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  1. tally: 7 More Women Accuse San Diego Mayor AP

    1. More Women Accuse San Diego Mayor

    What a week for comeback sex scandals! On Thursday, four additional women came out to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. Three have already made accusations. The newest batch includes prominent women in business, academia, and the military. One said he placed her in a “headlock” numerous times in an attempt to kiss her. On Thursday, Filner said the issues would be dealt with through the legal channels, telling reporters: “Let’s take a deep breath, let that process work itself out. Meanwhile, we got a city to run.”

    July 25, 2013 9:56 PM

  2. HOUSE OF HORRORS Cleveland Kidnapper Considers Plea AP Photo/Cuyahoga County Jail, File

    2. Cleveland Kidnapper Considers Plea

    The accused perpetrator in one of this year’s most horrific stories is considering a plea deal that would spare him the death penalty. Ariel Castro, a Cleveland bus driver who’s accused of holding three women hostage for a decade, faces 977 charges. The county prosecutor confirmed the plea-deal negotiations, but did not add any details. If it goes through, Castro is expected to appear in court Friday to officially accept the plan.

    Watch Castro's first court appearance.

    July 25, 2013 8:27 PM

  3. Long Fall Disgraced Chinese Politician Indicted Ng Han Guan/AP

    3. Disgraced Chinese Politician Indicted

    A Chinese politician at the center of a massive political scandal, the largest to hit the ruling Communist Party in decades, was indicted late Wednesday on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Bo Xilai, the former party leader and civil servant in the city of Chongqing, allegedly embezzled large sums of public money and used his position to help friends profit. Bo was a rising political star in China, a charismatic figure credited with a massive crackdown on crime in Chongqing, a city of 30 million people. But he made enemies in the Communist Party, and his career began to unravel when his wife was named as an accomplice in the murder of a British businessman.

    July 25, 2013 7:03 AM

  4. Fed Up Weiner Favorability Drops 20 Percent Richard Drew/AP

    4. Weiner Favorability Drops 20 Percent

    He just couldn’t keep it up. Anthony Weiner's personal approval rating has fallen 20 percent in the three days since he admitted to his continued sexting with young women following his resignation from Congress. A new poll from NBC and The Wall Street Journal also shows his support in New York's mayoral race has plummeted 14 percentage points. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads with 25 percent of Democratic support compared with 16 percent for Weiner. It’s the first poll conducted since the new revelations came to light. He also admitted Thursday that he traded X-rated messages with as many as three more women.

    Recently, late night got off on Anthony Weiner a.k.a. Carlos Danger's indiscretions.

    July 26, 2013 7:27 AM

  5. SPAIN Derailed Train Was Speeding Oscar Corral/EPA, via Landov

    5. Derailed Train Was Speeding

    Spain's transportation secretary said Thursday that a passenger train that derailed Wednesday was traveling too fast, giving credence to media reports that suggested it might have been moving at as much as twice the speed limit around a curve. The derailment, one of the worst in Spanish history, left 78 people dead and 140 injured. The train was arriving at Santiago de Compostela, ahead of a major Christian festival in the religious city. Passenger cars were toppled on their sides, and one was torn open.

    Shocking footage has surfaced of Wednesday's disastrous train crash in Spain.

    July 25, 2013 7:36 AM

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  7. guilt Juror: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder' Pool image by Joe Burbank, via AP

    6. Juror: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

    The only minority member of a six-woman jury told Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts that George Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the death of Trayvon Martin. "You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," explained the woman, who allowed her face to be shown. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence." Which, she said, did not point toward murder. Going by her first name, Maddy, she said she's found it hard to sleep and feels like she owes Martin's parents an apology for letting them down.

