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  1. VETOED! Brewer Nixes AZ's Anti-Gay Bill Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    1. Brewer Nixes AZ's Anti-Gay Bill

    Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed the controversial SB 1062, the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against and refuse to serve gay people. In a press conference Wednesday night, Brewer defended her record of protecting religious freedom, but said the bill was poorly worded and could have “unintended consequences.” Both of the state's U.S. senators, who are Republicans, spoke out against the bill. Earlier on Wednesday, the National Football League considered moving the Super Bowl from the state if SB 1062 was signed into law.

    February 26, 2014 7:53 PM


    2. 588 Troops Removed from Positions

    The Army announced Wednesday that more than 500 members have been moved out of “position of trust” jobs, including sexual-assault counselors and recruiters, after a review revealed a range of infractions, such as sexual assault, child abuse, and drunk driving. After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel madated a review of the qualifications of personnel as an effort to combat sexual assault in the military, 588 of 20,000 investigated Army workers were found to be unfit for their roles. It is unclear whether they have been kicked out of the service or reassigned.

    February 26, 2014 7:06 PM

  3. HI HO EQUALITY Texas Gay-Marriage Ban Struck Down Eric Gay/AP

    3. Texas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

    A federal judge in San Antonio declared Wednesday that Texas's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it deprives gays of due process and equal protection under the law. "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution," Judge Orlando Garcia wrote. But the law will remain in place until the state has a chance to appeal. Garcia predicted the case "will make its way to the Supreme Court."

    February 26, 2014 2:27 PM

  4. THE OTHER FOOTBALL CTE Found in Dead Soccer Player Mark Harris/Getty

    4. CTE Found in Dead Soccer Player

    It's no secret that brain injuries can cause life-long and lethal trauma for atheltes in violent collision sports, like boxing and football, but doctors have documented the first case of such a death in soccer. Patrick Grange, 29, of Albuquerque was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), and he was discovered to be suffering from the degenerative brain disorder A.L.S. at 27. During his soccer career, he was known for his headers and even suffered concussions from some of them. The damage corresponded to the part of his head where the ball would make contact, suggesting that even the supposedly safer, less violent sports may pose unexpected brain trauma risks to athletes.

    February 26, 2014 4:27 PM

  5. DANGEROUS WATERS Ex-SEALs Partied to Death at Sea Antony Njuguna/Reuters

    5. Ex-SEALs Partied to Death at Sea

    It appears heroin may have played a role in the death of the two former Navy SEALs aboard the “Captain Phillips” ship, the Maersk Alabama. A security officer found Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy dead on Feb. 18, the latter with a syringe in his arm and brown powder heroin in the room. While guarding the ship in the Seychelles, the men reportedly went out at night, checking out casinos and drinking vodka and tequila with New Zealand sailors. Surveillance video from 12 hours before they were found dead shows them escorting two women down a dark corrider. Family and friends now say the two struggled with the boredom after their distinguished and grueling naval careers, which may have been the ultimate factor in their deaths.

    February 26, 2014 5:10 PM

  6. A LITTLE LATE Court: Yank 'Innocence of Muslims' © Bret Hartman / Reuters

    6. Court: Yank 'Innocence of Muslims'

    Copyright is more powerful than terrorism. A federal court ruled Wednesday that Google must take down the world's most controversial video, "Innocence of Muslims," because it violates an actress's rights. Cindy Lee Garcia says she was duped into appearing in the film and now recieves death threats because of it. Garcia sued Google, the parent company of YouTube, saying she retains the copyright protection to her work because she was misled. By retaining the right to her work, she can have it removed from the public domain. Google argued this was pointless because the video has been endlessly circulated already.

    February 26, 2014 2:07 PM

  7. IRONIC AS HELL Yanukovych Files Dry in His Sauna

    7. Yanukovych Files Dry in His Sauna

    The staff of Viktor Yanukovych dumped his files into the lake outside his home before the former president fled last week. That didn't stop protesters from fishing them out, and in a move of poetic justice, putting them in the villain's old sauna to dry out. More files reveal he planned to deploy 22,000 security forces to "cleanse" Kiev of protesters. 

