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  1. you're fired N. Korea Confirms Jang Dismissal Ahn Young-joon/AP

    1. N. Korea Confirms Jang Dismissal

    So much for family. On Saturday, North Korea confirmed the dismissal of Kim Jong-un's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Thaek, for committing "criminal acts." Jang was previously considered the second-most powerful man in North Korea and handled discussions with China. "Jang and his followers committed criminal acts baffling imagination and they did tremendous harm to our party and revolution," the North Korean state news agency reported.

    December 8, 2013 4:49 PM

  2. RALLY Lenin Statue Toppled in Kiev Efrem Lukatsky/AP

    2. Lenin Statue Toppled in Kiev

    Protesters in Kiev toppled a statue of Lenin as demonstrations in Ukraine stretched into their third week on Sunday. After pulling out of the proposed deal to strengthen ties with the European Union, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, a move that had many worried that Yanukovych will agree to join a customs union with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Although many in the western part of Ukraine support strengthened ties with the EU, the country depends on Russia for its energy supplies—and Russian gas supplier, Gazprom, says Ukraine has fallen behind on its payments. Russia restricted imports into Ukraine in July after Kiev sought closer ties with the EU, but the Ukrainian opposition has warned that stronger ties with Russia could result in the breakup of Ukraine.

    December 8, 2013 11:24 AM

  3. BRRR Winter Storm Heads to Virginia Tony Gutierrez/AP

    3. Winter Storm Heads to Virginia

    A “very early taste of winter” storm headed in Virginia Sunday morning, after the icy mix left hundreds of thousands were stranded without power in Texas and Arkansas. Utility provider Oncor said 75,000 still had no power in Texas on Sunday, down from 267,000 during the height of the storm. The storm coated the mid-Atlantic region with ice and freezing rain, causing “slick weather conditions,” said Chris Dolce of The Weather Channel. “If you are in an affected area, stay indoors. Don’t risk traveling if you don’t have to,” Dolce warned. The storm is expected to head toward New York and New England, and New York issued a “snow alert” for Monday.

    December 8, 2013 10:08 AM

  4. political unrest Thai PM Dissolves Parliament Wason Wanonchakorn/AP

    4. Thai PM Dissolves Parliament

    Embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation's parliament Monday and called for new elections. Members of the country's main opposition party said its members would resign en masse from parliament in protest of the government. "This government is no longer justified to run the country, as this house is no longer justified. Today we resign to express that stance," Democratic party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said. Anti-government protesters have called for Shinawatra to step down, accusing her of being a puppet of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was removed from by the military and convicted of corruption by Thai courts.

    December 8, 2013 9:57 PM

  5. what? NFL Player: I Went to Hogwarts Chuck Burton/AP

    5. NFL Player: I Went to Hogwarts

    If you thought you heard the word "Hogwarts" during the player intros of the latest Carolina Panthers game, you're not alone. During the time that players traditionally use to announce their name and former university, Greg Hardy, the Panthers' defensive end, introduced himself as "Kraken" and the school he went to as "Hogwarts." Hardy has apparently given mythological nicknames to the entire defensive line, but he was the only one to record his adopted name (and school of witchcraft and wizardry) on camera. Watch the video here. 

    December 8, 2013 9:45 PM

  6. THANK GOD FOR MADIBA South Africa Holds ‘Day of Prayer’ Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

    6. South Africa Holds ‘Day of Prayer’

    South Africa held a “national day of prayer” on Sunday in memory of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Addressing a congregation in Johannesburg that included members of Mandela’s family, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela “fought against those who oppressed others.” “He wanted everyone o be free,” Zuma said. Bishop Mosa Sono addressed thousands in Soweto, where Mandela lived before going in to prison, telling mourners “thank God for Madiba.” An image of Mandela’s face appeared on a giant screen and Mandela’s famous “I’m prepared to die” speech played to the congregation. A national memorial for Mandela will be held on Tuesday, and a state funeral will be held on December 15.

    December 8, 2013 8:47 AM

  7. marine tragedy 11 More Stranded Whales Found Dead © Ho New / Reuters

    7. 11 More Stranded Whales Found Dead

    Eleven more short-finned pilot whales were found dead in the Florida Keys on Sunday, bringing the total number of dead whales from a pod that was stranded in the Everglades last week to 22. The pod of 51 was first spotted on Tuesday, veering too close to shallow waters in a remote section of the Everglades. Though the whales are of the species most commonly involved in mass stranding, veterinary teams will try to determine if disease was a factor in the deaths. The rest of the whales in the pod were last seen alive on December 6, but officials say they do not know their current status

    December 8, 2013 7:37 PM

  8. tension S. Korea Expands Air Defense Zone Lee Jin-man/AP

    8. S. Korea Expands Air Defense Zone

    What ever happened to "sharing is caring"? South Korea announced on Sunday that it is expanding its air defense zone for the first time in 62 years to include space also claimed by China and Japan. Air defense zones of all three countries now overlap in the East China Sea over a submerged reef that South Korea calls Ieodo (China calls it Suyan Rock). South Korea maintains a maritime research center there and the seabed around the reef is rich in natural gas and minerals. The move is a response to China's expansion of its own defense zone to overlap with South Korea's two weeks ago. South Korea's expansion is to take effect in one week. 

    December 8, 2013 5:31 PM

  9. game on Florida State, Auburn to Play BCS Streeter Lecka/Getty

    9. Florida State, Auburn to Play BCS

    The final two teams are in and it's Florida State and Auburn who will face off January 6 in Pasadena, Calif. in the Vizio BCS National Championship. Auburn gained the number two ranking after beating Missouri 59-42 in the SEC Championship game, and although they've won the past seven national championships, they have their work cut out for them with Florida: The Seminoles are currently the nation's only undefeated team. 

