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  1. campaign mode Obama to Sell Obamacare...Again Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    1. Obama to Sell Obamacare...Again

    In attempt to get the public optimistic about Obamacare since’s dismal start, President Obama plans to launch a three-week sales drive at the White House—a campaign that will promote a different benefit each day until December 23, the enrollment deadline. Because the site appears to be (mildly) back on track, after reports of large numbers of errors and functioning problems, the administration feels it’s time to get back to the root of why Obamacare was launched “The fact that they feel comfortable doing that is a healthy sign for the president but also for the long-term benefits of Obamacare,” a former Obama advirser said. 

    December 2, 2013 10:44 PM

  2. Wednesday Newtown to Release 911 Recordings Spencer Platt/Getty

    2. Newtown to Release 911 Recordings

    For those who can bear to listen. The town of Newtown, Connecticut, plans to release the 911 calls the day of the Sandy Hook school shooting from nearly one year ago on Wednesday. Connecticut State's Attorney, Stephen Sedensky, previously applied for hold to conceal the tapes, arguing that the recordings could cause harm to the families affected. Last Tuesday, though, New Britain Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott denied Sedensky’s motion after listening to the calls. Adam Lanza's attack left 20 children and six adults dead before taking his own life.

    December 2, 2013 10:06 PM

  3. INVESTIGATION NYC Train Sped 52 mph Over Limit Mark Lennihan/AP

    3. NYC Train Sped 52 mph Over Limit

    The National Transportation Safety Board says the Metro-North train that derailed Sunday morning was traveling at 82 mph heading into a 30 mph curve. Earlier on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he believed speed would be the culprit behind the accident in the Bronx that left four dead and more than 60 injured. “It was a tricky turn on the system, but it is a turn that has been there for decades.” An MTA official said the engineer told emergency workers that he “dumped the brakes” when he realized the curve was coming too quickly. Workers have begun to remove the wreckage of the seven cars of the commuter train, which stopped just short of spilling into water.

    December 2, 2013 1:12 PM

  4. Upheaval Ukraine Riots Escalate Ivan Sekretarev/AP

    4. Ukraine Riots Escalate

    Protesters in Ukraine overtook a government building on Monday as they called for the ouster of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet, one day after demonstrators took over President Viktor Yanukovych office. Thousands have taken to the streets in Ukraine against Yanukovych’s decision to abandon a deal for closer ties with the European Union. Three lawmakers of the ruling Party of Regions have quit Parliament in protest, but it appears the opposition party does not have enough votes to oust Azarov’s party. Yanukovych has said the EU deal would cause Ukraine to break ties with Russia, but the deal still remains popular throughout the country and especially in the western part of the country.

    December 2, 2013 9:17 AM

  5. ICED Iceland Police Kill For First Time Etienne De Malglaive/Getty

    5. Iceland Police Kill For First Time

    With little violent crime, Iceland’s police have never killed someone in an armed police operation. On Monday, that changed when police shot dead a 59-year-old man who lived just east of the capital, Reykjavik. According to reports, the man was firing a shotgun in his apartment, and failed to respond to police attempts to reach him and stop his shooting. Subsequently, police fired tear gas canisters and then shot the man, who is believed to have been alone. "Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," said Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen. Two members of the police force were injured by the man’s shooting.

    December 2, 2013 5:20 PM

  6. RUNNING Vincent Gray to Seek Second Term Alex Wong/Getty

    6. Vincent Gray to Seek Second Term

    Despite a 2010 campaign that is still the target of a federal investigation, Democrat Vincent Gray will pursue a second term as the mayor of our nation’s capital. For months, Gray’s impending decision hung over the city’s politics. While detractors will certainly point out the investigations, Gray will likely run on a term that has seen D.C. continue its economic success over the past decade. The April 1 mayoral Democratic Party primary, which already includes four D.C. councilmembers, usually determines the next mayor in a city that votes overwhelmingly Democratic. While Gray himself has not been charged for the investigations, four aides have pleaded guilty to felonies.

    December 2, 2013 4:37 PM

  7. IN FEAR Egyptian Women’s Lawyer Arrested Amira Murtada/El Shorouk Newspaper, via AP

    7. Egyptian Women’s Lawyer Arrested

    Egyptian police on Monday arrested Ahmed El-Hamrawy, the lawyer who defended 21 women and girls charged at a demonstration for ousted President Mohamed Morsi. El-Hamrawy and five others were arrested for “incitement of violence,” but his case sets a troubling legal precedent. “This means that any lawyer who comes close to the case will be arrested,” said lawyer Mahmoud Farouq. Fourteen of the women were sentenced on Wednesday to 11 years in prison, and the seven minors were sentenced to juvenile detention. They were convicted of gathering, thuggery, and weapons possession, although many have criticized the verdict for being politically motivated—and coming just as the government launched a new crackdown on protests.

