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  1. YIKES Yemen: We Stopped al Qaeda Plot Hani Mohammed/AP

    1. Yemen: We Stopped al Qaeda Plot

    Yemeni officials said Wednesday that they had thwarted a plot by al Qaeda to bomb major oil pipelines and seize country’s ports—which would have given the terror network control of a key part of the country’s infrastructure. Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi said al Qaeda planned to have its members dressed as soldiers outside the ports, which are staffed by a number of foreign workers. The U.S., Britain, and France have removed their diplomatic staffs from the embassies in Yemen, and the White House has reportedly authorized drone strikes in the country. The U.S. closed 20 embassies worldwide Sunday and issued a travel alert after reportedly intercepting conversations between two senior al Qaeda officials.

    August 7, 2013 6:52 AM

  2. IN FLAMES Huge Fire Closes Nairobi Airport Segeni Ngethe/AP

    2. Huge Fire Closes Nairobi Airport

    A massive fire engulfed Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday, stranding hundreds of travelers at the busiest airport in East Africa. At least two people are being treated for smoke inhalation, though no serious injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but one passenger told Reuters that he heard two small explosions prior to it. The fire erupted at 5 a.m. at the immigration section of the arrivals hall and has since wiped out the area. Transport Secretary Michael Kamau said no flights had landed or departed since the fire broke out. Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, but there were no immediate signs of terrorism in the fire.

    Watch the shocking raw video of Nairobi Airport fire.

    August 7, 2013 6:57 AM

  3. HOT  2012 One of Warmest Years on Record Eugene Hoshiko/AP

    3. 2012 One of Warmest Years on Record

    Another reason to write off 2012. Last year was one of the 10 warmest years on record, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. While the past 150 years have seen average temperatures rise 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have been since the 1990s—with 2012 ranking somewhere around 8 or 9. Arctic sea ice reached record lows during the summer, while 97 percent of all of Greenland ice melted in the winter—far more than average. Of particular importance in the NOAA report was the rise in ocean heat storage, which reached record levels in 2012. The surface temperature of the oceans was among the 11 warmest on record, and sea levels also reached a record high.

    August 7, 2013 7:01 AM

  4. ... AND YOU’RE DONE Bezos May Have Overpaid for Post Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    4. Bezos May Have Overpaid for Post

    At this price, you’d think Slate could have been thrown in there. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos may have paid more than four times what The Washington Post was worth, according to analysis by Reuters—although some analysts were quick to point out that it’s hard to put a price on a major newspaper. Bezos paid $250 million for the Post and a few other assets, although the valuation of the paper appears to be closer to $60 million. It could help the sales of other major newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times or the Chicago Tribune, and if the Sulzbergers ever decide to sell The New York Times, they could get around $5 billion, despite that the paper is worth around $1.8 billion in the current market. Washington Post CEO Donald Graham said he based his price on what other buyers had offered to pay for it.

    August 7, 2013 7:39 AM

  5. STILL NEED A MAYOR Sheriff and Hospital Executive Win Detroit Runoff Carlos Osorio/AP

    5. Sheriff and Hospital Executive Win Detroit Runoff

    The results are in from Tuesday’s mayoral runoff in Detroit: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan, the former chief executive of Detroit Medical Center, will face off in the city’s November mayoral race. Napoleon, who moved from the nearby suburbs for the race, won the most votes of the 14 candidates on the ballot, capturing 30 percent of the vote, although that didn’t account for Duggan’s vote. Duggan was forced to run a write-in campaign after being found ineligible for the ballot, but write-in ballots accounted for nearly 53 percent of the vote, with Duggan presumably getting the majority. Duggan, who is white in a city with an 80 percent African-American population, is a local business owner and would be Detroit’s first white mayor in 40 years if elected in November.

    August 7, 2013 7:43 AM

  6. OH, GOD Weiner Calls Opponent ‘Grandpa’ Bebeto Matthews/AP

    6. Weiner Calls Opponent ‘Grandpa’

    There aren’t even any jokes left at this point. Anthony Weiner called one of his opponents “Grandpa” Tuesday night during a mayoral forum ... sponsored by AARP. The exchange got heated between Weiner and longshot candidate George McDonald after Weiner put his hands on McDonald’s chest as he walked by, with McDonald saying, “Don’t you ever put your hands on me again.” “What’s gonna happen if I do?” Weiner asked. “You have anger issues.” McDonald denied it, and Weiner then reportedly responded: “Yes, you do, Grandpa.” McDonald used most of the debate to attack Weiner, claiming that he has better morals than Weiner and that he’s “embarrassed” to tell his 10-year-old granddaughter why Weiner is famous. McDonald could use the phrase he used last week, when he called Weiner a “self-pleasuring freak.”

