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  1. Big Loss VW Workers Vote Down Union Bloomberg/Getty

    1. VW Workers Vote Down Union

    In what is being called a major defeat for labor in the South, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted 712-626 Friday night against joining the United Auto Workers union. The loss, which came even though Volkswagen did not oppose the unionization effort, is expected to slow the UAW's plans to unionize other auto factories in southern states. The vote brought accusations of meddling by conservative politicians, including Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker, who both made dramatic arguments against the union, claiming it would hurt Tennessee's business climate.

    February 15, 2014 10:26 AM

  2. THAT WENT WELL Geneva Syria Talks Fall Apart © Muzaffar Salman / Reuters

    2. Geneva Syria Talks Fall Apart

    U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people yesterday after peace talks in Geneva melted down without any progress toward an agreement. Talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, locked for months into a bloody civil war, lasted just 27 minutes on Saturday morning before Brahimi emerged and spoked to the press. He said the point of contention was the Assad regime's refusal to discuss a transitional government.

    February 15, 2014 11:40 AM

  3. ENDLESS WINTER New Snowstorm Hits Northeast Darren McCollester/Getty

    3. New Snowstorm Hits Northeast

    In the wake of the great blizzard of Friday, a new storm has dumped snow on the southern United States and launched blizzard warnings across New England, where it is expected to drop as much as six more inches. The storm that hit the Northeast on Friday left 22.5 inches of snow in Pennsylvania, and 27 inches in parts of upstate New York. The mix of snow, rain and sleet grounded 7,100 flights on Thursday and 2,100 on Friday, the worst record of of winter airline cancellations on record.

    February 15, 2014 10:55 AM

  4. OLYMPIC HOCKEY U.S. Beats Russia in Shootout Brian Cassella/Getty

    4. U.S. Beats Russia in Shootout

    The U.S. men's hockey team defeated Russia in a dramatic eight-round shootout Saturday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after the two teams tied 2-2 after a five-minute overtime. American T.J. Oshie fired a shot past Russian Sergei Bobrovski to end the match 3-2 and silence a rowdy, heavily Russian crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. 

    February 15, 2014 10:43 AM

  5. She's Out Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay Jason LaVeris/Getty

    5. Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay

    Actress Ellen Page came out in a moving speech to the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas Friday night. "I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission," Page said. "I suffered for years, because I was scared to be out." The 26-year-old Canadian star of Juno and Whip It was visibly emotional during the speech, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation. Page said that football player Michael Sam and actress Laverne Cox, from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, had inspired her to go public with her sexuality.

    February 15, 2014 10:36 AM

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  7. Did You Feel That? Quake Rattles Carolinas, Georgia Gerry Melendez/Getty

    6. Quake Rattles Carolinas, Georgia

    A magnitude 4.1 earthquake shook Americans from South Carolina to Georgia late Friday night. The quake originated near Edgefield, South Carolina, and was felt as far south as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, North Carolina, both about 150 miles away. "It's a large quake for that area," said Dale Grant, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Nearby dams appeared to be undamaged, but will be given thorough inspection.

    February 15, 2014 11:45 AM

  8. BAD BROTHERS Frat Hazing Ruled Homicide CBS New York

    7. 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

  9. back on the road New Book Maps Kerouac's Journey Space Images/Getty

    8. New Book Maps Kerouac's Journey

    A new downloadable manual claims to guide adventurous drivers on the ultimate road trip—specifically the exact cross-country route taken by Jack Kerouac and his car of Beat friends as documented in the 1957 classic On the Road. "On the Road for 17,527 Miles" is formatted like a driving manual and divided up by the book's chapters. Its 55 pages can be partially viewed online, downloaded as an ebook, or purchased in paperback for that authentic feel. But be warned: following Kerouac's footsteps will take about 272.26 hours, and that's not taking into account the bar stops and drug binges.

    February 14, 2014 4:59 PM

  10. PARTY POOPERS FAA Grounds Flower Delivery Drones YouTube

    9. FAA Grounds Flower Delivery Drones

    “Cupid’s wings have been clipped,” said the CEO of, 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 that the use of commercial drones—which the agency described as “flying food processors”—must be pre-authorized.

    February 14, 2014 3:45 PM

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

    10. 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

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

    11. 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

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

    12. 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