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    1. Okla. Marriage Law Struck Down

    Oklahoma, where gay marriage comes sweepin' down the plain. On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is a violation of the U.S. Constitution after two gay couples sued. In 2004, the state added a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Yesterday, the judge wrote that this measure violates the country's equal protection laws. Same-sex marriage won't yet be allowed—the ruling was stayed pending appeals.

    January 14, 2014 5:54 PM

  2. state of apology Christie: We Let People Down Jeff Zelevansky/Getty

    2. Christie: We Let People Down

    Blunt as always, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched into his annual State of the State address with a word on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. "The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made," he said. "And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better." But that was all the air time given to what's being called Bridgegate, and the rest of the speech touched on the state's improved economic state, a cut in the crime rate, Hurricane Sandy recovery, and proposed longer school day. Christie is facing two investigations, one over the bridge scandal and one for the use of storm recovery funds for political purposes.

    January 14, 2014 3:25 PM

  3. The new normal 2 Shot in New Mexico School Google Maps

    3. 2 Shot in New Mexico School

    Two students were airlifted to a Texas hospital after a gunman opened fire in a Roswell, N.M., middle school on Tuesday morning. One, a 14-year-old boy, is thought to have been the shooter's target, and a 13-year-old girl was also hit. The boy is said to be in critical condition and the girl is seriously injured. According to police, the suspected shooter was taken into custody.

    January 14, 2014 2:25 PM

  4. Now You Tell Us 9/11 Mastermind Cools on Killing Janey Hamlin/Reuters

    4. 9/11 Mastermind Cools on Killing

    Killing is no good for spreading Islam, says the mastermind behind 9/11, but plenty fine for defending Muslims. In a 36-page manifesto published by the Huffington Post Tuesday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed says the Quran forbids using violence to prosthelytize. But the terrorist attacks were different because they "self defense" on behalf of those "whose land is occupied and whose people are attacked." Slamming planes into buildings was for supporting Israel and oppressing Muslims, KSM writes, not for destroying American feedoms. KSM also references everything from the military-industrial complex to video games. 

    January 14, 2014 2:24 PM

  5. Mega Bite FCC Struck Down on Net Neutrality Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty

    5. FCC Struck Down on Net Neutrality

    Internet service providers were given the OK Tuesday to favor some types of Web traffic over others thanks to a court ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" rules that prohibited ISPs from blocking certain types of Web traffic. The 81-page 2-1 ruling effectively negates years' worth of the FCC's work. Companies like Time Warner would be free to cut a deal with Netflix, for instance, to favor its traffic over Hulu's. The case is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

    January 14, 2014 10:59 AM

  6. FUMBLE Judge Punts $760M NFL Settlement Donald Miralle/Getty

    6. Judge Punts $760M NFL Settlement

    A U.S. judge Tuesday rejected the $760 million settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who claim they suffered head injuries, saying the money might not be enough to pay as many as 20,000 who could be eligible. Up to $5 million was available for each player depending on their diagnosis under the deal reached last August. “Even if only 10 percent of… eventually receive a qualifying diagnosis, it is difficult to see how the monetary award fund would have the funds available over its lifespan to pay all claimants at these significant award levels,” District Judge Anita Brody wrote.

     

    January 14, 2014 1:06 PM

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    7. Hollande Support Up After Affair

    In some countries, a good economy wins over the people; in France it’s a steamy affair. French President Francois Hollande’s popularity has risen from a record low according to a poll conducted in the aftermath of reports about an affair between the president and actress Julie Gayet. The president still remains unpopular, but his popularity rose to 26 percent. A separate poll has 77 percent of the French population saying the affair is a private matter. Hollande’s partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been in the hospital since reading of the affair.

    January 14, 2014 11:36 AM

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    8. Nigeria Arrests Dozens of Gay Men

    Nigeria’s new “Jail the Gays” law has led to the arrest of dozens of gay men. Even before the law was officially signed yesterday, it was used to persecute members of the gay community. Activist Dorothy Aken’Ova said four gay men were entrapped by police and tortured until they named others. Authorities have a list of 168 allegedly gay men, 38 of whom have been arrested. President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman said, “This is a law that is in line with the people’s cultural and religious inclination. It is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people. Nigerians are pleased with it.” The U.S. has criticized the Nigerian law, with Secretary of State John Kerry releasing a statement that said, “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly… and expression for all Nigerians.”

