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  1. OOOOK Obama: This Law Is Working Getty

    1. Obama: This Law Is Working

    At an afternoon event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Tuesday, President Obama sought to assure the American public about the recent fixes his administration implemented on the federal health-care website. While the president acknowledged that there will likely still be challenges, the website "is working well for the vast majority of users" and "will work into the future." Earlier in the day Speaker John Boehner had tweeted out a story from a conservative website claiming the health-care site is even worse than before. Perhaps in response, Obama declared, "We may never satisfy the law's opponents."

    December 3, 2013 3:53 PM

  2. DEADLY NYC Train Driver Fell Asleep Eric Thayer/Reuters, via Landov

    2. NYC Train Driver Fell Asleep

    The driver of the Metro-North train that derailed Sunday had fallen asleep moments before going around a dangerous curve that required the train to be slowed down to 30 mph, investigators told DNA Info on Tuesday. William Rockefeller, a veteran engineer with an unblemished record, allegedly dozed off for a few fateful moments, and awoke as the train sped around the curve, too late to slow down. Rockefeller, and the rest of the Metro North crew, took drug and alcohol tests, but all came back negative. His cellphone records have also been subpoenaed. Four people were killed in the derailment and at least 60 more were injured.

    December 3, 2013 8:49 AM

  3. MOTOR CITY Detroit Eligible for Bankruptcy Andrew Burton/Getty

    3. Detroit Eligible for Bankruptcy

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy, the largest municipal filing in history. In the historic ruling, Rhodes said pensions can be cut as part of Detroit's bankruptcy—a move that the city's unions are likely to appeal. In the bitter nine-day court battle leading up to Rhodes’s ruling, emergency city manager Kevyn Orr has argued that the city’s $18 billion debt—as well as its long-term liabilities—must be reduced to help the city move out of bankruptcy.

    December 3, 2013 11:43 AM

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    4. Newsweek Will Return to Print

    A historic title is back from the dead. On Tuesday, Newsweek magazine announced it will begin printing a weekly edition again starting in January or February. The 79-year-old publication was previously merged with The Daily Beast, and ceased print production in December 2012. It was sold to IBT Media in August, and is led by editor Jim Impoco, who says the new model will be subscriber-reliant. “We see it as a premium product, a boutique product,” he says.

    December 3, 2013 9:29 PM

  5. untold tragedies U.S. Underreports Mass Killings David McNew/Getty

    5. U.S. Underreports Mass Killings

    Mass shootings like those at Newtown or Virginia Tech are well-known to the American public. What is less well-known is the prevalence of mass killings, defined by the FBI as four or more victims, which a USA Today investigative report shows happens more often than the government reports. With more than 200 mass killings since 2006, there is roughly one every two weeks in the United States. Perhaps even worse, the investigation revealed that far too many of the killings were the result of what they called a "failed safety net." Inadequate protective orders (like a restraining order), poor mental-health facilities, toothless gun control, and immigration snafus are often at the root of the murders.

    December 3, 2013 6:07 PM

  6. get your tickets $1M Picasso Raffled for $135 Bloomberg/Getty

    6. $1M Picasso Raffled for $135

    A $135 raffle ticket doesn't seem as extravagant when a $1 million painting by Pablo Picasso is up for grabs. The famed painter's grandson Olivier is promoting a Sotheby's raffle on Dec. 18 that will sell a signed 1941 work, L’Homme au Gibus. Proceeds will go to a charity hoping to raise $5 million to save the ancient Lebanese city of Tyre. The painting was previously purchased by an anonymous buyer in New York and gifted to the International Association to Save the Tyre. It's believed to be the first time a piece of art of this level has been raffled.

    December 3, 2013 8:59 PM

  7. green thumbs NASA Plans to Garden on the Moon Ted Aljibe, AFP / Getty Images

    7. NASA Plans to Garden on the Moon

    The lunar-grown produce fad is coming. NASA will take its green thumb to space with plans to send plant seedlings to the moon by 2015 in order to begin testing whether the terrain could support long-term human inhabitants. Seeds of basil, turnips, and Arabidopsis—a plant in the cabbage and mustard family—will be sent via the first Moon Express lander, and will act as "canary in a coal mine," NASA says.

