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  1. EARNED HIS STRIPES Comedy Great Harold Ramis Dies Tasos Katopodis/Getty

    1. Comedy Great Harold Ramis Dies

    Actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis died early today at the age of 69. He’s best known for his onscreen performances in Ghostbusters and Stripes, as well as his work behind the camera for Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day. Ramis was a comedic legend, cutting his chops at Second City in the 1970s. Ramis passed away from complications due to a rare autoimmune disease and had been suffering from health problems since 2010.

    February 24, 2014 12:40 PM

  2. your crazy uncle Nugent: U.S. Becoming Nazi Germany Gene J. Puskar/AP

    2. Nugent: U.S. Becoming Nazi Germany

    The man who called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" is back at it. On Monday, Ted Nugent suggested that Obama is sparking a race and class power struggle in the same vein as Nazi Germany before the Holocaust. "There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly," he said on Dennis Miller's radio show, adding, "And I think that's what Obamacare is, that's what I think of most of what he represents." The president, Nugent says, "really wants to destroy America."

    February 24, 2014 5:59 PM

  3. SHAMEFUL Uganda Prez Signs Anti-Gay Law James Akena/Reuters

    3. Uganda Prez Signs Anti-Gay Law

    After publicly going back and forth on whether he would sign his parliament's anti-gay bill, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has now authorized the draconian bigotry, strengthening the country's laws against homosexuality by punishing certain acts with life imprisonment. Museveni said at one point that he would not sign the bill, claiming homosexuals were “sick” and needed help, not punishment. Then he changed his mind and said science confirmed homosexuality was an abnormal behavior, and thus, a choice. President Obama declared the bill an "affront and a danger to the gay community,” and said it will affect the U.S.'s relationship with Uganda.

    February 24, 2014 7:27 AM

  4. veto it GOP Turns On Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    4. GOP Turns On Arizona Anti-Gay Bill

    Five Republican lawmakers from Arizona have turned against a controversial bill that would allow business owners to discriminate against gays. Three state senators who previously supported the bill have now delivered a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer requesting she veto it, saying that its mischaracterization is "causing our state immeasurable harm." Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain tweeted, “I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062,” and junior Republican Sen. Jeff Flake wrote a similar message. Apple and national business groups have also come out against the legislation. Brewer has until Friday to sign or veto the bill.

    February 24, 2014 9:17 PM

  5. RUDE Jindal Rips Obama at White House Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    5. Jindal Rips Obama at White House

    Someone should teach Bobby Jindal some manners. After emerging from a bipartisan meeting with governors and President Obama in the West Wing, Jindal attacked him during a press conference on the White House lawn. “This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender,” the Republican governor of Louisiana said on camera. “The Obama economy is now the minimum-wage economy.” Democratic governors standing next to him began shaking their heads. “That’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard,” Dan Malloy of Connecticut said. The governors were supposed to tout their ability to rise above partisan bickering ("not like Congress down here") and get things done like the "executives" that they are. Jindal didn't get the memo.

    February 24, 2014 2:56 PM

  6. Staying Away SCOTUS Rejects Guns-for-Teens Case Scott Olson/Getty

    6. SCOTUS Rejects Guns-for-Teens Case

    The Supreme Court played it safe Monday regarding gun control, rejecting two challenges brought by the National Rifle Association. The NRA challenged a Texas law that bans those under 21 from getting a gun permit, as well as several federal laws and regulations that make it illegal to sell firearms and ammunition to anyone under 21. The Supreme Court decided against hearing any of the cases, instead issuing the rejections without comment.

    February 24, 2014 4:30 PM

  7. preventative Study: Remove Cancer-Prone Ovaries jack0m/Getty

    7. Study: Remove Cancer-Prone Ovaries

    Life is a give-and-take, isn't it? Women with genetic mutations predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer can reduce their risk by up to 80 percent by removing their ovaries before age 35. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that women with the BRCA1 mutations are more likely to survive with this dramatic procedure, which triggers permanent menopause. Women with BRCA mutations occasionally get mastectomies as a preventative measure, as Angelia Jolie announced she had this past spring.

    February 24, 2014 5:01 PM


    8. Baby Kim Jong-un on the Way

    It looks like North Korea’s royal and terrifying first family will be welcoming a second child. Kim Jong Un’s wife Ri Sol-ju was seen wearing the same maternity dress she donned a few weeks before their daughter was born in 2012. The pressure is on for Ri to make baby number two a boy. "It's absolutely impossible that a daughter could take over as leader, so his wife needs to give birth to a son,” said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo's Waseda University. Although the birth of a baby tends to buy politicians some positive press, this will likely not detract from last week’s scathing UN report on North Korea’s atrocities.

    February 24, 2014 11:42 AM

  9. HAPPY TRAILS Longest-Serving U.S. Rep. Retiring Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    9. Longest-Serving U.S. Rep. Retiring

    After nearly 60 years in office, Michigan Democrat John Dingell announced that he will retire at the end of this year. The congressman, who would be 88 at the start of another term, said, “I’m not going to be carried out feet first. I don’t want people to say I stayed too long.” Age is likely not the only motive to get out, though. Dingell has openly expressed his disappointment with Congress’s extreme political polarization. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he said. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.”

