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    1. Feds Hunting for Bombers’ Laptop

    There may be an important new clue to the Boston Marathon bombings—buried in New Bedford’s Crapo Hill Landfill. Federal authorities believe that a laptop belonging to one or both of the Tsarnaev brothers may be in the landfill, and they’ve begun scouring it dressed in white hazmat suits. According to ABC News, authorities got the tip from two men from Kazakhstan who knew the brothers. The two men, who lived near the campus of UMass Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was enrolled, are currently being held on charges of violating their student visas.

    April 26, 2013 5:06 PM

  2. DISCOVERY 9/11 Plane Part Found in NYC? Mark Lennihan/AP

    2. 9/11 Plane Part Found in NYC?

    More than 11 years after 9/11, a piece of one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center towers may have turned up in lower Manhattan. Two law enforcement sources tell NBC New York that the five-foot-long piece of debris was found stuck in a narrow alley between two buildings in lower Manhattan. (One building, 51 Park Place, is the site of the controversial “ground zero mosque.”) The plane part, apparently landing gear, has the word “Boeing” stamped on it along with some numbers. The NYPD has now blocked off the area—if the part indeed belongs to a 9/11 plane, one source said, “it would be a crime scene.”

    April 26, 2013 4:35 PM

  3. Suspicious Bombing Suspect’s Mom on Terrorism List SERGEI RASULOV/AFP

    3. Bombing Suspect’s Mom on Terrorism List

    We already knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on a terrorism watch list, but it turns out his mom was too. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is one of more than 745,000 people on the CIA’s terrorism database. The two were added to the list back in the fall of 2011, when the Russian government requested that the CIA look into whether they were Islamist extremists. The FBI had already investigated the mother and son six months earlier at Russia’s insistence and found no signs that either was linked to terrorism. Zubeidat’s reaction to the suggestion that she would be listed in a U.S. terror database was pretty much the same as her reaction to the news that her children likely plotted and carried out the Boston Marathon bombings. “It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she told the AP. 

    April 26, 2013 4:20 PM

  4. THE KING IS GONE Country Star George Jones Dies Rick Diamond / Getty Images Entertainment

    4. Country Star George Jones Dies

    George Jones, one of the most legendary country singers of his generation, who was known for his deep baritone and his hard-partying life, died Friday in Nashville, his publicist confirmed. He was 81. Jones was known as the Possum early in his career for his close-set eyes and pointed nose and was later nicknamed No-Show Jones after he became infamous for ditching performances after drinking and drug binges. Jones had a deep baritone, which often lent a note of sorrow to even his most upbeat songs. His style of singing was so popular that he influenced music of some of country’s biggest stars. In addition, his rocky marriage to Tammy Wynette—she famously stayed with him after she caught him cheating—and their subsequent divorce dominated the tabloids.

    George Jones performs a live version of his hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

    April 26, 2013 12:16 PM

  5. UNSOLVED MYSTERY Hailey Dunn’s Remains Found Victor Cristales/ZUMA Press/Corbis

    5. Hailey Dunn’s Remains Found

    Human remains discovered in a remote region of West Texas have been identified as those of Hailey Dunn, the 13-year-old Texas girl who went missing in December 2010. Dunn’s body was found roughly 20 miles north of her hometown of Colorado City, where officials have been searching for the teen cheerleader ever since she vanished. No one has been charged in connection to her disappearance, though her mother, Billie Jean Dunn, was arrested for lying to police about the whereabouts of Shawn Adkins, her live-in boyfriend and a person of interest in the case.  

    April 26, 2013 7:57 PM

  6. HINDSIGHT Todd Akin Regrets ‘Legitimate Rape’ Whitney Curtis/Getty

    6. Todd Akin Regrets ‘Legitimate Rape’

    Todd Akin doesn't blame anyone but himself—and maybe the mainstream heads of the Republican Party—for his failed Senate campaign, and if he could, he would totally take back that “legitimate rape” comment. In an interview with a local TV station, the former Missouri congressman talked about what he's been up to since November (changing the oil in his cars and hanging out with his grandchildren, mostly) and whether he’d consider getting back into politics. “It’s one of those things that depends on the circumstances really,” he said. “I don’t rule anything out.”

