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  1. ANGRY LETTER Menino Slams Rolling Stone Cover J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    1. Menino Slams Rolling Stone Cover

    The latest Rolling Stone cover that features bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is drawing intense criticism from Boston Mayor Tom Menino. In a letter to publisher Jann Wenner, Menino assailed the August 3 issue, saying it “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.” The cover, Menino continued, “is ill-conceived, at best, and reaffirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their ‘causes.’” Governor Deval Patrick called the image “out of taste.” But Rolling Stone may have bigger problems, as several retailers, including CVS, Roche Bros., Tedeschi, Cumberland Farms, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop, have said they won’t sell the issue.

    July 17, 2013 5:38 PM

  2. unhappy bedfellows Morsi, Military Clashes Led to Coup Egyptian Presidency/AP, file

    2. Morsi, Military Clashes Led to Coup

    By now we’re all aware they weren’t friends, but Egyptian military had apparently drawn up a plan as early as April to take control of the country’s security if street violence escalated. An investigation by the Associated Press has found that throughout Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s year in office, relations with the military had been tense. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of Egypt’s military, believed the first civilian president was steering the country toward disaster, and directly defied his orders at least twice while planning for months to take more political control. After clandestinely working with an activist group called Tamarod, which hoped to oust the president, al-Sisi gave Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum and finally enacted the overthrow on July 3.

    July 17, 2013 6:05 PM

  3. here we go again House Votes to Delay Obamacare Nicholas Kamm, AFP / Getty Images

    3. House Votes to Delay Obamacare

    One more hitch for Obamacare. On Wednesday, the House voted through two bills to delay requirements of the health-care overhaul that is scheduled to go into effect in January. The White House recently announced it would delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer-mandated insurance until 2015 because of business concerns, and Republicans argue it’s unfair not to offer the same relief to individuals who could be penalized if they forgo health insurance next year. President Obama has threatened to veto the bills, but the House has a bone to pick—since 2011, it has voted more than 35 times to scale back, unfinance, and repeal all or portions of the law.

    July 17, 2013 8:45 PM

  4. SNOOPING ACLU: License-Plate Readers Track Millions Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    4. License-Plate Readers Track Millions

    You don’t need to have a cellphone for law enforcement to track your whereabouts. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the use of license-plate-reading cameras has become widespread, with police building databases with millions of license-plate numbers. The readers are placed along roads or cruisers and scan plates to find cars that have been involved in crimes, but the readers also record and store every plate they scan and put them in a database with time and location data, whether they’re involved in a crime or not. Police say the databases are useful in future investigations, but the ACLU says the data collection is overly broad.

    July 17, 2013 12:20 PM

  5. Baby Mama Journalist: Oasis Rocker Fathered My Baby Matt Dunham/AP

    5. Journalist: Oasis Rocker Fathered My Baby

    There wasn’t a class in journalism school for this. Journalist Liza Ghorbani claims she is the mother of a baby she had during a reported affair with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher—right after she wrote a profile of him for The New York Times in 2010. Ghorbani, who gave birth seven months ago, is suing the rock star for $3 million in child support. “He ended the relationship when she told him she was suing him for child support,” a source told the New York Post. Ironically, in 2008, Gallagher, who has three sons with his wife, told the Times that he wasn’t planning on fatherhood, but “once you get your missus pregnant, you’ve got to step up to the plate.” He added: “Family’s the most important thing.”

    July 17, 2013 8:03 PM

  6. triple-digit heat Hundreds Ordered to Evacuate in SoCal CBS

    6. Hundreds Ordered to Evacuate in SoCal

    A major wildfire approaching the mountains of Southern California forced authorities Wednesday to issue evacuation orders for hundreds of homes in the area. The fire broke out Monday as temperatures soared into triple digits, and has already destroyed three houses and three mobile homes. Around 300 to 400 homes in the Idyllwild and Fern Valley communities were told to evacuate, and residents have been allowed to gather essential items before leaving the area. More than 2,200 firefighters and 25 aircraft are working to battle the blaze.

    July 17, 2013 10:20 PM

  7. TRAGEDY 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India AP

    7. 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India

    Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more are ill on Wednesday after eating tainted food as part of a free-lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar. Angry parents joined the protest against the school, setting at least four police vehicles on fire. The tainted lunches were part of India’s Mid-Day Meal Program, which provides free food to boost school attendance and promote healthy eating, but at least 47 children fell sick on Tuesday. Twenty-eight students were taken to a local hospital after the incident, and the doctors who took care of the children said the smell coming off the children’s bodies indicated the food contained organo-phosphorus, a poisonous substance.

