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  1. almost done Spire Raised to One World Trade Spencer Platt/Getty

    1. Spire Raised to One World Trade

    The Western Hemisphere's tallest building is receiving its finishing touches. On Thursday, workers hoisted a spire to the top of One World Trade Center, built in the spot of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The spire, which holds a flag and lights, is waiting on a temporary platform to be permanently attached. Steven Plate, head of construction, said the addition will "give a tremendous indication to people around the entire region and the world that we are back and we are better than ever."

    May 2, 2013 3:15 PM

  2. historic vote Rhode Island Approves Gay Marriage PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP

    2. Rhode Island Approves Gay Marriage

    It’s official: Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday evening. The legislation passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with 56 votes in favor, to applause from the galleries and House floor. Legislators even broke into a rendition of “My Country ’Tis of Thee.” The bill, which was later signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, allows same-sex weddings beginning August 1, and gives couples already in civil unions the right to change their status to married. “At long last, you are free to marry the person you love,” Chafee said.

    May 2, 2013 9:00 PM

  3. new intel Bombers Planned July 4 Attack David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe, via Getty

    3. Bombers Planned July 4 Attack

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to FBI interrogators that he and his brother originally planned their assault as a suicide bombing on the Fourth of July. According to an official, they planned to use pressure-cooker bombs and other homemade explosive devices, but they finished building the bombs early and pushed up the date to Patriots’ Day, April 15. The brothers drove around Boston before settling on the marathon finish line as a target. He also said they watched online videos of radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

    May 2, 2013 8:28 PM

  4. Fan Club New Boston Suspects ‘Idolized’ Dzhokhar Kayana Szymczak / Getty Images

    4. New Boston Suspects ‘Idolized’ Dzhokhar

    A UMass-Dartmouth coed who says she once had a two-week “fling” with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is ready to dish. The girl, who says she lived in Tsarnaev’s dormitory, says their 14-day romance came to an end because he invited her back to his room and wanted to go further than she was willing. "I don't think that's necessarily being a terrorist,” she says. “I think that's just called being a handsy teenaged boy." Her other big reveal was that the two of three students who were just taken into custody “idolized” Tsarnaev, who was the “ringleader” of a pack of five Russian-speaking friends.

    May 2, 2013 2:41 PM

  5. CUSTOM CABINET Pritzker Tapped for Commerce Secretary Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    5. Pritzker Tapped for Commerce Secretary

    Is President Obama hoping Penny Pritzker can stimulate the economy with her own money? The commander in chief selected businesswoman Penny Pritzker as his secretary of Commerce on Thursday morning—and if confirmed by the Senate, she would be the richest member of the current cabinet by a long shot. Pritzker and the president previously have worked closely together—she was his finance chair during his first White House campaign and co-chair of his second campaign. Certain groups may look upon the nomination with some scrutiny. Pritzker, with an estimated worth of $1.85 billion, is ranked as one of the 300 wealthiest people in the U.S. by Forbes magazine. The Pritzker family runs the Hyatt hotel chain, which has clashed with union leaders in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 2001 Superior Bank, which the Pritzker family co-owned and Penny Pritzker chaired from 1991 to 1994, became the largest bank failure in a decade.

    May 2, 2013 12:25 PM

  6. that arrest Witherspoon Pleads No Contest Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

    6. Witherspoon Pleads No Contest

    Elle Woods would approve of Reese Witherspoon's gracious acceptance of responsibility for the incident last month which landed her husband with a DUI and her in handcuffs for disorderly conduct. Witherspoon pled no contest to charges and her husband, Jim Toth, pled guilty. She will pay a $213 fine and Toth will perform community service and take an alcohol education program. Earlier Thursday on Good Morning America, Witherspoon owned up to the bad judgement exhibited by her and her husband.

    Watch this revealing dashcam footage of Reese Witherspoon's arrest.

    May 2, 2013 5:35 PM

  7. Epidemic

    7. U.S. Suicide Rates Surge

    No good news here. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen dramatically over the last decade. Between 1999 and 2010, suicide among 35- to 64-year-olds jumped almost 30 percent—most pronounced among men in their 50s. The baby-boomer suicide rise is complex, but experts say they believe it's connected to the years of economic downturn and access to prescription medication.

