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  1. ENOUGH Harry Reid Is Going ‘Nuclear’ in July J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    1. Harry Reid Is Going ‘Nuclear’ in July

    The Senate is going to get rowdy in July if Harry Reid has his way. The Democrats’ majority leader is almost certain to exercise a drastic type of filibuster reform in July if Republicans keep blocking key White House nominations, an unnamed source tells The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. Reid would invoke the so-called nuclear option, which would allow all judicial and executive nominations to pass the chambers with a straight majority vote rather than the current 60-vote threshold. But will he really pull the trigger this time?

    May 17, 2013 7:15 PM

  2. 'EXTENSIVE DAMAGE' MTA Train Collision Leaves 60 Injured Christian Abraham/The Connecticut Post, via AP

    2. MTA Train Collision Leaves 60 Injured

    Eight people remain hospitalized—three in critical condition—after two commuter trains carrying more than 700 people collided Friday night, according to Connecticut Governor Malloy. Speaking to press Saturday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported “extensive infrastructure damage," that will keep normal service from returning until a "full investigation" is complete. The train derailed, injuring up to 60 people, after colliding with another train heading to Grand Central. "It was just a crazy scene...People were thrown," one passenger told the New Haven Register.

     

    May 18, 2013 11:00 AM

  3. ON THE HILL Treasury Knew of IRS Probe in 2012 Nicholas Kamm

    3. Treasury Knew of IRS Probe in 2012

    More fuel for the GOP’s “culture of cover-ups” claims against the Obama administration: senior officials have known about an investigation into improper scrutiny of conservative nonprofit groups by the IRS since June 2012. The Treasury Department’s inspector general, J. Russell George, said as much during a congressional hearing on Friday, testifying that he notified the Treasury’s general counsel of the investigation on June 4, though he didn’t say that the IRS’s targeting had been improper as the investigation was still ongoing. Official findings released Tuesday say ineffective management allowed the practice to go on for more than 18 months before it was stopped in May 2012. President Obama said Thursday that he was completely unaware of the inspector general’s report before it was leaked to the press this week.

     

    May 17, 2013 5:51 PM

  4. Boohoo Apple Yanks ‘Bang With Friends’ App BangWithFriends.com

    4. Apple Yanks ‘Bang With Friends’ App

    Cancel your weekend plans. Apple’s App Store has removed the hookup service Bang With Friends. The app works by syncing up with users’ Facebook accounts and matching people who tag each other as, well, doable. Aside from its obviously salacious title, a Bang With Friends spokesperson told CNET that the creators have no idea why Apple yanked the application, which has around one million clients, and Apple hasn't responded to questions about the removal. 

    May 17, 2013 7:28 PM

  5. Family Matters Report: Beyoncé Pregnant Again TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

    5. Report: Beyoncé Pregnant Again

    And baby makes four? E! News reports that Beyoncé is pregnant with her second child, confirming the rampant speculation with “multiple sources.” Rumors of the pregnancy first began swirling when Jay-Z’s better half walked the red carpet at the Met Gala in a strategically cinched gown that could’ve been tailored to disguise a baby bump. Then Beyoncé canceled a Belgium stop on the Mrs. Carter Show tour Tuesday, citing “dehydration and exhaustion,” which many people thought was code for “pregnant.” E! doesn’t name its sources, but insists the report is true.

    May 17, 2013 2:55 PM

  6. DEVELOPING Hofstra Student Fatally Shot Louis Lanzano/AP

    6. Hofstra Student Fatally Shot

    A female Hofstra University student died early Friday morning after a ski-masked and armed intruder, who later died during a gun battle with police, broke into her home and shot her. While authorities have yet to release the victim’s name, neighbors say that the deceased is Andrea Rebello, a 20-year-old junior who shared the home with her twin sister, Jessica. According to the police report, the assailant entered the home around 2 a.m., then ordered one of the girls to leave and get him money from an ATM. The unidentified woman called 911 immediately. Soon after, neighbors say they heard what sounded like a woman shrieking, followed by the sound of gunshots.

