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  1. TRAYVON MARTIN CASE Zimmerman’s Wounds ‘Insignificant’ Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

    1. Zimmerman’s Wounds ‘Insignificant’

    A witness in the George Zimmerman trial described his wounds as “insignificant” and “non–life threatening.” Dr. Valerie Rao, a medical examiner, made the determination after reviewing video and photographs of Zimmerman after his deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting the unarmed teenager, said Martin repeatedly slammed his head against the ground. Rao told the jury she believed that happened maybe once. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

    July 2, 2013 6:04 PM

  2. SKEPTICS Investigators: TWA 800 an Accident PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP

    2. Investigators: TWA 800 an Accident

    At a briefing today following a four-year investigation, National Transportation Safety Board investigators reaffirmed their original findings that the TWA Flight 800 disaster was an accident and not the result of a bomb or missile, as a new documentary film suggests. More than 200 people were killed in the 1996 crash, which federal authorities concluded was the result of a center fuel-tank explosion. Joseph Kolly, a chief investigator on the team, disputed the film’s conspiracy theories. “We went to the ‘nth’ degree, and then some,” he said of the investigation. “I am upset about bringing this back up, for the sake of the people who lost folks in the accident.”

    July 2, 2013 10:48 PM

  3. RUMOR HAS IT Bolivian President's Plane Rerouted Jeff Zelevansky

    3. Bolivian President's Plane Rerouted

    Leaker? What leaker? Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal barred it from crossing their airspace due to concerns it may be ferrying NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. Bolivia is one of 20 countries in which Snowden, reportedly still holed up in a Moscow airport, has sought asylum. Earlier, Morales met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gas exporters' summit and told Russia Today that he would consider sheltering Snowden. Bolivia Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied the rumors saying, "We don't know who invented this lie."

    July 2, 2013 9:55 PM

  4. DEVELOPING Morsi Addresses Egypt Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

    4. Morsi Addresses Egypt

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi spoke out Tuesday evening amid calls for his resignation and an ultimatum from the army to resolve the crisis unfolding across the country. “I’m not clinging to the seat of power,” Morsi said, according to the translation. “However ... I was selected and elected by the people in fair and transparent elections.” Morsi said he has no choice but to shoulder the responsibility of the country’s Constitution. He repeatedly stated that he was legitimately elected as president. “I will stand up with all the power and resources. I have to stop any who attempt to shed a drop of blood and drive a wedge among the people or act in violence,” he added. It doesn't appear as though Morsi won over many of his critics. Egyptians were in the cafés of Cairo shouting expletives at the president and mocking his use of the word “legitimacy.”


    July 2, 2013 5:40 PM

  5. FURTHER ADO Obamacare Employer-Mandate Postponed Stephen Lam/Getty

    5. Obamacare Employer-Mandate Postponed

    Because counting your employees and giving them insurance is complicated. Administration officials tell Bloomberg News that they will delay by one year the 2010 health care law’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health insurance that meets certain standards. Many complained that the reporting requirements were too complicated, so the Obama administration has offered the befuddled businesses a reprieve until 2015, by which time they’ll have a plan to simplify the process. It shouldn’t affect that many people though, as most employers already provide the coverage that the law requires.

    July 2, 2013 6:17 PM

  6. RELUCTANT Book: Romney Didn’t Want to Run Richard Ellis

    6. Romney Didn’t Want to Run in ’12

    Oh, Mitt, didn’t anyone ever tell you that if you don’t vote for yourself, nobody else will—even in your own family? Apparently the 2012 Republican contender and his family had a poll to decide if he would run—and he voted no, according to a new book. Collision 2012, by The Washington Post’s  Dan Balz, will be released in August, but The Huffington Post has obtained an early copy. Ten Romney family members voted that Romney shouldn’t run—including Mitt himself. “A lot of the thinking on the part of my brothers and dad was, ‘I’m not sure I can win a primary given those dynamics’” of being a moderate from Massachusetts, Tagg Romney told Balz. What overrode the family vote? Apparently seeing the other would-be candidates.

