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  1. HERE WE GO Georgia Passes ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill Scott Olson/Getty

    1. Georgia Passes ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill

    One of the biggest expansions of gun rights was signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia. Dubbed by critics as the “guns everywhere” bill, it will now allow Georgians to carry firearms in schools, bars, churches, and government buildings. The NRA has called it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history,” and even achieved bipartisan support. Deal did argue that the bill was not as expansive as it originally was, emphasizing the change for religious leaders to opt-in to allowing guns, whereas the original bill required them to permit firearms. “There are always opportunities for people to use any piece of legislation as a political tool if they don’t like it. But there was bipartisan support for the bill. The main story that should come out of it is the final product is significantly different from earlier versions,” said Deal.

    April 23, 2014 1:42 PM

  2. PAY THE PRICE Fans of Child Porn Liable for Damages Win McNamee/Getty

    2. Fans of Child Porn Liable for Damages

    The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision Wednesday that people who watch child pornography can be sued. Victims of child pornography may claim compensation from anyone found with the illegal images of them. The Supreme Court rejected, however, a $3.4 million verdict against a Texas man who was found to have possessed images of a woman's rape at a young age. Still, possessors of child porn must pay some restitution. “It makes sense to spread the payment among a larger number of offenders in amounts more closely in proportion to their respective causal roles and their own circumstances,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    April 23, 2014 1:07 PM


    3. FCC Reverses Course on Net Neutrality

    After having its previous rules regarding net neutrality thrown out by a federal appeals court this year, the FCC will release new proposed rules which will now allow internet providers the ability to offer a fast lane. The new rules would represent an about-face for the government, as they previously had argued that all internet users and content should be treated equally. Now, the new rules would allow providers like Comcast or Verizon, to negotiate with content companies like Netflix, CBS, or Google, to charge different amounts for priority service. 

    April 23, 2014 6:15 PM


    4. Mississippi Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

    Mississippi’s Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed a new anti-abortion bill on Wednesday, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks, without exceptions for rape or incest. According to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, Mississippi was the last state in the southeastern U.S. without a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The bill does have exceptions for when the mother’s life is in danger, or if the fetus has no chance of survival. Planned Parenthood called the bill “extreme” and pointed out the 20 week count begis from the woman’s last menstrual period, so is actually an 18-week ban. 

    April 23, 2014 5:39 PM

  5. OPENING UP Armstrong: If I Didn’t Win, Who Did?

    5. Armstrong: If I Didn’t Win, Who Did?

    Outside Magazine published Lance Armstrong’s first interview in more than a year on Wednesday in which he discussed the doping scandal, his legacy, and who he thinks won the Tour de France races after his titles were stripped. “If I didn’t win then somebody needs to win,” he said “I think it would be a mistake and disrespectful to the sport to leave seven years empty.” Asked how he feels about his legacy, Armstrong said: “For a decade and a half, I was able to control the message, to control the narrative, to control the direction of the story. I’ve lost all that. It’s a waste of my time to try to continue to try to be that person.” He also said he would have been content to keep the doping scandal under wraps. “I would’ve been fine to never say anything,” he said. “That’s probably not a popular response either.”

    April 23, 2014 12:52 PM

  6. GOOD CHOICE Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful People

    6. Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

    People magazine has named Lupita Nyongo' its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, the ingénue was praised for her beauty. However, she tells the magazine that “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," are the features she wanted growing up in Kenya. "Subconsciously, you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess," she said. Nyong'o said she's happy to be on the cover of People “for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

    April 23, 2014 8:25 AM

  7. OH REALLY? Joe Paterno to Get New Statue Paul Vathis/AP

    7. Joe Paterno to Get New Statue

    While a statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was torn down in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, a new bronze sculpture might go up downtown. Two alumni are behind the statue, which will cost an estimated $300,000, feature the coach reading Virgil’s Aeneid, and is scheduled to go up next fall. The alumni claim the statue has nothing to do with the university’s decision to remove the original one in July 2012, and rather it came after Paterno’s death in January 2012. "It's clear the university isn't ready to do anything; they're certainly not ready to put the statue back," said Ted Sebastianelli, one of the alumni behind the project. "For me, this is something we can do ourselves and it's a great way -- a wonderful way -- to honor Joe for his 61 years of service. The artist who has been commissioned, Zenos Frudakis, has made sculptures for the Philadelphia Phillies, Georgia Gold Hall of Fame, and Pinehurst Resort.

