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  1. please, mr. president? Manning Requests Presidential Pardon T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    1. Manning Requests Presidential Pardon

    Whaddya say, Obama? Chelsea née Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison last month for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, is asking for a presidential pardon. "I urge you to consider this matter closely and to take a positive step towards protecting whistleblowers who release information to the media for the public good by either reducing Private Manning's sentence to time served, or by granting him a full pardon," Manning's attorney wrote in the request, which was filed on Tuesday, according to a statement on the website "Pardon Private Manning." The White House previously said a pardon request would be considered "like any other application."

    September 4, 2013 5:47 PM

  2. MILITARY ACTION Obama: The World Set a Red Line Frank Augstein/AP

    2. Obama: The World Set a Red Line

    President Obama held a press conference with the prime minister of Sweden on Wednesday to address questions regarding his position to order military action in Syria. Obama firmly stated that after children have been subjected to chemical weapons, “the moral thing to do is not to stand by and do nothing.” The president said that he “didn’t set a red line” and that the “world set a red line.” He believes Congress will approve the strike, though if that isn’t the case, he always preserves the right to act on behalf of U.S. national security. “My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line,” he said. 

    September 4, 2013 9:12 AM

  3. Welcome Obama Arrives in Russia Roman Yandolin/Host Photo Agency, via Getty Images

    3. Obama Arrives in Russia

    Tensions were high as President Obama landed in Russia Thursday for the G20 summit amid controversy over the impending U.S. intervention in Syria and Russia's anti-gay laws. On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, saying he watched a congressional debate where Kerry denied al Qaeda was operating in Syria with the opposition groups. "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them [the Americans] and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying," Putin said. French President François Hollande is also hoping to convince Putin to participate in a military intervention in Syria.

    September 5, 2013 6:00 AM

  4. CONTEXT Weiner Fight Started By Racist Comment YouTube

    4. Weiner Fight Started by Racist Comment

    An extra couple of seconds of footage makes all the difference. A video of mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner berating a Jewish voter at a Brooklyn deli looked like bad news for the struggling candidate, but a complete version shows that the encounter began when the man approached Weiner and said, “You’re married to an Arab,” a reference to Huma Abedin. Now if only there were extenuating circumstances for the Caribbean-accent video, or the British weather report, or Carlos Danger.

    Jacob Kornbluh

    September 4, 2013 1:39 PM

  5. Up For Debate Senate Committee Approves Syria Strke Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    5. Senate Committee Approves Syria Strke

    President Obama’s push for military action against Syria cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the House committee appears divided. The Senate panel voted 10–7 in favor of authorizing military action, meaning the Senate will now debate and vote on it beginning next week. Sen. John McCain, a vocal proponent of military intervention, has already said he won’t vote for it unless the scope is widened. The House, meanwhile, seemed split when Secretary of State John Kerry made his case for strikes.

    September 4, 2013 3:47 PM

  6. chutzpah American Bar Mitzvahs to Get a Makeover Claudia Kunin/Corbis

    6. American Bar Mitzvahs to Get a Makeover

    Jewish leaders are annoyed that many Americans are treating Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as a graduation ceremony rather than a rite of passage into Jewish life and have decided to do something about it. Thirteen Reform congregations across the nation have volunteered to decide whether to teach kids Hebrew, whether to delay the ceremony until children are older, and even whether they should be required to read from the Torah. Instead of concentrating on party themes and appeasing guests, professor of Jewish education Isa Aron said that "maybe it shouldn’t be such a performance. It should be about becoming part of the community."

    September 4, 2013 3:55 PM

  7. AWFUL Death Confirmed in Houston School Stabbing David J. Phillip/AP

    7. One Dead in Houston School Stabbing

    One person was confirmed dead and several others were injured during a stabbing attack in a high school near Houston on Wednesday, according to Harris County sheriff's officers. Spring High School was put on lockdown immediately as law enforcement rushed to the scene. The school sent an email to parents stating that "based on a preliminary report, a fight occurred this morning in the cafeteria. There has been one fatality and three students have been transported to hospitals with injuries. All other students are safe in their classrooms and will remain there while the investigation continues." Three persons of interest have been taken into custody and investigators are interviewing them, Sheriff Adrian Garcia said at a news conference.

    September 4, 2013 11:57 AM

  8. Shocking Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office via Getty

    8. Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead

    Sentenced just a month ago to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the kidnap and sexual assault of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus, Ariel Castro has been found dead in his cell. The body of the 52-year-old, who was being held in protective custody, was found hanging Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m., according to the Ohio State Department of Corrections. The state police and corrections department are investigating the death. Preliminary autopsy results have confirmed Castro committed suicide.

    September 4, 2013 12:10 AM

  9. wearable tech Samsung Unveils Smartwatch John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

    9. Samsung Unveils Smartwatch

    Samsung is firing the first shot in the battle of the smartwatches. At a trade show in Berlin today, the tech giant revealed the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which will launch in October in the U.S. for $299. The watch has call, text, and video capabilities. Notifications from select Samsung tablets and smartphones will display on the 1.63-inch screen. A Siri-esque assistant will be included to take commands, and it can run several apps like Pocket and Snapchat. "Galaxy Gear is tomorrow's state of the art," Samsung research director Pranav Mistry told the audience.

