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  1. BACKING OFF Florida Reviewing ‘Stand Your Ground’ Mario Tama/Getty Images

    1. Florida Reviewing ‘Stand Your Ground’

    Is this the beginning of the end? Florida's Speaker of the House announced on Friday that hearings will be held this fall on the state's infamous “Stand Your Ground” laws. The laws were largely unknown to people outside of the state before the Trayvon Martin case. But following the acquittal of 17-year-old Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, the law became a rallying point for gun-control activists. One of the protesters' biggest demands: a thorough review of the decree itself—which allows the use of guns in self-defense.

    August 3, 2013 10:53 AM

  2. Deal Newsweek Sold to IBT Media

    2. Newsweek Sold to IBT Media

    Newsweek magazine is to be sold to IBT Media, the publishers of the International Business Times, the company announced Saturday. The closing of the sale is expected to happen within a week, and there will then be a transition period of 60 days. IBT Media delivers international business news to an audience of over 7 million in the U.S. and over 13 million worldwide every month. "We believe IBT will serve as an excellent new home in which Newsweek has the opportunity to thrive," read a memo to employees from Rhona Murphy, the Interim CEO of Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Newsweek merged with IAC in 2010 and moved to an all-digital format in 2012.

    August 3, 2013 6:06 PM

  3. Disaster 5 Injured in Power Plant Implosion USA Today

    3. 5 Injured in Power Plant Implosion

    A man lost his leg and four others were injured during a controlled power plant implosion on Saturday when shrapnel went flying into a spectating crowd of more than 1,000. Though the crowd was gathered in a nearby parking lot to watch the implosion of the Pacific Gas and Electric plant in Bakersfield, Calif., police say a piece of shrapnel went through several chain link fences, struck a man and crashed into a car. The 44-year-old victim also may lose his other leg because of injuries, said police. Four others were treated for minor injuries. 

    August 3, 2013 5:14 PM

  4. DAILY BREAD FDA Defines ‘Gluten-Free’ Mark Lennihan/AP

    4. FDA Defines ‘Gluten-Free’

    Celiacs, rejoice! On Friday, the FDA officially set a standard for gluten-free labeling on food products, responding to a law passed by Congress in 2004. The law called for the FDA to declare how much trace gluten could be found in a product for it to merit the label “gluten-free.” That limit is now set at 20 parts per million. The move is mainly intended to help the three million Americans with celiac disease, a condition in which antibodies act on gluten in the digestive system, damaging the small intestine. But with a $4.2 billion market for gluten-free foods—a number that has tripled since 2008—we’re guessing it’s not just the celiac-afflicted who are relieved.

    August 3, 2013 10:34 AM

  5. equality Same-Sex Couples Can Now Get Visas Mark Wilson/Getty

    5. Same-Sex Couples Can Now Get Visas

    Thanks to a new policy from secretary of State John Kerry, same-sex married couples applying for visas to the U.S. will now have equal treatment as heterosexual partners. The change means that gay couples will have visa applications considered together instead of separately, and comes after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. It applies to both foreigners in a legal marriage with a U.S. citizen and foreign same-sex couples who are legally married. "Now, as long as a marriage has been performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes it, so that it is legal, then that marriage is valid under U.S. immigration laws, and every married couple will be treated exactly the same," Kerry announced Friday.

    August 2, 2013 9:27 PM

  6. LAST-DITCH EFFORT Egypt Urges Rioters to Disband Hassan Ammar/AP

    6. Egypt Urges Rioters to Disband

    As sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi continue, officials are devising a strategy to end the demonstrations. In televised remarks on Saturday, spokesman for the Interior Ministry Hany Abdel-Latif told protestors their efforts were not helping Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood—and that in fact, they’re doing the opposite. “It is your safe and secure departure that will allow the Brotherhood to go back to its role in the political process,” Abdel-Latif said. The United States, meanwhile, is stepping up its efforts to return peace to the region, sending Middle East envoy William Burns—the second-ranking U.S. Diplomat— to Cairo.

    August 3, 2013 10:22 AM

  7. TRAGEDY Suicide Attack Kills 9 in Afghanistan Babrak/AP

    7. Suicide Attack Kills 9 in Afghanistan

    Nine civilians, most of whom were children, died on Saturday when suicide bombers attempted to attack the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The attack began when two men wearing bomb-rigged vests approached a checkpoint outside the consulate. When suspicious guards opened fire on them, a third attacker set off a bomb inside the militants' car. The bombers died in the attack, which wounded at least 24. No group has yet taken responsibility for the strike. 