    July 2, 2013 9:36 AM

  7. ULTIMATUM Egyptian Army Would Scrap Constitution Amr Nabil/AP

    7. Egyptian Army Would Scrap Constitution

    Egypt’s military has said it will take matters into its own hands if the protesters and President Mohamed Morsi’s government can’t come to a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday. If the two sides can’t compromise, the armed forces will suspend the country’s constitution and dissolve its parliament. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is reportedly still working out the details of the plan, which would essentially become the new roadmap for the nation’s future. Morsi has rejected the ultimatum, and the protest groups have so far refused to speak with him. It’s not clear how the army will react if Morsi refuses to leave office peacefully.

    July 2, 2013 12:52 PM

  8. AROUND THE WORLD More Countries Deny Snowden Asylum Vincent Yu/AP

    8. More Countries Deny Snowden Asylum

    Will anyone give Edward Snowden a home? The fugitive leaker has requested sanctuary from at least 21 nations, but so far only Venezuela and Bolivia have responded favorably. India, Brazil, and Poland all rejected him, while Austria, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Spain said any asylum request had to be made in person. The president of Ecuador, Snowden’s original choice, said that helping the leaker was a “mistake,” and Snowden rescinded his request from Russia after President Vladimir Putin said Snowden would have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to stay. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and they are reportedly slated to discuss Snowden while at a conference in Brunei. In the meantime, Snowden remains trapped in a Moscow airport.

    July 2, 2013 1:00 PM

  9. TROUBLING Women’s Painkiller ODs Spike Toby Talbot/AP

    9. Women’s Painkiller ODs Spike

    The increase in the number of women dying from prescription painkiller overdoses has increased by an unbelievable 400 percent from 1999 to 2010—and middle-aged women account for the fastest-growing share. Calling it a “sleeper problem,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control said that even medical professionals expressed surprise over the huge increase. “It’s underreported,” Frieden said. While medical experts said the increase could have to do with women’s smaller body mass or that the effect of prescription drugs on women’s bodies is still not fully understood, women addicts blamed the changing nature of society. Men’s deaths by overdose tripled over the same period.

    July 2, 2013 1:17 PM

  10. WHITE OR WRONG Paula Deen’s Accuser Speaks Dave Kotinsky/Getty

    10. Paula Deen’s Accuser Speaks

    The woman whose lawsuit sparked the flames that torched Paula Deen's career is speaking out and she says her complaint had nothing to do with race. In a statement from her lawyers, plaintiff Lisa Jackson said, “This lawsuit has never been about the N-word, it is to address Ms. Deen’s patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior.” Jackson’s suit alleges both the butter-loving chef and her brother Bubba committed acts of violence, discrimination, and racism while she was in their employ as a manager, charges that Deen denies. Jackson’s statement went on to say, “I may be a white woman, but I could no longer tolerate her abuse of power ...”

    July 2, 2013 4:36 PM

  11. ROCK OUT EX-Groupon CEO Releases Rock Album Stephen Yang / Bloomberg-Getty Images

    11. EX-Groupon CEO Releases Rock Album

    Many wondered what Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon, would do after his own company fired him. Start a new venture? Sell out and become an executive for a major corporation? No; instead, Mason pursued a more artistic venture by releasing a rock album only six months after getting canned. The album was produced by the respected Don Gehman and contains business advice for middle managers. The advice ranges from looking to nature for inspiration and reading Catcher in the Rye to keeping it simple. The big question remains, is he serious?

    July 2, 2013 11:40 AM

  12. MIRACLE John Paul II Moves Closer to Sainthood Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images

    12. John Paul II Moves Closer to Sainthood

    Catholic authorities are ascribing a second miracle to Pope John Paul II, putting him on the fast track to sainthood. The pope is said to have healed a Costa Rican woman on May 1, 2011, the night of his beatification ceremony in St. Peter's Square, after she prayed to the late pontiff for help. John Paul’s first miracle was curing a French nun of Parkinson’s disease, a recovery that Vatican medial experts said couldn’t be explained by science, and was approved just six months after John Paul’s death in 2005. Now all he needs is a papal signature to be canonized, which many theologians expect to happen by the end of the year.

