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  1. DEADLY BLAZE 2 Killed in CO Wildfire Brennan Linsley/AP

    1. 2 Killed in CO Wildfire

    Remains of two people were found in the area where a wildfire destroyed over 360 homes near Colorado Springs. The blaze, which burned for its third day, is the most destructive in Colorado history and is only 5 percent contained. On Thursday, 1,000 houses were ordered evacuated in Black Forest, bringing the number told to leave to around 38,000. Nearby, residents of Colorado Springs were on standby, ready to evacuate if the flames headed toward the state's second-largest city. Last June, just 15 miles away, the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 347 homes, killing two people and creating $353 million in insurance claims.

    Watch footage of the roaring Colorado wildfire.

    June 13, 2013 9:05 PM

  2. Spotlight Hillary Returns to Politics Scott Olson/Getty

    2. Hillary Returns to Politics

    Wading into domestic politics for the first time since she became secretary of State more than four years ago, Hillary Clinton delivered a 30-minute address Thursday at a Clinton Global Initivate event in Chicago. She talked about the nation's future, specifically employment opportunities for women and young people. Unsurprisingly, the address has spiked speculation about her presidential plans even further. A promising sign: she received a standing ovation. 

    June 13, 2013 5:31 PM

  3. RED LINE U.S. Confirms Syria Used Chemical Weapons Aleppo Media Center/AP

    3. U.S. Confirms Syria Used Chemical Weapons

    Well, that's it for the red line. The White House has confirmed that the Syrian government has utilized chemical weapons in the fight against rebel armies. On Thursday the Obama administration informed lawmakers that U.S. and European officials have determined that these weapons were deployed, and the intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died as a result. Deputy National-Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says Obama "has said the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus, and it has." He added that the rebels will receive "direct support," but could not specify what type.

    June 13, 2013 6:15 PM

  4. Splitting Up Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty

    4. Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce

    Media magnate Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch. The filing was made Thursday morning in New York State Supreme Court. Murdoch married Wendi Deng in 1999 after she came to the U.S. on a student visa from China. Deng Murdoch is now the chief of strategy for MySpace’s operations in China, and briefly became a media sensation in 2011 when she shielded Murdoch from a pie thrown by a heckler during his testimony before the British Parliament over his London newspapers’ phone-hacking schemes. The couple have two children together.

    June 13, 2013 12:13 PM

  5. BAM Tornado Hits Maryland Tom Dodge/AP

    5. Tornado Hits Maryland

    It's not a derecho, but it sure is fierce. A tornado touched down near Laurel, Maryland, at a bruising speed of 50 mph Thursday afternoon. It's part of a storm system that crushed through Ohio, as seen in the photo on the left. Severe thunderstorms are expected for the Baltimore region, though additional tornado warnings have been canceled. Winds raging at 48 mph are causing damage in affected areas. The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm watches through Friday evening.

    June 13, 2013 4:44 PM

  6. BOOM At Least One Killed in Louisiana Plant Explosion WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge

    6. At Least One Killed in Louisiana Plant Explosion

    At least one person has died and another is missing and presumed dead after a large explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant on Thursday morning. A spokeswoman for the state's department of environmental quality told the Los Angeles Times that another 49 people were taken from the plant in ambulances and that the cause of the blast is still unknown. Located roughly 60 miles northwest of New Orleans and 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, the area surrounding the Williams Chemical Plant is primarily industrial, unlike the fertilizer plant in residential Waco, Texas, where an explosion occurred earlier this spring.

    June 13, 2013 12:24 PM

  7. #controversy Rep. King Tweets About ‘Illegal Aliens’ Pete Marovich / Getty Images

    7. Rep. King Tweets About ‘Illegal Aliens’

    Credit Rep. Steve King (R-IA) with at least one thing: he has a knack for packing impressive amounts of controversy in just 140 characters. On Thursday he tweeted that his office had been “invaded” by immigrants: “20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.” King is staunchly opposed to immigration reform, and introduced the amendment passed by the House last week to reverse the executive order halting the deportations of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

    Rep. Steve King is one of several crazy congressmen. Watch their most controversial comments.

