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  1. POLITICAL DAMAGE Issa: Clinton’s ‘Not a Target’ J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    1. Issa: Clinton’s ‘Not a Target’

    Time for the Sunday-morning assault. Key House Republican Darrell Issa of California insisted on Sunday on Meet the Press that the investigation into Benghzai isn’t targeting Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party. Issa is the head of the investigation into the State Department’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Issa said he would seek depositions on the Benghazi review board heads Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen. Meanwhile, former Defense secretary Robert Gates on Face the Nation Sunday defended the administration’s response, and said that he would have done the same while at the helm of the Defense Department.

    May 12, 2013 12:42 PM

  2. Unbelievable 19 Shot in Mother’s Day Parade Lauren McGaughty/, via Landov

    2. 19 Shot in Mother’s Day Parade

    Is nothing sacred? Nineteen people were shot on Sunday during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, police say. The victims include an injured 10-year-old girl, four people who were rushed to surgery, and three are reportedly in critical condition. There are no confirmed fatalities. Police are searching for three suspects, but none are in custody and the motive is unknown. “Shots just started ringing out and everyone started running,” one witness told local news.

    May 12, 2013 11:30 PM

  3. DEADLY SPILLOVER Turkey: Pro-Assad Group Behind Blasts Lale Koklu/AFP/Getty Images

    3. Turkey: Pro-Assad Group Behind Blasts

    Turkish authorities on Sunday blamed a group tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a deadly blast in a town near the border a day earlier. At least 46 people were killed and injured at least 50 more in Saturday’s twin car bomb blasts in Reyhanli, a southern Turkish town located near the main border crossing into Syria that has become saturated with refugees fleeing the bloody civil war. The majority of the victims were Turkish nationals, but Turkey’s interior minister said that at least seven Syrians had been hospitalized. Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, insisted after the bombing that Turkey now has the right “to take every measure” against Syria.

    May 12, 2013 7:58 AM

  4. NOT REALLY BYGONES IRS Knew Tea Party Was Targeted David Goldman/AP

    4. IRS Knew Tea Party Was Targeted

    This isn’t really going to help with the paranoia. The Internal Revenue Service apparently knew that Tea Party groups were targeted for review as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by the Associated Press on Saturday. The document contradicts the IRS’s earlier statement that it was only low-level employees targeting the Tea Party groups. The IRS apologized on Friday, calling the review of the tax exemption of conservative political groups in 2012 “inappropriate.” According to the report, Lois G. Lerner, the head of the division that investigates tax exempt status, was told that groups that had the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” or “9/12 Project” were being flagged for review.

    May 12, 2013 7:52 AM

  5. musical chairs Seth Meyers Taking Over ‘Late Night’ Ben Gabbe / Getty Images

    5. Seth Meyers Taking Over ‘Late Night’

    Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers is joining the ever-rotating cast of talk-show hosts. The head writer and Weekend Update anchor will be taking over for Jimmy Fallon as host of Late Night next year. Fallon is jumping to The Tonight Show, where he’ll replace Jay Leno. “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” said Meyers, who’s been at SNL for 12 seasons. “Twelve-thirty on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”

    May 12, 2013 2:36 PM

  6. Ka-Ching Public U. Presidents Make Bank Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    6. Public U. Presidents Make Bank

    The nerds are winning. A new study by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that in the 2011–12 fiscal year, four public university presidents were making more than $1 million annually. Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier tops the list, receiving $2.9 million that year, including severance and deferred compensation. The study also found the number of chief executives with salaries in the high six digits is rapidly rising.

    May 12, 2013 8:35 PM

  7. WELCOME Pope Francis Names Hundreds of New Saints VINCENZO PINTO / AFP

    7. Pope Francis Names Hundreds of New Saints

    Here are hundreds of new reasons to thank Pope Francis—or at least hundreds of saints to pray to. The new pontiff on Sunday gave the Catholic Church hundreds of new saints, including 813 Italians who were beheaded in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam. Their approval for sainthood was put through Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in February and who had stumbled in his relationship with Muslims while pontiff. Francis, for his part, has called for better relations with Islam. Also among the new saints was Colombia’s first, a nun who taught and acted as a spiritual guide among indigenous people.