    December 3, 2013 5:52 PM

  8. THANKS MAN Clinton Defends Obamacare Comments Steve Helber/AP

    8. Clinton Defends Obamacare Comments

    Thanks for all the help, pal. In an interview with CNN Espanol, former President Bill Clinton addressed the uproar over his comments that President Obama should keep his word and allow people to stay on their current plans. Many saw his statement as him distancing Hillary Clinton from Obamacare for 2016. "I was trying to be supportive of him," Clinton said. "I don't think you can find anybody in America who's worked harder for his reelection or supported this bill or went out of his way to explain the bill to the American people more than I did." Clinton also argued that he did not get out in front of the administration, as by that point the president had addressed the broken promise.

    December 3, 2013 5:21 PM

  9. nevermind Investigators: Arafat Not Poisoned Getty

    9. Investigators: Arafat Not Poisoned

    This is somewhat confusing. After Swiss investigators "moderately supported" the idea that polonium 210 caused Yasser Arafat's death, French investigators now say the late Palestinian leader died of natural causes. The report, which was commissioned in secret by Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat, came to the same conclusions of French investigations in 2004 which determined that Arafat died of a brain hemorrhage and intestinal infection. After Arafat's body had been exhumed, samples were given to Swiss, French, and Russian investigators to determine his death.

    December 3, 2013 3:11 PM

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

    10. 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

  11. halt Study: Male Birth Control in Works Burazin/Getty

    11. Study: Male Birth Control in Works

    Responsibility to share. A new study argues that keeping sperm out of ejaculate is key to developing a birth control drug for men. There is still years of research and testing to undergo, but scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences note that experiments on mice prove the focus should be on blocking transport of the 1,500 sperm cells produced each second rather than previous attempts to halt their production.

    December 3, 2013 8:03 PM

  12. AMAZING WWII Japanese Sub Discovered NOAA/Reuters

    12. WWII Japanese Sub Discovered

    And it was an accident. While plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast, scientists discovered a 400-foot "Sen-Toku" class submarine that had been missing since 1946. The ship, which was one of the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever, was supposed to attack the Panama Canal but was sunk by the U.S. The sub, along with its sister ship found in 2005, could travel around the globe one and a half times without needing to refuel, and held up to three bombers that could take off shortly after the ship reached the surface. "While describing how they stumbled upon the vessel, researcher Jim Delgado said, "we came upon this as we were looking for other targets ... It is like watching a shark at rest." For a long time, the U.S. pleaded ignorant of the submarines they sank, supposedly to keep them from falling into the hands of the USSR.

    December 3, 2013 4:20 PM

  13. FINALLY Volcker Rule to Get Vote Wong Maye-E/AP

    13. Volcker Rule to Get Vote

    Better late than never. The hotly debated, so-called Volcker Rule, which would ban banks from trading for itself (proprietary trading) and place restrictions on investments in hedge funds, will get a vote next week say federal officials. The rule, which was part of the financial reform bill known as Dodd-Frank that passed in 2010, will be voted on by five agencies after a tentative agreement has been reached. The five agencies are the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Volcker Rule, named for the former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, has been strongly contested in Washington, as major banks and lobbying firms fought against its implementation, and at one point the regulation alone stood at over 1,000 pages.

    December 3, 2013 5:05 PM

  14. HOLY COW ’50 Shades’ Casts Rita Ora Stuart C. Wilson/Getty

    14. ’50 Shades’ Casts Rita Ora

    The 50 Shades of Grey movie is moving forward, despite the Christian Grey casting drama. British singer Rita Ora has signed on to play Grey’s adopted sister, she announced on Monday. 50 Shades began filming with Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Mark your calendars: The film is slated for a 2015 release. Despite the hysteria over the film, it had early drama when Charlie Hunnam quickly dropped out of the project, and was replaced by Dornan.

