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  1. BYE, BIG BROTHER? NSA Domestic Spying May End Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

    1. NSA Domestic Spying May End

    White House lawyers have given President Obama four options for reining in the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance operations, sources close to the discussions told The Wall Street Journal. The options range from abolishing the domestic-spying program altogether to running it through telephone companies, who would keep the data and only turn it over to the NSA if a specific investigation was underway. Obama advisers have not come to an agreement on which of the four options to recommend, but the options of having Americans' phone data held by private phone companies or another government agency seem the most technically feasible, short of abolishing the program.

    February 25, 2014 11:05 PM

  2. free for all House Passes Phone Unlocking Bill AFP/Getty

    2. House Passes Phone-Unlocking Bill

    Rejoice, those who spend their days scouring eBay for unlocked phones. On Tuesday, the House passed a bill to legalize cellphone unlocking, allowing customers to switch between providers without changing devices. The legislation has a clause that will still ban bulk unlocking. Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy has introduced a similar bill, which might not include a ban on bulk unlocking. Since 2012, a rule from the Library of Congress—as part of a federal digital copyright decision—has required customers to get permission from service providers to unlock their phones.

    February 25, 2014 8:53 PM

  3. GONE, BABY, GONE Obama Floats Total Afghan Pullout JEWEL SAMAD/Getty

    3. Obama Floats Total Afghan Pullout

    President Obama has a message for Hamid Karzai: Sign our deal or we're outta here. In a Tuesday phone call with his Afghan counterpart, Obama floated a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year if Karzai does not sign the Bilaterial Security Agreement, which outlines the rules for American forces to further operate in Afghanistan. That agreement is needed to keep U.S. troops in the country past 2014. Your move, Hamid.

    February 25, 2014 12:09 PM

  4. FULL RETREAT Brewer Plans to Veto Anti-Gay Bill Ross D. Franklin/AP

    4. Brewer Plans to Veto Anti-Gay Bill

    Three people close to Arizona's governor told NBC News on Tuesday that she plans to veto a bill that could allow private businesses to refuse to serve gays. One of them, political adviser Chuck Coughlin, went on the record Tuesday to say "this was clearly not part of her agenda." Later in the day, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted his part, writing, ".@GovBrewer: veto of #SB1062 is right." Brewer has until Saturday to sign or veto the bill, which was passed by her own party in the state legislature last week. 

    February 25, 2014 4:44 PM

  5. attn: border patrol Fukushima Radiation Nears U.S. Tom Curley/AP

    5. Fukushima Radiation Nears U.S.

    Here's one import we don't want from Japan. Radiation spreading from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is traveling east on the Pacific Ocean and could hit American shores by April. Scientists at the American Geophysical Union reported Monday there is no sign of radiation from the plant yet, but volunteers have been dispatched to monitor 16 sites along the California, Washington, and Hawaii coasts.

    February 25, 2014 4:00 PM

  6. SAY IT AIN'T SO FBI: Mob Maybe Rigged Ali-Liston AFP/Getty

    6. FBI: Mob Maybe Rigged Ali-Liston

    One the greatest upsets in sports history may have actually been staged by the mob. According to new FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act to The Washington Times, Muhammad Ali's (then known as Cassius Clay) 1964 triumph over Sonny Liston may have been organized by the mafia. Some of the documents claim people “in the know” said Liston and another gambler made more than $1 million betting against Liston. No documents indicate that Ali had any knowledge of the schemes.

    February 25, 2014 12:18 PM

  7. DEFENSE Holder: AGs Can Curb Marriage Bans Mark Wilson/Getty

    7. Holder: AGs Can Curb Marriage Bans

    Attorney General Eric Holder has sparked controversy with his comments to his state counterparts, saying they are not obligated to defend their states' gay-marriage bans. In an interview with The New York Times, Holder said that although state AGs cannot disavow their own laws, they could decline to defend them. “Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he said. So far, six state AGs, who are all Democrats, have refused to defend gay-marriage bans.

    February 25, 2014 7:14 AM

  8. Not So Fat Baby Obesity Drops 43 Percent Tom Merton/Getty

    8. Baby Obesity Drops 43 Percent

    Skinny babies are so in right now. Obesity in children aged two to five has fallen 43 percent in the past decade, according to Center for Disease Control data released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nearly 14 percent of American babies were considered obese in 2004, and that number fell eight percent in 2012. The CDC said they aren't exactly sure what caused the weight loss, but that it could come from nutrition improvements in day cares and preschool programs, and the fact that more babies are being breastfed.

