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  1. KICK THE CAN Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz Joe Raedle/Getty

    1. Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz

    The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that small businesses with 50 to 99 full-time employees will be exempt from an Affordable Care Act mandate to provide health insurance until 2016. Enforcement was to take effect next year, but it's been pushed back, along with a stipulation that larger companies must only offer 70 percent of full-time staff insurance this year, rather than 95 percent. Employers will have to certify they haven't fired people to qualify for the delay, and fines can be as much as $3,000 per worker. 

    February 10, 2014 6:23 PM

  2. WHERE'S THE LOVE? Michael Sam Gets Mixed NFL Reax Ronald Martinez/Getty

    2. Michael Sam Gets Mixed NFL Reax

    While much of America championed Michael Sam for coming out as gay yesterday, not everyone in the football community was quite as enthusiastic. Overnight, Sam fell 70 spots on the CBS draft prospect board, suggesting his announcement may have done professional damage. Former NFL player and coach Herm Edwards described Sam as a player with “off the field issues” who will be “bringing baggage into your locker room.” NFL Union president Domonique Foxworth was much more positive, saying, “I know the union will accept him open arms, as will our players.”


    February 10, 2014 12:02 PM

  3. NOT UNDERPAID GM's Female CEO Gets 60% Raise Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

    3. GM's Female CEO Gets 60% Raise

    Give or take $10 million. General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be earning a salary and stock options that total about $14.4 million this year, as opposed to earlier numbers that showed the company's first female CEO was making half of her predecessor's compensation. Dan Akerson, who retired in January, earned about $9 million as CEO last year. On Monday, GM released full figures "to correct misperceptions created by comparisons that used only a portion of Barra's overall compensation."

    February 10, 2014 3:26 PM

  4. IRONIC

    4. Terrorist Teacher Blows Up Pupils

    Sorry guys, wrong belt. A group of Sunni militants were filming a propaganda video in a camp outside Baghdad when their instructor accidentally detonated a belt packed with explosives, killing 22 and injuring 15 Monday. Eight fighters were arrested trying to escape, and the training conductor was apparently a notorious recruiter. The group belongs to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is fighting the Iraqi government.

    February 10, 2014 3:13 PM

  5. SO LONG Holder Plans to Quit This Year Kris Connor/Getty

    5. Holder Plans to Quit This Year

    Attorney General Eric Holder tells the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin that he plans to step down some time this year. Holder, the first African-American to be the nation's top lawyer, has had a mixed tenure. Holder is the only A.G. to be held in contempt by Congress, but also led a push to protect voting rights and expand protection for gays.

    February 10, 2014 1:46 PM

  6. Life's Work Defender of U.S. Jews To Retire Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    6. Defender of U.S. Jews To Retire

    Wanted: Crusader against anti-Semitism. After 27 years, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will retire in July 2015. The 73-year-old is a Holocaust survivor who joined the organization in 1965. In a letter released by the ADL, Foxman wrote of his "passion to fight for the safety and security of the Jewish people" and how the organization allowed him to fight "bigotry and all forms of oppression."

    February 10, 2014 4:20 PM

  7. covert ops Film Shows CIA Grab Terror Suspect

    7. Film Shows CIA Grab Terror Suspect

    No, this is not an outtake from Homeland. A surveillance video of a neighborhood in Tripoli, Libya, shows the October abduction of an al Qaeda terrorism suspect as he drove up to his family's home. A joint operation of the CIA, FBI, and the U.S. Army's Delta Force nabbed Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai after a 13-year search, and shuttled him to an American warship in the Mediterranean Sea. He is awaiting trial in New York and is accused of participating in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa that killed 200.

    February 10, 2014 3:55 PM

  8. My Bill Hillary: Lewinsky a 'Loony Toon' Yuri Gripas/Reuters

    8. Hillary: Lewinsky a 'Loony Toon'

    The papers of the woman Hillary Clinton described as her “closest friend,” Diane Blaire, shine a less than positive light on the former First Lady during the years of her husband’s presidency. The papers were donated to the University of Arkansas following Blair’s death and have been made public. They include extensive notes from the Lewinsky scandal, including Hilllary calling Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony toon." She regularly doubted female accusers and in the case of Lewinsky, defended her husband to her friend as having “a lapse, but to his credit he tried to break it off.” Blair notes that Hillary frustrated easily of “whiny women” who went after a politician she was working with to reform healthcare in 1993.

    February 10, 2014 12:33 PM

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  10. Venti Starbucks Upset At Parody Store Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

    9. Starbucks Upset At Parody Store

    You can get a Dumb Frappuccino, a Dumb Iced Coffee, and listen to Dumb Jazz Standards at Dumb Starbucks, a parody store that adds the word "dumb" to everything Starbucks. The shop opened Friday in L.A. to long lines and big laughs. But the Seattle coffee giant is not amused. "We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark," says Zack Hutson, a spokesman for the company. But Dumb Starbucks says that the operation is legal because it is considered parody art.

