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  1. to the rescue Report: Podesta to Join Obama Bloomberg/Getty

    1. Report: Podesta to Join Obama

    When in need, take a helping hand from Bill Clinton. Democratic strategist and former chief of staff for President Clinton, John Podesta, will reportedly be returning to the White House to help President Obama get out of a messy situation. Podesta, who is the founder of research group Center for American Progress, helped during Obama's presidential transition in 2008 and has served as an adviser since. He is expected to help Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, with the health-care law and climate-change issues.

    December 9, 2013 10:31 PM

  2. sickening Sandy Hook Gun Maker Sales Soar Joe Raedle/Getty

    2. Sandy Hook Gun Maker Sales Soar

    Nearing the year anniversary of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary, the manufacturer of the gun used to carry out the deadly massacre disclosed its sales have risen 36 percent since the incident. Remington Outdoor Co., formerly known as the Freedom Group, says 2013 sales are expected to be around $1.25 billion, compared to last year's $931.9 million, and profits are projected to grow by 50 percent. "Consumer concern over more restrictive governmental regulation on the federal, state and local levels has contributed to this increase in demand," the company noted in a recent report.

    December 9, 2013 8:45 PM

  3. JUBILATION Stocks Close on New High Spencer Platt/Getty

    3. Stocks Close on New High

    At least some people didn’t have a case of the Mondays. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq are all still above recent highs of 16,000, 1,800, and 4,000 respectively, with the S&P closing at a new record of 1,808. While there was no major economic news on Monday outside of the acquisition of US Foods by Sysco and the relaunching of American Airlines, the continued rise of the stock market comes after a better-than-expected November jobs report last Friday. While the good jobs report might herald the Federal Reserve being more open to tapering its bond buying program, the strong reaction by the stock market might mean investors have adjusted already to that future.

    December 9, 2013 4:53 PM

  4. third chances Zimmerman's GF: Drop Charges © POOL New / Reuters

    4. Zimmerman's GF: Drop Charges

    Is this the first bit of good news for George Zimmerman in a while? According to a court filing, his girlfriend no longer wants to press charges against Zimmerman after she accused him of pointing a long-barreled shotgun at her, which resulted in charges of aggravated assault, battery, and criminal mischief in November. In her court filing, she wrote that he "never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner," and wants to get back together with him.

    December 9, 2013 6:17 PM

  5. OMG NASA Finds Lake on Mars NASA/AP

    5. NASA Finds Lake on Mars

    You are not alone. NASA’s Curiosity rover has made another major discovery on Mars, this time evidence of a “fresh water” lake with such little salinity and neutral-enough acidity that it theoretically could have supported life. The lake existed 3.6 billion years ago, and lasted for a few thousand years. While scientists have long held that Mars was once a wetter planet, prior breakthroughs found evidence of water that was far too acidic.  “If we put microbes from Earth and put them in this lake on Mars, would they survive? Would they survive and thrive? And the answer is yes,” said John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the Curiosity rover mission. 

    December 9, 2013 3:28 PM

  6. brr Weather Cancels 1,650 Flights Gary Cameron/Reuters

    6. Weather Cancels 1,650 Flights

    Better find a comfortable spot in the terminal. On Monday, snow and icy conditions forced airlines to cancel 1,650 flights across the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic states. At least 14 people were killed in the weekend storm, many thanks to deadly accidents reported along the storm’s path, including a 50-car pile-up in Pennsylvania. Across the region, tens of thousands have been left without power in the bitter cold. Brace yourselves: Tuesday is expected to bring another 5 inches of snow in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

    December 9, 2013 9:50 PM

  7. talk about frigid Antarctica Hits -135.8 Degrees Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters / Landov

    7. Antarctica Hits -135.8 Degrees

    This should stop your complaining about the current snowy forecast. Scientists announced on Monday findings from NASA satellite data that showed East Antarctica set the record for coldest temperature ever measured in August 2010. The frigid tundra reached 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, and this past July almost hit that low again, reaching -135.3 degrees. At that temperature, scientists say, it's painful to breathe.