    May 17, 2013 1:53 PM

  7. Robbed in the Riviera $1M in Jewelry Stolen in Cannes Vittorio Zunino Celotto/WireImage for Electrolux

    7. $1M in Jewelry Stolen in Cannes

    A-listers walking the red carpet in Cannes this week will be excused for not accessorizing their gowns with the usual bling. More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a Cannes hotel room where an employee of jewelry maker Chopard was staying. The thief reportedly ripped the room’s safe out of the wall of the employee’s Novotel hotel room, making off with baubles meant for celebrities to wear to the film festival’s glitzy parties and premiere events. Cannes jewel robberies are a bit of a tradition at this point: $8 million worth was stolen in one 2009 incident, while a group of thieves during that same festival rode away with $21 million in Cartier bling.

    May 17, 2013 11:04 AM

  8. FUTURISTIC

    8. Flesh-Eating Victim Gets Bionic Hands

    Aimee Copeland has her hands back. The 25-year-old, who lost her hands, a leg, and a foot last year after acquiring a devastating case of necrotizing fasciitis, has just been fitted with state-of-the-art prosthetic hands. And she couldn’t be happier. “It just mimics so well a natural hand that it really just reminds me of before the accident,” Copeland told CNN, adding that she can’t wait to cook and clean again. The hands cost up to $120,000 each, manufacturer Touch Bionic says. Copeland’s local news station has video of her showing off the new hands at the link below. 

    May 17, 2013 9:08 PM

  9. COMPROMISE House Reaches Deal on Immigration Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    9. House Reaches Deal on Immigration

    Looks like some people are getting a little afraid of President Obama taking this Bulworth thing seriously. A bipartisan group of House representatives on Thursday reportedly reached a deal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws—although the details still remained unclear. The deal comes after a group of senators filed their own version of the immigration bill last month. The House group said their bill would be ready for June hearings. A deal would be a major victory for Obama in the middle of an absolutely miserable week for the White House, since the president has long stated his commitment to immigration reform. But none of the House reps would discuss their bill, just saying that there will be “a lot of differences” from the Senate version. Oh goody, more things to disagree about.

    May 16, 2013 10:38 PM

  10. WHAM! George Michael Injured in Car Crash British singer George Michael on May 11, 2011. (Alastair Grant/AP)

    10. George Michael Injured in Car Crash

    At least he wasn’t behind the wheel this time. Singer George Michael was airlifted to a hospital yesterday after a car crash in the U.K., sustaining minor injuries. But the entertainer’s representative has made it clear that Michael, who has a history of driving under the influence of various drugs, was a passenger in the crash (and he’s doing just “fine” afterward). Michael was sentenced to eight weeks behind bars in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possessing marijuana. Whatever he was on, it led him to crash his Range Rover into a shop in north London. In 2006 he was banned from driving for two years after he was found passed out in his Mercedes and convicted of driving while high on drugs.

    May 17, 2013 12:10 PM

  11. HELPING HAND Cleveland Fund Soars to $500K AP;Knight Family

    11. Cleveland Fund Soars to $500K

    A charity set up for the victims of the horrific Cleveland kidnapping has soared to more than half a million dollars, according to The Daily News. The Cleveland Courage Fund, as the charity is called, is putting the money into four different trust funds—one for Gina Dejesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Berry’s 6-year-old child. Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping, raping, and abusing the three women, remains in jail where authorities say he is on suicide watch.

    May 17, 2013 1:29 PM

  12. HOT SEAT IRS Chief Grilled by House Committee Alex Wong/Getty

    12. IRS Chief Grilled by House Committee

    IRS commissioner Steven Miller offered an apology Friday to the House Ways and Means Committee, calling the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups in 2012 a “mistake.” Miller denied accusations that he “misled” Congress and the American people for political reasons. “Partisanship or even the perception of partisanship has no place at the IRS,” he stated. Miller was then grilled by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Dave Camp (R–Michigan), who claimed Miller's actions constitute more than misleading, but rather lying. “This is a problem of the IRS being too large, too powerful, too intrusive, and too abusive,” he said.

     

    During Steven Miller's congressional hearing, he blamed the IRS's improper conduct on 'mistakes, not an act of partisanship.'

