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  1. OFFICIAL CHARGES Tsarnaev Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ FBI, via AP

    1. Tsarnaev Pleads ‘Not Guilty’

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Wednesday and pleaded “not guilty” to 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, which could carry the death penalty. The 19-year-old’s family gasped and cried when he entered the room, according to reporters, and before leaving the courtroom, Tsarnaev blew them a kiss. He hasn’t appeared in public since being wounded in an April 19 shootout with police that killed his brother, Tamerlan. The April 15 bombings killed three people and wounded more than 250. The trial is expected to take three to four months.

    July 10, 2013 3:44 PM

  2. BETTER NOT Zimmerman Won’t Testify Pool photo by Joe Burbank

    2. Zimmerman Won’t Testify

    After some careful consideration, George Zimmerman told the judge he won't be taking the stand in his second-degree murder trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. “Not at this time,” he said softly. The last witness for the defense was his father, Robert Zimmerman, who testified that it was his son’s screams heard in the 911 call—an assertion contested by Trayvon’s mother, who said earlier in the week that they belonged to her son. Closing arguments could come later this week, when an animated reenactment is expected to be shown by Zimmerman’s team, and the case could be before the jury by this weekend.

    July 10, 2013 3:54 PM

  3. Chilling Teen Arrested in Autistic Boy’s Killing NBC

    3. Teen Arrested in Autistic Boy’s Killing

    Am unidentified 16-year-old family member of a missing autistic boy was arrested in connection with the boy’s death, according to police. The search for 11-year-old Terry Smith lasted four days before investigators found partially exposed human remains in a grave in the family’s backyard. Smith’s mother, partner, and 16-year-old stepbrother were brought in for questioning, though police did not confirm if it was the brother who had been arrested. His mother reported her son missing Sunday morning, after leaving him in the care of his stepbrother the night before.

    July 10, 2013 8:29 PM

  4. Royal Treatment Saudi Princess Charged With Trafficking City of Irvine Police Department

    4. Saudi Princess Charged With Trafficking

    This tale sounds like it should star an evil stepmother, not a princess. Meshael Alayban, the 42-year-old wife of a Saudi prince, was arrested and charged with human trafficking after a Kenyan woman flagged down a bus and told a passenger she was being held against her will at Alayban’s Orange County condominium. The woman was working as a domestic helper and said her passport was taken. She wasn’t allowed to leave, was forced to work excessive hours, and was paid a fraction of what was promised. A lawyer for Alayban called it "a domestic work hours dispute.” Bail is set at $5 million.

    July 10, 2013 8:03 PM

  5. What Coup? U.S. Still Sending Jets to Egypt Rob Wieland / AP Photo

    5. U.S. Still Sending Jets to Egypt

    The U.S. isn’t changing plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, even after the military ousted President Morsi last week. U.S. defense officials told Reuters the planes would probably be sent in August as part of the yearly aid package. If the U.S. brands the overthrow of Morsi as a coup, it would be required by law to halt aid to the military, but Washington says it needs time to decide how to brand the situation. “It’s our view that we should not ... hastily change our aid programs,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Eight more F-16s are due to be delivered in December as part of a package of 20 jets.

    July 10, 2013 8:54 PM

  6. Worker Safety 17 Companies Sign Bangladesh Pact Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty

    6. 17 Companies Sign Bangladesh Pact

    Three months after a Bangladesh factory collapse killed a record 1,129 garment workers, a group of 17 U.S. retailers and apparel makers have signed on to a five-year safety pact. The agreement will set up basic safety standards and requires inspections in factories within a year. But it's different from guidelines labor groups have been pushing that would use third-party monitoring and labor representation. Worker-rights activists have called it a “shame” and “an attempt to side-step the issue.” The labor-supported plan has been signed by companies like H&M and Benetton, while the new agreement is being adopted by Walmart, Target, and Gap, among others.

