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  1. FINAL FRONTIER Voyager 1 Leaves Solar System NASA/JPL-Caltech

    1. Voyager 1 Leaves Solar System

    After several false alarms, nerds can finally get excited: Voyager I has left the solar system—a first for any made-made object. NASA confirmed today that the probe’s 36-years of travel led it to interstellar space sometime around August 25, 2012. The scientific community has been in disagreement over whether the Voyager 1 had actually left the heliosphere, the boundary that separates the energetic particles that surround our sun and planets from the galactic unknown. Despite NASA’s announcement, some researchers are still skeptical. “It’s a big surprise, and it's another mystery,” said one scientist. “This is not what our models were telling us ... we don’t understand.”

    September 12, 2013 4:02 PM

  2. uh-oh Assad Sets Conditions for Deal Carolyn Kaster/AP

    2. Assad Sets Conditions for Deal

    Well, we might be back to the drawing board. On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outlined conditions for a deal for the surrender of his chemical weapons, announcing that the U.S. must stop arming Syrian rebels and drop threats of military intervention. The comments were broadcast on Russian state TV, at the same time that Secretary of State John Kerry was telling opposition forces via phone that the U.S. will continue to stand by them. Assad noted that it had yet to be seen if the U.S. "really wants stability in our region," and any agreement would have to be a "two-way street."

    September 12, 2013 6:12 PM

  3. DIPLOMACY Kerry on Syria: ‘This Is Not a Game’ Harold Cunningham/Getty

    3. Kerry on Syria: ‘This Is Not a Game’

    Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed today the U.S. desire for diplomacy in dealing with the Syrian crisis, but warned there would be consequences, including military force, if negotiations over the country’s chemical weapons failed. “This is not a game,” he said, in a joint statement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today in Geneva. “It has to be real ... it has to be credible.” Kerry also rejected Syria’s proposed 30-day timetable for declaring its stockpile because, he said, “there is nothing standard about this process at this moment ... The words of the regime, in our judgment, is simply not enough."

    September 12, 2013 2:07 PM

  4. PAYDAY California Senate Passes Wage Hike Steve Cole/Getty

    4. California Senate Passes Wage Hike

    The nation's most populous state is about to give its workers a raise. On Thursday, the California Senate approved a bill to hike minimum wage up to $10 an hour by 2016. It's expected to pass the Assembly, and Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to sign it. The current hourly rate is $8, but it will rise to $9 in July 2014, and to $10 by January 2016. "The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs," Brown said in a statement. "This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy." Republicans have been critical of the bill, which they say will hurt small business owners.

    September 12, 2013 10:28 PM

  5. new toys iPhone 5C Pre-Orders Start at Midnight Stephen Lam/Reuters

    5. iPhone 5C Pre-Orders Start at Midnight

    If you can't wait one second longer to get your hands on those affordable, candy-colored new iPhone, be prepared to stay up late. Starting at midnight Pacific time tonight, the iPhone 5C will be available for preorder. The first carrier to make it available is Sprint, followed by Verizon and AT&T at 12:01 a.m. T-Mobile has yet to slot a time, but says preorders will be taken on Friday. The device, along with the higher-cost iPhone 5S will be available in stores on September 20.

    September 12, 2013 4:01 PM

  6. Beast Book Tina Brown to Write Memoir FRED R. CONRAD

    6. Tina Brown to Write Memoir

    What’s next for Tina Brown? Now you have your answer. The editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, who is stepping down in January, will write a memoir of her years at the top of the world of magazine journalism. Media Beast will be published in early 2016 by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, whose president, Stephen Rubin, published Brown’s best-selling The Diana Chronicles in 2007. Brown will tell the story of how she became the editor of Tatler magazine at age 25, and unveil the vivid diary she kept in the ’80s and ’90s, when she took over the editorship of the struggling Vanity Fair at age 31, bringing into prominence such writers and photographers as Dominick Dunne, Annie Leibovitz, and Helmut Newton. She will also reveal how she revived the legendary New Yorker magazine in 1992 with the likes of David Remnick, Lawrence Wright, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Meyer, Richard Avedon, and Art Spiegelman, before launching the controversial Talk magazine, founding The Daily Beast, creating the Women in the World Summit, as well as taking over Newsweek magazine. “In the last five years of editing, I’ve missed writing enormously,” Brown said. “Now is the time and Metropolitan/Holt is the publisher to get down on paper, at last, my journey through the incredibly changing landscape of media in the last 25 years.”

