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  1. PROTESTS U.S. Citizen Killed in Egypt McClatchy-Tribune

    1. U.S. Citizen Killed in Egypt

    A U.S. citizen was killed in Egypt on Friday when violence erupted ahead of expected protests on Sunday, the anniversary of President Morsi’s inauguration. Clashes broke out between Morsi’s Islamist supporters and those who have turned on him since he was elected president one year ago and was embraced by both Egypt and the international community. The American man was allegedly stabbed to death in the city of Alexandria, with two security officials and one health official claiming they witnessed the stabbing. His identity has not yet been revealed. Protesters are expected to demand Morsi’s resignation on Sunday.

    June 28, 2013 3:42 PM

  2. Prop 8 Is Dead Court Rules Gay Marriages Can Resume in CA Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    2. Court Rules Gay Marriages Can Resume in CA

    California reemerged from a temporary lapse into the dark side on Friday when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its hold on a court order that ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. Though a court spokesman originally said that it would take at least 25 days after the Supreme Court's ruling to take action, California governor Jerry Brown immediately ordered his public health agency to advise state counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted." Hours after the circuit court's ruling, California attorney general Kamala Harris officiated a wedding between the two Prop 8 plaintiffs, Kris Perry and Sandra Stier. 

    June 28, 2013 6:54 PM

  3. What Happens in a Swing State... Suit Against Bachmann Dismissed Eric Gay/AP

    3. Suit Against Bachmann Dismissed

    A former volunteer on Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Iowa caucus campaign has resolved a lawsuit against the Minnesota congresswoman that claimed she stole an email list of home-school supporters. The case was dismissed on Friday, according to a lawyer for Barbara Heki, who had blamed Bachmann’s campaign for taking her personal computer and accessing the home-school information. See you in 2016, Michele.

    June 28, 2013 6:00 PM

  4. bff gone bad Chris Christie Bashes Obama Rich Schultz/AP

    4. Chris Christie Bashes Obama

    The Christie-Obama bipartisan bromance was too good to be true. On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed his former BFF, saying the president is "more concerned about being right than he is concerned about getting things done." He also called himself a "conservative" leader multiple times. Is this a sign Christie is working to keep his reelection prospects good, while keeping in good graces with key presidential primary states?

    June 28, 2013 7:49 PM

  5. GET A WITNESS Neighbor: Trayvon Was on Top Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty

    5. Neighbor: Trayvon Was on Top

    A point of contention in the George Zimmerman trial has been whether the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante or Trayvon Martin was on top during a fight preceding the shooting and subsequent death of the teenage boy. Today, John Good, a former neighbor who witnessed the altercation, described a scene where Martin was straddling Zimmerman. Good’s testimony contradicts that of another neighbor given yesterday. Good was unable to corroborate Zimmerman’s claims that Martin was slamming his head into the concrete sidewalk but that he heard Zimmerman crying out: “The person on the bottom, I could hear a 'Help,’” Good said.

    June 28, 2013 1:31 PM

  6. CALL ME MAYBE Obama Arrives in South Africa Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    6. Obama Arrives in South Africa

    Air Force One touched down in South Africa today, the second stop on Obama's tour of the continent, just one hour away from the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition. The president gave no indication of whether he would personally visit the ailing former leader, but told reporters on the flight that he didn't want to be obtrusive. “I don’t need a photo-op,” he said. “So when we get there we’ll gauge the situation, but I think the main message we’ll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply our profound gratitude for his leadership all these years and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, and his family, and his country.”

    June 28, 2013 4:13 PM

  7. It’s Official News Corp. Splits Print, Entertainment Mary Altaffer/AP

    7. News Corp. Splits Print, Entertainment

    On Friday, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was split into two separate companies, dividing print from entertainment and broadcast. The plan was announced last year, and approved by shareholders earlier this month. The entertainment and broadcast section will be named 21st Century Fox, and the print organization keeps the News Corp. title, now the largest U.S. print-media company.

    June 28, 2013 3:05 PM

  8. all is not well J.C. Penney, Sears Drop Deen Chris Gordon/Corbis

    8. J.C. Penney, Sears Drop Deen

    How many partnerships does she have left? J.C. Penney and Sears are the latest companies to announce dropping embattled chef Paula Deen. On Friday, Deen was also let go by her publisher Ballantine Books, which was supposed to publish several cookbooks by Deen, the first of which was set for an October release date. It's not all bad for Paula and her fans though—there's a rumor floating around that Dancing With The Stars producers are interested in having Deen join the cast for the show's next season.

