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9:49 AM, June 20th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 20th

1. Mubarak’s ‘Health Worsens’: Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s health reportedly continued to deteriorate on Wednesday as he was moved from prison to an Army hospital in Cairo. He is reportedly in a coma and on life support.

2. Discipline Advised in Quran Burning: A U.S. military investigation recommended discipline—but not criminal charges—for up to seven soldiers who burned the Quran in an incident that roiled Afghanistan.

3. Assange Could Face Arrest: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could face arrest in Britain for violating his bail terms, Scotland Yard said Wednesday, one day after Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

4. Spain and Italy to Be Bailed Out: At this point, who hasn’t accepted a bailout? German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders reportedly agreed late Tuesday to allow two European rescue funds to buy back the troubled bonds in Spain and Italy in a $950 billion deal.

5. Heat Beat Thunder, 104-98: Will this be LeBron James’s chance to finally win the championship? The Miami Heat ousted the Oklahoma City Thunder 104–98 in Game 4 of the NBA finals, taking a 3–1 lead on Tuesday night.

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The Microsoft tablet Surface is unveiled during a news conference at Milk Studios on June 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Read the full story here

1:03 PM, June 19th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, June 19th

1. U.N.: Justify Drone Use, U.S.: A United Nations investigator on Tuesday called on Washington to justify its policy of killing al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, rather than capturing them, at the risk of harming civilians.

2. Pakistan Court Bans P.M. From Office: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday disqualified Prime Minister Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after finding him in contempt of court.

3. G20 Urges European Solution: More ominous news out of Europe. As the G20 summit started in Mexico, leaders expressed concern over the mushrooming debt crisis in Europe—while fears over Spain’s financial health grew after the news that the country’s borrowing costs soared.

4. UK Stops Russian Shipment: President Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday jointly called for peace in Syria, but Putin refused to support the U.S. efforts to persuade Syrian president Bashar al-Assad from power.

5. Microsoft Reveals ‘Surface’ Tablet: Microsoft is finally ready to take on the iPad. The company unveiled its new Surface tablet at an event in Los Angeles on Monday.

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Photo by Platon for Newsweek

At 76, he has aged with unholy grace: the mussed carrot-top, now the cloud tint of jiffy-bag innards, has scarcely thinned; the oblong face remains a mobile mask of amused perplexity; the wiry physique, thanks to daily exercise, still exudes the vigor of the athlete he once was—a skilled-enough boxer, in his teens, to have trained for the Golden Gloves competition. Read the full story here

2:28 PM, April 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 30th

  1. Ex-Aide’s Wife: Edwards KnewCheri Young, the wife of Andrew Young, John Edwards’s former aide, testified Monday that the former presidential candidate told them it was legal to take funds to pay off Rielle Hunter, Edwards’s mistress. Both Youngs are considered crucial witnesses in the case to prove that Edwards used $1.2 million in donations to hide his mistress, then pregnant with their child, as he contended for the presidency in 2008. 
  2. Suu Kyi to Take Oath of OfficeAung San Suu Kyi and her party agreed Monday to take their seats in Burma’s Parliament later this week, despite a bitter disagreement over the wording of their oath of office. The oath requires that lawmakers vow to “safeguard the Constitution,” a promise that rankled the reform leader. 
  3. Pakistan: Drone Strikes ‘Violative’Pakistani officials said Monday that they were outraged by a drone strike Sunday that killed three suspected militants. Drone strikes in the country are “violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday, two weeks after Parliament demanded that all American drone strikes against militants in the country cease. 
  4. Microsoft Invests $300M in NookBooks are always a good investment. That’s what shareholders of Barnes & Noble discovered as the company’s stock skyrocketed 95 percent before the market even opened Monday on the news that Microsoft had secured a 17.6 percent stake in the bookseller’s Nook business.
  5. 1WTC to be NYC’s Tallest Building: The Manhattan skyline’s highest point will shift downtown Monday, if the weather holds, as workers erect the 100th floor of the new 1 World Trade Center. The building’s steady upward climb over New York City continues, and the new floor will take it to 1,271 feet, more than 20 feet taller than the Empire State Building. The structure, when completed, is planned to top out at 1,776 feet.

Photo: A campaign poster of France’s opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election Francois Hollande covered by lipstick kisses. (Joel Saget, AFP / Getty Images) 

More Photos of the Day, or read: "Would Francois Hollande Really Be a ‘Dangerous’ French Leader?" from Newsweek. 

3:16 PM, April 9th, 2012
In an experiment I called “Month of Microsoft,” I’ve spent the past four weeks using nothing but Microsoft products—Windows computers, Windows phones, Xbox, Bing, Internet Explorer—instead of my usual lineup of Apple and Google products.
Our Dan Lyons actually subjected himself to this. The least you can do is read about it
12:17 PM, April 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 9th

  1. Syrian Fire Crosses Turkish BorderSyrian forces crossed more than one line when they exchanged fire with rebel forces in a clash that spilled over into Turkey. One person was killed and more injured at the Killis refugee camp on the Turkish side of the shared border. 
  2. North Korea Prepares Nuke TestSouth Korean intelligence officials warned that the North is preparing a nuclear weapons test to follow its controversial long-range missile test, according to reports Monday. 
  3. Microsoft Grabs AOL Patents for $1B: The technology world is in an arms race, and intellectual property is the weapon of choice. Microsoft bought its way toward the front of the pack Monday when it announced a deal with AOL that will give it 800 of AOL’s patents and license to 300 more, all for just slightly north of $1 billion. 
  4. Prosecutor Decides No Grand JuryThe special prosecutor tasked with deciding whether to press charges against the man who shot Trayvon Martin has decided not to hand the case to a grand jury. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will now decide whether or not to press charges against shooter George Zimmerman.
  5. Hillary Clinton to Skip DNCHillary Clinton has long been a stable figure at Democratic conventions—a consistent presence dating back to the infamous 1968 convention in Chicago, her spokesman pointed out. But the secretary of state is sitting out this year’s convention in North Carolina, as part of her commitment to avoiding political activity (she’s actually banned from taking part by federal law). 

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Photo: The Bosnia War 20 Years Later: Photos by Peter Turnley.

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