    July 25, 2013 4:20 PM

  8. Texas Hold ’Em DOJ to Challenge States Voting Laws Mark Wilson

    7. DOJ to Challenge States Voting Laws

    Not so fast, Texas. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would challenge Southern states, starting with Texas, that immediately moved to enact or enforce new restrictive voting laws after the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the Voting Rights Act last month. In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder said that he planned to subject Texas, the first state to jump at the chance to impose new voter-ID and redistricting laws, to “preclearance” requirements. “Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to subject states to preclearance as necessary,” Holder said. “My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

    July 25, 2013 10:12 AM

  9. CLOCK’S TICKING Madison Sq. Garden Gets Lease Limit Bruce Bennett

    8. Madison Sq. Garden Gets Lease Limit

    After a City Council vote yesterday, Madison Square Garden has been given 10 years to live. After that, the Knicks and Rangers will have to find a new residence. The vote went 47–1 to limit the arena’s presence, which occurred because of ongoing plans to renovate Penn Station. Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has been at the forefront of the push, and wrote in a letter last month that the arena must be moved to a different location in order to stimulate development of a new station and the neighborhood. Madison Square Garden opened in 1968. The Brooklyn Nets just opened the Barclays Center this past season, but they probably wouldn’t be too keen on sharing, given a growing rivalry between the city’s two NBA teams.

    July 25, 2013 12:43 PM

  10. do not pass go Monopoly Gets Rid of Jail

    9. Monopoly Gets Rid of Jail

    Kids these days don't even have enough time for a little stint in jail. The newest version of Hasbro's Monopoly has done away with an iconic part of the game: jail. The new game, Monopoly Empire, allows players to collect big-name companies like McDonald's and Xbox and can be completed in 30 minutes. Apparently, kids are busier today than ever before in history, and board games have been adjusting accordingly. Your loss, children—we older folk know jail builds character.

    July 25, 2013 3:34 PM

  11. TAKING CONTROL Bynes’s Mom Files for Conservatorship Raymond Hall/FilmMagic, via Getty

    10. Bynes’s Mom Files for Conservatorship

    It’s about time. The mom of troubled former child star Amanda Bynes has reportedly filed for conservatorship over her daughter, who’s currently being treated in a psychiatric hospital. Bynes is allegedly suffering from an illness “with schizophrenic tendencies” and was arrested and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold after lighting a fire in the driveway of an elderly woman Monday. The conservatorship would give Bynes’s mom authority over certain parts of her life and will be discussed in court Friday. Bynes and her father has been estranged, but he has visited her in the hospital.

    Amanda Bynes has lived a long and tragic odyssey, from Nickelodeon starlet to media sideshow.

    July 25, 2013 9:42 PM

  12. Left Behind Paula Deen’'s Cook Speaks J. Pat Carter/AP

    11. Paula Deen’s Cook: She Left Me Behind

    A cook and former close friend of Paula Deen’s revealed a complicated history with the embattled Food Network star, where intimacy and specters of the South’s racist past blended together. Deen originally hired Dora Charles as a cook at a Best Western restaurant, but the two became close friends when Deen opened her first restaurant in Georgia. They celebrated their birthdays together, and Charles developed recipes and trained cooks for Deen’s growing empire. Deen told her that some day they would get rich together. But Charles says Deen also used racial slurs, asked her to ring a dinner bell outside the restaurant, and wanted another black employee to dress in an “Aunt Jemima” costume. As Deen’s business took off, she began treating Charles like just another employee, paid $10 an hour.

    July 25, 2013 9:42 AM

  13. SQUEE Rare Zonkey Born in Italy

    12. Rare Zonkey Born in Italy

    Everyone on the Internet stopped what they were doing today to look and squeal with delight over a baby Zonkey, who looks sort of like a donkey wearing striped knee-highs that was born several days ago at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy. The rare zebra donkey hybrid, named Ippo, wasn't intentionally bred, but came into the world thanks to the determined efforts of his beefy zebra dad, who scaled a protective fence in order to mate with an endangered donkey. Zonkeys, also called zedonks or zebroids, are special products of parents with two different types of DNA so they often aren't able to have babies of their own.

    July 25, 2013 4:20 PM

  14. POLL 56 Percent Support Abortion Limits Eric Gay/AP

    13. 56 Percent Support Abortion Limits

    As lawmakers in multiple states and Washington push for new restrictions on abortion, a new poll shows Americans have complex feelings about the issue. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56 percent of Americans think abortion should be restricted after 20 weeks rather than the 24 weeks under current law. But 54 percent also oppose laws that would restrict abortion clinics from operating. Support for legal abortion is holding strong at about 55 percent, and a majority oppose laws like the controversial bill recently passed in Texas that require abortion clinics to meet hospital standards, which often forces them to close.