    July 17, 2013 7:00 AM

  8. IN YOUR FACE Twinkies Demand at All-Time High Scott Olson/Getty Images

    8. Twinkies Demand at All-Time High

    People really missed their Twinkies. It’s been three days since Twinkies and CupCakes returned to shelves, but already the demand is at a record high, said Hostess Brands. The reduced size of the Twinkie clearly hasn’t been a deterrent—retailers are reporting that the snack cakes are being sold out within hours of being on shelves. It’s been nearly eight months since the snacks were removed after the predecessor company feared it would go out of business. Joke’s on them.

    July 17, 2013 6:52 PM

  9. too young Cory Monteith Cremated in Canada Chris Pizzello/AP

    9. Cory Monteith Cremated in Canada

    On Tuesday, Glee star Cory Monteith was cremated after his family and girlfriend, Lea Michele, held a private viewing of his body at a hospital in Vancouver, Canada. According to TMZ, Monteith’s father, Joe, was not informed of the plans for his son’s body, and is “totally devastated” that he didn’t get to say goodbye. Monteith’s parents are divorced and the once-troubled star’s remains were given to his mother, who made the decision to cremate him. “I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very, very much,” his father told TMZ. “I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.”

    July 17, 2013 3:35 PM

  10. BREAKTHROUGH Doctor Invents Cancer-Detecting Knife Sang Tan/AP

    10. Doctor Invents Cancer-Detecting Knife

    These days surgeons operating on tumors have to wait for the tissue to be analyzed by a lab before they can know if the tissue is healthy or not. But all that could change if a new surgical knife becomes widely available. The knife, invented by Zoltan Takats of Imperial College London, is hooked up to a mass spectrometer that analyzes the smoke that occurs when the tissue is cauterized. The knife picks up the smoke and then compares it with a catalog of smoke signatures of cancerous and noncancerous tissues. The machine costs about $380,000 to make, but that price would likely come down if it were to be commercially manufactured.


    July 17, 2013 4:16 PM

  11. IT’S COMPLICATED Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us Joe Burbank/AP

    11. Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us

    If things are this awkward in public, it must have been even more awful in the deliberations. Four Zimmerman jurors (there were only six in total, so get ready for a doozy from the last one) said in a statement Tuesday that the comments made by B37 were “not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.” The jurors asked the media to respect their privacy as well. But that hasn’t stopped B37 from talking more. She said on Tuesday that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “played a huge role” in his own death. “When George confronted him … he could have walked away and gone home,” said B37 on Anderson Cooper 360. “He didn’t have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight.” The jury of six women on Saturday found Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of all charges in Martin’s February 2012 death.

    July 17, 2013 6:46 AM

  12. TROLLING STONE Everyone Hates Rolling Stone’s Dzhokhar Cover

    12. Internet Hates Rolling Stone Cover

    What about the actual story? The Internet really doesn’t like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Critics say that it glamorizes the young Boston bomber, like any heartthrob rock star who’s had the chance to grace the magazine. Twitter erupted in anger—comedian Patton Oswalt wrote that the mag is probably excited to “use Zimmerman next.” Even fans of Dzhokhar voiced their distaste. The magazine released a statement saying that the cover falls within the bounds of journalism. “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue,” the statement added. Rolling Stone has used some other “monsters” as cover boys in the past (like Charles Manson). The “sexy” image of Dzhokhar has been featured in several reported pieces on the Boston bombing, including The New York Times.

    Television hates the Rolling Stone cover, too.

    July 17, 2013 1:01 PM

  13. STAY THE COURSE Bernanke Says Economy Still Recovering Richard Drew/AP

    13. Bernanke: Economy Still Recovering

    In what will likely have been his final semiannual report to Congress, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that while the economy is recovering it is too fragile for the Fed to wind down its bond-buying program. Bernanke stressed that the continuation or the gradual ending of the program would depend entirely on the country's economic outlook, not on a preset course. He also warned that upcoming congressional budget battles and a fight over the debt ceiling could do damage to the economy. 

