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  1. trouble child U.S. Preps New Russia Sanctions Marko Djurica/Reuters

    1. U.S. Preps New Russia Sanctions

    Time for more sanctions. The White House says it has a new round sanctions against Russia ready to go but has yet to officially place them. "It is accurate to say we have additional sanctions prepared and we will impose them as appropriate," says White House press secretary Jay Carne. On Wednesday, the State Department revealed a list of demands directed toward Russia to remedy the situation, as nationalist groups seize areas in eastern Ukraine.

    April 16, 2014 4:20 PM

  2. HOMETOWN HATE Miller’s Mayor: I Agree With Him Johnson County Sheriff/Getty

    2. Miller’s Mayor: I Agree With Him

    It is probably never wise to align yourself with a white supremacist suspected killer, especially when you're an elected politician. Frazier Glenn Miller, charged with killing three at two Jewish centers in Kansas, hails from nearby Marionville, Missouri. The town's new mayor, Daniel Clevenger, says he agrees with Miller on a few things. "We've got a false economy and it's, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there," Clevenger says, also noting: "Kind of agreed with him on some things but, I don't like to express that too much."

    April 16, 2014 1:46 PM

  3. SHAME Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case Kevin C. Cox/Getty

    3. Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case

    A harrowing report in The New York Times reveals how Florida State University and Tallahassee Police were remiss at best and actively dismissive at worst regarding rape and sexual-assault accustations. Detective Scott Angulo closed the first case against quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last December, 66 days after a woman accused him of rape. Angulo didn't interview any critical witnesses or gather DNA, despite the fact the accuser came forward within hours with evidence of semen in her underwear and bruises on her body. Angulo also declined to check into the taxi company that drove Winston, his teammates, and the accuser, even though she recalled someone swiping an FSU ID card in the cab for a discount. Instead, Angulo said he “had no real leads.” 

    April 16, 2014 10:36 AM

  4. NSA, Russia-style Russian Zuck: Gov Spied on Ukraine Nadine Rupp/Getty

    4. Russian Zuck: Gov Spied on Ukraine

    Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia's Facebook-like social site called VK, alleges the government used his site to spy on Ukrainian protestors. According to Durov, in 2013, the Russian security service demanded he turn over private user data for organizers of a major protest group. When he refused, he was pushed out of ownership shares in the company. "I still have something more important, a clean conscience and ideals that I am willing to defend," Durov wrote in a post.

    April 16, 2014 5:20 PM

  5. too soon $100K Bail for Marathon Prankster Brian Snyder/Reuters

    5. $100K Bail for Marathon Prankster

    A judge Wednesday set bail for Kevin Edson at $100,000 following his bomb hoax at the Boston Marathon's finish line Tuesday night. For leaving a backpack with a rice cooker in it, Edson will be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and disturbing a public assembly. Edson faces felony charges of possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat. The Boston Globe discovered that Edson, who describes himself as “performance artist,” has a history of mental illness and has made videos depicting himself in padded rooms and wearing straitjackets. A law-enforcement official said Wednesday that Edson had previously been sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental-health evaluation.

    April 16, 2014 12:42 PM

  6. capsized 7 Dead in S. Korea Ferry Sinking Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

    6. 7 Dead in S. Korea Ferry Sinking

    At least seven are dead and 289 are still missing after a South Korea ferry sunk on Wednesday morning. An announcement to stay put was broadcast over the speakers, telling passengers, including 300 high school students, that "If you move it's dangerous." Survivors say they put on life jackets and jumped into the water to escape the capsizing vessel. A massive rescue operation has been searching the cold water for missing passengers, but conditions are making the search difficult. Reports indicate that 476 people were aboard the ferry.

    April 16, 2014 9:10 PM

  7. ONE DOWN... Judge Ends N. Dakota Abortion Ban Ian Waldie/Getty

    7. Judge Ends N. Dakota Abortion Law

    On Wednesday, a federal judge overturned North Dakota's law banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat. At as early as six weeks, a fetal heartbeat may be detected, but that is also before many women even know they are pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the law was "invalid and unconstitutional" and "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge." This was one of the four anti-abortion measures that Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law last year. The state's only abortion clinic, which is in Fargo, filed a suit against the fetal-heartbeat law.

    April 16, 2014 1:02 PM

  8. back in the game John Edwards Returns to Law Sara D. Davis/Getty

    8. John Edwards Returns to Law

    Hopefully the judge appreciates a good coif. Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has returned to law practice, appearing in court on Wednesday. He's representing a 4-year-old Virginia boy who suffered brain damage and physical injuries the family says happened in the care of a hospital in 2009. Edwards' political career was tarnished by a lawsuit involving illegal campaign contributions and a cover-up of his pregnant mistress.

