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  1. Sorry Manning Apologizes to U.S. at WikiLeaks Trial Alex Wong/Getty

    1. Manning Apologizes at WikiLeaks Trial

    Pfc. Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old U.S. soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, apologized to the U.S. at his court-martial on Wednesday. Manning gave an unsworn statement, which meant that he will not be cross-examined by prosecutors. “I’m sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that it hurt the United States,” Manning said, adding that, at the time of the leaks, he did not believe that the information would cause harm. Earlier on Wednesday, an Army psychologist testified that Manning’s struggle with gender identity in a hostile workplace caused him to feel a great amount of pressure. “You put him in that kind of hypermasculine environment, if you will, with little support and few coping skills, the pressure would have been difficult to say the least,” Capt. Michael Worsley said. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison.

    August 14, 2013 4:51 PM

  2. federal prison time Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 2.5 Years Susan Walsh/AP

    2. Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 2.5 Years

    Disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. received 30 months of federal prison time for misusing $750,000 in campaign money, while his wife, Sandi, was sentenced to 12 months for tax fraud on Wednesday. In the hearing, Jackson Jr. apologized to his family and the public, saying he "misled the American people," the media, and the House of Representatives. He called his wife, former alderman Sandi Jackson, a victim of his campaign's "culture," and asked the court to "give me her time." In February, Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and false statements.

    August 14, 2013 1:40 PM

  3. new details Hannah Anderson's Mother and Brother Were Tortured San Diego Sheriff's Department, via AP

    3. Hannah Anderson's Family Was Tortured

    Hannah Anderson may now be alive and safe, but new details suggest that her mother and 8-year-old brother suffered a terrible ordeal before they were killed. According to formerly sealed warrants that were released on Wednesday, Anderson's kidnapper, James Lee DiMaggio "tortured and killed his best friend's wife and 8-year-old son. DiMaggio also shot and killed the family dog," according to one of the affidavits. "After the double homicide, DiMaggio set the house on fire." A preliminary autopsy showed that DiMaggio was shot at least five times during a confrontation in the Idaho wilderness by an FBI tactical agent. 

    August 14, 2013 10:34 PM

  4. MAYHEM Egypt Death Toll Rises to at Least 278 Ed Giles/Getty Images

    4. Egypt Death Toll Rises to at Least 278

    It was a bloody day in Egypt as police forcibly removed pro–Mohamed Morsi protesters from the streets of Cairo. The Egyptian Health Ministry estimated that 235 civilians had been killed while the Interior Ministry said that 43 policemen died in the fighting. Another 900 people were injured, many seriously, leaving observers to believe the death toll would climb much higher. One man was burned alive in a tent while scores more were shot. The interim government, appointed by the military, declared a one-month state of emergency, suspended due-process laws, and imposed a 7 p.m. curfew. Angry protesters fought back, attacking police stations and churches across the country.

    August 14, 2013 5:17 PM

  5. genius Seattle Cops Give Stoners Chips Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

    5. Seattle Cops Give Stoners Chips

    Seattle cops sure know potheads: There’s no way a stoner’s gonna turn down a free bag of chips. The Seattle Police Department is taking advantage of Hempfest, the world’s largest pot rally, by distributing information about the limits of legalization laws in the form of stickers attached to Doritos bags. “Distributing salty snacks at a festival celebrating hemp, I think, is deliberately ironic enough that people will accept them in good humor,” said SPD spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. “We want to make sure people learn the rules and that they respect the vote.” The labels will direct festivalgoers to the Seattle Police Department's marijuana FAQ site, called “Marijwhatnow?” which went viral last November.

    August 14, 2013 8:20 PM

  6. Here We Go Chemical Weapons Investigators to Visit Syria Abdullah Al-Sham/AFP/Getty

    6. Chemical Weapons Investigators to Visit Syria

    A team of United Nations chemical weapons investigators will travel to Syria to investigate claims that the country used chemical weapons during its civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Wednesday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to let the team enter the country and investigate three sites where chemical weapons are said to have been used. “The departure of the team is now imminent,” Ban said in the statement. “As agreed with the government of Syria, the team will remain in the country to conduct its activities, including on-site visits, for a period of up to 14 days, extendable upon mutual consent.” The team will be led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom.

