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  1. NEW DEVELOPMENTS First Benghazi Charges Filed Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

    1. First Benghazi Charges Filed

    Charges were filed Tuesday against the leader of the Libyan militia, Ahmed Khattalah—the first criminal charges to emerge from an ongoing investigation into the September 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans. Khattalah is one of several who authorities believe was behind the deadly siege where rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons were used against American officials. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that “significant progress” had been made in the investigation and promised that the public would soon be made aware of the developments. The initial charges are allegedly contained in a complaint filed in New York City.

    August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

  2. carry on Obama Sticks to Issues on Leno Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty

    2. Obama Sticks to Issues on Leno

    Don’t panic: just be prudent. That was the message President Barack Obama relayed from Jay Leno’s couch Tuesday night. Appearing on The Tonight Show, the president made his first public comments on the string of embassy closures in the Middle East, warning travelers over a possible terror threat. Americans shouldn’t “overreact” but should act “prudently,” he said, adding, “the odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident.” This week, the State Department shuttered more than a dozen embassies and consulates after intercepting al Qaeda messages that seemed to indicate an attack in Yemen. Obama also commented on the current outrage over the NSA programs, saying: “We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack...That information is useful."

    On Tuesday's 'Tonight Show,' President Obama addressed the al Qaeda terrorist threat, saying it's "significant enough that we're taking every precaution."

    August 6, 2013 9:38 PM

  3. Marathon Bombing Boston Suspects Met Conspiracy Theorist FBI via Getty Images

    3. Boston Suspects Met Conspiracy Theorist

    Years before they allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got to know a conspiracy theorist through their mother. An attorney for Donald Larking, an anti-American conspiracy theorist, said his client shared materials with the brothers that indicated the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, either didn’t happen or were perpetrated by the U.S. government. The Tsarnaevs got to know Larking because their mother was a home health aid to Larking’s wife, who was disabled from birth. Larking’s attorney also said that Larking had been shot in the head in 1974 and suffered brain damage as a result.

    August 6, 2013 7:10 PM

  4. HERE WE GO Erick Erickson: Wendy Davis Is ‘Abortion Barbie’ Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

    4. Erick Erickson: Wendy Davis Is ‘Abortion Barbie’

    Oh my. Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is at it again. This time he took a swing at Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis on Twitter by referring to her as “Abortion Barbie.” The comment came after Davis made an incorrect statement regarding Kermit Gosnell, the former Philadephia-area abortion-clinic physician charged with eight counts of murder. She incorrectly said that his unsanitary clinic was already licensed as an ambulatory surgical center. Despite backlash, Erickson stands by his controversial words: “Happy to take credit for coining ‘Abortion Barbie.’”

    August 6, 2013 7:48 PM

  5. Twist Media Matters Against Clinton Specials Cliff Owen/AP

    5. Media Matters Against Clinton Specials

    Looks like the Republican National Committee has some company. Media Matters founder David Brock issued letters to NBC and CNN in support of the cancelation of Hillary Clinton specials on both networks. The projects “could coincide with a potential Clinton presidential campaign, the timing raises too many questions about fairness and conflicts of interest ahead of the 2016 election,” Brock stated. NBC’s planned miniseries on Hillary Clinton’s life is timed to precede the 2016 presidential race and CNN's feature-length documentary film is set to premiere in 2014. As of now, both specials are still a go.

    August 6, 2013 7:10 PM

  6. IN RECOVERY George W. Bush Has Heart Surgery Jamie Squire/Getty

    6. George W. Bush Has Heart Surgery

    George W. Bush is "in high spirits" following a successful surgery Tuesday morning. The 67-year-old, who, other than a low heart rate diagnosis, was pretty healthy during his presidency, was undergoing an annual physical Monday when his doctor discovered a blocked artery. During Tuesday's surgery they inserted a stent, or small tube, in the artery to open it up. A Bush spokesman said the former president is "eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday."

    August 6, 2013 9:52 AM

  7. THREE DEAD PA Shooter: ‘I Wish I Killed More’ Matt Rourke/AP

    7. PA Shooter: ‘I Wish I Killed More’

    A man who allegedly opened fire on a town meeting in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday night told officials, “I wish I killed more of them,” as he was removed from the scene, according to court documents. The suspect, Rockne Newell, killed three people, apparently yelling, “You took my property,” when he was tackled and shot by two men, whom authorities called “truly heroic.” Officials say Newell had a long-running property dispute with the town, and a piece of his property was condemned Thursday. He is expected to appear in court within the next 10 days.

