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  1. Awful Maryville Teen Attempts Suicide David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT, via Getty

    1. Maryville Teen Attempts Suicide

    The 16-year-old victim of an alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri that made national headlines last year, tried to commit suicide on Sunday night after being bullied on social media, her mother says. In 2012, Daisy Coleman accused an older football player of raping her when she was 14, but the prosecutor declined to press charges. Coleman apparently tried to overdose on drugs and was rushed to the hospital. "She may never be ok," her mother posted on Facebook, saying her daughter "had been terrorized to the point she tried to kill herself last night."

    January 7, 2014 4:15 PM

  2. inside the white house Gates Book Dishes on Obama Mandel Ngan/Getty

    2. Gates Book Dishes on Obama

    This is why you wait to publish your memoir until your boss is out of office. The White House is disputing the claim by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Vice President Biden was "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Gates also claims President Obama was frustrated by his own Afghanistan policy and started growing skeptical of the troop surge he ordered. “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander [Petraeus], can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates's book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, also details feuds between Obama's closest advisors.

    January 8, 2014 10:04 AM

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    3. 4 Killed in U.S. Chopper Crash

    An American helicopter crashed on the coast of Norfolk county, England, apparently killing four on Tuesday night. The aircraft was a U.S. Air Force Pave-Hawk based at the British Royal Air Force base in Suffolk. Rescue crews arrived to the scene around 8 p.m. GMT, but no details are yet known about the crash's cause.

    January 7, 2014 5:13 PM

  4. dangerous terrain One Dead in Colorado Avalance EyesWideOpen/Getty

    4. Vail Founder's Grandson Killed

    An avalanche in Colorado's popular skiing area of East Vail killed one and injured three others on Tuesday morning. Emergency crews extracted the victims, who were together in a group, from the mountain. The skier who died was reported by local media to be Anthony Seibert, the 24-year-old grandson of Vail Mountain resort founder Pete Seibert. On Sunday, two similar slides were triggered by backcountry skiers in the East Vail Chutes, partially burying one skier but leading to no fatalities.

    January 7, 2014 10:05 PM

  5. UMM ... ? Rodman: I ‘Love’ Kim Jong Un Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty

    5. Rodman: I ‘Love’ Kim Jong Un

    Those women Kim Jong Un supposedly provided Dennis Rodman must have really done a number on him. Rodman went on an angry tirade on Tuesday on CNN’s New Day about the upcoming basketball game he organized for Kim’s birthday on Wednesday. “I love my friend,” Rodman said in Pyongyang about Kim. That wasn’t even the strangest part: Rodman also railed against jailed Kenneth Bae, the American jailed in North Korea, saying “if you understand what Kenneth Bae did” but then never elaborating. Oh and also his players? “They dared to do one thing, they came here,” Rodman said. The game comes on the heels of the brutal purging and execution of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, and others (which happened during Rodman’s last trip).

    January 7, 2014 1:32 PM

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    6. Senate Advances Unemployment Aid

    Six Republican senators joined with Democrats to extend unemployment insurance, making it all but assured the bill will pass. New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Indiana’s Dan Coats, Maine’s Susan Collins, Nevada’s Dean Heller,  Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, and Ohio’s Rob Portman all voted for the extension. Heller and Collins had both thrown their support behind the bill earlier, but Ayotte and Coats came as a last-minute surprise. The bill will bring back unemployment benefits that expired on December 28 and extend them for three months.

    January 7, 2014 11:16 AM

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    7. Syria’s Weapons Shipped Out

    The first batch of Syrian chemical weapons left port Tuesday, escorted by Chinese and Russian warships, on a ship bound for Italy. In Italy, the ship will link up with a U.S. Naval vessel and be taken out to sea where the chemical munitions on board will be destroyed in international waters. The international coalition leading efforts to dispose of Syria’s weapons was assembled in the wake of the deal brokered by the U.S. and Russia, which led the U.S. to drop the threat of military intervention in Syria in return for the regime turning over its stock of chemical weapons. Heavy fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups, which caused Syria to miss the first deadline, of December 31st, for turning over its chemical munitions, continues in the country.

    January 7, 2014 2:35 PM

  9. REVOLT French Workers Take Bosses Hostage Benoit Tessier/Reuters

    8. French Workers Take Bosses Hostage

    French workers at a Goodyear factory in Amiens released their boss Tuesday after taking him hostage the day before. Goodyear has been trying to close the plant for five years. Union leaders had said they would hold bosses hostage unless give the workers "huge amounts of money" in exchange for shuttering the factory. “It’s a reaction of despair,” said Sylvain Niel, a labor lawyer. "Boss-napping" that lasts less than a week is punishable in France with five years in prison and a 75,000 euro fine. (Workers are rarely prosecuted, though.) At the Goodyear factory, union leader Michael Wamen said the captive managers refused offers of mattresses and blankets.

