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10 things you need to know today: November 19, 2013

Back in jail.

Back in jail. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)

The Week

Bombers target Iran’s embassy in Beirut, George Zimmerman faces domestic violence charges, and more

1. Suicide bombers target Iran’s embassy in Lebanon
Two bombs exploded outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, including at least one Iranian diplomat. More than 100 others were injured. The attack reportedly was carried out by two suicide bombers, one on a motorcycle and the other in a car. It appeared to be the latest spillover of sectarian violence into Lebanon from the civil war in neighboring Syria, where Iran is a major ally of the government. [Los Angeles TimesDaily Star]
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2. Zimmerman arrested on domestic violence charges
George Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and domestic violence on Monday after his girlfriend said he pointed a shotgun at her, smashed a glass table, and tried to push her out of her home. Zimmerman, acquitted in July of murder and manslaughter in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was being held late Monday without bail in the Seminole County, Fla., jail. [Orlando Sentinel]
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3. Documents detail authorization for NSA spying
The Obama administration released 1,000 pages of declassified documents late Monday, including one that appeared to be the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order authorizing the National Security Agency to collect data on Americans’ email and phone records to help catch terrorists. The documents, released in response to lawsuits, also included admissions of privacy-rule violations and repeated promises to fix them. [Washington Post]
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4. Paris police hunt for gunman
Heavily armed police guarded news media offices in Paris on Tuesday as a huge manhunt was underway to find a gunman who walked into the main entrance of the left-leaning newspaperLiberation on Monday, fired two shotgun blasts, and fled. One man, a photographer’s assistant, was critically wounded. Surveillance video indicated that the same man had brandished a shotgun on Friday at the TV news channel BFMTV’s headquarters on Friday. [Independent]
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5. Toronto council members take away Rob Ford’s powers
The Toronto City Council voted Monday to strip Mayor Rob Ford, whose reputation is in freefall since he admitted to smoking crack in a “drunken stupor,” of most of his authority. Ford compared the move to “a coup d’etat” and the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. “Mark my words, my friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election,” Ford told the council members, “and I am going to do everything in my power to beat you guys.” [CNN]
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6. GOP senators block another Obama judicial nominee
Senate Republicans on Monday used a filibuster to block one of President Obama’s judicial nominees — the third one in a few weeks. Obama had named Robert L. Wilkins to fill one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the nation’s most powerful appeals court. GOP leaders, who want to prevent Obama from eroding the court’s conservative tilt, said the court’s work load didn’t justify filling its vacancies. [New York Times]
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7. Pastor convicted in church trial over gay wedding
Pennsylvania United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was found guilty Monday in a church trial of violating church practice by presiding over his son’s marriage to another man six years ago. Schaefer told the jury of 13 pastors that he knew that performing a same-sex wedding went against church doctrine, but he said he did it in “good conscience” out of a sense of obligation to his son. [WHTM]
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8. Icahn spooks investors with talk of a market plunge
After the Dow surged past 16,000 for the first time, stocks retreated a bit from record levels on Monday following a warning from billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn that the market could be in for a nosedive. Icahn said high share prices are being buoyed not by earnings and good corporate management but historically low interest rates, thanks to Federal Reserve policy. “This market could easily have a big drop,” Icahn said. [Reuters]
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9. Spacecraft takes off from Florida to study Mars
NASA launched an Atlas V rocket carrying a spacecraft on a 10-month trip to Mars on Monday. The $671 million Maven mission will study the Red Planet’s atmosphere to provide hints about how the once wet and warm planet lost its water. Fifty-three minutes after the rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the orbiter deployed for its trip. “What a Monday at the office,” project manager Dave Mitchell said. [USA Today]
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10. Selfie is proclaimed Oxford’s word of the year

Sorry, “twerk” fans. The Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday that “Selfie” is the word of the year for 2013. Selfie — a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam — saw a 17,000 percent rise in usage over a year ago, evolving “from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph.” Despite its sudden popularity, the word isn’t all that new. Oxford editors traced its origin to a 2002 Australian online forum. [Reuters]

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10 things you need to know today: June 1, 2013

The Week

Thousands protest against the government in Istanbul, Oklahoma is slammed by tornadoes, and more

1. POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS AT PROTESTERS IN TURKEY
Thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest what they say is the growing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AFK party. Several protesters reported injuries related to tear gas fired by police. Protests also occurred in the capital, Ankara, and the coastal city of Izmir. [CBS News]
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2. OKLAHOMA HIT BY MORE TORNADOS
Tornadoes slammed into the Oklahoma City metropolitan area on Friday, killing at least 5 people and injuring 50. The area was also battered by heavy rain and hail, with floodwaters topping four feet in some places. The killer tornado comes less than two weeks after another deadly storm devastated Moore, Okla. [USA Today]

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3. OBAMA URGES CONGRESS TO PREVENT STUDENT LOAN RATE INCREASE
President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden surrounded by college students, urged Congress to prevent Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.4 percent. If nothing is done, the rate increase will take effect on July 1. [Yahoo]
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4. SYRIA PEACE TALKS DELAYED
Peace talks in Geneva between the United States, Russia, and the warring factions in Syria will almost certainly be pushed back from June to at least July or August. Progress was stalled after the main Western-backed opposition group pulled out of negotiations and Russia announced its intentions to keep shipping weapons to the Assad regime. [The Guardian]
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5. GIANT ASTEROID PASSES BY EARTH
An asteroid so big that it has its own moon passed within 3.6 million miles of Earth on Friday afternoon. Scientists say the asteroid, which measures 1.7 miles in diameter, could easily destroy a metropolitan area. [CNN]
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6. MICHELLE BACHMAN’S DEMOCRATIC RIVAL PULLS HIS CAMPAIGN
Days after Rep. Michelle Bachman (D-Minn.) announced she wouldn’t run for re-election next year, her main Democratic opponent, Jim Graves, announced he also wouldn’t be running in 2014, saying, “With Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.’” [Politico]
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7. SUSPECT IN LONDON HACKING MURDER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Michael Adebolajo, 28, has been released from the hospital and taken into custody by London police. He, along with Michael Adebowale, 22, are the main suspects in the brutal killing of off-duty soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death with knives in broad daylight. [BBC]
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8. DELL BOARD RECOMMENDS BUYOUT BY MICHAEL DELL
The Dell board told its shareholders to vote for the $24.4 billion buyout by founder Michael Dell instead of a rival bid from business magnate Carl Icahn. Michael Dell has urged the company, the third biggest PC maker in the United States, to go private. [Bloomberg]
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9. FOREST FIRE RAGES IN NEW MEXICO
A forest fire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest forced officials to close a highway and evacuate 140 homes. A downed power line has been identified as the source of the blaze, which officials say could pick up thanks to high winds, low humidity, and climbing temperatures. [Associated Press]
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10. JUSTIN BIEBER’S MONKEY FINDS A HOME
After months of living in an animal shelter, the 23-week-old capuchin monkey confiscated from Justin Bieber’s tour in March has finally found a home: Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, Germany. The monkey was originally taken from Bieber because he did not have the proper paperwork. [Reuters]

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Time Person Of The Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2010.

At 26, Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world’s youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he’s in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook’s shares.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor last year. The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama. The 2007 winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Other previous winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush, and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill.

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