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  1. syria U.S. to Supply Rebels With Weapons Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

    1. U.S. to Supply Rebels With Weapons

    Two years into the civil war, officials say President Barack Obama is prepared to announce a plan to arm Syrian rebels. The bipartisan groups in the House and Senate intelligence committees had originally worried the weapons would be taken by extremist groups, but earlier this month their concerns were addressed and they decided to give the go-ahead. "We believe we are in a position that the administration can move forward," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said. In June, the White House announced it would give military aid to some rebel groups.

    July 22, 2013 11:03 PM

  2. PRISON BREAK Al Qaeda Prisoners Escape Jail Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images

    2. Al Qaeda Prisoners Escape Jail

    Iraq's Abu Ghraib is in the news once again. This time, it's because hundreds of inmates, including a handful of senior al Qaeda members, broke out of the jail after a deadly, military-style attack on the facility. Suicide bombers were able to drive trucks filed with explosives up to the gate while gunmen lobbed rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at the guards. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the fighting, which stretched into Monday morning. Iraqi officials weren't able to secure the site until military helicopters arrived, but by that time hundreds of prisoners had escaped.

    July 22, 2013 3:19 PM

  3. FUTURE KING Kate Gives Birth to Boy Alastair Grant/AP

    3. Kate Gives Birth to Boy

    No need to change the succession laws after all. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday, July 22, at 4:24 p.m. The baby weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces at birth. According to the palace, both duchess and baby are doing well and will remain in the hospital overnight. "We could not be happier," Prince William said in a statement. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth, and he will be staying overnight at the hospital with his wife and newborn son. The baby will be the third in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles and Prince William.

    The London Town Crier announces the royal baby with pomp and circumstance.

    July 22, 2013 5:09 PM

  4. Not So Fast Judge Blocks North Dakota Abortion Ban Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    4. Judge Blocks North Dakota Abortion Ban

    A federal judge has blocked North Dakota’s new abortion law, which could have banned the procedure as early as six weeks. The judge blocked the law after the state’s only abortion clinic filed a lawsuit saying the law places women in danger. If the clinic is forced to stop performing abortions, the nearest alternative would be about 250 miles away. North Dakota’s law, which banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is the strictest of several similar laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures this year. Arkansas’s ban on abortions after 12 weeks was also temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

    July 22, 2013 3:14 PM

  5. 'it's about all players' Ryan Braun Suspended for Season Scott Boehm

    5. Ryan Braun Suspended for Season

    Once an MVP, not always an MVP. Brewers star Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball officials on Tuesday. The suspension is the first in an investigation into the Miami Biogenesis clinic, which apparently supplied performance-enhancing drugs to 20 players. The 2011 National League MVP tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone previously, but avoided a suspension. “Today is about everybody who's been wrongly accused, and everybody who's ever had to stand up for what is actually right,” Braun told a press conference at the time. “Today isn't about me, it isn't just about one player—it's about all players.”

    July 22, 2013 5:44 PM

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  7. UM, THIS HAPPENED? Zimmerman Rescues Family from Crash Joe Burbank/AP

    6. Zimmerman Rescues Family from Crash

    Sanford police say that George Zimmerman—who’s been in hiding since being acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin—helped pulled a family of four from a truck that had rolled over on a Florida highway. The crash happened last week at the intersection of I-4 and Route 417. Zimmerman’s act of heroism probably won’t decrease the number of death threats he’s received since the trial. 

    July 22, 2013 1:02 PM

  8. OBIT Actor Dennis Farina Dies Kevin Winter / Getty Images Entertainment

    7. Actor Dennis Farina Dies

    Actor Dennis Farina, who served as a police officer in Chicago for 18 years before playing one on Law & Order, died Monday in Arizona. He was 69. He suffered from a blood clot in his lung. Farina was born in Chicago in 1944 and appeared in the films Get Shorty, Snatch, and What Happens in Vegas. In 2004 he joined the final cast of Law & Order, as Detective Joe Fontana. He also was a regular on the HBO series Luck in 2011 and 2012.

    July 22, 2013 1:34 PM

  9. STILL HORRIFYING Dubai Pardons Rape Victim Kamran Jebreili/AP

    8. Dubai Pardons Rape Victim

    The fact that she has to be "pardoned" makes this still horrifying. Dubai pardoned a Norwegian woman who was charged with having extramarital sex after she reported a rape to the police. The woman, Marie Deborah Dalelv, had gone to the police after allegedly being raped by a co-worker in March, but she was instead charged and her sentence began last week. She went public last week to pressure the authorities in Dubai—and to challenge the city’s attempt to be known as modern. Dalelv said she is “overjoyed” her sentence is over. She has her passport back and plans to leave the United Arab Emirates soon.