    June 28, 2013 10:36 PM

  9. classic alec Baldwin: I'm Not Homophobic Julio Cortez/AP

    9. Baldwin: I'm Not Homophobic

    This all sounds mildly familiar, doesn't it? After Alec Baldwin went on a Twitter rant against a Daily Mail reporter who incorrectly wrote his wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral, Baldwin has defended himself and apologized for what were perceived to be homophobic tweets. “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f---k...you...up,” he wrote in one. “A queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above,” Baldwin told Gothamist on Friday. He also wrote an apology to a gay and lesbian anti-defamation group, saying that "As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize."

    June 28, 2013 9:08 PM

  10. Why? ‘Terminator 5’ Set for June 2015 Release Chris Pizzello/AP

    10. ‘Terminator 5’ Set for June 2015 Release

    Well, he did say he’d be back. James Cameron’s epic Terminator franchise is set to invade movie screens again—with or without Arnold Schwarzenegger. Paramount has confirmed that the sci-fi franchise will reboot with a new film scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release date, the first installment in a planned stand-alone trilogy. Producer David Ellison’s Skydance Pictures won the rights to the franchise two years ago at an auction and initially intended Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) to direct and Schwarzenegger to reprise his role as the T-800. Then news broke that the 65-year-old actor had fathered a child out of wedlock, putting his participation on hold. As of now, it's unclear whether Schwarzenegger and Lin are still aboard. 

    June 28, 2013 3:53 PM

  11. If U Seek Snowden AP Journo Chases Snowden KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

    11. AP Journo Chases Snowden

    An Associated Press news director went to admirable lengths to try to track down NSA leaker Edward Snowden at the Moscow airport where he is reportedly being held—but to no avail. The AP’s Eastern Europe News Director, Ian Phillips, booked a connecting flight at the Moscow airport, with a 21-hour layover. Since he had no visa to enter Russia, he would be sequestered in the “transit zone” of a nearby hotel, where other travelers—including, reportedly, Snowden—were also held. If Snowden was there, Phillips couldn’t find him. He was essentially put into solitary confinement in the hotel room, where he only had access to room service and a few TV stations and was not allowed outside. “After almost a week,” Phillips says, “[Snowden] might be getting bored.”

    June 28, 2013 1:37 PM

  12. MORE THAN FRIENDS ‘New Yorker’ Outs Bert and Ernie Jens Meyer / AP Photo

    12. ‘New Yorker’ Outs Bert and Ernie

    The New Yorker has taken the bold step of outing Bert and Ernie in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down DOMA. Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street muppets are featured on next week’s cover embracing as they watch SCOTUS in action on TV. “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind the cover, titled “Moment of Joy,” who originally submitted his image to a Tumblr page before The New Yorker scooped it up. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate,” Hunter added. The image implies that Bert and Ernie are indeed a couple, as people have long speculated; two years ago, an online petition calling for the two to get married went viral. At the time, Sesame Street responded with a statement that Bert and Ernie are “best friends” and have “no sexual orientation.” Lawyer up, Remnick.

    Here's our look at Bert and Ernie's cozy relationship.

    June 28, 2013 10:17 AM

  13. Censored Army Blocks Guardian Website Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    13. Army Blocks Guardian Website

    Are you serious? The U.S. Army is blocking access to the website of The Guardian after the newspaper broke stories about NSA spying programs revealed by leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden. The spokesman for NETCOM, the army’s network, said the Defense Department was conducting “network hygiene” to prevent “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.” The story was originally reported by the Monterey, California, Herald, which revealed The Guardian had been blocked at the army’s local base and top language school. Looks like army employees will be reading The Guardian on their smartphones for now.

    June 28, 2013 8:24 AM

  14. Spree? Hernandez Linked to More Murders Pool photo by Ted Fitzgerald, via AP

    14. Hernandez Linked to More Murders

    Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, currently facing charges in a Boston-area murder last week, is now being questioned in the investigation of a double murder from July 2012. Two investigators said they now believe that the man Hernandez is charged with killing may have had information about the football player’s role in the previous two killings. Those two murders happened after a fight broke out at a club in Boston’s Theater District between the two eventual victims and a group of men that included Hernandez. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges in the recent murder.

