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  1. '2024 and beyond' U.S., Afghanistan Reach Pact Anadolu Agency/Getty

    1. U.S., Afghanistan Reach Pact

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of State John Kerry have finalized the language of a security agreement that would forbid U.S. forces from conducting combat operations in Afghanistan beginning January 2015 and lasting “until the end of 2024 and beyond, unless terminated.” The deal will now go to a gathering of Afghan leaders, who will accept or reject it. It stipulates that American forces cannot target its civilians, “including in their homes.” President Obama has stated his goal of ending the decade-long combat mission by the end of next year.

    November 20, 2013 5:41 PM

  2. french terror Paris Shooting Suspect Identified YouTube

    2. Paris Shooting Suspect Identified

    The man allegedly responsible for firing a gun at a Paris TV station, newspaper office, and bank headquarters on Monday and late last week was identified on Wednesday. French authorities took Abdelhakim Dekhar into custody and said his DNA matches that found at the crime scenes. Dekhar was previously imprisoned in 1998 for four years for taking part in another series of Paris shootings. During this recent string of attacks, he allegedly critically injured a 23-year-old newspaper employee, who is apparently recovering well.

    November 20, 2013 8:35 PM

  3. foresight Psychic Sylvia Browne Dies Steve Snowden/Getty

    3. Psychic Sylvia Browne Dies

    The woman who claimed to know when people were about to die passed away on Wednesday morning. Sylvia Browne was famed for her appearances on Larry King Live, The Montel Williams Show, and Unsolved Mysteries. The 77-year-old specialized in missing-persons cases, doing psychic detective work to provide clues on victims’ whereabouts. Recently, critics called her out for telling the mother of Cleveland kidnapping victim Amanda Berry that her daughter was dead. Berry escaped from her abductor this year.

    November 20, 2013 9:27 PM

  4. congress on drugs Trey Radel Taking Leave of Absence Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty

    4. Trey Radel Taking Leave of Absence

    See how it’s done, Mayor Ford? On Wednesday, Florida Rep. Trey Radel announced at a press conference that he would be taking a leave of absence from his congressional seat in Washington. Earlier in the day, the freshman Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. He also plans to enter an inpatient treatment center and acknowledged “dealing with this off and on for years.” Court documents say Radel “on several occasions purchased, possessed and used cocaine.”

    November 20, 2013 10:35 PM

  5. #16 Illinois Legalizes Gay Marriage M. Spencer Green/AP

    5. Illinois Legalizes Gay Marriage

    Illinois became the 16th state in the country to allow same-sex couples to marry on Wednesday after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill. “It has been a long and painful wait for many people,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “At its heart, marriage equality is about the fundamentals of American principles of fairness and freedom, and it is about families.” After the law takes effect June 1, 2014, the state is expecting a boom in business and tourism spending, potentially up to $103 million in the first three years, according to a study by UCLA’s The Williams Institute.

    November 20, 2013 5:42 PM

  6. misguided Army Seeks ‘Average-Looking’ Women Scott Olson/Getty

    6. Army Seeks ‘Average-Looking’ Women

    In an internal Army email, the leader of a research team seeking to integrate women into combat roles suggests “average-looking women” be used in stories about female soldiers. “In general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead,” read the note drafted by Col. Lynette Arnhart. An attractive woman wearing makeup could “undermine” the message and “make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty,” while a picture of a female soldier covered in mud proves women are “willing to do the dirty work necessary in order to get the job done.”

    November 20, 2013 5:54 PM

  7. OH NO Skier Lindsey Vonn Tears Knee Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom

    7. Skier Lindsey Vonn Tears Knee

    Just 10 days before she was supposed to compete for the first time since tearing her ACL and MCL in a February crash in Austria, Lindsey Vonn partially tore her ACL in her right knee. The injury happened during a crash while the skiier was training at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She also has a mild strain in her right knee, minor facial abrasions, and a bruised shoulder blade. What now? According to a statement released by her publicist, Vonn, who had hoped to compete in the Sochi Olympics, will “pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete.” The popular Olympic skier is the defending champion in the women’s downhill and the most successful female ski racer in U.S. history.

    November 20, 2013 4:11 PM

  8. TRAGEDY Deeds’s Son Rejected From Hospital Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    8. Deeds’s Son Rejected From Hospital

    Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds’s 24-year-old son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, was turned away from a psychiatric hospital because of a lack of beds on Monday—one day before he stabbed his father during an argument and then fatally shot himself. Gus Deeds, once a campaign volunteer for his father, had dropped out of college last month, and a magistrate had issued an emergency custody order Monday after he had been evaluated by officials at the Rockbridge County Community Services Board. Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened between the two men early Tuesday morning, before Creigh Deeds was spotted on his driveway in Bath County, bleeding from the head and chest.

