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  1. 'tragic accident' Four Marines Killed in Pendleton Sandy Huffaker/Getty

    1. Four Marines Killed in Pendleton

    A range maintenance operation went wrong at Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, when four U.S. Marines were killed. The California base is investigating the incident but did not provide any other details or names of the dead pending notification of family. "We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident. Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time," said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard. Less than a year ago, seven Marines were killed in Nevada by a mortar explosion during a live-fire training exercise.

    November 14, 2013 7:00 AM

  2. tisk tisk Secret Service Drops Two Carolyn Kaster / AP

    2. Secret Service Drops Two

    This is not a job to mess around on. Two Secret Service supervisors have been fired from President Obama's detail after they were discovered sending sexually suggestive e-mails to a subordinate female agent. The investigation started when Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor, was discovered trying to force his way into a woman's hotel room where he had accidentally left a bullet from his weapon. Looking into the incident, officials discovered the e-mails sent by him and Timothy Barraclough, another supervisor. Last year, the Secret Service was scandalized by a prostitution scandal in Colombia.

    November 13, 2013 8:42 PM

  3. NOT SORRY Boehner Kills Immigration Hopes T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty

    3. Boehner Kills Immigration Hopes

    Has he made himself clear? House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he will not have the Republican-controlled House enter conference negotiations to hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions of immigration bills. "The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House," said Boehner, "And frankly, I'll make clear that we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill." Boehner had already said they would not vote on the Senate's bill, so nixing the option for conference negotiations seems to leave the possibility for immigration reform in this Congress dead.

    November 13, 2013 3:22 PM

  4. too slow 106,185 Enrolled in Obamacare Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg, via Getty Images

    4. 106,185 Enrolled in Obamacare

    It's better than single digits. There are 106,185 people who signed up for health-care coverage using the federal and state-run online marketplaces in the first month, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. Of those, 79,391 used state-run exchanges, and 26,794 signed up on the problematic site. The total number is far below the predicted half-million expected to sign up this past month, and represents 1.5 percent of the estimated number of Americans who need to sign up by the March 31 deadline. On a conference call after the numbers were announced, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared to reporters, "Even with the issues we've had, the marketplace is working."

    November 13, 2013 3:33 PM

  5. BURNED Snapchat Rejects $3B Offer Jae C. Hong/AP

    5. Snapchat Rejects $3B Offer

    In a sign of just how hot the tech market has gotten, Snapchat, the popular photo messaging service, has spurned an all-cash offer from Facebook for $3 billion. Snapchat, which allows people to take pictures, draw on them, and have them disappear after a certain amount of time, is run by its 23-year-old founder Evan Spiegel. Snapchat is also being pursued by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, which offered an investment that would value the service at $4 billion. Spiegel reportedly will not consider any offers until 2014, as he believes Snapchat's continued rapid growth will engender an even higher valuation.

    November 13, 2013 2:53 PM

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  7. MAYOR MCCRACK Ford: I Bought Illegal Drugs Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty

    6. Ford: I Bought Illegal Drugs

    Surprise, surprise. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to the Toronto City Council on Wednesday that he has bought illegal drugs within the past two years, i.e., while he was in office. Despite the admission, Ford maintained his insistence on remaining in office, telling the council, "I'm definitely keeping this job. I am not leaving here." While the council does not have the power to force the mayor out, the motion, which passed 37 to 5, would recommend the mayor take a leave of absence.

    November 13, 2013 12:56 PM

  8. HORROR Shooting Near Pittsburgh School WPXI

    7. Shooting Near Pittsburgh School

    Police are responding to a shooting at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh. One individual has been taken into custody by a SWAT team. The three victims were hit outside the school as they were walking to a car. Two were grazed in the head, and one was shot in the foot and arm. A spokesman for the Pittsburgh Public Schools said the three people shot are in the hospital but none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. Brashear is the largest high school in Pittsburgh, with 1,416 students.

