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  1. WELCOME TO THE CLUB Delaware Senate Passes Gay Marriage Delaware Gov. Jack Markell at DNC on September 5, 2012 (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

    1. Delaware Senate Passes Gay Marriage

    Joe Biden must be so proud. Lawmakers from the vice president’s home state of Delaware voted Tuesday to allow gay marriage, which has already been approved by the General Assembly. Gov. Jack Markell has said he would sign the law, making Delaware the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage. The new law reverses a 1996 law banning gay marriage; it requires Delaware to recognize marriages from other states and stipulates that religious officials can’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings. The state has allowed civil unions since 2011. 

    May 7, 2013 5:00 PM

  2. Naked on a Leash?! New Details of Cleveland Horror Emerge Amanda Berry reunited with her sister in Cleveland on Monday. (WOIO-TV/AP)

    2. New Details of Cleveland Horror Emerge

    The three women discovered after a decade missing might have a happy ending, but those ten years in captivity were brutal, police say. Rumors circled that the young women were subjected to years of sexual abuse and beatings inside the house, and neighbors say police were called multiple times to the house, but nothing ever came of it. Three brothers are being held on suspicion of rape and kidnapping, but the details are not yet known. "Right now, we want to let them spend some time with their families and take this process very, very slowly and be respectful for their families and the young girls' needs," Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said. Police are now facing questions about their failure to investigate despite repeated calls to the house.

    The aunt of one of the kidnapped women called their rescue a miracle.

    May 7, 2013 10:30 PM

  3. getting nervous Pentagon Steps Up Syria Plans Mustafa Karali/AP

    3. Pentagon Steps Up Syria Plans

    Is this our red line? The Pentagon is apparently ramping up preparation to deal with a possible collapse in Syria. Officials say the U.S. is writing plans to minimize direct involvement, but which include a buffer zone for refugees in Jordan. The main fear is that a spillover could create problems for the country and other American interests in the region. "The Syria message was loud and strong," a senior diplomat told The Wall Street Journal. "Everybody's scared. And nobody knows what the hell we are going to do there."

    May 7, 2013 10:40 PM

  4. Frightening Gas Tanker Explodes in Mexico MEXICO-ACCIDENT-EXPLOSION/AFP

    4. Gas Tanker Explodes in Mexico

    At least 19 people are dead and 36 injured after a gas tanker exploded on a highway outside Mexico City and set fire to several cars and homes in the area. “It was a ball of fire which exploded as though they’d put a spotlight in the whole window,” said one resident of the Mexico City suburb Ecatepec. “We opened the door, and it was like fire had blown the whole of the garden.” Twenty homes and 16 vehicles were reportedly damaged. 

    May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

  5. Bad Examples

    5. Study: Sexual Assaults Rise in Military

    There was a spike in sexual assaults in the military last year, according to a new Pentagon study that estimated 7,000 more sexual assaults in 2012 than the year before. The majority of these cases were unreported, as the military only recorded 3,374 reports of assault in 2012, compared to the 26,000 the Pentagon study estimated. The study was published just two days after the Air Force officer responsible for promoting sexual-assault prevention was himself charged with sexual battery. 

    May 7, 2013 2:22 PM

  6. Waste of Time Bill: Let Hillary Have Some Fun BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP

    6. Bill: Let Hillary Have Some Fun

    Bill Clinton would appreciate it if everyone would stop speculating about whether or not his wife will be running for president in 2016 and just let her enjoy her life out of the political spotlight for a minute. In response to questions about Hillary’s plans for the future at a fiscal summit Tuesday, the former president said, “She’s taking a role in the [Clinton] foundation, she’s having a little fun being a private citizen for the first time in 20 years.” In fact, Clinton thinks all the 2016 conjecture is “the worst expenditure of our time.” Politicians and pundits should be more concerned about making sure that “whoever the next president is has an easier set of choices before him or her,” he said. 

    May 7, 2013 11:37 AM

  7. THREATS U.S. Accuses China of Cyberspying Chinese military in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on March 5. (Andy Wong/Getty)

    7. U.S. Accuses China of Cyberspying

    The Pentagon is through being polite about China’s hacking problem. In its annual report to Congress on Monday, the Pentagon directly accused China’s military of cyberattacks against U.S. defense contractors and government employees—and these attacks could potentially weaken the U.S. during a crisis. The report conceded that China is most likely trying to steal industrial technology, but the country is still gaining insight into the inner workings of the U.S. military. Despite the dire warnings in the report, there are no potential solutions listed—and there are no indications that the U.S. is developing similar cyberspying technology, although billions are spent each year on cyberdefense and the creation of cyberweapons.

