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  1. really Obama to Repatriate Two Gitmo Inmates Joe Raedle/Getty

    1. Obama to Repatriate Two Gitmo Inmates

    Is this the beginning of the end for the controversy-ridden Guantánamo Bay? On Friday, the White House announced plans to repatriate two detainees of the detention facility to Algeria. “As the president has said, the United States remains determined to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay,” said Press Secretary Jay Carney, adding, “We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security.” Carney also asked Congress to cooperate with efforts to close the prison. The long-held prisoners have recently been in the midst of a hunger strike in an attempt to bring attention to their plight.

    July 26, 2013 2:53 PM

  2. All In Anthony Weiner Will Not Pull Out Richard Drew/AP

    2. Anthony Weiner Will Not Pull Out

    Anthony Weiner took the mic for the second time this week to make it crystal clear that he is still very much in the race for New York City mayor. Though reporters continued to ask questions about Sydney Leathers and Carlos Danger, Weiner kept his cool. While he called the questions valid, he said "I'm going to have to hope that sooner or later we're going to have to get back to issues people care about. Many people want to talk about their future, not necessarily my past." Give us another week.

    July 26, 2013 4:25 PM

  3. TENSIONS RISE Sen. Coburn: Defunding Obamacare 'Dishonest' Susan Walsh / AP Photo

    3. Coburn: Defunding Obamacare 'Dishonest'

    Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, known for cutting federal spending, said that defunding Obamacare would endanger GOP accomplishments. Coburn also called Sen. Mike Lee's efforts to defund the plan "dishonest" and "terribly dangerous," fueling tensions in an already uneasy Republican Party. Criticizing several fellow Republican senators who have signed a pledge that would stop any funds for the Affordable Care Act, Coburn added "I’d be leading the charge if I thought this would work. But it will not work." His bottom line: “The worst thing is being dishonest with your base about what you can accomplish, ginning everybody up and then creating disappointment." Obamacare is set to go fully into effect on January 1, 2014. 

    July 26, 2013 7:33 PM

  4. Open Fire Egypt Rival Rallies Turn Deadly Manu Brabo/AP

    4. Egypt Rival Rallies Turn Deadly

    On Friday night, Egypt was stage to hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrating in rival rallies in support of and in opposition to the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi. In Tahrir Square, army supporters lit fireworks in celebration, but 17 were killed and hundreds injured at a "peaceful protest" by thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo. Fighting in Alexandria claimed seven lives, and additional hundreds were reportedly hurt. State media reported that Morsi has been detained for 15 days and will be investigated for charges that he conspired with Hamas to carry out attacks in the 2011 revolution.

    July 26, 2013 7:26 PM

  5. they keep comin' Deen Denies New Racism Claims Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty

    5. Deen Denies New Racism Claims

    Remember Paula Deen? She's still here, and still denying allegations of racism. In a recent New York Times article, a longtime black employee and "soul sister" of the embattled celebrity chef claims she was treated unfairly due to her race. Dora Charles alleges she was denied pay raises and was asked to do things she considered demeaning. A spokesperson for Deen responded, saying the issue "is about money, not race" and that Charles is "trying to cash in on the current situation."

    July 26, 2013 5:17 PM

  6. Well That's Nice Holder to Russia: We Won’t Execute Snowden Tatyana Lokshina/Human Rights Watch, via AP

    6. Holder to Russia: We Won’t Execute Snowden

    The U.S. assuring Russia it will treat political prisoners fairly? Is it opposite day? Attorney General Eric Holder told Russia Friday that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in hopes of convincing them to hand him over. Holder sent a letter July 23 in response to the news that Snowden was applying for temporary asylum in Russia, assuring Moscow that Snowden would be given “all the protections that United States law provides” and that the government would not seek the death penalty even if Snowden was eligible for it. Holder also said that Snowden would be tried in civilian court—another thing Americans who cross the government can no longer be sure of.

    July 26, 2013 11:29 AM

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    7. Boy Swallowed by Dune Returns Home

    In case sinkholes weren't scary enough, now you have to watch out for human-swallowing sand dunes as well. Earlier this month, a 6-year-old boy was buried 11 feet below the surface of a sand dune for four hours. Now, after a week of sedation and four days of rehabilitative care at a Chicago children's hospital, he's returning home. Geologists are still unable to explain what caused the hole that swallowed Nathan Woessner, but they will be testing the dunes at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for abnormalities.

    July 26, 2013 10:23 PM

  8. Here Goes Again DSK Charged with Pimping Jacques Brinon/AP

    8. DSK Charged with Pimping

    Just when he thought he was safe. Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing trial on charges of “aggravated pimping” for activities relating to orgies he attended in a French hotel in 2010 and 2011. French law describes pimping as aiding or encouraging prostitution, but prosecutors tacked on the more serious charge because there was more than one sex worker. Strauss-Kahn claims he didn’t know they were prostitutes. It sounds bad, but the most recent charges are a lot milder than the multiple allegations of assault and attempted rape the former French presidential hopeful has been accused of in the last few years.   

