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  1. C’EST LA VIE France Legalizes Gay Marriage Michel Euler/AP

    1. France Legalizes Gay Marriage

    France approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and gay adoptions—and Socialist President François Holland is expected to sign it—despite many in the country remaining fiercely opposed to it and attacks against gays rising as the debate has raged. Polls show a majority of the French favor equal rights for same-sex couples, but center-right politicians have embraced the protests as a way of opposing Hollande. Anti–gay marriage protesters have begun calling their movement the “French spring,” with about 45,000 marching in Paris in a mostly peaceful protest that included some wrapping themselves in the French flag and others carrying children or pushing baby carriages with the sign “All born of a mom and dad.” Meanwhile, there have been several high-profile attacks against gays in the country, including the beating earlier this month of a Dutch man who was walking hand-in-hand with another man in Paris.

    April 23, 2013 11:20 AM

  2. Mystery Not Solved Ricin Case Shifts to Accused Molester Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    2. Ricin Case Shifts to Accused Molester

    Somehow the ricin case has taken an even stranger turn. Charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonating conspiracy theorist initially believed to have mailed ricin-laced letters, and federal authorities moved on to search the house of disgraced politician J. Everett Dutschke. Curtis’s lawyer had previously suggested that Dutschke might have framed Curtis because of a feud, which Curtis said might be related to a conflict from when they studied tae kwon do together. Dutschke, a failed political candidate currently facing child-molestation charges, is also a tae kwon do teacher and frontman of a band called Dusty and the RoboDrum, which on Facebook is described as “Live-Loop Oriented Rock with tons of lasers.”

    After being released, Paul Kevin Curtis gave quite an amusing press conference.

    April 23, 2013 6:42 PM

  3. Boom Tsarnaev Bought Mortar Kits in N.H. Glenn DePriest/Getty

    3. Tsarnaev Bought Fireworks in N.H.

    We're guessing these weren't an early Fourth of July present. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston marathon, purchased two mortar kits from a fireworks store in New Hampshire in early February, said Phantom Fireworks vice president William Weimer on Tuesday. According to the store's records, Tsarnaev used $200 cash to buy to "Lock and Load" fireworks kits, each of which came with 24 shells. Weimer speculated that Tsarnaev extracted the explosive powder from the shells but "probably came to the conclusion that they couldn’t harvest enough powder to do what they wanted to do with them." A search on Sunday of the dorm room belonging to the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, uncovered a "large pyrotechnic," according to authorities.

    April 23, 2013 5:45 PM

  4. #APTWEETS Hackers Post Fake White House Explosion NASDAQ

    4. Hackers Post Fake White House Explosion

    A panic-inducing tweet from the AP Tuesday: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” sent the Twitterverse into a tailspin. Luckily, within minutes, multiple sources—including Twitter—had confirmed that the Associated Press's account had (as suspected) been hacked. Still, the tweet was enough to spread fear across the nation, as indicated by a sharp 145-point drop in the Dow (which quickly returned to where it was before the scare). While the AP’s Twitter account has been temporarily suspended, the team has confirmed the hack on their Facebook page. Phew.

    April 23, 2013 1:09 PM

  5. Odd Paul Ryan Intern Charged with Stalking Jae C. Hong/AP

    5. Paul Ryan Intern Charged with Stalking

    A GOP campaign worker named Adam Savader was arrested and charged with Internet extortion and cyber stalking by the FBI on Tuesday. Savader interned for Paul Ryan and, before that, Newt Gingrich. He's accused of sending anonymous text messages to 15 women saying he had nude photographs and threatening to distribute them unless he was sent more photographs. While on the trail, he often dressed up Ellis the Elephant, a character in Callista Gingrich's children's book.

    April 23, 2013 9:01 PM

  6. 2014 Max Baucus to Retire From Senate J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    6. Max Baucus to Retire From Senate

    Another longtime Democratic Senate seat will be up for grabs in 2014. Senior Democratic strategists tell The Washington Post that Max Baucus, first elected in 1978, will retire rather than seek reelection. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is the sixth Senate Democrat to announce retirement this election cycle. Sources say the likely Democrat to succeed him is former governor Brian Schweitzer. Baucus voted against the gun background-check bill last week. When asked why, he answered, “Montana.”

