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  1. UNPRECEDENTED U.N. Authorizes Congo Intervention Force Phil Moore/AFP/Getty

    1. U.N. Authorizes Congo Intervention Force

    In hopes of “decisively countering the destructive” violence that has plagued the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the United Nations Security Council unanimously authorized a new “intervention brigade” in Congo on Thursday. The resolution came with an unprecedented mandate to take military action against rebel groups, whether it be alone or with Congolese troops. The brigade, however, will be established for only one year “on an exceptional basis and without creating a precedent.”

    March 28, 2013 3:38 PM

  2. Progress EPA to Require Cleaner Gasoline David McNew / Getty Images

    2. EPA Proposes Cleaner Gasoline

    Despite tough opposition from the oil industry and some conservative Democrats, the Environmental Protection Agency moved ahead with a proposal Friday requiring cleaner gasoline and cars. The rules will cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two thirds and impose fleetwide pollution limits on new cars by 2017. The proposals, which have been stalled by political opposition since December 2011, have the support of auto companies, environmental groups, state regulators, and equipment manufacturers. Unsurprisingly, oil-industry officials and some members of Congress maintain that the rules would only raise gasoline prices and could result in greater carbon-dioxide emissions because of increased refining. 

    March 29, 2013 4:00 PM

  3. Traitor? U.S. Veteran Reportedly Fought Alongside Al Qaeda

    3. U.S. Vet Reportedly Fought With Al Qaeda

    Eric Harroun, a U.S. Army veteran from Arizona, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly fighting alongside an Al Qaeda front in Syria, and then boasting about it online. Harroun, who served in the U.S. army from 2000 to 2003, told the FBI in Turkey that he hates al Qaeda and was only trying to help topple the Assad regime in Syria when he fought alongside rebels. He was arrested upon his return to the U.S. The criminal complaint against him claims Harroun "conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction." Harroun remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing in April. 

    In January 2013, Eric Harroun broadcast this message to Bashar al-Assad.

    March 28, 2013 7:30 PM

  4. END OF AN ERA? Reports: Barbara Walters Retiring Charles Sykes/AP

    4. Reports: Barbara Walters Retiring

    Is Barbara Walters finally ready for a new view? The 83-year-old television host is poised to announce her retirement, according to multiple new reports. Deadline Hollywood, which broke the news, suggested that the View doyenne would leave in May. Then The New York Times's Brian Stelter tweeted that it will be May of next year, a report echoed by The Huffington Post's Jack Mirkinson. Whenever she does retire, Walters will no doubt get a big sendoff worthy of her 52 years on broadcast television. A trailblazing female TV journalist, Walters was the first co-host of a news show when she debuted on Today in 1974, and later the first co-anchor of a network evening news show when she was on ABC’s Evening News in 1976.

    Barbara Walters has made a career out of making interview subjects cry.

    March 28, 2013 2:00 PM

  5. GET WELL SOON Nelson Mandela Hospitalized Themba Hadebe/AP

    5. Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

    South Africa’s anti-apartheid crusader and first black president was admitted to the hospital late Wednesday night due to a persistent lung infection, according to government officials. A statement released by the office of President Jacob Zuma urged the people of South Africa to pray for “Madiba” (his clan name) while assuring them that great care was being taken to keep him comfortable. “Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort,” the statement reads. The hospitalization is the third in four months for 94-year-old Mandela, who spent one night hospitalized in March and three weeks in December for a lung infection and gallstones.

    March 28, 2013 6:30 AM

  6. CALL TO ACTION Obama: ‘Tears Aren’t Enough’ Carolyn Kaster/AP

    6. Obama: ‘Tears Aren’t Enough’

    Three months after Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama spoke Thursday at the White House, pushing for stricter gun legislation to protect our children. “I don’t think any of us who are parents can hear these stories and not think of our own daughters, our own sons,” he said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.” Obama defended the legislation laid out by Vice President Joe Biden, insisting that it is “consistent with the Second Amendment” and will not “infringe” on the rights of gun owners. “Tears aren’t enough, speeches aren’t enough. We’ve cried enough,” he said. “Now is the time to turn that heartbreak into something real.”

     

    March 28, 2013 11:59 AM

  7. DISCOVERY Scientists Unearth Gene Marker for Cancer Rui Vieira/Empics/Landov

    7. Gene Marker for Cancer Unearthed

    Concluding a massive international effort, scientists unveiled the discovery of pivotal signposts in DNA that may alert patients who are at high risk for breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer. The chief executive of the Cancer Research, U.K., whose non-profit funded the majority of the research, says it’s an important step on a long road to solving the genetic puzzle of cancer. While scientists have previously discovered “risk markers” for three other diseases, this new set of data doubles the list.

