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  1. IN MEMORIAM Dallas Memorial Honors JFK Michael Kleinfeld/UPI, via Landov

    1. Dallas Memorial Honors JFK

    Silence filled the air at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on Friday afternoon, as thousands descended on the spot where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago to pay tribute with flowers, candles, and song. Historian David McCullough remembered Kennedy with excerpts from some of the fallen president’s greatest speeches. “He knew words matter. His words changed lives. His words changed history. And rarely has a commander in chief addressed the nation with such command of language,” McCullough told the crowd. The invitation-only event held just 5,000 people, all picked through a special lottery. 

    November 22, 2013 1:57 PM

  2. ACCIDENT Latvia Mall Collapse Kills 51 Maris Morkans/AP

    2. Latvia Mall Collapse Kills 51

    A shopping mall roof collapsed Thursday night in Riga, Latvia, killing 51 people as of Friday evening. The collapse took place at about 5:45 p.m., when the residential mall in the capital city was packed with after-work shoppers. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the mayor of Riga, Nils Usakovs, tweeted that around five people may still be trapped. "We're still having moments of silence to listen for voices of people trapped, but unfortunately the only voices out there are of firefighters working," said a state police spokesman. At least three of the casualties were firefighters who had responded to the scene and were caught in a secondary collapse. News reports said a garden was being constructed on the roof of the mall, and soil from the project might have triggered the first collapse.

    November 22, 2013 7:17 AM

  3. BE PREPARED Winter Storm May Delay Travel The Weather Channel

    3. Winter Storm May Delay Travel

    Just in time for the pre-Thanksgiving travel blitz, winter weather is slated to roll in, bringing with it “massive flight delays” and icy roads. According to the Weather Channel’s senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, the impending storm is “about as expansive a winter storm as it gets,” with its effects expected to stretch from coast to coast. The bad weather should, however, subside by Thanksgiving Day, leaving cold temperatures and snowy roads in its wake.

    November 22, 2013 3:24 PM

  4. SPLITTING UP Time Warner Files Publishing IPO Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

    4. Time Warner Files Publishing IPO

    Time Warner has submitted its initial public offering for the spinoff of Time Inc., the company’s publishing arm. According to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission on Friday, Time Inc. generated $3.44 billion in revenue last year, 6.6 percent less than the $3.68 billion it reported the year before. Time Warner aims to create “strategic clarity” and “focused management” by separating the cable company from the publishing division.

    November 22, 2013 6:03 PM

  5. DEADLY TYPHOON Philippines Death Toll Hits 5,000 Dan Kitwood/Getty

    5. Philippines Death Toll Hits 5,000

    The death toll from the monster typhoon—“Yolanda”— that ripped through the Philippines on Nov. 8 surged to 5,000 on Friday, a total that officials fear will continue to rise. As of Thursday, the number was hovering around 4,000. Packing winds up to 147 mph, the typhoon brought severe damage to six islands in the Philippines, forcing close to 1 million people to evacuate. Thirteen governments, including the United States, are aiding in the effort to provide food and clean water for the estimated 3 million people still displaced by the storm.  

    November 22, 2013 11:44 AM

  6. NEGOTIATIONS Couric Reportedly Exiting ABC News Charles Sykes/AP

    6. Couric Reportedly Exiting ABC News

    Katie Couric is reportedly negotiating an exit package after less than three years with ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric is in the process of closing a deal with Yahoo! Couric will complete the second season of her daytime talk show, the future of which will not be determined until December, after November sweeps ratings are in. Couric’s original Disney-ABC deal was supposedly comprised of $40 million in exchange for two seasons of the daytime show and three years at ABC News, but it’s unclear how much the beloved host will take home if she leaves early.

    November 22, 2013 4:57 PM

  7. SURVIVOR Creigh Deeds Tweets: ‘I Am Alive’ Win McNamee/Getty

    7. Creigh Deeds Tweets: ‘I Am Alive’

    “I am alive so must live,” Creigh Deeds tweeted on Friday. “Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me.” The Virginia state senator had just been released from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, four days after his 24-year-old son Gus stabbed him and then shot himself dead. The two were at the family’s western Virginia farm when the attack—likely “an attempted murder/suicide,” investigators say—occurred on Tuesday. Gus, one of Deeds’ four children from his first marriage, reportedly suffered from mental-health issues and was apparently turned away from a psychiatric hospital on Monday, despite an emergency custody order, because of a lack of beds.