    February 25, 2014 4:39 PM

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    9. Wrong Teen Spends Month in Jail

    A case of mistaken identity led to a Florida teen being jailed for 35 days on charges of sexual battery. Cody Williams, then 17 years old, was arrested two months after a young girl reported her assault to police—instead of another boy of the same name, who went to the same school. “I can’t even tell you the horror of hearing those words,” the other Williams said upon arrest. “My heart just started beating really fast and all my insides just kind of dropped.” The officers involved are being counseled and one faces suspension.

    February 25, 2014 3:48 PM

  10. open-source road Google: Don't Ban Glass in Cars Justin Sullivan/Getty

    10. Google: Don't Ban Glass in Cars

    Google is lobbying for your right to wear its futuristic devices while operating a moving vehicle. The tech giant has sent lobbyists to at least three states to persuade lawmakers not to vote for proposed restrictions on driving with wearable technology like Google Glass, arguing that regulation is premature because the devices are not yet sold en masse. "We think it is important to be part of these discussions," Google responded in a statement.

    February 25, 2014 2:28 PM

  11. epic treasure Couple Finds $10M Buried in Yard NBC

    11. Couple Finds $10M Buried in Yard

    This is what childhood dreams are made of, folks. A couple in Northern California was walking their dog on their rural property when they uncovered $10 million in rare gold coins buried under an old tree last year. The coins date from the mid-to-late 1800s and are in mint condition, with many never having been circulated. At face value, the 1,427 pieces adds up to $27,000, but experts say some of them are so rare they could demand $1 million apiece. They are set to go on sale soon via Amazon.com's Collectibles site.

    February 25, 2014 9:17 PM

  12. FOOD FIGHT Michelle Cracks Down on Cafeterias MANDEL NGAN/Getty

    12. Michelle Cracks Down on Cafeterias

    The first lady is continuing her attack on the childhood battle of the bulge. She is proposing today a new set of rules on the types of foods and beverages that can be advertised in schools. Under the new regulations, high-caloric product logos cannot be on products, vending machines, or posters in schools. Through what we can only assume is clinched teeth, the president of the American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper, said "We look forward to working with the USDA on their proposed rule to align food and beverage signage in schools with the new regulations as the next logical next step."

    February 25, 2014 11:05 AM

  13. JAILBREAK CA Frees ‘Lifers’ at Record Speed Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

    13. CA Frees ‘Lifers’ at Record Speed

    If you’ve been sentenced to life in prison, then sunny California is where you want to be. Since Gov. Jerry Brown took office in January 2011, 1,400 inmates who were serving life sentences have been paroled, with Brown going along with the parole boards 82 percent of the time. As a point of comparison, his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, oversaw the release of 557 prisoners during his six years in office and went along with the board just 27 percent of the time. So, go for the great weather and celebrities but stay for the high probability of getting paroled.

    February 25, 2014 12:57 PM

  14. VIRTUAL ROBBERY? Major Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes Bloomberg/Getty

    14. Major Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes

    Maybe Bitcoin isn't the way of the future? Concerns about the virtual currency’s security intensified after it appears one of the largest exchange websites went offline due to a crippling theft. The Tokyo-based Mt. Gox site only returned a blank page on Tuesday after reportedly suffering from a massive loss of Bitcoins. This follows the Sunday resignation of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpele. The company internally issued a “Crisis Strategy” report, which claimed 740,000 Bitcoins were missing, which equates to $350 million at its current exchange rate. The theft apparently went unnoticed for several years, and a single Bitcoin's value has fallen from $550 to $470 in just a matter of hours.

    February 25, 2014 7:19 AM

  15. HORRIFYING Islamists Kill 29 Nigerian Pupils © Stringer . / Reuters

    15. Islamists Kill 29 Nigerian Pupils

    A new massacre hit the northern part of Nigeria on Monday, as Islamists from the group Boko Haram stormed and set fire to a boarding school, murdering 29 students. "Some of the students' bodies were burned to ashes," Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said. The name “boko haram” translated from the northern Hausa language means “Western education is sinful.” The group has led multiple attacks on schools in the past.

