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  1. peace, please? Syria and Rebels Confirm Talks AP Photo

    1. Syria and Rebels Confirm Talks

    Both representatives from Syria's government and the main opposition coalition will be partaking in the upcoming United Nations-brokered peace talks. There's no smooth sailing here, though. Both sides see different results from the talks, with the rebels hoping for a transitional government and the Assad administration asserting it will not surrender power. The negotiations will begin January 22 in Geneva. The West-backed Syrian National Coalition says President Assad will have no place in a new government, while the Syrian foreign ministry says if rebels "insist on holding fast to these illusions" they do not need to attend discussions.

    November 27, 2013 10:47 PM

  2. UH OH Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz AFP/Getty

    2. Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz

    Beware national holidays. After announcing a delay in the employer requirement the day before Independence Day weekend, The White House will announce today (the day before Thanksgiving) a one-year delay for online enrollment of small businesses, through which they could insure their employees. “We plan to offer online enrollment capability by November 2014, for coverage that takes effect in January 2015,” says HHS. The Small Business Health Options Program was often held up as one of the most significant positive changes about the law, as getting quality, affordable insurance for small business employees was one of the major problems with the American healthcare system. The delay comes after administration officials are working to fix the federal website, and have not been able to focus their attention on the small-business exchange. 

    November 27, 2013 2:22 PM

  3. bad holiday start Gunman Holds Two Hostages in CA KTLA5

    3. Gunman Holds Two Hostages in CA

    A gunman barricaded in a house in Inglewood, CA, has been holding at least two people hostage inside a home since Wednesday afternoon, and two police officers were injured in a standoff on Wednesday. The gunman apparently threatening to kill a female if police didn't retreat. At least two children were carried out by authorities earlier in the afternoon. According to the police, two officers were injured, one shot and the other was hurt while trying to protect her partner. Both have been released from the hospital.

    November 27, 2013 9:49 PM

  4. TURKEY DELAYS Thousands of Travelers Stranded Seth Wenig/AP

    4. Thousands of Travelers Stranded

    There might be a lot of people spending Thanksgiving alone. More than 200 flights were canceled and 5,000 more delayed on Tuesday—the day before the busiest travel day of the year—as a nasty winter storm headed toward the Northeast. Charlotte Douglas International, Chicago’s O’Hare International, Denver International, and Cleveland Hopkins International had the most delays and cancellations, according to Flightstat.com. But things could get messier as the storm moves even closer to the Northeast, home to the nation’s busiest airports. The nasty storm is already being blamed for 11 deaths as it made its way across the country this week.

    November 27, 2013 7:02 AM

  5. out, capitalism Louis Vuitton Removed From Red Sq. Kommersant Photo/Getty

    5. Louis Vuitton Removed From Red Sq.

    Too much capitalism for Red Square? Russian authorities ordered a giant, 30-foot-tall and 112-foot-long Louis Vuitton suitcase removed from Red Square outside the Kremlin, saying "the installation of this pavilion was not agreed with the administration." The luxury brand says the installation, made to commemorate the store's 120th birthday, is modeled after a trunk made long ago for Prince Wladimir Orloff and features Russian flags. It was supposed to house a charity event to benefit children.

    November 27, 2013 8:48 PM

  6. galactic clashes Mall-Size Comet Heads Toward Sun NASA

    6. Mall-Size Comet Heads Toward Sun

    Here's a Thanksgiving surprise: a comet the size of a shopping mall is hurdling toward the sun is expected to skim one million miles from the surface on Thursday. If the clump of dust and ice remains intact before dawn it may be visible from Earth as an arc across the sky. "It could very well turn out to be really awesome," says astronomer Yan Fernandez of the University of Central Florida. The comet was discovered in 2012 and has confused astronomers by seeming near death and then reviving multiple times.

    November 27, 2013 9:31 PM

  7. ALL CLEAR Court OKs American-US Air Merger Susan Walsh/AP

    7. Court OKs American-US Air Merger

    In non-storm-related airline news, two of the largest airlines are about to become one. A judge approved a settlement on Wednesday between the Justice Department and the proposed merger between AMR Corp (American Airlines) and US Airways Group Inc. The approval will allow American to exit bankruptcy proceedings and merge to create the largest airline in the world. The DOJ had been opposed to the merger on the grounds that it would be anti-competitive and hurt consumers, but negotiations led to the airlines giving up spots at prominent airports around the country.

