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  1. LEGEND Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies Edgard Garrido/Reuters

    1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

    Acclaimed Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died at age 87 on Thursday, according to his family. "[T]he world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers—and one of my favorites from the time I was young," President Obama said in a statement. The Nobel Prize winner was in delicate health in the past few days due to pneumonia, and had recently been hospitalized for dehydration and an infection. Garcia Marquez's masterful books, notably One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, propelled him to the highest literary echelons, and outsold all other Spanish-language works apart from the Bible.


    April 17, 2014 7:08 PM

  2. covered youth Obamacare Boasts 8M Signups Larry Downing/Reuters

    2. Obamacare Boasts 8M Signups

    Kids these days are signing up for health care. President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act's numbers at a press conference on Thursday, noting that of the 8 million signed up, 35 percent are under the age of 35. Obama noted that premiums have come in at 15 percent lower than predicted, and the incoming cash to the economy will lower the country's deficit by $100 billion. Opponents still say the law will lead to an increase in costs and decrease in quality of health coverage. "It's well past time to move on as a country," he said to critics.

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM

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    3. 14 Dead in South Korean Ferry

    The death toll from South Korea's capsized ferry rose to 14 on Thursday, as rescue crews pulled bodies from the wreck. Of the nearly 500 passengers who were aboard, another 282 are still unaccounted for. Search teams unsuccessfully hammered on the vessel's hull earlier, hoping to hear a response from anyone trapped inside. The ship's captain is being investigated for possibly abandoning the vessel as reports have him as one of the first jumping to safety.

    April 17, 2014 8:08 PM

  4. PEACEMAKERS? U.S., Ukraine, Russia Sign Pact Jim Bourg/Reuters

    4. U.S., Ukraine, Russia Sign Pact

    This must have been a fun party. The United States, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union entered into a pact in Geneva on Thursday to de-escalate a tense situation in eastern Ukraine. Described by Secretary of State John Kerry as way to avert "a complete and total implosion," it outlines plans to pull pro-Russian groups out of the area but does not call for removal of Russian troops on the border. "It's our belief...that Russia's hand is in the disruptions and chaos we've seen in Eastern Ukraine," President Obama said at a White House press conference, expressing skepticism that Russia would follow-through on the agreement. "I don't think given past performance that we can count on that," he said, noting that without improvement, the U.S. will impose sanctions. "This whole exercise by the Russians is not good for Russia either."

    April 17, 2014 3:14 PM

  5. KISSING BABIES Chelsea Clinton: I’m Pregnant Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    5. Chelsea Clinton: I’m Pregnant

    The Clinton dynasty continues. Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. Clinton appeared with her mom at an event in New York to talk about opportunities for women and girls. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me," she said. Hillary Clinton told the crowd she was "really excited" to be expecting her first grandchild.

    April 17, 2014 4:26 PM

  6. switching sides Pro-Prop 8 Lawyer Changes Mind Justin Sullivan/Getty

    6. Pro-Prop 8 Lawyer Changes Mind

    A Supreme Court case didn't change his resolve, but the lawyer who argued against overturning California's ban on gay marriage is now helping his lesbian stepdaughter plan her wedding. Charles Cooper argued through the court system for Proposition 8, saying gay unions undermine marriage between a man and woman, but says his views evolved after discovering his child was gay.

    April 17, 2014 2:14 PM

  7. SHE WEARS THE PANTS

    7. First Female Penis Discovered

    Meet the animal kingdom’s first-known female penis. The journal Current Biology announced on Thursday that scientists have discovered four species of Brazilian, winged insects (called Neotrogla), in which females possess a penis and males possess a vagina. Why aren’t the ones with penises considered males, you ask? Scientists actually rely on the size of an animal’s gametes (sperm for males, oocytes for females) to determine their genders. Females produce the largest gametes, a rule that holds true for this species of insect, in which the female still produces egg cells—they just also happen to have penises. The insects were discovered in Brazil’s Peruaçu River Valley. Mating behavior lasts 40 to 70 hours, during which the female penetrates the male and gathers large quantities of sperm with which to fertilize her eggs.  

    April 17, 2014 3:47 PM

  8. 1% Rich Got Richer Post-Recession Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

    8. Rich Got Richer Post-Recession

    The spoils still go to the victors. The recovery from the Great Recession has favored the wealthy, according to a new article by Labor Department economist Aaron Cobet. Data shows that the top 20 percent of earners received more than 80 percent of the rise in household income between 2008 and 2012. For the bottom 20 percent, income fell.

