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  1. Terror Report: Al Qaeda Could Use Liquid Explosive Kathryn Scott Osler/ The Denver Post, via Getty

    1. Report: Al Qaeda Could Use Liquid Explosive

    Great, now we’re going to have to fly naked. Two U.S. officials tell ABC that al Qaeda could use an “ingenious” new generation of liquid explosive that would turn clothing, when dipped and dried, into a bomb. One official said the explosive wouldn’t be detected by current security measures. The technique is believed to be the work of Ibrahim al-Asiri, the Yemen-based bomb maker who is suspected of designing the underwear bomb and bombs that are surgically implanted into people’s bodies. Nearly two dozen U.S. embassies have been closed after the U.S. intercepted messages that indicated an attack.

    August 5, 2013 4:12 PM

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    2. Two Killed in PA Town Meeting

    A gunman armed with an automatic pistol and scope opened fire on a meeting of town supervisors in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday. He apparently shot through the wall, killing three and wounding two others. “I saw smoke and plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls,” a reporter in attendance wrote. The gunman then returned to his car for a second weapon and entered the building, where he was tackled and shot by a meeting attendee.

    August 5, 2013 9:34 PM

  3. STANDING HIS GROUND Alex Rodriguez: I Am ‘Humbled’ to Play Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    3. Alex Rodriguez: I Am ‘Humbled’ to Play

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave his first statement Monday after being handed a 211-game suspension for failing to cooperate with Major League Baseball’s investigation of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in south Florida. “I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to put on this uniform again,” he said during a press conference. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that A-Rod will play so long as he’s in the clubhouse. “He’s here,” said Girardi. “He’s going to play ... He’s worked hard to get to this point.” Rodriguez, who plans to appeal his punishment and has the backing of the players’ union, can play while his case is being appealed.

    August 5, 2013 7:20 PM

  4. Big Brother, Volume 2 DEA Has a Surveillance Program Mario Tama/Getty

    4. DEA Has a Surveillance Program

    The NSA isn’t the only agency with an advanced and highly secret surveillance program, and this one is used to launch criminal investigations of Americans. Reuters reports that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration unit passes intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, and telephone records to authorities in the U.S. The unit, called the Special Operations Division, was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and comprises partner agencies including the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, and Department of Homeland Security. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the program is that agents are told to use “normal investigative techniques to recreate the information provided by SOD,” according to documents obtained by Reuters, to pretend that an arrest came from a random traffic stop and drug search, for example, rather than SOD surveillance.

    August 5, 2013 11:47 AM

  5. Bills, Bills, Bills Mandela’s Electricity Won’t Be Shut Off STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP

    5. Mandela’s Electricity Won’t Be Shut Off

    Amid the flowers and get-well notes left outside Nelson Mandela’s Johannesburg home on Monday was a non-payment notice, warning the former South African president that his electricity could soon be shut off if he doesn't pay the city $660. Did the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader seriously forget to pay his electricity bill during the past two months he's spent in the hospital suffering from a lung infection?! Please. Nelson Mandela pays his bills, even in critical condition. The notice was meant for another house, and it was actually just one of several recent incidences of the city misplacing bills. Embarrassed, the City of Johannesburg apologized profusely in a public statement.

    August 5, 2013 4:06 PM

  6. Goodbye, Grahams Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post David McNew/Getty

    6. Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post

    With barely a hint that it was on the chopping block, The Washington Post Co. sold its namesake paper to Amazon.com entrepreneur Jeff Bezos for $250 million cash. An unaffiliated Bezos is buying the Post and will become the singular owner. The Washington Post Co. will change its name and continue on without its flagship newspaper. Current CEO and dynastic head Donald Graham said the family was shocked at the first thought of selling, but Bezos's involvement changed their minds. “The Post could have survived under the company’s ownership and been profitable for the foreseeable future," he said. "But we wanted to do more than survive. I’m not saying this guarantees success, but it gives us a much greater chance of success.”

    August 5, 2013 4:40 PM

  7. JAW-DROP Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’ Win McNamee/Getty Images

    7. Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’

    After Donald Graham, The Washington Post Co. chairman, made the surprising announcement that the paper had just been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million, the staff was at a loss for words. “Everyone in the room was immediately quieted,” a staffer told Huff Post. Post publisher Katherine Weymouth acknowledged that “an announcement of this sort inevitably causes anxiety and uncertainty,” stating though that the paper’s journalistic mission would not change. Only time will tell.