    May 12, 2013 2:17 PM

  8. legendary Barbara Walters Retiring in 2014 AP

    8. Barbara Walters Retiring in 2014

    She’s really doing it. The legendary interviewer will announce her departure from TV journalism this Monday on The View. After 37 years with ABC News, Walters will be retiring next summer. She’ll remain executive producer of The View, which she created in 1997. Walters began her career at NBC with the Today show, and moved to ABC in the 1970s, becoming the first female anchor on an evening news program. “I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News,” she says of the announcement.

    May 12, 2013 10:10 PM

  9. $325,000 Beef Here Comes the In Vitro Burger PRNewsFoto, via AP

    9. Here Comes the In Vitro Burger

    The concept of in vitro meat, grown in a laboratory from bits of muscle tissue, has been abstractly thrown around scientific circles for some time. But very soon it will be presented and eaten at an event in London. Scientists in the Netherlands are preparing to present five-ounce hamburger with a hefty price tag: it cost $325,000 to create. “Let’s make a proof of concept, and change the discussion from ‘this is never going to work’ to, ‘well, we actually showed that it works, but now we need to get funding and work on it,’” said Dr. Mark Post, who's been developing the burger.

    May 12, 2013 5:15 PM

  10. BLOCKBUSTERS ‘Iron Man’ Spoils Gatsby’s Party Warner Bros. Pictures

    10. ‘Iron Man’ Spoils Gatsby’s Party

    Tony Stark rained on The Great Gatsby’s parade. Iron Man 3 took an impressive $72.5 million at the weekend box office, beating Baz Luhrmann’s flick’s equally impressive $51.1 million. Despite mediocre reviews for a soap-opera love story, 70 percent of Gatsby viewers were above the age of 25. As expected, the bulk of the movie’s audience came to see Leonardo DiCaprio and listen to the popular soundtrack. It’s a healthy debut for the buzzed-about event of the summer, and Luhrmann’s best opening yet. Iron Man 3 has raked in $950 million globally.

    May 12, 2013 2:06 PM

  11. BREEZY Chris Brown’s Neighbors Complain About His Street Art Michael Loccisano/Getty

    11. Chris Brown’s Neighbors Complain About His Street Art

    Chris Brown’s neighbors are complaining about the street art he has made along his property in Hollywood Hills, although is lawyer called it harassment on Saturday. Neighbors claim the monsters and the other murals are scaring children. “It’s like devils on the wall—big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” said Patti Negri, the president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said it’s the neighbors who are harassing Brown, calling them “neighborhood busybodies.” “They’re trying to suspend the First Amendment,” Gergaos said.

    May 12, 2013 8:37 AM

  12. VOTING Sharif Poised for Victory in Pakistan Arif Ali/AFP/Getty

    12. Sharif Poised for Victory in Pakistan

    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared poised for victory on Sunday in Pakistan’s general election, which went on Saturday despite violence that claimed 24 lives. Sharif, the head of the Muslim League (PML-N), was deposed by Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a coup in 1999 and was subsequently put on trial, jailed, and eventually exiled before returning in 2007. Early results in Saturday’s election indicated tough loses for the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which had been targeted by the Taliban prior to the election. Former cricket player Imran Khan’s Movement of Justice Party (PTI) made big gains in Peshawar, but Khan, who suffered head injuries last week during an election rally, had reportedly expected a better result.

    May 12, 2013 7:50 AM

  13. RISKY Report: Lohan Ready to Quit Rehab Michael Buckner/Getty

    13. Report: Lohan Ready to Quit Rehab

    Lindsay Lohan has been at the Betty Ford Center for about a week and she's already reportedly trying to leave.The actress's rehab stint was off to a good start—until the doctors took away her Adderall. Now Lohan, who has been open about her use of the ADD medication, is reportedly over Betty Ford and ready to move to another facility. Unfortunately, she's scheduled to spend three months at the clinic as part of a plea deal connected to a car crash last summer and could potentially be sent straight to jail if she leaves the property. Stick it out, Linds, Adderall's not worth jail time.

