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  1. DICK STRIKES AGAIN Nixon Tapes Reveal Anti-Semitic, Racist Comments AP

    1. Nixon Tapes Reveal Anti-Semitic, Racist Comments

    The Nixon Presidential Library has released the last set of Nixon tapes, and boy are they doozies. The former president is caught making anti-Semitic comments and stating that black people are incapable of running a country. On a phone call with Henry Kissinger, Nixon was concerned that the Jews would sabotage an upcoming U.S.-Soviet summit—and if they did, he said, “it’s gonna be the worst thing that happened to Jews in American history.” On another call, Nixon says he wants to fire his then-aide and lawyer, Leonard Garment, yelling “God damn his Jewish soul!” And in an Oval Office meeting, Nixon said that black people couldn’t run Jamaica. “Blacks can’t run it. Nowhere, and they won’t be able to for a hundred years, and maybe not for a thousand ... Do you know, maybe one black country that’s well run?” What sort of appointees would Nixon prefer, you ask? “No Jews. We are adamant when I say no Jews.” The tapes were recorded between April 9 and July 12, 1973.

    Nixon talks with Henry Kissinger about Jews and Russia.

    August 21, 2013 9:57 PM

  2. Terrifying Georgia Shooter Had 500 Ammo Rounds John Bazemore

    2. Georgia Shooter Had 500 Ammo Rounds

    A heavily armed man who fired shots at police on the grounds of an Atlanta-area elementary school was found to have 500 rounds of ammunition on him. Michael Brandon Hill was talked into surrendering by heroic school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff, who says he told her he was off his medications and had nothing to live for. Hill faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He had been arrested and charged earlier this year after threatening to kill his brother.

    August 21, 2013 5:55 PM

  3. BOMBSHELL NSA Collected Emails With No Terror Ties Win McNamee/Getty Images

    3. NSA Collected Emails With No Terror Ties

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper authorized the release Wednesday of three court opinions that revealed the National Security Agency had erroneously collected the emails of Americans who didn’t have ties to terrorism. The NSA reportedly grabbed 56,000 emails a year over a three-year period. The opinions also detail how the NSA reported the error to the court in 2011 and then updated its collection mechanism in response to the error. The court ordered the agency to limit its data gathering.

    August 21, 2013 3:25 PM

  4. EXPLANATION Text of Manning’s Letter to Obama Disclosed Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    4. Text of Manning’s Letter to Obama Disclosed

    Bradley Manning’s statement to President Obama following his sentencing Wednesday has been revealed. Read by defense attorney David Coombs, the letter starts: “The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We've been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.” And that’s just the beginning.

    Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs reads the letter Manning wrote to President Obama.

    August 21, 2013 10:27 PM

  5. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME Sharapova Withdraws from U.S. Open Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

    5. Sharapova Withdraws From U.S. Open

    Maria Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, has withdrawn from this year's competition because of bursitis in her right shoulder, according to a statement from tournament director David Brewer. The tennis star's agent has said that Sharapova's shoulder has been bothering her since before the French Open in May. Sharapova's tennis season has been anything but uneventful: she was sidelined after a hip injury during Wimbledon, hired a new coach, then fired him after losing one match last week at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.

    August 21, 2013 9:30 PM

  6. PLEADING GUILTY United Employee Admits to Bomb Threats Dallas County Sheriff's Department

    6. United Employee Admits to Bomb Threats

    Patrick Cau, a former United Airlines flight attendant, will plead guilty on Monday to making bomb threats against an airplane. Cau, a German citizen who sometimes uses the last name Kaiser, phoned in the threats on six United flights from pay phones across the country, according to court documents. He will be sentenced this fall and has agreed to pay restitution to United, which says it lost more than $267,000 because of the threats. Cau worked for United for 15 years and had filed a sexual harassment complaint against a male supervisor. United has declined to investigate the claim. In addition to facing jail time and stiff fines, Cau may also be deported.

    August 21, 2013 7:05 PM

  7. GET WELL SOON Beau Biden to Be Released From Hospital Evan Agostini/AP

    7. Beau Biden to Be Released From Hospital

    Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden and the attorney general of Delaware, is being released from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after undergoing a “successful” medical procedure to rule out the possibility of cancer. “[Beau] is in great shape and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware,” Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. “He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks.” Beau Biden, 44, was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on August 14 after feeling weak and disoriented while driving back from a family vacation in Indiana. He was discharged the next day and then went to Philadelphia to consult with a family doctor. He had been recovering in Wilmington, Delaware, before traveling to Houston. Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010.

