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  1. 50 YEARS LATER Obama Delivers Speech in Honor of MLK Carolyn Kaster/AP

    1. Obama Delivers Speech in Honor of MLK

    In front of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial, President Obama honored the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “Because they kept marching, America changed,” the president said, and added that because of the marchers, laws were passed and progress was made not just for African-Americans, but for women, gays, and other minority groups. “We would dishonor those heroes to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete,” Obama said, and lamented the current rates of black and Latino unemployment, racial gaps in wealth, and entrenched interests that have stalled the political process. “Change does not come from Washington but to Washington ... That is the lesson of our past and the promise of our future,” he concluded.

    August 28, 2013 3:08 PM

  2. Trayvon Trial Zimmerman’s Wife Guilty of Perjury Joe Burbank

    2. Zimmerman’s Wife Guilty of Perjury

    George Zimmerman may have gotten off scot free, but it’s his wife’s turn in the hot water. After Shellie Zimmerman pled guilty of perjury on Wednesday, she was sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours of community service by a Florida judge. At a bond hearing for her husband in April 2012, Zimmerman testified that she’d lied about the couple’s finances, when they had raised more than $100,000 via Internet donations. A recording of jail calls shows George used code to instruct Shellie to transfer $74,000 to her personal bank account and $50,000 to his sister’s right before the bond hearing.

    August 28, 2013 4:55 PM

  3. 13 DEAD Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death Bell County Sheriff's Department/AP

    3. Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death

    On Wednesday a military court sentenced Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting spree in Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and more than 30 injured. Hasan, who represented himself at the trial, never denied his role in the attack, acknowledging in opening statements that he opened fire on a waiting room of troops prepping for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was convicted last week and faced either death or life imprisonment without parole. The 13-member jury of military officers unanimously voted for death, which will make him the first American soldier executed since 1961.

    August 28, 2013 3:03 PM

  4. STERN WORDS Boehner: Obama Must Justify Syria Intervention Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    4. Boehner: Obama Must Justify Syria Intervention

    House Speaker John Boehner wrote a letter to President Obama demanding he answer questions about how a military intervention in Syria fits into the U.S.'s overall strategy and how the country will pay for the cost. Boehner's letter, dated August 28, also asked the president to explain why the administration doesn’t think it needs congressional approval to launch a military strike. “It is essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action ... will secure U.S. objectives and how it fits into your overall policy,” Boehner wrote. A second letter, signed by 114 House lawmakers, requested that the president seek congressional authorization before deploying troops. Congress is not in session until September 9.

     

     

     

    August 28, 2013 5:13 PM

  5. Report Report: MLK Jr.’s Family in Bus Crash AP

    5. MLK Jr.’s Family in Bus Crash

    Following the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, his family reportedly got into an auto accident. MLK Jr.'s siblings and grandchildren were on a charter bus leaving the scene when a van ran a red light, causing the driver to slam on the brakes, according to TMZ sources. The driver was reportedly transported to a hospital.

    August 28, 2013 6:12 PM

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  7. DOMESTIC HEROES FBI Unit Behind Kidnap Rescue FBI

    6. FBI Unit Behind Kidnap Rescue

    The unit that freed California teen Hannah Anderson from her captor in Idaho is the same unit that captured Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and rescued a 5-year-old named Ethan from an Alabama school-bus kidnappingall within the last six months. The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is apparently the force behind three of this year's highest-profile domestic operations and no wonder: it trains and often operates alongside the Navy's SEAL Team Six and the Army's Delta Force, making the unit one of the country's three top-level “Tier 1” CT assets. There is one major difference between the Hostage Rescue Team and the Naval or Army outfits it is on par with, however: As Louis J. Freeh, former director of the FBI once stated, “The members of the HRT are not commandos.”

    August 28, 2013 10:02 PM

  8. MCJOBS Fast-Food Strike Set for Thursday John Minchillo/AP

    7. Fast-Food Strike Set for Thursday

    Customers may have to forgo the chalupas Thursday as fast-food workers are planning walkouts in dozens of cities to pressure chains like Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s to pay higher wages. Organizers claim Thursday’s strike will be the largest ever by fast-food workers. Employees are demanding $15 an hour, for a full-time-employee yearly salary of $31,000, more than double the federal minimum wage ($7.25 an hour, or $15,000 yearly).

