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  1. TERROR Second Russian Bombing Kills 14 AFP/Getty

    1. Second Russian Bombing Kills 14

    At least 14 people were killed and dozens more injured Monday in a bombing on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd, the second deadly blast in the city in two days. The attacks come just weeks before Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, about 430 miles away. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack, and police said they are adding officers to railway stations and airports. But the deputy head of the anti-terrorism unit, Alexei Filatov, told Reuters that the increased security around Sochi is what is driving terrorists to strike in cities like Volgograd. Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach insisted after Monday's bombing that they feel "safe and secure" holding the games in Sochi.

    December 30, 2013 12:04 PM

  2. from the inside Drone Analyst Slams Program S.S Mirza/AFP/Getty

    2. Drone Analyst Slams Program

    A woman who worked on the drone program penned a Guardian editorial bashing politicians and defenders of the growing unmanned aircraft industry. Heather Linebaugh writes that she wants to ask them, "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" She also notes the lack of data released on the number of civilian deaths and faulty technology by the government, and points out that the operator's camera view is so pixelated it's almost always difficult to detect whether or not someone is actually carrying a weapon. "The UAVs in the Middle East are used as a weapon, not as protection," Linebaugh writes, "and as long as our public remains ignorant to this, this serious threat to the sanctity of human life – at home and abroad – will continue."

    December 30, 2013 6:57 PM

  3. horrors UNICEF: Children Beheaded in CAR Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

    3. UNICEF: Children Beheaded in CAR

    A recent report by UNICEF paints a picture of escalating atrocities in the Central African Republic, where violence between Christian militias and Muslim rebels has killed more than 1,000 people and left 400,000 displaced. According to the United Nations agency, at least two children have been beheaded and one of them brutally mutilated. At least 16 children have been killed, more than 60 injured, and 6,000 conscripted as child soldiers since unrest broke out in early December.

    December 30, 2013 5:11 PM

  4. boom Freight Trains Collide Near Fargo WDAY 6 News

    4. Freight Trains Collide Near Fargo

    A freight train carrying crude oil smashed into a derailed grain train, causing an explosion of flames that leapt more than 100 feet into the air near Fargo, North Dakota, on Monday. The fireball full engulfed 10 cars of the oil train, and blackened the sky, visible up to 25 miles away. Emergency crews responded to the explosion, but there were no reported injuries. Flight restrictions were put in place around the area and residents were warned to stay inside.

    December 30, 2013 7:02 PM

  5. in with the bad crowd Assange's Father Meets Assad SANA/AP

    5. Assange's Father Meets Assad

    Something is off with this pairing. Last week, a delegation that included Julian Assange's father, John Shipton, and two members of the Australian Wikileaks Party national council met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a visit to Damascus. Shipton, who is the party's CEO, said he and the group came to show solidarity with the Syrian people, and they have plans help the Assad administration spread his message. “We’ll continue to expose the truth to the Australian people and to our international audience, and next year we will set up an office in Damascus,” he said.

    December 30, 2013 7:36 PM

  6. Surprise Israel to Pay for All Abortions Ofir Abe/Getty

    6. Israel to Pay for All Abortions

    Israeli health officials announced Monday that the state would pay for all abortions for women age 20 to 33 starting next year. Subsidized abortions were previously only available in the case of medical emergencies, including rape and sexual abuse. An Israeli medical official says he hopes to make the program universal in the future. "It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 30 who for various reasons—financial or reasons of secrecy—do not terminate pregnancies," health official Jonathan Halevy said. Women will have to appear before a state committee before terminating a pregnancy.

    December 30, 2013 11:10 AM

  7. DANGEROUS 70 Journalists Killed in 2013 Thibault Camus

    7. 70 Journalists Killed in 2013

    At least 70 journalists were killed on the job in in 2013, with the majority of those deaths happening in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, according to a report released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Twenty-nine journalists were killed in Syria alone, and the death toll included citizen journalists, broadcasters working with media affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and correspondents for foreign press. Ten journalists died in Iraq and six more were killed in Egypt, half of whom were killed reporting on demonstrations that overthrew former President Mohamed Morsi. For the first time in a decade, there were no deaths in Mexico, which has long been a dangerous spot for journalists.

    December 30, 2013 9:41 AM

  8. IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE FAA Picks Drone Testing Sites Steve Helber/AP

    8. FAA Picks Drone Testing Sites

    They're here to stay. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday plans to build drone testing sites in six states. Research facilities in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia will provide diverse geography, climate, and air traffic to best try out next usages for the unmanned aircraft. "These test sites will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation's skies," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

    December 30, 2013 1:58 PM

  9. Faith GOP's Belief in Evolution Falls Michael Caronna/Reuters

    9. GOP's Belief in Evolution Falls

    The partisan gap is growing and not just in Congress. In the last four years, Republicans have turned away from the theory of evolution, while Democrats have embraced it. According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, 43 percent of Republicans believe in evolution, down from 54 percent in 2009, while 67 percent of Democrats believe in the theory, up from 64 percent. Overall, 60 percent of Americans believe that life evolved over time.

