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  1. LIVING PROOF U.S. POW Seen Alive in Video

    1. U.S. POW Seen Alive in Video

    There’s new hope for the family of American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl. The U.S. military has obtained a “proof–of-life” video, the first in almost three years. Bergdahl has been held since June 2009, when he was captured in Afghanistan. He is believed to be held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan. In the video, he appeared to be in a weakened state, but did make reference to Dec. 14, 2013. "Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release," a Pentagon spokesman said.

    January 15, 2014 2:00 PM

  2. TOTAL FAIL Senate to Jobless: On Your Own Alex Wong/Getty

    2. Senate to Jobless: On Your Own

    The Washington gridlock unsurprisingly continues into 2014. Attempts at a bipartisan deal to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed fizzled yesterday in the Senate. Some 1.4 million Americans have lost aid since the benefits expired last month. A critical vote to end debate failed 55-45 in a largely party-line vote.  “I am still hopeful that while it does not look very good right now, that we can come together," said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

    January 15, 2014 8:10 AM

  3. STORMY WEATHER Seven Billion-Dollar Storms in '13 Tasos Katopodis/Getty

    3. Seven Billion-Dollar Storms in '13

    Mother nature caused some seriously expensive damage to the U.S. last year. According to a report from the National Climactic Data Center (NCDC), despite the fact that tornado activity was below average in 2013, seven extreme weather and climate-related events each caused more than $1 billion in damage. From tornadoes alone there were 54 fatalities. The country also experienced its 20th warmest winter on record and tied for its 15th warmest summer. Overall, the year’s annual temperature was 0.3°F above the 20th century average.

    January 15, 2014 11:59 AM

  4. eerie Lanza Called Radio Station in 2011 AP

    4. Lanza Called Radio Station in 2011

    A soft-spoken Adam Lanza, using the name Greg, may have called an Oregon college radio station to discuss mass murder and senseless killing in 2011. In a 20-minute speech, the Sandy Hook shooter compared Travis, a chimp who was killed after mauling his owner's friend, to the random violence committed by a teenage mall shooter. “Travis wasn’t an untamed monster at all,” Greg said. “Um, he wasn’t just feigning domestication, he was civilized. Um, he was able to integrate into society.” The radio host says he remembered the call: “The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic ... but what he was saying made sense.”

    January 15, 2014 7:40 PM

  5. HISTORY FL Shooter Harassed Texters Before Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times/MCT

    5. FL Shooter Harassed Texters Before

    Is there such thing as texting-triggered psychosis? A Florida woman claims suspect Curtis Reeves harassed her while she was texting during a movie screening around three weeks ago. According to prosecutors, Reeves "glared at her the entire time throughout the movie" and then followed her to the restroom. The 71-year-old retired Tampa police captain allegedly shot and killed Chad Oulson on Monday because he was texting during previews before Lone Survivor. Reeves is being held on second-degree murder charges without bail.

    January 15, 2014 1:46 PM

  6. in safe hands Nuclear Officers Probed in Scandal Getty

    6. Nuclear Officers Probed in Scandal

    Wouldn't it be nice if the officials charged with guarding our nuclear warheads could behave? The Air Force announced  Wednesday that 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a drugs and cheating scandal. "This was a failure of integrity on the part of some of our airmen," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. "It was not a failure of our nuclear mission." The cheating was discovered during an investigation into allegations of drug use among officers across six bases. In December, an Air Force general overseeing the nuclear ballistic missile program was fired for a drunken rendezvous in Moscow, and a few months earlier officers guarding a command post that holds nuclear-tipped missiles were found to have accidentally left the blast door open while napping.

    January 15, 2014 2:47 PM

  7. crude GOPer: Gay Sex Like Bad Plumbing J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    7. GOPer: Gay Sex Like Bad Plumbing

    What did your mother say about bathroom humor, Louie? Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert thinks the federal judges ruling on same-sex marriage cases just "need some basic plumbing lessons." The comment was made while discussing recent changes in state law at a conservative event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. According to Gohmert, those judges' decisions amount to saying, "Basically, we haven’t seen any biological evidence to support marriage being between a man and a woman.”

    January 15, 2014 3:55 PM

  8. HORRIBLE Danish Woman Gang-Raped in Delhi Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty

    8. Danish Woman Gang-Raped in Delhi

    Adding to India’s increasing reputation for violence against women, a 51-year-old Danish tourist says she was robbed and raped at knifepoint in the Indian capital after she got lost on her way back to her hotel. Last year, a Swiss tourist was also raped by a group of men. India has faced increased scrutiny for its handling of sexual violence since a 2012 gang rape and murder of a female student on a Delhi bus.

