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  1. The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87 David Montgomery/Getty

    1. Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87

    Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died. Her spokesman, Lord Bell, confirmed that the 87-year-old groundbreaking politician passed away after suffering a stroke Monday morning. Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister in 1979, leading the country and its Conservative Party for 11 years with a notorious fierceness that earned her the nickname the “Iron Lady.” It was a stroke that ultimately prompted Thatcher to retire in 2002, after which she continued to suffer strokes and kept a very low profile in the last few months of her life.

    April 8, 2013 7:58 AM

  2. future of war Navy Deploys Laser Drone Fighter Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy/AP

    2. Navy Deploys Laser Drone Fighter

    Welcome to the wild world of laser warfare. The U.S. Navy is deploying a prototype of a new laser weapon that is said to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones. It will be set up in the Persian Gulf, which has been the site of tension between Iranian and American naval forces, but won't be in operation until next year, according to Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan W. Greenert. At the moment, it seems intended as a warning to Iran not to ramp up activity in the area as the nuclear program debate continues.

    April 8, 2013 10:42 PM

  3. Tension North Korean Workers MIA Ahn Young-joon/AP

    3. North Korean Workers MIA

    North Korean workers failed to show up at the Kaesong complex on the border with South Korea Tuesday morning, the latest sign that the North is continuing to dig in among rising tensions with the South and the U.S. over the North’s nuclear threats. South Korean companies employ more than 53,000 North Korean workers at similar complexes, and 13 at the Kaesong Industrial Complex have had to stop operating in the wake of the strike. The workers provide a crucial stream of foreign currency to North Korea, and the suspension of their work suggests, some experts say, that the North feels it has nothing left to lose under strict global sanctions.

    April 8, 2013 10:27 PM

  4. Retail Therapy JCPenney Ousts CEO Ron Johnson Pool photo by Thomas Iannaccone

    4. JCPenney Ousts CEO Ron Johnson

    Ron Johnson, the Apple alum and CEO JCPenney hoped would transform its plummeting sales, has apparently been ousted. A source told CNBC that Mike Ullman, who was CEO for seven years before Johnson was appointed in 2011, will be returning to his post. “We are fortunate to have someone with Mike’s proven experience and leadership abilities to take the reins at the company at this important time,” said board chairman Thomas Engibous. In the last fiscal year, the company’s revenues were $12.99 billion, down 27 percent from before Johnson took charge.

    April 8, 2013 5:48 PM

  5. Accidentally Awful Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Bombs Sara Kauss / Getty Images

    5. Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Bombs

    He’s a little bit country. He’s a little bit…rap. They’re a little bit racist? Country star Brad Paisley recently released a new country-rap hybrid song featuring LL Cool J titled “Accidental Racist.” Shockingly, it’s upsetting a few people—especially those who listen to the lyrics, in which Paisley croons about how his fondness for Confederate flag apparel doesn’t mean he’s racist. Told that some are offended by the track, Paisley tells Entertainment Weekly, “This isn’t a stunt. This isn’t something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I’m sort of doing it in spite of that, really.” Paisley’s new album, Wheelhouse, which includes “Accidental Release,” comes out Tuesday.

    April 8, 2013 5:40 PM

  6. GOLDEN PARACHUTE Rutgers Athletic Director Gets $1.2M Mel Evans/AP

    6. Rutgers Athletic Director Gets $1.2M

    Everyone involved in the Rutgers basketball scandal is making out pretty well. Tim Pernetti, the athletic director who resigned amid criticism that he was slow to act on coach Mike Rice’s abusive treatment of players, is getting $1.2 million in salary, two years of health insurance, a car allowance, and an iPad. Pernetti resigned last week after video surfaced of Rice shouting homophobic slurs at players and hurling basketballs at their heads. Rice got $1 million—75 percent of his remaining salary—and a $100,000 bonus for working through the current season.

    April 8, 2013 1:25 PM

  7. ‘Terrible Accident’ Toddler Kills Deputy Sheriff’s Wife Spencer Platt/Getty

    7. Toddler Kills Deputy Sheriff’s Wife

    At a Tennessee family cookout gone wrong on Saturday, a 4-year-old boy picked up a gun and ended up accidentally shooting and killing the wife of Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning. Apparently, Fanning was in a bedroom showing a relative his weapons when the toddler came in and picked up a gun from the bed, which discharged and shot 48-year-old Josephine Fanning, who died at the scene. Sheriff Robert Bryan called the shooting a terrible accident.

    April 8, 2013 5:02 PM

  8. 'See you real soon' Mousketeer Annette Funicello Dies AP

    8. Mousketeer Annette Funicello Dies

    Actress Annette Funicello, best known for donning mouse ears as a member of The Mickey Mouse Club and once-suggestive swimsuits in the Beach Party movies, died Monday at age 70. The former teen idol died from complications due to multiple sclerosis, which she had battled for 25 years. Funicello was one of the most popular Mousketeers in the ’50s, before becoming a bit of a sex symbol for her role in the popular Beach Party movies opposite Frankie Avalon in the mid-’60s. Disney confirmed the death on Twitter.

