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  1. TRAGEDY Eight Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty

    1. Eight Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

    At least eight soldiers connected to the U.S. military in Afghanistan were killed Saturday, making it the deadliest day for Western troops in almost six months. Two soldiers allegedly succumbed to gunshot wounds, while five were killed after their vehicle ran over a roadside bomb. Speaking out after the incident, the governor of the Kandahar province said the bomb had been placed in the Maiwand district. Maiwand is known as the "spiritual birthplace" of the Taliban, which announced its spring offensive last week. The attack came around the time Afghan president Hamid Karzai announced that his government has been receiving money from the CIA for more than ten years.

    May 4, 2013 7:30 PM

  2. big problem Texas Plant Only Insured for $1M Damage from plant explosion in West, Texas on April 25. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

    2. Texas Plant Only Insured for $1M

    One million bucks ain't gonna cut it. According to a lawyer filing suit against the owners of the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, the plant only carried a $1 million liability insurance policy. The blast last month killed 14 people, injured 200 more, and destroyed blocks of nearby property. An estimate by an insurance industry group puts the damages at $100 million.

    May 4, 2013 2:59 PM

  3. SWEET VICTORY Orb Wins the Kentucky Derby Travis Lindquist

    3. Orb Wins the Kentucky Derby

    Capturing the win at the opening race of the Triple Crown season was jockey Joel Rosario—who some have called the "hottest jockey in America"—and his horse Orb. The pair beat out two jockeys hoping to make history, Kevin Krigger, the first African-American to ride since 1921, and Rosie Napravnik, the sixth female to ever participate in the race. Orb flew past Revolutionary and Golden Soul in the final seconds to capture the title. Speaking to reporters after the race, a mud-splattered Rosario described the run as a "perfect trip." Orb was a pre-race favorite to win.

    May 4, 2013 8:02 PM

  4. meanwhile, in Texas... LaPierre: 'We Will Never Surrender' NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Friday in Houston. (Steve Ueckert/Getty)

    4. LaPierre: 'We Will Never Surrender'

    Wayne LaPierre returned to the spotlight with a rabblerousing speech at the National Rifle Association's convention in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. “We will never surrender our guns, never,” LaPierre told a cheering audience. The NRA executive vice president argued that tragedies like Newtown and Aurora are being used "to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda." He also noted the recent defeat of a background check bill in the Senate, saying it would have done nothing to prevent mass shootings.

    May 4, 2013 4:58 PM

  5. LOVE LOST Katherine Russell: The Good Wife Stew Milne/AP

    5. Katherine Russell: The Good Wife

    Authorities are widening their gaze in the Boston Marathon bombing case to the Tsarnaev brothers' closest associates, including Tamerlan’s mysterious widow, Katherine Russell. New details on Russell, 24, paint the picture of a privileged East Coast girl, who played alto saxophone, sketched pictures of cats, and bought clothes (and once stole) from Old Navy. Russell’s friends from college—who a classmate describes as “straight out of Sex and the City”—say she was “infatuated” with Tamerlan upon meeting him. By 2010 she had dropped out of college, converted to Islam, and married him. The FBI’s investigation into her role in the bombings is ongoing.

    May 4, 2013 9:33 AM

  6. TRUTH Israel Aimed for Iran's Weapons Rebels clash with government forces in Damascus on Friday. (Ugarit News via AP video/AP)

    6. Israel Aimed for Iran's Weapons

    Israeli officials claimed responsibility Saturday for the airstrike that hit Syria early Friday morning, an attack they claim was aimed at a shipment of weapons from Iran. The incident marks the second time this year that Israel has targeted Iran's weapon shipments, both times targeting what they believe are shipments to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The weapons, although "game-changing," were not the chemical weapons that concern U.S. officials. Iran and Hezbollah continue to back Syria' ruthless President Bashar al-Assad, as the death toll in the war-torn country tops 700,000.

    May 4, 2013 7:45 PM

  7. desperate Hundreds of Syrians Flee Coast Rebels clash with government forces in Damascus on Friday. (Ugarit News via AP video/AP)

    7. Hundreds of Syrians Flee Coast

    Hundreds of Syrians have deserted coastal towns where government troops reportedly killed an estimated 150 people in two days. Activists posted footage online of mutilated and charred bodies, including women and children, killed in massacres in al-Bayda and Baniyas. Syrian government claimed the army operations were to drive back terrorist groups and restore peace. Refugees from the area have been blocked from taking shelter in a city south of the conflicted area, activists say.