    July 22, 2013 6:43 AM

  10. CONGRATULATIONS 'Modern Family' Star Gets Married Charles Sykes/Invision, via AP

    9. 'Modern Family' Star Gets Married

    Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson didn’t let the heat stop him Saturday from marrying longtime boyfriend Justin Mikita in New York City. Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner officiated at the ceremony. Ferguson tweeted in the wee hours Sunday that he has “never been happier,” while his co-star Julie Bowen dubbed the nuptials “#bestweddingever.” The couple became engaged last year and had planned to marry in New York, because at the time it wasn’t legal to marry in California.

    July 22, 2013 7:55 AM

  11. BEWARE THE BOOB TUBE More Kids Hurt by Toppling TVs Yana Paskova

    10. More Kids Hurt by Toppling TVs

    Televisions are leading to serious head trauma in kids—and we're not talking about brain-rotting. Toppling TVs sent more than 300,000 U.S. children to the emergecy room over the last two decades, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. The study found that injuries are “increasing at an alarming rate.” In fact, a child ends up in the ER every 30 minutes after being smacked on the noggin by a wobbly television set, leading to concussions and other head and neck injuries. Most children were under the age of 5, the study found, though it’s unclear whether a majority of injuries were due to falling flat screens or precariously perched old tube TVs.

    July 22, 2013 1:41 PM

  12. Inequality Class Mobility Driven by Geography Getty

    11. Class Mobility Driven by Geography

    When it comes to class mobility, geography is destiny, or at least a large part of it, according to a new study of earnings records. It’s much easier to climb the income ladder in certain cities—New York, Boston, Seattle—than in others, such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Columbus. It’s not just that high-mobility cities have higher average incomes: Seattle and Atlanta’s average income is about the same, but fairly poor children who grow up in Seattle do as well as middle-class children in Atlanta, where concentrated poverty, bad traffic, and weak public transit make it difficult for low-income people to get to jobs.

    July 22, 2013 11:54 AM

  13. Painful Next Plan for Detroit: Cut Pensions Carlos Osorio/AP

    12. Next Plan for Detroit: Cut Pensions

    The first plan for Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, is to make “significant cuts” to the pensions of the city’s 21,000 current retirees, which emergency manager Kevyn D. Orr says account for a $3.5 billion shortfall. But cutting pensions will be an uphill battle for Orr, who was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who said Sunday that cutting pensions would be a “difficult decision.” The biggest opposition comes from the city’s unions, which say that any cuts violate the state’s Constitution, which protects public pensions as contractual obligations. “Welcome to war,” said Police and Fire Retirement System president George Orzech on Thursday. Detroit now has to prove its right to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, and then Orr must prove the city is insolvent.

    July 22, 2013 7:25 AM

  14. NOW ON TO PORN David Cameron to Propose Porn Ban Andrew Winning/AFP/Getty

    13. David Cameron to Propose Porn Ban

    It appears David Cameron wants to declare war on the porn industry. Um, good luck? The British prime minister will propose an initiative that calls for a filter that would block porn unless users tell their internet providers they want access to it. A joint British and American task force is creating a search engine that will tackle porn websites, and Google and other search engines will be required to create a “blacklist” of the most depraved and illegal search terms. The country’s six biggest providers of WiFi at railways and Internet cafes have already signed a deal to block legal pornography where children might view it, and “family-friendly WiFi” is expected to begin at the end of August.

    July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

  15. ON THE MOVE Snowden May Leave Moscow Airport Sergei Grits/AP

    14. Snowden May Leave Moscow Airport

    Things are looking up for Edward Snowden, the former intelligence analyst who blew the whistle on the U.S. government's secret data collection program. It looks like he may be able to leave Sheremetyevo airport on Wednesday after spending a month confined there in a bid for asylum. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said they expect the Russian government to grant Snowden papers that will allow him to travel into the city. Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia, but that application could take up to three months to process. Snowden has been trying to get to Latin America but fears that it would be unsafe to travel there sooner because the American government has been trying extradite him back to the U.S. He is facing espionage charges.

     

     

    July 22, 2013 12:48 PM

  16. HELLO MIDWEST Obama to Take Campaign-Style Tour Susan Walsh/AP

    15. Obama to Take Campaign-Style Tour

    We all miss the campaign, Mr. President. Obama will remind us of all the glory days of the campaign with a tour of the Midwest this week—although he will be giving policy speeches on his economic agenda, the White House said on Sunday. The president will kick things off at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is expected to unveil a plan to pump more life into the nation’s economy. The White House declined to give any real details, except to say that it expects a fight with Republicans afterward. That does not really sound like a fun summer, but whatever works. After the Knox College speech, Obama will give a series of smaller speeches on several of his key policy concerns, including health care, the cost of higher education, housing, and creating more manufacturing jobs.