    November 27, 2013 11:05 AM

  8. spared Obama Pardons Turkey Named Popcorn Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

    8. Obama Pardons Turkey Named Popcorn

    Replete with the traditional bevy of jokes, President Obama pardoned "Popcorn," a lucky turkey that was picked from 80 contestants in the annual act of compassion on Wednesday. "It was, quite literally, The Hunger Games," Obama said of the competition, where votes came through via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As for the runner-up, "Carmel," who is also escaping the oven, Obama joked "he's already busy raising money for his next campaign."

    November 27, 2013 5:23 PM

  9. big mouth Baldwin: Why Me And Not Bashir? Matt Sayles/AP

    9. Baldwin: Why Me And Not Bashir?

    Alec Baldwin wants to know why he was fired from his MSNBC show for the reported anti-gay slurs he made to a photographer, while host Martin Bashir was kept on the air after calling Sarah Palin "a world class idiot" and implying she eat human feces. "Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air!" he told New York blog Gothamist. Baldwin also disputed the comment he made, asserting he did not use a derogatory word, and called critics like a senior GLAAD director "the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy."

    November 27, 2013 4:58 PM

  10. Oh no! Weather Could Ruin Macy's Parade Charles Sykes/AP

    10. Weather Could Ruin Macy's Parade

    Even Al Roker might not be able to save this one. After ruining thousands of people's holiday travel plan, the weather now might ruin millions of people's favorite Thanksgiving entertainment, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If sustained winds go higher than 23 mph and gusts more than 34 mph, all those fun parade balloons like Snoopy and Sonic won't take off. The forecasts currently predict winds of at least 15 to 20 mph and gusts reaching 40 mph. "We are closely monitoring the weather as we do each year," says Macy's spokeswoman Holly Thomas. "On Thanksgiving morning, Macy's works closely with the NYPD, who, based on real time weather data and the official regulations determine if the balloons will fly and at what heights." The balloons have been grounded once before, in 1971.

    November 27, 2013 11:19 AM

  11. rule of threes FL Mayor Arrested for Drug Dealing BradfordSheriff.org

    11. FL Mayor Arrested for Drug Dealing

    Because “this isn’t Toronto,” Mayor Barry Layne Moore was arrested and charged with selling drugs in Hampton, FL, by the town sheriff, who made the Toronto comment in a statement. "We will not tolerate illegal drug activity in my jurisdiction by anyone to include our elected officials," Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith said. Moore faces charges of possessing and selling Oxycodone and is held under $45,000 bail. 'Tis the season or political drug busts.

    November 27, 2013 3:15 PM

  12. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT GoldieBlox Pulls ‘Girls’ from Ad

    12. GoldieBlox Pulls ‘Girls’ from Ad

    The boys won this round. Toy maker GoldieBlox pulled a parody of the song “Girls” from their ad after complaints from the Beastie Boys. The ad, which went viral last week, reworked the lyrics of the song to encourage girls to go into science and engineering. But the Beastie Boys’ late Adam Yauch had stipulated that none of the band’s songs be used in advertising, and thus surviving members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz asked GoldieBlox to remove the song. At first, GoldieBlox sued, claiming fair use since they are using a parody, but GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling said Wednesday that the company would pull the song because “we don’t to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation.”

    November 27, 2013 10:57 AM

  13. OBAMACARE White House: Don’t Sign Up at Once AP

    13. White House: Don’t Sign Up at Once

    Hooray, Healthcare.gov is fixed! Except, well, let’s try to avoid everybody signing up all at once. The White House cautioned on Tuesday that while the site can now handle 50,000 users at the same time, it could get up to as many as 250,000 visitors on Saturday as the deadline to sign up for health insurance nears. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted Tuesday that the Obama administration is “on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month.” But the White House also decided not to go through with a planned rollout of a health-care marketing campaign, as to not overwhelm the fragile site.

