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  1. horrible circumstances Judge: Cut Woman's Life Support Ian Waldie/Getty

    1. Judge: Cut Woman's Life Support

    A brain-dead, pregnant woman whose case has inspired countrywide debate has been ordered off life support. A judge told a Texas hospital to stop life-sustaining measures for Marlise Muñoz after her family asked the court to pull the plug when the hospital refused to do so. Muñoz has been hospitalized since before Thanksgiving, and tests have shown her fetus is "distinctly abnormal." Her husband wrote in an affidavit that he has “had to endure the pain of watching my wife’s dead body be treated as if she were alive.”

    January 24, 2014 6:08 PM

  2. coming clean Elizabeth Vargas: I'm an Alcoholic Larry Busacca/Getty

    2. Elizabeth Vargas: I'm an Alcoholic

    Anchor-to-anchor, 20/20 host Elizabeth Vargas told Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos that she's been struggling with alcoholism and recently completed two stints in rehab. "I am an alcoholic," she said. "It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am." Vargas disclosed that she's now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and is hoping to go back to work.

    January 24, 2014 8:03 PM

  3. feel better? Hagel on Sochi: We Can Evacuate Defense Secretary Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    3. Hagel on Sochi: We Can Evacuate

    This is reassuring. The Pentagon is prepared to evacuate American citizens from the Sochi Winter Olympics in the case of a terrorist attack, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday. “If we need to extract our citizens we’ll have appropriate arrangements with the Russians to do this,” he assured. At least 10,000 Americans will be in attendance, and the Obama administration has recently warned of an uptick in terrorist threats after suicide bombings killed 30 last month in nearby Volgorad.

    January 24, 2014 7:51 PM

  4. endless 1 Killed in SC School Shooting ABC

    4. 1 Killed in SC School Shooting

    One student was killed on Friday in a shooting outside an on-campus dorm at South Carolina State University. "South Carolina State University is saddened today because of the loss of one of our students," President Thomas Elzey said. "He was a very nice young man and it hurts. It hurts us all." One suspect, 19-year-old Justin Bernard Singleton, has been arrested and charged with murder for the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, an engineering technology student and football player.

    January 24, 2014 8:43 PM

  5. expensive rant NFL Fines Sherman for Taunting Otto Greule Jr/Getty

    5. NFL Fines Sherman for Taunting

    No playground antics on the turf. The NFL fined Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for taunting during the recent NFC Championship Game. It's unclear whether the action was on or off the field, but Sherman did a post-game interview with Fox Sports in which he boasting of being "the best" and bashed Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers. He has to pay $7,875.

    January 24, 2014 8:14 PM

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    6. McDonnells Plead Not Guilty

    Former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, entered pleas of not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday. The couple was charged earlier this week on 14 counts after allegedly recieving $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for helping a local businessman's company. The couple was ordered by the judge to surrender their passports and the jury trial is scheduled to begin July 28. It will last about five weeks. 

    January 24, 2014 5:30 PM

  8. flounder U.S. Stocks Plummet John Moore/Getty

    7. U.S. Stocks Plummet

    Did we just enter a time machine? On Friday, U.S. stocks fell as investors pulled money from risky markets with flailing currencies like Turkey and Argentina. The Dow Jones fell more than 300 points, making it the worst week since November 2011. The S&P 500, meanwhile, fell 38 points for its worst week since 2012. For every stock rising, more than six fell on New York's Stock Exchange.

    January 24, 2014 5:23 PM

  9. ANNIVERSARY ATTACK Three Bombs Rip Through Cairo Amr Dalsh/Reuters

    8. Three Bombs Rip Through Cairo

    At least six people are dead and roughly 50 wounded after a car bomb tore through the main Egyptian police headquarters in Cairo Friday. Hours after the initial attack came two other explosions, one targeting police vehicles and another a police center. The outburst falls just one day before the anniversary of the 2011 revolt, which led to the toppling of former President Hosni Mubarak. As of Friday morning, no one had claimed responsibility for the attack.

    January 24, 2014 8:52 AM

  10. FALLING UPWARDS JPMorgan Got Fined, CEO Gets Raise Mike Theiler/Reuters

    9. JPMorgan Got Fined, CEO Gets Raise

    On Wall Street, you get paid no matter what. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is getting a raise after his firm paid $20 billion in fines to the U.S. government last year. In 2013, the board cut Dimon's pay in half for the "London Whale" trading fiasco. A minority of directors wanted to keep Dimon's salary flat this year, pointing to the penalties. The decision wasn't easy: some directors reportedly left the conference room to pace the floor.

    January 24, 2014 7:24 AM

  11. TINY VIOLIN Leno ‘Blindsided’ by Conan Pick Angela Weiss/Getty for Ace Cafe

    10. Leno ‘Blindsided’ by Conan Pick

    In the controversy that won't seem to die, Jay Leno has opened up to 60 Minutes about the period in which he was replaced by Conan O'Brien as host of the Tonight Show. Despite the fact that he was portrayed as the villain, Leno says, "I didn't quite understand that, but I never chose to answer any of those things or make fun of any other people involved. It's not my way." He also didn't sound like he was as in love with Jimmy Fallon as his successor. "It's not my decision, and I think I probably would have stayed if we didn't have an extremely qualified, young guy ready to jump in." If only Leno had some dollars to wipe away those tears.

