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  1. BIRDS OF PREY Seahawks Shred Broncos Gregory Bull/AP

    1. Seahawks Shred Broncos

    Did Chris Christie close Denver's passing lanes? The Seattle Seahawks shredded Peyton Manning's team 43-8 in the second-most-lopsided Super Bowl ever. It's Seattle's first NFL championship in franchise history. The voluble Richard Sherman left the game early with an ankle injury.

    February 2, 2014 9:49 PM

  2. CURTAIN CALL Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46 George Pimentel/WireImage

    2. Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his apartment in Manhattan, according to law enforcement. Hoffman was reportedly found by a screenwriter in the bathroom at 11:30 a.m with a syringe in his arm. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is yet to determine the exact cause of death, but an official said "it's pretty apparent it was an overdose." Hoffman checked into rehab for heroin abuse last year. In 2005, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his title role in Capote. Hoffman was 46 and is survived by three children. Hoffman's family said in a statement, "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving."

    February 2, 2014 1:24 PM

  3. WOW Abortions Lowest Since Roe v. Wade IAN HOOTON/SPL/Getty

    3. Abortions Lowest Since Roe v. Wade

    The abortion rate in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court. A study released Sunday by the Guttmacher Institute reports 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2011. The relatively low rate isn't because abortion providers are being squeezed, but because pregnancy and birth rates have fallen. In addition, "early medication abortions" rose to 23 percent of all nonhospital abortions. The total number of abortion providers declined by 4 percent between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics declined by just 1 percent.

    Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Plan B emergency contraception as used in nonhospital abortions. The medication used is Mifepristone

    February 2, 2014 8:25 PM

  4. SINKING SHIP? Subpoenaed Christie Staffer Quits Andrew Burton/Getty

    5. Subpoenaed Christie Staffer Quits

    The woman who reported to Gov. Chris Christie aide Bridget "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" Kelly quit her job,  as New Jersey investigators' subpoena deadline approached. Christina Genovese Renna resigned Friday, the same day ex-Port Authority official David Wildstein claimed Christie knew about Bridgegate. However, a Democrat leading the legislative investigation said Sunday he's seen no evidence Christie knew about the political motivation behind the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.

    February 2, 2014 5:41 PM

  5. FAMILY FEUD Woody Allen: Farrow 'Disgraceful' Mike Cassese/Reuters

    6. Woody Allen: Farrow 'Disgraceful'

    Woody Allen found his daughter's allegation that he sexually assaulted her "untrue and disgraceful," according to a statement released on Sunday. "He will be responding very soon," his rep said. On Saturday, Dylan Farrow (adopted by Mia Farrow and Allen) wrote an open letter in the New York Times blasting Hollywood for supporting Allen after she says he abused her at age 7. (Farrow is now 28.) A 1992 court investigation did not find credible evidence of abuse.

    February 2, 2014 4:59 PM

  6. NO SPIN ZONE Obama: Fox Promotes Faux Scandals Fox News

    7. Obama: Fox Promotes Faux Scandals

    In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O'Reilly, President Obama said the supposed IRS and Benghazi stories keep coming up despite evidence "in part, because, you and your TV station will promote them." The real scandal: Obama wouldn't pick the winner of the Super Bowl, only saying it would end 24-21. Someone playing squares at the office?

    February 2, 2014 5:16 PM

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

    8. 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

  8. ICING ON THE CAKE? Manning Nabs Fifth MVP Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

    9. Manning Nabs Fifth MVP

    Regardless of today's Super Bowl outcome, Peyton Manning has got at least one major win in the bag. Last night, Manning was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the fifth time, which is two more than any player in history. He received 49 votes from the Associated Press' panel of 50 members. New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady received the only other. This past season, Manning broke the single-season passing records with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He is also now the only player to win the MVP award with two different teams. Oh, and he won Offensive Player of the Year, too. NBD.

    February 2, 2014 10:11 AM

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

    10. 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

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    11. 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

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

    12. 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


    13. Celeb SNL Goodbye to Seth Meyers

    Things got real for Seth Meyers' close to Weekend Update in his final Saturday Night Live episode. Before leaving to take over Late Night, Meyers, the second-longest performing cast member on the series, gave a heartfelt good bye. “This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time,” he said. Luckily, his former co-anchor, Amy Poehler, the beloved Stefon (played by Bill Hader), and Andy Samberg all made cameos to lighten things up. Plus, you can't get too sentimental when Fred Armisen makes an appearance as former New York Gov. David Patterson.

    February 2, 2014 1:35 PM

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

    14. 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

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

    15. 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

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

    16. 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

  17. any time is tweeting time Man Livetweets Emergency Landing @shashib

    17. 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

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

    18. 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