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    1. Snipers Killing Protesters in Kiev

    An Associated Press reporter Thursday witnessed unarmed protesters being shot to death by snipers from the Ukrainian government, which sounds like something from World War II. "The demonstrators were killed with precise shots to their heads or necks, the hallmarks of snipers," Yuras Karmanau wrote. "Why are they killing them? The protesters had no firearms that I could see, and snipers could have instead incapacitated them by shooting their feet or arms." Others who've been wounded are staying away from hospitals for fear they'll be arrested by police. 

    February 20, 2014 5:28 PM

  2. puck that Canada Wins Women's Hockey Gold Jim Young/Reuters

    2. Canada Wins Women's Hockey Gold

    It would be rude to beat the Canadians at their national sport, right? Canada's women's hockey team took the Olympic gold in Sochi Thursday in a overtime after a stunning rally against the U.S. Team USA had a 2-0 lead with 3:26 left in regulation, but Canada tied the game with 54.6 seconds left. In the oveertime sudden-death match, Marie-Philip Poulin scored on goalie Jessie Vetter to win Canadian women's fourth straight gold medal. The U.S. still has a chance to beat its northern rivals during the men's semifinals on Friday.

    February 20, 2014 3:15 PM

  3. STANDING UP GOProud Leader Resigns Over CPAC Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    3. GOProud Leader Resigns Over CPAC

    When the American Conservatives Union announced Wednesday that GOProud, the Republican gay group, would attend CPAC as guests, it seemed like a progressive step after years of snubs. However, GOProud co-founder Chris Barron has quit the organization, saying it was an “unconditional surrender” to attend CPAC—but not be allowed to be given sponsorship or a booth under the terms of the invitation. “It’s beyond disingenuous for GOProud leadership to say this is some sort of compromise or a step forward,” Barron said. “It’s a kin to the Germans saying the Treaty of Versailles was a compromise.”

    February 20, 2014 11:27 AM

  4. space oddity UAE Issues Fatwa on Mars Mars One

    4. UAE Issues Fatwa on Mars

    The Red Planet may not have Martians, but it certainly won't have Muslims either, according to clerics in the United Arab Emirates. The country's religious leaders issued a fatwa banning Muslims from signing on to an upcoming trip to Mars. At least 500 Saudi Arabians and other Arabs have applied for the one-way journey offered by the Mars One company, which is hoping to set up a human colony on Mars. “Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam," the country's Islamic affairs committee announced, warning that those trying to escape Allah's judgment would be unable to do so even on Mars.

    February 20, 2014 4:55 PM

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    6. Google Plans 3D Vision Smartphone

    Because Google Glass on your face isn't enough, the tech giant is experimenting with a smartphone that can sense a user's surroundings. The so-called "Project Tango" will map out surroundings with cameras and sensors that can be used to give step-by-step directions to locations or items in stores, along with "augmented reality" applications. The project will be especially useful for the visually impaired—and advertisers.

    February 20, 2014 4:24 PM

  6. ROLLIN' IN THE GREEN Legal Pot Rakes It In for States John Moore/Getty

    7. Legal Pot Rakes It In for States

    State economies are getting high off marijuana's legalization. Washington state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council predicts recreational pot will bring $190 million. Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado said sales and excise taxes are expected to bring in $98 million in the next fiscal year, well exceeding expectations of $70 million. "Voters and state lawmakers around the country are watching how this system unfolds in Colorado, and the prospect of generating significant revenue while eliminating the underground marijuana market is increasingly appealing," said Matt Tvert, a legalization activist.

    February 20, 2014 8:29 AM

  7. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER Alleged Auschwitz Guards Arrested Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty

    8. Alleged Auschwitz Guards Arrested

    Police raided nine homes of elderly men in southwest Germany on suspicions that they served as Nazi guards at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. The probes led to three arrests, all on allegations of accessory to murder. The move comes just five months after German authorities announced they would devote new efforts to finding former guards at Holocaust concentration camps. Authorities say they found "diverse papers and documents from the Nazi era" in the homes of the men, whose ages ranged 88-94. About 1.5 million people were killed at Auschwitz, mostly Jews.

