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  1. Ocean’s 14? International Cyberthieves Steal $45M Gene J. Puskar/AP

    1. International Cyberthieves Steal $45M

    You really can find anything on the Internet these days. A group of cyberthieves pulled off two precision operations in February and made off with more than $45 million from thousands of ATMs in just a matter of hours, according to an indictment that was unsealed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Thursday. The thieves, who were located in over a dozen countries, pulled off the heist with “surgical precision,” according to The New York Times, and made 36,000 transactions in just 10 hours. The organization’s suspected ringleader, a 23-year-old named Alberto Lajud-Peña, was found dead on April 27 in the Dominican Republic. Seven other people, all American citizens, have been charged with conspiracy to commit “access device fraud.”

    May 9, 2013 3:46 PM

  2. GRISLY DETAILS Castro May Be Charged with Murder Ariel Castro is arraigned in court on Thursday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

    2. Castro May Be Charged with Murder

    Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro appeared in court briefly on Thursday and was arraigned on kidnapping and rape charges. Prosecutors said they may charge Castro with aggravated murder for the multiple times he allegedly impregnated his victims and forced them to suffer miscarriages. His bond is set at $8 million ($2 million for each case). One of the three women held captive told police that Castro impregnated her five times but always forced her to “abort the baby.” According to early police reports, Michelle Knight said Castro starved her for at least two weeks and then repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried. Castro allegedly treated his other captives’ pregnancies differently, ordering Knight to deliver Amanda Berry’s child. He reportedly threatened to kill Knight if the baby didn’t survive.

    May 9, 2013 6:48 AM

  3. intervention time Turkish PM: Syria Crossed Red Line Adem Altan/AFP/Getty

    3. Turkish PM: Syria Crossed Red Line

    The Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, told Ann Curry in an exclusive interview Thursday. "It is clear the regime has used chemical weapons and missiles," he said, adding that Syrian refugees have been treated in Turkish hospitals for related injures. He stressed that President Obama's "red line" for U.S. engagement has been crossed. Erdogan is meeting with Obama May 16 and says he hopes America will "assume more responsibilities and take further steps."

    May 9, 2013 9:03 PM

  4. secrets GOP: Release Benghazi Emails Win McNamee/Getty

    4. GOP: Release Benghazi Emails

    On Thursday, House Republicans issued a request to the White House to release emails they believe will reveal how the government responded in the days after a deadly siege in Benghazi, Libya. “The truth shouldn’t be hidden from the American people behind a White House firewall,” wrote Speaker of the House John Boehner in a statement. On Wednesday, House Republicans held a hearing with three American officials testifying that the military and State Department could have taken more preventive measures and failed to effectively respond.

    May 9, 2013 3:39 PM

  5. to die or not to die? Jodi Arias Sentencing Postponed Rob Schumacher/AP

    5. Jodi Arias Sentencing Postponed

    Will Jodi Arias get the death sentence she seems to hope for? Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday, won't be sentenced until next week. The jury was supposed to decide Thursday whether she is eligible for the death penalty for killing her boyfriend in 2008, but have postponed the decision until Wednesday. After her guilty verdict was read, Arias told a local television station that she would "prefer to die sooner than later."

    May 9, 2013 5:05 PM

  6. no more DIY Pentagon Removes 3D Gun Plans Veronika Lukasova/ZUMAPRESS.com, via Newscom

    6. Pentagon Removes 3D Gun Plans

    The plans for the world's first 3D printed handgun, The Liberator, were scrubbed from the Internet by the Pentagon on Thursday. The plans, which give anyone with access to a 3D printer the ability to make a gun, were posted online Monday by Cody Wilson, founder of the website Defense Distributed. More than 100,000 copies of the plans were downloaded before Uncle Sam stepped in. “[Defense Distributed's] files are being removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls," says the website. "Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”

    May 9, 2013 10:34 PM

  7. Uh-oh Snapchat Doesn’t Actually Delete Pics Jens Buettner/dpad, via Landov

    7. Snapchat Doesn’t Actually Delete Pics

    Imagine the panic running through high-school cafeterias upon hearing this news. It turns out Snapchat, the app that sends and then automatically deletes pictures, doesn’t actually delete them. A digital forensics company discovered that the app actually saves the images to a hidden folder on the phone called RECEIVED_IMAGES_SNAPS. A file extension called “.NOMEDIA” keeps the images from being viewed, but the Decipher Forensics team has found a way to take the files off the phone and change the extension, making them viewable again. Fortunately, Decipher is currently charging $300 to $500 to extract the photos, so your parents will have to really want to see your sexts. Decipher only has a tool for Android phones, but they’re working on iPhones, as well as a way to trace photos back to the sender.