    August 5, 2013 8:33 PM

  8. HARSH MEASURES Conspirators Sentenced in Turkey Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

    8. Conspirators Sentenced in Turkey

    A local court in Izmir, Turkey, handed down sentences on Monday for a handful of defendants involved in a failed coup attempt to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several high-ranking Turkish military officials along with a journalist and a lawyer were given life sentences. The case has enraged human rights activists who say the government is unfairly rounding up political opponents. The court closed off the proceedings to the families of the accused while security blocked off access to the courthouse. Demonstrators clashed with police, who fired tear gas into the crowd. Seventeen of the 275 defendants were acquitted.

    August 5, 2013 11:29 AM

  9. Performance Enhancement A-Rod Suspended Through 2014 Al Bello/Getty Images

    9. A-Rod Suspended Through 2014

    He’s outta there—almost. Alex Rodriguez has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014’s, an unprecedented 211 games in total. But he’s appealing the suspension and will continue to play until his appeal is decided, likely sometime in September. Rodriguez was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, including testosterone and human growth hormone, and for obstructing an investigation into the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. Twelve other players were suspended for 50 games.

    Watch a short history of A-Rod's doping denials, revisions, and half-truths.

    August 5, 2013 3:15 PM

  10. roses The Bachelorette Makes Her Choice Craig Sjodin/ABC

    10. The Bachelorette Makes Her Choice

    After the tragedy of last week's episode, which ended in Desiree Hartsock's pick abruptly exiting the show, this season's Bachelorette took her pick on Monday night. After going on final dates with Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney, the show's star decided against Kenney and chose Siegfried, who popped the question during the final rose ceremony. Now, to see how their love translates off-screen...


    August 5, 2013 10:40 PM

  11. BLACKMAIL GOP to NBC, CNN: Drop Your Hillary Films Scott Olson/Getty

    11. GOP to NBC, CNN: Drop Hillary Films

    Wasn’t this a plotline on The Newsroom? Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus on Monday called on NBC and CNN to drop their planned films about Hillary Clinton—or else the party won’t allow those networks to have GOP debates in the 2016 election. CNN Films has announced plans to run a feature-length film on Clinton, and NBC has announced a miniseries called Hillary starring Diane Lane. Clinton has not announced if she is even running. CNN released a statement urging the RNC to withhold judgment because the project is "in the very early stages of development and months from completion.”

    August 5, 2013 1:10 PM

  12. nightmare Boys Strangled by Escaped Python J. Pat Carter/AP

    12. Boys Strangled by Escaped Python

    Not all snake escapees are as harmlessly entertaining as the Bronx Zoo cobra. In a horrifying story from Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada, two young boys were killed after a python escaped its cage at a pet shop and strangled them in their apartment above the shop. The boys, who were 5 and 7 years old, were sleeping in the flat above the shop. It's believed the snake entered through the ventilation system. The snake was captured by police.

    August 5, 2013 8:36 PM

  13. WHERE’S THE BEEF? First Lab-grown Burger Eaten Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

    13. First Lab-grown Burger Eaten

    In this case, "it tastes like meat" counts as a ringing endorsement. Food critics sat down to taste the world's first lab-grown burger and concluded that it's a little bland, very lean, but tastes like a burger. "This is meat to me," said Austrian critic Hanni Ruetzer. The burger is an attempt by researchers to find a more sustainable way to meet the growing demand for meat. Scientists from the Netherlands’s Maastricht University, with funding from Google's Sergey Brin, took stem cells from a cow and turned them into strips of muscle and then combined them into a patty. But if it's going to be the food of the future, the price will have to come down: this one cost $300,000.

    Watch the very first taste of a "Cultured Beef" hamburger.

    August 5, 2013 7:09 AM

  14. Unbelievable Fort Hood Shooter Will Question Victims Bell County Sheriff's Department/AP

    14. Fort Hood Shooter Will Question Victims

    The victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooter will be faced with shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan again in court: Hasan is representing himself and will cross-examine them as witnesses on Tuesday. As Staff Sgt. Alonzo M. Lunsford summed it up: “I will be cross-examined by the man who shot me.” Hasan fatally shot 13 people and wounded more than 30 others when he opened fire at the Fort Hood army base in November 2009. He has been charged 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. He has acknowledged being the gunman and has said in statements in and out of court that he was trying to protect Taliban leaders from soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.

