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  1. FLORIDA Dunn Murder Case Ends in Mistrial Bob Mack--Pool/Reuters

    1. Dunn Murder Case Ends in Mistrial

    Another stellar example of Florida's criminal justice system. Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old man who fired shots on a car of unarmed teenagers and killed a passengers, has been found guilty of three counts of attempted murder, but a jury came to a mistrial on the murder count. Dunn, who is white, said he didn't like the “thug” music of the teenagers, who were African-American, and fired nine shots at the car, three of which struck then 17-year-old Jordan Davis who was in the backseat. Dunn will still face at least 60 years in prison, but the mistrial echoes the tensions over race and self-defense that Florida dealt with most recently with the Trayvon Martin trial. Assistant State Attorney Angela Corey said she plans to re-try Dunn for first-degree murder.

    February 16, 2014 10:21 AM

  2. TERRIFYING

    2. CO Avalanche Kills Two Skiers

    A large avalanche southeast of Denver was reportedly triggered by seven skiers on Star Mountain near Indepdence Pass. Two of the skiers died, and three others have been hospitalized with injuries that include a possible broken rib and collapsed lung The Colorado Avlanache Information Center had been warning of dangerous conditions after the region was hit with two weeks of heavy snow.

    February 16, 2014 3:39 PM

  3. CLOSER TO GOLD U.S. Hockey Trounces Slovenia Martin Rose/Getty

    3. U.S. Hockey Trounces Slovenia

    The American men's hockey team is in a pretty sweet spot now. After beating their biggest rivals, the Russians, yesterday in a fantastic overtime match, team USA beat Slovenia with a comfortable lead of four goals. America's Phil Kessel also had a hat trick, the first time a U.S. hockey player had one in the Olympics in over a decade. Slovenia only has seven ice rinks in the country and 200 registered senior players, so it wasn't exactly a surprising win for U.S. Still, the victory has secured U.S. a bye into the quarterfinals.

    February 16, 2014 12:46 PM

  4. HORRIBLE Plane With 18 Missing in Nepal Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters

    4. Plane With 18 Missing in Nepal

    A Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people is missing and believed to have crashed in the country's mountainous west. Authorities fear for the worst after losing contact with the plane within the first few minutes of takeoff. It made an unscheduled fuel stop in the city of Pokhara on the trip between Katmandu to Jumia. It was snowing in the mountains and there was low visibility due to fog. The Twin Otter plane had three crew members and 15 passengers, including a child.

    February 16, 2014 11:15 AM

  5. STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Inmate Flees on V-Day For His Girl

    5. Inmate Flees on V-Day For His Girl

    Love was in the air in an Arizona prison. Joseph Andrew Dekenipp escaped from the Florence, AZ detention center Friday afternoon to spend Valentine's Day with his girlfriend. His romantic jailbreak began by crawling past razor wire and scaling two fences. He then made it to a bar ten miles from the prison after hitching a ride with teenagers. He was captured three hours after his escape without incident said the police. Before his Valentine's Day break, Dekenipp was being held on $5,000 bail and waiting a Feb. 25 trial for various charges, including car theft, driving with a suspended license, and, unsurprisingly, unlawful flight. However, the love-hating authorities have now added an escape charge.

    February 16, 2014 11:38 AM

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  7. RESCUE MISSION

    6. South Africa Miners Trapped

    South Africa has been rushing to rescue dozens of gold miners who became trapped underground after illegally working in an abandoned pit outside of Johannesburg that collapsed on them. Authorities believe there are about 30 miners at the top of the shaft, but 200 other miners may be trapped further down. They are believed to have been trapped since Saturday morning. 11 miners have been rescued so far, and more are on their way up.

    February 16, 2014 12:10 PM

  8. THE LEWINSKY EFFECT Romney: Scandal Won't Hurt Hillary Alex Wong/Getty

    7. Romney: Scandal Won't Hurt Hillary

    While the Monica Lewinsky scandal is getting renewed scrutiny with the prospect of a Hillary Clinton run for president, Mitt Romney is telling Republicans to back off. Romney fully critized Bill Clinton in a Meet the Press interview, saying “He embarrassed the nation” and “breached his responsibility, I think, as an adult and as a leader in his relationship.” However, Romney stressed that Hillay doesn't have to answer for that. “She has her own record, her own vision on where she would take the country.” Romney contrasts with Rand Paul, who called Bill a “sexual preadotr” and said his history with Lewinsky should be taken account if Hillary runs for president.

    February 16, 2014 2:30 PM

  9. THE DEVIL'S WORK?

    8. PA Woman: I Killed for Satan

    Somehow, the story of a Pennsylvania “Craigslist Killer” got more distubring. Miranda Barbour, the 19-year-old newlywed accused of killing a man she met on Craigslist with her husband's help, claims she has killed at least 22 others. “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she told a local Pennsylanvia newspaper. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.” She said her Craigslist victim, Troy LaFerrara, a 42-year-old man she lured with the promise of “companionship,” is only the latest in a string of murders that began when she joined a satanic cult in Alaska at the age of 13. She told the newspaper, “If I were to be released, I would do this again.”

    February 16, 2014 2:54 PM

  10. BOO-HOO Zimmerman: Travyon Caused My PTSD Univision

    9. Zimmerman: Travyon Caused My PTSD

    Though his celebrity boxing plans were thankfully canceled, George Zimmerman was undeterred from his media adventures. The man who killed Trayvon Martin gave an interview with Univision, during which he claimed he has been suffering from PTSD since the shooting and that he's “totally homeless.” He said he resents the media attention about his run-in with the laws since the trials, such as when police were called to a domestic dispute with his wife. "Honestly, I [would] love to live a calm life without being in the press. I’d like [to be treated like] any American citizen—have a ticket ... or an argument [and] not have everyone aware," he said. " I do not understand why that is, but I'm living my life as I have always lived.” 

    February 16, 2014 10:45 AM

  11. OH, THE IRONY Snake Kills Snake-Handler Preacher Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty

    10. Snake Kills Snake-Handler Preacher

    This is why reptiles don't work well with religious services. Jamie Coots, a third-generation snake handler who pastored a small church in Kentucky, died yesterday after he was biten by a snake and subsequently refusted treatment. Coots had gained fame through his National Geographic show Snake Salvation. Coots had been bitten by snakes before during his spiritual ministering: after he survived a 1998 bite without treatment, he said "It's a victory to God's people that the Lord seen fit to bring me through it.” His right arm swelled to his shoulder and his middle finer died and fell off after that bite. Snake-handlers believe they are following a religious command, based on Mark: 16 17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents."

    February 16, 2014 1:49 PM

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

    11. 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

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

    12. 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

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

    13. 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

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

    14. 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

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

    15. 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