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  1. FIRING BACK Christie Slams Bridgegate Reveal Andrew Burton/Getty

    1. Christie Slams Bridgegate Reveal

    “Silence is golden” is a concept lost on Chris Christie. After a report in the New York Times on Friday in which a former Christie ally, David Wildstein, said the governor knew of the Bridgegate scandal closings, the New Jersey governor went on the attack. In an email to allies and reporters called “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That's Not A Bombshell,” Christie blamed the Times for its “sloppy reporting” and Wildstein for his lack of evidence for his accusations. He attacked Wildstein's credibility, noting that he “has been publicly asking for immunity since the beginning” and is merely “looking for the Port Authority to pay his legal bills.”

    February 2, 2014 9:14 AM

  2. GROUNDHOG DAY 6 More Weeks of Winter Jeff Swensen/Getty

    2. 6 More Weeks of Winter

    It looks like Punxsutawney Phil and the Polar Vortex are in cahoots. The beloved groundhog came out of hiding in Gobbler's Knob and saw his shadow, which forecasts another six weeks of winter. Considering that the National Weather Service has issued storm warning for six states, including Texas, Punxsutawney Phil is probably unfortunately accurate.

    February 2, 2014 9:44 AM

  3. speaking out Dylan Farrow Goes Public Ron Galella/Getty

    3. Dylan Farrow Goes Public

    Dylan Farrow, the daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has penned an open letter on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times blog, marking the first time that Dylan herself has written publicly about the allegations that Allen sexually abused her as a child. She describes in vivid detail the alleged incident when Allen led her upstairs to an attic and molested her, and describes the traumas that afflicted her for years afterward, as Allen was celebrated by the world for his work. "What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?" she writes. "Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?"

    February 1, 2014 5:40 PM

  4. low blow South Sudan Aid Being Looted © Handout . / Reuters

    4. South Sudan Aid Being Looted

    The situation in South Sudan just got even worse. On Friday, thousands of looters raided two World Food Program warehouses in the town of Malakai, taking 1,700 tons of vegetable oil, high-nutrition food, computers, light fittings, fans, roof tiles and more—they even cut the canvas off storage tents. The stolen food would have fed more than 100,000 families for a month. Currently, 3.7 million people in the two-year-old nation are in need of basic food assistance and humanitarian agencies have poured billions into aid for the nation.

    February 1, 2014 2:02 PM

  5. fire and ash Indonesia Volcano Kills 16 © Stringer Indonesia / Reuters

    5. Indonesia Volcano Kills 16

    A volcano eruption in Indonesia on Saturday claimed the lives of at least 16 people. The eruption, which unleashed clouds of deadly gas, came only a day after villagers who fled from earlier eruptions had returned home. Among the dead are four high schoolers, who had been on a school trip to see the volcano, and a local journalist. Lava and pyroclastic flows from Mount Sinaberg were sent surging down southern slopes up to 2.8 miles away. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

    February 1, 2014 2:49 PM

  6. guilty Three Indicted for L.A. Wildfire Nick Ut/AP

    6. Three Indicted for L.A. Wildfire

    Three men were indicted on Friday by a federal grand jury for causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire on January 16 that ended up burning five homes and three square miles. Clifford Henry Jr., Steven Aguirre and Jonathan Jarrell were charged on Friday with six counts and could face up to 12 years in prison. Police say the men set a campfire in the Angeles National Forest during Santa Ana winds, which mean extreme fire danger. The three men say the wind blew burning paper into some brush, sparking the fire.

    February 1, 2014 2:40 PM

  7. oh okay then Sollecito: I Wasn’t Going to Flee ANDREAS SOLARO/Getty

    7. Sollecito: I Wasn’t Going to Flee

    When you’re convicted of murder in Italy and then suddenly found near the border of Austria, it looks a little suspicious. Raphaelle Sollecito, Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend who, along with Knox, was found guilty this week in the murder of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher, insists he was not trying to escape Italy when police arrested him in a border town. He told NBC, “As soon as I got the news there was a guilty verdict…I came right immediately back [to] Italy.” Sollecito says he was on a previously planned trip to Austria and was simply carrying out his itinerary. Sollecito had been in court on Thursday but left when the appeals panel adjourned to deliberate charges.