    July 25, 2013 9:35 AM

  15. Risk Factor Tall Women More Prone to Cancer Foto-Docs/Corbis

    14. Tall Women More Prone to Cancer

    A woman’s chances of being diagnosed with cancer post-menopause increases with her height, a new study reported. Researchers tested a group of 145,000 women between ages 50 and 79 and found that height was more associated with cancer than risk factors such as obesity. For every extra 4 inches of height, women were 13 percent more likely to develop any form of cancer. The researchers clarify that height isn’t a risk factor in itself; rather, childhood factors like diet and hormones may separately affect both growth and future cancer risk.

    July 25, 2013 4:22 PM

  16. SECONDS TOO LATE Shark Kills Girl During Rescue via YouTube

    15. Shark Kills Girl During Rescue

    An 18-year-old girl’s life ended in tragedy on the coast of Brazil, where Bruna Gobbi was fatally bitten by a bull shark as she was being rescued from drowning. Gobbi and her cousin had been swimming but they began to struggle in the water, and lifeguards were dispatched to save them. The boat had just arrived when the giant shark bit Gobbi, severing her leg. The grisly incident was caught on video by other beachgoers, spreading terror through the country and leading lawmakers to recommend a ban on swimming near Recife, the site of multiple shark attacks.

    July 25, 2013 7:23 AM

  17. EWWW Luxury Cruise Ship Fails Inspection

    16. Luxury Cruise Ship Fails Inspection

    The Centers for Disease Control’s ship sanitation unit launched a surprise inspection of the Silver Shadow after an anonymous crew member sent photos of meat stashed in the sinks of crew members’ rooms and food trolleys hidden in hallways—part of a systematic effort to avoid citations during a previous inspection. The ship received a failing grade of 82 (84 is “less than satisfactory”), and crew members said they were asked to store unrefrigerated meat and cheese in their rooms during the inspection. One lawyer who files suits against cruise lines for abuses said that, according to employees, such inspection-evasion techniques are typical.

    July 25, 2013 7:25 AM

  18. IT’S OFFICIAL Jason Sudeikis Leaving SNL Theo Wargo / Getty Images

    17. Jason Sudeikis Leaving SNL

    Now who’s gonna play Biden in 2016? Jason Sudeikis told David Letterman last night that after 10 years on the show, he wouldn’t be returning for the next season of Saturday Night Live. When asked just how long someone could stay on SNL, the writer and comedian said, “Well, I mean, a person can go as long as they want. I mean, Lorne [Michaels] has been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years, you know. But me, yeah, no, I’m definitely done.” He’s the latest cast member to jump ship; fan favorites Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg left in 2012, and Seth Meyers is rumored to be out as well.

    Watch Jason Sudeikis' best moments from his remarkable SNL career.

    July 25, 2013 11:13 AM

  19. BUSINESS AS USUAL House Votes to Continue Phone Taps Mark Wilson

    18. House Votes to Continue Phone Taps

    The House of Representatives voted down a measure on Wednesday that would have stopped the government from indiscriminately collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. By a vote of 217 to 205, lawmakers rejected Republican Rep. Justin Amash's proposal to end the program leaked by contractor Edward Snowden. The White House, national-security experts, and the Republican establishment lobbied against the measure, which would still have required passage in the Senate and the president's signature before it ended the wiretapping.

    July 24, 2013 7:10 PM

  20. blowout Gulf Gas Explosion Still Burning Fox News

    19. Gulf Gas Explosion Still Burning

    A fire sparked by a natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico is still burning 24 hours after it began on Tuesday. Forty-four workers were evacuated when the explosion occurred, but none were injured. Officials are uncertain about how much natural gas is leaking from the site, which is 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana, but there is reportedly a “light sheet” spread over a half mile of water that is “dispersing quickly.”

