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  1. close to home Obama: $200M for Minority Youth Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

    1. Obama: $200M for Minority Youth

    In a personal speech Thursday at the White House, President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative for young men of color. "I made bad choices, I got high without thinking about the harm it would do, I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have," he said. The initiative, which will partner with local businesses and foundations, has raised pledges of more than $200 million over the next five years. Obama said helping them is "as important as any issue that I work on."

    February 27, 2014 5:00 PM

  2. danger ahead Armed Men Seize Crimea Airport Sean Gallup/Getty

    2. Armed Men Seize Crimea Airport

    Around 50 armed men wearing military uniforms with "Russian Navy ensigns" reportedly surrounded and seized the airport in Ukraine's Crimea region early Friday. They were apparently wearing the same gear as the group who took control of government buildings in the area's capital and hoisted a Russian flag. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was spotted in Moscow on Thursday after he went on the run.

    February 27, 2014 9:24 PM

  3. BOMBSHELL Rebekah Brooks: I Paid Officials Oli Scarff/Getty

    3. Rebekah Brooks: I Paid Officials

    The former head of Rupert Murdoch's U.K. newspapers said in court Thursday that she paid public officials "a half dozen times" for information. Rebekah Brooks said she did it for the public good. "My view at the time was that there had to be an overwhelming public interest to justify payments in the very narrow circumstances of a public official being paid for information directly in line with their jobs," she said. Brooks has denied charges of bribing officials and a conspiracy to hack phones.

    February 27, 2014 3:57 PM

  4. on the run Yanukovych Living It Up in Moscow Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters

    4. Yanukovych Living It Up in Moscow

    Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych was apparently seen at a five-star hotel and Kremlin retreat in Moscow on Thursday. He had written to the Russian government asking for protection "from extremists," and sources indicate the request had been “satisfied on the territory of Russia.” But the public sentiment from the country's state television has been against the fugitive president who was driven from Kiev and thought to be in the Crimean Peninsula.

    February 27, 2014 5:29 PM

  5. thanks! Egypt: We've Cured HIV and Hep C

    5. Egypt: We've Cured HIV and Hep C

    Everyone can stop trying now. According to the Egyptian military, they've finally cured not just HIV, but also Hepatitis C after 22 years of clandestine research. At a news conference last week, army doctor Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdul Atti announced the discovery. “You will never find another patient suffering from the Hepatitis C virus after today, God willing,” he said. In a separate announcement, the military claims it can detect Hepatitis C with a machine from across a room. Egypt has the highest prevalence of the virus, but only a small HIV infection rate.

    February 27, 2014 7:12 PM

  6. chutzpah Team Christie Targeted Rabbi Mel Evans/AP

    6. Team Christie Targeted Rabbi

    New documents released in the Bridgegate scandal Thursday contain jokes targeted at a New Jersey rabbi for political retribution. The texts were between former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelley who infamously emailed "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" and former Port Authority executive David Wildstein who made it happen. Wildstein sent Kelly a picture of Rabbi Mendy Carlebach saying "he has officially pissed me off." Kelly: "We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?" Wildstein: "Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed" (he controls regional airports). Kelly: "Perfect." How hilarious.

    February 27, 2014 10:59 AM

  7. UH OH Camera Sneaked Into Supreme Court

    7. Camera Sneaked Into Supreme Court

    Coming soon to a corner near you: a bootleg DVD of McCutchen vs. FEC. Someone managed to sneak a hidden camera into the Supreme Court chambers during Wednesday's oral arguments, and posted the video on YouTube on Thursday. For decades, the justices have fought against television cameras coming into the courtroom—even still photography isn't allowed. (Audio is released days after oral arguments.) A man seated near the cameraman got up to say "corporations are not people, money is not speech, and our democracy should not be for sale." That guy was kicked out, but apparently the cameraman was not.

    February 27, 2014 2:49 PM

  8. daredevil Man Plans to Dive Off Everest David McNew/Reuters

    8. Man Plans to Dive Off Everest

    Joby Ogwyn isn't summiting Mount Everest for the view from the top—he'd rather take it in on his way down. The 39-year-old plans to jump off the world's highest peak and soar to the ground in a nylon wing-suit come May. "This is something I dreamed about as a little kid," he says. "Everything I've done for the last 20 years has been practice for this and now the technology has made flight possible." The death-defying stunt will be broadcast live. Ogwyn previously climbed Everest in just more than 9 hours. 

    February 27, 2014 3:41 PM

  9. HERE WE GO AGAIN Paula Deen: I'm Like Michael Sam NBC NewsWire

    9. Paula Deen: I'm Like Michael Sam

    In an upcoming interview with People, ousted heart-attack inducing Food Network host Paula Deen compares herself to Michael Sam, the star college football player who came out of the closet ahead of the NFL draft. "I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying." Deen was let go by the Food Network it was revealed she used racial slurs in front of employees.