     

    July 2, 2013 1:31 PM

  13. BLOCKED Abortion Restrictions Hit 5 States Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    13. Abortion Restrictions Hit 5 States

    This week, abortion restrictions in five states—Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, and South Dakota—go into effect. So what exactly does that mean? Among other things, in Alabama, women who live far away from a clinic will no longer be able to get the abortion pill via videoconference, and minors seeking abortions will be asked for the name and age of the man who impregnated them, according to ABC News. Both Mississippi and Indiana also have new restrictions on prescribing the abortion pill long-distance, and Indiana now requires women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds. In Kansas, doctors must warn women that abortion will put them at greater risk of breast cancer, despite a report from the National Cancer Institute that refuted the claim. Kansas’s new law also protects doctors from lawsuits if they withhold information from a woman about her pregnancy that would lead her to get an abortion. Finally, South Dakota now requires a waiting period of three business days, meaning a woman might have to wait as long as six days if she has a consultation before a holiday weekend.

    July 2, 2013 12:56 PM

  14. WHAT DOESN’T HE DO? Leonardo DiCaprio Rides Citibike Keith Bernstein / Warner Bros.

    14. Leonardo DiCaprio Rides Citibike

    There are many takeaways from this Daily Mail report about The Great Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio. First, he uses New York City’s Citibike share program and cycled around SoHo with a friend this weekend. Second, he wears a hat, sunglasses, and ties a sweatshirt around his waist to blend into society. Third, and most important, he’s smoking an e-cigarette. He’s having a moment.

    July 2, 2013 2:01 PM

  15. TOOTSIES Human Foot Has 50 Types of Fungi Douglas Healey/AP

    15. Human Foot Has 50 Types of Fungi

    We're all for diversity, but this seems a little much. It turns out the human foot has an average of 50 different types of fungi living on it. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health swabbed the feet of 10 healthy adults to see what kinds of spores they would find. The scientists also took samples from other body parts including the chest, back, nostrils, scalp, arms, ears, and eyebrows. They found fungi there too, just not as many types. 

    July 2, 2013 11:01 AM

  16. TIME TO BINGE Netflix Scores With ‘Orange’ Series Ryan Anson/AFP/Getty Images

    16. Netflix Scores With ‘Orange’ Series

    There goes your weekend. The show hasn't even debuted, but Orange Is the New Black is already being renewed for a second season by Netflix thanks to a spate of rave reviews. The show, which follows a yuppie woman who goes to prison for drug smuggling, is relatively unknown, but that hasn't stopped the company from betting it will be big. The New Yorker lauded the show, calling it "smart, salty, and outrageous." A reviewer with The Hollywood Reporter said it was infused with "with an unpredictable flow of laughs, seriousness, an impressive and measured reveal of character backstories, and enormous potential."

    July 2, 2013 11:23 AM

  17. TRAGEDY AZ Firefighters Lacked Escape Route Chris Carlson/AP

    17. AZ Firefighters Lacked Escape Route

    Arizona officials on Tuesday launched an investigation into the deadly wildfire that killed almost an entire crew of firefighters—while the fire remains completely uncontained. The 19 firefighters’ bodies were found by their safety shelters, leading investigators to believe they died while trapped in them. A forestry official said Monday that the firefighters lacked a proper escape route when the winds shifted course and flames overtook them. The identities of members of the crew, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, were released on Monday. The fire killed about a third of Prescott’s sworn firefighters. Meanwhile, the deadly Yarnell wildfire has already burned through 8,500 acres and continues unabated.

    July 2, 2013 6:56 AM

  18. BFFS? JLaw and RiRi Hang Out Instagram

    18. JLaw and RiRi Hang Out

    They found love in a hopeless place? Rihanna posted a photo on Instagram on Monday of her and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, writing “bumped into the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence at dinner! #Paris” Whatever fabulous restaurant this happened at will remain a mystery, since Rihanna offered no other details of the chance encounter and Lawrence remained quiet. For now, we’ll just have to imagine what they talked about.

    July 2, 2013 7:37 AM

  19. DEVELOPING

    19. 19 Die in Siberian Plane Crash

    Russian officials said Tuesday that 19 people perished when a helicopter crashed in a remote part of Siberia. The helicopter was carrying 28 people, including 11 children. It’s unclear how many of the children survived. Officials did not immediately give a cause of the crash, which occurred in a remote mountainous region, dozens of miles from the nearest village.

