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  1. Leaked Murdoch Calls Police ‘Incompetent’ Rupert Murdoch on Feb. 24. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    1. Murdoch Calls Police ‘Incompetent’

    In the midst of Rupert Murdoch’s phone-hacking scandal in March, a 45-minute tape of the media mogul railing against police incompetency to a room of Sun newspaper reporters was secretly recorded and recently obtained by Britain’s Channel 4. Speaking to a room of journalists who had been arrested over claims they’d bribed authorities for information, Murdoch calls the arrests “a disgrace” and says, “The cops are totally incompetent.” He also acknowledged the widespread practice of illegal newsgathering, noting, “I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture.”

    July 3, 2013 8:47 PM

  2. This Is Freedom? Egypt Military Shuts Down News Channels Suhaib Salem/Reuters

    2. Egypt Military Shuts Down News Channels

    Four TV channels accused of being “pro-Morsi” were shut down in Egypt on Wednesday after President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the nation’s Army. Al Jazeera’s Egyptian news channel also reported being raided and having at least five of its staff members detained (four were later released). A Muslim Brotherhood–owned station, Egypt25, was also among those shut down by authorities. Despite concerns over the implications of shutting down news coverage based on political perspective, a spokesman for the National Salvation Front defended the move, citing “exceptional circumstances.” “I don’t believe closing down any newspaper or any channel is a useful measure ... But we are going through a very critical time here, the situation is dangerous. I hope this is an exceptional measure that will last only for a few days. But when you have a critical time of change like this, and you have some other people who are trying to incite supporters to go and fight, I don’t think it is useful to have these channels working at these critical hours.”

    July 3, 2013 10:40 PM

  3. COUP D’ÉTAT Egyptian Army: Morsi No Longer President Manu Brabo/AP

    3. Egyptian Army Ousts Morsi

    Crowds in Tahrir Square cheered and launched fireworks after the military announced Mohamed Morsi has been ousted as president and replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court. In a televised statement, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the constitution will be suspended. He also called for presidential and parliamentary elections, and said the post-Morsi roadmap had been agreed on in consultation with various political groups. "All necessary measures will be taken to empower youth in civic dialogue and national reconciliation," al-Sisi said. On Facebook, Morsi denounced the move as a "military coup."

    July 3, 2013 12:04 PM

  4. FIGHTING WORDS White House: Westboro ‘Reprehensible’ Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    4. White House: Westboro ‘Reprehensible’

    Even though hundreds of thousands of Americans have formally asked the White House to designate Westboro Baptist Church a hate group, the Obama administration says its hands are tied. Five separate petitions made through the “We the People” website attracted roughly 675,000 signatures asking for the designation and for the church, based in Kansas, to lose its tax-exempt status. The White House noted that the government does not keep a list of hate groups, but that it stands with the petitioners. “We agree that practices such as protesting at the funerals of men and women who died in service to this country and preventing their families from mourning peacefully are reprehensible,” the White House said.

    July 3, 2013 3:10 PM

  5. Clues Hernandez Had Secret Apartment Pool photo by Ted Fitzgerald, via AP

    5. Hernandez Had Secret Apartment

    A secret apartment with boxes of ammunition and clothing linked to a murder? Now, that's a twist. Police say former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez has a secret two-bedroom apartment 13 miles from his house in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Authorities were led there by Carlos Ortiz, who is also being held in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd. A search of the so-called flophouse turned up the sweatshirt Hernandez was wearing the night of the crime, a parking ticket from a hotel near the club they were at that night, and a number of boxes of ammunition. Hernandez’s hearing is scheduled for July 24.

    July 3, 2013 5:19 PM

  6. Surveillance USPS Photographs All Mail Justin Sullivan/Getty

    6. USPS Photographs All Mail

    Not even snail mail is safe from government surveillance. It turns out the United States Postal Service photographs the outside of every piece of paper mail processed in the U.S. and provides the information to law enforcement. The system, called the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, was created after the anthrax attacks in 2001, and the FBI cited it last month in its investigation into ricin-laced letters. When law-enforcement agencies want information about who has been sending mail to whom, they submit a request directly to the Postal Service without judicial review. Last year a Maricopa County supervisor won a lawsuit against the aggressively anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he used the program to track her mail.

    July 3, 2013 1:29 PM

  7. EGYPT Morsi Put Under House Arrest Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

    7. Morsi Put Under House Arrest

    Muslim Brotherhood leadership has confirmed to CNN that President Mohamed Morsi has been placed under “house arrest,” along with his presidential team. Earlier, President Barack Obama called on the country’s military to quickly turn power over “to a democratically elected civilian government.” Obama stopped short of calling it a coup, but said he is “deeply concerned” with the events that unfolded. “I now call on the Egyptian military ... to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters,” Obama said, and urged all sides to resolve the conflict peacefully.

