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  1. MAJOR OPERATION FBI Arrests 150 in Sex-Trafficking Sting Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    1. FBI Arrests 150 in Sex-Trafficking Sting

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday that it has arrested 150 pimps and rescued more than 100 exploited teenagers involved in sex trafficking. Taken together, the raids, which took place in more than 70 cities, constitute the largest FBI action focused on finding sexually exploited children. The youngest child recovered was 13 years old, according to authorities. Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal-investigative division, said the bureau hopes that more people will now be aware of sex trafficking. Those arrested will face human-trafficking charges.

    July 29, 2013 11:28 AM

  2. BRAZILIAN GLOW Pope Francis Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests Evaristo Sa/Getty

    2. Pope Francis Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

    Looks like a Brazilian vacation was all Pope Francis needed to lighten up. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" Francis said on a plane returning from his week-long trip to Brazil. A reporter had asked about a Vatican monsignor who had reportedly engaged in homosexual activities. "I have yet to find anyone who has a business card that says he is gay," the pope added. While it's not a glowing acceptance of gays ("They say they exist"), it's a momentous statement. Pope Benedict XVI said that gays should not be priests.

    Here's what Twitter thinks of nonjudgmental Pop Francis.

    July 29, 2013 8:36 AM

  3. CARLOS DANGER Poll: Weiner Should Drop Out of Race Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    4. Poll: Weiner Should Drop Out of Race

    And now for some more bad news for Anthony Weiner: a Quinnipiac poll released Monday showed that a majority of Democrats think he should quit the New York City mayor’s race. Fifty-three percent of respondents said he should bow out now while 40 percent said he should stay in the race. His overall support dropped to 16 percent among Democratic voters. The poll was conducted after Weiner admitted at a press conference that he continued to sext long after he was forced to resign from Congress for sending pictures of his penis to women. The new poll showed Christine Quinn, the New York City Council speaker, ahead of the primary field with 27 percent support.

    But should Carlos Danger enter the mayoral race? Here's his campaign ad.

    July 29, 2013 3:58 PM

  4. Desecrated Woman Arrested in D.C. Vandalism J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    5. Woman Arrested in D.C. Vandalism

    An unnamed woman has been arrested in connection to the green paint found poured in two chapels of the historic Washington National Cathedral in D.C. on Monday. It's unclear if the vandalism is related to the green paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial on Friday, along with a statue outside the Smithsonian Castle. Scaffolding has been erected around the Lincoln Memorial, where workers have removed about 90 percent of the paint. We’re eagerly awaiting some explanation for the motive of this one.

    July 29, 2013 5:19 PM

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  6. BRUTAL ATTACK Dozen Car Bombs Kill 51 in Iraq Karim Kadim/AP

    6. Dozen Car Bombs Kill 51 in Iraq

    Baghdad's Monday-morning rush hour was rocked by more than 12 car bombings leaving at least 51 dead at the most recent count. The coordinated blasts, which have not been claimed but look like the work of the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda's Iraqi branch, were just the latest in a wave of violence that has taken more than 3,000 lives since April. The bombs went off in Baghdad's mostly Shiite neighborhoods. The Islamic State of Iraq has been responsible for several similar attacks intended to discredit the country's government, which is Shiite-led. Last week, 500 inmates, including senior al Qaeda members, escaped from Abu Ghraib prison.

    July 29, 2013 7:34 AM

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    7. Reza Aslan’s New Book Hits No. 1 on Amazon

    If that bizarre Fox interview with Reza Aslan was a viral marketing campaign, it was a stroke of genius. The day after an uncomfortable interview in which Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green repeatedly asked religious scholar Reza Aslan why Aslan, a Muslim, would want to write a book about Jesus, Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has skyrocketed to No. 1 on Amazon. In the interview, Green accused Aslan of hiding his faith and asked him why he would be interested in the founder of Christianity. Aslan replied that he notes he’s a Muslim on page two and explains, slowly and clearly, what a scholar is.

    July 29, 2013 12:58 PM

  8. Awkward Whistleblower Thomas Drake Works at an Apple Store Timothy Jacobsen/AP

    8. Whistleblower Thomas Drake Works at an Apple Store

    What do you do after you’ve exposed government secrets and been blacklisted from any job you might once have hoped to get? The Washington Post caught up with three whistleblowers, one of whom now lives in a mobile home in Yellowstone and fly fishes, while another has left D.C. for Oregon. Thomas Drake, who was prosecuted under the Espionage Act for voicing concerns that the NSA was invading Americans’ privacy, now works at an Apple store, where he once ran into Attorney General Eric Holder, who was shopping for iPhones. When Drake introduced himself and asked why the government is going after him, Holder quickly left with his security detail. “It’s not every day you get to talk to the chief law enforcement officer of the land about your case,” Drake said, “or at least try.”

