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  1. EMERGENCY 1,700-Acre Blaze Erupts Near L.A. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    1. 1,700-Acre Blaze Erupts Near L.A.

    At least one person has been burned in a massive California wildfire, prompting the evacuation of an estimated 2,000 people. Three people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of recklessly starting the fire, which is burning north of Los Angeles. The fire broke out at 6 a.m. local time and had already burned 1,700 acres by 10 a.m. About 550 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

    January 16, 2014 1:19 PM

  2. Cruel and Unusual Untested Drugs Execute Killer Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction/AP

    2. Untested Drugs Execute Killer

    At 10:29 a.m. Thursday morning, convicted murderer Dennis McGuire received an untested combination of two drugs to kill him. For the next 20 minutes, McGuire struggled and gasped loudly for air, "making snorting and choking sounds...with his chest heaving and his fist clenched," The Columbus Dispatch reports. McGuire's attorneys unsuccesfully argued the drugs could cause him to die painfully, which violates the Constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire died from an injection of a sedative and a morphine derivative because Ohio couldn't get pentobarbital thanks to Danish restrictions on its distribution for use in capital punishment. 

    January 16, 2014 11:57 AM

  3. eerie Lanza Called Radio Station in 2011 AP

    3. 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

  4. DE-EVOLVING Nigerian Man Lashed for Being Gay Noor Khamis/Reuters

    4. Nigerian Man Lashed for Being Gay

    A Nigerian man, who was one of 11 Muslims and one Christian arrested in Nigeria last month for being homosexual, received 20 lashes after being convicted by an Islamic court of homosexual offenses. In determining its sentence, the court says it kept in mind that he committed the offense seven years ago and was no longer a practicing homosexual. Earlier in January, President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that banned gay marriage, gay groups, and same-sex public affection. Two of the men had their trial delayed until January 23, but what is planned for the remaining nine is unknown.

    January 16, 2014 11:10 AM

  5. DRAMA Doctors Ban Hollande from Visiting Pool photo by Thibault Camus

    5. Doctors Ban Hollande from Visiting

    French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler’s doctors don’t want her to be subjected to any stress--so they’ve banned her partner from her hospital room. Trierweiler has been hospitalized for nearly a week since rumors surfaced that the French President Francois Hollande, with whom she’s been in a relationship for several years, was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Trierweiler has been undergoing tests and her doctors have asked that Hollande not visit for fear of traumatizing her.

    January 16, 2014 8:25 PM

  6. BIG BROTHER NSA Grabs 200M Texts Per Day Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

    6. NSA Grabs 200M Texts Per Day

    It’s beginning to seem like no correspondence is safe from the watchful eye of the NSA. Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency has been indiscriminately sweeping up text messages from across the globe--nearly 200 million a day--with the purpose of obtaining locations, credit card information, and contact networks. The SMS collection program, codenamed “Dishfire,” is the latest revelation to come out of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden and investigated by the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News. On top of text messages, this program allowed the NSA to track missed-call alerts, network roaming notifications which alert them to border crossings, electronic business cards and financial transactions.

    January 16, 2014 2:28 PM

  7. HE'S BACK Rev. Wright Slams Obama for Drones Larry Downing/Reuters

    7. Rev. Wright Slams Obama for Drones

    Not sure President Obama minds being seen as a target of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In a speech before the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said that while King said, "I have a dream," President Obama says, "I have a drone." Wright went on to attack the "three-headed demon" of "racism, militarism, and capitalism" which he deemed the foundations of Western society. He also attacked Education Secretary Arne Duncan, saying he "ruined the school system" of Chicago, but landed his job with his "good hook shot playing basketball with … Barack Hussein Obama."

    January 16, 2014 12:01 PM

  8. MATCH POINT Heat Wave Suspends Australian Open Jason Reed/Reuters

    8. Heat Wave Suspends Australian Open

     When animals are falling from trees due to heat exhaustion, you know there’s a problem. A heat wave with temperatures in the 110's has caused officials for the Australian Open to suspend matches. Over 1000 people in the region of Victoria have been treated for heat stress, and up to 500 flying foxes have died in the past two days. Power blackouts are also hitting the region, as electricity usage surges. Friday is expected to be the final day of the unbearable heat.

