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  1. INCRIMINATING New 'Bridgegate' Docs Released Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    1. New 'Bridgegate' Docs Released

    Unfortunately for Chris Christie, it doesn’t look like the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal will be over any time soon. Hundreds of pages of email documents released Friday reveal that the New Jersey’s top two Port Authority appointees--who have since resigned--kept lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge for three more days after receiving warnings that the manufactured gridlock was causing potentially life-threatening problems for emergency vehicles in Fort Lee. The newly-released documents also implicate Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who issued a statement earlier in the week claiming he had no knowledge of the lane closings.

    January 10, 2014 6:03 PM

  2. REPORT 110M Target Customers Hacked Justin Sullivan

    2. 110M Target Customers Hacked

    According to a report by NBC, Target's massive data breach may have affected as many as 110 million customers. While some of the stolen informationreportedly collected between November 27 and December 15was partial, it could include the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of the customer. "I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this," said Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel. Target is offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all of its U.S. customers as a result.

    January 10, 2014 2:30 PM

  3. CLEAN UP W.V. Spill Now a Disaster Lisa Hechesky/Reuters

    3. W.V. Spill Now a Disaster

    Memo to West Virginians: don't drink the water. A chemical spill in a river has led to a tap water ban for up to 300,000 people in West Virginia, and has shut down bars and restaurants. The incident has been a declared a disaster by the federal government and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The contaminated water is reportedly giving off a licorice-like smell in the towns. Symptoms for those who drink the water include severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering. “Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes, and schools," the governor said in a statement.

    January 10, 2014 11:23 AM

  4. despicable 13-Year-Old Stripper Found at Club CBS Miami

    4. 13-Year-Old Stripper Found at Club

    A Miami Beach strip club was shut down this week after it was discovered that a 13-year-old was being employed as a nude pole dancer. Club Madonna's license has been revoked for six months while police investigate. “Based on the gravity of recent allegations, the evidence collected and the owner’s admitted failure to have the required knowledge of what illegal activity occurs at Club Madonna, I have determined that this activity presents an actual threat to the public health, welfare and safety of the public,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales. Three people have been arrested and charged with forcing a runaway teen to prositute herself and dance at the nude club.

    January 10, 2014 8:49 PM

  5. TAKE THAT U.S. to Recognize Utah Marriages Jim Urquhart/Reuters

    5. U.S. to Recognize Utah Marriages

    This won't be controversial at all. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will be giving federal marriage benefits to the same-sex couples who got marriage licenses after a federal judge struck down the ban on gay marriage in Utah. 1,300 gay couples wed in Utah before the Supreme Court issued a stay on Monday. “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a video. Holder's move comes after the governor's office said the state would not recognize the marriages.

    January 10, 2014 12:18 PM

  6. REAL LIFE HERO Teen Gets Pakistan's Top Honor

    6. Teen Gets Pakistan's Top Honor

    Aitizaz Hasan, the Pakistani teen who tackled a suicide bomber who was trying to attack a school with hundreds of students on January 6, was awarded Sitara-e Shujaat, one of the highest awards for bravery. Hasan died in the attempted attack on his school in the Shia-dominated region of Hangu, but his bravery saved the nearly 2,000 students in the school at the time. In a statement to the AFP, Hasan's father said, "Many people are coming to see me but if they try to express sympathy, I tell them to congratulate me instead on becoming the father of a martyr. I will be even more than happy if my second son also sacrifices his life for the country.” Activist Malala Yousufzai also announced she is donating money to Hasan's family.

    January 10, 2014 12:35 PM

  7. OH CRAP Jobs Growth Worst in Years Rick Wilking/Reuters

    7. Jobs Growth Worst in Years

    Despite numerous signs that the U.S. economy was ready to break out, employers hired the fewest workers in nearly three years in December. Non-farm payrolls grew by only 74,000 last month, but the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, the lowest figure since October 2008. Some of the slowdown in hiring is attributed to the insanely cold weather.

    January 10, 2014 8:53 AM

  8. AWKWARD Google Sorry for Hitler Mistake AP

    8. Google Sorry for Hitler Mistake

    Well that definitely requires some explaining. Google apologized on Friday, after an error on Google Maps saw a Berlin intersection labeled with its Nazi-era name, Adolf-Hitler-Platz. The intersection is currently supposed to be named Theodor-Heuss-Platz, for West Germany's first president after World War II. Google says it does not know how the error, which was visible for a few hours, occurred.

