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  1. name recognition Weiner, Spitzer Take the Lead AP, Getty

    1. Weiner, Spitzer Take the Lead

    Surprise, surprise. The three candidates inciting the most media fervor are leading the polls. Among the Democratic mayoral candidates, Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn are in front of the pack, while Eliot Spitzer is beating out his competition in the Democratic primary for comptroller. A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows the scandals that brought Weiner and Spitzer name recognition are doing more to help them than hurt them. And after those big names, the competitions' polling numbers drop off. The September 10 primary requires a candidate to pull in 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff; otherwise, the two top opponents will face each other on October 1.

    July 15, 2013 5:51 PM

  2. impasse No Deal on Filibuster Rules J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    2. No Deal on Filibuster Rules

    After hours of tense negotiating, U.S. senators failed to reach a deal to avoid a "nuclear" move from Majority Leader Harry Reid to ban the filibuster of federal-employee nominations. Reid made a speech Monday at the Center for American Progress demanding that Republicans stop blocking routine executive-branch nominations and threatening to change the rules by majority vote Tuesday if they don’t. Senators from both parties would rather reach a deal to confirm the backlogged nominees than end the filibuster, but when their hours-long eleventh-hour sequester  failed, it looked like the filibuster may be on the chopping block. Talks are expected to continue.

    July 15, 2013 10:41 PM

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    3. Mexico Arrests Drug Kingpin

    Mexico has captured the head of the notoriously vicious Zetas drug cartel. Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, known as “Z-40,” was caught in Nuevo Laredo by Mexican Marines. He’s reputed to be exceptionally dangerous and violent—he's known to burn his enemies alive in 55-gallon drums. The Zetas have spread terror through Mexico in the brutal drug war as they’ve made their name displaying bodies of their murdered victims throughout the country. Trevino Morales’s capture is thought to be the first major blow against organized crime by President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose campaign promised to drive down crime figures.

    July 15, 2013 9:46 PM

  4. EQUAL RIGHTS Britain’s House of Lords Passes Gay Marriage Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

    4. Britain’s House of Lords Passes Gay Marriage

    The British government got one step closer to legalizing gay marriage on Monday when the House of Lords passed a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry. The lords agreed to send the measure back to the House of Commons, where the government's amendments to the bill will be reviewed before it can become law. That's all but a formality because the House of Commons previously passed the bill, which will allow gay couples the right to marry in civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, by a vote of 390 to 148. Supporters in the House of Lords wore pink carnations to signal their support.

     

     

    July 15, 2013 12:57 PM

  5. CASHING IN Zimmerman Juror Lands Book Agent Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

    5. Zimmerman Juror Lands Book Agent

    That didn't take very long. Just two days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder, one of the jurors has signed with Sharlene Martin, a book agent with Martin Literary Management. Juror B37, who plans to stay anonymous at least for now, will write about her experience serving on a high-profile murder case and why the panel had to find Zimmerman not guilty. The juror yet hasn't inked a book deal, but that's probably only a matter of time.

    July 15, 2013 11:54 AM

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  7. HE'S BACK Greenwald: Snowden Has NSA Blueprint Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch, via AP

    6. Greenwald: Snowden Has NSA Blueprint

    In case you thought this weekend was missing a little news, here’s Edward Snowden back again. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first reported on Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security Agency, said Sunday that the fugitive leaker has “very specific blueprints of how the NSA do what they do.” Snowden apparently has “literally thousands of documents” about “basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.” What’s more, Greenwald said in an interview with Argentina’s La Nation on Saturday that Snowden chose not to disclose the most damaging information he has against the U.S. “Snowden has enough information to cause more harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had in the history of the United States,” Greenwald said.

    July 15, 2013 6:57 AM

  8. Mystery Apple Investigating iPhone Electrocution Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

    7. Apple Investigating iPhone Electrocution

    Did a woman in China get electrocuted by her charging iPhone? Apple says it will “fully investigate” reports that a 23-year-old flight attendant was killed by her iPhone, as her family claims. Ma Ailun’s older sister posted a message online Thursday that Ma was electrocuted when she answered her phone while it was charging. Police say they are investigating her death but haven’t confirmed the phone was the cause. "We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family," Apple said in a statement.

