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  1. GO AHEAD Supreme Court Allows NSA Spying Tetra Images/Getty

    1. Supreme Court Allows NSA Spying

    Tell the NSA something it doesn’t already know. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal without comment from a privacy rights group, which argued that a secret federal court was wrong in authorizing the government to accumulate electronic records. The suit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center was filed directly with the Supreme Court, rather than with lower courts, due to “exceptional ramificiations.” The NSA has acknowledged that it collects metadata from telecom and Internet companies for national security.

    November 18, 2013 5:14 PM

  2. FATAL CRASH Ex-Falcons Player Dies in Crash George Gojkovich/Getty

    2. Ex-Falcons Player Dies in Crash

    Former NFL linebacker Howard Thomas was pronounced dead Monday after a car he was driving barreled into a semi-truck at between 100 and 110 mph. The accident, which took the life of another driver as well, comes just a week after Thomas was cut by the Atlanta Falcons. The collision, observed by multiple witnesses, sent Thomas’s car catapulting into another lane, where it struck a Honda CRV, killing 64-year-old Zeng Long Liu.

    November 18, 2013 7:48 PM

  3. MAKING MOVES Princeton OKs Unapproved Vaccine Bloomberg/Getty

    3. Princeton OKs Unapproved Vaccine

    In the wake of a seventh case of meningitis on Princeton University’s campus, officials announced Monday that a vaccine for the type B meningococcal bacteria will be available for students on campus starting in December. The vaccine, called Bexsero, was conditionally approved by the FDA on Monday, but the move itself was reportedly inspired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningitis causes the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord to swell, leading to mental disabilities, paralysis, and even death. The vaccines will not be mandatory.

    November 18, 2013 8:14 PM

  4. RED HOT Bitcoin Value Hits All-Time High Bloomberg/Getty

    4. Bitcoin Value Hits All-Time High

    The digital currency is on a roll. On Monday, Bitcoin hit an all-time high of $700 on the Mt. Gox exchange, up 25 percent in one week. The gains came after multiple government agencies outlined their stances on Bitcoin ahead of a congressional hearing, “Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies.” Most important, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central banks has no plans to regulate Bitcoin.

    November 18, 2013 4:20 PM

  5. DÉJÀ VU Zimmerman Charged With Assault Pool photo by Joe Burbank

    5. Zimmerman Charged With Assault

    Just hours after being arrested on domestic violence charges in Florida, George Zimmerman—the man who killed Trayvon Martin—has been charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence battery, and criminal mischief. The 30-year-old was arrested at about 1 p.m. Monday, after his current girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 to allege that he had pointed a shotgun at her during a dispute at the home they share. Earlier this summer, police were called in after a domestic dispute between Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, after she filed for divorce. She accused him of hitting her father and threatening her, and his wife’s mother accused him of stealing from her home. No charges have been filed relating to those incidents.

    November 18, 2013 5:45 PM

  6. SCANDAL Rob Ford Is Almost Out of Powers Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty

    6. Rob Ford Is Almost Out of Powers

    At a raucous meeting in Toronto City Hall on Monday, council members voted decisively to strip Rob Ford of many of his powers—slashing the mayor’s budget and placing staffing decisions in the hands of the deputy mayor, among other actions. During the meeting, Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack while in office, went back and forth with members of the public in the audience and also knocked down Councillor Pam McConnell. Adding to the scene, Ford’s brother got into a verbal spat with a member of the audience. Ford has previously defended himself, saying he is not an addict, and has expressed a firm commitment not to resign.

    November 18, 2013 5:33 PM

  7. OMERTA Insurance Commissioner Loses Job Sean Gardner/Getty

    7. Insurance Commissioner Loses Job

    One day after questioning the White House’s move to allow noncompliant health plans to continue after the botched health-care rollout, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired. White was brought in on Friday by a deputy of Mayor Vincent Gray and told the mayor “wants to go in a different direction.” Just the day before, White had argued against the president’s move, saying, “The action today undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District’s D.C. Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate.” While the mayor’s office refused to comment, a source told The Washington Post that White had failed to go through the proper channels before making a statement critical of the president.