    April 23, 2013 10:20 AM

  7. sharp objects TSA Tables Knife Plan TSA agent at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on March 1. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

    7. TSA Tables Knife Plan

    Don't put those pocket knifes back in your carry-on bag quite yet. After protests from flight attendances, air marshals, and politicians alike, the Transportation Security Administration is postponing a new plan to allow small knifes and sporting goods on board. TSA told Wired that they are waiting to consider feedback before making a decision. The rule was originally intended to "allow transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives."

    April 23, 2013 3:58 PM

  8. Red Line? Israel: Syria Used Chemical Weapons Aleppo Media Center/AP

    8. Israel: Syria Used Chemical Weapons

    Israel has said it before, but this time, it’s serious. Syria has used chemical weapons several times over the past month, Israel says, and the international community better pay attention—the U.S. in particular. “The regime has increasingly used chemical weapons,” said the Israeli Defense Force’s research commander, citing photographs of people "foaming at the mouth" and other evidence. The Obama administration had previously declared Syria’s use of chemical weapons a “red line” that, if crossed, would prompt real action.

    April 23, 2013 10:08 AM

  9. Whew Apple Earnings Beat Analyst Expectations Andy Wong

    9. Apple Earnings Beat Analyst Expectations

    That wasn't so bad. Apple announced earnings of $9.5 billion last quarter, and $43.6 billion in sales. That exceeds the expectations of most analysts, who had been viewing the report with some trepidation. Despite increased competition from Samsung and HTC, iPhone sales went up 6.7 percent and iPad sales went up 26.7 percent. The company also announced that it would be raising its dividend by 15 percent. But there could be trouble on the horizon: Apple expects revenue for the third quarter to be around $33.5 billion, which would make it the first decline since 2003.

    April 23, 2013 4:50 PM

  10. Regretful John King Admits Embarassment CNN's John King. (Dan Steinberg/AP)

    10. John King Admits Embarassment

    CNN's John King admitted, Tuesday, that the network’s shoddy reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing was both “embarrassing” and “a double kick in the head” because he’s a Boston native. During an interview with a D.C.-based radio station about CNN’s mistakes, King said, ”I’ve been at this for nearly 30 years, gentlemen. I’ve covered a couple of wars and a lot of breaking news and a lot of cops-and-robbers situations. I’ve got a pretty good track record, but when you do something like this, it’s embarrassing.”

    Watch the confusing media narrative on the night the Tsarnaev brothers were found in Watertown, MA.

    April 23, 2013 11:20 AM

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  12. NOT KEEPIN’ UP Khloe Kardashian Leaving ‘X Factor’ Hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez of “The X Factor.” (AP)

    11. Khloe Kardashian Leaving ‘X Factor’

    At least this will give Khloe Kardashian more time to plan Kim’s baby shower, right? The younger Kardashian sister will be parting ways with The X Factor, the show announced on Monday, but did not elaborate. Kardashian had a rough start on the show, accidentally revealing her nipple her first time on air and admitting she considered faking a medical emergency to get out of hosting. Mario Lopez will stick around as solo host of the show.

    April 23, 2013 8:05 AM

  13. TERRORISM French Embassy in Libya Attacked Car bomb targeting French embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday. (Abdul Majeed Forjani/AP)

    12. French Embassy in Libya Attacked

    A car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday morning, wounding two guards and completely destroying parts of the building. French President François Hollande said the embassy had been targeted as “all countries in the international community engaged in the fight against terrorism.” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz called it a “terrorist attack,” but did not indicate who was behind it. No group has yet claimed responsibility. Local residents told the BBC that they did not think the embassy had proper security, with one saying it was a “big mistake” to put the embassy in such a dangerous neighborhood. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others were killed in September during an attack on the U.S. consulate.

    April 23, 2013 6:43 AM

  14. House of Horrors 3 Gosnell Murder Charges Dropped Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, via AP)

    13. 3 Gosnell Murder Charges Dropped

    Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell will face five counts of murder instead of eight, now that the judge has thrown out three charges. Gosnell was charged with killing babies immediately after delivering them, as well as killing one woman through a drug overdose, but the judge has tossed three of the infant deaths. It’s not clear why, but defense lawyers had asked the charges be dismissed for lack of evidence. When police raided Gosnell’s clinic in 2010, they found such a gruesome scene that it’s been labeled a “house of horrors.”

