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  1. NO FREE LUNCH $10 Min. Wage Would Kill 500K Jobs Chris Hondros/Getty

    1. $10 Min. Wage Would Kill 500K Jobs

    The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that President Obama's proposed minimum wage hike would destroy some jobs but also take people out of poverty. Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016 would move 900,000 people above the poverty line, raise overall real income for all by $2 billion, but potentially destroy 500,000 jobs. The CBO stressed this is just a prediction. "As with any such estimates, however, the acutal losses could be smaller or larger."

    February 18, 2014 2:18 PM

  2. ONLY ESCALATING 25 Killed in Deadly Kiev Battle Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

    2. 25 Killed in Deadly Kiev Battle

    Ukraine has witnessed its most violent days since the protests began. Since clashes erupted on Tuesday between protesters and police, Kiev devolved into chaos on Wednesday morning, with riot police spraying water cannons and crowds throwing Molotov cocktails. Ukrainian authorities are reporting that at least 25 people have been killed and 240 have been injured. Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych blamed the protesters' leaders. Threatening a tough response, he said “They crossed the line when they called upon the people to take up arms. This is a flagrant violation of law.”

    Examine what ignited the Ukraine protests.

    February 19, 2014 1:34 PM

  3. WRONG WORD Dunn Claims ‘I Was The Victim’ Bob Mack--Pool/Reuters

    3. Dunn Claims ‘I Was The Victim’

    Michael Dunn doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of “victim.” Dunn, who fired on a car of unarmed teenagers and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was recorded in jailhouse calls released by prosecutors today, claiming, “I’m the [expletive deleted] victim here. I was the one who was victimized." He also chuckled and added “I’m the victor,” and compared his predicament to that of a rape victim. He said in one call, “Police used to think when a chick got raped going, 'Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed.' I'm like, 'So it’s my fault [laughing] because I asked them to turn their music down.” Dunn will spend at least 60 years in prison for the attempted-murder conviction, and may face trial for first-degree murder.

     

    February 18, 2014 11:04 AM

  4. DEPRESSING Food Stamps Rise in Military Homes Chris Hondros/Getty

    4. Food Stamps Rise in Military Homes

    The families of American service members are increasingly forced to rely on food stamps to get by. Since 2007, the amount of money military families redeem in food stamps has jumped from $24.8 million to $103.6 million in 2013. Thirty percent of spouses of active-duty military members ages 18 to 24 are unemployed. The base salary for a new solider with a spouse and child is about $20,000 a year, just above the poverty line. The growth in food-stamp redemption has slowed, though: 2013 saw a 5 percent increase, compared to 2012, which saw a 13 percent uptick.

    February 18, 2014 1:20 PM

  5. GROSS 'Diseased' Hot Pockets Pulled Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    5. 'Diseased' Hot Pockets Pulled

    You knew you shouldn't have been eating them. Hot Pockets products are being pulled from shelves after a California meat firm processed nearly nine million pounds of beef from animals that had not been inspected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Tuesday that the animals were "diseased" or otherwise "unsound," and that products made from the meat were "unfit for human food." Nestle, which owns the Hot Pocket brands, reviewed its supply chain and said that Hot Pockets steak and cheese and croissant crust Philly steak and cheese were the only ones affected by the tainted meat.

    February 18, 2014 6:50 PM

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  7. numbers game Rapes Rise Under New Definition Christopher Capozziello/New York Times/Redux

    6. Rapes Rise Under New Definition

    A clearer picture of the prevalence of sexual violence emerged in the FBI's recently released Uniform Crime Report, unburdened by excess descriptors. The Bureau no longer defines rape as "forcible" and, under that new definition, rates of rape surged to 14,400 reported cases in the first half of 2013, up from 13,242 during the January to June period of 2012. For 90 years, "forcible rape" was defined as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” but the definition has now been broadened and no longer uses a gender reference. The report counts 272 cities, encompassing about a fourth of the American population.

    February 18, 2014 8:47 PM

  8. PROGRESS? 86% of NFL OK With Gay Teammate Jamie Squire

    7. 86% of NFL OK With Gay Teammate

    If Michael Sam becomes the first openly gay active NFL player this year, his teammates may be tolerant, but he still will likely face locker-room homophobia, at least according to a new survey from ESPN. Some 86 percent of the 51 players surveyed said a teammate’s sexual orientation doesn’t matter. However, about 63 percent said their coaches or teammates used homophobic slurs in the past season, and 12 out of the 51 said they wouldn’t shower around a gay teammate. Perhaps most importantly, less than half said a gay teammate would feel comfortable in the locker room, 21 said he wouldn’t, and five refused to respond.

    February 18, 2014 11:17 AM

  9. winning wall st Candy Crush Company Files IPO Bloomberg/Getty

    8. Candy Crush Company Files IPO

    How much would you pay to destroy some pieces of candy? On Tuesday, the company behind hit mobile game Candy Crush filed for an initial public offering of up to $500 million, but hasn't yet decided on an IPO price or stock-market valuation, but it could be between $8 billion to $10 billion. King Digital Entertainment has shown massive growth since surging to popularity, and reported $567.6 million in profits in 2013.

