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  1. ON THE WAGON Mike Tyson: ‘On the Verge of Dying’ Handout

    1. Mike Tyson: I'm ‘On the Verge of Dying’

    After offering a long overdue apology to his former trainer Teddy Atlas as part of the 12 steps to recovery, a very emotional Mike Tyson revealed that he wasn’t doing so well in his battle with alcoholism.  “I hate myself. I’m trying to kill myself,” the former heavyweight champion turned boxing promoter told reporters. Choking back tears, he continued: “I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic. I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that thinks I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.” Good luck, Mike.

    August 24, 2013 3:13 PM

  2. NO WOMAN SAFE Three Arrested in Mumbai Journalist Gang Rape Rafiq Maqbool/AP

    2. Three Arrested in Mumbai Journalist Gang Rape

    A female photojournalist on assignment in Mumbai was raped by five men on Thursday night. The woman, in her 20s, had been photographing an abandoned textile mill when, according to Police Commissioner Satya Pal Singh, "Five men who were inside the derelict textile mill first accused the woman's companion of being wanted for a murder, tied him up with a belt, then took the woman aside and took turns raping her." The news of her attack brings increased attention to India and the country's record of attacks on women, in particular, the 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist on a Delhi bus that resulted in her death. Police have released sketches of five suspects in this most recent crime, of whom three have now been arrested. They are set to appear in court on Saturday.

    August 23, 2013 6:47 AM

  3. Red Line Obama to Meet with Officials About Syria Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

    3. Obama to Meet with Officials About Syria

    President Obama is scheduled to meet with his national security team on Saturday, days after the Syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons on civilians near Damascus. "We have a range of options available, and we are going to act very deliberately," said a White House official. Although the U.S. government has so far been reluctant to get involved in Syria's civil war, this recent move could prove a turning point. A year ago, Obama said that chemical weapons represented a "red line" for the government's (in)actions with regard to Syria. Meanwhile, the UN is also pressing for action, as the body's disarmament chief arrived in Damascus on Saturday to press for an inquiry into the alleged chemical use.

    August 24, 2013 10:16 AM

  4. Spreading San Francisco Declares State of Emergency Justin Sullivan/Getty

    4. San Francisco Declares State of Emergency

    The barely-contained wildfire that spread into Yosemite National Park earlier this week now has its sights set on San Francisco. Don't worry, the city isn't about to be engulfed in flames—at least not yet. But its utilities, some of which are located close to Yosemite, were threatened enough by Friday that California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the city on Friday afternoon. The 200-square-mile Rim Fire had already damaged some of the electrical infrastructure that supplies power to the Bay Area by the time Brown made his declaration. What's more, 85 percent of the region's water comes from a reservoir just four miles from the fire. About 2,700 firefighters are working to contain the flames.

    Roaring wildfires have caused Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco.

    August 24, 2013 11:06 AM

  5. Detained

    5. Suspect Arrested in Lebanon Bombings

    A suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with a double bombing in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday. The bombs went off outside two mosques that day, killing 47 and wounding over 500. The suspect, Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareeb, reportedly has ties to an organization close to Hezbollah and appears in a video of one of the explosions. Approximately 300 victims of the attack remain in the hospital, 65 of them in critical condition.

    August 24, 2013 1:32 PM

  6. 'We Shall Overcome' Activists Reenact Civil Rights March Mark Wilson/Getty

    6. Activists Reenact Civil Rights March

    Fifty years ago Saturday, thousands of activists descended on Washington, D.C., to peacefully rally for equal civil and economic rights for blacks. On the golden anniversary of the March on Washington, thousands once more headed to the National Mall to commemorate the event and discuss how far there is to go, featuring speakers such as Eric Holder and Al Sharpton. During the original March, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which contemporary marchers will recognize as they make their way from the Lincoln Memorial, past the memorial to King, and arrive at the Washington Monument. The president commemorated the civil rights landmark in a speech on Friday saying, "We've made enormous strides," but that there are many institutional barriers yet to overcome.

    President Obama said that "we've made enormous strides," but still have a ways to go.

    August 24, 2013 10:21 AM

  7. SYRIA Thousands Treated After Chemical Attack Reuters

    7. Thousands Treated After Chemical Attack

    On Wednesday, the Syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons on civilians in a Damascus suburb. Evidence for the use of illegal weapons is piling up, with one more incriminating piece added on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, released the number of patients the organization saw in Damascus that day, stating that approximately 3,600 patients showed signs of neurotoxocity. Symptoms included respiratory distress, blurred vision and even convulsions. Of those displaying symptoms, 355 died. Obama's red line, it seems, is becoming clearer by the day.

