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  1. FBI Search Ivy League Student Missing

    1. Ivy League Student Missing

    Authorities are searching for 22-year-old Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who was last seen aroumd campus last Saturday, March 16. The FBI joined the search for Tripathi Saturday, and is assisting local authorities, as students put up flyers around campus and a Facebook page dedicated to finding the student now has more than 30,000 members. Tripathi grew up in Pennsylvania and is a philosophy major and musician. 

    March 23, 2013 4:27 PM

  2. Tragic Two Teens Arrested for Killing Infant Russ Bynum/AP

    2. Two Teens Arrested for Killing Infant

    Police arrested two Georgia teens on Friday and charged them with the murder of a 13-month-old boy shot dead in his stroller. Seventeen-year-old De'Marquis Elkins and a 14-year-old companion (whose name was not released because he is a juvenile) allegedly approached the boy, Antonio Santiago, and his mother, Sherry West, while the two were on a morning walk on Thursday. West told the AP that the boys demanded money from her; when she said she had none, Elkins allegedly fired a shot at the ground, then two more at West's ear and leg. Then, West says, Elkins walked around the stroller and shot her child in the face. The older boy is being charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

    March 22, 2013 6:34 PM

  3. MODERN-DAY RASPUTIN Boris Berezovsky Dead at 67 Sang Tan/AP

    3. Boris Berezovsky Dead at 67

    Boris Berezovsky, the most prominent of Russia's post-communist oligarchs, was found dead in southeast England Saturday at the age of 67. While the cause of death remains unknown, sources close to the tycoon are pointing to suicide. A close confidant of Berezovsky's told Russian TV he'd grown increasingly agitated in the months before his death. “All he had was debts. He was practically destroyed." Berezovsky rose to prominence in Russia via a relationship with Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. Having proved his financial skills to Yeltsin, he became one of seven businessmen to oversee the division of the state sector and rapidly became a multibillionaire. By the end of the division, Berezovsky (and others) owned more than half of Russia's GDP. He fled to France and then England after investigations began into corruption charges against him in 2001.

    March 23, 2013 7:00 PM

  4. PSA Bloomberg Plans Anti-Gun Ad Blitz John Minchillo/AP

    4. Bloomberg Plans Anti-Gun Ad Blitz

    You have to give it to the man: he puts his money where his mouth is. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Saturday he is starting a $12 million dollar ad campaign to put Senators on the spot about gun control reform. The ads, which will begin airing Monday 12 states target specific senators who Bloomberg believes might be persuaded on gun control in districts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona and North Carolina. The ads do not make reference to the assault weapon ban, which was dropped by Senate democrats from the gun control bill last week.

    March 23, 2013 6:43 PM

  5. BELIEVE THAT Senate Passes Federal Budget Mark Wilson/Getty

    5. Senate Passes Federal Budget

    People who said it couldn’t be done—were wrong! The Senate narrowly passed a federal budget in the early hours of Saturday morning—the first formal plan to make it through in four years. The Democratic-drafted budget calls for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes over the next ten years in an effort to protect safety-net programs. Republicans voted unilaterally against the plan, arguing that it was weaker than the House Republicans' budget—drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan—to reduce debt over the decade. The vote put an end to more than three months of exhausting budget battles, leading the Senate into a much-anticipated recess.

    March 23, 2013 10:40 AM

  6. POPE BUDDIES Francis to Benedict: 'We're Brothers' L'Osservatore Romano via Getty

    6. Francis to Benedict: 'We're Brothers'

    The long-awaited meeting between former Pope Benedict XVI and his successor, Pope Francis, went better than anyone had prayed for. Greeting each other on the helipad where Francis’ helicopter arrived, the two instantly embraced and appeared overjoyed to be together. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the 45-minute meeting went incredibly smoothly. When the two entered the chapel to pray together, Benedict offered Francis the kneeler designated for the Pope. Francis allegedly insisted that Benedict kneel with him, telling the former Pope: “We're brothers.”

    March 23, 2013 10:55 AM

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    7. Kurdish Rebels Declare Ceasefire

    Kurdish rebels declared an official ceasefire with Turkey Saturday, after their jailed leader this week ordered an end to a several-decade long struggle for autonomy. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) says it will keep a "clear and formal" ceasefire with Turkey in a video taped at a rebel holdout in Iraq. "The decision by our leader is all of ours. We accept this decision, we agree with it," a rebel spokesman said in the video."We see it as historic, correct and very important and as the start of a new period." The United States and UN consider the PKK a terrorist organization. 