    April 16, 2014 6:30 PM

  9. TOO SOON USAID: Afghan Gov't Not Ready Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty

    9. USAID: Afghan Gov't Not Ready

    Confidential assessments by USAID reportedly suggest that U.S. government officials do not believe Afghanistan is ready to self-govern, despite the plan to pull out U.S. forces by the end of this year. The Washington Times obtained the documents, which scrutinize seven Afghan ministries overseeing the nation’s finance, mining, electric utilities, communications, education, health, and agriculture. Looking at the impact of the $100 billion that the U.S. government put into rebuilding the Afghan government, the assessment found that all but one ministry was considered highly vulnerable to fraud, waste, and even theft. It was concluded that even that lone ministry—the ministry of finance—might “not be able to fulfill its mandate and carry out its operation.”

    April 16, 2014 6:49 AM

  10. say 'white house' Obama, Biden Post First Selfie @VP

    10. Obama, Biden Post First Selfie

    President Obama and Joe Biden took their relationship to the next level on Wednesday, posting a selfie on the vice president's newly opened Instagram account. The two show off their pearly whites in the back of the presidential car with the caption, "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram. Thanks for following and stay tuned. –VP." We're eagerly awaiting what Instagram filters are up Biden's sleeve.

    April 16, 2014 9:28 PM

  11. ouch Rapper Cuts Off His Penis YouTube

    11. Rapper Cuts Off His Penis

    One affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan is memberless. Andre Johnson, a.k.a. Christ Bearer, was taken to the hospital after cutting off his penis and jumping off a balcony in Los Angeles. Johnson is part of a rap group called Northstar, which was founded by members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Police told TMZ they believe it was an attempted suicide, but Johnson survived and was taken to the hospital.

    April 16, 2014 4:25 PM

  12. TOO HAIRY World Hits Peak Beard Johannes Simon/Getty

    12. World Hits ‘Peak Beard’

    Woe unto the bearded hipsters: Your breed may be dying out. A new study from the University of New South Wales in Sydney asked men and women to rate the attractiveness of "four standard levels of beardedness” in different groupings. Both beards and clean-shaven faces were rated more attractive when they were rare. It reflects an evolutionary phenomenon known as negative frequency-dependent sexual selection, which essentially means less frequently appearing traits are more sexually appealing in certain cases. But, as anyone who has moseyed through a Williamsburg bar will confirm, “We've hit 'peak beard,'” said one of the study's authors, Prof. Rob Brooks. That means if the PBR crowd wants to pass on their genes, so to speak, they may want to scrap the beard.

    April 16, 2014 11:25 AM

  13. FOR REAL? Nick Szabo May Be Bitcoin Creator © Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    13. Nick Szabo May Be Bitcoin Creator

    The first public stab at unveiling the man who invented Bitcoin went very poorly, so students and teachers at Britain's Aston University are being careful when they say they probably found the crypto-currency's creator. A linguistic analysis of 11 popularly known Bitcoin founder candidates points to Nick Szabo, whose writings bore an “uncanny” resemblance to those found in the initial October 2008 white paper on Bitcoin. “Our study adds to the weight of evidence pointing toward Nick Szabo,” said study leader Jack Grieve. Szabo is an expert in law, finance, cryptography, and computer science—and he created a crypto-currency called “bit gold.”

    April 16, 2014 1:21 PM

  14. DUEL Bloomberg Gives $50M for Rival NRA Andrew Burton/Getty

    14. Bloomberg Gives $50M for Rival NRA

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he will donate $50 million toward building a grassroots, nation-wide network for voters against gun violence. He plans to restructure two gun-control groups he funds into a new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg said he envisions it as a pro-gun-control answer to the National Rifle Association, especially its ability to effectively turn the screws on politicians. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you. If you don’t vote with us, we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop,’” he said of the NRA. “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” He's already rounded up an elite and bipartisan board, which includes Tom Ridge, Michael Mullen, and Warren Buffett as members.

    April 16, 2014 9:28 AM

  15. buzzkill Study: Marijuana Changes Brain David McNew/Getty

    15. Study: Marijuana Changes Brain

    It's all fun and games until your brain changes. Using marijuana just a few times per week can physically alter the structure of your brain, a study in The Journal of Neuroscience reported on Tuesday. Scientists examined the difference in brain features between light smokers and non-smokers, and found volume, shape, and density differences in two areas. "This is a part of the brain you do not want to mess around with," study leader Hans Breiter said.

    April 15, 2014 7:43 PM

  16. MO' MONEY Christie: End Contribution Limits Ethan Miller/Getty

    16. Christie: End Contribution Limits

    At a town-hall meeting on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called for the abolishment of federal and state campaign-contribution limits. Instead, he proposed a system of unlimited donations with public notification required within 48 hours. “If somebody, you know, wants to write me a $100,000 check for my campaign, great,” Christie said of the system he is proposing. “Forty-eight hours later, everybody who has access to the Internet’s going to know that Mr. Smith gave me $100,000. And if all of a sudden I start talking in a way after it happened that’s favorable to Mr. Smith’s business, then you’re going to know that my price is $100,000.”