    November 22, 2013 12:11 PM

  8. TOO SOON MLB Players Union Head Dies Patrick McDermott/Getty

    8. MLB Players Union Head Dies

    Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, died Thursday night in New Jersey after suffering from brain cancer. Weiner was credited with years of labor peace in baseball after a long period of conflict, and worked with club owners to establish the most rigorous drug-testing program in professional sports in 2011. Weiner had been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment for brain cancer, and had lost the ability to walk and use his right arm.

    November 22, 2013 7:19 AM

  9. SELFIE NATION Snapchat Is 70 Percent Women

    9. Snapchat Is 70 Percent Women

    No surprise here: Women are dominating the photo-sharing app Snapchat, just as they dominate Instagram, Pinterest, and other social-media sites. Roughly 70 percent of users are female, though the company has not disclosed its total number. We only know that 400 million self-destructing photos and videos are exchanged per day. Lest the 70 percent figure perpetuate the stereotype that impulsive teenage girls are Snapchatting pictures of their lady bits to eager young men, remember that the company has yet to release any other demographics.

    November 22, 2013 12:08 PM

  10. SHE'S BACK Watch Lena Dunham Twerk Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO, via Everett, Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO/Courtesy of Everett Collection

    10. Watch Lena Dunham Twerk

    For those of you having Lena Dunham withdrawal, the trailer for Season 3 of Girls is upon us. The show picks up with Hannah having survived her Q-tip scare and back together with her boyfriend. The rest of the cast is back too—aside from Christopher Abbott, who quit after having differences with Dunham. The trailer also features a curious second of Dunham twerking, or what looks like rubbing her behind, on a grave.
     
     

    November 22, 2013 11:51 AM

  11. THE FUTURE Bitcoins Accepted for Space Ride Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

    11. Bitcoins Accepted for Space Ride

    Great news for those saving up for a trip to space—you can now pay for your ride with Bitcoin. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced Friday that Virgin Galactic, his commercial space company, will accept the digital currency for rides out of Earth’s orbit. A ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will cost aspiring astronauts $250,000—that’s about 322.5 Bitcoins. Branson and his family will take the first flight, an event that will be televised live on the Today show.

    November 22, 2013 11:46 AM

  12. eavesdropping mania U.S. Considers In-Flight Phone Use Thomas Barwick/Getty

    12. U.S. Considers In-Flight Phone Use

    And you thought crying children were annoying? The Federal Communications Commission is revealing a proposal to allow airplane passengers to use cellphones for calls and data once a flight reaches 10,000 feet. Just a few weeks ago, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would allow expanded use of electronic devices in the air, and some international airplanes come equipped with cellphone-capable technology. Now the big question is: Will the inevitable floods of objections be overruled?

    November 21, 2013 5:13 PM

  13. VINO Oldest Wine Cellar Discovered Eric H. Cline/George Washington University, via AP

    13. Oldest Wine Cellar Discovered

    Man those Canaanites knew how to party. This past summer, while digging at the ruins of a 1700 B.C. Canaanite Palace, archaeologists struck a wine cellar next to the banquet hall. The researchers, in what is now northern Israel, found a storage room containing what was left of 40 large ceramic jars. And while the wine was long gone, residues contained traces of common components of wine (specific acids) as well as ingredients (honey, mint, and cinnamon) used in ancient winemaking. The site, known as Tel Kabri, would have held roughly 3,000 bottles of red and white wines, and is one of the oldest and largest ever found. “It’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in its age and size,” said Eric H. Cline, a co-director of the Tel Kabri excavations.

    November 22, 2013 12:05 PM

  14. thanks, guys Meet the World's Biggest Polluters Sean Gallup/Getty

    14. Meet the World's Biggest Polluters

    The finger of blame need look no further. Just 90 companies are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution in 1854, a new study from the Climate Accountability Institute found. The Colorado-based organization also found that half of all these emissions were produced just in the past 25 years. The top companies are: Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco, BP, and Gazprom.

