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  1. SEEING GREEN Feds Tell Banks How to Get High © JASON REDMOND / Reuters

    1. Feds Tell Banks How to Get High

    Is this a sign that the federal government is starting to embrace the green rush? New guidelines released Friday by the Justice Department and Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will allow banks to work with marijuana businesses—in states where it’s legal—without fear of repercussions from the feds. “The department shares the concerns of public officials and law enforcement about the public-safety risks associated with businesses that handle significant amounts of cash,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement.

    February 14, 2014 2:50 PM

  2. Gold Japan Wins Men’s Figure Skating Matthew Stockman/Getty

    2. Japan Wins Men’s Figure Skating

    Yuzuru Hanyu had to flee the tsunami and earthquake in Japan in 2011, but on Friday he became the first male figure skater in his country’s history to win the singles skating gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, despite falling in his performance. Many were pulling for Canada’s Paul Chan, who settled for silver, while Denis Ten of Kazakhstan won bronze. Hanyu won by just 4.47 points with 280.09, to Chan’s 275.62 and Ten’s 255.1 points. Jason Brown of the U.S. came in 9th.

    February 14, 2014 4:11 PM

  3. BAD BROTHERS Frat Hazing Ruled Homicide CBS New York

    3. Frat Hazing Ruled Homicide

    Michael Deng’s fraternity hazing death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Friday. But that doesn’t mean the Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers who tackled the blindfolded 19-year-old pledge on the frozen Poconos ground in December, causing the severe head trauma that killed him, will be hit with any criminal charges just yet. Previous reports had suggested that as many as 12 of the 30 fraternity brothers who were staying at the Pocono Mountains rental house when Deng, a freshman at Baruch College, died, could be charged with his death. But the county district attorney said Friday that “the decision is not imminent.”

    February 14, 2014 5:13 PM

  4. SHOCKING UN: Humanity Crimes in N. Korea KCNA via KNS/Getty

    4. UN: Humanity Crimes in N. Korea

    A United Nations commission of inquiry has found evidence of crimes against humanity committed in North Korea, including "extermination" of populations by starvation. The Associated Press broke the story Friday. The commission's report will be released Monday and recommends its findings be referred to the International Criminal Court. There's a slim chance of that happening though, because the U.N. Security Council would have to approve such a move, and China holds a veto.

    Behind North Korea's facade lies a humanitarian crisis.

    February 14, 2014 10:41 AM

  5. PARTY POOPERS FAA Grounds Flower Delivery Drones YouTube

    5. FAA Grounds Flower Delivery Drones

    “Cupid’s wings have been clipped,” said the CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, announcing that the Federal Aviation Administration had grounded its floral delivery drones. The Detroit flower company was carrying out a Valentine’s Day experiment to see how many deliveries its unmanned helicopter could handle by dropping free rose bouquets to a beta test group. The FAA, however, did not find the experiment cute and told FlowerDeliveryExpress.com that the use of commercial drones—which the agency described as “flying food processors”—must be pre-authorized.

    February 14, 2014 3:45 PM

  6. WHAT ABOUT GIRAFFES? Denmark Outlaws Kosher Slaughter MARTIN BUREAU

    6. Denmark Outlaws Kosher Slaughter

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The government has made Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter illegal. Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen said “animal rights come before religion,” claiming the way kosher and halal meat is prepared is more harmful to animals because they are not stunned before death. Denmark has roughly 6,000 Jews, and those who keep kosher import meat from abroad to circumvent the ban. The Muslim population could be greatly affected by this decision, though. In case you forgot, Denmark shot a healthy two-year-old giraffe in the head this week, so the country clearly places high value on the life and well-being of animals.

    February 14, 2014 1:17 PM

  7. RUN FOR IT 100K Flee Indonesian Volcano Aman Rochman/AFP/Getty

    7. 100K Flee Indonesian Volcano

    A volcanic eruption spewing ash and sand on the heavily populated Indonesian island of Java has led to the death of two people, forced a massive evacuation, and shut down multiple airports. Mount Kelud is one of the 130 active volcanoes in the world. Combined with the fact that it is located in Indonesia—the world's fourth most populous country—the Mount Kelud eruption has caused significant delays and destruction. Ash spread for over 300 miles, creating a number of flight problems and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

    February 14, 2014 6:57 AM

  8. ENDANGERED SPECIES Perkins: 1% Faces 'Extinction' Steve Jennings/Getty

    8. Perkins: 1% Faces 'Extinction'

    Like a modern-day Robin Hood but completely the opposite, Tom Perkins is continuing his fight over the plight of the 1 percent. Speaking at an event aptly titled “The War on the 1 percent,” Perkins, 82, reiterated earlier views he expressed about the wealthy in a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal. "I wouldn't say taxation is a form of persecution. But the extreme progressivism of the tax system is." His comments Friday were modest in comparison to his WSJ piece in which he compared taxation of the rich to the Nazis’ Kristallnach. Perkins has since apologized, but he is still fighting the good fight for the uber-rich. He said the one percent faces "an economic extinction,” though he did qualify it is “not a physical one.”