    March 23, 2013 5:27 PM

  8. CUTBACKS NASA Halts Education and Outreach Efforts Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP

    8. NASA Halts Education and Outreach Efforts

    What do politicians have against aliens? It was bad enough when it was announced that several air-traffic-control towers were shutting down across the nation. But now NASA? Due to sequestration-induced cutbacks, the space agency is halting its education and outreach efforts until further notice. Travel and training expenses were also cut back, preventing several scientists from attending a space conference this week. Particularly hard-hit are NASA's online outreach programs, which have won several awards in the past few years and have now been halted in development. But don't worry: at least its Twitter accounts (@NASA and @MarsCuriosity) are staying intact.

    March 23, 2013 11:18 AM

  9. Edge of Glory Lady Gaga to Record With Tony Bennett Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

    9. Lady Gaga to Record With Tony Bennett

    A match made in music heaven, or a disaster waiting to happen? Lady Gaga is set to record a new album this summer ... with 86-year-old crooner Tony Bennett. Inspired by the only song they have recorded together, "The Lady Is a Tramp," on his album Duets II, the pair will start recording a full-length jazz album in June. What's bringing this odd couple together for such a major collaboration? Says Bennett, "Once you have an idea, then you go for it." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

    March 23, 2013 1:57 PM

  10. NCAA Shocker Florida Gulf Coast Conquers Georgetown Elsa

    10. Florida Gulf Coast Conquers Georgetown

    This is already one heck of a tournament for anomalies. Florida Gulf Coast, which received a No. 15 seed on Selection Sunday, won its NCAA tournament game against Georgetown Friday, with a 78-68 victory. The win makes FGCU only the seventh No. 15 seed to ever beat a No. 2. The historic upset was no last-minute miracle, either: what was only a two-point lead at halftime became as many as 19 points throughout the second half of the game, with the Georgetown Hoyas never coming closer than within five points down the final stretch. Not bad for a team in only its second year of NCAA eligibility.

    March 22, 2013 9:46 PM

  11. TICK TOCK Cyprus Making ‘Significant Progress’ Petros Karadjias/AP

    11. Cyprus Making ‘Significant Progress’

    All eyes are on Cyprus as it edges closer to a bailout to save its economy. The country's finance minister, Michalis Sarris, reported Saturday that "significant progress" had been made in negotiations with creditors. Still, Sarris admits there are still issues, including a proposed tax on banks savings at the Bank of Cyprus. The island nation must raise 5.8 billion euros from various creditors by Monday in order to access a 10 million-euro bailout from the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. If the bailout doesn't happen, Cyprus will be cut off from ECB emergency funding and go bankrupt.

    March 23, 2013 11:04 AM

  12. TURNOVER FCC Chief Steps Down Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    12. FCC Chief Steps Down

    Internet activists are worried after the FCC chief announced his impending resignation on Friday, which throws a wrench in one of Obama's campaign promises. Former Chief Julius Genachowski has been a proponent of a free and open Internet throughout his four years in office, and now Obama needs to find someone else who will maintain that "net neutrality". Activists hope the next FCC chief will continue to guarantee that service providers will not hand out faster load times to sites that pay for it, a key component of Obama's net neutrality promise in 2008. Rules against such actions have been in and out of court in the past few years. Here's hoping whoever gets picked can keep them standing.

    March 23, 2013 10:59 AM

  13. PUNISHMENT China Increases N. Korea Cargo Inspections Ng Han Guan/AP

    13. China Increases N. Korea Cargo Inspections

    Even North Korea's allies are trying to put it in its place. China has now jumped into the fray, announcing Friday that it is stepping up inspections on cargo headed for North Korea as punishment for Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests. Businesspeople who trade with the country are frustrated at the new cost, which has risen with the ramped-up inspections. But China—North Korea’s major economic ally— is facing increased pressure to uphold U.N. sanctions after the tests. Don't expect China to cut off N. Korea entirely—it faces too many consequences if the Kim government collapses.

    March 23, 2013 11:12 AM

  14. LETHAL BLAZE Fire Decimates Burmese Refugee Camp Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty

    14. Fire Decimates Burmese Refugee Camp

    Just hours after deadly riots tore through Burma, a fire blazed through a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand, killing at least 42. Allegedly started by a cooking accident, the fire turned many of the crowded camp’s main buildings into ash. Conflicting reports on the number of victims remain, with some sources reporting as many as 62 dead. The camp—which houses some 3,700 refugees—is made up of temporary homes and thatch huts, 400 of which burned Saturday. A school, a clinic, and two food warehouses were also incinerated.

    March 23, 2013 10:46 AM