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  1. GOOD LUCK Obama on Ukraine: Everyone Cool It Brendan Hoffman/Getty

    1. Obama on Ukraine: Everyone Cool It

    As the death toll in Ukraine raises to 26 after the last two days of violence, the White House said it's mulling sanctions against Kiev's government and the European Union announced it would host "extraordinary" talks. President Obama warned "there will be consequences" for anyone who steps over the line in Ukraine, while Secretary of State John Kerry said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych can end the violence. Meanwhile, Yanukovych fired his army chief. 

    February 19, 2014 2:32 PM


    2. New York Limits Solitary in Prison

    Prison just got a little more social. On Wednesday, New York State agreed to limit solitary solitary confinement in prisons, sparing inmates under 18 and pregnant woman from isolation. The change came after a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections. The agreement also limits solitary confinement to a maximum of 30 days for those who are developmentally disabled. Currently, 3,800 state prisoners are confined in "extreme isolation" cells.

    February 19, 2014 3:26 PM

  3. CHEER UP Russian Coach: 'Eat Me Alive' Grigory Dukor/Reuters

    3. Russian Coach: 'Eat Me Alive'

    After the Russian Olympic hockey team lost to Finland on Wednesday, Coach Zinetula Bilyaledinov told reporters to "eat me alive right now" after losing. The coach reiterated his demand several times. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada will face off in hockey after beating both their opponents on Wednesday. Does Putin own dogs? Just asking.

    February 19, 2014 2:29 PM


    4. $100M Ready for Climate Change Ads

    Koch brothers, meet your new enemy. Billioniare Democrat Ton Steyer plans to spend as much as $100 million on the 2014 elections to pressure lawmakers to enact measures to fight climate change. Steyer is trying to raise $50 million with the promise to match it dollar-for-dollar. Steyer helped elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor of Virgina last year by spending $11 million. This man means business.

    February 19, 2014 4:29 PM

  5. hiked up Walmart May Back Min. Wage Boost Gilles Mingasson/Getty

    5. Walmart May Back Min. Wage Boost

    Is the Walmart slogan now "Make Money"? The U.S.'s largest employer says it's considering backing a federally proposed increase in the minimum wage, raising it to $10.10 from $7.25. Walmart estimates that the increase would give additional income to millions of the store's customers. "Whenever there’s debates, it’s not like we look once and make a decision," a spokesman said. "We look a few times from other angles.” The company previously backed a minimum-wage hike in the mid-2000s.

    February 19, 2014 4:24 PM

  6. POKE Zuck Buys App Worth 16 Instagrams Steve Jennings/Getty

    6. Zuck Buys App Worth 16 Instagrams

    Facebook just paid $16 billion for an app you've probably never heard of. The company announced Wednesday afternoon its acquisition of WhatsApp, a real-time instant-messaging application with 400 million monthly users, popular in Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. It paid approximately $16 billion, which is 16 times what Facebook paid for Instagram two years ago.

    February 19, 2014 5:14 PM


    7. FCC to Fix Net-Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission has decided to forego another legal battle and rewrite the rules regulating broadband Internet providers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the organization will not appeal last month’s U.S. District Court of Appeals decision, which said the FCC illegally treated the Internet as a regulated utility. The new rules will force Internet providers to treat all content equally and level the playing field for smaller companies, which don’t have the same advantages as corporations like Verizon or Comcast.

    February 19, 2014 1:16 PM

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    8. New ‘Living’ Drug Kills Leukemia

    We're onto you this time, leukemia. A new cancer treatment that uses the patient's immune system has been found to destroy leukemia in 88 percent of adults, according to a new report. Out of 16 patients inovlved in the study, 14 went into compete remission after scientists genetically engineered their T cells to aim to destroy cancer. "This is a real phenomenon," said Renier Brentjens, director of cellular therapeutics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "This could be a paradigm shift in the way we approach cancer therapy."