    April 17, 2014 2:57 PM

  9. parent trap NASA Discovers Earth's Cousin NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

    9. NASA Discovers Earth's Cousin

    For the first time in history, scientists have found a planet like Earth. NASA announced Thursday that its Kepler-planet finding mission has discovered Kepler186f, which is made up of the same materials as Earth (iron, rock, ice, and water) and is located in the same “Goldilocks zone” of a star that allows for liquid water and potentially life. “Perhaps it’s more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin,” Dr. Thomas Barclay of the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute said.

    April 17, 2014 2:26 PM

  10. DYNASTY Beau Biden Runs for Governor Eric Thayer/Reuters

    10. Beau Biden Runs for Governor

    Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, announced Thursday that he will not seek a third term as attorney general of Delaware this November, and instead will run for governor in 2016. Biden was hospitalized last August at a Texas cancer center to remove a “small lesion” from his brain, and since then has made few public appearances. He also suffered a “mild stroke” in 2010 that kept him away from office for several weeks. “As your attorney general, I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service—honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve," he said in a written statement, before announcing his plans to run for governor. Biden did not hold a press conference or give interviews about his decision.

    April 17, 2014 11:45 AM

  11. disproportionate Man Fined $525 Over $0.89 Refill Mario Tama/Getty

    11. Man Fined $525 Over $0.89 Refill

    A man who didn't pay for a drink refill is out $525 and a job. Christopher Lewis, an on-site construction worker at a South Carolina Veterans Administration hospital, was stopped by a policeman who issued a federal fine for shoplifting and kicked off the premises after he took a drink refill without realizing he had to pay. "Every time I look at the ticket, it's unbelievable to me,” says Lewis. “I can't fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525." Lewis will contest the fine in federal court.

    April 17, 2014 2:39 PM

  12. JUMPED THE SHARK Snowden Asks Putin: Do You Spy? Handout

    12. Snowden Asks Putin: Do You Spy?

    Edward Snowden has jumped the shark. In a Thursday interview with Moscow-run television station Russia Today, Snowden asked Vladimir Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store, or analyze—in any way—the communications of individuals?" Snowden has lived in Moscow for nearly a year since he leaked information from the National Security Agency. Putin responded: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the sanction of a court order. This is our law, and therefore there is no mass surveillance in our country.” Watch the entire exchange below.

    April 17, 2014 7:42 AM

  13. SELFISH

    13. Man’s Urine Ruins Reservoir

    Almost 40 million gallons of water from the Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 in Portland, Ore., will be flushed after a 19-year-old man peed in it at 1 a.m. on April 15. “Even though there is very minimal public-health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that’s clean, cold, and constant. That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least,” said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. Cameras monitoring the reservoir showed a skateboarder hanging out near the reservoir lean against a fence, and then after a bit, hike his pants back up and walk away. “When you see the video, he’s leaning right up because he has to get his little wee wee right up to the iron bars. There’s really no doubt what he’s doing,” Shaff said.

    April 17, 2014 12:03 PM

  14. DEPORTER IN CHIEF? Court Deportations Drop 43% Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

    14. Court Deportations Drop 43%

    Contrary to the popular notion that President Obama has been behind more deportations than ever, over the last five years the number of deportations ordered by the courts has dropped 43 percent. The actual number of cases brought by the administration between 2009 and 2013 dropped 26 percent. Immigration advocates had given Obama the nickname “Deporter in Chief” due to the record number of deportations in his time in office. However, since the 2011 policy of prosecutorial discretion came into effect, the number of cases has dropped by tens of thousands.

    April 17, 2014 7:46 AM

  15. SNEAKY Putin Admits Crimea Had Soldiers AFP/Getty

    15. Putin Admits Crimea Had Soldiers

    Shocking nobody, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted for the first time Thursday that the troops in unmarked uniforms in Crimea before its annexation were Russian soldiers. The troops, dubbed “little green men,” prepared the peninsula for its annexation by Moscow in March. He initially claimed they were part of the local self-defense forces. Now, Putin admits, they were Russians who stood behind the back of Crimea's self-defense forces,” and that “they acted politely, but resolutely and professionally." He also claimed the annexation was in response to NATO attempting to make Ukraine a member and curb Russian authority in the Black Sea region.

