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  1. Presser Obama: Need More Facts on Syria Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    1. Obama: Need More Facts on Syria

    Obama reaffirmed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross a red line, but that he needs more information before making a decision, and even then stopped short of promising military action. “What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them,” he said. If chemical weapons were used, he said, the administration would have to “rethink the range of options that are available to us.” When a reporter asked whether Obama had lost his “juice,” citing recent defeats on gun control and the sequester, Obama laughed it off. “If you put it that way, maybe I should just pack up and go home,” he joked.  

     

     

    April 30, 2013 11:45 AM

  2. 15+ FDA Lowers Morning-After Pill Age Joe Raedle/Getty

    2. FDA Lowers Morning-After Pill Age

    Currently, the morning-after pill is only available behind pharmacy counters to buyers 17 and up. But on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration stipulated the emergency contraceptive would be moved over the counter for those 15 and older to buy it. The plan was a middle ground found before a court-imposed deadline would lift all age restrictions, and has been praised as "a step in the right direction." Not all are appeased, though. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued against age limits, says it's not enough. Women of all ages without identification still face significant barriers, the group argued. The FDA was originally poised to lift all age limits, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the decision, and said girls as young as 11 should not be allowed to buy the pill on their own.

    April 30, 2013 6:38 PM

  3. BOSTON BOMBINGS Feds Rethinking Tsarnaev Charges Uncredited

    3. Feds Rethinking Tsarnaev Charges

    It may not be long before the country hears more from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Preliminary talks have been under way “for the past few days” to strike a deal that would allow him to avoid the death penalty if he resumes providing information to investigators, government sources told CNN. But lawyers on both sides are far from reaching a clean agreement, and a Justice Department official said it was inaccurate to suggest they were negotiating a penalty. The news comes with the appointment of a prominent American defense lawyer, Judy Clarke, who is known for successfully helping some of the country’s most high-profile criminals avoid the death penalty.

    April 30, 2013 5:35 PM

  4. MOMMY AND ME TIME Yahoo Extends Maternity Leave Mayer in New York City on April 29. (Brian Ach/Getty for TechCrunch)

    4. Yahoo Extends Maternity Leave

    Yahoo employees might not be able to work from home anymore, but they’ll be able to stay home for longer after having a child. CEO Marissa Mayer, two months after banning telecommuting, expanded Yahoo’s maternity policy to allow new mothers to take 16 weeks of paid leave and fathers to take eight weeks. That’s about twice as much leave as Yahoo employees previously got, though it still lags behind other Silicon Valley companies like Google, which offers 22 weeks, and Facebook, which offers four months to parents of both sexes.

    April 30, 2013 1:10 PM

  5. Angel Face Amanda Knox: I Didn't Do It Ida Mae Astute/ABC

    5. Amanda Knox: I Didn't Do It

    Diane Sawyer wasn't skirting the drama Tuesday night as she conducted the first sit-down interview with Amanda Knox since the young woman was tried in Italy for the murder of her roommate. "Did you kill Meredith Kercher?" Sawyer asked. "No," Knox replied. The interview was emotional at times, with Knox tearing up speaking about parents and reliving her her police interrogations, which she says broke her. "What happened to me, hit me like a train, and there was nothing I could to do stop it," she said. "For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not." Of her acquittal's recent overthrow by the Supreme Court of Italy, Knox says: "I can't be afraid right now I have to be ready to fight and defend myself."

    April 30, 2013 10:08 PM

  6. 'THE GAY ATHLETE' Customized Jason Collins Jerseys in High Demand Jonathan Daniel/Getty

    6. ‘Collins 98’ Jerseys in High Demand

    From Bill Clinton to Kobe Bryant, support poured in across the web for NBA player Jason Collins after he came out as gay Monday. Fans, meanwhile, showed their support with customized orders for the Wizards center’s jersey. The team confirmed that “Collins 98” jerseys were the only orders they received on their online store yesterday. With his brave admission in a Sports Illustrated article, Collins has cemented his status as one of the biggest trailblazers in sports history. “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”

    Jason Collins told George Stephanopoulous that coming out was 'incredible.'