    May 9, 2013 10:39 AM

  8. mystery Report: Malcolm X's Grandson Killed KATHY WILLENS

    8. Report: Malcolm X's Grandson Killed

    Fate has not been kind to the family of Malcolm X. A friend of the Shabazz family, Terrie M. Williams, tweeted confirmation on Thursday that Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights fighter Malcolm X, has died in Tijuana, Mexico. Reports surrounding the circumstances of his death are unconfirmed, but it is thought that he died from his wounds early Thursday morning after being either thrown off a building or shot in a robbery. Shabazz was in the process of writing two books, and had been attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His death was confirmed by the U.S. Embassy, according to Williams's tweet.

    May 9, 2013 6:26 PM

  9. Bring Back Paula! Report: ‘Idol’ Firing All Four Judges	Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images

    9. Report: ‘Idol’ Firing All Four Judges

    After a series of ratings bum notes, Fox is planning to fire all four American Idol judges after this season, according to a report by The Wrap. Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson, who so far has survived every round of Idol judges’ musical chairs, are expected to get the boot along with longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe as the network hopes to retool the series to compete in the ratings with NBC’s The Voice. In addition to the judges shake-up, Fox is reportedly planning to redesign the show and nix dated tribute theme nights.  

    May 9, 2013 11:16 AM

  10. Countdown Report: '24' May Return as Limited Series Anthony Mandler/FOX

    10. Report: '24' May Return as Limited Series

    Tick, tock. Deadline.com reports that Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to reprise his role as Agent Jack Bauer in a limited-run edition of Fox's beloved series, 24. The Emmy-winning series ended its eight-season run in 2010. According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, the reincarnated series would start a new story arc from scratch. The idea for a new 24 chapter allegedly came from former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon and 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV are both reportedly onboard for production. Other efforts to revive 24 as a feature film never got off the ground.

    May 9, 2013 9:22 PM

  11. GOOD GRIEF Charlie Brown Actor Guilty of Stalking Alberto E. Rodriguez

    11. Charlie Brown Actor Guilty of Stalking

    Charlie Brown was slightly obsessed with that “little red-haired girl” but he knew where to draw the line, unlike the former child actor who was the voice of the beloved “Peanuts” character on TV. Peter Robbins, 56, will be treated for mental-health issues after pleading guilty Wednesdsay to stalking his ex-girlfriend and threatening the plastic surgeon who gave her a new pair of breasts (apparently he was disappointed with the results). Robbins could have been sentenced to three years behind bars, but a San Diego County Superior Judge ordered him to undergo treatment instead, quoting a line from a “Peanuts” special: “Don’t be a blockhead.”  

    May 9, 2013 1:28 PM

  12. ‘So So Sorry’ Kidnapper’s Daughter Apologizes Tony Dejak/AP

    12. Kidnapper’s Daughter Apologizes

    In a tearful interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, the daughter of suspected Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro begged Gina DeJesus—her former childhood friend—to forgive any role she had in enabling the abduction. “I am absolutely so so sorry,” the 22-year-old cried. Ariene was one of the last people to see Gina in 2004 on the day she was kidnapped—but claims she had no idea that it was her own father who did it. “[We were] not that close,” Ariene told GMA. “Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a hello.” The kidnapper’s daughter says she hopes to see Gina, and introduce her to her kids.

    May 9, 2013 3:33 PM

  13. CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE Cheating Scandal at Barnard Tetra Images/Getty

    13. Cheating Scandal at Barnard

    Red flags: in-class quizzes, talking during said quizzes, and students grading other students' quizzes. Of course there was cheating. Barnard, the undergrad women’s college of Columbia University, has a minor cheating scandal. It turns out students were taking a popular teacher’s Major English Texts II course because it was an easy grade. The lack of structure in the course pushed students share quiz answers. To stop this, the teacher appointed a few students as quiz graders—but they were bribed. Wednesday’s final exam (which was not originally part of the curriculum), however, was held in a large auditorium, with lots of supervision. Sometimes the honors system just isn’t enough.

    May 9, 2013 7:49 AM

  14. Boston Bombing Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Spot Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (File, via AP)

    14. Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Spot

    After a week of rejections, someone has finally agreed to bury the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston bombing who died in a shootout with police. Police would say only that “a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased,” and that Tsarnaev was interred somewhere outside Massachusetts. The funeral director searched for six days for a cemetery that would accept Tsarnaev’s body, as people protested outside his funeral home. “This is what we do, this is the right thing to do,” said the director. “We’re burying a dead body.”

    May 9, 2013 12:37 PM

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  16. go team bible! Court: TX Cheerleaders Can Use Bible Erik Isakson, Tetra Images / Corbis

    15. Court: TX Cheerleaders Can Use Bible

    Religious cheerleaders, rejoice. A Texas court ruled Wednesday that cheerleaders in a small town are allowed to display Bible verses on banners at football games. A judge ruled the their actions didn't violate the Constitution after controversy began in September when the Freedom From Religion Foundation got a complaint about the banners and the superintendent banned them. The cheerleaders sued the school district, arguing their religious and free-speech rights were being violated.