    December 3, 2013 7:44 AM

  15. RACE TO THE TOP Shanghai Kids Lead in Education Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

    15. Shanghai Kids Lead in Education

    Count your lucky stars that you can read if you're American. Shanghai teens topped a worldwide education survey released Tuesday, with U.S. students lagging far, far behind—at 36th out of the 65 countries surveyed, and far below the average. The Chinese city led in math, reading, and science for 15- and 16-year-olds in the survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Singapore ranked second, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Macau. British teens came out ahead of Americans (must be all that Harry Potter at a young age), ranking 26th. But there’s bad news all around for math: Around 60 percent of pupils from the 64 countries that previously participated performed at the same level or worse in the subject than 2012, and nearly a third of all students tested in the lowest band for math.

    December 3, 2013 6:40 AM

  16. LUXURY Hottest Black Friday Item: A Towel Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

    16. Hottest Black Friday Item: A Towel

    It is reassuring that this probably means Americans take a lot of showers. The most popular items at Walmart on Black Friday were towels. Yes, towels. Almost three million towels were sold from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving through Black Friday, compared to 300,000 bicycles, 1.4 million tablets, and two million televisions. In fact, sales of towels this year outpaced last year’s by 1 million. "A lot of people are either hosting guests for the weekend or preparing for guests for the holiday season," said Walmart spokeswoman Deisha Barnett. The internet was full of videos of people fighting to get their hands on towels (which at $1.74 for a six pack, were $.29 a towel), with one showing a police officer having to hold shoppers back.

    December 3, 2013 12:28 PM

  17. FAMILY TIES Kim Jong-un’s Uncle ‘Dismissed’ Wong Maye-E/AP

    17. Kim Jong-un’s Uncle ‘Dismissed’

    Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle has been “dismissed” from his post at the helm of North Korea’s military, the reclusive nation's state-run media reported Tuesday. Chang Song-thaek is Kim’s uncle by marriage, and he was one of seven senior figures to accompany Kim’s father’s hearse in Pyongyang two years ago. An economic reformer, Chang normally handles discussions with China, North Korea’s only major ally. His removal from power would be the biggest shakeup in Pyongyang since Kim took power. The National Intelligence Agency also announced Tuesday that two of Chang’s closest aides were executed in public for corruption in November.

    December 3, 2013 6:42 AM

  18. SICK Fourth Meningitis Case at UCSB Getty

    18. Fourth Meningitis Case at UCSB

    A fourth case of meningococcal disease that leads to meningitis has been confirmed at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The disease, which causes infections in the bloodstream and meningitis, has led the university to stop all fraternity events as well as parties. The bacteria can cause fever, headaches, rash and increased sensitivity. One of the people infected with the disease had to have both feet amputated. All four individuals were infected last month, and the potential number of people exposed is now at 500. Students in dormitories are especially prone, and UCSB has said it is increasing cleanings in residence halls and sports facilities.

    December 3, 2013 12:12 PM

  19. GUILTY Bolshoi Ballet Dancer Convicted Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    19. Bolshoi Ballet Dancer Convicted

    Bolshoi ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko was found guilty Tuesday of organizing an acid attack on the company’s artistic director in Moscow nearly a year ago. The dancer admitted to wanting Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin “roughed up,” but Dmitrichenko has denied ordering the attackers to throw acid in Filin’s face. Dmitrichenko’s fellow defendant, Yuri Zarutsky, admitted to actually throwing the acid and a third defendant, Andrew Lipatov, drove Zarutsky to and from Filin’s Moscow apartment, where the attack occurred. Zarutsky was sentenced to 10 years and Lipatov to four years in prison. Filin has had more than 20 operations to repair his eyesight, which was severely damaged in the attack. He has been replaced as artistic director of the famous ballet.

