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  1. worth it? Biggest Inside Trader Convicted Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

    1. Biggest Inside Trader Convicted

    Another SAC Capital employee was convicted on Thursday for his role in what prosecutors claim to be the most lucrative insider trading scheme in American history. Mathew Martoma was a portfolio manager at Steven Cohen's $14 billion hedge fund, which used confidential information about investments to profit and avoid $275 million in losses. Martoma is the eighth employee to be found guilty. He was charged with conspiracy and securities fraud, and faces a maximum of 45 years in prison. Last year, SAC Capital agreed to pay $1.8 billion in settlements.

    February 6, 2014 8:16 PM

  2. SLOW DOWN Israel Lobby: Don't Sanction Iran Mark Wilson/Getty

    2. Israel Lobby: Don't Sanction Iran

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee broke with Senate Republicans on Thursday over more sanctions on Iran. The bill's author, Democratic senator Robert Menendez also criticized a letter from 42 Republican senators demanding an immediate vote. “We agree with the Chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support,” AIPAC said in a statement, “and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure.”

    February 6, 2014 8:53 PM

  3. GRUMPY Biden: LaGuardia Is ‘Third World’ Don Emmert, AFP / Getty Images

    3. Biden: LaGuardia Is ‘Third World’

    Sometime tell an aide to stop booking Joe Biden's flights through LaGuardia. The vice president bashed the New York City airport during an Amtrak unveiling event in Philadelphia, saying visitors arrive and think, "I must be in some third world country." He compared the airport to Hong Kong's, which he called "a modern airport" that looks like it belongs in America. "No, I'm not joking!" Biden said. "Why did we lead the world economically for so long? We had the most modern infrastructure in the world."

    February 6, 2014 8:45 PM

  4. rumble in the senate GOP Blocks Jobless Aid Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    4. GOP Blocks Jobless Aid

    Can't we all get along for the unemployed? Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to extend unemployment insurance on Thursday. A vote of 58 to 40 failed to overturn the GOP filibuster that put a stop to pushing forward a three-month, $6.4 billion extension for expired unemployment benefits. The plan was initially voted on in the Senate last month, but was rejected by Republicans because Majority Leader Harry Reid would only allow them to offer five amendments.

    February 6, 2014 2:59 PM

  5. TOUGHEN UP Russia: Journalists Being Babies Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    5. Russia: Journalists Being Babies

    According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the journalists who have reported deplorable conditions in Sochi hotel rooms are trying to malign the Games. And how does he know? "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day," he said Thursday. When a reporter went to ask him further about hotel surveillance, he was pulled away by an aide. According to Kozak, out of 100,000 guests, only 103 have registered complaints (wonder why). Meanwhile, Putin's spokesman said that the complaints were more a reflection of taste, declaring, "Everywhere someone doesn't like the food, someone doesn't like the hotel, someone thinks the mattress is too hard, etc."

    February 6, 2014 12:17 PM

  6. close-up Cop's Lapel Cam Films Shootout

    6. Cop's Lapel Cam Films Shootout

    A lapel camera recorded an up-close encounter with an Albuquerque gunman who shot four cops and then led them on a high-speed chase that ended in his death. Christopher Chase was wearing full body armor and carried an assualt rifle when he fired upon police, who later killed him with eight bullets. The dramatic encounter took place in October, but the video was released this on Thursday.

    February 6, 2014 5:00 PM

  7. K STREET Silicon Valley Hires NSA Lobbyist Eric Thayer/Reuters

    7. Silicon Valley Hires NSA Lobbyist

    If anyone can get their way in Washington, it's lobbyists. Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo registered a lobbyist on Thursday for their combined group called Reform Government Surveillance. Edward Snowden's revelation that the National Security Agency was secretly accessing tech companies' data clearly pissed them off. Apple, for instance, spent more than ever on Washington lobbying in 2013. 

