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  1. JUMPING SHIP Palestinian Prime Minister Resigns Majdi Mohammed/AP

    1. Palestinian Prime Minister Resigns

    No one said it would be an easy job. On Thursday new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation after only two weeks in office, a move analysts say is a signal of chronic internal disarray with the Palestinian Authority. It's unclear whether President Mahmoud Abbas will accept the resignation, but it's not expected to impact the upcoming peace-mission visit from Secretary of State John Kerry later this month.

    June 20, 2013 7:17 PM

  2. REJECTED House Shoots Down Farm Bill Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

    2. House Shoots Down Farm Bill

    No one really won today in the House, which voted down a $500 billion, five-year farm bill that would have sharply cut food stamps, streamlined conservation programs, expanded crop insurance, and cut subsidy payments. Republicans blamed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for failing to deliver promised Democratic votes, while the other side of the aisle blamed the GOP for not bringing enough support from the 60 party members who were opposed. The House may now vote on the Senate's similar bill or try for another extension.

    June 20, 2013 7:27 PM

  3. Immigration Overhaul Senate Nears Approval of Border 'Surge' Gregory Bull/AP

    3. Senate Nears Approval of Border 'Surge'

    Doubling the number of Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border and tripling the number of drones overhead should do the trick, right? On Thursday the Senate unveiled a $30 billion border security plan as an amendment to the immigration reform bill currently in Congress. The plan is designed to bring in as many as 15 Republican votes in favor of the bill, thereby greatly increasing its chances of passing. The plan would bring in 20,000 new Border Patrol agents and provide an economic stimulus to border communities. "This is a surge — a border surge. We've practically militarized the border," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who helped negotiate the deal. "We've had two waves of illegal immigration. We can't stand a third."

    June 20, 2013 10:18 PM

  4. -353 points Stock Market Plummets Mark Wilson/Getty

    4. Stock Market Plummets

    Stocks plummeted Thursday in response to two days of signals from the Federal Reserve that the massive bond buyback program may be scaled back. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 353 points, which comprised its largest single-day drop since November 9, 2011. Standard & Poor’s was down around 41 points, and Nasdaq fell 78.57 points. The plunge comes from investor worries that without federal intervention, the economy won’t be able to stand on its own feet.

    June 20, 2013 4:35 PM

  5. Go North, Young Man Plane to Iceland Ready for Snowden The Guardian via Getty

    5. Plane to Iceland Ready for Snowden

    Iceland is (sort of) ready to welcome NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Reuters reports that Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson, a director at a company that processed payments for WikiLeaks, says that a private jet has been readied in China for Snowden and could fly him to Iceland tomorrow if the Icelandic Interior Ministry approves. "We need to get confirmation of asylum and that he will not be extradited to the U.S. We would most want him to get a citizenship as well," Sigurvinsson said. Snowden has previously mentioned Iceland as a possible refuge and an Icelandic WikiLeaks spokesman said earlier this week that he had been approached about seeking asylum by a middleman on behalf of Snowden.

    June 20, 2013 7:27 PM

  6. bad patriot Patriots’ Hernandez Arrest Likely Elsa/Getty

    6. Patriots’ Hernandez Arrest Likely

    New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is facing a likely arrest after investigators found evidence of his involvement in a homicide case, according to a source that spoke to a local Fox station. Allegedly the football player’s car has been connected to the crime scene, and he was with the victim, Odin Lloyd, at a bar the night he died. Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home on Monday.

    Over the past few days, Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been trailed by police and reporters. The NFL Network reports on the week's dramatic activity.

    June 20, 2013 2:36 PM

  7. OUR BAD ‘Gay Cure’ Group Says Sorry David Silverman/Getty

    7. ‘Gay Cure’ Group Says Sorry

    Although they still believe homosexuality to be a sin, leaders of a Christian organization whose mission had been to turn gays into straights have changed their stance and are saying sorry. Exodus International announced in a blog post that it will be closing its doors and beginning a new ministry that welcomes everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. The organization’s president, Alan Chambers, also apologized for the years of pain caused to the LGBT community by its judgment saying, “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”

    June 20, 2013 11:49 AM

  8. The Chosen Ones Zimmerman Jury Will Be All Women Pool / Getty Images

    8. Zimmerman Jury Will Be All Women

    After more than a week of intense scrutiny, a jury has been selected for the trial of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In a surprising twist, an all-women jury will serve in the second-degree murder trial. Five of the selected women are white, and one is Hispanic. The state tried to strike at least two of the women, the Orlando Sentinel reports, but was denied. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks, and jurors will be sequestered throughout it.

