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  1. you can't hide NSA Builds Code-Cracking Computer Jose Luis Magana/AP

    1. NSA Builds Code-Cracking Computer

    Nothing to look at here, folks, just the National Security Agency building a massive, encryption-breaking quantum computer. According to documents released by leaker Edward Snowden, the NSA is rushing to create a computer that can decipher virtually every type of encryption that guards banking, medical, and government records. The effort is part of a $79.7 million research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets" that's taking place at a lab in College Park, Maryland.

    January 2, 2014 4:34 PM

  2. ZERO TO HERO? Times, Guardian: Snowden Clemency Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    2. Times, Guardian: Snowden Clemency

    Seven months after NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole more than a million classified documents and released some of them to the press, the editorial boards of The New York Times and The Guardian are urging the Obama administration to offer Snowden clemency as a whistleblower. (The Guardian has worked with Snowden from the beginning.) The Times declared: “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear, and flight.” The Guardian called what Snowden did, “an act of courage.” One imagines the administration disagrees.

    January 2, 2014 8:17 AM

  3. EH? Rob Ford Officially Running Aaron Harris/Reuters

    3. Rob Ford Officially Running

    Continuing what has already been an embarrassing saga for drama-free Canadians, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford filed to put his name on the ballot for another run. Ford, who was the first candidate to arrive at City Hall on Thursday, gained notoriety for admitting to smoking crack as well as other turbulent behavior. There were also police wiretaps of alleged gang members speaking about giving the mayor drugs.

    January 2, 2014 10:17 AM

  4. Rolling in It Colorado Pot Sales Hit $1M Brennan Linsley/AP

    4. Colorado Pot Sales Hit $1M

    Colorado pot retailers are getting high on something else: profits. The state's marijuana dispensaries raked in $1 million on the first day of legalization, as Coloradoans braved winter weather and hours-long lines to be the first Americans to buy legal recreational weed. Marijuana was on sale at 24 stores, most located in Denver, and regulators said the rollout of the nation's first legal pot industry went smoothly. Marijuana is legal with a doctor's note in 18 other states.

    January 2, 2014 9:27 PM

  5. skewed Did SeaWorld Rig ‘Blackfish’ Poll? Getty

    5. Did SeaWorld Rig ‘Blackfish’ Poll?

    A devastating documentary about the treatment of whales at SeaWorld has brought heat to the popular park, and now the park is being accused of rigging an online poll in its favor. The Orlando Business Journal posed the question, "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?" and within three days, 99 percent of the responses were in SeaWorld's favor. An IP Address owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment accounted for more than half the votes, but in response to the allegations, the company says their employees were responsible for the votes.

    January 2, 2014 5:21 PM

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  7. Unfit to Fight Female Marines Fail Physical Scott Olson/Getty

    6. Female Marines Fail Physical

    Could you do three pullups? Well, 65 percent of female Marines in boot camp can't. As a result, the Marine Corps said Thursday it would delay the requirement that women soldiers do at least three pullups as a test of their upper body strength. Instead, they can do a "flexed-arm hang" for a minimum of 15 seconds (a perfect score being 70 seconds). Fitness tests are being updated to accomodate thousands of women for jobs in infantry, armor, and artillery. If a job is closed to a woman, the Pentagon must explain why.

    January 2, 2014 4:14 PM

  8. RED HANDED Al Qaeda-Linked Group Head Caught AFP/Getty

    7. Al Qaeda-Linked Group Head Caught

    The Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda-linked, Sunni militant group that claimed responsibility for the bombing at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November has been detained. Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid is the head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and was arrested just three days after Saudi Arabia pledged $3 billion in aid to the military counter the influence of Shiite Hezbollah.

    January 2, 2014 7:27 AM

  9. FUMBLE NFLer: Fired Over Gay Marriage David J. Phillip/AP

    8. NFLer: Fired Over Gay Marriage

    Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote Thursday he was fired for speaking out publically in favor of same-sex marriage. Kluwe wrote a fiery open letter to a politican in 2012, blasting the man's opposition to gay marriage. Married gays "won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster," Kluwe wrote. Afterwards, assistant coach Mike Priefer allegedly said "we should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." Priefer became head coach in 2013 and Kluwe was released. "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman," respectively, the former head coach and general manager.

    January 2, 2014 1:16 PM

  10. ASS BACKWARDS Walmart Recalls Donkey Product Darley Shen/Reuters

    9. Walmart Recalls Donkey Product

    How does this even happen? Walmart is recalling donkey meat from some of its stores in China after the Shandong Food and Drug Administration said the product contained fox meat. The tainted "Five Spice" donkey meat could hurt WalMart in what is the largest grocery market in the world. In some parts of China, donkey meat is a popular snack, and in 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys for food.

    January 2, 2014 10:08 AM

  11. mea culpa Shia LaBeouf Skywrites Apology @THECAMPAIGNBOOK VIA TWITTER

    10. Shia LaBeouf Skywrites Apology

    Not one to shy from dramatics, Shia LaBeouf took to the sky for his latest attempt at apologizing to writer Daniel Clowes for plagiarizing his story in a short film made by the actor. On New Year's Eve, a skywriter hired by LaBeouf wrote, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in the air over Hollywood. The actor's film, "HowardCantour.com," was released last month and found to have taken whole sections of dialogue from a Clowes story called "Justin M. Damiano." The writer is apparently mulling legal action.