    July 10, 2013 5:15 PM

  7. ASSESSMENT Asiana Pilots Blame Landing Speed TSA, via AP

    7. Asiana Pilots Blame Landing Speed

    Asiana Airlines pilots said the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday had an automatic system similar to a car’s cruise control that did not maintain proper speed for landing. In an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot said they set the auto throttle at 137 knots, a speed that is significantly faster than what Flight 214 came in at during its ill-fated landing. But one of the pilots also told the investigators that he knew the flight was coming in too low and tried to correct the path before the crash. The two main pilots said they were well rested, getting eight hours of sleep the night before the flight. They also said they worked the first four hours and 15 minutes of the flight before being relieved by the backup crew. They took control of the aircraft again about an hour and 15 minutes before attempting to land.

    July 10, 2013 6:54 AM

  8. Conspiracy Apple Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing Leon Neal, AFP / Getty Images

    8. Apple Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing

    Apple is guilty of colluding with book publishers to raise prices for e-books, according to a federal judge, in a decision that will affect how books are sold online. In 2010 Apple and the publishing industry tried to fight Amazon’s dominance of the e-book market by working out a deal that would let publishers set their own prices for e-books sold through Apple, allowing them to raise the cost above Amazon’s $9.99 price point. But in 2012 the Justice Department charged Apple, along with five of the six major publishers, with violations of anti-trust law. The publishers settled, but Apple decided to fight the charges. The judge ruled against Apple and called for a separate trial to determine damages.

    July 10, 2013 10:29 AM

  9. Hola, Amigo! Bush Hopes for Immigration Reform Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    9. Bush Hopes for Immigration Reform

    Former President George W. Bush has remained mostly quiet on matters of policy since leaving office. But on Wednesday he said he hopes there is a “positive resolution” to the immigration debate in Washington. “I hope during the debate we keep a benevolent spirit in mind and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country,” said Bush during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas. Bush, who tried to pass immigration reform in 2007 only to be stopped by his own party, spoke hours before House Republicans were set to meet to decide whether they will support immigration reform.

     

    July 10, 2013 11:18 AM

  10. Is All Forgiven? Spitzer Leads Comptroller Race Kris Connor/Getty

    10. Spitzer Leads Comptroller Race

    Will the comptroller election be former governor Eliot Spitzer's redemption? According to a poll from NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll, the politician who was pushed from office after a prostitution scandal is leading in the race by 9 points over his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Spitzer is favored by registered Democrats by 42 percent, over Stringer's 33 percent. The ex-governor still must collect 3,750 signatures by Thursday to ensure his spot on the ballot.

    July 10, 2013 6:04 PM

  11. The Force Is With Him Obama Gives Medal to George Lucas Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

    11. Obama Gives Medal to George Lucas

    The man who brought us Chewbacca is finally getting his due. President Obama will be presenting Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator extraordinare George Lucas with the National Medal of Arts on Monday. “Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time,” the White House said in a statement. He’s one of 12 artists, authors, and musicians to receive the award next week, and an additional 12 National Humanities medals will be given out, including one to author Joan Didion for her “mastery of style in writing.”

    July 10, 2013 3:11 PM

  12. ON TRIAL Bradley Manning’s Defense Rests Alex Wong/Getty Images

    12. Bradley Manning’s Defense Rests

    Defense lawyers for Bradley Manning, the military-intelligence analyst who stands accused of leaking 700,000 documents, have rested their case. Manning is charged with more than 20 crimes, including aiding and abetting the enemy, and could spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty. Manning has admitted to giving the documents to WikiLeaks, which then disseminated them further, but says he did so to expose wrongdoing. Prosecutors, who plan to call rebuttal witnesses on Monday when the trial resumes, have argued that Manning knew al Qaeda would see the documents online.

     

     

    July 10, 2013 3:56 PM

  13. So Emotional Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Engaged Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic, via Getty

    13. Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Engaged

    A year after reps for Whitney Houston’s only daughter denied that she was engaged to Nick Gordon, the 23-year-old whom Houston brought up as her own, Bobbi Kristina Brown has confirmed on her Facebook page that the pair is engaged after all. “YES, we me nick are engaged,” Brown wrote. “I’m tired of hearing people say ‘eww your [sic] engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.’ Let me clear up something, we aren’t even real brother and sister nor is he my adoptive brother ... In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were going to start dating.” The 20-year-old goes on to ask that people “stop judging” her relationship with Gordon, whom Houston took in over a decade ago. 