    November 13, 2013 4:19 PM

  9. record-setting Warhol Sells for $105 Million Getty

    8. Warhol Sells for $105 Million

    It's a gruesome thing to hang on your wall, but on Wednesday, an unidentified buyer shelled out a record-setting $105 million for Andy Warhol's "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)." The 8-feet by 13-feet piece depicts a mangled body in a car's destroyed interior. It's part of Warhol's "Death and Disasters" and is signed by the artist, dated to 1963. It's considered a rare work because it has been only shown once publicly in 26 years. The previous record for Warhol's art was set six years ago when  "Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)" fetched $71.7 million.

    November 13, 2013 7:53 PM

  10. bad boy Dog Brings Home Human Leg Getty

    9. Dog Brings Home Human Leg

    That's the last time someone will be playing fetch. Last week, a dog in Olympia, Washington, brought a human leg home to its owner, and since then, investigators have found numerous bones in close range of each other. On Wednesday, a human arm was found, and the coroner believes they came from the same adult. It's not yet been determined if the person was dismembered by tools or by animals.

    November 13, 2013 5:47 PM

  11. angels Swift Serenades VS Fashion Show Jamie McCarthy/Getty

    10. Swift Serenades VS Fashion Show

    Oh, the anticipation. It won't be on the air for another month, but the Victoria's Secret annual fashion show taped on Wednesday in New York City, featuring performances from Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy. The outfits ranged from British- to snow-themed, with mainstays Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Karlie Kloss walking. CBS will broadcast the show on December 10.

    November 13, 2013 10:43 PM

  12. NECESSARY? Xbox One Guarded By Sharks JAIME REINA

    11. Xbox One Guarded By Sharks

    Can you play Grand Theft Auto with fins? The very first Xbox One console that will be handed over at midnight on November 21 in New Zealand is currently being guarded by 20 tiger sharks at the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland. The eagerly anticipated gaming console by Microsoft will have its launch broadcast on Spike TV, and over 10,000 stores worldwide will be opening at midnight on November 22 to satisfy hungry gamers everywhere. 

    November 13, 2013 6:01 PM

  13. 'expansion of aloha' Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage M. Spencer Green/AP

    23. Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    Now gay couples can have the same tropical-destination weddings as the everyone else. On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. The state's senate passed a same-sex marriage bill by 19 to 4 votes Tuesday. "I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii and today's vote makes me even prouder," President Obama said in a statement. Gay couples and tourists will be allowed to start marrying on Dec. 2, and it is expected to give a $217 million boost to the tourist industry in the next three years. "This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii," said Sen. J. Kalani English.

    November 12, 2013 6:07 PM

  14. PEACE OUT Palestinian Peace Team Resigns Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

    13. Palestinian Peace Team Resigns

    The negotiating team for the Palestinians has resigned from peace talks with the Israelis. "The team resigned due to the Israeli illegal practices, especially settlement activities," said the Palestinian mission to the UN. Their chief negotiator, Saeb Erakat, told Al Jazeera America that the settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank will "make or break the negotiations." While the talks coming to a halt would be a major setback for the Obama administration, they attached little important to the news, saying Erakat has done this before.

    November 13, 2013 1:10 PM

  15. morbid curiosity Marilyn Monroe Had Plastic Surgery AP

    14. Marilyn Monroe Had Plastic Surgery

    This isn't creepy at all. Marilyn Monroe's medical files and X-rays were sold for $25,600 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills this weekend. The documents, which use aliases but match Monroe's address, were of particular interest because they confirm the starlet underwent cosmetic surgery on her chin and nose. Four years of medical records also show she suffered from an immune deficiency, an ectopic pregnancy, and problems with her plastic surgery. Also auctioned was a dress owned by Princess Diana, a piece of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake, and Julie Andrew's wedding dress from "The Sound of Music."

    November 13, 2013 2:45 PM

  16. YIKES Rep: I Was Bullied

    15. Rep: I Was Bullied

    Remember the smiling woman who greeted visitors at who then mysteriously disappeared? Well here’s some more info: her name is Adriana and she asked that her picture be removed after she was cyberbullied for appearing on the website, she told ABC News on Wednesday. Much to Obamacare critics’ delight, Adriana is not an American citizen—she is a permanent resident who lives in Maryland, and is married to a U.S. citizen, and they have a 21-month-old son. Adriana said she contacted the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services because she wanted free family photographs. With her face becoming the public face of Obamacare, she was mocked, Photoshopped, and became the subject of partisan hatred. A rep said her photo was not removed due to her request, but rather because it's a "dynamic website."