    August 14, 2013 9:20 PM

  7. DISCRIMINATION Russian TV Star Fired After Coming Out via

    7. Russian TV Star Fired After Coming Out

    Russian television personality, Anton Kraskovsky, bravely came out on the air only to be promptly fired. “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” he told his viewers. A few hours later executives at KontrTV, a cable network with ties to the Russian government, fired Kraskovsky. The station also reportedly scrubbed the footage of his announcement from its website and YouTube account. The anchor later told CNN that he knew he would be fired but still felt he had to come out because he's been covering anti-gay laws in Russia.


    August 14, 2013 4:03 PM

  8. BLOODSHED Egyptian VP Resigns After Violence AFP/Getty

    8. Egyptian VP Resigns After Violence

    Egypt’s interim vice president, the Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned from his post following violent clashes with protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, saying there was a peaceful solution. The White House has condemned the violence, as did Secretary of State John Kerry, calling the events "deplorable." At least 278 people have been killed in clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and the security forces that stormed their encampments. At least one journalist has been killed,  and several others injured—such as The Daily Beast’s Mike Giglio, who wrote about his experience here.

    Graphic footage of the clashes in Cairo.

    August 14, 2013 3:00 PM

  9. FATAL Cargo Plane Crashes in Alabama Butch Dill/AP

    9. Cargo Plane Crashes in Alabama

    A UPS cargo plane en route from Louisville, Kentucky, crashed in Alabama early Wednesday morning, killing the pilot and copilot. It's unclear how many other people were on board the aircraft. At least two explosions went off after the crash. The crash occurred just outside the fence of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, as the plane approached for landing.

    August 14, 2013 8:16 AM

  10. Gone Too Soon Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant Dies Kevin Foley/ABC, via Getty

    10. Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant Dies

    Gia Allemand, a contestant on 2010’s Season 14 of The Bachelor, died on Wednesday of an apparent suicide at the age of 29. The reality star had been hospitalized in critical condition for a “serious emergency medical event” since Monday. Allemand was found on Monday night in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, who then called 911. A statement by Allemand’s family says, “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.” Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor, tweeted, “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.”

    August 14, 2013 4:19 PM

  11. Disgraced A-Rod Cut From Yankees Film Charles Cherney/AP

    11. A-Rod Cut From Yankees Film

    With a marred reputation and challenging a 211-game suspension for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is now getting chopped out of an animated film about the team. In Henry & Me, Rodriguez played the team’s hero. But no longer. The decision was made by eight or nine investors, who say the controversy will hurt the film’s profitability, even though the cuts will “cost a fortune.” Rodriguez was first cast as a replacement for Hideki Matsui, who left the Yankees in 2010, but the retired player will now return to fill in. The movie will be released next April.

    Alex Rodriguez may no longer be in 'Henry & Me,' but he could definitely star in the film 'Damned Yankee.'

    August 14, 2013 4:15 PM

  12. BAD START Israel Strikes Gaza With Two Rockets Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty

    12. Israel Strikes Gaza With Two Rockets

    Israel hit two Gaza sites that the military said is controlled by Hamas with rockets early Wednesday, just hours before peace talks between Israel and Palestine were set to begin in Jerusalem. Israeli officials said the strikes were in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal territory in southern Israel. There were no reports of casualties on either side. The peace talks are being conducted with Hamas’s main rivals, the Palestinian Authority, who exercise self-rule in the West Bank, although many are skeptical about the outcome of these talks—especially as Israel has announced new plans to build settlements along the West Bank.

