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  1. massive blaze Wildfire Spreads Near Yosemite Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    1. Wildfire Spreads Near Yosemite

    More than 63,000 acres near Yosemite National Park are engulfed in flames, forcing tourists to flee the approaching wildfire, which has reached a size larger than the city of Oakland. Five days after the Rim Fire began, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Tuolomne County has announced 2,500 homes are under threat and nearly $5.4 million is needed to combat the flames. The freeway access to Yosemite has been shut down, and 1,850 firefighters have been recruited to contain the blaze., currently only one percent contained.

    August 22, 2013 8:58 PM

  2. INVESTIGATION U.N. Sends Top Official to Syria AP

    25. U.N. Sends Top Official to Syria

    After reports from Syria suggest chemical weapons may have killed dozens outside Damascus on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon deployed his top disarmament representative to try investigating the site. Angela Kane will fly to Syria, which has received a formal request for access to the suburb where more than a thousand died in what appears to be a the largest attack so far in the Syrian conflict. The U.N. team currently inside Syria is only authorized to investigate three of the 13 sites deemed suspicious before Wednesday's attack. Meanwhile, France has urged that force be used if the use of chemical weapons is confirmed.

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

    August 22, 2013 6:56 PM

  3. one intercepted 3 Rockets Fired into Israel Jinipix/AP

    3. 3 Rockets Fired into Israel

    In an attack the Israel Defense Forces believes to be orchestrated by global jihad operatives, at least three rockets were launched into Israel from southern Lebanon on Thursday. One was intercepted by Israel's missile defense system, according to the IDF spokesman. In one northern village, the rockets hit electric lines and seven houses. Lebanon's state news agency reported Israeli drones circling the area where the rockets were believed to originate. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement, reassuring citizens that the military was defending the country. "Whoever tries to harm us should know we will harm them," he said.

    August 22, 2013 6:52 PM

  4. Back at it NASDAQ Resumes Trading Mark Lennihan/AP

    4. NASDAQ Resumes Trading

    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ”the stock market is back up.” Hours after a massive software glitch halted trading on the NASDAQ, it was expected to be back up and running. The technology-savvy exchange on which the shares of Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Intel are traded, was suspended at 12:28 p.m. The problem was not thought to be related to hacking, according to a federal law-enforcement official.

    August 22, 2013 3:10 PM

  5. Suck it, Bloomberg NYC Council Curbs Stop and Frisk Seth Wenig/AP

    5. NYC Council Curbs Stop and Frisk

    Strike one against racial profiling? On Thursday, New York’s City Council overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of a measure that would curb the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. The council also passed a second measure—one to establish an independent watchdog over the police department for a seven-year period. Both bills are aimed at restricting the police’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic, which allows officers in high-crime areas to stop people that they reasonably suspect are engaged in criminal activity. However, in practice, that meant disproportionate stoppings of blacks and Hispanics; a federal judge ruled the policy unconstitutional this month, calling it “indirect racial profiling.” “It’s an historic day,” said council member Jumaane Williams, the lead sponsor of the bill. “We have a lot more work left to do. But I’m very happy that the council did its job, moving in the right direction when others wouldn’t.”

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM

  6. JUDGMENT DAY Aaron Hernandez Indicted for Murder Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP

    6. Aaron Hernandez Indicted for Murder

    Fomer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury Thursday in connection with the murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in June. Hernandez is now being held without bail on a charge of assault and battery with intent to murder, according to a report by WCVB. In late July, police discovered a secret two-bedroom apartment—which they believe to be Hernandez’s—full of ammunition and clothing linked to the murder. The former football star's lawyers remain confident that the case against him is "weak." A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

    August 22, 2013 1:00 PM

  7. NEW ORDER Obama Unveils College-Ranking Plan JEWEL SAMAD/AFP

    7. Obama Unveils College-Ranking Plan

    President Obama on Thursday announced his plan to implement a new rating system for colleges before the fall of 2015. The system would rank schools based on graduation rates, average earnings of graduates, tuition, and student-loan debt. Eventually those ratings will be tied to federal financial-aid allotment, with more money and affordable loans going to students at higher-rated schools. “We can't price the middle class—and people working to get into the middle class—out of a college education,” Obama said at the state university in Buffalo, where he kicked off his two-day bus trip through New York and Pennsylvania. He noted that plan still needs congressional approval. “We’re going to have to work on that,” he said. 

    August 22, 2013 12:00 PM

  8. CALL ME CHELSEA Bradley Manning: ‘I Am a Female’ Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    8. Bradley Manning: ‘I Am a Female’

    A day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified military information, Pfc. Bradley Manning announced he plans to begin a gender transition and live the rest of his life as a woman. “I want everyone to know the real me,” he said in a statement read on NBC’s Today show Thursday. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way I feel and have felt since childhood, I plan to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” Manning requested that the media use his new female name. 