    Todd Akin regrets his 'legitimate rape' comments.

    April 26, 2013 2:18 PM

  7. NUMBER CRUNCHING U.S. Economy Speeds Up a Bit Brandon Wade/AP

    7. U.S. Economy Speeds Up a Bit

    The U.S. economy grew by just 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, a rate that is lower than expected and could cause more fears that a recession is on the horizon as the country faces deep economic cuts and higher taxes. The numbers, released Friday by the U.S. Commerce Department, missed the forecast of 3 percent, indicating that the economy has weakened in recent weeks especially. The Federal Reserve, which meets next week, could use the news to keep buying bonds at its current rate of $85 billion a month. But there was some good news: the GDP grew in almost all areas of the economy, and consumer spending—which accounts for two thirds percent of all U.S. economic activity—grew 3.2 percent.

    April 26, 2013 2:30 PM

  8. Take that, Sequester Congress Ends Air Traffic Furloughs David McNew

    8. Congress Ends Air Traffic Furloughs

    After sequester cuts led to a shortage of 1,500 air-traffic controllers this week and thousands of delayed flights, Congress has agreed to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to move $253 million from other accounts to end furloughs and keep air-traffic-control towers open at smaller airports. "This should prevent the onerous delays that have been occurring and that were only going to get worse as the traveling season reached its peak this summer," said Senator Susan Collins of Maine. The Senate passed the bill on Thursday and the House followed up with its approval on Friday.

    April 26, 2013 4:45 PM

  9. DEAL

    9. Soros Shops JCPenney

    What can a few billion buy in a JCPenney store? Despite a recent spate of bad news for the retailer, billionaire George Soros is buying a 7.9 percent stake in the company. The investment comes after CEO Ron Johnson, a former Apple executive, was pushed out.

    April 26, 2013 11:27 AM

  10. MOVING ON ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Half Out Dan Steinberg, File / AP Photo

    10. ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Half Out

    CBS has renewed the beleaguered comedy Two and a Half Men for an 11th season, but viewers can expect to see a lot less of its half-man, Angus T. Jones. The actor will return to the show in a recurring role rather than as a regular on the series. Jones infamously called the show “filth” in a video testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church that went viral late last year, prompting speculation that he wouldn’t be welcome back. But CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler defended him in January: “At the end of the day, they want him back and he wants to come back and that’s it.”

    April 26, 2013 8:21 PM

  11. WORLD'S CUTEST KITTY ‘Lil Bub’ Wins at Tribeca Film Fest Mike Bridavsky

    11. ‘Lil Bub’ Wins at Tribeca Film Fest

    The kitty takes the cake! Lil Bub, the world’s cutest cat, has led her team to win Best Feature Film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The Vice documentary Lil Bub & Friendz tells the story of the “permakitten” who became an Internet sensation and examines our obsession with other Internet-famous cats. Lil Bub isn’t like the rest of them. She’s a dwarf, so her limbs are disproportionately smaller than the rest of her body, and her underdeveloped lower jaw makes her tongue stick out permanently. Frankly, she couldn’t be more adorable, and as her owner put it, “she makes it OK to be different.”


    April 26, 2013 2:53 PM

  12. HARROWING EXPERIENCE Boston Carjack Victim Shares His Story Mario Tama/Getty

    12. Boston Carjack Victim Shares His Story

    Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s carjacking victim shared the details of his frightening night with The Boston Globe. Danny, a 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur who would be identified only by his American nickname, recalls being approached by a man in dark clothes last Thursday night—who bragged that he’d bombed the Boston Marathon and just killed a police officer. Danny recounts driving the two suspects around 90 minutes, talking about everything from girls and whether people still listen to CDs to whether they could take the car to New York, before he was finally able to make his escape during a moment of weakness when they stopped at a Shell station. "I don't want to be a famous person talking on TV," Danny told the Globe. "I don't feel like a hero ... I was just trying to save myself."

