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  1. Tensions Are High Over 50 Dead in Iraq Clashes Rebel Gathering of Hawija/AP

    1. Over 50 Dead in Iraq Clashes

    Violence raged throughout Iraq on Wednesday, leaving 51 people dead in different parts of the country. Thirty-eight people were killed in a clash between Sunni tribesmen and members of the Iraqi Army that erupted along blocked roads leading to Qara Tappah, a Sunni town northeast of Baghdad. Meanwhile, seven people were killed and 23 others wounded by a car bomb that exploded in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. Increased Sunni backlash against the Shiite-led government seems to be the source of boiling tensions that have led to 100 deaths over the past two days. “Everybody has the feeling that Iraq is becoming a new Syria,” a currency-exchange owner in Mosul told the AP. “We are heading into the unknown ... I think that civil war is making a comeback.”

    April 24, 2013 5:30 PM

  2. ACCIDENT Two Fuel Barges Explode in Alabama Two barges burn along the Mobile River in Alabama. (John David Mercer/AP)

    2. Two Fuel Barges Explode in Alabama

    Three people are injured Wednesday night after two fuel barges exploded on the Mobile River in Alabama. The barges were filled with natural gas and exploded not far from where a Carnival cruise ship was docked. Three people by the barges were taken home with burn injuries, and a one-mile safety radius has been set up around the barges. Officials say they believe all the potentially injured are accounted for. 

    April 24, 2013 11:07 PM

  3. Welcome Back? Tsarnaev Parents to Visit U.S. Getty;AP

    3. Tsarnaev Parents to Visit U.S.

    The Russian parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case, have agreed to visit the U.S. to assist officials in the ongoing investigation, a police source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. A team from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow traveled to the volatile southern republic of Dagestan to speak to the Tsarnaevs, who consented to involvement in the U.S. investigation. Anzor Tsarnaev, the suspects' father, also said on Wednesday that he doubted his surviving son's ability to give testimony. "He [Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] is giving no testimony," he said. "He is even unable to speak."

    April 24, 2013 7:15 PM

  4. Unarmed? Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Had No Firearms Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in boat Watertown. (Massachusetts State Police/AP)

    4. Report: Tsarnaev Had No Firearms

    Despite fears that he was heavily armed, multiple federal law-enforcement officials say that the younger of the two Boston bombing suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was not armed when police fired at him in the boat where he was hiding. According to The Washington Post, the FBI has declined to discuss what triggered the gunfire, but other authorities say the shooting may have been caused by the “chaos of the moment” and activity in the boat that may have led police to believe that Tsarnaev had fired a gun or was about to denotate an explosive. “Hours earlier he and his brother had killed a police officer, shot another officer, and thrown explosives out of their cars as the police were chasing them,” one officer told the Post. “They couldn’t assume that he did not have a gun and more explosives.”

    April 24, 2013 7:31 PM

  5. 9th state RI Senate OK’s Gay-Marriage Bill PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP

    5. RI Senate OK’s Gay-Marriage Bill

    Rhode Island is en route to becoming the ninth state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. On Wednesday, the state Senate voted 26 to 12 in favor of a bill for marriage equality after 90 minutes of debate. The House Judiciary Committee will likely argue the bill next Tuesday and could vote soon after that week. If approved, same-sex couples would be allowed to wed as early as August 1.

    April 24, 2013 5:57 PM

  6. Image Rehab Weiner ‘Can’t Say’ If There Are More Pics Elsa/Getty

    6. Weiner ‘Can’t Say’ If There Are More Pics

    Fear not, New York Post, Anthony Weiner may have some more dirty laundry yet. The former U.S. representative would neither confirm nor deny to an RNN-TV reporter if the salacious photos that forced him to retire in 2011 are the only ones out there, basically inviting reporters on a scavenger hunt. "If reporters want to go try to find more, I can't say that they're not going to be able to find another picture, or another ... person who may want to come out on their own, but I'm not going to contribute to that," he said. "The basics of the story are not gonna change." 

    April 24, 2013 3:30 PM

  7. NEXT MOVE Boston Suspects Planned to Party in NYC

    20. Boston Suspects Planned to Party in NYC

    The brothers believed to be behind the Boston Marathon bombing were heading to New York City next, but not for more attacks. Instead, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says, they planned to celebrate. “There is some information that there may have been intent to come to New York, but not to continue what they were doing,” said Kelly, citing information that came from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “The information that we received is something about a party—having a party.” Also on Wednesday, officials confirmed it appears the bombs the brothers set off had remote controls from toy cars inside them and were triggered by cellphones. 

