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  1. stop talking Bundy: Just ‘Wondering’ About Slavery George Frey/Getty

    1. Bundy: Just ‘Wondering’ About Slavery

    Rancher Cliven Bundy, the 67-year-old whose standoff with federal rangers made him a Fox News star, held a long, unproductive press conference to address uproar over his comments that "negros" may have been "better off as slaves." He defended his comments, saying he was just "wondering" about whether African-Americans had it better as slaves, and he's "still wondering." He noted: "They're not slaves no more. They seem to be slaves to the welfare system." Meanwhile, former supporters, from Rand Paul to Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, have been coming out against him.

    April 24, 2014 5:19 PM

  2. warning Kerry: Russia Making ‘Grave’ Mistake Yuri Gripas/Reuters

    2. Kerry: Russia Making ‘Grave’ Mistake

    Russia got a stern talking-to by Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday afternoon. Kerry bluntly called out Russia for violating the Geneva agreement to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, and threatened that if Russia continues, it would be a "grave" and "expensive mistake," leaving the U.S. with no choice but to impose sanctions. "You can’t resolve a crisis when only one side is willing to do what is necessary to prevent a confrontation," he said.

    April 24, 2014 6:58 PM

  3. IRONY KKK’s Miller Caught With Black Hooker Pool/Getty

    4. KKK’s Miller Caught With Black Hooker

    Authorities have uncovered a lot of astounding details regarding former Ku Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller, who is accused of killing three people this month at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas. It turns out that Miller was detailed by police in 1986 in Raleigh, N.C., “mid-act” with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman. Miller was not charged in the incident, although he claimed in an interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center that he lured the man to the meeting with the intention of beating the prostitute.

    April 24, 2014 12:22 PM

  4. online infiltration Putin: The Internet Is a CIA Project Alexei Nikolsky, AFP, Getty Images

    5. Putin: The Internet Is a CIA Project

    Is everything on the Internet—other than Putin's shirtless animal wrangling pictures—western propaganda? According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Internet is "a CIA project" that Moscow must "fight" to resist. Putin made the remarks at a media forum in St. Petersburg, noting that the Internet was developed by the CIA and "is still developing as such." He also leveled allegations against Russian search engine Yandex, which caused a five-percent drop in its stock shares.

    April 24, 2014 4:15 PM

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  6. OH SNAP Ukraine Forces Kill Five Separatists Marko Djurica/Reuters

    6. Ukraine Forces Kill Five Separatists

    In the pro-Russian town of Slaviansk, Ukrainian forces took back three checkpoints manned by armed separatists on Thursday, killing five in the process. “During the armed clash, up to five terrorists were eliminated,” Ukraine's interior ministry reported. Rebels occupying checkpoints in eastern Ukraine were supposed to disarm and return home after an international accord signed in Geneva last week. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev of “consequences” if the army is used against its own people.

    April 24, 2014 11:40 AM

  7. hand it over U.S. Seeks $700K from Ex-Korean Leader AFP/Getty

    7. U.S. Seeks $700K from Ex-Korean Leader

    The U.S. Justice Department filed suit on Thursday to recover more than $700,000 in alleged corruption funds from former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan. The money is from the sale of his son's former Newport Beach home, which prosecutors claim was gained via corrupt practices. In 1997, Chun was convicted of receiving $200 million in bribes, but was quickly pardoned. “The U.S. will not be a safe repository for assets misappropriated by corrupt foreign leaders,” said the FBI.

    April 24, 2014 5:15 PM

  8. TRAGEDY American Doctors Killed in Kabul Attack Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

    8. American Doctors Killed in Kabul Attack

    Three American doctors were shot and killed Thursday by an Afghan police officer at the Cure International Hospital in Kabul. The police officer was recently assigned to protect the hospital, which specializes in helping disabled Afghans and has a maternal-care unit for help with premature births. On April 4, an Afghan police officer also shot and killed a photographer for the Associated Press, and wounded a correspondent. “We are aware of this shooting at the Cure hospital and our investigation is ongoing, but we do not know if it was carried out by our men,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. Cure is a Christian-based charity.

    April 24, 2014 6:49 AM

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    9. Singer Drops Out of X-Men Press Circuit

    X-Men: Days of Future Past will have to promote itself without its director. Bryan Singer opted out of publicity participation for the summer film, writing in a statement that he doesn't want the recent sex abuse charges against him "to divert ANY attention" from the movie. “However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is," he wrote. Singer is being sued by Michael Egan, who claims he was assaulted by the director and three other Hollywood executives in 1999.