    August 3, 2013 10:32 AM

  8. Olé! Great Bull Run Coming to U.S. Alvaro Barrientos/AP

    8. Great Bull Run Coming to U.S.

    When you hear the words “Bull Run,” you’re probably thinking of the two legendary Civil War battles that share the name. But come next August, the term might remind you of something similarly violent, though a lot less bloody. The Great Bull Run, an event inspired by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, will be held in several U.S. cities next summer. The event, which will feature bulls rushing through a fenced course while human participants try to stay out of their way, is set to debut August 24 in Richmond, Virginia. Events are also planned for Georgia, Texas, Florida, California, Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. We’d advise you not to wear your red t-shirt.

    August 3, 2013 1:20 PM

  9. HEAR ME ROAR NFL Names First Female Ref Duane Burleson/AP

    9. NFL Names First Female Ref

    There goes one more glass ceiling. The NFL has named its first-ever female referee. Sarah Thomas, a 40-year-old mother who has been officiating lower-level games since she was 23, began training at the New Orleans Saints facility on Thursday. In the past, she has refereed high school games and, since 2007, Conference USA games at the college level. She refereed a scrimmage for the team on Saturday and is expected to fill a permanent post in 2014. “I didn’t set out to be a first or a pioneer,” Thomas said, “but I will embrace it if that does happen.”

    August 3, 2013 2:30 PM

  10. life of the estranged Jack White Denies Threatening Wife Paul Morigi / WireImage-Getty Images

    10. Jack White Denies Threatening Wife

    Rock 'n' roll ain't always pretty. In a court filing Friday, former White Stripes frontman Jack White denied threatening his estranged wife, who was recently granted a temporary restraining order. Karen Elson showed the court emails from White that show he's unhappy with her plan for their children's education, and includes a tirade against singer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, claiming he had "ripped off" White's music. In his filing, White denied the allegations. "The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent to his wife or children," his attorney wrote.

    August 2, 2013 10:05 PM

  11. SHAMELESS Ex-FBI Agent Tried to Sell Papers Rick Bowmer/AP

    11. Ex-FBI Agent Tried to Sell Papers

    We've seen enough leakers lately—but the attempted sale of documents is a new one. Authorities announced on Friday that former FBI special agent Robert Lustyik has been accused of attempting to sell confidential documents from the bureau to a Bangladeshi man seeking to harm a political rival. The plot, which Lustyik allegedly hatched with a friend, began in 2011, when he was still with the FBI. ““I will work my magic ...We r sooooooo close,” Lustyik texted his co-conspirator. The two documents—a suspicious activity report and a memo on the buyer's rival—were allegedly set to go for at least $1,000.

    August 3, 2013 10:50 AM

  12. CASH COW Three Sequels Planned for ‘Avatar’ Virginia Mayo/AP

    12. Three Sequels Planned for ‘Avatar’

    Remember Avatar, that 3D science fiction extravaganza that James Cameron really, really hoped would win Best Picture? He and 20th Century Fox are hoping you do: they announced on this week that they planned to make three sequels to the movie. Although only two sequels were initially planned, Cameron seems to be taking a cue from the Twilight and Hobbit franchises by increasing the number of movies—and ticket sales. The first sequel to the 2009 movie will be released in 2017, with the other two following in 2018 and 2019. Better dust off those blue cat ears.

    August 3, 2013 10:58 AM

  13. Out of Jail Free SCOTUS to CA: Release 10K Prisoners California Department of Corrections, via AP

    13. SCOTUS to CA: Release 10K Prisoners

    Get ready, Californians. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled California must release nearly 10,000 prisoners. In May 2011, the court had decided state prison conditions violated the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and gave the state two years to release 30,000 prisoners, which would still leave the prisons at 37 percent above capacity. After the state began progressing toward the goal, it asked for a stay, but the court has now refused. “California must now release upon the public nearly 10,000 inmates convicted of serious crimes,” Alito wrote in his dissent, “about 1,000 for every city larger than Santa Ana.”

    August 2, 2013 4:55 PM

  14. SWEET BOTTOM LINE Red Sox to Buy Boston Globe Charles Krupa/AP

    14. Red Sox to Buy Boston Globe

    There’s something to be said for regional loyalty. John Henry, who already owns the Boston Red Sox, has now entered into an agreement to buy the city’s newspaper, the Boston Globe said Saturday. The paper has been on the market since February. It was put up for sale by The New York Times Company, which bought it in 1993 for $1.1 billion. So what’s the current going price for a Boston newspaper? Roughly 70 million dollars—just seven percent or its worth two decades ago. The all-cash sale is expected to close within 30 to 60 days.

    August 3, 2013 10:26 AM