    February 14, 2014 11:10 AM

  9. GO FOR IT Breivik Won't Eat Until PS3 Comes Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

    9. Breivik Won't Eat Until PS3 Comes

    Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik is apparently displeased with his “torture”-like conditions in jail. After killing 77—most of them children—at a Labour Youth camp in 2011, Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail. He is now threatening to go a hunger strike unless his prison upgrades to a Playstation 3 "with access to more adult games that I get to choose myself,” he said in a letter. Breivik also asked for his weekly allowance of 300 korners (about $49) to be doubled.  "The hunger strike won't end until the Minister of Justice (Anders) Anundsen and the head of the KDI (the Norwegian Correctional Services) stop treating me worse than an animal," he said, adding that he would "soon" make public the starting date of his protest action.

    February 14, 2014 10:57 AM

  10. STEEP 200K Bond for Arrested Hoffman Pal Pool photo by Steven Hirsch

    10. 200K Bond for Arrested Hoffman Pal

    Bail will cost $200,000 for the musician charged, following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, with stashing 300 packets of heroin in his East Village apartment. To be clear, Robert Vineberg is not being charged with playing a role in Hoffman’s apparent overdose, but with possession with intent to sell, based on the bags of heroin and $1,300 cash that police found in his apartment after Hoffman’s death earlier this month. The New York state Supreme Court Justice who presided over Vineberg’s appeal for bond was skeptical about his attorney’s argument that Vineberg was a friend of Hoffman’s and an addict himself, and that the stash found in his apartment was for his own use.

    February 14, 2014 6:21 PM

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  12. NO HARD FEELINGS Putin Surprise Visits Team USA Matthew Stockman/Getty

    11. Putin Surprise Visits Team USA

    It looks like Putin holds no hard feelings about Obama’s snub. In a move that is seen as a clear effort to diffuse political tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to USA House. His visit was low-key and last-minute, but Putin’s officials still insisted on tasting the drinks and brownies before he arrived.

    February 14, 2014 10:11 AM

  13. DEADLY BLIZZARD Ruthless Winter Storm Kills 21 Spencer Platt/Getty

    12. Ruthless Winter Storm Kills 21

    As the Eastern Seaboard struggles to recover from this week's storm, the Northeast may be hit again tomorrow. So far, 21 people have died due to the weather conditions, including a pregnant woman in New York who was struck by a snowplow. A new round of snow could come Saturday, adding an additional three inches of white stuff onto a season that has already had triple the typical amounts usually received at this point in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

    February 14, 2014 7:10 AM

  14. SNAP American Wins Photo of the Year John Stanmeyer/VII for National Geographic

    13. American Wins Photo of the Year

    American photographer John Stanmeyer was awarded the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest’s Photo of the Year for 2013. It shows African migrants standing by the shore of Djibouti city holding their phones high to try to catch a signal from neighboring Somalia in an attempt to connect with family in other countries. The picture was shot for National Geographic and also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category

    February 14, 2014 11:40 AM

  15. NOT A JOKE

    14. Rampaging Cali Camel in Custody

    Apparently, some people keep camels at home, and sometimes, those camels get lose and terrorize drivers. Early Friday morning, a camel escaped from a property 50 miles north of Los Angeles. Police have now restrained him, but not before the ungulate began frightening the hell out of drivers who were trapped in their vehicles. No injuries have been reported, and the camel is in custody.

    February 14, 2014 12:49 PM

  16. NOT SURPRISED Richie Incognito’s Worst Revealed NFL Photos

    15. Richie Incognito’s Worst Revealed

    Well, if you thought you couldn’t hear worse things about the Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito, you would be wrong. An independent investigation into his behavior after teammate Jonathan Martin left the team due to racial and emotional harassment reveals just how disgusting Incognito’s behavior was. In addition to joking about having sex with Martin’s sister without a condom, Incognito and another teammate talked about shooting black people and heavily taunted another Dolphin as a “faggot.”