    April 8, 2013 1:37 PM

  9. TOO GOOD TO CHECK Ferrets on Steroids Sold as Poodles

    9. Ferrets on Steroids Sold as Poodles

    That’s not a toy poodle—it’s a juiced-up ferret! That’s what an Argentine man probably said when he found out that two toy poodles he bought at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires were really ferrets pumped with steroids. The man from Catamarca knew something wasn’t right when he took the ferrets to the vet for vaccinations. The veterinarian said that the rodents were given steroids at birth to make them bigger and that they were groomed to look fluffy. Local news reports that another woman was duped at the same market when she bought what she thought was a Chihuahua. The Daily Mail gives a handy tip to tell if something’s really a ferret: the “weasel war dance” is a dead giveaway.

    April 8, 2013 12:39 PM

  10. don’t worry Gov’t Approved Beyoncé, Jay-Z Trip Ramon Espinosa/AP

    10. Gov’t Approved Beyoncé, Jay-Z Trip

    Settle down, everyone. According to a source, Beyoncé and Jay-Z got full U.S. Treasury Department approval for their controversial jaunt to Cuba last week. The couple was celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, where they were greeted by crowds of Cubans. The sanctioned nature of their trip will hopefully calm Florida’s two Republican lawmakers who complained that the their trip violated travel restrictions. Politicians, let this be a lesson: no one messes with Queen B.

    April 8, 2013 7:47 PM

  11. COLLAPSED Crews Recover Bodies of Buried Kids WSOC TV/AP

    11. Crews Recover Bodies of Buried Kids

    The bodies of two children trapped under a collapsed construction site in North Carolina were found early Monday morning. According to the local news report, a neighbor, in the process of building a house, was digging out the basement when a wall of dirt caved in on the kids Sunday evening. Despite believing that the children were likely already dead, emergency crews worked through the night to recover their bodies. The crews discovered the bodies of the two cousins, a 7-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, about 15 feet into a 25-foot hole.

    April 8, 2013 8:27 AM

  12. GANGS OF D.C. Immigration Bill Ready for Debate Ross D. Franklin/AP

    12. Immigration Bill Ready for Debate

    The Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight is hopeful that this will finally be the week that they finish putting together the highly anticipated immigration reform bill, but only then will the most grueling part of the process—the public debate—begin. “There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn’t get what they wanted,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said Sunday. His fellow gang member Chuck Schumer, of New York, agreed, predicting that, “there are people on both sides who are against this bill, and they will be able to shoot at it.”

    April 8, 2013 6:33 AM

  13. AGGRESSIVE Jenna Jameson Arrested for Battery Jordan Strauss/Invision, via AP

    13. Jenna Jameson Arrested for Battery

    Jenna Jameson may have been sporting handcuffs this weekend, but don’t get excited, the former porn star isn’t getting back into the business. In fact, the 38-year-old mother of two was actually arrested and taken into custody on charges of assault and battery. While police would not reveal any details about the incident, other than the fact that Jameson knew the person she reportedly attacked, the adult movie actress turned film producer told her Twitter followers that her behavior was the result of being robbed by a friend who “broke into my home and took everything.” That tweet seems to have since been deleted. This isn’t Jameson’s first brush with the law. She was arrested last spring for drunk driving.

    April 8, 2013 7:48 AM

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  15. LOOK HERE Topless Protester Confronts Putin Sasha Mordovets/Getty

    14. Topless Protester Confronts Putin

    Nothing says “down with Putin” like a topless protest. A bare-chested protester confronted the Russian president and Germany’s Angelina Merkel at a trade fair in Hanover. Written on the woman’s back was an obscene message for Putin. Two other women, who may have been from the feminist group Femen and were also bare-chested, shouted that Putin was a dictator (they’re really not pleased with the conviction of the punk band Pussy Riot). Russia has given Germany permission to punish and prosecute the act of “hooliganism.”

    April 8, 2013 7:33 AM

  16. READY FOR ANYTHING U.S. Preps Response to North Korea Lee Jae-Won/Reuters, via Landov

    15. U.S. Preps Response to North Korea

    There is a good chance that North Korea’s threats to begin nuclear testing and ignite war are all talk. But just in case, the United States and South Korea are prepared with a “counterprovocation” plan to respond proportionally to any attack from Pyongang while simultaneously keeping tensions from escalating into a full-out war. Meanwhile, back on the Korean Peninsula, the North has decided to destroy any last semblance of cooperation with the South. Pyongyang has been preventing South Korean workers from entering the Kaesong Industrial Complex, an economic zone that the two countries share, and has now announced that it will be pulling all of its own workers out, possibly shutting down the zone completely.