    August 24, 2013 11:42 AM

  8. Finally San Diego Mayor Resigns Tom Gannam/AP

    8. San Diego Mayor Resigns

    He swore he wouldn’t, but it seems like the 18 different women alleging sexual abuse have changed his mind. On Friday, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner agreed to resign, after six weeks of controversy that increased public pressure on him to leave office. The San Diego City Council voted 7–0 in favor of his resignation, which is part of a deal his lawyers made in a lawsuit against him. After the vote, Filner  spoke at the city council meeting and apologized to "all the citizens" before becoming defensive. "But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob," Filner said, criticizing how "rumors become allegations, allegations become facts." Filner declined resignation last month, instead agreeing to spend two weeks at a behavioral counseling clinic. However, the disgraced mayor still faces civil and criminal charges.

    Bob Filner addressed City Council after his resignation.

    August 23, 2013 7:24 PM

  9. Reconciliation? Koreans Agree to Revive Family Reunion Program Handout/Getty

    9. Koreans Agree to Revive Family Reunion Program

    The end of an era? North Korea and South Korea agreed on Friday to revive a family-reunion program after a three-year hiatus. The program allows family members separated by one of the world's most infamous borders to meet for the first time since the Korean War over 60 years ago. The first round of reunions will be held for five days in late September at North Korea's Diamond Mountain Resort. About 100 people will participate. Another round is expected in November, and October is reserved for online reunions, during which 40 families will meet their cross-border relatives via video conference.

    August 24, 2013 11:02 AM

  10. Dropped Paula Deen Settles Lawsuit Jason Merritt/Getty

    10. Paula Deen Settles Lawsuit

    Thus ends a national nightmare. Paula Deen, of the butter-heavy Southern cooking (former) empire, ended an ongoing legal battle on Friday when the final pieces of a lawsuit against her were settled out of court. No details of the settlement were released, although a judge did dismiss the sexual harassment portion of the case and blocked it from being filed again. Earlier in the month, racial discrimination charges were also dropped, as the manager who brought the charges was white (the same race as Deen) and could not therefore file a claim. In a statement, Deen said she is ready to "review the workplace environment issues."

    Paula Deen loves butter and fried stuff.

    August 24, 2013 11:13 AM

  11. Oversight Snowden Covers Tracks, Stumping NSA Handout/Getty

    11. Snowden Covers Tracks, Stumping NSA

    Well, this is embarrassing. The NSA is struggling to figure out which of its files Edward Snowden has, reported a government official on Saturday. The former contractor meticulously covered his tracks, either deleting logs that would show what he was up to or bypassing them entirely. Since the logs were put in place to safeguard any sensitive files from being viewed and downloaded by unauthorized parties, the development puts the NSA in an uncomfortable spot. The government has previously assured the public that files in the NSA's database are so closely monitored that they can't be abused.

    August 24, 2013 11:00 AM

  12. escalation U.S. Warships Move Toward Syria Loubna Mrie/Reuters

    12. U.S. Warships Move Toward Syria

    As the Obama administration weighed a military response to the Syrian conflict, the commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean has ordered warships closer to Syria in case the Pentagon green lights a cruise missile strike. Tomorrow, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey is expected to present options for a strike. The news of a possible escalation came a day after reports of a suspected chemical-weapons attack that killed hundreds of civilians in the war-torn country. In an interview with CNN Friday, Obama said U.S. officials were gathering information on yesterday's attack, but that "what we've seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern."

     

    August 23, 2013 8:00 PM

  13. explosions 29 Killed in Bolivian Prison AFP

    13. 29 Killed in Bolivian Prison

    Clashes between rival gangs erupted into violence which killed at least 29 and injured 50 in a Bolivian prison on Friday. One of those killed was a child living in the 5,000-strong, maximum-security Palmasola prison with his parents. The incident reportedly began with a group of prisoners broke into another area and set off a fire by blowing up propate gas tanks. In Bolivia, hundreds of children live with their incarcerated parents because they have nowhere else to go.

    August 23, 2013 9:58 PM

  14. Released NSA Paid Companies for Prism Compliance Chris Jackson/Getty

    14. NSA Paid Companies for Prism Compliance

    More news has emerged over the last week about the NSA, and none of it is very good. On Thursday, files released by Edward Snowden revealed that the agency paid millions of dollars to tech companies to cover their compliance costs for the now-infamous Prism program. The costs were incurred after a 2011 ruling found that the agency's lack of actions to separate domestic and foreign communications violated the Fourth Amendment, which was declassified Wednesday. The recent files show the first evidence of financial ties between the NSA and Prism-compliant Internet companies, which include Yahoo! and Google.

    August 24, 2013 11:11 AM

  15. Flipping the COIN Did Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Fail? Wikimedia Commons

    15. Did Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Fail?

    For over a decade, the United States has worked to end terrorism in Afghanistan. But the task is a vexing one, and nothing seems to be working. While the end goal is clear, the specifics of an ideal post-Taliban Afghanistan are slippery. In a new critique in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs, Karl Eikenberry critiques the model the government is using. Is counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine inadequate? The doctrine, whose stated goals are to protect civilians, eliminate insurgents and build government, is meant as a suggestion, not a step-by-step guide. Maybe that's where the government went wrong.

    August 24, 2013 11:18 AM

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