    August 6, 2013 4:00 PM

  8. SCARE Dustin Hoffman Treated for Cancer, ‘Cured’ Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

    8. Dustin Hoffman Treated for Cancer, ‘Cured’

    Two-time Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has been treated for cancer successfully, his rep Jodi Gottlieb told People. “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” she said. “Dustin is feeling great and is in good health.” The 75-year-old will undergo preventative treatments, as recommended by his doctor. Plans to star in the feature film, Boys Choir, have not been affected; production will begin later this year or early 2014.

    August 6, 2013 5:39 PM

  9. Most Important Meal Taco Bell Is Making Breakfast Really Weird

    9. Taco Bell Is Making Breakfast Really Weird

    We were doing just fine with a bagel and cream cheese. Or were we? Taco Bell will unveil its latest taco hybrid, the waffle taco, at 100 locations Thursday. The franchise, known for its inventive menu items, is testing a larger breakfast program, according to the Associated Press. At $1.79, you can try the 460-calorie fried waffle shell enveloping scrambled eggs, sausage, and a side of syrup. If successful, Taco Bell will consider a breakfast program (and waffle taco) nationwide. Start training your stomachs now.

    The waffle taco joins a long list of extremely unusual (or brilliantly innovative) fast food items.

    August 6, 2013 3:49 PM

  10. double suits U.S. Sues Bank of America Richard Drew/AP

    10. U.S. Sues Bank of America

    The feds are hauling another big one to the courtroom. On Tuesday, the U.S. government filed two suits against Bank of America alleging an $850 million fraud against investors of mortgage-backed securities. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission filed the charges, charging the bank with making misleading statements and failing to disclose important information about the sales back in early 2008, when the economic crumble began. “These were prime mortgages sold to sophisticated investors who had ample access to the underlying data, and we will demonstrate that,” Bank of America responded in a statement.

    August 6, 2013 5:14 PM

  11. Venice Beach Disaster Colorado Man Charged in Boardwalk Crash Maarten Smitskamp/AP

    11. Colorado Man Charged in Boardwalk Crash

    The suspect in a deadly hit-and-run has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault for allegedly driving his Dodge Avenger into a crowd of people on California's Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian tourist and injuring 16 others. Thirty-eight-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell, a transient from Colorado, is charged with murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and 17 counts of hit-and-run, for which he could face life in prison. Campbell's court-appointed attorney, Philip Dube, said his client was "very distraught" over the incident, but "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anybody, based on my cursory review of the case and my discussions with the D.A.," he said.

    August 6, 2013 4:35 PM

  12. Reckoning Hasan: Evidence Will Show I Am the Shooter LM Otero/AP

    12. Hasan: Evidence Will Show I Am the Shooter

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan began his trial by admitting, "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter." He went on to say that “war is an ugly thing” and that he “was on the wrong side but I switched sides.” Over the next several weeks, Hasan, who is representing himself, will stand trial for the killing of 13 military personnel and injury of 30 more at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan’s initial defense strategy—that he was acting in defense of others, namely al Qaeda—was thrown out by a judge, so his strategy remains unclear. He’ll also likely face off with his victims in cross-examination. “I'm not going to dread anything,” one staff sergeant wounded by Hasan told the Associated Press. “That's a sign of fear."

    August 6, 2013 11:15 AM

  13. BURYING THE PAST

    13. Killer Professor to Keep Teaching

    A psychology professor at Illinois’s Millikin University who shot and killed his entire family when he was 16 years old is being permitted to continue teaching at the university despite the recent revelations, administrators said Tuesday. James St. James used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot his father twice in the chest, his teenage sister in the chest and face, and his mother once in the chest and twice in the face in 1967. Though St. James admitted to the crimes at the time, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, spent six years at a mental institution, changed his name, and earned a doctoral degree in psychology. “Given the traumatic experiences of his childhood, Dr. St. James’ efforts to build his life and obtain a successful professional career have been remarkable,” said a statement from administrators.

    August 6, 2013 3:21 PM

  14. TRAGIC Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Parents’ Wedding

    14. Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Parents’ Wedding

    A 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy got to see his parents get married and serve as their “best man” before passing away on Monday. Christine Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson were planning to get married next year, but once doctors told them their son, Logan, didn’t have that much time, they got married on August 3 near Pittsburgh. The wedding took only a week to plan. Logan, who suffered from a rare blood disorder known as Fanconi’s anemia and cancer, wore a pinstripe suit and was carried up the aisle by his mother.

     

     

    August 6, 2013 3:09 PM

  15. DANGER State Dept. Orders Yemen Evacuation Hani Mohammed/AP

    15. State Dept. Orders Yemen Evacuation

    The U.S. State Department on Tuesday ordered all American citizens to leave Yemen “immediately” due to security threats, and all staff in the British Embassy have already been withdrawn. “The security-threat level in Yemen is extremely high,” the State Department warns. Yemeni intelligence services reportedly discovered threats from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urging his second-in-command to “do something.” Sources told the BBC that the alleged plot would include explosives and suicide attacks against Western ambassadors and foreign embassies. Meanwhile, American drone strikes killed four militants, although it remained unclear if the strikes were related to the current threat.

