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  1. Déjà vu Gov't to Hit Debt Ceiling in March Gary Cameron/Reuters

    1. Gov't to Hit Debt Ceiling in March

    Jack Lew says we're broke again. On Monday, the Treasury secretary told Congress that the U.S. government will run out of money—possibly as soon as mid-March—unless the debt ceiling is raised. The debt limit was suspended in October in the deal that reopened the government, but is set to be resurrected to its full $17.3 trillion standing on Friday. “Unlike other recent periods when we have had to use extraordinary measures to continue financing the government, this time these measures will give us only a brief span of time,” Lew warned.

    February 3, 2014 3:47 PM

  2. TRAGIC Hoffman Had 70 Bags of Heroin Gareth Cattermole/Getty

    2. Hoffman Had 70 Bags of Heroin

    Almost 70 bags of heroin were found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment along with syringes, prescription drugs, and other drug paraphernalia. The NYPD launched a citywide manhunt Monday for the drug dealer who supplied Hoffman. An email went out to all cops from a chief narcotics officer, asking for information on the particular brand of heroin found on Hoffman, marked with the ace of spades. 

    Watch the Reel Numbers behind Hoffman's celebrated career and untimely death, set to the trailer to his masterpiece, 'Capote.'

    February 3, 2014 9:54 AM

  3. NEVERENDING Northeast Faces Massive Snowstorm NBC New York

    3. Northeast Faces Massive Snowstorm

    Apparently, New York and New Jersey are paying the price for the unusually warm Super Bowl weekend. The region is expected to be slammed with another major snowstorm, which could bring as much as 10 inches of wet snow and will make commuting and travel especially difficult. And it may only get worse after today. The region is expected to be hit by another storm Wednesday and then yet another on Saturday.

    February 3, 2014 6:47 AM

  4. Rude Queen Elizabeth Gets Nazi Salute Stephane Mahe/Reuters

    4. Queen Elizabeth Gets Nazi Salute

    A French comedian gave Queen Elizabeth a Nazi salute in person Monday during a tirade against the U.K. for banning him from entering the country. Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was performing in Switzerland when he threw down an inverted Sieg Heil, which is seen, naturally, as anti-Semitic. M'bala is said to be the inventor of the "quenelle" salute and was barred entry to the U.K. for the gesture. 

    February 3, 2014 4:11 PM

  5. GENEROSITY Mandela Will Worth $4.1 Million AP

    5. Mandela Will Worth $4.1 Million

    The will of beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela will was made public Monday. His more than 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren will receive $10,000 each. His famous former wife, Winnie, was not mentioned. The African National Congress (ANC) will receive 10 to 30 percent of all his royalties. He also left $4,500 to a number of his personal staff, including his cook, Xoliswa Ndoyiya. "I wake up every morning to prepare food for him and have to remember he is not there," Ms. Ndoyita said Monday. "The wound is still oozing, even after leaving him to rest in peace."

    February 3, 2014 12:04 PM

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  7. get off twitter Utah Pols Mock Transgender Issue Rick Bowmer/AP

    6. Utah Pols Mock Transgender Issue

    We don't want to hear about your bathroom issues. Two Utah politicians are in hot water over offensive tweets making light of gender identification. State Rep. Jacob Anderegg tweeted that since the men's bathroom in the building was occupied he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change to use the open womens." This prompted a response by President of the Senate, Wayne Niederhauser, who wrote, "First supporting SB 100, now switching your gender identity? Just can't keep up with you. You're a new man! erm... woman..." Anderegg has apologized and Niederhauser responded to the outcry by saying it was an intern who sent the offending tweet, and inviting transgender activists to meet with him and his interns this afternoon.

    February 3, 2014 2:07 PM

  8. DEFENSE James Holmes Lawyers Want SCOTUS Andy Cross/AP

    7. James Holmes Lawyers Want SCOTUS

    Defense lawyers for accused Aurora, Colorado movie shooter James Holmes said they will ask the Supreme Court to make a reporter reveal her sources used in a story about Holmes. The attorneys want Fox News reporter Jana Winter to tell law enforcement who told her that Holmes sent his psychiatrist a notebook filled with violent images before the attack. The defense argues the person who revealed the violent notebook violated a gag order and should be punished.

    February 3, 2014 12:24 PM

  9. The Internet

    8. YouTube Sex Abuser Charged

    YouTube proved its power in the courtroom on Monday, when a California educator was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse after a former student posted a video of herself phoning to confront the teacher, 40-year-old Andrea Cardosa. She was subsequently arrested on a $5 million warrant. Jaime Carrillo said in the video, which has now been watched more than a million times, that she was abused by her former basketball coach beginning when she was 12 and lasting until she was 20. A second alleged victim has since come forward, as well.