     

     

    April 23, 2013 12:42 PM

  15. Reproductive Rights Blue States' Abortion Access Push PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

    14. Blue States Push for Abortion Access

    Even as red states race to enact increasingly stringent abortion restrictions, a California lawmaker is working to expand abortion access. California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has proposed legislation that would allow midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to perform pregnancy terminations during the first trimester. It’s aimed at increasing services in the more than 50 percent of California counties that lack an abortion provider. As Bloomberg reports, California Democrats aren’t alone in trying to buck the national trend. Earlier this year, a Washington state measure to require insurance companies to cover abortion passed the state House, though it was defeated in the Senate. And in New York, where abortion after 24 weeks is currently only legal to save a woman’s life, Andrew Cuomo has pledged to add broader health exemptions.

    April 23, 2013 10:58 AM

  16. TOUGH LOVE NY Times Slams Stelter’s New Book Mike Coppola/Getty

    15. NY Times Slams Stelter’s New Book

    You'd think a guy could at least get a break from the publication that employs him. But The New York Times media reporter received perhaps his most scathing review from the Times itself. “Brian Stelter’s book on the nefarious network morning show wars ends up being like a breakfast made not quite to order,” begins Ed Bark's take on Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. “The eggs over easy have one hard yolk, and the bacon’s a little limp. The toast is well-buttered but burned, and the coffee’s short on heat. Edible? Yes. Fulfilling? Not quite.” Amid Bark’s takedown is a slim silver lining, however. “Mr. Stelter is just 27,” he points out. “So there’s ample time to really get the hang of this.”

    April 23, 2013 11:52 AM

  17. Boston Attacks Report: Tsarnaevs Motivated by U.S. Wars vk.com/AP

    16. Report: Tsarnaevs Motivated by U.S. Wars

    Investigators are slowly beginning to learn a bit about what motivated the Boston bombing suspects. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to place bombs at the Boston Marathon, officials told The Washington Post. Investigators say the brothers appear to have “self-radicalized,” learned about bomb making from the Internet, and carried out the attacks without help from outside terrorist groups. Dzhokhar, who was charged yesterday with setting off a weapon of mass destruction, remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the neck. Yesterday the only word he spoke was “no,” when asked whether he could afford a lawyer.

    April 23, 2013 12:29 PM

  18. FACE THE JUDGE Canadian Terror Suspects in Court VIA Rail train at Union Station in Toronto on Monday. (Ian Willms/Getty)

    17. Canadian Terror Suspects in Court

    Two men who are suspected to have links to al Qaeda and have been accused of plotting to derail a Via Rail passenger train will appear in Toronto court on Tuesday. The two men faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.” Neither of the suspects, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, are Canadian citizens, although they are both in the country legally. According to Canadian police, the two men were acting on orders from al Qaeda in Iran, although that country’s foreign minister insisted on Monday that there is “no firm evidence” linking them to Iran.

    April 23, 2013 7:14 AM

  19. DEFIANT Injured Boston Dancer Vows Comeback Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    18. Dancer Who Lost Foot in Marathon Bombing Vows Recovery

    A dancer who lost a foot in the Boston Marathon bombing said she refused to let the bombing ruin her spirit, vowing, “I absolutely want to dance again.” Adrianne Haslet, a ballroom dance instructor at Arthur Murray Studios in Boston, was watching the marathon with her husband, U.S. Airman Adam Davis, who had just returned from Afghanistan. The pair were knocked to the ground, and she says, “We sat up and I said, ‘Wait, my foot hurts.’ And then he held up my foot and we both just screamed bloody murder.” Davis used his belt to make a tourniquet around her leg, and she was taken to Boston Medical Center, where her foot was amputated. Haslet, who appeared on the cover of the Boston Herald, told ABC News that she shared her story because “I just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that might seem like the end of the world and come out stronger.”

    April 23, 2013 10:15 AM

  20. WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS Nevada Closer to OKing Gay Marriage Nevada Senate floor in Carson City on Monday. (Cathleen Allison/AP)

    19. Nevada Closer to OKing Gay Marriage

    Time to get those gay-wedding chapels ready, Las Vegas. Nevada moved closer to legalizing gay marriage late Monday with the passing of a resolution that recognizes such nuptials. The resolution removes a provision from the state constitution that declares marriage as being solely between a man and a woman.  Although Las Vegas has a risque reputation, Nevada remains a conservative state with a strong Mormon lobbying presence—meaning that the debate has been fairly charged. The new resolution passed with the support of 11 Democrats and one Republican, although language was included to make sure no religious organization would be forced to perform a gay ceremony.