    November 20, 2013 6:59 AM

  9. OUCH Armstrong Settles $3M Lawsuit AFP/Getty

    9. Armstrong Settles $3M Lawsuit

    No points for honesty? After coming clean about using performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong was sued by Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance for the more than $3 million it paid him for winning the Tour de France. While details of the settlement have not been disclosed, attorneys said it had been “resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.” However, this is just the first of legal battles to come for Armstrong. He still faces a $12 million lawsuit from a Dallas-based promotions company, as well as a federal lawsuit over a sponsorship with the U.S. Postal Service with possible fines in excess of $100 million.

    November 20, 2013 4:41 PM

  10. surprised? Chris Brown Kicked Out of Rehab Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    10. Chris Brown Kicked Out of Rehab

    Apparently you can get booted from anger treatment for being too angry. Chris Brown was kicked out of his anger management program in Miami earlier this month for shattering his mom’s car window with a rock after she encouraged him to stay in the facility for more treatment, according to his probation report, acquired by TMZ. Brown was in the treatment center for two weeks and has now been ordered by a judge to spend 90 more days in a facility and undergo drug testing.

    November 20, 2013 6:05 PM

  11. KA-CHING! Madonna Is Top-Earning Singer Getty

    11. Madonna Is Top-Earning Singer

    It takes a lot of cash to live in the material world. Fifty-five-year-old pop star Madonna beat out Lady Gaga to claim the top spot on the annual Forbes list of the highest paid musicians with $125 million. Madonna’s earnings came from the end of her MDNA Tour, as well as her clothing and fragrance lines. Rounding out the top five were Lady Gaga ($80 million), Bon Jovi ($79 million), Toby Keith ($65 million), and Coldplay ($64 million).

    November 20, 2013 5:20 PM

  12. IT’S ALL OVER Murdochs’ Divorce Finalized Louis Lanzano/AP

    12. Murdochs’ Divorce Finalized

    Next! The 14-year marriage of media baron Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng officially ended on Wednesday. The divorce was cordial, and they released a statement to the press saying they “are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce. We move forward with mutual respect and a shared interest in the health and happiness of our two daughters. We will not comment on this any further." While the terms of the divorce settlement are sealed, Deng will reportedly keep their $44 million Fifth Avenue apartment as to not displace their daughters, Chloe, 10, and Grace, 11.

    November 20, 2013 1:02 PM

  13. FACE THE MUSIC Radel Pleads Guilty J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    13. Radel Pleads Guilty

    That was fast. Florida Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession, and said he would be seeking treatment. “I realize I need help,” Radel said. He was sentenced to one year probation. Radel, a recovering alcoholic, was charged Tuesday after allegedly buying cocaine in Washington, D.C.

    November 20, 2013 10:09 AM

  14. AWKWARD Court Stops Government Fees Scott Olson/Getty

    14. Court Stops Government Fees

    Those are some tricky government workers! Since the 1980s, the U.S. government has collected over $30 billion from nuclear power operators with the intent to use that money on future storage of spent fuel. However, due to political roadblocks, the permanent storage site at Yucca Mountin in Nevada was never built, which mean that the $750 million a year the Department of Energy was receiving went to a program that didn’t exist. In addition, operators of nuclear power plants have been paying for the costs of storing their own waste while contributing to the future permanent solution.

    November 20, 2013 12:38 PM

  15. MISSOURI White Supremacist Executed Al Behrman/AP

    15. White Supremacist Executed

    Joseph Paul Franklin, the white supremacist convicted of eight murders, was executed Wednesday morning after a Missouri court refused to grant a stay. Franklin had been granted the reprieve after a lower court claimed Missouri’s lethal-drug dispute must be solved before he could be executed. The state has been debating the use of the drug pentobarbital after European drugmakers refused to ship propofol, the current drug used in executions. Franklin was also convicted of shooting both Larry Flynt and civil-rights leader Vernon Jordan.

    November 20, 2013 7:30 AM

  16. SLIPPERY SLOPE Venezuela Leader Gets New Powers Juan Baretto/AFP via Getty

    16. Venezuela Leader Gets New Powers

    In what is being viewed as a poorly disguised power grab, Venezuela’s Congress has awarded President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers to enact new laws without legislative approval for the purported purpose of reviving the country’s economy and battling corruption. The powers come right before municipal elections in December, which will be one of the first gauges of his popularity, and opponents believe he will use them to target the opposition. Maduro, who replaced Hugo Chávez upon his death, says his first two acts will be to create a state body to fix currency issues contributing to Venezuela’s shortages and negligible imports, and to limit corporate profit margins to between 15 and 30 percent. Meanwhile, under Maduro’s campaign against the “parasitical bourgeoisie,” electronics and hardware stores have been ordered to empty their shelves at cut-rate prices.

    November 20, 2013 11:26 AM

  17. HISTORY JFK’s Death Watch for Sale AP

    17. JFK’s Death Watch for Sale

    Talk about coming with a backstory. The wristwatch believed to announce the time of death of President John F. Kennedy is up for sale. The 18-carat Patek Philippe was worn by Dr. Kemp Clark, the doctor who called Kennedy’s death at a Dallas hospital on Nov. 22, 1963. “The family and historians agree on these facts: The watch was on his wrist that day and he called time of death and signed the death certificate,” said John Reardon, Christie’s international co-head of watches. Clark, whose mother purchased the watch for him while on a trip to Switzerland, died in 2007. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Red Cross.

