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  1. 150th anniversary Obama Pens Gettysburg Tribute

    1. Obama Pens Gettysburg Tribute

    With a touching, handwritten letter, President Obama paid tribute to the power of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on the speech's 150th anniversary. In the note, posted online, Obama writes that he sometimes walks to Lincoln's office late at night in the White House to look at the original copy. He ruminated on the lines "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal," and wrote: "Lincoln's words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail."

    November 19, 2013 7:11 PM

  2. noooo Rob Ford's Reality Show Canceled YouTube

    2. Rob Ford's Reality Show Canceled

    What a tease. Just one day after the debut episode, Ford Nation has sucuumbed to cancelation by Canada's Sun News Network. The reality show featured scandal-prone Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and his brother Doug, who sits on the city council. The hourlong first episode featured the Fords bantering about the media obsession with the mayor's private life. Since the show's filming over the weekend, Toronto's councillors voted to strip Ford of some of his office's powers.

    November 19, 2013 6:21 PM

  3. PENANCE JPMorgan Coughs Up $13B Seth Wenig/AP

    3. JPMorgan Coughs Up $13B

    Now that’s a pretty penny. JPMorgan Chase has finalized a record settlement with the Justice Department for $13 billion over allegations that the bank knowingly sold bad mortgage securities in the run up to the financial crisis. The settlement was announced by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday, who is a member of the president’s mortgage task force that negotiated the deal.In the aftermath of the financial crisis, JPMorgan had been seen as one of the few banks to come out with its good reputation intact. The settlement came after months of negotiations, and ends a series of state and federal probes into the bank, but the bank and its employees can still be criminally prosecuted for fraud.

    November 19, 2013 3:25 PM

  4. CRIME Zimmerman Bond Set at $9K Getty

    4. Zimmerman Bond Set at $9K

    A judge set a $9,000 bond for George Zimmerman Tuesday, despite a prosecutor request for a $50,000 bond and that Zimmerman’s girlfriend said she was in fear for her safety. The judge banned Zimmerman from possessing firearms or ammunition and ordered him to have no contact with his alleged victim, not leave Florida, and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet before an arraignment for domestic violence charges. The court appearance by Zimmerman comes a day after being arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend at her home, which he has since denied.

    November 19, 2013 3:54 PM

  5. DEVELOPING VA State Sen. Creigh Deeds Stabbed Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    5. VA State Sen. Creigh Deeds Stabbed

    Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition Tuesday after being stabbed, and his son, Gus, is dead from a gunshot wound. Police said they responded to a call at Deeds’s Bath County home, and Deeds was sent to the University of Virginia Hospital. According to NBC Washington, Deeds's son stabbed his father before turning the gun on himself. Deeds, a Democrat, has served in the Virginia state senate since 2001, and he unsuccessfully challenged Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2009.

    November 19, 2013 12:22 PM

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  7. WHOOPS Congressman Busted With Cocaine Drew Angerer/Getty

    6. Congressman Busted With Cocaine

    Move over Mayor McCrack. Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested for possession of cocaine on October 29 in Washington, DC. He was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor possession and will appear in court on Wednesday. Radel, who never held office before being elected in 2012, was previously a TV anchor and radio talk-show host.

    November 19, 2013 5:21 PM

  8. FINAL U.S.-Led Afghan Raids to Continue AFP/Getty

    7. U.S.-Led Afghan Raids to Continue

    Raids on Afghan homes will continue after the bulk of U.S. soldiers leave in 2014, according to an agreement reached Tuesday between American and Afghan officials. The raids on Afghan homes had been a key sticking point in negotiations for post-2014 Afghanistan, and Afghan president Hamid Karzai conceded to the raids under “extraordinary circumstances” only. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also expected to admit “mistakes” by U.S. military forces and promise that these mistakes will not be repeated, a spokesman for Karzai told The New York Times.

    November 19, 2013 1:41 PM

  9. STRIKE A POSE Selfie Is Word of the Year Aki Hoshide/NASA, via AP

    8. Selfie Is Word of the Year

    Congratulations, narcissistic millennials: you’ve changed the dictionary. Yay? “Selfie” is Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year, the publishers announced on Tuesday. “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” wrote Oxford English Dictionary on its blog. “If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” It beat out some other words you’ve heard (and probably despise too): twerk, bitcoin, and showrooming. Selfie had already been on the dictionary’s radar, since it was picked as a word to watch last year. Apparently selfie’s first known usage was apparently in 2002, by an Australian who posted a hungover photo an Internet forum, calling it a “selfie.” The rest is history.

