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  1. FREEDOM Israel Frees 26 Palestinian Prisoners Oded Balilty/AP

    1. Israel Frees 26 Palestinian Prisoners

    Less than a month after Israel vowed to release a group of Palestinian prisoners, 26 inmates were driven to freedom in the West Bank and Gaza. The 26, who were named shortly after midnight on Sunday, are the first of 104 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners who will be released in the next few months. The agreement between Israel and Palestine was made in effort to restart peace talks between the two nations. The plan seems to be working. The two have already begun direct talks—the first to occur in three years.

    August 13, 2013 3:49 PM

  2. 'i've apologized' Weiner, Quinn Clash at Debate James Keivom

    2. Weiner, Quinn Clash at Debate

    The mayoral race just got dirtier—if that's possible. Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner came to blows during Tuesday night's mayoral debate. Quinn bashed Weiner for his record in Congress, and the now-fourth-place candidate shot back at Quinn's honesty. “I’ve apologized for my personal behavior,” Mr. Weiner replied. “The Speaker refuses to apologize for overturning the will of the people, for the slush fund scandal and for the things in her professional record." Quinn told reporters after that the race is also "about making sure the record is set straight."

    August 13, 2013 10:19 PM

  3. College Buddies Two Tsarnaev Friends Plead Not Guilty Jane Flavell Collins/AP

    3. Two Tsarnaev Friends Plead Not Guilty

    Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that they interfered with the bombing investigation. Both 19-year-olds are accused of removing a laptop and a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room after they learned that he was a suspect, then disposing of the backpack in a garbage bin outside their apartment. According to the indictment, the backpack contained fireworks (manipulated so that the explosive powder was exposed) and Vaseline, which Kadyrbayev allegedly thought was an ingredient for a homemade bomb. Family and supporters of both men were present in the courtroom. “If he wanted to assist in terrorism, he would have hid the computer,” Tazhayakov’s father, Arkady Bukh, said via his attorney, adding that he gave the computer to investigators immediately after they asked for it.

    August 13, 2013 4:34 PM

  4. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? North Korea Says It Made a Smartphone Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

    4. North Korea Says It Made a Smartphone

    North Korea’s state media is reporting that the country has produced its first smartphone. Called the Arirang, the phone was inspected by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un during a factory tour. Kim demoed the phone and told factory workers that they should “select and produce shapes and colors that users like.” There is some dispute as to whether the phone was actually made in North Korea. One expert said it was more likely the phone was made in China. North Korea has had a mobile network since 2008, but the government severely restricts Internet activity and doesn’t allow its people to make calls outside of the country.

    August 13, 2013 11:36 AM

  5. NO CONTEST Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Primary D. Dipasupil/Getty Images

    5. Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Primary

    Getting closer. Newark Mayor Cory Booker unsurprisingly won in the special primary election Tuesday. The Associated Press declared Booker as the winner after roughly 45 minutes and with only seven percent of results in. Trailing behind his 57 percent was Rep. Frank Pallone with 25 percent followed by Rep. Rush Holt at 14 percent and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver with 5 percent. The Democrat will go up against Republican Steve Lonegan in about two months. Following the outcome, Booker tweeted his support: "Thanks 2 all who worked/canvassed/called & spread the word 4 our campaign. 'If u want to go fast go alone, if u want to go far, go together'"

    August 13, 2013 9:00 PM

  6. 'Abel, you’re fired. Out!' Armstrong Apologizes for Abrupt Firing Michael Kovac / Getty Images

    6. Armstrong Apologizes for Abrupt Firing

    AOL's chief executive is sorry for firing an employee during a conference call, but he isn't being hired back. Last Friday, Tim Armstrong was holding a meeting and call with 1,000 employees of local news service Patch, when he grew frustrated that Abel Lenz, the site's creative director, was taking photos and fired him. “As you know, I am a firm believer in open meetings, open Q&A, and this level of transparency requires trust across AOL," he wrote in a statement. "Internal meetings of a confidential nature should not be filmed or recorded so that our employees can feel free to discuss all topics openly. Abel had been told previously not to record a confidential meeting, and he repeated that behavior on Friday, which drove my actions.” Armstrong has since called Lenz to apologize, but has not offered him his job back.