    September 13, 2013 12:00 AM

  7. NOT A DRILL Twitter Is Going Public, Files for IPO via Twitter

    7. Twitter Is Going Public, Files for IPO

    Quick, Tweet it! Twitter announced Thursday that it has filed an S-1 with the SEC and is becoming public. The official confirmation read: "We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale." Twitter is expected to go public at a value between $15 and $20 billion. To compare: Facebook’s IPO valued the company at around $100 billion on the day it became public.

    September 12, 2013 5:11 PM

  8. cruel fate Fire Burns Boardwalk Spared by Sandy ABC News

    8. Fire Burns Boardwalk Spared by Sandy

    A section of boardwalk along the shore of Seaside Park, New Jersey, that was spared by Hurricane Sandy last October, was consumed in a fire on Thursday afternoon. The blaze spread down the boardwalk to other structures, including the FunTown Pier, the site of the roller coaster pushed into the ocean during Sandy, and north to Seaside Heights. Several firefighters and residents have been treated for smoke inhalation. The boardwalk where the fire originated, reportedly sparked at a frozen custard stand, was the only stretch that did not have to be rebuilt after the hurricane.

    September 12, 2013 10:20 PM

  9. sayonara Time Editor Leaves for State Department AP

    9. Time Editor Leaves for State Department

    Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine, has a new gig, according to sources, and it's a mouthful: if confirmed, Stengel will serve as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In the role, Stengel would be responsible for "America's public diplomacy outreach," according to the State Department's website. Nancy Gibbs, Time's deputy managing editor, is expected to succeed Stengel. “One of the topics Rick focused a great deal on during his seven years as Time’s editor was national service and making the case for why it’s so important," a source close to Stengel told Capital New York. "Now he’s taking his own advice and moving on to a senior role at the State Department, where he will have the chance to serve his country."

    September 12, 2013 5:40 PM

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  11. She's Back Rowling to Write Potter Spinoff Movie Joel Ryan/AP

    10. Rowling to Write Potter Spinoff Movie

    You didn't think Harry Potter was over, did you? Warner Bros. announced Thursday that J.K. Rowling will be the screenwriter for a new series of Potter-themed movies based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be the title of the first film. The new series will tell the story of the book's fictional author, Newt Scamander. Rowling warned that the new movies will not be "sequels" to Harry Potter; in fact, Newt Scamander's story "will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway." Rowling said Warner Bros. approached her with the idea, and she couldn't bear the thought of the movie being written by someone else.

    September 12, 2013 10:43 AM

  12. STEAMING N. Korea Reactor ‘Near Operation’ DigitalGlobe/ISIS, via Getty

    11. N. Korea Reactor ‘Near Operation’

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: a nuclear reactor in North Korea is showing new signs of activity and is “nearing operation,” says a report by U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, which studies nuclear activity via satellite imagery. Steam has been rising from the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which was closed down in 2007 and reopened in April amid regional tensions. The report says the color and volume of the steam suggests that the reactor is close to going online. Analysts believe Yongbyon has already produced the plutonium in North Korea’s current nuclear weapons, which may number between four and 10.

    September 12, 2013 6:45 AM

  13. SUDDEN Hundreds Evacuated in Colorado Floods Brennan Linsley/AP

    12. Hundreds Evacuated in Colorado Floods

    Hundreds have been evacuated amid flash floods in Boulder, Colorado early Thursday morning, including one man who was pulled from a submerged car. The streets of Boulder are impassable after the rains, and several homes collapsed in nearby Jamestown. Students were ordered to leave university housing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, which is closed Thursday morning. At least three people have died in the disaster.

    September 12, 2013 8:33 AM

  14. he's a writer, too Putin Writes NY Times Op-Ed Ivan Sekretarev/AP

    13. Putin Writes NY Times Op-Ed

    Vladimir Putin: bear wrestler, politician ... scribe? In a wordy editorial for The New York Times, titled “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” President Putin writes that a strike against Syria “will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders.” If the United Nations Security Council does not approve of such force, he says, it would be classified as “an act of aggression.” Putin also claims it's possible the chemical warfare was used by opposition forces to incite international intervention and bashes the United States’ reliance on “brute force.”

    September 11, 2013 8:38 PM

  15. killin' it, shep Shepard Smith Gets New Show Richard Drew/AP

    14. Shepard Smith Gets New Show

    Shepard Smith is moving up. The Fox News anchor is apparently taking on the role of managing editor of a new breaking-news division while continuing to fill his chair as chief news anchor. Smith's existent show, The Fox Report, will now merge with the breaking-news unit, and he'll continue anchoring the afternoon slot, which will be renamed Shepard Smith Reporting. “Shep is a premier journalist and one of the finest newsmen of the modern era," Fox News head Roger Ailes said in a statement. “He will exemplify the ethos that Fox News is when and where the news is, as it happens, no longer bound by a traditional evening format conceived in the 1960s.”