    February 19, 2014 3:52 PM

  9. THE GERMAN WAY VW Workers Threaten the South Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

    9. VW Workers Threaten the South

    Volkswagen is none too pleased with conservative Southern politicians. After workers at its sole U.S. plant, in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers union, the German auto maker's labor representative threatened to end further funding to the Southern region, and blamed Southern Republicans for the vote’s result. “I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the South again,” said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW’s works council. The Chattanooga plant is one of the only VW plants that doesn’t have a works council, which the company holds as critical to its “co-determination” principle. “The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments,” Osterloh said.

    February 19, 2014 11:11 AM

  10. SAD Study: Women on Film Silent, Naked Sundance Selects/AP

    10. Study: Women on Film Silent, Naked

    The Women’s Media Center is out with its annual report, and it’s filled with a bunch of depressing facts about how women are portrayed in the media. Only 28.4 percent of speaking roles in the top 100 grossing films went to women, the lowest since 2007. Women were also three times as likely to appear naked as men in these films. The women behind the camera aren’t doing much better: Only 16 percent of the top grossing films of 2013 were written, directed, or produced by women.

    February 19, 2014 12:59 PM

  11. #WINNING Ligety Nabs Gold in Men’s Slalom Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

    11. Ligety Nabs Gold in Men’s Slalom

    Wednesday marked a big win for Ted Ligety and the United States. With a time of 2 minutes and 45.29 seconds, Ligety won the gold in men’s giant slalom, beating Steve Missillier of France by 48-hundreths of a second. Ligety’s win is the first American gold in Alpine skiing at Sochi. Combined with his 2006 win, he is the only American man to win two Olympic Alpine golds.

    February 19, 2014 9:55 AM

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    12. Pussy Riot Whipped in Sochi

    Apparently, Russia really doesn’t care how it looks on the world stage. As six members of Pussy Riot attempted to perform in Sochi, Cossacks and other security officials moved in to attack them with what appeared to be pepper spray and horsewhips. The incident lasted less than three minutes, but one member, a man, was left with his face bleeding, claiming he was pushed to the ground. Yesterday, two former members of Pussy Riot were detained by Russian police, but ultimately released. Pussy Riot, Cossacks, arrests, and public whippings—it’s getting harder to tell if this is theater of cruelty or just theater.

    February 19, 2014 11:01 AM

  13. NOT SORRY Greenwald Partner Detention Upheld Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

    13. Greenwald Partner Detention Upheld

    Britain’s High Court ruled police acted legally when they detained Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda. Greenwald broke Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks. In August, Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport by British police, who interrogated him for hours and seized encrypted devices that he was carrying. Despite the contention by Miranda and his lawyers that the police actions violated his freedom of expression, Lord Justice John Laws said the detention “was a proportionate measure in the circumstances” and that its objective “was not only legitimate, but very pressing.”

    Editor's Note: The previous headline referred to Miranda as Greenwald's "lover." We regret the error.

    February 19, 2014 7:15 AM

  14. EMERGENCY EU to Meet on Ukraine Sanctions Andrew Kravchenko--Pool/Reuters

    14. EU to Meet on Ukraine Sanctions

    With Ukrainian authorities saying 25 people have died and 240 have been injured since Tuesday, the European Union has decided to meet to issue a unified response. The 28-country bloc will meet Thursday in Brussels. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he expects the EU to adopt “targeted measures against those responsible for violence and use of excessive force.” Travel bans against Ukrainian leadership, as well as freezing assets, could be on the table to persuade the government to compromise and curtail the nation’s violence.

    Look back at how the Ukrainian protests began.