    May 4, 2013 12:04 PM

  8. Return of the Jedi Fans Rejoicing on Star Wars Day Chris Pizzello/AP

    8. Fans Rejoicing on Star Wars Day

    It's a particuarly happy Star Wars Day for fans of the epic space film series. Not only has a new trilogy been announced—directed by nerd hero J.J. Abrams—but at least two tie-in films will be released in the next few years. George Lucas, the series' creator, is out largely of the picture (even more good news for some followers). And the fan-made Star Wars Uncut project is working on its version of The Empire Strikes Back. But are things going too well? Could the Dark Side be lulling us into complacency, only to send us another Phantom Menace-like horror? Let's hope not, but whatever happens: May the Fourth be with you.

    May 4, 2013 11:22 AM

  9. GEW Rat Meat Sold As ‘Lamb’ in China Mike Clarke

    9. Rat Meat Sold As ‘Lamb’ in China

    In the latest gag-inducing food scandal to hit China, authorities have revealed that the chemical-soaked flesh of rats was being sold as “lamb meat” in Shanghai markets. Mink, fox, chicken claws, and other faux meats were also being packaged as cow meat and mutton in the nearby province of Jiangsu. Police have made more than 900 arrests and seized 10 tons of the meats, but only after a criminal operation had sold roughly $1.6 million of the stuff. The rat-meat announcement comes at the end of a three-month national campaign that began in late January to uncover more than 382 meat-related offenses, seizing a total of 20,000 tons of fake, diseased, or otherwise adulterated meat.

    May 3, 2013 4:00 PM

  10. Courtroom Drama Harper Lee Sues Agent Author Harper Lee in 2007. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

    10. Harper Lee Sues Agent

    Eighty-seven year old Harper Lee is suing her literary agent, accusing him of duping her into giving him the copyright to her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Lee filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, alleging that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee's long-time agent, Eugene Winick, took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight to transfer the rights of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Lee says she has no memory of agreeing to relinquish her rights. To Kill a Mockingbird is Lee's only published book, and she has largely lived a secluded life in Monroeville, Ala.

    May 4, 2013 2:51 PM

  11. GOING TO THE CHAPEL Keira Knightley Married Righton and Knightley in New york City on July 31, 2012. (Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic, via Getty)

    11. Keira Knightley Married

    For celebrities this week, it's not all arrests and unfortunate selfies. Keira Knightley, for one, has great news: she and fiancée James Righton got married on Saturday. The two wed in a low-key town hall ceremony in Mazan, France. But that doesn't mean it wasn't classy: Knightley wore a Chanel dress by Karl Lagerfeld during the ceremony, performed by the town's mayor. The couple reportedly drove off in a battered Renault —on their way to a lavish reception at a friend's vast vineyard estate nearby, where scores of high-profile guests had gathered to celebrate. These are celebrities we're talking about, after all.

    May 4, 2013 11:12 AM

  12. HUNGRY HUNGRY Man Survives Being Swallowed By Hippo Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty

    12. Man Survives Being Swallowed By Hippo

    In a gripping, almost-unbelievable account, business owner Paul Templer relives the day he was swallowed—and nearly killed—by a hippo in Africa. The accident occurred when Templer, then 27, rushed to help a client whose kayak had been overturned by the “two-ton bull.” As he reached the man’s boat, Templer says suddenly everything went black—leaving him completely unaware for minutes that he had been swallowed by a hippo. After freeing one of his hands, and opening the hippo's jaw, he was able to free himself. But the terror wasn’t over. The hippo then quickly began stabbing the two men with its massive tusks. Templer survived—barely—after enduring more than 40 deep puncture wounds all over his body. His colleague did not.

    May 4, 2013 11:10 AM

  13. INTERVENTION Brooke Mueller Loses Custody of Twins Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Entertainment

    13. Brooke Mueller Loses Custody of Twins

    This sounds like it could be a modern-day Brady Bunch—at least with some tragic undertones. Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller’s twin 4-year-old sons have been taken out of Mueller’s custody—and they are currently staying with Sheen’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards. The Los Angeles Department of Family Services visited Mueller’s home on Thursday and deemed it an “unsafe environment,” according to TMZ. The twins are staying with Richards, who is mother to Sheen’s daughters Sam, 9, and Lola, 7, and has an adopted 22-month-old daughter Eloise.

    May 3, 2013 10:17 PM

  14. OOPSY DAISY Clerical Error Leads to Criminal Release Johnny Mata. (Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department/AP)

    14. Clerical Error Leads to Criminal Release

    This must be pretty high on the list of history's most unfortunate clerical errors. Los Angeles officials revealed Friday that Johnny Mata, charged for murder in a 2010 gang shooting, was mistakenly released from jail last month due to bureaucratic oversight. Even worse, the department waited until this week to announce the issue, apparently because it wanted to exhaust all possible leads first. The error allegedly occurred when a processing clerk forgot to enter a "hold" in Mata's file in the computer system. He is still at large.