    February 20, 2014 11:05 AM

  8. MYSTERY ACCESS My Snowden Writing Self-Deleted Jason Lee/Reuters

    9. My Snowden Writing Self-Deleted

    Luke Harding, the author of The Snowden Files: The World’s Most Wanted Man, is saying someone hacked his computer so that his writing began self-deleting. Writing in The Guardian, he explains that as he was finishing a chapter on the NSA’s close relationship with Silicon Valley, his paragraph kept self-deleting. He never discovered who was behind the creepy deletions, writing “In idle moments I wonder who might have been my surreptitious editor.”

    February 20, 2014 1:23 PM

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

    10. 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

  10. Deteriorating Obama to Ukraine: Pull Troops Now Louisa Goulimaki/AFP/Getty

    11. Obama to Ukraine: Pull Troops Now

    President Obama called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to immediately withdraw security forces from the streets of Kiev after they were caught on tape firing automatic weapons at protesters. The violence restarted after a short-lived truce broke Wednesday night. About 100 people have been killed since Tuesday, according to a medic working with protesters. On Thursday alone, at least 70 protesters died and 500 were injured in clashes, while the Interior Ministry reports that 67 troops were captured.

    February 20, 2014 2:51 PM

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    12. U.S. Army Has Hitler’s Watercolors

    To the victor comes the spoils, and if you’re the victor of World War II, that means you get to keep Adolph Hitler’s personally painted watercolors. Hitler was, among other things, apparently a failed artist who was rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. At the end of World War II, the U.S. Army confiscated some of his paintings. However, none of the works have been displayed, as they were deemed too controversial. Instead, they are stored at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, 30 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.

    February 20, 2014 11:57 AM

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    13. Polar Vortex Returns to Midwest

    Sure, the Midwest is enjoying a brief weather respite with two consecutive days of above-freezing temperatures. Don’t get used to that balmy weather, though. Jeff Masters at the Weather Underground predicts the polar vortex will once again rear its ugly head starting on Sunday. Resulting temperatures could be 20 to 35 degrees below normal across much of the Eastern two-thirds of the country. So, there’s your warning to stock up on bourbon and mittens.

    February 20, 2014 1:38 PM

  13. UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS? Ravens Player Dragged Fiancée Dave Kotinsky/Getty

    14. Ravens Player Dragged Fiancée

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on tape dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of a casino elevator last Saturday. Police say Rice knocked Palmer out before he proped her up outside the elevator doors of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Rice's lawyer said the video is accurate but incomplete. The player has not been charged, but police said they have asked the county prosecutor to review the case and "ensure appropriate charges are considered."

    February 20, 2014 10:57 AM

  14. KEEPING THE PEACE MLK Kids Fight Over Peace Prize AFP/Getty

    15. MLK Kids Fight Over Peace Prize

    The children of one of the greatest proponents of peace are battling over some of his most precious items. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s two sons, Dexter and Martin Luther King III, want to sell the civil-rights leader’s Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible, but his daughter, Bernice, is opposed to the sale. In Georgia, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said the keepsakes must be removed to a court-controlled safety-deposit box, where “they won’t go anywhere until we resolve this matter.”

    February 20, 2014 7:11 AM

  15. TRIAL Brooks Cleared of One Charge Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty

    16. Brooks Cleared of One Charge

    Former editor of News of the World Rebekah Brooks was acquitted Thursday of one charge of authorizing an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William at a fancy dress party in a bikini (the picture was never published). The decision was made after a judge overseeing the trial instructed the court to return a verdict of not guilty on one of two conspiracy charges. Brooks, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch's shuttered tabloid, still faces four other charges relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones, authorizing illegal payments to public officials, and then plotting to hinder a subsequent police investigation.

