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  1. American Paranoia Poll: Americans Are Conspiracy Theorists Laura Rauch/AP

    1. Poll: Americans Are Conspiracy Theorists

    Public Policy Polling embarked on the noble task this week of figuring out how many Americans believe in conspiracy theories—and the answer is more than you think. PPP's nationwide poll this week asked about 20 famous conspiracy theories, including the Roswell UFO crash (27 percent of Romney voters believe the U.S. government covered up the crash, as opposed to 16 percent of Obama voters), global warming (37 percent of voters believe it's a hoax), and the JFK assassination (51 percent of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work). Oh, and 13 percent of voters believe that Obama is the Antichrist, including 22 percent of Romney voters.

    April 2, 2013 8:00 PM

  2. PC Grammar AP Stylebook Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Paul Sakuma/AP

    2. AP Stylebook Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’

    The Associated Press Stylebook is getting a 21st-century makeover. The world’s largest news-gathering organization has decided to drop the label from its widely used guide. “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. For their part, ABC, NBC, and CNN previously pledged not to use the degrading term, but one major powerhouse has yet to adjust: The New York Times. The Daily Beast intends to follow the new guidelines. 

    April 2, 2013 3:50 PM

  3. Hillary 2016 Clinton for President Super PAC Launches Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    3. Clinton for President Super PAC Launches

    Hillary Clinton may not officially be ready to announce that she’s running for president, but thousands of supporters are ready to pledge their support. Ready for Hillary, a super PAC created to urge Clinton to run for president, launched Tuesday. “We are going to keep up the energy and excitement surrounding her potential candidacy,” Ready for Hillary PAC Chairwoman Allida Black said. “Together, let’s send a resounding message that America is ready for Hillary.” While Clinton hasn’t entirely closed the door on a presidential campaign, she has said she doesn’t plan to run.

    April 2, 2013 2:21 PM

  4. second chances Sanford Wins SC's GOP Primary Sanford with supporters in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday. (Bruce Smith/AP)

    4. Sanford Wins SC's GOP Primary

    Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford snagged the GOP nomination for the state's House seat (the same one he held in the nineties) on Tuesday, beating opponent Curtis Bostic. He'll now face Elizabeth Colbert, sister of the famed Stephen, in a special election this May. Sanford, whose reputation was marred after he confessed to an extramarital affair, says voters are overlooking those indiscretions. "I think tonight's verdict will say a lot as to where people are or are not on that," Sanford said. "I suppose at some level, I will never completely move beyond that." Sanford made his first public appearance with his paramour, now fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur, Tuesday night. 

    April 2, 2013 9:15 PM

  5. Evolving GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Backs Gay Nuptials Chip Somodevilla

    5. GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Backs Gay Nuptials

    Rob Portman has company. Illinois’s Mark Kirk became the second Republican senator to publicly endorse gay marriage, saying that a recent stroke changed his views. “Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most,” Kirk wrote in a statement. “Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back—government has no place in the middle.” Kirk has a moderate record, including recent support for gun control.  

    April 2, 2013 1:09 PM

  6. Guns NRA Proposes Armed School Staff Win McNamee/Getty

    6. NRA Proposes Armed School Staff

    The National Rifle Association is standing by its argument that the best way to stop school shootings is to arm school staff. Protected by a dozen armed guards, former Arkansas representative and current NRA consultant Asa Hutchinson unveiled a 225-page report detailing the organization’s proposal, “School Shield.” It includes arming at least one staff member with anything from “sidearms, to shotguns, to AR-15s.” Each armed staffer would undergo a 40- to 60-hour firearms-training course, developed by the NRA, at an estimated cost of $800 to $1,000. The American Civil Liberties Union called the plan “radical” and asked Congress to “reject any proposal that militarizes our schools.”

    April 2, 2013 3:09 PM

  7. Foul Play

    7. Rutgers Coach Verbally Abused, Hit Players

    Hearing that Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice got in trouble last December for "inappropriate behavior and language" is one thing—but seeing footage of the rampage is entirely another. ESPN obtained several hours of footage that shows the coach grabbing, shoving, and kicking players and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs. In one instance, he throws a basketball directly at a player's head. According to ESPN, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti saw 30 minutes of the footage last December, then conducted an investigation that resulted in Rice’s being suspended for three games and fined $50,000, but he never considered firing Rice.

    April 2, 2013 4:30 PM

  8. Doting Dad Magic Johnson ‘Proud’ of Gay Son Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

    8. Magic Johnson ‘Proud’ of Gay Son

    Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son, Earvin (or EJ), was recently spotted in L.A. wearing a fur coat, toting a fierce handbag, and walking hand in hand with his boyfriend. And the NBA legend couldn’t be prouder. Johnson tells TMZ that he and his wife, Cookie, “love EJ and support him in every way. We’re very proud of him.” EJ is a student at NYU, and reportedly has a very close relationship with his father.