    August 22, 2013 7:57 AM

  9. Released Egypt's Mubarak Released from Prison Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

    9. Egypt's Mubarak Released from Prison

    Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday. The ousted leader was reportedly flown via medical helicopter from the Tora Prison outside Cairo to a military hospital in Maadi, a nearby suburb. Earlier this week, Egyptian authorities declared that Mubarak could no longer be legally imprisoned and ordered him to be under house arrest instead. 

    August 22, 2013 10:42 AM

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  11. surprise Ben Affleck is the Next Batman Stuart Wilson / Getty Images

    10. Ben Affleck is the Next Batman

    Sorry, fans of Christian Bale's guttural growl: Ben Affleck is the latest incarnation of rich boy-cum-superhero Bruce Wayne. The actor was tapped to star as Batman in the Warner Bros. upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, slated for July 2015. According to a statement released Thursday, Affleck will play "an entirely new incarnation of the character." Henry Cavill will return to play Superman in the untitled film. Just one question: Does Affleck have the chin for that mask?

    August 22, 2013 10:02 PM

  12. Moving On Up Yahoo Now Most Visited U.S. Website Justin Sullivan/Getty

    11. Yahoo Now Most Visited U.S. Website

    Move over Google, the Internet has a new favorite website and, believe it or not, it's Yahoo. The ubiquitous search engine's competitor boasted 196.6 million unique visitors in July, just barely topping Google's 192.3 million. And that's not including traffic from Tumblr—which Yahoo purchased earlier this year. Yahoo's stellar numbers—the best its seen since 2011—is yet another boon for CEO Marissa Mayer, who's also seen the company's stock double in value in the past year that she's been at the helm. 

    August 22, 2013 9:24 AM

  13. VOTING RIGHTS Holder Takes On Texas Voter-ID Law Evan Vucci/AP

    12. Holder Takes On Texas Voter-ID Law

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Department of Justice will sue Texas over a new voter-ID law, its second action against Texas since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act earlier this year. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights,” Holder said in a statement. Holder has also asked a federal judge to require Texas to get preclearance of its congressional redistricting process due to the state’s history of “intentional voter discrimination.” Holder has led the Justice Department in a campaign to protect voting rights in the wake of the court's decision and considers it a key part of his legacy.

    August 22, 2013 12:44 PM

  14. afghan massacre Sgt. Bales: I’m Truly Sorry Ryan Hallock, DVIDS, Spc. / AP Photo

    13. Sgt. Bales: I’m Truly Sorry

    On Thursday, Sgt. Robert Bales apologized for killing 16 Afghan civilians, saying it was “an act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear, bullshit, and bravado.” Bales has pleaded guilty to avoid a death sentence, and a military jury will now decide if his life sentence includes a chance of parole. “I’m truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away,” Bales said. “If I could bring their family members back, I would in a heartbeat.” The court heard character testimony from his brother, a fellow army officer, and a former high school football teammate. For the past two days, nine Afghans testified against Bales, including one man who lost 11 family members in the March 2012 attack.

    August 22, 2013 3:48 PM

  15. FINALLY San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign Bill Wechter/getty

    14. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign

    Bob Filner, the embattled mayor of San Diego, has agreed to resign in a deal made with city officials Wednesday, an NBC San Diego affiliate confirmed Thursday. Officials announced Wednesday night that a deal had been struck, but the result was supposed to remain confidential until Friday afternoon. Filner is under fire for multiple sexual-harassment charges; so far 18 women have claimed he made various inapprioriate advances. The mayor underwent two weeks of behavorial therapy in hopes that the storm would blow over and had previously steadfastly refused to resign.

    August 22, 2013 12:20 PM

  16. WTF Indian Baby Spontaneously Combusts Getty

    15. Indian Baby Spontaneously Combusts

    What would you do if your baby kept bursting into flames? Indian mother Rajeshwari Karnan and her husband rushed to the hospital when her son did exactly that. She stepped out of the house for a moment when a relative started screaming that the baby was on fire. The parents said the baby would suddenly catch fire, prompting villagers to kick them out for fear he would ignite their homes. Doctors said the baby has second-degree burns, and that they are conducting tests to determine whether it suffers from spontaneous human combustion, an extremely rare condition that many scientists doubt is real despite several apparent cases of it.

    August 22, 2013 7:28 AM

  17. MR. 4,000 Ichiro Suzuki’s Milestone Hit Adam Hunger/Reuters

    16. Ichiro Suzuki’s Milestone Hit

    For once, a record without a steroids asterisk. Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th professional hit last night off R.A. Dickey at Yankee Stadium. But an asterisk, or some sort of further explanation, is in order. Ichiro's accomplishment is not to be ignored—only two other players have ever connected for 4,000 hits: Ty Cobb and Pete Rose—but it must be noted that his hit parade includes his prior career in Japan. Before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Ichiro had 1,278 hits in the Japanese Pacific League. Now, with last night’s performance, he has 2,722 in Major League Baseball, bringing the combined total to 4,000.