    August 28, 2013 8:18 PM

  9. DEADLY 51 Killed in Baghdad Attacks Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

    8. 51 Killed in Baghdad Attacks

    At least 51 people were killed Wednesday in a series of bombings and gun attacks in Baghdad, as many fear Iraq is descending into sectarian chaos. In Sadr City, a mostly Shiite district in Baghdad, a restaurant owner described how a man had parked his car in front of the restaurant, ate breakfast—and the car exploded. “When I went outside, I saw his car completely damaged and he had disappeared,” the restaurant owner said. At a checkpoint south of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on six members of al-Sahwa, the former Sunni insurgents who fought against al Qaeda. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the deadliest month in the country since 2008.

    August 28, 2013 7:10 AM

  10. EVIDENCE Spies Intercepted Syrian Calls Abo Al-Nur/AFP/Getty

    9. Spies Intercepted Syrian Calls

    So that’s how the U.S. knows it was the Syrian government who launched chemical weapons. U.S. spies intercepted “panicked” phone calls between the Syrian Ministry of Defense and a leader of the chemical-weapons unit in the hours after the attack that left hundreds dead last week, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. American intelligence analysts say the phone calls—combined with local doctors’ accounts and the videos from the area—have made them certain that chemical weapons were used. Still unclear is why the Syrian government launched the attack, and at least one U.N. official linked President Bashar al-Assad’s brother to the attack, not the president himself. Meanwhile, al Qaeda vowed a “volcano of revenge” against the Syrian regime.

    August 28, 2013 6:45 AM

  11. STILL RAGING Yosemite Fire Now 30 Percent Contained Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service, via Reuters

    10. Yosemite Fire Now 30 Percent Contained

    The massive California wildfire that has already destroyed 111 buildings is now 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Full containment is expected within two weeks. Up to 3,700 firefighters have been battling the blaze, which on Tuesday moved dangerously close to Yosemite National Park, forcing firefighters to close two key roads. Meanwhile, smoke from the massive blaze triggered air-quality warnings as far away as Nevada, 100 miles away. The fire has already burned through 192,466 acres, making it the sixth largest in state history.

    August 28, 2013 7:07 AM

  12. OH, THE KALAMITY Report: Kris Jenner Talk Show Canceled Barry J. Holmes/Twentieth Television, via AP

    11. Report: Kris Jenner Talk Show Canceled

    That's the way the kookie krumbles. Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner's talk show, Kris, has reportedly been canned after its six-week trial run. Sources at Fox told Radar Online, “Kris did get a ratings bump for her last show, when Kanye West revealed the first baby pic of daughter, North West, with Kim, but that was a one-time shot in the arm, and it wouldn’t be indicative of what the ratings trend would be.” But for those of you lamenting future opportunities to watch Jenner discuss the merits of glow-in-the-dark underwear, she has a tweet for you: “Rumors are flying false but glad everyone is still  buzzing about our 6 week summer run!!!!” Jenner posted Wednesday.

    Kanye West revealed the first photos of North West on 'Kris.'

    August 28, 2013 5:28 PM

  13. Sordid Details Aaron Hernandez’s Dark Past Revealed Ted Fitzgerald/Boston Herald via AP

    12. Aaron Hernandez’s Dark Past Revealed

    Former New England Patriots player and current murder suspect Aaron Hernandez seems to have led a darker, more troubled life than many previously thought. According to a Rolling Stone investigation, Hernandez from early childhood was surrounded by drug dealers and criminals and grew into an avid user of angel dust. The report also says that Hernandez had also cut himself off from family and teammates, preferring the company of “a cohort of gangsters.” And, perhaps most damningly, writer Paul Solotaroff uncovered evidence suggesting that Hernandez’s college football coach may have helped him cover up failed drug tests and two incidents of violence: an assault and a drive-by shooting outside of a bar.

