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

    1. 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

  2. JUST FIX IT Obama: Let’s Build Some Roads Susan Walsh/AP

    2. Obama: Let’s Build Some Roads

    They’re not just roads—they’re highways to prosperity. That’s the argument President Obama brought to Miami on Friday, promoting a plan that would pour billions of dollars into the nation’s infrastructure in order to jumpstart the economy and create jobs. And there’s certainly plenty to do. Obama wants to start with a “Fix-It-First” program that would pump $40 billion into the nation’s most crumbling public works, then enact various tax incentives, loans, and grants to get the private sector involved. Of course, Congress would have to sign off on these ideas first. Bridge to nowhere?

    March 29, 2013 3:51 PM

  3. Again? 35 Indicted in Atlanta Cheating Scandal Hall after receiving award at education conference, 2009. Paul Sakuma/AP

    3. 35 Indicted in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

    Nearly three dozen former Atlanta, Georgia educators were indicted Friday in one of the biggest test cheating scandals in history. Prosecutors have charged former Superintendent Beverly Hall with racketeering, false statements, and theft, saying that Hall received bonuses tied to falsified scores. According to the report, instances of cheating included teachers being pressured by administrators to erase incorrect answers after testing, and even prompting students to fix their own responses during exams. 

    March 29, 2013 9:15 PM

  4. BREATHING EASIER Mandela Doing ‘Very Well’ Schalk van Zuydam/AP

    4. Mandela Doing ‘Very Well’

    South African president Jacob Zuma said Friday that Nelson Mandela is doing “very well” after his second night in the hospital for a recurring lung infection. Zuma reminded his country that the 94-year-old civil rights leader is “no longer young,” and warned that the world should not be alarmed when he occasionally gets down. But Zuma tried to prepare for the worst, adding, “In Zulu, when someone passes away who is very old, people say he or she has gone home. I think those are some of the things we should be thinking about.” Mandela has been repeatedly hospitalized for the infection, and his health is watched closely around the world by admirers of his long struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

    March 29, 2013 7:10 AM

  5. TARGET North Korea Prepares Strike on U.S. Ahn Young-joon/AP

    5. North Korea Prepares Strike on U.S.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approved a plan to prepare standby rockets to target the mainland U.S., the country’s state television said Friday. The move was retailiation for American stealth bombers conducting an exercise over South Korea. “It’s time to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists,” Kim Jong Un said in a meeting with military leaders, adding that he was preparing for a “merciless strike.” U.S. officials said the North Korean regime has issued a blizzard of threats recently, but that the rocket announcement wouldn't be dismissed as bluster.

    March 29, 2013 6:35 AM

  6. Dirty Dancing 'Zumba Madam' Pleads Guilty Robert F. Bukaty/AP

    6. 'Zumba Madam' Pleads Guilty

    Alexis Wright, a Maine dance instructor who allegedly used her Zumba studio as a front for a prostitution ring, pled guilty to 20 counts Friday, including engaging in prostitution, promotion of prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. Wright allegedly conspired with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr., who helped her run the business and watched via Skype while Wright engaged in sex acts with clients. Wright is thought to have made over $150,000 in 18 months. Prosecutors will recommend a 10-month jail sentence when she is sentenced on May 31, then seek restitution of $57,250 when she is released.

    March 29, 2013 7:15 PM

  7. Racial Slur Rep. Young Sorry for ‘Wetbacks’ Comment Dan Joling/AP

    7. Rep. Young Sorry for ‘Wetbacks’ Comment

    Alaskan GOP Rep. Don Young disrespected a large portion of the American population. But he meant no disrespect by it. That’s the excuse Rep. Young is giving after finding himself in hot water for calling Hispanic migrant workers the racial slur “wetbacks.” In an interview, Young told a story about being young and his father using “50-60 wetbacks with tomatoes” on his farm. Late Thursday, Young elaborated on his "I heard it growing up" claim in a detailed statement released to the press. It appears to be a banner week for foolish apologies—with Young's falling just one day after rapper Rick Ross lamely apologized for his date-rape song, claiming he never actually used the word “rape." Well done, all.