    June 28, 2013 6:53 AM

  15. Peru 1,200-Year-Old Tomb Found Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

    15. 1,200-Year-Old Tomb Found

    A tomb from a South American civilization that predated the Incas has been found north of Lima, Peru, archeologists revealed at a press conference Friday. The 1,200-year-old Wari tomb, believed to be royal, was found buried deep in the ground, which is likely what kept it safe from grave robbers. Archaeologists said the tomb is “like a pantheon,” with rows of mostly female human remains buried in a seated position and dressed in textiles and precious metals. Six skeletons were laid out flat and were possibly human sacrifices. The tomb also contained gold and silver jewelry, alabaster cups, and weaving tools made of gold.

    June 28, 2013 12:40 PM

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    16. Heat Wave Scorches Western U.S.

    Get ready, West Coast, it’s about to get toasty! A massive heat wave bearing down on the Western U.S. is expected to bring record-high temperatures to regions already known as “summer scorchers.” Meterologists predict that Death Valley, California, will see temperatures reaching 130 degrees Fahrenheit, just 4 degrees shy of the world record of 134 degrees, set in 1913. Triple-digit temperatures are also projected for Phoenix and Las Vegas. CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli called it “a once-in-a-century-type heat wave in the deep Southwest.” At these temperatures, certain fleets can fly, while others remain grounded until the temperature falls.

     

    June 28, 2013 11:51 AM

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  18. FAR OUT NASA’s Voyager Reaches the Unknown NASA, via AP

    17. NASA’s Voyager Reaches the Unknown

    NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has spent the last 35-plus years bringing us detailed images of the wonders of space. Now, it seems to have finally reached the end of the solar system, but instead of going into the interstellar void as expected, the satellite is bringing back some pretty weird readings (it gets complicated here with solar winds and magnetic field lines) as it sits in a sort of galactic waiting room, one that no one expected to be there. Rocket scientists are stunned, and struggling to understand just what it means, but they all agree we are closer than we’ve ever been to reaching the final frontier. Stamatios Krimigis, the author of the Science article that brought us this new information, says no one can know just what that new beyond might be: “I’m convinced that nature is far more imaginative than we are,” he said.

    June 28, 2013 11:06 AM

  19. MYSTERY SOLVED Ohio 12-Year-Old Shot Brother Jeremiah Shaver/The Jackson County Times-Journal, via AP

    18. Ohio 12-Year-Old Shot Brother

    Autopsies on the two half-brothers found dead yesterday at their grandparents’ house in Ohio indicate they died from gunshot wounds inflicted by the 12-year-old boy. He shot his younger half-brother in the head and then shot himself under the chin. Until the autopsies are complete, it’s undetermined whether or not the first shooting was accidental. No one else was in the home at the time of the shootings, and the police are not looking for additional suspects. “Our community is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our sympathies go out to all those who have been affected,” Jackson County Police Chief Carl A. Eisnaugle said in a press release.

    June 28, 2013 2:22 PM

  20. Baby Making U.K. to OK Three-Way DNA Lucy Nicholson/AP

    19. U.K. to OK Three-Way DNA

    The United Kingdom may approve a controversial technique of using DNA from three people to create a baby, the country’s top medical officer said. The new technique allows scientists to take DNA from another person if a mother wants to avoid passing on certain genetic diseases, like a faulty mitochondria, and embed it in a healthy donor embryo that is then transferred to the mother’s womb. British tabloids have latched onto the development as creating a “three-parent baby,” but scientists say the donor DNA is too negligible to be relevant. Similar research is going on in the U.S., though embryos are not used to produce children.

    June 28, 2013 7:02 AM

  21. Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A CEO Blasts SCOTUS J Pat Carter/AP

    20. Chick-fil-A CEO Blasts SCOTUS

    Chick-fil-A wanted to stay out of trouble, but it can’t get its CEO to keep his mouth shut. Just days after the company refused to comment on the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage cases, the famously controversial Dan Cathy took to Twitter to express his outrage. “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy tweeted. He deleted the tweet moments later. Cathy created a nationwide controversy last year when he spoke publicly against gay marriage, igniting protests at Chick-fil-A restaurants and a backlash from conservative Christians.

