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  1. Time for Change Obama Picks Female Secret Service Director US Secret Service

    1. Obama Picks Female Secret Service Director

    President Obama is appointing the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service. Julia Pierson, who began her career as an agent three decades ago and currently serves as the agency’s chief of staff, was selected by Obama to institute a culture of change within the service. Last April’s scandal involving 13 agents and officers and prostitutes in Colombia exposed a culture of macho behavior that led to the embarrassing resignation of former director Mark Sullivan.

    March 26, 2013 3:09 PM

  2. HISTORIC SCOTUS Takes It Slow On Gay Marriage Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

    2. SCOTUS Takes It Slow On Gay Marriage

    Oral arguments can be misleading, but the Supreme Court seemed to be treading carefully in the first day of discussions on marriage equality. Justice Anthony Kennedy--likely the deciding vote--wondered whether the court should have even heard the challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. Kennedy also warned that it could be too soon to know what the social effects of same-sex marriage might be, saying that “we have five years of information to pose against 2,000 years of history." However, Kennedy also said that the children of same-sex couples "want their parents to have full recognition and full status."

    March 26, 2013 11:04 AM

  3. HE SAID, HE SAID New Details in Bin Laden Killing Emerge AP

    3. New Details in Bin Laden Killing Emerge

    There are now not one, not two, but three different accounts from SEAL Team 6 members about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. Despite last month’s Esquire cover story, where an anonymous SEAL claimed to have come face-to-face with the terrorist leader and shot him in the forehead after he appeared to reach for a gun, a new SEAL has come forward and called the Esquire account “complete b.s.” Instead, the third SEAL backs up the account told by “Mark Owens” in his book No Easy Day: another SEAL, dubbed “the point man,” is the one who fired the fatal shot. “The people pushing what they say is the real account is the one that isn’t that heroic, where bin Laden is sort of finished off on the floor, a lucky shot, as opposed to a man-to-man,” said CNN national-security analyst Peter Bergen, who spoke to the SEAL.

    March 26, 2013 7:25 PM

  4. SHE'S READY TO FIGHT Amanda Knox Acquittal Overturned Pier Paolo Cito/AP

    4. Amanda Knox Acquittal Overturned

    It’s not over yet, Amanda. Italy’s high court has overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal, saying that the American must stand trial for the murder of her ex-roommate. Knox's American lawyer said that she's upset but is ready to fight and prove her innocence. It’s unclear whether Knox will return voluntarily to Italy or whether she’ll be extradited—there’s also a chance she may face trial in absentia. Originally convicted with Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s boyfriend at the time, she was acquitted in an appeals court in Perugia in October 2011. Knox is currently a creative-writing student at the University of Washington.

    March 26, 2013 5:43 AM

  5. PERSONHOOD North Dakota Approves Abortion Ban Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    5. North Dakota Gov. Signs Abortion Law

    North Dakota became the country’s most restrictive state on abortion rights Tuesday, approving a ban on the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Gov. Jack Dalyrmple signed the new legislation, in addition to another measure that makes North Dakota the first state to ban abortions based on genetic defects like Down syndrome. The measures are partly an attempt to close the state’s sole abortion clinic in Fargo, but State Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) is leading the charge against them. “I’m personally pro-choice, but you can’t make that decision for anyone else,” she said. In an article on The Daily Beast, Hawken slammed her state for being “poised to win the state-by-state race to the bottom on women’s health.”

    March 26, 2013 1:00 PM

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  7. Shopaholic Buzz Bissinger Spent $600k on Clothes File photo: Gucci CEO Mark Lee in Gucci store, Budapest, Hungary. Bela Szandelszky/AP

    6. Buzz Bissinger Spent $600k on Clothes

    After seeing these pictures, we wish he worked in the office more often. Friday Night Lights author and Daily Beast contributor Buzz Bissinger took to GQ to admit his shopping addiction. Bissinger takes inventory of his Gucci-filled closet—81 leather jackets, 115 pairs of leather gloves, a $22,500 coat—and concludes that he’s spent $638,412 on clothes in the past three years. It all began when his wife left for Abu Dhabi and Bissinger began “to seek sexual expression in the form of high fashion.” Half a million dollars later, Gucci flew him to Milan to thank him for his loyalty, and Bissinger enrolled in therapy for sex addiction, because “clothing and sex for me have become one.”