    February 10, 2014 4:20 PM

  11. SNL reunion Armisen's Band Joins ‘Late Night’ Seth Meyers/Twitter

    10. Armisen's Band Joins ‘Late Night’

    When Fred Armisen isn't in Portland, you'll find him on stage as the house band for Seth Meyers's revamped Late Night. Armisen and his 8G Band will join his fellow Saturday Night Live star's talk show. "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia," Meyers tweeted on Monday. Armisen is a guitarist and drummer who played punk rock in the '80s, and was backup for The Blue Man Group in the '90s.

    February 10, 2014 5:00 PM

  12. Sh*tshow Rodman Defecated in N. Korea Hotel Eric Thayer/Reuters

    11. Rodman Defecated in N. Korea Hotel

    Dennis Rodman was literally a shitshow in North Korea. A report in the South Korean press alleges that The Worm "was drunk the whole week of his stay. And the night before he left for the U.S., he was drunk, unconscious, and vomiting everywhere he turned. He even urinated and emptied the bowels in the hallway." Let's hope for his sake this story turns out to be as fake as Kim Jong-un's uncle being fed to 120 dogs

    February 10, 2014 10:13 AM

  13. BOSOM BUDDIES Obama, Hollande: We're Cool Again Larry Downing/Reuters

    12. Obama, Hollande: We're Cool Again

    As French President Francois Hollande arrives in the U.S. fresh off his scandalous affair and breakup, he and President Obama appear to be conveying a political bromance, or at least are trying to. The two have released a joint essay in the Washington Post and Le Monde celebrating their “renewed alliance” and taking a jab at George W. Bush, noting “A decade ago, few would have imagined our two countries working so closely together.” The essay focused on the beginning of talks with Iran, but also stressed the need for a new climate accord.

    February 10, 2014 7:43 AM

  14. CONSTITUTIONAL? U.S. May Kill Citizen With Drone Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    13. U.S. May Kill Citizen With Drone

    The Obama administration is struggling over a decision to attack a U.S. citizen working overseas in the service of al Qaeda, said four U.S. officials. CIA drones have been monitoring him but cannot legally strike until the Justice Department builds a case, which it hasn't yet. The citizen is in a country that does not permit U.S. military action, and under President Obama's new policy, U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism who are abroad can be killed by the military, but not CIA drones. Two of the U.S. officials told the Associated Press that the citizen in question facilitated some very deadly attacks against Americans and is now devising others. Another official was unsure, though, of whether the individual caused enough danger to warrant a drone strike that would have a potentially major backlash.

    February 10, 2014 7:22 AM

  15. HYPOCRITICAL Republicans Want Hospital Bailouts Frank Mullen/Getty

    14. Republicans Want Hospital Bailouts

    Republican leaders in Mississippi and Georgia are debating whether to bail out state hospitals that would have received funding under President Obama’s health care law. After a Supreme Court ruling, 25 states either refused to expand their Medicaid programs in accordance with the Obamacare overhaul, or are still debating whether to do so. That has left a large number of poor residents without insurance and unable to pay for treatments, which leaves hospitals in the lurch. The federal government has pledged to pay the full cost of Medicaid expansion for three years, but a number of Southern states rejected the plan. 

    February 10, 2014 11:08 AM

  16. NO LOVE No Olympic Stickers to Honor Dead Mike Blake/Reuters

    15. No Olympic Stickers to Honor Dead

    The notoriously stringent International Olympic Committee has put the kibosh on some Olympians' plans to honor Sarah Burke, a Canadian skier who passed away in 2012 in an accident on the slopes. Australian snowboarder Torah Bright planned to wear stickers on her helmet and snowboard as a tribute to Burke, but the IOC said it would violate the laws against any "form of publicity or propaganda, commercial or otherwise." A disappointed Bright shared the news on Facebook and Instagram, writing that the IOC has deemed her stickers a “a political statement."

    February 10, 2014 7:33 AM

  17. NO MERCY Iran Kills 'Enemy of God' Poet Raheb Homavandi/Reuters

    16. Iran Kills 'Enemy of God' Poet

    Hashem Shaabani, a poet and human rights activist, was hanged on Jan. 27 for being an "enemy of God" and threatening national security. The 32-year-old was a founder of the Dialogue instate and advocated for ethnic Arabs in the province of Khuzestan. He had been imprisoned since February or March 2011. Human rights groups say he was forced to confess to "separatist terrorism." The Iranian government has executed 40 people since the beginning of 2014.

