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  1. getting smoky NY OKs Medical Marijuana Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    1. NY OKs Medical Marijuana

    In the puff of smoke that's engulfed the nation, New York became the latest state to relax constrictions on medical marijuana. On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would authorize the use of pot for medical purposes starting with up to 20 hospitals that can prescribe the drug. "We will monitor the program to evaluate effectiveness in the feasibility of medical marijuana system," he said. Twenty other states already have similiar legislation.

    January 8, 2014 3:55 PM

  2. Bridgegate Christie to Face the Press Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

    2. Christie to Face the Press

    In what may be the most important appearance of his career to date, Chris Christie will be taking questions from the press at 11 a.m. on Thursday about a scandal involving a bridge. Emails released Wednesday between the governor's deputy chief of staff and two executives at the Port Authority show officials closed lanes of the George Washington Bridge to create traffic problems for the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee who did not endorse Christie for reelection. In a statement Wednesday, Christie said that "this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge," adding that "people will be held responsible for their actions." 

    January 8, 2014 10:55 AM

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

    3. 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

  4. TRAGEDY U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes Wong Maye-E/AP

    4. U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes

    The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy have confirmed that a rescue effort is underway after a Navy helicopter crashed 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The helicopter was carrying five people on board. It is a CH-53E, which is used for moving heavy equipment. The helicopter was reported down around 11 a.m., and there has been no word about casualties.

    January 8, 2014 1:03 PM

  5. LEGAL LIMBO Utah Gov.: Gay Marriages On Hold Jim Urquhart/Reuters

    5. Utah Gov.: Gay Marriages On Hold

    Here's another headache for newlyweds. Utah Gov. Bob Herbert told state agencies Tuesday not to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in the two weeks after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on them. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a stay that "effectively puts on hold the decision of the district court," Herbert's chief of staff wrote. The process of people "availing themselves of state services related to same-sex martial status" is also on hold until a final court decision is issued. 

    January 8, 2014 1:41 PM

  6. MANHUNT Greek Terrorist Escapes Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

    6. Greek Terrorist Escapes

    Christodoulos Xiros, 55, a convicted member of the deadly November 17 guerrilla organization, is the target of a nationwide search in Greece after he failed to report during a prison furlough. He was serving multiple life terms for brutal attacks on Greek, British, and American business and political targets. Members of the group, which mixes Marxism and nationalism, have been convicted in 23 killings and a number of bombings. Fears are rising in Greece over a return of widespread political violence, especially in advance of festivities celebrating the country’s taking on the role of the EU’s rotating six-month presidency.

    January 8, 2014 1:01 PM

  7. cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame Inducts 3 Jeff Topping/Reuters

    7. Baseball Hall of Fame Inducts 3

    This might be the best home run of their careers. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas are the newest inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Maddux holds 355 victories, the most among living pitchers, and was voted in by the largest margin. All three won spots on their first nomination, while stars like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens lost their second bid at the honor. The ceremony will be in July in Cooperstown, NY, and will include former baseball managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre.

    January 8, 2014 2:38 PM

  8. e-book fads ‘Mein Kampf’ Tops Charts Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

    8. ‘Mein Kampf’ Tops Charts

    Is this a sign of the end times? Recently, the e-book version of Adolf Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf, has been rising in the charts. The book, which was first released in the U.S. in 1939, is popular in "Politics & Current Events" on iTunes and topping the "Propaganda & Political Psychology" section on Amazon. The company behind a popular 99 cent Kindle version released last January notes "sales are great," but is concerned about "a moral dilemma in promotion."

    January 8, 2014 4:53 PM

  9. sex games Cormac McCarthy’s Ex Arrested Santa Fe County Jail

    9. Cormac McCarthy’s Ex Arrested

    Safety first. Jennifer McCarthy, a 48-year-old artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s most recent ex-wife, was arrested in New Mexico on Saturday for allegedly pulling a gun out of her vagina and pointing it at her boyfriend. The lingerie-clad McCarthy had apparently gotten into a heated argument with her 53-year-old boyfriend over space aliens when she drew the gun that had been holstered in her crotch while performing a sex act. Out of fear for his life, her boyfriend grabbed the silver Smith and Wesson and put it in the toilet. McCarthy was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a household member. 

    January 8, 2014 2:57 PM

  10. time to diversify ‘SNL’ Hires 2 Black Female Writers via Twitter @Lesdoggg @LaKendraTookes

    10. ‘SNL’ Hires 2 Black Female Writers

    It's a veritable trend. Fresh off the recent hire of its first African-American female actress in five years, Saturday Night Live announced it would add two African-American women to the writer's room. Comedians LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will begin next week after being discovered at recent auditions in New York City and Los Angeles. It was the first time SNL specifically focused on recruiting African-American women.

