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  1. SEAT'S TAKEN Kerry: Get Assad Out of Gov't Anja Niedringhaus/AP

    1. Kerry: Get Assad Out of Gov't

    Apparently slaughtering your own citizens isn’t as popular as it used to be. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not be part of the Syrian transitional government that is being negotiated. In response, Syria’s representative accused the U.S. of supporting terrorist groups in the opposition. "We have to deal with reality here. We really do… That means that Bashar Assad will not be part of that transitional government," Kerry said. "The man who led the brutal response on his own people cannot regain legitimacy."

    January 22, 2014 7:29 AM

  2. YET AGAIN Northeast Digs Out From Snow Andrew Kelly/Reuters

    2. Northeast Digs Out From Snow

    Step aside, polar vortex. A strong winter storm hit the East Coast Tuesday afternoon and on through the night, leaving behind 15 inches of snow in some areas. Multiple states in the Northeast, including New York, declared emergencies, and Philadelphia closed schools and city offices. The real concern now is the deep chill that is expected in the area, which is expected to drop below zero in Pennsylvania.

    January 22, 2014 7:40 AM

  3. DENIAL McDonnell: ‘I Did Nothing Illegal' Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty

    3. McDonnell: ‘I Did Nothing Illegal'

    Vowing to “face these false allegations with strength and firm resolve,” former Republican governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell said he did “nothing illegal” after he and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on 14 counts. The governor and his wife allegedly accepted more than $135,000 in gifts—ranging from expensive clothing to trips—from the former CEO of Star Scientific in return for help from the governor. McDonnell told reporters he will “use every available resource and advocate… for as long as it takes to fight and prevail against these false allegations and the unjust overreach of the federal government.” McDonnell had once been viewed as a rising star in the party, and a potential favorite for the 2016 presidential nomination.

    January 22, 2014 7:45 AM

  4. DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH? Snowden: I'm No Russian Spy Barton Gellman/Getty

    4. Snowden: I'm No Russian Spy

    Edward Snowden called the charge that he's working or helping the Russians "absurd" in an interview with The New Yorker on Tuesday. The leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee leveled the accusation last weekend. Snowden declared via encrypted communications that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.” An FBI official said that the bureau believes Snowden acted alone, according to a New York Times report.

    January 22, 2014 7:33 AM

  5. DUH Sherman: Rant Was 'Immature' Otto Greule Jr/Getty

    5. Sherman: Rant Was 'Immature'

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman responded to the outrage—and resulting ugly blowback—over his raving interview with Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews. "You know, I don't mean to attack him. And that was immature and I probably shouldn't have done that. I regret doing that," he said, pointing to his outburst directed at 49ers' receiver Michael Crabtree. In the interview with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, Sherman also addressed the countless racist responses on Twitter. "It was really mind-boggling the way the world reacted. I can't say the world—I don't want to generalize people like that because there are a lot of great people who didn't react that way," he said. "But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad. Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day."

    January 22, 2014 7:34 AM

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  7. HERO 8-Year-Old Saves Six in Fire CNN

    6. 8-Year-Old Saves Six in Fire

    Tyler J. Doohan, 8, died Monday in an upstate New York mobile-home fire while attempting to save his disabled uncle, after already saving six other people. Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer says that he believes the trailer did not have a working smoke detector. Doohan and his uncle succumbed to heat and smoke, and their bodies were found in the back of the trailer. His grandfather was also killed in the fire.

    January 22, 2014 7:54 AM

  8. EQUAL RIGHTS Judge: No Banning Gays From Jury Jason Doiy/Getty

    7. Judge: No Banning Gays From Jury

    Be careful what you wish for. A federal appeals court has ruled that potential jurors cannot be rejected because of their sexual orientation. The decision was unanimous by the three-judge panel on the U.S. Ninth Circuit and involved a mixed jury verdict in a federal antitrust case over an AIDS drug. The case will now be retried as the court says a gay juror was excluded. Advocates say the decision will make it harder to uphold other laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.

    January 22, 2014 7:55 AM

  9. thanks, guys U.S. Secretly Backs Syrian Rebels Reuters

    8. U.S. Secretly Backs Syrian Rebels

    The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have been clandestinely divying up funds to Syrian rebels who are targeting al Qaeda group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Syria, according to sources speaking with The Telegraph. Washington does not directly give arms to rebels, but allegedly backs the Gulf States in their support, and has been handing out a monthly dole of $2 million to Western-friendly groups.

    January 21, 2014 5:42 PM

  10. UPPING THE ANTE Kiev Protests Become Deadly Anadolu Agency/Getty

    9. Kiev Protests Become Deadly

    New clashes in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, have left at least three demonstrators dead. Two died from bullet wounds, and a third from a fall from the top of a football stadium. The new violence began when police used tear gas to take down an opposition camp, which had been organized in defiance of harsh new laws banning protests. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov denied the police used guns during the clash.

    January 22, 2014 7:52 AM

  11. REBEL YELL Pussy Riot Coming to Brooklyn AFP/Getty

    10. Pussy Riot Coming to Brooklyn

    Will Putin get front-row seats? On Feb. 5, the Barclays Center will be hosting Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert, and two members of Pussy Riot will attend, after recently being released from labor camps. In a statement, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina wrote that, “A month ago, we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

    January 22, 2014 7:42 AM