    November 19, 2013 11:21 AM

  10. TERRORISM Dozens Killed in Beirut Blasts Hussein Malla/AP

    9. Dozens Killed in Beirut Blasts

    At least 23 people were killed and 150 more were injured Tuesday as twin bomb blasts rocked the Iranian embassy in Beirut. Security officials said that among the dead was Iranian cultural attaché Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, who only joined the Iranian contingent in Lebanon's capital a short time ago. According to local media, a suicide bomber was behind the first blast, while the second came from a car bomb. Firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the flames while at least six bodies lay strewn in the street. The attack follows two bombings in the Beirut suburbs this summer.

    November 19, 2013 7:02 AM

  11. he will be loved Adam Levine Named 'Sexiest Man' Christopher Polk

    10. Adam Levine Named 'Sexiest Man'

    It's official: Adam Levine has taken top prize in People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive contest. The 34-year-old Maroon 5 lead singer snagged the title this year after shooting his first feature film and starring as a judge on The Voice. Levine also gave us a few chances to imbue ourselves with his charm: he launched a clothing line and fragrance just this past year. But sorry ladies, he's engaged to girlfriend Behati Pinsloo as of June.

    November 19, 2013 9:17 PM

  12. FLESH WOUND Monty Python to Reunite Suzanne Vlamis/AP

    11. Monty Python to Reunite

    One, two, five. The British comedy group Monty Python is reuniting, member Terry Jones has confirmed. In an interview with the BBC, Jones said,  "We're getting together and putting on a show—it's real. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!" Fellow member Eric Idle alluded on Twitter to a coming announcement about the reunion, which is expected at a news conference in London Thursday. The comedy group was behind hits like Life of Brian, Holy Grail and the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The five surviving members last performed together in 1998.

    November 19, 2013 11:43 AM

  13. TOLD YA SO Obama Admin Warned on Health Site Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    12. Obama Admin Warned on Health Site

    This past March, a report by consulting firm McKinsey & Company requested by the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the enactment of the health-care law was troubled because of “significant dependency on external parties/contractors,” and “insufficient time and scope of end-to-end testing.” As many frustrated Americans now know, the predictions by McKinsey were on the mark. “The administration was on track—on track for a disaster—and yet officials refused to be transparent with the Congress and the American people,” said Representative Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the committee which made public the report.

    November 19, 2013 11:12 AM

  14. JUDGMENT Methodist Pastor Found Guilty Lori Waselchuk/The Washington Post, via Getty

    13. Methodist Pastor Found Guilty

    A jury of Methodist pastors found a fellow minister guilty on Monday of violating the faith after he officiated at his gay son’s wedding. On Tuesday morning, the panel will decide Rev. Frank Schaefer’s penalty, which could range from a short suspension to a full defrocking. Schaefer, who oversees the United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Pa., officiated at the 2006 same-sex wedding of his son Tim, who had previously contemplated suicide. Three of the pastor’s four children are gay. Schaefer was the first of five Methodist ministers to be accused by church officials of violating the church doctrine on same-sex marriage.

    November 19, 2013 7:07 AM

  15. ONLY THE FIRST STEP Rob Ford Gives Up Alcohol GEOFF ROBINS / AFP

    14. Rob Ford Gives Up Alcohol

    Giving up alcohol is only the third of the 12 steps, so we’re going to be hearing about Rob Ford for a long time. The Toronto mayor said Monday that he had a “come to Jesus moment” and he is “finished” with alcohol. “Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I’ve let down,” Ford said. “And it’s all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behavior and that’s it.” Also, he reversed his comments last week that he may have driven drunk. Of course, hours earlier, he declared “war” on the city councilors who had voted to limit his authority, so he might not be entirely changed yet. “You guys have just attacked Kuwait,” he said. 

    November 19, 2013 1:15 PM

  16. STAY CLASSY Emerson Honors Ron Burgundy Frank Masi/Paramount Pictures, via AP

    15. Emerson Honors Ron Burgundy

    Come get a taste, Emerson. The Boston college will be renaming its communications school after Ron Burgundy for the day when he visits in December. “A visit from Ron Burgundy is a chance to engage with someone who understands the power of media, as well as hairspray, firsthand,” said Emerson College President Lee Pelton in a statement. It’s just the latest promotion for Anchorman 2, which is the subject of a new exhibit at the Newseum in Washington and a underwear marketing campaign by Jockey.