    Listen to the conference call during which Tim Armstrong fired Abel Lenz.

    August 13, 2013 7:22 PM

  7. LIFE IN PRISON Bulger Juror: I Couldn't Acquit Jane Flavell Collins/AP

    7. Bulger Juror: I Couldn't Acquit

    Juror No. 5 in the Whitey Bulger case has come forward, saying “if you could believe all the testimony, and believe what you heard—I don’t see how you couldn’t find the person guilty.” Bulger, 83, was convicted Monday of 11 murders and other charges, including racketeering and conspiracy. The juror, Scott Hotyckey, said that at least one person in the jury box had trouble with the credibility of some of the witnesses, especially former hitman John Martorano. The credibility problems helped lead to Bulger’s being acquitted of eight of the 20 murder charges against him. Bulger will be sentenced on November 14, and could still face possible death penalty charges in Florida and Oklahoma, as he was found guilty in federal court of murders in those states.

    August 13, 2013 6:52 AM

  8. 'i will never forgive myself' Hannah Anderson Breaks Silence Online San Diego Sheriff's Department, via AP

    8. Hannah Anderson Breaks Silence Online

    Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped and rescued from the wilderness of Idaho, answered questions about her dramatic abduction "so people know the truth" on her page Tuesday night. "He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him ... but he tricked us," she wrote of kidnapper James DiMaggio. In response to a question asking what she would want to tell her brother and her mother, both of whom were murdered, she wrote: "That I'm sorry it ended like that. I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them."

    August 13, 2013 9:08 PM

  9. Surprise! De Blasio Takes NYC Mayoral Lead Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    9. De Blasio Takes NYC Mayoral Lead

    Is this goodbye, Weiner? According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, former underdog Bill de Blasio is now leading the New York City mayoral Democratic primary with 30 percent. With the primary just a month away, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn comes in next with 24 percent, former comptroller William Thompson has 22 percent, and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has dropped to 10 percent. White voters and those critical of the stop-and-frisk policies are de Blasio’s main supporters, with black voters supporting Thompson by a 17-point margin.

    August 13, 2013 3:07 PM

  10. SAY IT AIN'T SO Sandra Oh Reveals She's Leaving 'Grey's' Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

    10. Sandra Oh Reveals She's Leaving 'Grey's'

    It's been a good, long run. After Season 10 closes, Sandra Oh will be exiting Grey's Anatomy,  the hit ABC medical drama she's been a star of since its premiere in 2005. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Oh, who plays doctor Chirstina Yang, will begin focusing on other opporunties. "Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go," she said. Oh spilled the news to her costars at a table reading for the show's 200th episode Tuesday. "For the first time, at least for my character, you actually have an endpoint, which in series television you never or very rarely have. Letting go of such a huge part of my life … I want to cry right now."

    August 13, 2013 8:19 PM

  11. NO GOING BACK Oprah Sorry Racism Incident Erupted Evan Agostini/Invision, via AP

    11. Oprah Sorry Racism Incident Erupted

    What did she expect would happen? Oprah Winfrey apologized for the media blow-up that occurred after discussing an incident she described as a ”racist moment” at an upscale store in Switzerland where the shop assistant refused to show her a $38,000 handbag. During the L.A. premiere of The Butler, Oprah said that she was sorry. “I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she said. “I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland.” The store was identified shortly after Oprah revealed the incident on Entertainment Tonight last week. 

    During an 'Entertainment Tonight' interview last week, Oprah recounted a story of implicit racism at a Zurich store.

    August 13, 2013 4:51 PM

  12. UNFRIENDLY SKIES DOJ Sues to Halt Airline Merger Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    12. DOJ Sues to Halt Airline Merger

    Not so fast, New American. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the $11 billion merger of US Airways and American Airlines, announced in February. The proposed consolidation, the complaint argues, would create the world’s largest airline, reduce competition, and “result in passengers paying higher air fares and receiving less service.” Last year, travelers spent more than $70 billion on airfare and airlines have “in tandem, raised fares, imposed new and higher fees and reduced service,” the department said. Both companies’ stocks fell following the DOJ’s announcement.