    June 28, 2013 8:05 AM

  22. Sure About That? NYT: ‘White House Down’ Not Bad Reiner Bajo/Sony Pictures

    21. NYT: ‘White House Down’ Not Bad

    How many times can Roland Emmerich destroy the world and keep our attention? Maybe one more time, says New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, who found his new film, starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.” Dargis praises Tatum’s acting, saying he “sells the role and himself with athletic grace and a star’s self-assured charm.” But don’t get too excited: White House Down has just a 46 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with other critics calling it “exactly what you’d expect” and “a movie that makes you feel dumber every second.”

    June 28, 2013 8:14 AM

  23. ‘Toxic Little Queen’ Baldwin Launches Homophobic Twitter Rant Charlie Riedel / AP Photos

    22. Baldwin Launches Homophobic Twitter Rant

    He’s at it again: famously explosive Alec Baldwin unloaded on Daily Mail reporter George Stark, calling him a “toxic little queen” on Twitter after Stark wrote that Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, tweeted through James Gandolfini’s funeral. “If put [sic] my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” Baldwin said in his next tweet. By the end of the day, he had called Stark a “toxic Brit,” a “fucking little bitch,” and a “lying little bitch.” Baldwin quickly deleted the tweets, but of course there’s no going back on your word on the Internet.

    June 28, 2013 8:18 AM

  24. Tour de France Armstrong: You Have to Dope Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

    23. Armstrong: You Have to Dope

    On the eve of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong told the French newspaper Le Monde that it’s “impossible” to win the classic race without doping. “Because it’s a test of endurance, where oxygen is the determining factor,” he said. Armstrong, who has become a reviled figure in France after being stripped of his seven Tour titles, added that French champion Laurent Jalabert is “lying” about his own doping. “I didn’t invent doping, I just participated in the system.” The disgraced former champion made a number of non-racing comments, including a remark that former president Nicolas Sarkozy was “always cool with me.”

    June 28, 2013 8:11 AM

  25. BUH-BYE QVC Latest to Drop Paula Deen Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty

    24. QVC Latest to Drop Paula Deen

    Despite a string of tearful apologies, Paula Deen hasn't been able to prevent her sponsors from running for the door. On Thursday QVC announced it would be dropping Deen from its programming and products. CEO Mike George wrote in a statement online that the company is “troubled by what Paula has acknowledged saying.” Deen responded on her blog that she has “some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally.” The Food Network, Target, Walmart, and other former partners have already dropped Deen. But all is not lost, Paula. George describes the separation as “a pause” and notes that “people deserve second chances.”

    June 27, 2013 9:09 PM

  26. NEW JERSEY SASS Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill Mel Evans/AP

    25. Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill

    This could put a strain on BFFs President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie announced he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it got to his desk, and noted that the recent Supreme Court ruling striking a ban on federal benefits for same-sex marriage won't impact New Jersey, which allows civil unions. "It's just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having a government run by the people we actually vote for," he said in an interview. "I thought it was a bad decision, but it has no effect on New Jersey at all so we move from here." Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey plan to file a motion next week in an attempt to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage in light of the top court's ruling.

    June 27, 2013 8:51 PM

  27. TO THE TOP Ex–Pentagon General Under Investigation Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

    26. Ex–Pentagon General Under Investigation

    Could the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military be the source of a leak regarding the secret U.S. cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program? The Justice Department is investigating retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who served as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 2007 and 2011, according to NBC News. Last year The New York Times released a story describing the operation, which began under President Bush and escalated under Obama. In 2010 a virus released by the program temporarily disabled 1,000 Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

    June 27, 2013 6:50 PM

  28. GANG OF EIGHT! Senate Passes Immigration Reform J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    27. Senate Passes Immigration Reform

    We knew you could do it! After weeks of debate and failed votes, the Senate passed its immigration reform bill today 68-32—a vote that included 14 Republicans. The 11 million undocumented immigrants who would have a path (albeit it a long one) to citizenship, should the bill become law, shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet, though—it could still fail in the Republican-controlled House. Speaker John Boehner has said he won’t even bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), an opponent of the bill, said immigration reform was destined for “the ash heap of history,” regardless of its victory in the Senate.

    After Vice President Joe Biden announced that the immigration reform bill had passed, chants of "yes we can!" broke out in the Senate.

    June 27, 2013 4:44 PM