    November 19, 2013 7:37 AM

  17. EXTREME WEATHER ‘Apocalyptic’ Storm Hits Sardinia Max Solinas/AP

    16. ‘Apocalyptic’ Storm Hits Sardinia

    A cyclone described as “apocalyptic” hit Italy’s Sardinia on Tuesday, submerging homes and bridges in floodwaters as deep as 10 feet as rescue workers from Rome struggled to reach the island. Italy’s civil-protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, said at least 16 people had been killed, and one person was still unaccounted for. A family of four is allegedly among the dead, along with a local policeman who reportedly died while helping to escort an ambulance.

    November 19, 2013 7:06 AM

  18. BAD IDEAS ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sequel? AP

    17. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sequel?

    Those Christmas viewings of It’s a Wonderful Life might not seem so special anymore. A sequel to the 1946 holiday classic is reportedly in the works for a 2015 holiday season release, Variety reported Monday. Titled It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, the sequel will focus on George Bailey’s grandson (also named George Bailey), who wonders if the world would be better off if he had never been born. Yes, it sounds a little familiar, guys. At least we’ll get to see how Zuzu grew up (maybe), because Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey’s daughter in the original, is reportedly on board to voice the angel in the sequel.

    November 19, 2013 7:42 AM

  19. TRAGEDY Katherine Harris’s Husband Dies George McGinn / Getty Images News

    18. Katherine Harris’s Husband Dies

    Anders Ebbeson, the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, was found Tuesday in an apparent suicide. Pastor William Hild of the Sarasota First Baptist Church confirmed that Ebbeson had taken his own life, saying the 68-year-old had been “recently suffering from an illness.” It’s unclear if his suicide had anything to do with health problems. Harris gained national attention during the 2000 Florida recount. She retired from politics in 2006 after unsuccessfully running for U.S. senate. She and Ebbeson met at a blind date, and married in 1996. Ebbeson largely stayed away from the spotlight and rarely appeared on the campaign trail with her.

    November 19, 2013 2:07 PM

  20. BIG BROTHER NSA Gets Record Requests Jose Luis Magana/AP

    19. NSA Gets Record Requests

    The National Security Agency has been flooded with an 888 percent increase in requests from Americans who want to know if they're being spied on. Former defense contractor Edward Snowden's shattering disclosures about the ultrasecret agency have led to a spike in inquiries, officials said. But here’s the catch: Anyone requesting open records gets a form letter in response that says NSA cannot confirm or deny any information has been gathered. And don’t expect a decrease in these requests: The Supreme Court upheld the controversial spying program on Monday.

    November 19, 2013 7:04 AM


    20. Lobbying Group Drops ‘Lobbyist’

    The American League of Lobbyists just wants to be loved—and wants you to get past their name. The group known as the “lobbyists’s lobby” has dropped “lobbyist” from their name to try to fix its image problem. The group announced Monday that it will now be known as the Association of Government Relations Professionals. The name comes after a monthlong vote of its nearly 1,200 members, in which 83 percent of those voting supported the change.

    November 19, 2013 7:33 AM

  22. DANGEROUS Moynihan Injured During ‘SNL’ Skit Dana Edelson/NBC

    21. Moynihan Injured During ‘SNL’ Skit

    Rob Ford is just a danger to everybody. Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan twisted his ankle while playing the Toronto mayor in a sketch Saturday night, a source told the New York Post's Page Six. The injury kept Moynihan from the screening of DreamWorks’s Delivery Man, which he stars in as Vince Vaughn’s brother. How will Rob Ford react to this latest scandal? Never mind, the world is probably better off not knowing.

    November 19, 2013 7:44 AM

  23. THE POLITICIAN John Edwards Opens Law Firm Chuck Burton/AP

    22. John Edwards Opens Law Firm

    John Edwards’s second (or third?) act is looking a lot like the first. The 2008 presidential candidate is opening a law office in North Carolina, going back to his roots as a trial lawyer. The new firm, Edwards Kirby, will include Edwards's UNC classmate David Kirby, with whom he had a practice in 1993. Edwards’s daughter Cate will also be on the payroll. Although Edwards once faced years in prison during his trial for abusing campaign donations to pay off his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, he was acquitted of all charges and his law license is  intact. “John is happiest when he’s practicing law, working 20 hours a day with causes to fight for,” Kirby said. Edwards, one of North Carolina’s most successful trial lawyers, decided to go into politics in the late ‘90s after the death of his son Wade.

    November 19, 2013 7:30 AM

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

    23. ‘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