    April 16, 2014 8:48 AM

  17. BACKWARD Louisiana Keeps Sodomy Ban Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

    17. Louisiana Keeps Sodomy Ban

    On Tuesday, the Louisiana House of Representatives rejected legislation that would officially remove a ban on certain types of sodomy from the state’s law. In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law was unconstitutional, but the ban has remained on the state law books symbolically, even though it cannot be used as cause for arrest. The bill to remove the law altogether was overwhelmingly rejected, 27 to 67. The conservative Christian Louisiana Family Forum lobbied strongly against it, sending letters to representatives stating “Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral.”

    April 16, 2014 7:20 AM

  18. backing off NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit Andrew H. Walker/Getty

    18. NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

    New York Muslims: The police are no longer watching. The New York Police Department has stopped its secret program that sent undercover cops to spy on Muslim communities. The squad, known as the Demographics Unit, tracked people wearing traditional Islamic clothing in neighborhoods in and around the city. The move, by new Commissioner William Bratton, is a sign the department is abandoning some controversial post-9/11 tactics.

    April 15, 2014 5:25 PM

  19. BLAME LAWYERS MH370 Families May Sue in U.S. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

    19. MH370 Families May Sue in U.S.

    This is worse than every bad lawyer joke you’ve ever heard. Lawyers have reportedly descended upon a Beijing hotel where the families of many of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers are staying. Many of them have promised they will file lawsuits for families in the U.S. to lure them into signing on with them. But any lawsuit will likely just be tossed out. America is known globally as “the land of liability opportunity,” said Steve Dedmon, an aviation-law expert at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While lawyers argue they can make a claim that U.S. manufacturer Boeing could be liable, it's a stretch. “This is not the right point in time to discuss legal matters because nothing has been found yet and everybody has no idea what exactly happened to the plane," said Steve Wang, a representative of some of the Chinese relatives.

    April 16, 2014 7:18 AM

  20. BOWING OUT Mt. Gox Files for Liquidation Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

    20. Mt. Gox Files for Liquidation

    Mt. Gox is abandoning its plan for a financial comeback after it lost track of nearly half a billion dollars in Bitcoin. The Tokyo-based giant virtual-currency exchange is asking to be liquidated after it collapsed in February with liabilities of $63.3 million. The company filed for bankruptcy protection earlier in the year, but it appears unable to make a comeback. Of the 850,000 Bitcoins lost on Mt. Gox’s watch, only 200,000 have been recovered. According to today’s virtual market value, that means $325 million is still missing.

    April 16, 2014 6:45 AM

  21. JERK ‘Artist’ Busted at Boston Marathon Jared Wickerham/Getty

    21. ‘Artist’ Busted at Boston Marathon

    As the city marked one year since the deadly marathon bombing on Tuesday evening, the Boston Police Department did a controlled detonation of two unattended backpacks at the marathon's finish line. Kevin Edson-a self-described performance artist who goes by Kayvon-yelled "Boston strong," as he left a backpack containing a rice cooker. He was reportedly dressed in all black and wearing a veil. Edson's Facebook profile includes a photo of Dzohkhar Tsarnaev with the caption "Had a blast at the marathon!!!" He is also a member of the Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent group. The area was put on lockdown, before bomb squad technicians on the scene later issued an all-clear. Edson was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device. It's unclear when he might be arraigned on the charges.

    April 16, 2014 8:15 AM

  22. EVADING BLAME GM Seeks Lawsuit Protection Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    22. GM Seeks Lawsuit Protection

    General Motors revealed in court filings Tuesday that the company was seeking a shield against lawsuits regarding pre-2009 bankruptcy conduct. After filing for bankruptcy in 2009, GM split into “Old GM,” known as Motors Liquidation Co., and the new General Motors Co. GM will ask a bankruptcy court in New York to enforce that split and send recent suits involving the infamous defective ignition switch to “Old GM.” “Just like the other ‘ignition switch actions’ that other plaintiffs have filed in the wake of public reports regarding the outstanding recall, this case relates to a vehicle designed, manufactured, originally sold and advertised by Old GM,” the company’s motion says. More than 30 cases against GM have been filed since February, when it emerged that the company was slow to recall faulty vehicles.

    April 16, 2014 7:22 AM

  23. BACK IN BLACK? AC/DC Retirement Rumors Erupt Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty

    23. AC/DC Retirement Rumors Erupt

    Rumors about rock group AC/DC retiring blew up the Internet after the Sydney Morning Herald reported that lead singer Malcolm Young returned to Australia and was unable to continue playing music. The article included quotes from another Australian musician, Mark Gable, who said “It’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won’t be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record.” The group reportedly made a pact not to continue playing if any member was forced to leave. While neither Young nor the group has confirmed the retirement rumors, many online are mourning future live performances of “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Highway to Hell,” and “Thunderstruck.”

    April 16, 2014 7:23 AM

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