    July 29, 2013 12:45 PM

  9. EROTICISM GONE WRONG ‘50 Shades’ Spikes Handcuff Incidents Nicholas Eveleigh/Getty

    9. ‘50 Shades’ Spikes Handcuff Incidents

    In addition to rescuing people from burning buildings and saving the occasional cat from the tree, firefighters are also frequently tasked with extracting people’s limbs from the household objects in which they tend to get stuck. More than ever, though, the London Fire Brigade has observed that people are getting stuck in handcuffs—and suggests the rise in such emergencies might have something to do with people trying to act out their favorite erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. In the past three years, the London firefighters have freed 79 people from handcuffs, while they’ve only pulled 18 kids’ heads out of toilets. Handcuff accidents may be on the rise, but the London firefighters have certainly rescued people from far more compromising positions. In 2010 the brigade responded to nine calls from people with rings stuck on their penises, and one from a man who managed to get his penis trapped in a toaster. 

    July 29, 2013 10:26 AM

  10. SORRY, BUB  ‘The Wolverine’ Disappoints Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox, via AP

    10. ‘The Wolverine’ Disappoints

    The Wolverine grabbed about $55 million at the box office over its opening weekend, which may sound like a lot before considering that the blockbuster’s opening-weekend loot was predicted to look more like $80 million, not to mention the fact that the film faced virtually no competition. Wolverine’s opening numbers are actually right on par with X-Men: First Class, which took in $55.1 million at the box office during its own opening weekend in 2011. While the action flick’s worldwide box-office total comes to about $141.1 million, Wolverine is holding its place as the second-least successful of Fox’s six X-Men films--the lowest opening movie in the series was the first, which came out 13 years ago, before the advent of the 3-D upcharge.

    July 29, 2013 7:14 AM

  11. BUH-BYE Report: Limbaugh, Hannity to Lose Radio Deals David Cannon/Getty Images

    11. Report: Limbaugh, Hannity to Lose Radio Deals

    The second-largest radio broadcasting company is reportedly ready to dump two of its most conservative talk-show hosts. Cumulus Media will be dropping Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by the end of the year, according to an industry source. That would mean that two of the biggest right-wing voices on the radio won't be available in 40 major markets across the country come 2014. The pair seems to be caught up in contract negotiations between Cumulus and Clear Channel, the company that distributes the shows. The companies have had tough negotiations before, but it looks like this time they won't be able to reach an agreement.

    July 28, 2013 8:49 PM

  12. BAILED OUT Train Operator Admits Recklessness Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

    12. Train Operator Admits Recklessness

    Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was released from jail on bail Sunday night, but his legal saga has only just begun. The 52-year-old Spanish train operator was officially charged with 79 counts of homicide after admitting to a judge that he had acted recklessly when the train he was manning derailed last week. Despite video evidence and testimonials from passengers who survived the wreckage—the country’s worst railroad accident in nearly 70 years—the railway drivers’ union has protested that the train’s black boxes have not been analyzed and so charges against Garzon Amo may be premature.

    July 29, 2013 6:34 AM

  13. Awful Bus Plummets Off Italy Highway Cesare Abbate/EPA/Landov

    13. Bus Plummets Off Italy Highway

    A bus carrying passengers returning from a Roman Catholic shrine careened off a bridge in southern Italy, killing at least 38 people, including some children. Italian media is reporting that the driver is among the dead. The bus hit 11 cars on the road before flying off the highway and falling about 100 feet into a wooded area below. Police suspect brake problems, but the cause of the accident isn't yet known. Ten people survived the crash.

    July 29, 2013 9:30 AM

  14. First Step Israel-Palestine Peace Talks to Resume Pool photo by Alex Brandon

    14. Israel-Palestine Peace Talks to Resume

    It's happening. After nearly three years of diplomatic deadlock, Israel and Palestine have agreed to resume peace negotiations starting Monday evening, the U.S. State Department said. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to propose two days of meetings, and both sides accepted. Israel's cabinet approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners Sunday, despite resistance. "This moment is not easy for me. It is not easy for the ministers. But there are moments in which tough decisions must be made for the good of the country, and this is one of those moments," Netanyahu said.

