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  1. BIG BROTHER Americans Probed Without Reason Erik Isakson/Getty

    1. Americans Probed Without Reason

    In an attempt to pinpoint unscrupulous federal employees, the government collected the personal information of thousands of Americans and distributed that data—including Social Security numbers, addresses, jobs—to about 30 federal agencies including the IRS, the CIA, the NSA, and the FDA, according to the McClatchy New Service's Washington blog. Of the 4,904 people whose information was reportedly mined and shared, thousands have no ties to the U.S. government. Among them were nurses, police officers, psychologists, lawyers, and people who worked at Rite Aid, the American Red Cross, Georgetown University, and Paramount Pictures. They’d been included on the government’s list for purchasing books or DVDs on how to pass a polygraph test.

    November 15, 2013 5:09 PM

  2. you saved gotham! DOJ Congratulates Batkid The Daily Beast

    2. DOJ Congratulates Batkid

    Five-year-old Miles Scott, a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted his ultimate wish on Friday when San Francisco was transformed into Batman’s Gotham City, which he saved from The Riddler and Penguin while dressed as a tiny version of the Caped Crusader. Thousands of onlookers watched as Scott saved a damsel in distress, stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank, rescued Giants mascot Lou Seal from The Penguin, and got the key to the city. The daylong event was organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. President Obama sent Miles a congratulatory Vine and the Department of Justice issued an indictment for the dastardly villains. “They will have the ability to appeal any verdict, but good luck with that,” read the indictment. “Because even if you get out of jail someday, you will never succeed in your criminal actions as long as Miles, aka ‘Batman,’ aka ‘Batkid,’ is looking out for the citizens of Gotham.”

    November 15, 2013 6:03 PM

  3. MOUNTING Philippines Death Toll Hits 3,621 Aaron Favila/AP

    3. Philippines Death Toll Hits 3,621

    The body count from Typhoon Haiyan continues to rise in the as cadavers are picked up from streets and beneath rubble. State news reported Friday that 3,621 have been counted dead so far, and 12,165 injured. The decomposing bodies have become a health hazard for survivors, many of whom are suffering from hunger, thirst, and lack of shelter. Groups of children are roaming the streets of Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit cities, and there remains no sign of aid trucks. Most of the relief is centered at Tacloban’s airports, where survivors are flocking to attempt to catch flights out of the devastation.

    Philippines: A Portrait of Ruin

    November 15, 2013 7:31 AM

  4. Detroit Murder Charges for McBride Shooter Joshua Lott/Landov

    4. Murder Charges for McBride Shooter

    The Detroit man who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride has been charged with second-degree murder. Lawyers and family members claim McBride was looking for help after having a car crash, and the 54-year-old Theodore Wafer shot her in the face thinking she was an intruder. Wafer said his 12-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged as McBride banged on his door around 1 a.m. on November 2. Wafer turned himself in on Friday and was arraigned. Bond is set at $250,000. "These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," prosecutor Kym Worthy said at a press conference.

    November 15, 2013 11:44 AM

  5. watch your mouth Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Suspended Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty

    5. Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Suspended

    Ah, so there are consequences for screaming homophobic slurs at reporters. Alec Baldwin got his MSNBC show Up Late suspended for two weeks in the wake of comments he made to a Fox News reporter who asked about a court case Baldwin is involved with. Baldwin apologized for his choice of words in a statement posted on MSNBC’s website. “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry,” Baldwin wrote. “Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable.” Earlier on Friday, Baldwin knocked a photographer’s camera out of his hands and brought out his homosexual hairdresser to tell reporters that Baldwin is not homophobic.

    November 15, 2013 8:29 PM

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    6. Ray Kelly Calls Out Politicians

    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly bared all in a Playboy interview about Mike Bloomberg’s legacy, the controversy of stop-and-frisk, and how all of New York’s mayoral candidates are, in Playboy writer Glenn Plaskin's words, "full of shit." “It just goes to show you what some politicians will do,” Kelly said, charging that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and those that ran against him only attacked the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy to win votes. “They’ll say or do anything to get elected. I know all these people. They all claimed to be friends of mine until their mayoral campaigns.” As for outgoing Mayor Bloomberg, Kelly called him “a very intelligent person, and funny.”