    June 13, 2013 3:35 PM

  8. High Court SCOTUS: You Can’t Patent Genes MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP

    8. SCOTUS: You Can’t Patent Genes

    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes can’t be patented, marking a victory for women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer and doctors and geneticists who argued that the patents would disrupt important biotechnology research. The ruling stemmed from a Utah company, Myriad Genetics, which held an exclusive patent on the genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that indicate whether a woman was at a higher risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer. The court said that products of nature like genes, unlike invented products, are not eligible for patents.

    June 13, 2013 10:46 AM

  9. UNSAFE Philly Building Inspector Commits Suicide Dino Hazell/AP

    9. Philly Building Inspector Commits Suicide

    Officials say that an inspector who checked a Philadelphia building prior to its collapse last week has committed suicide. The Department of Licenses and Inspections employee was found shot in a pickup truck. He had inspected the building about a month before it crumbled—during a controlled demolition—but then the building fell on a Salvation Army next door, killing six people. A crane operator is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    June 13, 2013 9:18 AM

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  11. SUPERBAD ‘Man of Steel’ Reviews Roll In Clay Enos/Warmer Brothers

    10. ‘Man of Steel’ Reviews Roll In

    It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s a flop? The Man of Steel reviews are in and the results are not so super. Critics are blasting the action flick, saying it’s just not any fun. It's more of a brooding bummer than a summer blockbuster. Reviewers called the new film “pleasure-free,” “self-serious,” and missing the “pop joy” we all expect from Superman. But it’s not all bad; everyone seems to like Henry Cavill as the Metropolis Marvel.

    June 13, 2013 2:34 PM

  12. !@#$&! Husband Sells $23K Ring for $10 David Duprey/AP

    11. Husband Sells $23K Ring for $10

    Here’s one way to vaporize your net worth: sell your wife’s $23,000 wedding ring in a garage sale for $10. That’s exactly what a California man did while his wife, Racquel Cloutier, was in the hospital after having her fifth child. She had hidden the ring in a watch box to keep it safe from the couple’s 2-year-old twins, and when her husband cleaned out items for the garage sale, he thought the box was empty. After some hesitation, a blonde woman bought the box. “I’m trying to remain optimistic but I don’t know anymore,” Cloutier said. “I would never, ever keep the ring if I found it … Clearly [it] was in the box by accident.” Her husband, not surprisingly, “feels terrible.”

    June 13, 2013 8:08 AM

  13. Staggering U.N. Says 93,000 Killed in Syria Rodrigo Abd/AP

    12. U.N. Says 93,000 Killed in Syria

    Syria’s been a bloodbath for a while, but it keeps getting worse. According to new United Nations figures, 93,000 people have been killed so far in the country’s uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. That’s an increase of 30,000 since the last report that covered figures through November 2012, and represents a rate of 5,000 deaths per month. Eighty percent of the deaths were men, though the U.N. has documented 1,700 children killed, and said both Assad’s regime and the rebels have used boys and girls as human shields. U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said there were also cases of individual children being killed, as well as entire families at once.

    June 13, 2013 6:30 AM

  14. FUN WHILE IT LASTED More Whites Died Than Born in 2012 Waltraud Grubitsch/AFP/Getty

    13. More Whites Died Than Born in 2012

    More white people died last year than were born, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau, the first time since it began recording that the group saw such a slump. Caucasians lost about 12,400 among their 198 million in 2012, and data crunchers expect the trend to continue. Researchers contribute the drop to an aging population, a slow economy, and delayed childbearing by white women. It’s the latest in a string of bad news for white guys: last year the census said more of the country’s babies were born to minorities and projected an end of the white majority in 2043.

    June 13, 2013 10:37 AM

  15. Not Again Severe Weather Headed East Scott Olson/Getty

    14. Severe Weather Headed East

    Here we are again. An impending dangerous derecho, an unusual weather phenomenon following a line of storms, poses a threat Thursday to mid-Atlantic cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. After hitting the Midwest and passing through Chicago, pictured at left, the large storm is shifting to the East. Heavy straight-line winds, flooding, and large hail are the main concerns, though the potential of a tornado is also looming. The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm watches through Friday evening.

