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  1. My Bad, Kinda Nugent 'Apologizes' to Obama Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    1. Nugent 'Apologizes' to Obama

    Shock-rocker Ted Nugent finally apologized Friday, a month after calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel." "I do apologize—not necessarily to the president—but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson. Nugent made the derogatory remark in a Jan. 17 interview with, but the issue resurfaced this week because he was campaigning for Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate and state attorney general Greg Abbott. Rand Paul tweeted this week that Nugent should apologize, saying that his "derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics." But Nugent only said that he was apologizing "for using the streetfighter terminology of 'subhuman mongrel,' instead of just using more understandable language, such as 'violator of his oath to the Constitution.'"

    February 21, 2014 3:45 PM

  2. ANARCHY Somalia’s Palace Compound Attacked Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

    2. Somalia’s Palace Compound Attacked

    On Friday in the world's most lawless country, militants linked to al Qaeda stormed Somalia's presidential compound, killing at least 17 after blasting a hole in the outer wall with two car bombs and battling African peacekeeping forces. The prime minister's chief of staff was among those killed. According to police, fighters made their way inside the top military commander's house, but the president escaped unscathed. It's the latest in a serious of attacks on Mogadishu by al Shabaab fighters in the past few weeks, including an attack on a UN envoy that killed seven Somalis.

    February 21, 2014 1:15 PM

  3. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY? Arizona Passes Discrimination Bill Joshua Lott/Reuters

    3. Arizona Passes Discrimination Bill

    A "right to discriminate" bill passed Arizona's legislature late Thursday and is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer for signing. The legislation allow individuals, corporations, and religious bodies to use religious beliefs to defend themselves in a discrimination lawsuit. Opponents say this would protect the right of employers to not hire anyone who isn't Christian, and prevent LGBT community members from accessing virtually any services. Meanwhile, advocates defend the bill as a protection of religious liberties. In Kansas, a similar “Jim Crow-style” bill is on the table that would allow individuals to decline providing a service that's contrary to their religious beliefs.

    February 21, 2014 7:10 AM

  4. UNREST Europe Sanctions Ukraine Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

    4. Europe Sanctions Ukraine

    After a bloody week that left at least 75 protesters dead in Ukraine, the government and opposition leaders signed a deal Friday that apparently moves up elections to the end of this year, paves the way for a coalition government, and trims the president's powers. The opposition will hand over its weapons and withdraw from buildings and protest camps. The agreement was hashed out during an all-night mediation with Russian and EU representatives. Still, it's unlikely that protesters will accept the measure—early Friday morning, shots were still reportedly being fired in Kiev. On Thursday night, European foreign ministers announced sanctions would be imposed on Ukrainian officials responsible for the violence, including the freezing of their assets, denying travel visas, and suspending exports of equipment used to quash demonstrations.

    February 21, 2014 6:00 PM

  5. SOCHI Canada Beats USA in Hockey Jim Young/Reuters

    5. Canada Beats USA in Hockey

    Sorry, fellow Americans: Bieber is all ours. The American and Canadian rivals faced off again at Sochi on Friday for the men's ice-hockey semifinals, with Canada moving ahead after winning 1-0. America's women's team suffered a similarly nail-biting defeat to Canada in the finals on Thursday. The U.S. men will face Finland tomorrow for the bronze, and Canada will play for the gold against Sweden on Sunday.

    February 21, 2014 1:20 PM

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  7. ink-stained scandal Brooks: Coulson & I Were Intimate Oli Scarff/Getty

    6. Brooks: Coulson & I Were Intimate

    So, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were friends with benefits? The embattled former News of the World editor told a courtroom that though she and her fellow editor had several periods of "physical intimacy," they did not have a six-year affair, as the prosecution has characterized during the phone-hacking trial. Brooks said she began the relationship with Coulson in 1998, and it continued sporadically for several years. "Any affair is by its very nature dysfunctional," she said. "It certainly added a complexity to what was a very good friendship."

    February 21, 2014 11:37 AM

  8. bad boys Sochi Kicks Out Doping Bobsledder Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

    7. Sochi Kicks Out Doping Bobsledder

    Italy's Olympic Committee announced Friday that bobsledder William Frullani was removed from the Games for doping. The country said it was alerted by the International Olympic Committee that Frullani tested positive for a substance called dymetylpentylamine after a test this week. He has been replaced with Samuele Romanini. Meanwhile, a German biathlete also failed a doping test, but the individual has not yet been named.