    July 15, 2013 11:56 AM

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    8. Retail Stores Track Customers

    Everyone knows companies like Amazon collect data on their customers' shopping habits, but now brick-and-mortar retailers are trying to even the playing field by using similar technology in their stores. Nordstrom’s has recently started using cell-phone tracking technology as well as in-store video cameras to collect data on patrons while they are in the department store. The data, used by companies like RetailNext, is then used to streamline shopping experiences and tailor store layouts to be more efficient. Of course, the same shoppers who don’t mind it when Amazon uses purchase history to suggest titles they might like could be unnerved to know that department stores know precisely which displays they’ve been browsing.

    July 15, 2013 12:41 PM

  10. TRAGEDY Monteith Autopsy Set for Monday Jordan Strauss/Invision, via AP

    9. Monteith Autopsy Set for Monday

    The autopsy for Glee star Cory Monteith is set for Monday, with Vancouver police estimating there will be more conclusive answers within two to three days. Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday with the immediate cause of death unclear, although police said they had ruled out foul play. Meanwhile, Monteith’s off- and on-screen girlfriend Lea Michele asked for privacy Sunday during this “devastating time.” At a New York City show, Monteith’s co-star Matthew Morrison dedicated the song “What I Did for Love” to the late actor, and several other actors from the show tweeted about their shock and sadness. While the fifth season of the show hasn’t started filming yet, Monteith had already taken part in promotional shots.

    July 15, 2013 7:00 AM

  11. NOT BARBARA Jenny McCarthy to Join ‘The View’ Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

    10. Jenny McCarthy to Join ‘The View’

    ABC's The View will get a controversial new addition. Barbara Walters, who will herself be leaving the show next year, announced that the model, actress, and vocal anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny McCarthy will be replacing Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who is moving to Fox, in September. Rumors that McCarthy might replace Hasselbeck elicited a storm of criticism against ABC for giving her a forum to promote her belief that vaccines cause autism. Walters didn't address the criticism in her announcement, saying only that "she can be serious and outrageous" and "offers a fresh point of view."

     

     

    July 15, 2013 11:27 AM

  12. NOT COOL Italian Senator: Black Minister Like an Orangutan AP; AFP/Getty

    11. Italian Senator: Black Minister Like an Orangutan

    At least it’s good to know that American politicians aren’t the only ones in the world who say dumb things—although Italian Sen. Roberto Calderoli’s comments are kind of in a league of their own. Calderoli, the vice president of Italy's Senate, compared the country’s first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, to an orangutan. “I love animals—bears and wolves, as everyone knows—but when I see pictures of Kyenge, I cannot but think of, even if I’m not saying she is one, the features of an orangutan,” Calderoli said at a political rally Saturday. Kyenge is an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, although Calderoli said her success has encouraged “illegal immigrants” to come to Italy. Calderoli apologized Sunday after a media firestorm.

    July 15, 2013 7:41 AM

  13. MINIONS ‘Despicable Me 2’ Rules Box Office Universal Pictures/AP

    12. ‘Despicable Me 2’ Rules Box Office

    Everybody can’t get enough of those minions. Despicable Me 2 ruled the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $44.8 million domestically, while Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim failed to bring in audiences. Pacific Rim netted $38.3 million domestically in its opening weekend, which could be a huge loss given that the film cost $190 million to make. Pacific Rim fared a little better internationally, where it brought in $91.3 million, although it still came in behind Despicable Me 2, which brought in $100.3 million globally. Rounding out the domestic box office, Grown Ups 2 came in second with a $42.5 million opening weekend, followed by Pacific Rim, and then in fourth place was the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat, and Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger followed in fifth.

    July 15, 2013 7:44 AM

  14. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL Holder: Trayvon’s Death Was Unnecessary Mac Innes Photography/Department of The Taoiseach via Getty Images

    13. Holder: Trayvon’s Death Was Unnecessary

    In his first public statement since George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder, Attorney General Eric Holder called Trayvon Martin's death tragic and unnecessary. Holder also said in his prepared remarks on Monday that Martin's killing opened up an opportunity to talk about complicated issues and for the people of America to try to understand one another better. The Justice Department announced on Sunday that it is reviewing whether to charge Zimmerman with criminal civil-rights violations.

    July 15, 2013 1:18 PM

  15. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED ‘Big Brother’ Gets Disclaimer Cliff Lipson/CBS

    14. ‘Big Brother’ Gets Disclaimer

    This probably won’t stop people from being offended. CBS added a disclaimer at the beginning of Sunday’s episode of Big Brother in the wake of several of the show’s stars being accused of racism. “Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7,” the disclaimer read. “At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised.” A number of racist comments had been picked up on the show’s live feeds, with the culprits being revealed as Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. Several contestants confronted Gries on Sunday, and she called her comments “jokes.”

