nine men, and police said the woman was raped by four of them. Five people have been detained in the attack, but no one has been formerly arrested. Police said they interrogated up to 20 suspects. The attackers allegedly stole 10,000 rupees, a mobile phone, and a laptop from the victim and her husband, who are on a three-month tourist visa in India. The attack comes just months after the country recovers from the horrifying rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student in Delhi.

    March 17, 2013 8:40 AM

  5. Watch Out Private Plane Crashes in Indiana Joe Raymond/AP

    5. Private Plane Crashes in Indiana

    At least two people are dead and several injured after a private plane crashed into three homes on Sunday in the northern Indiana neighborhood of South Bend, authorities and witnesses said. The Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet, which had taken off from Tulsa, Okla.’s Riverside Airport, had apparently been experiencing mechanical trouble. The total number of passengers aboard the plane has not been confirmed, and neither has the number or medical conditions of those injured. One witness said he saw the plane clip the top of one house, heavily damage the second, and finally become lodged in the third. A little boy who was in the kitchen of the third house escaped with only a nick on his forehead.

    March 17, 2013 9:29 PM

  6. END IN SIGHT? Syrian General, 20 Soldiers Defect A Syrian rebel crosses the street in Aleppo on March 11. (JM Lopez/AFP/Getty)

    6. Syrian General, 20 Soldiers Defect

    A brigadier general and about 20 soldiers defected from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Army in two separate incidents on Saturday, a sign that the Army has seriously weakened in the two-year civil war. “It is not possible for anyone to accept any of the ideas of this regime unless they have achieved special interests,” said Brig. Gen. Mohammed Khalouf in a videotaped statement broadcast on Al Arabiya. There was no comment from Syrian state television. A study by the Institute for Strategic Studies found that Assad’s Army could have diminished to 50,000 people from an estimated 300,000 before the crackdown began. An estimated 70,000 civilians have died in the bloody civil war.

    March 16, 2013 6:44 PM

  7. FUGITIVE Turkish Murder Suspect Detained Sarai Sierra. (AP)

    7. Turkish Murder Suspect Detained

    A homeless man accused of murdering a Staten Island woman in Turkey has been detained, police said on Sunday. Ziya T, a trash collector in Istanbul, allegedly has been on the run since being named a suspect in the February 2 death of Sarai Sierra, a mother of two who had been vacationing alone in Istanbul. Ziya T allegedly told a friend, “I ran, because Sarai Sierra’s murder in Istanbul will be put on me.”

    March 17, 2013 9:12 AM

  8. Smear Tactic? WSJ Investigated for Bribery Claims

    8. WSJ Investigated for Bribery Claims

    At least you can’t accuse them of trying to cover it up. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the U.S. Justice Department investigated claims last year that at least one employee of the paper’s China news bureau bribed local officials for information. The investigation was part of the U.S. government’s broader inquiry into the Journal’s owner, News Corp., and the company’s 2011 phone-hacking scandal. A spokeswoman for the Journal said the paper had already conducted its own investigation and did not find any support for the claims made about its employees in China. She also suggested that an “unknown source” had sought to “taint” the Journal’s China coverage.

    March 17, 2013 10:06 PM

  9. HITLER WHOOPS Soccer Star Banned for Nazi Salute INTIME-AP

    9. Soccer Star Banned for Nazi Salute

    Yep, that’s why you don’t do that. A Greek soccer player has been banned for life for celebrating with a Nazi salute after scoring a goal on Saturday. Giorgos Katidis will no longer suit up for the national team after the heads of Greek soccer ruled that the salute was “a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.” But wait! Katidis says that when he ripped off his shirt and exposed both his muscles and his supposedly pro-Hitler views, he really didn't mean any harm. Apparently he didn’t know that that motion was a Nazi gesture. Do soccer players follow politics?

    March 17, 2013 11:46 AM

  10. How Dare You T.I. Blasts TMZ for Lil Wayne Reports VH1

    10. T.I. Blasts TMZ for Lil Wayne Reports

    After getting caught in 2010 with what looked like sizzurp in his car, we can see how T.I. sympathizes here. In Austin at the South by Southwest festival, SkeeTV talked to T.I., who criticized TMZ for its apparently premature report Friday night about Lil' Wayne's health. The celebrity news site reported that Wayne was dying and being given "his last rites" after overdosing on sizzurp, a cough syrup-laced drink. "TMZ, all of y'all take this entertainment shit way too far" T.I. said. "We live and hurt. We got mommas, we got kids. They hurt, we hurt." Lil' Wayne is now reported to be in critical condition but "recovering."

