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  1. quid pro quo Mayor: Christie Ransomed Sandy Aid Mel Evans

    1. Mayor: Christie Ransomed Sandy Aid

    Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer broke her silence on Saturday about what she claims amounts to New Jersey governor Chris Christie holding Hurricane Sandy relief funds hostage unless she cooperated with a redevelopment plan favored by the administration. In an interview with MSNBC, Zimmer said she had requested $127 million in relief funds for Hoboken, which was 80 percent underwater after Sandy. Instead, she got $142,000 for one back-up generator and $200,000 in recovery grants. ”The bottom line is, it’s not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the City of Hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer,” she said. She named Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and community affairs commissioner Richard Constable as the officials who delivered messages on behalf of the governor. Both Constable and Christie, through spokespersons, denied Zimmer’s claims.

    January 18, 2014 12:49 PM

  2. GONE, BABY, GONE Serena Williams Out of Aussie Open Getty

    2. Serena Williams Out of Aussie Open

    After 25 consecutive wins, Serena Williams lost to the No. 14-seeded Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open, failing to advance to the quarterfinals. The No. 1-seeded Williams was playing for her sixth Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam title but had been suffering from back pain prior to the match. In a double burn to the Williams sister, Ivanovic actually beat sister Venus in the final at Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month. Of her win over Serena, Ivanovic said “It's not easy playing such a champion...but she is also just a human.”

    January 19, 2014 10:20 AM

  3. A LITTLE LATE Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab Getty

    3. Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab

    Well, this might explain some of Dennis Rodman's more unusual behavior. The former NBA star and latest BFF of Kim Jong Un has apparently been in an alcoholic rehabilitation center on the East Coast for the past week. The 52-year-old made two well-publicized trips to North Korea, singing “Happy Birthday” to the dictator and blaming American Kenneth Bae for being held captive in the Hermit Kingdom. "Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally,” said his agent. “The pressure that was put on him to be a combination 'super human' political figure and 'fixer' got the better of him.”

    January 19, 2014 10:38 AM

  4. brawn over brains ‘Bachelor’: Gays Are Perverts Rick Rowell/ABC

    4. ‘Bachelor’: Gays Are Perverts

    Isn’t homophobia just super attractive? Current “Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis told TV Page that he is opposed to ever seeing an openly gay or bisexual bachelor on the show. “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. His reasoning? “Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples … Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed … It is confusing in a sense. But I respect them because they want to have kids. They want to be parents. So it is a scale … Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.” He also says gay people are “more pervert in a sense.”

    January 18, 2014 1:12 PM

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

    5. 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

  6. sorry, republicans Abortion Ultrasound Law Illegal Chris Sternal-Johnson

    6. Abortion Ultrasound Law Illegal

    You mean both women and doctors have constitutional rights? A federal judge declared illegal on Friday a North Carolina law that required women who wanted an abortion to first have an ultrasound and then have a medical provider describe the image to them. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that the law is a violation of constitutional free-speech rights because states do not have the right to force health care providers to bear an “ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term.”

    January 18, 2014 1:00 PM

  7. no escape 18 Killed in India Stampede Rajanish Kakade

    7. 18 Killed in India Stampede

    At least 18 people were killed in a stampede in Mumbai when tens of thousands of mourners gathered around the home of recently deceased Muslim leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. Another 40 were also injured when the gates of Burhanuddin’s home were shut at about 1 a.m. on Saturday and mourners surged forward, crushing many who were near the gates. Mumbai’s police commissioner acknowledged that police were outnumbered and crowd management was poor.

    January 18, 2014 12:51 PM

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  9. suicide bomber strike Afghan Restaurant Attack Kills 21 Rahmat Gul

    8. Afghan Restaurant Attack Kills 21

    A popular restaurant in Kabul was attacked by a Taliban suicide bomber on Friday, killing 21 in what's considered the deadliest attack against foreign civilians in 13 years, when the war began. Thirteen foreigners—including two U.S. citizens working for the American University of Afghanistan—were killed alongside eight Afghans. Two Britons (including one Labour party candidate), two Canadians, two Lebanese (the International Monetary Fund’s Lebanese representative), one Danish police officer, a Russian (a chief political affairs officer at the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan), a Malaysian (who, along with one of the Americans, worked as an adviser for Adam Smith International), and a Pakistani were among the dead. The Taliban claim the attack was in reprisal for an Afghan military operation which killed “many” civilians.

    January 18, 2014 12:47 PM

  10. planet of the chimps Chimps Communicate with Gestures Nick Ut

    9. Chimps Communicate with Gestures

    Just don’t give them any ALZ-112. Georgia State University researchers have concluded that chimpanzees can communicate with meaningful gestures. During an experiment, two language-trained chimps used meaningful clues to help human researchers find hidden food. Researchers also noticed that the chimps use directional gestures. The study’s findings may provide clues about the basics of language development.

    January 18, 2014 1:03 PM

  11. revenge of the range rover Man Assaulted by Bikers to Sue NYC

    10. Man Assaulted by Bikers to Sue NYC

    Alexian Lien, the man who was dragged from his SUV and beaten by a gang of motorcyclists in Manhattan last year, has filed a formal notice of claim against the city of New York, saying he intends to sue. The claim accuses the NYPD of failing to properly train officers. An off-duty police detective was among the bikers who chased Lien and his family in the SUV down the West Side Highway. A spokeswoman for New York City’s legal department said it would defend if the claim came to a full suit.

    January 18, 2014 12:57 PM

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

    11. 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

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

    12. 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