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  1. LEAKS, LEAKS, LEAKS U.K. Monitored Politicians at 2009 G20 Summit The Guardian via Getty Images

    1. U.K. Monitored Politicians at 2009 G20 Summit

    The latest embarrassing detail to emerge from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden implicates the United Kingdom in a high-tech covert operation designed to give the country an advantage at the 2009 G20 summit in London. The Guardian reports that the British government monitored the communications of several foreign politicians, going so far as to set up fake Internet cafés to spy on their computer usage. Delegates' BlackBerrys were also targeted, and the NSA passed information on Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev to the Brits, according to the paper. The news comes as the U.K. prepares to host the G8 summit on Monday.


    June 16, 2013 7:42 PM

  2. BUH-BYE Czech Prime Minister to Resign Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

    2. Czech Prime Minister to Resign

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas will resign on Monday in the wake of a political scandal that has swept up his closest aide. Jana Nagyova was charged last week with corruption and abuse of power for allegedly bribing a handful of government officials and ordering others to spy on three people. Two former M.P.s, an ex-minister, and two military-intelligence officials were also implicated in the scandal. Calls for Necas to step down intensified over the weekend as the prime minister defended his colleagues, saying he doesn't believe they've done anything dishonest.

     

     

    June 16, 2013 5:39 PM

  3. Bloodbath 36 Shot in Chicago Over Weekend Scott Olson/Getty

    3. 36 Shot in Chicago Over Weekend

    Father's Day weekend was marred by violence in Chicago, with a total of 36 people shot, seven fatally. Overnight on Sunday alone, 13 were wounded and six were killed. The most recent killing occurred when Marquette District police officers attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation and a passenger got out and ran. Police followed the man into an alley, where he slipped, fell, then tried to get back up while reaching for a weapon in his waistband, prompting officers to open fire and kill him. 

    June 16, 2013 9:46 PM

  4. HOMECOMING Residents in Colo. Returning Home After Fire Chris Schneider/Getty Images

    4. Residents in Colo. Return Home After Fire

    The Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs has ripped through 21,000 acres and destroyed 482 homes. But firefighters have contained the blaze to the point where evacuated residents can return home so long as their houses are no longer in danger. The fire is about 65 percent contained, and though local officials haven't yet pinpointed the cause, they have ruled out lightning. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said that law enforcement has accounted for all individuals who lived near the fire and were once reported missing.

     

     

    June 16, 2013 5:56 PM

  5. SCARY Report: Nigella Lawson Assaulted Kevin W. Weinstein/AP

    5. Report: Nigella Lawson Assaulted

    A date night turned ugly for Nigella Lawson last week when her husband, art dealer Charles Saatchi, allegedly escalated an argument to physical violence. Photographs published on Sunday of the two at an outdoor table at a London restaurant appear to show Saatchi grabbing Lawson by the throat. Witnesses claim that Saatchi then backed down without intervention. Lawson reportedly drained her glass of wine and attempted to calm him down, but Saatchi left by himself in a waiting car. Scotland Yard did not report any complains related to the alleged incident.

    June 16, 2013 7:51 AM

  6. Is Nothing Sacred? Man Shot in Head Inside Catholic Church Ogden Police Department, via Fox 31 Denver

    6. Man Shot in Head Inside Catholic Church

    Utah authorities are saying it wasn't a random act of violence when a gunman walked into a Catholic Church in Ogden Sunday morning and shot a man in the back of the head. The victim, whom parishioners said was the man's father-in-law, survived the attack and was listed in critical but stable condition. Police arrested the 35-year-old suspect, Charles Jennings Jr., who fled the scene in a stolen white GMC pickup truck.

     

     

     

    June 16, 2013 7:00 PM

  7. Inside Job Dissident: China Pressured NYU Berit Roald/AFP/Getty Images

    7. Dissident: China Pressured NYU

    Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng is accusing New York University of bowing to pressure from the Chinese government. Chen, who came to America as a visiting scholar, said that the university had been hospitable, but began discussing his family's departure within months of their arrival. NYU, which is building a campus in Shanghai, shot back that Chen's fellowship was only supposed to last one year. Chen, who rankled the Communist Party with his work on behalf of farmers and the disabled, has said he fears for his family's safety in China. He is in talks with Fordham's law school for a position.

     

     

    June 16, 2013 10:14 PM

  8. SOUR GRAPES Charlie Trotter Sued Over $46K Bottle of Wine Rob Loud/Getty Images

    8. Charlie Trotter Sued Over $46K Bottle of Wine

    Charlie Trotter, a renowned chef and wine dealer, is being sued by two collecters who allege he sold them a fake bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti from the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti winery. The federal lawsuit, filed on Thursday in Chicago, claims that Trotter and one of his wine experts tricked them into paying $46,000 for the wine. Collectors Bekim and Ilir Frrokaj say an outside appraisal determined the bottle was a counterfeit and are seeking more than $76,000 in damages.