    February 21, 2014 11:01 AM


    8. Girl Scout Sells at Weed Clinic

    An enterprising San Francisco Girl Scout set up her cookie shop in a local medical marijuana clinic, hoping to catch smokers with the munchies. Danielle Lei, 13, sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in her first two hours outside The Green Cross, which her mom says is 37 more than she sold in the same time span at a Safeway. The dispensary's owners were immediately on board with the idea when they got the request, and its employees were some of Danielle's first customers.

    February 21, 2014 5:42 PM


    9. 4 Dead in Calif. Tribal Meeting

    A mother angry about a possible eviction opened fire at an Native American settlement in Northern California. Four were killed and two more were wounded when the woman began shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center, which also hosts an educational center and day care.

    February 21, 2014 10:50 AM

  11. DISTURBING Man Assaults ‘Modern Family’ Star Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    10. Man Assaults ‘Modern Family’ Star

    An Australian man was charged with assaulting Sarah Hyland, the actress who plays Haley Dunphy on Modern Family on Friday. The 23-year-old was at a social function the night before when she was allegedly groped by a man asking to pose for a photo. The 29-year-old man was freed on bail but faces five years in prison. “Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn’t get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan,” Hyland tweeted.

    February 21, 2014 7:19 AM


    11. Break-In at D.C. Whistleblower Group

    A police report shows that intruders broke into the offices of the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington non-profit that investigates and exposes government corruption. Investigators told POGO officials that the intruder, who left computers untouched by tried to break into a file cabinet, was obviously after information. The group has conducted several sensitive investigations recently, including of a Pentagon leak probe. 

    February 21, 2014 6:31 PM

  13. FULL IMMERSION CO Corrections Head: End Solitary John Moore/Getty

    12. CO Corrections Head: End Solitary

    How's this for firsthand job experience? The new executive director of Colorado's Department of Corrections spent 20 hours in solitary confinement to experience what it's like for the state's 593 prisoners who are held in isolation. Calling the practice "counterproductive and inhumane" in a New York Times op-ed, Rick Raemish signaled that he would try to follow New York state's recent effort to reduce the practice. "When I finally left my cell at 3 p.m., I felt even more urgency for reform," he wrote. "If we can’t eliminate solitary confinement, at least we can strive to greatly reduce its use."

    February 21, 2014 7:18 AM

  14. space oddity UAE Issues Fatwa on Mars Mars One

    13. 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

  15. get her out Ukraine Could Release Jailed Ex-PM Efrem Lukatsky / AP Photo

    15. Ukraine Could Release Jailed Ex-PM

    Things are moving fast in Ukraine. On Friday, the country's parliament voted in favor of a law that could allow for jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's release. The opposition figurehead was imprisoned in 2011 for abuse of office under a criminal code that is now being challenged—the trial was widely thought to be politically motivated. Now, the leadership has voted to make this code obsolete, and it awaits approval by the parliamentary speaker and president.

    February 21, 2014 12:06 PM

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

    16. 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

  17. BEST BUDS Dalai Lama, Obama to Meet Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

    17. Dalai Lama, Obama to Meet

    We can't hear you, China. On Friday morning, President Obama and the Dalai Lama are set to meet privately at the White House as the Tibetan leader embarks on a three-week tour of the U.S. “The United States supports the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China,” a national security council spokeswoman said, pointing out that American presidents of both parties have been receiving the exiled Dalai Lama in the capitol for the past three decades. The Chinese government, meanwhile, warns the meeting will "inflict grave damages" on their relationship.

    February 21, 2014 7:08 AM

  18. HOW’S THAT? Bevin: Gay Marriage Becomes Incest John Sommers II/Reuters

    18. Bevin: Gay Marriage Becomes Incest

    File this under things gay marriage probably won't lead to. Matt Bevin, a Republican businessman hoping to challenge Mitch McConnell in a Kentucky primary, says the problem with gay marriage is that it lends itself to fluctuating definitions, so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise." He told a conservative talk-radio show: "Where do you draw the line?" A Kentucky judge ruled last week that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

    February 21, 2014 7:15 AM