    April 2, 2013 11:57 AM

  9. epic tales Game of Thrones Gets Fourth Season Paul Schiraldi / HBO

    9. Game of Thrones Gets Fourth Season

    More nudity, battles, and bloodshed and winters are coming right up. Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones, currently HBO's most profitable show, has just been renewed for its fourth season next year. The series will get 10 episodes, which are rumored to use material from George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords. On Sunday, the show's third season premiered to a record-setting number of pirated viewers.

    April 2, 2013 7:15 PM

  10. late night shuffle Fallon Set to Replace Leno Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

    10. Fallon Set to Replace Leno

    It's the newest edition of the late-night-host musical chairs! According to an insider, Jimmy Fallon has closed a deal to take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno, whose contract expires in September 2014 though it's unclear when the switch would occur. The two hosts have been mockingly addressing the issue with jokes and even an on-air duet, but NBC has not confirmed the switch. Seth Meyers, head writer for Saturday Night Live, is considered a favorite to replace Fallon.

    April 2, 2013 9:27 PM

  11. Just Keep Swimming ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Set for 2015 RICH SCHMITT / AFP

    11. ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Set for 2015

    They found Nemo, but what happened to Dory? The scatterbrained fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres will be the focus of Finding Dory, the sequel to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo that Pixar just announced will be released on November 25, 2015. DeGeneres will be back to voice the character. “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” the talk-show host said. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it.”


    April 2, 2013 12:56 PM

  12. AMAZING Obama to Fund Brain Mapping Monty Rakusen/Corbis

    12. Obama to Fund Brain Mapping

    President Obama will announce plans to set aside $100 million in federal funds toward an initiative to map the human brain, White House officials said on Monday. Called the Brian Activity Map, the project is designed to invent new tools to help diagnose and treat brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. “The goal here is a whole new playing field, whole new ways of thinking,” said Dr. William Newsome of Stanford University, who is one of the leaders of the research’s so-called dream team. A senior White House official compared it with the Human Genome Project, and researchers said the results could lead to better understanding of other serious ailments.

    April 2, 2013 7:20 AM

  13. CORRUPTION FBI Busts Plot to Rig NYC Mayoral Race Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith in Nov. 2008. (Mike Groll/AP)

    13. FBI Busts Plot to Rig NYC Mayoral Race

    Looks as though corruption reaches across the aisle, too. New York State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith, Councilman Dan Halloran, and four other politicians were arrested on charges that they were trying to rig New York City’s mayoral race. The scheme: Smith—a Democrat considering running on the Republican ticket—was allegedly bribing Republican politicians for support. "A show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who called the case "an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed."

    April 2, 2013 8:13 AM

  14. HERO MOM Heidi Klum Saved Son From Drowning Heidi Klum on March 14. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    14. Heidi Klum Saved Son From Drowning

    This no April Fools’ Day prank. Heidi Klum and her bodyguard boyfriend, Martin Kirsten, saved her 7-year-old son, Henry, and two nannies from being pulled into a riptide while vacationing in Hawaii on Sunday. “Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water,” Klum told Us Weekly. “Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We got everyone else out safely.” And there are photos too: Entertainment Tonight posted a picture Monday of Klum pulling Henry from the water.

    April 2, 2013 7:34 AM

  15. NICE ONE, DAD GOP Rep.: Gay Son Didn’t Change My Mind Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., on Feb. 28. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    15. GOP Rep.: Gay Son Didn’t Change My Mind

    Guess Rob Portman’s gay-marriage turnaround isn’t the only response a Republican member of Congress with a gay son can have. Arizona Republican Matt J. Salmon said over the weekend that despite having a gay son himself, he is still against same-sex marriage. “I don’t support the gay marriage,” Salmon said in an interview with Fox affiliate 3TV. But Salmon said he supports his son, and he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice. Salmon’s son, Matt Salmon, made an “It Gets Better” video in 2011, in which he discussed his experience dealing with his family’s reaction to his homosexuality, as well as gay “conversion” therapy. The elder Salmon’s wife, Nancy Salmon, led the Arizona chapter of United Families International during its ultimately unsuccessful bid in 2006 to rewrite the state’s constitution to ban gay marriage.

    April 2, 2013 7:23 AM

  16. MOVING ON Kaufman Appoints Interim D.A. Agents at the home of Kaufman DA McLelland on Monday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

    16. Kaufman Appoints Interim D.A.

    An assistant district attorney who successfully prosecuted an Aryan Brotherhood case was appointed interim D.A. in Kaufman, Texas, on Monday in the wake of the murder of Mike McLelland, who was shot and killed along with his wife in their home on Saturday. Gov. Rick Perry will appoint McLelland’s successor. Investigators have turned their attention to the Aryan Brotherhood in the McLellands’ deaths, especially since the gang controls the methamphetamine trade in Kaufman. But investigators also cautioned against assuming the Aryan Brotherhood’s guilt, and others have speculated that the McLellands’ could have been killed by Mexican drug cartels. Autopsies on both McLellands were performed Monday, but the results have not yet been released. 