    February 26, 2014 2:17 PM


    8. 715 New Planets Found by NASA

    NASA announced Wednesday its Kepler spacecraft discovered 715 new planets orbiting 205 stars. "Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth," NASA said. "This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system." Four planets are about the right size and location to potentially support life. Pretty good for government work. 

    February 26, 2014 3:27 PM

  9. SUUUURE Benedict: I Wasn’t Forced Out © Max Rossi / Reuters

    9. Benedict: I Wasn’t Forced Out

    Speaking out for the first time about rumors that he was forced to step down as pontiff, former Pope Benedict said Wednesday, "There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry." In a letter to the Italian website Vatican Insider, Benedict wrote, "The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculation regarding its validity is simple absurd.” Benedict became the first pope in 600 years to quit when he stepped down in February 2013, citing health concerns. Everyone else died in office.

    February 26, 2014 11:28 AM

  10. OFF TOPIC Reporters Muzzled for Ronan Farrow Jamie McCarthy/Getty

    10. Reporters Muzzled for Ronan Farrow

    Ronan Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra, is set to receive the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism from the Princeton Club despite his MSNBC show being three days old. And in a demonstration of that dedication to journalism, reporters going to the event have been ordered to sign agreements that prevent them from asking Farrow personal questions—i.e. about the allegations that Woody Allen molested Farrow's sister Dylan. The conditions state, “All press are required to stay strictly on message. Any press who ask guests or Mr. Farrow about off-message topics will be immediately escorted out of the event.” A spokesperson for Farrow said he and his team did not request any restrictions on reporters' questions.

    February 26, 2014 11:59 AM

  11. WOAH Experts: New Pain Pill a Killer skynesher/Getty

    11. Experts: New Pain Pill a Killer

    A powerful new painkiller set to hit the market in March has set off a firestorm among health-care groups, as a coalition of medical, consumer, and addiction-treatment groups have issued a letter to the FDA asking the agency to revoke approval of the drug Zohydro. The drug, which is a powerful opioid analgesic and used to treat chronic pain, is controversial in light of recent reports on the high rates of opioid addiction in the U.S. "In the midst of a severe drug epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid," the coalition said. One member, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the chief medical officer of Phoenix House, said, “It will kill people as soon as it’s released.” Back in December, 29 state attorneys general also called on the FDA to review its decision to approve, and in November members of Congress did as well.

    February 26, 2014 9:33 AM

  12. BUSTED Uber Rigged Surge Pricing Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    12. Uber Rigged Surge Pricing

    Popular car-service company Uber is under fire after it confirmed it sent a text sent to a driver on Valentine’s Day that read: "UberX is very close to SURGE. It's Valentine's Day! People will be out all night and we didn't activate new drivers to make earnings even higher this weekend." Uber’s surge pricing during periods of higher car demand has been a major source of frustration for customers, but the company always defended the policy by claiming it's determined by a market-based algorithm. Uber claims the text message wasn't trying to manipulate surge prices, but rather intended to increase earnings for drivers. "Best-case scenario it’s fleecing customers to enrich drivers, worst-case scenario it’s fleecing customers to enrich the broker [Uber]," said Andrew Lane, who discovered the text. "That is a slap in the face to customers.” 

    February 26, 2014 12:13 PM

  13. SUPER MISTAKE Super Bowl May Leave Arizona Christian Petersen/Getty

    13. Super Bowl May Leave Arizona

    The National Football League has begun investigating a possible relocation of the Super Bowl XLIX away from Arizona because of the state's bill allowing businesses to deny service to gay couples. Just over 20 years ago, the NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Phoenix after the state voted not to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "No one wants to do this, but if the league's hand is forced, it would have to begin preparing for that process,'' said an insider source to Sports Illlustrated. "If this doesn't get vetoed, it has to know, what has to be done next? That discussion has begun.”