    August 6, 2013 6:53 AM

  16. Sideshow Spitzer’s Madam Arrested by FBI Audrey Tiernan/AP

    16. Spitzer’s Madam Arrested by FBI

    Who would’ve thought a campaign for city comptroller could be such a circus? Less-than-serious comptroller candidate Kristin Davis, the former madam who claimed to have arranged prostitutes for Eliot Spitzer, who’s also running for comptroller, has been arrested by FBI agents for selling prescription drugs. According to the FBI, Davis sold prescription drugs to an FBI cooperating witness four times in four months. When she entered the race, she told the New York Daily News, “This is going to be the funnest campaign ever.”

    August 6, 2013 1:46 PM

  17. How To Sydney Leathers Gives Seduction Tips Fortunata/Splash News

    17. Sydney Leathers Gives Seduction Tips

    Ever wondered how to seduce a politician in 10 easy steps? No? Well, Sydney Leathers is here to show you how anyway. In a piece for xoJane, Anthony Weiner's former online sexting partner breaks down her "10 Secrets for Seducing a Politician," which include tidbits like, "When in doubt, use a smiley-face and tell him you actually mean it," as well as quoted text messages from Weiner's alter ego, Carlos Danger. Texts from "Dangr33" range from lovey-dovey ("I love to think about how you look fresh out of bed, getting dressed, all dolled up, seeing the stuff only your lover would see") to painfully explicit ("So I walk in to a hotel room and you are at the end of the bed, naked except for some amazing fuckme shoes...").

    August 6, 2013 11:01 AM

  18. Diplomacy McCain to Egypt: Release Prisoners Amr Nabil/AP

    18. McCain to Egypt: Release Prisoners

    Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, acting as emissaries to Egypt, told the newly installed military leadership there that they must release political prisoners, like the jailed leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. “In a democracy you have to sit down and talk to each other,” Graham said. “It’s impossible to talk to somebody who’s in jail.” Both senators were clear that they thought the military’s seizure of power was a coup and stressed that the next step needed to be a democratic process to decide new leadership.

    August 6, 2013 12:52 PM

  19. ALL NATURAL Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Dag Sundberg/Getty

    19. Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

    Breastfeeding has had many other health benefits, but those known benefits were always for the child, not the mother. A new study at Cambridge University in Britain has found that the longer a woman spends breastfeeding, her risk for getting Alzheimer's disease reduces.  According to researchers, there are some biological effects from breastfeeding, such as restoring women's glucose tolerance after pregnancy and how it rebalances the levels of certain hormones in the body, that probably plays a role in preventing Alzheimer's. But the researchers cautioned that the study only used 81 women, and a similar study that was conducted with thousands of women in China actually showed the opposite results.

    August 6, 2013 1:07 PM

  20. ANIMAL CRUELTY Man Blows Up Dog AP

    20. Man Blows Up Dog

    A Washington state man blamed his ex-girlfriend for his decision to attach a homemade explosive device to his dog’s collar Sunday morning. She “put the devil in it,” he explained to police who came to his house following the explosion that killed the pup. He also clarified that he’d thrown his couch and other pieces of furniture onto his lawn after blowing up the dog because he was preparing for the rapture. The man was held on $500,000 bail and charged with unlawful possession of an explosive device and reckless endangerment. The county prosecutor is still debating whether to charge him with the dog’s death as well. 

    August 6, 2013 12:39 PM

  21. POLITICKING MLB’s Ordóñez to Run for Mayor in Venezuela Leon Halip/Getty Images

    21. MLB’s Ordóñez to Run for Mayor in Venezuela

    Maybe Alex Rodriguez should think about politics. Magglio Ordóñez made a name for himself playing for the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, but now the six-time All-Star is heading home to Venezuela to run for mayor of Puerto La Cruz, an oil town with 500,000 residents. Ordóñez will run as a member of the socialist party ticket, the same party of late president Hugo Chávez. Ordóñez, who played the outfield, hit 294 home runs throughout his 15-year career. He moved back to Venezuela in 2011 and publicly supported Chávez’s socialist agenda.

