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  1. Deal or No Deal Gang of 8 to Unveil Immigration Plan Sen. McCain after dinner with Pres. Obama and Rep. Senators on Wednesday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

    1. Gang of 8 to Unveil Immigration Plan

    The Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of 8” says it is planning to announce a proposed immigration deal within a week, and possibly as soon as Thursday. The group, which includes legislative power players like John McCain, Marco Rubio, Chuck Schumer, and Richard Durbin, has been charged with drafting comprehensive immigration legislation. The committee markup is not expected before May 6, which will give the Senate time for unlimited debate and amendments to the proposal.

    April 9, 2013 5:58 PM

  2. Gruesome Attack Suspect Charged in Texas Stabbings Johnny Hanson

    2. Suspect Charged in Texas Stabbings

    Twenty-year-old Dylan Quick has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a stabbing rampage on the Lone Star College campus near Houston left two victims in critical condition and 12 others injured. Police say the suspect, a student at the school, told them “he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school.” One student told a local news outlet that he helped tackle the man, who was wielding a small razorlike knife. In January three people were shot at a different Lone Star College campus.

    April 9, 2013 10:45 PM

  3. unity Senate GOP Lowers Filibuster Threat J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    3. Senate GOP Lowers Filibuster Threat

    Sorry, Rand Paul. The Republican-planned filibuster of the incoming gun control bill is fading as a dozen Senate Republicans say they will not participate, and believe the bill should get full consideration on the floor. Majority leader Harry Reid says he will hold an initial vote on Thursday, and if 60 votes are cast in favor, the Senate will begin considering a series of new gun legislation. “We’re moving forward on this bill,” Reid said. “The American people deserve a vote on this legislation.”

    April 9, 2013 10:00 PM

  4. Intrigue McConnell Seeks Investigation Into Judd Tape Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images

    4. McConnell Seeks Investigation Into Judd Tape

    Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign is firing back after Mother Jones published a tape of a strategy meeting, asking the FBI to investigate how the magazine obtained the recording. “Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent,” said campaign manager Jesse Benton. “By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.” The tape revealed McConnell and his aides discussing attacking Ashley Judd, who was weighing a run for McConnell’s seat, as a carpetbagging Hollywood liberal with “suicidal tendencies” and a history of depression. One aide called her life a “haystack of needles.” Earlier, the campaign claimed the recording was the result of “Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters.”

    April 9, 2013 10:28 AM

  5. Morons Melanoma Survivors Don’t Wear Sunscreen ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

    5. Melanoma Survivors Don’t Wear Sunscreen

    Bad habits die hard—really hard. A new study shows that an alarming number of survivors of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, continue to tan and forgo sunscreen after beating the disease. Released by the American Association for Cancer Research, the research found that melanoma survivors, while more diligent than the general public, still practice bad habits when it comes to sun protection. Dr. Anees B. Chagpar of the Yale School of Medicine, the report’s author, called the results mind-blowing. “We found that more than a quarter of melanoma survivors never wear sunscreen,” she said.

    April 9, 2013 12:37 PM

  6. king of comedy Alec Baldwin Might Join Late Night Frazer Harrison/Getty

    6. Alec Baldwin Might Join Late Night

    After multiple SNL stints, 30 Rock, and a few Emmy awards, Alec Baldwin must be jonesing for more comedy. And in fact, he could be an ideal candidate for a slot in the ever-revolving cast of late-night TV show hosts. According to an unnamed executive, the actor is being considered for a spot on NBC’s lineup. He would most likely host Last Call, which now stars Carson Daly.

    April 9, 2013 8:46 PM

  7. Tennessee Former Lawmaker Caught Masturbating City of Kingsport, Tennessee Police Department

    7. Former Lawmaker Caught Masturbating

    This is not how you spice up retirement. Three women testified last week that former Mt. Carmel, Tenn. Vice Mayor William Blakely exposed his genitals to them while driving "at over 90 miles per hour." According to the accounts, Blakely honked to get their attention, then proceeded to masturbate while behind the wheel. "He was taking his hand, wetting his mouth, and masturbating," said one witness, Deborah Sturgill. Blakely has been charged with indecent exposure, reckless endangerment, and criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault. This isn't Blakely's first brush with the law: he was investigated for similar charges of indecent exposure more than two years ago.