    November 18, 2013 11:14 AM

  8. FOOD DRIVE Walmart Donates to Its Own Workers Damian Dovarganes/AP

    8. Walmart Donates to Its Own Workers

    Or what about just paying them more? A Walmart in Cleveland is inciting ire for hosting a food drive for “associates in need”—aka its own employees. “That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers—to me, it is a moral outrage,” one customer fired off to a local news source. A spokesperson for the company told the media the employee food drive has been going on for years, calling it proof that the Walmart employees have a close relationship. The big box giant, often scrutinized for its low-paid employees, earned more than $15 billion last year.

    November 18, 2013 6:12 PM

  9. YIPPEE Dow Passes 16,000 for First Time Andrew Burton

    9. Dow Passes 16,000 for First Time

    At least one part of the economy is going gangbusters. The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 16,000 for the first time Monday, continuing what has been a yearlong surge in the U.S. stock market. The S&P 500 topped 1,800, and the Nasdaq hovered near 4,000. Despite slow growth in employment, company earnings have remained high, and the Federal Reserve’s expansionary monetary policies have buoyed confidence in the stock market. 

    November 18, 2013 11:38 AM

  10. ALL GOOD THINGS... ‘Spider-Man’ to Close in January Rob Kim/Getty

    10. ‘Spider-Man’ to Close in January

    This is still running? After two years, the most expensive and arguably most dangerous musical on Broadway, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, will close its doors in January 2014. "We are excited to report that the next destination for Spider-Man will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas. Further details will be announced in the weeks to come," a spokesman said. The show, which opened in the summer of 2011, resulted in serious injuries for at least six actors. It cost roughly $1.2 million each week.

    November 18, 2013 10:19 PM

  11. COLD CASE Brittany Murphy Poisoned? Chris McGrath / Getty Images Entertainment

    11. Was Brittany Murphy Poisoned?

    Actress Brittany Murphy and her husband, Simon Monjack, may have died from heavy-metal poisoning, according to a new report by the Los Angeles coroner. Murphy and Monjack, who died five months after the actress, both had 10 of the metals in their system at levels more elevated than what the World Health Organization calls “high levels.” “If we were to eliminate the possibility of a simultaneous accidental heavy metal exposure to sample donors, then the only logical explanation would be exposure by a third-party perpetrator with likely criminal intent,” the report reads. Murphy’s father had her and her husband’s hair, blood, and tissue samples tested independently after “vicious rumors” that she used drugs.

    November 18, 2013 1:35 PM

  12. TERRIFYING Shots Fired at Paris Newspaper Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

    12. Shots Fired at Paris Newspaper

    Paris police are on a manhunt after a gunman opened fire at a newspaper office, shooting a photographer’s assistant twice near the heart, police said. The gunman fled after the attack, and there was no indication of his motive or why he chose the offices of Liberation. A gunman also opened fire at the bank Societe Generale nearby, but there were no injuries. Another man was carjacked in the same neighborhood. In yet another incident, a gunman broke into BFMTV on Friday and threatened journalists before leaving. The description of the man at Liberation matched that of the man who broke into BFMTV.

    November 18, 2013 12:46 PM


    13. Syrian Rebel Leader Killed

    Abdul Qadir al-Saleh, the leader of the Syrian rebel group Liwa al-Tawhind, died Sunday of wounds sustained in an air strike last week in Aleppo. Abdul Aziz Salama, Liwa al-Tawhind’s political leader, will take over for Saleh. Saleh was meeting with other senior members of the brigade Thursday at the time of the strike, and he and another wounded leader were rushed to Turkey for treatment. But Saleh succumbed to his injuries, and his body has been transferred back to Syria for burial, Liwa al-Tawhind said Monday. Aleppo was once a key battleground for the rebels, but it has fallen under the government’s control in recent weeks while the army has also seized power in several strategic bases nearby.

    November 18, 2013 7:03 AM

  14. SIBLING RIVALRY Cheney Sisters Fight on Facebook Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty

    14. Cheney Sisters Fight on Facebook

    And you thought the arguing you did with your sister was bad. Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, took to Facebook Sunday to react to Liz Cheney’s declaration on Fox News Sunday that she believes in the traditional definition of marriage. “Liz—this isn’t just an issue where we disagree, you’re just wrong—and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney wrote in a note. Heather Poe set the stage for an even more awkward Thanksgiving dinner when she commented that Liz Cheney “didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us” when the pair got married last year. Liz’s recent opposition to gay marriage could have something to do with being slammed for not being conservative enough (just remember, she’s still Dick Cheney’s daughter) in Wyoming’s senate race against Mike Enzi.