    July 28, 2013 4:10 PM

  15. HESITATING  U.S. Not Ready to Cut Aid to Egypt Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty

    15. U.S. Not Ready to Cut Aid to Egypt

    Egyptians have been demonstrating for three weeks now, but the Obama administration is still weighing its response to the brutal protests that have so far resulted in the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the deaths of at least 72 people. Though California’s Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has urged Congress to stop its $1.5 billion worth of annual aid to the embattled country, fellow lawmakers have stayed quiet about suspending assistance. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have both acknowledged the significance and severity of what’s happening in Egypt and expressed concern. And while President Obama himself ordered the delivery of four American fighter planes to the Egyptian Air Force to be halted, he has made clear that there are no plans to cut off the $1.5 billion Feinstein is pushing for.

    July 29, 2013 6:32 AM

  16. Why? $24 Million Wasted on Cuban Propaganda Plane ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP

    16. $24 Million Wasted on Cuban Propaganda Plane

    Every day for the last six years, an airplane has flown over Cuba with the intention of beaming American propaganda into Cuban TV programming. The program has cost the U.S. government more than $24 million and, because of the Cuban government's efforts to keep its broadcast signal closed, only about 1 percent of people on the island can see the American-sponsored broadcasts. The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs the program, has been trying to get Congress to give it up for the last two years, but now across-the-board budget cuts might finally force the anti-Cuban legislators that have kept AeroMarti alive to give in. Sequestration has grounded the plane in Georgia for now, but the House and Senate Appropriations Committee will eventually have to decide whether AeroMarti will ever fly again. 

    July 29, 2013 10:05 AM

  17. THAT WAS CLOSE Tour Bus Swept Up by Arizona Flood Patrick Moore/Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, via AP

    17. Tour Bus Swept Up by Arizona Flood

    When 33 tourists in northwestern Arizona boarded a bus headed for Las Vegas, chances are they’d hoped to stay on land. But partway through the return leg of a day trip to the Grand Canyon Sunday, their bus turned into a boat. The driver, seeing the car ahead of him successfully cross a flooded rural road, attempted to do the same thing when his vehicle got swept up by a flash flood and carried away about 300 yards. The bus was overturned, but, luckily, everyone on board survived without a scratch. The area where the bus lost its footing was hit with .75 inches of rain within an hour on Sunday. “It really was a strong storm dumping quite a bit of rain,” said Chris Stumpf, a National Weather Service forecaster in Las Vegas. “They should not have been driving through there."

    July 29, 2013 7:08 AM

  18. THE DIRTY DETAILS Weiner: ‘I’m Huge, I Can Help’ Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

    18. Weiner: ‘I’m Huge, I Can Help’

    The details of Anthony Weiner's extramarital sexting affair are becoming more cringeworthy by the day. Though the wannabe New York City mayor identified himself online by the alias "Carlos Danger," he made no effort to hide his true identity, reportedly telling sexting partner Sydney Leathers, "I'm huge, I can help you," offering her the use of his name and, allegedly, political power to get a ticket to the DNC and even a job at Politico. As for why she decided to expose the former congressman's latest dalliances when he'd convinced the public he'd reformed, Leathers explained, “It kind of ate me up inside that he had this secret and he was going around lying, saying he was a changed man and everything was different, great and better … I felt if I didn't speak up for myself, someone is going to speak for me.”

    Now Carlos Danger is getting into the mayor's race.

    July 29, 2013 7:38 AM

  19. Bling Cannes Jewel Heist Estimated at $136M Lionel Cironneau/AP

    19. Cannes Jewel Heist Estimated at $136M

    The Cannes jewelry heist is even bigger than originally thought, netting the burglar $136 million in jewels and diamond-encrusted watches. Yesterday a thief entered the ritzy Carlton InterContinental Hotel in Cannes, along the French Riviera, with a gun in his hand and a bandanna over his face, and walked out with a briefcase full of jewels. The jewels were part of an exhibition by a jewelry house owned by Lev Leviev, an Israeli billionaire. Incidentally, just days earlier, a member of the infamous Pink Panther jewel thief gang reportedly escaped from a Swiss prison. The Cannes heist rivals the world's biggest jewel robbery, a 2003 haul of 100 million euros worth of gems in Belgium.

    July 29, 2013 11:45 AM