    March 26, 2013 12:45 PM

  8. Ch-Ching N.J. Man Wins $338M Powerball Jackpot SAUL LOEB / AFP

    7. N.J. Man Wins $338M Powerball Jackpot

    Sometimes it pays to be a creature of habit … as in it pays $338.3 million. That’s what Pedro Quezada of Passaic, N.J.—an immigrant father who buys lotto tickets and two or three bottles of beer every day from the same liquor store—learned when he claimed the Powerball jackpot Monday night. The $338.3 million haul is the fourth biggest in Powerball history. Quezada, who came to the U.S. 26 years ago and worked in a factory until opening his own bodega in 2006, has been struggling with debt for years. “I was praying so much for this,” he said.

    March 26, 2013 9:57 AM

  9. JUST A WEE LAD! Gizmodo Made Teen Millionaire Nick D’Aloisio Cry Nadine Rupp/Getty

    8. Gizmodo Made Whiz Kid Cry

    Who knew Nick D’Aloisio was such a softie? When Yahoo recently bought his news app Summly for a reported $30 million, the 17-year-old Brit probably wasn’t thinking about all the sweat, blood, and tears it took to launch the damn thing two years ago. But a quick Google search of D’Aloisio reveals he was so desperate to get publicity for another startup that he had a full-blown tantrum in a slew of emails to Gizmodo, which then featured his app as the worst app of the week. The writer didn't know he was a mere child. “I feel like crying I'm that disappointed.” D’Aloisio wrote. And in his umpteenth message: “Please…don’t destroy my livelihood.” Good thing that’s all ancient history.

    March 26, 2013 12:27 PM

  10. Bad Boy Bieber Investigated for Battery MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP

    9. Bieber Investigated for Battery

    Justin Bieber’s tabloid-bait struggles continue to overshadow his pop career. The pop star was accused of battery by a neighbor Tuesday, and police showed up at his California home to investigate. According to TMZ, Bieber got into a shouting match with a neighbor at around 9 a.m. over the loud parties that were allegedly thrown at the singer’s house while he was overseas. The neighbor claims that Bieber made physical contact with him and threatened him while yelling at him to get off his property. The investigation is still ongoing.

    March 26, 2013 4:06 PM

  11. Pop King New Timberlake Album Sells 968K John Shearer/Invision/AP

    10. New Timberlake Album Sells 968K

    He be on his suit and tie—and nearly 1 million units sold of his new album. Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday that Justin Timberlake’s album The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 units in its first week, making it the 19th album in Nielsen’s 22-year history to move over 900k units in its debut week. Timberlake probably has his strategic promotion efforts to thank: he spent an entire week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, hosted Saturday Night Live, and streamed the album a week before its release on iTunes. The even better news: ’N Sync album sales are up, too!

    March 26, 2013 10:49 PM

  12. Headed Home SpaceX Dragon Leaves Space Station John Raoux / AP

    11. SpaceX Dragon Leaves Space Station

    With names likes SpaceX and Dragon, you’d think this mission to space would be a bit more exciting. The International Space Station released SpaceX’s robotic Dragon capsule Tuesday, launching a five-hour trip back to Earth. The Dragon, which is carrying more than a ton of cargo (biological samples, hardware, and trash), will crash in the Pacific, west of Baja California. There are twelve scheduled cargo runs, and this will be third round trip to the space station.

    March 26, 2013 8:35 AM

  13. About Time T-Mobile Getting the iPhone Mark Lennihan/AP

    12. T-Mobile Getting the iPhone

    T-Mobile customers, get ready for Siri. After years of being the only service provider that didn’t carry the iPhone in the U.S., T-Mobile is finally making the iPhone 5 available for its customers beginning April 12. The phone will be available on the just-launched 4G LTE network starting at $99, plus a data plan. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network launches in seven major markets, hopefully reaching 100 million customers by mid-year and double that by the end of 2013.

    March 26, 2013 12:44 PM

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

    13. ‘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

  15. Not So Fast Mark Kelly’s Gun Buy Canceled Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    14. Mark Kelly’s Gun Buy Canceled

    Mark Kelly had a grand plan to make a political point about gun control. Now, that plan is thwarted. The former astronaut and husband of Rep. Gabby Giffords purchased an AR-15—which he didn’t plan on keeping—earlier this month to prove how easy it is to buy an assault weapon. After the purchase, he planned to turn the gun over to the police. After learning of Kelly’s plans, the store owner has now canceled the transaction. Since his statements made it clear that the purchase was for reasons other than personal use, “I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction,” store owner Doug MacKinlay said.

