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  1. $200K to $300K Zimmerman Will Ask FL to Cover Bills AP

    1. Zimmerman Will Ask FL to Cover Bills

    George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July in the killing of Trayvon Martin, will file a request to have the state of Florida cover an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 in legal expenses. The law requires the state to pay legal costs, not including lawyer fees, to a defendant who is acquitted. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, announced the motion "is in the works." Public agencies have already spent around $902,000 in the five-week trail. O'Mara estimates that he is owed more than $1 million in payment for the case, which Zimmerman has not yet paid.

    August 26, 2013 10:50 PM

  2. STATE DEPARTMENT Kerry on Syria: Nothing Is More Serious Susan Walsh/AP

    2. Kerry on Syria: Nothing Is More Serious

    Secretary of State John Kerry cut his summer vacation short Monday to deliver a powerful speech on Syria in the wake of the chemical attack that left hundreds dead. “The meaning of this goes beyond the conflict in Syria ... this is about the large-scale use of weapons that the world decided should never be used at all,” he began. Kerry said the horror of watching the suffering captured in videos of the attack is “hard to express in words” but should “never be ignored or forgotten.” He confirmed that the Obama administration has proof that the Syrian government carried out the chemical attack and would be making an “informed decision” on how to respond in the next few days. “Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny," he ended.

    John Kerry discusses the unacceptable use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    August 26, 2013 2:14 PM

  3. ‘THE BLACK’ Yosemite Fire Burns 160,980 Acres Jae C. Hong/AP

    3. Yosemite Fire Burns 160,980 Acres

    The massive Yosemite Fire burned through 160,980 acres in nine days as it pushed closer to Yosemite National Park on Monday. The blaze is the 15th largest in California history, and is now about 20 percent contained. So far, 23 structures have been destroyed while 4,500 are under threat. Firefighters have had difficulty reaching some parts of the fire, especially as it burned through parts of previously untouched wilderness and through hot and dry conditions. “The fire came boiling out, just cooking,” said Lee Bentley, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. “It was so hot it created its own weather.” Parts of the blaze burned through so much that firefighters called the devastation “the black,” as entire ravines and ridges became dusty and gray.

    August 26, 2013 9:58 PM

  4. NOT AGAIN U.S.: Debt Limit Must Be Raised By October Pantelis Saitas/AFP/Getty Images

    4. U.S.: Debt Limit Must Be Raised By October

    Here we go again. If Congress doesn't raise the debt limit by mid-October, the government will probably not be able to pay all of its bills, according to a letter from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Republicans are refusing to raise the $16.7 trillion limit unless major spending cuts are made, but President Obama has said he will not negotiate over the debt limit again. Lew's letter, which went to House Speaker John Boehner, said the government would be down to about $50 billion in cash by October, which would be insufficient to cover all of its expenditures.

    August 26, 2013 4:37 PM

  5. UNCOMMON BRAVERY Afghan War Hero Gets Medal Of Honor Alex Wong/Getty Images

    5. Afghan War Hero Gets Medal Of Honor

    Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama Monday. In presenting the award, Obama saluted Carter's actions tending to wounded soldiers during an intense firefight in Afghanistan as "the essence of true heroism." When Carter's remote outpost was attacked by a large Taliban contingent in October of 2009, he risked his life to save others and resupply ammunition to his unit. Eight troops died in the battle. Carter, who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, said he will "strive to live up to the responsibility" of the medal, which is the country's highest military honor.

     

     

    August 26, 2013 6:55 PM

  6. syrian crisis Obama Orders Report Justifying Strike Loubna Mrie/Reuters

    6. Obama Orders Report Justifying Strike

    Is the U.S. gearing up to strike Syria? On Saturday, President Obama gathered his national security team for a three-hour meeting about military response to recent allegations of a regime-orchestrated chemical weapons attack in Syria. The president ordered a declassified report prepared that would outline legal justifications, including the reported violations of the Geneva and Chemical Weapons Conventions. It will be released in a day or two, according to top advisers. The U.S. has four Navy warships positioned in the Mediterranean with the capacity to launch cruise missiles into Syria upon receiving presidential orders.