    November 20, 2013 7:33 AM

  18. GOTHAM Batkid’s Pricetag to City: $105K Jeff Chiu/AP

    18. Batkid’s Pricetag to City: $105K

    San Francisco could use real Bruce Wayne to fund its admittedly awesome Batkid day. The whole Batkid adventure—which ended up with 14,500 people coming to see Mayor Ed Lee present the 5-year-old Miles Scott with a chocolate key to the city—will likely cost San Francisco $105,000, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. One of the reasons for the cost to the city: so many volunteers showed up to see Lee present the key that the city had to add big-screen TVs and professional staging. Police chief Greg Suhr said there was no additional cost to the police department, since all the cops were on regular duty. The Make-a-Wish Foundation had arranged for the Batkid adventure for Miles, who is battling leukemia.

    November 20, 2013 11:36 AM

  19. A-FRAUD A-Rod Storms Out of MLB Hearing Patrick Smith

    19. A-Rod Storms Out of MLB Hearing

    Didn’t Alex Rodriguez lose the moral high ground a long time ago? Apparently not in his mind. The disgraced Yankee reportedly stormed out of his Major League Baseball hearing after learning that Commissioner Bud Selig will not have to testify. Rodriguez reportedly slammed his hand down on the table and shouted “This is ridiculous!” Pointing at the MLB COO Rob Manfred, he declared “you’re full of sh**.” His lawyers stayed in the room after he walked out, saying they believe the hearing is an “unfair process.” Afterward, Rodriguez issued a statement saying he is “disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure the player fails.” Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game suspension.

    November 20, 2013 2:01 PM

  20. noooo Rob Ford's Reality Show Canceled YouTube

    20. 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

  21. #MINDBLOWN ‘Addams Family’ Den Was Pink Everett Collection

    21. ‘Addams Family’ Den Was Pink

    They’re creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky—and have a pink living room? A photograph of the set by photographer Richard Fish has been posted by Cult of the Weird, and reveals the living room that appeared ghoulishly gothic (including a noose!) was actually salmon pink, green, and filled with decorative objects that with color look more like your grandmother’s over-crowded living room. 

    November 20, 2013 12:11 PM

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  23. NO INTERVENTION TX Abortion Law to Stay for Now Tony Gutierrez/AP

    22. TX Abortion Law to Stay for Now

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will not intervene to stop a restrictive abortion law in Texas, leaving the law in effect until the Fifth Circuit Court goes ahead with a planned appeal hearing in January. “This is good news for the unborn and for women,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said after the decision. The law, which will effectively close abortion clinics in much of the state, has been a lightning rod in the abortion debate—especially after State Senator (and current gubernatorial candidate) Wendy Davis filibustered it for 11 hours in June. The decision came the same day that voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, rejected an initiative that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks.

    November 20, 2013 7:19 AM

  24. 150th anniversary Obama Pens Gettysburg Tribute

    23. 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

  25. HAVE IT YOUR WAY Burger King to Expand Into India Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    24. Burger King to Expand Into India

    India is about to look a lot more like suburban America. Burger King announced Tuesday that it will be expanding its franchises into India—although the company has not decided yet whether it will sell its signature Whopper or other beef burgers. India has seen an influx of fast-food chains—McDonald’s opened its first location in 1996 and now has more than 300 restaurants. (No Quarter Pounders, though: It doesn't serve beef or pork, in keeping with Muslim and Hindu religious practices.) There are now 296 KFCs in India, 300 Pizza Huts, four Taco Bells, and a few Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, too. “India is a market with huge potential for Burger King restaurants and we have the chance to offer the unique Burger King brand proposition to its consumers with our own local twist to the menu," said Elias Diaz Sese, president of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd.

    November 20, 2013 7:21 AM

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

    25. 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

  27. DEADLY 10 Egyptian Soldiers Killed AP

    26. 10 Egyptian Soldiers Killed

    At least 10 Egyptian soldiers are dead and dozens more were injured Wednesday when a car bomb exploded near the north Sinai city of el-Arish. No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but the region has grown increasingly unstable since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011. The current army-led government launched an offensive against Islamic militants in Sinai in September, and more than 100 members of security forces have been killed in recent months in the region. The soldiers were on their way back to Cairo for leave.

    November 20, 2013 6:57 AM

  28. CONGRATULATIONS Kelly Clarkson Pregnant Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

    27. Kelly Clarkson Pregnant

    Now Kelly Clarkson will really know the meaning of “My Life Would Suck Without You.” The singer, 33, announced on Tuesday that she’s pregnant with her first child. “I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :),” Clarkson tweeted on Tuesday. She and Brandon Blackstone, who manages country singer Blake Shelton, were married in September.

    November 20, 2013 7:37 AM