    July 10, 2013 5:57 PM

  14. BACK TO SQUARE ONE? Opposition Rejects Election Plan Hassan Ammar/AP

    14. Opposition Rejects Election Plan

    Egypt has ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on charges that he was trying to incite violence after Monday’s massacre. Meanwhile, a coalition of liberal leaders in opposition to Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has rejected his government’s timetable for an election to be held in a year. The coalition, known as the National Salvation Front, had been run by Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei until his appointment as interim vice president Tuesday. The NSF said it had not been consulted on the timetable. Liberal economist and former finance minister Hazem el-Beblawi was named interim prime minister yesterday and says he will begin forming his cabinet. But ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, says that it had rejected an offer to join the transitional cabinet.

    July 10, 2013 7:04 AM

  15. BACK TO WENDY Texas House Approves Abortion Bill Eric Gay/AP

    15. Texas House Approves Abortion Bill

    Wendy Davis is ready. After 10 hours of intense debate yesterday, the Texas House approved a restrictive abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks and likely close most of the state’s clinics. A final vote in the Senate could be held as early as Friday. Two weeks ago Texas Sen. Wendy Davis had successfully filibustered for 11 hours and delayed the vote until after the legislative session had ended—which led Texas Gov. Rick Perry to declare a special session of both the House and Senate to pass the bill. Perry has vowed to sign it if it passes.

    July 10, 2013 7:31 AM

  16. UM, REALLY? Broccoli Is Obama’s Favorite Food J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    16. Broccoli Is Obama’s Favorite Food

    Seriously, has Michelle Obama brainwashed her husband? Remember when he ate Five Guys? Apparently the president’s favorite food is now broccoli, according to a pool report Tuesday. The question came from a kid journalist at the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by Michelle. While there is no record of Obama taking the probable future Politico employee aside and admitting that his favorite food is not something leafy and green, unhealthy eaters everywhere can dream. The vegetable appears to have become partisan: former president George H.W. Bush famously once declared he hated it and would no longer eat it. Falling in line with the Democrats and Michelle may win Obama Brownie points from them, but he’s lucky he’s not running for reelection, because this would not fly on the campaign trail.

    July 10, 2013 7:42 AM

  17. IT KIND OF IS Robin Thicke: My Song Isn’t ‘Rapey’

    17. Robin Thicke: My Song Isn’t ‘Rapey’

    The song of the summer is really just a meditation on how men and women are really just the same. That’s what Robin Thicke says about his song “Blurred Lines,” which critics accused of having “rapey” lyrics. “Yeah, I think they should all—I can’t even dignify that with a response,” he said. “That’s ridiculous.” Thicke added that there are also blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl. What about that video of all the naked girls? That should be controversial only to “extra-religious people.”

    July 10, 2013 10:43 AM

  18. Rate Hike Senate Bill to Freeze Student Loan Rates Fails J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    18. Senate Bill to Freeze Student Loan Rates Fails

    Sorry, undergrads, but the Senate wasn’t able to keep your interest rates from doubling—at least not yet. A bill that would have extended a low interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans for another year failed on a procedural vote. The debate is over whether to cap interest rates to keep them from rising above a certain level in the future, or to let them follow market rates. If the Senate doesn’t agree on an extension, interest rates will go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent just as students are taking out loans for the coming school year, affecting 7 million students.

    July 10, 2013 12:52 PM

  19. I'M INNOCENT Snowden Denies Leaking to Russia Getty Images

    19. Snowden Denies Leaking to Russia

    And the saga continues. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden went on the record again Saturday and then on Tuesday afternoon, telling The Guardian that he never gave Russia or China any information and that neither government ever drained the contents of his four laptops. The claim that China took information from Snowden’s laptop appears to have originated from a New York Times article that cites two anonymous sources. Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showed that 55 percent of Americans view Snowden as a “whistleblower in leaking details about top-secret U.S. programs that collect telephone and Internet data,” as opposed to the 34 percent who view him simply as a traitor.