    February 26, 2014 5:35 PM

  14. SWISS MISS Credit Suisse Went 007 for Clients © Denis Balibouse / Reuters

    14. Credit Suisse Went 007 for Clients

    A new report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations says the Swiss bank Credit Suisse aided American customers in hiding billions of dollars in assets from the U.S. government. The report also criticizes law-enforcement officials, arguing they were slow in regulating the bank and the individuals. The report alleges that from 2001 to 2008, Credit Suisse worked to help Americans evade taxes, using methods like hiding bank statements in copies of Sports Illustrated and opening an office in the Zurich airport for customers. “It’s time to ramp up the collection of taxes due from tax evaders on the billions of dollars hidden offshore,” said Senator Carl Levin, the subcommittee’s chairman.

    February 26, 2014 1:03 PM

  15. BLOODY MESSAGE China Muckraker Stabbed in Attack AP

    15. China Muckraker Stabbed in Attack

    The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper was attacked by motorcycle hitmen Tuesday night, leaving a six-inch knife wound in his back. There's no motive yet for the attack that left Kevin Lau Chun-to in critical condition, according to Hong Kong police, who described it as a hit meant to maim, not kill. Lau's record of digging up dirt on Chinese officials raises questions about who may want him dead. Just last month, Lau was ousted as editor of Ming Pao, which journalists feared was engineered to undermine the paper's editorial independence from China.

    February 26, 2014 11:57 AM

  16. OH GREAT Companies Want Your SAT Scores Steve Debenport/Getty

    16. Companies Want Your SAT Scores

    Talk about never escaping your past. It turns out that years of hard work, a good college GPA, and internships may be moot if you did not ace the math section. A report by The Wall Street Journal found that major companies, from Goldman Sachs to Boston Consulting Group, still use SAT scores to gauge the quality of various applicants. However, while companies may find there is a need to use the scores to whittle down potential employees, there is little proof that high SAT scores translate to a good worker, and the College Board says the test is mainly designed in order to ascertain the first-year college aptitude of a student.

    February 26, 2014 8:56 AM

  17. VLAD IS MAD Putin Alerts Troops Near Ukraine AFP/Getty

    17. Putin Alerts Troops Near Ukraine

    Message from Russia to Ukraine: We own this neighborhood. On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin ordered a test of combat readiness for troops stationed near Ukraine's border. The head of Russia's upper house said military intervention is "impossible" on Wednesday. In any event, the Russian provocation comes as questions swirl about the future of the Crimea—a pro-Moscow area on the Black Sea and home to a Russian naval base—as well as the whereabouts of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. 

    February 26, 2014 8:05 AM

  18. CRINGE Biden: 'White Man Can Jump' SAUL LOEB/Getty

    18. Biden: 'White Man Can Jump'

    This will sure help in 2016. While attending a Black History Month event on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden defended his basketball skills, telling the audience "I may be a white boy, but I can jump." While at the event, Biden also unloaded on voter-ID bills in Southern states, saying "These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away. The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."

    February 26, 2014 6:21 AM

  19. CATFIGHT Netflix Mocks Amazon Drones netfliks

    19. Netflix Mocks Amazon Drones

    Ain't no fight like a nerd fight. Netflix has released a satirical video mocking rival Amazon's announcement last year that it had plans for using drones to make deliveries. In the video, Netflix announces the rollout of a new feature called "Drone 2 Home" in which a drone will bring a DVD to customers' homes mere minutes after they place an order. While Amazon claims it is serious about its Amazon Prime Air program, in which packages will be delivered to customers within 30 minutes, most experts were skeptical and saw it as a PR ploy. Perhaps in reference to that skepticism, the video announces, "We have literally spent days working out most of the bugs."

