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  1. Free At Last Afghans Release U.S. Contractor Steve Helber/AP

    1. Afghans Release U.S. Contractor

    American contractor David Gordon was released by Afghan officials on Friday after three U.S. congressmen intervened, alleging he was detained and beaten because of a dispute between Gordon's contracting firm and a Kabul firm. Gordon was held for 24 hours, denied more than just basic medical help, and told he would not be released unless his firm handed over $2.4 million. A glass was allegedly broken over his head and he was slashed and beaten before Afghan guards dragged him back to his cell, where he was left to bleed overnight. 

    April 5, 2013 8:38 PM

  2. Ouch Jobs Report Misses Expectations Job seekers at a healthcare job fair in New York City on March 14. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

    2. Jobs Report Misses Expectations

    Could those tax hikes and budget cuts be taking a toll already? The March jobs report fell far short of expectations, with only 88,000 new jobs created. Economists had expected about 200,000 additional jobs. The good news is that estimates for previous months were raised, meaning the unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent. Labor-force participation, however, is still weak, with only 63.3 percent of the population employed or looking for work, the lowest point since 1979.

    April 5, 2013 8:11 AM

  3. SCARY China Kills Birds After Sixth Flu Death Health workers collect dead chickens in Shanghai in Friday. (STR/AFP/Getty)

    3. China Kills Birds After Sixth Flu Death

    The new strain of bird flu killed a sixth person in eastern China today, prompting authorities to shut down markets and start culling birds. Nationwide 14 cases of H7N9 have been identified so far. There's no evidence yet that that the flu can spread from person to person—only from bird to person—but Shanghai authorities yesterday said they had quarantined a resident who developed a fever after coming into contact with a patient who had died.

    April 5, 2013 6:21 AM

  4. Morning After Judge: Plan B Must Be Available to All Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    4. Judge: Plan B Must Be Available to All

    The morning-after pill will soon be available over the counter for women and girls of any age. A federal judge ruled against the Obama administration's Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, who outraged women's health advocates in 2011 when she overturned an FDA recommendation that Plan B be sold without age restrictions. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, ruled that the pill should be available over the counter to anyone, instead of requiring a prescription for girls younger than 17.

    April 5, 2013 8:54 AM

  5. for now FAA Delays Air Traffic Tower Closures M. Spencer Green/AP

    5. FAA Delays Tower Closures

    Maybe they should have seen the backlash coming. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it will delay the closure of 149 air traffic control towers that were set to close this Saturday. The decision is a reaction to numerous airports filing suit to block the shutdowns. The capitulation, however, is only temporary. Airports will be given an undisclosed time to decide how or whether they will continue to run the towers on their own. The FAA says cutting funding of the towers was necessary for the budget sequester, and will save the federal government $637 billion in the budget. 

    April 5, 2013 7:21 PM

  6. My Bad Obama Apologizes for ‘Compliment’ Eric Risberg/AP

    6. Obama Apologizes for ‘Compliment’

    As most women know, sometimes a compliment isn’t really all that complimentary. Turns out that’s true even when it comes from someone as charming as President Obama. The president has now apologized for calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country” at a fundraiser Thursday. ”He did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities,” Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified, adding the president “fully recognizes the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.” Still confused why the compliment might be offensive? Just check Twitter.

    April 5, 2013 4:45 PM

  7. IT'S ABOUT TIME Tim Pernetti Out as Rutgers Athletic Director Elsa

    7. Rutgers Athletic Director Out

    Will Rutgers President Robert Barchi go too? Tim Pernetti is out as the school’s athletic director, a source told the Star-Ledger in New Jersey on Friday. The move comes three days after a video surfaced of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice hurling basketballs and homophobic slurs at his players during practice. Rice was fired this week, though Pernetti had seen the video in late November, and the school president had been notified of Rice’s behavior. The school has not yet confirmed Pernetti’s ouster, but more than 50 faculty members had signed a letter calling for his dismissal and a futher investigation of Barchi’s handling of the case.

    April 5, 2013 10:31 AM

  8. INDIA India Building Collapse Kills Dozens Rescuers at collapsed building in Mumbai in Thursday. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

    8. Building Collapse Kills Dozens

    An illegally constructed building in a suburb of Mumbai caved in on itself, killing at least 41 people, including 11 children. More than 20 people remain missing, and rescue workers are digging through the rubble in search of possible survivors. Some of the dead were construction workers, who were living in the building as they were working on it. Police are searching for the owner to arrest him. Building collapses are common in India, as builders use cheap materials or build several stories higher than they’re supposed to.