    July 17, 2013 9:36 AM

  14. TO YOUR GRAVE Shady ‘Injection Secrecy’ Law Criticized Getty Images

    14. Shady ‘Injection Secrecy’ Law Criticized

    As if the execution of a cognitively disabled person wasn’t bad enough, the state of Georgia is fighting not only for its right to execute Warren Lee Hill, a man whom medical professionals have diagnosed as “mentally retarded,” but also to keep the details of the lethal injections a secret. The Southern state’s “Lethal Injection Secrecy Act,” passed last March, makes the source of the deadly doses, as well as the prison staff involved in executions, a state secret. A judge yesterday issued a stay for Hill through at least Thursday, after his lawyers argued the law violates Hill’s Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment. Without information on the source of the pentobarbital (the drugs for his lethal injection), lawyers said Hill can’t know whether they “will reliably perform their function, or if they are tainted, counterfeited, expired, or compromised in some other way.”

    July 17, 2013 4:00 PM

  15. no-fuss nuptials Tina Turner Weds Longtime Partner MARK RALSTON / Getty Images

    15. Tina Turner Weds Longtime Partner

    For someone with such a dramatic stage presence, Tina Turner surprisingly arranged a very quiet wedding. Earlier this week, Turner and her longtime partner, German producer Erwin Bach, wed in a civil ceremony in Switzerland, which will be followed by a Buddhist celebration at their lakefront home in Zurich this Sunday. Seventy-three-year-old Turner was previously married to her abusive stage partner Ike Turner, but the pair divorced in 1978. She has lived in Switzerland for the past 20 years and became a citizen earlier this year.

    July 17, 2013 5:02 PM

  16. CATASTROPHE U.N.: Syria Is Worst Crisis Since Rwanda AP

    16. U.N.: Syria Worst Crisis Since Rwanda

    The United Nations said Tuesday that the Syrian civil war has created a refugee crisis not seen since the Rwandan genocide of 1994. “The extremely high rate of killing nowadays—approximately 5,000 a month—demonstrates the drastic deterioration of the conflict,” Ivan Simonovic, the assistant secretary for Human Rights, told the Security Council. Nearly two thirds of the 1.8 million refugees registered in Syria’s neighboring countries had fled Syria since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler, said that the “battlefields are merging” with Iraq, where the violence is spilling over into Syria. The last four months have been the bloodiest in five years in Iraq, with nearly 3,000 killed and 7,000 injured.

    July 17, 2013 6:54 AM

  17. EQUALITY Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

    17. Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

    It’s official: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament. The bill allows same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, although the Church of England refuses to conduct same-sex weddings. Couples who are in civil unions will be able to convert their relationships to marriage. The bill was introduced in January and was backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, although his Conservative Party was divided on it. Marriages can begin next summer.

    July 17, 2013 10:00 AM

  18. 'a smoking gun'

    18. Origin of Gold Discovered

    Everyone's favorite precious metal has more explosive beginnings than previously thought. Scientists have announced new research showing gold may have ended up on Earth after a collision between two incredibly dense neutron stars, which are the collapsed cores of stars which exploded in a supernova. An event like this is only likely to happen once every 100,000 years. For years, researchers have believed that the period table's heaviest elements originated in supernova explosions. “We now have kind of a smoking gun,” said Edo Berger, the astronomer who led the research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

    July 17, 2013 2:49 PM

  19. GUESS WHO’S BACK? Olbermann to Return to ESPN Mark J. Terrill/AP

    19. Olbermann to Return to ESPN

    Here comes Keith Olbermann’s second act. The fiery newsman will return to ESPN, his original home, after 16 years, sources told The New York Times on Wednesday. Olbermann, 54, is expected to host a one-hour nightly show on ESPN2, where he will be free to discuss topics other than sports such as pop culture and current events—but not politics. The host of SportsCenter with Dan Patrick, Olbermann left the network in 1997 and went on to host Countdown on MSNBC from 2003 to 2011. Since Olbermann is known for being liberal, ESPN executives had apparently worried that he’d become too politicized, leading to 14 months of intense discussions between ESPN and Disney.

    Watch some of Olbermann's most outrageous outbursts.

    July 17, 2013 7:03 AM

  20. FOR REAL? ‘Sharknado 2’ Coming Soon Syfy

    20. ‘Sharknado 2’ Coming Soon

    Apparantly one Sharknado wasn’t enough. The movie, which had Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling tornado-launched sharks to regain control of Los Angeles, inspired more than 604,000 tweets and created such a social-media frenzy that the Syfy channel has decided to make a sequel. The name of the second installment, which will be set in New York City and is slated to air in 2014, will be crowdsourced. Fans can tweet ideas to @SyfyMovies with the hashtag #Sharknado.