    April 26, 2013 9:14 AM

  13. THE WOLF’S LAIR Hitler’s Food Taster Tells All Margot Woelk in Berlin on April 25. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

    13. Hitler’s Food Taster Tells All

    Every meal could have been her last. Adolf Hitler’s last surviving food taster, Margot Woelk, spent two and a half years as one of 15 young women who sampled the führer’s gourmet vegetarian dishes to make sure they weren’t poisoned. She kept her role a secret until recently, a few months after her 95th birthday, when she decided to publish her dispatches from the Wolf’s Lair—a heavily guarded command center where Hitler spent much of his time. Although the food was delicious ("only the best vegetables"), Woelk lived in fear long after her harrowing wartime role ended. "For decades I tried to shake off those memories," she said. "But they always came back to haunt me at night."

    April 26, 2013 1:09 PM

  14. RED LINE Israel to U.S.: Act on Syria Chemical Weapons Treatment in Aleppo for alleged chemical attack on March 19. (SANA, via AP)

    14. Israel to U.S.: Act on Syria Chemical Weapons

    Israeli officials urged the U.S. to consider military action in Syria as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out to back the U.S.’s claim that President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons. The White House said on Thursday that Syria likely used chemical weapons, but U.S. officials emphasized that they are not 100 percent certain. President Obama has previously stated that the use of such weapons would be a “game changer” in determining whether or not to intervene in Syria's two-year-old civil war—which has claimed tens thousands of lives. The administration urged caution, and said they would need definitive proof before getting involved. Israel is threatening to strike Syria—anxious to stop weapons from Assad’s army from falling into the hands of Hezbollah militants in neighboring Lebanon.

    April 26, 2013 7:08 AM

  15. 'so f---ing AWKWARD' Profane Sorority Email Writer Resigns G Fiume/Getty

    15. Profane Sorority Email Writer Resigns

    Rebecca Martinson, the author of a profanity-laden email to her sorority sisters that got leaked and went viral last week, has resigned from the University of Maryland's Delta Gamma sorority chapter, according to a statement posted on the sorority's Facebook page. The email, originally posted on Gawker, railed against her fellow sisters for being "so f---ing AWKWARD and so f---ing BORING" in front of a fraternity during Greek Week. "Newsflash you stupid cocks: FRATS DON'T LIKE BORING SORORITIES," part of the email read. "Oh wait, DOUBLE F---ING NEWSFLASH: SIGMA NU IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO HANG OUT WITH US IF WE F---ING SUCK, which by the way in case you're an idiot and need it spelled out for you, WE F---ING SUCK SO FAR." "The tone and content of the email was highly inappropriate and unacceptable by any standard," part of the sorority's statement read. "This email should not be depicted in any way as standard or routine or tied to any official sorority voice. It is not an official voice or message and should not be construed as such."

    April 25, 2013 8:43 PM

  16. NEW HOME Tsarnaev Released From Hospital Devens Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    16. Tsarnaev Released From Hospital

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was released from the hospital Friday and taken to Fort Devens, a prison for inmates who need medical care. At Fort Devens, he'll be joining Raj Rajaratnam, 55, the former head of the Galleon Group who is serving 11 years for insider trading. Tsarnaev spent a week hospitalized for multiple gunshot wounds—one to his neck—which he sustained during a massive manhunt that shut down Boston just one week ago. Meanwhile, new intelligence shows that Russian authorities warned the U.S. just nine months ago about the Tsarnaev brothers’ long trip to their country, but they only told a single member of Boston’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and not state and local authorities.

