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  1. odious Uganda OKs Anti-Homosexuality Bill © Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

    1. Uganda OKs Anti-Homosexuality Bill

    Uganda’s parliament passed a bill on Friday that toughens punishment for homosexual acts, making it a crime worth life imprisonment in some cases. Not reporting gay people is also punishable by a prison sentence according to the bill. The bill has passed to the desk of President Yoweri Museveni, who likely knows that signing it into law will cause an international outcry, as world leaders have already condemned it. Uganda’s parliament also passed an Anti-Pornography bill on Thursday, which bans miniskirts and sexually suggestive material, including some music videos.

    December 21, 2013 1:02 PM

  2. mission aborted U.S. Aircraft in Sudan Attacked © Andreea Campeanu / Reuters

    2. U.S. Aircraft in Sudan Attacked

    Aircraft on a mission to evacuate American citizens from South Sudan were attacked on Saturday, forcing them to turn back without completing the rescue, officials said. President Obama had sent 45 servicemen in three CV-22 Ospreys to "support the security of U.S. personnel and our embassy" in heavily contested territory. Sudan officials said the attack--which left four service members wounded, one seriously--was the work of rebel forces. It is unknown how many Americans were to be evacuated or if they are still in danger.

    December 21, 2013 3:13 PM

  3. gravity Six-Hour NASA Spacewalk Begins © NASA NASA / Reuters

    3. Six-Hour NASA Spacewalk Begins

    Two NASA astronauts began a six-hour spacewalk on Saturday to fix a leak in the International Space Station’s cooling system. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins so far have progressed through the job an hour and a half ahead of schedule—and have been spared the helmet-flooding problem that almost killed an Italian astronaut in July (contamination had clogged up the system which removed moisture from his U.S.-made suit). NASA outfitted the two men with snorkels while they worked to unhook a coolant pump module with a faulty valve. Plans are in place for three spacewalks through Christmas Day to repair the valve malfunction that cut the station’s cooling capability in half last week.

    December 21, 2013 11:08 AM

  4. how to lose your job Navy: 19 Female Sailors Hazed RAFAEL MARTIE/LANDOV

    4. Navy: 19 Female Sailors Hazed

    What is this, high school? A high-ranking Navy officer and a top sailor were fired on Friday in connection with a hazing incident involving 19 female sailors. According to the investigation, the women were forced to take human waste out of two nonworking toilets, place it in buckets, and 13 of them were then marched down to a pier to dispose of the waste in portable toilets, many of them without proper protective equipment. Cmdr. Kenneth Rice, executive officer of the USS Jason Dunham, and Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Vandergrifft, who marched the women to the pier, were found guilty in non-judicial proceedings, according to a statement from the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

    December 21, 2013 12:48 PM

  5. muslim brotherhood Morsi Accused of Prison Break © Stringer . / Reuters

    5. Morsi Accused of Prison Break

    Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, will stand trial along with 132 others for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising that ended in the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Morsi is currently already on trial for inciting killings of opposition activists and will also stand trial for espionage involving Hamas, according to prosecutors. Other defendants in the prison break case include leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who escaped from the Wadi al-Natrun prison on Jan. 28, 2011 with outside help.

    December 21, 2013 1:05 PM

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    6. Four Arrested for NJ Carjacking

    Four men have been arrested in connection to a New Jersey mall carjacking that led to a man being shot in front of his wife outside a mall in Short Hills last weekend. Hanif Thompson, 29, Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, were charged with murder, conspiracy, and other counts in the Dec. 15 carjacking of Dustin Friedland. A county prosecutor said the crime appeared to be motivated by the particular kind of car the suspects were looking for. Mourners at Friedland’s funeral said that the Syracuse University law graduate was shot in the head and killed as he was opening the door of his Range Rover for his wife, who was unharmed.

    December 21, 2013 12:52 PM

  8. 'NO RATIONAL REASON' Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down George Frey/Getty

    7. Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

    A federal judge deemed Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional Friday. “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” U.S. Court Judge Robert J. Shelby wrote in his decision. “It feels unreal,” said Moudi Sbeity, one of the plaintiffs in the state Supreme Court case. The ACLU of Utah’s legal director John Mejia, who filed an amicus brief in the case, said, “We think that it was a discriminatory law that only served to deny loving and committed couples the protection and dignity of marriage.”

    December 20, 2013 4:27 PM

  9. Lookin' Back Obama: NSA Not Spying at Home Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

    8. Obama: NSA Not Spying at Home

    In a press conference Friday, President Obama said "I have confidence the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillence or snooping around." Obama said he believes the NSA's goals and public trust can be reconciled after Edward Snowden's revelations and a legal ruling against the NSA last week. Obama was also asked if 2013 was the worst year of his presidency. "That's not how I think about it," he answered.

    December 20, 2013 2:23 PM

  10. impending civil war? Thai Democrats Boycott Elections © Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters

    9. Thai Democrats Boycott Elections

    Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party will boycott the elections to be held on February 2, the group announced. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for the elections in order to end weeks of mass protests, but Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said during a news conference that it would not be fielding candidates because “Thai politics is at a failed stage.” Meanwhile, the head of the Thai army warns that such political divisions could trigger a “civil war.”

    December 21, 2013 1:07 PM

  11. peace offering Target Giving 10 Percent Off Joe Raedle/Getty

    10. Target Giving 10 Percent Off

    The bad news: Your debit and credit cards may have been hacked if you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The good news? You get 10 percent off (on Saturday and Sunday)! The retailer announced a weekend discount and issued a statement from CEO Gregg Steinhafel on Friday night. “Our guests’ trust is our top priority at Target and we are committed to making this right,” said Steinhafel. According to the statement, there is no indication that debit card PIN numbers or card security codes were compromised, meaning that the compromised cards cannot be used to withdraw cash from an ATM or shop online. According to a California legal team that is filing a class action lawsuit against Target, however, some customers claim that thieves have used their debit card information to withdraw money from ATMs.

    December 21, 2013 1:01 PM

  12. changes sans surgery NJ Senate Passes Transgender Bill Comstock/Getty

    11. NJ Senate Passes Transgender Bill

    The often-difficult and expensive process of updating identification documents has a chance of getting easier for transgender individuals in New Jersey. On Thursday, the state’s senate passed a bill that will eliminate the need to show proof of gender reassignment surgery in order to update their birth certificates. Gender reassignment surgeries are still out of reach for many, since they are often not covered by health insurance and cost thousands of dollars. The Social Security Administration, U.S. State Department, and Department of Veterans Affairs all allow updating of identification documents without surgery. The bill now moves to Republican governor Chris Christie to sign.

    December 21, 2013 12:55 PM