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  1. PROGRESS Boy Scouts Will Allow Gay Members Win McNamee/Getty Images

    1. Boy Scouts Will Allow Gay Members

    It looks like the Boy Scouts are slowly entering the 21st century. The organization voted Thursday to allow gay members, months after doing an about-face on its long-held ban on permitting gay youths to participate in Scouting. But don’t rejoice yet: openly gay adult leaders are still banned. The ban on openly gay members dated back to 1991, based it on the Boy Scout oath—written in 1911—which said all Scouts must be "physically strong, mentally alert, and morally straight." Lifting the ban had support from about 60 percent of the 1,440 volunteer leaders who had gathered in Dallas for the vote. In a statement, the Boy Scouts said they would not allow themselves to be "consumed by a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue." The ban's reversal will go into effect January 1, 2014.

    May 23, 2013 6:54 PM

  2. BREAKING

    2. Washington Bridge Collapses

    A major freeway bridge collapsed in Washington state on Thursday night, with early reports of cars and people in the water, police said. The Skagit River Bridge, which has I-5 running on it, is located between Burlington and Mount Vernon, and is about 100 miles from Seattle. Trooper Mark Francis tweeted at 7:19 p.m. that “people and cars are in the water. I’m very far away. Will update.”

    May 23, 2013 10:52 PM

  3. WAR ON TERROR Obama Defends Use of Drones Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    3. Obama Defends Use of Drones

    President Obama outlined new policies for overseas drone strikes in a major national-security speech on Thursday. The president admitted that drones have killed American citizens overseas, but vowed that he would work more closely with aides on future uses of the weapons and that “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.” Obama also promised to cut back on the number of attacks in general, but that he must weigh the risks of using drones against the alternative of more terrorist attacks. He will continue to call the shots over use of the weapons, he said, but not without first briefing Congress on every strike and working together to avoid increased oversight. He also promised to close the Guantánamo Bay military prison. Even as a woman heckled him relentlessly about hunger strikes at Guantánamo, he said her voice is “worth listening to.”

    May 23, 2013 2:32 PM

  4. CONSEQUENCES Report: IRS Official Suspended KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    4. Report: IRS Official Suspended

    Vacation, ahem, administrative leave, might be a good thing right now for Lois Lerner. The IRS official in charge of investigating tax-exempt organizations—at the center of the scandal involving the IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party—has been placed on administrative leave, sources said Thursday. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right not testify against herself at a House oversight committee hearing, saying only that she had done “nothing wrong.” Lerner reportedly sent an email to employees in her division, calling these “difficult times” and writing, “The work you do is important.”

    At her congressional hearing, the IRS's Lois Lerner pled the Fifth.

    May 23, 2013 5:46 PM

  5. GRUESOME London Hacking Suspects Were Suspicious Sang Tan/AP

    5. London Hacking Suspects Were Suspicious

    The two men accused of beheading British soldier Lee Rigby were previously the target of an investigation in London, a British official said Thursday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said no further details about the previous questioning can be released—offering only that it was an investigation into their "possible terror links." The suspects were shot and captured Wednesday by police after allegedly decapitating a defenseless soldier. Shortly before police arrived, an eerie cell-phone video recording shows the two bloodied men bragging about the killing, while holding knives and a meat cleaver. As the investigation continued Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced the “betrayal of Islam.”

     

    May 23, 2013 9:49 AM

  6. OOPS Weiner Site Posts Wrong City Mario Tama / Getty Images News

    6. Weiner Site Posts Wrong City

    At least his campaign didn’t run one of the photos of Anthony Weiner circulating on the Internet. The disgraced former congressman’s mayoral campaign kicked off Thursday, except the city featured in the backdrop looked a little small. That’s because it wasn’t New York, it was Pittsburgh. His campaign quietly corrected the mistake by about 4 p.m., replacing it with a photo featuring the Empire State Building. Weiner held his first official campaign event on Thursday, meeting with constituents at a subway stop in Harlem and then traveling to the West Village and SoHo. It’s his first foray into politics after resigning in disgrace nearly two years ago when it was revealed he sent crotch photos to women via Twitter.