    September 12, 2013 3:01 PM

  16. syrian relief CIA Weapons Arrive to Rebels Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

    15. CIA Weapons Arrive to Rebels

    As the debate over escalation in Syria escalates to a fever pitch, the CIA has started delivering weapons to the opposition forces. Two weeks ago, the long-promised aid arrived in the war-ravaged country, along with deliveries from the State Department of vehicles and other material. The munitions and other gear promised by the Obama administration has been stalled because of logistical challenges over the past few months, despite a promise from Secretary of State John Kerry back in April.

    September 11, 2013 10:28 PM

  17. DISTURBING Man Planned to Eat Kids US DOJ

    16. Man Planned to Eat Kids

    A 40-year-old Boston man who plotted to kill, rape, and eat kids in his basement is likely to spend the next 27 years in jail, authorities said Thursday. Geoffrey Portway, who pleaded guilty in May to possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a crime of violence, will be sentenced on September 17. When authorities searched the home of "Fat Longpig" (the name Portway used online), they found disturbing items including a child-sized coffin, disposable scalpels, and castration tools. "Portway has pled guilty to some of the most vile and heinous crimes known to our society," prosecutors wrote in a statement.

    September 12, 2013 10:35 AM

  18. Hanging it Up Prince William Quits the Military Arthur Edwards, Pool / Getty Images

    17. Prince William Quits the Military

    Looks like it's time to settle down: Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that Prince William is leaving the Royal Air Force to devote more time to public service. William began his military duties in 2006, and has since 2010 been stationed in Wales as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. The prince has rescued a total of 149 people during 156 missions over the course of his career. Now that his and Kate Middleton's son, Prince George, is born, the couple plans to move to Kensington Palace. William hasn't declared himself a "full-time" royal yet; the palace said he is considering various options for public service, and his choice will be announced in "due course."

    September 12, 2013 7:39 AM

  19. BECAUSE, YOLO Carson Daly Joins ‘Today’ Charles Sykes/Invision, via AP

    18. Carson Daly Joins ‘Today’

    In a move that has TRL fans everywhere squealing, NBC announced that Carson Daly is now a permanent fixture on the network's daily morning show, Today. Daly will be hosting a segment called "The Orange Room," which conveniently takes place in an orange room. During an interview with NBC, the TV host described the news as a dream come true. "You know that scene in Willy Wonka where Charlie peels back the wrapper and finds the golden ticket? I felt like I got the golden ticket," he said. “The Orange Room” segment, which premieres Monday, will "connect the show and the audience like never before."

    September 12, 2013 8:20 AM

  20. AU NATUREL Less Fuss Rules Fashion Week Peter Michael Dills/Getty

    19. Less Fuss Rules Fashion Week

    Gone are the days of the heavily made-up, blowouts, hello “downtown cool” during the spring 2014 Fashion Week in New York. Apparently “nobody wants to look like they’re trying too hard” in today’s fashion, and “nothing says you’re trying too hard like a blowout,” according to Britt Aboutaleb, editorial director of the beauty site Byrdie.com. The less-maintenance, gender-bending look dominated Fashion Week, with the low ponytail with a headband championed in Victoria Beckham’s collection being the perfect example. As for makeup, a wash of white eye shadow, orange lips—and just a thin layer of matte foundation.

    September 12, 2013 11:13 AM

  21. Sugar Daddies Secret Koch Group Revealed Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty

    20. Secret Koch Group Revealed

    It was the largest donor to conservative causes in the 2012 election, and few people knew it existed. A secretive conservative group raised millions of dollars for right-wing causes and served as the outlet for the Koch brothers' ideas in the 2012 election. The group, called Freedom Partners, has about 200 members who pay $100,000 each in annual dues. It made $236 million in grants in 2012, outspending even Karl Rove’s massive American Crossroads. Freedom Partners president Marc Short gave the group’s upcoming IRS filing to Politico but refused to say who its donors are.

    September 12, 2013 7:12 AM

  22. MR. GOODMAN 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Happening Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

    21. ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff Happening

    Everyone's favorite strip-mall lawyer will probably get his own spotlight in a Breaking Bad spinoff called Better Call Saul. The show, announced by AMC and Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday, is described as a “one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.” It’s not set in stone yet, though, and it’s unclear whether Goodman will still be played by actor Bob Odenkirk.