    August 13, 2013 12:05 PM

  13. CHALLENGE North Carolina Sued Over Voter ID Law Sara D. Davis/Getty

    13. North Carolina Sued Over Voter ID Law

    North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory signed a bill for stricter voter requirements on Monday night—and the state was promptly sued by civil rights groups. The bill requires any voter to show identification, rolls back early voting, and ends one-stop registration during early voting. Although McCrory described the bill as a “safeguard” against voter fraud, there’s little evidence of this being a widespread problem in the state. North Carolina is one of 13 states to adopt voter registration laws since the 2010 election, with all but one of those states being controlled by Republican legislators. Civil rights groups have charged that the legislation will make it harder for minorities and the elderly to vote, as they are less likely to have photo ID—and are more likely to be Democrats.

    August 13, 2013 6:51 AM

  14. ‘NON-COMPLIANCE’ 15-Year-Old Denied Heart Transplant Moses Robinson/Getty

    14. 15-Year-Old Denied Heart Transplant

    Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes’s family says he’s been unfairly denied a lifesaving heart transplant because of his failure to keep up with his medicine and doctor’s appointments. While the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital has declined to comment on Stokes's case, it explained via a statement: “We follow a very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind.” Stokes's family friends have said they think the “non-compliance” excuse is nonsense, pointing to his bad grades and past run-ins with the law as the real reason why “they don’t want to give him a heart.” Yet, as the president of the American Heart Association has pointed out, an ability to keep up with medication is a vital requirement for a heart transplant. “You have to follow a very strict regimen,” she said. “Hearts are very scarce resources.”

    August 13, 2013 12:13 PM

  15. Debunked Study: Hookup Culture Is a Myth Summer Derrick/Getty

    15. Study: Hookup Culture Is a Myth

    Despite what some alarmist news stories would have you believe, college students today actually have less sex than their peers 15 years ago, according to a study from the University of Portland. The study looked at the self-reported sexual behavior of students who went to college between 2002 and 2010 and compared it with that of students from 1988 and 1996. About 59 percent of the former group said they had sex once a week or more, compared with 65 percent for the older cohort. The two groups were almost exactly as likely to say they’d had two or more sexual partners since turning 18. “Our results provide no evidence that there has been a sea change in the sexual behavior of college students,” wrote the study’s lead author.

    August 13, 2013 9:46 AM

  16. OUT-OF-BODY Scientists Explain Near-Death Experiences Getty

    16. Scientists Explain Near-Death Experiences

    Guess there’s no tunnel then? Scientists said on Monday that common near-death experiences such as having your life flash before your eyes, seeing bright white lights, and feeling out-of-body sensations are the result of a surge of electrical impulses to the brain, causing heightened consciousness. The study was carried out on rats, but researchers believe that there are similar processes in the human brain. In the 30 seconds after the animal’s heart stopped beating, there was a sharp increase in high-frequency brainwaves. “A lot of people thought that the brain after clinical death was inactive or hypoactive … if anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state,” said Dr. Jimo Borjigin, the lead author of the University of Michigan study.

    August 13, 2013 7:15 AM

  17. GET LUCKY Colbert Explains Daft Punk Backstory Scott Gries/Comedy Central

    17. Colbert Explains Daft Punk Backstory

    The lesson has been learned: never cross Stephen Colbert—he will air all your dirty laundry. The comedian explained Monday some of the backstory behind Daft Punk’s canceling last week, which led to the ridiculously fun dance mix. On The Paul Mecurio Show, Colbert said the band said it wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t perform, causing Colbert to come up with the workaround, which included the dance-along. The band didn’t like the script, so Colbert and his writers spent all weekend working on it, but on Monday, MTV told the show that Daft Punk wouldn’t perform. During all this back-and-forth, Colbert heard Robin Thicke was available and booked him, so both Song of Summer candidates could perform—and MTV at first said no to Thicke’s performance before eventually clearing it.

    Watch highlights of Colbchella '013, perhaps the best 'Colbert Report' ever.