     

    May 17, 2013 9:52 AM

  13. IN YOUR FACE Google Glass Adds New Apps Using Google Glass. (Ole Spata/AFP/Getty)

    13. Google Glass Adds New Apps

    Big news for the 10 percent of Americans out there who would buy Google Glass if they could afford it: you can now aspire to one day earn enough money to have Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Elle magazine displayed in your direct line of vision wherever you go. Following the announcement that it’s entering the music-streaming game, Google unveiled a number of new applications that have been adapted for Google Glass on day two of its annual developers conference. Google Glass was first introduced at last year’s conference and is still not quite ready for the public, though some developers and super-cool early adopters have been able to get their hands on an Explorer Edition for $1,500.

    Is the world ready for Google Glass?

    May 17, 2013 8:03 AM

  14. Boston Bombing FBI Probes Chechen Rebel Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP)

    14. FBI Probes Chechen Rebel

    The FBI has searched the home of an exiled former Chechen rebel after learning that he met with main Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev less than a month before he allegedly carried out the deadly attack. Musa Khadjimuradov confirms that FBI investigators came to his house Tuesday and examined the hard drives of his computers and questioned him about Tsarnaev’s visits to a shooting range and fireworks purchases. Khadjimuradov came to the U.S. from Chechnya in 2004 as part of the U.N. refugee program and met Tsarnaev through the Chechen Society of Boston. He says Tsarnaev visited him three times, the last time with his family.

    May 17, 2013 10:35 AM

  15. So Long, Dunder Mifflin ‘Office’ Finale Earns Rave Reviews Valerie Macon / Getty Images

    15. ‘Office’ Finale Earns Rave Reviews

    Was Thursday night’s The Office finale “perfect”? That’s what some critics are saying about the show’s super-size swan song, which saw the surprise return of Michael Scott and sentimental send-offs for all the show’s favorite characters. It’s good news for a series that was ridiculed in the press for a lackluster past few seasons, which lacked the goofy glory of Steve Carell’s Scott. More good news: more than 5.4 million viewers tuned in for the episode, easily making it the highest-rated outing of the season.

    May 17, 2013 1:14 PM

  16. DON’T MESS WITH MOM Mom Chases Child’s Abductor With Car Albuquerque Police Department/AP

    16. Mom Chases Child’s Abductor With Car

    Mothers really will do anything for their kids. After being alerted that her 4-year-old daughter was abducted by a stranger driving past their house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Melissa Torrez jumped in her car to trail the person. Torrez followed the car for seven miles, even though she was unaware at the time that the abductor had already pushed the little girl out of the vehicle. She then rammed into the suspect’s car—she says it was accidental—and the driver ran off. When she looked into the back of his car, she said she saw an empty baby car seat. David Hernandez, 31, was arrested after he saw his picture on television and called police. After being interviewed, he was charged with kidnapping, a police spokesperson said.

    May 17, 2013 12:40 PM

  17. HEY MAMA Kim to Join Kanye on Tour West and Kardashian in New York City on May 6. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)

    17. Kim to Join Kanye on Tour

    No fear, Kim Kardashian fans—the new mother will not only be joining her baby’s daddy on tour, but she’ll be bringing their newborn, according to a report from TMZ. Sources close to Kim say that Kanye’s production company has already started receiving orders about what kind of crib to build and how to soundproof the hotel rooms. The exact locations of Kanye’s tour remains unclear, although many have speculated that it includes several stops in Europe. The reality star, who is due in mid-June, has struggled to ignore constant “fat shaming” by the media about her pregnancy.

    May 17, 2013 8:12 AM

  18. PRISON BREAKDOWN Sex Assaults Highest at Denver Prison ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

    18. Sex Assaults Highest at Denver Prison

    More than 10 percent of inmates at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility say they’ve been sexually assaulted or subject to sexual misconduct by the prison’s staff, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Justice. As the Denver Post reported, it was the highest rate in the nation, four times the national average of 2.4 percent. In 2008, an inmate at the prison filed a lawsuit saying she’d been sexually assaulted by a corrections offer; she was awarded $1.3 million, though the officer involved was only sentenced to 60 days in prison. Several other prisoners filed another suit in 2011, but it was dismissed. Most women, inmates say, are afraid to report abuse, because the staff can retaliate by placing them in administration segregation. “So none of us say nothing about nothing,” one woman told The Denver Post.