     

    August 22, 2013 12:44 PM

  18. TAKING THE CONTROLS Abortion: The Game Erich Schlegel/Getty

    17. Abortion: The Game

    Are there other ways that people could learn more about reproductive health care access, besides through legislators and the news? Two women are developing Choice: Texas, a video game based on the state’s abortion debate. Allyson Whipple and Carly Kocurek, along with illustrator Grace Jennings, have set up a Tumblr and are looking for funding through IndieGoGo. They are labeling it as “a very serious game,” and say it will focus on different female characters and Texas-specific scenarios they encounter. It will be available for free on the Web around February 2014.

    August 22, 2013 4:06 PM

  19. RECOVERY Eurozone Economy Picks Up Steam Emilio Morenatti/AP

    18. Eurozone Economy Picks Up Steam

    A private-sector study revealed Thursday shows that manufacturing output is driving the European currency zone to its highest level of economic activity in two years. The news comes shortly after the Eurozone officially pulled itself out of recession with a positive growth report in the second quarter of this year, helped by household spending in Germany and France. Still, there is little sign that the tepid growth will do much for the currency zone’s biggest problems, which include historic unemployment rates and a lack of confidence in public finances.

    August 22, 2013 7:08 AM

  20. CHILLING Government Worker Urges Race War

    19. Government Worker Urges Race War

    An employee at the Department of Homeland Security runs a racist website in his spare time and advocates the mass killing of white Americans, gays, and black leaders he believes are traitors, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ayo Kimathi, a small-business specialist at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of the DHS, is a “gay-bashing, revenge-seeking black nationalist” who runs the website War on the Horizon. The site calls for mass murder of white people, rails against “fag rights,” and attacks a slew of black celebrities as “race traitors.” In a statement, the ICE said it “does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric.”

    August 22, 2013 7:24 AM

  21. SPYING ON YOU FISA Court: NSA Had Pattern of Lies Patrick Semansky/AP

    20. FISA Court: NSA Had Pattern of Lies

    The National Security Agency has had a history of misleading about their activities, a secret surveillance court said in an 85-page opinion from 2011 that was declassified Wednesday. The FISA court’s strongly worded opinion also suggested that the agency may have broken the law in spying on Americans. “The government has now advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe,” Judge John Bates wrote. The decision reveals that the NSA collected 56,000 “wholly domestic” communications each year, thus refusing to comply with laws that limit surveillance to foreigners.

    August 22, 2013 7:01 AM

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

    21. ‘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

  23. HALF A PAYCHECK

    22. Whole Foods Fights for Middle Class

    Notorious for its high prices, Whole Foods is trying to shed that image as it expands into middle- and lower-income areas of the country. Critics argueded that Whole Foods prices would cost a middle-class family its whole paycheck. As the recession forced many shoppers to cut back, expensive organic groceries were some of the first items to go. Now, as newer competitors like Kroger are trying to cut in on upper-income shoppers, and longtime competitors like The Fresh Market and Sprouts Farmers Market are continuing to grow, Whole Foods is turning to time-tested retail marketing methods like one-day sales and buy-one-get-one-free deals. The new strategy appears to be succeeding: its stock price recently hit $56, after sinking to as low as $4.27 in 2008. 

    August 22, 2013 10:40 AM

  24. SNEAKY Brazil Bickers Over Boyfriend Tracker KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty

    23. Brazil Bickers Over Boyfriend Tracker

    As the National Security Agency implemented surveillance programs on calls and emails worldwide, Brazil was revealed to be one of the U.S.’s top targeted countries. Now a popular app, Rastreador de Namorados (or Boyfriend Tracker in English), was taken down from the Google Play app store last week in the wake of complaints about privacy abuse. There are similar tracking apps out there, but none has previously been so prominent in Brazil, and the reaction to this one seems to be different. With a country on edge, some even say it goes against an online harassment and hacking law. The 24-year-old developer of the software, Matheus Grijó, says the 50,000-user-strong app does not violate any privacy laws.

    August 22, 2013 12:13 PM

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

    24. 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

  26. INVESTIGATION U.N. Sends Top Official to Syria AP

    25. U.N. Sends Top Official to Syria

    After reports from Syria suggest chemical weapons may have killed dozens outside Damascus on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon deployed his top disarmament representative to try investigating the site. Angela Kane will fly to Syria, which has received a formal request for access to the suburb where more than a thousand died in what appears to be a the largest attack so far in the Syrian conflict. The U.N. team currently inside Syria is only authorized to investigate three of the 13 sites deemed suspicious before Wednesday's attack. Meanwhile, France has urged that force be used if the use of chemical weapons is confirmed.

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

    August 22, 2013 6:56 PM

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

    26. 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

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

    27. 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