    February 3, 2014 8:03 PM

  10. BAD SPIKE Cancer Cases to Rise 50% JUNG YEON-JE/Getty

    9. Cancer Cases to Rise 50%

    One the eve of World Cancer day, a report released today from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows some disappointing figures for the global fight against cancer. By 2030, cancers are expected to jump from 14 million in 2012 to 21.6 million a year, and overall deaths are expected to increase from 8.2 million to 13 million annually. Lung cancer is the biggest killer, and the report criticizes tobacco companies' push into poorer countries. It said a smoking “epidemic” is "potentially impeding human development by consuming scarce resources, increasing pressures on already weak health-care systems, and inhibiting national productivity."

    February 3, 2014 9:00 AM

  11. bad game, good ratings Super Bowl: Most Watched Show Ever Gregory Bull/AP

    10. Super Bowl: Most Watched Show Ever

    It may have been an epically disappointing game, but Super Bowl XLVIII destroyed ratings records on Sunday night, becoming the most watched show in U.S. television history. An average of 111.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 game. An additional four million watched the halftime show. The previous ratings record was held by the New York Giants vs. New England Patriots in 2012, with 111.3 million viewers.

    February 3, 2014 4:18 PM

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  13. FAMILY FEUD Woody Allen Slams Dylan Farrow AFP/Getty

    11. Woody Allen Slams Dylan Farrow

    Woody Allen did not wait long to respond to adopted daughter Dylan Farrow's molestation accusations in an open letter in The New York Times. His publicist, Leslee Dart, dismissed the claims as “untrue and disgraceful.” She also stressed that “experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality;” and that Allen has long accused his ex, Mia Farrow, of coaching Dylan to fabricate the claims. Still, a prosecutor involved in the case has said there was “probably cause” to charge Allen, but he had chosen not to for the sake of protecting Dylan. In her letter, Dylan Farrow called out Hollywood and celebrities for ignoring her abuse and only honoring Allen. Cate Blanchett, one of the celebrities directly mentioned, responded, saying "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace."

    February 3, 2014 6:34 AM

  14. GOING TO THE DOGS Stray Dogs Killed in Sochi Prep Robert F. Bukaty/AP

    12. Stray Dogs Killed in Sochi Prep

    It's gearing up to be a truly heartwarming Olympics in Sochi. A pest control company said they have a contract to “catch and dispose” of more stray dogs in preparation for the winter games. It is unclear how they are killing the dogs or what they are doing with the carcasses. It is apparently common practice in Russia to shoot stray dogs. Alexei Sorokin, director general of the pest control firm Basya Services, said it's a “commercial secret” how many dogs the company kills, but stressed that the canines pose a major safety hazard. "A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away," he said. "God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.

    February 3, 2014 12:57 PM

  15. UNRELIABLE SOURCE? Christie Accuser Changing Story Mel Evans

    13. Christie Accuser Changing Story

    There might be a break for Gov. Chris Christie after days of bad news. One of his main accusers, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, is under scrutiny for inconsistencies in her accounts that she was forced her to support certain Christie-backed projects if she wanted Superstorm Sandy funding. CNN's review of hundreds of pages of court documents raise questions about her story. Zimmer herself has also been sued for the same behavior she has decried in Christie. The executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority sued Zimmer for maintaing "an unwritten policy of political patronage or 'pay to play' to reward political supporters.”

    February 3, 2014 1:31 PM

  16. MISSED CONNECTIONS Hermione Should've Been with Harry Ian Gavan/Getty

    14. Hermione Should've Been with Harry

    The heart is a fickle thing, even in one the most successful fiction series of all time. J.K. Rowling admitted Sunday in The Sunday Times of London that she regrets writing the Harry Potter series with Hermione Granger ending up with Ron Weasley. “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.” She said she understood many fans were upset that Hermione didn't end up with Harry, but that” It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”

    February 3, 2014 6:42 AM

  17. GOING TO THE CHAPEL Wisconsin Sued Over Gay Marriage Pete Marovich/Getty

    15. Wisconsin Sued Over Gay Marriage

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has filed a suit against the state's same-sex marriage ban along with its extra provision, the “marriage equation law,” which criminalizes “leaving the state to contract a marriage that is prohibited or void.” The lead plaintiffs, Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, got married in Minnesota. Their lawsuit argues that the state is practicing discrimination based on sexual orientation. It states “The Plaintiffs are forced to choose between the risk of prosecution and foregoing access to any federal spousal protections. Once again, Wisconsin has no justification for this treatment other than Plaintiffs’ sexual orientation and sex.”

