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  1. WHERE'S THE CHEER? UPS Attacked Over Delivery Fail Justin Sullivan/Getty

    1. UPS Attacked Over Delivery Fail

    UPS already acknowledged being behind in delivery orders for Christmas, but that hasn’t stopped people from shaming the company all day. The UPS Facebook page is inundated with scornful posts, including one particularly angry message:  “Beyond angry. We have not left the house all day & have been nervously pacing. This was supposed to be my son's big gift. Never showed up, thanks for nothing." Another customer vented to NBC: “UPS ruined my Christmas,” Katherine McEachen told NBC. The last time UPS failed to deliver a large number of packages was in 2004 due to an ice storm. UPS recognized its failure today, releasing a statement saying “UPS understands the importance of your holiday shipments... the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network immediately preceding Christmas so some shipments were delayed.”

    December 25, 2013 1:49 PM

  2. CRACKDOWN M. Brotherhood Declared Terrorists Amr Nabil/AP

    2. M. Brotherhood Declared Terrorists

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group, the Egyptian government decided following a suicide bombing attack on a police headquarters that killed 16 people this week. Though the Muslim Brotherhood has denied responsibility for the attack, the military-led government blames the group and has arrested thousands of supporters already in a crackdown against it. “Egypt was horrified from north to south by the hideous crime committed by the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa. “This was in context of dangerous escalation to violence against Egypt and Egyptians and a clear declaration by the Muslim Brotherhood group that it still knows nothing but violence.” The group’s candidate Mohammed Morsi won Eygpt’s presidential election before he was ousted and replaced by the military.

    December 25, 2013 1:30 PM

  3. ALOHA Obamas Wish Americans a Merry Xmas Pool photo by Cory Lum

    3. Obamas Wish Americans a Merry Xmas

    While in Hawaii, President Obama and the First Lady sent Christmas cheer to Americans during the president's weekly address. “This is a season for millions of Americans to be together with family, to continue long-held holiday traditions, and to show our gratitude to those we love,” Obama said. The president also recognized troops serving abroad, saying that “today, we want all of our troops to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.” Michelle Obama encouraged people to help people in their communities who “could use a hand up.”

    December 25, 2013 9:56 AM

  4. TARGETED 42 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq Karim Kadim/AP

    4. 42 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq

    Predominantly Christian areas were the targets of attacks that killed at least 42 people and injured 84 others across Iraq Wednesday. 27 were killed when a car bomb exploded near a church in the southern part of Baghdad where people were leaving a Christmas celebration. In a marketplace in another majority-Christian area, three roadside bombs went off in a row killing 11. Two police officers and one soldier were also killed when a gunman opened fire on a police and army checkpoint near Tikrit, the capital of the northern central province Salahudin. Christians have been the targets of recurrent attacks since the U.S. and allies invaded in 2003.

    December 25, 2013 6:21 PM

  5. ‘HOMEMADE PEACE’ Pope Calls on Atheists, Believers Franco Origlia/Getty

    5. Pope Calls on Atheists, Believers

    Pope Francis called for members of all religions to join together with atheists to work for “a homemade peace” in his first Christmas Day service at St. Peter’s Basilica. About 70,000 gathered to hear the Pope speak on the Basilica’s central balcony, calling for the environment to be saved from “human greed and rapacity.” In his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and world) speech, Francis veered from his prepared words to ask atheists to unite with believers. He also noted the ongoing ethnic violence in South Sudan that is believed to have killed thousands, calling for “social harmony.”

    December 25, 2013 9:20 AM

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    6. Stocks Set to Break Records

    Investors will likely get a Christmas bonus in January this year. The stock market is on track for its best year since 1997, with the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index up 28.55 percent in 2013. The Dow Jones industrial average is also slated to have its best year since 2003 if it keeps up the 24.8 percent increase its seen so far. And the Nasdaq is up 37.6 percent—the highest it’s been since 2009 and the sixth-best yearlong performance in its 41-year history. The Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies are to thank for the boost to investor confidence—and to the economy in general.

    December 25, 2013 6:08 PM

  8. MIXED MESSAGES U.N. Denies South Sudan Mass Grave Anna Adhikari/UNMISS, via AP

    7. U.N. Denies South Sudan Mass Grave

    The United Nations is now denying a report on the discovery of a mass grave in South Sudan. On Tuesday, the Berlin office of Navi Pillay, a U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a report announcing that 75 bodies were found in a grave in South Sudan’s Unity State, later changing that to 34 bodies and 75 people missing. Wednesday the U.N. mission in South Sudan denounced the report, saying it was an exaggeration of a “skirmish” that killed 15 people. Leaders from six East African countries plan to travel to South Sudan on Thursday to advocate an end to the violence that has been raging for 10 days.