    April 9, 2013 12:00 PM

  8. HUZZAH Daily Beast Scores Webby Nods

    8. Daily Beast Scores Webby Nods

    Hooray! The Daily Beast is proud to report that we’ve been nominated for six Webby Awards, which celebrate the best of the web. In the Best News category, we’ll be defending our title against NPR.org, the Huffington Post, BBC News, and NYTimes.com. Our social-media team has been nominated in the News & Information category against CNN, NBC Primetime News, and two entries from The New York Times. And Beast TV may scoop up an award for its hilarious video from September, “Road Trip: What Does Boston Think of Mitt Romney?” As if that’s not enough, we’re also honorees in three more categories, for Fashion Beast, The Hero Project, and Ask Andrew Anything. Thanks for reading, congrats to the other nominees—and vote for the website here, the video here, and social media here!

    April 9, 2013 1:08 PM

  9. FINAL GOODBYE? At Last! Chris Brown, Rihanna Split Kevin Mazur/WireImage, via Getty

    9. At Last! Chris Brown, Rihanna Split?

    Let’s hope that it’s for real this time. Chris Brown and Rihanna have reportedly split, but sources told TMZ that it could just be a phase for the on-again, off-again couple. On Saturday night, Brown was spotted at a nightclub with a waitress from L.A.’s Playhouse nightclub, although she insisted she “is not a home wrecker” and she “doesn’t go for black guys.” Meanwhile, Rihanna was spotted early Monday morning smoking what appeared to be a joint at a Hollywood nightclub. Oh Rihanna. You don’t need to take “we found love in a hopeless place” literally.

    April 9, 2013 12:42 PM

  10. Breaking Silence Tom Cruise ‘Didn’t Expect’ Divorce Ashley Pon / Getty Images

    10. Tom Cruise ‘Didn’t Expect’ Divorce

    Were you surprised when Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in June? Join the club. “I didn’t expect it,” Cruise says about the end of his five-year marriage. He spoke about the divorce for the first time with the German TV network ProSieben. “To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you—this is it, what life can do to you,” he says. “Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor.”

    April 9, 2013 4:25 PM

  11. SIZE MATTERS Study: Larger Penis, More Attractive GSO Images/Getty Images

    11. Study: Larger Penis, More Attractive

    Good news, Jon Hamm. According to a new report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the larger a man’s penis, the more attractive he is to women. The study—led by postdoctoral fellow Brian Mautz—presented short video clips of naked, computer-generated men to 105 Australian women. The clips displayed males with varying heights, body shapes, and flaccid penis sizes, but with similar facial attractiveness and hair. The womens’ 1–7 ratings presented a clear connection between penis size and male attractiveness. To be fair, it wasn’t the only thing the women were looking at, with shoulder-to-hip ratio accounting for the biggest variance.

    April 9, 2013 9:10 AM

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  13. GUN CONTROL Harry Reid Invokes Father’s Suicide J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    12. Harry Reid Invokes Father’s Suicide

    A gun-control speech on the Senate floor got personal for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who cited his father’s suicide. “Sometimes people in a fit of passion will purchase the handgun to do bad things with it, Mr. President, even as my dad did, kill themselves,” said Reid. He pointed out that in Nevada a person has to wait three days before picking up a gun after purchasing it. “Waiting a few days helps,” he said. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced plans to join his colleagues’ filibuster of the gun-control package. 

    April 9, 2013 12:13 PM

  14. Disaster Deadly Earthquake Shakes Iran Mehr News Agency/Reuters, via Landov

    13. Deadly Earthquake Shakes Iran

    At least 30 people are dead after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook southwest Iran’s Bushehr province, near the country’s only nuclear plant. At least 800 people are injured, but state media says the plant was not damaged. Tremors could be felt across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain. An estimated 10,000 people are said to live in the more than 50 villages that were affected. Two of those villages have been completely decimated.

    April 9, 2013 12:50 PM

  15. @PrezBillyJeff Colbert Signs Bill Clinton Up for Twitter Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    14. Colbert Signs Bill Clinton Up for Twitter

    If you give Stephen Colbert an interview, he's going to want a Twitter handle to go with it. Joining former president Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University Summit, Colbert persuaded the Arkansas native to set up an account, using the handle @PrezBillyJeff (@PresidentClinton and @WilliamJeffersonClinton were taken). Clinton—who claimed it was his own insecurity that kept him from joining—dictated his first tweet to Colbert: “Just spent amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane?” Within hours, the account had 27,000 followers and three more tweets, all ending with: “#notColbertpretendingtobeme.”