    August 14, 2013 7:02 AM

  13. OH, SNAP Tom Brady Limps Off Field After Injury Drew Hallowell / Getty Images

    13. Tom Brady Limps Off Field After Injury

    Paging Tim Tebow. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field Wednesday after reportedly suffering an injury to his left leg. While throwing a pass, teammate Nate Solder was pushed into him by a defender, leaving Brady on the ground clutching his leg. The star QB remained at practice for a bit longer until he consulted with the head trainer and ultimately left the field. What this means for the season, no one can be sure. Everyone remain calm.

    August 14, 2013 5:20 PM

  14. 404 New York Times Is Back Online Mario Tama/Getty Images

    14. New York Times Is Back Online

    The great New York Times outage of 2013 appears to be over, though what exactly went wrong is still unclear. The paper’s homepage,, crashed for about three hours on Wednesday. “The outage to our website occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “We have no reason to believe that this was a denial-of-service attack. We are in the process of fully restoring access to the site.” Others were more jocular about it: “This would be a good time to be a print subscriber to the paper,” quipped one Times reporter. (See our funny tweet roundup here.)

    August 14, 2013 3:05 PM

  15. RESPECT Hooters: San Diego Mayor Not Welcome Andy Wong/AP

    15. Hooters: San Diego Mayor Not Welcome

    In the battle of Bob Filner vs. Glenn Beck and Hooters, is it possible to pick neither side? Four San Diego–area Hooters on Tuesday barred the city’s mayor from visiting, posting a sign that Beck recommended all area establishments use. “Our Hooters girls in San Diego have spoken,” Hooters tweeted. “Not a corporate gig, but we support our girls. #StepIntoAwesome” Filner, accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women, reportedly returned from sex therapy on August 10, but he has not been seen in public since July 26.

    August 14, 2013 8:10 AM

  16. #JOINTHECLUB Prince Tweets for the First Time Ethan Miller/Getty

    16. Prince Tweets for the First Time

    Remember back in 2010 when Prince declared that the Internet was over and said that computers and “digital gadgets” weren’t any good? Well, that Prince is gone and has been replaced by one who has finally joined the rest of us on Twitter. The singer’s inaugural tweet came from his band’s account, @3rdeyegirl. His message was simple: “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2...” He followed that up with “PRINCE’S 2ND TWEET.” By the third tweet, Prince was a Twitter pro, posting a picture of his salad.

    August 14, 2013 12:30 PM

  17. Memes ‘Monkey Christ’ Painting Brings Tourists Cesar Manso, AFP / Getty Images

    17. ‘Monkey Christ’ Painting Brings Tourists

    A year after an elderly Spanish woman’s botched restoration of a church fresco went viral, her “monkey Christ” painting has become a tourist destination. So many people were flocking to see the painting that the town started charging an admission fee, which has raked in more than €50,000  so far. At first the painter, Cecilia Gimenez, was devastated when her work became an international laughingstock, but now she’s selling merchandise featuring the failed restoration and is celebrated by her fellow villagers for bringing in tourists.

    August 14, 2013 11:23 AM

  18. HORRIFIC Louisiana Gunman, Hostage Killed Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    18. Louisiana Gunman, Hostage Killed

    A gunman and a hostage were killed early Wednesday in a small town in Louisiana after a dramatic 12-hour standoff that ended when SWAT teams stormed the bank. The gunman, Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, allegedly shot both his hostages as the SWAT teams arrived, one of whom later died. The police then shot and killed Ahmed, state police spokesman Albert Paxton said. “He was angry and he wanted to kill the hostages,” Paxton said. Ahmed initially took three bank employees hostage, but released one woman after several hours. Ahmed suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and heard voices in his head, police said. Born in California to Yemeni parents, police said there is no indication that Ahmed is linked to any terror threats against the U.S.

    August 14, 2013 7:24 AM

  19. AWKWEIRD Aniston, Jolie Scheduled for Same Flight Matt Sayles/AP

    19. Aniston, Jolie Scheduled for Same Flight

    Great job, British Airways. E! News reports that an airline attendant noticed that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston were scheduled to fly first class on the same flight from Los Angeles to London on Sunday. When Aniston’s handlers were notified, her flight was changed to Monday. Aniston and Jolie, however, were completely unaware of the potentially catastrophic flight. World War Z was not scheduled to play on the airplane.