    May 4, 2013 11:07 AM

  15. NEWTOWN MASSACRE Officials Debate Reopening Sandy Hook Mario Tama/Getty

    15. Officials Debate Reopening Sandy Hook

    Will the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre reopen its doors? That emotionally charged question was raised during a meeting Friday night between more than two dozen officials, who admitted the conversation was “difficult.” The other option on the table is to raze the building and open a new school down the street. Some Sandy Hook teachers reportedly emerged from the meeting in tears, while victims’ families are staunchly against children returning to the campus where 20 first-graders and six staffers were shot dead in December. "I will chain my body to it and protest if they try to reopen it," said Erica Lafferty, the daughter of late Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung.

    May 3, 2013 9:46 PM

  16. SKETCHY BIZ Bangladesh Begs EU for No ‘Harsh Measures’ Bangladeshi with photo of missing relative in Dhaka on Friday. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty)

    16. Bangladesh Asks EU to Go Easy

    Proof of how reliant Bangladesh is on the garment industry: the country begged the European Union not to institute "harsh trade conditions" after a factory building collapse that killed over 500 people. It was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history. The top civil servant in Bangladesh's Commerce Ministry worries that if sanctions are imposed "millions of workers"—who earn as little as $38 per month—"will lose their jobs." The European Union, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, hopes to press authorities to improve safety standards in response to the horrific accident.

    May 4, 2013 11:03 AM

  17. ESCALATION U.S.: Israel Airstrikes in Syria Shaam News Network via AP video

    17. U.S.: Israel Airstrikes in Syria

    This can’t be good. CNN reports that the U.S. now says that Israel probably conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday or Friday. In this window, the U.S. reportedly has data that shows that Israel flew warplanes over Lebanon—but the Israeli warplanes probably did not enter the nation. While Israel has not commented on the situation, a source “close” to the nation’s defense said that Israel will do anything to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorists. Officials also said they had no reason to believe Israel was targeting a chemical weapons facility.

    May 3, 2013 8:29 PM

  18. SCHMOOGLE THAT Google Recognizes Palestine Palestinian farmers in Jenin on April 15. (Mohammed Ballas/AP)

    18. Google Recognizes Palestine

    One small step for Google, one giant leap for Palestine? The tech giant's local homepage is now labeled "Palestine" instead of the former (and cumbersome) “Palestinian territories.” The move comes five months after the United Nations upgraded Palestine to a nonmember observer state. A Google spokesman said Friday that the change will be rolled out across Google's platforms and products, to the gratification of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But some aren't so excited: a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry responded, saying that the move "has no diplomatic or political significance."

    May 4, 2013 10:59 AM

  19. INTO THE FIRE Dimon to Meet With Bank Examiners Dimon on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2012. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    19. Dimon to Meet With Bank Examiners

    JPMorgan Chase’s Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, is far from out of the woods. The financial world’s “last man standing” is scheduled for a meeting next week with dozens of bank examiners from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, including junior examiners who don't usually interact with CEOs. It's yet another show of the kind of close inspection he and his bank now face nearly three weeks after the OCC and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York told him they don't trust his management. But the upcoming meeting may be a step in the right direction: it was suggested by the bank, not the authorities, and was allegedly initially scheduled in advance of the complaints.

    May 4, 2013 10:55 AM

  20. MISTY MORNING Humidity Gives Hope in California Fires at The Naval Base at Point Mugu, Calif. on Friday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

    20. Humidity Gives Hope in California

    The latest wildfire in California is spreading— but some are saying its timing is actually not half-bad. High temperatures on Friday caused the fire, located about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, to nearly triple in size to 43 square miles. But forecasters now say that increased humidity this weekend will help the over 900 firefighters battling the blaze to fight back. The fire, which began on Thursday and has taken 15 structures, will hopefully be hindered in its progress by lower temperatures and higher humidity. Let's hope, for once, that the bad weather holds.

    May 4, 2013 10:51 AM

  21. GIDDYUP Kentucky Derby Kicks Off Jockey Rosie Napravnik on Saturday at Churchill Downs. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters, via Landov)

    21. Kentucky Derby Kicks Off

    A little drop of rain can hardly hurt these hat-wearing horse lovers. The 139th Kentucky Derby got off to an energetic, rainy start Saturday as Churchill Downs filled with avid fans ready to win—or not. This year Derby-ers will not only be celebrating the famed race, but also the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's unforgettable win. But if the media storm surrounding female jockey Rosie Napravnik is any indication, she's likely to steal the show. With over 1,500 wins under her belt, she is the most successful jockey entering the race. While Napravnik's only the six woman—in the race's history—to participate in the event, something tells us she's ready to give the boys a run for their money.

    May 4, 2013 3:56 PM