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  1. SEMANTICS FISA Court Redefined ‘Relevant’ US Government/AP

    1. FISA Court Redefined ‘Relevant’

    How is it legal for the National Security Agency to gather data on the phone records of millions of Americans? It turns out the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been expanding the definition of the word “relevant” as it applies to information used to fight terrorism. A series of classified orders from the FISC show that in the mid-2000s the court began accepting the rationale that relevant materials could mean an entire database of records. The Patriot Act allows federal authorities to force businesses to furnish records as long as the bureau proves the information is "relevant to an authorized investigation" of terrorism. And, it's up to the judges to define what's "relevant."

    July 7, 2013 10:41 PM

  2. Crash Investigation Pilots Asked to Abort Landing Kimberly White/Getty Images

    2. Pilots Asked to Abort Landing

    Less than two seconds before their plane slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport, the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 asked for a "go around" to try for another landing, government officials said on Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board chairman Deborah Hersman said that investigators aren't looking into problems with the aircraft but are examining whether pilot error led to the crash. The plane "was significantly below the 137 knots" required to safely land, Hersman said. The pilot in charge of landing the plane was "in training" and making his first trip to San Francisco at the helm of a Boeing 777, a spokeswoman for Asiana said. The jet was flying dangerously low just before it hit the tarmac and exploded, throwing passengers onto the runway. Two were killed and 182 were hospitalized because of the crash.

    July 7, 2013 5:07 PM

  3. EMERGENCY Teresa Heinz Kerry Rushed to Hospital Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

    3. Teresa Heinz Kerry Rushed to Hospital

    Teresa Heinz Kerry was rushed to a hospital from her family's vacation home on Nantucket Island on Sunday afternoon. It's not clear what ailment Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, was suffering from. Officials at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital said she is in critical but stable condition, and declined to comment further. “At this point, we are determining the next phase of her care, be that either in our facility on the island, or on the mainland,” said a spokesman for the facility. The secretary of state was at home with his wife when she fell ill.

    July 7, 2013 6:34 PM

  4. FINALLY Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon Julian Finney/Getty

    4. Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon

    It only took 77 years, but Britain finally has a Wimbledon champion again. Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets Sunday. Britons were on edge the entire match, as Murray and Djokovic repeatedly traded breaks. Murray lost here last year against Roger Federer, only to win on the same court at the Olympics two weeks later. Was it a tight match? The first set alone lasted a full hour and the second, 69 minutes.

    July 7, 2013 12:30 PM

  5. EYE ON THE PRIZE Spitzer May Run for NYC Comptroller Eliot Spitzer in 2009. (Steven Senne/AP)

    5. Spitzer May Run for NYC Comptroller

    How the mighty fall ... and then get back up again, especially in New York City politics. Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from office in disgrace after his dalliances with prostitutes came to light, may run for New York City comptroller. According to The New York Times, Spitzer is seeking a spot on the ballot for the race. Since leaving office, Spitzer has worked for a variety of media outlets, including Slate, CNN, and Current TV. He left Current in January after its owners announced they were selling the station to Al Jazeera.

    July 7, 2013 8:01 PM

  6. Bipartisan? Bush Praises Obama’s Policies Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    6. Bush Praises Obama’s Policies

    Could it be the beginning of a new era of interparty love? Former president George W. Bush was caught praising current President Barack Obama’s approach to immigration reform in an interview with ABC's The Week on Sunday. “It’s very important to fix a broken system,” he said, “to treat people with respect and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people.” He's also a fan of Obama’s decision to hold onto counterterrorism policies put in place during his own administration. Can the love last?

    July 7, 2013 2:21 PM

  7. ESCALATION Mob Decapitates Soccer Referee Vadim Ghirda/AP

    7. Mob Decapitates Soccer Referee

    They take soccer seriously in Brazil. Really seriously, according to reports that have recently been released. At an amateur soccer game last weekend in a small city in northern Brazil, a player angered the referee by refusing to leave the field after being sent off. As happens when someone takes things maybe a little too seriously, the ref allegedly fatally stabbed the player. This, in turn, angered a giant group of people who take things too seriously. The angry mob retaliated by storming the field and stoning the referee to death, then cutting off his head. Only one person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

    July 7, 2013 8:42 AM


    8. New Organisms Found in Antarctic Lake

    Most awesome scientific discovery of the week or beginning of a real-life version of The Thing? Scientists studying Lake Vostok in Antarctica published a paper earlier this week claiming that they have found DNA from 3,507 organisms in the icebound body of water. Vostok has been buried beneath 12,000 feet of ice for more than 15 million years and was once thought to be totally sterile because of its extreme conditions. But after researchers drilled deep late last year, they found not only hundreds of previously undiscovered bacteria but also an astonishing biodiversity that includes multicellular organisms. Now that's what we call cool.

