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  1. LOOSE LIPS Obama Sex-Assault Comment Unlawful Alex Wong

    1. Obama Sex-Assault Comment Unlawful

    A judge has ruled the specificity of President Obama’s recent comments concerning the alarming increase in military sexual assaults to be “unlawful command influence.” As a result of the decision, two defendants currently awaiting trial cannot be punitively discharged, even if found guilty of sexual assault. Obama’s damning comments? He called the crimes “an outrage” and said he expected accountability. “If we find out somebody is engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable—prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period. It’s not acceptable,” he said. The ruling puts other defense attorneys in a position to use the same argument in other military sexual-assault cases. Because that totally makes sense.

    June 14, 2013 4:12 PM

  2. Change? Moderate Cleric Wins Iran Presidency Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

    2. Moderate Cleric Wins Iran Presidency

    Is Iran about to become more moderate? Reformist-backed candidate Hasan Rowhani won the country's presidential race Saturday with more than 18 million—a little over half—of the votes cast. (His closest competitor, the mayor of Tehran, only garnered 6 million.) Seventy-two percent of Iran's 50 million eligible voters turned out. Although the president of Iran has some power over the economy and the ability to set the tone on major issues, it's the country's supreme leader who makes all final decisions, both religious and civic. The election of a moderate as president, however, puts pressure on his superior to allow some changes to Iran’s political culture.

    June 15, 2013 12:33 PM

  3. THEY TRIED Yahoo Fought Prism (and Lost) Justin Sullivan

    3. Yahoo Fought Prism (and Lost)

    It looks like Yahoo fought the law, and the law won. According to a report in The New York Times, the Internet company had challenged the legality of a government order that ultimately led to the Prism program, saying the request violated users’ Fourth Amendment rights. The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not agree, and in 2008, citing government assurances that the U.S. does not maintain a database of information on nontargeted Americans (ahem...), ruled Yahoo’s compliance was obligatory, and called its privacy concerns “overblown.” Yahoo! has repeatedly denied involvement in any government sweep of its users’ data, and said it “has not joined any program in which we volunteer to share user data with the U.S. government.” Key word here being “volunteer.”

     

    June 14, 2013 12:01 PM

  4. Freedom Gene Tests Likely to Spread Zi xin/AP

    4. Gene Tests Likely to Spread

    Immediately after the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday against the patenting of genes, several laboratories said they would begin genetic testing for breast cancer, an early sign of the likelihood that the tests will become more widely available and affordable. “It levels the playing field; we can all go out and compete,” the head of one testing company said. The ruling broke a nearly two-decade monopoly by Myriad Genetics on testing for mutations of the BRCA genes that indicate breast cancer. It will not, however, have much effect on the pharmaceutical or genetically engineered agriculture industries, both of which more often use synthetic DNA that is not covered by the decision.

    June 14, 2013 7:01 AM

  5. LAST STRAW U.S. to Send Weapons to Syria Manu Brabo/AP

    5. U.S. to Send Weapons to Syria

    After confirming that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against rebels in the country’s bloody civil war, the U.S. has agreed to begin sending small arms and ammunition, officials said Thursday. The aid will be coordinated by the CIA and could expand to include anti-tank weapons, but the administration remains divided over how far to go. The government has faced pressure from advocates of a stronger intervention, including a plan presented by Gen. David Petraeus last year that was backed by the State Department. The U.N. reported this week that 93,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict.

    June 14, 2013 6:30 AM

  6. WHIRLWIND Tornado Storms Through Atlanta NOAA via Getty

    6. Tornado Storms Through Atlanta

    A tornado 75 yards wide traveled 8.5 miles through Metro Atlanta on Thursday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed. It was the first to hit the Atlanta area since 1999. Thankfully, there are no reported injuries from the storm, though two people required rescuing after being trapped under fallen trees. In addition, thousands of residents were left without power. Happy Friday.

    June 14, 2013 4:06 PM

  7. Under Our Nose Nazi Commander Living in MN U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, via Atlantic Foto Verlag Berlin, via AP

    7. Nazi Commander Living in MN

    You never know where these will turn up. A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit lied to U.S. immigration officials about his military service in 1949 in order to get into the United States, and has been living in a heavily Ukrainian town in Minnesota ever since. Michael Karkoc, now 94, was the founder of an SS-led Ukrainian group and later a part of the SS Galician Division. Documents do not show that Karkoc was personally involved in his units’ war crimes, but men from his units said the groups he commanded carried out massacres of civilians and that Karkoc was on the scene for some of those events. Other Nazi documents show he was involved in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which Germany brutally repressed Polish resistance. The AP’s investigation has aroused the interest of German authorities in exploring whether Karkoc can be prosecuted.