    August 21, 2013 7:41 AM

  8. ALLEGED WAR CRIMES Syrian Rebels: 1,100 Dead in Gas Attack Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

    8. Syrian Rebels: 1,100 Dead in Gas Attack

    U.S. officials are seeing "strong indications" that Syrian government forces used nerve gas in Damascus on Wednesday, reportedly killing over a thousand people. Syrian opposition groups claimed that up to 1,100 people had been killed in the attack, and hundreds more were reportedly wounded. Though the attacks have not been verified, United Nations deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson called the attack a "serious escalation with grave humanitarian consequences." Rockets filled with poisonous gas were reportedly fired into the capital, and amateur video found online showed victims sprawled out on hospital floors, with others being treated with hand-pump respirators. The government of President Bashar al-Assad denied using chemical weapons, calling the claims “baseless” on state-run television. The attack comes just one day after chemical weapons experts were sent to Damascus by the United Nations to investigate the government’s alleged use of nerve gas.

    Unconfirmed amateur video shows the aftermath of an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

    August 21, 2013 6:55 AM

  9. Crash Schoolbus Rolls Over in Kansas KMBC 9

    9. Schoolbus Rolls Over in Kansas

    A schoolbus loaded with female students overturned on Wednesday afternoon in Bonner Springs, Kansas, leaving several students and the bus driver injured. Eight girls were transported to local hospitals, though none with critical injuries; 50 to 60 uninjured students were taken to a local high school to be picked up by parents. The bus was carrying the sixth graders from Pembroke Hill in Kansas City when it rolled over on K-7 and K-32 in Bonner Springs, on its way to a camp for an overnight bonding experience to launch the school year.

    August 21, 2013 2:43 PM

  10. BOLD ‘Prison Break’ Star Comes Out as Gay Koichi Kamoshida/Getty

    10. ‘Prison Break’ Star Comes Out as Gay

    Wentworth Miller refused an invitation to a film festival in Russia because of the country’s new laws banning homosexual “propaganda,” and then outed himself. The 41-year-old star sent a letter to the organizers of the festival stating ”as a gay man, I must decline.” Miller said that he is troubled by the current attitude, and went on to state: “I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.” Bravo.

    August 21, 2013 6:34 PM

  11. WikiLeaks Manning Sentenced to 35 Years Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    11. Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

    Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, a military judge ruled today. Manning was convicted of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act, and faced up to 90 years in prison. The government had asked for a 60-year sentence to “send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information.” Manning will get 1,293 days credited toward his sentence for the time he has already spent in prison, including 112 days for being subjected to abusive treatment and solitary confinement. He'll have to serve one third of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

    Twitter responded vehemently in Bradley Manning's behalf when the sentence was handed down.

    August 21, 2013 9:41 AM

  12. ‘Kremlin Propaganda’ Gay Reporter Kicked Off Russian TV via YouTube

    12. Gay Reporter Kicked Off Russian TV

    Clad in rainbow-striped suspenders, American reporter James Kirchick was kicked off a show on Russian TV after protesting the country’s antihomosexuality laws and declining to speak about the Bradley Manning verdict. “Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going ... to speak out against the horrific, antigay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law,” he said. A host for RT, which is a government-funded network, explained after that since Kirchick was not speaking on the present topic, “we had to take him off air.” Kirchick later tweeted that “RT just called taxi company that took me to studio to drop me off on the side of the highway.”

    August 21, 2013 12:03 PM

  13. Blew a .10 David Cassidy Arrested for Drunk Driving Schodack Police Department via Getty

    13. David Cassidy Arrested for Drunk Driving

    Onetime Partridge Family heartbreaker David Cassidy was arrested Wednesday morning after failing a Breathalyzer test while driving in Schodack, New York. Cassidy apparently didn’t dim his headlights when passing a police checkpoint, and then failed breath and field-sobriety tests, blowing a .10 blood-alcohol level. This is the 63-year-old former teen star’s second arrest for drunken driving, after he was sentenced to a range of punishments, including a year's probation, for a charge in February 2011.

    August 21, 2013 3:34 PM

  14. IN COURT Former Vanderbilt Football Players Plead Not Guilty Mark Humphrey/AP

    14. Former Vanderbilt Football Players Plead Not Guilty

    Four former football players for Vanderbilt University pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to allegedly raping a 21-year-old female student in June. A fifth former player, Chris Boyd, the football team’s former star wide receiver, pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge of being an accessory. None of the five charged appeared in court. Brandon Vandenburg, 20, Cory Batey and Brandon Eric Banks, both 19, and Jaborian McKenzie, 18, have been charged with rape, while Vandenburg faces additional charges of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. Two men in California who were high-school teammates of Vandenburg, have also been charged with tampering with evidence. Batey’s attorney told reporters after the hearing that discussions about a settlement will likely take place, but there’s been no word so far.