    August 5, 2013 6:56 AM

  15. WEINER’S GAL Sydney Leathers Films ‘Sex Tape’ Fortunata/Splash News

    15. Sydney Leathers Films ‘Sex Tape’

    At least someone’s career is going somewhere. Sydney Leathers—famous for sexting with Anthony Weiner—has made an adult film, TMZ reports. Vivid Entertainment is behind the film, which mostly involves masturbation. In a promotional photo, a nearly topless Leathers holds a fake newspaper with the headline “Weinergate!” “I’m Syndey Leathers,” she says in another trailer, “Anthony Weiner and I had a sexting relationship for several months and that came out in the press, so here I am.” That explains it.

    August 5, 2013 9:28 AM

  16. STILL ROLLING BART Strike Averted for Now Justin Sullivan/Getty

    16. BART Strike Averted for Now

    There’s no excuse to be late for work in the Bay Area now. San Francisco’s commuter BART lines will be running Monday after a Sunday-night intervention by California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed back the scheduled walkout by transit workers. At the request of BART management, Brown has created a three-member board of inquiry, which will be required to submit a written, public report within seven days about the state of the stalled negotiations. The transit workers are not allowed to walk out during those days. Brown could then impose a 60-day moratorium, which would delay a possible strike until October at the earliest. No one seemed very happy about the deal, with angry union leaders making the announcement at 10:15 p.m. and BART officials insisting that this was the only option to keep the trains rolling.

    August 5, 2013 6:59 AM

  17. HE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Theme-Park Lover Spends $50K on Coasters Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

    17. Theme-Park Lover Spends $50K on Coasters

    There’s nothing like the feeling of riding a roller coaster—something that Briton Marcus Gaines knows all too well. The 33-year-old television cameraman from Southampton has spent over $50,000 on traveling to 1,099 roller coasters in 251 parks—a total of 46 trips to 19 countries. “As soon as I see the track, I’m buzzing with excitement and desperate to get on board,” Gaines told the Daily Mail. At the age of 25, his “coaster count” was just 50, but he then joined the European Coaster Club, adding an average of 100 coasters a year. “It’s a form of escapism, which allows me to forget the stresses of everyday life and lose myself in the moment.” Aw, who can knock on that?

     

    August 5, 2013 7:13 AM

  18. STAND BY YOUR MAN Girardi on A-Rod: ‘I’m Not Here to Judge’ Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    18. Girardi on A-Rod: ‘I’m Not Here to Judge’

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez will play so long as he’s in the clubhouse. “He’s here,” said Girardi. “He’s going to play ... He’s worked hard to get to this point.” Rodriguez is staring down a 211-game suspension for failing to cooperate with the MLB’s investigation of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic based in south Florida. Girardi also said, “I’m not here to judge people. That’s not my job.” Rodriguez plans to appeal his punishment and has the backing of the players’ union. He can play while his case is being appealed.

    August 5, 2013 6:51 PM

  19. GET READY Oprah to Lohan: ‘Are You an Addict?’ Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

    19. Oprah to Lohan: ‘Are You an Addict?’

    Set your DVRs now: Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lindsay Lohan will be broadcast on August 18 on OWN, and the teaser that was released Sunday night promises that it will be a doozy. “Are you an addict?” Winfrey asks Lohan sternly. Another question: “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for a child star gone wrong?” None of Lohan’s answers were released. Lohan was released from a treatment center last week, granting her first post-rehab interview to Winfrey. According to TMZ, Lohan is currently traveling with a sober coach and removing all alcohol from everywhere she stays. Hopefully she’s staying away from viewings of The Canyons.

    August 5, 2013 8:58 AM

  20. Big Reveal Peter Capaldi to Play Next ‘Doctor Who’ Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

    20. Peter Capaldi to Play Next ‘Doctor Who’

    Secret is finally out. Peter Capaldi has been revealed as the 12th actor to play Doctor Who on the BBC sci-fi series. Capaldi replaces outgoing star Matt Smith, who has played the lead since 2010. "It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it's been so fantastic," 55-year-old Capaldi said. Show producer Steven Moffat announced the news on the live BBC special Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor Sunday. 