    August 26, 2013 8:02 PM

  7. CONFLICT Snipers Fire at U.N. Inspectors in Syria AP

    7. Snipers Fire at U.N. Inspectors in Syria

    United Nations inspectors were met with sniper fire when they traveled to a suburb of Damascus in Syria on Monday to investigate an alleged chemical attack. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to deny the allegations that chemical weapons were used and insisted the accusations were politically motivated. “Would any state use chemical weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in a place where its own forces are concentrated,” Assad said on Russian state television. Jordan’s chief of staff Meshaal Mohamed al-Zaban and U.S. Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of Centcom, organized a meeting with representatives from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Canada—while neighboring Turkey said it would support military action by the U.S.

    August 26, 2013 8:26 AM

  8. OOPS Report: Snowden Got Stuck in Russia Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

    8. Report: Snowden Got Stuck in Russia

    Edward Snowden got stuck in Moscow after being denied entry to Cuba, a Russian newspaper reported on Monday. Snowden reportedly planned to fly to Cuba one day after arriving in Moscow on June 23, but Cuba apparently told officials to keep Snowden from boarding the plane. Citing several sources, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said Cuba changed its mind after pressure from the U.S., which has charged Snowden with espionage. Snowden has been granted one year’s asylum in Russia. On Sunday, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported the National Security Agency bugged the United Nations, citing secret documents provided by Snowden.

    August 26, 2013 6:52 AM

  9. YUMMY McDonald's to Introduce 'Mighty Wings' Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    9. McDonald's to Introduce 'Mighty Wings'

    McDonald's, the largest fast-food chain in the world, is making a major move into the chicken wing business. "Mighty Wings" will be introduced on September 9 in an effort to scoop up market share of one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry. Sales of chicken wings topped $8 billion in 2012 alone. The move will put McDonald's into direct competition with chains like KFC, Popeye's, and Church's. The wings, which will come with with nine sauce options including chipotle barbeque, will be available until November. Customers will have the option to buy 3-, 5-, and 10-packs of wings.

    August 26, 2013 3:58 PM

  10. race and food Judge Dismisses Paula Deen Suit Andy Newman/AP

    10. Judge Dismisses Paula Deen Suit

    Her legal woes may be over, but chef Paula Deen will still be left with a sullied reputation. On Monday, a federal judge approved a deal to dismiss the lawsuit against Deen. The suit was filed by a former employee who claimed racial and sexual harassment. The dismissal deal requires both parties to pay court costs and attorney fees, and stipulates the suit cannot be re-filed. It was not clear if the deal included a settlement. "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims, and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said last week when rumors of the deal surfaced.

    August 26, 2013 7:53 PM

  11. LETS DO THIS Saudi Prince Plots to Topple Assad Hassan Ammar/AP

    11. Saudi Prince Plots to Topple Assad

    While the White House weighs its options for an intervention in Syria, a veteran power player in Saudi Arabia is pushing a plan to topple the embattled country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud is trying to undermine Assad’s regime by gaining the support of other nations. The Saudi leader has reportedly been traveling from the front lines of Syria to intelligence agencies worldwide with a simple message: my kingdom has the money needed to defeat Assad—and we’re ready to use it. It’s not new territory for the longtime Saudi ambassador, who was once considered to be “one of the most influential deal makers in Washington.”

    August 26, 2013 1:07 PM

  12. JUSTICE Hasan Sentencing Begins Monday Brigitte Woosley/AP

    12. Hasan Sentencing Begins Monday

    Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan will face a military jury on Monday, who will decide if he deserves the death penalty for the shooting that killed 13 and wounded more than 30 others. During his court-martial, Hasan said he wanted the death penalty, so he could die as a “martyr.” “It’s not unlikely he will get his wish,” military law expert Eugene Fidell told CNN. Prosecutors could prepare up to 16 witnesses, including a liaison or family member for each person killed in the rampage. It’s unclear if anyone will testify on behalf of Hasan, who wanted to act as his own counsel and admitted early in his trial that he was the shooter.