    November 13, 2013 11:11 AM

  17. HELPLESS Desperate Filipinos Start Looting Bullit Marquez/AP

    16. Desperate Filipinos Start Looting

    Panicked survivors in the Philippines began looting Wednesday, five days after one of the deadliest storms on record killed thousands. There were reports of residents smashing open underground water pipes as essential supplies ran out on the islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, and a mass burial was called off in Tacloban as the police convoy carrying bodies reported hearing gunfire. Tacloban’s mayor, Alfred Romualdez, who organized the burial, urged survivors to leave the city if they could find better supplies elsewhere. “I have to decide at every meeting which is more important, relief goods or picking up cadavers,” Romualdez said.

    Philippines: A Portrait of Ruin.

    November 13, 2013 7:04 AM

  18. OUTRAGE Cohen: Race Comments Misunderstood Frank Franklin II/AP

    17. Cohen: Race Comments Misunderstood

    There’s something to be said for defending your words despite the entire Internet being against you. The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen said Wednesday that “it’s a slander” to suggest that he does not support interracial marriage. In Cohen’s column about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday, he wrote that “people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” Cohen insisted the offending statements were describing how he believes Tea Party Republicans feel, not how he himself feels. “This is just below the belt,” he said of the criticism. “It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.”

    November 13, 2013 7:13 AM

  19. TINY VIOLIN Alec Baldwin Called Liar, Cries Seth Wenig/AP

    18. Alec Baldwin Called Liar, Cries

    Now that's awkward. Alec Baldwin cried on the stand Tuesday during the trial of his alleged former stalker—who claims she was not stalking but instead trying to get closure after she and Baldwin slept together. Baldwin’s former friend Martin Bregman told the courtroom, “He’s lying. He was screwing two women. One of them is his present wife and the other one, I presume, he was doing the girl in question.” When Baldwin took the stand after Bregman, he got teary-eyed and claimed that Sabourin was in fact Bregman's longtime mistress. Things got even stranger when Baldwin testified, with Sabourin yelling out that he was lying when he alleged that she ruined the day he proposed to his wife, Hilaria. The fireworks continued on Wednesday, as Sabourin was ordered to jail for contempt after heckling on Tuesday.

    November 13, 2013 10:47 AM

  20. WHAT’S LOVE... Tina Turner Gives Up Citizenship Ng Han Guan/AP

    19. Tina Turner Gives Up Citizenship

    This is breaking our hearts, Tina. Tina Turner will formally “relinquish” her U.S. citizenship, according to the U.S. embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Turner has lived near Zurich for nearly two decades, and has taken an oath of Swiss citizenship. According to the report, she no longer has any strong ties in the U.S. except for family, and she “has no plans to reside in the United States in the future.” Turner, 73, married German music producer Erwin Bach in July, and she stopped touring in 2009. At least Americans can still watch What’s Love Got to Do With It.

    November 13, 2013 8:04 AM

  21. OMG 'Maleficent' Trailer Released Greg Williams/Disney

    20. 'Maleficent' Trailer Released

    You had us at villainess. The highly anticipated film Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie as the evil sorceress who cast a spell on Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) now has a trailer. The clip not only gives viewers a glimpse of the terrifying transformation for Jolie with horns, skeletal complexion and smoldering yellow eyes, but also Elle Fanning as an innocent but curious Princess Aurora. Jolie's daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, also makes her debut in the trailer as a childhood version of the princess.

    November 13, 2013 1:39 PM

  22. N(O)-FACE Casual Sex Means Fewer Orgasms Justin Horrocks/Getty

    21. Casual Sex Means Fewer Orgasms

    Listen up women: Sex and the City lied to you. The best sex you are ever going to have is most likely not going to come from a random. Women are about half as likely to have an orgasm during a casual hookup than during a committed relationship, according to a study of hundreds of college students by the Kinsey Institute. But these women are still seeking out casual sex for benefits—physical and emotional—other than their own pleasure. “It’s just sort of like having the experience, and having somebody that you can call or you can like, whose house you can spend the night in if you don’t feel like you want to be going home alone,” one recent graduate told the Times. “It almost is weirdly irrelevant whether or not the sex is actually good.”

