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  1. HIGH TIMES Colorado Marijuana Stores Open Theo Stroomer/Getty

    1. Colorado Marijuana Stores Open

    Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from two tours in Iraq, was the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Colorado Monday. The change approved by the state's voters went into effect with the new year, and roughly 30 stores in Colorado will sell weed. More than 100 people lined up in  snowy weather in Denver at the 3D Cannabis Center with Azzariti, who bought an eighth of an ounce of pot and some chocolate truffles laced with marijuana for $59.50.

    January 1, 2014 1:51 PM

  2. BACK OFF Apple Denies NSA Claims Stephen Lam/Reuters

    2. Apple Denies NSA Claims

    After a report in Der Spiegel that uncovered an NSA program called DROPOJEEP that allowed the agency to retrieve data from iPhones, Apple says it did not collaborate with the NSA. “Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products,” the company said. The NSA program used a “software implant” to receive information from iPhones, including contact lists

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  3. OBAMACARE Sotomayor Halts Birth Control Rule Andy Duback/AP

    3. Sotomayor Stays Birth Control Mandate

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has issued a stay on the birth control mandate for religious groups. The request, made by an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, was granted just hours before the new mandate went to effect on January 1. It comes as the Supreme Court takes up a legal challenge to the mandate brought by the for-profit company Hobby Lobby, which says the mandate violates its religious freedom.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  4. DEVASTATION 13 Hurt in Minneapolis Explosion David Bailey/Reuters

    4. 13 Hurt in Minneapolis Explosion

    A building explosion and fire in Minneapolis on Wednesday has left at least 13 people injured, six of them critically. The building housed the Otanga Grocery, which has two floors of residential apartments. At a conference in the morning, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said it was unknown whether all occupants were accounted for. The freezing conditions in Minneapolis made fighting the fire difficult as the fire hoses can freeze and the water spray onto the fire can quickly turn into ice underneath the firefighters.

    January 1, 2014 2:27 PM

  5. UNCONSTITUTIONAL Judge Nixes FL Welfare Drug Tests AFP/Getty

    5. Judge Nixes FL Welfare Drug Tests

    A Florida law requiring welfare applicants to go through drug testing was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. Republican Governor Rick Scott had backed the controversial measure, saying it protected taxpayers as well as families. Opponents, as well as the judge, considered the law an unconstitutional search and seizure, sincere there was no widespread drug usage among welfare applicants. Scott says he will appeal the decision.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  6. TRAGEDY

    6. Woman Crushed in Boston Drawbridge

    A Boston woman was crushed to death on Tuesday as the drawbridge she was walking on began to go up for a passing boat, and then lowered when the operator heard her screams, trapping her between the plates. The traumatized bridge operator was taken to the hospital for evaluation according to officials, and is on unpaid leave pending the results of an investigation. It is unclear whether the woman crossed the bridge after warning lights and alarms began. “I couldn’t see her, but I could hear her,” witness Waldina Garcia, 47, told the Boston Globe. “She was screaming and screaming and screaming.”

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  7. NEVERENDING STORY CIA: Syria War Could Last a Decade Anadolu Agency/Getty

    7. CIA: Syria War Could Last a Decade

    Remember when President Obama said it wasn’t if Bashar al-Assad would go, but when? A new CIA analysis based on a historical look at other insurgencies expects the civil war could actually last another decade or more, a much longer time frame than originally suggested by the White House. Intelligence officials say that light American efforts to steer the outcome are ineffective next to Assad’s powerful allies of Iran and Hezbollah. The war in Syria has killed over 100,000 people and forced millions from thier homes.

    December 31, 2013 4:02 PM

  8. BIG APPLE Bill de Blasio Sworn In Pool photo by Seth Wenig

    8. Bill de Blasio Sworn In

    Welcome to the big time. In front of his Brooklyn rowhouse, Bill de Blasio was officially sworn in as New York City’s 109th mayor just after midnight on New Year’s Eve. “To everyone, this is the beginning of a road we will travel together,” de Blasio said. He is the first Democrat to be elected in two decades ruled by both Republicans and Independents. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman administered the oath as de Blasio’s wife and two children stood next to the incoming mayor.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  9. PERSONAL Dwyane Wade Confirms ‘Secret’ Son Wilfredo Lee/AP

    9. Dwyane Wade Confirms ‘Secret’ Son

    Calling him a “blessing to the bloodline,” NBA star Dwayne Wade confirmed to reporters he fathered a child while on a break with fiancée Gabrielle Union. The boy was born before Wade and Union became engaged on December 21, and is now a month old. Wade also said the news doesn’t affect his message about being a good father in his 2012 book A Father First.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  10. FANTASTIC Dubai Fireworks Break Record Mohammed Omar/Reuters

    10. Dubai Fireworks Break Record

    Some people have too much time, and too much money. Over 500,000 fireworks were used during the Dubai New Year’s Eve show in about six minutes, a new world-record according to Guinness. The previous record was held by Kuwait, which had an hour-long show with 77,282 fireworks. Most of the fireworks in Dubai took place at its famed Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The show was designed by the U.S. company Fireworks by Grucci, and cost around $6 million.

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    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  11. TICKED OFF Afghans to Release Prisoners Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

    11. Afghan Prisoner Release Angers U.S.

    So much for trust. A planned prisoner release by President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan will include prisoners who attacked Americans, officials said on Tuesday. The releases, just months after the U.S. gave control to Afghanistan, come as Karzai still refuses to sign the long-term security agreement with the U.S. American officials were initially reluctant to hand over detention operations to Karzai, in large part because they feared dangerous militants would be released.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM

  12. DANGER Bomb Found Near Musharraf Home Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

    12. Bomb Found Near Musharraf Home

    Citing a bomb found by authorities near his home, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf did not show up to court on Wednesday for the second hearing of his high-profile treason case. This is the third time explosives have been discovered on the route the former leader takes to court. Musharraf, a former army chief, faces a host of legal troubles in a country where the military is rarely challenged. The judge, citing the security concerns, delayed the hearing until Thursday.

    January 1, 2014 9:55 AM