    December 9, 2013 10:02 PM

  8. NOT A GAME NSA Spied on World of Warcraft Tony Gentile/Reuters

    8. NSA Spied on World of Warcraft

    Think twice before making those funny avatars. From the desk of everyone’s favorite leaker, Edward Snowden: The National Security Agency apparently infiltrated the database of online games such as World of Warcraft and other Xbox games. The documents were published Monday in the Guardian and The New York Times, in partnership with ProPublica. According to these documents, the NSA can collect massive amounts of data from the Xbox Live gaming console—which has, oh, 48 million members. That’s not creepy at all. The documents, written in 2008, sound kind of like your mom when warning you about the problems of video games, stressing that many important intelligence targets are within the network.

    December 9, 2013 11:25 AM

  9. R.I.P., Bailout U.S. Sells Last Stake in GM Bill Pugliano/Getty

    9. U.S. Sells Last Stake in GM

    The U.S. government lost some cash on a clunker. The bailout of General Motors ended Monday after the Treasury department sold its final shares in the automaker, losing $10.5 billion on the $49.5 billion bailout. GM had sold a 60 percent ownership stake to the government in 2009 instead of paying back $40 billion it borrowed during bankruptcy.  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defended the bailout, saying Obama’s “decision to commit additional support to GM while requiring them to fundamentally restructure their business was tough but right.”

    December 9, 2013 6:24 PM

  10. 'mitt' Netflix Planning Romney Doc Charlie Neibergall/AP

    10. Netflix Planning Romney Doc

    Will Mitt hold a straw to House of Cards? A new documentary about Mitt Romeny's presidential campaign will air on Netflix on January 24, as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Premieres lineup. The film was directed by Greg Whiteley, who followed Romney's family and campaign beginning in 2006, as his aspirations sparked, through the failed 2012 White House run against Barack Obama.

    December 9, 2013 4:26 PM

  11. POT TO KETTLE Cheney: White House Lied Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    11. Cheney: White House Lied

    Takes one to know one. On Fox and Friends, former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked President Obama and his team for their promise that people could keep their plan under Obamacare if they liked it. “It was a lie. It was deliberate. They knew if they told the truth, the bill would’ve never passed,” said Cheney. He made a personal argument against the president, citing his well-documented heart troubles which he said required having access to the same doctors over the years. “One of the most important decisions I made was I had exactly two doctors who covered me over that 35-year period of time and that was crucial in terms of my care,” explained Cheney.

    December 9, 2013 10:51 AM

  12. tech-land SF Protesters Block Google Bus Justin Sullivan/Getty

    12. SF Protesters Block Google Bus

    A dozen demonstrators surrounded a bus of Google employees, blocking it for half an hour as it drove through San Francisco heading to the company's Mountain View headquarters. Hoisting signs saying “Public $$$$, Private Gains,” and “Stop Displacement Now,” protesters railed against tech-gentrification. At one point what appeared to be a Google employee jumped off the bus and said "Why don't you go to a city that can afford it?"—a stunt which later appeared to be faked by a labor organizer. The city has tentative plans to give corporate operators use of 200 bus stops, which will begin in pilot phase this January.

    December 9, 2013 4:00 PM

  13. Small-Screen Grizzly Sarah Palin Returns as TV Star Slaven Vlasic/Getty

    13. Sarah Palin Returns as TV Star

    Sarah Palin will go pallin’ around with cameras again. The ex-VP candidate signed a deal to host Amazing America on the Sportsman Channel next year. The show will take Palin out of Alaska to give viewers a coast-to-coast tour of people and stories that “reflect her passion” for what makes America great. "Gov. Palin is one of America's most popular leaders, whose powerful love of country and passion for the great outdoors is inspiring to millions and millions of people," Sportsman Channel CEO Gavin Harvey said. The new series comes three years after her realty show on TLC ended.

    December 9, 2013 3:34 PM

  14. CHAOS Ukraine Buses Police Into Kiev Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    14. Ukraine Buses Police Into Kiev

    Police buses headed into Kiev on Monday after thousands of protesters refused to yield overnight, despite freezing temperatures and snow. Demonstrators have built barricades outside key government buildings, although activists began evacuating ones they have been occupying for days. Police sealed entrances to the subway station near the city administration building after an alleged bomb threat. Protests began three weeks ago after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abandoned plans for closer ties with the European Union. Last week, Yanukovych announced plans to create a customs union with Russia, leading hundreds of thousands to protest on Sunday in Kiev and even topple a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. But Ukraine depends on Russia for natural gas, and its main supplier, Gazprom, has claimed Ukraine is behind on payments.