    March 28, 2013 6:50 AM

  8. Haunting Details Lanza Killed Victims in Five Minutes Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    8. Lanza Killed Victims in Five Minutes

    It only took five minutes for Adam Lanza to kill 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Search warrants issued after the massacre released Thursday offer grisly details of the event as well as further information about Lanza’s gun-obsessed personal life. Massive amounts of ammunition in a gun safe, swords, and a bulletproof vest were found in Lanza’s home—in what is believed to be his bedroom. A loaded shotgun was found in the passenger compartment of the car Lanza drove to the school. The documents also reveal that Lanza was wearing bulletproof and military-style clothes when he was found dead.

    March 28, 2013 9:56 AM

  9. Sybil Gets Sexy ‘Downton’ Star Regrets Topless Scene Ian Gavan / Getty Images

    9. ‘Downton’ Star Regrets Topless Scene

    Randy teenage boys who are fans of Downton Abbey—an obviously huge demographic—got the thrill of their lives when Jessica Brown Findlay, who plays Lady Sybil on the hit show, starred in a topless scene in the film Albatross. Now the 23-year-old actress regrets the on-screen nudity, which was filmed before Downton catapulted her to global stardom. “To be honest, Albatross was naivete and not knowing that I could say no ... I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind,” she says. “It’s not something I would do again.”

    March 28, 2013 11:57 AM

  10. IT’S ABOUT TIME Cyprus Banks Reopen Yannis Behrakis/Reuters/Landov

    10. Cyprus Banks Reopen

    After a nearly two-week shutdown to negotiate an estimated $13 billion bailout package, banks reopened Thursday amid cheers in Cyprus. Trucks loaded with cash arrived to the central bank in the capital Nicosia late Wednesday evening, where they then departed to outlying banks. According to economists, the banks will operate under rigid rules, including a limit on withdrawals and other transactions. Despite the opening, tension remains high in Cyprus, with one business owner saying he was nervous about the bank workers. “I’m worried about the poor kids working in the cashiers today, because people might vent their anger at them. You can’t predict how people will react after so many days.” The country reached a bailout agreement with the EU earlier this week.

    March 28, 2013 6:33 AM

  11. MISUNDERSTOOD Lilo New Besties With KStew Kevin Winter/Getty

    11. Lilo New Besties With KStew

    Misery loves company. After a whirlwind month of court battles and arrests, Lindsay Lohan has reportedly buddied up with another misunderstood celebrity: Kristen Stewart. Sources tell The New York Post that the two met through a mutual friend, and have now been hanging out at Stewart’s home, along with boyfriend Robert Pattinson, who is on break from filming in Australia. The two seem to have plenty to talk about. “Lindsay and Kristen discussed their careers … and how they deal with living under the focus of the paparazzi.”

    March 28, 2013 7:15 AM

  12. HIPPITY FLOP Court Rejects Easter Bunny Trademark Simon Russell

    12. Court Rejects Easter Bunny Trademark

    All's fair in chocolate bunnies and Easter. Bringing an end to more than a decade of court battles, a German court rejected Swiss chocolate maker Lindt's plea to trademark their gold foil wrapped chocolate Easter bunny—with its distinct trademark red bow tie. It was a huge win for Confiserie Riegelein, the German chocolate maker that Lindt said copied their bunnies. Peter Riegelein, head of the family-owned chocolate company, was thrilled with the decision. "The sitting gold-wrapped bunny has been a firm part of our offering for at least a half century...now it is finally clear that it can stay as it is." At the end of the day, chocolate's chocolate...am I right?

    March 28, 2013 10:36 AM

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  14. BURN Miami Heat Winning Streak Ends Nam Y. Huh/AP

    13. Miami Heat Winning Streak Ends

    The Miami Heat’s hot streak came to a fiery end Wednesday night when the Chicago Bulls defeated Miami 101-97, ending the team’s 27-game winning streak. The streak, which began on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, was led in part by forward LeBron James, who attempted to launch a comeback in the final minutes of the game. The Heat’s loss means they fall just six games short of beating the 33-game winning streak held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. As any coach tells a losing team, there’s always next year.

    March 28, 2013 7:10 AM

  15. Future Bestseller Malala Seals $3 Million Book Deal Liz Cave/AFP/Getty, via Newscom

    14. Malala Seals $3 Million Book Deal

    Three million dollars is probably the least she deserves. After being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman simply for asserting her right to an education, Malala Yousafzai will get a chance to tell her story. The 15-year-old Pakistani activist will publish her life story this fall in a book called I Am Malala, publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth three million dollars. "I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education," Malala said in a press release. "I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right." 

