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  1. CONFIDENTIALITY? Washington Behind IRS Targeting Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor, via Getty

    1. Washington Behind IRS Targeting

    Officials at the IRS headquarters in Washington, as well as those at two other branches of the agency, were involved in targeting conservative groups in addition to the Cincinnati office believed to be behind the probes, which President Obama and IRS officials condemned strongly Monday. The IRS office that specifically targeted Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status in the 2012 election also released confidential applications to the investigative news organization ProPublica. The documents had not yet been approved and were not intended to be made public.

    May 13, 2013 8:56 PM

  2. Troubling Justice Dept. Seized AP Phone Records Scott Olson / Getty Images

    2. Justice Dept. Seized AP Phone Records

    What was that whole “freedom of the press” thing again? On Friday, the Associated Press was notified that the Justice Department had secretly obtained two months of phone records of AP journalists. The reason behind the tap is unclear, but prosecutors have been investigating how the AP learned of an al Qaeda plot in Yemen before it was public last year. The records were taken from individiual journalists, along with the AP number in the House of Representatives press room, and AP offices in New York, Washington, and Hartford, Connecticut. “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” wrote AP President Gary Pruitt in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.

    May 13, 2013 4:28 PM

  3. House of Horrors Gosnell Found Guilty of Murder Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, via AP)

    3. Gosnell Found Guilty of Murder

    Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of killing three babies born alive but acquitted of killing a fourth. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a female patient who died of an overdose. Gosnell faced 250 charges, including the four counts of murder. Prosecutors said Gosnell cut the spines of infants after delivering them, but Gosnell’s lawyer maintained that no babies were delivered alive. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

    Kermit Gosnell's defense attorney thanked the jurors and called it a 'fair trial.'

    May 13, 2013 3:20 PM

  4. Damage Control Obama on Benghazi: It’s a ‘Sideshow’ Alex Wong/Getty

    4. Obama on Benghazi: It’s a ‘Sideshow’

    Welcome to D.C., David Cameron. President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron held a joint press conference today, but the duo was met with a barrage of questions on the Benghazi embassy attack and the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Obama dismissed questions about Benghazi, saying, “There’s no there, there.” As for the allegations about the IRS, Obama promised to investigate. “I have no patience for it. I will not tolerate it,” he said. “You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased.”

    May 13, 2013 12:28 PM

  5. 12th state MN Senate Passes Marriage Equality Jim Mone/AP

    5. MN Senate Passes Marriage Equality

    Twelve down, 38 to go. Minnesota’s Senate voted 37–30 to allow same-sex couples to wed on Monday. It will become the 12th state to do so once Gov. Mark Dayton signs the bill, which he’s expected to do on Tuesday. The bill was passed by the House last week and will go into effect on August 1. “God made gays. And God made gays capable of loving other people of the same gender. Who are we to quibble with God’s intentions?” Judiciary Committee Chair Ron Latz said to the opposition.

    May 13, 2013 5:24 PM

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  7. NO THANKS Clintons Won’t Back Weiner for Mayor Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    6. Clintons Won’t Back Weiner for Mayor

    Just because Hillary Clinton stood by her man doesn’t mean she has to stand behind her chief of staff's. The former secretary of State may be a mentor to Huma Abedin, but she and husband Bill have no intention of supporting Huma’s husband, Anthony Weiner’s, mayoral aspirations. In fact, according to one Democratic source, “The Clintons wish Weiner would just disappear. Every time he pops up, it’s a reminder of Bill’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn’t helpful to Hillary’s hopes for 2016.” The Clintons have been pretty tight-lipped about whether Hillary will actually make another run for the White House, but if that is what she has in mind, sources say the last thing she needs is to be linked to another political sex scandal. 

    May 13, 2013 9:36 AM

  8. TIME TO RELOCATE? Poll: Americans Sick of Hipsters Adam Berry

    7. Poll: Americans Sick of Hipsters

    Maybe it’s that they prefer making their own beer and soap to buying it? Whatever the reason, something about hipsters seriously irks Americans, according to a new national survey. Public Policy Polling has found that 42 percent of Americans—particularly those over the age of 65—are sick of their shenanigans, while only 16 percent of those surveyed like them and 43 percent were indifferent. Shockingly, Republicans have the least favorable view of this subculture of our population, with 98 percent saying they’d be less likely to vote a hipster into political office. A whopping 46 percent of voters vilified the existence of hipsters as people who “soullessly appropriate cultural tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement.” They’ll always have Brooklyn.