    July 7, 2013 11:24 AM

  9. Box Office ‘Lone Ranger’ Remake Bombs Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    9. ‘Lone Ranger’ Remake Bombs

    Disney's highly anticipated The Lone Ranger had a disappointing opening weekend, taking in only $48.8 million during its first five days in theaters. Analysts had expected the movie, which cost $225 million to make, to gross twice as much. Despicable Me 2 won the box-office brawl, raking in $142.1 million over the holiday weekend and setting a new record for animated films, according to studio estimates. The buddy-cop movie The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy was third with $25 million. Monsters University came in fourth with $19.6 million.

    July 7, 2013 5:28 PM

  10. DIVORCE Saatchi Dumps Nigella in the ‘Daily Mail’ Toby Canham/Getty Images

    10. Saatchi Dumps Nigella in the ‘Daily Mail’

    Charles Saatchi sure has nerve. After getting photographed grabbing his wife, Nigella Lawson's, throat, he announced through the Daily Mail that he was divorcing her, supposedly before he even told her. His reason? Saatchi says he's upset she didn't defend his honor after their very public and very physical fight. "I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way," Saatchi said.

    July 7, 2013 8:57 PM

  11. GONE BABY GONE Radical Cleric Deported From U.K. Matt Dunham/AP

    11. Radical Cleric Deported From U.K.

    The United Kingdom finally deported radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan on Sunday, after years in limbo. Qatada was first arrested in 2001 on suspicion of terrorist connections, and deportation efforts began in 2005 after his second arrest. The process was finally able to proceed after the U.K. signed a treaty with Jordan saying that evidence obtained through torture cannot be used against him. Qatada has been charged with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts. As for the U.K., it is in the process of trying to streamline its deportation procedures.

    July 7, 2013 8:31 AM

  12. Hail to the Chief ElBaradei’s Name Withdrawn Khalil Hamra/AP

    12. ElBaradei’s Name Withdrawn

    Hope he hadn’t planned his celebration party yet. Egypt’s local media is reporting that Mohamed ElBaradei’s name has been withdrawn for interim prime minister after push-back from main Salafi political party, al-Nour. Negotiations are ongoing for a new pick. ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate, is a former U.N. nuclear watchdog and current leader of an alliance of liberal and left-wing parties. Of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, ElBaradei told reporters Thursday: “Mr. Morsi unfortunately undermined his own legitimacy by declaring himself a few months ago as a pharaoh, and then we got into a fistfight and not a democratic process.”

    July 6, 2013 5:49 PM

  13. DÉJÀ VU Turkish Police Crack Down on Protests Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

    13. Turkish Police Crack Down on Protests

    Egypt’s not the only military firing on its own citizens. Remember Turkey? Riot police there are cracking down on protesters again, with tear gas and water cannons, dispersing about 3,000 as they attempted to enter Istanbul’s Gezi Park. The governor had warned groups planning a march to the sealed-off square that although the space would soon be open, it was not to be used for protests. “They must serve as a place of calm and tranquillity for all people,” he said. The original protests began last month and ended in a win for the demonstrators—the park's redevelopment plan was canceled—although four people were killed and about 7,500 were wounded.

    July 6, 2013 6:13 PM

  14. Olé! Running of the Bulls Injures Four Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

    14. Running of the Bulls Injures Four

    The bad news: four people were hurt on Sunday on the first day of Pamplona's annual Running of the Bulls. The good news: no one was gored this year! During the event, several thousand participants ran alongside eight fighting bulls in the northern Spanish city. Due to the event's falling on a weekend this year, more people showed up than usual—making the injury numbers all the more surprising. Although one bull got disoriented toward the end of the event, he managed to make it without charging anyone. Let's hope the trend holds up.