    March 27, 2013 6:34 PM

  16. Music Is Power China First Lady Sang to Tiananmen Troops Ng Han Guan/AP

    15. China First Lady Sang to Tiananmen Troops

    A photo of China’s glamorous First Lady Peng Liyuan singing to martial law troops following the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters reignited the debate about the role of the president’s wife in the communist country this week. As a popular singer in China, 50-year-old Peng laid low in the years leading up to her husband, Xi Jinping’s election. Now that Xi is the number one leader of the Chinese Communist Party, however, many hope Liyuan will be able to sing the CCP back into good favor. The swiftly deleted image of a pony-tailed, military-uniform-wearing Peng shows a very different side of the first lady, who has appeared in “trendy suits and coiffed hair” this week while touring Russia and Africa with Xi. As a major general in the People’s Liberation Army, Peng’s step into the spotlight has been shrouded in praise for her “beauty and charm.”

    March 28, 2013 8:40 AM

  17. TESTING, TESTING U.S. Flies Stealth Bombers in S. Korea Yonhap/EPA/Landov

    16. U.S. Flies Stealth Bombers in S. Korea

    Underscoring the Obama administration’s vow to defend South Korea from its dangerous neighbor, North Korea, the U.S. military announced it had run two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers over the country as a “practice bombing sortie” Thursday. The bombs were allegedly used to demonstrate the U.S.’s ability to both protect the Asia-Pacific region and “conduct long range precision strikes quickly and at will.” The incident marks the first time the U.S. military has admitted to launching a B-2 mission over the Korean peninsula.

    March 28, 2013 6:35 AM

  18. NO GAIN Bacteria in Gut Linked to Weight Loss Paul Sakuma/AP

    17. Bacteria in Gut Linked to Weight Loss

    Extra winter pounds got you down? Good news. According to two new studies released Thursday, the bacterial makeup of our intestines may be a key factor in determining whether we lose or gain weight. The research, conducted on both humans and mice, suggests that gastric bypass surgery—a now ubiquitous weight-loss operation—is successful in part because it “shifts the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract” by rearranging the intestines. The groundbreaking research suggests at some point treatment may be available to adjust the “microbe levels” in the guts and help people lose weight—without surgery.

    March 28, 2013 7:45 AM

  19. ABDUCTION

    18. 10-Year-Old Girl Found

    The 10-year-old girl forcefully abducted by two men from her bedroom Wednesday was reunited with her family after she was dropped off at a hospital six miles from her home. Other than cuts and bruises sustained on her face, the girl appeared healthy. Investigators are now searching for two men, one of whom is believed to be about 18 years of age. The young girl told police her kidnappers held her for “nine or 10 hours” at an abandoned building.

    March 28, 2013 6:45 AM

  20. HEY, LOOSEN UP Pistorius Gets Passport Back AP Photo

    19. Pistorius Gets Passport Back

    It's time to travel. A judge ordered the return of Oscar Pistorius's passport Thursday, so he can now travel abroad. The Olympic double amputee—accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp—contested the terms of his bail that were issued one month ago. The 26-year-old was prohibited from leaving the country, returning to his home, going near an airport, or drinking alcohol. Pistorius’s attorneys argued that he is not a flight risk. A spokesperson for Pistorius claimed the terms of his bail had essentially put him under “house arrest.”

    March 28, 2013 6:35 AM

  21. Wall Street Rising S&P 500 Closes at Record High Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    20. S&P 500 Closes at Record High

    Cyprus be damned, it's a record day for the S&P 500. The benchmark stock index capped off the first quarter by closing at a record high of 1569, erasing the previous mark set in October 2007 before the financial crisis. The key index, a better reflection of the American economy than the Dow, which set its own record recently, has been flirting with the record for weeks but has been consistently beaten down by investors wary of the bailout circus in Cyprus. 

    March 28, 2013 4:00 PM

  22. Getting Help Buzz Bissinger Enters Shopping Rehab Eugene Gologursky/Getty

    21. Buzz Bissinger Enters Shopping Rehab

    He rocked the Internet when he disclosed his out-of-control shopping addiction in a GQ essay, and now Buzz Bissinger is getting help. The Friday Night Lights author and Daily Beast contributor checked into an undisclosed rehab center Tuesday after acknowledging spending nearly $600,000 on clothes since 2010. The writer told NBC in a statement: “I wrote [the essay] because it was the only way I knew of coming to terms and getting the help I am now getting. I have no regrets about what I wrote but I also have nothing to add. The story speaks for itself.”

    March 27, 2013 11:27 PM