    August 26, 2013 7:11 AM

  13. VERDICT SOON Bo Xilai Accuses Wife of Affair CCTV/AP

    13. Bo Xilai Accuses Wife of Affair

    Bo Xilai, China’s former Communist Party boss accused of corruption and covering up the murder of a British businessman, said as his trial wound down on Monday that his only crime was being in love with his wife, who has already been convicted of murder. Chinese prosecutors said no leniency should be given to Bo, who they said showed no remorse. Bo, meanwhile, accused his wife of having an affair with his former second-in-command. Bo, 64, was once the head of the Communist Party in Chongqing, but now is expected to be found guilty of corruption, bribery, and a massive cover-up. His wife, Gu Kailai, has already been convicted of murder, and police chief Wang Lijun has been convicting of crimes relating to the alleged cover-up.

    August 26, 2013 7:15 AM

  14. Tense

    14. Israeli Raid Could Disrupt Peace Talks

    This doesn’t bode well for peace talks. Three Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces during a clash in a refugee camp near Jerusalem, where Israeli security forces went to rearrest a recently released suspected militant. Israel says its forces fired in self-defense as Palestinians began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. Initial reports said the Palestinians were withdrawing from the newly restarted peace talks, but a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority said only that the incident would have “negative repercussions” for the peace process.

    August 26, 2013 1:10 PM

  15. LET’S MAKE A DEAL Ex-Bachmann Aide Sentenced to Community Service Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    15. Ex-Bachmann Aide Sentenced to Community Service

    One of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s former legislative aides will have to complete 32 hours of community service by December 19 if he wants to avoid being prosecuted further on a misdemeanor theft charge. Javier Sanchez, who was sentenced on Monday, reached a deferred prosecution agreement after his arrest in July. He was accused of stealing $200 in cash after police officers installed cameras in Bachmann’s office because other staff members had reported two thefts. The resulting video allegedly captured Sanchez taking two envelopes labeled “petty cash” and “birthday money.” If Sanchez went to trial, he could have faced 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

     

     

    August 26, 2013 11:41 AM

  16. bye, millionaire Meredith Vieira Launches YouTube Channel Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

    16. Meredith Vieira Launches YouTube Channel

    The soon to be ex-host of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" won't be bored after her departure from the game show in January. On Monday, she announced the launch of "LIVES," a YouTube channel featuring women sharing stories, experiences, and thoughts on current issues. In the introductory video, she calls the upcoming content "interesting, fun and heated." Vieira is also set to host a daytime NBC show in September 2014.

    August 26, 2013 4:35 PM

  17. MALIGNED CYRUS Will Smith Wasn’t Dissing Miley via Twitter

    17. Will Smith Wasn’t Dissing Miley

    The Internet strikes again. Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the VMAs had a lot of detractors, and for a while there, thanks to a viral tweet, it looked like Will Smith and family were aghast as well. A picture of the Smith clan looking horrified made its way around the Web and even spawned a Buzzfeed article. Everyone assumed they were reacting to Cyrus twerking. Except, they weren’t. They were watching Lady Gaga.

    August 26, 2013 12:56 PM

  18. BLUE DREAMS Last Elmore Leonard Novel Likely Vince Bucci/Getty

    18. Last Elmore Leonard Novel Likely

    This is bittersweet. There’s likely one more Elmore Leonard novel on the way after the author died last week at the age of 87. His son, Peter Leonard, also a writer, said he hopes to finish his father’s 46th novel, which has the working title of Blue Dreams. “[It’s] been discussed among family members and I’ve talked to Greg Sutter, Elmore’s longtime researcher,” the younger Leonard said—although he admitted he doesn’t know how many pages have been written. The book reportedly will feature Leonard’s popular federal marshal, Raylan Givens, as well as a rogue Immigration and Customs agent. Get those Amazon queues ready now.