    December 8, 2013 9:00 PM

  10. I DREAMED A DREAM Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s Scott Heppell/AP

    10. Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s

    Susan Boyle was diagnosed last year with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, she told Britain’s Observer on Sunday. “I have always know I have had an unfair label put upon me,” she said. Articles about her after her meteoritic rise on Britain’s Got Talent—and her lovely rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”—often referred to her as having “learning difficulties,” but she rejects that phrase, and she said the specialist discovered she has a higher-than-average IQ. “I am not strong on my own,” Boyle said. “When I have the support of people around me, I am fine.” She called the diagnosis a “relief.” “It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself,” she said.

    December 8, 2013 11:38 AM

  11. FIRST STEP U.N. Nuke Inspectors Visit Iran Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty

    11. U.N. Nuke Inspectors Visit Iran

    United Nations inspectors on Sunday traveled to the Arak heavy-water plant in Iran, which has long been suspected as being key in the country’s nuclear program. It’s the first time in two years that the International Atomic Energy Agency had been allowed to visit the plant, which could be used in creation of a nuclear bomb. The visit is the first after the announcement last month of a deal between the West and Iran to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.  Officials from the U.S., France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia will meet on December 9-10 in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, to officially discuss how to implement the Geneva recommendations.

    December 8, 2013 8:51 AM

  12. INTEL Hersh Slams White House on Syria Uncredited

    12. Hersh Slams White House on Syria

    The Obama administration allegedly knew that the Syrian rebels had the ability to make chemical weapons but did not inform the public, according to an explosive report by Seymour Hersh published online in the London Review of Books. According to Hersh, the White House did not have the intelligence to know that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the August 21 sarin-gas attack, which left thousands dead. One senior intelligence official tells the Obama administration allegedly distorted the timeline to make it look like facts gathered in the days after the attack had actually been gathered in real time. What’s more, the Obama administration knew as far back as June that the Syrian rebels had the ability to make chemical weapons—so the possibility existed that they could be responsible for the attack.

    December 8, 2013 10:13 AM

  13. ON THE INSIDE Madoff: Prison Is Like Camp Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

    13. Madoff: Prison Is Like Camp

    Bernie Madoff, the man behind the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, is apparently in a big-league version of summer camp. That’s what he says, anyway, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published on Sunday. Calling the federal prison at Butner, North Carolina, “as good as it gets,” Madoff said the facility is “very laid-back” and kind of like “camp.” But it’s apparently not a camp with repentance, since Madoff said his investors (many of whom lost millions) were “sophisticated people” who “should have known better.” “People asked me all the time, how I did it. And I refused to tell them, and they still invested,” he said. “Thinks should make sense to you. You should ask good questions.” Madoff also slammed the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying “if they checked on me, I would have been found out.”

    December 8, 2013 10:16 AM

  14. THAT WAS THE GAME Michigan State Bests Ohio State Andy Lyons/Getty

    14. Michigan State Bests Ohio State

    All good things must come to an end. Even if it’s at the Big Ten Championship. Michigan State toppled Ohio State 34-24 on Saturday, ending Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak—and leaving the team without even a championship title to show for it. “We worked so hard,” said junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. “And it just kind of slipped out of our hands.” The Michigan State Spartans led 17-0 after just 21 minutes, leaving the Buckeyes to score 24 points in final the 17. But a 26-yard touchdown run by Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford sealed it for the Spartans. With this loss, the mighty and undefeated Florida State will likely face Auburn in the Big Ten Championship Title game on January 6.

    December 8, 2013 10:46 AM

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  16. BFFS Report: Cohen to Write Ephron Bio Gino Domenico/AP

    15. Report: Cohen to Write Ephron Bio

    The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen will write a biography of the late writer Nora Ephron, Page Six reported on Sunday. Cohen, friends with Ephron since the 1970s when she first began dating Carl Bernstein, reportedly asked Ephron’s family if he could write the biography. Cohen was the first speaker at Ephron’s funeral, at her request. “Nora Ephron and I started out as enemies,” he wrote after her death. She was angry over something he wrote about her. “I was awestruck, also intimidated, and so some months later when she came to my door with her new boyfriend [Bernstein], she coyly said, ‘This is going to be like the movies. We start as enemies and end as friends.’ She extended her hand. I took it and never let it go,” Cohen wrote.

    December 8, 2013 10:51 AM

  17. THIS IS OUR NIGHT Rebecca Black Releases ‘Saturday’

    16. Rebecca Black Releases ‘Saturday’

    You had to know Rebecca Black was planning a comeback. 2011’s biggest viral star has finally moved on from Friday, with her new video “Saturday,” released on, you guessed it, Saturday. In keeping with her Friday tradition, the video was released on YouTube—and it already has three million views. You have only yourselves to blame for her fame, people. Anyway, the video features some callbacks to “Friday” (Black eats out of a cereal bowl, writes “fun fun fun fun” on someone’s face, says “tryin’ to get Friday out of my head”), as well as a party with plenty of twerking, just so we’re all aware this was made in 2013.

    December 8, 2013 10:53 AM

  18. WTF Hilton Blames Lohan for Attack Chris Pizzello/Invision, via AP

    17. Hilton Blames Lohan for Attack

    The strangest celebrity feud ever? Paris Hilton’s younger brother, Barron Hilton, is blaming Lindsay Lohan for an early Friday morning fight that left him bruised and bloodied. Lohan, for her part, spent Saturday holed up in a Miami hotel room. Hilton said Lohan ordered the attack after he criticized her to her “current boytoy.” Oh and apparently this all happened after an all-night party at a lavish rented mansion on Star Island. Hilton allegedly named Lohan as his attacker in a police report. Any bets to how huge this will get before another intervention from Oprah?

    December 8, 2013 10:54 AM