    November 18, 2013 7:41 AM

  15. OMG Dallas Zoo Lion Kills Lioness Ilnar Salakhiev/AP

    15. Dallas Zoo Lion Kills Lioness

    On Sunday afternoon, while horrified visitors watched, a lion bit and killed a lioness in the exhibit. The lioness, five-year-old Johari, died quickly after being bitten in the neck by one of the male lions. One onlooker said the lion bit her “for, like, 10 minutes...waiting until it quit moving.” Zoo officials could not explain the attack but said it is rare. Another witness to the grisly scene described it unfolding, saying, “At first you think they’re playing, and then you realize he’s killing her,’re watching it and you just can’t believe your eyes.” For now, officials say the male and female lions will not be placed in the same exhibit.

    November 18, 2013 3:22 PM

  16. OLD MEDIA Forbes Media for Sale

    16. Forbes Media for Sale

    If you want to get on the Forbes power lists, you can consider just buying the magazine to get there now. The 96-year-old media group that publishes Forbes is up for sale, the company announced last week. “We expect interest from numerous suitors,” CEO Michael Perlis said in an email to staff. Insiders said they expect Forbes Media to sell for as much as $400 million  So who would want in on an decidedly old-media company? Time Inc. is rumored to be among the potential buyers—especially as Forbes Media executives were seen at the headquarters of Time Inc. earlier this week. News of the sale comes just a week after The New York Times declared that Perlis, who came aboard in December 2012, had launched an “aggressive approach” that “saved the Forbes brand.”

    November 18, 2013 12:06 PM

  17. R.I.P. Author Barbara Park Dies

    17. Author Barbara Park Dies

    Barbara Park said she wasn’t grown-up enough to write grown-up books, but she certainly made a lot of children happy. The author of the beloved Junie B. Jones series died after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her family confirmed on Sunday. She was 66. Park wrote more than 30 illustrated books about Junie B. Jones, kindergartener and first-grader, since 1992. The books went on to sell millions of copies—as well as draw ire for Junie’s bad grammar and mischievous ways (in fact, it is one of the top 100 banned books). Park said she herself was a troublemaker who often was in the principal’s office, and she said she was inspired by Judy Blume to write for children. Park is survived by her husband, Richard, and their two sons.

    November 18, 2013 8:04 AM

  18. HATERS GONNA HATE Russia Fines Lady Gaga Promoter Evan Agostini/Invision, via AP

    18. Russia Fines Lady Gaga Promoter

    What’s more bizarre, being fined for promoting “gay propaganda” at a Lady Gaga concert or alcohol use in Russia? A Russian court in St. Petersburg has fined the organizers of last December’s Lady Gaga show for “propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality.” A complaint had been filed by a woman named Nadezhda Petrova, who said her 13-year-old daughter saw simulated sexual acts between women and was exposed to alcohol consumption. While the initial fine against the promoter Planeta Plus is minimal, it opens up the company to much larger damages in criminal court. 

    November 18, 2013 12:07 PM

  19. THUNDER ‘Thor’ Nets $479M Globally Zade Rosenthal/Paramount Pictures-Marvel Studios, via AP

    19. ‘Thor’ Nets $479M Globally

    Thor: The Dark World crushed the competition at the weekend box office, netting $479 million globally with $38.4 million domestically. But the real surprise story was the No. 2 slot: The Best Man Holiday took in $30.6 million, far better than projected—especially since the first film netted just $9 million in its opening weekend in 1999. The Best Man Holiday also got an A+ in Cinema Score in every category, a rare feat. Black moviegoers made up 87 percent of the audience. Last Vegas came in third in its third weekend with $8.9 million, Free Birds grossed $8.5 million in its third week, and Jackass Presents: Bad Granpa took in $7.8 million.

    November 18, 2013 8:05 AM

  20. WATCH WHAT YOU SEARCH Google, Microsoft Block Child Porn Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

    20. Google, Microsoft Block Child Porn

    Google and Microsoft will block images of child sexual abuse by creating a new algorithm that will prevent illegal search results, the companies announced on Monday. The new algorithm will block the 100,000 search items that once showed images of child sexual abuse—and a warning will come up that the user was trying to access illegal content. The new restrictions will apply to all English-speaking search engines, and they will expand over the next six months to 150 other languages. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt also said changes are in store at YouTube: engineers have created new technology to identify videos by child abuse predators. The news comes on the heels of the arrests of nearly 400 in Toronto last week in a massive child-pornography sting.