    Watch our brilliantly annotated version of Anthony Weiner's campaign ad.

    May 23, 2013 10:27 PM

  7. WAITING GAME No Decision on Jodi Arias’s Death Penalty Ross D. Franklin/AP

    7. No Decision on Jodi Arias’s Death Penalty

    Jodi Arias will have to wait a little bit longer to learn her fate. The jury on Thursday said they were deadlocked on whether to issue her the death penalty, forcing a judge to declare a mistrial on the sentencing phase. The jury had deliberated for nearly 14 hours over the course of three days, but they said the could not reach an agreement on whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or death. As a result, Judge Sherry Stevens declared that a new trial would convene July 18. Arias gave an interview shortly after she was found guilty, saying she would rather have the death penalty, but made an about-face when she actually had her sentencing hearing.

    May 23, 2013 9:09 PM

  8. HI WALTER WHITE Ex-State Rep. Arrested on Meth Charges WHDH

    8. Ex-State Rep. Arrested on Meth Charges

    In a case eerily reminiscent of Breaking Bad, a former Massachusetts state representative and a math and English tutor was charged Wednesday with trafficking crystal meth. Stephen Doran, a Democratic state representative from 1980 to 1994 who also chaired the Legislature’s Ethics Committee, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer, and his lawyer said he has been receiving chemotherapy for 11 months. Police said they arrested Doran as he exited Match Charter Middle School in Jamaica Plain, and he allegedly had a parcel containing 480 grams of crystal meth. Since he has been charged with having drugs in a school zone, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years.

    May 23, 2013 11:08 PM

  9. BOX OFFICE ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Hangover’ Face Off Universal Pictures

    9. ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Hangover’ Face Off

    Welcome to the first big weekend at the box office. Fast & Furious 6 looks likely to take the lead, with an $100 million over the four-day weekend projected. It will face off against The Hangover III, which had a slow start in its Wednesday opening, bringing in just $3.1 million. The only other film that dared go up against these giants was the family film Epic, which is expected to gross $45 million over the long weekend.

    May 23, 2013 11:30 PM

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  11. OH GOD Amanda Bynes Arrested in NYC LA County Sherriff, via AP

    10. Amanda Bynes Arrested in NYC

    Amanda Bynes was arrested Thursday night in New York City, after allegedly trying to throw a bong out a window—on the 36th foor of the apartment building. Police said they responded to a call of someone smoking marijuana in the lobby of a midtown apartment building, but the person wasn’t in the lobby anymore. Police said the doorman led them up to her apartment, where they knocked on the door and Bynes let them inside—and police said the apartment was allegedly filled with marijuana smoke. But when she apparently realized police could see the bong, she then allegedly tossed it out the window, which was on the 36th floor. She was arrested for reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana.

    Oh, Amanda Bynes. Maybe we should've seen this coming.

    May 23, 2013 11:41 PM

  12. NAKED GIRLS Dunham Not Excited for ‘Girls’ Porn Parody Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

    11. Dunham Not Excited for ‘Girls’ Porn Parody

    Lena Dunham is surprised by her own negative reaction to the news that Hustler has made a porn parody of her HBO show Girls. “I wish I had a better attitude about the Girls porn parody,” the writer/producer/director/actor tweeted Thursday. “I really can never predict what will trouble me and it’s simply exhausting.” The upcoming This Ain't Girls XXX features a porn version of Dunham's character Hannah breaking up with a porn version of her on-screen love interest, Adam, and experimenting with lesbianism before returning to him. 

