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  1. phew Iran Calms Nuclear Threats ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

    1. Iran Calms Nuclear Threats

    It’s not the season for nuclear escalation, thinks Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to U.S., European, and Israeli officials, Khamenei is keeping the country’s nuclear program within limits demanded by Israel in a move to consolidate his political position in the upcoming June election. These officials say he hopes to replace President Ahmadinejad with a closer ally and wants to quiet international tensions. For now. So don’t breathe that sigh of relief yet—experts say Iran’s uranium could be enriched to weapons-grade very quickly.

    April 1, 2013 10:49 PM

  2. newtown legacy CT Will Pass Strict Gun Bill Craig Ruttle/AP

    2. CT Will Pass Strict Gun Bill

    Three months after 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the state is poised to pass what could be the nation's strictest gun control package. After weeks of negotiations, legislators have proposed eligibility certificates for purchasing a rifle, shotgun, or ammunition; require weapon offenders to register with the state; impose background checks for all firearms; and expand the ban of assault weapons (though a proposal from relatives of Sandy Hook victims to ban high-capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets failed). The bill will likely be passed by the state's general assembly on Wednesday. “When you take all the elements and compare it, I think you could judiciously say this is the strongest bill in the nation,” says Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

    April 1, 2013 9:56 PM

  3. oops CO Killer Accidentally Released Colorado Department of Corrections via AP

    3. CO Killer Accidentally Released

    Talk about a massive error. The man suspected of killing Colorado's corrections chief Tom Clements was accidentally released from prison four years early due to a clerical error. In 2008, while serving an eight-year sentence, Evan Ebel pleaded guilty to assaulting a guard and was sentenced to an additional four years. A court clerk mistakenly noted that the sentences would be served at the same time, rather than tacked on to the end of Ebel's current term. Ebel was killed in a shootout with police last week.

    April 1, 2013 6:53 PM

  4. AURORA Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for James Holmes Holmes in prelim court on January 7, 2013. (Pool photo by Bill Robles)

    4. Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for James Holmes

    Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty for James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. “For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death,” the district attorney reportedly told the courtroom. Holmes’s lawyers had offered to have their client plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but prosecutors rejected the offer, deciding instead to go to trial. Holmes’s attorneys are expected to argue that he was legally insane at the time of the rampage.

    April 1, 2013 6:28 AM

  5. 'operational challenges' Obama Delays Small Firm Healthcare J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    5. Obama Delays Small Firm Healthcare

    The Obama administration has announced a program to provide affordable insurance plans to small businesses will be delayed due to tight deadlines. The law, which would create a new health insurance market for these firms to chose from, was supposed to be enacted in January. But according to officials, it will be pushed back to 2015, citing "operational challenges." As a result, small employers using the market will be offering just a single plan to workers next year. The setback will "prolong and exacerbate health care costs that are crippling 29 million small businesses,” says Louisiana Senator Mary L. Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

    April 1, 2013 6:50 PM

  6. HYPERACTIVITY ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise George Widman/AP

    6. ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise

    Kids these days are more hyperactive than ever! Or at least they’re being diagnosed as such at an increasing rate. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in five high school boys in the U.S., and 11 percent of all school-age kids, have been  diagnosed with ADHD. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. has increased 16 percent since 2007 and 53 percent over the past 10 years. About two thirds of those kids are prescribed stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin. The astronomical rise in pescriptions has some worries some doctors, who tell the Times that the medications are being used as study aids and sold to friends.

    April 1, 2013 7:54 AM

  7. Rally Kevin Ware Upbeat After Injury Streeter Lecka/Getty

    7. Kevin Ware Upbeat After Injury

    Louisville guard Kevin Ware is in remarkably high spirits after suffering a gruesome fracture during last night's game against Duke. "Hopefully, I'll be back in time to watch practice," Ware told ESPN. Ware had a steel rod inserted in his leg after snapping his tibia. It took him a while to figure out what happened. "I jumped and my leg felt kind of funny," he said. "When Coach P tried to help me up, he gave me a funny kind of look. I'm looking at him, and then I look down and I see my bone sticking out." He also says he hasn't seen the reply and doesn't want to.