    August 27, 2013 9:05 PM

  14. THE NEXT MOVE Obama: I Haven’t Decided on Syria Strike PBS

    13. Obama: I Haven’t Decided on Syria Strike

    Just let the man think. As speculation about the impending U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil conflict reaches fever pitch, President Obama says he has “not made a decision” on whether he’ll order a military strike against the regime. “Although what's happened there is tragic ... what I've also concluded is direct military engagement ... would not help the situation on the ground,” he told PBS NewsHour senior correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill on Wednesday. “We've concluded that in fact the Syrian government carried out these [chemical] attacks, and if that’s so, there needs to be international consequences,” he noted. Asked what a strike would accomplish, Obama replied that it wouldn’t mean the end of innocent civilians being killed, but would send the Syrian government “a pretty strong signal” not to use chemical warfare again.

    Obama: U.S. has 'concluded' that Syrian government carried out chemical weapons attack.

    August 28, 2013 6:00 PM

  15. SPLITSVILLE Report: Douglas, Zeta-Jones Separate Jamie McCarthy/Getty

    14. Report: Douglas, Zeta-Jones Separate

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have decided to separate, People reported on Wednesday. The couple, who have been married for almost 13 years, have not filed for divorce or legal separation yet, but sources told the magazine that they are spending time apart. In the past few years, Douglas battled cancer (he said he contracted HPV from oral sex), Zeta-Jones has been hospitalized for bipolar disorder, and Douglas’s son from his first marriage, Cameron, was sentenced to five years in prison for drug possession (and later an additional four and a half years for possessing drugs in prison). “The stress has taken a toll on their marriage,” a friend said. Douglas and Zeta-Jones have two children together: Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.

    August 28, 2013 8:29 AM

  16. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Thousands Mark March on Washington Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    15. Thousands Mark March on Washington

    Thousands of people descended on the National Mall on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The crowd gathered in the nation’s capital even in heavy rain waving signs that read “The new Jim Crow must go” and “50 years later still fighting to vote.” Nearly five hours of speeches are planned to mark the event, including appearances by Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia who is the only surviving speaker from the 1963 march, is also scheduled to speak.

    August 28, 2013 1:33 PM

  17. RAWR Police Seize Putin Underwear Picture Yelena Palm/Interpress, via AP

    16. Police Seize Putin Underwear Picture

    I see Paris, I see France, I see Vladimir Putin’s underpants. A provocative painting featuring Russia’s president in a tight-fitting slip was removed from a gallery in St. Petersburg on Wednesday after it was deemed illegal. The image, which also depicts Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear, breaks a law in Russia that bans the spread of “gay propaganda.” The owner of the Russian gallery, Alexander Donskoy, said the police shut down his business without a warrant. “We have been given no formal documents banning us from operating and no receipt confirming our petty cash was seized.”

    August 28, 2013 11:16 AM

  18. 115TH PLACE Scientists Confirm New Chemical Element Ryan McVay/Getty

    17. Scientists Confirm New Chemical Element

    Bad news for kids memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements: there’s one more to learn. Scientists in Sweden confirmed on Tuesday the existence of the 115th element, ununpentium—although the name is still up for discussion. If it sounds familiar, it’s because the element was discovered by U.S. and Russian scientists over a decade ago, but it hasn’t been confirmed until now when Swedish scientists were able to detect the “fingerprint” of the element. Ununpentium is short-lived and super-heavy, and it will likely (hopefully) get a new name when it is confirmed by experts from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry.

    August 28, 2013 7:45 AM

  19. Voters for Rent Weiner Apparently Hired Crowd of Supporters Richard Drew/AP

    18. Weiner Apparently Hired Crowd of Supporters

    He may not be leading the race, but you’d think Anthony Weiner could find a few supporters to show up at his appearances and TV ads. According to reports from the New York Post and the New York Daily News, the mayoral candidate used interns to voice support in his newest TV ad, and hired actors from a company called Crowds on Demand to pretend to be “supporters or people who met him and became supporters as a result of that encounter” at the Dominican Day Parade. Weiner’s campaign has denied the charge of hiring supporters, and says of the intern ad that “none of the people in the ad were ever paid by Weiner.”