    November 15, 2013 5:32 PM

  8. BAD IDEA Obamacare Fix Worries Insurers Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    7. Obamacare Fix Worries Insurers

    President Obama’s attempt Thursday to quiet the growing furor over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was met with universal disdain by regulators and insurance companies, who said changing the rules after the fact would disrupt the new insurance marketplace and cause premiums to rise. Louisiana’s insurance commissioner said the patch would cause “market disruptions” and premium hikes, and Washington’s top regulator simply refused to allow people to keep plans that had been made obsolete by the healthcare law. “I do not believe his proposal is a good deal for the state of Washington,” he said. Insurers described the complexity of un-canceling millions of plans they’ve already canceled and planned to phase out as “staggering.”

    November 15, 2013 7:29 AM

  9. KIDS THESE DAYS Teens Are Smoking E-Cigarettes PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP

    8. Teenagers Are Smoking E-Cigarettes

    Kids these days don’t have to go to the bathroom or the parking lot to sneak a puff, with e-cigarettes they can pretend to be cool right in the middle of class. The number of high school and middle school kids using e-cigarettes nearly doubled between 2011 and 2012, and teachers are baffled by how to handle the new trend. “It’s really new, and it’s popping up, and I think it bears some looking at in terms of offering resources for prevention and particularly intervention,” said the supervisor for student affairs in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. “I think students are just a little naïve, and they think it’s harmless when it really isn’t.”

    November 15, 2013 11:59 AM

  10. BIG CHANGE China to Ease One-Child Policy Andy Wong/AP

    9. China to Ease One-Child Policy

    After years of criticism from Western human rights groups, China’s Communist Party announced Friday that it plans to relax the country’s one-child policy, now allowing Chinese couples to have two children. The controversial law was instated in the 1970s to control China’s enormous population, but was sometimes brutally enforced and resulted in a wide gender gap in Chinese society. The Party also said it would abolish its “re-education through labor” program, where people can be sentenced without trial to years in labor camps—another institution hated by the Chinese people and criticized by human rights groups. The Third Plenium, a large meeting of the Communist Party, also made plans to reduce “step by step” the number of crimes subject to the death penalty.

    November 15, 2013 6:58 AM

  11. He Will Be Loved Adam Levine Is Sexiest Man Alive Terry Richardson

    10. Adam Levine Is Sexiest Man Alive

    Let the Ryan Gosling riots begin. Adam Levine will be named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive next week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Maroon 5 singer, The Voice “coach,” budding film actor, and personification of the word “smarmy” has been featured in the magazine’s annual celebration of hunk before, but this is his first time winning the top title. It’s a title that’s been bestowed in recent years to Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, and Ryan Reynolds, actually sparking protests by people with eyes who feel that Ryan Gosling is perennially robbed. Fair enough.  

    November 15, 2013 1:56 PM

  12. GIRL POWER Miley: World’s Biggest Feminist Luca Teuchmann/Getty

    11. Miley: World’s Biggest Feminist

    Miley Cyrus feels like she is “one of the biggest feminists in the world.” In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, the 20-year-old pop star embraced the label that others like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have shied away from, noting that she tells women “not to be scared of anything. Girls are all beautiful.” She clarified that she doesn’t just advocate for fellow females. “I’m for anybody and anything,” she said. “I don’t care what you want to do or who you want to be in your life, who you want to love, who you want to look like.”

    November 15, 2013 12:36 PM

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    12. Horse Stampede Causes Car Crashes

    More than three dozen horses escaped from a family farm in western Ohio during the night Friday and caused a cascade of car crashes that left six horses dead and two drivers injured. The horses were involved in at least five crashes, the first at 3:30 a.m Friday as they roamed through the forest and wandered into roads. They may have escaped through a hole in the fence, the the owners have not been reached for comment.

    November 15, 2013 12:41 PM

  14. dr. america Obama to Nominate Surgeon General Bloomberg

    13. Obama to Nominate Surgeon General

    Say hello to the new caretaker of our nation's public health. President Obama plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy as the next surgeon general. Murthy is a Harvard Medical School physician and co-founder of the nonprofit Doctors for America, which was launched in 2008 as Doctors for Obama, and aims to bring affordable and high-quality health care to the nation. He will replace current acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak if confirmed by the Senate.