    April 9, 2013 7:42 AM

  16. No Excuses E-Readers Know When You Do Your Homework Tetra Images/Getty Images

    15. E-Readers Know When You Do Your Homework

    In the future, your textbook reads you. Nine colleges are testing e-reader software from CourseSmart, a Silicon valley startup, that tracks how often students open their digital textbooks, how long they spend on each page, and whether they’re highlighting important passages. “It’s Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent,” the dean of the school of business at Texas A & M tells The New York Times. Professors and students seem to find the “engagement index” a useful gauge of when students are falling behind and might need help, but critics warn that the data can be misleading and the software easily gamed.

    April 9, 2013 11:54 AM

  17. Treat Yo' Self It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Toby Talbot/AP

    16. It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s

    Cancel your lunch plans! It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. For the 34th year, the ice cream juggernaut is handing out free scoops of Chunky Monkey, Chubby Hubby, and Phish Food from noon until 8 p.m. The chain estimates that it will hand out more than 1 million free cones today. You scream, I scream, we all scream ...

    April 9, 2013 12:20 PM

  18. NOT FUNNY

    17. Coachella Cancels Gitmo-Themed Party

    Did Zero Dark Thirty really make torture seem sexy? A Guantánamo-themed Coachella party—and potential PR disaster—was swiftly canceled on Monday, shortly after advertisements went out promising a “pop-up experience” with “pleasure torture.” The controversial event was planned by Flaunt magazine and LeBaron, with sponsors True Religion and Smashbox Studios. Within hours of the advertisement’s release, Smashbox issued a statement saying Flaunt would be changing the theme of the event, claiming they had agreed to sponsor a photobooth before knowing the theme. Flaunt issued a statement confirming the change, but defended its concept, claiming the magazine had never “shied away from controversy or provocation.” The “sorry not sorry” from Flaunt didn’t cut it for Smashbox—who pulled out entirely by 10 p.m. Monday.

    April 9, 2013 8:00 AM

  19. SWEET VICTORY Louisville Wins NCAA Championship David J. Phillip/AP

    18. Louisville Wins NCAA Championship

    After 27 years, Louisville finally has an NCAA championship. The top-ranked Cardinals triumphed 82–76 over Michigan to win the championship in New Orleans on Monday night after a tournament filled with upsets and a particularly heartbreaking injury by their own Kevin Ware. The Cardinals wore his No. 5 during warm-up, with “Ri5e to the Occasion” written on the front. Ware watched the game on the sidelines, calling the team “my brothers.” Luke Hancock—named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring 22 points—led Louisville to victory. Other high scorers from the Cardinals were Peyton Siva, who scored 18, and Chane Behanan, who chipped in 15. Michigan shot 52.1 percent from the floor, the fourth-best in title game loss.

    April 9, 2013 7:01 AM

  20. I QUIT Herbalife Auditor KPMG Resigns SUSAN GOLDMAN

    19. Herbalife Auditor KPMG Resigns

    Accounting firm KPMG resigned from its assignment as auditor for the troubled nutritional-supplement company Herbalife Tuesday, prompting The New York Stock Exchange to immediately halt trading in the company's shares. No stranger to bad news, Herbalife has been the subject of an epic clash between hedge fund titans Bill Ackman, Daniel Loeb, and Carl Icahn for several months—a fight the media has nicknamed “the battle of the billionaires.” Ackman called Herbalife a sophisticated “pyramid scheme,” before shorting the company's stock and placing a $1 billion bet against it. Meanwhile, Loeb and Icahn staunchly defend the company, pushing back against Ackman and continuing to buy its shares.

    April 9, 2013 11:46 AM

  21. PINNIPEDS IN PERIL 1,000 Sea Lions Washed Ashore Kevork Djansezian

    20. 1,000 Sea Lions Washed Ashore

    More than 1,000 starving sea lions have washed ashore in Southern California in recent months, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an “unusual mortality event” for the mammals. Peter Wallerstein, the Marine Animal Rescue director for Friends for Animals, said he has picked up 300 sick and dying sea lion pups, after fielding calls from concerned residents who spot them on the beach. The National Marine Fisheries Service says the likely cause is that the sea lions’ main prey, the smaller fish they feed on, have disappeared. While some are taken to centers, overcrowding has forced rescuers to return some to the water.