    February 14, 2014 12:08 PM

  17. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE? Pistorius Mourns Lover He Shot Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

    16. Pistorius Mourns Lover He Shot

    On the one-year anniversary of shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius commented publicly about her death on his website. The South African Olympian who won hearts for his Paralympic transition says he shot Steenkamp by mistake when he thought she was an intruder. “No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved— and continues to love— Reeva,” he wrote. “The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Oscar.” The trial against Pistorius begins in March. If convicted, he could spend his life in jail.

    February 14, 2014 6:54 AM

  18. RIP Actor Ralph Waite Passes Away CBS Photo Archive/Getty

    17. Actor Ralph Waite Passes Away

    Ralph Waite, an Emmy-nominated actor for his tenure on The Waltons, has passed away at the age of 85. He may be unknown to younger viewers, but Waite played one of the most beloved father figures of the 1970s on the hit television series about a West Virginia family living through the Great Depression. Even in later years, Waite continued to act on HBO's Carnivale and on CBS's NCIS. Waite didn't begin acting until his 30s, but he said of it: “I felt alive for the first time since I can’t remember when.”

    February 14, 2014 7:11 AM

  19. PRISON BREAK Yemen Jailbreak Frees al Qaeda Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters

    18. Yemen Jailbreak Frees al Qaeda

    Militants attacked Yemen's main prison on Thursday, killing seven and enabling 29 inmates to escape—including 19 convicted members of al Qaeda. The attack began with a car bomb followed by an exchange of gunfire between the militants and the guards at the Sanaa Central Prison. Security officials believe it was an inside job and that the group of militants must have been tipped off. They arrived in groups of three, one of which detonated the car bomb. There were also members positioned and firing from rooftops surrounding the prison. Of the al Qaeda members who escaped, three were convicted for planning to assassinate the Yemeni president.

    February 14, 2014 7:05 AM

  20. KEEP PACKING CA's Concealed-Carry Rules Voided Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

    19. CA's Concealed-Carry Rules Voided

    A federal appeals courts struck a significant blow to gun-control laws in California on Thursday, ruling the state's rules allowing counties to restrict the right to carry a concealed firearm in public are unconstitutional. The court said the rules violate the Second Amendment. “We are not holding that the Second Amendment requires the states to permit concealed carry,” wrote Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain. “But the Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home.” Experts predict it could eventually make its way to the Supreme Court.

    February 14, 2014 7:00 AM

  21. WATCH OUT Measles Threaten Berkeley Justin Sullivan/Getty

    20. Measles Threaten Berkeley

    Now, Northern Californians have something new to worry about when they ride the BART public transportation system: the measles. After discovering that a UC Berkeley student traveled on the BART for several days with the illness, health officials warn that other commuters could be at risk for the measles. “Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, health officer for the City of Berkeley. “It spreads through the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes.” Most people are vaccinated for the measles as children, as it can be especially damaging for this age group, but this student, apparently, was not.

    February 14, 2014 7:06 AM

  22. arm your hard drives Ayatollah: Prepare for Cyberwar ATTA KENARE

    21. Iran Leader: Prepare for Cyberwar

    Does the Koran say anything about cyberwarfare? Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged university students to prepare for battle on the Internet. Calling them "cyberwar agents," he referred to two Islamic warriors, saying "such a war requires Amman-like insight and Malik Ashtar-like resistance. Get yourself ready for such war wholeheartedly." On Wednesday, the country's military chief of staff announced that Iran is ready for a "decisive battle against the U.S. and the Zionist regime."

    February 13, 2014 5:08 PM

  23. who are you? Facebook Adds 50 Gender Options Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    22. Facebook Adds 50 Gender Options

    From two comes many. On Thursday, Facebook is rolling out 50 different terms users can chose to identify themselves as, along with three pronouns: him, her, or them. The options will include androgynous, intersex, bi-gender, transsexual, and gender fluid. The changes are coming to the 159 million American users. "There's going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world," said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who is undergoing a gender transformation herself.

    February 13, 2014 1:48 PM

  24. Not So Fast

    23. Judge Tosses VA Gay Marriage Ban

    A federal judge ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the state's attorney general announced late Thursday night. The ruling said that the law infringed upon rights guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment. "We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect,” the judge wrote. The Marshall-Newton Amendment was passed by 57 percent of voters in 2006. The judge's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal.

    February 13, 2014 10:35 PM