    September 11, 2013 5:04 PM

  23. MOVING ON Tina Brown Starts New Company FRED R. CONRAD

    22. Tina Brown Starts New Company

    After five years building The Daily Beast, editor in chief Tina Brown announced on Wednesday she is leaving the site to launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, which will produce live events, including the Women in the World summits and debates and discussions off the news. The Daily Beast, which won this and last year's Webby award as the best news site, will remain under the auspices of IAC and be run by managing director Deidre Depke and executive editor John Avlon. “Creating The Daily Beast at the original instigation of Barry Diller in 2008 has given me some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my professional life,” Brown said. “I am enormously proud of what our brilliant editorial team has achieved at the Beast.”

     

     

    September 11, 2013 5:01 PM

  24. Weak Intel U.S. Can’t Prove Assad Attack Sana/Reuters

    23. U.S. Can’t Prove Assad Attack

    The Obama administration is confident Assad at least delegated military authority for the chemical-weapons attack that killed over a thousand in August, but anonymous officials tell the Washington Times that they cannot prove he ordered the attack or knew about it in advance. Intelligence has raised questions about whether Assad is fully in control of Syria’s army and weapons arsenal. Though President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other officials have asserted there is "no doubt" Assad was behind the attack, they have been careful to refer to "Assad's regime" or the "Syrian regime" to avoid stating it outright. Outside the administration, analysts with senior-level intelligence clearance say there is real doubt that Assad has command of his chemical weapons. 

    September 12, 2013 7:55 AM

  25. NEVER MIND Stoli: We’re Not Russian Craig Barritt/Getty

    24. Stoli: We’re Not Russian

    Blindsided by a global gay-rights protest of “Russian” vodka in the wake of the country’s anti-gay law, the popular brand Stolichnaya is pushing back with an unexpected strategy: denying its provenance. Stoli advertised itself as Russian until 2010, even though it has always been made in Latvia, and the brand’s owner is considered an outlaw by the Russian government. It is now filtered and bottled in Latvia, and its ingredients come from across Europe. “I always thought it was Russian,” said Kaspars Zalitis, a Latvian gay-rights activist. The boycott was promoted in the U.S. by prominent gay Americans like sex columnist Dan Savage. Gay activist Stuart Milk said American boycotters thought Stoli was an “easy target,” but that the boycott was “misguided.”

    September 12, 2013 7:27 AM

  26. Gotta Be Kidding Texas: Put Creationism in Every Textbook Plinio Lepri/AP

    25. Texas: Put Creationism in Every Textbook

    Official reviewers for the Texas Board of Education had some interesting things to say about the state’s latest round of textbooks, which if selected could spread to much of the rest of the nation. “I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption,” one reviewer wrote, according to records from the panel. Another chides the textbook for asserting there is fossil evidence for evolution, and says students should be presented with “alternative theories.” Yet another refers to the “peppered moth scenario” as “discredited,” even though it has been upheld by mainstream scientists.

    September 12, 2013 7:10 AM

  27. Trop Fort! Pig Squeals Deafen Farm Worker Ted S. Warren/AP

    26. Pig Squeals Deafen Farm Worker

    This time, the pig farm jokes won’t be about the smell. A French judge has ordered a pig farm to pay damages to a worker who was partially deafened by the incessant squeals of the pigs. Serge Personeni worked at the farm from 2001 to 2008 and was responsible for caring for 4,000 pigs. The judge, in the town of Lons-le-Saunier near the border with Switzerland, said the farm made an “inexcusable error” by failing to protect Personeni from the hazard to his hearing. The amount they have to pay will be determined later after he is seen by a doctor.

    September 12, 2013 7:29 AM

  28. NEW LEADER Jim Impoco to Edit Newsweek Patrick McMullan/Sipa

    27. Jim Impoco to Edit Newsweek

    After only a month since IBT media bought Newsweek, the international digital-only news company announced Thursday that Jim Impoco has been named editor in chief. Impoco has been in the journalism business for more than 20 years, most recently as enterprise editor and executive editor for Thomson Reuters Digital. Impoco's knowledge of the industry "is exactly what will take Newsweek to the next level," co-founder and chief executive of IBT Media Etienne Uzac said. Impoco stated following the reveal that he is "honored to be a part of the IBT Media team and look[s] forward to revitalizing one of the most iconic media brands in history."

    September 12, 2013 9:42 AM