    March 26, 2013 11:05 AM

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

    15. 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

  17. OH, COME ON, HE’S 17 Yahoo Buys Teen’s Startup For $30M Nadine Rupp/Getty

    16. Yahoo Buys Teen’s Startup For $30M

    He’s a 17-year-old who sold his startup for millions. What have you done? British whiz kid Nick D’Aloisio has sold his news app Summly to Yahoo for a reported $30 million. Summly essentially condenses content on a smartphone, making it easier to scroll. D’Aloiso started working on the app when he was 15 and released it for the iPhone only four months ago. He’ll work from Yahoo’s London office as the company’s youngest employee. The 17-year-old said that “if you have a good idea, or you think there’s a gap in the market, just go out and launch it.” He’s looking at you.

    March 26, 2013 6:15 AM

  18. SABER-RATTLING North Korea Is Ready for Combat KNS/AFP/Getty

    17. North Korea Is Ready for Combat

    We really just don’t have time for this. North Korea, undeterred by Ambassador Dennis Rodman’s visit, is placing its military in “combat ready” mode. What does that mean? It means the nation’s armed forces are ready to strike the U.S. imperialist forces that threaten its existence. Specifically, Hawaii and Guam and other strategic spots in the Pacific are at risk. Meanwhile, the U.S. said that it could handle anything Kim Jong-un has up his sleeve. Let’s hope Pyongyang hasn’t seen the film Olympus Has Fallen, where North Koreans storm the White House and take the president hostage.

    March 26, 2013 6:20 AM

  19. WATCH OUT, POACHER Armed Guards and Drones Protect Rhinos Anupam Nath/AP

    18. Guards and Drones Protect Rhinos

    This is so much more effective than a “do not trespass” sign. Kaziranga national park in India’s northern state of Assam really wants to protect its rhinos from poachers armed with AK-47s. The state government is beefing up armed guards to protect the animals and soon will deploy drones. State laws even shield guards from prosecution if they kill a poacher while protecting a rhino. Will this create an all-out war between poachers and guards? It’s possible. Will it save rhinos from extinction? Well, it can’t hurt.

    March 26, 2013 6:35 AM

  20. HISTORIC Gay Marriage Heads to Supreme Court Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    19. Gay Marriage Heads to Supreme Court

    Here we go. The Supreme Court will hear historic oral arguments on marriage equality Tuesday. In the first of two days, gay-marriage activists will argue that the Constitution protects the right to same-sex marriage and that states cannot reject this. Proposition 8 will come to the forefront of the arguments, as the judges will consider whether the California ruling defining marriage between a man and woman is valid. The judges may rule that the Constitution says nothing on gay marriage—or that California had every right to define a traditional marriage. Wednesday, the court will hear arguments for the Defense of Marriage Act.

    March 26, 2013 6:05 AM

  21. GRIDIRON SEXUALITY Gay NFL Player May Come Out Rick Osentoski/AP

    20. Gay NFL Player May Come Out

    It’s hard to imagine that this would actually be a first. An NFL player who is gay is considering coming out in the next few months, CBS Sports reports. Though the player remains anonymous—and in the closet—he plans on continuing his career after the announcement. The move would be historic: There has never been an openly gay and active player in a major U.S. team sport. The player is not afraid of the reaction of teammates, but is instead worried about homophobic fans.

    March 26, 2013 6:50 AM

  22. PANDIPLOMACY Giant Pandas Come to Canada Imaginechina/Corbis

    21. Giant Pandas Come to Canada

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, welcomed Er Shun and Da Mao—pandas from China—to Toronto. “It has been more than 20 years since Canadians have had the opportunity to see giant pandas in our zoos. And friends today, our wait is almost over,” said Harper. The pair of fuzzy ambassadors will spend the next ten years at two zoos in the nation fostering peace, making children say “wow,” and, you know, mating.

    March 26, 2013 6:40 AM

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

    22. 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

  24. Oscars PTSD Franco Weighs In on Hathahaters GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

    23. Franco Weighs In on Hathahaters

    The Oscars are long over, but some people still just really want to know why everyone hates Anne Hathaway. Howard Stern is one such person, broaching the delicate subject with James Franco, who many have tried to forget he co-hosted the 2011 Academy Awards train wreck with Hathaway. Stern espoused his own opinions on the Hathahate—“she comes off like the goody-two-shoes actress and it’s just fun to sort of hate her”—and Franco agreed. “I’m not an expert on it—I guess they’re called ‘Hathahaters’—but I think that's what maybe triggers it,” he said. He also said that he and Hathaway have “made up” since the two were dragged over the coals—largely because of his perceived ambivalence to the affair—after their Oscars hosting gig.

    March 26, 2013 12:23 PM