    June 14, 2013 8:24 AM

  8. today in disgusting news Japanese 'Eye Licking' Trend Is Dangerous Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire, via AP

    8. Japanese 'Eye Licking' Trend Is Dangerous

    Excuse us, but what? A new trend in Japan which involves licking a friend or lover's eyeballs may, get this, lead to bacterial infections or even blindness. Apparently eyeball licking, known as "worming," has been a popular practice among teens in Japan for a while. Japanese teachers have noticed students wearing eye patches, and worry about the spread of sexually trasmitted infections like chlamydia, which can lead to blindness if untreated. Again, what is wrong with the world?

    June 14, 2013 10:04 PM

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    9. Study: Preference for Youth Caused Menopause

    Feel free to blame your husbands for those menopausal hot flashes, ladies. New research suggests that men's preference for younger women may have led females to lose fertility as they age. A group from McMaster University in Canada experimented with the concept that women live longer than their reproductive lifespans, even though it's long been believed individuals should not. When the researchers tested how change in mating systems affected population growth, they found men constantly picked younger women as mates, and theorized that it harmed fertility in older women, who later came to experience menopause.

    June 14, 2013 8:55 PM

  10. Come on Over! Jeb Bush: Immigrants ‘More Fertile’ Mark Wilson/Getty

    11. Jeb Bush: Immigrants ‘More Fertile’

    Jeb Bush just doesn’t understand what his fellow Republicans don’t like about immigration reform. Bush, whose wife was born in Mexico, knows that the U.S. needs immigrants—particularly their willingness to work hard and supposed exceptional fertility—to maintain a competitive advantage over other countries like China and Japan. “Immigrants create far more business than native-born Americans,” he said at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference earlier this week. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

    Watch the footage of Jeb Bush calling immigrants 'more fertile.'

    June 14, 2013 11:50 AM

  11. BRING DOWN THE HOUSE

    12. NBA Finals Singer Faces Slurs

    Haters gonna hate, but they’re not gonna stop “Mariachi Kid.” Sebastien de la Cruz, an 11-year-old Mexican-American from Texas, sang the National Anthem Tuesday before Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, only to receive vitriolic racist backlash on Twitter. “Why they got this mexican django on my screen singing the national anthem,” read one particularly nasty tweet. But the public maelstrom didn‘t faze the mature de la Cruz, who calls himself “a proud American,” and the Spurs brought him back to sing again before Thursday night’s Game 4. He was introduced by Mayor Julian Castro, and even President Obama tweeted support for El Charro de Oro, the boy with the golden voice. And boy, did de la Cruz bring down the house.

    June 14, 2013 10:44 AM

  12. CANDID Paul Ryan Explains Election Loss Mark Wilson/Getty

    13. Paul Ryan Explains Election Loss

    It always comes back to Obamacare. Rep. Paul Ryan said during a conservative conference Friday that the focus on health-care reform was a big reason why he and Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential campaign. “We had to argue against the promise and the rhetoric of President Obama,” Ryan griped. He called the law, which has since been implemented, an “assault” on Americans’ freedom. Too bad there’s not much he can do about it now.

    June 14, 2013 2:14 PM

  13. PAY UP Two More Former Interns Sue Bebeto Matthews/AP

    14. Two More Former Interns Sue

    The war of the interns has only just begun. Another set of former unpaid workers has come forward with a class-action lawsuit, this time against publication giant Condé Nast. Court papers, which were filed Thursday, claim that Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib were each paid less than $1 an hour during their summers interning at W Magazine and The New Yorker,  respectively, in 2009 and 2010. Ballinger, who reports having worked 10-hour days, said she decided to take action after her editor never sent her the recommendation she needed for course credit. The filing comes just days after unpaid interns who worked on the set of Black Swan won a lawsuit on Tuesday. Has no one seen The Devil Wears Prada?

    June 14, 2013 10:55 AM

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  15. Oh Dear Report: Lohan Refused Therapy Chris Pizzello/Invision, via AP

    15. Report: Lohan Refused Therapy

    It's always something with this girl. Lindsay Lohan checked out of the Betty Ford Center in California Tuesday, before completing her court-ordered three-month treatment. The star's lawyer indicated that she would be checking into another rehab center to finish her mandate. But there's more to the story, according to a new report from Radar.  "She was making life hell for those around her every day," according to a source who spoke with the gossip site. Lohan was reportedly skipping her group therapy sessions and generally causing trouble. "Betty Ford is thrilled to see her go," the source said. Will it ever end?

