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  1. RIP Former Rep. and Women’s Advocate, Lindy Boggs, Dies at 97 Plinio Lepri/AP

    1. Lindy Boggs Dies at 97

    Lindy Boggs, the former Louisiana congresswoman and a staunch supporter of civil and women’s rights, died on Saturday in her home at the age of 97. Boggs filled her husband Hale Bogg’s seat in 1973 after he died in a plane crash, then went on to serve nine terms. Before his death, as a congressional wife, Lindy Boggs supported civil rights legislation, Head Start, and antipoverty programs. Lindy Boggs, was raised on Southern plantation, and said her southern charm was instrumental to her effectiveness as a legislator. Without Boggs, “sex” and “marital status” would not have been included as classes prohibited from discrimination by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974; before its passage, most women couldn’t even get a credit card in their own names. “You played the Washington game with confidence and authority and graciousness,” she wrote in her 1994 memoir, summing up her success in politics. 

    July 27, 2013 1:58 PM

  2. NEED FOR SPEED Spain Train Driver Being Held Xoan Soler/La Voz de Galicia, via AP

    2. Spain Train Driver Being Held

    Jose Garzon Amo, the Spanish train driver whose obsession with speed ended with the deaths of at least 78 people on Wednesday, is expected to be interviewed by a judge today after checking out of the hospital. Amo was allegedly driving twice the speed limit around a tight curve. The eight-carriage train was derailed and smashed into a wall. Although he has refused to answer questions, the Interior Minister said Amo had been taken to a police station after treatment for minor injuries and was held on suspicion of negligent homicide.

    July 27, 2013 1:15 PM

  3. PROGRESS Syria and U.N. 'Moving Forward' AMC/AP

    3. Syria and U.N. 'Moving Forward'

    After weeks of anticipation, the Syrian government and the U.N. have agreed "on ways of moving forward" with investigations on the use of chemical weapons against rebels, according to Syrian state media. Syria invited the U.N to investigate an alleged chemical attack in March on a village in the north. But the government refused to investigate other reputed chemical attacks, and there is no indication whether "moving forward" includes investigating these other claims.

    July 27, 2013 10:36 AM

  4. STANDOFF Gunman, Six More Die in FL Alan Diaz/AP

    4. Gunman, Six More Die in FL

    Tragedy once again struck in Florida on Saturday when a man shot six people in Hialeah, a town just north of Miami. He took hostages in an apartment complex initiating an eight-hour standoff ended by a SWAT team entering the building and shooting him dead. Authorities found five bodies at the scene with another nearby, including an elderly man and woman who managed the operated the apartment complex. Two hostages survived.

    July 27, 2013 1:12 PM

  5. TRAGIC Bride-to-be Killed in Boat Accident WABC-TV/AP

    5. Bride-to-be Killed in Boat Accident

    The body of soon-to-be-bride, Lindsey Stewart, was found this afternoon after the boat she and members of her wedding party were aboard crashed into a barge last night on New York's Hudson River. All six passengers were thrown into the water. Her fiancé, Brian Bond survived, as did three other male friends, but the search continues for Mark Lennon, who would have been the best man. "She's supposed to be married two weeks from today," the bride’s mother, Carol Stewart said. "It just can't end like this." The boat's driver, Jojo K. John, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving while under the influence. 

    July 27, 2013 4:52 PM

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

    6. 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

  7. IN CLOSING Defense: Manning Meant Well Cliff Owen/AP

    7. Defense: Manning Meant Well

    As one whistleblowing scandal rages on another is coming to a quiet close. On Thursday, a prosecutor delivered closing arguments in the trial of Bradley Manning, an Army private who leaked U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. The day after Manning was called a "traitor" and "anarchist," his defense attorney had his turn. In the counter-narrative, Manning was called "a good-intentioned soldier who had human life and his humanist beliefs center to his decisions" and that his actions were intended to improve public knowledge and debate. It's up to a single judge to determine which story wins out. But either way, it holds massive consequences for future leakers.