    February 6, 2014 1:59 PM

  8. unveiled Saudi Medics Kept from Dying Woman Hassan Ammar/AFP via Getty

    8. Saudi Medics Kept from Dying Woman

    Saudi Arabia's strict modesty laws were a matter of life and death on Wednesday when a female university student died after school officials barred the male paramedics from entering the women's campus. Emergency team was called after the student, Amina Bowzir, had a heart attack around 11 a.m., but they were kept outside until 1 p.m. The university said that the medical staff was not allowed on the campus because some students were not veiled, even though, in Islam, men can be in the presence of unveiled women during an emergency.

    February 6, 2014 2:01 PM

  9. THE FUTURE Credit Card Signing Ends in 2015 Rick Wilking/Reuters

    9. Credit Card Signing Ends in 2015

    No one wants your autograph anymore. MasterCard and Visa have announced that they'll be phasing out the swipe-and-sign credit card practice by late next year. Instead, customers will enter a PIN number. The U.S. is home to around one quarter of all credit-card transactions but half the world's credit card fraud, due in part to the signing system.

    February 6, 2014 2:21 PM

  10. riot no longer Pussy Riot Boots Two Members Neilson Barnard/Getty

    10. Pussy Riot Boots Two Members

    Thanks for enduring two years in Russia prison, but you're out of the band. A few hours after Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina—two members of feminist activist group Pussy Riot—performed at Amnesty International's concert in Brooklyn, the band announced they had been kicked out. The other members wrote on Pussy Riot's blog that charging for tickets to the show "is highly contradictory to the principles of Pussy Riot," and "Masha and Nadia are out of the group." The two, along with another bandmate, were recently released from prison after being found guilty of hooliganism after hosting a "punk prayer" in February 2012. 

    February 6, 2014 5:46 PM

  11. IT'S ALIVE Bionic Hand Gives Man Touch Back Patrizia Tocci/Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

    11. Bionic Hand Gives Man Touch Back

    First an eye, now an arm, all we need is an ear! Researchers in Europe have successfully surgically restored a man's touch with a prosthetic hand, nine years after he lost his hand in a firework accident. This is the first time sensory feedback has been restored, which means the amputee can control the prosthetic. "Suddenly you could see my left hand was talking to my brain again and it was magic," said the Danish man, Dennis Aabo Sørensen.

    February 6, 2014 10:31 AM

  12. SO WRONG Funeral Home Sued in Mystery Death

    12. Funeral Home Sued in Mystery Death

    The death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead last year inside a rolled-up gym mat in his school, was the subject of a controversial investigation by police and private investigators. Police concluded it was a freak accident, but Johnson’s family was convinced he was murdered and had his body exhumed—to find his internal organs missing and replaced with newspaper. Now, the family is suing the Harrington Funeral Home, accusing it of fraud, negligence, and intentional mishandling of a corpse. The family also accuses owner Antonio Harrington and his employees of getting rid of the organs “in an effort to interfere with the (parents') investigation.”

    February 6, 2014 7:07 AM

  13. you've been gone ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Slated for 2015

    13. ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Slated for 2015

    We want more "Cups!" Pitch Perfect 2 is in the works and both Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick have already signed on to reprise their roles as members of the a capella Barden Bellas. The second installment will be directed by Elizabeth Banks and is slated for release on May 15, 2015.

    February 6, 2014 7:35 PM


    14. Japan's Beethoven: I'm a Fraud

    Imagine if Milli Vanilli had been classical musicians. One of Japan's most popular musical figures admitted Thursday that someone else secretly wrote his most famous compositions, and he probably faked a hearing disability. Mamoru Samuragochi has been called Japan's Beethoven and was exposed as a fraud by his ghostwriter on Wednesday. “He told me that if I didn’t write songs for him, he’d commit suicide,” Takashi Niigaki said yesterday. The timing couldn't be worse: a Japanese Olympic figure skater was planning to use a Samuragochi song in Sochi.

    February 6, 2014 2:21 PM

  15. HOLY WHEELS Pope's Harley Goes for $280,000 Benoit Tessier/Reuters

    15. Pope's Harley Goes for $280,000

    A custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide donated to Pope Francis last year just sold at a Paris auction Thursday for over $280,000. The motorcycle was a gift to the pontiff from Willie Davidson, who is the grandson of the company's co-founder. While it is unknown whether Francis ever rode the motorcycle, his signature can be seen on its tank. All the money from the auction is being donated to the Caritas Roma charity which runs a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome. Meanwhile, back in Rome, His Holiness met with a life-size statue of himself made from 1.5 tons of chocolate.

