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  1. Signing Off Piers Morgan to End CNN Show Ramin Talaie/Getty

    1. Piers Morgan to End CNN Show

    Piers Morgan plans to end his prime-time show on CNN, he told New York Times media columnist David Carr in an article published Sunday night. Piers Morgan Live has performed poorly in the ratings, facing some of the same difficulties as its predecessor, Larry King Live, in addition to Morgan's difficulty connecting with an American audience. "I'm a British guy debating American cultural issues," Morgan told Carr, referencing a recent incident in which he was criticized for calling a gun advocate "unbelievably stupid." Morgan said the show has "run its course" and that he and CNN chief Jeff Zucker have discussed ending it. 

    February 23, 2014 7:15 PM

  2. IT'S A DEAL Netflix to Pay Comcast for Network Justin Sullivan/Getty

    2. Netflix to Pay Comcast for Network

    After nearly a year of stalemate, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast an unspecified amount to ensure that online subscribers have access to its television shows and movies. It will grant Netflix direct access to Comcast's high-speed network, instead of access through a third-party bandwidth provider. The deal could set a precedent for Netflix's dealings with other Internet providers, including Verizon and AT&T, and will raise major questions about whether corporations should be allowed to grant special treatment for business partners' data.

    February 23, 2014 3:24 PM

  3. LOOPHOLE

    3. Report: NSA Bugging Merkel Circle

    German newspaper Bild am Sonntag is reporting that the National Security Agency has stepped up its spying on Angela Merkel's senior officials and confidants in the wake of President Obama's order to halt surveilance of the German chancellor. The report quoted an NSA official who said "We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly.” Included on the NSA's alleged German spylist is Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who is very close with Merkel. Germans were shocked last year when it was revealed the U.S. has monitored the chancellor's mobile phone. Germany has been pushing for a “no-spy” deal with the U.S., but the latter has not agreed to do it.

    February 23, 2014 1:12 PM

  4. crying 'coup' Ukraine President Flees Kiev Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    4. Ukraine President Flees Kiev

    The president has left the building. Ukraine’s leader, Viktor Yanukovich, fled Kiev on Saturday, denouncing what he called a violent coup as his offices and residence fell into protesters’ control. Meanwhile, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from a penitentiary hospital and the nation’s parliament found Yanukovich unable to fulfill his duties and arranged for a May 25 election to select a replacement. Don’t count the conflict as over yet though—Yanukovich made a TV appearance from Kharkiv, assuring viewers that he had not resigned and had no plans to.

    February 22, 2014 3:35 PM

  5. THE FIRST Jason Collins To Join the Nets Jonathan Daniel/Getty

    5. Jason Collins To Join the Nets

    As Michael Sam impresses at the NFL Combine, Jason Collins is about to sign a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, which will make him the first openly gay active player in North America's four recognized major team sports. Sources close to the deal say Collins should be in uniform tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. Collins hasn't played basketball professionally since April 2013, but he has been training on his own for months.

    February 23, 2014 1:49 PM

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  7. huge arrest Mexican Cartel Chief Busted Damian Dovarganes/AP

    6. Mexican Cartel Chief Busted

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug rings, the Sinaloa cartel, has been arrested in Mexico. Guzman was captured in a joint operation by Mexican marines and the Drug Enforcement Administration at a hotel in Mazatlán, a beach resort town. According to U.S. officials, the operation had been ongoing for four or five weeks. Guzman was wanted in the United States for multiple federal drug trafficking charges and was named a Public Enemy No. 1 last year by the Chicago Crime Commission. 

    February 22, 2014 3:38 PM

  8. O, CANADA! Canadian Hockey Wins Historic Gold Brian Snyder/Reuters

    7. Canadian Hockey Wins Historic Gold

    The gold medal game in men's hockey wasn't even close. Canada beat Sweden 3-0 to secure back-to-back Olympic gold medals, the first country to do so since the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Sidney Crosby led Canada's all-star performance today, scoring two of the three goals. The Canadian women's hockey team also took home the gold.

    February 23, 2014 10:02 AM

  9. SO LONG, FAREWELL Last Original von Trapp Dies Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

    8. Last Original von Trapp Dies

    The last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers passed away at her home in Vermont last week at the age of 99. Her singing family was the inspiration for the broadway classic The Sound of Music, and Maria was depicted as Louisa in the show and film. She was the third child and second-eldest daughter of Capt. George von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. Maria' stephmother-also named Maria-wrote a book about a woman who marries a widower with seven children and teaches them music, which became the basis for The Sound of Music. After feeeing Austria, they became popular with concert audiences in New York and opened their own ski lodge in Vermont.