    July 27, 2013 10:53 AM

  8. TO BE CONTINUED Bernanke Won’t Be Replaced Until Fall Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    8. Bernanke Won’t Be Replaced Until Fall

    There's been a lot of speculation on who will succeed Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, but maybe everyone should slow down: Obama won't pick a successor until the fall, said an administration official on Friday. Although the choice seems to have been narrowed down to Janet Yellen (Bernanke's number two) and Lawrence Summers (Clinton's Treasury secretary), Obama has not yet made a decision. The next Fed chairman, whoever it is, will be responsible for transitioning the country out of recession mode and moving the central bank back toward a more traditional monetary policy.

    July 27, 2013 11:54 AM

  9. OLD WOUNDS NC To Pay Sterilization Victims Joey Ivansco/AP

    9. NC To Pay Sterilization Victims

    You may think that eugenics is the stuff of ancient history, a dark chapter of a distant past we'd like to forget. Targets in the United States included people in institutions, the "feeble-minded" and children of alcoholics. But it went on in the form of forced sterilization into the 1970s, and now one state proposes to right its governmental wrongs. North Carolina, which likely sterilized 7,000 people between 1929 and 1974, passed legislation on Thursday to give $10 million in compensation to victims, of whom only about 200 have yet come forward. Each victim would get about $50,000. If the governor signs the bill, North Carolina will become the first state to compensate such victims.

    July 27, 2013 12:03 PM

  10. NATIONAL (CALORIE) DEBT Overweight Chef Kicked Out of New Zealand Joerg Sarbach/AP

    10. Overweight Chef Kicked Out of New Zealand

    It was only a matter of time until the worldwide crises of obesity and immigration law met in the wildest of ways. Immigration officials in New Zealand say that they have told a South African chef he must leave the country. Why? His weight. The man, who weighs 286 pounds, moved to Christchurch six years ago at an even higher weight of 352 pounds. Nevertheless, the country, nearly 30 percent of whose population is overweight, claims he does not represent "an acceptable standard of health." New Zealand may be on its way to violating one of the most important maxims of cooking: never trust a skinny chef.

    July 27, 2013 12:10 PM

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

    11. 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

  12. ROLE REVERSAL Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers' Comp Dave Jones/UC Davis, via AP

    12. Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers' Comp

    Someone is seeking compensation in the 2011 pepper spray incident at UC-Davis, and it's not who you think. John Pike, whose image went viral after he was photographed pepper-spraying several students sitting in a row on the ground during an Occupy protest, is seeking workers' compensation due to psychiatric injury he claims to have suffered in connection to the incident. He was fired a year ago, eight months after an investigation ruled that his actions were unwarranted. The settlement conference for the bizarre case is set for August 13.

    July 27, 2013 11:56 AM

  13. MORSI DEMONSTRATIONS 'Scores' Killed in Egypt Manu Brabo/AP

    13. 'Scores' Killed in Egypt

    The turmoil in Egypt continued overnight on Friday and into Saturday as more people were injured and killed in ongoing protests. Doctors in Cairo say over 100 protesters supporting ousted President Morsi were killed in the city and that over 1,500 were hurt. The state health ministry disputes the numbers, putting the death toll at 38. Protests were held by both sides overnight, with the anti-Morsi side in Tahrir Square and tens of thousands of pro-Morsi activists staging a sit-in at a mosque. The interior minister vowed to end the protests on Saturday through legal means, although nothing has happened as yet.

    July 27, 2013 10:50 AM

  14. MEOW So Long, Cat Allergies SevereAvoidance/YouTube

    14. So Long, Cat Allergies

    If you've been using your cat allergy as an excuse to stay far away from your Great-Aunt Mildred's place, you might need a new alibi: researchers at Cambridge University may have found a cure. After successfully identifying what causes the allergic reaction—a specific protein found in feline dander—scientists say they now know exactly what pill (or inhaler) could work to stop it. If the medicine gets FDA approval, a cat allergy remedy may be on the market as early as 5 years. Next up, gluten?

    July 27, 2013 4:24 PM