    This Daily Beast 'Darkroom' explores the protests in Ukraine.

    December 9, 2013 6:58 AM

  15. Creep Learns Fate Filner Sentenced to 90 Days Bill Wechter/Getty

    15. Filner Sentenced to 90 Days

    Hopefully only men work at Bob Filner’s home. The former mayor of San Diego was sentenced Monday to 90 days home confinement by a judge after pleading guilty to sexual criminal charges earlier this year. Three women said Filner sexually harassed them as mayor, which led to his resignation in August. Filner's sentence was part of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors in October and includes three years’ probation and mental health treatment.

    December 9, 2013 1:55 PM

  16. BIRTH CONTROL Is NuvaRing Deadly? Kena Betancur/Getty

    16. Is NuvaRing Deadly?

    The popular birth control NuvaRing could be causing blood clots in thousands of woman who use it—and has even allegedly resulted in deaths. Erika Langhart, 24, died of a pulmonary embolism on Thanksgiving Day in 2011, after using NuvaRing for approximately four years. On the program for Erika’s memorial service, her mother wrote “Cause of Passing: Massive, Double Pulmonary Embolism—a direct result of the NuvaRing.” According to the FDA itself, NuvaRing user’s have a 56 percent increase of blood clots, and Merck, the company that makes the contraceptive, is facing roughly 3,500 lawsuits for health risks from NuvaRing. But the contraceptive remains on the market—and in fact, Merck made $623 million off it in 2012.

    December 9, 2013 12:27 PM

  17. RELIEF Viagra Might Help Menstrual Cramps Blend Images - JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty

    17. Viagra Might Help Menstrual Cramps

    Move over men with ED. A small study of 25 women by a Penn State University research team found that when administered vaginally, Viagra seemed to ease menstrual cramps. The study found that the drug proved to help with pain when painkillers like ibuprofen failed to do the job. While more research will be required, and scientists are still unsure of why the drug would work to help pain from cramps, prior research found that Viagra taken orally to fight cramps helped but had side effects like headaches.

    December 9, 2013 4:25 PM

  18. CREEPY ‘Thrill Kill’ Newlyweds Charged Larry Deklinski and Mike Staugaitis/The News-Item, via AP

    18. ‘Thrill Kill’ Newlyweds Charged

    Married in October. Allegedly murdered someone in November. Arrested and charged in December. Talk about moving fast. Newlywed couple Elytte and Miranda Barbour allegedly returned to the scene of a grisly murder they committed in Pennsylvania to watch as police searched for evidence, according to a longtime friend of Elytte’s. Elytte, 22, and Miranda, 18, have been charged in the murder of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found in Sunbury, Pa., on Nov. 20. Elytte has reportedly confessed that “they just wanted to murder someone together.” The pair allegedly lured LaFerrara to their home via Craigslist by offering Miranda up as an escort, and then Elytte allegedly strangled LaFerrara with a belt and then Miranda stabbed him more than 20 times. The couple then allegedly went to a Harrisburg strip club, before returning to watch police at the crime scene.

    December 9, 2013 7:28 AM

  19. LEGENDS La Russa, Torre, Cox Make Hall Otto Greule Jr/Getty

    19. La Russa, Torre, Cox Make Hall

    Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox, three managers who dominated baseball in the last three decades, have been selected  for the Hall of Fame. The three managers, who rank third, fifth, and fourth on the all-time win list, combined for 7,558 victories and eight World Series. La Russa is famous for his tenure at the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, changing the way bullpens were run and going out with a World Series win with the Cardinals. Cox, who led the Braves to 14 consecutive division titles and a World Series win, was also notorious for his antics with umpires which led him to a record 158 ejections. Joe Torre was the guiding hand  behind four World Series championships for the New York Yankees. The late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who was on the ballot was not elected.

    December 9, 2013 11:39 AM

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  21. NOT SO INSPIRING ‘127 Hours’ Inspiration Arrested Danny Moloshok/Reuters

    20. ‘127 Hours’ Inspiration Arrested

    The man who inspired the film 127 Hours was arrested Saturday for assault. Aron Ralston amputated his own arm in 2003 after being trapped in a Utah canyon, and his story later was turned into the critically acclaimed movie starring James Franco. Ralston and a woman named Vita Shannon were arrested on charges of domestic violence and “wrongs to minors.”