    July 17, 2013 11:40 AM

  21. AMERICAN HORROR STORY Emma Roberts Arrested for Domestic Violence Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

    21. Emma Roberts Arrested for Domestic Violence

    Actress Emma Roberts, a niece of Julia Roberts, was arrested for domestic violence in Montreal earlier this month, TMZ reported on Tuesday. According to police, Roberts, 22, and her boyfriend, Evan Peters, had gotten into a fight at a Montreal hotel when a neighbor called the police. Law-enforcement sources said Peters had a bloody nose and allegedly a bite mark, with friends of Roberts telling TMZ that the pair were hitting each other and they arrested Roberts because Peters had obvious injuries. Peters has reportedly dropped the charges. The pair is reportedly back together and working on the set of American Horror Story.

    July 17, 2013 7:39 AM

  22. UH-OH Cuba Admits to Sending Weapons to North Korea Arnulfo Franco/AP

    22. Cuba Admits to Sending Weapons to North Korea

    Cuba admitted Wednesday to supplying old Soviet-style weapons seized last week aboard a North Korean ship in the Panama Canal, but claimed they were only sending the weapons to North Korea for "repairs." The United Nations prohibits the supply of all weapons to North Korea. The Cuban foreign ministry said that the ship’s main cargo was 10,000 tons of sugar. The vessel, the Chong Chon Gang, left Russia in April and entered the canal in June, with Cuba as its stated destination, before disappearing off the radar. It resurfaced on July 11 before being searched a day later.

    July 17, 2013 6:43 AM

  23. ENTER SANDMAN Rivera Gets All-Star MVP Kathy Willens/AP

    23. Rivera Gets All-Star MVP

    They saved the best for last. The Yankees’ legendary closer, Mariano Rivera, received a standing ovation at Tuesday night’s All-Star game, with both league’s players standing at the dugouts and applauding along with the fans when Rivera came in to pitch in the eighth inning. Rivera, 43, jogged out to the mound, waved his cap to the crowd, and then touched his hat to his heart. “It was special,” Rivera said. “Seeing the fans sharing and both teams standing out of the dugout, managers, coaches, players—priceless.” Despite just pitching the one inning, Rivera was named All-Star MVP. Oh yeah, and the American League won the game, 3-0.

    July 17, 2013 7:30 AM

  24. ACTION Black Caucus Readies Profiling Bill Alex Brandon/AP

    24. Black Caucus Readies Profiling Bill

    The Congressional Black Caucus is apparently putting the finishing touches on a bill that would strengthen the nation’s anti-racial-profiling laws in response to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. The bill will rein in racial-profiling laws, get rid of Stand Your Ground laws, and push for better training for neighborhood-watch volunteers. Democrat John Lewis of Georgia said that George Zimmerman being found not guilty “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any venue of self-defense.” Meanwhile, protesters took to the Los Angeles streets Tuesday for the fourth night in a row, organized by the ANSWER coalition, whose organizer said, “We won’t stop until there’s justice for Trayvon Martin.” In Oakland, the Tribune called for a public forum after days of tense protests.

    July 17, 2013 6:49 AM

  25. THE SHOW WILL GO ON ‘Glee’ Return May Be Delayed Chris Pizzello/AP

    25. ‘Glee’ Return May Be Delayed

    The fifth season's premiere of Fox’s hit Glee may be delayed until November in the wake of star Cory Monteith’s death on Saturday, network sources said. Originally slated to return on September 19, the first few episodes had already been written but not shot and were rumored to heavily feature Monteith, who had not appeared in the season finale due to being in rehab. It’s unknown how the show will deal with Monteith’s death or if they will feature a tribute to the actor. Meanwhile, Monteith’s co-star Darren Criss skipped interviews at the premiere of his new film, Girl Most Likely, on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, the Vancouver coroner’s office reported that Monteith died from a drug overdose caused by a combination of heroin and alcohol.

    July 17, 2013 7:34 AM

  26. SHOWDOWN Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid M. Spencer Green/AP

    26. Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid

    Liz Cheney, an outspoken conservative activist and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming. The younger Cheney will take on three-term Sen. Mike Enzi, who also announced his candidacy on Tuesday, in the Republican primary next summer. Cheney, a prominent political commentator on Fox News (until today), bought a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last year and began attending GOP events across the state to prep for her candidacy. “I thought we were friends,” Enzi said when he heard the news. “She said that if I ran, she wasn’t going to run.”

    What's Liz Cheney all about? Watch and find out.


    July 16, 2013 5:29 PM