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  1. Marathon TX Senator Filibusters Abortion Bill Eric Gay/AP

    1. TX Sen Filibusters Abortion Bill

    Texas new strictest-in-the-nation abortion bill isn't going down without a fight: Senator Wendy Davis began a filibuster at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning to stop the legislation, which would force almost all abortion clinics in Texas to close. The bill, sponsored by a Republican doctor, is opposed by the state's medical association. During her filibuster, Davis called the measure a "raw abuse of power," and occasionally wiped away tears as she read testimony from women who would be affected by it. Davis plans to continue until midnight, the end of the Texas legislature's special session. 

    June 25, 2013 8:24 PM

  2. WINNER Markey Wins Mass. Senate Seat Michael Dwyer/AP

    2. Markey Wins Mass. Senate Seat

    Democratic Congressman Edward J. Markey is the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts, beating out Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez with 54 percent of the vote in a special election. Markey, who has served over 37 years in Congress, won by painting Gomez as too conservative for the blue state, and Massachusetts Dems were determined to avoid another Scott Brown in the Senate. Didn't know about the election? Neither did Massachusetts voters; the election was marked by low voter interest and turnout.

    June 25, 2013 9:24 PM

  3. EYE ON YOU Ecuador Has Secret Spying Program Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty

    3. Ecuador Has Secret Spying Program

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden might want to rethink his Ecuadorian refuge plan: according to leaked documents procured by BuzzFeed, the South American country has questionable spying practices all its own. The confidential documents reveal a secret program in which Ecuador’s intelligence agency, SENAIN, targets journalists and politicians and recently spent over half a million dollars on a “GSM interceptor”—which has the capability to intercept and manipulate phone calls and texts, so says the device’s supplier. Hiding in Ecuador may be hypocritical, but at least he’ll have a friend: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been harbored in the country’s embassy for over a year.

    June 25, 2013 8:30 PM

  4. Call to Arms Obama on Climate: We Need to Act Carolyn Kaster/AP

    4. Obama on Climate: We Need to Act

    Speaking outside in the sweltering heat, President Obama unveiled his plan to circumvent a deadlocked Congress and fight climate change. The plan relies on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants. Obama also called for renewable-energy projects on public lands and federal facilities, as well as infrastructure improvements designed to prepare the U.S. for severe weather. At the international level, Obama wants to do away with subsidies for fossil fuels and work on treaties with other major polluters. Regarding Republicans who deny that climate change is an issue, Obama said: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”

    June 25, 2013 2:58 PM

  5. OUTDATED SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights Act Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    5. SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights Act

    In a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law. The court didn’t rule out the practice of requiring special oversight for certain jurisdictions, but it did say that the current map is outdated and that it’s up to Congress to decide on a new one. Obviously, any attempt to legislate a new map would be incredibly contentious. The President said he was "deeply disappointed."

    June 25, 2013 9:43 AM

  6. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL New Trayvon Images Rattle Courtroom Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images

    6. New Trayvon Images Rattle Courtroom

    Photos of shooting victim Trayvon Martin were shown in court on Tuesday, the second day of testimony in the George Zimmerman trial. Jurors saw photos of Martin on a large screen while Sgt. Anthony Raimondo described how he tried to revive the teenager with CPR and by sitting him up to close the exit wound. The grisly photos showed Martin lying both face down and face up in the grass. Some of the images were close-up shots of his gunshot wounds. The photos upset many in the courtroom, including Martin’s parents, who eventually left.

    June 25, 2013 3:10 PM

  7. FOUND HIM Putin: Snowden’s at Moscow Airport Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    7. Putin: Snowden’s in Moscow Airport

    He would know. Vladimir Putin says that Edward Snowden is in a Moscow airport. The Russian president says that the National Security Agency leaker will not be extradited to the United States because he hasn’t committed any crimes in Russia. Snowden was supposed to fly from Moscow to Cuba on Monday, though his seat was empty when the plane took off. Cold War, anyone?