    December 30, 2013 3:37 PM

  10. screen time Tim Tebow Hired by ESPN Bill Kostroun/AP

    10. Tim Tebow Hired by ESPN

    Your Tebow withdrawals are soon to be cured, as the Heisman winner and former Florida quarterback makes his big screen debut as a college football analyst for SEC Nation on the new SEC Network, covering the Southeastern Conference when it launches in August 2014. As part of his multi-year agreement, Tebow will travel to different SEC campuses for the pregame show, and will also be featured on other ESPN platforms like SportsCenter and the radio station. His gig starts on Jan. 6, for pregame coverage of the BCS National Championship.

    December 30, 2013 4:08 PM

  11. no smoking Denver Airport Bans Weed Brennan Linsley/AP

    11. Denver Airport Bans Weed

    Sorry bud-loving travelers, the Denver International Airport doesn't want you. The airport is the first city facility to ban possession of marijuana after a new law decriminalizing the drug. "We didn't want to impact other airports and other agencies, and we didn't want to facilitate transporting marijuana across state lines," an airport spokeswoman said. Other city ordinances have forbidden the display and transfer of marijuana in certain areas like parks and school zones.

    December 30, 2013 2:21 PM

  12. GET WELL SOON Schumacher Still ‘Critical’ Apichart Weerawong/AP

    12. Schumacher Still ‘Critical’

    Formula One racing star Michael Schumacher remained in critical condition Monday after a skiing accident, with doctors saying they are working “hour by hour.” “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” said Grenoble University Medical Center chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen. Schumacher is in a medically induced coma after hitting his head on a rock while skiing. Schumacher was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it clearly was not sufficient. “Someone who had suffered this accident without a helmet would not have made it this far,” Payen said. Trauma surgeon Gerard Saillant, a friend who operated on Schumacher when he injured his leg in 1999, said Schumacher’s age—45—and fitness should help him.

    December 30, 2013 7:41 AM

  13. Quack Phil Robertson: Marry Teen Girls Zach Dilgard/A&E

    13. Phil Robertson: Marry Teen Girls

    Phil Robertson has some "river rat wisdom" for young fellas out there. In a newly released tape from 2009, the Duck Dynasty star advises men marry women at "15 or 16" who cook, carry a Bible, and "picks your ducks" (cleaning feathers off dead birds). Don't marry them any older because if you "wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that's going to take place is your pocket." Robertson's granddaughter, Sadie, is 16 and unmarried.

    December 30, 2013 12:35 PM

  14. SAFEST CITY NYC Murders Hit Record Low Kathy Willens/AP

    14. NYC Murders Hit Record Low

    If you’ve wandered through Times Square at midnight lately, you can vouch for this. 2013 will likely have fewest murders in New York City since records started being kept in 1963. There were 332 murders through December 29, down 20 percent from the 419 murders in 2012. The low number meant that there was, on average, less than one murder per day. Rapes, robberies, and burglaries also fell from 2012. On Wednesday, New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, will take office, along with his newly-appointed police commissioner, William Bratton.

    December 30, 2013 10:10 AM

  15. XO NASA: Beyoncé ‘Insensitive’ Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment

    15. NASA: Beyoncé ‘Insensitive’

    Oh, Bey. NASA is calling Beyoncé “insensitive” after she used audio from the doomed space shuttle Challenger in her new song “XO.” Beyoncé, for her part, told ABC News on Monday that “XO” was “recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute you have with those who mean the most to you.” The Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986. All seven crew members on board were killed. June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, said she is “disappointed” in Beyoncé for using the audio from the wreck in the song.

    December 30, 2013 12:54 PM

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  17. WE SO EXCITED Fallon to Air Retrospective Show Robb Cohen/Invision, via AP

    16. Fallon to Air Retrospective Show

    Get your favorite Jimmy Fallon skits ready to lip sync along with. NBC will air a prime-time retrospective special on Jan. 5 as Fallon prepares to take over for Jay Leno in February. “Set your DVRs,” Fallon tweeted. “We’ve done a lot of fun stuff in five years!” Time to practice slow jamming the news.

    December 30, 2013 7:44 AM

  18. FREAKY NSA Spied on Assange AFP

    17. NSA Spied on Assange

    Well, look at the bright side, Julian Assange: you weren’t being paranoid. It turns out the National Security Agency did tap into Assange’s WiFi at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he is currently holed up while fighting extradition.According to Jacob Appelbaum, who co-wrote the Der Spiegel article that first revealed the NSA’s catalog of spying devices, the NSA can control iOS devices and any phone communication from as far as eight miles away. Ecuadorian embassy visitors received welcome messages from a Ugandan company—apparently the messages were installed from a base station installed on the roof, disguised as a cell tower for surveillance purposes. Check your history, Assange, there’s bound to be some awkwardness in there.