    August 4, 2013 2:48 PM

  21. SURPRISE! ‘2 Guns’ Takes Weekend Box Office Universal Pictures/AP

    21. ‘2 Guns’ Takes Weekend Box Office

    Buddy-cops movies are definitely ruling the summer 2013 box office. The buddy-cop action film 2 Guns ruled the domestic weekend box office, bringing in $27.4 million over three days, despite having a Rotten Tomatoes score of 12 percent. Smurfs 2, the live-action/animation 3-D hybrid sequel, bombed in its opening weekend, bringing in $18.2 million domestically, although its international numbers were a bit brighter—and the original made 75 percent of its money overseas. The Wolverine dropped 59 percent from last weekend, but still managed to bring in $21.7 million for the weekend and came in second, with Smurfs 2 in third and The Conjuring in fourth with $13.6 million. Despicable Me 2 still drew in huge audiences, coming in fifth with $10.3 million for an overall gross of $713.7 million.

    Before last week's premiere of "2 Guns," stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, and more talked about their movie's influence on U.S. gun culture.

    August 5, 2013 7:29 AM

  22. LET’S GIVE IT A TRY McCain, Graham to Arrive in Cairo Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

    22. McCain, Graham to Arrive in Cairo

    U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham will arrive in Cairo Monday in an effort to revive a diplomatic end to the crumbling political situation. The envoys will reportedly meet with jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of former president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a military coup in July. More than 100 pro-Morsi supporters have been killed in violence since the July coup, and two mass sit-ins were held just this past weekend in support of Morsi. Over the weekend, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns held talks with members of the Brotherhood as well as a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and the European Union. Army chief Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has insisted peace is possible if all sides reject violence.

    August 5, 2013 6:47 AM

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  24. bloody beach Suspect Arrested in L.A. Rampage Maarten Smitskamp/AP

    23. Suspect Arrested in L.A. Rampage

    Los Angeles police arrested a suspect who allegedly drove into a crowd at the Venice Beach boardwalk Saturday evening, killing one woman and injuring 11 other people. The woman who died was an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon. Thirty-eight-year-old Nathan Campbell turned himself in two hours after the attack and is now in jail, with bail set at $1 million. Witnesses said the driver seemed in control of the vehicle and was deliberately trying to run people over. One witness told KCBS: "The driver was out for blood."


    August 4, 2013 10:52 PM

  25. THIS GUY Report: A-Rod Holds Out Against Suspension Al Bello/Getty

    24. Report: A-Rod Holds Out Against Suspension

    He just won’t quit. The Associated Press reports that Alex Rodriguez is the only holdout against league punishment, as 12 other players have accepted suspensions. USA Today reports that Major League Baseball is expected to ban A-Rod through the 2014 season. Rodriguez will be in the lineup Monday night against the Chicago White Sox, however, provided he appeals the suspension immediately. If the suspension, which is the biggest since Pete Rose received a lifetime ban in 1989, goes through, Rodriguez will only lose $34 million of the $96 million remaining on his contract.

    Here's what Twitter thought when A-Rod suspension rumors popped up.

    August 5, 2013 1:57 PM

  26. looking grim U.S. Embassies to Close for a Week Alex Wong / Getty Images

    25. U.S. Embassies to Close for a Week

    On Sunday, the U.S. closed down 21 embassies across North Africa and the Middle Eastsome of which will stay shuttered from as long as a weekdue to intelligence of a potential al Qaeda–inspired attack. Earlier in the day, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed that messages intercepted have similarities to the "chatter" that preceded 9/11. "This is the most serious threat I've seen in the last several years," he said. Although information on the threat is not available to the public, another senator claimed the administration has identified 25 embassies that are particularly at risk. Diplomatic missions in Algiers, Kabul, and Baghdad will reopen Monday.

    August 4, 2013 4:52 PM

  27. FRAT BOYS Aspiring Banker: We’ll ‘Bag Hot Slampieces’ Paul Bradbury/Getty

    26. Aspiring Banker: We’ll ‘Bag Hot Slampieces’

    This is not a drill, this person really exists. Jezebel on Monday published an email from an (sadly anonymous) aspiring hedge-fund banker whose father has opened up his “low seven-figure trust fund” to start a hedge fund—and he’s looking for two employees and an intern from his own fraternity. So what will the jobs entail? A “lead analyst” who will “take care of the majority of actual analysis” since the founder will be busy “networking, raising money, and handshaking with actual bigwigs.” There’s also a “office manager/secretary” who will be in charge of “hiring hot secretaries for us to ogle (and possibly slam) during the workday.” How charming. And lastly, an intern who will be picked “primarily based on how hard you pledged and how I rate your slampieces pulling ability.”

    August 5, 2013 9:46 AM