    March 31, 2013 6:43 PM

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  9. CAMELOT Kennedy to Be Named Ambassador Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

    8. Kennedy to Be Named Ambassador

    From first daughter to U.S. ambassador. Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of President John F. Kennedy’s, is expected to be named U.S. ambassador to Japan. The 55-year-old Kennedy daughter is a lawyer and author of 10 books. She played a crucial part in President Obama’s reelection campaign, making several appearances on his behalf in swing state New Hampshire and echoing the attack that Mitt Romney was the wrong candidate for women. She will replace John Roos, who has served as ambassador since 2009, and succeed other luminaries like Walter Mondale, Howard Baker, and Tom Schieffer.

    April 1, 2013 12:30 PM

  10. LOFTY CLAIMS Arianna Huffington Sued for Trashing Apartment Kevin Mazur/VF13

    9. Suit: Huffington Trashed Apartment

    Arianna Huffington is better known for working during office parties than she is for throwing raucous ones. But a new lawsuit says the media mogul trashed a luxury Manhattan apartment that she was using for “large parties and business functions,” the New York Post reports. Loft owner Eric Steel is seeking $275,000 in damages for “gouged, stained and otherwise damaged walls,” bloody mattresses and “scratched, punctured” wood floors in a suit against Huffington, claiming she left his designer pad looking like a frat house. Huffington has denied the damages and accused Steel of trying to extort money from her “by making ludicrous claims to the NY Post.”

    April 1, 2013 7:05 PM

  11. Reality TV 'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee Found Dead MTV

    10. 'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee Found Dead

    Shain Gandee, a star in MTV’s reality show Buckwild, his uncle, and one other person were found dead in truck in Sissonville, West Virginia. WSAZ reports that the group was last seen at a bar at 3 a.m. Sunday telling people they were going four-wheeling in Gandee’s truck. Police say foul play isn’t suspected. Buckwild followed nine young adults in Sissonville as they partied and pulled stunts, and Gandee—knicknamed "Gandee Candy," was one of the most popular cast members. MTV said in a statement that "Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."

    April 1, 2013 2:06 PM

  12. CONNECTION? Texas D.A. Vowed to Hunt ‘Scum’ Kaufman County/AP

    11. Texas D.A. Vowed to Hunt ‘Scum’

    Mike McLelland, the Kaufman, Texas, D.A. who was shot along with his wife in his home Saturday, had been on a public mission to hunt down the “scum” that had assassinated his deputy just two months earlier. “I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we are very confident that we’re going to find you,” said McLelland, a former Army officer who carried a gun, at a news conference following his deputy’s death. “We’re going to pull you out of whatever hole you’re in. We’re going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.” The deputy’s case had not been solved when McLelland and his wife were killed this weekend. Authorities are not ready to determine whether the two prosecutors’ deaths were related.

    April 1, 2013 6:52 AM

  13. THE BARD Scholars Accuse Shakespeare of Tax Evasion AP

    12. Scholars Accuse Shakespeare of Tax Evasion

    Apparently Shakespeare’s Shylock was autobiographical. Scholars from Aberystwyth University in Wales are arguing that the bard was a savvy businessman, selling grain at a markup during a famine and pursuing those who owed him money. His business dealings occasionally got him into trouble: he was accused of tax evasion and prosecuted for hoarding grain during a time of shortage. The researchers say scholars have overlooked Shakespeare’s financial activities in order to preserve his image as a romantic genius. “Shakespeare the grain-hoarder has been redacted from history so that Shakespeare the creative genius could be born,” they wrote in a paper due out this May at the Hay literary festival.