    June 25, 2013 10:59 AM

  8. LOVE THY MOTHER Paula Deen’s Sons Speak Out Carlo Allegri/AP

    8. Paula Deen’s Sons Speak Out

    It hasn't been a great week for celebrity cook Paula Deen, but at least her sons are sticking by her. Jamie and Bobby Deen appeared Tuesday on CNN to defend their mom, saying they’ve never heard her use racially charged language. “We were not raised in a home where that word was used,” Bobby said, referring to the N word. Deen has lost lucrative contracts with the Food Network and Smithfield Foods, but other business partners like Target haven’t yet decided whether they’ll drop Deen after she admitted in a deposition to making racially insensitive remarks.

     

     

    June 25, 2013 5:16 PM

  9. THE GODFATHER Report: Gambinos to Name New Leader AFP/Getty

    9. Report: Gambinos to Name New Leader

    The Gambino crime family is reportedly about to get a new leader. Law-enforcement officials believe Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali is set to take over the 750-member organization. Cali, a native New Yorker, has deep ties to Sicily. He is said to be well-respected within the organization because of his old-school approach to running the mob and his traditional Mafia values. Current boss Domenico “Greaseball” Cefalu is stepping aside to allow his protege to take over.

     

     

    June 25, 2013 3:48 PM

  10. LEGAL TROUBLES Report: Chris Brown Charged in Hit-and-Run Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

    10. Report: Chris Brown Charged in Hit-and-Run

    Another day, another controversy for Chris Brown. TMZ is reporting that the rapper has been charged with two criminal counts stemming from a May car accident. Brown allegedly rear-ended a Mercedes and then refused to show his license. Law-enforcement officials also say Brown gave fake insurance information. The L.A. city attorney charged Brown with leaving the scene of the accident without exchanging proper documentation and driving without a valid license, according to the entertainment site. Each charge carries a maximum six-month jail sentence.



    June 25, 2013 1:48 PM

  11. READY OR NOT Civil Charges Coming for Jon Corzine Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    11. Civil Charges Coming for Jon Corzine

    Not everyone on Wall Street gets a free pass. Federal regulators are readying civil charges against Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor who oversaw MF Global, the brokerage firm that lost over $1 billion of its customers’ money as it unsuccessfully attempted to save itself from bankruptcy in 2011. The coming suit is expected to allege that Corzine’s mismanagement and poor supervision make him liable for the company's misuse of customer money. Corzine will most likely not face criminal charges, but he won’t be able to buy his way out of the civil suit—it’s set up in a way so that settlement is not an option. Corzine faces millions in fines and a possible ban on future trading.

    June 25, 2013 5:25 PM

  12. HERITAGE Supremes Rule on Cherokee Adoption Jeremy Charles/Washington Post via Getty

    12. Supremes Rule on Cherokee Adoption

    The Supreme Court didn’t just rule on the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. In another landmark ruling, the Supreme Court declared that a young girl adopted by white parents did not have to be returned to her biological father simply because he is an American Indian. The girl had been adopted by Matt and Melanie Capobianco, but a family court had ordered they return her to her biological father, Dusten Brown, who is Cherokee. Brown had argued he should have custody according to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which was written to prevent many Native American families from being split up. He took custody of the girl in 2011, when she was 2 years old. The Supreme Court did not give custody back to the Capobiancos, but rather threw out the court decision awarding Brown custody. The case was chronicled in a memorable episode of the podcast Radiolab, which is worth a listen now if you haven’t heard. 

    June 25, 2013 12:10 PM

  13. HOT HOT HOT Heat Wave Hits Alaska Mark Thiessen/AP

    14. Heat Wave Hits Alaska

    Alaska is more known for its rough winters than for hot summers, but this year the state is being pummeled by a record-breaking heat wave. Temperatures have soared into the 90s just after the state experienced a record-breaking cold snap. That one-two punch melted large amounts of snow around the state, leading to large floods. Much of Alaska has been flagged for wildfire warnings. Meteorologists are asking people not to throw cigarettes on the ground. The state has also banned fireworks in many areas.