    May 8, 2013 9:37 PM

  17. TRAGEDY Two Cruise-Ship Passengers Fall Overboard William West / AFP

    16. 2 Cruise-Ship Passengers Fall Overboard

    Get ready for 24/7 CNN coverage: there’s another cruise-ship disaster. Two cruise-ship passengers fell overboard in Australia on Wednesday night, and authorities were still searching one day later for the missing couple. New South Wales police superintendent Mark Hutchings said surveillance footage showed that a 30-year-old man and 26-year-old fell from the ship’s mid-deck when the ship was about 65 miles out to sea. “We’re holding out hope we might be able to find these people alive,” Hutchings said. Investigators are currently watching the video to see if the couple fell or jumped overboard, although no life preservers were missing, making it unlikely that one had jumped to try to rescue the other. The couple’s names have not been released, although authorities said they are both Australian citizens.

    May 9, 2013 3:58 PM

  18. LA DOLCE VITA Designer Ottavio Missoni Dies Pier Marco Tacca

    17. Designer Ottavio Missoni Dies

    Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand known for its zigzag-patterned knitwear, died Thursday in his home in northern Italy. He was 92 years old. Missoni founded the company in 1953 with his wife, Rosita Jelmini, who survives him. They went on to create a fashion dynasty, with the couple’s three children all working to expand the family business. Launched in 1966, the brand never conformed to fashion trends. “I've never done what was fashionable," Missoni told WWD in February 2011. "I didn't want to work with preset schemes, and I paint my own way.” Missoni’s death comes only months after his eldest child, company CEO Vittorio Missoni, disappeared with his wife and four others while flying a small plane en route to a Venezuelan island. Tragically, they were never found.

     

    May 9, 2013 8:49 AM

  19. NOT A VACATION Tamerlan's Russia Contacts Probed Bob Leonard/AP

    18. Tamerlan's Russia Contacts Probed

    As officials continue to investigate Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's 2011 trip to Russia, a growing list of his contacts there is heightening suspicion that he may have adopted his radical views during his time there. Tsarnaev's voyage to Russia was allegedly a vacation to visit his uncle, a major player in Russia's Islamic world who is now being held by the police. Authorities suspect it was his uncle who brought him to a fundamentalist Salafi mosque in Makhachkala, where he may have been approached by a variety of contacts about joining Russia's Islamic insurgency. Russian authorities continue to assert that Tamerlan was radicalized in the United States—while his family insists that his trip Russia trip was spent "reading novels and reconnecting with his family."

    May 9, 2013 6:31 AM

  20. MICHAEL JACKSON Robson: Anxiety Sparked Molestation Memories Wade Robson after Jackson trial in May 2005. (Pool photo by Lee Celano)

    19. Robson: Anxiety Sparked Molestation Memories

    Wade Robson swore for 20 years that Michael Jackson never touched him when they shared a bed. But now, the famous choreographer is claiming a nervous breakdown triggered his memories of the King of Pop molesting him for seven years, when Robson was between the ages of 7 and 14. Sources tell TMZ that Robson’s anxiety was becoming debilitating during 2010, culminating in a total meltdown in March 2011 that ruined his career and cost him “a ton of money.” Robson landed in psychotherapy, where he finally confronted his shameful memories and concluded Jackson was “a monster." Robson then told his family and friends that he planned to file a lawsuit against the MJ estate asking for damages for sexual abuse.

    May 9, 2013 8:07 AM

  21. IN UTERO Bipolar Disorder Linked to Flu Walter Zerla/Blend Images, via Corbis

    20. Bipolar Disorder Linked to Flu

    New research suggests flu during pregnancy may increase the risk of a child developing bipolar disorder later in life. A study of 814 expectant women showed that children are four times more likely to develop the mood disorder if their mothers suffered from influenza while pregnant, which could lead to new vaccination policies. Experts say the risks are still fairly low and that the study needs to be performed with a larger sample of women before researchers draw further conclusions. But similar studies have shown a link between flu and schizophrenia, and research in the early 1960s at Columbia University Medical Center found that bipolar disorder was nearly four times as common in people whose mothers had the flu while pregnant.

    May 9, 2013 7:25 AM

  22. BACK IN THE GAME Sony Finally Makes Some Money Sony headquarters in Tokyo on Thursday. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty)

    21. Sony Finally Makes Some Money

    After five years of no cash flow, Sony has reported an annual profit in its fiscal fourth quarter, buoyed by asset sales at its U.S. headquarters in New York and Tokyo office buildings. The Japanese electronics giant reported a net profit of roughly 94 billion yen, or $948.5 million, in the January-March quarter, compared with a loss of 255 billion yen a year earlier. The weakening of the yen (down more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar) has worked in Sony’s favor, making Japanese goods cheaper for foreign buyers and boosting profits of exporters. Sony said it hopes to make its television business profitable this year after nine years of losses, adding new ultra-high-definition models to its product lineup.