    April 23, 2014 5:23 PM

  8. A REAL SCANDAL IRS Gave Bonuses to Deadbeats Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

    8. IRS Gave Bonuses to Deadbeats

    Apparently, it doesn’t take much to get a bonus at the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, you don’t even have to pay your taxes. A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reveals that from Oct. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2012, the IRS gave $2.8 million in bonuses to employees cited for owing back taxes, using drugs, making violent threats, misusing government credit cards, and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

    April 23, 2014 11:04 AM

  9. O, CANADA Intoxicated Girl Taken From PM’s House Blair Gable/Reuters

    9. Intoxicated Girl Taken From PM’s House

    A severely intoxicated 18-year-old girl was reportedly taken to the hospital last Saturday night from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s residence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, say it will not be investigating the medical call, and would not identify who the girl was, only that it was not a member of Harper’s family. “This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees,” said a statement from the RCMP. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Harper has two teenage children, including a son, Ben, who turns 18 this year.

    April 23, 2014 2:36 PM

  10. OOPS! Bieber Visits Japan’s WWII Shrine Jorge Adorno/Reuters

    10. Bieber Visits Japan’s WWII Shrine

    From downing Sizzurp to re-opening Chinese and South Korean scars from World War II, Justin Bieber has had a trying 2014. In contrast to his usual arrogant defiance, the pop singer has actually apologized this time. Bieber got into hot water when he visited Japan’s controversial Yasukuni war shrine this week and posted photos on Instagram. The shrine is generally seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan’s militarism and lack of remorse. He removed the photos and wrote on Instagram: “To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry.” Ever the diplomat, he added, “I love you China and I love you Japan.”

    April 23, 2014 7:41 AM


    11. Michigan Man Gets Bionic Eye

    A Michigan man who suffered from a degenerative eye disease that left him blind can now see glimpses of his wife, grandson, and cat thanks to a “bionic eye.” Roger Pontz is one of four people in America to receive an artificial retina, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved last year. The implant works as part of a system with a small videocamera and a transmitter in a pair of glasses. "It's awesome. It's exciting—seeing something new every day," said Pontz.

    April 23, 2014 11:22 AM

  12. R-E-S-P-E-C-T Bills’ Cheerleaders Sue for Wages Rick Stewart/Getty

    13. Bills’ Cheerleaders Sue for Wages

    The Buffalo Bills’ cheerleaders filed suit Tuesday against the National Football League for what they claim is an unfair wage system. They join the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders’ cheerleaders, who also sued the league this year over improper compensation. Known as the Buffalo Jills, the Buffalo squad say it works hundreds of hours for free under a system that wrongly classifies them as independent contractors and violates the state’s $8-an-hour minimum-wage rule. They say they are not reimbursed for travel and other expenses, and are subjected to “degrading sexual comments and inappropriate touching” at promotional events. With personal costs, one cheerleader said in a press conference that she estimated she made just $105 during the 2012-2013 season.

    April 23, 2014 6:50 AM

  13. BREAKTHROUGH? MH370 ‘Object of Interest’ Found Pool photo by Richard Wainwright

    14. MH370 ‘Object of Interest’ Found

    Australian officials announced that an “object of interest” had been recovered that may offer clues on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The object was found near the town of Augusta, which is around 186 miles south of Perth on Australia's west coast. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said the object is sheet metal with rivets. “It’s sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs,” said Dolan, but he added “The more we look at it, the less excited we get.” Flight 370 has been missing since March 8. No trace of the plane or the 239 people on board has been found.

    April 23, 2014 7:37 AM

  14. JUICED Roosters on Roids Euthanized Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

    15. Roosters on Roids Euthanized

    Washington state euthanized 300 chickens filled with steroids after raiding a farm in Rochester. Hugo Gallegos Chavez, 35, was arrested on suspicion of raising the birds for cockfighting. Some 240 roosters and 60 hens were discovered in the search. When Chavez was brought into court on Tuesday, the judge found evidence for probable cause of 100 counts of animal cruelty, one count of illegal gambling, and one count of animal fighting. Cockfighting is illegal in all states.

