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  1. DEVELOPING 2 Students Shot at Philly School NBC 10 Philadelphia

    1. 2 Students Shot at Philly School

    Two students, one male and one female, were shot in the gymnasium of a Philadelphia charter school Friday afternoon. The victims were each hit once in the arm and police have confirmed that they are in stable condition. Police apprehended the suspect--a student at the school--near his South Philadelphia home. There is security camera footage of the shooting, but it's unclear whether the suspect opened fire intentionally or accidentally. The school was immediately placed on lockdown and all 600 students were searched before being released. 

    January 17, 2014 4:09 PM

  2. SCORCHED Calif. Declares Drought Emergency Nick Ut/AP

    2. Calif. Declares Drought Emergency

    California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for the entire state just one day after a massive wildfire burned through 1,700 acres of land. With only 30 percent containment of the fire, the governor has called for a voluntary "20 percent conservation" of water use. "We are in a unprecedented, serious situation that people should pause and reflect on how we're dependent on rain, Mother Nature and each other," Brown told reporters. An estimated 3,600 were evacuated—with only 1,600 permitted to return.

    January 17, 2014 1:36 PM

  3. TRANSPARENCY Obama Revamps NSA Spying Program Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    3. Obama Revamps NSA Spying Program

    In a wide-ranging speech that delineated the evolution of intelligence gathering by the U.S, President Obama addressed the changes he is proposing to the National Security Agency in the wake of leaks by contractor Edward Snowden. The president outlined four major reforms to the spy agency, including plans to stop the interception of private electronic communications of “dozens” of foreign presidents and prime ministers. "The task before us now is greater than simply repairing the damage done to our operations," he said. "Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect."

    January 17, 2014 11:31 AM

  4. BREAKING REPORT 400 Priests Defrocked in 2 Years AFP

    4. 400 Priests Defrocked in 2 Years

    Pope Benedict XVI defrocked about 400 priests over the years 2011 and 2012 for molesting children, a new document obtained by the Associated Press has revealed. The document, the first to detail exactly how many priests have actually been defrocked, came from data that the Vatican had been accumulating ahead of a U.N. committee in Geneva this week. In the past, the Vatican had only come forward with the number of alleged sexual abuse cases that had been reported.

    January 17, 2014 2:22 PM

  5. not-so-sweet cakes Bakery Violated Civil Rights Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    5. Bakery Violated Civil Rights

    By refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon violated the state's Equality Act, according to a ruling from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. The ruling stated that a bakery is not a religious institution and refusing a same-sex couple's order is a violation of civil rights. The complaint against Sweet Cakes by Melissa was filed last year. The owners of the bakery claimed that making the couple a cake would violate their religious beliefs. The bakery has since shut down and become an in-home business.

    January 17, 2014 10:04 PM

  6. GET OVER IT Pennsylvania Nixes Voter ID Law Keith Srakocic/AP

    6. Pennsylvania Nixes Voter ID Law

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Yet another voter ID law, this time in Pennsylvania, has been struck down for placing an unreasonable burden on people trying to vote. The law required voters to show photo identification at the voting booth, and was a central part to the 2012 voter identification law. The law had been barred from enforcement since the 2012 election.

    January 17, 2014 11:21 AM

  7. IT'S ABOUT TIME Houston Mayor Marries Her Partner Richard Hartog/AP

    7. Houston Mayor Marries Her Partner

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the U.S.’s first openly gay mayor of a major city, got married this week to longtime partner Kathy Hubbard. The two wed at a private home in Palm Springs, California on their 23rd anniversary. “This is a very happy day for us,” said Parker. “We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship.”

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM

  8. TOUGH NUT Japan's Last WWII Holdout Dies KYODO Kyodo/Reuters

    8. Japan's Last WWII Holdout Dies

    Talk about following orders! Hiroo Onoda had orders not to surrender, and obeyed those orders for nearly three decades after World War II ended. Onoda, who died in Tokyo at 91, remained in the Philippines jungle until 1974, refusing to believe the war had ended. Ironically, he thought pamphlets from Japan were American ploys because of their mistakes. He was finally persuaded when his former commanding officer visited him there. While in the Philippines, Onoda did engage in clashes with local forces. Three other soldiers stayed with him initially—one came out in 1950, while the other two died in the jungle, one during a clash with local troops. "Every Japanese soldier was prepared for death, but as an intelligence officer I was ordered to conduct guerrilla warfare and not to die," he said in an interview. "I became an officer and I received an order. If I could not carry it out, I would feel shame. I am very competitive."

    January 17, 2014 12:27 PM

  9. SPEEDY RECOVERY Hollande Visits Jilted First Lady Chesnot/Getty

    9. Hollande Visits Jilted First Lady

    According to his office, French President Francois Hollande visited partner Valerie Trierweler in the hospital. Trerweiler entered the hospital after reports surfaced alleging that the president was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet. New reports have surfaced today that the affair had actually been going on for two years, stretching back into the campaign. Gayet is suing the French magazine Closer, which boke the initial stories.

    January 17, 2014 12:31 PM

  10. OOOOOOK Putin: Gays Will Be Safe at Sochi AFP/Getty

    10. Putin: Gays Will Be Safe at Sochi

    During a question-and-answer session on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that gay people in Russia should not fear for their safety as long as they “just leave kids alone, please.” Gay rights in Russia have come under scrutiny in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, especially after Russia passed a law last year which has been used to ban gay rights marches and the discussion of gay issues in TV and newspapers. For some reason, this doesn’t seem like quite the reassurance gays were looking for.

