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  1. casualty count Children Killed in U.S. Afghan Attack Naimatullah Karyab/AP

    1. Children Killed in U.S. Afghan Attack

    On Saturday, a joint airstrike by Afghan and American forces left a senior Taliban leader dead—but also took the lives of 17 others, including at least 10 children and injuring five women. The attack targeted high-profile commander Ali Khan and four Taliban insurgents, according to the district governor. Airstrikes have become increasingly controversial, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai barred his forces from requesting them after a February attack that left 10 civilians dead.

    April 7, 2013 3:42 PM

  2. let’s try that again Kerry to Revive Mideast Peace Talks Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty

    2. Kerry to Revive Mideast Peace Talks

    It’s not a small undertaking: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just landed in Israel and, apparently, is hoping to revive the stalled 2002 peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who says he won’t negotiate until Israel stops construction in the West Bank. Earlier, Kerry met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where he told a press conference that “no peace process is easy.” According to an unnamed source, Kerry spoke to both leaders about the 10-year-old plan to normalize relations with Israel if it agrees to withdraw from the land occupied during the 1967 war.

    April 7, 2013 8:50 PM

  3. COME TOGETHER China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Peace Alexander F. Yuan/AFP/Getty

    3. China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Peace

    Xi Jinping can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? In a speech Sunday, China’s president announced his new plan to become an agent for peace—not only in his own country but neighboring ones as well. Speaking to a prestigious group of international leaders, which included IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Burmese President Thein Sein, he expressed the crucial nature of concord in Asia. “Without peace, there is no need to talk about development,” he said. China remains under tight scrutiny as one of the last voices that North Korea, who continues to threaten nuclear warfare against the U.S, will listen to.

    April 7, 2013 7:44 AM

  4. #OpIsrael Anonymous Hacks Israel for Holocaust Memorial Janos Marjai / AP Photo

    4. Anonymous Hacks Israel for Holocaust Memorial

    Classy, guys. On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, hacker group Anonymous launched #OpIsrael in an attempt to take down Israeli government websites in protest of policy toward Palestinians. Service was briefly interrupted on the Foreign Ministry site, but hackers failed to penetrate or cause damage to any others. “God bless the minds and the efforts of the soldiers of the electronic battle,” Gaza’s chief government spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussein posted on his official Facebook page. One Israeli cybersecurity expert called the attacks “good practice.”

    April 7, 2013 7:25 PM

  5. really? State Laws Hide Farm Cruelty Rainer Dittrich / Corbis

    5. State Laws Hide Farm Cruelty

    Despite multiple charges against perpetrators of animal abuse at farms across the country stemming from covert video, state lawmakers are proposing and enacting bills banning undercover taping and requiring animal rights group ties to be disclosed when applying for jobs. Under one bill, violators who take video or pictures of livestock farms would be put on a “terrorist registry.” In Iowa, Utah, and Missouri, undercover operations have been stomped out by laws passed, and Indiana and Tennessee will be voting on similar measures soon. “It definitely has had a chilling effect on our ability to conduct undercover investigations,” says Vandhana Bala, general counsel for one of the leading groups, Mercy for Animals.

    April 7, 2013 7:59 PM

  6. BE BRIGHT Lilly Pulitzer Dead at 81 Bebeto Matthews/AP

    6. Lilly Pulitzer Dead at 81

    Designer Lilly Pulitzer, whose full name was Lillian Bostwick Phipps Pulitzer Rousseau, died Sunday in Palm Beach at the age of 81. Most famous for her vibrant, colorful dresses, Pulitzer’s outfits became somewhat of a uniform for a subset of America—a particularly wealthy one. Pulitzer’s story is one of both determination and luck. Her rise to fame began after a colorful shift dress she made herself—to mask the juice stains she got while working as an orange seller in Florida—stole the attention of her girlfriends. To gauge their interest, the 29-year-old commissioned a dressmaker to create 20 more. Suddenly, she said, “They took off like zingo.” Pulitzer is survived by three children, Liza, Minnie, and Peter.