    November 14, 2013 7:38 PM

  15. SMOOTH Baldwin Plays 'Gay Friend' Card Seth Wenig/AP

    14. Baldwin Plays 'Gay Friend' Card

    Alec Baldwin is really on a roll. On Friday, he shoved a photographer, knocking the man’s camera out of his hands. But that's not all. Just one day earlier the temperamental actor was caught on video chasing after a paparazzi, yelling homophobic slurs at him. Naturally, the proudly liberal Baldwin had some damage control to do so he paraded his homosexual hairdresser out to prove that he’s a friend of the gays. “Am I a homophobe?” Baldwin asked his hairdresser, on the spot in front of reporters. “Yes, big time,” the man replied sarcastically. “I don’t think he’s homophobic. I don’t at all,” the hairdresser later told TMZ, adding that Baldwin is “a good tipper.” Wonder what kind of tip he got for that positive endorsement.

    November 15, 2013 1:58 PM

  16. 'the cartel' U.S. Investigates Bank Trading Kris Connor/Getty

    15. U.S. Investigates Bank Trading

    A group of traders from the world's largest banks nicknamed "the cartel" have been forming alliances and trading for their own profits, according to the suspicions of federal investigators. They allege the traders planned to change the prices of foreign currencies to aid their banks' investments, but hurt clients. “The manipulation we’ve seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The case includes employees of Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Citigroup.

    November 14, 2013 10:46 PM

  17. NOSTRO FIGLIO Italy Hearts Bill de Blasio Carlo Hermann/AFP/Getty

    16. Italy Hearts Bill de Blasio

    The biggest fans of the new mayor of New York may not live in his city. It turns out they live in the village Bill de Blasio’s grandfather left over a century ago: Sant’Agata de’ Goti, near Naples. The small Italian town is plastered with photos of de Blasio and America flags, and a local artist created a terra cotta figurine of the mayor-elect. Nearly 100 people waited into the early hours of the morning to hear de Blasio speak on election night, and roared with applause when he mentioned them. Perhaps unbeknownst to New Yorkers, de Blasio has visited the city several times, and practices Italian with his barber.

    November 15, 2013 7:43 AM

  18. thank you, lord Mayor Rob Ford Gets a TV Show Nathan Denette/AP

    17. Mayor Rob Ford Gets a TV Show

    Drugs, sex, and politics all make for great TV, which means Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is already the breakout reality show star of the year. On Thursday, not long after a bizarre quip about oral sex, Canada's Sun News Network announced that Ford and his brother, a City Council member, will be hosting a TV show called Ford Nation, launching Monday. "Mayor Ford seems to be in a no-holds-barred mode," the network warned. "There is no filter. There is no careful treading." Ford has been under fire after admitting he smoked crack in a "drunken stupor," and has now faced a slew of allegations about drug use, drinking alcohol while driving, and bringing an alleged escort back to the office.

    November 14, 2013 8:52 PM

  19. he's back Chris Brown Leaves Rehab Alberto E Rodriguez

    18. Chris Brown Leaves Rehab

    Only time will tell if he stays off TMZ. Troubled singer Chris Brown has left his Los Angeles rehabilitation facility and is continuing his treatment for anger issues as an outpatient doing community service work. Brown voluntarily entered the facility after he was arrested in Washington D.C. for fighting with a man that left him with a misdemeanor assault charge.

    November 14, 2013 10:26 PM

  20. Mystery Solved? DNA Shows Dogs Came from Europe Jens Buettner/AP

    19. DNA Shows Dogs Came from Europe

    It’s mystified scientists for years, but a new study may help solve the puzzle of where man’s best friend first emerged. The large DNA study, published in the journal Science, shows that dogs originated in Europe somewhere between 19,000 to 32,000 years ago. The earliest known fossils came from Europe, but other DNA studies have suggested Asia and the Middle East. Scientists generally agree that dogs descended from wolves to become the first domesticated animal. They theorize that wolves developed a symbiotic relationship with humans after being attracted to the garbage groups of people discarded, and people found them useful for hunting and protection.

    November 15, 2013 7:44 AM

  21. Global Operation 368 Kids Rescued in Porn Bust CNN

    20. 368 Kids Rescued in Porn Bust

    An incredible 386 children across the globe were rescued in a massive child pornography investigation stemming out of Toronto, Canada, and 348 people were arrested in the operation. Those arrested—100 of whom were in Canada and 78 in America—included school teachers, doctors, and actors. The investigation began in 2010 with a Toronto man accused of running a child pornography video distribution company, which ended up operating in more than 50 countries.

    November 14, 2013 10:34 PM