    August 21, 2013 3:38 PM

  15. Seal of Approval Obama Endorses Cory Booker Mel Evans/AP

    15. Obama Endorses Cory Booker

    More support for the already heavily favored Cory Booker, this time from President Obama, who said the Newark mayor and Senate candidate would be “an important partner in our efforts to reduce gun violence, give every American a fair shot in a global economy, and make our country stronger.” Booker is facing off against Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election next month for the seat vacated by the late Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg. Booker, whose campaign team is full of strategists from Obama’s reelection campaign, said he was “humbled” by the endorsement. Booker is widely seen as a strong potential presidential candidate, if not in 2016 then in later races.

    August 21, 2013 11:40 AM

  16. FREEDOM, MOSTLY Court Orders Mubarak Release Reuters

    16. Court Orders Mubarak Release

    An Egyptian court has ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was jailed in 2011 after he was thrown from power. He will be placed under house arrest because Egyptian leaders feared his release would anger protestors. Mubarak, who could be released as early as Thursday, had been found guilty of ordering police to fire on protesters during the 2011 uprising, and he has been linked to other charges of corruption. Meanwhile, two other leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested Wednesday: Clerif Safwat Hegazy was captured trying to flee into neighboring Libya in disguise, and Mourad Ali was detained at a Cairo airport, attempting to catch a flight to Italy. Egypt’s interim minister insisted the country could do without U.S. aid, although the $1.3 billion the U.S. supplies to the country has supplied the army with sophisticated weapons that are the military’s lifeline.

    August 21, 2013 8:37 AM

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  18. Hero School Clerk Convinced Gunman to Surrender David Goldman/AP; Dekalb County Sheriff's Department/AP (inset)

    17. School Clerk Convinced Gunman to Surrender

    We have elementary-school clerk Antoinette Tuff to thank for the fact that Atlanta didn’t turn into another Newtown yesterday. Tuff says she convinced Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man who came to a school armed with an assault rifle and other weapons—to put down his guns and surrender. “[I saw] a young man ready to kill anybody that he could and take any lives he wanted to,” Tuff told ABC. As Hill went between the office and the school entrance to shoot at police, Tuff started talking to him, eventually convincing him to put down his guns and surrender. “I told him, ‘OK, we all have situations in our lives. I went through a tragedy myself,’” Tuff said. “It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could too.” No students were harmed in the standoff and Hill was arrested.

    August 21, 2013 12:18 PM

  19. BIG BROTHER Report: NSA Surveillance Even Bigger Connie Zhou/AP

    18. Report: NSA Surveillance Even Bigger

    The National Security Agency’s surveillance program is even larger than has been previously disclosed, sources told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The system can reach roughly 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic, including communication between Americans and foreigners. Codenamed Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew, the programs are carried out with telecom companies, and filter and gather information from the communications. Although the programs’ main goal is to intercept foreign terrorists’ communication, sources say it’s purely domestic communication that is more likely to be incidentally intercepted. A U.S. official insisted, however, that the NSA is “not wallowing willy-nilly” through Americans’ chatter, and “we want high-grade ore.”

    August 21, 2013 10:22 AM

  20. NOW IT’S 58 Rodent Fur Found in Heinz Ketchup Gene J. Puskar/AP

    19. Rodent Fur Found in Heinz Ketchup

    Tapping the 57 will cause more than ketchup to come out sometimes. Brazilian officials on Wednesday banned a batch of Mexican-made Heinz ketchup after detecting traces of rodent fur. For what it’s worth, Mexican officials have ordered their own investigation—and will inspect the factory where the ketchup was made. Heinz said the ketchup was sent to Brazil last year, and it had already been taken out of circulation. There’s no word yet on the extent of the contamination or the volume of the products that had been pulled.

    August 21, 2013 7:43 AM

  21. REMEMBER MOESHA? Brandy Plays Empty South Africa Stadium Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET

    20. Brandy Plays Empty South Africa Stadium

    If Brandy has a concert and no one shows up, did it really happen? Brandy was supposed to be the main draw at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day in Soweto, South Africa. But nobody told the crowd, so by the time the singer took the stage there were only about 40 people left in the 90,000-seat stadium. Tens of thousands watched the football and rugby matches during the day, but people began leaving the event once the musical acts went on. Only about 40 people were left to watch Brandy, who performed two songs and left. She didn’t even get a chance to play for a television audience—the country’s national television station ended its broadcast before Brandy began her performance.

    August 21, 2013 11:19 AM

  22. Fact Check

    21. Report: JPMorgan Not as Bad as Nazis

    This is setting the bar pretty low, but a review found that JPMorgan Chase did not, in fact, do more damage to an Italian town than the Nazis did. The report stemmed from an investigation of Bloomberg L.P.'s practices after it was revealed that Bloomberg journalists could spy on financial institutions using Bloomberg data terminals, but it also addressed a 2011 Bloomberg article that compared a bad bond deal to the Nazi destruction of Monte Cassino. The review concluded that “To suggest a bond deal gone sour, curtailing daycare for 60 children and services for the poor, is comparable to the terror and cataclysm of war is inconsistent with BN's high standards.”

