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  1. POST-MORTEM Police: Boris Berezovsky Died From Hanging Sang Tan/AP

    1. Police: Berezovsky Died From Hanging

    British police have shed some light on Boris Berezovsky’s mysterious death. A postmortem exam of the Russian tycoon’s body found Monday that the cause of death was “consistent with hanging” and that there were no signs of a violent struggle. Further tests will be carried out on Berezovsky’s body, which was found locked in a bathroom in his country home west of London. Berezovsky was one of Russia’s first post-Communist oligarchs and a well-known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His death is the latest in a string of incidents linked to corruption under Putin’s leadership.

    March 25, 2013 7:29 PM

  2. 'NEW LOW' Senators to NRA: Stop Newtown Robocalls Jessica Hill/AP

    2. Senators to NRA: Stop Newtown Robocalls

    Unthinkable? Despicable? These are the sentiments two Connecticut senators have conveyed to the National Rifle Association for making robocalls to residents in Newtown and urging them to oppose gun control proposals. In a letter to the NRA, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have demanded that the organization “immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims” of the Sandy Hook massacre—a “new low” for the organization to stoop to just three months after the shooting. Newtown residents reportedly began receiving automated calls from the NRA last week, while others claim they’ve received postcards in the mail.

    March 25, 2013 5:40 PM

  3. Gun Control Obama Urges Assault-Weapon Ban Vote MANDEL NGAN / AFP

    3. Obama Urges Assault-Weapon Ban Vote

    An assault-weapons ban may not have made it into the gun control proposal Sen. Harry Reid will bring to the floor, but the Obama administration is now pressuring the Senate to vote publicly on a proposal to eliminate the weapons as an amendment “It will be a question for all 100 members of the Senate to ask themselves about whether or not they think that voting for and supporting an assault weapons ban would actually do something to reduce gun violence in communities all across the country," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday at the White House briefing. "We’re going to have that debate,” Earnest said, clarifying that the president does not in fact support a National Registry of gun owners—something Karl Rove accused him of over the weekend on ABC’s This Week.  

    March 25, 2013 3:44 PM

  4. Tales From Jail Sandusky Gives Interview From Prison Patrick Smith / Getty Images

    4. Sandusky Gives Interview From Prison

    The Today show previewed new interviews with disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky Monday morning. Sandusky, who is serving at least 30 years in prison after being convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse, says that he’s not sure if his mentor, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, suspected that he was abusing children. He also said that the most damning evidence against him, testimony from another coach saying that he saw Sandusky in sexually charged conduct with a young boy in the locker room, misrepresented what was actually happening: they were merely “fooling around.”

    Watch the 'Today Show' segment about Sandusky.

    March 25, 2013 10:01 AM

  5. FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA Obama Declares New National Monuments Brendan Smialowski

    5. Obama Declares New National Monuments

    POTUS scored major points with environmentalists across the country Monday, bypassing Congress to designate land in five states as new national monuments. The monuments commemorate Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland; the San Juan Islands in Washington; the leader of the “Buffalo Soldiers” in Ohio; as well as two other now protected sites in Delaware and Pennsylvania. “These sites honor the pioneering heroes, spectacular landscapes and rich history that have shaped our extraordinary country,” Obama said in statement. There was plenty of opposition from Republicans, but Obama cited the 1906 Antiquities Act, which he has previously used to create four other national monuments. The White House has said costs will be minimal to protect these areas.

    March 25, 2013 4:05 PM

  6. BAILOUT Cyprus Banks Closed Until Thursday Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

    6. Cyprus Banks Closed Until Thursday

    Cyprus's central bank announced Monday night that its banks will not reopen on Tuesday as originally planned. Officials said the banks will instead remain closed an extra two days until Thursday. The announcement came after Cyprus struck a predawn bailout deal in order to evade bankruptcy for the country. As part of the deal, however, President Nicos Anastasiades announced that the nation's second-largest bank, Cyprus Popular, will be shut down and that big depositors will be inflicted with heavy losses.