    January 14, 2014 11:32 AM

  10. BANNED U.S. Journalist Booted From Russia Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

    9. U.S. Journalist Booted From Russia

    With bombings in the region around Sochi, negotiations in Iran and Syria, and pressure over its human rights record, Russia has found time to expel American journalist David Satter without an explanation. Satter, who is a former correspondent for the Financial Times and the author of three books on Russia, was read a statement by a diplomat, which said, “The competent organs have decided that your presence on the territory of the Russian Federation is not desirable. You are banned from entering Russia.” The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a diplomatic protest and sought an explanation, but Moscow declined to give one. The language used in official Russian statement is believed to have come from the Federal Security Service (known as the FSB), the powerful counterintelligence agency, and is language commonly found in spy cases.

    January 14, 2014 7:49 AM

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    10. Penis Pumps Cost Gov't $172M

    A report from the Department of Health and Human Services said the government’s Medicare program spent $172.4 million on 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems (VES) for seniors from 2006 to 2011. The yearly claims nearly doubled in cost from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38 million in 2011. If the government had adjusted its payments to what non-Medicare payers spend on penis pumps, the government would have saved about $14.4 million each year. “To those seniors who really do want one, just buy it yourself—you don’t need to send the bill to your fellow Americans,” said Ben Domenech of the Heartland Institute.

    January 14, 2014 7:47 AM

  12. Fighting Words Nut to Kardashian: I’ll Kill You Charles Platiau/Reuters

    11. Nut to Kardashian: I’ll Kill You

    Kim Kardashian reportedly filed a police report after a teen called her a “n****r lover” and said “I will kill you, slut” during an altercation outside of a Beverly Hills medical building. As the reality-TV star tried to enter the building, the 18-year-old initially appeared to be trying to help her get past photographers, but then began using racial and homophobic epithets. Kardashian then called fiancé, Kanye West, who allegedly punched the man. West is now a subject of a criminal battery investigation, in addition to charges he faces for an earlier altercation at Los Angeles International Airport.

    January 14, 2014 8:02 AM

  13. big bucks Congress Ready to Spend $1.1T Charles Dharapak/AP

    12. Congress Ready to Spend $1.1T

    A team of negotiators from the House and Senate announced Monday night a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will flesh out the agreed-upon December budget. President Obama's request for significant new pre-kindergarten education funding was filled, but the budget for the Affordable Care Act remained at a reduced level. The bill includes a large increase for the FDA, and for migration and refugee assistance. The House will take on the bill on Saturday.

    January 13, 2014 8:16 PM

  14. Golden Oldies More Old Than Young in Obamacare Joe Raedle/Getty

    13. More Old Than Young in Obamacare

    Just as critics feared, it wasn’t younger Americans who flooded the pool of Obamacare enrollees, but rather older, and potentially less healthy, insurance seekers. 55 percent of those who used the federal and state marketplaces are 45 to 64 years old, while only 24 percent of users are between the ages of 18 to 34. An older population could potentially cause premiums to rise but Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said, “We’re pleased to see such a strong response and heavy demand.” Overall, 2.2 million Americans had enrolled by Dec. 28.

    January 14, 2014 11:29 AM

  15. are you kidding? Man Killed for Texting in Theater Branson Sparks / iStock

    14. Man Killed for Texting in Theater

    This is insane even for you, Florida. A retired police officer reportedly shot and killed a man for texting during a matinee of Lone Survivor in Tampa Bay on Monday. Police say the movie hadn't even begun when Chad Oulson was texting his 3-year-old daughter, and got into an altercation with Curtis Reeves. The 71-year-old former captain pulled out a pistol, shooting Oulson in the chest and his wife, Nicole, in the hand. He was arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder.

    January 13, 2014 8:37 PM

  16. Braggard Iran Boasts of West’s “Surrender” Adrees Latif/Reuters

    15. Iran Boasts of West’s “Surrender”

    Relations with Iran just got more tense thanks to Twitter. President Hassan Rouhani bragged over the social media platform that the interim nuclear agreement with the P5+1 nations shows that “world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.” The International Atomic Energy Association said an original meeting to ease international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program has been pushed to next month at Tehran’s wish, but has not said why the delay was requested.

    January 14, 2014 11:09 AM

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    16. Blue Meth Found in New Mexico

    The blue meth that was the signature of Walter White on Breaking Bad is no longer just fictional. “We are we are seeing an increase in blue meth," said Kevin Abar with Homeland Security said. "It's actually being moved and pushed by various distributors.” The blue crank is actually even worse for you than the original stuff because second-hand dealers in Mexico cut with chemicals to give it the color, which detracts from the purity. Heisenberg would not approve.

    January 14, 2014 12:35 PM