    Anthony Weiner calls his opponent "Grandpa" at a mayoral forum.

    August 7, 2013 7:49 AM

  7. DISASTER Radioactive Water Leaking Pool photo by Noboru Hashimoto, via AP

    7. Radioactive Water Leaking

    Two years after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, contaminated water is pouring into the ocean at the rate of 300 tons a day, government officials said Wednesday.  The new leak, less than 150 miles from Tokyo, is capable of filling an Olympic swimming pool in just seven days. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to get the government involved in stopping the leak, calling the problem an “urgent issue.” The radioactive water was dumped there by TEPCO as an emergency move in the aftermath of the disaster. The company has reportedly built underwater chemical walls to stop the leaks, but they don’t appear to be working.

    August 7, 2013 7:53 AM

  8. BEHIND THE VIDEO Mumford Video Director Spills via Vevo

    8. Mumford Video Director Spills

    Stop, there’s no way the Mumford and Sons video could be any better—even if the band had last-minute changes. The video for “Hopeless Wanderer,” which stars Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, and Will Forte, was released Monday and has become an Internet sensation—but the writer-director says the band wanted to use a different song and maybe even different actors. Sam Jones, who directed the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, pitched the idea to the band, who accepted it—although soon after the actors were signed on, the band asked for input, but Jones nixed the idea. One of the toughest selling points was that Mumford wanted to change the song to “Babel,” but Jones insisted that the song wouldn’t work with this concept.

    August 7, 2013 8:04 AM

  9. I AM MRS. CARTER Beyoncé Bikes to Brooklyn Concert Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP

    9. Beyoncé Bikes to Brooklyn Concert

    Is Beyoncé trying to one-up Jay-Z after he took the subway to his Brooklyn concert? Beyoncé biked the Brooklyn Bridge to get to her concert Monday night at the Barclays Center. She posted four images from the ride to her Instagram on Tuesday, writing “I biked to Barclays for my last show in Brooklyn!” You’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice her among the throngs of people: she went incognito in cutoff demin shorts and a blue T-shirt with stars. She probably didn’t use Citi Bike, although Michael Bloomberg can dream.

    August 7, 2013 8:09 AM

  10. HOUSE OF HORRORS Castro’s Cleveland House Torn Down Andrew Welsh-Huggins/AP

    10. Castro’s Cleveland House Torn Down

    The house were Ariel Castro kept three women imprisoned for more than a decade was torn down Wednesday morning while one of his victims, Michelle Knight, looked on. Knight wore a rosary around her neck, prayed, and said, “Nobody was there for me when I was missing, and I want people to know, including the mothers, that they can have strength, they can have hope, and their child will come back.” Knight released into the sky a dozen yellow balloons, which she said represented children who were abducted and never found. Castro, 53, was sentenced to life without parole last week after holding Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus hostage for nearly a decade before Berry led an escape in May.

    Michelle Knight looks on as abductor Ariel Castro's home is torn down.

    August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

  11. DEBT POLE

    11. ‘Lone Ranger’ to Lose Disney up to $190 Million

    The eye-popping hauls of major Disney tent-pole films like Iron Man 3 and The Avengers can also be matched by the head-spinning losses of bombs like John Carter and now The Lone Ranger. In announcing numbers for its fiscal third quarter, Disney revealed that it will lose anywhere between $160 million and $190 million on the recent flop, merely a year after taking a $200 million hit on John Carter. These recent misses demonstrate the drawbacks of the tent-pole strategy (huge budget, big-name actors, massive marketing campaign). But Disney is sticking with the strategy, pointing to the major success of Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. In the next three years Disney will be rolling out Maleficent with Angelina Jolie, a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, and the first Star Wars sequel.

    August 7, 2013 9:02 AM

  12. Silent Treatment Obama Cancels Russia Visit Evan Vucci/AP

    12. Obama Cancels Russia Visit

    President Obama won’t be paying Russian President Vladimir Putin a visit after all. Obama cancelled a planned summit after Russia refused to send NSA leaker Edward Snowden back to the U.S. to face charges. Tensions with Russia have been growing over that country’s support of embattled Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad.