    April 30, 2013 2:10 PM

  7. GREAT WHITE WAY ‘Kinky Boots’ Gets 13 Tony Nods Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy” at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. (Boneau/AP)

    7. ‘Kinky Boots’ Gets 13 Tony Nods

    Girls really do have more fun. Kinky Boots, the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led the Tony nominations on Tuesday with 13, while heavyweights Tom Hanks and Nathan Lane will face each other for Best Actor. Kinky Boots, which opened earlier this month to mixed reviews, has serious competition from Matilda, the musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s book. Also nominated were A Christmas Story and Bring It On: The Musical. The play revival Golden Boy led the play nominations with eight, with the late Nora Ephron’s final play, Lucky Guy, receiving six. Hanks, Lane, Holland Taylor, and Laurie Metcalf were all nominated, but there were some big-name snubs, including Bette Midler, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson, and Al Pacino.

    April 30, 2013 9:07 AM

  8. reversing course Paul Ryan Now Pro Same-Sex Adoption Carolyn Kaster/AP

    8. Paul Ryan Now Pro Same-Sex Adoption

    Never mind! Paul Ryan has changed his view on adoption by same-sex partners, he told a town-hall audience in Wisconsin on Monday. In 1999, Ryan voted against gay couples, but now says he has reversed course on the issue. “I’d vote differently these days,” he said. “I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple, I think if a person wants to love and raise a child, they ought to be able to do that.” On same-sex marriage, he says he’s still opposed.

    April 30, 2013 3:47 PM

  9. THIS GUY Man Loses Life Savings at Carnival Mark Wilson

    9. Man Loses Life Savings at Carnival

    Sadly, this story is not from The Onion. A New Hampshire man is calling foul after he blew $2,600—reportedly his life savings—on a carnival game. Determined to win an Xbox Kinect for his kids, Henry Gribbohm, 30, got carried away playing “Tubs of Fun” at a New Hampshire–based fair, where he emptied his bank account and walked away with nothing but a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks. “They explained to me I was going to get all my money back,” Gribbohm told local reporters. “I was going to get an Xbox Kinect … They lied to me.” Gribbohm has since filed a police report for fraud. “For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” he said. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that carny games were created for suckers like him.

    April 30, 2013 12:29 PM

  10. HUZZAH Daily Beast Wins Webby for News

    10. Daily Beast Wins Webby for News

    We did it! For the second year in a row, The Daily Beast has won the Webby Award for Best News, beating out competition from NPR.org, BBC News, NYTimes.com, and The Huffington Post. (HuffPo won the “People’s Voice” vote in the same category.) Now in their 17th year, the Webby Awards honor the best of the Web. Other winners include Tumblr-savvy singer Frank Ocean for Person of the Year, Jerry Seinfeld for his Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and The Onion for Best Humor website. Congrats to all the nominees!

    April 30, 2013 11:47 AM

  11. MOTHER OF DRAGONS ‘Game of Thrones’ Breaks Record Keith Bernstein/HBO

    11. ‘Game of Thrones’ Breaks Record

    HBO is YOLOing through 2013—and it's paying off. The cable station smashed a previous viewership record Sunday night with an episode of their epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones. The episode, which raked in a massive 5.3 million viewers, beat its own series high of 4.9 million. But it's not the only show making improvements. Fictional vice president Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her bumbling personal aide Tony Hale brought in the largest audience to date this season for Veep, with 1.3 million viewers.

    April 30, 2013 12:23 PM

  12. EVERYONE’S A WRITER Lindsay Lohan: Blogger? Actress Lindsay Lohan on April 11 in Hollywood, Calif. (Jason Merritt/Getty)

    12. Lindsay Lohan: Blogger?

    Now that Cat Marnell is writing a book, somebody has to contribute to druggy writing. Lindsay Lohan is rumored to be taking up the mantle, with the Post reporting that the actress will start blogging for Celebuzz in August—after she finishes her stint in rehab, that is. Celebuzz consultant A.J. Daulerio was evasive about Lohan joining the site, saying “I’m still waiting for the official grooming session.” Lohan will reportedly enter rehab at the Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, New York, on Thursday, although she was seen partying at New York’s 1Oak this weekend.