    March 25, 2013 10:24 PM

  7. Changing Tide Sen. Warner Supports Marriage Equality Alex Wong / Getty Images

    7. Sen. Warner Supports Marriage Equality

    On the eve of the Supreme Court taking on the historic gay marriage battle, another prominent U.S. senator is coming out in support of marriage equality. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) announced his support for gay marriage on his Facebook page Monday, saying that supporting marriage equality is “the fair and right thing to do.” Warner acknowledged that his views on the issue have evolved, saying the “we should continue working to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.” Warner, who is up reelection in 2014, joins Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who made a similar announcement earlier on Monday, as well as Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton as politicians who have recently reversed their opinions on gay marriage.

    March 25, 2013 4:50 PM

  8. ESCALATION West Aids Syrian Rebels With Arms Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

    8. West Aids Syrian Rebels With Arms

    The U.S. and its allies in the Middle East—including Turkey—have been secretly sending arms to the Syrian rebels with the help of the CIA, according to a report in Monday’s New York Times. Meanwhile, the opposition forces closed in on the capital, Damascus, shelling less than a mile from Bashar al-Assad’s presidential palace. The rebels’ National Coalition rejected the resignation of their leader, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, who has stepped down out of frustration as the bloody civil war has continued. The report comes as U.S. officials have approached the Syrian situation with increased trepidation, especially as the evidence mounts that Assad’s regime used chemical weapons in an attack last week.

    March 25, 2013 6:43 AM

  9. Trojan Man Bill Gates Searching for Super Condom Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    9. Bill Gates Searching for Super Condom

    All Bill Gates wants is a condom that feels good. And he’s ponying up $100,000 for someone to make one. Recognizing that condoms are widely available but that many men don’t like using them because they decrease pleasure and women don’t like asking them to use them, Bill and Melinda Gates are offering, through their foundation, a prize for someone who can develop a condom that people will want to use. “Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure?” Such a product could reduce unplanned pregnancies and cases of STDs and prevent HIV.

    March 25, 2013 10:55 AM

  10. NOT COOL, YO ‘Breaking Bad’ Script Thief Arrested Courtesy of AMC

    10. ‘Breaking Bad’ Script Thief Arrested

    He was looking for the formula to good TV. The man who allegedly broke into Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston’s car and stole a script for the show last December has been arrested, authorities said Monday. Twenty-nine-year-old Xavier Macafee, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was booked into jail last Friday on suspicion of burglary. According to a sheriff’s department spokesperson, Cranston’s iPad, a shoulder bag, and “miscellaneous perosnal items” were stolen along with the script. None of the items have been recovered, though detectives are investigating the case. 

    March 25, 2013 8:15 PM

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  12. BOX OFFICE REPORT ‘Croods’ Hauls in $44.7M in Debut DreamWorks/AP

    11. ‘Croods’ Hauls in $44.7M in Debut

    The family-friendly fare The Croods won the weekend box office with $44.7 million in just three days, the second-best debut so far in 2013. The film, which cost $135 million to make, features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. The action film Olympus Has Fallen came in second with an impressive $30.5 million haul in just 3,098 theaters, and Oz the Great and Powerful continued its successful run by bringing in $22 million, followed by Halle Berry’s The Call at $8.7 million. Tina Fey’s Admissions limped in at fifth with $6.4 million. Spring Breakers continued to impress, coming in sixth with $5 million in just 1,102 theaters—and considering it cost only $2 million to make, it already seems like a hit.

    March 25, 2013 7:52 AM

  13. CONTROL U.S. Hands Over Bagram Prison Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty

    12. U.S. Hands Over Bagram Prison

    American forces on Monday handed over to Afghanistan control of Bagram Prison, the last facility that was under the U.S.’s oversight. Control over the facility, which was once located on an American Air Force base and has been called “Afghanistan’s Guantánamo,” has caused tension between the two countries as the U.S. prepares to fully withdraw forces from Afghanistan by 2014. The transfer had been delayed after the U.S. insisted certain inmates were too dangerous to be released. The jail has been renamed the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan, and an official transfer ceremony took place Monday.

