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  1. WORTH A TRY Snowden's Dad Proposes Plan Sergei Grits/AP

    1. Snowden's Dad Proposes Plan

    Father knows best. Lonnie Snowden, father of the elusive NSA leaker Edward Snowden, said in a television interview on Friday that he is confident his son would return to the U.S. under certain conditions. Papa Snowden claimed his lawyer has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying that his son would probably return if the government promised not to hold him before trial and not to impose a gag order. Also relevant: Lonnie has apparently not spoken to Edward since April. So much for insider information.

    June 29, 2013 11:01 AM

  2. PENALTY MARKS Colts Safety Joe Lefeged Arrested AJ Mast/AP

    2. Colts Safety Joe Lefeged Arrested

    On the heels of football player Aaron Hernandez's murder charge, another player of the sport is under suspicion of different crimes. Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested Friday night in Washington, D.C., officials confirmed Saturday. Police attempted to pull over a car shortly after midnight and—after a brief chase—found an unregistered handgun, ammunition, and an open container of alcohol inside. It is still unclear who was driving the car at the time it was pulled over. Lefeged and another man in the vehicle were both arrested.

    June 29, 2013 2:10 PM

  3. OUT WITH A BANG Crashes and Chaos at Tour de France Laurent Cipriani/AP

    3. Crashes and Chaos at Tour de France

    The first leg of the Tour de France was marred by chaos and confusion, and the racers' finish was anything but graceful. A team's bus got stuck under the banner at the finish line, causing organizers to move up the race's end by three kilometers leading cyclists in a mad dash for the new endpoint. One rider went down in the rush and then around 25 more followed. Marcel Kittel managed to fly past the melee and took first place. This was only the first of 21 stages; riders still have almost 2,000 miles to go. Good luck, guys! 

    June 29, 2013 6:10 PM

  4. RIP Officials ID American Killed in Egypt Heba Khamis/AP

    4. Officials ID American Killed in Egypt

    The identity of the American citizen killed in Friday's protests in Cairo has been released to the public. Andrew Driscoll Pochter was a 21-year-old college student from Maryland. He was in Egypt to teach English and improve his own Arabic. Although the State Department advised against nonessential travel to the country on Friday, Pochter was already in Cairo when the protests began. He was allegedly watching the protests when he was stabbed by a participant.

    June 29, 2013 11:06 AM

  5. NIGHT-MARE U.S. Horse Slaughter Back On Jeri Clausing/AP

    5. U.S. Horse Slaughter Back On

    Those so hungry they could eat a horse just might get their chance soon. The USDA has given a New Mexico plant the all-clear to start up a slaughterhouse for horses. It's the first of its kind since Congress effectively banned the practice 7 years ago. The OK was granted despite public opposition fueled by concerns over public health and animal welfare. The Humane Society released a statement that read in part, "Slaughter plants have a history of polluting their communities and producing horse meat that is tainted with a dangerous cocktail of banned drugs...We intend to hold the Obama administration accountable in federal court for this inhumane, wasteful and illegal decision." Two more slaughterhouses are slated for approval next week, but they will still have to be inspected before they become operational. 

    June 29, 2013 5:39 PM

  6. MADIBA Obama Will Not Meet Mandela Dan Kitwood/Getty

    6. Obama Will Not Meet Mandela

    Dashing hopes of a historic meeting between America's first black president and South Africa's first black president, Obama did not come face to face with Nelson Mandela Saturday. Instead—after meeting with the beloved civil rights leader's family—he spread words of love and appreciation for Madiba. Speaking to a crowd in Johannesberg, Obama expressed his hope that the critically ill Mandela is drawing comfort from loved ones.  “Nelson Mandela showed what is possible...when a priority is placed on constitutions and rule of law and respect for human dignity," he said. "That’s a legacy that we must all honor in our own lives.”

    June 29, 2013 1:30 PM

  7. PO-PO 2.0 Coming Soon: Facebook for Cops Mary Altaffer/AP

    7. Coming Soon: Facebook for Cops

    Well, we all knew cops were using Facebook to sleuth, but now they'll be getting a platform of their very own. Reuters is reporting a new network called BlueLine will bring the force online for information sharing and collaboration on general policing issues as well as specific cases. The LAPD will be first to beta-test the new social site, which developers say will have the "like " and "share" buttons we're used to, as well as the ability to post photos and videos. Any bets on how long before the site is hacked and we get our "15 Craziest Things on Cop Facebook" list?

    June 29, 2013 1:22 PM

  8. HOT IN HERE Heat Wave Scorches West Coast Matt York/AP

    8. Heat Wave Scorches West Coast

    It's crazy hot in the western U.S right now. Just how hot is it? So hot that a fall on the sidewalk can land someone in the burn unit. Some desert locations are bracing for temperatures of up to 120 degrees and Death Valley is expected to come close to its hottest ever recorded temperature of 134 degrees. So while tourists are often known to flock to deserts during extreme heat events (um...why?), it might be best to just stay inside today.