    May 17, 2013 11:51 AM

  19. BACKUP Russia Sends Syria More Advanced Missiles Destruction by Syrian shelling in Homs on May 13. (Lens Young Homsi/AP)

    19. Russia Sends Syria More Advanced Missiles

    As a symbol of its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has sent his government advanced cruise missiles. This isn’t the first time Russia has sent missiles to the embattled country, but this latest shipment is much more sophisticated—capable of being used to ward off international ships that might try to deliver supplies to rebel fighters. “It enables the regime to deter forces looking to supply the opposition from the sea, or from undertaking a more active role if a no-fly zone or shipping embargo were to be declared at some point,” said Nick Brown, editor in chief of the military technology magazine IHS Jane’s International Defense Review. “It’s a real ship killer.”

    May 17, 2013 8:09 AM

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  21. AFTER RICE SCANDAL Julie Hermann to Lead Rutgers Athletics Rich Schultz/Getty

    20. Julie Hermann to Lead Rutgers Athletics

    Can Rutgers University’s athletics program rebound after firing its athletic director and former basketball coach Mike Rice, who was videotaped shouting gay slurs and throwing balls at his players? The New Brunswick, New Jersey, school hopes to bounce back with Julie Hermann at the helm. Hermann, 49, is the third woman in a Bowl Championship Series program to head an athletic department. Next year, she will be the only female athletic director in the Big Ten. Even though Hermann was Louisville’s senior associate athletic director for 15 years, some are critical of Rutgers’s decision, since she has no direct football experience, which is a major component of the school’s athletics program. 

    May 17, 2013 11:00 AM

  22. Funny Girl 5 Sites for Funny Women Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

    21. 5 Sites for Funny Women

    Sometimes you need a little comedy break in the middle of the day—but where to turn? Sexy Feminist has compiled a list of the five funniest women’s spaces to visit online, where the distraction can last less than 10 minutes and you don’t have to worry about a TV schedule aligning with your own. The list ranges from Mindy Kaling’s webisode extras to her Fox sitcom The Mindy Project to Reductress, a satirical new site with such headlines as “Dove’s Sketch Artist Leaks Drawings of the Women Who Actually Were Ugly.” Plug in your headphones and giggle away.

    May 17, 2013 9:40 AM

  23. OUT WITH THE OLD Holder: Email Searches Need a Warrant A.G. Holder on Capitol Hill on May 15. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    22. Holder: Email Searches Need a Warrant

    During a grilling by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee over the suddenly-long list of controversies surrounding the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that he supports requiring that the government and law enforcement obtain a warrant to access emails, Facebook messages, and other private Internet correspondence. Privacy advocates have been urging Congress to consider updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act since it became clear that the 1986 law granting the government access to opened emails via a non-judge-approved subpoena is horribly outdated. Holder’s comment that revamping the law “is something that I think the department will support,” is the first real indication that Congress might actually make a change.

    May 17, 2013 6:58 AM

  24. ON THE CASE Congress: Were We Duped by the IRS? President Obama after speaking on IRS problems in East Room on Wednesday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    23. Congress: Were We Duped by the IRS?

    Lawmakers are determined to get to the bottom of how, exactly, the IRS ended up applying extra scrutiny to conservative groups requesting tax-exempt status. But first they want to know why they were kept in the dark about this practice for so long—despite attempts to intervene. Over the past few years, Congress had actually made multiple inquiries to the IRS, with little success, in response to complaints from conservative groups that they’d experienced long delays and were asked to answer unusually detailed questions as they attempted to declare tax exemption. Recently ousted IRS chief Steven Miller will be questioned during the House Ways and Means Committee’s first hearing on the matter, set to take place Friday.

    May 17, 2013 7:54 AM

  25. THINKING AHEAD Russia Considering Afghan Border Patrol Afghan commandos in Kabul on January 21. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty)

    24. Russia Considering Afghan Border Patrol

    Russia is concerned about what kind of instability awaits once the last NATO-led troops have left Afghanistan next year. According to a new report Friday, the nation is considering sending its own security agents to monitor the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Moscow is allegedly most concerned about drugs and terrorists making their way from Afghanistan to Russia through the former Soviet nations—which stand between them. “We prefer to tackle this problem on the Afghan border to stop these threats,” Ambassador Andrey Avetisyan said at the Russian Embassy in Kabul late Thursday. “We used to have a serious presence on the Afghan-Tajik border … and the situation there was much better, so it would be in the interest of both Russia and Tajikistan and even Afghanistan if Russia is present there.”