    April 23, 2014 11:48 AM

  15. JUST LIKE US Study: Monkeys Can Do Math Kiyoshi Ota/Reuters

    16. Study: Monkeys Can Do Math

    No monkey is close to becoming the next Descartes, but a new study from Harvard University shows that they have the potential to do math. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that rhesus monkeys could be taught to add two symbols and decide whether it was greater than a single symbol. Sometimes, the monkeys chose the wrong answers when the numbers were close, like six plus eight versus the single value of 13. Still, the research may be important in shedding light on how human and monkey brains process numbers.

    April 23, 2014 6:45 AM

  16. infiltration Ukraine: 100 Russians Lead Attacks Getty

    17. Ukraine: 100 Russians Lead Attacks

    The chief of intelligence for Ukraine accused 100 Russian military officers and troops of being "the main provocateurs and main organizers" of uprisings in eastern Ukraine that have seized towns and local governments. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said that Russian military intelligence has been building a covert network in the area for the past few years. “They are very dangerous, well armed, [and] for years before prepared to do what they are doing now,” he said of the operators.

    April 22, 2014 8:09 PM

  17. BIG NIGHT Albert Pujols Hits 500th Home Run Patrick Smith/Getty

    18. Albert Pujols Hits 500th Home Run

    Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hit his 500th career home run on Tuesday night, making him only the 26th player in Major League Baseball history to reach that milestone. The three-time MVP winner hit not one but two home runs in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. Pujols is the only player to hit both his 499th and 500th home run in the same game, and the third youngest to reach the milestone. With Pujols knocking in five runs, the Angels won 7-2. “I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win,” said Pujols.

    April 23, 2014 6:52 AM

  18. BAD IDEA #myNYPD Backfires on NYC Police Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    19. #myNYPD Backfires on NYC Police

    Someone should have told the New York Police Department that asking New Yorkers to tweet photos with cops wasn’t going to elicit too many smiling photos with officers in Times Square. On Tuesday, the NYPD asked: “Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD.” The hashtag was quickly taken over by people posting some of the most upsetting photos of unprofessional NYPD behavior, from cops apparently asleep in uniform to officers holding down a photographer against the pavement. At one point, the hashtag was trending in the top 10 on Twitter, not only for New York, but in the world. Deputy Chief Kim Y. Royster merely said in a brief statement Tuesday night that the NYPD is working “creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community.”

    April 23, 2014 7:34 AM

  19. TURNING RED Maine’s Baby Lobster Pop Declining Brian Snyder/Reuters

    20. Maine’s Baby Lobster Pop Declining

    A new survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations from the University of Maine shows that the population of young lobsters has significantly decreased. The number now stands at less than half of what it was in 2007, which could foreshadow a decline in the state’s overall lobster industry. Maine hauled more than 350 million pounds of lobsters over the last year, a record amount for the state, but this is “our first indicator that things might be changing in the future,” said Carl Wilson, the state’s lobster biologist. Officials say a number of factors could be responsible for the decrease in young lobsters, including pollution, warmer temperatures, and insufficient food. Around 85 percent of the nation’s lobster catch comes from Maine.

    April 23, 2014 6:57 AM

  20. Passing the Torch Colbert Hangs With Letterman John Paul Filo/CBS

    21. Colbert Hangs With Letterman

    Stephen Colbert dropped by CBS' Late Show on Tuesday, presumably to check out his new digs. Comedy Central's host of The Colbert Report ditched his conservative persona for the interview with this soon-to-be-predecessor, David Letterman. Appearing much more modest, Colbert told Letterman “I’m going to do whatever you have done. It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave.” He also revealed that he had been offered an internship on Letterman’s show in the 1980s, but turned it down because it was unpaid. “The next job I’m taking here, it pays right?” he joked.

    April 23, 2014 7:19 AM

  21. a few questions... Subpoenas Issued for Bridgegate John Moore/Getty

    Subpoenas Issued for Bridgegate

    It's judgment day for Bridgegate. A special committee investigating the lane closure on the George Washington Bridge has issued four subpoenas for oral testimony on Tuesday. Those called—Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority; agency board member William Schuber, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak; and Christina Renna, who worked for Christie’s former chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly—will testify in the beginning of May.

    April 22, 2014 5:46 PM

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