    January 17, 2014 11:24 AM

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  12. OUT OF NOWHERE Uganda Prez Blocks Anti-Gay Law Noor Khamis/Reuters

    11. Uganda Prez Blocks Anti-Gay Law

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, likely due to fear of international outcry, is refusing to sign a bill that seeks to toughen laws against homosexuals. The bill included life imprisonment for homosexual acts. In a litany of oddities, Museveni chastised the Parliament saying "Even with legislation, they will simply go underground and continue practicing [sic] homosexuality or lesbianism for mercenary reasons," he said, and that if the economy improves, they could be "rescued." He also argued against deeming homosexuality as an "alternative sexual orientation," saying it was an "abnormality" and that "it could be that the Western societies, on account of random breeding, have generated many abnormal people." And for the icing on the cake, he argued that another reason women became lesbians is because of "sexual starvation" when they fail to marry.

    January 17, 2014 7:19 AM

  13. NOT AGAIN Smoking Is Worse Than You Thought Aly Song/Reuters

    12. Smoking Is Worse Than You Thought

    On the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 report that powered the anti-smoking movement, a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General says there's a lot of room for improvement in the battle. While fewer Americans smoke today (about 18 percent of adults), the U.S. may not reach the government's goal of 12 percent by 2020. Additionally, roughly half a million people died from smoking-related diseases in 2012, and every day over 3,000 youths will try their first cigarette. Also, more diseases were added to the official list of being smoking-caused, including Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, liver and colorectal cancer, and cleft palate birth defects.

    January 17, 2014 7:16 AM

  14. FAKE CURRENCY Bitcoin Breaks Into NBA Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

    13. Bitcoin Breaks Into NBA

    Continuing its steady march toward legitimacy, Bitcoin will now be accepted by the Sacramento Kings basketball team, making it the first major professional sports franchise to do so. Fans will be able to purchase tickets, jerseys, food, and beer with the digital currency, and payments will be processed by Bitpay. "The way I saw it, Bitcoin had reached a tipping point where it had crossed from being a curiosity to a becoming a legitimate form of doing commerce," said Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé. The Kings hope to be able to accept all transactions by March 1.

    January 17, 2014 7:20 AM

  15. ROYAL BABY Zara Phillips Gives Birth Eddie Keogh/Reuters

    14. Zara Phillips Gives Birth

    Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and an Olympic silver medalist, has given birth to a baby girl. Phillips, along with her husband, rugby star Mike Tindall, have not disclosed the name of the baby, who weighed 7lbs 12 oz. The baby is the Queen's fourth great grandchild, and is 16th in line to the throne.

    January 17, 2014 7:21 AM


    15. Inmate Granted Right to Sex Change

    Transsexual convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek is entitled to a taxpayer-funded sex change operation to treat her gender identity disorder, a federal appeals court decided Friday. The three-judge panel’s 2-1 ruling is the first of its kind, upholding a U.S. District Judge’s 2012 determination that a sex change operation the only sufficient treatment for Kosilek, who strangled his wife, Sheryl, to death in 1990 while living as a man named Robert. That judge also argued that not providing the surgery would be a violation of Kosilek’s right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.

    January 17, 2014 5:48 PM

  17. VICTORY FOR SNOWDEN Obama to Address NSA Reforms Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    16. Obama to Address NSA Reforms

    President Obama will speak Friday at the Justice Department about reforms in post-9/11 government surveillance practices. Among the changes, reports the NYTimes, is a requirement that agencies obtain permission from secret courts before tapping into phone data. Once obtained, the data itself will remain in the hands of the government. The reforms, prompted by the Edward Snowden leaks, are seen as an attempt by Obama to make structural changes in terrorism policies as well as affect his legacy. He is also expected to address proposals to protect foreigners and nominate a public advocate to represent privacy concerns at the secret intelligence court.

    January 17, 2014 7:13 AM

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

    17. 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

  19. FAREWELL ‘Dr. No’ Says Yes to Retirement Andrew Burton/Getty

    18. ‘Dr. No’ Says Yes to Retirement

    Known for his steadfast opposition to government spending (thus the nickname Dr. No), Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has decided to step down. Coburn, who has been battling prostate cancer, says the move is to honor his pledge to serve no more than two terms in the Senate, a body he joined in 2004. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said of Coburn that he is "one of the most intelligent, principled, and decent men in modern Senate history."

    January 17, 2014 7:04 AM

  20. FIREBALL Explosive Lands on Thai Protestors Reuters

    19. Explosive Lands on Thai Protestors

    After a few calm days, violence raged in Bangkok on Friday as an explosive device was tossed at anti-government protesters, wounding 36 of them. The leader of the protests, Suthep Thaugsuban, was with the targeted group, and was only 30 meters from the explosion, according to protesters. The protests, which accuse Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of corruption, have been going on since November, and have ground parts of the capital to a halt.

    January 17, 2014 7:03 AM

  21. A TRILLI, A TRILLI $1.1T Budget Sails Through Senate Mark Wilson/Getty

    20. $1.1T Budget Sails Through Senate

    This is still going on? A mammoth $1.1 trillion budget funding every agency of the government made it through Congress Thursday evening., passing the Senate 72-26. The bill, which is over 1,500 pages, made it through the House Wednesday with a margin of 359-67. The bill likely means there won't be a government shutdown threat until after the midterms, and was based on a compromise forged by Democratic Senator Patty Murray, and Republican Representative Paul Ryan.

    January 17, 2014 7:01 AM

  22. KNOW YOUR ROLE Facebook Takes a Page From Twitter Eric Thayer/Reuters

    21. Facebook Takes a Page From Twitter

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but is it? The social networking behemoth Facebook will be adding a trending topics feature to its website in the coming weeks,  it announced this week. The rollout will initially only be available in the U.S., U.K., India, Canada, and Australia. The topics people see will be tailored to the user's interests and location, Facebook said.

    January 17, 2014 7:05 AM