    May 2, 2013 9:33 PM

  8. TRAILBLAZER Woman Makes 'Most Wanted' List New york Daily News

    8. Woman Makes 'Most Wanted' List

    Joanne Chesimard, a former member of the Black Liberation Army who allegedly shot dead a state trooper on the New Jersey Turnpike 40 years ago, has been named to the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. Chesimard, 65, has the dubious distinction of being the first woman on the list, which was created by the FBI in 2001. Chesimard was eventually arrested and convicted of murdering the state trooper, but escaped from prison in 1979. She’s been on the lam ever since, though authorities believe she’s been hiding out in Cuba since 1984, which in the past has granted asylum to American fugitives who fit the “revolutionary” mold.

    May 2, 2013 5:58 PM

  9. Trouble in the Terminal

    9. Man Shoots Himself at Houston Airport

    A man shot and killed himself at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport Thursday after causing a disturbance by firing shots into the air inside one of the terminals. A McDonald’s employee says she saw the whole thing: “As soon as he walked in, he just automatically started shooting quickly. And we hear two shots and we just automatically started running. We ran all the way to the back.” Officials say the man fired an AR-15 rifle twice, and then an air marshal fired at him, but missed. He then pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.

    May 2, 2013 4:13 PM

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  11. #welcome Warren Buffett Is Now on Twitter Donald Bowers / Getty Images

    10. Warren Buffett Is Now on Twitter

    “Warren is in the house.” And with that, legendary billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the same man who once admitted to not knowing how to check his own voicemail, announced his Twitter presence on Thursday afternoon. Buffett joined the social-media website in order to participate in an interview with Fortune for a panel called “Warren Buffett on Women and Work…and Other Wisdom,” which is supposed to incorporate social media. His account, @WarrenBuffett, is already verified and had more than 12,000 followers by 12:30 p.m. ET.

    Celebrities' best first tweets.

    May 2, 2013 12:40 PM

  12. HARSH North Korea Sentences American Report of Kenneth Bae viewed in Seoul on Thursday. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty)

    11. North Korea Sentences American

    Bill Clinton, any chance you’re going to meet Kim Jong-un any time soon? North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years in a hard-labor camp for so-called crimes against the state. Bae, who was born in South Korea, but is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested while visiting North Korea as a tourist. The reasons behind his arrest are unclear, although some have speculated that he was arrested after taking pictures of starving children. The harsh sentence could be that he will end up as a bargaining chip for North Korea, as relations between the communist country and the U.S. have continued to deteriorate. But it’s an even harsher sentence than the one given to two American journalists in 2009, when Bill Clinton had to personally negotiate for their release.

    May 2, 2013 7:01 AM

  13. BAD ROBOT J.J. Abrams Visits ‘Downton Abbey’ @bad_robot/Twitter

    12. J.J. Abrams Visits ‘Downton Abbey’

    Lost, Star Trek, Star Wars, and now ... Downton Abbey? J.J. Abrams stopped by the set of the mega-popular British period drama Wednesday, tweeting a photo of himself in the kitchen with actress Phyllis Logan, who plays head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes. Time to start decoding: Abrams and Logan were mixing something in front of what seemed like an endless row of eggs. Any Lost fans want to take a guess at what it means?

    May 2, 2013 7:44 AM

  14. WHEW! ECB Cuts Interest Rates Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty

    13. ECB Cuts Interest Rates

    While expected, the European Central Bank’s move to cut its main interest rate Thursday comes as a welcome step in the right direction for many analysts. The ECB’s governing council cut the refinancing rate to a new low of 0.5 percent. The change in rate affects over €850 billion in ECB loans. While the ECB had planned on a healthier euro zone by springtime, data coming out this month are likely to show the economy contracting for the sixth straight quarter.

    May 2, 2013 8:39 AM

  15. ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’ BBC’s Stuart Hall Admits Sex Abuse Former BBC broadcaster Hall on Feb. 7. (Jon Super/AP)

    14. BBC’s Stuart Hall Admits Sex Abuse

    Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall on Thursday admitted to 14 counts of sexual abuse against girls ages 9 to 17 between 1967 and 1986. Hall, 83, formerly hosted It’s a Knockout and most recently was a sports commenter on BBC’s Radio 5 and sports columnist. He pleaded guilty April 16 and will be sentenced June 17. According to the charges, he sexually molested a 9-year-old girl in the 1980s by sticking a hand up her clothing, and he also allegedly kissed a 13-year-old girl on the lips. He had also been accused of rape, which he denied, and the complaint has been dropped. Nazir Afzal, the chief Crown prosecutor on the case, called Hall an “opportunistic predator.”