    February 1, 2014 2:43 PM

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    8. Menendez Set up Legal Defense Fund

    Sen. Robert Menendez has set up a legal defense fund to help him cover the cost of the investigations being carried out against him by the Justice Department and Senate ethics committee.  He’s also paid a Washington law firm $250,000 and $11,250 to Miami donor Dr. Salomon Melgen for flights on his private plane, according to documents released Friday. Speculation about the New Jersey senator's ethics was sparked by a number of flights aboard Melgen’s private plane—which were initially not reported or paid for—and favors done on behalf of Melgen involving federal officials. “Over the past year, we’ve incurred significant expenses to respond to the smear campaign that was launched by right-wing operatives,” said spokeswoman Trisha Enright regarding the recently disclosed payments.

    January 31, 2014 8:49 PM

  10. hot pants iPhone Catches Fire in Pants Lintao Zhang/Getty

    9. iPhone Catches Fire in Pants

    A 13-year-old girl in Maine suffered first- and second-degree burns when her iPhone caught fire in her pants, according to Portland news station WMTW. School officials say the girl sat down and heard a popping noise then saw smoke coming from her back pocket, where her iPhone was. The girl’s friends asked the boys in the room to leave while she took off her pants and a teacher brought a blanket. The girl was later treated and released from the hospital. Fire officials speculate that the phone’s battery “shorted out” when the girl sat down. “People should obviously use caution when placing their phones in their back pockets so as not to crush them and cause an electrical short,” one official said. Apple has yet to comment on the incident.

    February 1, 2014 2:45 PM

  11. young at heart 102-Year-Old Sets World Record Thibault Camus/AP

    10. 102-Year-Old Sets World Record

    A 102-year-old Frenchman just showed us all up. Cyclist Robert Marchand beat his own world record in the over-100s category on Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers in one hour, besting his last record by more than 2.5 kilometers. For comparison, the current overall world record is 49.700 kilometers in one hour. Marchand is a retired firefighter and logger who also holds the over-100 world record for riding 100 kilometers. He managed that one in four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds. Marchand was greeted at the finish line on Friday by dozens of photographers and a standing ovation. “You have to know there are people who came from 600 kilometers away to see me today! It is incredible. That’s all I can say,” he said.

    February 1, 2014 2:36 PM

  12. oscar winner Maximilian Schell Dead at 83 Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

    11. Maximilian Schell Dead at 83

    Maximilian Schell, an Austrian-born actor who once was a fugitive from Hitler, has died at the age of 83. His agent, Patricia Bambauer, says that Schell died overnight on Saturday at a hospital in Innsbruck following a “sudden and serious illness.” Schell was once a fugitive from Hitler, making the role for which he won an Oscar—playing an attorney defending four Nazi judges in Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg—all the more poignant. Schell later worked as a director, notably for the 1984 Marlene Dietrich documentary, Marlene.

    February 1, 2014 2:02 PM

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    12. Man Livetweets Emergency Landing

    Instead of screaming, crying, or being paralyzed by vivid flashbacks to the crash scene from Flight, one professor aboard a United flight decided to livetweet when his plane made an emergency landing on Friday. Georgetown University adjuct professor and marketing/social media expert Shashi Bellamkonda was on a flight from Washington D.C. to Boston when smoke starting coming out of the cabin’s vents.  When the captain announced an emergency landing because air pressure had dropped, and the plane’s oxygen masks dropped, Bellamkonda snapped a selfie and began tweeting. Thankfully, the plane made a safe landing at a small airport in Delaware and United bought all 58 passengers pizza as they waited for another flight in the terminal.

    February 1, 2014 2:38 PM