    February 27, 2014 11:38 AM

  10. GOING ONCE… Signed 'Mein Kampf' Hits the Block Daniel Berehulak/Getty

    10. Signed 'Mein Kampf' Hits the Block

    Signed copies of Adolf Hitler’s bilious Mein Kampf that were given as Christmas gifts to an SS officer are going for auction in Los Angeles on Thursday. The books will be auctioned online beginning at $20,000, and are expected to sell for $25,000. The man behind the auction house selling the books, Nate D. Sanders, who is Jewish, defended the auction saying, "I think it's very heinous, but it is an auction item, it is a memento, it's a piece of memorabilia, and a piece of history."


    February 27, 2014 1:39 PM

  11. BARF U.S. Food Has Hazardous Chemical Noel Hendrickson/Getty

    11. U.S. Food Has Hazardous Chemical

    A new report from the Environmental Working Group has found that more than 500 different foods in U.S. grocery stores contain the potentially dangerous industrial plastics chemical azodicarbonamide (ADA). The chemical, which is approved by the FDA for use in food, is a flour bleaching and oxidizing agent used in dough. However, the World Health Organization says that there is "abundant evidence that azodicarbonamide can induce asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and skin sensitization" for people who use it. It is banned in food in Australia, as well as some countries in Europe.

    February 27, 2014 10:41 AM

  12. HEALTH SCARE Eric Holder Hospitalized Laura Cavanaugh/Getty

    12. Eric Holder Hospitalized

    Attorney General Eric Holder, 63, was taken to a Washington, D.C. hospital on Thursday after he experienced shortness of breath, according to the Justice Department. Holder, who was scheduled to go to a White House event later on Thursday, was also experiencing faintness. A spokesman said that Holder "is currently resting comfortably and in good condition. He is alert and conversing with his doctors."

    February 27, 2014 12:18 PM

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    13. Feds: Cali Cops Were Dealing Drugs

    Bad cop wasn't just an act for five San Francisco police officers and one former officer who were indicted Thursday by the feds on charges of extortion, dealing drugs, stealing property from suspects, and searching without justification. The investigation has been ongoing since a video was released of officers taking valuables from hotel rooms of suspects in 2011.

    February 27, 2014 2:23 PM

  14. connections Murdoch Gave Blair Charity $100K Getty Images (2)

    14. Murdoch Gave Blair Charity $100K

    The rumored Rupert Murdoch-Wendy Deng-Tony Blair triangle just got a bit of cash thrown in the mix. According to the 2011 tax returns from the U.S.-arm of the former prime minister's Faith Foundation, the charity received $100,000 from News Corp. Around the same time, as was revealed in the phone hacking trail in London last week, Blair offered News Corp. editor Rebekah Brooks "unofficial" consulting services. Meanwhile, rumors have been swirling that Murdoch's estranged wife and Blair had an affair, which Blair has denied.

    February 27, 2014 1:58 PM

  15. SPIRALING Armed Men Seize Crimea Parliament © Baz Ratner / Reuters

    15. Armed Men Seize Crimea Parliament

    Just a day after a standoff between pro-Russian groups and Crimean Tatars supportive of the recent ousting of Ukraine's president, armed men seized parliament and local government offices in Crimea Thursday morning, and raised the Russian flag above the building. The autonomous region was part of Russia until 1954, and now the pro-Russian groups are demanding Crimea secede from Ukraine or become part of Russia again. While Russian officials have denied plans for military intervention in the region, on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin ordered military preparedness testing for 150,000 Russian soldiers. On Thursday morning, deposed pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych declared from Russia, "I still consider myself to be the lawful head of the Ukrainian state, chosen freely by the will of the Ukrainian people."

    February 27, 2014 6:34 AM

  16. ONE-EYED MONSTER U.K. Spied on Naked Webchats Justin Sullivan/Getty

    16. U.K. Spied on Naked Webchats

    The British spy agency GCHQ, along with its trusty sidekick the NSA, took and kept millions of webcam images from Yahoo chats, including of users who were not suspected of doing anything wrong. In just one six-month period in 2008 (i.e. when people still used Yahoo) the program, codenamed Optic Nerve, collected webcam images from over 1.8 million Yahoo accounts around the world. Yahoo denies knowledge of the program and called it “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy.”