    April 26, 2013 10:57 AM

  17. CONSPIRACY THEORY Bombing Suspects’ Parents Blame the U.S. Parents of Tsarnaev brothers on Thursday. (Sergei Rasulov/AFP/Getty)

    17. Bombing Suspects’ Parents Blame the U.S.

    During a press conference in Dagestan, the Tsarnaev parents continued to insist that their sons have been wrongly accused in the Boston Marathon bombing—claiming that neither Tamerlan nor Dzhokhar was involved with radical Islam. Despite the evidence presented against her sons, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva adamantly stated that she will not accept the notion that they are guilty. "No, I don't—and won't. Never!" she said through tears. The boys' mother claims she is considering renouncing her U.S. citizenship. "I thought America was going to ... protect us, our kids. It was going to be safe," she said. "But it happened the opposite. My kids—America took my kids away from me—only America."

    April 26, 2013 10:36 AM

  18. PREEMPTIVE Report: Ambassador Pick Tied to Gambling Ring Phil McCarten /Landov

    18. Report: Ambassador Pick Tied to Gambling Ring

    Marc Lasry was all set to become the next U.S. ambassador to France, that is, until the FBI was asked to look into whether he had any criminal ties. In the wake of his close friend Illya Trincher's arrest for allegedly running a $100 million gambling and money-launering ring through an art gallery in the Carlyle hotel, Lasry decided to avoid a potential scandal and turn down the prestigious position. His name had already come up in the FBI investigation into the racket as someone who was known to love himself some high-stakes poker. "Its not that he committed a crime," a source told the New York Post. "But it opens a can of worms." Does this mean Anna Wintour is back in the running?

    April 26, 2013 11:33 AM

  19. SWEATY, BUT WORTH IT?  Alba: I Wore a Double Corset After Baby Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Entertainment

    19. Jessica Alba: I Wore a Double Corset After Baby

    Nobody said weight loss is easy, but wearing a double corset seems a little painful. Jessica Alba, 31, recently told Net-a-Porter magazine that she wore a double corset “day and night” to lose weight after giving birth. “It was brutal, it’s not for everyone,” Alba said of the routine. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it.” Alba has two daughters, Honor and Haven, with husband Cash Warren. Although Alba swore by it, the corset is not without some controversy. Doctors and neurologists have warned that wearing corsets 24/7 can be harmful to your health. “It squeezes your ribs so much that you can’t take a deep breath. Corsets can squish your lungs by 30 to 60 percent, making you breathe like a scared rabbit.” That explains a lot about Scarlett O’Hara, actually.

    April 26, 2013 1:22 PM

  20. TRAGEDY Dozens Killed in Russian Mental-Hospital Fire Fire fighters at hospital outside of Moscow on Friday. (Pavel Sergeyev/AP)

    20. 38 Killed in Russian Mental-Hospital Fire

    At least 38 people were killed early Friday in a fire at a Moscow-area “special regime” mental hospital, meaning that most of the patients were confined to the facility. It’s unclear if this is a factor in the high death toll, although the region’s acting governor, Andrei Vorobyov, said the fire spread rapidly. The nearest fire station is a 40-minute drive from the clinic. “Some windows were fit with security bars, but some were not,” Vorobyov said. Russia’s lax security code has been known to lead to inadequate fire exits. Authorities had identified 20 victims by midmorning.

    April 26, 2013 7:06 AM

  21. RALLY Tear Gas Fired at Bangladesh Protesters Bangladeshi woman at site of collapsed building on Friday. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

    21. Tear Gas Fired at Bangladesh Protesters

    Bangladeshi police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters demanding better working conditions after a garment factory collapsed, killing hundreds, earlier this week. M Asaduzzam, a police officer in the control room, called the protests "volatile." Asaduzzam said police used “rubber bullets and tear gas” to disperse the crowd. Meanwhile, the death toll in Wednesday’s deadly building collapse has risen to 300, with authorities expecting to find even more bodies as they search the building. A total of 45 people were found alive Thursday, raising the hopes of thousands of relatives. The collapse came just months after a fire in November at a factory that makes clothes for Walmart and other Western labels.