    January 7, 2014 2:28 PM

  10. force of the vortex Inmate, Scared of Cold, Returns Kentucky Department of Corrections

    9. Inmate, Scared of Cold, Returns

    It's too cold to be on the lam. In Kentucky, an escaped prisoner decided to turn himself in after temperatures hit the low single digits with a wind chill at negative 20 degrees. Robert Vick had slipped out of a minimum security facility where he was serving a six-year burglary sentence on Sunday, and then walked into a motel on Monday asking the clerk to call the police. He was treated for hypothermia.

    January 7, 2014 2:22 PM

  11. BRITISH INVASION ‘Downton’ Scores Record Ratings PBS

    10. ‘Downton’ Scores Record Ratings

    This could certainly cheer Lady Mary up a bit. Downton Abbey scored its highest U.S. ratings ever on Sunday night—and the highest ratings for a PBS drama ever. The season premiere drew 10.2 million viewers, up 22 percent from last year’s premiere. That’s more viewers than the 9.6 million Britons who watched the premiere. Britain broke its own record with the premiere, and then viewership steadily improved—until dropping off slightly before losing to a Christmas special of Call the Midwife. ITV and PBS have already ordered a fifth season of Downton regardless.

    January 7, 2014 2:04 PM

  12. GET OUT Seinfeld, David Collaborating Stephen Lovekin/Getty

    11. Seinfeld, David Collaborating

    Get your Seinfeld DVDs ready and some coffee from Monks, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David are back, baby! Or at least Seinfeld said in a Reddit AMA on Monday that he and David are teaming up again on a mystery project. “We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can’t reveal what it is at this time,” Seinfeld said. “All I can do is tell you that it’s big, huge, gigantic. Even bigger than that Amazon package.” The last time David, creator of HBO’s Curb Your Enthuaism” and David wrote a script together was the classic 1999 Seinfeld episode “The Cadillac.”

    January 7, 2014 8:41 AM

  13. YIKES Michael Bay Storms Off Stage Steve Marcus/Reuters

    12. Michael Bay Storms Off Stage

    This sheds a whole new light on the feud with Megan Fox. Michael Bay stormed off stage in Las Vegas Monday night after a glitchy teleprompter couldn’t show his speech. Bay was set to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show with a Samsung America executive to promote the company’s new 150-inch curved television. Bay abruptly said “the type is all off, sorry, but I’ll just wing this,” but when Samsung exec Joe Stinziano tried to ad-lib, Bay walked off the stage angrily. “Welcome to Vegas,” Stinziano quipped. “It’s a live show, folks.” Luckily for Bay, his hissy fit will be chronicled forever on Twitter.

    January 7, 2014 8:27 AM

  14. NOT SO ROYAL Spanish Princess Charged Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

    13. Spanish Princess Charged

    Infanta Cristina, the youngest daughter of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, was charged Tuesday with money laundering and fraud. The princess has been summoned to appear in court on March 8. Her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, the duke of Palma, is being investigated for embezzlement, although he has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime. Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, has been accused of diverting and misusing millions in public funds through a nonprofit sports firm, the Noos Institute. The new court summons relate to Aizoon, a firm co-owned by the royal couple, which investigators say was a front used for the embezzled funds. Urdangarin was scrapped from all royal public appearances in December 2011.

    January 7, 2014 8:26 AM

  15. BANKRUPTCY Detroit Delays Pension Freeze Rebecca Cook/Reuters

    14. Detroit Delays Pension Freeze

    Detroit emergency city manager Kevyn Orr on Monday delayed a pension freeze he ordered last month while courts negotiate in mediation for how best to deal with an estimated $3.5 billion pension underfunding. Orr’s Dec. 31 executive order suspended pensions, eliminated cost-of-living increases, and created a 401(k)-style plan for the city’s 5,600 active workers and 12,000 retirees in the general retirement system. Although the move only affected non-uniformed city workers, Orr had indicated he would soon make a similar order for the city’s police and fire retirement system. But the move came under sharp criticism from the city’s unions, and Orr’s spokesman said Monday that he agreed to hold off while a federal judge reviews the city’s bankruptcy proceedings.

    January 7, 2014 7:59 AM

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    15. Man Survives 60 Hours at Sea

    A Taiwanese man survived 60 hours in rough seas despite not knowing how to swim, according to local media reports on Tuesday. Tseng Lien-fa, 42, was discovered on a beach on Sunday, 46 miles from where he was swept away Friday off Hualien County. Doctors said Tseng was dehydrated and had some sores on his arm, but they called his rescue a “miracle” because Tseng had no access to food or fresh water. Tseng told local media that he had hoped to be rescued by a passing ship and began to tread water when he saw lights, but in the end he was carried ashore by the waves.

    January 7, 2014 8:01 AM

  17. REASSIGNMENT Turkey Fires 350 Police Officers Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    16. Turkey Fires 350 Police Officers

    The Turkish government dismissed 350 police officers from their posts Tuesday following a corruption investigation into judicial bribery for public lending. Among those dismissed were the chiefs of the financial crimes, anti-smuggling, and organized-crime units. These officers are the latest targets of an investigation that has caused hundreds of police to either be dismissed or reassigned. Three cabinet ministers resigned after their sons were detained in a Dec. 17 raid. But many believe the arrests and dismissals are politically motivated and connected to the feud in Turkey’s ruling AK Party between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and supporters of influential Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, who is in exile.