    July 3, 2013 8:20 PM

  8. HASTA LA VISTA Ocean-Mapping Satellite Decommissioned David Ducros/Science Photo Library/Corbis

    8. Ocean-Mapping Satellite Decommissioned

    NASA has decommissioned a satellite that has tracked rising sea levels over the last 11 years. Known as Jason-1, the satellite was launced on December 7, 2001, and circled Earth more than 53,500 times. The decision to scrap the satellite, which recorded a rise of almost 1.6 inches in global sea levels, was made after its last transmitter failed. A joint venture between the U.S. and French space agencies, the satellite was originally expected to have a life span of three to five years. It's estimated that Jason-1 will remain in orbit for about 1,000 years before it falls back to Earth.

     

     

    July 3, 2013 5:51 PM

  9. SO MUCH DRAMA Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia Hans Punz/AP

    9. Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia

    Bolivian President Evo Morales had to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after France, Portugal, and Spain denied his plane access to their airspace. It all began earlier this week in Moscow, when Morales offhandedly suggested that he might be willing to take in the fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden. By Tuesday it had spiraled into an international goose chase, with Morales’s plane being rerouted on its way back to Bolivia out of suspicion that Snowden was on board. All this fuss has not made Bolivians happy. “We don’t know who invented this big lie,” Bolivia’s foreign minister said of the Snowden rumors. “We want to express our displeasure, because this has put the president’s life at risk.”

    July 3, 2013 6:21 AM

  10. IN MEMORIAM Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands Chris Carlson/AP

    10. Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands

    Thousands of people gathered at a high school in Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday night to honor the 19 firefighters who were killed battling raging forest fires in the state. Nineteen purple balloons—one for each firefighter—were released during the ceremony, which had a notably religious tone. Earlier this week President Obama and one-time opponent Sen. John McCain of Arizona put their differences aside to memorialize the fallen fighters. “They were heroes,” the president said in a statement, “highly skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet.”

    July 3, 2013 6:26 AM

  11. SPIES LIKE US Ecuador: Our U.K. Embassy Was Bugged Gavin Fogg/AFP/GettyImages

    11. Ecuador: Our U.K. Embassy Was Bugged

    Ecuador’s ambassador to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that a suspicious microphone was found in its embassy, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has been camped out for more than a year. Ana Alban told reporters that it’s not clear who planted the bug or how long it’s been there, but that the microphone is being examined by experts. The bug was said to be found in Alban’s office. Assange has been staying at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden.

    July 3, 2013 1:07 PM

  12. SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT Patients HIV-Free After Marrow Transplant Amy Sussman/AP

    12. Patients HIV-Free After Transplant

    Researchers are celebrating what looks like a major step on the road to eventually finding a cure for the AIDS virus. At an international AIDS conference Wednesday, it was announced that following bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers, two HIV-infected patients in Boston are now virus-free and off their antiretroviral drugs. International AIDS Society president Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who discovered the virus that causes AIDS, called the Boston findings “very interesting and very encouraging,” though at this point it means little for the 34 million around the world living with HIV but not blood cancer and without access to the best doctors or hospitals. The technique used on the two Boston patients is also extremely dangerous—it involves weakening the immune system ahead of the transplant—to the point that it’s ethical only if performed on someone already likely to die from cancer.

    July 3, 2013 8:42 AM

  13. Mama Drama 50 Cent Charged With Domestic Violence Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    13. 50 Cent Accused of Domestic Violence

    Rapper 50 Cent faced accusations on Wednesday of kicking his “former girlfriend” and ransacking her bedroom during an argument at her Los Angeles condo last month. 50 Cent, née Curtis Jackson, is facing five criminal charges for domestic violence and vandalism. According to a news release, “The female had previously been in a three-year relationship with Jackson and they have a child in common.” It also said that the woman was injured when Jackson kicked her. “Allegedly when the female locked herself in her bedroom, Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing an injury.” Investigators estimate that the rapper caused $7,100 in damaged property, then left the scene before police arrived.

    July 3, 2013 7:17 PM

  14. LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT'S FANTASTIC Barbie as a 'Normal' Woman Nickolay Lamm/MyDeals.com

    14. Barbie as a ‘Normal’ Woman

    Barbie may be the perfect woman—cute face, little waist, long legs. But “normal” Barbie, according to artist Nickolay Lamm, is hardly that. The artist, of MyDeals.com, took measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, whom he then made look like a Barbie doll. The Barbie mock-up, he said, actually looks pretty good and the current Barbies out there may be negatively affecting how young girls view themselves (tell us something we don’t know.) “If Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?” he asks. Lamm agrees that girls should look up to a average-sized woman rather than the impossible standard we currently have. 

