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

    1. Bloomberg Gives $50M for Rival NRA

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he will donate $50 million to 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

  2. HORRIFIC 300 Missing on S. Korean Ship Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

    2. 300 Missing on S. Korean Ship

    A ferry carrying 459 people, many of them students, capsized and sank off the coast of South Korea on Wednesday morning. Officials said 293 are still missing. Two people have already been confirmed dead and 13 injured. The ship was traveling from the port of Incheon, in the northwest, to the southern resort island of Jeju, where many of the students were going with their teachers on a school field trip. It is unclear what caused the accident, though witnesses have reported the sound of the ship making impact with something before it began to capsize. “There was a big noise, then the ship started going down,” one student told South Korea’s YTV network. Murky waters and poor visibility are hindering rescue workers' efforts to find survivors.

    April 16, 2014 6:47 AM

  3. trouble Man Arrested at Boston Marathon Jared Wickerham/Getty

    3. Man Arrested 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. Kayvon Edson, a self-described performance artist, 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

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

    4. 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

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

    5. 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

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

    6. 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

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

    7. Christie: End Contribution Limits

    At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, New Jersey governor 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

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

    8. 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

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

    9. 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

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

    10. 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

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

    11. 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

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

    12. 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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