    February 20, 2014 9:25 AM

  16. SILENCING THE PRESS Egypt Puts 20 Journos on Trial Carl Court/AFP/Getty

    17. Egypt Puts 20 Journos on Trial

    Freedom of expression? Not so much in Egypt. On Thursday, the country’s military-backed interim government put 20 journalists, including foreign ones, on trial for terror-related charges. Only eight of the 20 journalists have actually been detained, while the rest are still at large. The Egyptian journalists are accused of joining the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood, while all of them are accused of falsifying reports to tarnish the image of Egyptian authorities. Nine of the 20 journalists work for Al Jazeera. If convicted, defendants could face 15 years in prison.

    February 20, 2014 7:28 AM

  17. OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT Hoffman: Keep Son Out of Hollywood Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

    18. Hoffman: Keep Son Out of Hollywood

    Philip Seymour Hoffman made it very clear that he did not want his son being raised in Hollywood. A 13-page will, signed in October 2004 when his son Cooper was a 1-year-old and before either of his two daughters were born, stated “It is my strong desire, and not direction to my guardian, that my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan in the State of New York, or Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California.” He stated his desire for his son to spend time in the preferred cities, so he “will be exposed to the culture, arts, and architecture that such cities offer.” Hoffman left his estate to the mother of his three kids and his “friend and companion,” Mimi O’Donnell.

    February 20, 2014 7:30 AM

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  19. WE ARE FAMILY North Korea OKs Family Reunions Pool photo by Park Hae-Mook

    19. North Korea OKs Family Reunions

    An emotional six-day family reunion began Thursday in a rare sign of cooperation between North and South Korea. South Koreans that had been separated from loved ones since the Korean War, over 60 years ago, met for the first time at a resort in North Korea. In three days, there will be a second reunion, with North Koreans traveling to South Korea. In the first group, 82 South Koreans were chosen by lottery from a list more than 70,000-people long. Their average age was 84. Despite the happy event, this week’s United Nations’ report on North Korea’s serious human-rights violations reflects how deeply abusive the isolated country remains.

    February 20, 2014 7:07 AM

  20. DROPKICK Dolphins Sack Coach Over Bullying Streeter Lecka/Getty

    20. Dolphins Sack Coach Over Bullying

    The first heads are starting to roll after the National Football League's investigation into the bullying of player Jonathan Martin. The Miami Dolphins fired offensive-line coach Jim Turner and head athletics trainer Kevin O’Neill, who had been with the organization for 18 years. The Wells Report investigation indicates that O’Neill was complicit in the racial insults of one of his assistants from Japan and “allegedly even laughed” at some of them. Turner also reportedly did nothing to stop the abuse and participated in the bullying, giving one lineman a male sex doll to mock him. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement, “After receiving the report, I conducted my own internal review of the facts to determine Jim Turner and Kevin O’Neill are good people who care a great deal about their profession and the players whom they serve, but both exhibited poor judgment at times.”

    February 20, 2014 7:13 AM

  21. Battle Lines Idaho Sued Over Gay-Marriage Ban Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    21. Idaho Sued Over Gay-Marriage Ban

    Gay-marriage advocates are playing offense in the courthouse this week. Just yesterday, four couples filed a suit in federal court against Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages, and nine couples sued in a Denver district court to overturn Colorado’s constitutional ban. In Idaho, the defendant, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, asked for an immediate ruling, contending it was the state’s right to define marriage. “Common sense and a wealth of social-science data teach that children do best emotionally, socially, intellectually, and even economically when reared in an intact home by both biological parents,” Otter said. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages.

    February 20, 2014 7:05 AM

  22. RISING TEMPERS Climate Change May Heat Up Crime Scott Olson/Getty

    22. Climate Change May Heat Up Crime

    Cool heads isn’t just an expression. People actually tend to commit more crimes when the temperatures are higher, which led a research firm to conclude that rising global temperatures could cause an increase in violent crimes over the next century. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, climate change could lead to an additional 22,000 murders, a 2.2 percent increase; 180,000 more cases of rape; a 3.1 percent increase; and an extra 1.2 million aggravated assaults, a 2.3 percent increase. The social costs of these increases would be roughly $38 billion to $115 billion.

    February 20, 2014 7:09 AM

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

    23. 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