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  1. one year later Bells Toll in Newtown SAUL LOEB

    1. Bells Toll in Newtown

    A year after 20 children and six educators were shot down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the town planned a quiet day of reflection, memorial services and the ringing of bells. The bells at St. Rose of Lima church rang 26 times at 9:30 a.m., the time that Adam Lanza shot his way into the elementary school. In a radio address, President Barack Obama remembered the incident as a tragedy that inspired America to make communities safer. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for,” said Obama. The White House is also planning to observe a moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims. 

    December 14, 2013 12:09 PM

  2. new precedent Utah Judge Decriminalizes Polygamy Adrian Burke/Corbis

    2. Utah Judge Decriminalizes Polygamy

    A district court ruling has found key parts of Utah’s polygamy-prohibiting law unconstitutional, setting a new legal precedent in Utah and effectively decriminalizing polygamy. The U.S. District Court judge sided with the polygamous family of Kody Brown, who became famous on TLC’s reality series Sister Wives. Judge Clark Waddoup ruled that the part of the law that made cohabitation illegal was a violation of the First and 14th amendments and wrote that the issue comes down to “religious cohabitation.” Simply living together does not amount to being legally “married,” wrote Waddoup. 

    December 14, 2013 12:11 PM

  3. One Year After Newtown Colorado School Shooter Killed KDVR/AP

    3. Colorado School Shooter Killed

    Police outside Denver responded to a shooting at Arapahoe High School on Friday. One student was injured and the suspect is now deceased, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The gunman has been identified as Karl Pierson, 18, a student at the high school who asked for a teacher by name. The teacher, Tracy Murphy, a librarian and debate team coach, then exited the building, hoping to lure Pierson outside. Police have not elaborated on a possible motive other than to say that Pierson had a "confrontation or disagreement" with Murphy. One student, a 15-year-old girl, has been transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound and was listed in serious condition as of Friday night. 

    December 13, 2013 3:08 PM

  4. snubbed Tutu Not Going to Mandela Funeral Michael Loccisano/Getty

    4. Tutu Not Going to Mandela Funeral

    Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela’s longtime anti-apartheid ally, said on Saturday that he would not attend Mandela’s funeral because he had not been accredited as a clergyman for the funeral. However, a spokesman for South African president Jacob Zuma insists that Tutu is on the guest list. “Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata (Mandela) to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral,” Tutu said in a statement. “Had I or my office been informed that I would be welcome there is no way on earth that I would have missed it.” Tutu, a now-retired archbishop of Cape Town, indicated that he felt snubbed by South Africa's current government, with which he has clashed in the past.

    December 14, 2013 2:29 PM

  5. besties Rodman to Train N. Korea Team Jon Chol Jin/AP

    5. Rodman to Train N. Korea Team

    Former NBA star and Kim Jong-un's BFF Dennis Rodman is planning to travel to North Korea next week to train the country's basketball team. The trip is apparently unaffected by the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was the country's number two official. Rodman has organized an exhibition game to celebrate Kim's birthday in January and has said that the team's roster will include former professional basketball players, though he has yet to reveal names. "Yes, I'm going to North Korea to train the basketball team," Rodman told The Associated Press by phone. "I'm going to bring American players over there. Yes I am. I'm going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened. If they can. If they can. If they can. I'm going. I'm going back for his birthday. Special."

    December 14, 2013 1:44 PM

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    6. NSA Weighs Amnesty for Snowden

    Top National Security Agency official Rick Ledgett told 60 Minutes in an interview that will air on Sunday that the U.S. government is considering offering Edward Snowden amnesty if he agrees to return all of the documents he obtained from the NSA. While Ledgett said that “it’s worth having a conversation about” Snowden’s possible amnesty, he also clarified that not everyone in the NSA agrees. Still, Ars Technica points out that even if Snowden met Ledgett’s high bar for assuring the secure return of all the data, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are also known to have copies of the documents, making it nearly impossible for such a deal to work.

    December 13, 2013 5:09 PM

  8. one small step China Lands Rover on the Moon © China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

    7. China Lands Rover on the Moon

    The world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades was accomplished on Saturday by China, according to the country’s state media. The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a Chinese moon goddess, touched down without damage to the craft or its equipment—the first such accomplishment since the Soviet Union’s landing in 1976. The probe carried a moon rover (named “Yutu,” after the goddess’s pet) which separated from the Chang’e eight hours after landing and embarked on a three-month scientific expedition. The probe’s landing is the next step in a space program that eventually aims to land a Chinese astronaut on the moon. 

    December 14, 2013 12:21 PM

  9. rival rallies Govt. Supporters Rally in Ukraine © Marko Djurica / Reuters

    8. Govt. Supporters Rally in Ukraine

    The anti-government protesters in Ukraine got competition on Saturday in the form of rallies in support of President Viktor Yanukovich, which brought tens of thousands of pro-government supporters.  The support rallies were separated from the anti-government ones by a line of riot police. The pro-Yanukovich rallies come a day after talks between the government and the opposition failed. “We are here to support the president and his order,” said an 18-year-old at the rallies. “Yanukovich is our best prospect at the moment.” Senator John McCain will fly to Ukraine on Sunday to express support for the anti-government protesters. 

    December 14, 2013 12:29 PM

  10. stick together Sprint May Acquire T-Mobile Kevork Djansezian

    9. Sprint May Acquire T-Mobile

    With T-Mobile’s majority owner, Deutsche Telekom AG, planning to leave the U.S., Sprint may have a go at acquiring the mobile company, according to a Wall Street Journal report. If the deal goes through, Americans would be left with only three major mobile carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The acquisition bid would amount to about $20 billion and would be presented in the first half of 2014. It is unclear whether the deal would go through, however—a previous bid by AT&T to acquire T-Mobile failed.

    December 14, 2013 12:31 PM

  11. THE END Khloe Kardashian Files for Divorce Evan Agostini/AP

    10. Khloe Kardashian Files for Divorce

    There's only so much a Kardashian can take. Khloe Kardashian filed court documents on Friday to divorce her husband of four years, NBA player Lamar Odom, and to remove "Odom" from her name. Odom was in and out of rehab this year for drug abuse and rumors of infidelities have plagued the couple in recent months. Kardashian, who cited "irreconcilable differences" in the court documents, is not asking for spousal support and has asked for any bid by Odom for support to be rejected as well. The couple had a prenuptial agreement that kept all of their property separate.

    December 13, 2013 5:09 PM

  12. home at last Mandela's Remains Flown to Qunu © Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

    11. Mandela's Remains Flown to Qunu

    Nelson Mandela has finally gone home. The remains of the former South African president arrived on Saturday in his childhood home of Qunu, in the country’s Eastern Cape province. The anti-apartheid leader will be buried in the green hills of his ancestral home on Sunday. As the casket was transported in a procession to Qunu from the airport in Mthatha, mourners lined the route to pay their respects. “Look, he loved these hills. He really believed this is where he belonged,” his daughter, Maki Mandela, told CNN.

    December 14, 2013 12:17 PM

  13. ominous N. Korea Pulls Citizens from China © KCNA KCNA / Reuters

    12. N. Korea Pulls Citizens from China

    Talk about ominous. According to a South Korean report, North Korean business people are being summoned back to their country after the execution of leader Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who controlled economic ties with China. According to the report, Kim Jong-un is in the throes of an attempt to consolidate power through a reign of terror. Business people in Shenyang and Dandong who worked to enhance bilateral trade and investment are being brought home in what appears to be a crackdown on those who were loyal to Jang.

    December 14, 2013 12:22 PM