    August 26, 2013 7:38 AM

  19. Loosening Up New York Times Uses F Word Mario Tama/Getty Images

    19. New York Times Uses F Word

    Oh, sh-t. Looks like the Grey Lady’s prim and proper days are numbered. The New York Times broke its longstanding refusal to print the F word in its storied pages without astericks when, on Sunday, in T, the Times’s fashion magazine, it dropped the bomb. The sentence reads, “Quit fucking black cops or get booted from the Communist party,” and is the opener for the new novel, “Dissident Gardens,” by Jonathan Lethem. Lethem, for his part, is “delighted,” by the milestone, and says, “If I’d had the foresight to make it one of my life’s aspirations, I’d have done so. Instead it lands as dumb luck.”

    August 26, 2013 2:56 PM

  20. VMAS Timberlake Wins Video of the Year Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    20. Timberlake Wins Video of the Year

    The night was all about Justin. Timberlake took home MTV’s top prize of Video of the Year for “Mirrors” at the Video Music Awards, in addition to basking in the glory of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award—and the much-anticipated ’N Sync reunion actually did happen. Timberlake performed a medley of his biggest hits, including “Take Back the Night,” “SexyBack,” “Cry Me a River,” and “Rock Your Body,” before his former bandmates came up from below the stage to remind us of the ’90s as they sang “Bye Bye Bye” and “Girlfriend.” Lady Gaga gave the world premiere of “Applause,” Kanye West managed to have most of “Yeezus” bleeped, and then there was Miley Cyrus. The singer performed a racy version of 2013’s song of the summer, “Blurred Lines,” with Robin Thicke—in a nude-colored bikini and waging her tongue for the world to see.

    August 26, 2013 7:05 AM

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  22. DECLASSIFIED DATA Report: U.S. Helped Iraq With Chemical Attacks Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

    21. Report: U.S. Helped Iraq With Chemical Attacks

    The United States reportedly provided critical intelligence to Iraq during the last days of its war with Iran, which allowed Saddam Hussein's military to use chemical weapons against its adversary. Recently declassified CIA documents claim that the Reagan administration knew that the Iraqis would use nerve gas but didn't stop them from doing so because it wanted Iraq to win the war. The U.S. had satellite imagery that showed Iran building up forces to exploit a hole in Iraq's defenses and reported the location of Iranian troops to the Hussein regime. The CIA documents also showed that agency officials debated the repercussions of Iraq using chemical weapons and ultimately felt that international reaction would be muted.

    August 25, 2013 10:10 PM

  23. OH, CANADA Ted Cruz: I’m an American Only Jim Cole/AP

    22. Ted Cruz: I’m an American Only

    Nice try, Ted Cruz. The Texas senator insisted on Sunday that “it’s appropriate I be only American only,” but refused to say if that’s because he is considering a run for president in 2016. One of the most vocal opponents of immigration—and one of the darlings of the right wing—Cruz was discovered last week to be both a citizen of the U.S. and Canada. He said immediately he would renounce his Canadian citizenship, but the damage had been done given his tough immigration stance. “There’s a lot of silliness,” Cruz insisted on CNN’s State of the Union, presumably to stop all the laughing from Democrats.

    August 26, 2013 7:31 AM

  24. DON’T CROSS COLBERT Daft Punk Didn’t Perform at the VMAs Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    23. Daft Punk Didn’t Perform at the VMAs

    So, um, what exactly happened with Daft Punk’s canceling on Stephen Colbert? Daft Punk appeared at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, but they didn’t perform—despite having infamously canceled on The Colbert Report earlier this month due to a “surprise” planned performance. Colbert spilled the beans about the VMA appearance after Colbert received a letter from MTV president Van Toffler saying the band would perform exclusively at the VMAs—the day before the planned performance. Later, Colbert revealed how many negotiations went into booking the reclusive group. In the end, Robin Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” and Colbert also arranged a (delightful) dance-along to “Get Lucky” with various celebrities, such as Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, and, craziest of all, Henry Kissinger.

    August 26, 2013 7:43 AM