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  1. NO VACATION Faux Tourists Target U.S. Embassy Christopher Furlong/Getty

    1. Faux Tourists Target U.S. Embassy

    Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said Wednesday it arrested two Palestinians for working with al Qaeda to bomb the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and a convention center in Jerusaleum. Foreign suicide bombers would pose as Russian tourists to carry out the attack, Israel said. This is the second report in two months that the terrorist group may be moving into the West Bank.

    January 22, 2014 2:36 PM

  2. LITTLE LATE Glenn Beck: I Divided America Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty

    2. Glenn Beck: I Divided America

    In an appearance on The Kelly File, former cable news phenomenon Glenn Beck addressed his trouble-making time on Fox News. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart,” conceded Beck. He described his tenure saying, “I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language.”

    January 22, 2014 10:07 AM

  3. CRACKING DOWN Obama Targets Campus Sex Assault Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    3. Obama Targets Campus Sex Assault

    Today, President Obama announced that he’s ordering a new task force to combat sexual assault on college campuses. He is expected to sign a presidential memorandum creating the task force, and the group will have 90 days to outline recommendations for preventing assault and rape on university grounds and ways to get federal agencies involved. The move is part of his larger effort to combat sexual assault in general, telling the Pentagon last month it had a year to address the well-publicized failures of military assault.

    January 22, 2014 3:30 PM

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    4. 24-Hour Deadline for Ukraine Prez

    The Ukrainian opposition is fed up with President Viktor Yanukovych. After last week’s anti-protest laws set off days of public demonstrations and violent clashes in Kiev, the opposition demanded that he dismiss the government and call elections within the next 24 hours. The government’s handling of the once-peaceful protests has only gotten more violent, with two reportedly killed at the hands of police. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko called for the early elections as a means for ending the violent clashes. Said Klitschko. "You, Mr. President, have the opportunity to resolve this issue. Early elections will change the situation without bloodshed and we will do everything to achieve that."

    Dive into this stark photo of Ukraine's violent unrest.

    January 22, 2014 7:15 PM

  5. JUMPY False Gunshot at U. of Oklahoma CNN

    5. False Gunshot at U. of Oklahoma

    America the terrorized: "gunshots" reportedly heard at the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday morning were probably a piece of equipment backfiring, the school's president told students. A SWAT team was deployed to a building and cleared it before finding no gunman or injured students. A shelter in place order was issued and in short time became national news. Of course, there was a very real shooting at Purdue University just a day before, leaving one dead

    January 22, 2014 1:47 PM

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

    6. 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

  7. WATCHING Feds Grill Google Glass User Justin Sullivan/Getty

    7. Feds Grill Google Glass User

    A man watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit while wearing Google Glass was pulled from the theater on Saturday, and interrogated by Homeland Security agents. The man described the questioning as “over an hour of the ‘feds’ telling me I am not under arrest, and that this is a ‘voluntary interview,’ but if I choose not to cooperate bad things may happen to me.” While seemingly over-the-top and unlikely, AMC and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (part of DHS) confirmed that the man was removed from the theater and questioned.

    January 22, 2014 1:07 PM

  8. CAUGHT REDHANDED Chinese Elite Hide Money Offshore AFP/Getty

    8. Chinese Elite Hide Money Offshore

    More than a dozen of China’s wealthiest individuals have been named in a report detailing tax-haven clients. Even relatives of the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, are listed as hiding funds in offshore accounts, which is especially embarrassing since Xi has focused on cracking down on officials’ displays of wealth and corruption. Relatives of former Premier Wen Jibao reportedly have $2.7 billion hidden offshore. Unsurprisingly, the government is not (outwardly) taking the report seriously. A foreign ministry spokesman dismissed the report as “hardly convincing.”

    January 22, 2014 5:44 PM

  9. SEAHAWK STRIKES BACK Sherman: Thug Is Code for N-Word Steven Bisig/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

    9. Sherman: Thug Is Code for N-Word

    "It seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the n-word nowadays," Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said of "thug" at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. "Thug" was used on television, mostly to describe him, 625 times in the 24 hours after his infamous trash-talking of Michael Crabtree following Sunday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers. "Crabtree," Sherman said Sunday. "Don't you open your mouth about the best. Or I'm going to shut it for you real quick!" As if that wasn't enough, Sherman and Crabtree were mic'd up during the game.  

    January 22, 2014 4:06 PM

  10. CHEAP LABOR Hill Made Just $60k for ‘Wolf’ Mary Cybulski

    10. Hill Made Just $60k for ‘Wolf’

    Sometimes, you have to choose between wealth and accolades. Actor Jonah Hill revealed to Howard Stern that he made just $60,000 for his seven-month shoot for The Wolf of Wall Street to get to work with Martin Scorsese. But don’t feel too bad for Hill. His Wolf co-star Leonardo Dicaprio took a pay cut for 2011’s Inception in exchange for a share of first-dollar gross points and ended up making $50 million. And there’s a good chance Hill did in kind.

    January 22, 2014 7:50 PM

  11. DON'T DRINK THE WATER Unreported Chemical in W. VA Spill Tom Hindman/Getty

    11. Unreported Chemical in W. VA Spill

    News is only getting worse for the 300,000 people in West Virginia who lost access to tap water after a chemical spill last week. In addition to the 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol released on Jan. 9, the Charleston Gazette reported yesterday that PPH, which contains dangerous glycol ethers, was also part of the spill. Officials are still testing the waters safety. "We have to go back and confirm things and make sure we're doing our due diligence for public health," said Gen. James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard.

    January 22, 2014 2:34 PM

  12. MESSING WITH PERFECTION Girl Scouts Go Gluten-Free Girl Scouts of America

    12. Girl Scouts Go Gluten-Free

    It was only a matter of time before the Girl Scouts ditched gluten. The organization, which brings in over $700 million annually in cookie sales, is testing out a new gluten-free shortbread cookie with chocolate chips. Brimming with Girl Scout cheer, their site announces "Millions of Americans have problems eating food with gluten -- so we've created a delicious cookie just for them!" Thankfully, the classics will still be available in their gluten-goodness.

    January 22, 2014 4:24 PM

  13. BITTER Tarantino Kills Film After Leak Laurent Cipriani/AP

    13. Tarantino Kills Film After Leak

    Quentin Tarantino is very upset. After giving the script for his next movie, The Hateful Eight, to a handful of actors, Tarantino’s agent began receiving calls from other agents looking to cast their clients. “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” Tarantino suspects that the leak came from CAA, which represents actor Bruce Dern, who was one of the actors Tarantino gave the script.

    January 22, 2014 10:05 AM

  14. Up Close and Dangerous Purdue Gunman Worked With Victim AP

    14. Purdue Gunman Worked With Victim

    Cody Cousins, the 23-year-old teaching assistant who has been charged with murder following Tuesday's shooting at Purdue University, worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant with victim Andrew Boldt, 21. The exact relationship between the victim and suspect is unknown beyond them both working for the same professor. Police say there has been “little to no cooperation with the individual we took into custody."

    January 22, 2014 8:38 AM

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

    15. 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

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

    16. 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

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

    17. 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

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

    18. 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

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

    19. 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

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

    20. 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

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

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