    January 24, 2014 7:31 AM

  12. BAD TIMING Naughty Hollande Meets Pope Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

    11. Naughty Hollande Meets Pope

    Wonder if Pope Francis will say, "Who am I to judge?" In what is perhaps the definition of bad timing, French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis on Friday in the midst of a major scandal involving Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet. The Pope is likely to bring up the recent French law which removes requirements that a French woman prove she is in "distress" to end a pregnancy. Hollande has also faced pushback from French Catholics over his support for gay marriage.

    January 24, 2014 7:25 AM

  13. SUICIDE Aide Charged for Child Porn Dead WJLA TV/AP

    12. Aide Charged for Child Porn Dead

    Ryan Loskarn, 35, the former chief of staff to Republican Senator Lamar Alexander who was charged last month for possessing and distributing child pornography was found dead in his home yesterday. The police believe that Loskarn committed suicide at his home in Maryland. Loskarn was fired the same day his house was raided by federal agents. “For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end,” Senator Lamar Alexander said Friday.

    January 24, 2014 12:30 PM

  14. TAKEDOWN ‘Revenge Porn King’ Arrested

    13. ‘Revenge Porn King’ Arrested

    It's a happy day for anyone who doesn't want naked pictures of themselves posted on the Internet. On Thursday, two men were arrested in Los Angeles for conspiring to hack into email accounts to steal nude photos and post them on, a revenge porn site. Hunter Moore, the so-called king of revenge porn and most hated man on the Internet, along with Charles Evens, whom he'd hired to hack photos, were indicted on 15 counts. They face up to five years in federal prison.

    January 23, 2014 2:42 PM

  15. SAFETY HAZARD 40-Vehicle Pileup Chokes I-94 Joshua Lott/Reuters

    14. 40-Vehicle Pileup Chokes I-94

    Largely due to snow and whiteout conditions, traffic stood still on the highway connecting Chicago and Detroit following a 40-vehicle pileup on Thursday. Fifteen of the vehicles were semi-trucks. Three people died and more than 20 were injured, one critically. One person was pinned to a car for hours before being rescued. Photos of the devastation show crushed cars stuck between destroyed semiis. Investigators are still working to determine the chain of events.

    January 24, 2014 7:21 AM

  16. HOLLOW PROMISES Another Blow for Chris Christie Jeff Zelevansky/Getty

    15. Another Blow for Chris Christie

    Despite the tough talk and bluster from its governor, New Jersey lost over 36,000 jobs in December, the largest drop in over two decades. Even more devastating for the assumed presidential contender, is that only 7,000 private sector jobs were created in 2013. This is the latest knock for the governor, who has seen his status as a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican primary dissipate as a result of the George Washington Bridge scandal. The numbers also provide a stark contrast to the governor’s rhetoric, as last week he said in his state of the union address that, "We have endured the worst economic recession of our lifetimes, and we have begun to triumph over it." Maybe people just didn’t like the commute.

    January 24, 2014 12:20 PM

  17. FAB D.C.’s Most Powerful Gays Ranked Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    16. D.C.’s Most Powerful Gays Ranked

    With a record number of openly gay politicians in Congress, National Journal created a list of the "30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians." Some notable names: Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative David Cicilline, Episcopal Bishop Eugene Robinson, White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Chris Hughes, and Andrew Sullivan. Not included are those still in the closet.

    January 24, 2014 7:26 AM

  18. WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT Kiev Protesters Say Nyet to Deal Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    17. Kiev Protesters Say Nyet to Deal

    After five hours of talks during a truce with President Victor Yanukovich, Ukranian protesters rejected a compromise deal from him. Yanukovich agreed to release protesters detained since Sunday and promised to convene parliament to discuss new laws limiting free speech and assembly. The president rejected demands for early elections, dissolution of the cabinet, and limiits on his powers.

    This stark photo examines the bloody conflict on the streets of Ukraine.

    January 24, 2014 7:22 AM

  19. surprise Rick Perry: Decriminalize Pot Justin Hayworth/AP

    18. Rick Perry: Decriminalize Pot

    Hold onto your hats, Texans, Gov. Rick Perry is making moves toward decriminalizing marijuana use. The one-time presidential candidate is not an advocate of legalizing the drug, but told an audience at the World Economic Forum that he supports alternative drug courts as rehabilitation, along with softer penalties for minors. Texas currently has 15,000 prisoners serving time just for drug possession.

    January 23, 2014 4:21 PM

  20. busted Obama-Hater Indicted for Donations Cindy Ord

    19. Obama-Hater Indicted for Donations

    Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative firebrand who directed 2016: Obama's America, was indicted Thursday for illegally contributing to the Senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long. Feds charge he reimbursed numerous people for contributing a total of $20,000 to Long, essentially giving her more than is allowed by a single donor.

    January 23, 2014 6:12 PM