    May 7, 2013 6:42 AM

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  9. EASING UP North Korea Removes Missiles N. Korean soldiers in Pyongyang on April 25. (David Guttenfelder/AP)

    8. North Korea Removes Missiles

    So here’s some good news. North Korea removed two missiles from a launch site on the coast, an indication that there is no longer an immediate threat of a launch, a U.S. official said Monday. Pentagon spokesman George Little called the movement a “provocation pause,” and said it was “obviously beneficial” to normalizing relations on the Korean peninsula. South Korean president Park Geun-hye will be holding talks with U.S. President Obama on Tuesday, and Park will address U.S. Congress on Wednesday. But the move comes just a few days after North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years in a hard labor camp for murky charges.

    May 7, 2013 6:39 AM

  10. COME ON NOW Boston Boos Tardy Rihanna Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP

    9. Boston Boos Tardy Rihanna

    Don’t mess with Boston. Rihanna was booed in Boston on Monday night after showing up for her concert three hours late. The show had been rescheduled from March, when the singer had a bout of laryngitis. As soon as RiRi took the stage, the crowd roared in disapproval and took to Twitter to voice its anger. One former fan: “Boston waited 2 months and then Rihanna was 3 hours late to her packed concert. She deserved to get booed! We were mad as hell.” While some speculate that perhaps Rihanna was still recovering from Chris Brown saying that the two were no longer dating (that was over the weekend), others have a simpler explanation: she was watching the Chicago Bulls play the Miami Heat on television.

    May 7, 2013 12:00 PM

  11. ALL THE RIGHT MOVES ‘Teen Mom’ Porno Outsells Kim K.’s Sex Tape Allison Buck

    10. ‘Teen Mom’ Porno Outsells Kim Tape

    Kim Kardashian and Ray J have been outperformed. Former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham’s porn video has already outsold Kardashian’s online, amassing 2 million viewers in 12 hours after it debuted last night. Kim K. and Ray J only got 600,000 views in that time frame. But in all fairness, the Kim and Ray J video was just a homemade sex tape, and the Web was less advanced when the video was released in 2007. Despite Abraham’s insistence that her X-rated, multi-angled, artfully edited, and well-lit video starring adult-film actor James Deen is “a sex tape,” it’s now officially clear that the 70-minute film, Backdoor Teen Mom, is a professional porno. Abraham reportedly sold the video to Vivid Entertainment for $1 million.   

    May 7, 2013 12:57 PM

  12. SHADY Syria's Internet 'Turned Off' Bassem Tellawi/AP

    11. Syria's Internet 'Turned Off'

    As violence continued to escalate in war-torn Syria Tuesday, Internet activity—suspiciously—plummeted. According to Umbrella Security labs, a predictive security research firm who has exposed "blackouts" in the nation before, the web was essentially "turned off" at around 6:45 UTC. Through a variety of graphs, the firm shows virtual silence from Twitter in Syria, and close to zero outbound traffic from the country. Instagram is allegedly involved in the blackout, with Buzzfeed reporting the most recent pictures to be selfies that are "hours old." A reporter in contact with activists in Aleppo, Jenan Moussan, has tweeted confirmed evidence that the net "was cut off." Syria has yet to make a statement on the allegations.

     

    May 7, 2013 5:31 PM

  13. OHIO ABDUCTION Suspect’s Uncle: ‘No One Had Any Idea’ Amanda Berry reunited with her sister in Cleveland on Monday. (WOIO-TV/AP)

    12. Suspect’s Uncle: ‘No One Had Any Idea’

    Neighbors and relatives of the suspects are still in shock after three Ohio women were freed Monday night after being held hostage in their own neighborhood for 10 years. Julian Castro, the uncle of the accused abductor, Ariel Castro, emphasized that “no one had any idea” his nephew was hiding the women, despite interacting with him regularly. “I never would have thought in a million years,” Castro said. The three women, who were held hostage for more than a decade in Ariel Castro’s suburban house, were released from the hospital Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after being freed. “You can only imagine the scene last night at the hospital with the family and friends—it was chaotic,” said Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba. Police said one of the women, Amanda Berry, 27, broke out the bottom lock of a door, and ran into the arms of a passerby, telling him that she had been kidnapped. Police confirmed that Berry gave birth to a daughter, now 6, while in captivity, who has also been freed. Three brothers, Ariel, Pedro, and Oneil Castro have been arrested in connection to the case. 

    Watch the incredible interview with the man who found the women.

    May 7, 2013 9:38 AM

  14. GET HEALTHY Chris Christie Had Lap-Band Surgery New Jersey Gov. Christie on January 8 in Trenton, NJ. (John Moore/Getty)

    13. Chris Christie Had Lap-Band Surgery

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band surgery in February to lose weight, he revealed to the New York Post on Tuesday. Christie said he agreed to the surgery after the urging of his wife and four kids, who are worried about his long-term health. He insisted he is not trying to lose weight for a potential presidential run in 2016. “It’s so much more important than that,” Christie said. The governor underwent the surgery on February 16, and sources said he has already shed 40 pounds. Christie said he has a diminished appetite, saying he recently ordered a steak and ate only a third of it.

    Gov. Chris Christie explains why he got the lap band.