    January 10, 2014 1:28 PM

  9. WIDE OPEN Google Lets Strangers Email You Bobby Yip/Reuters

    9. Google Lets Strangers Email You

    In an effort to further integrate (or force-feed) its social network Google+, Google has announced a new Gmail feature that will allow you to type anybody’s name in the “to” field and send them an email, regardless of whether you know the email address or not. Those who find this horrifying can changed the settings under “Email via Google+” and opt out by selecting “no one” in the category of those who can email you via the network.

    January 10, 2014 7:35 AM

  10. OH REALLY? French Daytime Bans Miley, Britney Larry Busacca/Getty

    10. French Daytime Bans Miley, Britney

    Who knew the French were so conservative? The music videos for "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus and "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears have been banned by daytime television in France. The videos, which were deemed too explicit and shocking, can now only be shown after 10 p.m. In her video, Cyrus is featured gyrating naked which is too sexually graphic for daytime according to the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel. Meanwhile they deemed Spears' video, which has her in bondage outfits, "a sadomachistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers."

    January 10, 2014 11:49 AM

  11. GET OVER IT Dunham's Bod Still Bothers Someone Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    11. Dunham's Bod Still Bothers Someone

    Girls producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner were sent into a tailspin Thursday by a reporter who still can’t get over occasionally seeing Lena Dunham’s imperfect body. During a 2014 Winter Television Critics Association panel discussion, the reporter asked why Dunham’s “character is often naked at random times for no reason.” Apatow asked if that reporter has a girlfriend and suggested that, if he did, he should “ask her that whole question as you wrote it...and tell me how it goes tonight.”

    January 10, 2014 2:25 PM

  12. HATHA-HATER Ocean Tries to Drown Anne Hathaway Stefanie Keenan/WireImage, via Getty

    12. Ocean Tries to Drown Anne Hathaway

    That was no act! Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway was rescued by a local surfer after getting caught in a riptide in Hawaii yesterday. The surfer swan to rescue her after hearing her screams, but unfortunately while en route to safety, Hathaway cut her foot on a reef. And there, for the world to see, husband Adam Shulman sucked her bleeding toes (one assumes for possible toxins).

    January 10, 2014 7:37 AM

  13. WHEN IN PARIS French Prez Livid at Affair Charge Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty

    13. French Prez Livid at Affair Charge

    French President Francois Hollande is reportedly considering suing French tabloid Closer for running several pages of stories and photos on his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet. Rumors about the pair have been making their run online throughout the year, and Gayet filed a complaint with prosecutors about the sites. In a statement issued personally, Hollande did not deny the allegation of the affair, but said he "like every other citizen has a right" to privacy, and is "looking into possible action, including legal action." Hollande’s official partner is journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who replaced his former wife and fellow politician Segolene Royal (mother of his four children).

    January 10, 2014 7:29 AM

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  15. SKEPTICAL Obama to Make NSA Less Orwellian Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    14. Obama to Make NSA Less Orwellian

    Victory for Edward Snowden? Next week, President Obama is expected to outline his proposals to reform the National Security Agency program that collects data on Americans, according to administration officials. While the decisions have not been finalized, he reportedly favors an extension of the Privacy Act of 1974 to extend to non-U.S. citizens, the creation of an advocacy post for privacy issues, and a restructuring of the phone data program so a third party or phone companies would house the data, not the NSA.

    January 10, 2014 7:30 AM

  16. HEARD THIS BEFORE Chris Brown Swears He's Not Guilty Kris Connor/Getty

    15. Chris Brown Swears He's Not Guilty

    R&B singer Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on Wednesday for the charge that he assaulted a man outside the W Hotel in Washington, DC. Brown’s lawyers said that he rejected the deal because he is not guilty, but the prosecutors in court say they will turn over a video surveillance that shows otherwise. When Brown was charged for the alleged attack he was still on probation in California for the 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

    January 10, 2014 7:38 AM


    16. Drunk Arm Wrestlers Cut Off Ears

    A Siberian Orthodox Christmas celebration got out of hand this week, as they tend to do, when two intoxicated men were admitted to a Russian hospital with severed ears. The men had been engaged in a high-stakes arm wrestling tournament in which the loser was required to cut off his ear. The loser of the first round demanded and won a rematch, causing an argument that resulted in a draw and the only fair solution: both men taking a knife to their left ears. While one was left looking like Vincent Van Gogh, the other only managed to partially severe his ear. Police are now trying to determine whether there was a criminal aspect to this festive self-mutilation.