    January 7, 2014 7:04 AM

  18. DRAMATIC FSU Beats Auburn 34-31 Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    17. FSU Beats Auburn 34-31

    Nobody can say that Florida State doesn’t know how to keep its fans on their toes. The undefeated Seminoles won the national championship Monday night, defeating Auburn 34-31 in a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Auburn dominated in the first half, with a 21-10 lead, but Florida State outscored Auburn 24-10 in the second half and scored 14 points in the final 4:31. But Florida State still trailed 31-27 with just 13 seconds remaining. Quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston threw a two-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin to complete the final touchdown, giving Florida State the win.

    January 7, 2014 8:22 AM

  19. girl power Yellen Confirmed as Fed Chairwoman Alex Wong

    18. Yellen Confirmed as Fed Chairwoman

    She's in. On Monday, the Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve. She was nominated by President Obama in October after Ben Bernanke announced his January departure, and is the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history. Yellen, who is currently second in command, will take the position on Feb. 1 and chair her first meeting in mid-March. The central bank's biggest challenge to come will be scaling back the economy's government dependency.

    January 6, 2014 6:04 PM

  20. SUB ZERO Polar Vortex Freezes U.S. Scott Olson/Getty

    19. Polar Vortex Freezes U.S.

    Dear Michelle Obama, how many guests can you take on your Hawaiian vacation? How about 180 million? The polar vortex spread across the U.S. on Tuesday, with more than 180 million Americans affected and every state except Hawaii experiencing freezing temperatures somewhere. In the Upper Midwest, temperatures are expected to drop to 30 degrees below zero—before wind chill is even factored in. With temperatures as low as -40 in the northern part of Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all schools in the state closed, the first statewide action of its kind in 17 years. “These are temperatures that we haven’t seen for decades,” said Jen Carfagna, a forecaster for The Weather Channel. But the end is in sight: the polar vortex should be moving out by Thursday, with temperatures in the Great Lakes and the Northeast expected to reach the balmy 20s and 30s.

    January 7, 2014 6:59 AM

  21. DISAPPOINTMENT Lindsey Vonn Not Going to Sochi Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty

    20. Lindsey Vonn Not Going to Sochi

    The U.S. team just won’t be the same. Gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn won’t be competing at Sochi, she announced on Tuesday, because of knee injury. “I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level,” Vonn said in a statement. Vonn underwent knee surgery 11 months ago, and she said she is having another procedure soon so she can compete in the World Championships in Vail next year. Vonn, the most accomplished female skier in U.S. history, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee and fractured her tibia at the Alpine skiing world championship in Austria last year. She further aggravated the injury in a race in December.

    January 7, 2014 9:07 AM

  22. SAFETY Russia Launches Sochi Security Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

    21. Russia Launches Sochi Security

    Russia launched a massive security operation for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday following the high-profile bombings in Volgograd and a vow by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov to attack the Games. More than 30,000 police and interior ministry troops have been deployed to the Sochi region, and Russian officials are establishing two security zones to protect the Games. In a “controlled zone” to be set up near the Olympic venues, access will be restricted to people with tickets and proof of identity. An outer “forbidden zone” will also be set up around Sochi to prevent vehicles that are not registered locally and do not have special accreditation to enter the city. The security measures come in addition to a ban last year against protest rallies.

    January 7, 2014 7:01 AM

  23. farewell LA Sheriff Retires Amid Scandal Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

    22. LA Sheriff Retires Amid Scandal

    The popular Los Angeles County sheriff stepped down on Tuesday, after allegations of misconduct led to 18 former and current members of the Sheriff's Department were charged in reportedly beating inmates and prison visitors in early December. Sheriff Lee Baca cited "personal and private" reasons for his retirement, which he says he decided on three days ago. Baca has been with the department for 48 years, served as sheriff since 1998, and was planning to seek reelection this June. Instead, he'll step down at the end of this month.

    January 7, 2014 1:55 PM

  24. IMPLICATED JPMorgan Settles In Madoff Case Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    23. JPMorgan Settles In Madoff Case

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday slapped JPMorgan Chase with a $1.7 billion fine for not warning them about Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. The fine will be paid to Madoff’s victims. JPMorgan, Madoff’s primary bank, did not plead guilty but entered into a deferred-prosecution agreement with the United States attorney’s office, which suspends indictment for two years. Federal regulators are expected to announce their own punishment toward JPMorgan, which is expected to pay a total of $2 billion for negligence in the Madoff case. Prosecutors allege that JPMorgan’s computer system raised two red flags in 2007 and 2008, but employees reportedly did not follow up and in fact noted in the file that the transactions did not appear to be unusual.



    January 7, 2014 12:22 PM