    April 5, 2013 7:02 AM

  9. NUMBER TWO Halle Berry Pregnant Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    9. Halle Berry Pregnant

    Steer clear paparazzi: Halle Berry’s got a baby on board. Three days after Berry lashed out at cameramen in the Los Angeles Airport for getting too close, TMZ announced that the actress is pregnant with her second child, a boy with fiancé Olivier Martinez. Berry’s first child, Nahla, a daughter she had with model and then-husband Gabriel Aubry, will soon turn 5. The news reportedly came as a surprise to the couple—both of whom are in their 40s. Let’s hope another nasty custody battle is not years down the line.

    April 5, 2013 2:12 PM

  10. Tragedy Bynes: ‘I Have an Eating Disorder’ Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    10. Bynes: ‘I Have an Eating Disorder’

    Fallen Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes continues to broadcast her alarming downward spiral on Twitter. Late Thursday night Bynes tweeted, “I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin.” No elaboration was given, but the worrisome tweet—coupled with earlier statements about how she hopes to get to her goal weight of 100 pounds—implies that Bynes thinks her eating disorder is that she’s unable to shed weight quickly. It’s also not clear whether she’s seeking any help.

    April 5, 2013 10:53 AM

  11. legendary Roger Ebert Dies at 70 Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

    11. Roger Ebert Dies at 70

    It's a sad day for movie buffs everywhere. Roger Ebert, who spent 46 years reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times, passed away Thursday at age 70. The reputable film critic had just announced he would be taking "a leave of presence" to battle his second bout of cancer. "It means I am not going away," he wrote in a blog post late Tuesday. "I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review." In 2006, he battled cancer in the thyroid and salivary glands, causing him to lose the ability to speak and eat, though he kept reviewing.

    April 4, 2013 3:40 PM

  12. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Gay NFL Players May Come Out D Dipasupil / Getty Images

    12. Gay NFL Players May Come Out

    We may soon see not only the first NFL player to come out as gay, but the first four players. Following news last week that a gay NFL player is considering coming out of the closet in the next few months, recently cut Baltimore Ravens linebacker and outspoken LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo revealed that four gay players may come out together, both to “make a bigger splash and take the pressure off one guy.” It remains to be seen when—and if—this will actually happen, but Ayanbadejo insists that “it will happen sooner than you think.”

    April 5, 2013 12:17 PM

  13. WOMEN IN THE WORLD Hillary Clinton: ‘Proud’ of What Women Have Achieved Marc Bryan-Brown

    13. Hillary ‘Proud’ of Women’s Achievement

    Hillary Clinton took the stage to open the second day of Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit on Friday and was introduced by Tina Brown as “the most extraordinary woman in the world.” “We can and should be proud of what we’ve achieved, but much of our advocacy is still rooted in a 20th-century, top-down frame. The world is changing beneath our feet, and it is past time to embrace a 21st-century approach to advancing the rights of women and girls at home and across the globe,” Clinton said. Clinton also paid tribute to Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting to go to school, and to the accomplishments of women in Libya and around the world. But she hinted that an “Indian Spring” may be coming after the death of a young woman who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi at the end of 2012.

    April 5, 2013 9:28 AM

  14. SPOTTED Sheldon Adelson Goes to Court Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas court on Thursday. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

    14. Sheldon Adelson Goes to Court

    It's not just Newt Gingrich who get to spend time with Sheldon Adelson anymore. In a rare public appearance, the casino magnate and Republican sugar daddy testified in a Las Vegas court. Adelson had to defend himself against claims that a Hong Kong businessman worked behind the scenes to help Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands casinos start business in Macau. So what did we learn about Adelson? Apparently he is a “hot-dog freak” and has a sense of humor about his height, but also can be pushy, trying to cite pamphlets he’d brought in a briefcase and hadn’t introduced as evidence. His lawyers tried to bar cameras in the courtroom, saying they posed a security risk.

    April 5, 2013 7:07 AM

  15. COMPROMISE Obama to Propose Social Security Cuts Pres. Obama in San Francisco on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

    15. Obama to Propose Social Security Cuts

    Maybe now that the sequester is starting to bite, Congress can pass a budget. Administration officials say President Obama will send a new proposal to Capitol Hill next week that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, an attempt to win over deficit-focused Republicans. The plan looks a lot like the final compromise Obama reached with John Boehner last year before the speaker rejected the president’s demand for higher taxes. The proposal does include some things on the Democratic wish list, such as money for universal prekindergarten education raised by taxing cigarettes. The White House will unveil the budget plan Wednesday, shortly before Obama dines with a dozen Senate Republicans.

    April 5, 2013 6:17 AM

  16. UM, WHAT? Michelle Obama Calls Herself a ‘Single Mother’ Mark Wilson/Getty

    16. Michelle: I'm a ‘Single Mother’

    Is there something in the Obamas’ drinking water that is causing them to make gaffes this week? Michelle Obama said in an interview Thursday that she is a “single mother.” She immediately corrected herself, saying, “Or I shouldn’t say single—as a busy mother, sometimes when you’ve got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he’s there.” Aw, it sounds like President Obama could help out a little bit more around the house.