    February 23, 2014 10:25 AM

  10. NO COMPROMISE Taliban Calls Off U.S. P.O.W. Talk Reuters

    9. Taliban Calls Off U.S. P.O.W. Talk

    Peace talks with the Afghan Taliban appear to be crumbling very fast. Last week, it was revealed that the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban were renewing discusssions about a swap of five Taliban members for America's only prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. However, on Sunday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the process for some time due to the current complex political situation in the country." On the same day, the Taliban killed 21 Afghan soliders in the mountainous region of Kunar, which borders Pakistan. Six soliders are also missing after the Taliban's most deadly assault on Afghan security forces in months.

    February 23, 2014 8:16 AM

  11. surprise elimination ‘DWTS’ Co-Host Leaves Kelsey McNeal

    10. ‘DWTS’ Co-Host Leaves

    Talk about a surprise elimination. Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will not return to the show when it premieres on March 17. She tweeted: “Weird day…Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS…ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn’t even read my name.” In a statement to E! Online, Burke-Charvet, 42, said, “I’ve always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn’t able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show.” Burke-Charvet was the seventh season’s winner along with her dancing partner Derek Hough. The show is also replacing bandleader Harold Wheeler and his 28 musicians.

    February 22, 2014 3:48 PM

  12. new stars on the flag Six Californias Plan Moves Forward Alyson Aliano

    11. Six Californias Plan Moves Forward

    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is a man with a plan, and that plan involves splitting America’s most populous state into six different ones. And according to the California Secretary of State’s Office, that plan—which would split California into South California, West California, Central California, Silicon Valley, North California and Jefferson—now has the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures this week. Draper will need more than 807,000 signatures from registered voters by July 18 for the ‘Six Californias’ proposal to make it onto the November ballot. “Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” according to the plan. 

    February 22, 2014 3:41 PM

  13. GETTING WORSE

    12. Thai Protests Kill 30, Injure 50+

    Antigovernment protests in Thailand are becoming increasingly violent as the country struggled with two lethal attacks this weekend. Military grade weapons, including grenades, were used in separate attacks-one on Saturday, the other on Sunday-and resulted in the death of three people, including two children. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who the protestors are attempting to overthrow, denounced the attacks as “terrorist acts for political gains.”

    February 23, 2014 12:03 PM

  14. that'll go well Maduro Seeks Talks With Obama JUAN BARRETO

    13. Maduro Seeks Talks With Obama

    In a news conference on Friday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro invited U.S. president Barack Obama to join him in talks to “put the truth out on the table” and aim to resolve the problems between the two countries.  Maduro called for a “high-level dialogue” that would inevitably be “difficult and complex” until the U.S. accepts what Maduro called “the full autonomy and independence of Latin America.” Earlier on Friday, Venezuela revoked the accreditation of three American journalists sent to cover opposition marches because of what Maduro called “hostile coverage.”  

    February 22, 2014 3:40 PM

  15. a new day Italian Prime Minister Sworn In © Tony Gentile / Reuters

    14. Italian Prime Minister Sworn In

    Fresh-faced and ready to rule. Italy’s Matteo Renzi was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, one week after Enrico Letta’s government was toppled in an intra-party dispute. At 39 years old, he is the country’s youngest prime minister since World War II. Next, Renzi will face confidence votes in both houses of parliament next week. For his first 100 days in office, Renzi has pledged to overhaul Italy’s labor market, modify the tax code and change the country’s election law.

    February 22, 2014 3:32 PM

  16. long overdue Obama to Award 24 Medals of Honor Uncredited

    15. Obama to Award 24 Medals of Honor

    Better late than never. 24 Army veterans, most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a mass ceremony on March 18. The awards are the result of a congressionally mandated review in order to ensure that eligible recipients were not overlooked due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 recipients are still living, and all have already received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military award. The review was mandated as part of the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act and of the 24 veterans, eight fought in Vietnam, nine in Korea and seven in World War II.

    February 22, 2014 3:29 PM

  17. SUSPICIOUS

    16. 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

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

    17. 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