    November 18, 2013 7:07 AM

  21. TRAGEDY Six Dead in Midwest Tornadoes David Mercer/AP

    21. Six Dead in Midwest Tornadoes

    Six people were killed when as many as 80 twisters ripped through the Midwest on Sunday, leaving homes demolished and thousands without power. Five people, including an elderly brother and sister, were killed in southern Illinois, and another was killed further north in Washington, Illinois. “Weather doesn’t get more extreme than this in Illinois very often,” said Matt Friedlein, a National Weather Service meteorologist. In Chicago, strong winds tore through the city’s streets and caused tens of thousands to be evacuated from Soldier Field ahead of the Chicago Bears game. Friedlein said the severe weather was caused by winter winds coming in above summer moisture levels. “While unusual, when that happens, you’re going to have very strong storms that move very quickly,” Friedlein said.

    November 18, 2013 7:01 AM

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  23. tragedy Mining Accident Kills 2 in CO NATHAN BILOW/Getty

    22. Mining Accident Kills 2 in CO

    Two miners were killed and 20 were injured in an accident that left them trapped underground on Sunday morning. The mine is in near the town of Ouray in southwestern Colorado, but no other details of the incident have been released. Eighteen of the 20 miners taken to nearby hospitals have been treated and released.

    November 17, 2013 8:12 PM

  24. WATCH OUT Musharraf Faces Treason Charges Daniel Berehulak/Getty

    23. Musharraf Faces Treason Charges

    Coming back from exile might not seem like such a good idea after all. Pakistani prosecutors said Monday that they are initiating charges of treason against former president Pervez Musharraf, who has already been charged in four separate cases since his return from exile earlier this year. But the treason charge will up the stakes for Musharraf, since Pakistan has never criminally prosecuted any former leader—much less on charges so serious. “It is really absurd,” said Talat Masood, a retired general and political commentator. If convicted, Musharraf could be sentenced to the death penalty. The potential new charges come as increasing turmoil in the country and dissatisfaction with current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Nine people were killed and 50 more injured Friday in sectarian riots in Rawalphindi, the city next to the capital, Islamabad.

    November 18, 2013 7:25 AM

  25. MAYOR MCCRACK Rob Ford Gets ‘Professional Help’ Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty

    24. Rob Ford Gets ‘Professional Help’

    Tip to Rob Ford: the first thing you have to do in counseling is admit you have a problem. The Toronto mayor said Sunday that he is “getting professional help,” but he insisted that he is “not an addict.” “I have admitted to using illegal drugs in the last year,” Ford told the Sun News Network in Canada. “Okay, I’ve admitted to drinking too much. Okay, so I’m dealing with it. I am training every day. I’m in the gym two hours every day. I’m seeking professional help.” Ford has been stripped of several of his powers as the mayor of Canada’s largest city after he admitted to smoking crack.

    November 18, 2013 7:43 AM

  26. CHEESEHEADS Walker’s Campaign Office Raided Scott Bauer/AP

    25. Walker’s Campaign Office Raided

    This is the time when Scott Walker’s campaign workers are all frantically erasing any porn—if they have it—from their computers. The Wisconsin governor’s campaign office and about 30 conservative groups have been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor, and the homes of at least three people connected to the campaign have been raided, according to The Wall Street Journal. Among the groups subpoenaed were the Wisconsin Club for Growth; Karl Rove’s American Crossroads; the Republican Governors Association; and the state’s largest business lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. The subpoenas came out of a secret John Doe investigation of Walker’s campaign and allies.

    November 18, 2013 11:20 AM

  27. BLAME GAME Aquino Criticizes Typhoon Response Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

    26. Aquino Criticizes Typhoon Response

    Filipino president Benigno Aquino on Monday blamed local authorities for not preparing adequately for Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands when it flattened the city of Tacloban last week. At least 3,974 people died in the massive storm, and another 1,186 are missing while 500,000 have been left homeless. Aquino visited the city of Palo, just south of Tacloban, on Monday, saying “one is tempted to despair, but the minute I despair, then everybody, it cascades down and everybody gets hampered in their efforts.” Aquino praised the mayor of Guiuan, where Aquino said the early evacuation had prevented such devastation and only 100 people were killed. Meanwhile, the United Nations said getting relief aid to the isolated islands is a “logistical nightmare.”

    Philippines: A Portrait of Ruin.

    November 18, 2013 7:27 AM