    August 7, 2013 9:48 AM

  13. IN DANGER Usher’s Ex-Wife: I Want Custody Ethan Miller/Getty

    13. Usher’s Ex-Wife: I Want Custody

    Just two days after Usher’s 5-year-old son nearly drowned in his pool, the R&B singer’s ex-wife, the boy’s mother, has filed for emergency custody. Usher Raymond V was reportedly trying to retrieve a toy that became lodged in the pool’s drain when his arm got stuck, trapping him underwater. Two contractors nearby were able to free him several minutes later, but not before he lost consciousness. Usher and Tameka Foster divorced in 2009; the Voice coach gained sole custody of their two sons in 2012.

     

    August 7, 2013 11:21 AM

  14. SERIOUSLY? New App Encourages Phone Throwing

    14. New App Encourages Phone Throwing

    No not for Naomi Campbells in training—you throw it up in the air, not at someone. Norwegian developer CarrotPop has developed “Send Me to Heaven,” which encourages users to toss their phone as high as possible to obtain points. The app, which is only available on Android phones, uses the phone’s accelerometers to measure the distance the phone traveled. Don’t think there isn’t any glory in this game—if you throw your phone high enough, your score could make it onto the worldwide leader board.

    August 7, 2013 11:18 AM

  15. MYSTERY Dead Shark Winds Up on NYC Subway Andrew Brandy Casagrande/Discovery, via AP

    15. Dead Shark Winds Up on NYC Subway

    Was it a marketing ploy to highlight the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week or just a sad incident that a shark wound up dead on the New York City subway? Riders of the N train found the shark late Tuesday night, but it's not clear how it got on the train in the first place. The MTA released a tongue-in-cheek statement confirming that the shark was real and that sharks are handled by "Shark Maintainer Is, or if none are available on that shift, then by Aquatic Mammal Handler IIs." The shark was thrown in the trash when the train reached the end of the line.

     

     

     

    August 7, 2013 11:47 AM

  16. Fort Hood Lawyer: Hasan Wants Death Penalty LM Otero/AP

    16. Lawyer: Hasan Wants Death Penalty

    Maj. Nidal Hasan is trying to get himself sentenced to death, according to a lawyer on his standby legal team. Yesterday Hasan told the jury that he shot and killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and that he had switched sides in a war between the U.S. and Islam. Hasan is representing himself, but he still has a standby defense team, which today asked for a reduced role in the case, claiming that Hasan was trying to get the death penalty and that helping him reach that goal was “repugnant.”

    August 7, 2013 1:12 PM

  17. IT GETS WORSE Filner Targeted Sexual-Assault Victims AP

    17. Filner Targeted Sexual-Assault Victims

    New details surrounding the allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner emerged Wednesday as two new victims spoke out about his crimes. The self-declared “hugger" not only targeted female military veterans, but those who had been the victims of sexual assault. Eldonna Fernandez, now one of 11 women to accuse Filner of sexual assault, says he used his power to access sexual-assault victims in the military. “It appears to me that he was targeting the organization and hitting on the women of this organization because they were easy prey,” she told CNN. Filner is currently in a multiweek therapy program.

    August 7, 2013 1:14 PM

  18. LOST AND FOUND Orson Welles Film Rediscovered Archive Photos

    18. Orson Welles Film Rediscovered

    When will it be on Netflix? Orson Welles’s lost 1938 film Too Much Johnson has been found in a warehouse in Italy. The slapstick comedy was supposed to be shown in three snippets as the prologue to a stage play adapted by Welles. Music and other sound effects were supposed to be added, but the film was never finished and was thought to have been destroyed in a fire at Welles’s home in Madrid. It was long believed that Citizen Kane was Welles’s first feature film, but Too Much Johnson was actually conceived first. Now that it’s restored, it will premiere on October 9 at Italy’s silent film festival, Pordenone, and is scheduled to screen in the U.S. on October 16.

    August 7, 2013 3:06 PM

  19. BOOYAH Tesla Beats Earnings Expectations Miguel Villagran/Getty

    19. Tesla Beats Earnings Expectations

    Continuing its dominant run so far in 2013, Tesla Motors posted a shocking profit of 20 cents a share on revenue of $405 million in the second quarter. The numbers caused shares to jump 8 percent as expectations were for a loss of 17 cents a share. Tesla’s growth has been impressive as in the previous year’s second quarter, revenues were only $27 million.