    September 4, 2013 3:09 PM

  10. NOT SO FAST Iraq Vet Thwarts Robbery via YouTube

    10. Iraq Vet Thwarts Robbery

    One more reason to hire a vet. A security video shows Jon Lewis Alexander, former four-tour Iraq vet/prison guard/private investigator/all-around badass, reacting calmly as a would-be robber points a gun at him while he works the counter at a liquor store in Marionville, Missouri. Alexander pushed the gun aside and quickly drew his own, inserting it into the man’s mouth, with a warning that he was ready to use it. Not surprisingly, the thief abandoned his mission and slowly backed away. When police told him he was lucky, Alexander said, “I think he [the robber] is a little luckier than I am.”

    September 4, 2013 12:34 PM

  11. seeking treatment Report: Lamar Odom Enters Rehab Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    11. Report: Lamar Odom Enters Rehab

    Basketball star Lamar Odom has checked into rehab for drug use, according to sources who spoke with People magazine. Odom, who is married to reality star Khloe Kardashian, was arrested last week for DUI and has previously struggled with drug use. "He realized he needs help," a source told the magazine. The NBA free agent's father battled heroin addiction, and the player once wondered in an interview if he was "fighting my father's demons."

    September 4, 2013 9:44 PM

  12. no doubt queen Gwen Stefani Reportedly Pregnant Zandarin and Allen / Rex

    12. Gwen Stefani Reportedly Pregnant

    If Gwen Stefani's having kids past 40, it must be cool. According to a report from In Touch Weekly, the 43-year-old singer and her husband, Gavin Rossdale, are expecting their third child. "She's just trying to focus on resting right now. She wants to make sure that all is well with the baby," a source told the gossip magazine. The couple already have two sons, Kingston and Zuma, and Stefani told Marie Claire they previously tried to have another baby in 2010.

    September 4, 2013 7:34 PM

  13. The Science Guy Bill Nye Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ J. Scott Applewhite

    13. Bill Nye Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

    Dancing With the Stars is gaining some science knowledge and an awesome bow tie. Televison host and “science guy” Bill Nye is joining the new season. “It’s all physics!” Nye said after the announcement. He’ll be facing off against Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame; Leah Remini, a former King of Queens actress and former Scientologist; and High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu. Actress Valerie Harper, who is battling cancer, will also be on the show.

    September 4, 2013 11:34 AM

  14. QUITTING WHILE HE'S AHEAD Jack Nicholson Reportedly Retiring Noel Vasquez/Getty

    14. Jack Nicholson Reportedly Retiring

    If this is the truth, then we can’t handle it. Iconic actor Jack Nicholson is reportedly retiring from show business. According to Radar Online, the 76-year-old Academy Award winner—who hasn’t made a movie since 2010’s How Do You Know—is calling it quits because of memory loss. A “well-placed Hollywood film insider” told the entertainment site that Jack “can no longer remember the lines being asked of him.” Since he first graced the silver screen as the title character in 1958’s The Cry Baby Killer, Nicholson has made his mark on Hollywood in such memorable movies as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, and As Good As It Gets, racking up a record-setting 12 Oscar nominations. 

    September 4, 2013 12:52 PM

  15. BEST BUDS Putin: I Can Work With Obama Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images

    15. Putin: I Can Work With Obama

    It wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement, but Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters that he gets where President Obama is coming from. "President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia," Putin said. "And your humble servant hasn't been elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to someone either." Putin said any differences he and Obama have aren't personal. "We are human," Putin added. "But I would like to repeat once again that global mutual interests form a good basis for finding a joint solution to our problems." Putin has warned western countries against a one-sided strike against Syria, but also said Russia could get behind military action if it's proved the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons.

    September 4, 2013 11:25 AM

  16. DAILY GRIND Jon Stewart Returns Carolyn Kaster/AP

    16. Jon Stewart Returns

    Oh, thank God. Jon Stewart is back on The Daily Show after taking a 12-week break to direct a film in Jordan. "You don't know what it's like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid little thing you do,” he said. He came out on his first day back swinging, railing against the Syria strike, mocking Obama’s red line on Syria (“We have to bomb Syria because we’re in 7th grade!”) and the “the idiot parade" of political pundits weighing in on the mess.

    Watch Jon Stewart's triumphant return to The Daily Show.

    September 4, 2013 7:39 AM

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  18. FORGOT PASSWORD? Bracelet Unlocks Devices with Heartbeat via YouTube

    17. Bracelet Unlocks Devices with Heartbeat

    Forget 1-2-3-4-5. A new wristband, dubbed the Nymi, promises to make password stress a thing of the past by using a wearer’s heartbeat to unlock devices. The bracelet is outfitted with an electrocardiogram sensor that can identify a user and then, in theory, start up just about anything from computer networks to automobiles, says Bionym, the Toronto-based startup that engineered the device. It looks cool, and while geeks everywhere are holding their breath, the device hasn’t gone through a formal security audit yet and may be vulnerable to hacking.