    July 26, 2013 11:06 AM

  9. DEEPWATER HORIZON Halliburton: We Destroyed Evidence Gerald Herbert/AP

    9. Halliburton: We Destroyed Evidence

    Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty of destroying evidence critical to the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and soaked the Gulf of Mexico in oil in 2010. The company ordered workers to erase simulations that led to BP ignoring its advice about the construction of the ill-fated deep-sea oil rig. The deletions were part of an effort to shift blame onto BP, which has also pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Halliburton will pay the maximum fine of $200,000 for the crime, and has made a voluntary $55 million donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

    July 26, 2013 7:19 AM

  10. JUSTICE Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Guilty Tony Dejak/AP

    10. Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Guilty

    Former school bus driver turned sexual predator Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to more than 937 counts of rape, kidnapping, and assault Friday, landing him life in prison without parole—plus 1,000 years. The judge made it clear to Castro that his decision to accept the plea deal means that he will never attend a trial. The 53-year-old—who held three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade—told the judge he had “sexual problems” and an addiction to pornography. “I would just like to say that I was also a victim as a child,” Castro added at the end.

    July 26, 2013 10:45 AM

  11. TICK TOCK Sperm Quality Suffers After 35 Antonio Calanni/AP

    11. Sperm Quality Suffers After 35

    A new study just sped up the biological clock for men. According to researchers at Reproductive Technology Laboratories in Los Angeles who analyzed sperm from 5,081 men between the ages of 16 and 72, sperm quality starts to decrease after 35, which means men have a harder time conceiving and carry an increased risk of miscarriage for their partners. Previous studies put the age of sperm deterioration at 40. “Whether it’s 35 or 40, the message from this and other papers is that men should be aware of age-related changes in their reproductive system and if they wish to become fathers they shouldn’t leave it too late,” said Allan Pacey, a fertility specialist. Tell that to Larry King.

    July 26, 2013 12:19 PM

  12. NOT RESIGNING San Diego Mayor to Seek Therapy Tom Gannam/AP

    12. San Diego Mayor to Seek Therapy

    After allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced about San Diego Mayor Bob Filner—amid mouting pressure to resign—he apologized, saying "I must take responsibility for my conduct" at a press conference. He announced plans to seek two weeks of therapy starting August 5. Four more women had come forward to accuse the mayor of sexual harassment. The accusers—including a retired Navy admiral, a San Diego State University dean, an association head, and a businesswoman—said they had also been victims of unwanted sexual advances from the mayor. One woman alleges Filner told her she was beautiful and wanted to date her after his reelection. Another said he “slobbered down my chin.” The total tally is now up to seven women, and the sheriff’s department has established a special hotline for more harassment reports. On Thursday night, city Democratic leaders decided they would ask Filner to step down.

    July 26, 2013 3:15 PM

  13. MORE WEINER Sydney Leathers: ‘I’m Disgusted’

    13. Sydney Leathers: ‘I’m Disgusted’

    Anthony Weiner’s most recently revealed sexting partner, Sydney Leathers (yep, that’s her real name), revealed the details of their relationship in an interview last night on Inside Edition. The 23-year-old Illinois native said she initiated contact but that Weiner soon pumped up the sexual volume of each message and soon the two were having phone sex at least twice weekly. The relationship ended in November 2012—according to the poli-sci major, Weiner became jealous of other men posting on her Facebook page—and Leathers said he asked her to erase any evidence of their electronic tryst before he ran for mayor. “I feel sick about it. I’m disgusted by him. He is not who I thought he was,” Leathers said. Right, because those messages were so gentlemanly.

    July 26, 2013 10:05 AM

  14. SPAIN CRASH Train Driver Bragged About Speed AP

    14. Train Driver Bragged About Speed

    Hope this guy was having fun: the driver of the train that derailed Wednesday in Santiago de Compestela, Spain, made no secret of his speeding ways: he posted a photo on Facebook last year of a train’s speedometer at about 125 miles per hour, and said he was driving trains so fast he would “get a fine.” Garzon Amo, 52, is now in the hospital under police watch after the crash, which happened at high speed and killed 80 passengers. “We are human,” he said on the train’s black box recorder after the accident. “I hope there are no dead because they would fall on my conscience.” He became a fully authorized driver in 2003, and has worked for the Spanish railway Renfe for 30 years.

    Watch raw video of the terrible train crash in Spain.

    July 26, 2013 6:53 AM

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  16. EDUCATION DECLINE Rising Economy Hits Colleges Mario Tama/Getty

    15. Rising Economy Hits Colleges

    College enrollment boomed in recent years as people sought to upgrade skills and hide from a feeble labor market. But as the economy gains momentum, colleges are finding it harder to fill their classes—especially at community and for-profit colleges. Adults who enrolled in school because of a crummy job market are now being pulled back into the working economy. Enrollment fell by about 2 percent in the 2012–13 school year. Ivy Leagues, which will always have a willing population of attendees, will not feel the impact as much as the colleges we don’t see in U.S. News and World Report rankings. Many schools that rely largely on tuition dollars are concerned about keeping their doors open.