    May 23, 2013 1:22 PM

  13. Hey Girl Ryan Gosling’s Film Booed at Cannes Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

    12. Ryan Gosling’s Film Booed at Cannes

    Ryan Gosling, it turns out, is not infallible. The walking Prince Charming debuted his new film, Only God Forgives, in which he reteams with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn, at Cannes, but the typical accolades Gosling usually receives were replaced by boos. The hyperviolent film reportedly inspired walkouts, pans from critics, and actual boos as it screened. In the film, Gosling plays a brooding drug dealer seeking retribution for the murder of his brother. A typical review, this one from Hollywood Elsewhere: “hyperviolent, ethically repulsive, sad, nonsensical, deathly dull, snail-paced, idiotic, possibly woman-hating, visually suffocating, pretentious.”

    Watch this clip from 'Only God Forgives.'

    May 23, 2013 12:29 PM

  14. LONG WAY DOWN Suicide Likely to Take 40,000 American Lives Photo Illustraton by Newsweek

    13. Suicide Likely to Take 40,000 American Lives

    Forget the days of whispering about suicide—it’s become a national epidemic, and is only likely to get worse over the years unless the country starts addressing the problem, writes Tony Dokoupil in this week’s Newsweek. Self-harm is likely to take 40,000 American lives this year; in 2010 suicide took more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. It’s not the depressed teen who is taking his or her own life, but rather it’s the baby boomers, who currently have the highest suicide rate in the world. According to data exclusively obtained by Newsweek, there has been a 37 percent increase in the years of life lost to clinical depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, and other mental disorders.

    May 23, 2013 4:45 PM

  15. GRAMMAR CLASS Lonely Island Sings of Semicolons via YouTube

    14. Lonely Island Sings of Semicolons

    Celebrating Wacky Wednesday the only way they know how, Andy Samberg and his rap trio Lonely Island head to grammar class in their newest video: “Semicolons.” An explainer for the most feared punctuation mark is bold and never-before-charted territory for the rap world. There’s only one problem; they have no idea how to use semicolons. “I’m loud and I’m zipping around; Jet Ski,” is one line. “Always chase the night; young squire,” another. Luckily friend Maya Rudolph sweeps in to save the day at the end. “No actually those are examples of colons, you all get F’s,” she says.

    May 23, 2013 8:10 AM

  16. Jail Mail Ricin Letter Suspect Indicted Kevin Rivoli/AP

    15. Ricin Letter Suspect Indicted

    A 38-year-old man was indicted in Spokane, Washington, Wednesday for sending two ricin-laced letters to a federal judge, one of which also contained threats. Matthew R. Buquet made his first appearance in court after his home was searched on Saturday and he was charged with mailing threatening communication. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The two letters were seized last week during a routine screening at a Spokane postal service facility.

    May 22, 2013 9:55 PM

  17. TIME FOR CHANGE Obama to Reduce Drone Strikes Ihsanullah Majroh/AP

    16. Obama to Reduce Drone Strikes

    One day after the White House admitted to killing four Americans through targeted drone strikes, President Obama plans to announce new restrictions on the use of the unmanned aircraft.  The president’s counterterrorism speech—the first to date in his second term—is likely to center on reducing the CIA’s involvement in deciding when drone strikes are appropriate. Along with the announcement, the president will present ”new classified policy guidelines” which will demand that drone strikes be reserved for targets who pose a “continuing, imminent threat to Americans.” The new policy aims to decrease “signature strikes,” attacks on entire groups of people who are assumed to be members of al Qaeda.

    Want to learn more basics about the U.S. drone program? Watch this explainer.

    May 23, 2013 6:30 AM

  18. BANZAI? Japan Stock Market Tanks Junji Kurokawa / AP Photo

    17. Japan Stock Market Tanks

    It was only a matter of time. Japan’s stock market, which has soared nearly 50 percent in the past half year, took a hard fall on Thursday. Japan’s central bank has been engaged in an aggressive push to jump-start growth by flooding the economy with cheap money and devaluing the yen. That has worked wonders for the markets. But investors, processing a rise in interest rates and weakness from China (an important trading partner), sold stocks with abandon. The Nikkei 225 index fell 7.3 percent on the trading session.