    August 7, 2013 4:45 PM

  20. HUMAN RIGHTS Stephen Fry: Boycott Olympics in Russia Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

    20. Stephen Fry: Boycott Olympics in Russia

    British actor Stephen Fry is calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics set to take place in Sochi, Russia, because of the persecution gays face in that country. In an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee, Fry urged the IOC to "take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent." He also compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, saying the former is making "scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it." Russia recently passed a law that makes it illegal to give people under the age of 18 information about homosexuality. The IOC has said it will work to make sure the 2014 Olympics will not be marred by discrimination.

     

     

     

    August 7, 2013 4:36 PM

  21. Racist Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized With Swastikas Brooklyn Cyclones, via AP

    21. Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized

    First a dead shark on the subway, now vandalizing a Jackie Robinson statue—what gives, New York? A statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn was found vandalized with swastikas and racial slurs on Wednesday. A Brooklyn Cyclones spokesperson has said that surveillance tapes are being reviewed to try to identify the vandal. The statue commemorates the moment when Reese, captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers, put his arm around Robinson in front of crowd that was shouting racial taunts during Robinson's first season in the majors.

    August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

  22. Quitter Jeff Zucker’s Son, 15, Resigns From Job Brad Barket/Getty Images

    22. Jeff Zucker’s Son, 15, Resigns From Board

    Andrew Zucker, CNN president Jeff Zucker's 15-year-old son, resigned from the advisory board of Cory Booker's tech startup Wednesday. The news was disclosed to Fortune by a CNN spokesperson. The young Zucker was reportedly brought on to the digital video curation site, Waywire, after his conversations on social-media trends with his father got notice. No word yet on what caused the abrupt resignation. 

    August 7, 2013 5:48 PM

  23. Awkward Drake Addresses Amanda Bynes Tweets Matt Sayles / AP Photo

    23. Drake Addresses Amanda Bynes Tweets

    He speaks! Rapper and perpetual object of Amanda Bynes’s desires, Drake has finally broken his silence on the troubled actress’s frequent tweets about him. In the September issue of XXL magazine, Drake says of Bynes’s tweets, “I don’t even know who is doing that or what that’s about. If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing.” Bynes has called him a “hot fellow” and “gorgeous,” most infamously tweeting, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.” However, she has also, confusingly, called him “ugly” and then apologized. “It is obviously a behavioral problem that is way bigger than me,” Drake added. “Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

    August 7, 2013 5:56 PM

  24. BIG BROTHER IRS Manual Detailed DEA Tip Program Win McNamee/Getty

    24. IRS Manual Detailed DEA Tip Program

    It turns out that the National Security Agency surveillance program uncovered by former government contractor Edward Snowden is just one way in which the government is keeping tabs on us. In the mid 2000s, the Internal Revenue Service's manual detailed a Drug Enforcement Agency program that funneled tips gleaned from overseas NSA intercepts, domestic wiretaps, and informants to other federal agencies to start investigations, Reuters reports. The IRS manual instructed its investigators to scrub any mention of how they got the tips in the first place, essentially covering up the investigative trail. However, the agency removed mention of it in 2007. The practice has been highly criticized by both prosecutors and defense attorneys who say the practice violates the Constitution. The DEA defends its program, saying it is necessary to provide cover for its sources. 

    August 7, 2013 6:48 PM

  25. Take Your Money Elsewhere The New York Times Is Not for Sale Richard Drew/AP

    25. The New York Times Is Not for Sale

    Despite both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post both being sold in the same week, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times and chairman of The New York Times Company, "emphatically declared" on Wednesday that The Grey Lady will be doing no such thing. “Will our family seek to sell The Times? The answer to that is no," Sulzberger wrote in a statement. He added that the paper's success with digital subscriptions, its profitability, and good cash flow are the reasons the paper is "perfectly able to fund our future growth. The Times has both the ideas and the money to pursue innovation."

    August 7, 2013 8:39 PM

  26. Blaze Wildfire Destroys California Mountain Homes

    26. Wildfire Destroys CA Mountain Homes

    California's wildfire season raged on on Wednesday, when a fire raced through several mountain communities in Riverside County, destroying homes and forcing residents to flee. Dubbed the Silver Fire, it was reported at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. By 5:30 p.m., it had burned 5,000 acres, said the Riverside County Fire Department. "It exploded this afternoon, really due to the fact that conditions are critically dry across California," spokesman for Cal Fire Daniel Berlant said.Two firefighters and one civilian have been injured and more than 100 homes are in danger. 

    August 7, 2013 10:25 PM

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