    April 30, 2013 7:18 AM

  13. 'MAINTENANCE' Catherine Zeta-Jones Enters Rehab Ben Birchall / AP Photo

    13. Catherine Zeta-Jones Enters Rehab

    Catherine Zeta-Jones is nipping her mental health issues in the bud. On Monday, the actress checked into a 30-day treatment center to get help for bipolar disorder, according to TMZ. A source told the gossip site it's a proactive measure for "maintenance." Zeta-Jones did a similar treatment in 2011.

    April 29, 2013 8:35 PM

  14. CONFLICT Israeli Rocket Kills Palestinian Scene of Israeli strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty)

    14. Israeli Rocket Kills Palestinian

    An Israeli rocket killed one Palestinian and wounded two others in Gaza on Tuesday—the first lethal airstrike in the region since the November truce. The man killed has been identified as Haitham Mishal, who Palestinian authorities said was a police officer but Israel claimed he was a jihadist involved in the April 17 rocket attack on Eilat. Al Qaeda–linked militants have claimed responsibility for the Eilat attack, but Israel believes Hamas—the ruling party in Gaza—is to blame. In the November truce, Israel agreed to stop assassinating wanted militants while Gaza militants said they would cease rocket attacks—which led to a few months of relative calm.

    April 30, 2013 6:38 AM

  15. Self-Aware Flake Knows Why He’s So Unpopular Alex Wong/Getty

    15. Flake Knows Why He’s So Unpopular

    Sen. Jeff Flake was not exactly surprised to see his approval rating tank almost immediately after casting his vote against expanded background checks on gun sales despite having earlier said he was in support of them. “Given the public’s dim view of Congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum,” the Arizona senator wrote on his Facebook page. According to the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, Flake has a 32 percent approval rating, placing him among America’s least popular senators. 

    April 30, 2013 1:50 PM

  16. Trayvon Martin Case Zimmerman: No ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing Pool / Getty Images

    16. Zimmerman: No ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing

    George Zimmerman is putting his faith in a jury of his peers. The former neighborhood watch leader charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin passed on the opportunity to seek an immunity hearing with a judge as part of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. If he agreed to the hearing, a judge would have had sole discretion in determining whether he is immune from culpability in the killing of Martin under the state’s self-defense law. By not seeking the hearing, he is instead agreeing to let a jury make the determination in a trial.

    April 30, 2013 12:14 PM

  17. reinforcements U.S. Sends Medics to Guantanamo Carol Rosenberg/Miami Herald/Getty

    17. U.S. Sends Medics to Guantanamo

    One hundred of Guantanamo Bay's 166 prisoners are now on hunger strike, prompting the United States to send 40 nurses and medical specialists to monitor the situation. Of those on strike, 21 are being force-fed through a tube, a process described in graphic detail in a recent New York Times op-ed written by a prisoner. The inmates, many of whom are held without charge, are protesting their detention with the hunger strike, which began in February.

    April 29, 2013 10:09 PM

  18. NOT FUNNY McConnell: I’ll Have a Drink With Obama Senator McConnell on Capitol Hill on April 9. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    18. McConnell: I’ll Have a Drink With Obama

    Looks like somebody is taking those White House Correspondents’ Dinner jokes seriously—and we don’t mean Jay-Z. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign account tweeted a photo on Monday of the Kentucky Republican sitting alone with a beer and an open chair after President Obama joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner about having a drink with him. At the swanky dinner on Saturday night, Obama said that some didn’t consider his bipartisan dinner enough, saying “some folks think I didn’t spend enough time with Congress. ‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell.” McConnell answered by saying “I’m shocked. He obviously doesn’t see my soft side.”

    April 30, 2013 7:08 AM

  19. Tragedy Four-Year-Old Indian Rape Victim Dies Silent rally against another rape in New Delhi on April 23. (Mahesh Kumar A./AP)

    19. Four-Year-Old Indian Rape Victim Dies

    A four-year-old Indian girl who was brutally raped died on Monday, hospital authorities say. The little girl had been on a ventilator after suffering severe injuries to both her brain and her vagina. She had been in a coma since April 18, the day after the attack. The girl was the daughter of day laborers in Ghansor. Police said she was lured from her home and was found the next day—bleeding profusely—by her parents. Firoz Khan, 27, has been arrested in connection to the attack. A second man, Rakesh Chaudhary, 25, has been arrested for taking the girl to her attacker but not in the rape itself.