    May 2, 2013 7:28 AM


    15. Teen Raps About Marathon Bombing

    A Massachusetts high school student is being held on $1 million bail after making a threat to “outdo the Boston Marathon bombings” on his Facebook page. The threat, it turns out, was posted in the form of a rap on Facebook and with the promise to “kill people.” There was also a mention of the White House. Another student spotted the post and reported it to police. Gawker says police searched the 18-year-old’s house to find an Xbox and a laptop.

    May 2, 2013 1:58 PM

  17. GUILTY Bomb-Detector Con Man Gets 10 Years AFP

    16. Bomb-Detector Con Man Gets 10 Years

    After being found guilty of selling more than £55 million worth of fake bomb detectors to numerous security hotspots, including Iraq, Jim McCormick was sentenced to 10 years in jail Thursday. It’s the maximum sentence for the three counts of fraud he was charged with. McCormick sold items billed as explosive- and drug-detecting devices for as much as £10,000 each, but in reality, they were based on novelty golf-ball locators that typically retail for roughly £15. A group of Iraqi exiles is calling for at least £7 million in compensation from McCormick, whom they blame for thousands of lost lives and injuries in Iraq. The justice called his fraud the most serious he’s ever encountered.

    May 2, 2013 11:01 AM

  18. NEXT ACT David Petraeus to Teach at USC General Petraeus at USC on March 26. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

    17. David Petraeus to Teach at USC

    Former CIA director David Petraeus will be teaching part time as well as mentoring students who are veterans at the University of Southern California starting in the summer, officials will announce Thursday. He also will be joining the faculty at the City University of New York. Petraeus, who led the forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned in November as the head of the CIA after admitting an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. Broadwell, meanwhile, spoke publicly for the first time since the scandal at a prayer breakfast Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, saying she had “made some mistakes in the past,” but she is turning to her “faith” to help her move past it.

    May 2, 2013 7:05 AM

  19. TRAGEDY Bangladesh Mayor Suspended Searching among building collapse victims on Wednesday. (Ismail Ferdous/AP)

    18. Bangladesh Mayor Suspended

    The mayor of the Bangladesh municipality where a clothing factory collapsed last week, killing hundreds, was suspended Thursday, as many have blamed the tragedy on lax oversight of the factory. The death toll in the disaster climbed to 430, while about 2,500 of the 3,000 people who worked at the complex have been accounted for. Eight people, including the building’s owner and his father, have been arrested so far in connection with the building’s collapse. A senior official said last week that the Savar municipality should not have granted permission for it even to be built, and five stories were on the permit—but an additional three were added illegally. Meanwhile, Pope Francis weighed in Wednesday, calling the conditions “slave labor.”

    May 2, 2013 7:03 AM

  20. BOSTON Kazakhstan: We’re Working With U.S.

    19. Kazakhstan: We’re Working With U.S.

    Nobody wants to own up to their citizens using “LOL” so much. Kazakhstan officials insisted Thursday that they are working with the U.S. after finding out that two Kazakh citizens—college students in the U.S. on visas—have been charged with aiding the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19, were friends from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, with the younger Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar. They have been accused—along with a third man, U.S. citizen Robel Phillipos—with removing a backpack and laptop from Dzhokhar’s room after the boming. After the attack, which killed three and wounded over 200, Kadyrbayev allegedly texted Dzhokhar that his face was on the news, to which Dzhokhar responded, “lol,” and warned his friend, “you better not text me again.”

