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  1. watch your back Iran Plots Revenge on U.S. Vahid Salemi / AP Photo

    1. Iran Plots Revenge on U.S.

    Well, this is a little scary. U.S. intelligence intercepted messages from Iran to militants in Iraq ordering attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad if America strikes Syria. U.S officials say they're preparing for Iran's fast boats in the Persian Gulf, and military resources, including Marines, have been moved to the area. The message came from Iran's Revolutionary Guard leader Qasem Soleimani and instructed Shiite groups to respond with force if the U.S. strikes Syria.

    September 5, 2013 10:47 PM

  2. Allies? Syrian Rebels Shoot Execution Video Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24, via Getty

    2. Syrian Rebels Shoot Execution Video

    As the U.S. debates whether to intervene on behalf of the rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, evidence continues to mount that the resistance has adopted many of Assad’s brutal tactics. A new video leaked by a disaffected rebel shows his comrades performing a ritual execution of captured Syrian soldiers, teasing them before killing them with point-blank gunfire to the head. Across Syria, guerrilla fighter groups and criminal gangs have joined the rough rebel coalition. Secretary of State John Kerry has downplayed the role of Islamic extremists and other “bad guys” in the opposition, but U.S. representatives say their briefings on the war showed the opposition’s dark side more clearly.

    Warning: this video is extremely graphic.

    September 5, 2013 6:46 AM

  3. snowden strikes again NSA Cracks Much Online Encryption NSA, via Getty

    3. NSA Cracks Much Online Encryption

    Your encrypted data may not be as safe from the government as previously thought. The National Security Agency has been successfully unscrambling much of the encryption that protects banking systems, everyday usage like emails and Web searches, and myriad sensitive data, according to documents recently disclosed by Edward Snowden. The NSA uses supercomputers, technical tricks, court orders, and persuasion of technology companies to crack into the once-impenetrable blanket of Web encryption. But, NSA, did you realize Snowden reportedly scattered your own encrypted files around the world?

    September 5, 2013 3:35 PM

  4. IT’S OVER Report: Zimmerman’s Wife Files for Divorce Gary W. Green/AP

    4. Report: Zimmerman’s Wife Files for Divorce

    George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., reportedly told a Fox News affiliate that Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce from her husband in Seminole County, Florida, on Thursday. Shellie went on Good Morning America nearly a week ago, saying that though she wants to be married and start a family, she would have to seriously “think about” her future with George. Shellie had previously told ABC News that she and George fought the night Trayvon Martin was shot and she didn’t sleep in their home.

    September 5, 2013 4:45 PM

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

    5. 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

  6. HUGE U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 323,000 John Amis/AP

    6. U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 323,000

    Hooray! Americans seeking unemployment dropped to 323,000 from 332,000 a week ago, making it the lowest level since October 2007. The four-week average declined 3,000 to 328,500, and economists are forecasting that employers added 177,000 jobs in August, an increase of 15,000 in July alone. And while there are still a large number of Americans unemployed, a private survey released Tuesday indicated factory activity increased in July at the fastest pace in more than two years. 

    September 5, 2013 9:20 AM

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  8. NEW LOOK Yahoo Unveils Darker New Logo

    7. Yahoo Unveils Darker New Logo

    As in literally darker. Yahoo’s much-anticipated logo was finally revealed late Wednesday night on the company’s Tumblr. One is white text on a purple background, and the other is purple text on a white background. The logo, which uses a sans-serif typeface, is being called “cleaner” and “thinner.” The statement accompanying the logo, as well as the rebranding, said: “We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products.”