    April 24, 2014 4:58 PM

  10. wild child Justin Bieber Detained at LAX Kevin Winter/Getty

    10. Justin Bieber Detained at LAX

    Maybe Los Angeles customs officials just wanted an autograph? Justin Bieber was detained in the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol section of the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday as he returned from Asia. The action was not a formal detention or arrest, but he was questioned by officials about an unknown matter. Bieber faces DUI charges in Miami and is being investigated for vandalism in Los Angeles in relation to a house egging incident.

    April 24, 2014 9:02 PM

  11. busted Yankee's Michael Pineda Suspended © USA Today Sports / Reuters

    11. Yankee's Michael Pineda Suspended

    A smear of pine tar just cost Yankees player Miguel Pineda 10 games. The starter was suspended after admitting to using pine tar while pitching in Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox manager asked the umpire to check Pineda for the substance, which was found smeared on his neck. "He used poor judgment tonight,'' the team manager said. "He feels like he let his teammates down.'' According to Major League Baseball rules, a pitcher cannot "apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball."

    April 24, 2014 3:28 PM

  12. THIS IS THE END Obama Battles Japanese Robot Larry Downing/Reuters

    12. Obama Battles Japanese Robot

    At Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on Thursday, President Obama played soccer with a Japanese robot from Honda. The robot, which was about the height of a 10-year-old, kicked a soccer ball to the president, who trapped it with his feet. The visit to the museum was to highlight the recent renewal of a 10-year collaboration between the two countries in the sciences. After kicking the ball with the robot, the president told students, “We saw some truly amazing robots—although I have to say the robots were a little scary. They were too lifelike. They were amazing.”

    April 24, 2014 8:52 AM

  13. AT YOUR DOORSTEP Amazon Tests In-House Delivery Service AFP/Getty

    13. Amazon Tests In-House Delivery Service

    It's no drone service (yet), but same-day Amazon delivery is in the works. The online marketplace is testing out its own private delivery network with Amazon trucks and contractors to bring packages to customers faster and control expenses. "Amazon is growing at a faster speed than UPS and FedEx, who are responsible for shipping the majority of our packages," the company recently wrote. "At this rate Amazon cannot continue to rely solely on the solutions provided through traditional logistics providers."

    April 24, 2014 2:20 PM

  14. SLICE AND DICE Poland: Russia Offered to Divide Ukraine ATTILA KISBENEDEK/Getty

    14. Poland: Russia Offered to Divide Ukraine

    Here's some for you, and some for you. According to the Polish foreign minister, Russia offered to give Poland five provinces of Ukraine about a month ago. The deputy speaker of the Russian Duma also made a similar proposal to Hungary and Romania. "We told him we were not doing it," Radoslaw Sikorski revealed on Wednesday. Sikorski also requested U.S. troop protection, and theorized about when Russia would stop. "Russia probably has enough resources to digest Crimea," he said. "I think all of eastern and southern Ukraine might give them indigestion."

    April 24, 2014 1:49 PM

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    15. ‘Ladies’ Home Journal’ Stops Printing

    It's been a good run, ladies. On Thursday, Ladies' Home Journal announced it would cease publication, ending a 131-year run. The magazine launched in 1883, and has a circulation of 3.2 million. Its owner, Meredith Corporation, says the magazine will stop monthly printing in July and will become a special-interest publication starting in the fall. Its website will remain running. "It's not a consumer issue; it's an advertising issue," a spokesman said.

    April 24, 2014 1:46 PM

  16. MEOW Avril Lavigne Pulls ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

    16. Avril Lavigne Pulls ‘Hello Kitty’ Video

    After being roundly criticized for its poor taste, Avril Lavigne has pulled the music video for her new song, “Hello Kitty.” The video, which had the Canadian singer dancing in a candy store, bedroom, and sushi restaurant with Asian dancers, was called an “embarrassment in any language” by Billboard, while Entertainment Weekly asked whether it was “offensive… or offensively obvious.” Lavigne is popular in Japan—her most recent album went platinum there, though it was her worst-selling record to date in North America. If this isn’t enough to damage Lavigne’s reputation, let us not forget that she is also married to Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

    April 24, 2014 10:09 AM

  17. SHAMEFUL Veterans Die on Secret Waiting List Ross D. Franklin/AP

    18. Veterans Die on Secret Waiting List

    Many of the 40 U.S. veterans who have died while waiting for appointments from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System were reportedly on a secret waiting list. According to CNN, the secret list compiled by VA Affairs managers in Phoenix had 1,400 to 1,600 veterans who were forced to go months without seeing a doctor. Apparently, the VA in Phoenix had the list to hide the number of veterans waiting for care, as the VA requires hospitals to provide care within 14 to 30 days. Instead, the Phoenix VA was able to hide when a veteran first came in seeking an appointment, and even compiled a “sham list” for officials in Washington that showed timely appointments.