    June 29, 2013 12:55 PM

  9. BELIEVE IT First Atheist Monument Unveiled Sue Ogrocki/AP

    9. First Atheist Monument Unveiled

    About 200 people gathered on a small county courthouse lawn in Stark, Florida to watch the unveiling of a monument to atheism--the first of its kind on government property. And the nonbelievers just happened to pick a spot right next to a slab of the ten commandments that they unsuccessfully tried to have removed last year. The 1,500-pound bench is covered with quotes from founding fathers and leaders of the atheist movement as well as the biblical punishments for violating the ten commandments: death and stoning. Protestors played Christian music, waved "Honk for Jesus" signs and someone threw a toilet seat from a moving car. This should end well. 

    June 29, 2013 4:59 PM

  10. Awkward J.Lo Headlines Dictator's Birthday Party John Shearer/Invision/AP

    10. J.Lo Headlines Dictator's Birthday Party

    Jenny, did you learn nothing from Hilary Swank?! Fresh from celebrations from her induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jennifer Lopez flew to a resort town in Turkmenistan to headline leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s 56th birthday party, according to reports. The Central Asian state is known mostly for "vast gas reserves and a dismal human rights record," but that didn't put a damper on the party. J.Lo reportedly spent her time there "[dancing] with half-naked backing dancers" and later wearing traditional Turkmen clothes for a rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."

    June 29, 2013 7:35 PM

  11. NAUGHTY '50 Shades' Movie Date Announced Carlo Allegri/AP

    11. '50 Shades' Movie Date Announced

    We know you've been holding your breath waiting for news of the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, the most famous S&M novel this side of the Marquis de Sade himself. Well, the wait will hopefully be a little less, ahem, painful now that we know the end date. Yes, producers announced the release date of the much-anticipated film on Friday: mark your calendar and make sure your favorite dominatrix is free for August 1, 2014. Will it be the hit of the summer season? If book sales are anything to go by, the rest of the summer releases will be, well, whipped.

    June 29, 2013 12:48 PM

  12. CLAMMING UP Cohen Won't Testify for Grand Jury Steve Marcus/Reuters

    12. Cohen Won't Testify for Grand Jury

    The rabbit hole is getting deeper in the government's investigation of SAC Capital Advisors for alleged insider trading. The latest turn? The hedge fund's founder, Steven Cohen, has declined to testify to a grand jury, sending word to the government through his lawyers that he would invoke his right against self-incrimination. Although neither the firm nor Cohen have yet been charged with anything, it seems that his executives aren't taking any chances: five of those subpoenaed have met with lawyers in recent weeks for interviews. It's currently unclear whether those interviews will take the place of grand-jury testimony.

    June 29, 2013 10:51 AM

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

    13. 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

  14. STANDARDS Facebook Nixes Ads on Controversial Pages Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    14. Facebook Nixes Ads on Controversial Pages

    It looks like Facebook is trying to make up for falling behind on its "community standards." A month ago, several companies pulled their ads from the site after reports emerged of Facebook pages that promoted violence against women. And although the website has since stated that it needed to improve its system for flagging offensive content, the bigger news comes on the business side: Facebook said yesterday that it will no longer run ads on pages with sexual or violent content. The company made clear that this applies to pages that, though they meet community standards, may be controversial. So now no one who visits a page for sex toys will be distracted by pesky ads.

    June 29, 2013 11:14 AM

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

    15. 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

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

    16. 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

  17. FIGHTIN' WORDS Bloomberg: Police Stop Whites Too Much John Minchillo/AP

    17. Bloomberg: Police Stop Whites Too Much

    Michael Bloomberg may need to work a little on his tact. The New York City mayor said during his weekly radio appearance on Friday that police "disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little" compared to descriptions of murder suspects. The mayor has been under fire lately for his police stop-and-frisk policies, which many allege are discriminatory against minorities. The comments were made the day after city officials voted to create a police inspector general and to overhaul the department's racial profiling. Not your best timing, Mike.

    June 29, 2013 10:48 AM

  18. CURED? Diabetes ‘Reverse Vaccine’ Passes Human Trial Volker Hartmann/AP

    18. Diabetes ‘Reverse Vaccine’ Passes Human Trial

    Could there be a cure for type 1 diabetes? It looks like we're headed in that direction. A "reverse vaccine" that targets the cells that attack insulin producers seems to have passed its first test in humans. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system typically attacks insulin-producing cells for reasons scientists still don't quite understand. So what makes the vaccine a reversal? Unlike normal vaccines, which train the immune system to destroy a certain kind of cell, this treatment instead suppresses immune cells to keep them from doing the same thing. Experts say the therapy needs to undergo much more testing before it's put on the market. But it's an exciting step.

    June 29, 2013 10:55 AM