     

     

    June 16, 2013 9:47 PM

  9. sweet victory Justin Rose Wins U.S. Open Julio Cortez/AP

    9. Justin Rose Wins U.S. Open

    Justin Rose came out ahead of Phil Mickelson for his first major championship win on Sunday when he took the U.S. Open title. Despite suffering through two bogeys and a brief downpour of rain, the 32-year-old South Africa native maintained his lead over Mickelson, who was relegated to a disappointing second-place finish for the sixth time at the Open. It could have been worse for Mickelson though—he could have been Tiger Woods, who finished at 13 over par, his worst score in an Open since he was an amateur in 1996.

    June 16, 2013 7:56 PM

  10. Out of Our Heads Mick Jagger's Hair to Be Auctioned Paul Marotta/Getty Images

    10. Mick Jagger's Hair to Be Auctioned

    A former girlfriend of Mick Jagger is auctioning off a few locks of the famous frontman's hair. The hair is set to go on sale July 3 and is expected to bring in around $3,000. Chrissie Shrimpton, who reportedly dated the singer in the early 1960s during his time at the London School of Economics, is selling the hair, but she didn't collect the sample. It was Shrimpton's grandmother who purloined the hair without Chrissie's knowledge during a trip to the family's country estate. It was passed on to Shrimpton's aunt and then to Shrimpton, who decided to unload the locks through British auction house Bonhams. The proceeds will be donated to charity.

     

    June 16, 2013 8:52 PM

  11. ONE-EIGHTY North Korea Proposes Talks With U.S. KCNA/AP, via KNS

    11. North Korea Proposes Talks With U.S.

    Is North Korea ready to be reasonable? On Sunday, the North Korea proposed high-level talks with the U.S. to discuss easing tensions, drafting a treaty to formally end the Korean War, and eventually eliminating nuclear threats on the Korean peninsula—including American ones. A spokesman even said that North Korean officials are willing to meet "any time and at any place the United States wants." It's a dramatic turnaround from comments spanning the past few months, in which officials vowed never to discuss the possibility of eliminating its nuclear-weapons programs. Are they for real this time?

    June 16, 2013 8:07 AM

  12. CLASH Erdogan: Media ‘Lying’ About Protests Alex Wong/Getty Images

    12. Erdogan: Media ‘Lying’ About Protests

    Thousands of protesters in Istanbul continued to try to reach Taksim Square on Sunday despite the fact that a rally was being held by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan just a few miles away. The area was closed off by police and cleared of activists Saturday night, which resulted in more unrest as protesters attempted to regroup. Police continued to use tear gas and water cannons on activists bound for the square on Sunday, as well as inside buildings harboring injured protesters. Meanwhile, Erdogan spoke to tens of thousands of supporters, accusing international media of bias in the protesters' favor and exclaiming that the European Union should to stay out of Turkish politics.

    June 16, 2013 2:05 PM

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

    13. 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

  14. IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! ‘Man of Steel’ Has Largest June Opening Ever Clay Enos/Warne Bros.

    14. ‘Man of Steel’ Has Largest June Opening Ever

    Move over, Avengers: there's a new top superhero in town. Actually, he's the oldest superhero there is. Despite lackluster reviews, the new Superman vehicle Man of Steel raked it in at the box office on opening weekend, taking in $113.1 million in North America alone, adding to a total $196.7 million worldwide. More significantly for movie-fan purposes, it beat out Toy Story 3 for the biggest June opening of all time and took 60 percent of the weekend market. It's okay, Buzz. You'll always be the best superhero in our hearts. This Is the End came in second, with $38.2 million, while Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring took in $210,000 in just five theatres in New York and Los Angeles—making it Coppola’s best opening since Lost in Translation.

    Watch Superman through the ages.

    June 16, 2013 2:11 PM

  15. OH, REALLY? Cheney: Snowden Might Be Chinese Spy Pool photo by Olivia Harris, via AP

    15. Cheney: Snowden Might Be Chinese Spy

    If you ask Dick Cheney, there's no question whether Edward Snowden was a hero or a traitor, because he'll always pick the second one. But you already knew that. On Fox News Sunday this week, Cheney was interviewed about his thoughts on the leak and, unsurprisingly, said that Snowden was "doing enormous damage to the national-security interests of the United States." But he went even further than that: asked whether he thought Snowden might be a Chinese spy, Cheney responded that he might be. Suspicious of Snowden's choice to go to Hong Kong, Cheney wondered if "he had that kind of connection before he did this." Speaking truth to power.

    June 16, 2013 11:12 AM

  16. BREAKING UP Morsi Cuts Off Ties With Syria Egyptian Presidency, via AP

    16. Morsi Cuts Off Ties With Syria

    Things are starting to get real between Egypt and Syria. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi announced at a rally on Saturday that his country is cutting diplomatic ties with Syria and will close the Syrian Embassy in Cairo in protest of President Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime. Morsi even went so far as to ask the international community to implement a no-fly zone over the embattled country. He also called on Hezbollah to retreat from Syria, where it has been fighting on the side of Assad and his government forces, saying "there is no space or place for Hezbollah in Syria."