    February 18, 2014 5:12 PM

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    9. Man Tries to Feed Self to Tigers

    Talk about rejection. A Chinese man climbed into the Chengdu Zoo enclosure of Bengal tigers in the hopes they would eat him, but only sustained minor wounds. Yang Jinhai, a 27-year-old who reportedly suffers from mental issues, spent 20 minutes making "exaggerated movements" while trying to tempt the tigers. “I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back,” he told a local paper. He was rescued when zoo staff tranquilized the animals, and is being treated for depression.

    February 18, 2014 4:00 PM

  11. ENERGY SHOT Pentagon Shocks Soldiers Awake John Moore/Getty

    10. Pentagon Shocks Soldiers Awake

    Caffeine not strong enough for you? Try electricity. The U.S. Air Force is experimenting with electric brain stimulation on several dozen volunteers in the hopes it may improve alertness and acuity in personnel who must spend hours monitoring drone footage and surveillance data. The electricity created minor seizures in parts of the brain, which reduced fatigue in several subjects. In one case, a test subject kept awake for 30 hours said he felt "refreshed" after a jolt.

    February 18, 2014 11:48 AM

  12. MAKE IT STOP NYC Gets 14th Snowstorm Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

    11. NYC Gets 14th Snowstorm

    Oh, enough already. After causing thundersnow in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, yet another winter storm is moving from the Midwest to the Northeast this morning and will hit New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The good news: After this storm blows through, there looks to be a reprieve. The next six days are supposed to be in the 40s in New York.

    February 18, 2014 7:23 AM

  13. OUTLAST CONAN? Fallon Nails His First 'Tonight' Theo Wargo/Getty

    12. Fallon Nails His First 'Tonight'

    Jimmy Fallon’s premiere as the latest host of The Tonight Show went swimmingly by nearly all accounts. The bubbly, self-deprecating host didn’t change his style as he opened the show with the line “I’m Jimmy Fallon. I’ll be your host… for now.” He pulled off one of the most diverse lists of celebrity visitors, with guests including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, Rudy Guiliani, Stephen Colbert, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, and Joe Namath. The final sign Fallon is starting off on the right foot: He got Will Smith to dance the beloved “Carlton” with him.

    February 18, 2014 7:20 AM

  14. HOW THE 1% LIVES Wolves of Wall St. Caught on Tape Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures

    13. Wolves of Wall St. Caught on Tape

    Kevin Roose at New York magazine crashed an eight-decade-old party for a fraternity of the world's wealthiest financiers, Kappa Beta Phi, in 2012. He got much of the celebration on video and it isn't pretty. Literally. Dressing in drag was de rigueur, with new inductees wearing leotards and gold-sequined skirts. A demented, sexist, and homophobic drag show proceeded, writes Roose, with jokes including “What’s the biggest difference between Barney Frank and a Fenway Frank? Barney Frank comes in different-size buns.” Not long after the financial meltdown and with the nation's economy still struggling, the Kappa Beta Phi members sang songs about the financial crisis, parodying “Dancing Queen” with “Bailout King,” and wanting seven-figure bonuses.

    February 18, 2014 8:57 AM

  15. Shackled Ex-Pussy Riot Members Released Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

    14. Ex-Pussy Riot Members Released

    So much for Putin trying to make Russia seem more appealing on the international stage. Two former members of the female punk band Pussy Riot, who were recently released from Russian prisons after being jailed for two years for charges of “hooliganism,” have been released after they were detained in Sochi by police. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were meeting with journalists when, according to Tolokonnikova, they were "shoved into a police van." She said police claimed they were being questioned about an alleged purse theft at their hotel and that she and her bandmember were "dragged across the police office face down." After their release, the women wore their trademark ski masks and ran down the street singing their protest song "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland."

    February 18, 2014 7:04 AM

  16. SUNK YOUR BATTLESHIP Iran Hack Worse Than Reported Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty

    15. Iran Hack Worse Than Reported

    In September, it was revealed that Iranian hackers had managed to infiltrate a Navy network, but apparently the attack was far more extensive than initially reported. The Wall Street Journal writes that it took approximately four months for the Navy to finally purge the intruder from its largest unclassified computer network, even though Navy officials claimed in September that the threat had been removed. It took so long, in part, because “The thing got into the bloodstream, and it wasn’t just in the main arteries; it was in all the little capillaries,” a senior U.S. official said. In 2012, the U.S. concluded that Iran lacked the capacity for cyberoffensives, but the Islamic Republic increasingly has been increasingly using this mode of attack, including a series of “denial-of-service” strikes on U.S. banking websites. However, September's offensive was far more elaborate than those.

    February 18, 2014 7:09 AM

  17. BACK TO SCHOOL Glasgow Students Elect Snowden AFPTV/AFP/Getty

    16. Glasgow Students Elect Snowden

    Edward Snowden was elected Tuesday to the post of student rector at Glasgow University in Scotland. The rector position makes him the students' representative and its duties include bringing their concerns to management and helping administer university resources. We're guessing he can work remotely given the whole asylum in Russia thing. Snowden follows in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela's wife and others who have been rectors. 