    June 13, 2013 12:27 PM

  16. UNACCEPTABLE Senator: Sorry About My Offensive Son Les Stukenberg/AP

    15. Senator: Sorry About My Offensive Son

    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has apologized on behalf of his son Tanner’s recent tweets, which threatened the “faggot” who stole his bike and joked about a Jewish friend stealing his one-liners. “I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity,” the Republican senator said. The high schooler has since locked his account, though Twitter isn’t the only place his offensive behavior can be seen. Not only has he chosen the gaming name “n1ggerkiller” on social app Fun Run, but his crude YouTube comments are cause for concern as well. Someone needs to give this boy a hug.

    June 13, 2013 12:11 PM

  17. Messed Up Man Defaces Queen’s Portrait Dan Kitwood/Getty

    16. Man Defaces Queen’s Portrait

    After less than a month on display, a painting of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey has reportedly been defaced with spray paint. The suspect, a 41-year-old man, is being held in custody in a London station, London's Metropolitan Police said. “Until work can be done to remedy the damage it will, very regrettably, not be possible to have the painting on public view,” a spokesman for the abbey said. Buckingham Palace has chosen not to comment. Hopefully the hue complements her eyes.

    June 13, 2013 12:04 PM

  18. put on a happy face Study: Lego Faces Getting Angrier Axel Heimken/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

    17. Study: Lego Faces Getting Angrier

    The Legos are not pleased. Lego faces, once a happy bunch of working citizens, have been getting angrier, according to a new study. In studying 3,655 figures between 1975 and 2010, researchers found the number of negative faces has increased, while the amount of happy, smiling Legos has been decreasing since the 1990s.  "We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play," said researcher Christoph Bartneck. Now this explains those angry millennials.

    June 12, 2013 10:36 PM

  19. Democracy? Psh! Clinton: Obama May Be a ‘Wuss’ on Syria Slaven Vlasic/Getty

    18. Clinton: Obama May Be a ‘Wuss’ on Syria

    What do you call a president who doesn’t drop some bombs on a crisis even when their country is against it? A “wuss,” according to Bill Clinton. At a private event with Sen. John McCain Tuesday night, the former president contrasted Obama’s lack of intervention in Syria with his own choice to intervene in Kosovo. “You just think how lame you’d be” if you let “a couple hundred thousand people die” because the House of Representatives voted against intervention. “You’d look a total total wuss, and you would be.” Clinton added that a president would look like a “total fool” if a crisis arose and he had failed to act because “80 percent” of the country was against it.

    June 13, 2013 8:03 AM

  20. BAD BOYS Leak: State Dept Hired Criminals NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

    19. Leak: State Dept Hired Criminals

    The allegations of misconduct in the State Department are starting to make sense: they're hiring criminals, according to an internal memo obtained by the New York Post. The letter to the State Deputy Inspector General states flawed practices have led to the hiring of agents with sketchy or even criminal backgrounds, conduct that could damage their credibility in court, thereby impairing the agency's ability to prosecute. The State Department is already investigating the way it handles sex crime allegations after a leak earlier this week. It is calling the new memo's findings “unsubstantiated information.”

    June 13, 2013 9:28 AM

  21. digital footprint Snowden Wrote Hundreds of Comments Online Handout/Getty

    20. Snowden Wrote Hundreds of Comments Online

    Someone appearing to be NSA leaker Edward Snowden wrote hundreds of comments to ArsTechnica, a tech culture site. It was believed Snowden didn't have much of an online presence, but BuzzFeed has compiled his most interesting posts from the past ten years, including a question posted on May 21, 2012, asking how to create a program that would automatically wipe a computer if its owner didn't log back in. Previously, as an 18-year-old, Snowden was a web editor at a friend's anime company website, where he wrote of his video game prowess and popularity with the opposite sex.