    June 20, 2013 3:08 PM

  9. HARD TO HEAR Gandolfini Died of Heart Attack Sonia Recchia/Getty

    9. Gandolfini Died of Heart Attack

    A family friend has confirmed that James Gandolfini died at age 51 of a heart attack in Italy. “James came here on a vacation with his family…he had a wonderful day,” the statement reads, adding that he had visited The Vatican and dined with his teenage son, Michael, at his hotel in Rome Wednesday evening. Michael found the 51-year-old Sopranos’ actor in distress in his hotel bathroom that night and called the front desk for help, according to officials. The hotel staff immediately called an ambulance. Gandolfini was rushed to the hospital alive, but in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead 40 minutes after his arrival after resuscitation attempts failed. The family said that Gandolfini had no history of heart problems. A funeral service for the late actor is scheduled in New York next week.

    June 20, 2013 10:54 AM

  10. REALLY? Kimye’s Baby Named North West Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

    10. Report: Kimye Baby Named North West

    That’s right: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby girl will be going through life with the name North West, according to TMZ, which acquired the newborn’s birth certificate from the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Can we comfortably assume that Kimye’s daughter will not entirely embody the laidback, eco-friendly reputation of the Northwest? Guess there’s a couple of years to see how this little diva turns out, but rest assured, the folks in Seattle will be hating this.

    Of course Twitter had something to say about the peculiar name of Kimye's baby. Here are the best tweets about North West.

    June 20, 2013 9:54 PM

  11. Vinestagram Facebook Adds Video to Instagram Karly Domb Sadof/AP

    11. Facebook Adds Video to Instagram

    Watch out Vine, Facebook's coming for you! At a press event Thursday, the social media giant announced that it's adding video capabilities to the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, which has grown to 130 million users since being acquired by Facebook. Instagram videos will have a 15-second time limit, nearly three times the length of Vine's six seconds, and will have 13 new custom "filters," or color overlays, made just for video. You'll be able to select which frame from the video to show as the video thumbnail, and videos will be marked in the Instagram feed with an arrow icon.

    Instagrammed moments in history.

    June 20, 2013 1:15 PM

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  13. Waste $7B Afghan War Gear Scrapped Alice Keeney/AP

    12. $7B Afghan War Gear Scrapped

    Working to meet a tight withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan, the U.S. military is destroying massive amounts of its own equipment that is too expensive to bring home. The unprecedented scrapping effort has destroyed about 170 million pounds of gear, worth about $7 billion. The military arrived at the decision because of complex laws governing donations of arms to other nations, and U.S. allies eligible to be given the equipment won’t want to pay to retrieve it. So the only choice was to trash 20 percent of the gear, crushing it and selling it for pennies per pound.  “This is the largest retrograde mission in history,” Major General Kurt Stein said.

    June 20, 2013 6:44 AM

  14. BFFS Jon Stewart on Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’ Bassem Yousef/Facebook

    13. Jon Stewart on Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’

    Good news: Jon Stewart will be back on TV! Bad news: in Cairo. Comedy Central’s satirist in chief will appear as a guest of Dr. Bassem Youssef’s on Egypt’s incredibly popular version of The Daily Show, al-Bernameg (“The Program” in English), to air on Friday. Youssef criticizes political figures like Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi the same way Stewart goes after leaders in the U.S. The difference? As Stewart describes it, Youssef “performs his satire in a country still testing the limits of its hard-earned freedom, where those who speak out against the powerful still have much to fear.” Youssef has been a guest on The Daily Show twice.

    June 20, 2013 3:27 PM

  15. THE F WORD Teen Feminists Face Hate Campaign Altringham Girls Grammar School/Facebook

    14. Teen Feminists Face Hate Campaign

    Proving that that the fight for women's rights is far from won, teenage students at an all-girls school in England started a feminist society and found themselves on the receiving end of a sexist hate campaign. Boys in their social circle and beyond attacked the budding feminists on social media sites, with aggressive and sexually explicit posts and comments on pictures of the girls holding signs that completed the statement, “I need feminism because..." And their school’s response? It told the girls to remove the photos, leading one to pen a scathing missive in the Guardian where she writes, “If you thought the fight for female equality was over, I'm sorry to tell you that a whole new round is only just beginning.” Go, girls.

    June 20, 2013 2:24 PM

  16. STILL WAITING SCOTUS Doesn’t Rule on Major Cases ANDREW HARNIK

    15. SCOTUS Doesn’t Rule on Major Cases

    Well, that’s why they have season-ending cliffhangers. The Supreme Court ruled on a few things Thursday but failed to weigh in the blockbuster cases everyone’s waiting for: affirmative action, voting rights, DOMA, and Proposition 8. Instead, the court said that merchants could not come together in a class-action lawsuit against American Express. In another case, SCOTUS ruled that the government cannot restrict AIDS funds—specifically that private health organizations have to denounce prostitution to be able to get money. Tune in next week.