    February 10, 2014 11:42 AM

  18. HORRIBLE 14K Animals Died in Research Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

    17. 14K Animals Died in Research

    Research carried out in the science laboratories of the Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster led to the death of 13,784 animals in 2012 alone. Mice and rats are the main species involved, but dogs, rabbits, cats, birds, and horses have also died in the research process. Both schools stand by their research methods. "Queen’s conducts research on animals only when it is absolutely essential for clinical, biomedical and environmental studies and where there are no alternatives,” said a college spokeswoman

    February 10, 2014 10:49 AM

  19. TAKING IT BACK N. Korea Rescinds Bae Negotations Kyodo/Reuters

    18. N. Korea Rescinds Bae Negotations

    North Korea has pulled back its invitation for a senior U.S. diplomat to come to Pyongyang to negotiate the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae. A State Department official expressed disappointment at the announcement Sunday, adding that North Korea said "in May 2013 it would not use the fate of Bae as a political bargaining chip." Rev. Jesse Jackson has also offered to go to North Korea to help negotiate the release of Bae, who has been in the Hermit Kingdom for more than a year and is serving a 15-year sentence on charges of trying to overthrow the state.

    February 10, 2014 7:20 AM

  20. BORDER CONTROL Swiss Vote to Keep Out Immigrants Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty

    19. Swiss Vote to Keep Out Immigrants

    The Swiss, apparently, would rather people didn't permanently partake in their chocolate, cheese, and watches. Against all expectations as well as the federal parliament's wishes, the country narrowly voted (in a 50.3 percent majority) to impose a cap on its number of foreign immigrants. The referendum on “mass migration” was proposed by a right-wing group. Now, Switzerland will have to put at least some limits on immigrants, including those from European Union countries, which could strain its continental standing. Pascal Sciarini, a Swiss political scientist, said the country faces economic “chaos” because now all of its diplomatic and trade agreements within the EU will have to be renegotiated.

    February 10, 2014 7:47 AM

  21. BLUE IN THE FACE Rand to TX: You Could Turn Blue Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    20. Rand to TX: You Could Turn Blue

    Rand Paul really wants Republicans to roll out the welcome mat before the Lone Star State is lost to a Democratic majority. Speaking at a GOP dinner in the state where he grew up, the Kentucky senator said, “I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change.” Paul, who is expected to pursue the White House in 2016, said Republicans need to reach out to more communities and warm up to immigration reform, especially in Texas, where the population is 40 percent Hispanic. “That means we evolve,” he said. ”It doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a welcoming party.” Though Paul received some support, he admitted the response on immigration was “kind of tepid.”

    February 10, 2014 7:14 AM

  22. REAL LIFE 'Angry Birds' Op Busts Cockfights Putu Sayoga/Getty

    21. 'Angry Birds' Op Busts Cockfights

    New York authorities announced that Operation Angry Birds, an initiative that had nothing to do with smartphone games but rather a cockfighting ring, had saved 3,000 hens and roosters and led to nine felony arrest charges. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the sting targeted sites in Brooklyn, Queens, and Ulster County. According to police, these angry birds had endured a far crueler existence than their viral app-game counterpart. Many had been injected with performance-enhancing drugs and had razor-sharp hooks attached in place of their natural spurs.

    February 10, 2014 7:27 AM

  23. IMPROVEMENT? UN: Iran Makes Diplomatic Progress Amir Pourmand/ISNA/AFP/Getty

    22. UN: Iran Makes Diplomatic Progress

    The UN's nuclear watchdog offered a hopeful but mixed report on Iran's progress in working with the international community. During the Feb. 8-9 talks in Tehran, Iran agreed to take several new measures to alleviate concerns about its nuclear technology and become more transparent. However, "There are still a lot of outstanding issues," said Tero Varjoranta, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran continues to deny claims that it intends to make nuclear weapons, but Varjoranta said the agency must still investigate whether the country's nuclear program has possible military links.

    February 10, 2014 7:30 AM

  24. HOW EDGY LaBeouf Wears Bag on Red Carpet Clemens Bilan/Getty

    23. LaBeouf Wears Bag on Red Carpet

    Is paper bag considered formal attire? Well, Shia LaBeouf wore one over his head at the premiere of sex-crazy film Nymphomaniac on Sunday night in Germany. The bag read I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE, matching recent tweets he's sent. LaBeouf said he would retire from "all public life" a few weeks ago. We're still waiting.

    February 9, 2014 7:43 PM

  25. SHOW OF SUPPORT Petraeus: Prez Hil 'Tremendous' Kevork Djansezian/Getty

    24. Petraeus: Prez Hil 'Tremendous'

    The most popular general among Republicans since Douglas MacArthur has nice things to say about the next likely Democratic presidential nominee. David Petraeus said Hillary Clinton would make a "tremendous president" in a new book simply entitled HRC. “Like a lot of great leaders, her most impressive qualities were most visible during tough times,” Petraeus said. “In the wake of the Benghazi attacks, for example, she was extraordinarily resolute, determined, and controlled.” At the time, Petraeus was head of the Central Intelligence Agency. After he quit over marital infidelity, Clinton sent him a note: "I have a little experience."

    February 9, 2014 5:36 PM