    March 25, 2013 6:55 AM

  14. Bailout EU Approves $10B Cyprus Rescue Milos Bicanski / Getty Images

    13. EU Approves $10B Cyprus Rescue

    Hours before the deadline to save Cyprus’s banks, the country reached a bailout agreement with the European Union. The plan protects deposits under €100,000 but freezes accounts over that threshold—many of which belong to wealthy Russians using the island nation as a tax haven—and uses them to pay off the country’s debts. Smaller deposits will be shifted to the Bank of Cyprus, while the Popular Bank of Cyprus will be shut down. It’s not clear how harsh the tax on large accounts will be, but it’s supposed to raise €4.2 billion.

    March 24, 2013 10:26 PM

  15. OBIT Ex-NYT Columnist Anthony Lewis Dies Matthew Peyton/Getty

    14. Ex-NYT Columnist Anthony Lewis Dies

    Anthony Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times columnist, died Monday. His wife said he died from complications of renal and heart failure. He was 85. Lewis won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for the Washington Daily News and then won again in 1963 at The New York Times. He wrote the Times’s “Abroad at Home” column from 1969 to 2001, while also teaching at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in addition to a stint lecturing at Harvard from 1974 until 1989. Lewis was the author of the famous nonfiction book Gideon’s Trumpet as well as Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment and Portrait of a Decade: The Second American Revolution, among others. He was also an expert on constitutional law.

    March 25, 2013 10:10 AM

  16. FATHER KNOWS BEST Portman’s Son: ‘I’m Proud of My Dad’ Office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman/AP

    15. Portman’s Son: ‘I’m Proud of My Dad’

    It’s a good thing Rob Portman’s son didn’t mind being outed by his dad. The Ohio Republican senator’s son, Will Portman, a junior at Yale, penned an op-ed in the Yale Daily News saying he was “proud of my dad.” Portman, who had been considered a viable vice-presidential pick for Mitt Romney, reversed his previous position and threw his support behind gay marriage earlier this month, saying that his son’s sexuality had influenced him. Will Portman admitted it was “strange” to have his sexuality discussed on the evening news, and he calls his father a “good man.” “We’re all the products of our backgrounds and environments, and the issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a complicated nexus of love, identity, politics, ideology and religious beliefs,” writes Will Portman.

    March 25, 2013 11:50 AM

  17. OUCH NJ Pol Joe Cryan's 'Bondage' Emails Revealed Brian Killian

    16. NJ Pol’s ‘Bondage’ Emails Revealed

    Another day, another politician smeared in a sex scandal—and this one’s right out of Fifty Shades of Grey. New Jersey Assemblyman Joe Cryan’s fetishistic fantasies are spelled out in more than 150 emails he once sent to a lobbyist, Karen Golding, The New York Post reports. “Do you want to be spanked?” “Available for a bj this morning?” he asked in a series of sexual exchanges. After the relationship soured, Cryan had Golding arrested for stalking, and fought for the emails to be kept from the public eye. Needless to say, he now joins the ranks of Anthony Weiner and other public figures who never stood a chance of winning that battle.  

    March 25, 2013 1:20 PM

  18. INJURY Denny Hamlin Crashes at Auto Club 400 Jeff Gross/Getty

    17. Denny Hamlin Crashes at Auto Club 400

    Denny Hamlin was hospitalized overnight Sunday after crashing at the Auto Club 400, a wild race that also featured a fight between Tony Stewart and Joey Logano. Kyle Busch won the race after Logano crashed with Hamlin, who slammed into one of the walls that does not have a SAFER (steel and foam energy reduction) barrier to protect drivers. Hamlin was airlifted to a California hospital after the race and was said to be awake and alert. Stewart confronted Logano after the race, claiming Logano blocked him on the bottom lane in the closing laps—which resulted in Stewart placing 22nd in the race.