    June 20, 2013 10:48 AM

  17. T-SWIFT T-SHIRT Abercrombie Pulls T-Shirt Sandra Mu/Getty

    16. Abercrombie Pulls T-Shirt

    Clothing brand Abercrombie has pulled a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “#more boyfriends than t.s.” The “t.s.” in question is allegedly no other than Taylor Swift. It prompted a firestorm of protests among teenage T-Swift fans, some of whom posted YouTube videos and started petitions on Change.org to get Abercrombie to pull the shirt. Abercrombie’s public relations team posted the following phone message: “If you are calling regarding the Taylor Swift T-shirt, please note this is no longer available.” This all begs the question, how many teenage girls should be proud to wear a shirt with that kind of slogan in the first place?

    June 20, 2013 3:27 PM

  18. Plague New Virus More Deadly Than SARS AP

    17. New Virus More Deadly Than SARS

    A new virus distantly related to SARS is shaping up to be more deadly and spread even more quickly than the one that caused a global outbreak in 2003, killing 800 people. About 60 cases of the new virus, known as MERS, have been reported so far; most have been in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. The source of MERS, a respiratory virus, remains completely mysterious to the team of scientists who have examined the cases so far. Some of the infected patients had no obvious exposure to anyone else with the virus. In addition to the Middle East, several cases have been reported in France, Great Britain, and Italy.

    June 20, 2013 7:27 AM

  19. STAY INSIDE Singapore Pollution Skyrockets Chris McGrath/Getty

    18. Singapore Pollution Skyrockets

    If you’re in Singapore, you should probably stay indoors. The pollution in the city-state has hit record levels, as the government blamed the smog on Indonesia’s practice of burning forests (a common way to get land ready for planting). Indonesia, however, isn’t taking this sitting down. “Singapore shouldn’t be like children, in such a tizzy,” one official said. Aside from everyone being told to stay inside, flight controllers are on high alert and some schools in Malaysia have been closed. The Pollution Standard Index is at 371—the previous high was 226. Anything over 300 is bad for you.

    June 20, 2013 10:03 AM

  20. SHOCKING One-Third of Women Face Abuse Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty

    19. One-Third of Women Face Abuse

    The first major review of violence against women reveals some sobering statistics. One third of women globally are affected by domestic or sexual violence by a partner, according to a World Health Organization review, based on studies from 1983–2010. And nearly 40 percent of women killed worldwide were murdered by their partner. Women are most at risk of violence in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, where 37 percent reported being victims of sexual or physical abuse. “Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said.

    June 20, 2013 11:30 AM

  21. INNER GODDESS ‘50 Shades’ Gets a Director Vintage Books, via AP

    20. ‘50 Shades’ Gets a Director

    Well, the secret is finally out: E.L. James, author of the runaway bestseller 50 Shades of Grey revealed on Twitter that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie adaptation. “I’m delighted and thrilled,” James said in a tweet Wednesday night. Taylor-Johnson made her debut in 2008 with Nowhere Boy, and made headlines for her relationship with her 23-year-old star Aaron Johnson, whom she married in 2012. British actor Alex Pettyfer has filmed an audition scene for 50 Shades, and actress Emma Watson has denied rumors that she’s been cast as Anastasia Steele.

    June 20, 2013 7:37 AM

  22. THE FORCE ‘Star Wars’ Casting Call Revealed Lucasfilm / Everett Collection

    21. ‘Star Wars’ Casting Call Revealed

    Get ready to whip out your light saber. The first casting news about the next Star Wars movie has leaked—and it’s, well, that they’re casting the movie. While no one’s been hired yet, Star Wars fans can read the character descriptions and salivate about possible plots: “A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome. Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also … physically fit. Finally, a guy aged around seventy, strong opinions and tough.” Unfortunately (or fortunately), George Lucas hasn’t spoken to J.J. Abrams yet about the new flick. Abrams has been busy with Star Trek.

    June 20, 2013 12:03 PM

  23. the invisible war Naval Academy Charges 3 on Assault Patrick Semansky/AP

    22. Naval Academy Charges 3 on Assault

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Naval Academy charged three unnamed midshipmen football players with sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus party in Annapolis, Maryland, last year. The two students are charged with two violations of military justice code: one for rape, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct, and the other is for making a false official statement. The woman's attorney says her client woke up after drinking and learned the three players claimed to have sex with her. "Even if this case is successfully prosecuted, the larger problem remains: rape cases in the military are controlled by untrained and biased commanders whose career interests may be served by covering up incidents like this one," her attorney said in a statement.