    April 23, 2014 9:05 PM

  18. SORRY, KIDS FDA to Ban E-Cigs for Minors Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

    19. FDA to Ban E-Cigs for Minors

    The FDA will issue new proposed rules Thursday that would ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors as well as require health warning labels and approval for new products. In addition, the FDA is cracking down on pipe tobacco and cigars, which have long slipped through the regulatory net, and will require photo identification for the sale of the items. The FDA will also require the makers of the e-cigarettes and cigars to register with the agency and provide a detailed list of the product ingredients as well as manufacturing processes and scientific data. However, the proposed measures do not contain regulations on the flavors of the items, which can include bubble gum and grape.

    April 24, 2014 6:43 AM

  19. ONE MORE Mississippi Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    20. Mississippi Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new antiabortion bill  Wednesday that would ban abortions after 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 Southeast 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 begins from the woman’s last menstrual period, so it's actually an 18-week ban. 

    April 23, 2014 5:39 PM

  20. NET BRUTALITY FCC Reverses Course on Net Neutrality Mark Wilson/Getty

    21. FCC Reverses Course on Net Neutrality

    After its previous rules regarding net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year, the FCC will release new proposed rules that will now allow Internet providers the ability to offer a fast lane. The new rules would represent an about-face for the government, which had previously argued that all Internet users and content should be treated equally. 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

  21. GET IT TOGETHER U.S. May Reassess Palestinian Aid Suhaib Salem/Reuters

    22. U.S. May Reassess Palestinian Aid

    After the Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Liberation Organization announced a new unity pact on Wednesday, the U.S. said it would have to reconsider aid to the Palestinians. “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties,” a U.S. official said. The U.S. government lists Hamas as a terrorist organization. As a result of the pact, Israel canceled a session of talks with the Palestinians.

    April 24, 2014 6:52 AM

  22. Déjà Vu Navy Investigates Blue Angels Jonathan Daniel/Getty

    23. Navy Investigates Blue Angels

    After receiving an internal military document that was accidentally emailed, The Washington Post is reporting Wednesday that the Navy is investigating the Blue Angels for being an environment full of hazing, sexual harassment, and discrimination. The Blue Angels are the Navy’s acrobatic fighter squadron, and the military branch announced last Friday that its commander, Capt. Gregory McWherter, was being relieved of duty for alleged misconduct, but did not give specifics. In the internal document, a member of the squadron filed a complaint that alleged McWherter created a hostile work environment with sexual speech, pornography, jokes about sexuality, and tolerating sexual harassment. The Blue Angels are famous for performing at air shows, and McWherter was a graduate of the Navy’s famous “Top Gun” fighter-pilot school.

    April 23, 2014 8:02 PM

  23. LIFE AQUATIC Shipwreck Found Near Golden Gate Bridge Justin Sullivan/Getty

    24. Shipwreck Found Near Golden Gate Bridge

    On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it accidentally found the SS City of Chester steamship, which had long been forgotten since it sank more than a century ago. The ship was found a quarter mile east of the Golden Gate Bridge. It sank with 106 people on board on the morning of Aug. 22, 1888, after a collision with the Oceanic, a steamship twice its size that was carrying Chinese immigrants. A total of 16 people died, including two children. After the incident, press coverage claimed that the Chinese crewmen stood idly by while drowning white passengers screamed for help, but it subsequently emerged that the crew showed great heroism by risking their lives to save the passengers.

    April 24, 2014 6:51 AM

  24. HI MOM Meg Ryan to Voice ‘HIMYD’ Mother Frederick M. Brown/Getty

    25. Meg Ryan to Voice ‘HIMYD’ Mother

    America's former sweetheart Meg Ryan has been tapped to be the voice of the narrator for How I Met Your Dad, the spinoff of the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother. Ryan will voice the future Sally, who is played by Greta Gerwig, in the same way Bob Saget voiced the future Ted, who was played by Josh Radnor in HIMYM. In similar fashion, Ryan will never be seen on the show.

    April 24, 2014 6:47 AM

  25. SAY WHAT? Right’s Rancher Knows ‘About the Negro’ George Frey/Getty

    26. Right’s Rancher Knows ‘About the Negro’

    The Nevada rancher in trouble with the federal government for grazing his cattle on federal lands without paying the proper fees is speaking out as to what he sees are issues involving minorities and welfare. Cliven Bundy, the 67-year-old rancher whose standoff with federal rangers made him a Fox News star, told reporters Wednesday, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he started, and went on to complain about how he thinks they just sit on their porches all day. “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he wondered. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?” Rand Paul, who has previously expressed support for Bundy, said in a statement, “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”

    April 24, 2014 9:37 AM