     

     

    August 6, 2013 1:14 PM

  22. COMEBACKS Moonves to TWC CEO: You’re ‘Dishonest’ Andrew Burton/Getty

    22. Moonves to TWC CEO: You’re ‘Dishonest’

    We feel you, Les Moonves—everyone is blowing up without being able to watch the latest Under the Dome. The CBS CEO Tuesday publicly slammed Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt’s proposal to end the feud between the two companies, which has caused the cable company to cut CBS in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. On Monday Britt’s letter went public. It called for an end to the company’s blackout, but did not offer up any real proposal. Moonves fired back Tuesday, writing that he was “surprised to get your letter yesterday, since I haven’t spoken to you in more than a week.” Moonves called Britt’s letter “dishonest” and his “proposal” as “nothing more than an attempt to muddy the water and confuse the public discussion.” Yikes, imagine how ugly things will get when football is back.

    August 6, 2013 10:13 AM

  23. SHE’S BACK! Lohan Guest-Hosts ‘Chelsea Lately’ Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP

    23. Lohan Guest-Hosts ‘Chelsea Lately’

    Lindsay Lohan’s back, everyone. The troubled actress guest-hosted Chelsea Lately on Monday night, giggly and self-deprecating—and earning rave reviews. In her first public appearance since being released from rehab last week—and while she’s promoting her new film, The Canyons—Lohan said she had been on a “lovely court-ordered vacation in Malibu.” She thanked celebrities for staying in the tabloids, especially Anthony Weiner, whom she called a “dick with an unlimited texting plan!” In a laugh-filled interview, Lohan talked to guest Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce. Meanwhile, Lohan is reportedly considering a move to New York with her “sober coach.”

    Watch Lindsay Lohan's opening monologue on "Chelsea Lately."

    August 6, 2013 7:27 AM

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  25. GET WELL SOON Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke Paul Sancya/AP

    24. Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke

    Crime novelist Elmore Leonard is recovering from a stroke, his longtime researcher Greg Sutter confirmed on Monday. Sutter said Leonard had suffered a stroke last week and is “doing better every day”—and still at work on his latest novel, which will be his 46th. Leonard, 87, is currently hospitalized in Detroit, his longtime home city. Originally writing Westerns, Leonard found his stride with crime fiction as well as screenwriting.

    August 6, 2013 7:24 AM

  26. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE HAMPTONS … Bieber Questioned After Nightclub Brawl Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

    25. Bieber Questioned After Nightclub Brawl

    Looks like there’s a Hamptons scandal for summer 2013. Justin Bieber is reportedly being questioned after allegedly being involved in a brawl at a Southampton nightclub early Sunday morning. A man, believed to be in his mid-20s, claimed he was attacked by Bieber’s security detail, and police confirmed that a man was released from Peconic Bay Medical Center after an altercation. Bieber allegedly went to the South Pointe nightclub to “pick up girls,” and two cocktail waitresses allegedly went back to his hotel—and signed non-disclosure agreements.

    August 6, 2013 7:30 AM

  27. HERE WE GO Hurricane Henriette Forms in Pacific via NOAA.gov

    26. Hurricane Henriette Forms in Pacific

    If it’s August, it must be hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Henriette to a hurricane on Monday, while Gil was downgraded to a tropical storm but still remained a threat—although both are far from land. Henriette’s maximum sustained winds on Tuesday were near 75 mph, and it is located about 1,635 miles off the Hawaiian Islands. Tropical Storm Gil had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, and forecasters warned it could gradually strengthen over the next few days. While both are located far off land, the forecast could change in the next couple of days.

    August 6, 2013 6:56 AM

  28. A-FRAUD A-Rod Booed in Chicago Jonathan Daniel/Getty

    27. A-Rod Booed in Chicago

    Not exactly the way anyone wants to make their season debut. Alex Rodriguez was booed Monday night in Chicago as he came to bat in the second inning of the Yankees’ game against the White Sox—his first game of the season and just hours after he was handed a 211-game suspension. He hit a shallow single to left field, earning more boos. Rodriguez is appealing his suspension and is able to play during his appeal.

    Chicago's fans weren't particularly welcoming when A-Rod made his way to the plate for the first time.

    August 6, 2013 7:03 AM

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

    28. 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

  30. HARSH Turkey Gives 19 Life Sentences Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty

    29. Turkey Gives 19 Life Sentences

    A Turkish court on Monday sentenced 19 people, including a former military chief, to life in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government in 2010. Ilker Basburg, the 70-year-old former head of the armed services, was charged with 275 defendants, including 13 other military officers, a soldier, a journalist, a lawyer, a politician, and an ex-publisher with being part of a network called Ergenekon, comprised of secularists, nationalists, and military officials who plotted killings and bombings that would trigger a military coup. The defendants all insisted they were innocent, and 17 were acquitted. The trial has come to be regarded as a symbol of the fight between secularist opposition and the Islamic government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Meanwhile, security forces fired tear gas into the crowd at the Silivri jail complex, comprised mainly of supporters of the defendants.

    August 6, 2013 6:58 AM

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    30. 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

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

    31. 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