    February 6, 2014 12:47 PM

  16. HORRIFIC Iraqi Forces Rape Women Prisoners AFP/Getty

    16. Iraqi Forces Rape Women Prisoners

    Women in Iraqi prisons, the majority of which are from the Sunni minority, are being illegally held, and tortured and raped. That's the conclusion from a new report by Human Rights Watch. HRW says that the women were arrested to gauge their male relatives’ support for militant groups or to harass the males, as opposed to actual crimes committed by the women. “Iraqi security forces and officials act as if brutally abusing women will make the country safer,” HRW deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork said.

    February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

  17. priceless things Stolen $5M Stradivarius Returned Milwaukee Police Department

    17. Stolen $5M Stradivarius Returned

    Three violin-loving thieves were arrested in Milwaukee on Thursday in relation to a stolen 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken in an armed robbery last month. The rare violin is named after a former owner, Lipinski Strad, and was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster after he played it during a performance. It was appraised to be worth $5 million and was found in a suitcase in the attic of one of the suspect's homes.

    February 6, 2014 1:46 PM

  18. PRESCIENT Sorkin: Hoffman's Death Saved 10 Gareth Cattermole/Getty

    18. Sorkin: Hoffman's Death Saved 10

    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has dealt with substance abuse issues of his own, says that Philip Seymour Hoffman once told him, "If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won't." Sorkin says that because the death of a celebrity makes news, it might scare somebody to clean up their act. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams, the former girlfriend of Heath Ledger who also died of an overdose, and with whom she had a child, visited Hoffman's grieving family.

    February 6, 2014 10:33 AM

  19. NEW BATTLE Curt Schilling: I Have Cancer Hunter Martin/Getty

    19. Curt Schilling: I Have Cancer

    Retired major leaguer Curt Schilling announced Wednesday in a joint statement with ESPN that he is currently battling cancer. Schilling, 47, did not state what type or what his prognosis was, only that he has "recently been diagnosed.” As an ace pitcher, Schilling was part of the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 and 2007 World series-winning teams. He has been working at ESPN as a baseball analyst. His own wife. Shonda, fought malignant melanoma in the early 2000s. He said in his statement, "I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."

    February 5, 2014 8:01 PM

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  21. MMM, K Russia: Sochi as Safe as New York Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

    20. Russia: Sochi as Safe as New York

    In what can only be described as an attempt to use Jedi mind tricks, Russian deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday that safety concerns over Sochi have been overblown, and that “the level of threat in Sochi is no worse than in New York, Washington, or Boston. Based on information we received from our intelligence services, there’s no reason to believe Sochi is under more threat than any city on the planet.” His statement came after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security advisory warning of explosives possibly hidden in tubes of toothpaste.

    February 6, 2014 7:00 AM

  22. SHY? Egypt Denies Sisi Run for Prez Reuters

    21. Egypt Denies Sisi Run for Prez

    Despite a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper that claimed Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was running for president, the Egyptian army issued a denial saying if he was to run, he would announce directly to “the great Egyptian people.” According to the report, al-Sisi, who was behind the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi’s government, said it was the will of the people that he run, but warned that he does not possess a “magic wand” to solve problems like Egypt’s economy. Despite his denial, al-Sisi has essentially been running the country since Morsi’s downfall, and posters of his image are everywhere in Cairo.

    February 6, 2014 7:05 AM

  23. GOING IN CIRCLES U.S. Freezes Drones Over Pakistan AFP/Getty

    22. U.S. Freezes Drones Over Pakistan

    The U.S. has agreed to an informal halt on the use of its drone program in Pakistan and says it will reserve drone-launched missile strikes only for Al Qaeda operational leaders. The pause began in late December. The agreement follows a November strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud days before scheduled peace talks between Pakistan and the Taliban, which the latter ultimately canceled. Pakistan accused the U.S. of straining its diplomatic attempts, which led to the U.S. agreeing to this informal pause. However, a U.S. official did stress that this “doesn’t impact our list for core Al Qaeda,”

    February 5, 2014 9:48 PM


    23. Journo Gets 12 Years in Prison

    Saudi Arabia isn’t known for freedom of the press, but this latest sentence is still shocking, Journalist Wajdi al-Ghazzawi was sentenced to 12 years in prison for “disobeying the ruler on a television program” when he accused the kingdom of contributing to terrorism. He was also charged with “inciting sedition” and is not allowed to leave the country for 20 years.