    July 10, 2013 12:33 PM

  20. URINE TROUBLE Justin Bieber Pees in Mop Bucket Ethan Miller

    20. Justin Bieber Pees in Mop Bucket

    When you gotta go, you gotta go? Superstar Justin Bieber, far too cool to use an ordinary bathroom like the common man, relieved himself in the back of a nightclub's restaurant kitchen earlier this year, according to a tape published by TMZ. The leaked video shows the singer in a pair of ill-conceived pants, peeing into a mop bucket as his posse cheers him on. “That's the coolest spot to piss,” a friend offers. “You know, you’ll forever remember that!” After the urination party, the teen dream runs, laughing from the scene, pausing only to exclaim “Fuck Bill Clinton!” as he squirts a framed photo of the former president with blue cleaner. Stay classy, Biebs. Let’s hope someone changed the water before they cleaned the floors.

    July 10, 2013 9:44 AM

  21. PHONE TAG Report: Hernandez Admitted to Shooting Pool photo by Ted Fitzgerald, via AP

    21. Suspect: Hernandez Admitted to Shooting

    Recent documents on Aaron Hernandez's case were released by courts, and it's not looking good for the former Patriots tight end. Carlos Ortiz, who allegedly was in the car with Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd, and Ernest Wallace the morning of Lloyd's murder, reportedly told Massachusetts investigators that Wallace told him Hernandez admitted to the shooting, according to the Associated Press. Other documents revealed a vehicle rented in Hernandez's name found in Bristol, Conn., the town where Hernandez grew up, that was connected to a double homicide from 2012.

    July 9, 2013 11:15 PM

  22. YEEZUS TALKS Kanye: ‘Black Skinhead’ Video Leaked Evan Agostini/AP

    22. Kanye: ‘Black Skinhead’ Video Leaked

    If you hated Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” video, take note, it might change before it’s released. West tweeted Tuesday that the video had been leaked and was still incomplete. “Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creative people it’s heartbreaking when something like this happens,” West tweeted. He followed with these tweets: “so any websites that may have unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down” and “allow me and Nick to give the world what we’ve been losing sleep over.” Seem too tame for West? He followed it up with “and to whoever leaked the video … FUK YOU!” The video featured CGI animation of a shirtless West in a mask.

    July 10, 2013 7:45 AM

  23. READY FOR HILLARY Obama Whizzes Join Hillary Super PAC Scott Olson/Getty

    23. Obama Whizzes Join Hillary Super PAC

    Democrats might be behind already in Iowa for 2016, but Hillary Clinton is getting a major advantage. A consulting firm run by strategists behind President Obama’s win in the battleground state in 2012 has been hired by the super PAC Ready for Hillary. The consulting firm, 270 Strategies, is run by Mitch Stewart, who was Obama’s battleground-states director, and also employs Jeremy Bird, Obama’s national field director. Ready for Hillary already has a number of Democratic bigwigs from the Clinton White House, including top supporters James Carville and Harold Ickes, former White House political director Craig T. Smith, and Clinton fundraisers Susie Tompkins Buell and Christopher G. Korge.

    July 10, 2013 6:59 AM

  24. GAME CHANGER Palin: I Might Run for Senate Carolyn Kaster/AP

    24. Palin: I Might Run for Senate

    Could you possibly handle another Sarah Palin campaign? The former governor and professional media hater set tongues wagging Tuesday when she said she’s considering running for Senate in Alaska. “I’ve considered it, because people have requested me considering it,” Palin told her pal Sean Hannity. If she runs, Palin would be up against Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat whose term is up in 2014. Begich “has got to be replaced,” Palin said Tuesday, perhaps buoyed by a recent poll that placed her at the top of potential Republican challengers. Watch out, world. 

    July 9, 2013 7:08 PM

  25. TAKE-BACK Congress: Stop Arming Syrian Rebels AMC, via AP

    25. Congress: Stop Arming Syrian Rebels

    The House and Senate intelligence committees voted to put severe restrictions on funding to the Syrian rebels in an effort to block President Obama from arming them, sources told The Hill on Wednesday. In the vote last month, lawmakers decided they didn’t want the weapons to fall into the hands of terrorists, as some of the rebel groups have ties to al Qaeda. But the White House still seems committed to the idea of arming the rebels, with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden both briefing the panels in June about it. “It’s not clear to me that the administration has a workable policy,” said Maine Republican Susan Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

    July 10, 2013 7:27 AM