    February 26, 2014 6:28 AM

  20. RUBBED RAW Shakespeare's Juliet Statue Pulled Luca Ghidoni/Getty

    20. Shakespeare's Juliet Statue Pulled

    Apparently the touch of thousands upon thousands of desperate-for-love tourists is destructive. A statue of Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Verona, Italy, erected in a courtyard in the town where the tragedy was set, has been taken down due to the damage done by visitors. The statue, which has stood in the courtyard since 1972, has two cracks from people leaning on it while posing for photographs, as well as many spots worn to a shine. The statue will be moved to a museum, and a copy put in its place. The statue and house of the fictional character are a big money-maker for the town, attracting 250,000 visitors a year.

    February 26, 2014 11:02 AM

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

    21. 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

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

    22. 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

  23. Déjà Vu Katy Perry and John Mayer Split Charley Gallay/Getty

    23. Katy Perry and John Mayer Split

    E! News is reporting that star singers Katy Perry and John Mayer have ended their up-and-down romance. While no reason was given—and the couple have not confirmed the breakup—the news comes after a large diamond ring decorating Perry's hand launched a wave of engagement rumors. During their romance, the two were a tabloid fixture, and even collaborated on a song, "Who You Love," for Mayer's latest album.

    February 26, 2014 6:37 AM

  24. HORRIFYING PBS Reporter Loses Forearm Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    24. PBS Reporter Loses Forearm

    PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien announced Tuesday that he had his left forearm amputated in emergency surgery this month after a freak accident while packing equipment. The terrifying series of events leading to the amputation began with a storage case falling on his arm, leading to soreness and swelling, which he left alone thinking it would heal on its own. However, over the next two days, the swelling and soreness transformed into a condition known as acute compartment syndrome, in which blood flow is constricted by an increase in pressure in one part of the body. When he went in for a surgery to fix it, his condition worsened, leading to the doctor making a real-time decision to amputate the arm from just above the elbow.

    February 26, 2014 6:26 AM

  25. GONE MO Executes Murderer of Teenager AP Photo/Missouri Correctional Office

    25. MO Executes Murderer of Teenager

    At 12:10 a.m., Michael A. Taylor, the man from Kansas City who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping, and killing 15-year-old Ann Harrison in 1989, was executed by the state of Missouri. Taylor, 47, said in a phone call hours before his death by lethal injection that he had written a letter to the girl's parents expressing his "sincerest apology and heartfelt remorse." The execution date for his co-defendant, Roderick Nunley, who also pleaded guilty, has not been set. The execution on Wednesday morning was the fourth in Missouri since November, and it came after multiple last-minute legal hurdles, ending with a denied request for a stay from the Supreme Court.

    February 26, 2014 6:40 AM

  26. TAKEBACKS Moscow Threatens Ukraine Money BULENT KILIC/Getty

    26. Moscow Threatens Ukraine Money

    In one of its biggest playground-bully moves yet, Russia now says it's no longer legally required to give Ukraine a $15 billion bailout package agreed to in December. Russia's deputy finance minister told reporters on Tuesday that not only is the country not legally obligated to pay the remainder, but that it will be unwilling to restructure loans already extended to Ukraine despite claims that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy due to mismanagement by the Russian-backed regime. The move may be a response to Monday's news, when Ukraine's acting finance minister said the government would be seeking short-term loans from Poland and the U.S., and roughly $35 billion in aid from the IMF and EU by 2015.

    February 26, 2014 6:17 AM

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

    27. 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's Collectibles site.

    February 25, 2014 9:17 PM

  28. WOMAN SCORNED? Divorce Led to Knick's Gun Charges Jim McIsaac/Getty

    28. Divorce Led to Knick's Gun Charges

    New York Knicks star point guard Raymond Felton was arrested after his wife's divorce lawyer provided the police with an unlicensed gun that she alleges belongs to her husband and was used to threaten her. The gun, a Belgian-made FN Herstal, had 18 rounds of live ammunition in it. The couple are in the process of getting a divorce. Felton was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. However, while he was not charged with using it to threaten his wife, the judge did issue a six-month order of protection for Felton's wife, and told Felton he "can have no contact whatsoever."

    February 26, 2014 6:31 AM

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