    April 7, 2013 1:07 PM

  7. PRAY FOR ME Warren Mourns Son’s Suicide Donna McWilliam/AP

    7. Warren Mourns Son’s Suicide

    After news that Pastor Rick Warren’s son had committed suicide, the popular evangelical pastor spoke out Sunday, asking his congregation to pray for his family as they cope with the loss. “He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room,” Warren said. Matthew, 27, had long been plagued with suicidal thoughts and severe depression. In an email to his congregation, Warren said he and his wife had shared a “fun Friday evening” with their son before he allegedly decided to take his own life in a “momentary wave of despair.”

    April 7, 2013 8:02 AM

  8. ’CUSE, YOU LOSE Michigan Beats Syracuse Charlie Neibergall/AP

    8. Michigan Beats Syracuse

    In a victory that left Orange-wearers everywhere feeling blue, Michigan pulled out a 61–56 win over Syracuse in the NCAA Final Four Saturday night. In an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press Sunday morning, author and Detroit-native Mitch Albom expressed his utter shock and unadulterated joy at Michigan’s victory—a team that hasn’t even been to a Final Four in 20 years. “If you told me this was the future when they tipped it up in November, I’d have told you there’s a reason we just say no to drugs,” Albom quipped. Michigan will now go on to face Louisville—who beat Wichita State Saturday night—in the final game of the March Madness tournament on Monday night.

    April 7, 2013 7:48 AM

  9. NEW DETAILS Rutgers Officials Knew of Abuse Nick Wass/AP

    9. Rutgers Officials Knew of Abuse

    According to sources close to the incident, Rutgers officials knew of coach Mike Rice’s abusive behavior long before their November 26 viewing of the now-ubiquitous video of him physically pushing players. An upperclassman—who remains anonymous—approached the school’s officials early in 2012 to report the suspicious behavior. According to a 50-page report compiled for Rutgers, athletic director Tim Pernetti was so cognizant of the abuse that he had personally chastised Rice, sat in on his practices to monitor him, and even mandated he see Rutgers’s sports psychologist. Pernetti was forced to resign as athletic director on Friday after the startling video exposed the cover-up.

    April 7, 2013 8:04 AM

  10. WRESTLE THIS Trump Booed Out of MSG Manuel Balce Ceneta

    10. Trump Booed Out of MSG

    At the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday night, Madison Square Garden flipped Donald the bird—in a big way. The booing began as soon as commentator Vince McMahon launched into the nicer-than-necessary induction. Trump was booed throughout the duration of his speech, forcing him to cut it short and, eventually, exit the building. But he wasn’t leaving until the crowd met his son, who—yep—also got booed and his daughter who ... well, didn’t. Following the cheers for Ivanka, Trump exclaimed how happy he was that at least one member of the family was accepted by the MSG audience! That’s enough, Donald.

    April 7, 2013 10:21 AM

  11. THE LADY IS A CHAMP Melissa McCarthy Rules ‘SNL’ Kevin Winter/Getty

    11. Melissa McCarthy Rules ‘SNL’

    For funny-woman Melissa McCarthy, it was business as usual on Saturday night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. On the heels of her fantastic first run as host of SNL last year—which included a Hidden Valley Ranch spectacular—the pressure was on for the Bridesmaids star. McCarthy, it seems, can take the heat. From sassing it up as a hotheaded women’s basketball coach to begging the bank for pizza money, McCarthy proved she’s in the comedy world to stay. Who’s laughing now, Rex Reed?

    April 7, 2013 8:46 AM

  12. LOUISVILLE DOMINATES Injured Ware Inspired Teammates John Bazemore/AP

    12. Injured Ware Inspired Teammates

    As Louisville’s train charged forward Saturday night, Kevin Ware was quietly whispering inspiration from the bench: “I think [we] can, I think [we] can.” Following his horrific injury on March 30, Ware remained upbeat and positive as his team took on Wichita State in the NCAA Final Four Saturday night. Hobbling out to the court on his crutches, he demanded his teammates not give up. “He told us we had to pick it up and, obviously, we listened,” said teammate Wayne Blackshear. The words of encouragement worked, as Louisville pulled out a 72–68 victory, leading them into the finals Monday night.