    May 23, 2013 10:24 AM

  19. ISRAEL Massive Underwater Structure Yuval Nadel/Getty

    18. Massive Underwater Structure

    The biblical Sea of Galilee in Israel houses a massive, 1,000-year old submerged structure that could be an archeologist's dream come true—if anyone could just figure out what it is. A new movement has begun to raise money for researchers studying the thousand-ton structure, which was first located by a sonar scan in 2003. An archeologist from the University of Haifa who is a part of the team calls the edifice "enigmatic." The group studying the structure hopes they can raise enough to study it underwater—the only place they believe they will find answers. “We don’t know where it’s from…we only know it is there, it is huge and it is unusual," the archeologist said.

    May 23, 2013 7:46 AM

  20. YUCK Study: British BBQ Dirtier Than Toilet AFP

    19. British BBQ Dirtier Than Toilet

    Come now, have another soiled shrimp on the barbie! If you’re at a barbecue in the U.K., you might as well lick your hosts’ toilet seat, which is half as germy as the barbecue itself. A new study has found the typical British BBQ contains 1.7 million microbes of bacteria per 100 square centimeters—compared with 759,000 in the loo—a grotesque amount of E. coli, salmonella, and listeria, all of which induce vomiting and diarrhea. Even higher counts than barbecues or toilets: trash bin lids. To be fair, the study was conducted by a cleaning company that would probably like you to bring its product to the next outdoor roast.  

    May 23, 2013 10:09 AM

  21. RISE UP Swedish Riots Reach Fourth Day Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

    20. Swedish Riots Reach Fourth Day

    More than 340 cars went up in flames Thursday as an uprising in the Swedish capital of Stockholm reached its fourth day. The rioters, mostly 20-somethings, threw rocks, broke windows, and destroyed cars as police lashed out, referring to them as “apes.” The violence stems from the police killing of a 69-year-old man carrying a machete—which was interpreted as a sign of rising police brutality. "We see a society that is becoming increasingly divided,” said Rami Al-khamisi, a man who works for social change in Sweden. Justice Minister Beatrice Ask spoke out Thursday to say she understands the anger. "Social exclusion is a very serious cause of many problems.”

    May 23, 2013 7:18 AM

  22. BOMBING PROBE Tamerlan’s Friend a ‘Tough Kid’ Gerardo Mora/Getty; Orange County Corrections Department/AP

    21. Tamerlan’s Friend a ‘Tough Kid’

    New details emerged Thursday surrounding the friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot dead by the FBI during a bombing probe Wednesday. Friends of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev describe him as a talented, but quiet martial arts fighter who “hated rules.” Todashev reportedly lived in Cambridge at one point, and interacted with Tamerlan on several occasions. While friends say he was not a “bad person around the gym,” he was aggressive by nature.  “His only way to resolve a lot of 
conflicts was violence,” said another fighter. Todashev was openly very proud of his background, choosing a “cultural Chechen song” as his warm-up music.

    May 23, 2013 7:16 AM

  23. THAT'S JUST RUDE Company Halts ‘Ghetto’ Tours Richard Drew/AP

    22. Company Halts ‘Ghetto’ Tours

    A tour bus company in New York has announced that they will “cease all tours” to the Bronx after they inflamed residents by selling it as a “ghetto tour.” The company, “Real Bronx Tours,” catered to a European crowd, offering a $45 trip that included a visit to the South Bronx—where they assured customers they would remain a “safe distance” away from the people. The company told riders that the Bronx represents “one of the darkest chapters” of the city’s history. Angry Bronx residents say it's a false claim. “Those days are over, the Bronx is being rebuilt, it's rising again," said Bronx resident Bobby Sanabria.

    May 23, 2013 7:20 AM

  24. TERROR OF LONDON U.K. Soldiers Warned: ‘No Uniforms’ Sang Tan/AP

    23. U.K. Soldiers Warned: ‘No Uniforms’

    Officials have confirmed that the man who was beheaded in broad daylight outside a London military barracks Wednesday was a soldier, although his identity has yet to be released. Prime Minister David Cameron—who called  the incident “sickening” on Twitter Thursday—held a meeting with the government’s emergency response committee, Cobra. While the investigation continues, British soldiers have been warned not to wear their uniforms outside. After leaving the Cobra meeting, London Mayor Boris Johnson cautioned against classifying the two attackers—who have both been arrested— as Islamic extremists. “It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam,” he said. “What we need now… is justice."