    February 5, 2014 7:40 PM

  25. cheat Judge Demands Theater Shooting Vid Andy Jones--Pool/Reuters

    24. Judge Demands Theater Shooting Vid

    At a bond hearing for the former Tampa police captain charged with shooting and killing a man in a movie theater, the judge ordered surveillance video from the theater be made public. The video, while grainy, reflects what happened according to witnesses, showing the former policeman Curtis Reeves kicking seatbacks and fuming about texting, before pulling a gun to shoot the victim as popcorn goes flying. While the defense brought long-time friends and coworkers to testify that Reeves training taught him to react to perceived threats, the 71-year-old was seen wiping away tears.

    February 6, 2014 9:11 AM

  26. NEVER SWIMMING AGAIN Beachgoers Find Giant Jellyfish AFP/Getty

    25. Beachgoers Find Giant Jellyfish

    While walking along the beach in Tasmania, Josie Lim and her children found a 5-foot-wide jellyfish. Scientists, who without irony described the creature as a “truly magnificent animal," are working to classify this species of jellyfish, which is one of three new species of Lion’s Mane. In recent years, there has been an explosion of jellyfish in waters around Tasmania. The world’s largest jellyfish is the Cyanea Artica, which can get as big as 10 feet across the body.

    February 6, 2014 7:18 AM

  27. UNWANTED Obama May Stay Away From Races Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    26. Obama May Stay Away From Races

    It might start getting a bit lonely in the Oval Office, as President Obama has reportedly told Senate Democrats he's willing to stay away from races where he would not be helpful due to his poll numbers. The comments from Obama came while attending the Senate Democrats' issues conference at Nationals Park with former President Bill Clinton. In a CNN poll, Obama's approval rating is hovering at 44 percent, while 51 percent of Americans disapprove of his performance as president.

    February 6, 2014 12:25 PM

  28. CATFIGHT Pat Robertson: Shut Up, Ken Ham Mario Tama/Getty

    27. Pat Robertson: Shut Up, Ken Ham

    Talk about friendly fire. Televangelist Pat Robertson is usually in the news for rants about gays or independent women, but on Wednesday night he criticized creationist Ken Ham for debating Bill Nye over evolution. “There ain’t no way that’s possible … To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible,” he said. Robertson implored Ham, “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.” Apparently the feud is not exactly new, as in 2012 Ham attacked Robertson for doubting the young-earth theory of creationists.

    February 6, 2014 7:16 AM

  29. NEW TWIST Pacific Castaway Hospitalized Hilary Hosia/AFP/Getty

    28. Pacific Castaway Hospitalized

    Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the man who says he was lost at sea for 13 months, was hospitalized on Thursday after his health severely deteriorated. Earlier this week, Alvarenga, who washed up on the Marshall Islands last week, was released from the hospital. Now his limbs have started to swell, and doctors say they can't keep him hydrated. Alvarenga, who is originally from El Salvador, must now postpone plans to return home.

    February 6, 2014 11:22 AM

  30. LEAN IN, GUYS Mancession Grips America Mike Segar/Reuters

    29. Mancession Grips America

    The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that 17 percent of working age men are out of a job, compared to just 6 percent in the early 1970s. While other groups have recovered from the recession, men—who have struggled to keep pace with a changing job market—have been slower to climb out of the hole. Two-thirds of the men out of work say they are not even looking for jobs any more, which means the government does not count them towards the unemployment rate. According to the report, those men who are out of work end up spending the days like they would on the weekend—on the couch, watching TV, sleeping, or working out.

    February 6, 2014 7:14 AM