    November 27, 2013 6:52 AM

  14. STAY CLASSY ‘Anchorman 2’ to Come Out Early Gemma LaMana/Paramount Pictures

    14. ‘Anchorman 2’ to Come Out Early

    It’s like Panda Watch, but better. Anchorman 2 will be released two days earlier than planned, Paramount Studios announced  Wednesday. So mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 18, when the film will open nationally. Why the earlier date? Most likely to boost sales in the very busy Christmas season. Whatever the reason, you have two less days on your Anchorman 2 advent calendar now, so plan wisely.

    Check out these fun facts about the TV news business behind 'Anchorman 2.'

    November 27, 2013 7:43 AM

  15. AWFUL World Cup Stadium Collapses Nelson Antoine/AP

    15. World Cup Stadium Collapses

    At least three people were killed Wednesday when the part of the stadium that will hold the World Cup in 2014 collapsed. The people were killed when a crane collapsed atop a metal structure on the top of the building, causing metal structure to buckle and destroy part of the stands. The Itaquerao Stadium had been nearly completed to meet FIFA’s December 2012 deadline to have all 12 venues ready.

    November 27, 2013 12:42 PM

  16. CLEAR YOUR HISTORY NSA Monitored Porn Sites Francisco Seco/AP

    16. NSA Monitored Porn Sites

    So it was somebody’s job at the National Security Agency to monitor online sexual activity and traffic to porn sites? The NSA used suspected radical Muslims’ dirty online secrets to “harm their reputations,” according to a report published Wednesday based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The NSA targeted “personal vulnerabilities” (we all know what that means) of six individuals who gave incendiary speeches in an effort to embarrass them for their personal hypocrisy. And it definitely was hypocrisy: The vulnerabilities found included “viewing sexually explicit material online” and “using sexually explicit language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.” Real classy.

    November 27, 2013 7:26 AM

  17. GIVEN THE BOOT Berlusconi Kicked Out of Senate Filippo monteforte/AFP/Getty

    17. Berlusconi Kicked Out of Senate

    Bunga bunga! After years of political and personal scandals, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was stripped of his parliamentary seat by the Italian senate. True to form, as politicians read speeches in support of or attacking Berlusconi before the vote, he held a rally in central Rome claiming he was being persecuted. Berlusconi, 77, is now without the many legal immunities afforded Italian lawmakers, which leaves him especially prone given the number of legal cases confronting him. He will also begin serving a year of community service for tax fraud, and is banned from running for public office for two years. “It is a bitter day, a day of mourning for democracy,” Mr. Berlusconi said.

    November 27, 2013 12:59 PM

  18. HISTORY 10K-Year-Old House Found in Israel David Silverman/Getty

    18. 10K-Year-Old House Found in Israel

    Archeologists dug up a 10,000-year-old house outside Jerusalem, "evidence of man's transition to permanent dwellings," researchers announced Monday. The building is reportedly the oldest one ever discovered in the area and the Israel Antiquities Authority, which visited the excavation site Wednesday with the Netivei Israel Company, called it "a fascinating glimpse into thousands of years of human development." The company, which is carrying out highway construction, noted that the oldest settlement remains unearthed at the site "dates to the beginning of the eighth millennium BCE and latest to the end of the fourth millennium BCE." 

    November 26, 2013 10:50 PM

  19. WOW NYT Runs Nipple on Page One Ivar Dameron

    19. NYT Runs Nipple on Page One

    Honest discussion about breast cancer in Israel on the front page of The New York Times? Check. But there’s a photo accompanying the piece that features a woman’s breast—and the hint of the nipple—and the woman’s Star of David tattoo, so will anyone notice? That’s the question after seeing the front page of Wednesday’s New York Times, which covered the alarmingly high rates of breast cancer in Israel and featured the photo of the breast of a 28-year-old woman who had discovered a lump in her breast. The high rates of breast cancer have led Israeli scientists to advocate for a national-screening campaign to test women for genes that may cause cancer.

    November 27, 2013 11:27 AM

  20. ZIP IT Baldwin Talks Firing Matt Sayles/AP

    20. Baldwin Talks Firing

    Will somebody please stop Alec Baldwin from talking? The actor on Tuesday blamed the “fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy” for his firing from MSNBC. Sure, that’s it—not the actual statements he made. Baldwin, who is filming a movie with Cameron Crowe in Hawaii, still insisted he hadn’t used the word “faggot,” and said “showing a video in which I call someone a 'cocksucking something'... you can't really tell what I'm saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase 'TMZ's enhanced audio' exists … They killed my show.” Oh that clears it all up. Not.