    June 25, 2013 11:28 AM

  14. The End Barnes & Noble Drops Nook Scott Olson/Getty

    15. Barnes & Noble Drops Nook

    Barnes & Noble is closing the book on the Nook. Falling victim to competition from tech giants such as Apple, Google, and Samsung, the company’s Nook business saw revenues fall 34 percent to $108 million in the fiscal fourth quarter. While black-and-white Nooks will still be offered, a third-party manufacturer will now produce color tablets. Since the announcement Tuesday morning, which accompanied a disappointing earnings report, Barnes & Noble’s stock price has fallen 16 percent.

    June 25, 2013 12:00 PM

  15. BLAME GAME Turkish Police Arrest 20 Petr David Josek/AP

    16. Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters

    Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then. Police raided more than 30 addresses in Ankara, saying they were targeting members of a specific terrorist organization. Erdogan has blamed “terrorists” for the demonstrations. Meanwhile, thousands marched along a main avenue in Istanbul on Monday night to protest a court’s decision to release a police officer accused of fatally shooting a protester in Ankara.

    June 25, 2013 7:12 AM

  16. YIKES Men’s Wearhouse Founder Quits Board James Leynse/Corbis

    17. Men’s Wearhouse Founder Quits Board

    Did he not like the way they looked? Men’s Wearhouse co-founder George Zimmer quit the Board of Directors on Monday, just a few days after he was fired as executive chairman. Sources on the Board of Directors said Zimmer, 64, wanted “full control” and had sparred with his hand-picked CEO, Douglas Ewert, who took over in 2009. The Board of Directors also released a statement saying it now believes it is time to sell the company and Zimmer had reversed his position about keeping the company private and instead wanted to sell it to an investment company.

    June 25, 2013 9:50 AM

  17. FAMILY MATTERS Miley Threatens Dad (on Twitter) Paul A. Hebert / Getty Images

    18. Miley Threatens Dad (on Twitter)

    Miley Cyrus’s Twitter account is getting “all types of cray!” The singer backpedaled after delivering an ultimatum to her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, in 120 characters Monday night, threatening to “tell the truth for you” if he didn’t do so himself within an hour. Cyrus has been having trouble getting hold of her pops since her mother, Tish Cyrus, filed for divorce on June 13 and has been expressing her frustrations on Twitter. Last night’s tweet came with a photo of a mystery woman, as if to suggest that perhaps an affair was to blame for her parents’ failed marriage. But within minutes Cyrus (or a hacker?) deleted all evidence of the tweet and then wrote, “Wtf? My twitter was just actin all types of cray!”

    June 25, 2013 12:24 PM

  18. THAT WAS FAST Texas Pushes Extreme Voter-ID Law Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    19. Texas Pushes Extreme Voter-ID Law

    Texas wasted no time responding to the Supreme Court’s decision today that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Within two hours of the ruling, state attorney general, Greg Abbott, announced that a very restrictive voter-ID law blocked last year along with a redistricting map that was found to be discriminatory by a federal court could “take effect immediately.” The Justice Department put a stop to the ID law last year, saying that it unfairly targeted Hispanic and poor voters who are less likely to have identification and have more difficulty getting to licensing offices.

    June 25, 2013 5:29 PM

  19. SHOW-OFFS Apple Releases Beta iOS7 Eric Risberg/AP

    20. Apple Releases Beta iOS7

    Apple on Monday released the second beta version of iOS7 for iPads and iPad Minis, just two weeks after unveiling the new operating system at WWDC. Some new features include Siri talking in a male or female voice, a Voice Memos app that appears to be inspired by a flip phone, a Reminders app, and a panoramic camera. But the unpopular stock Apple icons appear to be unchanged.

    June 25, 2013 7:18 AM

  20. DEVELOPING Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace Shah Marai/AFP/Getty

    21. Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace

    Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.