    July 24, 2013 9:36 PM

  21. Compromise Senate Passes Student-Loan Deal Elise Amendola / AP Photo

    20. Senate Passes Student-Loan Deal

    A controversial plan to restructure government student loans, which recently experienced a hike in interest rates, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday. More than a dozen Democrats voted against the White House–backed legislation, saying that by tying interest rates to market prices, students will end up paying more in the long run. "Students—all students—will end up paying far higher interest rates on their loans than they do right now," Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said. The vote passed 81–18. As a compromise, a bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiated a cap on the interest, though they're still higher than current rates.

    July 24, 2013 6:59 PM

  22. In solidarity George H.W. Bush Shaves Head via Twitter

    21. George H.W. Bush Shaves Head

    Well, this is just adorable. After noticing that a number of his Secret Service detail had shaved their heads in solidarity with an agent’s 2-year-old son who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, former president George H.W. Bush decided to join the support team and get rid of his gray locks. The Bush Protective Division has launched a website called “Patrick’s Pals” to raise money for the boy’s medical bills, which George and Barbara Bush have donated to as well. The Bushes have a deep personal connection to the cause: they lost their second child at age 4 to leukemia 60 years ago.

    July 24, 2013 6:03 PM

  23. ‘Mr. Penis Guy’ Sexter’s Mom, Friends Speak Out Kathy Willens/AP

    22. Sexter’s Mom, Friends Speak Out

    Two days after Anthony Weiner confessed to sending more explicit sexual messages to a young woman after his resignation from Congress over the same behavior, people close to the woman, identified as 22-year-old Sydney Leathers, have begun to talk. “God help New York if he gets elected,” said her mother, who lives in Illinois. A childhood friend said Leathers told her last summer she was texting with Weiner. “I go, ‘Really? THE Anthony Weiner, Mr. Penis Guy?’” the friend said. “I said, ‘Doesn’t he have a wife?’ She said, ‘Oh yeah.’ She just kind of brushed it off like it was nothing.” The friend said Leathers likely tried to get to Weiner on purpose. “He was so stupid to get involved with someone like her.” Other high school friends (who of course may no longer be friends) said her “main goal” was to become famous.

    July 25, 2013 8:13 AM

  24. CLASSIFIED CIA Trove Features Bin Laden’s Gun AP

    23. CIA Trove Features Bin Laden’s Gun

    Somewhere inside the belly of CIA headquarters lies artifacts from decades of intelligence gathering, including drones disguised as insects and Osama bin Laden’s AK-47. Found next to his body during the Navy SEALs’ raid on his Pakistani compound, bin Laden’s assault rifle is the most recent addition to the CIA museum’s vast collection of gadgets, spyware, and the like. The Russian-made AK-47 is displayed in a glass case with an al Qaeda training manual found in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. But don’t expect to get close look at the gun or any of the other artifacts in the museum, which isn’t open to the public. Visits are invite-only, though NBC News recently got a peek and recorded it for the rest of us on camera.

    July 24, 2013 5:14 PM

  25. On Top NYC Poll: Weiner Still Leads Richard Drew/AP

    25. NYC Poll: Weiner Still Leads

    He’s keeping it up for now: Anthony Weiner leads the New York mayor’s race in a new poll that began July 18 and ended the day after Weiner confessed to new sexual messages he sent after his high-profile resignation from Congress. The Quinnipiac poll of the Democratic primary puts Weiner in first with 26 percent of the vote, ahead of Christine Quinn, with 22 percent, and former city comptroller Bill Thompson, with 20 percent. If Weiner dropped out, Quinn’s support would rise to 30 percent, according to the poll, though she would lose to Thompson in a runoff.

    July 25, 2013 7:06 AM

  26. WHAM!

    26. SAC Capital Indicted

    The federal government has brought down the hammer. On Thursday, federal authorities unveiled a series of charges against the hedge fund SAC Capital, which is run by billionaire Steven A. Cohen. The charges attempt to take criminal actions by employees and ascribe them to the company itself. Cohen is not specifically linked to any of the insider trading for which his company is charged. The indictment comes a week after the SEC filed civil charges against Cohen for failing to supervise employees who have been accused of insider trading. As The New York Times notes, charges against companies are rare due to the wider effects they can have on the economy and on innocent employees. This indictment could be a damaging blow to SAC, which has seen major investors withdraw cash as the investigations have mounted.

    July 25, 2013 10:25 AM