    March 29, 2013 10:43 AM

  8. END OF AN ERA NPR Ending ‘Talk of the Nation’ Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation, 2002. Antony Nagelmann/NPR

    8. NPR Ending ‘Talk of the Nation’

    Neal Conan, you're giving us abandonment issues. After 21 years on air, NPR announced Friday it is ending Talk of the Nation, and replacing the radio show with Here and Now, an afternoon newscast produced by Boston University’s WBUR. Conan, who has been with NPR for 35 years, will also “step away from the rigors of daily journalism” when the show goes off the air at the end of June, according to a statement from the network. Currently a one-hour program, Here and Now will expand to two hours and be more news-driven, with less focus on opinion. Tune in July 1 at 2 p.m. 

    March 29, 2013 4:45 PM

  9. MUENSTER CRIMES Man Charged For Cheese Heist Gerald Hoberman

    9. Man Charged For Cheese Heist

    The nickname “Big Cheese” has never been so well-deserved. An Illinois man named Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika has been charged for stealing 21 tons of Muenster from a Wisconsin cheese company and attempting to sell all 42,000 pounds of it at a New Jersey turnpike rest stop. The 34-year-old dairy thief fooled the company’s owner, presenting him with the proper paperwork to pick up a shipment, but was busted on the side of the highway with his stinky haul, valued at a whopping $200,000. But there could be a silver lining to all this cheesiness. If the Muenster passes NJ health inspections, it could be donated to charity.

    March 29, 2013 10:50 AM

  10. 'Media Colostomy Bag' Jim Carrey Slams Fox News Funny Or Die

    10. Jim Carrey Slams Fox News

    Jim Carrey, who this week starred in a spoof video mocking the NRA as gun nuts compensating for a lack of anatomy, is firing back at Fox News. Fox correspondent Greg Gutfield called Carrey “the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth,” but in a statement released Friday, Carrey said, “I’ll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.”

    March 29, 2013 5:15 PM

  11. RAGS TO RICHES Powerball Winner Owes $29K Child Support Julio Cortez/AP

    11. Powerball Winner Owes $29K Child Support

    This is one way to come clean. After it was announced that 44-year-old Pedro Quezada had captured the fourth-largest jackpot in history—$338 million—this week, a review of his files uncovered some potential roadblocks to cashing in his chips. Chief among them, the former bodega owner and father of five owes $29,000 in child support. The sheriff’s office in Passaic County, New Jersey, has issued a warrant for Quezada, claiming he is “subject to potential arrest.” Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic native is still celebrating. “My family is a very humble family and we’re going to help each other out,” he said. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    March 29, 2013 7:15 AM

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  13. SORRY, KRUGMAN Cyprus Won’t Leave the Euro Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

    12. Cyprus Won’t Leave the Euro

    American pundits may be declaring it common sense, but Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades says his country—the tiny Mediterranean island at the center of the latest euro panic—wouldn’t dream of abandoning the common European currency. “In no way will we experiment with the future of our country,” Anastasiades said Friday, arguing that the situation is “contained” after a €10 billion, or about $13 billion, bailout was agreed upon last week. Banks in Cyprus reopened calmly on Thursday after nearly two weeks of turmoil, under strict new rules imposed by the bailout. Anastasiades may heart the euro, but he did accuse other European leaders of provoking the crisis with “unprecedented demands” on Cyprus.

    March 29, 2013 6:40 AM

  14. Iraq 17 Killed in Shiite Mosque Bombings MARWAN IBRAHIM, AFP/Getty Images

    13. 17 Killed in Shiite Mosque Bombings

    Car bombs ripped through Iraq on Friday, exploding at four Shiite mosques in Baghdad and another in Kirkuk, killing a total of 17 worshippers. Sunni militants linked to Al Qaeda have intensified their attacks on Shiites since the U.S. pullout, though they haven’t matched the intensity of the sectarian bloodshed that erupted before the U.S. “surge” in 2006. Security officials say Al Qaeda is regrouping in the Western part of Iraq, invigorated by a flow of Islamic fighters who have been battling Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