    June 24, 2013 11:05 PM

  21. NOT LIKE MIKE Scottie Pippen Arrested Pat Sullivan/AP

    22. Scottie Pippen Arrested

    Former NBA star Scottie Pippen was detained Monday night at a fight in a Los Angeles restaurant that landed at least one patron in jail. Los Angeles police called the fight a “complex” situation, and said they will need to investigate before they can determine if anyone else should be arrested. Witnesses said Pippen, Michael Jordan’s sidekick on the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, was one of the combatants in the altercation, which took place at the 22700 block of Pacific Coast Highway at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Pippen was reportedly the aggressor.

    June 25, 2013 7:25 AM

  22. EVIDENCE? Defense Tries to Block Zimmerman Calls Pool Photo by Joe Burbank/Reuters/Landov

    23. Defense: Block Zimmerman's Calls

    Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand. Prosecutors played a tape of a previous call Zimmerman made to a non-emergency number, in which Zimmerman described 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as “up to no good.” Zimmerman offered to follow the teen, although the dispatcher said “You don’t need to do that.” Earlier on Monday, defense attorney Don West said he hoped the jury hadn’t heard of Zimmerman, using a knock-knock joke to illustrate his point. Nobody laughed.

    June 25, 2013 6:47 AM

  23. beating the bruins Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Harry How/Getty

    24. Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

    Things got heated on the ice Monday night when the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins faced off for the NHL Stanley Cup. With two minutes left, the Blackhawks, down 2-1, made a stunning comeback and scored two goals within a mere 17 seconds—winning 3-2. The Blackhawks started out the season strong, and this is the second Stanley Cup the team has won in the past four years. There will be a parade in Chicago celebrating the win later this week.

    June 24, 2013 11:02 PM

  24. COME TO THE WEST WING Obama, Congress to Talk Immigration Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    25. Obama, Congress to Talk Immigration

    It’s like all those last-minute group study sessions before finals—except President Obama is hoping this one will get results. The president on Tuesday will meet with bipartisan leaders from both houses of Congress (and Vice President Biden, of course) to discuss the sweeping immigration-reform bill that Obama hopes will be passed before the summer recess. Things could get tense: on Monday Obama told business leaders that the situation on immigration had reached a “critical point” and he urged it to be brought to the floor as Senate leaders seek to get 70 votes, which would force the House to advance the bill. Obama also hopes to discuss federal-student-loan rates, and the president has pressured Congress to avoid a looming hike that could cause the interest rate on subsidized federal Stafford loans to rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

    June 25, 2013 6:56 AM

  25. COME HOME U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’ Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    26. U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’

    Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador. Russia, however, says that Snowden never crossed the 'Russian border.' Meanwhile, Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, said on Monday that China damaged its relationship with the U.S. when it let Snowden flee Hong Kong over the weekend. Snowden's been charged with espionage by the U.S. and has applied for asylum in Ecuador.

    June 25, 2013 6:51 AM

  26. USE THE FORCE George Lucas Gets Married Matt Sayles/dapd/AP

    27. George Lucas Gets Married

    When George Lucas said “I love you,” did Mellody Hobson say “I know”? Guess we’ll have to wait for them to release the wedding photos. The Star Wars creator married Hobson, his longtime girlfriend, over the weekend at Skywalker Ranch. Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynne Hale described the wedding as a “beautiful ceremony.” Journalist Bill Moyers officiated, and former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley walked Hobson down the aisle.

    June 25, 2013 7:23 AM

  27. TAKE COVER Heavy Storms Predicted Throughout U.S. Scott Eisen/AP

    28. Heavy Storms Predicted Across U.S.

    The Biblical weather is back. Thunderstorms and torrential rains are predicted to strike the Plains and the Midwest on Tuesday, while a separate weather system is expected to possibly bring hail to the Northeast. At least 200,000 people in Chicago already had no power ahead of the storm, and O’Hare International Airport was temporarily closed. Officials warned of flash floods and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, wildfires sparked by thunderstorms. In the severe weather on Monday, 23 Boy Scouts in Belmont, New Hampshire, were hospitalized after being struck by lightning.

    June 25, 2013 7:15 AM