    January 16, 2014 12:39 PM

  9. UNANIMOUS MLB Approves More Instant Replay Jamie Sabau/Getty

    9. MLB Approves More Instant Replay

    Instant replay will be expanded during the 2014 regular season and postseason, Major League Baseball’s clubs decided Thursday in a unanimous vote. Among the new aspects of the instant replay expansion, clubs will be allowed to show all replays on the ballpark scoreboard, whether or not the play has been reviewed; managers will be allowed to challenge at least one instant replay per game (but no more than two); and the umpire crew chief will be allowed to invoke instant replay on any call at the beginning of the seventh inning. “I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays,” said commissioner Bud Selig. “The new system will give managers valuable recourse in potentially game-changing situations.”

    January 16, 2014 3:19 PM

  10. A THREE-HOUR TOUR Gilligan’s Island's Professor Dies Gregg DeGuire/Getty

    10. Gilligan’s Island's Professor Dies

    The Professor could build anything, except for, you know, a raft to get off the island. Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, passed away at the age of 89 Thursday. The Professor was an ingenious high school science teacher on the iconic show. Dawn Wells, who played Mary Anne on the show, wrote on her Facebook page that her “favorite 2 people are now gone… My heart is broken.” “Parents are happy to have their children watch it,” Johnson said of the show in 2004. “No one gets hurt. No murders. No car crashes. Just good, plain, silly fun—that’s the charm.”

    January 16, 2014 6:00 PM

  11. HIGH SEAS SCUFFLE Trace Adkins Fights Impersonator Slaven Vlasic/Getty

    11. Trace Adkins Fights Impersonator

    There’s nothing like a bad encounter with one's own impersonator to throw a decade-sober country singer off the wagon. Trace Adkins was shipped off to rehab after an altercation with a karaoke-singing Trace Adkins impersonator while aboard a country music-themed cruise for which he was the headlining act. “Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism,” said a spokesman. “As he faces these issues head on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected.” The singer has been very open about his drinking problem, for which his family staged an intervention in 2002.

    January 16, 2014 1:55 PM

  12. COME TOGETHER 90% Approve Egypt Constitution Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty

    12. 90% Approve Egypt Constitution

    According to reports in Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper, Egypt's new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in the two-day referendum. According to the unofficial results, over 90 percent of voters approved the constitution, and about 36 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, which is higher than the third of voters who voted during the last referendum under ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The approved constitution is widely seen as the first step towards a run by General Abdel Fattah Sisi, who is all but running the country currently.

    January 16, 2014 10:11 AM

  13. Motor Mouth Biden: Thanks for 'Saving Our Ass' Bill Pugliano/Getty

    13. Biden: Thanks for 'Saving Our Ass'

    Here we Joe again: Vice President Biden for no apparent reason thanked the chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit on Thursday. "Thank you for saving our ass," Biden told Bill Ford Jr. (Henry Ford's great-grandson), according to a pool report. Ford did not take bailout money unlike Chrysler and General Motors, so we have no idea what the hell Biden is talking about.

    January 16, 2014 2:30 PM

  14. COLOR-BLIND U.S. Curbs Use of Racial Profiling Spencer Platt/Getty

    14. U.S. Curbs Use of Racial Profiling

    After years of criticism from civil-rights groups for singling out Muslims and Latinos, the Justice Department has expanded the definition of racial profiling to include religion, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation. Profiling has been banned since 2003, except in cases of national security, and did not encompass religion, ancestry, or other factors other than race.