    September 5, 2013 10:54 AM

  9. ‘boomeranged’ Remote-Control Helicopter Kills Teen ABC 7

    8. Remote-Control Helicopter Kills Teen

    This is a nightmare. At a park in New York City, a teenager operating a remote-control helicopter was apparently struck in the head and killed by the toy. The accident happened on Thursday in Calvert Vaux Park in the Gravesend area of Brooklyn, where people are allowed to operate model aircraft in parts of the park. The 19-year-old reportedly lost control of the helicopter, which witnesses say "boomeranged" back at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    September 5, 2013 9:48 PM

  10. kids these days E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Teens Sean Gallup/Getty

    9. E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Teens

    What won't kids these days smoke? Electronic-cigarette use among teens has doubled in the U.S., jumping from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent of high schoolers in 2012, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control. Scarily, usage has also doubled among middle-school students. The National Youth Tobacco Survey called the results "deeply troubling" and warned that e-cigarettes can hook kids on nicotine. The FDA has announced it will expand regulations to e-cigarettes as early as this fall.

    September 5, 2013 10:30 PM

  11. Underdog Wawrinka Beats Reigning Champ Andy Murray Matthew Stockman/Getty

    10. Wawrinka Beats Reigning Champ Andy Murray

    Stanislas Wawrinka has managed to topple reigning champ Andy Murray in the final weekend of the U.S. Open. The Swiss tennis player, who was seeded ninth in the tournament, pushed his way out from behind fellow Swiss star Roger Federer’s shadow in one of the biggest upsets of the whole tournament. His unexpected success threw off British opponent Murray, who slipped up and broke rackets in his frustration.

    September 5, 2013 5:00 PM

  12. Spark Hunter Caused California Wildfire Justin Sullivan/Getty

    11. Hunter Caused California Wildfire

    The giant wildfire burning in California was started by a hunter who "allowed an illegal fire to escape," California fire officials said. They did not identify the hunter and said no arrests have been made. The so-called Rim or Yosemite fire began on August 17 and grew to 237,000 acres, the fifth-largest in state history. The fire is now 80 percent contained, and has thus far avoided any of the iconic attractions in Yosemite National Park.

    September 5, 2013 1:11 PM

  13. All Dogs Go to Heaven Sarah Silverman Will Make You Cry Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    12. Sarah Silverman Will Make You Cry

    They say that comedy is tragedy plus time. So hang in there, Sarah Silverman. The comedian penned an obituary to her dog, Duck, whom she was forced to put down this week, and shared it with her fans Wednesday night. It is beautiful. You will cry. She recounted her final moments with Duck: “I held him close—in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love.” Duck was 19.

    September 5, 2013 3:49 PM

  14. Solidarity Walmart Workers Plan Protest Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

    13. Walmart Workers Plan Protest

    Walmart associates in 15 cities plan to protest illegal firings and disciplining of employees for participating in demonstrations for better pay and protections. OUR Walmart, a union-backed group that is organizing employees, has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board after Walmart illegally fired 20 workers and disciplined a total of 80 for participating in last year’s Black Friday strike. The company has denied the disciplinary actions. The group, which is also organizing Thursday’s demonstration, said it expected thousands to participate.

    September 5, 2013 7:17 AM

  15. OH, OK Limbaugh Wrote Time-Travel Kids’ Book

    14. Limbaugh Wrote Time-Travel Kids’ Book

    Rush Limbaugh announced Thursday that he will publish a children’s book next month. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel With Exceptional Americans—possibly the longest title ever—is essentially about “a fearless middle school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens.” He says, surprisingly, that there’s no commentary in the book—just facts.

    September 5, 2013 3:01 PM

  16. Creative Difficulties ‘Batwoman’ Authors Quit in Protest Wikimedia Commons

    15. ‘Batwoman’ Authors Quit in Protest

    J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman, co-authors of DC Comics’ Batwoman, are leaving the title after the upcoming issue, claiming that DC prohibited a marriage storyline between Kate (Batwoman) and her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer. Williams later clarified via Twitter, however, that the move on DC Comics’ part seemed more anti-marriage than anti-gay marriage (several married DC superhero couples have been broken up recently, including Superman and Lois Lane). A DC spokesperson confirmed this, telling Comics Alliance, “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of Batwoman had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character.”