    May 2, 2013 6:58 AM

  21. UM, WHAT? RNC Ad Shows Obama With Newtown Mom RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on March 18. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

    20. RNC Ad Shows Obama With Newtown Mom

    Just making sure we’re on the same page: Republicans are blocking gun reform, but now they are criticizing President Obama for not passing it? The Democratic National Committee is fuming over a Republican National Committee ad called “First 100 Days,” which shows Obama consoling the mother of a victim of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting—but criticizes him for not passing gun reform in the wake of the massacre. The RNC insisted that it used a clip from an ABC News package, with an RNC spokesman tweeting, “I don’t think we control ABC.” It’s just another instance of the high-stakes fight over gun reform, coming two days after New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte was confronted at a town-hall meeting by the daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal, who was killed in the shooting.

    May 2, 2013 6:56 AM

  22. R.I.P. Kris Kross’s Chris Kelly Dies Chris Kelly and Chris Smith of Kris Kross. (Frank Trapper/Corbis)

    21. Kris Kross’s Chris Kelly Dies

    Rapper Chris Kelly of the ’90s duo Kris Kross died Wednesday, possibly of a drug overdose, police said. Kelly was 34. According to a police spokesman, authorities were called to Kelly’s home at around 4:30 p.m., and Kelly was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5 p.m. Kelly, known as Mac Daddy, was half of the kid rap group Kris Kross, whose debut album, Totally Krossed Out, went multiplatinum in 1992, with the megahit “Jump.” But they were never able to live up to the success of the first album, and in recent years, Kelly suffered from alopecia, which caused hair loss.

    May 2, 2013 7:42 AM


    22. Dozens Die in Sudan Mine Collapse

    A gold-mine collapse in western Sudan this week has killed at least 60 people, state-run Ashorooq TV is reporting, and many more are still unaccounted for. The mine, in the town of El Serief in north Darfur, collapsed after miners dug in one of its most dangerous areas. One eyewitness blames the tragedy on the mines not being well organized. “The mining tunnels were very close to each other,” he said, and added that the mines in the region “were supposed to be closed and then reorganized.” Authorities say that anyone unaccounted for is being presumed dead.

    May 2, 2013 12:08 PM

  24. WELCOME BACK? Woman Returns After Being Missing for 11 Years Brenda Heist. (Lititz Borough Police/AP)

    23. Woman Returns After Being Missing for 11 Years

    A Pennsylvania woman resurfaced in Florida on Wednesday, 11 years after she went missing—and years after being declared legally dead. Brenda Heist, 53, told police that she left in 2002 while she was going through a nasty divorce and had just been turned down for housing assistance. While crying in a park, she was befriended by two women and a man who invited her to go along on a monthlong hitchhiking trip through Florida. Heist never returned, and in the years since, she lived for seven years with a man in a camper, but has spent the past two years homeless. When she met with police earlier this week, she apologized for what she did to her family. She apparently turned herself in because she was tired of living on the run.

    May 2, 2013 7:27 AM


    24. ANC Demands Explanation After Guptagate

    This is just begging to be on an episode of Bridezillas. The lavish wedding of Vega Gupta, a niece of the Indian billionaire Gupta brothers, kicked off Tuesday in South Africa with 200 guests being flown on a chartered Jet Airways flight to the Waterkloof Air Force Base to head to Sun City. But now South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is demanding some answers on why a strategic base was being lent out for a wedding. The influential Saharanpur-born Gupta brothers, most notably Atul, Ajay, and Rajesh, own the New Age newspaper and the Sahara computer group. A family spokesman insisted they had the full permission of the proper authorities to use the base. Oh, and the wedding isn’t over yet: over 400 guests are expected to attend the three-day ceremony this weekend.

    May 2, 2013 7:30 AM

  26. LOL. OBVI. This Is How You Turn Hipster Zlatko Kostic/Corbis

    25. This Is How You Turn Hipster

    Step one: grow a beard. Step two: move to Brooklyn. The New York Time enlightens us, once again, on how to become a hipster. Middle-aged Manhattanite writer Henry Alford spends a few days in Williamsburg, living among “the rooftop gardeners and the sustainability consultants and the chickeneers.” Some of his discoveries: the hip argyle wool socks he considers buying aren’t local; Bedford Avenue is a “veritable ocean of beard”; you still have to wait an hour for a restaurant that aesthetically aspires to “gulag in da hood.” But don’t worry, young people in Brooklyn, Alford’s conclusion is optimistic: the “eco-conscious, agrarian-seeming, hair-celebrating” 20-somethings are self-respecting.

    May 2, 2013 9:00 AM