    March 29, 2013 8:55 AM

  15. WHITE COLLAR FBI Arrests Hedge Fund Manager Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov

    14. FBI Arrests Hedge Fund Manager

    FBI agents led Michael Steinberg out of his Park Avenue apartment building in handcuffs after arresting him on insider trading charges. The portfolio manager of SAC Capital, one of the most prominent American hedge funds, Steinberg becomes the most senior hedge-funder to be ensnared by a widening FBI probe. The bureau is pursuing SAC aggressively, even after the firm agreed to pay a record $616 million civil penalty to settle two other insider trading lawsuits brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    March 29, 2013 7:05 AM

  16. Buzz Kill Mystery Illness Wipes Out Bees Frank Rumpenhorst/Getty Images

    15. Mystery Illness Wipes Out Bees

    A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse since 2005 has drastically expanded this year, wiping out as much as 40 to 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate America’s fruits and vegetables. Scientists have been unable to determine the cause of the mass deaths, but some beekeepers and researchers blame a new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids that are now bred into plants themselves. (Not surprisingly, the pesticide industry disputes this.) Until this year, beekeepers in California’s San Joaquin Valley had only been losing a third of their bees, but the deaths have increased dramatically this year. The largest farm, in South Dakota, said it lost 55 percent of its bees this year. The EPA has sent a top official and chemical experts to California for discussions.

    March 29, 2013 9:26 AM

  17. Ch-Ch-Ch Changes Prince William May Leave Air Force WPA Pool / Getty Images

    16. Prince William May Leave Air Force

    Prince William will soon be Papa William, and that means a change in lifestyle. According to People, the royal will soon announce plans to leave the Royal Air Force once his current tour of duty ends. “Changes [in his life] are afoot,” says a source. The soon-to-be-dad is reportedly mulling options for his next step in life. There’s a possibility that he’ll stay in stay in the RAF—but in all likelihood, he'll move to another branch of the military or leave the service in order to assume a greater role in the royal family and perhaps head a charity. The real reason that the Duke is leaving the RAF, says The Daily Beast's Tom Sykes, is because his search-and-rescue outfit was recently privatized to an American company, against William's wishes.

    March 29, 2013 9:44 AM

  18. OUT OF CONTROL Friends Throw Rager at Bieb’s Mansion Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

    17. Friends Throw Rager at Bieb’s Mansion

    Rivers of beer, clouds of pot smoke, but no Bieber. According to TMZ, Justin Bieber’s mansion in Calabasas, just north of L.A., hosted a massive rager last week, though the pop star himself doesn’t appear to have been in attendance. His friend Lil Twist, who was seen smoking weed with Bieber earlier this year, invited at least 40 girls and a few guys over to the Bieber palace, and TMZ obtained photos of dozens of beer bottles, bongs, and other incriminating evidence.

    March 29, 2013 7:20 AM

  19. Dirty Dentist 7,000 Dental Patients Need HIV Testing Patsy Lynch/AP

    18. 7,000 Dental Patients Need HIV Testing

    As if going to the dentist wasn't already a nightmare. An estimated 7,000 dental patients will need to be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV because they may have been exposed to the infections at Dr. W. Scott Harrington's unsanitary dental practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Dental Act found "major violations" of health and safety laws at Harrington's practice during a recent investigation, including reusing needles, administering medications that expired in 1993, and using rusty instruments and a sterilizing device that had not been tested for six years. 

    March 28, 2013 10:28 PM

  20. MURDEROUS Pakistan Blast Kills 6 Fayaz Aziz/Reuters/Landov

    19. Pakistan Blast Kills 6

    A suicide bomber drove a motorcycle up to a security checkpoint near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan early Friday and detonated 22 pounds of explosives, killing at least six people and wounding 11 more. Four men and two women were among the dead, officials said. The area, rife with Islamic militants, is frequently the target of violent attacks, including a car bomb that killed 12 people last week.

    March 29, 2013 6:45 AM

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

    20. 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