    April 24, 2013 8:15 PM

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

    8. 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

  9. The High Life Boehner Daughter's Fiance Busted for Pot Splash News

    9. Report: Boehner Son-in-Law-to-Be Busted for Pot

    Get ready to add one to your "John Boehner crying" photo collection. Boehner's 35-year-old daughter, Lindsay, is engaged to Jamaican-born Dominic Lakhan, who was reportedly pulled over for a traffic violation seven years ago in Pembroke Pines, Florida. According to the police report from the incident, two grams of cannabis were found in his ashtray, along with a 16 ounce opened can of Natty Light in the driver door. The report says Lakhan "admitted to the possession of the can­nabis, stating that it was for personal use.” The National Enquirer claims to have caught the first image of Lakhan, in a brown Rastafarian-style hat. 

    April 24, 2013 4:02 PM

  10. off the ice Apolo Ohno Apparently Retiring Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

    10. Apolo Ohno Apparently Retiring

    One of America's most decorated Winter Olympians is effectively taking himself off the ice. Apolo Anton Ohno, who has two gold medals under his belt, won't compete at the Sochi Games in February, but will be serving as a correspondent for NBC. “I think it’s pretty sure at this point [that a comeback is] not going to be,” Ohno told Sports Illustrated. “It’s time to try some different opportunities.” Ohno is no stranger to broadening his horizons: he won Dancing with the Stars in 2007.

    April 24, 2013 4:37 PM

  11. Daaaaad Obama Threatens to Get Tattoo Pete Souza/White House/AP

    11. Obama Threatens to Get Tattoo

    Sasha and Malia better think carefully about getting a tattoo. President Obama told the Today show that he and Michelle have told their daughters, “If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.” Obama also addressed an interview in which Michelle called herself a “busy single mother” before correcting herself. Obama said he cuts anybody slack when it comes to slips of the tongue, but “there’s no doubt that there’ve been times where Michelle probably felt like a single mom.”

    April 24, 2013 11:53 AM

  12. Mourning Boston Honors Slain MIT Officer Sean Collier Jared Wickerham

    12. Boston Honors Slain MIT Officer

    A line of mourners stretched for half a mile at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday ahead of the memorial service for slain campus cop Sean Collier. Authorities say Collier was shot to death last Thursday by Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Tamerlan also died in the shootout). Thousands of police officers, students, MIT faculty, and staff, gathered to pay their respects to Collier, snaking through metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. Along with Collier’s family, Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the service. Meanwhile, Boylston Street, the site of the bombings, was reopened to the public Wednesday morning.

    April 24, 2013 1:13 PM

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  14. GRUESOME Nearly 100 Dead in Factory Collapse Rescuers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. (A.M. Ahad/AP)

    13. Nearly 100 Dead in Factory Collapse

    Authorities estimate that close to 100 people were killed near Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka Wednesday morning when an eight-story garment factory collapsed. Hundreds gathered at the site of the accident—where officials fear more remain trapped under the rubble. Health Minister A.F.M. Ruhal Haque reported that more than 600 people had been rescued, and hoped that more will be added to that number. Bangladesh has received harsh criticism for its factory conditions after two other deadly fires at garment factories in the past year—one of which left 112 dead.

    April 24, 2013 8:00 AM

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

    14. 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

  16. MIGHTY WOODY Emma Stone May Star in Woody Allen Flick Emma Stone in Berlin on Feb. 15. (Gero Breloer/AP)

    15. Emma Stone May Star in Woody Allen Flick

    You’ve come a long way from Movie 43, Emma Stone. The actress is in talks to star in a new Woody Allen film, Deadline reported on Tuesday. The as-yet-untitled project will reportedly be filmed in the south of France, but details surrounding the plot are still unclear. While Stone has been one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, a boost from Allen could prove to be even better for her. Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine, is slated to come out in July.

    April 24, 2013 8:15 AM

  17. Image Makeover Petraeus’s New Gig: Visiting Professor Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    16. Petraeus’s New Gig: Visiting Professor

    Six months after he was exposed for having an affair with his biographer, former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus is moving on to what is slowly becoming the first step in rehabbing a disgraced public image. Like Eliot Spitzer before him, Petraeus will teach a course on public policy at City University of New York. CUNY took on Spitzer as a political-science professor in 2009, one year after he resigned from his post as New York governor when his patronage of prostitutes was publicized. 