    June 19, 2013 7:56 PM

  24. PROTESTS The Face of Brazil Victor R. Caivano/AP

    23. The Face of Brazil

    In what seems to be becoming a trend, protesters once again have a face of their revolt: a woman being pepper-sprayed. Liv Nicolsky Lagerblad de Oliveira, 23, identified herself as the woman in question. She said she was protesting against an increase in Brazil’s bus fares, which officials wanted to raise in order to fund next year’s World Cup. She faced “psychological torture” from the military police, she said, and was pressured into signing papers she didn’t understand. 

    June 20, 2013 3:19 PM

  25. KENTUCKY Four Convicted in Gay Attack Toby Talbot/AP

    24. Four Convicted in Gay Attack

    Two men and two women were convicted in Kentucky on Wednesday for kidnapping and assaulting a gay relative. The four received varying prison sentences for taking Kevin Pennington to a deserted state park road and assaulting him in April 2011. The two men received 30-year and 17-year sentences, while the two 20-year-old women both received eight years after they testified against their male relatives. The women were the first people to be convicted under federal hate crime law, expanded in 2009 to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or race.

    June 20, 2013 7:16 AM

  26. HUFF U.S. Tries to Salvage Taliban Talks Rahmat Gul/AP

    25. U.S. Tries to Salvage Taliban Talks

    The U.S. is desperately working to salvage a plan to open negotiations on Afghanistan’s security after a meeting with the Taliban offended Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who now won’t answer phone calls from Secretary of State John Kerry. The U.S. had planned to begin peace talks with the Taliban as part of a deal to solidify security in Afghanistan after NATO troops leave in 2014. But Karzai took the initial American overture toward the Taliban—allowing it to open an embassy in Qatar—as an affront after the Taliban portrayed itself as Afghanistan’s legitimate government-in-exile. Karzai suspended the talks, creating a diplomatic headache.

    June 20, 2013 6:38 AM

  27. SUSPICIOUS New Theory on TWA Flight 800 Crash J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    26. New Theory on TWA Flight 800 Crash

    Aviation investigators are lobbying the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the case on what caused TWA Flight 800 to crash off the coast of Long Island. More than 200 people were killed in the 1996 crash, which federal authorities concluded was the result of a center fuel-tank explosion. However, new FAA radar evidence that indicates an external force caused the explosion has prompted the former investigators to ask for the case to be reviewed further. The NTSB, which took four years to investigate the crash, said it is considering the request.

     

    June 19, 2013 5:41 PM

  28. RIP tony James Gandolfini Dies in Italy Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

    27. James Gandolfini Dies in Italy

    The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died on Wednesday, representatives from HBO have confirmed. The 51-year-old actor is believed to have suffered a heart attack while in Italy for a scheduled appearance at the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. During his run in the critically acclaimedThe Sopranos, Gandolfini won three Emmy awards. His wife, Deborah Lin, gave birth to a daughter in October 2012, and he has another son from a previous marriage.

    James Gandolfini was most famous for playing Tony Soprano. Watch the mafioso's defining moments.

    June 19, 2013 7:26 PM

  29. Clean That Up! Obama to Limit Power Plants Gregory Bull/AP

    28. Obama to Limit Power Plants

    With the hope of passing climate change legislation dim, the Obama administration is preparing new emissions limits to existing electric power plants, his boldest action yet against carbon emissions. Obama has already introduced stricter rules for new power plants, but the regulations in the works would apply to existing ones, a more contentious plan that is likely to draw heavy Republican opposition and legal challenges from industry. Electric power plants account for the largest share of carbon emissions (40 percent) contributing to the rapid warming of the planet. The administration plans to move by the end of the year in order to have the rules in place before Obama leaves office.

    June 20, 2013 6:42 AM

  30. Train Trouble EU: Lower Eurostar Prices, or Else Lennart Preiss/AP

    29. EU: Lower Eurostar Prices, or Else

    Want to pay next to nothing for your blazing fast trip under the English Channel? The European Commission is going to bat for you. The Commission on Thursday threatened to fine France and Great Britain, the two main end points of the Eurostar, if they don’t deal with the illegally high track-access fees through the Channel Tunnel that are jacking up prices on the high-speed line. Under European law, track fees are only allowed to cover track wear caused by trains, and prices are currently about twice as high as they should be. The Commission said only 43 percent of the tunnel’s train capacity is used because of the illegal fees, and that its operators could make up the cost with more freight traffic.

    June 20, 2013 7:33 AM