    June 14, 2013 11:42 AM

  16. Tragic Ohio Boy Admits to Shooting Mom Tony Dejak/AP

    16. Ohio Boy Admits to Shooting Mom

    A 13-year-old Ohio boy appeared in juvenile court on Monday and admitted to shooting and killing his mother because she asked him to do chores, records show. At the time of the incident, some three years ago, a relative reported that the shooting occurred following an argument over carrying firewood. “The spur-of-the-moment decision now will affect the rest of his life,” the defense attorney said. The boy hasn‘t spoken openly about the shooting since. The case is delicate because of his young age, “but it’s still a murder case,” County Prosecutor Steve Knowling said. The boy could be placed in a youth facility until the age of 21.

    June 14, 2013 1:00 PM

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

    17. 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

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

    18. 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

  19. Boys’ Club Women Face CIA Glass Ceiling J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    19. Women Face CIA Glass Ceiling

    President Obama’s surprise appointment of Avril Haines, a White House lawyer, to deputy CIA director highlighted a glass ceiling women still face at the spy agency. Former director David Petraeus was startled to discover that women received only 19 percent of the agency's promotions last year, and ordered an internal study of the problem. The report, released without much attention this spring, concluded that the CIA’s culture fails to sponsor and promote female officers. Among other issues, the report’s co-author said that the agency’s failure to address work-life balance issues made it particularly difficult for women to pursue top jobs. The problem is common across government agencies, where only 31 percent of top positions are held by women.

    June 14, 2013 7:06 AM

  20. DISCOVERY Sea Ice Melts From Below Thomas Heaton/Rex Features, via AP

    20. Sea Ice Melts From Below

    A new find could lead to more accurate predictions of climate change: warm sea currents melt Antarctic sea ice from below, accounting for 55 percent of the South Pole’s ice loss every year. That’s a much higher percentage than previously thought; scientists formerly thought that most of the loss came from “calving,” when warming temperatures causes glaciers or icebergs to split apart and sink into the sea. The discovery will help measure how ice loss contributes to sea level rise, as Antarctica contains 60 percent of the world’s fresh water supply.

    June 14, 2013 7:08 AM

  21. BACK TO NORMAL? Turkish P.M. Concedes to Protesters Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

    21. Turkish P.M. Concedes to Protesters

    The raucous protests that have rocked Istanbul over the past week seem to be wrapping up after representatives for the demonstrators met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan overnight Thursday. Erdoğan agreed to postpone controversial plans to remake Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which has become the center of the protests, until after a court ruling on the matter. His government had planned to build a shopping center in the shape of an Ottoman-era barracks on the space, igniting resistance from Turkish professionals, students, and workers against what they saw as encroachment by an Islamic government on the country’s secular laws. Three people have been killed and as many as 5,000 detained in Turkey’s worst unrest in years.

    June 14, 2013 6:33 AM

  22. Report Kate to Try ‘Hypno-Birth’? Chris Jackson/AP

    22. Kate to Try ‘Hypno-Birth’?

    We still don’t know when the royal baby will be born, but the rumor mill keeps churning. The latest to come from sources reportedly near the Duchess of Cambridge is that she’s considering a “hypno-birth” to help ease labor pains when the day arrives. Kate is widely believed to be considering her labor options and is expected to give birth at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where Princes William and Harry were born. A “hypno-birth,” the source said, supposedly reduces labor time and makes the pain less intense.

    June 14, 2013 7:20 AM

  23. Here’s the Beef Wendy’s Nixes 9-Patty ‘T-Rex Burger’ Pat Wellenbach/AP

    23. Wendy’s Nixes 9-Patty ‘T-Rex Burger’

    It’s not American fast-food sizes run amok; this time it’s our neighbors to the north. The burger chain Wendy’s has put a stop to sales of a nine-patty “T-Rex Burger” that was being sold in a restaurant in Canada after a joke ad caught on with customers. The burger began as gag in Sports Illustrated nine years ago, but customers still came in asking for it. So Wendy’s in Brandon, Manitoba tried it, and began selling two to three of the burgers per day. The whopping entrée included nine quarter-pound patties that add up to 3,000 calories, 200 grams of fat, and 6,000 milligrams of sodium—several days’ worth of food for the average adult. Wendy’s quickly nixed the burger, saying it “neither condones nor promotes the idea of anyone consuming a nine-patty hamburger in one sitting.”

    June 14, 2013 7:17 AM

  24. BUBBLE S.F. Parking Spot Sells for $82K Ben Margot

    24. S.F. Parking Spot Sells for $82K

    Single-room space with no views? It doesn’t matter how bad a deal it is, it’s bound to fetch a high price in real-estate-cramped San Francisco. The excesses just keep mounting: an 8-by-12-foot parking space in an enclosed garage near the stadium where the baseball Giants play sold this week for $82,000, after just two weeks on the market. The real-estate agent said he sold a spot in the same building for $95,000 during the last housing boom. San Francisco’s real-estate prices have skyrocketed 22 percent from last year, according to the last measurement in March.

    June 14, 2013 7:15 AM