    April 26, 2013 7:31 AM

  22. DOES HE EXIST? Te’o Passed Over in NFL First-Round Draft Manti Te'o at NFL scouting combine on Feb. 25. (Dave Martin/AP)

    22. Te’o Passed Over in NFL First-Round Draft

    For Manti Te’o, 2013 keeps getting worse. The onetime Notre Dame star was passed over Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft by 28 teams—even those that desperately need a linebacker. The Heisman runner-up had a team-leading 103 tackles and seven interceptions for Notre Dame, but his career took an unsettling turn when it was revealed that he had been part of a hoax involving his dead ex-girlfriend—who, it turns out, never existed. Te’o insists that he was a victim of foul play in the hoax. Shortly before that story made headlines, Te’o struggled to perform in the national championship against Alabama. Many scouts consider him the best player left available to be drafted.

    April 26, 2013 8:18 AM

  23. GOOD NEWS? Russian Court to Rule in Pussy Riot Case Pussy Riot member Tolokonnikova in court on Friday. (Mikhail Metzel/AP)

    23. Russian Court to Rule in Pussy Riot Case

    A Russian court on Friday will rule on whether one of the jailed Pussy Riot members is eligible for an early release from the two-year jail sentence the punk girl band was issued last year. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been in jail since last March, when the band was arrested after a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a cathedral. Tolokonnikova and two other members of the band were sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. One of the women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, has had her sentence suspended. In her court appearance for an early release, Tolokonnikova wore a Soviet-style dark prison uniform and said the prison did not support her early release because she “didn’t repent.”

    April 26, 2013 8:21 AM

  24. HELLO, SYDNEY MTV Orders ‘Scream’ Pilot Lisa Poole/AP

    24. MTV Orders ‘Scream’ Pilot

    It’s the ’90s all over again. MTV has ordered a pilot based on the horror franchise Scream, the network announced Thursday. And there’s more: MTV is in talks with original director Wes Craven to direct at least the one-hour pilot. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, MTV also renewed Snooki & JWOWW for a third season.

    April 26, 2013 8:26 AM

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    25. Report: Bieber Got Gomez Tattooed on Him

    We take it this means they're back together? Justin Bieber debuted a new tattoo for the paparazzi while on his way out of a Stockholm hotel on Thursday--and it looks pretty familiar. points out that the dark-haired woman with angel wings now etched onto the Biebs' wrist bears a striking resemblance to the pop star's on-and-off-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez. Specifically, the tattoo's dress, makeup and hairstyle look like a smudgy version of a photo from Gomez's July 2012 Elle magazine cover shoot. How romantic?

    April 25, 2013 10:06 PM

  27. SETBACK HIV Vaccine Trial Fails Conceptual view of HIV. (Science Faction, via Corbis)

    26. HIV Vaccine Trial Fails

    Federal researchers on Thursday shut down the clinical trial of an HIV vaccine after it appeared that those given the experimental vaccine were slightly more likely to contract the deadly virus than those who got the placebo. Nearly 2,500 volunteers—all men or transgender men—have participated in the study of HVTN 505 vaccine since the trial began in 2009. Investigators insist that everyone who participated must be informed whether they received the vaccine or the placebo. Earlier trials had shown that the vaccine could produce an immune response when people came in contact with HIV, but the larger trial showed those who received it were actually at a higher risk to contract the virus.

    April 26, 2013 7:37 AM

  28. REMAND Musharraf Put on House Arrest Soldiers escort former Pres. Musharraf in Islamabad on Friday. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty)

    27. Musharraf Put on House Arrest

    Former Pakistani prime minister Pervez Musharraf was put on house arrest Friday over the suspected killing of ex–prime minister Benazir Bhutto five years ago. Musharraf has been charged with conspiracy to commit Bhutto’s murder, one of many legal cases against him since his return to Pakistan in March. Prior to Friday’s hearing, he had already been on a two-week house arrest, set to expire May 4, for charges related to his alleged firing of judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007. Despite four years of self-imposed exile, Musharraf returned to the country in March and announced plans to run for president.

    April 26, 2013 7:34 AM