    December 2, 2013 12:27 PM

  8. Click Click Click Cyber Monday Sales Hit a Record JIM WATSON/Getty

    8. Cyber Monday Sales Hit a Record

    Click! Black Friday shopping may have been lower than usual this year overall, but as of 6 p.m. Eastern time, overall sales were up 17.5 percent for Cyber Monday sales compared with last year, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Amazon sales were up 44.3 percent over last year and eBay up 32.1 percent, according to ChannelAdvisor. And the numbers are growing. For, specifically, it could be its biggest Cyber Monday yet and Custora CEO says that "Cyber Monday is well on its way to being the biggest online shopping day in history."

    December 2, 2013 9:31 PM

  9. CLOSURE Pope Talks Sex Abuse Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

    9. Pope Talks Sex Abuse

    For the first time since being selected, Pope Francis has publicly addressed the issue of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, expressing sympathy for the victims in the Netherlands to the country’s visiting bishops. “I promise compassion and prayer for every victim of sexual abuse and their families. I ask you to continue supporting them on their painful path to healing, undertaken with courage," the pope said according to the Vatican. A 2011 report by the Dutch government said as many as 20,000 children were abused in Catholic institutions in the country between 1945 and 1981.

    December 2, 2013 2:18 PM

  10. R.I.P. Walker’s Body Can’t Be ID’d Andre Penner/AP

    10. Walker’s Body Can’t Be ID’d

    The Los Angeles coroner was unable to officially identify actor Paul Walker’s body because it was so badly damaged in the wreck that killed him, authorities said Monday. Walker, 40, died Saturday when friend Roger Rodas crashed into a tree, causing their car to burst into flames. “There was a post-collision fire and bodies are not visually identifiable,” said deputy coroner Dana Bee. The Los Angeles County Police Department said it is investigating the single-car crash; sources said Sunday it was trying to determine the Porsche’s speed. Rodas and Walker were traveling on Hercules Street, a hilly road with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

    December 2, 2013 7:36 AM

  11. BUCK STOPS HERE U.S. to Destroy Syria's Weapons Local Committee of Arbeen/AP

    11. U.S. to Destroy Syria's Weapons

    Thanks a lot world. After the U.S. failed to get other nations to dismantle the most lethal of Syria’s chemical weapons, it will now do so on its own vessel in international waters. The operation, which has never been done on its own ship by the U.S. before, will "neutralize Syria's priority chemicals." The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is overseeing the destruction, is still pushing for the less dangerous chemical weapons to be destroyed in other countries. So far, allowing the destruction of chemical weapons on any country’s soil has proved politically unpalatable. 

    December 2, 2013 12:13 PM

  12. PRICELESS Jesse Owens’s Medal for Sale AP

    12. Jesse Owens’s Medal for Sale

    An Olympic gold medal won by African-American track star Jesse Owens in 1936 in Berlin is being auctioned online through SCP Auctions. Amidst the rise of the Nazi Party and its propaganda on race, Owens won gold in the 100 and 200 meters, the 400 relay and the long jump. The medal up for sale was given to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a dancer and movie star, by Owens, and is being auctioned by the estate of his widow. SCP Auctions will run the auction. "We just hope that it's purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," says Robinson’s daughter. The locations of the three remaining gold medals are unknown.

    December 2, 2013 1:12 PM

  13. RED HOT ‘Catching Fire’ Wins Box Office Murray Close/Lionsgate

    13. ‘Catching Fire’ Wins Box Office

    There’s a reason nobody was at the stores this weekend—they were all at the movies. Catching Fire and Frozen broke post-Thanksgiving weekend records, with Frozen bringing in $66.7 million over three days for the highest opening on the holiday weekend ever. In its second week, Catching Fire won the box office, grossing $74.5 million domestically over three days, and $110.2 million over five days—and $573 million worldwide. Disney’s Frozen helped the studio reach another record: $4 billion in profits, its most in history. Thor: The Dark World came in third with $15.5 million, followed by The Best Man Holiday with $11.1 million, and Homefront netting $9.8 million. It was not a good weekend for Spike Lee, though: His latest, Oldboy, grossed just $1.3 million on 583 theaters, meaning it had a $1,458 per-screen average.

    December 2, 2013 8:02 AM

  14. rumor mill Tom Daley Dating Oscar-Winner Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

    14. Tom Daley Dating Oscar-Winner

    On Monday, British Olympic diver Tom Daley announced that he is in a relationship with a man, and now rumors are connecting him with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Black, who at 39 is 20 years Daley's senior, won Best Original Screenplay for the 2009 film Milk. In a coming out YouTube video Daley said the relationship “did take me by surprise a bit,” and “of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.”