    May 17, 2013 7:50 AM

  26. SEARCH PARTY Seven Missing after Texas Tornados Tornado damage in Cleburne, Texas on May 16. (LM Otero/AP)

    25. Seven Missing after Texas Tornados

    Seven people are still missing following at least 16 devastating tornados that hit North Texas, Wednesday, killing six. According to a survey team evaluating the damage, at least one of the twisters was an EF4—the second-most dangerous class of tornado. It was that lethal tornado which was responsible for all of Wednesday’s deaths, destroying an entire neighborhood in Granbury, Texas and stripping homes—most of which had been built by Habitat for Humanity—off the ground. As the disheveled community begins cleaning up the massive mess the tornados left behind, police continue to search for those still missing.

    May 17, 2013 6:49 AM

  27. RECOVERY

    26. ‘Killer Nanny’ Victims’ Parents Having a Baby

    The New York City parents whose nanny allegedly murdered two of their children in October are having another baby, they announced Thursday on Facebook. “We are filled with many emotions as we look to the future, but the most important one is hope,” Marina and Kevin Krim wrote on the Facebook page set up in memory of their children. Lulu and Leo Krim, 6 and 2, respectively, were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, in October while Marina Krim was out with couple’s other daughter, Nessie. Ortega, who also allegedly stabbed herself in the throat, has been charged with their murders.

    May 16, 2013 11:05 PM

  28. TWIN ATTACK Dozens Killed in Mosque Explosion Scene of bombing in Baqouba, Iraq on Friday. (Adem Hadei/AP)

    27. Dozens Killed in Mosque Explosion

    Dozens of people were killed Friday after two large explosions rocked Iraq outside of a Sunni mosque in Baquba—50 miles north of Baghdad. The twin explosions were set off right as worshipers at the Saria mosque were leaving a prayer ceremony. The attack is just the latest in a string of violent incidents against Sunni and Shia religious sites. Just one day previous, 12 people were killed after a bomb erupted at the entrance to a Shia place of worship in Kirkuk.

    May 17, 2013 9:14 AM

  29. CHILLING TESTIMONY Jodi Arias Victim’s Family Speaks Arias during "victim impact statement" on May 16 in Phoenix. (Pool photo by Rob Schumacher)

    28. Jodi Arias Victim’s Family Speaks

    Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has already made clear that she’d prefer the death penalty over life in prison for the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. But before the jury could determine Arias’s fate, they had to hear from a few more witnesses—including the victim's family. In a Phoenix courtroom, Thursday, Alexander’s brother, Steven, told the jury of all the problems he’s experienced since Travis was killed—including violent nightmares in which he, his wife, and his daughter are chased by someone wielding a knife. In the dream, he then sees his dead brother’s body “curled up on a shower, thrown in there, left to rot for days, all alone.” Steven’s emotional testimony, plus that of his sister, made a visible impact on the jury, who will listen to more witnesses, including Arias herself and another ex-boyfriend on Monday. Prosecutor Juan Martinez insisted, in his opening statements Thursday, that because of the brutality of the murder in question, “the only appropriate sentence ... is death.”

    May 17, 2013 6:53 AM

  30. SCANDALOUS Report: Toronto Mayor Filmed Smoking Crack Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

    29. Report: Toronto Mayor Filmed Smoking Crack

    Two Toronto Star reporters and one Gawker editor say they’ve seen a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. All three report that the cellphone video in question clearly shows Ford, in a well-lit room inhaling from, what looks like a glass crack pipe. The problem is the person who took the recording—someone who claims to have sold crack to the mayor—would only let The Star and Gawker watch the video on his phone while he held it in the back of a car outside a Toronto apartment complex. He wants six figures for the video, and, out of fear that it might be sold back to the mayor, Gawker is soliciting offers from news organizations or wealthy individuals interested in purchasing the video for public viewing. The Star says Ford’s chief of staff hung up when a rep called for comment.

    May 17, 2013 8:53 AM