    April 9, 2013 7:56 AM

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

    21. 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

  23. BARUCH Hagel to Visit Israel Alex Wong/Getty Images

    22. Hagel to Visit Israel

    Hope nobody in Israel was paying attention to that Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing, or else things might be awkward. The secretary of Defense will visit Israel April 21–23, an Israeli official told Reuters on Tuesday. Hagel’s visit is meant to show the U.S.’s support of Israel as the country faces an increased nuclear threat from Iran. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in Israel, and President Obama visited the country last month.

    April 9, 2013 7:03 AM

  24. AFTER NEWTOWN Obama in CT: ‘We Must Change’ Mandel Ngan/AFP-Getty Images

    23. Obama in CT: ‘We Must Change’

    President Obama took his gun-control tour back to Connecticut ahead of a looming showdown in the Senate. Speaking before a crowd at the University of Hartford, Obama said, “Newtown, we’re here with you,” before boarding Air Force One with several families of Newtown victims who will make their case for stricter gun control on the Hill this week. But even as the president spoke, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to block the gun bill. Meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would grade each member of Congress on their statements and actions on guns—similar to the NRA’s gun ranking system.

    April 9, 2013 7:12 AM

  25. RAMPAGE 13 Shot Dead in Serbia Andrej Isakovic/AFP-Getty Images

    24. 13 Shot Dead in Serbia

    A 60-year-old man shot and killed 13 people in an early-morning shooting spree in a small village near Belgrade, Serbia, on Tuesday. The gunman, identified by police as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, allegedly shot his wife, mother, and son before shooting and wounding himself. The other victims were mainly his relatives and neighbors, including a 2-year-old child. Police are still unsure of the motive. Bogdanovic is a veteran of the 1991–95 war against Croatia and had a firearms permit.

    April 9, 2013 7:34 AM

  26. RIP IRON LADY Thatcher Funeral Set for April 17 Warrick Page/Getty Images

    25. Thatcher Funeral Set for April 17

    Funeral preparations began Tuesday for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at the age of 87. Thatcher’s body was removed from the Ritz Hotel, where she had been staying, just after midnight Tuesday and, accompanied by a police escort, taken to an undisclosed location. Her funeral has been set for April 17. Thatcher did not want a full state funeral, having once said that a military aircraft fly-over for her funeral would be a “waste of money.” The prime minister’s office said friends and colleagues of Thatcher’s will attend a private service that will be televised at St. Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a private cremation. Both Houses of Parliament have called recess and will pay tribute to Thatcher on Wednesday.

    April 9, 2013 8:33 AM

  27. MYSTERY

    26. Reddit User Confesses to Murder Via Meme

    A Reddit user was reported to the FBI on Monday after confessing to murder via the “Confession Bear” meme. The user, Naratto, posted the meme under the headline “Finally Have the Guts to Say It.” In the post he said his sister had an “abusive meth addict boyfriend” whom he allegedly “killed with his own drugs while he was unconscious.” Naratto said he was never caught because the police “ruled it an overdose.” The admission is somewhat similar to a death on the AMC drama Breaking Bad, and Naratto tried to pull back after there were shocked responses, saying the whole thing was a “joke” and deleting his account. Pretty sure there are no take-backsies on murder confessions.

    April 9, 2013 7:37 AM

  28. Danny Nuko Kim Jong-un Starred in ‘Grease’? AFP

    27. Kim Jong-un Starred in ‘Grease’?

    Some dictators were just born to hand-jive. As a high schooler in Switzerland, Kim Jong-un reportedly starred in a production of the musical Grease—at least according to The Sun, which claims to have photos of the song-and-dance despot donning a T-birds black leather jacket. Other photos of a boy The Sun says is the future North Korean ruler show him in swim trunks and palling around with friends. Kim attended the International School of Berne from 1994 to 1997, and was reportedly shadowed by a body guard known as “King Kong” who pretended to be a 14-year-old schoolboy.

    April 9, 2013 11:31 AM