    May 9, 2013 7:51 AM

  23. JUSTICE Jury Finds Jodi Arias Guilty Pool photo by Rob Schumacher

    22. Jury Finds Jodi Arias Guilty

    Bringing the most salacious trial since Casey Anthony’s to a dramatic close Wednesday afternoon, jurors found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder. The jury spent just three days in deliberation, following a nearly four-month trial that included tales of sex, lies, and even a bloody shower. Arias, a former waitress in California, claims that she killed her 30-year-old ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. The prosecution presented Arias as a manipulative liar and boyfriend killer. Alexander was killed five years ago after enduring more than a dozen stab wounds, a slit to the throat, and a gunshot wound. Arias was placed on suicide watch Wednesday after saying she preferred the death penalty to life in prison.

    After the verdict, Jodi Arias said she'd rather get the death penalty than serve life in prison.

    May 8, 2013 9:00 PM

  24. GET ASHA WHILE IT’S HOT Nokia Unveils $99 Smartphone Nokia executives unveiling the Asha 501 on Thursday in New Delhi. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty)

    23. Nokia Unveils $99 Smartphone

    Can Asha bring Nokia back from the brink? Nokia has unveiled a $99 touch-screen phone with social apps in an attempt to gain a foothold in the smartphone market. Once the world’s largest cellphone maker, Nokia now holds only a sliver of the market dominated by Apple and Samsung and hopes the low-priced Asha will tempt consumers as they upgrade from basic phones. Nokia said its smartphone will initially run on a second-generation network but will soon be available in 3G and will start shipping worldwide in June. The company said Asha’s design was inspired by its higher-end Lumia smartphone and is targeted at “young, socially inspired” people.

    May 9, 2013 6:36 AM

  25. INFERNO Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh Bangladeshi firefighters in Dhaka on Thursday. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty)

    24. Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh

    At least eight people were killed in Bangladesh Thursday after an 11-story garment factory went up in flames. The fire was fueled by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene of the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. Factory in the capital of Dhaka, the first few floors of the building were already engulfed in flames. Speaking to reporters, the deputy director of the fire service Mamun Mahmud described the occupants' desperate attempt to flee the building. "We recovered all of them on the stairwell on the ninth floor," he said. The deadly fire comes as the death toll from an eight-story building collapse in Dhaka passed 900 this week.

    May 9, 2013 6:34 AM

  26. NABBED Ex-Pakistan P.M.'s Son Abducted Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in April 2012. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty)

    25. Ex-Pakistan P.M.'s Son Abducted

    In the latest act of violence to mar Pakistan's election, gunmen kidnapped the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during a campaign rally in the city of Multan—the family’s power base. Ali Haider Gilani was campaigning for a provincial legislative seat in this Saturday’s national election when he was abducted by gunmen, who fatally shot his secretary. Officials suspect Taliban militants may be behind the attacks. The Pakistani Taliban has recently threatened liberal and secular politicians and has previously bombed political rallies. Gilani’s kidnapping comes two days after a leading candidate in the election was hospitalized after a fall.

    May 9, 2013 8:23 AM

  27. Threadbare Top Editors Quit Village Voice

    26. Top Editors Quit Village Voice

    All is not well in newspaperland. Thursday morning at The Village Voice, both Will Bourne, the editor in chief, and Jessica Lustig, the deputy editor, abruptly left the publication. They told a staff meeting that the Voice Media Group leadership had instructed them to lay off or drastically reduce the role of five employees, and they were quitting in protest. “When I was brought in here, I was explicitly told that the bloodletting had come to an end,” said Bourne. “I have enormous respect for the staff here and the work they have been doing, and I am not going to preside over further layoffs.”

    May 9, 2013 2:42 PM

  28. Chilling Disturbing Letter Found in Castro Home FBI personnel remove evidence in Cleveland on Tuesday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

    27. Disturbing Letter Found in Castro Home

    Ariel Castro, who is being held on $8 million bail after being charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and rape, appears to have written a chilling confession back in 2004. Reporters for Channel 19 Action News have posted excerpts from the letter, which police found while searching the house where Castro allegedly imprisoned three women for a decade. In the letter Castro admits that “I am a sexual predator” and that he needs help. He also wonders why he kidnapped a third woman when he “already had 2 in my possession.” The letter is reportedly a suicide note, with Castro saying he wanted to kill himself and give his money to his captives. He also blamed his victims, saying they “made the mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger.”

    May 9, 2013 11:52 AM