    February 19, 2014 7:07 AM


    15. Obama Signs Away Trade Barriers

    President Obama is trying really hard to smooth things over with our neighbors to the north and south before the North American summit in Mexico is in full swing. Obama will sign an executive order on Air Force One to lower trade barriers across the continent. However, Obama’s move probably won’t divert from the larger issues he’ll have to deal with at the summit, including sweeping trade agreements with China and pressure over the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    February 19, 2014 12:11 PM

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

    16. 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

  17. COMING HOME? U.S. May Sweeten Swap for POW Reuters

    17. U.S. May Sweeten Swap for POW

    Although a formal offer has yet to be made, the Washington Post, following up on a story that The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin first broke, reports that the U.S. is renewing its efforts to bring its only living prisoner of war home before the majority of the country’s military exits Afghanistan. The Obama administration is offering to exchange five Taliban members from Guantanamo in exchange for the safe release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. This offer has been on the table for the past two years, but instead of stipulating that the Taliban members be released one or two at a time to make sure the men did not return to militancy, the U.S. is now offering to return all five at once.

    February 19, 2014 6:54 AM

  18. SHUTTING THE DOOR $13M Settles L.A. Priest Sex Abuse Gary Friedman--Pool/Reuters

    18. $13M Settles L.A. Priest Sex Abuse

    The final remaining clergy sex-abuse charges against the nation’s largest archdiocese have been settled. The plaintiffs' attorneys announced Tuesday that the Los Angeles Archdiocese had reached a $13 million settlement in 17 lawsuits. Eleven men were set to testify that they were abused between the ages of 7 and 12 by Father Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera of Mexico and that Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney allowed Rivera to flee to his native country. Each of these men will receive $1 million, while six other victims will receive lesser sums. A flood of lawsuits against the archdiocese began in 2002. More than 500 victims have received monetary retribution. The Catholic Church has spent more than $740 million on litigation.

    February 19, 2014 7:04 AM

  19. FUGETABOUTIT Christie Staffer Ignores Subpoena Jeff Haynes/Reuters

    19. Christie Staffer Ignores Subpoena

    Former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien has refused to comply with a subpoena from the New Jersey committee investigating last September’s George Washington Bridge closure. On Tuesday, his deadline to respond to the subpoena, Stepien’s lawyer claimed that protections in the Constitution against self-incrimination and unreasonable searches protected him. “I can think of no lawful way the committee can obtain documents responsive to its subpoena from Mr. Stepien,” his attorney Kevin Marino wrote. “His principled objections to the subpoena raise significant legal issues that are no less valid because they here arise in the context of a politically-charged investigation.” Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, also had the same deadline to respond but stood by her initial Feb. 3 letter stating her refusal to comply.

    February 19, 2014 6:58 AM

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

    20. $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

  21. HYPOCRITICAL Ai Weiwei: Wrong to Smash Vase Joe Raedle/Getty

    21. Ai Weiwei: Wrong to Smash Vase

    Imitation is not the best form of flattery to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. In one of his own famous exhibits, Ai has a photo of himself smashing a valuable Han Dynasty vase for the sake of art. However, this Sunday when another artist, Maximo Caminero, came to one of his exhibits at the Perez Art Museum in Miami and dropped a different Han Dynasty vase that Ai had coated in industrial paint, Ai was not pleased. “Damaging other people’s property or disturbing a public program doesn’t really support his cause,” he said in an interview in Beijing. “You cannot stand in front of a classical painting and kill somebody and say that you are inspired by it,” Ai said. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle, or the antique vase, black.

    February 19, 2014 7:01 AM

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

    22. 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

  23. MY BAD Obama: Sorry I Mocked Art History Gary Cameron/Reuters

    23. Obama: Sorry I Mocked Art History

    Liberal-arts students, rejoice. President Obama hasn’t totally discounted your academic choices. After making “off-the-cuff” remarks about art-history studies, Obama sent a letter of apology to University of Texas at Austin Prof. Anne Collins Johns. At a speech last month at a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, he said, “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art-history degree.” Offended, Collins sent a message via the White House website. Obama responded with a hand-written note, saying “Let me apologize. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history.” For the record, he thinks there is “nothing wrong with an art-history degree,” so please don’t send “a bunch of emails.

    February 19, 2014 7:06 AM

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

    24. '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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