    December 3, 2013 7:23 AM

  20. BAH HUMBUG Walker: Skip Gifts, Donate to Me Morry Gash/AP

    20. Walker: Skip Gifts, Donate to Me

    This is the real War on Christmas. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s “campaign team” sent an email over the weekend asking donors to send donations instead of buying their children holiday gifts. Lovely. “Instead of venturing into the cold this Black Friday, stay in and give your children a gift that will keep on giving … Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get re-elected and save your children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion-dollar deficits.” The email also notes that “electronics or toys” will become outdated or break, but contributing to Walker’s campaign will help create a “Wisconsin as great as the one [Walker] grew up in.” Is this part of a master plan to get on Jimmy Kimmel when they film the looks on children’s faces on Christmas morning with no presents?

    December 3, 2013 11:49 AM

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    21. Vin Diesel Visits Walker Memorial

    Vin Diesel on Monday visited the site of the fiery wreck that killed his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker, after posting several heartbreaking posts online about Walker. Diesel posted a photo with Walker on his Facebook page and wrote “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die … Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now … and the profound impact your full life had on Us … on me … I will always love you Brian.” Diesel also updated his cover image with a photo of him, Walker, and co-star Jordana Brewster. Walker, 40, died Saturday night when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Also killed was his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas.

    December 3, 2013 12:41 PM

  23. NAUGHTY OR NICE Denmark, New Zealand Least Corrupt Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

    22. Denmark, New Zealand Least Corrupt

    The annual Corruption Perceptions Index has been released, and unsurprisingly northern Europe, with Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway in the top five, dominated the least corrupt countries category. The Middle East and North Africa were the most corrupt, with Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and Syria in the top ten. The index, which is released by Berlin-based Transparency International, ranks how people perceive corruption in each country’s public sector. Greece, which has long been plagued by its reputation for corruption, was one of the biggest improvers from last year. Australia, however, was one of the biggest decliners. The United States came in 19th. 

    December 3, 2013 11:32 AM

  24. ‘WITHOUT PRECEDENT’ Iceland Police Kill Shooter Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty

    23. Iceland Police Kill Shooter

    Icelandic police on Monday shot and killed a man who had opened fire on them—the first time anyone had been killed by police in the nation’s history. Police in Reykjavik first sent tear gas through the windows of the assailant’s building as the man fired at officers, but police were forced to enter when the suspect did not stop shooting at them. Two officers were shot as they entered his apartment. Iceland’s police chief said “police regret the incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man.” He said the killing was “without precedent” in the country’s history.

    December 3, 2013 7:25 AM

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

    24. 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 Walmart.com, 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

  26. WHISKEY REBELLION $10K Reward Offered for Bourbon Getty

    25. $10K Reward Offered for Bourbon

    Bourbon lovers, your love of the whiskey could make you rich. A Kentucky sheriff is offering a $10,000 reward for a prized bourbon stolen in an October burglary. Thieves stole 195 bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve and 27 bottles of 13-year-old Van Winkle Reserve Family Rye from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. The bourbon is valued at around $26,000. “We’re just trying to get Pappy home,” said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton. Detectives have been monitoring Craigslist, eBay, and bourbon blogs for the prized whiskey, which is one of the most sought-after in the world.

    December 3, 2013 7:26 AM

  27. CLINTON DRAMA Hillary Movie Might Get Made Win McNamee/Getty

    26. Hillary Movie Might Get Made

    If you were disappointed that NBC and CNN’s biopics about Hillary Clinton were scrapped, this could be your lucky day. Lionsgate is reportedly in early talks to make Rodham, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. The Spectacular Now director James Ponsold is reportedly on board to direct. The script, written by Young-Il Kim, tells the story of Clinton as a young lawyer on President Nixon’s impeachment committee, as well as her struggle between her career and Bill Clinton. No actress has signed on yet to play the lead, although Ponsold reportedly met with Carey Mulligan earlier in the summer. No Amy Poehler?

    December 3, 2013 7:41 AM