    February 18, 2014 12:20 PM

  18. YEAH, SCIENCE! Monkey Sees, Makes Other Monkey Do Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

    17. Monkey Sees, Makes Other Monkey Do

    A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that avatars may be the key to aiding paralysis victims without surgery. Researchers at Harvard Medical School implanted a brain chip into a monkey, then hooked it up to a sedated avatar monkey so that the brain scan in the master controlled the real-time movement of the avatar. Ninety-eight percent of the time, a master monkey could control the physical movement of a sedated avatar. "The goal is to take people with brain-stem or spinal-cord paralysis and bypass the injury,” said one of the researchers, Dr. Ziv William. “The hope is ultimately to get completely natural movement.”

    February 18, 2014 1:02 PM

  19. get out Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats Reuters TV/Reuters

    18. Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats

    After a week of violent protests, Venezuelan security forces raided opposition-party headquarters and expelled three American diplomats on charges of conspiring with demonstrators. The government has an arrest warrant out for the party's founder, and activists were removed from the premises. The U.S. State Department called allegations that diplomats were recruiting college students for the demonstrations "baseless and false."

    February 17, 2014 9:00 PM

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    19. OK Pharmacy Denies Execution Drugs

    Michael Taylor’s lawyers may have found one interesting way around his death sentence. They have filed a case against the Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa, which agreed not to provide or produce pentobarbital for Missouri’s execution of Taylor, who was convicted of raping and a killing a 15-year-old girl. In the lawsuit, Taylor claimed the state asked the Apothecary Shoppe to provide the drug, as the only national manufacturer refused to supply it for lethal injections. Taylor's lawyers argued that the recent executions using compounds of pentobarbital were causing “severe, unnecessary, lingering and ultimately inhumane pain.” The suit questions whether the Apothecary Shoppe can legally produce and deliver pentobarbital, as it is not registered as a drug manufacturer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Missouri has said the execution will proceed.

    February 18, 2014 7:07 AM

  21. GETTING WORSE 3 Killed in Bangkok Protests Damir Sagolj/Reuters

    20. 3 Killed in Bangkok Protests

    Anti-government clashes in Thailand are escalating. The battle of middle-class citizens and royalists against poorer and more rural Thai citizens has exploded in Bangkok. On Tuesday, two protesters and one police officer were killed and 60 people were injured. More than 100 protesters were detained. At the same time, the National Anti-Corruption Commission announced that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the object of much of the anti-government ire, will be facing corruption charges for a controversial rice-buying scheme. In total, 14 people have been killed in the most recent set of protests and thousands have been injured.

    February 18, 2014 7:05 AM

  22. NO HAPPY ENDINGS

    21. China Cracks Down on Hookers

    China is trying really, really hard to stifle its booming prostitution industry. In just the past few days, police have detained more than 1,000 suspects potentially connected to the carnal business. Some 6,000 officers were dispatched last week to Dongguan, China's "sex capital,” and 4,800 officers swept 2,700 locales in Harbin. While the anti-prostitution measures are part of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's larger anti-corruption goals, Xi may want to tread carefully: Prostitution accounts for 6 to 8 percent of the China's GDP and is a “cornerstone of the economy,” said Richard Burger, author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China.

    February 17, 2014 12:48 PM

  23. NO WINNERS IN Passes Weaker Gay-Marriage Ban Jeff Gross/Getty

    22. IN Passes Weaker Gay-Marriage Ban

    Indiana's state senate approved a new constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, but it is not as big of a setback for LGBT rights as it could have been. On Monday, the measure passed by a vote of 32-17, after the language and proscriptions of the final bill were significantly toned down from the original version. In fact, it is weaker than the state’s current constitutional amendment as it does not ban civil unions. Because the language is different from the original bill, the state will have to restart the amendment process, and the measure will not make it onto ballots for voter approval this year.

    February 18, 2014 7:19 AM

  24. MAKING AMERICA PROUD Zimbabwe Nabs Ex-U.S. Rep on Porn M. Spencer Green/AP

    23. Zimbabwe Nabs Ex-U.S. Rep on Porn

    Mel Reynolds, the former U.S. representative who was convicted in his own country of child pornography charges, has been arrested in Zimbabwe. According to the state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, Reynolds is in police custody for possession of pornography and violating immigration laws. In 1995, he resigned from Congress after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. The Herald is reporting that in addition to his charges, Reynold accumulated unpaid hotel bills of $24,500.

    February 18, 2014 8:40 AM

  25. glass ceiling Saudi Arabia Gets 1st Woman Editor Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

    24. Saudi Arabia Gets 1st Woman Editor

    In a country where she still can't drive to work, a Saudi Arabian woman has been appointed to helm a national newspaper for the first time. Somayya Jabarti was named editor in chief of the Saudi Gazette after her male predecessor departed on Sunday. "There's a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I'm hoping it will be made into a door," she said. "The success will not be complete unless I see my peers, who are also Saudi women in the media, take other roles where they are decision-makers." She noted that while the majority of the paper's reporters are female, management has been mainly male.

    February 17, 2014 5:08 PM