    April 23, 2013 6:45 AM

  21. THANKS A LOT Survey: Newspaper Reporter Worst Job Lew Robertson/Corbis

    20. Survey: Newspaper Reporter Worst Job

    Next time you complain about the news, keep this in mind: newspaper reporter is considered the worst job to have in 2013, according to a survey released on Tuesday by job website CareerCast.com. Newspaper reporter came in behind other unfavorable  jobs such as lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor, oil-rig worker, and dairy farmer. The best job for 2013 is actuary, followed by biomedical engineering, software engineer, audiologist, and financial planner. The criteria for determining the best and worst jobs were physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. No wonder Clark Kent quit being a newspaper reporter.

    April 23, 2013 7:18 AM

  22. BAD FIRST DAY North Dakota Anchor Fired via Youtube.com

    21. North Dakota Anchor Fired

    Look at the bright side, A.J.: at least you’ve broken into national markets. A.J. Clemente was fired Monday, after muttering “f--king s--t” into the mic on his first day on North Dakota’s KFYR-TV. Clemente was practicing pronouncing London marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede’s name when he swore—not realizing his mic was on. KFYR acknowledged that Clemente did not know the mic was on, but said “that is no excuse” for his behavior. The rookie news anchor took the termination in stride, tweeting that he will make sure not to trip on his “freaking shoes” again.

    April 23, 2013 8:00 AM

  23. OOPS Glenn Beck: Cover-up in Boston Glenn Beck. (Kris Connor/Getty for Dish Network)

    22. Glenn Beck: Cover-up in Boston

    This will give anyone a headache. Glenn Beck made his “Big Monday Reveal” about the Boston investigation, showing a letter from four congressmen requesting more information about a Saudi “person of interest.” Last week, Beck insisted that the government was investigating a Saudi man in relation to the bombing, although the Department of Homeland Security has cleared the man. According to a letter Beck showed, four Republican Congressmen—Michael McCaul, Jeff Duncan, Peter King, and Candice Miller—have written to DHS asking for more information about “the original person of interest” in the bombing.

    April 23, 2013 7:52 AM

  24. THE DECIDER George W. Bush Library to Open President Bush in 2009. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty)

    23. George W. Bush Library to Open

    Maybe those “Miss Me Yet?” billboards in 2009 were onto something. The George W. Bush Presidential Library is set open Tuesday at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as the former president enjoys a seven-year approval rating high. Forty-seven percent of people approve of Bush’s decisions as president, with 53 disapproving—a major improvement from his October 2008 approval rating of 23 percent. The former president told USA Today in an interview published on Monday that he doesn't feel the need to defend himself. “I did what I did and ultimately history will judge,” he said. And if you think you could do a better job than him, the library has an interactive exhibit where you can prove it—showing how you would handle the major events of his presidency, like the invasion into Iraq.

    April 23, 2013 8:10 AM

  25. WTF SPRING?! Colorado Pounded by Snowstorm Snow coats seat at Coors Field in Denver on Monday. (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

    24. Colorado Pounded by Snowstorm

    Will this winter ever end? Colorado was slammed with yet another snowstorm on Monday night, with more than three inches falling in Denver and the outlying areas getting up to five inches. The snow is expected to fall through Tuesday afternoon, although the final accumulation will be less than the foot many forecasters had predicted. On Saturday, five snowboarders were killed at Loveland Pass in the states' deadliest avalanche since 1962.

    April 23, 2013 7:16 AM

  26. Boston Attacks Bomb-Building Info Came From Web Bob Leonard/AP

    25. Bomb-Building Info Came From Web

    With Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev alert, investigators are beginning to piece together the events leading up to last week's tragedy. Tsarnaev reportedly told officials Monday that he and his brother acted alone, and that his brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind the plot, which was religiously motivated. He has also said the bombs were made per instructions found on the Internet. The suspect is unable to talk due to a gunshot wound in his neck, but is communicating via writing.

    April 22, 2013 9:23 PM