    February 24, 2014 11:16 AM

  10. END OF AN ERA Goodbye, "Got Milk?"

    10. Goodbye, "Got Milk?"

    The Milk Processor Education Program is ditching one of the most iconic slogans of the past few decades: “Got Milk?” While California Milk Processor Board, which first used the tagline, will continue to do so, the national campaign will now use “Milk Life” in a new effort to play up milk’s nutritional benefits. Sal Taibi, president at Lowe Cambell Ewald, the agency behind the new slogan, said "Got Milk? has very high awareness. But we have a new strategy. We have a new message and we just felt we needed a new approach."

    February 24, 2014 12:49 PM

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

    11. 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

  12. CHOP, CHOP Hagel Wants Pre-WWII Size Army Mark Wilson/Getty

    12. Hagel Wants Pre-WWII Size Army

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seeking to reduce the U.S. Army to a size unprecedented in recent decades, according to a report from The New York Times. Under his budget proposal, the Army force will be its smallest since before the World War II buildup. The Army would drop from a post-9/11 peak of 570,000 active-duty soldiers to less than 450,000. Also as part of the plan, an entire class of Air Force jets will be retired. “You have to always keep your institution prepared, but you can’t carry a large land-war Defense Department when there is no large land war,” one Pentagon official said.

    February 24, 2014 7:05 AM

  13. ON THE LAM Ukraine Wants to Arrest Ex-Prez Thomas Trutschel/Photothek, via Getty

    13. Ukraine Wants to Arrest Ex-Prez

    Although he's fled his now-notorious palace outside of Kiev, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has hardly made a clean escape. The acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him of being responsible for the mass killing of protesters in last week's demonstrations. Avakov made the announcement via his official Facebook page. He also said Yanukovych was last known to be in Crimea. During last week’s protests in Ukraine, 82 people were killed in violent clashes with the government.

    February 24, 2014 7:00 AM

  14. KISS-OFF KISS Won’t Play Hall of Fame Gregory Shamus/NHLI, via Getty

    14. KISS Won’t Play Hall of Fame

    KISS' latest dispute over their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance confirms pretty much all of the stereotypes of rock stars as egocentric, petty, and uncompromising. The 40-year-old group couldn't agree on which members would play at the ceremony on April 10, so as a result, the band won't be playing at all. The band was stuck on whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley or whether the current lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommmy Thayer would rock out. Frehley said "It's very frustrating. It's what the fans wanted, it's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it's not gonna happen. You don't want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?"

    February 24, 2014 7:07 AM

  15. CLEANING SHOP Egypt’s Entire Interim Gov’t Quits Reuters

    15. Egypt’s Entire Interim Gov’t Quits

    In a sudden move, Egypt's military-backed interim government has resigned, state-run media source Al Ahram reports. The move paves the way for its army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to officially declare his run for presidency. An Egyptian official has already confirmed to Reuters that “This was done as a step that was needed ahead of Sisi's announcement that he will run for president.” In order to run, Sisi needed to relinquish his position as defense minister. It apparently took only 15 minutes for the cabinet to conclude the government should resign.

    February 24, 2014 7:28 AM

  16. IT’S OFFICIAL Collins First Gay Player in NBA Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

    16. Collins First Gay Player in NBA

    Last night, Jason Collins made history by becoming the first openly gay athlete to hit the court as a professional NBA player. Joining the Brooklyn Nets, he played 11 minutes in the 108-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Though the game was played on the Lakers' home turf, when he entered the game the crowd at the Staples Center gave him a standing ovation.

    February 24, 2014 7:08 AM

  17. REST IN PEACE Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies AP

    17. Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies

    The oldest known survivor of the Holocaust passed away Sunday in London. Alice Herz-Sommer, a pianist who was born in Prague, lived such an incredible life that she inspired this year's Oscar-nominated film The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Herz-Sommer knew Franz Kafka, and said she remembered the writer saying, "In this world to bring up children: In this world?" But Herz-Sommer did bring up a child, a son named Stephan who survived the camps with her and went on to a successful career as a concert cellist under the name Raphael.

    February 24, 2014 7:25 AM

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  19. BACK TO BUSINESS 7 Protesters Jailed in Russia Sasha Mordovets/Getty

    18. 7 Protesters Jailed in Russia

    Well, now that the Sochi Olympics are over, Vladimir Putin can stop pretending to remotely care about civil rights. On Monday, seven people who were arrested during an anti-Putin protest—on the eve of the inauguration of his third presidential term in 2012—were handed sentences of up to four years in jail. While they were found guilty on Friday, the sentencing was postponed until Monday, a move many believe was made to avoid any extra global scrutiny during the Olympics. Hundreds of supporters protested the decision outside of the Moscow court, leading authorities to, of course, subsequently detain at least 100 of them.

    February 24, 2014 7:42 AM

  20. CLEANUP Oil Spill Closes Mississippi Ports Gerald Herbert/AP

    19. Oil Spill Closes Mississippi Ports

    A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River has been shut down to ship traffic after an oil barge ran into a tugboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans Saturday afternoon. No injuries have been reported and the barges were secured. It is not yet known how much oil was spilled. As a precaution, public intake of drinking water from the river has been halted.

    February 24, 2014 7:44 AM