    August 13, 2013 7:43 AM

  18. BUTT OF THE JOKE Australian Leader Lets ‘Suppository’ Slip Pool by Gary Ramage

    18. Australian Leader Lets ‘Suppository’ Slip

    Tomato, tomahto, repository … suppository? Australia’s opposition leader Tony Abbott made an unfortunate—now famous—slip of the tongue Monday while discussing George W. Bush. “No one ... however smart, however well-educated, however experienced … is the suppository of all wisdom,” Abbott said.  Gasps immediately followed the statement, in which Abbott had unknowingly compared Bush to a rectal drug-delivery system. The expression he meant, of course, was repository of all wisdom. Abbott has yet to speak out about the error. Twitter will no doubt continue sticking it to him until he does.

    August 13, 2013 10:39 AM

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  20. Dissident CIA Kept File on Chomsky Anja Niedringhaus/AP

    19. CIA Kept File on Chomsky

    It turns out the CIA was keeping tabs on MIT professor Noam Chomsky, after all. The CIA denied this was the case for years, but a document obtained by Foreign Policy from a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI reveals that the FBI and the CIA were discussing a trip by antiwar activists to North Vietnam that Chomsky had endorsed. According to an expert on FBI-CIA cooperation interviewed by Foreign Policy, the memo suggests that the CIA destroyed its Chomsky file, hence the repeated denials that any file exists. Chomsky, of course, was not surprised when told he’d been watched. “Some day it will be realized that systems of power typically try to extend their power in any way they can think of,” he said.

    August 13, 2013 11:20 AM

  21. MARKETING Huge H&M Sign Coming to NYC Mark Lennihan/AP

    20. Huge H&M Sign Coming to NYC

    This could explain why Condé Nast is moving out of 4 Times Square. A giant, illuminated 70-by-70-foot H&M sign will soon top the building—and will transform New York City’s iconic skyline. H&M signed a lease with the building’s owner for sign rights, as there will soon be a 42,500-square-foot store at the base of the 48-story tower. “They certainly understood the value of skyline signage,” said Tom Bower, the leasing director of the building’s owner, Durst Organization. The panels will be higher than the nearby bright-red GE atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza. When building 4 Times Square in 2000, Durst intended to lease out the signage at the top—but few companies were willing to pay the high rent. 

    August 13, 2013 7:18 AM

  22. IRONY Student Shot in Gun Safety Class Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

    21. Student Shot in Gun Safety Class

    And today we learned to always check to see if the gun is loaded. A gun safety instructor accidentally shot his student in the arm during a class in Ohio. Instructor Terry Dunlap Sr. was demonstrating how to use a handgun when he accidentally fired a .38-caliber round, which ricocheted off a desk and hit a student, who was rushed to a nearby hospital and released the same day. “I am thankful that it only ended up being in my arm, and didn’t hit my wife or individuals sitting at the desk behind me,” said the student.

    August 13, 2013 12:48 PM

  23. UNLIKELY SOURCE Sudan Supplies Arms to Syrian Rebels Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

    22. Sudan Supplies Arms to Syrian Rebels

    This answer to that pesky question of how those Syrian rebels were getting weapons: a report in Tuesday’s New York Times claims that Sudan is supplying arms to them, despite Sudan’s international embargo and its close ties to Iran, a backer of Bashar al-Assad. The deals have not been made public, and Sudan denied supplying any weapons—although Western officials and Sudanese rebels both confirmed it. Sudan has a history of supplying arms to rebel groups and then denying it.  According to the report, the weapons were sold to Qatar and were delivered to the rebels through Turkey. The deal included shipments of Sudanese- and Chinese-made missiles and newly manufactured small-arms cartridges. Although Sudan has ties to Syria’s Sunni community, Sudan still maintains close diplomatic ties to Iran and China—both of which have been supporters of the Syrian government.