    August 28, 2013 10:09 AM

  20. WTF?! Pat Robertson: AIDS Is Spread Through Rings Charles Dharapak/AP

    19. Pat Robertson: AIDS Is Spread Through Rings

    The Christian Broadcasting Network tried to stop these crazy comments from Pat Robertson from coming out, but it was too late. Robertson told 700 Club cohost Terry Meeuwsen that gay people spread HIV/AIDS by wearing rings on their fingers that cut unsuspecting people’s hands—and “that’s the equivalent of murder.” Really? Robertson tried to defend himself, saying he had been “misunderstood” because “people do not listen to the context in which the remarks are being said.” There’s not really any chance to see the context, however, since CBN pulled the YouTube video of the exchange.

    August 28, 2013 7:50 AM

  21. THANKS, LEE DANIELS Obama: I Cried at ‘The Butler’ Anne Marie Fox/The Weinstein Company, AP

    20. Obama: I Cried at ‘The Butler’

    President Obama says he “did tear up” while watching The Butler, the film based on the true story of an African-American White House butler. “I teared up just thinking about not just butlers who have worked here at the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go,” the president told radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. His favorite parts, though, were “Cuba Gooding Jr.’s jokes.” The president also complimented “my girl Oprah” for her acting.

    August 28, 2013 7:52 AM

  22. TRAGEDY Graffiti Artist’s Family Sues Miami Beach Joe Raedle/Getty

    21. Graffiti Artist’s Family Sues Miami Beach

    The family of graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the city of Miami Beach, whose police officers allegedly shocked the 18-year-old so many times with a Taser that he eventually died. The suit, which alleges “unnecessary, excessive and unconstitutional force,” claims police officers “had no reasonable basis to fear for their own safety or the safety of the public.” A witness to the altercation between Hernandez-Llach and the police said that police officers were laughing and high-fiving while the teenager lay on the ground, immobilized.

    August 28, 2013 7:47 AM

  23. HOTHEAD Alec Baldwin Fights With Paparazzo JDH Images/Splash News

    22. Alec Baldwin Fights With Paparazzo

    Alec Baldwin fought with another paparazzo on Tuesday, this time pinning the photographer up against a car after he attempted to photograph Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria. Baldwin reportedly grabbed the photographer, Paul Adao, and shoved him on a street in New York. Unfortunately for Baldwin, pretty much the entire incident was caught by photographers—including the stern look on his wife’s face and another shot that appeared to show her in tears on her cellphone. Hilaria Baldwin gave birth last week to the couple’s first child, daughter Carmen, but they were walking without her during the fight with the 60-year-old paparazzo. Both Adao and Baldwin called 911, but neither issued a formal complaint.

    August 28, 2013 7:11 AM

  24. ACTION U.N.: Diplomacy Please in Syria AP

    23. U.N.: Diplomacy Please in Syria

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday asked for a diplomatic response in Syria, despite the evidence that much of the Security Council is headed for military strikes as evidence mounted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical-gas attack that killed hundreds last week. “Here in Peace Palace, let us say: give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance,” Ban said at The Hague. But Britain has already drafted a U.N. resolution to present to the Security Council on Wednesday calling for “authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians” in Syria. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, meanwhile, will spend the next two days meeting with Asian defense leaders in Brunei in a push to make sure those ties are still strong.

    August 28, 2013 6:55 AM

  25. ANNIVERSARY Bells to Honor King’s Speech Jose Luis Magana/AP

    24. Bells to Honor King’s Speech

    During the March on Washington 50 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. called to “let freedom ring” from the mountains and hilltops of every state. And in honor of the anniversary on Wednesday, bells will ring at more than 100 locations across the country. President Obama will join former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to ring a bell that hung at the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, before the deadly bombing there in 1963. Some of the sites that will ring bells are symbolic—such as the Topeka, Kansas, monument to the landmark 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education. International ceremonies will be held in London’s Trafalgar Square as well as in Japan, Switzerland, Nepal, and Liberia.

    August 28, 2013 6:58 AM