    July 22, 2013 6:46 AM

  17. HAUNTING Ohio Suspect Charged With Murder Tony Dejak/AP

    16. Ohio Suspect Charged With Murder

    The Ohio man suspected of killing three women has been charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping. The bodies of three women wrapped in plastic were found on Friday and Saturday, and Cleveland police called off the search for more bodies last night. The suspect, 35-year-old Michael Madison, is a registered sex offender and is believed to have been influenced by Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was captured in 2011 after killing 11 women. Only one of the three women has been identified: Angela Deskins, who was believed to be 38 years old.

    July 22, 2013 7:28 AM

  18. SURPRISE! Horror Flick ‘The Conjuring’ Nets $41.5M New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., via AP

    17. Horror Flick ‘The Conjuring’ Nets $41.5M

    The heat wave must have put movie-goers in the mood for some horror. The low-budget ($20 million total) The Conjuring brought in an impressive $41.5 million in the North American box office alone this weekend, followed by Despicable Me 2, which hauled in $25.1 million domestically on its third weekend—and beat out the new animated film Turbo, which came in third. Despicable Me 2 came out on top in the international box office, grossing a worldwide total so far of $584.6 million. The new films Red 2 and R.I.P.D. both had disappointing weekends, with Red 2 grossing just $18.5 million domestically and R.I.P.D. bringing in just $12.8 million in the U.S. Pacific Rim continued to disappoint, grossing just $16 million domestically for a two-week total of $68.2 million.

    July 22, 2013 7:49 AM

  19. SHAKEUP Twin Chinese Quakes Kill Dozens Reuters/Landov

    18. Twin Chinese Quakes Kill Dozens

    An estimated 54 people were killed and more than 300 injured early Monday morning when twin earthquakes struck Dingxi in the remote, mountainous Gansu province. Officials said that rescuers are still trying to reach the victims and that more than 21,000 buildings were “severely damaged”—and 1,200 collapsed. The initial earthquake, measured at a 5.9 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck at 7:45 a.m., followed by a 5.6-magnitude tremor at 9:12 a.m. Pictures on state television showed rural villages with rubble-strewn streets. Rain is predicted for later in the day—which could hamper rescue efforts. 

    July 22, 2013 6:43 AM

  20. Surveillance NSA Tracks Cellphones for Drone Targeting Patrick Semansky/AP

    19. NSA Tracks Cellphones for Drone Targeting

    The NSA’s cellphone-surveillance technology isn’t just used to listen in on conversations and map social networks—it’s become an invaluable tool in targeting drone strikes. The Washington Post reports that since 2001, the NSA has increasingly used real-time cellphone tracking to target individuals abroad, which the agency can do even when phones are turned off. The Geo Cell, which is in charge of real-time targeting, developed the motto “We Track ’Em, You Whack ’Em.” The demand for real-time targeting is one of the primary drivers behind the agency’s rapid expansion. Since 2001, the NSA’s budget has doubled, its workforce has grown by one third, and the number of private companies it contracts with has more than tripled.

    July 22, 2013 11:08 AM

  21. COURTSHIP What ESPN, ABC Promised Nate Silver Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

    20. What ESPN, ABC Promised Nate Silver

    After an intense, nearly year-long negotiation, data guru Nate Silver will be leaving The New York Times and taking his unique brand of statistical analysis to ESPN and ABC News. The Times fought to keep Silver, essentially giving him everything he asked for including a staff of six-to-12 bloggers and an assurance that he could expand into other areas beyond politics. Executive editor Jill Abramson, publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., and CEO Mark Thompson were all involved in trying to keep Silver on board at the Times, but Silver finally opted for ESPN and ABC, where he was promised extensive air time, a role in the Oscars, and websites about weather, education, economics, and other topics.

    July 21, 2013 6:24 PM

  22. BYE-BYE Loeb Checks Out of Yahoo! Justin Sullivan

    21. Loeb Checks Out of Yahoo!

    Hedge fund investors Dan Loeb has resigned from Yahoo's board of directors after reaching an agreement with the company to sell nearly all of his shares. Loeb shook up Yahoo! after he acquired a stake in 2012, pushing out one CEO and helping to install Marissa Mayer. But with the stock having rallied significantly, Loeb is cashing out of this trade—at a tidy profit.

    July 22, 2013 11:20 AM