    August 13, 2013 6:55 AM

  24. DIABOLICAL Alaska Serial Killer Tied to 11 Deaths FBI, via AP

    23. Alaska Serial Killer Tied to 11 Deaths

    A confessed serial killer in Alaska who has committed suicide may be linked to as many as 11 deaths—and there might be even more victims outside the U.S., the FBI said on Monday. Israel Keyes, who killed himself in jail in December 2012, had confessed to investigators to the abduction and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in February  2012—the crime that got him caught—as well as the murders of Bill and Lorraine Currier in 2011, an unidentified couple in Washington state between July 2001 and 2005, and two separate murders between 2005 and 2006. But authorities say he may have even more victims, and only identified himself in those deaths because investigators had already linked him to them. It’s unclear how he met his victims, although Keyes did admit to frequenting prostitutes.

    August 13, 2013 7:12 AM

  25. Behind the Scenes Meet the Journalist Behind Snowden’s Leaks Stephen Lovekin

    24. Meet the Journalist Behind Snowden’s Leaks

    Glenn Greenwald may be the journalist most strongly associated with Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, but it was documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras who made the story happen. Greenwald calls her the “Keyser Soze” of the story, “because she’s at once completely invisible and yet ubiquitous.” Snowden tried to contact Greenwald first but was ignored; it was Poitras who had the security savvy to know how to receive Snowden’s encrypted emails and communicate safely with the NSA contractor. She developed this savvy partly because as a filmmaker working on the Iraq War she ended up on a terrorism watch list and was searched and interrogated whenever she came and left the U.S.

    August 13, 2013 12:28 PM

  26. GROUNDBREAKING CA Debates Sperm-Donor Bill Getty

    25. CA Debates Sperm-Donor Bill

    California’s state legislature on Tuesday will debate a bill that would redefine parental and family rights for sperm donors, a bill that grew out of a heated custody battle between actor Jason Patric and his former girlfriend. Patric took his case to state legislators after a judge ruled the actor had no parental rights since he was a sperm donor for 3-year-old Gus, who was conceived via in vitro fertilization. He is expected to testify Tuesday in support of the legislation. “This bill does not give me my son back,” Patric told the Associated Press in an interview. “This bill allows me to go into a court of law and say ‘this is my son.’” The bill could be murky for same-sex couples and single mothers who use sperm donors, who have sought protection against parental rights for donors.

    August 13, 2013 7:35 AM

  27. GOOD JOB Weiner: Huma’s Working on Hillary 2016 Kathy Willens/AP

    26. Weiner: Huma’s Working on Hillary 2016

    Seriously, can Anthony Weiner keep anything secret? Weiner told BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith on Monday night that his wife, Huma Abedin, will contribute to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign—except, um, Clinton hasn’t exactly announced she’s running yet. When asked if he knows what role Abedin will play in Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Weiner answered, “I do. I’m not telling you.” Clinton’s spokesman Philippe Reines said he has “no clue” what Weiner is talking about. Meanwhile, Weiner said Abedin has been “helping out every day” in his own campaign for mayor.

    Correction: An earlier version of this news summary incorrectly referenced a quote from Anthony Weiner. His wife, Huma Abedin, is "helping out every day" in his own campaign, not that of Hillary Clinton.

    August 13, 2013 8:39 AM

  28. TRAGEDY Hannah Anderson Didn’t Know About Deaths Sandy Huffaker/Getty

    27. Hannah Anderson Didn’t Know About Deaths

    Some bitter news to go with the sensational rescue story of Hannah Anderson: the California teen apparently didn’t know her mother and brother were dead when she was found, the San Diego sheriff said Monday. Anderson, 16, was kidnapped last week by James Lee DiMaggio, a family friend, who held her for six days before she was rescued in Idaho and DiMaggio was killed in a firefight. Police last week found the bodies of Anderson’s mother, Christina, 44, who was killed possibly with a crowbar, and 8-year-old Ethan, after a fire at their home. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Anderson played no role in their deaths, but he admitted they may never be able to piece together exactly what happened.

    August 13, 2013 6:56 AM

  29. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU George Lucas Welcomes Daughter Mark Davis/Getty

    28. George Lucas Welcomes Daughter

    Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, welcomed a baby daughter via a surrogate, a representative for the actor said Monday. Everest Hobson Lucas was born on August 9, and is Lucas’s first biological child. Lucas, 69, has three adopted children, Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20. Lucas and Hobson, 44, the president of Ariel Investments, were married in June.

    August 13, 2013 7:41 AM