    September 5, 2013 2:18 PM

  17. Blast Egypt Minister Escapes Attack Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

    16. Egypt Minister Escapes Attack

    Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim narrowly escaped an assassination attempt Thursday when a car bomb exploded in front of his convoy as he was leaving his home, wounding a total of 22 people. Ibraham had received reports earlier this week that assassins planned to kill him, but no one has claimed the attack so far. Ibrahim has been at the center of managing the military's violent crackdown on supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. He warned after the bombing that a wave of terrorism by Morsi supporters was possible in the wake of the crackdown.

    September 5, 2013 11:07 AM

  18. VIOLENCE 10 Dead in Newark Homicide Spree Ashley Cooper/Corbis

    17. 10 Dead in Newark Homicide Spree

    A 14-year-old boy was shot in the courtyard of the housing complex where he lived Wednesday, making him the 10th homicide victim in Newark in just 10 days, Police Chief Samuel DeMaio said. DeMaio said most of the recent homicides in New Jersey—Trenton broke its annual homicide record this summer with 32 by the end of August—have been in the same district in South Newark. He said about half are believed to be related to drug trafficking. "It's just kind of a random spark-up," he said. "There's been no change in the deployment strategy we used all summer."

    September 5, 2013 8:14 AM

  19. HE'S BAAACK Legendary ‘Post’ Gossip Reporter Richard Johnson to Return Eugene Gologursky/Getty

    18. ‘Post’ Gossip Reporter to Return

    It was a shock when Richard Johnson, the New York Posts acclaimed “Page Six” columnist of 25 years, left the paper for News Corp.’s The Daily in L.A. in 2010—but now he is returning to New York. He was offered to come back to the Post when The Daily went under last December, but he declined. His new role is still under wraps—he did not respond to an inquiry Wednesday, and the Post did not immediately have a comment. This should be fun.

    September 5, 2013 9:28 AM

  20. WAR ART AP’s Vietnam Images to Be Exhibited Art Greenspon/AP

    19. AP’s Vietnam Images to Be Exhibited

    As public opinion turned against the Vietnam War, photography, particularly graphic images, played an essential role in the changing cultural tide. The Associated Press was one of the major players in exposing the harsh reality of Vietnam to American citizens. On the heels of the anniversary, the prize-winning images are being put on display for the general public and reproduced in a book. The photographs cover a wide variety of subjects from that period, ranging from President Kennedy with troops fresh from the battlefield to tortured prisoners and casualties. At that time, journalists were free to document battle zones without censorship—a luxury some experts say is not available today. The exhibition goes on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea in New York on October 24. For the exhibit, veterans, journalists, and fellow artists gave their takes on the images. The accompanying book, Vietnam: The Real War, is due out October 1.

    September 5, 2013 12:42 PM

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

    20. 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

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

  24. Warning U.N. to U.K.: Stop Harassing the Press Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

    23. U.N. to U.K.: Stop Harassing the Press

    Two senior U.N. representatives have sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron demanding an explanation of the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, when he was transporting documents leaked by Edward Snowden through London’s Heathrow airport. The officials, special rapporteurs Frank La Rue and Ben Emmerson, warned the U.K. that national security was not an excuse to harass or intimidate journalists. "The press plays a central role in the clarification of human-rights abuses,” said La Rue. La Rue and Emmerson said the case revealed that the U.S. and the U.K. are unprepared to deal with citizens getting access to classified information.

    September 5, 2013 7:11 AM

  25. Cool

    24. Bat, Dolphins Share Genetic Evolution

    Bats and dolphins both use echolocation—emitting sounds and listening for echoes to help locate prey—and both went through similar evolutionary changes to develop it, scientists say in a new study. They found that the two species, while evolving independently, underwent many of the same genetic and physical changes, with natural selection strongly preferring animals with more highly developed echolocation abilities. Overall, there were 200 genomic regions where dolphins and bats had similar genetic inventions. 


    September 5, 2013 7:13 AM

  26. CONTEXT Weiner Fight Started By Racist Comment YouTube

    25. 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

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

    26. 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