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  1. a new day McAuliffe Sworn in as VA Governor Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    1. McAuliffe Sworn in as VA Governor

    Terry McAuliffe was sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor on Saturday in a rain-soaked ceremony that counted Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton among its guests. Before the ceremony began, McAuliffe met briefly with his predecessor, Robert F. McDonnell, who handed McAuliffe the ceremonial key to the Executive Mansion and wished him well. Since he was elected nine weeks ago, McAuliffe, a Democrat, has courted Republicans and selected moderate Cabinet members in an effort to project an image of bipartisanship.

    January 11, 2014 1:42 PM

  2. the general Ariel Sharon Dead at 85 KEVIN FRAYER/Getty

    2. Ariel Sharon Dead at 85

    Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a stroke while in office and fell into an irreversible coma in 2006, died on Saturday at the age of 85. Sharon’s vital organs had reportedly been deteriorating over the past few days and his family had gathered by his bedside at Tel Hashomer hospital outside of Tel Aviv. Sharon is remembered as an iconic general who fought in three wars before being elected prime minister in 2001. He stirred controversy in 2006 by expelling Jewish settlers from 21 Gaza settlements, resigning as head of the Likud party and forming a new, centrist one called Kadima.

    January 11, 2014 12:18 PM

  3. face of the reagan era Larry Speakes Dead at 74 Dirck Halstead/Getty

    3. Larry Speakes Dead at 74

    Larry Speakes, remembered as the “public face of the Reagan era,” died on Friday at the age of 74. Speakes served as acting White House press secretary from 1981 to 1987, after his boss, press secretary James Brady, was wounded by a bullet meant for President Reagan. He was known for the blunt and sometimes acerbic tone he took with journalists. In 1988, he published a memoir, Speaking Out, that claimed that two quotations he had attributed to Reagan were in fact never spoken by the president, which caused outrage from members of the administration and cost Speakes his job as senior vice president of communications at Merrill Lynch. Speakes, who had Alzheimer’s diease, died at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi.

    January 11, 2014 12:19 PM

  4. foul play A-Rod Suspension Reduced Charles Cherney/AP

    4. A-Rod Suspension Reduced

    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s drug suspension appeal managed to earn him an extra 49 games, but he’s still out for the entire season. A-Rod was suspended for 211 games in August for alleged violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract following an investigation of Florida’s Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which reportedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs. But arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision on Saturday morning shortened the sentence to 162 games, or one full season.

    January 11, 2014 12:13 PM

  5. dirty money Arkansas Lieutenant Gov Resigning Danny Johnston/AP

    5. Arkansas Lieutenant Gov Resigning

    Arkansas’s lieutenant governor, Mark Darr, is bowing to pressure from both Democrats and fellow Republicans and resigning because of ethics violations related to finance, effective February 1st. Officials say that Darr did not keep accurate records of his spending and misspent more than $30,000 from his campaign funds and $3,500 with his state credit card. Darr notably did not apologize in his resignation statement, but said, “I have been honest, forthright and acted with integrity. I made mistakes, but not one with malicious intent.”

    January 11, 2014 12:21 PM

  6. cab catastrophe Boy, 9, Killed by NYC Taxi Spencer Platt/Getty

    6. Boy, 9, Killed by NYC Taxi

    New York City’s taxis are notorious for their driving maneuvers, which on Friday night cost a 9-year-old boy his life. The boy and his 51-year-old father were crossing a street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side just after 9 p.m. when they were hit by a turning taxi. The father sustained a leg injury but ht eboy was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. The 53-year-old taxi driver remained at the scene and no charges have been filed.

    January 11, 2014 12:25 PM

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  8. 'Fresh and Natural' Foster Farms Plant Reopening Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    7. Foster Farms Plant Reopening

    Now with fewer cockroaches: Foster Farms chicken! Foster Farms will reopen its Livingston, California plant on Saturday, three days after USDA inspectors saw a cockroach inside the facility and immediately closed it for sanitation and treatment. “We want to assure our consumers, customers and valued employees that we worked diligently to address and resolve this issue,” Foster Farms said in a statement. “Our efforts included developing a comprehensive preventative plan with full documentation that received USDA-FSIS approval.” The plant had been cited five times since September for roaches, some of which came into contact with a plastic tub that then came into contact with chicken. Ew.

    January 11, 2014 12:26 PM

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

    8. 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

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

    9. 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

  11. whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Now Married Dave Kotinsky/Getty

    10. Bobbi Kristina Brown Now Married

    There’s just no stopping love, or something. A representative for the Whitney Houston’s family confirmed to The Washington Post on Friday that the late singer’s daughter, 20-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown, had married her childhood friend, Nick Gordon. The representative did not, however, know where or when the marriage took place. Brown tweeted a photo of the couple’s hands sporting wedding rings with the caption, “#HappilyMarried. So #InLove. If you didn’t get it the first time that is.” The pairing previously raised eyebrows because Gordon is said to have been an adopted son of Houston’s, though she never legally filed any papers for him.

    January 11, 2014 12:29 PM

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

    11. 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

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

    12. 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