    November 13, 2013 12:33 PM

  23. paddles down Francis Bacon Sells for $142.4M VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty

    22. Francis Bacon Sells for $142.4M

    Francis brought home the bacon. Selling for an incredible $142.4 million, a triptych by Francis Bacon depicting Lucian Freud shattered the record for art sold at auction at Christie's on Tuesday night. The three-panel piece, called Three Studies of Lucian Freud, was sold for $20 million more than Edvard Munch's The Scream, which held the record. It also broke the record for highest pre-sale estimate, which was set at nearly $85 million.

    November 12, 2013 7:54 PM

  24. 'expansion of aloha' Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage M. Spencer Green/AP

    23. Hawaii Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    Now gay couples can have the same tropical-destination weddings as the everyone else. On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. The state's senate passed a same-sex marriage bill by 19 to 4 votes Tuesday. "I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii and today's vote makes me even prouder," President Obama said in a statement. Gay couples and tourists will be allowed to start marrying on Dec. 2, and it is expected to give a $217 million boost to the tourist industry in the next three years. "This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii," said Sen. J. Kalani English.

    November 12, 2013 6:07 PM

  25. OFFENSIVE India’s Top Cop Offends on Rape Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty

    24. India’s Top Cop Offends on Rape

    It is never a good idea to make a rape joke. India’s top police official apologized Wednesday after saying that “if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” a particularly insensitive remark in a country that is still reeling from last year’s fatal rape of a 23-year-old student. Making matters even worse, Central Bureau of Investigations chief Ranjit Sinha’s comment came after a discussion that had nothing to do with rape in the first place. Sinha said that if the state could not stop gambling, it should at least bring in some revenue from it, using “if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it” as an analogy. Activists are already calling for Sinha’s resignation, especially since his is in charge of several rape investigations.

    November 13, 2013 7:23 AM

  26. CITATION Rand Paul Gives Inaccurate Speech Jose Luis Magana/AP

    25. Rand Paul Gives Inaccurate Speech

    Nobody can say Rand Paul didn’t learn from his plagiarism scandal—although maybe not the right lesson. In his first speech since his cribbing was exposed, the Kentucky senator included 33 footnotes in the publicly released version. But the speech itself was filled with factual errors. For example, Paul called the overthrowing of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a “coup” (the State Department has refused to weigh in if a coup occurred) and said “American-made tear gas was used on protesters.” But the ABC News article cited in his speech about the tear gas is from 2011 and refers to the Arab Spring uprising, not the current situation. Well, at least he cited the article at all, right?

    November 13, 2013 7:20 AM

  27. MORE BAD NEWS Won’t Meet Deadline J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    26. Won’t Meet Deadline

    Clock’s ticking. is unlikely to have fixed all its glitches by the White House’s deadline at the end of November, a government official said Wednesday. The website, where Americans can sign up for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, has not been able to hold up to the 20,000-30,000 Americans using it—half of its intended capacity. What’s more, CGI Federal, the contractor who built the site, has only fixed roughly 60 percent of the problems it has identified so far. President Obama and other White House officials have insisted the site will be running in tip-top shape by Nov. 30, but government officials and other contractors working on the site have concluded that the only way to fix the problems is for people to use other methods to sign up for insurance.

    November 13, 2013 7:08 AM

  28. FREE MAN Ryan Ferguson Released from Prison David A. Lieb/AP

    27. Ryan Ferguson Released from Prison

    Ryan Ferguson was freed from prison Tuesday after serving nearly 10 years for a murder he says he did not commit. What’s more, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday that his office will not retry Ferguson after an appeals court threw out his 2005 conviction. Ferguson, now 29, was accused of killing Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Ken Heitholt in 2001, although the two main witnesses in the case recanted their testimony after Ferguson’s trial. Hair, fingerprints, and bloody footprints found at the scene did not match Ferguson. An appeals court ruled last week that Boone County prosecutors violated federal law by not sharing key pieces of evidence with Ferguson’s defense team. 

    November 13, 2013 7:25 AM