    April 5, 2013 11:08 AM

  17. NABBED Man Arrested in Colo. Corrections Director Murder James Franklin Lohr (left) and Evan Spencer Ebel. (AP)

    17. Man Arrested in Colo. Corrections Director Murder

    Denver police have arrested a member of the white supremacist gang linked to the murder of Colorado’s prison chief. James Lohr has been taken into custody for questioning in the murder of Corrections Director Tom Clements, who was shot when he answered his door in March. While the motive of the shooting isn’t clear, police suspect that another gang member, Evan Ebel, shot Clements before he himself was killed in a shootout in Texas.

    April 5, 2013 8:32 AM

  18. FINDERS KEEPERS ‘Renoir Girl’ Identified Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting found by Marcia “Martha” Fuqua. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty)

    18. ‘Renoir Girl’ Identified

    The woman who claimed to have stumbled upon a Renoir painting in a $7 box of trinkets at a Virginia flea market has been revealed to be Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, a former PE teacher who runs a driving school. She had to reveal her name because she’s fighting with the FBI for ownership of the painting, which turns out to have been stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. It’s still unclear who stole the painting and how it ended up at a flea market, if Fuqua’s account holds up. It turns out Fuqua may have more artistic knowledge than she suggested—her mother was an artist who specialized in reproducing art, including Renoirs—and her brother initially told The Washington Post that she’d found it in their mother’s studio.

    April 5, 2013 7:26 AM

  19. The High Life Poll: Most Americans Want Pot Legalized Ed Andrieski/AP

    19. Poll: Most Americans Want Pot Legalized

    The times they are a changin'. On Thursday, the Pew Research Center found that, for the first time in 40 years of polling, the majority of Americans support marijuana legalization. According to a national survey, 52 percent of American adults support pot legalization, up 11 points from 2010, while 45 percent are against it. A full 65 percent of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 32, along with 50 percent of boomers, are pro-legalization, Pew said. Only 38 percent of poll respondents agreed that marijuana is a “gateway” to harder drugs, and less than a third find smoking pot “morally wrong.” In terms of party lines, 59 percent of Democrats support legalizing pot, while only 37 percent of Republicans do.

    April 4, 2013 7:30 PM

  20. What’s Your Emergency? 911 Calls Vulnerable to Spam Attacks Scott Olson / Getty Images

    20. 911 Calls Vulnerable to Spam Attacks

    Denial-of-service attacks are used by hackers to flood Web servers with traffic, slowing it down or, worse, crashing it. That same idea is now being used translated to telephones. Telephony denial-of-service attackers are spammers who call first responders on administrative, nonemergency lines, flooding them with phony calls about nonexistent debt. While 911 lines have yet to be hit, they are the most vulnerable target, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    April 5, 2013 9:59 AM

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    21. Policeman, Suspect Killed at Headquarters

    A Mississippi policeman and a murder suspect he was questioning both were shot dead on the third floor of the Jackson Police Department. A 23-year-old man who was a suspect in a stabbing case was being questioned by Detective Eric Smith when officers heard gunfire. When they entered the room, both were dead. Smith was married to a fellow Jackson police officer and had two sons. The department hasn’t released any details about what happened.

    April 5, 2013 6:40 AM

  23. foreshadowing Holmes’s Psychiatrist Warned Police RJ Sangosti

    22. Holmes’s Psychiatrist Warned Police

    Before the bloodshed in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes’s psychiatrist alerted campus police to her dangerous client. A search-warrant affidavit released with other unsealed documents Thursday shows that a University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated the alleged shooter told campus police of her patient’s homicidal thoughts and the risk he posed. Dr. Lynne Fenton also said that Holmes threatened and intimidated her via text message. On Monday prosecutors in the trial announced they would seek the death penalty against Holmes.

    April 4, 2013 8:32 PM

  24. TENSION South Korea Moves Warships North Korean soldiers patrol along the Yalu River on Thursday. (STR/AFP/Getty)

    23. South Korea Moves Warships

    A day after North Korea moved a missile to the east coast, South Korea is moving two missile-defense warships to track a potential launch. “If the North fires off a missile, we will trace its trajectory,” an official told the Yonhap news agency. The missile moved yesterday is believed to have a range long enough to reach Guam, which North Korea said would be a target. Yesterday the U.S. said it would deploy a missile-defense system there in response to the threats. In addition to moving missiles, North Korea has shut down an industrial zone shared with the South, promised to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor, and threatened nuclear strikes against South Korea and the U.S.

    April 5, 2013 6:38 AM