    June 16, 2013 8:28 AM

  17. HIGH AMBITION Google to Release Wi-Fi Balloons Jon Shenk/AP

    17. Google to Release Wi-Fi Balloons

    We're all used to wireless Internet now, but compared to what's coming soon, that could be considered low-tech. Most traditional wi-fi still relies on routers plugged into a wall, but now Google's taking it to the next level. The tech company announced on Saturday that it plans to release 30 wi-fi test balloons into the atmosphere. The balloons are intended to beam down Internet access to areas without ground connections. "Project Loon" will begin on New Zealand's South Island this month and will hopefully, according to Google, "connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters." You go, Google!

    June 16, 2013 8:10 AM

  18. CYBERSNOOPING NSA: 300 Phone Numbers Recorded Ben Margot/AP

    18. NSA: 300 Phone Numbers Recorded

    There's some comforting news to come out of the NSA phone-monitoring scandal: thee agency claims that it only conducted investigations on fewer than 300 of the phone numbers collected in its 2012 "metadata." The information comes from a declassified paper that made the rounds in Washington on Saturday in an attempt to defend the spying scheme. The paper even gave an example of a terrorist plot stopped with help from the agency's knowledge of phone data: a 2009 plan to attack New York City's subway system led by individuals in the U.S.

    June 16, 2013 8:31 AM

  19. BOOM! Two Volcanoes Erupt in Alaska Theo Chesley/Alaskan Volcano Observatory, via AP

    19. Two Volcanoes Erupt in Alaska

    What's more intense than a volcano? Two of them! Two separate volcanoes in the southwestern part of Alaska's mainland began erupting in tandem this week. The weirdest part? The volcanoes are totally unrelated. The first to become active, Pavlof Volcano, is about 590 miles southwest of Anchorage and has been spewing since May 13. The second, Veniaminof Volcano, began erupting on its own this Thursday. A 12,000-foot ash plume was spotted on Saturday coming from Veniaminof, which is about 100 miles northwest of Pavlof. Talk about explosive news.

    June 16, 2013 7:47 AM

  20. BABY YEEZUS Kim Kardashian Has a Baby Girl West and Kardashian in New York City on May 6. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)

    20. Kim Kardashian Has a Baby Girl

    The baby "Yeezus" has arrived (not a real name). TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl, one month before she was due—and Kanye West was there for the whole tihng. This is Kardashian's first child with boyfriend West. It's been a strange week for Kanye. His newest album, "Yeezus" leaked to pretty good reviews, while an interview for the New York Times was ridiculed. "I don’t want to explain too much into what my thoughts on, you know, fatherhood are, because I’ve not fully developed those thoughts yet. I don’t have a kid yet," he had said in the interview. Well, that's going to change.

    June 15, 2013 3:37 PM

  21. IT'S COMING Prism Just the Tip of NSA Iceberg US Government/AP

    21. Prism Just the Tip of NSA Iceberg

    What's the secret to the National Security Agency's Prism program? There's a bigger information seizure going on right now. Government agents say that while Prism cuts through large chunks of data for specific information, the government has another program that's sure to surprise you. This operation grabs data as it enters fiber optic cables, copies the traffic entering and exiting the United States, and ships it to the NSA for analysis. If you thought Prism was an invasion of your privacy, then you ain't seen nothing yet.

    June 15, 2013 5:55 PM

  22. WORTHWHILE? NSA: Scheme Foiled Terrorist Plots Kin Cheung/AP

    22. NSA: Scheme Foiled Terrorist Plots

    The NSA wants to convince you that its knowledge of your web habits went to a good cause: according to the agency, that information really did keep the terrorists from winning. Okay, maybe it wasn't your information, specifically. But top officials said on Saturday that data taken from two of the NSA's controversial data-gathering programs helped foil terrorist plots not only in the U.S., but also in more than 20 other countries worldwide. No details were immediately released about the countries or plots involved, but officials are working on declassifying as many of the events as they can. Trying to get back on our good side?

    June 16, 2013 7:49 AM

  23. Cleanup Istanbul Police Spray Tear Gas Vadim Ghirda/AP

    23. Istanbul Police Spray Tear Gas

    After a violent 24 hours, riot police in Istanbul fired tear gas in the city on Sunday morning to prevent a resurgence before a planned rally by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's party. On Saturday night, police evicted protesters from Gezi Park with tear gas and water cannons. The action was followed by more protests. And although the rally is taking place on the other side of the city, the government doesn't seem to be taking any chances: in addition to the precautionary bursts of teargas, Taksim Square was sealed off after Saturday night's events. If the government is trying to avoid looking bad by hiding the events ... it's not working.

    June 16, 2013 9:29 AM