    January 16, 2014 7:07 AM

  15. in safe hands Nuclear Officers Probed in Scandal Getty

    15. 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

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

    16. 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

  17. CAR WARMING GIFT QB’s Wife Leaves AR-15 in Rental Gustavo Caballero/Getty

    17. QB’s Wife Leaves AR-15 in Rental

    Surprise! Lauren Tannehill, the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, accidentally left behind her AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in a rental car in South Florida. The gun was discovered by the daughter of a New York mom on vacation. Tannehill is a model and is also featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the reality-TV sports series. Those who follow her on social media won’t be surprised—it’s full of pics of Tannehill and her husband out shooting.

    January 16, 2014 7:13 AM

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  19. iOOPS Apple to Cough Up $32M in Refunds Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    18. Apple to Cough Up $32M in Refunds

    Who said this generation isn’t smarter than its parents’ one? The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Apple over the issue of children’s apps and how little companies have been doing to protect either privacy or aid parents trying to supervise their kids. Apple will pay out at least $32.5 million in refunds to parents whose children made purchases on iPhones and iPads without permission. Apple has been accused of allowing games in their iTunes store that enticed children without putting any approval safeguards in place.

    January 16, 2014 7:04 AM

  20. THROWBACK Ex-Bushie Running for Senate Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty

    19. Ex-Bushie Running for Senate

    Ed Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman and adviser to George W. Bush will launch his Virginia Senate campaign Thursday to challenge Democrat Senator Mark Warner. No public event or fanfare is expected, as Gillespie will mark the occasion by unveiling a new website. In the past few elections, Gillespie has made news due to working with Karl Rove to create American Crossroads, the Super PAC which spent over $100 million in ads in 2012.

    January 16, 2014 10:12 AM

  21. TRAGEDY Grocery Store Shooting Kills Three Getty

    20. Grocery Store Shooting Kills Three

    A shooting inside Martin’s Super Market in Elkhart, Ind., Wednesday night left two women and one male gunman dead. The gunman reportedly entered the store around 10 p.m. and began shooting, killing a female shopper described as in her forties, and a female employee in her late teens or early twenties. The gunman, who is reportedly a white male in his late teens or early twenties, was shot and killed by police after he pointed a gun at them. “That’s today’s society, unfortunately,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said. “We live in that world. There is not a day that goes by it seems anymore that we aren’t learning about a school shooting or at a business. We hope this would never come to our hometown, and here it is.” Amen.

    January 16, 2014 7:02 AM

  22. THEY'RE IN Oscar Nominees Announced Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

    21. Oscar Nominees Announced

    The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards are in and there are few surprises. Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep received nominations for Best Actress. For Best Actor, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey were named. For Best Supporting Actor, the nominations went to Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill, and Jared Leto. For Best Supporting Actress, Sally Hawing, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, and June Squibb got nods. With more new names than the other categories, the nominations for Best Director included David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexander Payne, Steve McQueen, and Martin Scorcese. And finally, the nominations for Best Film were American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

    Check out these Reel Numbers about Best Picture nominee 'Her.'

    January 16, 2014 8:52 AM

  23. SNEAK ATTACK Congress Shoots Down Drone Change Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    22. Congress Shoots Down Drone Change

    The plan by the Obama administration to move control of the aerial drone program to the Pentagon from the CIA has run into a large obstacle—the U.S. Congress. The roadblock comes in the form of a secret provision inserted into the $1 trillion budget bill from this week that would halt funding for transferring unmanned aircraft or authority to carry out the strikes. The administration’s plan was seen as an effort to get the CIA back to traditional intelligence gathering, and add transparency to the drone strike process.

    January 16, 2014 7:09 AM

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

    23. 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

  25. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Dodger Kershaw First $200M Pitcher Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

    24. Dodger Kershaw First $200M Pitcher

    Not even 26 years old, Clayton Kershaw has turned heads throughout his short MLB career, winning two Cy Young Awards, two strikeout titles, and leading three playoff runs. Now he is also the first $200 million pitcher in baseball. On Wednesday, Kershaw reached a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers valued at $215 million over seven years, also making him the first player to average more than $30 million a season.

    January 16, 2014 7:11 AM