    December 30, 2013 11:55 AM


    18. South, West Populations Growing

    All those people writing about leaving New York are part of a trend, it seems. The South and West had the largest increases in population in 2012 and 2013, according to Census Bureau data released Monday. The South gained 1.1 million new residents between 2012 and 2013, while the Western states added 728,000. The Northeast limped in with just 171,000 new residents, and the Midwest added 226,000 new residents. Those brutal winters in the Northeast must be starting to really turn people off. Texas added more people than any other state, but North Dakota’s 3.1 percent population increase was the biggest proportional increase. Two states, Maine and West Virginia, had a net loss of residents.

    December 30, 2013 12:21 PM

  20. DEADLY Chinese Police Kill Eight AFP/Getty

    19. Chinese Police Kill Eight

    Chinese police shot and killed eight people who were allegedly involved in a violent “terrorist attack” in the western region of Xinjang. According to a statement from the regional government, nine people carrying knives allegedly attacked a police station Monday in Kashgar’s Yarkand county, reportedly “throwing explosive devices and setting police cars on fire.” Xinjang is home to Turkic-speaking Muslims, many of whom consider the Chinese government oppressive. An estimated 91 people have been killed in clashes in Xinjang since April.

    December 30, 2013 7:21 AM

  21. BAD STOCK ‘Hobbit’ Wins Box Office Warner Bros. Pictures/AP

    20. ‘Hobbit’ Wins Box Office

    Looks like everyone was willing to spend Christmas with The Hobbit. The second part of the Hobbit trilogy won the weekend box office, bringing in $29.9 million over three days. Newcomer The Wolf of Wall Street started out strong in its Christmas Day opening, but faltered through the weekend, eventually earning just $18.5 million. Frozen continued to dominate, coming in second with $28.8 million and adding to its overall $248 million haul. Anchorman 2 rallied from a disappointing opening last weekend, bringing in $20.2 million. In fourth place was American Hustle with $19.6 million in its second week of release.

    December 30, 2013 7:43 AM

  22. MANHUNT Suspected Bank Robber Killed AP

    21. Suspected Bank Robber Killed

    Phoenix police shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett after a botched bank robbery on Saturday, ending a manhunt for a suspect with an unfathomable rap sheet. Garnett was wanted for two separate bank robberies in Atlanta and Tupelo, Miss., on Dec. 23, according to the FBI. Garnett allegedly shot two police officers in the Mississippi robbery, killing one. The Secret Service said Garnett was arrested in 2010 in Oklahoma City after being accused of making online threats against President Obama. A Phoenix police spokesman said Garnett, 40, was originally from the Midwest and served four years in the Army, but it doesn’t appear that he knew anyone in Phoenix. Authorities said they have no idea what he was doing from Dec. 23 until Dec. 28.

    December 30, 2013 6:52 AM

  23. R.I.P. Billionaire Harold Simmons Dies Flor Cordero/Reuters, via Landov

    22. Billionaire Harold Simmons Dies

    Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, considered a “megadonor” to conservative causes and politicians, died Sunday in Dallas. He was 82. A businessman, Simmons started his first store with $5,000 in cash and a $95,000 bank loan—which turned into a chain of stores that he sold for $50 million in 1973 to Jack Eckerd. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Simmons became one of Dallas’s biggest corporate raiders, and by 2012, he was the 40th richest man in the country, according to Forbes. Simmons donated heavily to conservative causes, such as giving $2 million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004. In 2012, he donated roughly $31 million to numerous candidates and PACs. He also donated hundreds of millions to local hospitals.

    December 30, 2013 7:24 AM

  24. Comeback Peyton Manning Breaks Pass Record Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images

    23. Peyton Manning Breaks Pass Record

    In Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning broke the NFL's single-season record for passing, with 5,477 yards. It was a cherry on top of a 34-14 victory that gives Denver the top AFC playoff seed. Denver also became the first team to score 600 points in a season. Not bad for a guy who missed all of 2011 due to an injury. 

    December 29, 2013 9:32 PM

  25. IN CUSTODY Al Jazeera Journalists Arrested Bebeto Matthews/AP

    24. Al Jazeera Journalists Arrested

    Egyptian police arrested four Al Jazeera journalists on Sunday night. Correspondent Peter Greste, cameraman Mohamed Fawzy, and producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are still being held Monday, despite demands from the network to release them. The Committee to Protect Journalists has named Egypt as one of the most difficult places in the world for journalists, along with Syria and Iraq. Six journalists were killed in Egypt in 2013, and conditions have deteriorated since former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in July.

    December 30, 2013 6:49 AM

  26. TERRIFYING Shots Fired at Ambassador’s House Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

    25. Shots Fired at Ambassador’s House

    Shots were fired at the German ambassador’s house in Athens on Monday, with at least 60 shell casings found at the scene of the attack and bullets found embedded in the steel gates of the entrance, Greek media reported. No one was injured. It’s not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, although Germany’s insistence on an austerity budgets has caused resentment in Greece.

    December 30, 2013 7:17 AM