    August 14, 2013 11:09 AM

  20. HOLD THE APPLAUSE Lady Gaga: I’m Over Evan Agostini/AP

    20. Lady Gaga: I’m Over

    Lady Gaga certainly has a flair for the dramatics. The singer released a new video on Tuesday titled “Lady Gaga Is Over: A Film by Haus of Gaga,” which features a long shot of Gaga hailed by boos. Yeah, sure. “Lady Gaga is no longer relevant,” she says. “Ever since 'Born This Way,' she’s a flop.” And don’t forget: “DO NOT buy her new single ‘Applause’ on iTunes” she proclaims. Well maybe just to see what the fuss is about …

    August 14, 2013 7:37 AM

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

  24. RIP Journalist Jack Germond Dies

    23. Journalist Jack Germond Dies

    Longtime political journalist Jack Germond died early Wednesday morning, his wife, Alice, confirmed. He was 85. Germond was a columnist for the Washington Star, after spending 20 years at the Baltimore Sun and 20 years prior to that at Gannett papers. From 1977 until 2000, he wrote a syndicated column with Jules Witcover that ran five days a week. The pair also wrote four books together about the presidential elections in 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992. He appeared on PBS’s McLaughlin Group since it began in 1981. Germond’s wife said in an email to Politico he died “peacefully and quickly” just before 4 a.m.—and just after completing a novel he had been thinking about for years.

    August 14, 2013 8:50 AM

  25. NOT TALKING Manning Could Break Silence Mark Wilson/Getty

    24. Manning Could Break Silence

    Bradley Manning, the former soldier who faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking to WikiLeaks, may break his silence on Wednesday as the sentencing phase of his court-martial concludes. Manning, 25, has stayed silent as his trial began on June 3, speaking publicly for the last time in February, when he read a 10,000-word statement at a pre-trial hearing. His chief defense attorney, David Combs, is expected to ask for a lenient sentence for Manning, who has claimed he leaked the information in an effort to start a public debate about U.S. foreign policy. He has been convicted of 20 charges, including espionage and theft, but was found not guilty of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy.

    August 14, 2013 7:22 AM

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

    25. 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

  27. HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE France, Eurozone Out of Recession Andrei Pungovschi/AFP/Getty

    26. France, Eurozone Out of Recession

    Bring out the champagne, the Eurozone is out of recession. According to economic data released on Wednesday, GDP grew by 0.3 percent in the second quarter of 2013, slightly ahead of forecasts. Germany and France both had unexpectedly strong growth, with France growing by 0.5 percent over the same quarter last year—the best results in two years. France’s unpopular Socialist government took credit for the turnaround, although analysts said that the unexpected growth came from improved domestic consumption, with industrial output increasing only accounting for minimal increases. Portugal, one of the countries that had been forced to take a bailout from the eurozone, reported 1.1 percent growth. But it wasn’t all good news: Spain’s economic output fell by 0.1 percent, and Italy and the Netherlands both dropped 0.2 percent.

    August 14, 2013 7:04 AM

  28. LIFE IMITATES ART Ron Burgundy to Write Memoir Dreamworks

    27. Ron Burgundy to Write Memoir

    Classy! Everyone’s favorite fictional San Diego newsman, Ron Burgundy, will be writing a memoir to coincide with the release of his new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written,” Burgundy (aka actor Will Ferrell) said. “I’m too close to the work.” Publishing house Crown Archetype, an imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, released an extremely serious press release about the upcoming memoir, saying the book will be available Nov. 19, one month ahead of the film’s Dec. 20 release date. "The list of legendary American broadcast news journalists is short: Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and of course, Ron Burgundy,” says Crown editor-in-chief Mauro DiPreta.

    August 14, 2013 7:41 AM