    July 15, 2013 7:47 AM

  16. WEIRD Man Arrested Outside Kerry’s House Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    15. Man Arrested Outside Kerry’s House

    A man was arrested Sunday outside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Boston house, and police found a pellet gun on the man. Kerry was out visiting his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, who is currently hospitalized at the nearby Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. The man was spotted while he was trying to take pictures of the house, and police said he was arrested after they discovered an open alcohol container on him.   

    July 15, 2013 7:22 AM

  17. HERE SHE IS Huma Debuts on Weiner Campaign Ryan Lavis/Staten Island Advance, via Landov

    16. Huma Debuts on Weiner Campaign

    Weiner’s only problem: his wife might be more likable than he is. Huma Abedin made her debut on Anthony Weiner’s campaign trail on a hot Sunday in Harlem. Abedin has kept out of the spotlight since leaving the State Department five months ago. She is now the head of Hilary Clinton’s “transition team.” The Daily News reports that Abedin was heckled by a man yelling “Take your clothes off,” but she wasn’t fazed. She’s a pro—who was wearing the same red-and-white dress that Mrs. Obama did in that famous post-reelection tweet.

    July 15, 2013 8:33 AM

  18. TOO MUCH ENERGY Greenpeace Activists Occupy Nuke Plant Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty

    17. Greenpeace Activists Occupy Nuke Plant

    Around 30 Greenpeace activists climbed a fence at a nuclear power plant in France on Monday in what they say was an attempt to expose the flimsy security. EDF, France’s main electrical company, said the protesters did not get into any sensitive areas and production was not affected. Greenpeace France’s Yannick Rousselet called the plant, Tricastin, “one of the five most dangerous” in the country. Most of the protesters were arrested by 2:30 a.m. local time, but some were still clinging to metal structures and ladders. French President François Hollande has vowed to reduce the country’s dependence on nuclear power by 25 percent by 2025 and to close the oldest plant, but Hollande fired the energy and environment minister earlier this month for criticizing his budget.

    July 15, 2013 7:19 AM

  19. MASTERMIND Bangladesh’s ‘Hitler’ Gets 90 Years Zia Islam/AP

    18. Bangladesh’s ‘Hitler’ Gets 90 Years

    Ghulam Azam, the Islamist leader who has been accused of masterminding the human-rights violations during the country’s 1971 war against Pakistan, was sentenced Monday to 90 years by the International Crimes Tribunal. Azam, 90, has been called Bangladesh’s Hitler, and many had called for capital punishment. The tribunal showed leniency due to Azam’s advanced age and health complications. “Some kind of justice is done, but we are not happy,” said junior attorney general M.K. Rahman. Azam’s supporters clashed with police throughout Bangladesh, with dozens injured in the capital, Dhaka. The nation’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat, called for a nationwide protest Monday against the verdict.

    July 15, 2013 7:02 AM

  20. HORRIFYING Indonesia Stampede Kills 18 AP

    19. Indonesia Stampede Kills 18

    At estimated 18 people were killed and more than 40 injured Sunday in a stadium stampede in eastern Indonesia during a riot after a boxing championship, police said on Monday. The victims were trampled to death as the crowd of 1,500 fled the stadium to escape the riot after the country’s Bupati Cup, police said. The stadium, Kota Lama, located in the town of Naibre, had only two working exits. Twelve of the dead were women, police said.

    July 15, 2013 7:21 AM

  21. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON Protesters Block L.A. Freeway Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

    20. Protesters Block L.A. Freeway

    Protesters angry over the George Zimmerman verdict blocked a Los Angeles freeway on Sunday night, while about 80 marched to the CNN building in Hollywood just after midnight Monday, causing police to declare an unlawful assembly. Police said the protests were mostly peaceful, but at least seven were arrested throughout the day. At one demonstration, protesters threw rocks and D-cell batteries, which led to police firing bean bags at the crowd. Rallies were also held in New York: hundreds marched in Times Square, and demonstrations were held in Harlem and Union Square, resulting in seven arrests throughout the city.  Hundreds also protested in San Francisco and Oakland on Sunday. Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted Saturday night of all charges relating to the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last year.

     

    July 15, 2013 6:53 AM