    February 27, 2014 10:09 AM

  17. DADDY ISSUES Older Dads Put Children at Risk Damir Cudic/Getty

    17. Older Dads Put Children at Risk

    According to a new study from researchers at Indiana University, the children of older fathers are at a higher risk of developing mental illness than children born to younger fathers. Previously, advancing paternal age at childbearing (older father) has been tied to autism, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and new gene mutations. The study compared all people born in Sweden from 1973 to 2001, and compared children born to older fathers with their older siblings that were conceived when the father was younger. In addition to those previously mentioned, the results showed risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychosis, suicide attempts, substance abuse, and low educational attainment.

    February 27, 2014 6:43 AM

  18. KILLJOYS EU Cracks Down on E-Cigs Getty

    18. EU Cracks Down on E-Cigs

    The European Parliament has approved new regulations for the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes, including a ban on advertising, graphic health warnings, and a stipulation demanding the devices be childproof. The rules would also limit the amount of nicotine to 20 milligrams per milliliter, which is roughly what cigarettes have. The move by the European Parliament will possibly set the standard for the rest of the world, as many countries including the U.S. are still grappling with how to regulate the product.

    February 27, 2014 6:45 AM

  19. ABOUT TIME FDA to Correct Nutrition Labels Epoxydude/Getty

    19. FDA to Correct Nutrition Labels

    For the first time since the early 1990s, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes to nutrition labels on food packages, including magnifying calorie counts and assigning serving sizes that actually reflect how much Americans eat. The current labels reflect eating habits from the '70s and '80s. The FDA is also proposing a controversial change regarding sugar—that it be given a separate line for added manufactured sugars. If the new rules are adopted, the FDA would allow companies two years to implement the changes.

    February 27, 2014 6:41 AM

  20. Cha-Ching Bullock Paid $70M for ‘Gravity’ AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures

    20. Bullock Paid $70M for ‘Gravity’

    Actress Sandra Bullock has really been on a tear. Beginning with the box office smash The Proposal, then winning an Oscar for The Blind Side, the popular actress has gotten some icing on the cake as the deal she struck with Warner Bros. for the global hit Gravity will leave her with a payday of at least $70 million. The deal had her making $20 million upfront and then 15 percent of first-dollar gross after that. Gravity has earned over $700 million worldwide (before DVD sales and TV), meaning that after theater owners and the studios get their cut, Bullock will be swimming in money.

    February 27, 2014 9:31 AM

  21. OMG 'Girls' Star Cast in 'Star Wars' Larry Busacca/Getty

    21. 'Girls' Star Cast in 'Star Wars'

    Apparently after watching him play out bizarre sexual encounters on TV, the producers of the next installment of Star Wars decided he can do anything. Adam Driver, the actor who plays the boyfriend of Lena Dunham's character on Girls, is close to a deal for Star Wars: Episode VII, and will reportedly play a villain. The highly anticipated project has also been the source of rumors that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill will make a return.

    February 27, 2014 6:51 AM

  22. FRENEMIES Obama to Press Netanyahu on Peace Pete Marovich/Getty

    22. Obama to Press Netanyahu on Peace

    On his upcoming Monday visit to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can expect pressure from President Obama to accept the framework drafted by Secretary John Kerry for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Since the 2010 negotiations failed, and the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu soured, the president has largely avoided the peace process during his time in office. While many of the details of the framework have been kept secret, some have been made public, including the creation of a security zone along the Jordan River featuring fences, sensors, and drones to protect Israel. The president is also expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to court him later in March.

    February 27, 2014 6:38 AM

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

    23. 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

  24. A BIT FORCED Missioner 'Admits' Duping N. Korea KYODO/Getty

    24. Missioner 'Admits' Duping N. Korea

    Kim Jonk-uk, the detained South Korean missionary, finally made a public appearance in North Korea—in which he appeared before the media to read a statement “confessing” anti-state crimes. In the prepared statement, Kim said he was operating under orders from South Korea's Intelligence Services to set up an underground church in order to collect information. "I was thinking of turning North Korea into a religious country, and destroying its present government and political system," he said. Another missionary who was recently freed, 85-year-old American Merrill Newman, gave a similar statement last year, which he now says he was forced to give.

    February 27, 2014 6:47 AM

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

    25. 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

  27. OUT OF THIS WORLD NASA Discovers 715 New Planets Charles Morgan Smith/Getty

    26. NASA Discovers 715 New Planets

    Pluto may no longer be a planet, but NASA announced today that it has confirmed over 700 others that fit the bill. In the two years of data collection from its Kepler telescope, NASA has identified 715 planets, nearly doubling the number of known planets outside of our solar system. 95 percent of them are smaller than neptune. Four, though, are about twice the size of earth and are considered to be in the habtable zone, the region where liquid water can exist. So, if earth is getting too crowded, we may have some options in the (distant) future.

    February 26, 2014 9:30 PM