    November 21, 2013 8:44 PM

  15. JFK DAY Jackie’s Pink Suit Hidden Away AP

    15. Jackie’s Pink Suit Hidden Away

    Jackie Kennedy’s style was the reason her husband joked in Paris that he was “the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.” On the fateful day of his assassination, he had asked her to wear the pink suit that would be stained with blood during the shooting, and that she would refuse to take off for hours afterward. “I want them to see what they’ve done,” she famously said. The suit was never cleaned, but was eventually given by Caroline Kennedy to the National Archives with the understanding that it wouldn’t be displayed for decades and that the Kennedy family would be consulted before it was.

    November 22, 2013 8:12 AM

  16. gross Charles Manson Dating 25-Year-Old California Department of Corrections/AP

    16. Charles Manson Dating 25-Year-Old

    Parents, watch your daughters around Charles Manson. A 25-year-old devotee named Star (the name Manson bestowed upon her) has plans to marry the infamous serial killer, according to a new profile in Rolling Stone. Manson, now 79, is currently serving a life sentence in the protective housing unit at California's Corcoran State Prison. "Yeah, well, people can think I'm crazy," his girlfriend says. "But they don't know. This is what's right for me. This is what I was born for." She has been living near the prison since she was 19, when she moved to be near Manson, and has even carved an "X" into her forehead to match his swastika.

    November 21, 2013 10:45 PM

  17. AWKWARD Weather Girl Does Forecast Nude Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

    17. Weather Girl Does Forecast Nude

    Doria Tillier, the 27-year-old weather girl on the popular French TV show Le Grand Journal, stuck to an awkward pledge Thursday night, delivering the forecast naked after France qualified for the World Cup. Tillier, a former model, decided to do it after a Facebook page was created to urge her to keep her word. The show went about it cleverly: Tillier had told the audience she’d do the forecast à poil (naked), so she filmed the segment in the town of Poil (“in Poil” is also written à Poil). Tillier didn’t entirely use a joke to get out of her duty: she streaked across a field while the weather was shown split-screen.

    November 22, 2013 8:14 AM

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  19. RACISM Students Charged With Hate Crime Paul Sakuma/AP

    18. Students Charged With Hate Crime

    What century is it, again? Three California college students have been charged with a hate crime after forcing a bike lock around their black roommate’s neck and plastering their living quarters with a Confederate flag, Nazi symbols, Hitler photos, and a whiteboard scrawled with the N-word. They had also nicknamed him “Three-Fifths,” a reference to the infamous Three-Fifths Compromise, and then changed it to “Fraction” when he objected. “I am outraged and saddened by these accusations,” San Jose State president Mohammad Qayoumi said. The students were charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, and face a maximum of one year in county jail if convicted.

    November 22, 2013 7:38 AM

  20. TIME FOR CHANGE Obama Backs Filibuster Vote Pablo Martinez Monsivais

    19. Obama Backs Filibuster Vote

    President Obama spoke out Thursday to express his support for the Senate’s 52-48 vote to approve a change in the chamber’s rules—a move that will weaken Republicans’ ability to filibuster the president’s nominations. “A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything is not normal,” he said of the persistent gridlock in Congress. “This isn’t obstruction on substance or qualifications, it’s just to gum up the works.” While he acknowledged that “no party is blameless” for the tactics, he said they had gotten out of hand. “I support the step to change the way that Washington is doing business.”

    November 21, 2013 2:10 PM

  21. GET A LIFE Feds Raid CO Pot Dispensaries Ed Andrieski/AP

    20. Feds Raid CO Pot Dispensaries

    Pot’s about to be legal in Colorado, but that’s not stopping the federal government from making a last-ditch effort to persecute growers in the state. Federal agents from the DEA and the IRS raided pot dispensaries and growing facilities across Colorado Thursday, confiscating piles of marijuana plants and infused drinks. It was the first raid since the Justice Department said it would not interfere with voters’ decision to legalize marijuana, which will go into effect on January 1. The U.S. Attorney in Denver said the action was consistent with “recent guidance” from the Justice Department, but did not elaborate further.

    November 22, 2013 7:40 AM