    August 21, 2013 1:45 PM

  23. FRIEND REQUEST Facebook to Move to Developing World Ben Margot/AP

    22. Facebook to Move to Developing World

    Get ready for friend requests from the developing world. Facebook will make a play to bring the social-media network to the 4 billion or so in the developing world without Internet access by launching Internet.org, which will drastically cut the cost of delivering the Internet on mobile phones. A handful of other tech giants, including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Ericsson, have also signed on to the initiative. The goal is to simplify phone applications so they run more efficiently as well as allow phones to transmit more data while using less battery power. It follows similar initiatives from Google (which began a program with phone carriers last year to offer wireless users in developing countries free access to Gmail) and Twitter (which has struck its own deal with 250 cellphone companies in 100 countries to offer free Twitter access).

    August 21, 2013 7:10 AM

  24. MORE DETAILS DiMaggio Family Requests DNA Test San Diego Sheriff's Department/AP

    23. DiMaggio Family Requests DNA Test

    The family of James Lee DiMaggio, who was shot to death last week after allegedly kidnapping Hannah Anderson and is accused of killing her mother and brother, has demanded a DNA test—claiming that DiMaggio could be the father of the kids. A spokesman for the DiMaggio family said it raised red flags with them when they found out that DiMaggio had Bernice Anderson, Hannah and her brother Ethan’s grandmother, as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy for an estimated $110,000. DiMaggio had been a close family friend—the kids called him “Uncle Jim”—and some have raised concerns that 16-year-old Hannah had been seen with him prior to her mother’s and brother’s deaths. San Diego police have said that DiMaggio allegedly tortured and killed Christian Anderson, Hannah’s mother, and Ethan, 8, before their bodies were left in a burning house.

    August 21, 2013 6:54 AM

  25. PUPPY LOVE ‘Downton’: We Didn’t Ban Dogs PBS

    24. ‘Downton’: We Didn’t Ban Dogs

    Don’t believe everything you hear. A publicist for Downton Abbey’s real-life castle insisted on Tuesday that the show has not banned dogs, despite a report that cast members’ dogs had run amok on the set and at the historic Highclere Castle. The initial report said that Isis, the Crawley family dog, was welcome on set after dogs have caused mischief. Ed Speelers, who plays footman Jimmy Kent, admitted his border collie “ran off and up to the part of the house you’re not allowed to go,” and even ran into Hugh Bonneville’s (who plays family patriarch Earl of Grantham) dressing room. Still, the earl and countess of Carnarvon, who own Highclere Castle, insisted “there is no ban from us.”

    August 21, 2013 7:52 AM

  26. RADIOACTIVE Fukushima Alert Raised Tom Curley/AP

    25. Fukushima Alert Raised

    On fears that storage tanks are leaking contaminated water at Fukushima, Japanese officials on Wednesday raised alerts to the highest levels since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that prompted a meltdown. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary called the situation “deplorable” and said he feared it could become the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday that it is are taking the situation “seriously” and is prepared to help out if needed, while China’s foreign minister said he was “shocked” to learn that contaminated water is still leaking. The plant’s operator, Tepco, has been accused of not being prepared for the disaster, and of covering up how much the crisis has spread.

    August 21, 2013 7:12 AM

  27. Chilling Teens Charged With Murdering For Fun Stephens County Sheriffs Department/AP

    26. Teens Charged With Murdering For Fun

    Three Oklahoma teenagers were charged on Tuesday with randomly targeting and killing a college baseball player out of boredom earlier this summer. 22-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian transplant who went to school at Oklahoma's East Central University, was visiting his girlfriend's parents in the town of Duncan when he was shot in the back and killed. In court, prosecutors accused 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna of pulling the trigger from the backseat of a car in which 15-year-old James Francis Edwards was sitting shotgun. The two were charged with murder while the driver, 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder and using his car to discharge the weapon. The prosecutor referred to the three as "thugs" and said Edwards, who had gotten in trouble with the law before the shooting too, "thinks it's all a joke." 

    August 20, 2013 10:01 PM

  28. FIREWORK Katy Perry to Close Out VMAs Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

    27. Katy Perry to Close Out VMAs

    If you’re too young to know who ’N Sync is, don’t fret—MTV has a closing act for you. Katy Perry will be closing out the Video Music Awards, MTV announced on Tuesday. She will be performing her new single, “Roar.” MTV is certainly trying to reach across the generations with the VMAs: millennials will have the ’N Sync reunion, and Katy Perry will lock down the teen crowd.

    August 21, 2013 7:46 AM