    January 15, 2014 6:59 AM

  9. BIG BROTHER NSA Infiltrates Via Radio Waves Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    9. NSA Infiltrates Via Radio Waves

    Just when you thought the National Security Agency couldn’t seem more like a bad spy movie, The New York Times reports that the beleaguered government agency has been using secret technology to enter and alter data in personal computers overseas. Relying on a channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from circuit boards and USB cards secretly inserted into computers, agents can collect surveillance miles from their targets. The NSA claims that the radio wave surveillance is “active defense,” rather than an attack on others. The Times reports there’s no evidence that such surveillance has been used domestically.

    January 15, 2014 6:53 AM

  10. BEATLEMANIA Paul and Ringo to Reunite Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    10. Paul and Ringo to Reunite

    Yoko Ono can’t stop this one. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will take the stage together at the 56th Grammy Awards. The two surviving Beatles will perform at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater, the site of the television performance that launched Beatlemania in America. The group won Best New Artist in 1965, and at this year’s Grammys, the Fab Four will be honored with the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Other Grammy performers include Taylor Swift, John Legend, and Daft Punk, if anyone will notice.

    January 15, 2014 6:56 AM

  11. FAR FROM PEACE 75 Killed in Iraq Bombings Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

    11. 75 Killed in Iraq Bombings

    War is far from over in Iraq. At least 75 people have been killed in attacks across the country, with 18 fatalities from the bombing at a funeral for a member of a Sunni militia that helped the US government. Multiple car bombs also went off near busy markets in the Baghdad area, and a suicide bomber destroyed a bridge near the town of Saqlawiya. At the same time, al Qaeda-linked militants have gained further territory in the Anbar province during one of the bloodiest days in months.

    As al Qaeda-related forces take over cities in western Iraq, global news outlets discuss the implications of brewing unrest and a potential civil war.

    January 15, 2014 6:50 AM

  12. COVERT OPERATION Euro Spooks Reach Out to Assad Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

    12. Euro Spooks Reach Out to Assad

    Is Assad winning over the West? A retired M16 officer led a group of European intelligence officials to Damascus in an effort to engage the Bashar al-Assad regime, despite the West’s official refusal to directly communicate with it. The group allegedly met with President Assad’s security adviser, a sign that the West may start grudgingly accepting the Asaad regime. The US did not attend, and it is not clear which countries were part of the visit. Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Mokdad said, “I will not specify but many of them have visited Damascus, yes.”

    January 15, 2014 11:18 AM

  13. JERSEY BOYS Springsteen, Fallon Mock Christie Lloyd Bishop/NBC

    13. Springsteen, Fallon Mock Christie

    Bruce Springsteen paid a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to rock a Bridgegate parody of “Born to Run.” While Fallon started off the song, The Boss joined him in a surprise performance, singing, “Man I really gotta take a leak, but I can’t /  I’m stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam.” For the record, Christie is a mega-Springsteen fan. This one's gotta hurt.

    January 15, 2014 8:16 AM

  14. TRAGIC

    14. Brain-Dead Woman’s Husband Sues

    Erick Munoz, the husband of a pregnant brain-dead woman who has been on life support since Nov. 26, has filed a lawsuit against a Fort Worth hospital for acting against his wishes. The hospital has refused to remove Marlise Munoz's life-support measures, citing a Texas law that requires a hospital to continue treating a patient who is pregnant. The lawsuit contends that the law does not apply because “Marlise Munoz is legally dead, and to further conduct surgical procedures on a deceased body is nothing short of outrageous.”

    January 15, 2014 7:03 AM

  15. AID U.S. Offers $380M as Syrian Aid Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

    15. U.S. Offers $380M as Syrian Aid

    The United States will donate $380 million to help 8 million displaced Syrian refugees and the 2 million more still seeking refuge in nearby countries. Kuwait has vowed to donate $500 million, and other countries, including the U.K. and Saudi Arabia, have pledged funds toward the largest humanitarian appeal in United Nations history. “None of this will matter unless the money goes to the people who need it," noted Secretary of State John Kerry. "This will only change if the Assad regime stops blocking aid workers from reaching besieged communities and stop using starvation as a weapon of war.”

    January 15, 2014 7:09 AM

  16. next up Okla. Marriage Law Struck Down © Rick Wilking / Reuters

    16. 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

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

    17. 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

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