    July 26, 2013 1:06 PM

  17. Beemageddon Study: Fungicides May Kill Bees

    16. Study: Fungicides May Kill Bees

    Mystery solved? Not quite, but we may be getting closer: a study published Friday reveals crucial new evidence for a possible explanation of “colony collapse disorder,” a phenomenon that has been wiping out bees on the West Coast of the U.S. and raising alarm that declining populations may negatively impact agriculture. The study found that bees who ingested pollen contaminated by certain fungicides, long believed to be harmless to insects, were three times more likely to become infected by the parasite Nosema ceranae, which is implicated in the mass bee colony deaths. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have been trying to halt pesticide use that could be causing the problem, but the new study shows that interactions between pesticides and fungicides make the situation for bees even more complex.

    July 26, 2013 8:56 AM

  18. ART GENIUS Walter De Maria Dies at 77 Angelika Platen/Newscom

    17. Walter De Maria Dies at 77

    Legendary minimalist artist and sculptor Walter De Maria died Thursday of a stroke at the age of 77. The California native’s most famous work, The Lightning Field, consists of 400 steel poles embedded in a grid in the New Mexico desert. While he never gained widespread attention—De Maria detested photos of himself and rarely gave interviews—critics applauded his large-scale works as daring and intelligent. The Dia Art Foundation, a group that he worked with for most of his career, has called him “one of the greatest artists of our time.”

    July 26, 2013 1:14 PM

  19. OPENING WEEKEND NYT: ‘Blue Jasmine’ Is Critic’s Pick Jessica Miglio/Sony

    18. NYT: ‘Blue Jasmine’ Is Critic’s Pick

    If you’re wondering whether to see or skip Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine, the thumbs are pointing up: New York Times critic Manohla Dargis says the movie is Allen’s “most sustained, satisfying and resonant film since Match Point.” Cate Blanchett has received all-around raves for her performance as a broken, pill-popping wife of a disgraced investment banker as she migrates from Park Avenue to her sister’s ordinary home in San Francisco. Dargis says that Blanchett “maintains a vise grip on the character’s humanity” despite her insanity and unlikability. Blue Jasmine has a 78 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    July 26, 2013 7:25 AM

  20. Desecrated Lincoln Memorial Vandalized William Manning / Corbis

    19. Lincoln Memorial Vandalized

    The Lincoln Memorial was found vandalized Friday morning when an officer stopped by on patrol around 1:20 a.m. The cop found green paint splattered across the floor of the monument and on the base of the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln. Reporters were unable to see the paint, but said park officials were inside. The monument has been closed indefinitely and an investigation is under way.

    July 26, 2013 8:26 AM

  21. Closing Argument  Prosecutor Casts Manning as ‘Anarchist’ Patrick Semansky/AP

    20. Prosecutor Casts Manning as ‘Anarchist’

    In the final moves of Bradley Manning’s high-profile military trial for leaking documents to WikiLeaks, prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein attempted to portray the 25-year-old private as a wild anarchist and a traitor to the U.S. “He was a traitor, a traitor who understood the value of compromised information in the hands of the enemy and took deliberate steps to ensure that they, along with the world, received it,” Fein said. Fein spoke from late morning until 6 p.m., going over many documents in detail. Defense attorney David Coombs will deliver his closing argument Friday. The trial is being watched for its unprecedented attempt to charge a whistleblower with “aiding the enemy,” as a conviction on those grounds would have deep implications for investigative journalism and free speech.

    July 26, 2013 7:07 AM

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

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

    23. 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

  25. Could it Be True? Israel Promises ‘Territorial Concessions’ Majdi Mohammed/AP

    24. Israel Promises ‘Serious Territorial Concessions’

    As peace talks take shape between Israel and Palestine, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that his country is ready to make “very serious territorial concessions” to reach an agreement, and that a demilitarized Palestinian state is the only solution to hostilities. Steinitz said that reaching an agreement would be difficult for both sides, and would require compromises. “I am confident that most Israelis will support it—even if we will have to make considerable and difficult concessions, including territorial concessions,” Steinitz said. As for Jerusalem, however, the “status quo is the only option.” Talks are scheduled to resume next week when Justice Minister Tzipi Livni meets her Palestinian counterpart in Washington.

    July 26, 2013 6:56 AM

  26. Dark Arts Joking, and Writing, About Rape via Twitter

    25. Joking, and Writing, About Rape

    “The rape joke is that you were 19 years old,” Patricia Lockwood’s poem for The Awl begins. “The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.” The piece weaves around the story of an assault, citing details from the perpetrator’s goatee to the comic apology present he gives his victim afterward: a copy of the Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds. Can humor heal, the narrator asks? “when you told people,” she says, “you laughed, and that was the rape joke.” Yes, laughter can ease pain—but the poem also suggests, with an incredibly light touch, the pain you may evoke with an offhand, off-color joke. Think before you laugh, it seems to say. And before you judge: “If you write a poem called ‘Rape Joke,’” she laments, “you’re asking for it to become the only thing people remember about you.”

    July 26, 2013 11:53 AM