    April 30, 2013 6:40 AM

  20. SHE WENT THERE Colbert Busch Asks Sanford About Affair Busch and Sanford before their debate in Charleston on Monday. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

    20. Colbert Busch Asks Sanford About Affair

    Three years to come up with an answer, and the best response you can think of is playing deaf? At their first debate Monday night, Elizabeth Colbert Busch asked Mark Sanford about his 2009 extramarital affair—and he said he couldn’t hear her. Colbert Busch said fiscal conservatism “doesn’t mean you take the money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose,” referring to Sanford’s infamous 2009 trip to Argentina to visit his mistress—which caused him to resign. To top it off, moderator John Avlon said “she went there, Gov. Sanford” when Sanford attempted to ignore the question. Sanford said “I couldn’t hear what she said” with a smile and asked her to repeat herself, and she didn’t. The pair are locked in a closely watched race in a special election for a South Carolina House seat that once belonged to now-Sen. Tim Scott, who was appointed when longtime senator Jim DeMint resigned.

    April 30, 2013 7:06 AM

  21. COMING OUT Obama Calls Collins, Gives Support Jason Collins on Nov. 15, 2012. (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

    21. Obama Calls Collins, Gives Support

    That screening of 42 really did affect President Obama. On Monday night the president called Jason Collins, who came out as gay earlier that day—the first pro athlete to do so. A White House aide said Obama offered support and congratulated the NBA player. Collins, 34, revealed he is gay on Monday in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, and he cited his college roommate U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in influencing his decision to come out. The two will march in the Boston Gay Pride Parade. Collins has mostly been met with praise for his decision, although ESPN reporter Chris Broussard stood out by saying being gay is an “open rebellion to God.”

    April 30, 2013 6:44 AM

  22. FOXY KNOXY Knox: ‘I’d Like the Truth to Come Out’ Knox during interview of Diane Sawyer on April 9. (Ida Mae Astute/ABC, via AP)

    22. Knox: ‘I’d Like the Truth to Come Out’

    Amanda Knox’s image rehab tour continues. Knox told Diane Sawyer that she would like people to “reconsider” her as a person after her highly watched Italian murder trial. In a preview of an interview that will air Tuesday, Knox says she was in the courtroom when people were calling her “devil,” and everything that she had ever done in her life had been used against her in the Italian court. “For all intents and purposes, I was a murderer—whether I was or not,” Knox says. Knox, now 25, was found guilty of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2009, and spent four years in an Italian prison before the conviction was overthrown. “What happened to me was surreal, but it could have happened to anyone,” she says. Knox says she’d “like the truth to come out.” Knox’s acquittal has since been overturned, meaning she must face a retrial in Italy—if she ever returns.

    April 30, 2013 7:11 AM

  23. TOT ZIENS Dutch Queen Beatrix Abdicates New Dutch King and Queen in Amsterdam on Tuesday. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

    23. Dutch Queen Beatrix Abdicates

    The queen has left the building. The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne on Tuesday, handing it over to her son, Willem-Alexander. He will be the country’s first king since 1890. Beatrix, 75, who has been on the throne for 33 years, announced her plans to step down in January, saying it was time for a “new generation” to take over. About a million people are expected to travel to Amsterdam for the occasion, and street parties will take place throughout the country. The royal family will take part in a water festival on Tuesday night.

    April 30, 2013 6:35 AM

  24. GIRLS ONLY Private Women’s-Only Club Opens in London Grace Belgravia

    24. Private Women’s-Only Club Opens in London

    Private clubs are not only for men anymore—although these aren’t the cigar-filled rooms of men’s folklore. Instead, swanky women’s-only clubs are popping up that promise to “take the stress out of everyday life,” like London’s posh new Grace Belgravia—the first private club for women. According to one of the club’s owners, Grace Belgravia is dedicated to “nurturing and empowering women”—for an $8,000-plus annual membership fee. The club includes a spa, gym, restaurant, lounge, food-delivery service, a celebrity hairstylist, and a medical center headed by the apothecary to the queen. It’s just one of the private women’s-only clubs that have been cropping up worldwide, including a “women’s business club” called the Sorority in London.

    April 30, 2013 1:43 PM