    July 2, 2013 7:11 AM

  20. RANDOM Obama, Bush Meet in Tanzania Evan Vucci/AP

    20. Obama, Bush Meet in Tanzania

    Seeing President Obama and former President George W. Bush together is a rare sight any day—so why did they pick Tanzania to hang out? As Obama wraps up a weeklong trip to Africa, and Bush accompanies his wife to a summit for African first ladies, the two presidents met at a memorial for the 1998 Tanzania embassy bombings. A Marine laid a wreath in front of the embassy, where 10 Tanzanians and 85 others were killed in al Qaeda’s attack. Aides said that Bush and Obama spoke for a few minutes before the ceremony. Bush remains fairly popular in Africa after he devoted billions of dollars to fighting AIDS on the continent—and Obama has repeatedly praised his predecessor on this trip.

    July 2, 2013 7:08 AM

  21. I WANT IT NOW Study: Refined Carbs Are Like Drugs Mark Lennihan/AP

    21. Study: Refined Carbs Are Like Drugs

    Does this mean there will be a show called Intervention for Carb Addicts? A recent study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that the brain’s reaction to refined carbohydrates such as corn syrup is similar to the one that drug addicts experience when they are craving drugs. The quick spike and subsequent crash in blood sugar that comes from eating the highly processed carbs is similar to what happens when you take drugs. “The problem is when the modern, highly processed carbohydrates can hijack the highly evolutionarily based rewards system, putting it, in effect, in overdrive,” said study co-author David Ludwig. “To put it simply, we didn’t evolve to eat low-fat Twinkies for breakfast.”

    July 2, 2013 7:24 AM

  22. GET WELL SOON South Africa’s de Klerk in Hospital WPA Pool photo by Olivia Harris

    22. South Africa’s de Klerk in Hospital

    South Africa’s last white president, F.W. de Klerk, the co-winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, was hospitalized on Tuesday to install a pacemaker. De Klerk, 77, is expected to be discharged within 24 hours. Mandela, 94, has been hospitalized for the past three weeks for a lung infection.

    July 2, 2013 7:14 AM

  23. MANHUNT Colo. Sen.’s Brother Missing Susan Walsh/AP

    23. Colo. Sen.’s Brother Missing

    Randy Udall, the brother of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, has been missing since June 26, when he did not return from a solo hike in Wyoming. Police said they were notified on June 28 that Randy Udall had not returned from the hike. Search-and-rescue crews are currently combing the Wind River Range in Wyoming for the 61-year-old, who has been described as an experienced backpacker who had been on this trail many times in the past 30 years. Mark Udall’s office said on Monday that the senator has remained in contact with his family, but will continue his legislative work for the time being.

    July 2, 2013 7:23 AM

  24. SHOWDOWN Morsi: Army Never Gave Me Ultimatum Manu Brabo/AP

    24. Morsi: Army Never Gave Me Ultimatum

    This is confusing. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Tuesday that the Army never consulted him before giving a 48-hour ultimatum for him to give up power, and he said he would stick to his “national reconciliation” plan. Morsi said the Army’s statement that it would intervene if the protests continued “may cause confusion in the complex national scene,” and he denied that this statement amounted to a coup. Meanwhile, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr resigned on Tuesday, becoming the fifth foreign ministers to quit due to the ongoing crisis.

    Egyptian protestors have been using Vine to spread their message.

    July 2, 2013 6:52 AM

  25. REST IN PEACE Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Dies Chris Jackson/Getty

    25. Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Dies

    The daughter of actor Pierce Brosnan has died, the actor confirmed to People. Charlotte Smith, 41, suffered from ovarian cancer, Brosnan said in a statement. “On June 28 at 2 p.m., my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer,” Brosnan said. Brosnan said Charlotte’s husband, Alex Smith, and her two children, Isabella, 14, and Lucas, 8, and her brothers, Christopher and Sean, were with her when she died. Charlotte’s mother, Cassandra Harris, died of ovarian cancer in 1991 while married to Brosnan. Her mother died of ovarian cancer as well.

    July 2, 2013 7:34 AM