    May 7, 2013 7:15 AM

  15. FROM THE BLOCK Shots Fired Near Lopez Interview Lopez performs on March 23. (Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP)

    14. Shots Fired Near Lopez Interview

    Jennifer Lopez’s Entertainment Tonight interview took an unexpected turn on Sunday night when shots were heard, apparently from just 400 feet away. Lopez was being interviewed by Rob Marciano, after filming a music video for her new song, “Live It Up.” Marciano said Lopez’s security team ushered her away after hearing the shots, but Fort Lauderdale police said they believe the shooter fled prior to their arrival.

    May 7, 2013 7:26 AM

  16. AWAKENED Five Dead In Philippine Volcano Eruption Mayon volcano in the Philippines on Tuesday. (ABS-CBN/AP)

    15. Five Dead In Philippine Volcano Eruption

    At least five people are dead and another seven were injured when a volcano in the Philippines erupted on Tuesday. The victims were climbing Mount Mayon, which is known for its near-perfect cone, and were reportedly killed by rocks that spewed out of the volcano. The eruption lasted only 73 seconds but sent ash about 500 meters into the air. Although there was no advisory issued before the eruption, Mount Mayon is known for its volatility as well as small steam and ash ejections.

    May 7, 2013 7:12 AM

  17. GONE GUILTY ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Creator Convicted "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis in Jan. 12. (Ethan Miller/Getty)

    16. ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Creator Convicted

    Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis was convicted Monday of false imprisonment and assault of three women, and he faces up to five years in prison. Francis, 40, allegedly grabbed one of the women and took her to his limo, and her friends followed, believing that Francis would give them a ride. While in the car, Francis’s driver and bodyguard produced sheriff’s badges and would not let the women leave. The women were then taken to Francis’s home, where he allegedly got in an altercation with one woman who tried to break away, allegedly grabbing her by the throat and hitting her head against the floor four times. The women said he then allowed them to leave but allegedly threatened them if they called the police. He will be sentenced on May 8.

    May 7, 2013 7:25 AM

  18. WEIRD

    17. Ohio Suspect’s Son Wrote About Kidnapping

    This is just strange. The son of Ariel Castro, one of three brothers arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women in Ohio, had written for a local paper about the kidnapping of Gina DeJesus, now 23. Known as Anthony, the younger Ariel Castro was a journalism student at Bowling Green State University when he wrote a piece for the Plain Press in Cleveland about DeJesus, just weeks after she disappeared at age 14 in 2004. The Plain Press editor, Chuck Hoven, confirmed that Castro had been writing the assignment as a college assignment. “This is beyond comprehension,” Anthony Castro, now 31, told WKYC-TV in Cleveland. “I’m truly stunned right now.” DeJesus was discovered at the house where Castro lived, along with Amanda Berry, now 27 and missing since 2004, as well as Michele Knight, now 32 and missing since 2000.

    May 7, 2013 11:50 AM

  19. ONLY 90 SECS Limo Fire Accounts Differ Roxana and Carlos Guzma/AP

    18. Limo Fire Accounts Differ

    As more details from Saturday’s tragic limo fire come out, the accounts between the passengers and the driver show some key differences. Passenger Neila Arellano said in an interview with KGO-TV that she and the other women had hit the partition to tell the driver, Oliver Brown, about smoke in the back of the limo, but he only responded that smoking wasn’t allowed, but the taps became more urgent and someone screamed “Pull over!” He escaped out the front door and helped pull some of the women through the partition, but the rest became trapped in the back. A coroner said the position of the dead bodies indicated they were trying to make it to the partition to escape. The women were celebrating the marriage of Neriza Fojas, 31, who perished in the fire.

    May 7, 2013 7:09 AM

  20. INCREDIBLE Missing Girls Found After Ten Years Tony Dejak/AP

    19. Missing Girls Found After Ten Years

    This should give hope to desperate families everywhere. Cleveland police say they've found three missing women who disappeared as teens from the same neigborhood around the turn of the century. Michelle Knight, now 32, disappeared in 2002; Amanda Berry, 27, was last seen in 2003; Gina DeJesus, 23, went missing in 2004. The women were found in a house along with several children after Berry made a frantic 911 call, saying she had been kidnapped, "missing for ten years," and knew she had been "in the news." The three women have since checked into a local hospital and three brothers have been arrested. Neighbors said the house was always dark, with boarded-up windows, and that a man always entered through the back door. 

    Listen to Amanda Berry's 9-1-1 call.

    May 7, 2013 7:00 AM

  21. desperate times? Senate Passes Online Sales Tax Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    20. Senate Passes Online Sales Tax

    The U.S. Senate took a cue from retailers and states by passing a bill that would subject online shopping to state sales tax, with 69 to 27 in favor. States currently can only require online retailers to collect tax if the store has a brick-and-mortar setup in the state. President Obama has voiced support for this measure, but it is expected to be a tougher sell in the House, where conservatives view it as a tax increase.

    May 6, 2013 7:51 PM