    April 2, 2013 7:16 AM

  17. HE DOES IT ALL Jay-Z Launches Sports Agency Nick Laham/Getty

    17. Jay-Z Launches Sports Agency

    Allow him to reintroduce myself—as a sports agent. Not only does Jay-Z own 1/15th of 1 percent of the Brooklyn Nets, but he’s launced a sports agency. Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, announced a sports division that has signed on New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano is the last year of a $57 million contract. Now if only Brooklyn had a baseball team…

    April 2, 2013 12:11 PM

  18. Weapons United Nations Passes Arms Treaty Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

    18. United Nations Passes Arms Treaty

    Cheers filled the United Nations assembly chamber as the votes were tallied for the first-ever treaty to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, which include tanks, helicopters, and guns. The treaty passed in a landslide vote, with only Syria, Iran, and North Korea voting against it and 23 countries abstaining. Also criticizing the treaty was the National Rifle Association, which is threatening to block ratification in the Senate. The treaty would bring more transparency to global arms sales and require states selling weapons to vet countries for human-rights abuses, terrorism, and organized crime.

    April 2, 2013 12:43 PM

  19. POSTMORTEM Carbon Monoxide Killed ‘Buckwild’ Star Shain Gandee, from MTV's "Buckwild". (Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

    19. Carbon Monoxide Killed ‘Buckwild’ Star

    Shain Gandee and two other people died of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their truck became stuck in mud, authorities in West Virginia say. The star of MTV's reality show Buckwild was found dead yesterday along with his uncle and another passenger. Gandee's Ford Bronco was mired in mud and its tailpipe was submerged, possibly causing the truck to fill with gas. MTV suspended filming of the second season and issued a statement praising Gandee’s “magnetic personality.”

    April 2, 2013 7:31 AM

  20. REFORMED? Kathy Boudin Teaching at Columbia Kathy Boudin leaving prison on Sept. 17, 2003. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

    20. Kathy Boudin Teaching at Columbia

    Former Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin holds an adjunct professorship at Columbia School of Social Work, the New York Post reported on Tuesday. Boudin, 69, infamously drove the getaway car in the 1981 Weather Underground armored car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks security guard. She served 22 years in prison before being paroled in 2003. Boudin lectures about life after prison release for both convicts and their families. Josephine Paige, the widow of one of the victims of the shooting, said she believed Boudin should be “back in an institution.” “She doesn’t deserve anything, nothing at all,” Paige said.

    April 2, 2013 10:10 AM

  21. BUILDUP North Korea to Restart Nuke Reactor North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (KCNA via KNS/AP)

    21. North Korea to Restart Nuke Reactor

    Another day, another threat by North Korea. The country announced on Tuesday that it would be restarting a nuclear reactor that has been dormant since 2007, although it’s unclear how long it would take to get the reactor going again, since its cooling tower was destroyed. The announcement comes after a speech by Kim Jong-un was published on Sunday, which pulled back from the tough rhetoric of the past few weeks and instead called for nuclear weapons to be used only as a “deterrent.” But the restarted nuclear power plant could increase production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, and comes weeks after North Korea completed its third nuclear test in February.

    April 2, 2013 6:41 AM

  22. WHAT IS REAL? Lohan Tweet: ‘Its Official. Pregnant…’ Kevin Winter/Getty

    22. Lohan Tweet: ‘Its Official. Pregnant…’

    Lindsay, it was already April 2 on the East Coast. In what expert Twitter users have deduced is probably an April Fools’ Day joke, Lindsay Lohan made an announcement on her Twitter late last night: “Its official. Pregnant…” Though the tweet came after midnight Eastern time, it was still technically April Fools’ Day in Pacific time. But who knows, right? Lohan is slated to spend 90 days in rehab soon.

    April 2, 2013 9:08 AM

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  24. TRAGEDY Burmese School Fire Kills 13 Boys Outside of mosque after fire in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

    23. Burmese School Fire Kills 13 Boys

    A fire at an Islamic school in Burma killed 13 boys early Tuesday. Officials blamed the fire on the overheating of a transformer, but some worried it was more complicated—especially as the Buddhist-majority nation has faced a wave of anti-Muslim violence. In March, 43 people died in an outbreak of violence against Muslims, although Yangon, the site of the boys’ school, largely escaped the violence. The boys suffocated when the fire broke out in the dormitory, and neighbors and witnesses said the doors to the dorm may have been locked due to security concerns. A funeral has been planned for Tuesday afternoon.

    April 2, 2013 6:42 AM

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

    24. 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

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

    25. 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

  27. BLOODY Activists: 6,000 Killed in March in Syria Treating wounded in Damascus on March 13. (SANA/AP)

    26. Activists: 6,000 Killed in March in Syria

    A report by Syrian opposition on Tuesday claimed that 6,000 people were killed in Syria in March, making it one of the bloodiest months on record in the two-year civil war. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number could be even higher, given how many deaths have gone unreported in the chaos. An estimated 1,486 of the deaths were rebels and Army defectors, 1,464 were government troops, and 2,080 were civilians, including 298 children and 291 women. Meanwhile, an opposition group said 15 people had been killed in fighting on Tuesday. Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that the United Nations is considering deploying troops to Syria if President Bashar al-Assad is deposed. While the U.N. has always planned on playing a humanitarian role, this would be the first time it is considering being actively involved.

    April 2, 2013 6:37 AM