    April 1, 2013 12:43 PM

  14. SCREWED Paltry Wages at Most Common US Jobs Michael S. Williamson

    13. Paltry Wages at Most Common U.S. Jobs

    More fuel for the income inequality debate: employees at America’s most common jobs are scraping by on less than $30,000 a year, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 4.3 million employees in retail sales—the most common job in the U.S.—were paid only $25,310 on average in 2012. Food prep workers, the third most common job, earned a paltry $18,720—a far cry from the nation’s average annual income of $47,950. The latest numbers reflect the decline of the middle class (median household income has dropped more than $4,000 since 2000). More than half of the jobs created during the economic recovery have been low-wage positions, according to the National Employment Law Project.

    April 1, 2013 2:14 PM

  15. PHARMACEUTICAL FAIL India Rejects Cancer Drug Patent Manish Swarup/AP

    14. India Rejects Cancer Drug Patent

    India’s Supreme Court decided Monday that it will not allow drug manufacturer Novartis AG to patent an updated version of the cancer drug Glivec, ensuring that a generic version of the medicine will continue to be available and affordable for poor patients around the world. Health activists opposed Novartis’s attempt to acquire a patent on the update—arguing that the medicine was not new, and allowing drug companies to extend patents on drugs every time a minor change is made would halt generic manufacturers from producing those drugs at a much lower cost. While the decision is a win for India’s $26 billion generic-drug industry—responsible for providing much of the cheap medicine used in the developing world—Novartis called it “a setback for patients,” arguing that “patents safeguard innovation and encourage medical progress.”

    April 1, 2013 7:45 AM

  16. Sorry! Apple's Tim Cook Apologizes to China Apple CEO Tim Cook visits a plant in China. (Apple/AP)

    15. Apple's Tim Cook Apologizes to China

    Tim Cook is sorry. The Apple CEO signed an apology letter pledging to its Chinese customers to retool it customer-service policies after two weeks of criticism from the country’s state-run media. China Central Television—its national broadcaster—and The People’s Daily had been accusing Apple of employing customer-service policies that discriminate against Chinese customers, not honoring its warranties, and reacting arrogantly to complaints. China is Apple’s second-largest world market. The letters says, “We are aware that a lack of communications…led to the perception that Apple is arrogant and doesn’t care or attach enough importance to consumer feedback,” and apologizes for “any concerns or misunderstandings.”

    April 1, 2013 1:56 PM

  17. IN TREATMENT Glee Star Checks Into Rehab Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

    16. Glee Star Checks Into Rehab

    Cory Monteith’s substance abuse past has apparently resurfaced, but hopefully not for long. The Glee star, who first came clean about his history with drug use two years ago, has checked himself into rehab. “I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive,” the actor told Parade magazine in a 2011 interview, explaining that his drug use consisted of “anything and everything as much as possible. I had a serious problem.” Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele publicly expressed her support Sunday, tweeting, “Feeling so grateful today <3.”

    April 1, 2013 6:57 AM

  18. NEW ‘SCENTSATION’ Electronic Nose Is No Joke DON EMMERT

    17. Electronic Nose Is No Joke

    Let the April Fools’ Day pranks begin! Google's merry pranksters are off to a running start with a promotional video for the company's new scent-based search tool: Google Nose. Unlike Google glasses, the Google nose is actually a joke, but the concept of an artificial nose is totally real. The Washington Post's Wonkblog dug up an old episode of This American Life about the California-based company Cyrano Sciences, which is currently working on a real life electronic schnoz. Equipped with a database of smells, the plastic snouts could be used by doctors to sniff out pneumonia and other illnesses that are particularly potent or to detect gas leaks in factories. 

    April 1, 2013 9:35 AM

  19. Finally Chris Brown: I ‘Was Totally Wrong’ Jason Kempin / Getty Images

    18. Chris Brown: I ‘Was Totally Wrong’

    Chris Brown acting humble and contrite? No, it’s not an April Fools’ joke. It really happened Monday morning on the Today show. The singer sat down with Matt Lauer to promote his new album, X, and offered a mea culpa for abusing his girlfriend Rihanna three years ago—and his behavior ever since. “I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is,” Brown said. “But most importantly, you know, knowing what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal and myself and forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to Rihanna, and being able to be that man that can be a man, you know?”