    April 8, 2013 6:36 AM

  17. NEVER-ENDING Car Bomb Explodes by Damascus School Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty

    16. Car Bomb Explodes by Damascus School

    Children are believed to be among those killed and wounded by a car bomb that exploded near a school and central bank in a bustling and residential part of the Syrian capital Monday. Loud gunfire was heard in Damascus as a cloud of thick smoke rose from the blast, which blew windows out of several nearby buildings and set a number of cars on fire. Syria has been embroiled in violence for two years now, and at least 70,000 people have died in that time.

    April 8, 2013 7:11 AM

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

    17. 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

  19. HEALTH-CODE VIOLATION Hepatitis A Scare at NYC Restaurant AP

    18. Hepatitis A Scare at NYC Restaurant

    Manhattan’s Alta restaurant has certainly left an impression on its customers. After it was revealed that an employee who handled Alta’s desserts was infected, 239 people—31 of whom work at the tapas spot—received hepatitis A vaccinations over the weekend. About 3,000 people are estimated to have eaten at the West Village restaurant between March 23 and April 2—the time period during which they could have been exposed to the virus—and about 450 of them ordered dessert. As of Friday, the Health Department confirmed no cases of customers contracting the virus, but has been offering free vaccinations to patrons and encouraging anyone who ordered dessert at Alta during that time to take advantage.

    April 8, 2013 7:45 AM

  20. Nabbed Clinton Office Hostage Taker Recaptured Jim Cole/AP

    19. Clinton Office Hostage Taker Recaptured

    That was fast. A man who took hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in 2007 walked out of a minimum-security prison yesterday only to be recaptured today. Leeland Eisenberg spent two years behind bars for claiming to have a bomb and holding hostages at a Clinton campaign office. The bomb turned out to be road flares, and no one was harmed. He had previously spent years behind bars for two rape convictions and escaped twice.

    April 7, 2013 9:40 PM

  21. Heist Thieves Steal Five Tons of Nutella Paul Morigi/AP

    20. Thieves Steal Five Tons of Nutella

    Lock up your waffles—there are breakfast nabbers on the loose! Thieves made off with five tons of Nutella, worth about $20,800, from a truck parked in a town near Frankfurt, Germany. In the same town last month, thieves stole five tons of coffee, and in August, someone swiped 34,000 cans of energy drinks. The town is a transport hub where truck drivers frequently park on weekends. Maybe they’re in league with Canada’s maple-syrup cartel.

    April 8, 2013 12:24 PM

  22. Twitter Victim Thatcher Hashtag Causes Panic About Cher Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    21. Thatcher Hashtag Causes Panic About Cher

    Cher fans were positively shocked when they signed on to Twitter Monday morning and saw that one of the leading hashtags was #nowthatcherisdead. “Did Cher die?!” asked one, calling out into the Internet abyss for some kind of answer, a sign, anything! “RIP Cher,” wrote another. “At least now we’ll find out about life after love.” Clearly these people were a little late to the actual big news of the day or they would have read the hashtag not as “now that Cher is dead,” but as “now Thatcher is dead.” The hashtag was created by a website critical of Margaret Thatcher shortly after news broke that the former British prime minister had died. Cher, unless there is still some confusion, is still kicking and will be long after we’re all gone. 

    April 8, 2013 12:03 PM

  23. dynasty Chelsea Clinton: I’d Run for Office Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images

    22. Chelsea Clinton: I’d Run for Office

    Are the Clintons the new Kennedys? Chelsea Clinton will consider running for public office, the former first daughter said in an interview Monday with NBC News. She said she’s currently happy with the politicians that represent her where she lives, but “if at some point that weren’t true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question.” As for all that talk about her mother, Hillary Clinton, running for president in 2016: “I very much want her to make the right choice for herself,” Chelsea said. “I know that will be the right choice for our country.”

    April 8, 2013 1:21 PM

  24. FAMILY FEUD Kardashians Sue Former Stepmom Noel Vasquez/Getty

    23. Kardashians Sue Former Stepmom

    The Kardashian kids—and their wannabe fifth sibling Kris Jenner—are suing their former stepmom for holding on to their late father’s personal property: his diary, photo albums, and family photographs. They say, according to his will, that the items belong to them. Ellen Pearson, who was married to Kris’s ex Robert Kardashian for two months before his death in 2003, reportedly licensed these personal items to the owner of In Touch and Life & Style magazines, which resulted in the publication of a variety of negative stories about the Kardashian klan, including one claiming that Kris was an abusive mother.

    April 8, 2013 7:15 AM

  25. Revealed WikiLeaks Publishes 1.7M U.S. Records Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    24. WikiLeaks Publishes 1.7M U.S. Records

    Julian Assange is at it again, publishing more than 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976, the period during which Henry Kissinger was secretary of State and national-security adviser. Unlike past WikiLeaks dumps, however, most of these were already declassified. WikiLeaks' main contribution was putting the trove into a searchable database called the Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy (PlusD). Assange, who is still avoiding arrest by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain, says the documents hint at the scope of U.S. intelligence activity around the globe at the time.

    April 8, 2013 10:36 AM