    March 25, 2013 7:51 AM

  19. SUPER-SWEET 16 Florida Gulf Coast Advances Rob Carr/Getty

    18. Florida Gulf Coast Advances

    Even though their brackets are messed up, Georgetown fans can take heart that their team was beat in the first round of Florida Gulf Coast’s Cinderella story. Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday night became the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA tournament with an 81–71 win over seventh-seed San Diego State. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said FGC coach Andy Enfield after the win. “Our goal was to make history and we did it.” Meanwhile, second seed Ohio State survived as the lone favorite in its bracket, eking out a 78–75 win with a three-pointer at the buzzer against Iowa State. Although top seed Gonzaga’s loss could have struck fear in the hearts of top-seed fans everywhere, Kansas overtook the University of North Carolina 70–58, and Indiana beat Temple 58–52.

    March 25, 2013 7:48 AM


    19. Tube of Deadly Virus Disappears

    This is a fairly terrifying start to the week. A tube containing a deadly virus has disappeared from a research facility in Galveston, Texas, but officials insisted there was no threat to the public. The University of Texas Medical Branch said on Saturday that they suspected the virus, known as the Guanarito virus, had been destroyed by accident, and the lab’s cleaning crew is currently under investigation. The virus, native to Venezuelan rats, is transmitted only through contact with the rats, and it is not believed to be able to survive in rats’ U.S.-based siblings.

    March 25, 2013 7:21 AM

  21. TRAGEDY Mississippi Lawmaker Found Dead Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    20. Mississippi Lawmaker Found Dead

    A Mississippi lawmaker was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head at the home of a former state representative on Sunday night. Officials said they believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Rep. Jessica Upshaw, 53, was found at the home of former state representative Clint Rotenberry, and officials said they are “processing the residence” but did not indicate any link to why she was found there. No details on Upshaw’s death have been released.

    March 25, 2013 7:23 AM

  22. JUMP SHIP Report: Matt Lauer Considered ABC Evan Agostini/AP

    21. Report: Matt Lauer Considered ABC

    This certainly isn’t going to endear Matt Lauer to the public. The Today show host apparently had nearly signed a deal with ABC before resigning his contract with NBC, which was then completed with a $25 million-a-year raise and a four-day workweek. Lauer would have been an ABC news personality, sometime co-host of Katie Couric’s talk show, and have an occasional role on Good Morning America. ABC executives apparently thought it was a done deal, but then co-host Ann Curry was booted from the show—and Lauer didn’t fight for her.

    March 25, 2013 7:14 AM

  23. ROYAL SOLDIER Prince Harry to Visit U.S. Troops Chris Jackson/Getty

    22. Prince Harry to Visit U.S. Troops

    Prince Harry will visit American troops and victims of Hurricane Sandy as part of a visit to the U.S., St. James’s Palace announced on Monday. The trip will be part of an effort to raise money for his own charities as well as rehabilitation for injured soldiers. Harry plans on stopping at Arlington National Cemetery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as Britain’s first-ever entrance in the Warrior Games, a Paralympic competition in Denver. He will also visit Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey. There’s no word yet if Harry will stop in Las Vegas on this trip, but come on, Harry, another naked scandal is exactly the morale-booster Americans need.

    March 25, 2013 8:47 AM

  24. GET READY Supreme Court to Take on Prop. 8 Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    23. Supreme Court to Take on Prop. 8

    The Supreme Court will take the forefront in the same-sex marriage debate on Tuesday and Wednesday when it hears arguments on the constitutionality of California’s controversial Proposition 8 and the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act. If the court strikes down DOMA, married gay couples will be allowed to receive federal benefits in states where same-sex marriage is legal, but it would still be legal for states to outlaw gay marriage—although that would change if Proposition 8 is declared unconstitutional. And things are getting personal: Chief Justice John Roberts’s gay cousin, San Francisco resident Jean Podrasky, will attend Tuesday’s hearing, and she said she “absolutely trust[s] he will go in the right direction.” Meanwhile, in France, hundreds of thousands attended an anti–gay marriage rally in Paris, with dozens arrested as the police fired tear gas on the crowd.

    March 25, 2013 6:58 AM