    May 13, 2013 2:07 PM

  9. GMO Monsanto Wins Genetic-Seed Case Seth Perlman/AP

    8. Monsanto Wins Genetic-Seed Case

    Farmers better be careful whose seeds they plant. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto in its suit against an Indiana farmer who planted its genetically modified seeds without paying the company. The case has been closely watched for its bearing on companies that hold patents on DNA molecules and other self-replicating products, but Justice Elena Kagan stressed that the court was ruling narrowly, addressing only the farmer’s violation of patent law. The farmer first bought seeds for a crop of soybeans that had been engineered to be resistant to the pesticide Roundup, which is also a Monsanto product. But for his second crop, he took a mix of seeds from a grain elevator, sprayed them with Roundup, and planted seeds from the plants that survived, exploiting what he believed to be a loophole in the contract.

    May 13, 2013 11:44 AM

  10. JACK IS BACK ‘24’ to Return to Fox Jemal Countess / Getty Images Entertainment

    9. ‘24’ to Return to Fox

    Jack Bauer fans, brace yourselves for some nail-biting: 24 will return to Fox for a limited run next year. Kiefer Sutherland, whose most recent show, Touch, was just canceled by Fox, will reprise his role as Jack Bauer. 24 ran from 2001 to 2010 with a TV movie, and there had long been plans to bring the show to the big screen. The reboot, tentatively titled 24: Live Another Day, comes after that project died in development. Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters in 2011 that he would be “heartbroken” if the show didn’t have the chance to return. Unlike previous seasons, the 12-episode run will take place over more than 24 hours.

    May 13, 2013 9:39 AM

  11. PSYCHOLOGY TV Personality Joyce Brothers Dies Nick Ut/AP

    10. TV Personality Joyce Brothers Dies

    Dr. Joyce Brothers, pioneer of the television advice show, died Monday of natural causes. Once considered the world’s most famous psychologist, the 85-year-old became famous upon winning TV game show The $64,000 Question in 1955. She later appeared in movies and TV shows, but became a nationwide celebrity as the host of a series of shows. Her publicist confirmed her death.

    May 13, 2013 7:34 PM

  12. UNBELIEBERS Bieber Makes ‘Simpsons’ Cameo Fox

    11. Bieber Makes ‘Simpsons’ Cameo

    With less that 50 percent of Americans having a favorable view of Justin Bieber, The Simpsons really took a chance on this casting. The Biebs made a guest appearance on Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, briefly appearing as a kid rejected from Bart’s talent show. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo was so short, in fact, that producer Al Jean said, “This sentence is longer than his appearance.” Jean said series creator Matt Groening had requested that Bieber be worked into an episode. Bieber must have been excited: he tweeted the image of his Simpsons doppelgänger on Sunday.

    May 13, 2013 7:32 AM

  13. Cleveland Kidnapping Castro Brothers: Ariel Should Rot in Jail Tony Dejak/AP

    12. Castro Brothers: Ariel Should Rot in Jail

    Ariel Castro’s brothers want the world to know they’re horrified by what their brother did. Onil and Pedro, who were initially named as suspects along with their brother and continue to receive death threats, told CNN that they never suspected Ariel had three women imprisoned in his house. Pedro said that when he visited the house, Ariel wouldn’t let him go beyond the kitchen—they’d eat on the steps. His brother’s behavior didn’t raise any questions, Pedro said, because he was a “strange dude.” Onil went further, calling his brother a “monster” and saying he hopes “he rots in that jail.”  

    May 13, 2013 11:31 AM

  14. TARGET IRS Changed Criteria for Investigations Susan Walsh/AP

    13. IRS Changed Criteria for Investigations

    While the Internal Revenue Service first searched for key words such as “Tea Party” when deciding which groups to investigate for their tax-exempt status, the IRS then expanded the search to include the phrase “making America a better place.” According to a Reuters investigation on Sunday into a watchdog report, IRS field agents constantly changed their criteria in their quest to find which groups had improperly filed for nonprofit tax exemptions. Each year, the IRS reviews as many as 60,000 applications from groups seeking to get tax-exemption status—and if granted, those groups do not have to disclose their donors. By July 2011, the IRS had stopped targeting groups based off key words, but by January 2012, it appears the IRS was focused once again on investigating certain political organizations. 

    May 13, 2013 6:48 AM

  15. TRAGEDY Leila Fowler’s Brother Arrested Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    14. Leila Fowler’s Brother Arrested

    The 12-year-old brother of Leila Fowler, the 8-year-old California girl found stabbed to death on April 27, was arrested Saturday in connection to the grisly crime. Initially, Fowler’s brother had said that an intruder had broken into their home while the pair were home alone, stabbing Fowler and taking off on foot. The boy’s description of a tall, gray-haired man had set off a sweeping manhunt, and many in the community remained on edge. A neighbor also said she saw a man fleeing the house, but she has since recanted. It was not immediately clear what led authorities to suspect the boy, although knives were taken from the house to see if any had been used in the murder.