    May 23, 2013 6:33 AM

  25. ENOUGH ALREADY West Point Cadets Secretly Filmed Lee Celano/Getty

    24. West Point Cadets Secretly Filmed

    Here’s another incident to fan the flames of outrage over gender inequality and sexual harassment in the U.S. military: a West Point sergeant allegedly filmed women without their consent. Sgt. First Class Michael McClendon, a staff adviser “responsible for the health, welfare and discipline” of 125 cadets, is accused of taking videos of women in bathrooms and shower areas. Women make up 15 percent of the student body. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who recently announced new outlines for fighting sexual assault in the armed forces, is set to deliver the commencement address at West Point this weekend. What better time to remind graduates about this sort of inappropriate behavior?

    May 23, 2013 1:04 PM

  26. SO, HE AGED WELL Eighty-Year-Old Man Scales Everest Miura Dolphins Co. Ltd./AP

    25. Eighty-Year-Old Man Scales Everest

    If you’re already feeling like a couch potato: stop reading. An 80-year-old Japanese climber reached the summit of Mount Everest Thursday, becoming the oldest man in history to achieve the feat. Yuichiro Miura’s family, who tracked his climb through Facebook, cried with joy when the call came in confirming he’d done it. “This is the best feeling in the world,” Miura told his family. “I never imagined I would become the oldest man to get here, at 80.” Miura’s 43-year-old son, along with eight other climbers, accompanied him on the trek. “There's no greater feeling,” Miura gushed again. “But I've never felt this tired either."

    May 23, 2013 6:51 AM

  27. NEVER BEFORE SEEN Obama’s ’79 Prom Photos Revealed Pool Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar

    26. Obama’s ’79 Prom Photos Revealed

    Presidents, they’re just like us! Never-before-seen photos featured exclusively in Time show a 17-year-old Barack Obama the night of his prom—drinking champagne and giggling with his date and another couple. Kelli Allman, who is pictured next to him and owns the photos, says they capture a great moment in the group’s lives. “It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up,” she recounts. Greg Orme, also pictured, was Obama’s best friend. “They were like brothers,” Allman says. Also included in Allman’s memory box is a note Obama wrote her in their 1979 high school yearbook. “You are extremely sweet and foxy,” he writes. “I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me!”

    May 23, 2013 8:38 AM

  28. AFTERMATH $2B in Damages in Oklahoma Charlie Riedel/AP

    27. $2B in Damages in Oklahoma

    The deadly tornado that barreled through suburbs of Oklahoma City Monday—killing 24—left an estimated $2 billion in damage, said Mayor Mick Cornett. With up to 200 mile per hour winds and an EF5 (the highest possible) rating, the twister ripped through 13,000 structures—including homes, schools, and hospitals. The Oklahoma Insurance Department worries that the damage may even exceed $2 billion. Visiting the destruction Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano assured Oklahomans that she would “stay until the recovery is complete.” President Obama is scheduled to visit on Sunday.

    May 23, 2013 6:36 AM

  29. HOT DAMN Ron Paul Used To Be Sexy via Twitter

    28. Ron Paul Used To Be Sexy

    There’s nothing like a man in uniform—Ron Paul, specifically, in uniform circa 1963 on a red bike with his towhead son Rand Paul. The former GOP presidential candidate looks like he’s living the American dream in a grassy, cookie-cutter suburban town in what is likely Texas, or perhaps a suburb of Pittsburgh, where the Pauls lived before they moved to the Lone Star State. He also sort of resembles Don Draper, posing in a photograph that makes him seem like the perfect father even though he’s never changed a diaper in his life. Then again, we could be reading way too much into this, but it’s Thursday and we’re in love with vintage Ron Paul.

    May 23, 2013 1:28 PM