    June 12, 2013 8:43 PM

  22. Edumacated College Degrees Reach New Record Butch Dill/AP

    21. College Degrees Reach New Record

    The number of Americans with college degrees has skyrocketed to its highest point on record after two decades of sluggish growth, a new report reveals. As of last year, 33.5 percent of Americans held a bachelor's degree, up from 24.7 percent in 1995 and 21.9 percent in 1975. Two-year degrees, master’s degrees and doctorates have also risen. The shifting picture is due to the past several years of recession, which made jobs difficult to find, as well as the emergence of new types of jobs that require more education. College completion has risen more quickly in the past decade for young women than for men, and has increased significantly among young black and Hispanic Americans.

    June 13, 2013 6:35 AM

  23. Racy New CIA No. 2 Held Erotica Readings Rex Features, via AP

    22. New CIA No. 2 Held Erotica Readings

    On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Avril Danica Haines to deputy director of the CIA to replace the man who came under fire for editing the controversial Benghazi talking points. Haines rose to the top of the spy agency after dropping out of a graduate program in physics at Johns Hopkins University and starting a bookstore on the Baltimore waterfront. The store held a regular “Erotica Night” where authors read their own naughty prose to a room of people having dinner by candlelight. “Erotica has become more prevalent because people are trying to have sex without having sex,” Haines told the Baltimore Sun. She added that she was afraid “dirty old men” would show up, while friends accused her of wanting an “orgy” in her bookstore.

    June 13, 2013 6:32 AM

  24. Awful NASCAR Driver Killed in Crash Tyler Barrick/Getty

    23. NASCAR Driver Killed in Crash

    Thirty-seven year-old NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died Wednesday night after crashing during a heat race at a dirt car event in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Leffler, nicknamed “LefTurn,” crashed on a high-banked dirt oval and had to be extricated from his car to be taken to the hospital. He was a two-time winner of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and turned to dirt racing after moving on from a full-time NASCAR season in 2011. Leffler leaves behind his 5-year-old son, Charlie Dean.

    June 13, 2013 7:15 AM

  25. Justification NSA: ‘Dozens’ of Attacks Averted J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    24. NSA: ‘Dozens’ of Attacks Averted

    Let’s get some answers. On Wednesday, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee in a previously scheduled hearing on cybersecurity and defended the surveillance work the organization has done. “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these helped prevent,” he said, also noting it’s impossible to assert that one particular surveillance program was responsible for preventing an attack on its own. He said NSA employees “do this lawfully. They take compliance, oversight, protecting civil liberties and privacy and the security of this nation to their heart.” On Tuesday, lawmakers held a closed meeting with counterterrorism officials to learn about the spy programs, and tomorrow the full Senate will be privately briefed.

    June 12, 2013 4:48 PM

  26. Can’t Stop Now Israel to Build More Settlements Oded Balilty/AP

    25. Israel to Build More Settlements

    Israeli military spokesman Guy Inbar said Thursday that plans are moving ahead to build 1,000 new homes for settlers in Itamar and Bruchin, both in the West Bank. The plans still await official endorsement, though activists say construction could begin within a year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been open to approving new settlements, including 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem in December. The units, built illegally on occupied territory, are at the center of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, and U.S. officials have strongly denounced them. “These activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Hillary Clinton said of new settlements last year.

    June 13, 2013 7:13 AM

  27. Spreading 100 Homes Burn in Colorado Bryan Oller/AP

    26. 100 Homes Burn in Colorado

    Driven by heat and high winds, a series of wildfires are spreading across Colorado, and have together destroyed over 100 homes and other buildings. Seven thousand people north of Colorado Springs have been forced to flee the flames, and a 1,000 prison inmates have been evacuated. Wildfires are also burning in New Mexico, Oregon, and California, spreading fire-fighting crews in the West so thin that the U.S. Forest Service announced Defense Department cargo planes were on the way to help. As many as 9,000 more people are on standby to be evacuated in Colorado.

    June 13, 2013 7:06 AM