    May 13, 2013 7:11 AM

  16. Controversy Newseum Won't Honor Hamas Journalists Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov

    15. Newseum Won't Honor Hamas Journalists

    The Newseum is reversing its decision to memorialize two Hamas-linked cameramen after a weekend of criticism from conservative and pro-Israel organizations. The cameramen worked for Al-Aqsa TV, a television network linked to Hamas, and were killed in an Israeli airstrike last November. The Newseum included them in a memorial to fallen journalists. On Friday, they stood by their decision, but today they said that “serious questions” had been raised as to whether the cameramen “were truly journalists or whether they were engaged in terrorist activities.”

    May 13, 2013 11:14 AM

  17. JINGLE-Y BOX Newt Gingrich: Rename Cellphones

    16. Newt Gingrich: Rename Cellphones

    Well, this ought to lock the curmudgeon vote down. In a video titled “We’re Really Puzzled,” former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calls for cellphones to be renamed. “But think about it,” Gingrich says. “If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If it has a McDonalds app that tells you the closest McDonalds based on your GPS location, that’s not a cellphone.” He suggests renaming it a hand-held computer, although he does seek “your help” in coming up with a new name. Except, Newt, we already have a name for our phones. What we don’t have a name for is what exactly the purpose of this video is.

    May 13, 2013 7:12 AM

  18. GROUNDBREAKING

    17. Hong Kong Transsexual Wins Right to Marry

    A Hong Kong court ruled on Monday that a transsexual woman could marry her boyfriend despite the city’s laws that only people of two opposite sexes at birth could tie the knot. The woman in her 30s, known only as “W,” successfully argued that since her post-operative gender is recognized by law, the ruling that she could not marry violated her constitutional rights. She also argued that her gender-reassignment surgery had been government-subsidized. The court said the institution of marriage had “undergone far-reaching changes” in Hong Kong, and human-rights activists said the case could result in the government being more accepting of sexual minorities.

    May 13, 2013 7:10 AM

  19. WE JUST BLUE OURSELVES ‘Arrested Development’ Trailer Released Netflix

    18. ‘Arrested Development’ Trailer Released

    Time to start planning parties that’ll be almost as good as Lucille Bluth’s intervention. The trailer for the fourth season of Arrested Development was released on Sunday, and the gang’s all here. The fourth season will debut on Netflix on May 26, with all 15 episodes streaming at once. Arrested Development was canceled in 2003, but a cult following online and repeated calls for a feature film or a continuation of the series led to the development of a new season entirely on Netflix.

    May 13, 2013 7:30 AM

  20. HEALING Cleveland Women Ask for Privacy David Duprey/AP

    19. Cleveland Women Ask for Privacy

    The three Cleveland women who escaped after a decade of being imprisoned will not be giving any media interviews, a spokesman for the women said on Sunday. The women asked for “time, space, and privacy” while they recover with their families. The spokesman, attorney James Wooley, asked that anyone who wanted to donate money to help the women should make sure to work with “legitimate entities,” such as the Cleveland Courage Fund set up by three City Council members. But despite the pleas for privacy, it appears that a TV movie about the kidnapping is already in the works.

    May 13, 2013 6:53 AM

  21. Colorado Shooting James Holmes to Seek Insanity Plea RJ Sangosti/AP

    20. James Holmes to Seek Insanity Plea

    Lawyers for James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire on an Aurora, Colorado, theater last year and killing 12, will return to court Monday to seek to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge previously entered a plea of not guilty for Holmes, but said it could be changed if Holmes’s lawyers showed “good cause.” The judge is expected to grant the change-of-plea request since Holmes’s case involves the death penalty, which prosecutors have announced that they will seek for Holmes. The former neuroscience student has been taken to a hospital twice since his arrest, once being held in a psychiatric ward for several days “frequently in restraints,” according to his lawyer’s defense filings.

    May 13, 2013 11:12 AM

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

    21. 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

  23. CIVIL WAR Syrian Troops Retake Strategic Town SANA/AP

    22. Syrian Troops Retake Strategic Town

    Syrian government troops have retaken control of a key town along the main highway from Damascus to Jordan, an activist group said on Monday. The Syrian rebels have managed to make gains in the northern part of the country and on the road to the Jordanian border, but Syria’s capital, Damascus, still appears to be under the control of President Bashar al-Assad. The rebels were forced to withdraw from the town of Khirbet Ghazaleh on Sunday, and government troops reopened the highway. Meanwhile in Turkey, where forces loyal to Assad have been blamed for carrying twin car bombings in a border town, nine people were arrested in connection to Saturday’s attack. Officials said all those arrested were Turkish citizens, but have been backed by Assad’s intelligence services.

     

    May 13, 2013 6:51 AM

  24. legendary Barbara Walters Retiring in 2014 AP

    23. 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