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  1. come on over Snowden Gets Three Asylum Offers The Guardian via Getty

    1. Snowden Gets Three Asylum Offers

    It appears that Edward Snowden now has some options. The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua on Friday separately offered the NSA leaker asylum in their countries— and Bolivia threw its hat into the ring on Saturday. What's more, Russia indicated they are open to letting him leave. Snowden had sought refuge from 20 nations after fleeing the United States, and these are the first to accept him. As of now, Snowden is still rumored to be cooped up in the transit zone of a Moscow airport. President Nicolas Maduro said he was offering asylum to Snowden so that Snowden could be free of "persecution from the empire." The next flight out of Moscow to Caracas, though, isn't until Sunday afternoon, so Snowden may have to enjoy the pleasures of the Moscow airport a little bit longer.

    July 6, 2013 11:54 AM

  2. EGYPT Pro-Morsi Protests Planned Hassan Ammar/AP

    2. Troops Open Fire on Pro-Morsi March

    A public show of support for Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, turned deadly on Friday as troops opened fire on a crowd. At least one man was killed outside the officers’ club of the Presidential Club, which is where Morsi is believed to be detained, according to BBC. The Muslim Brotherhood is refusing to negotiate with the new government, saying it will now adopt the tactic that led to the deposition of their first democratically elected leader and take to the streets in protest. The post-coup military plan includes a suspension of the country's constitution, the institution of an interim government, and the promise of new elections within the year.

    July 5, 2013 9:45 AM

  3. TRAYVON Mothers Testify in Zimmerman Trial Pool photo by Jacob Langston, via AP

    3. Mothers Testify in Zimmerman Trial

    George Zimmerman’s family took the stand at his trial for the second-degree murder for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, with his mother and uncle testifying the screams heard on the recording of a 911 call belonged to Zimmerman. Earlier, Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said that the voice was her son’s. “I heard my son screaming,” she said from the witness stand, adding that she knew it was him the minute she heard the recording. Martin’s older brother, another of the nearly three dozen witnesses called by the prosecution, gave similar testimony. After the prosecution rested earlier in the day, the defense had asked for the case to be thrown out, but the Florida judge rejected the acquittal motion. The trial is in recess until Monday 9 a.m.

    July 5, 2013 5:20 PM

  4. ECONOMICS U.S. Adds 195,000 Jobs Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    4. U.S. Adds 195,000 Jobs

    The Labor Department’s jobs report is in, and the numbers are better than expected. The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, the same number added in May, and better than the 160,000 that analysts were predicting. The unemployment rate stayed at 7.6 percent. But in grimmer news, the U-6, the broadest measure of employment that includes unhappy part-timers and people who have given up, rose by half a percentage point to 14.3 percent—a significant increase.

    July 5, 2013 9:30 AM

  5. Reverse That State Dept.: Kerry ‘Briefly’ on Boat Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    5. State Dept.: Kerry ‘Briefly’ on Boat

    Oh, that boat. Despite previous vigorous denials, the State Department has admitted that Secretary of State John Kerry was “briefly” on his boat in Nantucket on Wednesday while the Egyptian president was being deposed. A State Department spokeswoman originally said, “Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate,” but the agency was forced to backtrack after the Boston Herald released photos of Kerry on the water. “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council,” the new statement said.

    July 5, 2013 2:09 PM

  6. FATE DECIDED? Report: Dwight Howard to Join Rockets Michael Perez / AP Photo

    6. Report: Dwight Howard to Join Rockets

    After 20 months of suspense, free-agent pro basketball center Dwight Howard has reportedly made the decision to join the Houston Rockets, according to a USA Today Sports source. After a brutal season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard spent the summer weighing his options with the five teams recruiting him, including the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Howard had his last sit-down meeting on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    July 5, 2013 6:21 PM

  7. Excuses Scotland Yard Hunts Murdoch Tape Noah Berger/AP

    7. Scotland Yard Hunts Murdoch Tape

    British police are hunting a secret tape where Rupert Murdoch told journalists at his Sun newspaper that paying off public officials was part of “the culture of Fleet Street.” Scotland Yard has asked Exaro News, the investigatory website that published the recording, to hand it over so that it can be part of the government's probe into journalists paying off sources. Murdoch was recorded on two different occasions blaming his newspaper's involvement in possibly illegal payments as just something newspapers do. “We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops,” Murdoch says on one of the tapes. “That’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely.”