    December 25, 2013 10:11 AM

  9. DARK CHRISTMAS Thousands Without Power on Xmas Mike Groll/AP

    8. Thousands Without Power on Xmas

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans woke up in the dark and cold on Christmas morning, as a harsh ice storm killed the power in parts of Michigan, Vermont, New York State and Maine. Repair crews are working furiously to bring back the heat and lights, but some electricity might not be restored until later Wednesday or even Thursday. “This is our largest Christmas-week storm in our 126-year history, and it’s our largest ice storm in the last 10 years,” said a spokesperson for Consumers Energy in Michigan, a total of 303,000 electric customers were affected by the storms over the weekend, and 230,000 were still without power as of Tuesday evening. “We are working as hard as we can to get people back on. We recognize that this is a terrible time for this to happen.”

    December 25, 2013 9:44 AM

  10. THERE HE IS! Royal Baby Seen in Xmas Broadcast Pool photo by John Stillwell

    9. Royal Baby Seen in Xmas Broadcast

    Does it get any cuter? During her yearly Christmas Day broadcast, Queen Elizabeth II revealed scenes from the family’s photo shoot after Prince George's christening. “It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations,” the Queen said of the happy occasion. While addressing the Commonwealth in the blue drawing room at Buckingham Palace, she said, “as so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope.” Veering away from family, Queen Elizabeth also took a moment to note those working during the holiday and won’t be home for Christmas. “We are forever grateful to all those who put themselves at risk to keep us safe.”

    December 25, 2013 9:36 AM

  11. UNBELIEBABLE Bieber Tweets About Retirement Dan Steinberg/AP

    10. Bieber Tweets About Retirement

    Justin Bieber is becoming the boy who cried retirement. After announcing on a L.A. radio station that his latest album will be his last, the pop star tweeted on Christmas Eve, “My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring.” Less than an hour later, he created more confusion tweeting, “The media talks a lot about me. They make up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.”  So is he or isn’t he? Sources say Bieber, whose newest movie “Believe,” opened on Christmas, is just messing with us.

    Whether or not this is his last hurrah, it's certainly been fun. Check out these Reel Numbers about 'Justin Bieber's Believe.'

    December 25, 2013 1:46 PM


    11. U.S. Embassy in Kabul Hit

    Two rounds of indirect fire hit the U.S. Embassy in Kabul early Christmas morning, but no one was hurt. The Taliban was quick to claim responsibility, announcing that it fired four rockets at the American compound on Wednesday, causing many casualties. The Taliban, however, is known to overstate their activities. Meanwhile, 37 miles east of Kabul, a bicycle bomb exploded in front of a restaurant, killing six and injuring 13. Attacks by Afghan insurgents have increased recently in an effort to reclaim territory as foreign troops prepare for full withdrawal from the country next year.

    December 25, 2013 9:40 AM

  13. SPLITSVILLE The Spitzers Are Calling It Quits Bethan McKernan/AP

    12. The Spitzers Are Calling It Quits

    The Spitzers are splitting up. More than five years after Silda Wall Spitzer decided to stand by her man during a prostitution scandal that killed his political career, she and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer are breaking up. “We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end, and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject,” a Spitzer spokeswoman said in a statement issued on the couple’s behalf, not confirming whether or not they’d official filed for divorce. Spitzer, who attempted a political comeback in a bid for New York City comptroller earlier this year, has been rumored to be dating a Democratic operative who worked on NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign.

    December 25, 2013 10:15 AM

  14. AWAITING ORDERS Marines Ready to Enter South Sudan U.S. Air Force/AP

    13. Marines Ready to Enter South Sudan

    A group of 150 U.S. Marines are poised and awaiting orders to enter South Sudan to help evacuate about 100 remaining citizens and provide security for the American embassy there. Around 380 citizens have already been evacuated amid a looming civil war in the world’s newest country, which in the last week has already seen hundreds dead and thousands more displaced. U.S. Africa Command cited as reason for the move, the lessons learned in Benghazi last year when three Americans and Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed by militants. “We needed to be better postured, in order to respond to developing or crisis situations, if needed. These precautionary movements will allow us to do just that," the statement read.

    December 24, 2013 7:38 AM

  15. PLEASE DON’T GO Cracker Barrel Workers Had Script A&E, via AP

    14. Cracker Barrel Workers Had Script

    After boycotting products with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on it, Cracker Barrel faced the wrath of angry customers and had to devise a script for its employees outlining how to handle situations. Under “Talking Points,” the categories were broken down into “Sorry,” “Thank You,” “Action,” “Recover,” and “Share.” The script was only necessary for 24 hours, though, when the company decided its stance was doing more harm than good, i.e. it was losing money. Cracker Barrel quickly reversed its position and opened its arms back up to Phil.

    December 25, 2013 9:38 AM


    15. Vegas Cabbie Finds, Returns $300K

    A Las Vegas cab driver found $300,000 in a brown paper bag in the back seat of his taxi and returned the money to its rightful owner. After returning the money to the lucky gambler, the cab company rewarded the driver with $1,000 and a dinner for two at an exclusive restaurant. The owner of the money’s identity was verified later that night and contacted. “If he doesn’t give me anything, that’s OK,” the cab driver said. “I’m not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me.”

    December 25, 2013 10:19 AM