    April 1, 2013 11:22 AM

  20. ABSOLVED Former Klansman Dies at 76 Mary Ann Chastain/AP

    19. Former Klansman Dies at 76

    Elwin Wilson, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan who famously apologized for his past racism, has died at age 76. Fifty years ago John Lewis, who would later go on to become a representative for Georgia in Congress, was beaten by Wilson and his friends at a South Carolina bus station. In a 2009 interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Wilson apologized for his actions, and Lewis publicly forgave him. “My daddy always told me that a fool never changes his mind, and a smart man changes his mind,” Wilson said at the time. “And that’s what I’ve done, and I’m not ashamed of it. I feel like I'm apologizing to the world right now.”

    April 1, 2013 6:55 AM

  21. WARNING U.S. Deploys Jets to S. Korea Michael Dinneen / AP

    20. U.S. Deploys Jets to S. Korea

    Just days after North Korea’s Kim Jong-un announced that he had set in motion a plan to send missiles hurtling toward the U.S. mainland, the American Air Force launched stealth fighter jets to South Korea as part of joint military exercises. The exercises are intended as a show of force and were the catalyst for the North’s escalating rhetoric and warnings about its intention to use arms against the U.S. The Pentagon and the South Korean government have downplayed their concerns about the tension, insisting that the threats are nothing new, but adding that they made future peace talks less likely.

    March 31, 2013 11:27 PM

  22. Brinkmanship U.S. Moves Destroyer to Korea KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP

    21. U.S. Moves Destroyer to Korea

    As South Korea prepares for retaliation if the North’s threats of attack pan out, the United States has moved USS McCain to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The destroyer has the capacity to intercept and destroy a missile from North Korea. Meanwhile, the South has even altered its rules of engagement to permit local units to respond to attacks without waiting for permission from the capital. North Korea claims that a nuclear war is imminent—despite not taking any real action to signal actual aggression. “If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations,” President Park Guen-hye said at a meeting with the defense minister and senior officials Monday.

    April 1, 2013 10:43 PM

  23. DOWNED Rescue Helicopter Crashes in Alaska Alaska State Troopers/AP

    22. Rescue Helicopter Crashes in Alaska

    An Alaska state-trooper helicopter had just rescued a stranded snowmobiler near the town of Talkeetna—north of Anchorage—when it crashed Saturday night, potentially leaving the snowmobiler, the pilot, and a trooper dead. The downed aircraft was discovered Sunday, but no survivors have been found. Still, the state trooper’s office isn’t giving up hope: they’ve not officially declared those on board the helicopter dead. The state troopers’ spokeswoman said that the helicopter had inexplicably caught fire.

    April 1, 2013 6:31 AM

  24. ANGRY SHOPPER Man Drives Car Into Walmart Noah Berger/AP

    23. Man Drives Car Into Walmart

    Four people have been injured at a Walmart, and it’s not even Black Friday. A man hit two cars in the parking lot of the San Jose Supercenter before driving his red Oldsmobile Cutlass through the front of the store and then stopping to get out and attack people with a “blunt object.” Four of the approximately 70 customers inside were injured—at least one severely—by this unidentified man, who was arrested when the cops arrived. “At first, I thought I may have done something to anger him while driving,” said Sharon Kaye, whose car was sideswiped by the rogue driver as he circled the parking lot before heading straight for the entrance. “But then I realized he was out to get into the store.”

    April 1, 2013 6:33 AM

  25. BABY STEPS Key Issues Resolved in Immigration Reform Ross D. Franklin/AP

    24. Key Issues Resolved in Immigration Reform

    U.S. immigration reform still has a long way to go, but it’s getting there. Last week Big Business and Big Labor agreed on a political framework for the legislative overhaul—which will include increased border security and a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million currently undocumented immigrants—passing the torch over to the bipartisan group of eight senators who will ultimately draft the new immigration plan. “Every major policy issue has been resolved,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, a member of the Gang of Eight. “We’ve all agreed that we’re not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language, and we agree on that. I don’t think any of us expect there to be problems.”

    April 1, 2013 7:38 AM