    January 2, 2014 4:14 PM

  12. VICTORY Michigan State Wins Rose Bowl Jeff Gross/Getty

    11. Michigan State Wins Rose Bowl

    For the first time in 26 years, Michigan State is the Rose Bowl champion. Led by quarterback Connor Cook’s career-high 332 yards, the No. 4 Spartans beat No. 5 Stanford Wednesday night 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With the win, Michigan State finished its season with 10 straight wins and a record of 13-1.

    January 2, 2014 7:41 AM

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    12. Popular CA Priest Found Slain

    Rev. Eric Freed of the St. Bernard Parish in Eureka, Calif., was found dead in his church rectory on Wednesday. The discovery has kicked off a murder investigation in the death of the popular priest, who the mayor described as a “tremendous person in this community.” Police have not provided details surrounding how the priest was allegedly murdered, but they did say they  have no suspects.

    January 2, 2014 7:49 AM

  14. MAYBE Boehner Vows Immigration Reform Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    13. Boehner Vows Immigration Reform

    Baby steps. Following on the hiring of longtime McCain immigration adviser Rebecca Tallent and his recent comments criticizing the Tea Party, aides say House Speaker John Boehner is now committed to “step by step” reform of immigration laws. While such a plan wouldn’t satisfy immigration advocates completely, some see it as the beginning of a deal that would allow Republicans to win over much-needed Hispanic voters. Boehner recently confirmed that he is still opposed to a single, comprehensive immigration reform bill.

    January 2, 2014 7:21 AM

  15. FINALLY Fiat to Buy Rest of Chrysler Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

    14. Fiat to Buy Rest of Chrysler

    In a deal valued at $4.35 billion, Italian automaker Fiat will absorb the remaining 41 percent of Chrysler. The remaining chunk has been owned by the United Auto Workers' retiree health care fund since Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in 2009. The deal will make Fiat the seventh-biggest automaker in the world.

    January 2, 2014 7:31 AM

  16. HALLELULAH Rescue in Antarctica Begins Andrew Peacock/Reuters

    15. Rescue in Antarctica Begins

    After being trapped on a research ship stuck in the Antarctic ice for more than a week, passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalski began to be airlifted by helicopter today. The 52 scientists and tourists on board will be flown to an ice floe near the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australisa, which will bring them to Tasmania by mid-January. The rescue comes after days of failed attempts due to wind, fog, sea ice, and horrific snowstorms.

    January 2, 2014 7:17 AM

  17. AUSTERITY Germany Is Falling Apart Michaela Rehle/Reuters

    16. Germany Is Falling Apart

    One point for the German-skeptics. Despite its reputation for on-time world-class infrastructure, officials in Germany, which has been implementing austerity policies since the recession, are sounding the alarm about the nation's decaying infrastructure. Roughly half of Germany's municipal bridges are in poor condition as well as one-fifth of its highways. In 2011, Germany spent 0.6 percent of GDP on inland infrastructure, less than France, Britain, or Canada, causing its rankings worldwide in infrastructure to slip from third in 2006 to tenth in 2013.

    January 2, 2014 8:54 AM

  18. OH SNAP 4.6M Snapchat Users Hacked Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    17. 4.6M Snapchat Users Hacked

    Hackers at a site called SnapchatDB.info exposed the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users and posted the info on its website. The hackers, whose website has been taken down, took advantage of a vulnerability in the Find Friends interface, which uses a phone’s contacts to find friends on the social network. The hackers claimed they were doing a public service, arguing that tech companies need to place more emphasis on privacy and security than user experience, and issued a statement saying, “Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed.”

    January 2, 2014 7:25 AM

  19. SAD SONG Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Stephen Chernin/Getty

    18. Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes

    Think you hate going through Customs? Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who performs at The Boston Camerata, had 13 handmade flutes destroyed when a Customs official at JFK Airport destroyed them. The official mistakenly thought the instruments were pieces of bamboo, and destroyed them under the category of an agricultural item. “They told me they were destroyed. Nobody talked to me. They said I have to write a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. This is horrible,” said Razgui.

    January 2, 2014 11:59 AM

  20. SWIPE RIGHT Mindy Kaling on Tinder? Jason Redmond/Reuters

    19. Mindy Kaling on Tinder?

    Please don’t toy with our hearts this way, Mindy. The Mindy Project creator and star Mindy Kaling has been showing up on the dating app Tinder—or at least someone has created a page for her alter ego, Mindy Lahiri. It’s likely either a hoax or a viral marketing stunt, since her profile calls her a “tiny doctor looking for love, friendship, or a donut that’s so good it’s spiritual.” The Mindy Project is currently on hiatus, but the show is reportedly doing a Tinder-themed episode. Swipe right if you want love for Mindy.

    January 2, 2014 11:30 AM

  21. OF COURSE 'Duck Dynasty' Gets Gun Line Karolina Wojtasik/A&E

    22. 'Duck Dynasty' Gets Gun Line

    Some celebrities go into fragrance, some into fashion, however for the stars of Duck Dynasty, apparently guns are the way to go. Duck Commander, the company owned by the show's Robertson family, is teaming up with gunmaker Mossberg to release nine shotguns, two semiautomatic rifles, and a semiautomatic pistol. Some of the shotguns have already been shipped to distributors. Duck Commander was founded four decades ago by Phil Robertson, who was recently in hot water over comments he made about gay people and African-Americans.

    January 2, 2014 1:23 PM