    April 24, 2013 9:28 AM

  18. Tragic Best Man Fatally Stabs Bride

    17. Best Man Fatally Stabs Bride

    Jamie Hahn, a 29-year-old Democratic campaign strategist, died early Wednesday, less than 48 hours after she and her husband were stabbed in their North Carolina home. The couple’s friend Jonathan Wayne Broyhill has been arrested and will be charged with murder and assault. The 31-year-old Broyhill was best man at the Hahns’ wedding and reportedly worked with Jamie Hahn at the Democratic firm Sky Blue Strategies, which she founded. On Wednesday morning, Jamie’s husband, Nation Hahn, mourned his wife’s death on Twitter: “She was my center, my rock and my soulmate.”

    April 24, 2013 12:07 PM

  19. Chilling Iowa Man: Shoot More Abortion Docs Adam Berry/Getty Images News

    18. Iowa Man Says More Abortion Docs Should Be Shot

    An anti-abortion activist in Iowa with ties to Scott Roeder, the man who murdered abortion provider George Tiller, is under fire for calling for the shooting of the people who reopened Tiller’s abortion clinic. “If someone would shoot the new abortionists, like Scott shot George Tiller ... It will be a blessing to the babies,” Dave Leach says on a YouTube video. The clip features a recorded conversation between Leach and a man Leach identified as Roeder, who is currently serving life in prison for Tiller’s assassination. Citing an anti-abortion activist who predicted that the abortion “industry” would end if 100 doctors were shot, the man identified as Roeder says, “I think eight have been shot, so we've got 92 to go.” He then suggests that the new clinic director might be No. 9, saying, “I’m not sure about that. But she's kind of painting a target on her.” Prison officials are investigating whether the man on the recording was indeed Roeder, and, if it was, how he was able to participate in such a phone call.

    April 24, 2013 10:40 AM

  20. STAY AWAY Aunt: Mosque Rejected Tsarnaev Request Patimat Suleimanova, aunt of Boston bombing suspects. (AP Television/AP)

    19. Aunt: Mosque Rejected Tsarnaevs

    The Tsarnaevs’ aunt said Wednesday that a Boston mosque that the brothers attended will not allow them to hold a funeral there for Tamerlan, who was killed last week after a shootout with police. Tsarnaev is suspected of carrying out the deadly Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 200, as well as killing an MIT campus police officer three days later. The aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, said she did not know the name of the mosque, but that the burial request had also been denied. The brothers were known to have attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, and a spokesman for the mosque said burying Tsarnaev is a “complex” situation because “what the guy did was absolutely disgraceful.” Members of the mosque have been questioned by police.

    April 24, 2013 9:19 AM

  21. NEXT MOVE Boston Suspects Planned to Party in NYC

    20. Boston Suspects Planned to Party in NYC

    The brothers believed to be behind the Boston Marathon bombing were heading to New York City next, but not for more attacks. Instead, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says, they planned to celebrate. “There is some information that there may have been intent to come to New York, but not to continue what they were doing,” said Kelly, citing information that came from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “The information that we received is something about a party—having a party.” Also on Wednesday, officials confirmed it appears the bombs the brothers set off had remote controls from toy cars inside them and were triggered by cellphones. 

    April 24, 2013 8:15 PM

  22. NAUGHTY ‘50 Shades’ Films Test Sex Scene Alex Pettyfer in Los Angeles on February 24. (Matt Sayles/AP)

    21. ‘50 Shades’ Films Test Sex Scene

    If you didn’t get enough of Alex Pettyfer’s body in Magic Mike, you might see a whole lot more of it. The 23-year-old actor reportedly appears in a tape test for the film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey, in a bid by Gus Van Sant to direct the film. Oh, and they’re leaving no stone unturned in picking Christian Grey: Pettyfer’s tape reportedly features a sex scene. But don’t get your whips, chains, and paddles autographed yet: the tape doesn’t mean Pettyfer has locked down the role. But Pettyfer is currently filming the steamy Endless Love remake with Van Sant, so clearly he has already impressed.