    March 16, 2013 4:07 PM

  11. Tragic Seton Hill Team Bus Crash Kills Two Joe Hermitt/Patriot-News via Landov

    11. Seton Hill Team Bus Crash Kills Two

    A bus carrying the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team crashed at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, killing the driver, and at least one other and injuring 24. Officials said one of the dead was the driver, and the other is reportedly the team coach, who was pregnant. All other passengers were sent to area hospitals as a precaution, with three of the most severely injured being flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment. No cause for the crash, which resulted from the bus veering off a turnpike and hitting a tree, has yet been found. The team was on its way to an afternoon game.

    March 16, 2013 6:25 PM

  12. THIS IS THE LIFE Pope Francis Stuns Crowd Dan Kitwood/Getty

    12. Pope Francis Stuns Crowd

    I love when you call me big papa. The freshly minted Pope Francis stood in a window above St. Peter's Square to give his first Angelus pray Sunday. Tens of thousands looked on, cheering the new pontiff as if he were a rock star. Earlier in the day, Francis made an impromptu appearance at a side door of the Vatican, then made his way to a parish inside the Vatican grounds. As he walked through a narrow passage, he reached across barriers and into the crowd, shaking hands and even laughing. People chanted “Francesco! Francesco!” They really like this guy. And if that wasn’t enough, he even sent his first tweet as @Pontifex: “Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.” No humblebrags here.

    March 17, 2013 7:44 AM

  13. DESPERATE TIMES Cyprus Delays Bailout Debate Pavlos Vrionides/AP

    13. Cyprus Delays Bailout Debate

    After making a controversial decision, postponing the government debate on it probably won’t help matters. Cyprus’s government delayed a parliamentary debate on Sunday, one day after announcing a tax of up to 10 percent on bank deposits. Cyprus’s president said the country faces collapse of its banks without the bailout, but investors already began withdrawing their savings on Sunday. Cyprus’s €10 billion bailout deal, reached by the EU and the IMF, calls for a onetime tax of nearly 10 percent on people with more than €100,000 in their account, while those with less than €100,000 euros will pay 6.8 percent.

    March 17, 2013 8:32 AM

  14. EXPECTING Kate Middleton: I Want a Boy Matt Dunham/AP

    14. Kate Middleton: I Want a Boy

    Guess that is the end of those rumors that Kate Middleton is having a girl. At the St. Patrick’s Day ceremony in Aldershot, the Duchess of Cambridge said on Sunday that she would like to have a boy, while William would like to have a girl—and the pair is unsure about a name. Catherine also told Sgt. Thomas Laven, a member of William’s regiment who was receiving a long service medal that they were unsure about names. Catherine handed out shamrocks at the parade, but stumbled and had to be steadied by William when her heel was caught in a drain—or perhaps karmic payback for saying she wants a boy.

    March 17, 2013 11:56 AM

  15. Part 2 D’Souza Working on Follow-Up Film Cindy Ord / Getty Images

    15. D’Souza Working on Follow-Up Film

    Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza is reteaming with Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List to make a follow-up film to the second-biggest political documentary in box office history, 2016: Obama’s America. The new film, which will simply be titled America, will imagine what the rest of the world would be like without the United States. “President Obama looks at America as an oppressive force,” D’Souza said, “while I and millions of others around the world have a different view—that America has been a great blessing to its own people and to the world.” The trailer for the film will be revealed at CPAC this weekend, and D’Souza says the film should be in theaters by the middle of next year—just in time for the midterm elections. Will it be called 2018?

    March 16, 2013 5:54 PM

  16. SOMETHING'S FISHY Spike in Sick Sea Lions Gregory Bull/AP

    16. Spike in Sick Sea Lions

    The fish smoothies are making things better. Scientists are scratching their heads after a sudden spike in the number of sick sea lions along Southern California's shore. By this time of the year there's usually a dozen cases of dehydrated and malnourished sea lions--this year there's been 200 so far. Since there isn't an outbreak of disease in the sea lions, experts suspect food shortage, climate change, or an increase in birth as the reason they're turning up on the beach. The pups do recover with treatment of a liquid diet, fish smoothies, and herring (when they're ready)

    March 17, 2013 8:45 AM

  17. SO HOT RIGHT NOW Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll Senator Rand Paul at CPAC on Thursday. (Alex Wong/Getty)

    17. Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

    Young voters are ruling CPAC. The libertarian Kentucky senator won CPAC’s Saturday night’s presidential straw poll—which many people consider an indicator of how the Republican Party will swing in 2016. Paul has been somewhat of a star at the annual convention for conservative voters, although he received real competition from Sarah Palin, whose theatrical sip from a Big Gulp nearly stole the show on Saturday. While CPAC used to just be for the fringes of the Republican Party, this year’s convention has brought out Mitt Romney (in his first public post-election appearance, no less), Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul, with Tea Party Texas Sen. Ted Cruz giving the keynote address on Saturday night.

    March 16, 2013 6:09 PM