After a yearly increase in usage of 17,000 percent, "selfie" was crowned 2013's Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries, following last year's winner "gif" and beating out the Miley Cyrus-endorsed "twerk," among others.
On Sunday more than 80 tornadoes tore through the Midwest, killing at least six people in Illinois, injuring dozens more, leveling homes and businesses, and leaving a swath of destruction from Missouri through Michigan.
Just after the school day ended at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, several gunmen dressed in black shot three students as they were leaving the building. All three victims are alive and in stable condition, receiving treatment at local hospitals.
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday. Two days later, the death toll keeps rising (officially at about 2,000, but likely many times that), with experts predicting it will grow far higher as the true breadth of the devastation becomes clearer.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m. EST: NBC is reporting that one TSA agent was killed and three others wounded. Airport police shot and may have killed the gunman at the scene. The shooter, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken into custody after being shot.
This weekend brings two new flicks to theaters. The first is a crime thriller with a big-name cast, top-notch talent behind the camera, and dreams of Oscars. The other is, well, very different from that.
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