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM

  16. DISTURBING Bryan Singer Accused of Sex Abuse Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

    16. Bryan Singer Accused of Sex Abuse

    Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men and The Usual Suspects, has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1998. The suit accuses Singer of preying on the then-15-year-old Michael Egan III, who was an aspiring actor, at a mansion in Encino, Calif. According to the suit, the mansion was a site where underage boys were frequently given drugs and alcohol before being taken advantage of. “The stories that I’ve heard of what went on at the estate are truly despicable,” the accuser’s lawyer said. Egan, who is now in his thirties, says he was forcibly sodomized by the director in the late-1990s, after Singer had promised Egan a role in his movies. Egan says he continued having sex with the director while he was 15 and 16, and that he was brought by Singer to Hawaii for multiple trips when he was 17. Singer’s lawyer responded to the suit saying, “The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”

    April 17, 2014 7:53 AM

  17. HERE WE GO 3 Dead in Ukraine Clashes Reuters

    17. 3 Dead in Ukraine Clashes

    On Wednesday night, roughly 300 pro-Russian separatists attacked a Ukraine military unit in Mariupol, a Black Sea port city in the southeast. Ukrainian troops returned fire, killing three and wounding 13. None of the Ukrainian troops were wounded, according to local officials, who reported 63 arrests. Mariupol is one of the locations where separatists have seized government buildings. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine of “the abyss they’re heading into” in eastern Ukraine, and dismissed reports that Russia is operating in the region. 

    April 17, 2014 9:23 AM

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

    18. 7 Dead in S. Korea Ferry Sinking

    At least seven are dead and 287 are still missing after a South Korea ferry sank 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

  19. ZERO TOLERANCE 4 Students Expelled for Blackface Getty

    19. 4 Students Expelled for Blackface

    Four students from St. Anthony’s High School on New York's Long Island have been expelled—two boys for bringing a Confederate flag to a school event, and two girls for posting a blackface photo on social media. The boys were seniors, and the girls were sophomores, and according to the school, these were separate incidents. The boys allegedly brought the flag to a school gathering on April 9, and then on April 11, the girls put up the blackface photo with racist language.

    April 17, 2014 6:48 AM

  20. OH YEA ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Getting a Sequel Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    20. ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Getting a Sequel

    The 1993 hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams, is finally getting a sequel. The movie, which brought in more than $400 million globally, followed Williams as a struggling actor and father who takes on the role of a female Scottish nanny in order to spend more time with his children. The film also starred Pierce Brosnan and Sally Field. David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf, has been tapped to write the script, 21 years after the original film was released. Williams and director Chris Columbus will be reunited for the sequel.

    April 17, 2014 6:52 AM

  21. GOLD STAR IAEA: Iran Is Behaving on Nukes Denis Balibouse/Reuters

    21. IAEA: Iran Is Behaving on Nukes

    According to the UN’s atomic-energy monitor, Iran has been complying so far with the terms of last year’s interim nuclear agreement. The agreement, made with six world powers, had Tehran curbing parts of its nuclear program in return for a small easing of sanctions. The IAEA says Iran has diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile. The Nov. 24 agreement was put in place to give countries more time to reach a more permanent deal.

    April 17, 2014 7:48 AM

  22. FAMILY BONDING Indiana Mayor, Family Indicted Mayor's Office

    22. Indiana Mayor, Family Indicted

    Keith Soderquist, the mayor of Lake Station in northern Indiana, along with his wife and stepdaughter were indicted in federal court on Wednesday for allegedly using his campaign funds as well as the Lake Station Food Pantry account for gambling in Indiana and Michigan. They were also accused of failing to file accurate tax returns from 2010 to 2012. In addition, the mayor and his wife were indicted a second time, for allegedly helping an employee hide a theft from the city. That employee, Miranda Brakley, is the mayor’s stepdaughter.

    April 17, 2014 7:51 AM

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

    23. John Edwards Returns to Law

    Hopefully the judge appreciates a good coif. Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has returned to practicing law, appearing in court on Wednesday. He's representing a 4-year-old Virginia boy who suffered brain damage and physical injuries that 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 coverup of his pregnant mistress.

    April 16, 2014 6:30 PM

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

    24. 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," said 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 seized areas in eastern Ukraine.

    April 16, 2014 4:20 PM

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