    September 4, 2013 7:36 AM

  19. BRING IT BACK Montana Rapist to Get New Hearing

    18. Montana Rapist to Get New Hearing

    A Montana judge has ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted rapist Stacey Dean Rambold, saying his initial sentence does not meet the 2-year mandatory minimum, and may be illegal. Judge G. Todd Baugh made headlines last week when he suspended all but 31 days of Rambold’s 15-year sentence for the rape of a 14-year-old student and sparked outrage with statements that the victim, who later committed suicide, was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher.

    September 4, 2013 6:38 AM

  20. Getting Closer Apple Will (Maybe) Unveil iPhone September 10 Eugene Hoshiko/AP

    19. Apple Will (Maybe) Unveil iPhone September 10

    We’re a week away from getting our hands on the new iPhone(s) (probably)! On Tuesday, Apple sent out invitations to a September 10 event, which is expected to be the reveal of the iPhone 5C and 5S, but, in typical Apple fashion, all we know for sure is that there will be an event. The 5C is rumored to be the long-awaited low-cost phone, while the 5S reportedly includes a faster processor, camera, and—wait for it—possibly a fingerprint reader. A variety of color options, including gold, is expected as well.

    September 3, 2013 9:54 PM

  21. HUNTRESS DIANA Mexico Vigilante Kills Bus Drivers Raymundo Ruiz/AP

    20. Mexico Vigilante Kills Bus Drivers

    A woman whom witnesses describe as blonde and dressed all in black, allegedly shot and killed two bus drivers in a Mexican border town. A letter sent to news outlets from “Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers,” claimed responsibility for the deaths, reportedly as revenge for sexual assaults, shockingly common in Ciudad Juarez, a city where hundreds of women have disappeared or been found raped and murdered—sometimes after boarding city buses. “You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” the message said. “But only to a certain point...We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage.” Officials are investigating the veracity of the claims, but say they have undercover officers riding buses to catch her.

    September 4, 2013 7:05 AM

  22. intel analysts absent State Dept. Knew of Benghazi Risk Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters, via Landov

    21. State Dept. Knew of Benghazi Risk

    Well, well. According to an internal government report, an independent panel of experts found the Department of State failed to protect America’s high-risk embassies and consulates despite knowing they were vulnerable. This included the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, which was the site of a bloody attack on September 11, 2012. The assessment, which visited all high-risk missions, reveals that the State Department failed to identify the problematic conditions, had no matrix for determining threatened posts other than “experience and intuition,” and had no intelligence analyst on staff at the five high-risk facilities. Even after Benghazi, security officials never debriefed survivors to review what went wrong.

    September 3, 2013 8:33 PM

  23. WHO DO YOU TRUST? Putin: Gays Won’t Be Punished Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    22. Putin: Gays Won’t Be Punished

    Some of his best friends are gay, OK? Vladimir Putin tried to reassure the world that neither homosexuals nor their straight supporters would be punished at the Winter Olympics, despite the new anti-gay law in Russia that bans "gay propaganda." The law had been a concern of gay athletes and advocates, some who called for a boycott of the games. Putin said that visitors would be protected from any threats and insisted that Russia does not discriminate against gays in a rare interview with the AP. “Tchaikovsky was a homosexual,” he said. “Truth be told, we don't love him because of that, but he was a great musician, and we all love his music. So what?"

    September 4, 2013 6:17 AM

  24. BALL AND CHAIN Cali Inmates Can Marry Same-Sex Partners Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    23. Cali Inmates Can Marry Same-Sex Partners

    California prisoners are free! ... to marry their same-sex partners. The California Department of Corrections announced that in light of the Supreme Court’s overturn of Prop 8, inmates would now be eligible to marry whomever they choose on the outside. "Inmates have the same legal right to marry as those who are not inmates," said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the state corrections department.  They will not, “at this time,” be able to marry other inmates, due to “security concerns.”

    September 4, 2013 6:40 AM

  25. syria action Senate Plan Limits Strike to 90 Days Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    24. Senate Plan Limits Strike to 90 Days

    A resolution drafted by Sens. Robert Menendez and Bob Corker of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will limit military action in Syria to 60 days, with potential for a 30-day extension, and forbid the use of American troops on the ground. The proposal will be formally written and amended by the committee on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. EST. It mirrors a resolution in the House, which restricts the strike to 60 days, bans ground forces, and doesn’t allow further force beyond disciplinary strikes unless it’s proven that the Syrian government uses chemical weapons again.

    September 3, 2013 8:42 PM

  26. Awkward

    25. KKK and NAACP Chapters Meet

    It seems they didn’t have a lot to talk about, but the fact that they met at all is remarkable. A representative from a Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer met in secret over the weekend, and the meeting ended with the Klan member filling out an application. John Abarr, the Klan organizer, said he applied so he could get insight into the NAACP’s views—though he said he still wouldn’t have NAACP rep Jimmy Simmons as a member because the Klan is for white people. Simmons said he called the meeting to discuss race relations. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacist groups, says it’s the first meeting of its kind but also criticized the meeting on the grounds that it gave legitimacy to the KKK.

    September 4, 2013 1:38 PM