    January 8, 2014 5:05 PM

  11. CONGRATULATIONS Lily Tomlin Weds Longtime Partner Henny Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty

    11. Lily Tomlin Weds Longtime Partner

    Comedic actress Lily Tomlin of Laugh-In and 9 to 5 fame wed her longtime partner Jane Wagner in a private ceremony on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles. The actress, 74, and her partner, 78, had been together for over four decades, and confirmed the news to outlets on Tuesday. Wagner was the writer of Tomlin’s award-winning one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

    January 8, 2014 12:26 PM

  12. HARMONY Al Qaeda Tries to Stop Infighting Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

    12. Al Qaeda Tries to Stop Infighting

    An affiliate of al Qaeda in Syria, the Nusra Front, proposed a cease-fire and the establishment of an Islamic court to resolve disputes and end infighting between rebel groups seeking to topple the Assad regime. Recent battles between rebel forces and al Qaeda affiliates have led to over 270 people killed in four days according to estimates. Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, the head of the Nusra Front, released a statement online Tuesday, saying, “The whole battlefield, including the foreign and local fighters, will pay the price of losing a great jihad because the regime will rebound when it was so close to vanishing.”

    January 8, 2014 7:20 AM

  13. SORRY, CANADA Polar Vortex Blows North Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    13. Polar Vortex Blows North

    After setting record-low temperatures in dozens of major U.S. cities, the painfully cold “polar vortex” is leaving the States and moving north to Canada. Sub-zero temperatures slowed life to a crawl in places like Minneapolis, which spent 62 straight hours below zero, and Chicago, which spent 37 straight hours below. The “polar vortex” is a cyclone of high winds from the North Pole, brought south by changes in the jet stream.

    January 8, 2014 7:18 AM

  14. GROSS Cops, Firemen Busted in $400M Scam Manhattan District Attorney's Office

    14. Cops, Firemen Busted in $400M Scam

    In a scheme stretching back to the 1980s, 80 retired police officers and firefighters have been charged for a disability scam that cost taxpayers as much as $400 million. Suspects claimed psychiatric ailments such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression prevented them from working. The suspects collected Social Security disability insurance of $30,000 to $50,000 a year. Some of them even lied about 9/11 to collect checks.

    January 8, 2014 7:23 AM

  15. BALL ROLLING Ready for Hillary Raises $4M Yuri Gripas/Reuters

    15. Ready for Hillary Raises $4M

    This might make a decision easier. The pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary has raised $4 million, $2.75 million since July 1, it announced on Tuesday night.  Over 25,000 people contributed in the past six months, with an average of $82. The group has focused on building a grassroots network for Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016, a decision she is expected to make later this year.

    January 8, 2014 9:07 AM

  16. GO AWAY Rodman Sings to Kim Jong-Un Jason Lee/Reuters

    16. Rodman Sings to Kim Jong-Un

    Gross. Before lacing up for a basketball game on Wednesday, former NBA star Dennis Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to authoritarian dictator Kim Jong-un. On Tuesday, when asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo about Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp last year, Dennis Rodman said: “Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why?” Bae’s sister Terri Chung hit back, telling CNN that the family was “appalled by that … This isn’t some game. This is about a person’s life.” White House spokesman Jay Carney, when asked about Rodman’s comments, said, “I am not going to dignify that outburst with a response.”

    January 8, 2014 1:22 PM

  17. TRAGIC Miss Venezuela, Husband Murdered Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty

    17. Miss Venezuela, Husband Murdered

    Venezuelan authorities arrested five people on Wednesday in connection with the murder of the former Miss Venezuela and her husband. Monica Spear, 29, and Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were shot to death while trying to fend off carjackers. Their 5-year-old daughter Maya was wounded. According to police, the family was traveling on a poor stretch of road when their car hit a “sharp object that had been placed on the highway.” Tow trucks arrived almost immediately and had already lifted the damaged car onto one of the trucks when the attack occurred. The family locked themselves into the car, at which point assailants fired at least six shots into the vehicle.

    January 8, 2014 7:27 AM

  18. SLOW WALK Morsi Trial Delayed Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty

    18. Morsi Trial Delayed

    The hearings for the trial of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have been adjourned until February 1 because bad weather stopped Morsi from traveling to court. Fog on Wednesday prevented the helicopter meant to fly Morsi from his prison near Alexandria to Cairo. Morsi and 14 other officials are charged with inciting the murder of protesters in Cairo in December 2012.

    January 8, 2014 7:08 AM

  19. BACK OFF Kaling Defends ‘Elle’ Cover

    19. Kaling Defends ‘Elle’ Cover

    Some people never learn. Outrage ensued Tuesday night after comedian Mindy Kaling was not shown in a full-body shot in the new issue of Elle magazine. Kaling was chosen as one of four featured "Women in TV." The Twitter outrage comes after the magazine courted similar controversy for their Melissa McCarthy cover last year. Kaling, however, took to Twitter to say “I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me.”

    January 8, 2014 7:05 AM

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

    20. 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

  21. Hang Ten Surfers Flock to ‘The Black Swell’ Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty

    21. Surfers Flock to ‘The Black Swell’

    What’s French for chill? Surfers are headed to the coastlines of Ireland, England, France, and Portugal thanks to a low pressure system that has triggered waves up to 60 feet high. The low-pressure system called “the black swell” has created massive, surfable waves over a section of the Atlantic the size of Spain and Portugal.

    January 8, 2014 7:10 AM

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