    May 11, 2013 5:49 PM


    14. Police: 2 Escaped Inmates Tried to Kidnap Mayor

    Two men who escaped a Kansas prison were charged Saturday with trying to kidnap the mayor and ambush the police department of the small Missouri town where they were captured earlier in the day. Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, allegedly escaped from the Lansing, Kansas Correctional Facility on Friday and then stole a pickup truck. They led law enforcement officials on a 30-minute chase across the Missouri River. Police said the men briefly stopped the truck and pointed a gun at Edgarton Mayor James Snook Jr. before ordering Snook to get in the truck. Snook declined and fled. A third inmate also attempted to escape but was apprehended. It’s still unclear how they escaped.

    May 11, 2013 7:37 PM

  15. YIKES

    15. San Francisco-Area Homes Sinking

    Eight homes near San Francisco have been abandoned and 10 more are under notice after it appeared that the houses are sinking into the ground. “It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Randall Fitzgerald, who lives in Lakeside Heights, the 30-house subdivision that is being threatened. The homes, which offer sweeping views of Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti volcano, are slowly sinking into the ground for unknown reasons. Unlike Florida sinkholes that can be deadly in an instant, the hilly volcanic region in California can move feet in one day and just inches the next. The state sent a water resources engineer to assess the situation, and repairs were made to the region’s public water system on Friday.

    May 12, 2013 8:31 AM

  16. PHEW Trenton Standoff Ends, Hostages Safe Eduardo Munoz/Reuters, via Landov

    16. Trenton Standoff Ends, Hostages Safe

    All three New Jersey children held hostage for 36 hours are safe after the standoff ended, Mercer County officials said Sunday. The children, between the ages of 4 and 17, were taken hostage by the man after police discovered his girlfriend and her child had been killed. They were rescued around 4 a.m., and police said there were no injuries to law enforcement. Police said they would release more details at a later press conference.

    May 12, 2013 8:29 AM

  17. CLOSURE VA Sheriff: Tsarnaev Burial Legal Luis Alvarez/AP

    17. VA Sheriff: Tsarnaev Burial Legal

    The burial of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev appears to be legal, said the sheriff of Virginia’s Caroline County on Saturday. Tsarnaev was buried in rural Caroline County after spending weeks at a Worcester, Massachusetts, funeral parlor because no one would accept his body. The sheriff, Tony Lippa, said his county could not afford round-the-clock stakeouts such as the one they had to provide Friday night. A Virginian, Martha Mullen, intervened and found an Islamic Center that would bury Tsarnaev. Mullen told the Associated Press on Saturday that she has no regrets over her decision to help out, despite being “reviled and maligned.”

    May 12, 2013 8:26 AM

  18. HOMECOMING ‘Best Mother’s Day’ for Cleveland Victim’s Mom Tony Dejak/AP

    18. ‘Best Mother’s Day’ for Cleveland Victim’s Mom

    Nancy Ruiz, the mother of kidnapping victim Gina DeJesus, called her reunion with her daughter “the best Mother’s Day gift I could ever have” as two of the three young women held captive for over a decade spent their first weekend of freedom with their families. Amanda Berry, 27, who is now the mother of a six-year-old girl, also spent the weekend with her family after being reunited with her family, although Berry’s own mother died in 2006, still heartbroken over her daughter’s disappearance. The third victim, Michelle Knight, slipped into seclusion Friday after being released from the hospital, where she reportedly declined visits from her family. Meanwhile, Castro’s brothers, Pedro and Onil, who were originally arrested in connection with the kidnapping but later released, insisted in a CNN interview that they knew nothing.

    May 12, 2013 8:02 AM