    July 5, 2013 2:47 PM

  8. OF COURSE France Has a Spy Program, Too Thibault Camus/AP

    8. France Has a Spy Program, Too

    Can we just say at this point that every government is spying? France is the latest to be labeled Big Brother, now charged with surveiling its citizens’ phone calls, emails, and Internet activity, according to an investigation by French newspaper Le Monde. The NSA-style program reportedly doesn’t look at individual intercepts for content, but uses the data to connect the dots and networks of communication. The French daily called the intelligence agency’s program illegal and “outside any serious control.”

    July 5, 2013 9:10 AM

  9. BOMBS BURSTING Fireworks Accident Injures 28 David Zalubowski/AP

    9. Fireworks Accident Injures 28

    Note to fireworks staff: it's “the bombs bursting in air.” An accidental detonation of fireworks in Simi Valley ended in shrapnel-like injuries and burns for 28 onlookers gathered to watch the city’s Fourth of July display last night. Witnesses described fireworks shooting sideways into the crowd and a chaotic scene as families ran from the explosions. “There was a big boom. Everybody started running down the street. People were screaming,” said Justice Allen, at the scene. No fatalities were reported.

    July 5, 2013 9:23 AM

  10. MIND THE GAP SF Transit Strike to End Jeff Chiu/AP

    10. SF Transit Strike to End

    So, there’s no deal, but San Fransisco commuters will be able to ride again on Friday as the two sides have agreed to extend their current contract for another 30 days. The San Francisco Bay Area transit agency said there are still major sticking points between the agency and the two unions, including the details of a salary increase and retirement. Workers went on strike Monday, to the tune of $73 million per day, according to one estimate.

    July 5, 2013 9:26 AM

  11. FAST TRACK Pope John Paul II to Be Sainted Pier Paolo Cito/AP

    11. Pope John Paul II to Be Sainted

    Pope Francis is really shaking things up in V-City. Now he’s approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II and decided that another pope, John XXIII, doesn’t even need to have a second miracle confirmed on his way to sainthood, leading the way to a double canonization. The Vatican said that Francis had the power to “dispense” with the formalities and make the earlier pope a saint based on his merit, 50 years since his death. John Paul II’s saint-maker was the curing of a Costa Rican woman of a cerebral aneurysm.

    July 5, 2013 9:42 AM

  12. BUTTER MESS Paula Deen Fires Agent Andy Newman/AP

    12. Paula Deen Fires Agent

    Being Paula Deen’s manager this week must have been the worst job in the world. Luckily for her longtime agent, Barry Weiss, he’s about to get a vacation. The embattled chef has relieved Weiss of his duties following his handling of the fallout from her admission that she used the N word and held on to some antiquated and, many say, racist ideas about the South. The multiple weird videos? Bailing on the television appearances only to show up and make everyone uncomfortable with the waterworks? If those were Weiss’s idea, a firing is definitely in order. To be fair, though, what could have saved her from her own buttery mess?

    July 5, 2013 9:45 AM

  13. FINAL DAYS Nelson Mandela on Life Support Schalk van Zuydam/AP

    13. Nelson Mandela on Life Support

    The former South African president’s health has deteriorated to a “perilous” state, according to court documents, as he is being kept alive by a breathing machine. “The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds,” said the documents, which were filed in the case that resulted in Mandela’s three deceased children being moved back to their original graves Thursday. An authorized biographer of Mandela said, “He’s basically gone. He’s not there. He’s not there.” The South African government has denied the reports, saying the national icon is in critical, but stable condition

    July 4, 2013 5:52 PM

  14. CREEPY Man Arrested With Guns, Explosives Elaine Thompson/AP

    14. Man Arrested With Guns, Explosives

    Police in Seattle are investigating Justin Miles Jasper, a 21-year-old Nevada man who was arrested near the University of Washington Wednesday night driving a stolen pickup with a small arsenal of weapons including a scoped rifle, a shotgun, explosive devices, and body armor. Investigators are looking into the possible intentions of the suspect, who has yet to be formally charged and is not cooperating with authorities. Police say there is no longer a threat to the university.

    July 5, 2013 9:38 AM

  15. EMBARRASSED Bolivia Threatens to Close Embassy AP

    15. Bolivia Threatens to Close Embassy

    Bolivian President Evo Morales is still smarting from his plane's grounding amid suspicions that U.S. leaker Edward Snowden was aboard, and now he says he might close the U.S. embassy in his country as retribution for what he calls a violation of international law. “We don’t need them, we’ve got other allies,” Morales said. The threat was made during a summit yesterday with leaders of several South American countries who rallied behind the inconvenienced president and demanded apologies from the Western nations that denied Morales airspace under pressure from Washington.

    July 5, 2013 9:18 AM