    April 7, 2013 8:43 AM

  13. AFGHANISTAN Kerry Honors Diplomat Killed Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

    13. Kerry Honors Diplomat Killed

    On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a moving eulogy to honor the first American diplomat to be killed on duty since the September 11 Benghazi attacks. Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old U.S. Foreign Service worker in Afghanistan, was killed in an explosion Saturday on her way to donate books to a school in Qalat. “We know too well the risks in the world today for all of our State Department personnel at home and around the world,” said Kerry. Three American soldiers and another American civilian were also killed in the incident—the deadliest Afghan attack on Americans to date. In a statement on Twitter, Smedinghoff’s parents paid tribute to their “Annie,” saying America had “lost a truly beautiful soul.”

    April 7, 2013 7:41 AM

  14. SHE’S HUMAN! Merkel's ‘Secret Life’ Revealed INF/Newscom

    14. Merkel's ‘Secret Life’ Revealed

    Chancellors, they’re just like us! Europe was atwitter this week after photos surfaced of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, on an Easter vacation in southern Italy—sporting bathing suits. The images shed light on Merkel’s tightly protected and highly secretive personal life, a product of the “high-minded German mainstream media” who view her as more of a “political being than a personal being.” Even more shocking than the bathing suits, was the appearance of Merkel’s husband, Sauer, a chemist who rarely appears in public. Hopefully—for Merkel’s sake—one sneak peek into her life was enough for the public. (Doubt it).

    April 7, 2013 10:49 AM

  15. SAVE THE BEES National Beekeeper Begins Fight Carolyn Kaster/AP

    15. National Beekeeper Begins Fight

    Inspired by The New York Times report of soaring bee deaths in 2012, America’s “National Beekeeper” is embarking on a heroic mission to save the bees. Darren Cox—who was awarded the prestigious title by the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year—says his first step will be stopping colony collapse disorder. “This winter [we experienced] the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States,” Cox reported. The fourth-generation beekeeper seems well equipped for the task, currently running 5,000 hives across the nation.

    April 7, 2013 8:40 AM

  16. Dirty Little Secret CIA Made Secret Drone Deal With Pakistan AFP/Getty Images

    16. CIA Made Secret Drone Deal With Pakistan

    New details about the origins of the CIA’s drone program are emerging following a New York Times report Saturday. The report alleges that the United States got permission in 2004 to use airspace in Pakistan to carry out drone attacks in exchange for deploying a Predator drone on Nek Muhammad, a Pakistani enemy of the state. Pakistan’s military took credit for the attack. Terms of the secret deal reportedly included Pakistani approval for each drone strike and limiting American drones to narrow tribal areas only. Then-Pakistan-president Pervez Musharraf allegedly told one CIA officer that the deal would not be difficult to keep up because “in Pakistan, things fall out of the sky all the time.”

    April 6, 2013 7:30 PM


    17. Philly Firefighter Killed

    In a city still recovering from a horrific fire that took the lives of two firefighters last April, a local veteran firefighter was killed in the line of duty. Philadelphia’s Capt. Michael Goodwin, 53, died late Saturday when the roof of a three-story fabric building on which he was fighting a blaze collapsed. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the tragedy hit too close to home for the fragile community. “We have scars that are fresh, and indeed they have now been reopened.” Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison announced Sunday that the city’s flags would be flown at half-staff for the next month in Goodwin’s honor. A colleague who stepped in to try to save him—28-year-old Andrew Godlinski—suffered injuries.

    April 7, 2013 7:47 AM

  18. MAD WOMEN Women Shine in ‘Mad Men’ Season Frank Ockenfels/AMC

    18. Women Shine in ‘Mad Men’ Season

    Pete Campbell, you may have to take this one with scotch. As the sixth season of acclaimed drama Mad Men begins Sunday night, critics are applauding what they see as a shift in focus in the final season from Don Draper and Roger Sterling to the women of the show. A review in The New York Times suggests that, while they’ve secretly been leading the plot all along, the women really take the lead in the end. “More than the men, [the women] are the ones who defy expectations and break ground ... [and] keep us wanting just a little bit more.”

    April 7, 2013 11:26 AM