    December 9, 2013 7:30 AM

  22. GEORGE OF THE PEOPLE Clooney Backs Ukraine Protests Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

    21. Clooney Backs Ukraine Protests

    George Clooney released a one-minute YouTube video on Monday in support of protesters in Ukraine. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy,” Clooney says in the video. “We learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election.” Clooney called on President Viktor Yanukovych to listen to the people of Ukraine, and hold “free and fair elections.” This is hardly Clooney’s first foray into international relations: He has also campaigned for the people of Darfur.

    In The Daily Beast's 'Darkroom,' dive into the Ukrainian conflict with this stunning photo of protest.

    December 9, 2013 7:44 AM

  23. OOPS! NYT Gets Scooped on Own Story Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    22. NYT Gets Scooped on Own Story

    Being a fly on the wall during The New York Times’s editorial meeting Monday morning might be fun. After a series of teasing tweets by political editor Carolyn Ryan on Sunday, the paper built up anticipation for a “groundbreaking story” coming online soon. But the paper ended up being scooped on its own story. Oops. “I can’t say too much, but it’ll make u rethink-well I should stop,” Ryan tweeted. “Stay tuned.” Twitter reacted as Twitter does, with #nytguesses becoming a trending topic. But imagine everyone’s surprise when the story she was referring to, “Invisible Child,” a moving portrait of an 11-year-old homeless girl in New York, showed up on the Las Vegas Sun website. You see, the Sun is a wire subscriber to the Times, and apparently hit “publish” a bit too soon. The Sun took the story down by midnight and apologized via Facebook.

    December 9, 2013 7:26 AM

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

    23. 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

  25. RAGS TO RICHES One in Five Americans Will Be Rich Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    24. One in Five Americans Will Be Rich

    Who knew being rich was so fleeting? Twenty-one percent of American adults will become rich (yearly income of $250,000 or more) for at least one full year in their lives before the age of 60, but many of them have also seen their wealth shrink to less than that amount. That percentage is twice as high as it was in 1979. The debate over rising inequality in the U.S. has become more and more prominent over the past year, as President Obama has recently called it “the defining challenge of our time,” and Bill de Blasio steamrolled his opponent on a message of addressing New York City’s own inequality issues.

    December 9, 2013 12:27 PM

  26. WARM RECEPTION ‘Frozen’ Wins Weekend Box Office Disney/AP

    25. ‘Frozen’ Wins Weekend Box Office

    Winter storms didn’t stop people from going to the movies. Frozen topped the weekend box office, bringing in $31.6 million in its second week and overtaking Catching Fire. But don’t weep for Catching Fire yet: The second movie in the Hunger Games franchise has grossed $673.4 million globally—almost as much as the $691.2 million its predecessor took in during its entire run. There was little time or money for anyone to see anything else, with Out of the Furnace bombing at $5.3 million in its opening weekend. Thor 2 grossed $4.7 million for the weekend’s fourth slot, and Delivery Man took in $3.8 million. Jackass: Bad Grandpa made $855,000. domestically, officially putting it over the $100 million mark.

    December 9, 2013 7:45 AM

  27. ‘LOGISTICAL CONCERNS’ Bibi Not Attending Mandela Funeral Pool photo by Uriel Sinai

    26. Bibi Not Attending Mandela Funeral

    Doesn’t the funeral of a world icon merit dipping into some savings? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday, due to the high cost and several other logistical concerns. An unnamed representative will attend in his place. The trip is estimated to cost roughly $2 million. In addition to the cost, the short notice of the trip and the complex security arrangements made it difficult for Netanyahu to attend. Fifty-nine heads of state are expected to attend Mandela’s memorial, including U.S. President Obama, who left Washington on Monday morning for South Africa.

    December 9, 2013 9:38 AM

  28. CAMPAIGN Tech Demands Surveillance Limits Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    27. Tech Demands Surveillance Limits

    Better late than never? In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s spying program, eight Internet giants launched a public campaign for the U.S. government to limit its surveillance through their companies. Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL published an open letter in several newspapers on Monday calling on the government to end bulk collection of user data, including email, address books, and video chats. According to information leaked by Snowden, the NSA targeted some of these companies, leading Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo to increase encryption efforts. President Obama promised last week to propose reforms to NSA to ensure Americans’ privacy.

    December 9, 2013 7:00 AM

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

    28. 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