    February 25, 2014 7:34 AM

  16. revenge U.S. Expels Venezuelan Diplomats Fernando Llano

    16. U.S. Expels Venezuelan Diplomats

    We see your three expelled diplomats and match them, Venezuela. On Tuesday, the State Department kicked out three Venezuelan diplomats, citing concerns about the country's human-rights and democracy record. The move is a backlash after last week's expulsion down south, when President Nicolas Maduro kicked out three American diplomats from Caracas, claiming they were supporting plots to overthrow his government.

    February 25, 2014 2:03 PM

  17. GET NO RESPECT Republican: Women Are Baby 'Hosts' Steve Helber/AP

    17. Republican: Women Are Baby 'Hosts'

    Nothing shows respect for women and living in the 21st century like referring to mothers as "hosts" of the humans growing inside of them. Virginia state Sen. Steve Martin lashed out against a promotional Valentine's card he received from a pro-choice organization by writing a Facebook post arguing that because a woman is just a “host” to an unborn child she has no right to decide whether to abort it. After an online uproar in response to his post, Martin changed the expression to “bearer of the child” because that's a lot better.

    February 25, 2014 7:01 AM

  18. NOT MINCING WORDS Cheney Slams Obama's Troop Budget Ben Hider/Getty

    18. Cheney Slams Obama's Troop Budget

    Dick Cheney, the hawkish former vice president, is not a fan of the proposed cuts to the military budget. Last night, he went on Fox News' Hannity to claim the budget was “absolutely dangerous” and argue that Obama “would rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.” Cheney also said he believed the cuts are “over the top” and will “do enormous long-term damage.” Because Cheney has never been accused of having personal, financial reasons for growing the military budget.

    February 25, 2014 7:31 AM

  19. FOUL SHOTS Felony Gun Charge for Knicks Guard Jim McIsaac/Getty

    19. Felony Gun Charge for Knicks Guard

    Apparently, the New York Knicks can get worse—at least off the court. Point guard Raymond Felton was arrested and charged on three criminal counts of weapon possession after reportedly pointing a gun at a woman believed to be his girlfriend. He turned himself in to police at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Sgt. Thomas Antonetti of the NYPD. For Felton, it was the cherry on top of his team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He faces multiple charges for possession of a weapon.

    February 25, 2014 6:54 AM

  20. SLOW START Ukraine: No Gov't Till Thursday © David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters

    20. Ukraine: No Gov't Till Thursday

    Though Ukraine's interim government was supposed to announce its new leaders today, it has instead decided to postpone elections for a new unity government until Thursday. Experts believe the delay is due to economic and political tensions in the aftermath of Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych's tumultuous reign and departure. Unsurprisingly, Russia has already criticized the still-unformed government by claiming it was founded through “armed mutiny” and “terrorist methods.” Fearing, perhaps, the loss of compliant state leaders, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, “it will be hard for us to work with that government.”

    February 25, 2014 7:36 AM

  21. THAT WAS FAST Egypt Names Mubarak Adviser New PM STR

    21. Egypt Names Mubarak Adviser New PM

    This isn’t abrupt and sketchy at all. Egypt’s president announced today that a new prime minister had been selected, one day after Hazem el-Beblawi stepped down for undisclosed reasons. Ibrahim Mehlib, who served in the ruling party of former President Hosni Mubarak and headed a state-owned construction company, will be the new prime minister. The recent shakeups in Cairo all seem to suggest that Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the military, will soon be making a presidential run.

    February 25, 2014 1:50 PM

  22. BAD TO WORSE Uganda Media Lists 200 'Top' Gays AFP/Getty

    22. Uganda Media Lists 200 'Top' Gays

    By signing Uganda's anti-gay bill into law, President Yoweri Museveni has ushered in an even more hostile and dangerous environment for gay citizens of his country. One day after the signing, Ugandan tabloid The Red Pepper (which doesn't sound gay at all) outed—or claimed to out—the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, publishing names and photos under the headline “EXPOSED!” Uganda now punishes homosexuality with life in prison. "The enactment of the anti-homosexuality bill has only emboldened the population in their rejection of anybody perceived to be gay or even friendly to gays," said Nicholas Opiyo of a Ugandan rights group.

    February 25, 2014 7:48 AM

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

    23. 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

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

    24. 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

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