    December 3, 2013 7:43 AM

  15. Scotchy scotch Ron Burgundy Co-Anchors Real News Frank Masi/AP

    15. Ron Burgundy Co-Anchors Real News

    He's moved on from covering glorious rainbows (for now). While promoting Anchorman 2, Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy—signature three-piece-suit, coiffed hair and all—read the news for KXMB's Saturday night broadcast in Bismarck, N.D. Ferrell read off of a teleprompter in an exaggerated tone and bantered with the news team. Staying in character, he also ducked into co-anchor Amber Schatz's screen while she was on air and at the commercial break said, "Amber, you look lovely tonight" and asked her if she was married.

    December 1, 2013 4:21 PM

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  17. GOING ROGUE VA Will Not Conform to IRS Law

    16. VA Will Not Conform to IRS Law

    Thanks for this parting gift, Ken Cuccinelli. The Virginia Department of Taxation—in consultation with the outgoing attorney general’s office—will not adhere to Internal Revenue Service law on recognizing same-sex couples married elsewhere due to the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. So this means that gay married couples will have to file federal taxes as married couples, but must file their Virginia return under single status. If the end goal is to kill gay marriage with extra paperwork, this measure is definitely a success. A spokesman for Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition team said McAuliffe is aware of the issue and studying it, but has not reached a formal conclusion. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon issued an executive order allowing gay couples married in other states to file tax returns as married couples.

    December 2, 2013 7:39 AM

  18. welcome to the future Bezos Reveals Delivery Drones

    17. Bezos Reveals Delivery Drones

    Is this the nail in the coffin for the USPS? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the online marketplace is planning a drone delivery service called Prime Air that will deliver small products to your doorstop within 30 minutes of ordering in the next four or five years. Speaking to 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose, the futurist explained the drones would be autonomous and move packages weighing less than 5 pounds. "I know this looks like science fiction—it's not," he told Rose.

    December 1, 2013 8:02 PM

  19. NEW JOURNALISM ‘New York’ Cuts Back to Biweekly Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

    18. ‘New York’ Cuts Back to Biweekly

    It’s the end of an era. New York magazine will only come out once every two weeks, the magazine announced Monday. Instead of 42 issues a year, New York will now only publish 26, plus three special issues (best doctors, gift guide, and a food-and-drink issue). Cutting down to biweekly will likely save the magazine $3.5 million, which will be invested into the website, which includes,, The Cut, and Grub Street. Digital revenue has been growing at a rate of 15 percent year-over-year, said Lawrence C. Burstein, the magazine's publisher.

    December 2, 2013 7:40 AM

  20. 'OPEN EVERY DOOR' Thai PM Won’t Resign Wason Wanonchakorn/AP

    19. Thai PM Won’t Resign

    Thailand’s prime minister refused to resign Monday after eight days of protests, but said she is open to talks to find a peaceful resolution. Yingluck Shinawatra said police would not use force against protesters, but the national security chief later reported they were using rubber bullets against the crowd outside Yingluck’s office in Bangkok. Four people have died in Thailand’s protests so far this year, the worst violence in the country since its 2010 riots. Demonstrators have been calling on Yingluck to resign, claiming her brother, ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, is still running the government. Monday’s demonstrations appeared smaller than previous days (an estimated 30,000 participated Sunday), but protesters took control of a garbage truck and used it to break through concrete barricades.

    December 2, 2013 7:35 AM

  21. NOT WORTH IT Black Friday Sales Disappoint Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

    20. Black Friday Sales Disappoint

    Does this mean it wasn’t worth it for all those employees to have to work on Thanksgiving Day? Consumers spent around $1.7 billion less on Black Friday compared with last year, according to the National Retail Federation. The chief executive of the federation blamed “economic challenges,” saying “many are intending to be a little bit more conservative with their budgets.” More than 141 million people shopped online or in stores between Thursday and Sunday, but the average each consumer spent went down, dropping to $407.02 from $423.55. But due to the shorter-than-average sale time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, many stores began their sale blitz early, and many retailers had already been warning of a weak holiday season to begin with. That probably didn’t make it any less disappointing, though.

    December 2, 2013 6:48 AM

  22. BONANZA House Takes on Bill Blitz Evan Vucci/AP

    21. House Takes on Bill Blitz

    Remember in high school, when you did nothing all semester and then did a ton of work at the end, hoping your teacher wouldn’t notice? That’s what the House of Representatives is doing right now, as it prepares to take on a flurry of last-minute bills to cap off a historically unproductive year. On their docket right now: a House-Senate conference report on the budget, a farm bill, and a water projects bill. Aides say it’s unlikely that all of them will be finished by the end of 2013. Not content to fail at just these bills, House Republicans are also taking up a number of other bills, including the Kids First Research Act, Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s legislation that will redirect $126 million from presidential nominating conventions to the National Institutes of Health.

    December 2, 2013 6:50 AM