    July 3, 2013 5:00 PM

  15. TRAYVON MARTIN Zimmerman Trial Skype Testimony Interrupted Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

    15. Zimmerman Trial Skype Testimony Interrupted

    Maybe don’t use Skype to testify in a nationally televised trial. George Zimmerman’s former college professor was repeatedly interrupted by pranksters who dialed in after his Skype name was broadcast. Scott Pleasants, who teaches a class on criminal investigation, called in from Colorado, but the public quickly figured out his Skype line and started calling him. It was one of the lighter moments of the trial as the noises and pop-ups led to laughter in the courtroom. Pleasants had to use his cellphone to finish his testimony.

    July 3, 2013 11:48 AM

  16. Tech Icon Computer Mouse Inventor Dies Michael Schmelling/AP

    16. Computer Mouse Inventor Dies

    The decorated visionary behind the computer mouse, Douglas C. Engelbart, passed away on Tuesday of kidney failure. The 88-year-old tech whiz began working on the mouse in 1964, and guided a team of researchers to make computers--then massive industrial machines--work on a personal level. The group also developed the concept of windows, hypertext to link digital files, and shared-screen teleconferencing. “With his help, the computer has become a friendly servant rather than a stern taskmaster,” the economist Lester Thurow once said about Engelbart's work. Let's all give three clicks to salute the man whose invention has reached all corners of the Earth.

    July 3, 2013 5:06 PM

  17. DOUBLE WHAMMY Cincinnati’s Bailey Throws No-Hitter Al Behrman/AP

    17. Cincinnati’s Bailey Throws No-Hitter

    Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter at the Great American Ball Park against San Francisco on Tuesday night. The last time a major-league player pitched a hitless gem was September 28, 2012—and it was Bailey that time, too, making him the fourth active pitcher to throw a no-hitter not once but twice during his career. “Every dog gets his day twice, I guess,” Bailey joked during an interview after his team beat the Giants 3–0.

    July 3, 2013 7:18 AM

  18. YEEZUS, MAN Magazine Founder Didn’t Canoodle With Kanye Charles Sykes/AP

    18. Mag Founder Didn’t Canoodle Kanye

    Viva Glam Magazine founder Katarina Van Derham would like to clarify that—despite what the gossip rags say—she was not, in fact, getting “cozy” with Kanye West at the BET Awards. Life & Style magazine claimed that Van Derham and the rapper were canoodling while poor Kim Kardashian was home alone taking care of baby North. But according to Van Derham, this is rubbish. “Poor Kanye. He doesn’t even know who I am!” she insisted. “I never got introduced to him. We never even said a word to each other. They’re just looking for stories. I feel bad for him.”

    July 3, 2013 7:21 AM

  19. OUCH, KEMOSABE! Nobody Likes ‘The Lone Ranger’ Peter Mountain/Disney

    19. Nobody Likes ‘The Lone Ranger’

    This isn’t good, Kemosabe. Turns out critics don’t think that The Lone Ranger is a Western Pirates of the Caribbean. Director Gore Verbinski’s new flick, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, has been blasted as too long, unfocused, and confused, leading to a 23 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com. While Depp has received some praise, apparently the movie can’t overcome its shortcomings. “It represents 2 1/2 of the longest hours on record, a jumbled botch that is so confused in its purpose and so charmless in its effect that it must be seen to be believed, but better yet, no. Don't see it, don't believe it, not unless a case of restless leg syndrome sounds like a fun time at the movies," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.

    July 3, 2013 12:53 PM

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

    20. 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

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

  23. INTERNAL HEIST Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing Jewels Pier Paolo Cito/AP

    23. Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing

    Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, vice president of product development for Tiffany & Co., was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday morning and accused of stealing and reselling over $1.2 million worth of jewelry. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story was that after 20 years of working for the ubiquitous high-end jeweler, Lederhaas-Okun had allegedly been pocketing bling for only two years. According to the Manhattan U.S. attorney on the case, Lederhass-Okun is accused of taking 165 pieces, “including numerous diamond bracelets, platinum or gold diamond drop and hoop earrings, platinum diamond rings, and platinum and diamond pendants.” If found guilty, she could face up to 30 years in prison.

    July 3, 2013 6:29 AM

  24. WIKI-TRIAL Bradley Manning’s Prosecution Rests Its Case Jose Luis Magana/AP

    24. Bradley Manning’s Prosecution Rests

    Prosecutors trying to prove that Bradley Manning is guilty of providing WikiLeaks with U.S. military secrets, knowing they would be made available to Osama bin Laden and other members of al Qaeda, officially rested their case Tuesday. Manning, who has admitted to sending hundreds of thousands of war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks, is accused of 21 charges that could add up to a life sentence if found guilty. The trial will resume Monday, with his defense team ready to make its case that Manning was young, well-intentioned, and motivated by a desire to “do something to make a difference in this world.”

    July 3, 2013 7:15 AM