    July 7, 2013 7:48 AM

  15. SAN FRANCISCO Plane Was Flying Dangerously Low Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

    15. Plane Was Flying Dangerously Low

    It's currently unclear what exactly caused Saturday's Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport, which killed two passengers and injured many more. What is clear, according to survivors, was how inevitable the crash seemed just before it happened. The plane was flying dangerously low—lower than it should have been at that point in the descent—before it slammed into the tarmac and seemed to explode in a fireball, throwing passengers onto the runway. Two of those passengers, teenage girls from China, were killed. "There was a fire on the plane, so the assumption might be that they went near the water's edge," speculated San Francisco’s fire chief, "to maybe douse themselves with water."

    Eye witness captures crash on video

    July 7, 2013 7:33 AM

  16. TERROR IN INDIA Eight Bombs Explode at Buddhist Temple AFP/Getty

    16. Eight Bombs Explode at Buddhist Temple

    A bomb exploded inside the Mahabodhi Temple in India early Sunday morning. Within half an hour, there were seven more blasts. All told, four bombs went off inside the temple and four outside, with two more bombs being defused outside the temple before they could explode. Luckily, due to a combination of few people using the temple at the time and the bombs being of a low intensity, the building was not damaged and only two injuries were reported. Officials are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

    July 7, 2013 8:08 AM

  17. ROCKIN’ THE BOAT Liz Cheney Eyes Senate Run M. Spencer Green/AP

    17. Liz Cheney Eyes Senate Run

    Liz Cheney has been seen at events all over Wyoming lately, sometimes with her famous parents in tow. And the reason is clear: she has her eye on the Senate seat currently held by Republican Michael B. Enzi. Cheney even called Enzi earlier this year to tell him she’s thinking of challenging him in 2014. But is family fame enough to support Cheney's political hopes? Enzi is reportedly not ready to retire, and a Senate run could cause a rift in the Wyoming branch of an already divided party. Cheney’s run could mean an infusion of youth into the system—or it could cripple the Wyoming establishment for years to come. We’ll just have to sit back and see.

    July 7, 2013 8:33 AM

  18. ASYLUM ADVICE Russia: Venezuela Good for Snowden Fernando Llano/AP

    18. Russia: Venezuela Good for Snowden

    While everyone else is trying to figure out where Edward Snowden might end up next, one Russian official is already certain. Venezuela would be “the best solution” for the whistleblower, tweeted Member of Parliament Aleksei Pushkov, just hours after both Venezuela and Nicaragua offered asylum. Pushkov is the chairman of the international-affairs committee in the governing body’s lower house. Why Venezuela? “The country has a sharp conflict with the United States. It will not be worse,” Pushkov claims, though the two countries have lately been working toward reconciliation. His main concern, as with Russian officials all the way up to Putin, is just getting Snowden out. It’s been a good run, but you”ve got to let go sometime.

    July 7, 2013 7:30 AM

  19. THE ROYAL BABY IS COMING Kate Middleton Nervous About Birth Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

    19. Kate Middleton Nervous About Birth

    As it turns out, Kate Middleton isn't looking forward to her child's birth as a chance to bask in lights streaming down from the heavens as her newborn daintily alights in her arms in a cloud of fairy dust. No, she's just like every other pregnant lady. The Duchess of Cambridge, according to a source, is "a little nervous" about giving birth, but, the source adds, what new mum wouldn't be?" In the meantime, she's keeping herself busy redecorating the apartments in Kensington Palace where the royal baby-makes-three will move come fall. How long does she have? Just four days, if the July 11 due date is correct. We, for one, can't wait.

    July 7, 2013 9:12 AM

  20. JUST BECAUSE Kim and Kanye to Wed in Egypt? Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

    20. Kim and Kanye to Wed in Egypt?

    Could it be true? More important, how could it possibly be a good idea? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly considering wedding in Egypt, according to a source. The attention-loving power couple were reportedly admiring their newborn daughter, North West, when Kanye asked Kim for her hand in marriage. And this time around, she apparently wants something completely different. Inspired by Katy Perry and Russell Brand's on-location, Indian-themed wedding, Kardashian reportedly wants one at the pyramids. Never mind that Egypt is undergoing another revolution right now. "Kim thinks she's the spitting image of the Egyptian goddess Isis," said the source. And whatever Isis wants, Isis gets.

    July 7, 2013 8:10 AM