    January 10, 2014 1:58 PM

  18. HIRING SPREE Syrian Militants Recruit Americans AFP/Getty

    17. Syrian Militants Recruit Americans

    Wonder how this pitch goes: Islamic militants with ties to al Qaeda in Syria are working to recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have gone to the region and would implement attacks when they return to their home countries. Over 70 Americans have either traveled to Syria or tried to since the war started. “We know Al Qaeda is using Syria to identify individuals they can recruit, provide them additional indoctrination so they’re further radicalized, and leverage them into future soldiers, possibly in the U.S.,” said a counterterrorism official. As a result, the FBI is running 24/7 surveillance on individuals who return from Syria.

    January 10, 2014 7:28 AM

  19. NOT LIKE YOU 50% of Congress Are Millionaires Jason Reed/Reuters

    18. 50% of Congress Are Millionaires

    Talk about overpaid! For the first time, most members of Congress are millionaires. The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics reports at least 268 of the 534 lawmakers were worth an average of $1 million in 2012. The year before, only about 48 percent of lawmakers were that loaded. “Despite the fact that polls show how dissatisfied Americans are with Congress overall, there’s been no change in our appetite to elect affluent politicians to represent our concerns in Washington,” said the center’s executive director. 

    January 9, 2014 3:20 PM

  20. YOU'RE WELCOME FBI Sent to Scary Sochi The Asahi Shimbun/Getty

    19. FBI Sent to Scary Sochi

    Dozens of FBI agents are going to Russia in order to make the Winter Olympics in Sochi more secure. FBI Director James Comey said he thinks protecting Sochi is particularly challenging "because of its proximity to areas of unrest and sources of a terrorist threat.” Just this week, booby-trapped cars with dead bodies were found near Sochi. Still, don't expect a thank-you note from Putin.

    In addition to these booby-trapped cars with dead bodies, two recent bombings in nearby Volgograd have the world worried about possible terror at the Olympics.

    January 10, 2014 7:33 AM

  21. CLASS ACT Karzai Flouts U.S., Frees Inmates Pool photo by Findlay Kember

    20. Karzai Flouts U.S., Frees Inmates

    Continuing his yearlong temper tantrum against the U.S., Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of 72 prisoners seen as a security threat to the U.S. "These 72 detainees are dangerous criminals against whom there is strong evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, including the use of improvised explosive devices, the largest killer of Afghan civilians," said the State Department. Previous mentions of a possible release had been seen as a negotiating tactic by Karzai during tense negotiations over a bilateral security agreement with the U.S.

    January 10, 2014 7:34 AM

  22. GET OUT OF HERE Indian Diplomat Booted From U.S. Mohammed Jaffer/Reuters

    21. Indian Diplomat Booted From U.S.

    Devyani Khobragade, the Indian deputy consul whose arrest and strip-search for visa fraud set off a diplomatic row between the U.S. and India flew home Friday after being ordered to leave for refusing to waive her diplomatic immunity. In a huff, Indian authorities called her arrest and strip-search “barbaric” and proceeded to retailiate by removing security barriers from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi along with other actions. A grand jury found that Khobragade had negotiated paying her maid just $3.33 an hour, and in reality only paid her less than $2 an hour, and seized her passport.

    January 10, 2014 7:32 AM

  23. SAYONARA Central African President Quits Joe Penney/Reuters

    22. Central African President Quits

    Michel Djotodia, the interim president of the Central African Republic quit on Friday after leaders in other African nations blamed him for continuing sectarian violence. Djotodia was in power for nine months, during which time violence by the Muslim rebel movement he led was responsible for widespread looting, killing, and kidnapping, and subsequent violent reactions by Christian militia groups. According to estimates, over a thousand people were killed in December, and over a million have left their homes in the country.

    Take a chilling look at the Central African Republic.

    January 10, 2014 9:46 AM