    April 24, 2013 8:19 AM

  23. 'THINK DIFFERENT' Apple Buying Back Stock Apple CEO Tim Cook in Sept. 2012. (Eric Risberg/AP)

    22. Apple Buying Back Stock

    Everybody likes more cash. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Tuesday that the company will buy back more of its stock, promising to return a total of $100 billion to shareholders by 2015. That makes it the largest buyback plan in American corporate history. The decision comes on the heels of a dismal company report of an 18 percent decline in the first quarter of 2013—and a total 40 percent decline since September. Shares rose in German markets upon hearing the news, but the U.S. market remained relatively unchanged. Apple’s stock is now cheaper than 94 percent of the companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

    April 24, 2013 7:46 AM

  24. REBUILDING Boston Reopens Marathon Bombing Site Photos taken on Boylston Street in Boston on Tuesday. (Mario Tama/Getty)

    23. Boston Reopens Marathon Bombing Site

    Businesses are expected to completely reopen Wednesday along the Boston Marathon route—although the area remained haunted by the bombing that killed three and injured more than 200. “I’m a little lost,” said Charlesmark Hotel manager Leah Bishop. “I’m still shaken up.” Doors along Boylston Street on Tuesday, one of Boston’s busiest commercial streets, were still tagged by “OK” or “Locked”—the aftermath of the inspections for safety. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden will speak Wednesday at the funeral of Sean Collier, the MIT campus police officer killed by the Tsarnaev brothers. Thousands of law enforcement officials are expected to attend as well.

    April 24, 2013 6:32 AM

  25. GRAY LADY Politico: Abramson Era at NYT Troubled The New York Times headquarters. (Ramin Talaie/Getty)

    24. Politico: Abramson Era at NYT Troubled

    One day after The New York Times’s scathing review of Brian Stelter’s book comes a dishy Politico article slamming the legendary newspaper’s management. The 1,700-word manifesto, posted Wednesday, explores the state of the Times under executive editor Jill Abramson. The piece features anonymous sources complaining that Abramson is “impossible” and claiming she’s “on the verge of losing support” in her own newsroom. “Every editor has a story about how she has blown up in a meeting,” one reporter said. Staffers also criticized Abramson for being absent from the newsroom, although a Times spokesman insisted Abramson needs to travel to “represent the newsroom.” But there’s a bright side for Abramson: the paper in dispute won four Pulitzers last week. Still, many worry it may not be enough to quiet the discontent in the newsroom.

    April 24, 2013 7:48 AM

  26. ‘BALANCE OF POWER’ Iowa Reps Threaten Reduced Pay

    25. Iowa Reps Threaten Reduced Pay

    According to some conservative members of the Iowa House of Representatives, the four Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted in 2009 to kill a ban on same-sex marriage deserve to have their salaries decreased. It’s the only suitable way to “maintain the balance of power” between the three branches of government after those justices so disgracefully “trashed” it, they argue. Paying those four justices less than the rest isn’t a punishment, insists Republican Rep. Dwayne Alons, a proponent of the amendment, which says that the specified pay cut would go into effect when Iowans pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. “We’re just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds,” Alons said.

    April 24, 2013 12:06 PM

  27. TRAGIC END? Body Found May Be Sunil Tripathi Brown student Sunil Tripathi. (Brown University/AP)

    26. Body Found May Be Sunil Tripathi

    A body that was pulled from the Providence River Tuesday evening may be that of missing 22-year-old Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, authorities say. Tripathi, who has been missing since March 16, became tangled in the Boston Marathon bombing when Reddit mistakenly touted his name as a suspect in the attack. Providence, Rhode Island, Police Lt. Joseph Donnelly told authorities that it is “very, very possible” the body is Tripathi’s. The philosophy major and musician, called a “thoughtful boy” by his parents, grew up in Pennsylvania.

    April 24, 2013 7:31 AM

  28. Boston Bombings Tamerlan Received Welfare Benefits Tamerlan Tsamaev in 2009. (Glenn DePriest/Getty)

    27. Tamerlan Received Welfare Benefits

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev struggled financially, receiving welfare benefits for his family up until last year—when he became ineligible based on his income level, says the AP. The report sheds additional light on Tamerlan, whose uncle spoke out Tuesday to place blame for the attacks on a mysterious Muslim radical who he claims steered Tamerlan toward fundamentalism. “Somehow, he just took [Tamerlan’s] brain,” Tamerlan’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni said. The radical, known to the family only as Misha, pushed Tamerlan to give up boxing and studying music. Sources told The Boston Globe on Tuesday that Russian authorities contacted the U.S. “multiple” times about Tamerlan, including at least once after the FBI investigated his trip to Russia in 2011.

    April 24, 2013 7:22 AM