    February 3, 2014 1:14 PM

  18. TRUTH BE TOLD? 9/11 Truther Crashes Super Bowl

    16. 9/11 Truther Crashes Super Bowl

    Nothing like the Super Bowl to bring Americans together, right? Not so much for 9/11 truther Matthew Mills of Brooklyn. He disrupted a post-game press conference with the champion Seattle Seahawks, shouting “Investigate 9/11,” he said. “9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government.” NFL officials stopped Mills and turned him over to police authorities. Mills said he got into the press section using an old credential badge from a festival. The Super Bowl's security was apparently far more penetrable than the Seahawks' defense. Whenever guards wanted to stop to check Mills' barcode, he “just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there. It was that simple."

    February 3, 2014 8:29 AM

  19. SHE'S THE BOSS Yellen Takes the Reins of the Fed MANDEL NGAN/Getty

    17. Yellen Takes the Reins of the Fed

    Janet Yellen is officially now one of the most powerful women in the world. She was sworn in as the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve today in a quiet ceremony attended by other Fed board members and her husbad, Nobel-winning economist George Akerloff. Despite the significance of her new position, Yellen made no remarks at the swearing-in, “but did smile to acknowledge the applause of the assembled group," reported the Associated Press.

    February 3, 2014 10:33 AM

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

    18. 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

  21. COCKBLOCK Hackers Attack Russian Grindr Aaron Cobbett

    19. Hackers Attack Russian Grindr

    Some concerned hackers have determined the biggest threat to the Sochi Olympics are gay dating apps. Hunter, which is similar to Grindr, said the app was attacked by hackers who programmed it to send an anonymous threat to all users on Feb. 1 at 11:52 that “You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federationa Law #135 Sektion 6.” Hunter is now completely blocked in Sochi, and approximately 72,000 user profiles were deleted throughout Russia. Hunters' CEO, Dimitry T., who withheld his last name for security, wrote “This attack should be looked at as an attack on the worldwide gay community with the goal of blocking any gay interactions during the Winter Games in Sochi, including those between athletes and locals.”

    February 3, 2014 11:03 AM

  22. TERRIFYING Quadruple Murderer Escapes Prison AP/Michigan Department of Corrections

    20. Quadruple Murderer Escapes Prison

    Some happy news to start the week. A man convicted of four murders two decades ago is now on the loose after Michigan prison authorities discovered he was missing late Sunday night. Michael David Elliot apparently escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility, where he is serving a life sentence. He abducted a woman from the prison facility using what is believed to be a knife or box cutter, but she was able to escape when he stopped at a gas station. Elliot is still at large, so rest easy, America.

    February 3, 2014 6:40 AM

  23. FOR REAL? Castaway Called Into Doubt © Ben Nelms / Reuters

    21. Castaway Called Into Doubt

    More details have emerged about Jose Salvador Alvarenga's alleged 13 months adrift in the Pacific. After leaving for a shark-catching trip on Dec. 21, 2012, Alvarenga, a fisherman, said the motor of his boat died, and he spent some days drifting until he realized he was lost in the Pacific Ocean. He said he survived by catching turtles, birds, and fish, but as harrowing as Alvarenga's tale of survival is, some experts are skeptical. "It's hard for me to imagine someone surviving 13 months at sea," said Tom Armbruster, U.S. ambassador to the Marshall Islands. "But it's also hard to imagine how someone might arrive on Ebon out of the blue."

    February 3, 2014 6:39 AM

  24. STEPS FORWARD? Abbas Wants NATO Troops Anadolu Agency/Getty

    22. Abbas Wants NATO Troops

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview this weekend that he would like to have American-led NATO forces indefinitely patrol a future Palestinian state. He also said Israeli soldiers could remain in the West Bank for five years, up from his previous offer of three years. His more diplomatic terms come on a weekend of elevated tensions between the U.S. and Israel, after Secretary of State John Kerry said “There are talks of boycotts and other kinds of things” because of an “increasing de-legitimization campaign.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded, saying "Attempts to impose a boycott on the state of Israel are immoral and unjust. Moreover, they will not achieve their goal.”

    February 3, 2014 6:38 AM

  25. TOO FAMILIAR 2 Dead in Russia School Shooting © Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

    23. 2 Dead in Russia School Shooting

    A Moscow high school was the scene of school violence that is all too common in the United States. On Monday, a student entered a biology classroom with a rifle and held the classroom hostage. He killed a teacher and one of the responding officers, as he opened fire on the force. All of the hostages have been released and the gunman has been detained.

    February 3, 2014 6:36 AM

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

    24. 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