    November 27, 2013 7:41 AM

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  22. HYPOCRITE NC Gov. Charges for Public Records Ted Richardson/AP

    21. NC Gov. Charges for Public Records

    Oh this will go over well. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s staff announced on Tuesday that they will be adding a “special service charge” for public records that take more than 30 minutes to process, to cut down on long lines at City Hall. The fees likely run afoul of North Carolina’s public-records law, which states outright that government documents are “the property of the people.” “The special service charge for administrative time in excess of 30 minutes has the potential for enormous impact on accessibility of public information and is inconsistent with the notion that these records belong to the people,” said Mike Tadych, a Raleigh lawyer who specializes in First Amendment cases. Also even worse: it’s pretty much the opposite of what McCrory ran on, when he pledged an era of open government.

    November 27, 2013 9:58 AM

  23. EYES ON YOU China: We Watched B-52s U.S. Air Force/AP

    22. China: We Watched B-52s

    Classic case of “we were totally on top of the situation and watching you” by China? Beijing insisted Wednesday that it was in fact monitoring the U.S. bomber planes within their newly declared air-defense zone, despite having earlier threatened to take down any unidentified foreign aircraft in the region. Two American B-52s were spotted Tuesday over disputed islands that the Chinese government had insisted it would defend just last weekend. The very presence of the B-52s suggests that China may have overstated its commitment to defending the islands, but Chinese officials insisted Wednesday they were following the new rules—although they did not offer any specifics.

    November 27, 2013 7:21 AM

  24. Awful Singer Guilty of Attempted Rape Andrew Benge/Getty

    23. Singer Guilty of Attempted Rape

    Ian Watkins, 36, a singer with the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. He also copped to three counts of sexual assault of children, and six counts of taking, making, or possessing indecent images of children, and one of possessing a pornographic image of a sex act on an animal. Watkins had previously denied the allegations. Now, "he accepts he was a determined and committed pedophile," said prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC. The incriminating evidence was found on his computers and phone.

    November 26, 2013 6:21 PM

  25. RELIC Oldest U.S. Book Sells for $14.1M Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

    24. Oldest U.S. Book Sells for $14.1M

    A 373-year-old book, believed to be the first printed in North America, sold at auction Tuesday night for a whopping $14.1 million. The volume of Psalms is one of just 11 known copies of the estimated 1,700 books printed by the Massachusetts Puritans. Buyer David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group, who owns several other historical documents, said he plans to lend the book to libraries across the country to display. The $14.1 million price tag set a record for a book sold at auction, besting John James Audubon’s Birds of America, which sold for $11.54 million in 2007 (about $12.39 million today).

    November 27, 2013 7:40 AM

  26. HORRIFYING AZ Girls Endured Brutal Conditions Tucson Police Department/AP

    25. AZ Girls Endured Brutal Conditions

    New details have emerged about the state of the three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17, who were rescued Tuesday night from their Tucson home, where authorities say they were held as prisoners for two years. All the girls were reportedly malnourished and extremely dirty, and said they hadn’t bathed in four to six months. They were fed only once a day and visits to the bathroom were sometimes denied, forcing the girls to use bags and jars in their closets. Along with being under video surveillance 24/7, the girls endured loud music continually blared into their rooms. Police said when the girls were rescued, they had no idea what city or state they were in. The girls’ stepfather and their mother have been charged with kidnapping, emotional abuse of a child, and sexual abuse.

    November 27, 2013 7:24 AM

  27. NO SURRENDER Assad Refuses to Step Down Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

    26. Assad Refuses to Step Down

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will attend peace talks in Geneva in January but he will not be stepping down, Syrian state-run news insisted Wednesday. The U.S., Russia, and the United Nations this week announced a “Geneva 2” conference beginning Jan. 22 to create a transitional government in Syria to end the bloody civil war that has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives in nearly three years. But Assad insisted he would not succumb to Western pressure, and said “the age of colonialism, with the installation and toppling of governments, is over. They must wake from their dreams.”

    November 27, 2013 7:05 AM